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  1. Fossil sites around CT

    Hi everyone, I am new to this form and would like to know if there are any fossil sites in the general area around Connecticut. I myself live around Danbury CT and am not sure what places I could visit that are at most 4 hours of driving away from here. I have read about sites in PA like St.Clair and Carbondale but I believe both are closed now. Red Hill is also around that area but I don't know how I would get permission to go there. Also I don't really have a preference on type of fossil plants, fish, invertebrates, everything is welcome. Thank you
  2. Dilophosaurus ??? footprint

    From the album Dinosaurs & flying reptiles

    Eubrontes: Dilophosaurus ? Raised relief (footprint coated to stand out). 200 mya Triassic Erving, Massachusetts . Connecticut River valley. Clay sandstone **Sadly, something smudged the tip of the middle toe while still wet, and ruined the beautiful claw mark. Heel to middle claw tip = 10", & from tip of right claw to top of left claw = 8". The 2 main types you commonly see are Eubrontes and Grallator, but Eubrontes is different, as it is apparently understood to be pretty much dilophosaurus footprints. (Citation???) I know there are probably sometimes others' footprints that will fall under the name, but it seems to be to the point of Eubrontes almost being synonymous with dilophosaurus. (Citation???) I KNOW I'm going to take flak for labeling this as just "dilophosaur", and I understand why, but all in all, in this case I feel completely comfortable and safe using the name without a qualifier. I'm very sorry to all who are bothered and annoyed by it
  3. This is another update from one of my older posts where we questioned whether or not my dinosaur track slate is authentic or fake. A reliable friend helped me out with this mission. A lot of controversy was behind this fossil. This thick paint/polish applied to these rocks makes it very difficult to determine what is actually is. I decided to completely start from scratch and remove all paint. When I purchased these tracks, I knew little to nothing about these matters...Now I want to share this post to help anyone else who is interested in buying a dinosaur track online to avoid deception. You have to be very careful. ONLY BUY FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE. Please ask for as many pictures as possible from different angles from the seller and ask as many questions as possible. Locality, who, when, background, etc. There should be no reason why the seller wouldn’t be more than happy to help. When I see that thick polish/paint applied to the tracks, I avoid those listings like the plague, because it usually means something’s off, at least from my experience (others agree). Also note that listings with muliple tracks on one rock is subject to even greater suspicion. More the reason to ask questions and request better pictures. With these being sold I see two strategies played out: 1.) The seller takes a rock with one or two real tracks, and then paints on other fakes to deceive you into thinking, “oh...well this track on the left is clearly a footprint, So the other ones painted must be too...I just don’t see it as much.” And 2.) The seller takes rocks that are similar shale, etc. and paints any groove that looks like a toe, paints another one, and there you have it...a “footprint”. Before you know it, you have 20 small, medium, and large completely fabricated tracks on one rock...all fake. But back to my fossil, below are pictures of the process from beginning to end. I still have a little more work to do, but the fossil already looks much better. I dedicated 2 hours to the cleaning. A lot of scrubing. I was happy to find that the Eubrontes track was authentic. Unfortunately the other tracks, not so much. There may be something else there.. but not sure...doubtful. If there are any, they’re definitely not as evident as the Eubrontes. What I used to remove the paint: 1.) Goo Gone (does a great job for cleaning bones and other fossils in general without leaving any marks or damage, great suggestion by @DPS Ammonite). I suggest the spray. Reason being because it’s easier to apply with one hand and scrub with the other. 2.) One roll of paper towels, or rags ( but be prepared to use a ton of rags). I personally did what I can with the paper towels and then used the rags towards the end to give it a better scrub. If anyone has any other questions please privately DM me. I encourage It. I can advise further in terms of where to avoid.
  4. Fossil Hoof Prints?

    New to the forum with no knowledge of paleontology. Some type of print found in a Connecticut quary 20-25 feet down. There were hundreds and father in law brought one home ~30 years ago and has been sitting in the basement. Thanks for your help and sorry about no ruler in the photo. See coffee cup and newspaper for size reference.
  5. Hi I’m really new at this. I know a good amount about current biology but little on that which is extinct. Basically I want to learn more and this summer I want to look for fossils by the lake (Connecticut) but I don’t know what I should be looking for? I know it’ll prob be sedimentary rock, but other than how do I know what’s a good rock? (also feel free to leave me any cool facts)
  6. This is a follow-up from another post of mine regarding some dinosaur tracks I purchased a while back. We decided that that the Eubrontes track is 100% real, but some of the other footprints may be questionable or exaggerated. The stain that was used sort of makes it hard to tell. I’m not the biggest fan of this dark polish, so I was thinking I might want to remove it and apply a much lighter, more subtle polish to correctly identify which are really dino tracks vs. not. The seller told me that it’s a shoe polish that can be removed. My issue is, I’m not sure how to go about it doing it. How do I do this without damaging the specimen ? Will water and a rag potentially damage it? or is there another better way of going about it? Of course in the end event that it’s not removable it’s not the end of the world because it still a very nice piece, but like I said, I would prefer a more professional look, as I’m trying to get a little more serious about my collection. Appreciate the help and thanks
  7. I purchased this from a seller months ago and wanted some insight. The seller bought this from another person who found the fossil itself. However, the seller says that 1, or 2 of the grallator tracks may be exaggerated or not tracks. It seems to me that the Eubrontes track is indeed authentic but I wanted to know what you guys think? These days people scam all over the Internet, but I have faith that the seller was truthful. Thanks in advance for feedback.
  8. Semionotus sp.

    From the album Fossildude's Finds

    Semionotus sp. East Berlin Formation, Hartford Basin, Newark Supergroup A dephosphatized semionotid from the East Berlin Formation, Hartford Basin. Found October 21, 2017

    © 2017 Tim Jones

  9. Bristol CT. Gem and Mineral Show

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    Bristol Gem and Mineral Show. Saturday: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  10. Students Catalog Wesleyan’s Lost Fossil Collections by Olivia Drake, Wesleyan University, July 6, 2017 http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2017/07/06/students-catalogue-wesleyans-lost-fossil-collections/ Yours, Paul H.
  11. For anyone who finds themselves up to the challenge of fossil hunting in Massachusetts/New England I have a couple of very informative books to recommend. These books are also relevant for anyone hunting in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Fossils can be hard to find here in Northeastern USA so it pays off to do your homework! I've met both of the authors of these books and they're definitely experts on the local geology/paleontology. Happy Trails! Title: Carboniferous Plant Fossils of North Attleboro, Massachusetts Author: Steve Emma Description: An in depth guide to the Pennsylvanian aged plant fossils that can be found in the Narragansett Bay area. This area includes southern Massachusetts and much of Rhode Island. Title: Windows into the Jurassic World Author: Nicholas G. McDonald Description: An in depth look at the Jurassic aged geology and fossils found in the Connecticut River Valley area which extends from Western Massachusetts down through Connecticut.
  12. I purchased this in Woodbury Connecticut in a furniture antique store. I was told it was a fossil "millions" of years old. The dimensions are 17" wide x 4" tall x 1/2" thick. What you see on the back of the fossil is glue as it was attached to a frame and I have not attempted to remove the glue. I appreciate any insight as to what it is and age. Thank you.
  13. Theropod Footprints

    From the album Jurassic fossils from the Newark Supergroup

    Theropod Footprints- The top two digits are from one individual. The bottom digit was buried by another facing in the opposite direction. Jurassic Period East Berlin Formation Newark Supergroup Middlefield, Connecticut A gift from Tim (fossildude19). Thanks again, Tim.
  14. From the album Jurassic fossils from the Newark Supergroup

    Semionotus sp. Early Jurassic Shuttle Meadow Formation Newark Super Group Durham, CT.
  15. Redfieldius gracilis

    Nearly complete fossil of Redfieldius gracilis. Missing only the anterior portion of skull and jaw. Early Jurassic, (Hettangian) Newark Supergroup, Hartford Basin, Shuttle Meadow Formation. Counterpart in second image.
  16. hello there. my name is Jonathan. and i'm new to fossil forum. next week i'm planning to go to Florida with my family next week and i'm aware that Florida is a great state to look for fossils. but i don't know where to go exactly, if anyone can tell me where i could go, i would appreciate it. i'm going to Fort Lauderdale. so if there's anything nearby, that would be great. also, i'm from Connecticut, and i know that Connecticut isn't the ideal state to hunt for fossils. however i do know that the fossils that are in CT dates back to the early Jurassic ( 200 million years ago ). i'm not sure if they're any dig sites available, and if they are, can anyone tell me the name of the site, the address, the fossils that are there, and whether or not i need permission? i would highly appreciate that. thank you.
  17. They were out there somewhere, we knew they were. We knew from the start this wouldn't be easy. Or pleasant. We had seen them before, but this was different. Everything was different. These fish had been underground for longer than anyone could remember. It was our job to bring them out and we knew from experience they'd never come out alive. Tim aka Fossildude19 was the hardened sleuth. He'd been here many times. Mike aka Pagurus was newer to the game but just as determined. The day was dry and hot, but our search area centered around a mudhole in the ground. They say if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging, but we were on a mission. We couldn't go home empty-handed. While Tim applied his shovel several yards away, on a secret mission, Mike foolishly hopped into the mudhole. The mud was as thin as a can of turkey gravy watered down to feed a dozen unexpected guests. Mike searched the hole for the elusive shale and began expanding the hole. As the mudhole widened, it filled with overhanging dirt. More shale was exposed. A good thing. The mud got muddier. Not so good. Mike got closer and closer to his quarry and with the now sticky mud up to his elbows and dripping into his work boots he pried the shale loose from its lair. The mud-caked shale was piled on drier land and Mike crawled out of his hole. Tim, an accomplished shale-splitter, was invited to help with the splitting. There's always a fellow fisherman, with the same bait and tackle as his buddies, who catches twice as many fish. While Mike split his share of the shale and found a few scales, a few plant pinules and a few coprolites, Tim the fossildude found this fish: Tim the Generous handed the fish to Mike to work on at home and to add to his collection. Thank you Tim! Here are the results, an almost complete Semionotus. Success! It's a small fish, about 3 1/4 inches long. Oh, and Tim also decided to hop into the hole, wisely covering the mud with a drop cloth first. It helped a little. Edit: I forgot some important details. Found in Connecticut, Early Jurassic, Shuttle Meadow Formation, Newark Supergroup.
  18. Wethersfield CT

    Found all of these in Wethersfield CT. I think they aren't anything special but maybe you guys can see something I'm not. I apologize for putting them in seperate posts but my phone won't let me do it all at once. This one is about 4 centimeters long.
  19. Complete(?) Redfieldius.

    From the album Fossildude's Finds

    Redfieldius gracilis. Small, possibly complete specimen. Needs some prep. Early Jurassic, Shuttle Meadow Formation, Hartford Basin, Newark Supergroup, Connecticut. Found 8.9.2015

    © © 2015 Tim Jones

  20. Ct's Petrified Forest

    Anyone hear of CT's petrified forest in Southbury? I might go for a hike to see if I could find any fossils in the woods near the sites they have been found. Most of the petrified trees there are a new species of conifer and work is still being done on another possible species. It being the only Mesozoic forest in New England (yet) makes me wonder where the creature fossils are as most trees are persevered by flash flooding/mudslides.
  21. Connecticut

    Hello! I decided to start this topic as a way to discuss my state's fossils. If anyone has ever hunted in Connecticut feel free to share what you found and any stories you have. I feel like Connecticut has a lot of fossils but in isolated locations. So I think that if more people talk about Connecticut and what they have found here it might prove to people that it could be worth a trip here. It could also lead to more discoveries about Connecticut's fossils and geology. With that said, if anyone plans on going collecting soon then good luck and have a wonderful day.
  22. Totoket Mountain

    Anyone ever been up to Totoket Mountain/ Bluff Head? I am considering going there sometime this summer. Any stories or advice would be greatly appreciated. Also what gear to bring would be helpful. If anyone plans on collecting soon then good luck and have a nice day.
  23. Roadcuts

    Anyone ever collect along road cuts in Connenticut? It seems like most of the sedimentary rocks of the right age run through interstate highways. If you have collected where was it and what did you find? (pictures would be great, site or fossil)
  24. Anyone know of any sites in ethier Fairfield or New Haven Counties? I know of the New Haven Arkrose but I dont know where you could easily access it. I think there are some places in Bethel too but again I dont know where they are. Quarries or roadcuts would also be helpful. P.S I know of the link that everyone posts that is a list of sites in CT and that is where I get most of my information from but I think some newer resources would be useful.
  25. Jurassic conifer

    From the album Jurassic fossils from the Newark Supergroup

    Brachyphyllum scotti (conifer) Lower Jurassic Shuttle Meadow Formation Newark Supergroup Southington, CT. Donated to the author by Tim Jones. Thanks, Tim.
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