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  1. Hey everyone. So I am new to fossil hunting. Like completely new. I am taking a geology class and one of my assignments includes going fossil hunting! So fun. I have gone out twice and feel like I'm having no luck. However at the last minute I came across this. I am really not sure if it's just rock or something more. Since I am completely new at this hoping someone can help me. Thanks in advance for any insight.
  2. Hello, found these today after spending a few hours at a river in northern Puerto Rico, middle to upper Oligocene Limestone, looking for fossilized shells and cobalt blue glass... found lots of both! Also found these teeth and bones, they were all found relatively close together My guess is modern horse teeth. I have no clue on the bones. Could there be a way to tell how old they are? Pretty sure the teeth can't be too old, since the first cattle and horses were introduced into Puerto Rico from Spain in 1509. Thank you!
  3. Hi everyone, I hope someone can help me. I am doing a school project ( fossil report) and struggling to find what i am looking for. I have never looked for fossils before and believe i may have missed what i was looking for today. I went out for a nice hike at horseshoe canyon in alberta. it was amazing, however i could not find any fossils. ( at least i think i didnt after looking at some pictures of this forum i may have and just missed them) I am a complete amateur. i did find a map on here for horseshoe canyon but still did not have much luck. i was hoping some one can help point me in the right direction. is there an area in the canyon that is best to look at? but most importantly what am i looking for? How do i know what is a fossil and what is well just rock. I feel silly asking but i am so intrigued and planning on making another trip out on friday. Thanks for any help you can provide.
  4. Hi! I found some pieces of mesozoic bones. I know that it is just pieces, but may be it is possible to ID some of it. I found it near Ili river in Kazakhstan. It belongs to cretaceous period for sure. Tyrannosauridae, Ankylosauridae, Titanosauridae, Triceratops Marsh and some other types were found here earlier. I use sm. scale. One more
  5. A couple of days ago I bought a couple of dozen pieces of random Kem Kem material (I suppose you'd call it the junk that couldn't be sold individually). I know that Kem Kem is a bit mysterious, and that it can be difficult or impossible to identify random bits of bone even to the type of bone, let alone the specific animal. But what that said, that's exactly what I'm hoping someone can do I could identify quite a lot of the pieces, such as sawfish teeth, a piece of shark fin spine, and some fish verts. But most of it is just a mystery. Can anyone help with these bits? This first bone is hollow. Does this mean anything, in this context? The second has a characteristic shape, and I was wondering if that meant it could be narrowed down to the type of bone? The third is just a very robust bone. I don't know if anything can be gleamed from it. Finally, this looks like some sort of scale. Fish? Thanks very much in advance.
  6. Hi all, Yesterday I went to the Zandmotor, and I brought back a couple of bones from there (namely an awesome big mammal tooth). I left them tonight just in the living room so that they could dry, but when I came back this morning I had an unpleasant surprise: many of the pieces of bone had started to become white (as seen in the first picture), and the big tooth has started to decompose (as in there are constantly small crumbs of the tooth that are falling off; you can see small black spots next to the tooth in the picture, those are some of those crumbs). I am very worried about this, and wouldn't want my fossils to get damaged. Can anyone tell me how to keep them safely? As in what are some of the best conservation methods? The bones were found on a sandy beach, so I think that salt has a role in this... Please help fast! Happy Easter, Max
  7. I've been going through some Kem Kem material and trying to identify some of it, which I know is difficult even for someone that knows what they're doing. I don't, at all, but I am reasonably confident on a few bits - I wondered if anyone would be kind enough to give their opinions on my tentative IDs? 1. First of all, and definitely very tentatively, I was hoping that this was pterosaur. Wishful thinking? It's hollow and splits off in two directions at the end. 2. Secondly, this tooth - I'm daring to dream that it might be... sauropod? It only has a tiny bit of enamel left on it, but I'm going by the heavily blunted shape. Knowing me, it's probably a very poor Spinosaurus. 3 - Fish jaw #1 - I'm not at all sure about this, but it has a row of little 'post holes' that I assumed might be for teeth. But I have no idea. Has all sorts of suggestive shapes and ridges. 4. Fish Jaw #2 - this must be a fish jaw, but can anyone suggest what type of fish? 5 - Mystery tooth - at first I thought this was a scrap of bone, but upon closer examination it is clearly a tooth. The shape seems odd to me, it's very triangular, but I have very little experience with teeth to be fair. One end is very, very slightly (a couple of mm) smaller than the other, but there is no visible curvature on any edge. It needs prepping since it's still covered in matrix on every side, but I was wondering if the triangular shape was suggestive of anything. You can just make out the row of serrations on the photo below, along the top, so it must be theropod. 6. A small limb bone from a theropod maybe? The bone is hollow and oval. Needs more prep really, when my workshop is back in action. 7. Crocodile scute. I know that this is some kind of armour, but where were these plates positioned? Down the back? And were they just below the skin? Took a lot of prep to get it this far! Sorry, I didn't set out to post so many bits. Any conformation/refutation/information appreciated. Paul
  8. Hello again, If you think any of the photos I will post here, is an actual bone, or tooth or fragment, please say so, because I have too many to sort, or throw respectively, and I need some guidelines. to be continued
  9. Hello everyone! Saturday, I went hunting again at the Zandmotor. Even though it is only 25 min away by car from my house, I don't get to hunt there often. First off, a small introduction to the Zandmotor: The Zandmotor is a big beach extension between Kijkduin and Ter Heijde, and it is made by man. The fossils found there are mainly seashells (clams and cockles), which fill the beach, and also mammal bones, which most people search for (most just ignore the seashells, which leaves more for a seashell-lover like me ). Sometimes great white shark teeth are found too, but they are the only species of shark found at the Zandmotor (from what I heard); it's a mystery as to how the shark teeth got there. All the fossils date from the Pleistocene to the Holocene periods (so they are relatively young). The reason that fossils can be found there is because the fossils got dredged up from the North Sea, which is very rich in fossils; the case is similar for the Maasvlakte 2 and the Hoek van Holland, two other locations on the Dutch coast. The Zandmotor actually just looks like any other normal sandy beach, and many people just use it as such. In fact many people that regularly go on the Zandmotor ignore that fossils can be found! The Zandmotor is also a popular place for taking your dog out for a walk. Now my trip report: When we arrived, it was still rather cloudy, but at least it wasn't raining and there was little wind. We did put on our fat coats and were well prepared to face the cold. The small crash of the waves and the squawk of the seagulls filled the air. In the background, the harbor could be seen. Lucky for us, the weather quickly cleared up and gave way to a nice blue sky.
  10. I'm heading down to Charleston area for a couple days next week. Is there any areas that are easy to access that would be good to explore to look for some fossils. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks, Dwayne
  11. Hello everyone, Trevor here. Today I went with my father to Ramanessin Brook in New Jersey. Yesterday there had been light but extended rainstorms and was hoping that the storms could expose so new formation or clean up some gravel bars. Much to my dismay the stream was almost completely flooded, with many portions of stream just slightly below my torso. All but one of the gravel bars were exposed in the first stretch of stream I explored. I did some sifting which was not very productive. I decided to try further upstream and found that there were a few more gravel bars. Along the way I met a funny group of students geologists from Stockton University near Atlantic City (if I remember correctly) practicing their hand at fossiling. If someone goes on Monday or even tomorrow they may find double what I came across. The streams need a little bit of time to subside and then many finds will be exposed. I found some odd bones and was wondering if someone could identify them. The first I believe is a vert and the second I have no clue. My questions: Are they fossilized? Are they pleistocene if fossilized? First Unidentified Bone:
  12. I found this claw, toe bones and other bones and teeth on the Brazos River, Texas.
  13. We found a few more fossils in the San Pedro California area this week and was in hopes of getting some help with ID's as I'm all new to this and have no idea. The first one looks possibly like some sort of bones? The second one may be nothing and was about 20 inches long, I wasn't sure if this was a fossil as the rock it is in looks almost man-made? not sure? Like I said I'm no expert at all.. The Third is some super tiny little what looks to me to be some sort of fish? Thank you in advance for your help! -A
  14. Very nice variety The cut dinosaurus bones fragments. Size is betwen; smallest one 3 cm and bigest is about 6 cm.
  15. Hey all this is my first time posting here! I found a fossil (i think) that i need some help identifying. Its unlike most fossils i have seen. I work in landscaping so i see a lot of rocks, this one was different and appeared to have all sorts of shells and mollusks trapped inside. I cracked it open to find it was full of bones, iridescent bones that looked like an oil sheen had dried over them. I have tried to look up opalization but find mostly plants and nothing really comparable. I need help! More pictures available on request. The pictures do no capture the true sheen of the bones and some of the opal looking substance has started to oxidize i think. You can see where it is starting to peel away. Some of the bones that cracked in half revealed more fossils inside the bones including a large grub worm looking thing sticking out of one. I was only able to fit these 2 pictures per the limit, just ask for more. Thanks for any help!
  16. So I was on a sandbar on the republican river today and found these, along with several others. I think they may be bison bones, possibly ice age, (this is in NE Kansas) but could you guys help out? Thanks. I will upload more pictures soon. PS each piece is about 3 inches on the long lost side and around 1 inch wide (the first one is about 3/4 inches thick), and I haven't cleaned them yet
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  18. Hi! Im looking dinosaurus bones with interesting structure and color like from photo. In return I can offer fossils....
  19. A few bones I found in big brook I'm assuming deer raccoon but I just wanted to make sure and if any help how you can I'd if a bone is old or not thanks. I can add more pics if needed thanks for your help
  20. hi guys, yesterday i found this bone while collecting fossils plants , really i dont know if its fossilized or not, maybe not. If not i will keep it anyway, its nice
  21. Hey all, i am planning a trip to Calvert Cliffs in Maryland with my girlfriend, but I was curious if there were any guides that frequently assist people who have never been to the cliffs before. It looks a little intimidating, but perhaps that's because I've never been there. Would you even suggest a guide if one was available? Or is it not crazy to go without one? I just want to be safe there. Could you offer your best advice if I were to go by myself to let's say Brownie's beach? Obviously I'd love to come across a Meg, as I've never found a tooth bigger than 3/4 of an inch before. It would be a thrill id never forget. I most certainly don't want anyone to give up any secret spots, but I'd love to know your best advice on a newbie like myself looking for some better looking fossils. Lastly, do I need to be wading in water to search for megs? I really wanted to strictly search on land (obviously not directly in the cliffs as I know that's illegal, and I wouldn't even if it was legal due to ruining something so naturally pretty). Thanks so much everybody.
  22. Hey all, I am New to the forum, and very happy to be here with all of you. I live close to Philadelphia, but have been traveling to New Jersey to a well known creek that dates back to the Cretaceous period to hunt for fossils. I found this one thing and I have no clue what it is. Perhaps you'd be able to assist? since I can't post too many photos in the same message, I'm going to add a couple more possible fossils that I don't know how to ID. thanks for having me here everybody! brettco
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  24. This past weekend in Central VA it was low 70s on Saturday and low 80s on Sunday with an extremely low tide both days, mid-morning. My wife and I, our buddy and 17 y/o son (TFF member Daleksec) and another friend of ours took the boat out on the Pamunkey River Saturday morning for a little fossil hunting / collecting. Since the tide was so low, we decided to start out with some surface hunting at a little beach with a nice Calvert Formation exposure. We immediately hit the jack pot and found some nice sharks teeth and random bone pieces. After finding everything on the surface we all started screening. (This is what my wife and I found Saturday.) The 3 buddies had this much or more in their bags for the day. If anyone knows what this 1" piece of bone that looks like a jaw is, please chime in. After a few hours of collecting and the tide coming in fast, Daleksec noticed an exposed vertebrae on the beach about 6 inches from where I had just picked up a tooth. After some quick exploration this is what we saw. My hand for quick scale. (Yes, I realize everyone's hands are different sized.) We were racing the incoming tide at this point. We didn't know how much of the skeleton was there since we didn't get to explore in either direction. I was pretty sure I saw a humerus and counted 12 vertebrae exposed before we covered it. The tide came in and covered it all about 5 mins after we finished burying the exposed bones in matrix to protect. The bones are literally sitting in the base of the Calvert Formation and right on top of the Old Church Formation. This Old Church exposure is the ONLY Oligocene exposure in VA. Obviously, our fossil plans for Sunday just changed and then we spent the rest of Saturday teasing Daleksec about the raccoons, opossums and deer coming to get "his" skeleton or at least running off with "his" skull. :-) Everyone but he enjoyed the witty banter about "his" disappearing skeleton. With the rising tide we decided to head farther up river to an Eocene / Oligocene contact exposure I know. Checked out the first small area and only 1 small tooth was found. My buddy wanted me to move him around a bunch of overhanging trees and snags. As I dropped him off on the bank (beach all covered by tide at this point), he walks over and picks up THIS!! He gets my attention and said, "I found something. I don't know what it is, but I'm not throwing it away." This is the very 1st Squalodon tooth I've seen found at this Oligocene exposure in 7 years of collecting here. To say I was jealous was an understatement, but I'm glad if someone had to find it and it couldn't be my wife or me, it was him. This pretty much finished up our day and WOW, what a day it was. Sunday in the next post.
  25. I need some help identifying what I think "might" be a mosasaur bone. Also, the skinny, orange items are a mystery as well. I defer to y'alls expertise!