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  1. Buda formation crabs

    I thought I would check out a small exposure of what I think is Buda formation, I wasn't expecting much but I thought maybe I might get lucky, boy did I. The most interesting finds were two crab carapaces IDed as graptocarcinus texanus, (thanks Dan) enough talking, pictures!
  2. hi guys sorry to bother again but i have found these two crustaceans on our favourite auction site and was wondering whether they were both real(apparently the lobster has a little restoration to the claws) and if so which one would you guys prefer to go for thansk
  3. Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you about the crab carapace which I found in 2012. I found it at the Rocky Point Quarry, Rocky Point, North Carolina, USA. This little crab carapace captivated me and I am so thankful to Alex Osso for responding to a trip post I made in 2012. I thought I had a regular little carapace, but with his help and then Don Clements and among several others, the carapace made it's way to George Phillips. Then the research began. I want to thank everyone whom has been a part of this adventure, timeless research, keeping me informed, answering my questions and just taking to needed time to complete the project! Thank you to so many whom also include Barry W. M. van Bakel, Alex Osso, George Phillips, Don N. Clements, Torrey Nyborg, Francisco J. Vega, Trish Weaver, The North Carolina Fossil Club and the manager of the Rocky Point Martin Marietta Quarry, Doug Pope. The crab carapace has been named: Cenocorystes libbyae n. sp. I donated the crab carapace to the Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina. The carapace found by the Mark Mckoy Family is in the article too! Such an amazing find! WOW! Have a wonderful 2019 everyone and happy fossil hunting! I posted a link to the article below, hope it works. If not let me know and I may need a little help from a friend with it. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195667118303495?dgcid=coauthor. The article is published by ELSEVIER, Cretaceous Research. The pic below is from the day I found it in 2012. All the best! Happy hunting in 2019! Libby
  4. Beach finds

    It seems a lot of people don’t think that there’s a lot to find at the outerbanks beaches. If there’s shells there usually can be some fossils that can be found to. All these have been found in the same stretch of beach that is in front of the same three or four houses for the past 10 years. I usually go for one to two weeks a year and have stayed in the same home. Some years I don’t find any but if there are shells you’ve got a good chance.
  5. crab ID

    Just curious. I keep seeing these hand mined boney crab fossils from the green river formation from Chinese sellers on an auction site. I have also seen them listed as from Madagascar. They don't look like green river fossils. Just wondering if they are real and where they actually come from.
  6. Christmas presents

    I thought I would share a couple of my Christmas presents. A beautiful Pulalius vulgaris crab prepared by our own @RJB When he calls his B crabs or everybody else's A crabs. A deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Leg mount from Florida. Pleistocene. All of the bones were found together and are associated. A Megaloceros Giganteus jaw section with two teeth.
  7. I figured it was time to do a little learning and went to find a diagram of a crab so I could learn all the parts of a crab instead of just prepping one out and putting it on my shelf. I spent over 40 minutes and only found one that really wasnt very good. I am hoping that someone here can lead me to a really good diagram? Thank you to everyone. RB
  8. My second time out fossil hunting for crab fossils and struck pay dirt! Found 2 nice examples of what I think is Tumidocarcinus from some Googling. My first time finding a complete(ish) fossil so I am very excited! Found a smallish one and a medium one. Both seem to have the legs and claws.
  9. Cretaceous crab pieces

    I believe these are parts from a crab I found in NJ, from what I see I think the large one is from the shoulder or bicep from a crab, is it possible to identify anything else about the animal?this side is fairly flat with the bottom edge protruding out.this side is round but in pretty bad condition.side view of the piece.
  10. Ok, this is actually yet another crab prep. I figure its a round rock so I named it the way I did cause so many folks think a round rock is a fossil dino egg. Anyways, I bought 27 crab concretions from a friend of mine just a short time ago and went through them today. I picked out this one just because of the size. Its a monster! Im used to the ones that are about the size of a baseball. This one is more like a soccer ball. Quite heavy too! I spent 2 hours on it already and have another 7 or 8 hours or so of removing rock. Quite boring, but I think I 'read' this one right and this way is better than 'WHACKING' it with a sledge hammer. Time will tell. If it turns out to be a dud it will be a huge waste of time but sometimes doing this is a gamble. Ive always said, "if you dont gamble, you dont win". These cost me $530. Believe me, Ive lost many many times. But with this crab prep thread you can go through all the ups and downs with me. Hopefully more ups than downs. Dont want anyone seeing me break down and cry. I cant prep like I used to and this is gunna take some time being soooooooooo much rock to remove, but once down to the crab, either the fun starts,,,,,, or the heartbreak starts? Gunna be interesting no matter what. So,,,,,, the count so far is: 2 hours I just looked at the first pic. Looks smaller than it actually is. this rock measures 6 inches across.
  11. Joeranina2.jpg

    From the album Cretaceous Vancouver Island

    Joeranina platys Haslam Formation (Upper Santonian - Lower Campanian) Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  12. crab 3.jpg

    From the album Cretaceous Vancouver Island

    ?Bicornisranina bocki? Haslam Formation (Upper Santonian - Lower Campanian) Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  13. crab comp 2.jpg

    From the album Cretaceous Vancouver Island

    Joeranina platys Haslam Formation (Upper Santonian - Lower Campanian) Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  14. Here is another 3D prepared Portunus monspeliensis that I'd like to trade. Size of the crab is around 9cm in a 13×13 nodule. I'm looking for: prepped/unprepped complete/incomplete crabs White River material English ammonites (Lyme Regis/ Charmouth and Somerset) USA trilobites USA dinosaur material Triassic ammonites Anything that you think is cool
  15. * I don’t want to trade, I’d like Just give him away * He’s pretty badly broken, but still really cool. one of you could save him? Anyone up for it?
  16. Hey everyone Weather and tides look good for Motunau and possibly Glen Afric this weekend. I'll be driving through from Ashburton, is anyone keen to join? I've never been to Motunau so this would be an exciting exploratory trip for me.
  17. I had a little bit of extra energy after getting orginizing and repacking and getting ready for my next upcoming trip and went through some of my rocks I just brought back from my last trip to Washington. When the guy showed me this rock, I knew instantly where it had come from and bought it immediatly!!! Sorry for my spelling. This crab concretion is an easy read and has a 99% chance of being a really nice crab. It should have some amazing color and should not be 'sticky' at all. As for completeness, only time will tell, but most of the crabs from this site, (all closed off now), are usually almost complete? This is a winter project and winter is just around the corner. This will be a very exciting rock for me! Oh, this rock is also the largest ive ever seen from this site too!!! Measures in at a wopping 6 inches! But no, not a dino egg. RB
  18. partial crab or?

    partial crab or ? it is a dark blue color..the coin is a quarter. mmmm look at the rich creamy center...lol...well looks that way anyway.
  19. My husband went to our special place with out me!!! I don’t know any more about the bone in the comments, than this picture, he just text me these pictures and can’t talk right now because he’s driving. I’ll find out later I guess, it’s still cool. Anyone know what lived there that it may belong to??
  20. I'm looking for as many as possible urchin spines all sizes to reconstruct an urchin. I would also like matrix to mount it on preferable from the same area as the spines. I can trade fossils from Washington a prepared crab or unprepared either of your choosing.
  21. Hi All, I am a rookie fossil hunter here in New Zealand looking and one of my goals is to find a crab. I always seem to come back with bits of bone but never a crab. I think the problem for me is identifying a round rock, amongst all the other round rocks on the beach that may hold a crab. I could go down to my local rock shop and buy a crab. However you can't buy the experience of actually finding one. I am hoping some of the more experienced can offer some tips and tricks for identifying possible fossil bearing concretions. When I go out hunting the things I look for are: • Round or Kidney shaped rocks. • Sandstone with no signs of metamorphosis. • Signs of legs sticking out. My questions are: • Are crabs more likely found in hard or soft sand stone or both? • Is there a particular colour matrix I should look for? • Are crabs often found with other fossils such as shells? Or a crabs generally covered in off shore sediments away from shells?
  22. Surface find concretion - crab leg cross section?

    I was wandering around a creek in the Lincoln Creek Formation yesterday, when I found a small concretion. After I got home, I noticed what looks like a cross section of a crab leg, possibly a merus from the claw arm? I won't be able to start prep on this for a day or so. I'll update you, when I get into it. 5mm x 7mm. Not super big.
  23. Here is a double (almost) concrection of Portunus monspelliensis (old name: Neptunus granulatus) from the Miocene of Bosa. The left claw is crushed as you can see, don't know if because of a predation. Tips of the pinchers are restored. Sorry for the bad quality pictures, if required I will try to make better. Anyway I'm mostly looking for other prepped/unprepped crabs, but any cool fossil could interest me. If you have any crab for trade but you aren't interested in that just let me know, we could find an agree in other ways. Thanks
  24. Fossils for trade

    Different fossils available for exchange. I'm looking in return for any kind of fossil that I do not already have in my collection.
  25. First crab prep!

    Well, I started my first Lincoln Creek Formation concretion prep. I'm hoping for a crab. I purchased a used CP 9361. I took it apart and checked the o rings and cleaned up the extra oil from the previous owner. It's missing the lock ring, but other than that it seems to work fine. I've been reading this forum as much as possible, and these are the other things I'll be getting or making: 1. I'll be calling Paleo Tools and ordering a new front end with a 2" chisel, as well as getting a Microjack 6 with a 2" point. 2. I have eye protection, but will be getting new ear muffs and dust mask. 3. And I'll make a frame to support and hold the concretion, while working on it. Any suggestions for additional items I might need or want? After removing my first 1/1000th of an inch of matrix, I can't wait for my next 15 minute work session!