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Found 44 results

  1. Just a weird "rock"?

    Hi all. While working in northern alberta Canada, I found a couple of these odd "rocks" amongst a bunch of normal football sized stones. I have zero experience with anything in this field. But they stood out to me, so I took one home. I'm not hopping it's anything. But I'm very curious about it. As its structure looks organic to my untrained eyes. So I just wanted to throw some pictures out there. And see if it's just some coal and odd sedimentation. After cleaning it with hot water, I grabbed a small hammer and chisel and started poking around the "back" side. I figured the front just looks cool. And the back portion seems to not have the same detail/structure. It seems to have a relatively soft outer shell, and deposits of something that seems like coal. And underneath a dense more rock like structure that seems to mirror the outer layer. Dense enough to spark a chisel. Also there was a couple pockets of "crystalized", variation of the material I assumed was coal. I realize to this community, my probing methods are crude. But it was just a rock that looked like bone to me initially. And I'm in no way a professional. But who doesn't want to find something special!
  2. preserving fossils in coal.

    Hello, On a recent holiday to Kent I picked up some carboniferous plant fossils from a disused coal pit. Being in coal however they are rather crumbly and will not survive in their present state. Are there any methods for treatment suitable for a lightweight beginner to stabilise fossils in coal that I could use to prevent deterioration?
  3. carboniferous, plant, coal,

    Hello Fossil Fans, I found this recently at a disused coal pit in Kent (Thanet). I believe it to be carboniferous plant material. Can anyone be more specific? Also because of the nature of the coal it is very crumbly so any advice on preservation would be welcome.
  4. ESCONI recently announced a field trip to the Starved Rock Clay Pit in IL on 8/17. The layers are, from top down: Mecca Quarry Shale, Francis Creek Shale, Colchester No. 2 Coal, and paleosol. I was lucky enough to see the post in time to get on the list before it filled up. Anyone else here going? Also, I know ESCONI has been there before. Have any of you been there previously and have any tips you could share? This is my first trip to a quarry so I'm not sure what to expect.
  5. Hello! I'm new here so, please be gentle. I found a bone in the middle of my yard, in the grass, that wasn't there a few days before. I have looked and asked everywhere for someone to tell me from what animal it came. The kicker, for me, is that, a few feet outside the edge of our yard is a huge coal dump. You can't see it in the pictures, but there are tiny pieces of coal inside the hollow parts of the bone. Plus, I'm wondering where all of the (possibly) tiny tooth marks in #2 came from, and the wearing down of the bone in #4. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you! ps. I did light it, with a Zippo, but I only smelled the lighter fluid.
  6. Ricky’s Mazon Creek thread

    Hey everybody! Welcome to my Mazon Creek thread, where I’ll be posting pictures of various Mazon Creek finds! I’ve been hunting there for upwards of 10 years, so I have piles of uncracked nodules just waiting to be opened. So as they open, they’ll find their way here! Feel free to jump in and add your own and keep this thread going! And I’m sure there are many that have gone unidentified, so I’ll probably need some help from the experts!
  7. stratigraphic framework of the Glenshaw

    link Martino, R. L., 2004, Sequence stratigraphy of the Glenshaw Formation(middle– late Pennsylvanian) in the central Appalachian basin, in :J. C. Pashin and R. A. Gastaldo, eds., Sequence stratigraphy,paleoclimate, and tectonics of coal-bearing strata: AAPG Studies in Geology 51, p. 1–28. size: about 6 Mb the emphasis is on sequence stratigraphy and (correlation of)paleosols: the need for a background of knowledge of these subjects lies in the gray area between "absolutely necessary" and "comes in handy"
  8. Found in coal seam

    I work in the coal mine in South western pa. Northern wv. I find petrified wood mostly fern tree piece but can't find much about them online. I also find what I think is pyrite.I know that they are mostly fern. They are out of the Pittsburgh seam and are around 330 million years old. Any other info would be appreciated.
  9. What does this mean?

    When walking along titlow beach in WA (Eocene time period) and we find coal buried in the side of a cliff. Does this mean there was a plant there? bacteria? Tree bark? How did this get here? Also when walking along a Covington river far from the ocean in WA, we find a perfect stripe of coal on the side of a sedimentary rock wall. We can dig it out and it goes back very far. Does this mean that it was the bottom of a lake, ocean or forest where plenty of plants died and were covered in sediment? How did this coal even get here. Does this mean there might be fossils nearby?
  10. Mess of Things I need Identifyed

    Ok, I went looking for fossils in Renton, Washington state. I also went to Tukwila Washington (supposedly there are plant fossils here.) I found some things and maybe anyone could confirm if they are indeed fossils or something else. I'm not aiming for species of genus, the quality of these are not to that level, BUT if you have an idea, let me know. Thanks all. (I'm going to do kind of a dump here with all my findings.) Fig. A: Found in Green River Tukwila Washington. Not sure just picked the piece up about 1 1/2 inches long. Fig. B: Found in sedimentary rock in Renton Cedar river park. (people have found fossils here before) The picture of the boulder shows where the rock / fossil was lodged into it. Fig. C: I have no idea, it jumped out at me at Cedar River on the river bank next to a natural cut in the sediment. Fig. D: I believe this is old Carbonized wood or something like that but I'm so amateur I probably don't know what I'm talking about. It was found in the sediment (in the picture you can see it sticking out of rock). The Geologic map says Renton is in the Eocene time period but I know wood takes 300 million years to carbonize (So I read) Anyways if you could tell me how this got so deep in the sediments and maybe its age that would be great. (the sediment was on the side of a cliff so it wasn't someone's campfire unless they broke gravity.) Fig. E: Again, not sure. It feels like carbon but maybe with bark or something on it. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The last few images I couldn't take home because they were too huge ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fern maybe: I found this in Renton WA by Green river. Carbonized Log Maybe: I found this streak of charcoal looking substance imbedded in a rock and I cant get it out but it is indeed deep in the rock. You can see on the side that it goes all the way through. Tukwila Maybe Plant: Probably the only fossil I found so far. I have my best bet on this one. No idea what it truly is. Dash Point Leaf?: At Dash point Tacoma Washington I found this chunk of clay with a deciduous looking leaf shape but I did not take it home with me. A lot of this clay had black splotches on it and it was probably only a coincidence. If you made it this far holy cow I'm sorry for just dumping but anything helps. THANK YOU!
  11. Edestus teeth

    From the album Sharks and fish

    The shark relative is genus of eugenodontia holocephalid from the Carboniferous-Pennsylvanian age Anna shale formation, Carbondale group, found in different Illinois coal mines. I dont know(yet)which mine these were found in. This unidentified species is of the "vorax-serratus- crenulatus-heinrichi" or "E. heinrichi group", with the teeth being more of a standard triangular shape, as opposed to being thinner and pointed at a forward angle as in the "E. minor" group http://www.thefossilforum.com/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=501751
  12. No idea what this is.

    I have several fossils like the one shown here. My collection is approx 300-350 years old, Cahaba River Valley, central Alabama, carboniferous. The size is about the same as a shoe sole. Any idea what it is? Leave comment if more info is needed.
  13. Coal seam ?

    Very new to fossil hunting. I was wondering if I would be likely to find any other kinds of fossils in a sandstone outcrop with lots of what looks like coal seams running through it - see picture.
  14. Coal Formation and Near-global Glaciation

    Feulner, G., 2017. Formation of most of our coal brought Earth close to global glaciation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(43), pp. 11333-11337. Abstract: http://www.pnas.org/content/114/43/11333.short https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29073052 Paper: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/0b23/8273be5a2b4f06d7fb1e5932b45f731944be.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  15. Carboniferous leaf and seed fossils from Donbass region

    Dear Guys, Last september I was in the coal quarry in Donbass region, near Donetsk and found these leaves and one seed fossil. The majority of leaves are from seed ferns but other remains are unidentified. Please help to identify the taxons (also seed fern genera or families) if you know more about Carboniferous plants. Best Regards Domas
  16. Clams in coal shale ?

    Found on a coal shale dump near Jolliette, PA. Fresh water bivalves ? Marine bivalves washed in during a transgression ? Or could they be Branchiopods ? Other ?
  17. Possible seeds in coal?

    Hi all, I have a "lump" of coal which I found at the side of a playpark many years ago and have never been able to identify the tiny fossilised things inside. I'll attach pictures I've taken down a dissecting microscope - the brown circular things are 1mm in diameter and the only other fossilised section is a 5mm wide length of something (possible plant stem) which is incomplete at both ends (and therefore not very useful). Hope someone can maybe give a suggestion or 2... Thanks in advance! Also, sorry if pics not that good...
  18. Anthracite coal

    From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    A large block of anthracite coal with no visible plant impressions. I found this near a abandoned railroad track in Mount Airy, Maryland.
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  21. Chunk of amber

    From the album Naughtistic fossils and rocks

    Just a chunk of amber pulled out of the river. It has a rock imbedded in it
  22. Pennsylvania Ferns

    Well it seems that St. Clair is closed for fossil fern digging but I wanted to know if anyone had a status on Carbondale. I found this: The website that @Fossildude19 appears to be outdated. I also found: Sue used to live in PA and her specialty was ferns. I sent her a message about her discoveries and locations. Hopefully Carbondale isn't closed to the public. There has to be some place in eastern PA that is open to the public that has some decent ferns.
  23. Folly Beach Fossil and Shell Hunt

    A few pics of the fossils and other things we found at Folly yesterday morning (at high tide no less ). We also got a lot of great shells and shell pieces, two new horseshoe crab shells (complete), and a spider crab shell (I believe that's what it is), and some corals. One of the shells Toby found that is complete is the olive shell - SC's state shell! It appears that I found coal, and possible charcoal (looks like wood on one end), so that was pretty cool! I can safely say I've never found coal or charcoal washed up on any beaches before. As far as fossils go, we got some great bone frags! They are pretty big and one of them has matrix with something else stuck to it. Debating on possibly trying to remove the matrix to see what that something else is. We also found, at the same time (we almost dove for it once we saw it - instantly new what it was! LOL) a chunk of what would have been a HUGE meg! The chuck itself is 3 inches on the diag! WHAT! So that was exciting. Toby swears he had an angy as well but dropped it in the water by mistake (I think he was trying to clean it off). I went to look for it when the waves regressed but wasn't paying attention and got soaked from the knees down. LOL I also picked some great concretions I found interesting. I also found a sea urchin! It was completely emptied on the inside so no life left. We did rescue one horseshoe crab and a sea star that were still alive and returned them to the ocean. Hope they made it! But the best part is we had a great time - about a two hour walk on the beach. The weather was amazing! Slight breeze, but not windy so no sand blowing in our faces. Temperature was perfect! Sun was out... What an amazing day! Hoping to make it back out again this week so we can go during low tide and hit those low tide lines. We have too many plans w/family for parties and Xmas gatherings this weekend to hit low tide now.
  24. Stigmaria Ficoides

    Would anyone have any sort of idea of how much this Stigmaria fossil might be worth? It is approximately 12 in. x 6 in., I do not know where it originally is from. It was found within the landscape rocks of my sisters house, which is in southwest Ohio. From what I know of these, they are Carboniferous and not typically found around here, since most of the fossils found here (Cincinnati, OH) are usually Ordovician. I was thinking this stigmaria might have been transported with rocks from a quarry for landscaping purposes. The house is over 50 years old, so I have no way of knowing where the rocks came from. I was thinking of offering my brother in law something for this fossilized tree root (He does not collect fossils by the way.) What would this stigmaria be worth to someone who collects fossils like me? Thanks to anyone who replies, your opinions will be appreciated.
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