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  1. Hey everyone, i've just yesterday returned from another four day fossil trip to Beaumaris: a coastal suburb in Melbourne, Australia with fossiliferous exposures of the Beaumaris Sandstone Formation. The fossils are about 5.5 million years old (latest Miocene) and comprise an extremely diverse range of both marine and terrestrial animals. A great overview of the Beaumaris fossil fauna is provided by this PDF, for those unfamiliar with the site: https://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/beaumaris_fossil_book_museum_victoria.pdf In short, everything from sharks, rays and bony fish to whales, dolphins, seals, birds, echinoids, gastropods, corals, bivalves and others can all be found. It's almost like you need a checklist when collecting here, to mark off the faunal groups that you find one by one. Which makes the collecting rather exciting as you never know what might turn up! Loose fossils can be kept, but the cliffs and foreshore are protected so no excavating or digging of anything in situ is allowed. But this is fine as most fossils are loose on the beach or adjacent shallow seafloor. Lots of people that collect here do so by snorkelling the shallow waters just offshore, and i also brought my wetsuit, snorkel and fins on this trip to search underwater which was very fun. As well as fossils, the waters are rich in modern marine life and it's fascinating to see them up close. The snorkelling and beach collecting proved very successful! The location: Marine mammal bones (whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals): A selection of indeterminate bone chunks. Small pieces of bone are fairly common finds. A small mammal vertebra (caudal?), probably from a dolphin or porpoise. Shown in front and side views. Bony fish: Right and left fish lower jaws, probably from the same species, but found separately so they're not associated. What luck though to have both matching sides! Although the left jaw is from a smaller individual. Crushing toothplate from Diodon formosus. Continued in the next post... (sharks, rays, invertebrates)
  2. Need help identifying a small fossil

    Hello everyone! This is a small fossil I found months ago in the Beaumaris Formation, Victoria, Australia. I've looked through the Fossils of Beaumaris PDF but cannot find anything similar. The measurements are as follows: - 2.5 cm L - 2.4 cm W - 1.2 cm D I have attached some images below which will hopefully be of help!
  3. Fresh or fossilised?

    Hi all, So I recently picked this up at Fossil Beach in Mornington, Victoria. It's pretty easily recognisable as a tooth plate from a toad fish, Diodon (formosus?) which are quite common. My question is is it fossilised/mineralised or fresh(er)? Specimens I have seen from similar locations tended to have a different colour and I don't really have anything to compare it's weight too ( though it seems reasonably dense for it's size to me). I have tapped it on china/teeth and it seems to "ting" and Iv'e held a match under it (though admittedly not for long as I'm a bit nervous about damaging it) and it doesn't smell hideous. a ) can anybody tell visually if it is fresh/fossilised? b ) I have access to some pretty high tech scales, if I were to look for density what sort of values would indicate fossil vs bone? Cheers LG
  4. A stony baguette and two other mysteries

    Hey everyone! I was wondering if you could please help me identify these items and whether they are worth keeping! I found these three today at Beaumaris. The first one (pictures 1 + 2) appears to be some odd, fortuitous weathering of sandstone? In the second (picture 2) it seems that there may be some possible gastropod remains in there? The third item - the baguette! (pictures 3 + 4) It caught my interest due to the ridges on the top and flat base. I assume it's likely an sandstone concretion? It feels like rock on the outside and isn't as heavy as ironstone. Thanks in advance for any help!
  5. Hello from Victoria!

    Hello everyone! I went for my first fossicking adventure at Beaumaris, Victoria late last week. I was hoping you guys could please help me ID a shark tooth (Image 1) and some other items that I cannot identify (Images 2+3). The dark, cylindrical items in Images 2+3 are hollow inside, which you can see in Image 3. All were found underwater in Beaumaris, Victoria just off the jetty.
  6. Beaumaris ID

    G'day everyone! I just returned from a trip to Beaumaris today and found something wierd. At first I thought It was a crab as crab fossils were found from this locality: https://beaumarisfossils.org/crabs-burrows/ but I am not too sure. The fossil comes from the Beaumaris Sandstone Formation, late Miocene to early Pliocene. Thanks, Dan Crab fossils found at Beaumaris
  7. As the year comes to a close i decided to do a bit more collecting at one of my favourite Australian sites: Beaumaris near Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. Once again i travelled down and stayed at a motel near the beach for three days (27/12/18 through to 29/12/18). This trip is a sequel to the previous two trips i have made here which are also posted on the forum: Jan 2016 trip: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/61248-fossil-hunting-holiday-in-victoria-australia-dec-2015-jan-2016/ Feb 2017 trip: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/71996-fossil-hunting-holiday-at-beaumaris-australia-feb-2017/ Beaumaris is a significant site with both marine and terrestrial fossils from the latest Miocene aged Beaumaris Sandstone Formation (5 - 6 million years old), which crops out in distinctly red-coloured coastal cliffs and also in offshore rocky reefs. An impressive diversity of both vertebrate and invertebrate fauna occurs here, and the Melbourne Museum has put together a neat PDF of the fossil diversity for those unfamiliar with the site (https://www.bcs.asn.au/fossils_of_beaumaris_2015-02.pdf). My plan was to collect every single low tide across these three days, and sleep during every high tide. Yes, this meant going out collecting in the middle of the night too! My main interest was to collect shark teeth, however they can be tough to find here and are certainly not as common as at many other sites internationally that the people on this forum would be more familiar with. This often seems to be the case with Australian vertebrate fossils. It does however make it quite rewarding when you do eventually find them! The first day of searching (27/12/18) proved to be rather disappointing. I finally got to try snorkelling for fossils, which is a popular method here for finding things exposed along the seabed, but alas after about 3 hours in the water i had not found any bones or teeth. I was unable to locate the nodule bed where most of the vertebrate fossils originate from, which i think played a part in my lack of success. The seabed was also quite sanded over and it was hard to see much. I was definitely out of my element here, but it was also a lot of fun to get close to some of the local marine life, including stingrays! I decided to return to land collecting after not doing very well in the water and when i did so my luck changed greatly. The next two days and nights of land collecting (28/12/18 and 29/12/18) proved to be much more successful and i even got to meet two TFF members on the beach (coincidentally)! @Echinoid and @Tympanic bulla were also out looking, and we had a nice chat before they headed off to continue snorkelling. I then spent most of my remaining time on the beach flipping rocks and examining the pebbles up close, ultimately finishing the trip with a total of five shark teeth which i was very happy with! Carcharodon hastalis tooth as found. 24mm long. Large Carcharodon hastalis upper anterior tooth, as found at 2 am (with a head-torch) on 29/12/18. Measures 56 mm long. I had long been waiting for a tooth of this size! Carcharodon hastalis posterior tooth as found. 15 mm long. Another Carcharodon hastalis posterior as found. 13 mm long. And a small fragment of cetacean bone. Worn pieces like this are the most common vertebrate fossils at Beaumaris. Pictures continued in the next post
  8. Beaumaris closed?

    G'day Everyone, Today I was going down to Beaumaris to look for some fossils but the entrance to the Table Rock side from the Yacht Club was fenced off. The sign said 'Unstable Cliffs' so I brushed it off and was about to head over to the Mentone side instead but on the way I was told by a Yacht Club member that the site was fenced off by the local council as the site was in the bid to become a national heritage site. I am a bit confused because I believe the council applied for national heritage in February. If the site is national heritage listed, I believe collecting will be banned which is quite sad. Citizen scientists are important to contributing to science and many of Beaumaris' most important finds were made by members of the public. The fossils at the site will eventually be destroyed by the waves and erosion and would be a waste to see them be destroyed. But that is just my opinion. If any other Beaumaris hunters can shed some light on the issue it would be much appreciated. Dan
  9. Possible bone fragment from Beaumaris

    This specimen was found from beaumaris beach, victoria. Is it a fossil bone fragment? More pictures to come. It will only let me post one for some reason :/
  10. Im going to Victoria on Friday for a week and visiting various locations including: Wangaratta Bendigo Ballarat Warnambool Apollo bay pt phillip bay (beaumaris) So my question is are there any good fossil sites around these areas that i could find some ancient treasures in? Thanks.
  11. What is this? Beaumaris site

    Hi, we were having a bit of a hunt down at Beaumaris, not sure if this is anything? but it does look like some kind of bony frament.. thoughts please?
  12. Here are a few micros from the Miocene of Beaumaris in Victoria, Australia. Sorry about the horrible pics as per usual... All of these were found in matrix that was inside a bivalve, some interesting stuff can also be found inside larger gastropods and brachiopods. I'll post more eventually. #1. Teeeeeeny little foram. Should probably also mention that the ruler is in millimetres. #2. Bryozoans ......
  13. Beaumaris jaw ID

    G'day everyone! Today I was able to go down to Beaumaris and have a hunt. I found some nice fossils but one find stood out. As I was about to leave the site I found this small jaw amongst the shingle. I am not sure what animal it is from but I am thinking fish. It could be mammal but terrestrial mammal material is very rare to find at this site. Thanks, Daniel
  14. G'day all, This is a message to anyone on the site who collects regularly at Beaumaris. I have been informed by some other members on the forum that someone has been going down to Beaumaris and digging into the cliffs on a regular basis and has created a large hole/cave in the cliff. The area has been fenced off, yet he continues to dig there. This person has been confronted by forum members and locals but refuses to stop digging into the cliff. What he is doing is illegal and destroying the site. If anyone sees this person digging at this area, please take a photo or video and report him to the police or even the Beaumaris Conservation Society. What he is doing is illegal and is damaging the cliffs and endangering others. If we have many people looking out for him, we can quickly resolve this issue. Thanks, Daniel
  15. G'day all, Today I decided to go down for a hunt at Beaumaris with my dad and make good use of the low tide. For those who don't know, the fossils from Beaumaris come from the Beaumaris Sandstone Formation, aged 6.5-4.5 million years ago (late Miocene to early Pliocene) and around 30 minutes from Melbourne. To find the fossils we searched through the shingle on the beach that had been washed up from a phosphatic nodule bed which can only be partially accessed at low tide and is where most of the vertebrate material derives from. Fossils from this site include: Shark and ray teeth, fish jaws and teeth, ceteacen bones and teeth, bird bones, seal bones, terrestrial mammal bones, rare turtle shell, corals, bivalves, gastropods, nautiloids, crustaceans, brachiopods and echinoids. Despite the water being very cold (And falling into the water on my way out of the site) We found many good fossils today, many of them firsts. The Site Tusk Shells (Laevidentalium) Sea Urchins (Lovenia Woodsi) Port Jackson Shark teeth (Heterodontus cainozoicus) Toadfish crushing tooth plates (Diodon) Shark tooth (Shortfin Mako?) Assorted bone fragments (Most likely Cetacean)
  16. Oldest pygmy whale fossil identified 60 years after being collected from Beaumaris, Victoria. The ear bone is believed to be 6 million years old and is one of only six pygmy right whale fossils in the world. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-11/pygmy-right-whale-fossil-found-in-museums-victoria-collection/9978612
  17. Diodon sp

    Part of a Diodon crushing plate collected from Beaumaris Cliffs.
  18. Hello everyone. Recently I went down to a fossil site in Beaumaris Australia and came home with some nice pieces of cetacean bone. As I was about to head home I found quite a large piece sticking out of the sand. When I took it home I tried cleaning it with hot water and a sponge, removing some of the junk off of it but not all of it. How should I go about removing the white algae/plant junk on it? The fossil is very sturdy. Thanks, Daniel
  19. Ferruginised Fossils

    Hi everyone, I have found many specimens of ferruginised fossils from the Beaumaris Sandstone in Victoria. They were formed in the upper Miocene. Could someone please explain what they are made of and how they are formed? Thanks Echinoid
  20. Beaumaris, first timer

    Hi everyone, first time fossil hunting and first time posting.. we went down to Beaumaris wit the kids today, and amongst some other cool finds, we found this fragment. It looks bony where there is a cross section (not obvious in the photo, but on the pedestal part that sticks out).. we aren't sure what it is.. any help?
  21. Beaumaris Trip

    G'day, Just went on a 4 day long trip to Melbourne to go to Beaumaris and while we were there we bought/traded a few things from a dealer. For the first few days we were there we snorkelled at Beaumaris and found a few alright things... These two Cosmopolitodus (Carcharodon) hastalis teeth were encrusted in 'stuff' when we first found them. Nothing much compared to what you find in the U.S but they are pretty good for Australian teeth!: Posted multiple times again :/
  22. ID Required

    Hey guys, I need to pick your collective brains on this tiny fragment I picked up from Beaumaris the other day. Although clearly sea washed, it shows some detailed feathering down the profile. I'm getting a fishy vibe of this but would appreciate any thoughts. & if anyone is wondering how I got the shots with a a phone, I borrowed the idea of taping a jewellers lens to my phone. Thanks to whoever it was that suggested this on the forum, pure genius.
  23. Beaumaris fossils

    Hi Guys and Girls, I had my first trip to Beaumaris the other day. I am pretty lucky as I live smack in between Beaumaris and Fossil Beach in Mount Martha. These are my first Vertebrate finds so I am pretty chuffed. So I have spent a few days Googling my fingers off the bone. I have sent this picture to the Melbourne Museum too but was wondering if anyone had any clues on what these these might be off. I'm pretty sure the bottom bone is off a bird, as it is hollowed. The middle 2 Vertebrae look as they are from the same animal, or species. anyways any help would be appreciated. Steve
  24. Shark Tooth ID

    Well @Paleoworld-101 she got in first. My daughter pulled up this lovely Isurus hastalis form Beaumaris today, her first tooth. She's pretty chuffed. Now I say Isurus hastalis but I'm trying to go on the plates from vertebrate palaeontology of Australia, thanks for the heads-up on this @Paleoworld-101, but they're pretty dark so if anyone can pin-point this bad boy I would be grateful.