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  1. My 29th trip to Big Brook may well have been my best yet. Instead of my two usual entry points I entered by an unnamed tributary I found on a map. It was small and narrow and overgrown and clearly not the “road” most traveled. Probably the least shark teeth I’ve ever found: photo of 5 below. Picked up several broken bottle bottoms with writing which I get a kick out of including an unbroken Vicks Vaporub! I found a bunch of bone most of which I probably deer but the dark wide one is likely not. Below is a photo of what I think is the first bear footprint I’ve ever seen there. Probably wrong but it had me looking around! Photo of what Of what I thought were an Enchodus jaw and two teeth and a large crab claw but am waiting for help on the ID where I’m being told maybe something’s even better. Picked up a whole bunch of “maybes” which I need to take a closer look at. And finally I got to cross one off my BUCKETLIST!!!! My first arrowhead (have also been told it could be a knife but either way yeah). May well be my last trip for months because my feet despite 3 pairs of socks plus waders were still painfully cold. But if so it will have been a great way to close out my first year of fossil hunting and I am absolutely hooked.
  2. Enchodus jaw/teeth? And crab claw?

    My 29th trip to Big Brook and I decided to try to get there by an unnamed tributary I found on a map. Got to explore an area with little evidence of usage as shown by the paucity of glass and plastic. Overgrown and thorny and I think I saw my first bear footprint (photo below). Posted below are photos of what I think is an Enchodus jaw and two teeth and also what I think is a partial crab claw but much bigger than any I’ve found before. I also think I found my first arrowhead. Any info greatly appreciated.
  3. Is this a lateral anomoeodus tooth? I have found a number of the medial teeth likely because the shape is more distinct but this would be my first lateral tooth. 3/8 inches. Thank you
  4. Which 6 should i keep?

    Today was my 27th trip to Big Brook. Cold to start but not as cold as last week when I had to give up and leave. Park rules only allow you to keep 6 “artifacts”. So here is what I found. Which 6 would you suggest i keep? And why? Thank you all
  5. Bone ID help needed

    I found this 1.5 inch triangular piece of bone in Big Brook. I guess it to be too small to be identified by species. But I am hoping someone can give me some information. One flat side shows bone whereas the other almost has a stone finish. Most striking to my eye is In the 3rd photo (side view) the bone becomes much denser and darker as it gets closer to the flat stone-like outside? surface from photo 2. Any insights greatly appreciated. Thank you
  6. I recently found this at Big Brook in NJ, USA. I am not sure what this is. The outer layer appears to have a spiral formation towards one end. It's just about 1 inch long (maybe a little less). Thanks for any help!
  7. My 26th trip to Big Brook and i had big plans. Previously i had found 2 Mososaur teeth, both in my first 8 trips and both in the same small area. I had returned to that spot before today but without success; no mos and very little of anything else. Today i was going back there determined to find my 3rd (and perhaps 4th). My wife had a hair appointment so i would have 2 additional hours in the water. I was psyched! Success was visualized and i was ready to make it a reality. BUT Mother Nature and the Fossil Gods had other ideas. It was below freezing and my body couldn't keep up with my imagination. After about an hour and a half of freezing and not even being able to pick through my pan, i retreated to my car intending to blast the heat, warm up and go back in. Fumbling to get my waders off and keys out, i finally made it into the car. My hands hurt so much i had face reality and admit this was not to be my day. With my tail tucked between my legs i gave up and headed home. Halloween indeed and the trick was on me. ..... but next week!
  8. Another fish? Tooth? ID question

    Apologies but one last fish tooth question from my Saturday hunt in Big Brook. What is it. Is it even A fish tooth? Just over 1/2 inch long. Thank you
  9. Jaw/teeth of what?

    Can anyone try to indenting what I think is a jaw fragment with teeth, the large one being broken. Approximately 1/2 by 3/8 inches. I presume it to me modern. Thank you as always
  10. For the rank amateurs here is it possible to explain the differences and how to identify these teeth? Of lesser importance I am attaching photos of 3 inch to inch and a half teeth I had previously thought were all Enchodus and then 2 small half inch fragments found yesterday, both heavily striated. As always thank you all
  11. Unidentifiable Fossil

    My boys and I went fossil hunting in Big Brook New Jersey and can’t identify this one we found. It looks like a worm inside a Belemnite fragment but was told Belemnite fragments are hollow.
  12. Crab? Pareidolia? What?

    Like all of us I pick up a lot of maybes/I don’t knows. I took this one home for a better look. With the loupe I think I see something and crab is my best guess. The whole piece is 1.5 inches. I don’t want to believe this is geologic. Your help greatly appreciated.
  13. BigBrook ID help needed

    Good evening. Another morning spent in Big Brook. Did ok with the shark teeth. 3 questions: 1) 15/16th inches I think is a sawfish rostal. 2). 3/8 inch piece of jawbone with 2 teeth which I think is fossil fish but have no idea which, and 3) a 1 1/8 inch piece of bone I guess to be modern. Can you identify the animal? Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
  14. Big Brook - Tooth

    I’ve had this little find for a few weeks now. It’s about 2cm long. Was thinking some kind of fish tooth, or possibly even plesiosaur. You can see the pronounced striations in the pics. Definitely river worn, though. Thanks in advance!
  15. Big Brook Vertebra

    Hey I found this while sifting and was not sure if it was a vert but i took it home and cleaned it up with a small electric engraver and dental pick and here it is. It looks like a vert but from what? biggest one I have found! Thanks!
  16. Big Brook 22

    A little rain on the drive down didn’t discourage me after not being able to go last week with the Grateful Dead blasting I made it there in 45 minutes. I tried yet two more new places to access the Brook but neither seemed promising so back to my standby entrance. 5 hours in the Brook and I only saw one person, Gabriel who was the one who inspired me to truck out the glass, metal and plastic I came across. I intended to do a little exploring but wound up in an old familiar spot for the whole time (will roam next time). More quantity than quality with the Crows leading the way as usual with Sand Tiger, Goblin and Mackerel as well as Brachyrhizodus, Pycnodont, Enchodus, Belemnite, Agerostera and some that’s likely a rock but I posted for ID. The only bummer was thinking about the impending winter
  17. Croc or rock?

    Sounds better than geologic or vertebrate. The shape is obviously what caught my attention but the surface texture looked like rock so I was about to toss it when the bottom made me think twice. Still think rock but wanted your opinions. 1/2 inch long. Thanks and apologies for the finger nails.
  18. Big Brook Tooth ID

    Hello, went fossil hunting at Big Brook, New Jersey. I made this find and I'm not totally sure what it is. I've found shark teeth here before but this was larger and shaped differently. If anyone knows what animal this tooth belongs to it would be much appreciated.
  19. What is this?

    I am clueless as to what this is (more so than usual). It doesn’t look like the usual concretions. It doesn’t look like the usual shells. It doesn’t look like a fossil and I’ve never seen coral from Big Brook. It’s 1.75 x 1 inch and the bottom is concave
  20. Can these 3 be ID’d?

    Tiny items, 1/2 - 1/4 inches, picked up in Big Brook that caught my attention and warranted being brought home. Teeth? Bivalves? Concretions? As always thank you for sharing your expertise
  21. For those who have never been, a couple of photos of Big Brook and yesterday’ s disappointing catch
  22. After 20 trips to Big Brook I have several hundred shark teeth (but can you really ever have enough?). I’ve got a fair number of belemnite and oysters. Enchodus, Ratfish, Sawfish, Cow-nosed rays and more. Lately I’ve been into finding modern bone and old bottles but I only have 2 Mosasaur teeth and I was determined to find more today. For the first time in a long while I returned to the spot where I found them. Diligently digging and panning for hours but the shark (and amphibious reptile gods) were against me and it was not to be. No MOs, no shark, no nothing! still a great day in the brook and with a new phone I was finally able to take some photos and share Big Brook with you
  23. Juvenile deer humerus?

    Good morning another good day in The Brook. My best find which I was able to identify was an iPhone 11 which I reunited with it’s owner. Photos below are of a humerus. Most of what I find is deer but this one is substantially smaller. Is it a juvenile deer or something else? As always, thank you for sharing your expertise
  24. First Big Brook Trip

    Yesterday I took my boys down to Marlboro for our first trip to Big Brook Preserve. Overcast and humid seemed better to me then humid and full sun. We only came with a metal strainer and a few old spoons. I wasn't really sure how to start or what to look for but we had a great time...the boys splashing in the water more then looking for fossils! I found a few teeth, many concretions and I'm unsure of my other finds. I can't wait to go back! Would love any suggestions or possible id's on any of my finds!
  25. When I saw it in the screen, I honestly thought it was just an acorn or something, but I did the sound check and sure enough, it's got that bone bell sound. Not really sure about this one, any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Location: Big Brook in NJ Date Found: August 2020