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Found 24 results

  1. 4/19/2019

    after arriving in Utah I was itching to get out and dig. So I found a spot on google and boy did it pay off. I anyone knows what layer it is or what these are please let me know. I can’t do close up of any of the fossils tomorrow if need be.
  2. My Aurora Pile

    Hey everyone! About 2 weeks ago, the VERY generous @AshHendrick gave a portion of his Aurora pile, straight from the mine! I put it around a wood frame in my yard, and have hunted it for hours almost every day. This will be an ongoing thread, I will prob not update every day, but at least weekly. This is the pile. It's bigger than it looks in this pic (about 5.5 x 5.5 feet [a little less than 2 meters i think]) What I do is I sift into the bucket, so I don't go through it twice. I dump it somewhere else. Day 1 Coral Fish vert I think this is coprolite, but I'm not sure Turtle shell Cool rock with turritella another turritella Big steinkern Sorry about the blurry pic, the only one I took of the ray teeth The shark teeth Find of the day shark tooth in matrix the shells. Appreciate ID's That's day 1. more coming
  3. Gastropods and little clams

    My eyes are crossing trying to ID these snails and such, and I'm getting mixed times so I can't be right on them. Any help would totally rock. 2 pics each of first three, 3 angles of the fourth and fifth (clams): top, bottom, and seam. I think I got all that right! Lol
  4. Help identifying these shells!

    Can anyone identify these shells that I collected from the Glen Rose Limestone near Spring Branch, Texas. The outcrop is around 110 Ma.
  5. Years ago I use to hunt what was called the Scotai Bluffs when I live in Northern California, Eureka. I found hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of clams in those days. 99.9% were not very good. The preservation being not so good, but once in a rare while, and knowing where to look, I did find some very nicely preserved clams, but even these 'good' ones were far and few between! These are known as Clinocardium meekianum. This is one of the very best groupings ive ever found. 3 of these stuck onto a rock. Yes, these are polished but I do have one or two of these really nicely preserved ones that I left untouched. Just found this in yet another one of my boxes in January. Its now sittin in my collection. Woooooop!!! Wooooop!!! They are just the common clam, but these are truly the best Ive ever found. RB
  6. Glen Rose Formation Fossils

    Hello all, I am working on my thesis covering fossils of the lower Glen Rose Formation. Could anyone possibly help me identify these specimens? These are heart urchins which I suspect to be Epiaster whitei... Could these be heteraster instead? They range from 3 to 5 cm in diameter and are mostly crushed or broken...
  7. North texas lake

    Our trips all start out as a kayak fishing adventure. We usually end up pulling ashore for a little while and exploring. On this trip we found a lot of these fossil clams. Very cool. I dont know much about them just thought i would share.
  8. I had about an hour and a half to go hunt for fossils today. Someone had been asking to go hunting with me and today was the only time I’d be free to go until after New Years. There has been a lot of construction on highway 75 in McKinney, TX and they took a lot of the rock dug up during construction and dumped it in a field by 75 just north of the county courthouse on the east side of 75. I had seen the piles of construction rock several times and wanted to check out what fossils might be in the McKinney underground. I doubted there would be much of interest, because it’s the Austin Chalk and I live near and on it and there are very few fossils in the chalk that are preserved well and they are mostly chalk clam casts from what I’ve seen. The other things I’ve seen where the actual clam was preserved mostly had fragments of the shell and nothing whole. But I was hoping if it had been dug up maybe it would be preserved better. No such luck, but it was interesting to see. Here are a few pics I took. There were lots of clam remnants, some quite large. Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe they are Inoceramus clams. This was the dump site. It had been there a while. This is a good example of the colors you will see. The brown to taupe color (on the right) I believe to be the outer layer of the original shell. The yellow and rust color (on the left) is where the original shell pulled away from where the clam was when the chalk split. This slab is about 2 feet long and about as much wide at the top. You can see numerous layers with clam spanning the whole width and length. Sometimes multiple clams were overlaying one another. I put my key fob on this for scale. I think there were 2 clams here. One on top left and another that is only a fragment, but still looks to have been well over 12 inches wide. There were a few specimens where the whole layer of the outer shell was preserved fairly well. This is one of them. I put my hand in the pic for approximate size. I think my hand is about 8 inches long. So this clam was about 5 inches wide. I left my heavy duty hammer and chisel in the car. I tried breaking the rock so I could carry it out, but I didn’t manage to break it. Heres another one of similar size. This one must have been quite large by my estimation, but nowhere near as big as Inoceramus clams get. I read in Wikipedia that one over 3 meters had been found. This could easily have been 20 inches across or more. Most all of the slabs were 2 feet plus. The chalk often split or broke easily, but it was hard to pull apart in the plane of the clam shell in one piece. The fossils were quite fragile and not of the best quality, but they were cool to see. It was an interesting visit, but I wasn’t able to bring much home sad to say.
  9. I am talking about the bluish gray colored cigar shaped piece in the center of the specimen. I appreciate in advance your time and help. Kindly, Stephanie #2
  10. Deer Heart Clams

    Found these today on two seperate occasions. Both of them were inside of a rock. I wasn't lucky enough to get them out without damage but I certainly tried. The flint that was wrapped around them was almost impossible to fracture. I used a welders chipping hammer. I don't recommend using one for extracting fossils. These were found on the Dry Frio River near Uvalde, Tx. It used to be the cretacious lower gulf so there is a multitude of marine fossils to find.
  11. Hello esteemed experts, fellow learners and everyone else. I discovered lately, north of limassol, northwest of Amathus ancient city, 15 miles in, a 3miles by 1mile oval-ish rock formation, 300-400 ft tall, nice views villas and many nice fossils. I am gathering as much as possible, before it gets totally built over (sadly at around 60% now) So. I know what some of them are, or I could research, but why take the joy of sharing island fossils and the group learning opportunity go to waste? I have 50 or more fossils, 100eds of fragments, many concretions suspected to contain goodies, few nothings, and a lot of excitement! Any prep work needed was done with a small geometry tool with 2 needles (diabetes i thing) and custom made iron chisel, with a soft handle so that no hammer is needed. 1)big fatty 1/2 bivalve, 6x6x4cm T.B.C
  12. Fossil of a clam ON an oyster?

    What would you call this? Does it count as a fossil if it's not in sediment? Saw this on eBay advertised as "One in a Billion Ultra Rare Find: Clam Shell Fossil Imprint on an Oyster Shell"
  13. chesapeake bay fossils

    i found this in southern maryland in st leonards creek
  14. Reading back through the TFF archives I've learned a bit about Rucks Pit in retrospect. Apparently, this was once a hot place to go fossicking for fossil clams with dogtooth golden calcite but, as I understand it, the original owner had health issues and sold the property. It seems the grandson (Eddie) has resurrected this locality and there now seems to be an address a couple blocks from the former location where there are piles of material that can be searched. I've read that this location is not as productive as it used to be (a common story of many long time sites) and I'm wondering if anybody has been to the new site (Fort Drum Crystal Mine) lately? If so, did you find some interesting specimens and did it seem worth the effort/price to hunt there? The location is just two hours from my house and it might provide a novel hunting experience and something different to look for which is always fun. I may end up going regardless and would post my thoughts to the forum if I do. I just figured I'd check to see if any other TFF members have been recently. http://www.thefortdrumcrystalmine.com/ https://www.facebook.com/The-Fort-Drum-Crystal-Mine-497100650319718/ Cheers. -Ken
  15. Thanks for clicking this topic, because I really need your help! I have here several clams (14 in total) that I urgently need to get rid off! They're taking up way too much space in my collection... Here is all the info about them: • Mactra plistoneerlandica • Clam • Zandmotor, Netherlands • Pleistocene; 100'000 y All are in good condition. What you have to send back to me? Easy: anything you want (as long as it's still a recognizable fossil). For me, those shells have no value, because I find plenty of them at my usual hunting location, but for someone in the US or in Asia, it might be interesting for you. I'd put the value of those at about 3 or 4 $, so if you have any fossil/fossils of low value that you have to get rid off, I'd be glad to hear from you. Only things that I do not want: bull/dusky shark teeth, lemon shark teeth, clams/cockles. Anything else is fine. Oh, and if you only want to get one or two clams and not the whole package,that's fine too. By the way, two of them have a small hole in them, so if you are into jewelry making, you might like those. Please help me get rid of the shells asap! Best regards and happy Easter, Max
  16. Kingston NY

    Hi, I collected these yesterday near Kingston NY (rte. 209) If any one could help with ID I would be most grateful! Thx- Dave
  17. Unknown clams

    From the album Grayson Co. Texas finds

    Unknown clams found on our property. Upper Cretaceous Woodbine formation, Lewisville member
  18. Estate Sale

    I bought a giant box of rocks at an estate sale simply because they were interesting when I got home it was filled with fossils. I've spent weeks researching and haven't made it very far. I know that I have teeth, claws, and clam shells but figuring out where they came from is tricky. I would appreciate any help as I am keeping these for my personal collection and would love to be able to explain what they are. My guess is they were found sometime in the 1940's it's hard to narrow the location as their rock collection has rocks from all of the different states.
  19. Two experienced veterans here took me to one of their favorite collecting spots and together we searched the area and came up with many fine specimens of ammonites, clams and gastropods that defined the food chain and some of the more common species. Being new to this I would have to rely on them or others for proper identification, but the ecology of the site became crystal clear to me as I implemented my survey technique. Unfortunately my site photos were accidentally erased on my camera but I will take and post more on my future visits. The site is dominated by a gently sloped mesa capped by an upper Cretaceous shale interlaced with calcite crystals. These are contained in rusty brown clay ironstone and limestone concretions. The soil is very sandy and easy digging. Buried very shallow under it are brown to gray nodules about 30-5- cm in diameter. These are easy to split open with hammer strokes and contain large numbers of molluscs and ammonites. A 3 meter by 3 meter area was examined down to about 10cm and contained a single outcrop of shale and limestone which was broken down to 3cm pieces. Anything of significance was examined and representative samples collected to be photographed and examined for identification. Any help others can provide in identification is appreciated. Photos follow.
  20. Mazon Creek Fauna and Flora

    From the album mazon Creek

    What is Esconites Zules Mazon Creek Polychaete Worm Fossil with Preserved Jaws worth?
  21. 2013 03 30 17.21.39

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Along the edge of the cliffs there are three major formations. The youngest of these three is known as the St. Mary's formation which began forming during the Miocene. This is a chunk taken out of the St. Mary's formation. As you can see, these formations produce evidence of prehistoric marine life. See: http://www.mgs.md.gov/esic/brochures/ccliffs.html
  22. Another Day At The Bluffs

    I took another trip out to the Scotia Bluffs, Located in Northern CA, on monday. Here is a description of the geology according to wikipedia: The course of the lower Eel River changes from northeasterly to westerly as it encounters a resistant formation of fossiliferous upper Pliocene marine sandstone 15 miles (25 kilometers) inland from the Pacific Ocean.River turbulence has created deep pools beneath steep sandstone cliffson the northeasterly bank. Tributary streams, including Nanning Creek, cut steep, narrow canyons through the cliffs. The southwesterly bank ofthe river is an alluvial plain extending to the estuary. The community of Rio Dell occupies the bank opposite the cliffs.[1] The cliffs expose abundant remains of ancient clams and sand dollars.[2] This is a beautiful spot and has many fossils, but not a whole lot of variety. The area is constantly changing and somewhat dangerous during the rainy season, but it has been an uncharacteristicly dry winter this year. I had another good day and found many scallops and clams as well as some moon snails. There were an incredible amount of clams this time, I probably could have brought 100 home, but I figured I'd leave some to appease the fossil gods. In fact if anyone wants a clam, PM me with your address and I will mail you one. I included pictures of my finds for the day. I am particularly pleased with the trace scallop fragment, it stands and displays very nicely. I am getting more familiar with the site and will be going back today to hopefully find some sand dollars and maybe bring home some concretions to experiment with cracking them open. Happy Fossil Hunting, Rodney
  23. Gmr 4

    I went to GMR in Greenville NC yesterday found some clams, a small Mako, some broken pieces of GW, Meg, and Goblin, a couple crows, and a sawfish rostril?
  24. I found this clam in the Pennsylvanian, Winterset limestone of Kansas City, Jackson county Missouri. Found in a spot I had previously not been to but a spot I will definatly go back to! As a matter of fact, I will swing by there on the way home from work today and take some pictures of the cut! It is a massive exposure and Missourian tells me it is a complete section of the Winterset. I like this little clam because it is not the usual dirty brown and yellow color of most of my finds in the Winterset. pic1 pic2 pic3 pic4 I was having a bit of trouble ID'ing it and Missourian helped me out and suggested Wilkingia, but also mentioning Allorisma. I was stumped because the only Wilkingia I have in my collection I found a couple months ago and posted in this thread... http://www.thefossil...__fromsearch__1 As you can see the one I found a couple months ago is much larger and the two don't really look alike but I done a quick image search on google and the Allorisma on the other hand looks quite like this new example. Anyways, just thought it was a really nice little fossil and I wanted to share! Thanks Missourian for the ID on the fossil and the help with the strata set! and thanks everybody for looking at my clam!
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