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  1. That odd smell of death

    Good afternoon! Everything I find currently is from the North Sea, and I do end up finding a lot of bones with the spongey part (cancellous?) exposed through breakage or wear. Some crumble at a light touch, and most of these have a distinct odor like decay, not horrendous but definitely notable, even months after they've dried up. Does the smell indicate, like I have been assuming, that they are subfossilized, and/or possibly younger specimens? When I think back to natural history museum visits, I don't recall that smell, and not every fossil bone I have found has the smell. Some of the teeth I found do as well. Thanks in advance for any info, it is mostly just a question of curiosity.
  2. So, I was hanging fossils on my wall. I’ll post a picture of that later. I happened to grab a piece of petrified wood, when I noticed something I didn’t notice before. There were tunnels inside the petrified wood. One tunnel goes clear to the other side of the wood. You can see through it. That is the first discovery. Not sure if that’s caused by a prehistoric tree parasite or something else. Second discovery, on September 11, 2020, I discovered a large piece of Coprolite in Kemmerer Wyoming. Not sure if I spelled that correctly. Many people here and at the quarry said it was turtle Coprolite. However, today, I discovered what looks like bones inside it. It didn’t break, a small piece chipped away, revealing this. This may actually be crocodilian Coprolite. I’m not sure, though. Pictures are attached. You can see the tunnel in the petrified wood and the black spots in the Coprolite that are suspected bones. Anyway, I thought this would catch everyone’s interest. I wanted to share it. Jared
  3. Bones

    San Antonio, Tx / Helotes, Tx A friend of mine who lives a few miles from me sent me this picture. These were found in her yard.
  4. Two Hollow Bones

    I found a couple of interesting fossil bones yesterday along the Calvert Cliffs (Miocene exposure) in Maryland. Any ideas to what these belonged? #1 - My guess is this one is a bird bone. It's smooth (inside and out) and hollow all the way through to the closed end. If this is from a bird, do you know what type of bone it is (anatomically)? And any thoughts on what type of bird it might be from? I realize that isolated and broken bones can't usually be identified too specifically, but this seems fairly large, so I'm wondering if there might be good candidates for type of bird. #2 - This spike-shaped/pointy bone is also at least partially hollow inside, though the walls of the bone are thicker/more robust than the one above. I'm not sure if the central cavity goes all the way through. I've only been able to confirm that it's a few centimeters deep, just past the longitudinal holes/borings on the outside of the bone; however, I think the cavity may extend further but is filled in with matrix (I don't have the tools handy at the moment to clean more of this out). Speaking of those holes on the outside, they're irregular/asymmetrical, and I'm guessing they're post-mortem invertebrate borings. As can be seen in the two photos on the bottom left there are two grooves on opposite sides that run the length of the bone--one of these is more distinct than the other, though the one on the other side might just be more worn. I haven't a clue what this one is, and would love to hear your thoughts!
  5. What is it???

    I found this nasty looking fossil in October 2020 and it appears to be the remains of some poor animal. What in the world is this??
  6. Mosasaur Vertebrae

    Hey all. Seems with me not getting out to the river today, due to finally having some rain, I was looking at my verts. I assume the different shapes are due to different species and not age as they vary a lot. Is there a site or book, or something that has a listed with pics of the differences? I would like to see if I can label any of the 50+ to keep them together. Thanks for any help.
  7. Found in early Jurassic rocks on the Whitby coast. Lots of ironstone nearby so could be geological? But wanted to check if anyone thought it could be bones! Was too heavy to bring up the cliff. Any help is very appreciated! Cheers
  8. Hunting at McFadden Beach

    I've found a number of fossilized jaws on this beach that I have no clue of the animal they came from. Hopefully someone here will be able to tell me. We also find many bones of probably bison that hasn't fossilized. So here are a few pics -------- This is what the beach looks like.
  9. Triassic Wing Ribs or Sedimentary Trace?

    Found this piece on a walk near a Triassic outcrop in Pennsylvania, has a pretty exact visual similiarity to the wing rib of a Triassic reptile but is likely just some form of sedimentary trace. It would be great to get some more opinions on this piece to see if its worth holding onto or I would label it to be definitely sedimentary and rid of it, which I feel is the case.
  10. 3 more bones

    Found in San Bernardino County on California side of the Colorado River.
  11. Bones from baltic region

    Hey guys if i would get id and information if the bones i found are fossilised and if they are then who does they belong to would be very cool! I found them washed out on the beach of the baltic sea after the storm, from poland side "Mikoszewo" not far from kaliningrad border https://imgur.com/a/NfQFPkg there are photos of 3 bones i found, i have more bounds but need to bring them from the car and make photos, will add them later today Any help would be appreciated!:)
  12. Pleistocene Bone Identifications

    We found these bones laying in sandy gravel in a sandbar in the Brazos River near Brookshire, TX in an area that has Pleistocene mammals and reptiles. I've read threads that joke about chunkosaurs when there is too little bone to identify, and these may fit that bill! I know they don't have a lot of identifying characteristics. I'm hoping to at least rule out a few things or get a few possibilities. My young niece and nephew have come out with us some to look for fossils, and it would be neat to tell them a little bit about these since at their age they just think all fossils = dinosaur. :-) I'm also testing out editing the pictures to cut down the file size so that I can post more, so I apologize if that's a little messy. There are three different bone fragments with six pictures apiece. The first fragment was smaller than the others and darker. The second was the largest and had a sort of compressed oval shape. The third was a chunky more rounded bone. Thanks again for any help.
  13. Pleistocene mammals from Po Valley

    Bonjour all fellow collectors, my aut gave this bone to me years ago. They are pleistocene / early holocene specimens collected in Po valley in the '70. Do you have any ideas about what they might be? Thanks to all of you.
  14. Calvert Cliffs Fossil Bones

    I found the two objects below yesterday along the Calvert Cliffs in Maryland (Miocene exposure). Any insights on what they might be? Thanks! #1 - I’m not totally sure this is a fossil at all, but could it be a dolphin/whale inner ear bone? (Would be my first.) #2 - I know isolated and incomplete bones are hard to ID, but I’m wondering if there’s enough here to identify the type of bone and maybe even type of animal.
  15. 2019 Year End Fossil Review

    From the album Some Minnesota ~Fossils

  16. Placoderm bones/armour?

    Hi is there any possible way this could be pieces of Placoderm armour or bones? There very different from what I usually find in the area and seem to be vertebrate in origin if it’s not geologic.
  17. I know there are worn or broken but would like any information on them. They are fairly large. I think the two white ones might be from the same animal or age, while the black one is very dense and was possibly much bigger than the remaining piece, but I don't know. They came from a beach near Fort Pierce Florida. You can see the rule for scale. Thanks for any thoughts.
  18. Mammal Bones ID Help!

    Hi, I have three bones today that need your help to ID. They were found on Iowa River's alluvial deposits. Thank you!
  19. Large NJ Cretaceous Bone

    Found this thick bone piece in a new jersey cretaceous creek and wonder if its possible to maybe id since one side has a distinct rough texture while the other is flatter and striated, I would guess either large turtle, mosasaur, or dinosaur. My friend joked its a theropod maxilary skull fragment, but we all know around here that material seems close to impossible to come across haha. Interested to hear any other thoughts.
  20. What do preparers use to create a false matrix for fossil displays like this? Thanks!
  21. This looks authentic to me but I wanted to be sure. The fossils in the background of these photos kind of raised some red flags for me, especially the air holes in the trilobite mortality plate on the left. Ichthyosaur bones on a fossil plate, origin is listed as Posidonia Shale Formation, Holzmaden, Germany. Thanks friends!
  22. Please help identify teeth and bones

    Hey all, its been a while since I posted last. Due to the drought, the river is low so I went looking around. I was walking the river bank and stumbled on an area I can't make sense of. In an area about 15 ft across and 4 ft high there are bones and teeth everywhere. It appears as if there are multiple species of animals, but primarily I am finding a lot of what I think are cow jaws. It is located near a small college established in the 1850's. It is also located in an area that had a heavy native american population. I am attaching some photos I took and would like some input on animal type, how old they may be (I know that may be difficult). I am taking the day off tomorrow to really take a good look and do a bit of digging. Any help would be appreciated. I am sure I will post more pictures as I get into this further. Thank you.
  23. Newbie on TFF - Bovid Jaw?

    Hi everyone, I am a newbie from the Tulsa area. I've always loved looking for fossils and it's been a major part of my life. Yesterday I found a Jaw in the Arkansas River and I'm trying to ID it (age + time period). Looks Bison-ish to me (after looking for the stylid) but I am not sure. Tooth wear (M1-M3) suggest an older bovine (7-10 y/o) and this was the only piece laying on the river bed with no other piece close by. Any help is appreciated and I am very excited to have joined TFF!
  24. Two small toe bones

    Look like they might be from the same critter but I don’t know which one. Thanks
  25. Pleistocene or recent stuff?

    Dear TFF Members, I went yesterday for a fossil hunt in the sand pit I usually visit to hunt for Pleistocene stuff and I found several fossils, but some of them make me wonder if they are truly Ice Age or recent: First of all because of their size - the preservation of some of them was a huge surprise: For instance these: No only is the triangle shaped bone almost unscratched, but the two large ones are not hollow (which was normally the case): The other large bones have got a sort of white colour at the exposed edges - which is also something I have never seen before: