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  1. Fossil Hunting Sites in CT for beginners

    I'm new to fossil hunting, but would like to get started somewhere in Connecticut. I've been using http://www.fossilspot.com/STATES/CT.HTM as a resource to look up fossil sites, but much of those locations have little to no guidance on how to get there. Would anyone mind recommending some good (legal) sites in CT for me?
  2. Egg?

    I know there are tons of 'not an egg' look alike rocks but as they don't seem to resemble this one I will venture to ask...my daughter found this in a shallow riverbed on our camping trip last week to central Connecticut. The brown shell like pieces are thick and uniform. There are some in the opposite side as well, will upload more pictures. This pic was taken the day of the find. Any insight would be welcome. My daughter is 4 and pulled it out because we were discussing all the different colors of the river rocks. This one looked nothing like the others. A man we had chatted with the day prior lives close to the riverbed and had spent the summer doing a lot of rock stacking and moving lots of the river stones around to build these rock nests in the water for his toddler to play in. A lot of the areas we were wading in were spots he'd been uncovering and relocating rocks. ANYWAY - any comments are welcome. Thanks in advance.
  3. I found some teeth and bone fragments digging footings in my backyard. Any idea what animal these might be from? Thanks!!
  4. Hi, this tooth was found in my front yard in Wethersfield, CT while I was exploring whether there were any datable artifacts in a test pit just outside my house (supposedly oldest house in CT). I only found a few historical artifacts (wrought nail) and was mostly chasing charcoal (Native people were burning the area) and wanted to see if I could get to the clear glacial till when this tooth popped out of nowhere. This is definitely not my area of experience. Thanks for any help Paul
  5. I live in the Northeast of the USA. I found this bone out in the forest yesterday and I’m having trouble identifying it due to its size. As shown in the photos, the bone looks very scratched up, probably chewed on, and both joints on each end have been snapped off. The bone was cracked down the middle, then fell off my counter which split it in half. I don’t have a metric ruler, but 12 inches is about 30 centimeters. If it had the joints I think it would be closer to 15 inches, or 38 centimeters. I was thinking it was a white tail deer tibia or possibly a femur (I was leaning more towards tibia due to the curvature) but everything I saw said that deer tibias and femurs aren’t more than 10-11 inches even with the joints. I know it’s pretty broken up, but guesses from anyone?? Thanks! (Can’t upload all the photos due to file size so I will comment with more)
  6. Yet Another Egg ID Request

    Hi! Yep, this is the ten thousandth request to identify an "egg". I am pretty sure it's a fossilized egg and not a concretion, but I don't expect it to be from a dinosaur - maybe an ancient turtle or prosauropod or something, or possibly an Archosaur like Aetosaurus (which has been found in the same area). I have read the basic and advanced topics on egg identification on the forums, and I hope I can provide enough information for a clear identification. I found this "egg" a few days ago along the south shore of the Merimere Reservoir in Connecticut. This reservoir is located in a glacier-cut valley about 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Dinosaur State Park. It is in the town of Meriden, where remains of the small Hypsognathus were discovered. Here's a bit about the geological history of the area (which is an 1800 acre preserve called Hubbard Park) from the official website: "These areas, known as the Hanging Hills of Meriden on the west and Lamentation Mountain on the east, were formed by volcanoes 200 million years ago when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Two of three major lava flows covered the red sandstone valley in Meriden. Each one cooled and hardened into trap rock known as step (basalt) and was gradually covered by sand and mud eroded from the surrounding hills. Through time, these sediments were buried by new sediment and cemented into brownstone by the slow trickle of groundwater. One exposure of the contact between the sandstone and basalt is in the cliff Northeast of Mirror Lake, 0.15 mile south of the Southern tip of Merimere Reservoir. A two foot thick layer of sandstone covers light-brown to light-red-banded silt stone and lays on top of two (2) inches of red clay with overlying basalt. Once the volcanic activity stopped, the whole region was fractured and tilted to the West. Since then, hundreds of feet of the softer sandstone bedrock have eroded from the valley leaving the dense, hard volcanic trap rock ridge layers standing out far above the surrounding landscape." What remains of the "egg" is about 11 cm (4") long and 5 cm (2") thick. It could have been round but I think more likely elongated (elongato/dictyo) and appears to have been squished a bit before fossilization, as you might expect from either being stepped on or crushed by earth or mud. It appears to have had a thick, leathery hide-like "shell" around it, in which tiny evidences of porosity can be seen, along with irregular cracks from the compression. There is a noticeably flatter side (the "bottom") which has a pattern of cracks that would be consistent with something like a crushed soft-shelled turtle egg. Unfortunately, it has been damaged and parts have broken off. The interior appears to be darker than the "shell" and the center of that core darker yet. I created a Google Photos shareable folder for the pictures since the total would be more than 4MB. You can access it HERE (I hope!). Photo comments (starting from the top, left to right): This pic mainly to show thickness of and striations in the "shell". Note the cracking pattern and the porosity of the "shell". This is what I am calling the bottom; it's very flat and also cracked. Close-up of the bottom cracks and holes. Another, closer shot of the "shell" for thickness and pattern. Side view more clearly showing the core of the "egg". Bottom again from another angle. Top view for measurement (cm). Side angled view for measurement (cm). Thank you in advance for your help. I'm happy to take any additional photos required (and maybe with better lighting!). Chris
  7. Hello! I am searching for anyone who does paid fossil excursions in CT. I'm coming there in July from FL. Grew up in Branford. My most prized possession was found at a geological camp when I was a kid 40 years ago... a dinosaur footprint and a fossilized rippled lake bed, I think from Hartford. Now I have tons of FL sharks teeth. Who can i pay to take my family hunting for CT fossils??
  8. Hello all, I have recently acquired more fossilised Ostracods from here in Connecticut. All of them are very different from each other and some come in plates as hash while others are more scattered but also whole. The plates range in sizes but the ostracods are pretty much the same everywhere. Some plates also have clam shrimp. These do not seem like particularly rare pieces although I have not seen any others from the Jurassic of CT. In return I am mostly looking for any Paleozoic material but I am open to any suggestions. Thank you everyone, More pictures will follow in the comments.
  9. Beach Stone

    Found this on the shore of Long Island Sound in Waterford, CT. Are the circular marks on this stone fossils??
  10. Hello I recently came across what I think may be a fossil but I'm not sure what it is or if its a fossil for sure. It was found in Hamden Connecticut as part of a stone wall. That part of CT has a formation dating to Jurassic I believe.
  11. Here I have a few hash plates littered with ostracods all over their surfaces, they don't show up great on camera but I will also include a closeup shot of the surface. They were all found by me here in the Jurassic shales of Connecticut. I have way too many to keep even from just one batch of matrix but feel bad throwing them away. I am not looking for anything in particular just seeing if people would be interested, Thank you all, Misha.
  12. Hi all, I have a pair of dino tracks. The left one is a Grallator sp. from the Connecticut River Valley. The right one is an Anomoepus scambus from Granby, Massachusetts. I've been trying to figure out their formation. I know they come from the Newark Supergroup. I would like to narrow it down. Do they come from the Portland Formation?
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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)
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. Semionotus sp.

    From the album Fossildude's Jurassic Fish Fossils

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

    © 2017 Tim Jones

  20. Bristol CT. Gem and Mineral Show

    Bristol Gem and Mineral Show. Saturday: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. From the album Jurassic fossils from the Newark Supergroup

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