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Found 24 results

  1. The good Dr is back in NZ and we caught up again. Time to hit the old hunting spot again - and we werent let down! Of course TinBum found the first couple of crabs, but Doctor Mud and I very quickly caught up. In the end, I stopped photographing them all as the battery was going flat... but wow what a blast. Have a look at this vid after browsing the photos....
  2. Ok, today I did a bunch of work on getting some crab concretions ready for prep. Took me most of the day, but got 7 of them glued up and ready for prep once the glues sets up. Im going to do a step by step for only one crab though. Hope it turns out to be a good one? here are some pics of my work today. The first two pics are of the same crab that I will show the prep process of. RB
  3. Today I took a quick ride to the small suburb of Evanston, right out side of Chicago. This is the home of Dave's Down To Earth Rock Shop and Prehistoric Life Museum. If memory serves me correct, Dave's has been in Evanston for the past 40+ years and it is a family owned business. Dave's recently moved to it's new home on Main Street and if you every get a chance to be in the Chicago area, this is a must see- you will definitely not be disappointed. From the outside, you would not believe that this store has a museum that houses such a great variety of fossil life and the most extensive collection / variety of Mazon Creek fauna that I have ever seen, including 3 Holotype Mazon Creek fossils named after Dave and his parents who found them. Here are some overview pictures of the Museum. Here are some overview of the various displays.
  4. DSCN0733.JPG

    From the album Fossil Crabs

    An old picture, but a very cool picture. Crab Town!!!
  5. My youngest son and I left for a fossil hunting trip this last thursday and hit many a fossil site in South Dakota. Because there will be lots and lots of prep from this trip I have decided to put all this on this one thread. This is gunna take quite awhile!!! We drove the first day 12 and 1/2 hours. Had some serious road buzz. Only way to take care of that is some 'road buzz liquid'. The next morning we met up with my buddy that ive been working on for 18 months. Didnt find a whole lot, but did come away with some crab concretions of the rare Dakota cancer. 3 of these for certain has crabs in them, the rest? What kind of preservation they have? Complete? But whatever happens with these, I most certainly have none so far, so this is quite exciting for me. Ive only ever seen one that was in a concretion and the poor guy absolutely butchard it!!!! Gunna be very interesting to say the least. Our second camp site. The next day was another 5 hour drive to a freind of mine where we went last year and decided to do that again for some more Fox Hills ammonites. We went to a certain river and picked up some rocks that look promising. Then the next day went to a different river and picked up some more rather nice rocks. Very private land, but nice to have a freind with permission. More to come. RB
  6. Pulaius vulgaris

    From the album Fossil Crabs

    Both of these are Pulaius vulgaris from the state of Washington, Eocene in age.
  7. Ok, been working on this for quite some time. Trying to find the right size stands for all your fossils can be quite difficult im finding out! So,, I took some pliers and started bending up a snargle smargle storm!!! Now Ive got most of my smaller fossil crabs in stands. Woooooop!!! Woooooop!!! Oh, and a picture of what it looked like without stands too. Top shelf only. RB
  8. Its been a long time coming, but my biggest display cabinet is finally coming along. Ive got more crabs and lobsters, but no clue as to where they are at right now. I moved about 11 years ago and boxed everything up. In a box or 3 somewhere? I can also see now that ive got a 'display stand' problem. I need some kind of stands for the bigger crabs to be sitting 3 or 4 inches higher than they sit right now. But still, its lookin purty good. and ive also got quite a bit of room left for more, that's a good thing. RB
  9. A friend of mine and myself took 4 hours to clean up and organize my fossil garage. What a freekin job! But its amazing to me all I forget. I found 2 big milk crates of crab concretions, and lots and lots of unprepped ammonite material and I do mean lots, probably 10 boxesl! Wow!!! Im getting very forgetful nowadays. Ran into about a dozen or so lobsters that still need to be prepped out! Lots of fish slabs! Lots of odds and ends too and some very special things that need to get into my collection display cabinets. I don't really want to push the 'envy' botton, but being in the clean up mode, when he asked me "what about this" I simply would say, "take it" or "its yours". He left for home with lots of fossils to say the least. But what for me that really got my attention was a small box with a lobster conc in it. Its a lobster Ive seen before, but only pieces and this one appears to be somewhat complete even though a bit crushed. Very cool to me being a lobster colletor. Here is a pic of the box. Now ive got tons more prep work to do.
  10. The misses and I went to quartzite for a small vacation and just got back yesterday. We also went last year and had so much fun that we decided to go again. I have friends that have been going there every year for the last 18 years and it was great to meet up again. I use to sell there for about 8 or 9 years but quit once I realized it was turning into a job. I use to do 7 or 8 shows a year and went down to 0 for the last 10 years. I did take some fossils with me. I had a spot about 4 feet wide. Just to keep me a busy, kinda. I did help my buddy do quite a bit of selling, but for me, I was just there to sip wiskey, shoot the poop and have fun. I didn't even have to try and sell the crabs I took with me. Once people pick them up and hold them in their hands and see them close up, they sell themselves! The crabs I sold payed for the trip and the stuff I bought and the next two trips also. Just a neat hobbie. I took 17 prepped out crabs with me and sold 13 of them. Looks like the price for crabs are going to go up next year yet again!!! I really cant believe how much I get for these. But all in all it was a great trip, made lots and lots of moneys and had a super good time with lots of drinks, lots of good food and lots of good times.
  11. Hi all, A paper on a new genus and species from the Eocene Castle Hayne Fm. in North Carolina has been published. The holotype and paratypes were found by the Fossil Forum member Plax, who donated them to the Raleigh Museum. Plax is also coauthor of the article. http://www.ojs-igl.unam.mx/index.php/Paleontologia/index
  12. Doing some spring cleaning in December, and ran across these guys. never did find any info on them before they got misplaced any ideas?
  13. Did a bunch of snow removal today, then got into the garage and played with some B-Grade fossil crabs. My son came over and I asked him to bring me my last basket of crabs from the other garage. These are the very last pulalius crab concretions I have. I had to cry, blow my nose and wipe the tears from my eyeballs! But these will keep me busy this winter. I do have quite a few Tumido's to prep out and still have about a dozen or so weaveri's from Oregon to do, but holy cow! the crab stocks are getting low!! Yikes!!! Yeah, I know,, poor me. Im just not used to this little of crab stock.
  14. Fossil Crab City !

    Just to show off a bit. You can see from this photo how busy Ive been this past year. I can only wish that I had more room on my prep bench to be able to show everything ive done, but there simply isn't room for it all. For me, its just a wonderful hobbie!!! Enjoy. RB
  15. Get a load of these fossil Pulalius Crabs from Washington. Im calling them cow poop crabs only cause they have lots and lots of problems. They keep me out of the bars and out of trouble and pay for my trips. Too good to toss them away, but they do take a bit of time. I have to do a bit of 'repair' on some of these and I will also make a couple of 'fake' legs on the bigger one. Believe me, most of these crabs have problems, but its mother nature. i do what I can. RB
  16. Easter Eggs

    Well, this seems to be becoming a family regular - easter fossil hunting! Spent two days in crab heaven.. must have lugged back 50 odd kilo's between us of mixed fossils. Even threw the fishing line out a couple of times just to confirm I'm still useless at fishing.. Shewho spotted little feller, still in the hill.. I did say little?? Then to cap it off, we found this one.. (3Lb hammer for size..) Needless to day, the big fellers are still down there - aint no way I'm dragging that back up! Sadly we found an unsplit conc, weighing easily 150Kg's that we are convinced has a crab in it. Unfortunately it will have to stay there. Great time tho, and even the little girl found herself a crab - great family holiday and a smashing weekend considering its Autumn here!
  17. Selection of Sheppey crab nodules

    From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    A selection of my crab nodules from the london clay on the Isle of Sheppey.
  18. Have been in contact with MB to have some Texas woodbine crabbies cleaned and identified. He just recently received the package BUT, the local postal service there decided to charge him an extra 36+ Euros! OUTRAGEOUS! Really do not know just what they have up their sleeves but postage was paid in full upfront. Alex is too good of a man for them to take advantage of him like this. The declared value was less than $0.99. Less than a dollar. I declared 0 dollar value but USPS placed the .99 cent value on package. Baffled as to just what the Spanish local postal service have in mind. I have filed a complaint with the USPS and am awaiting a response. Any ideas? This was an outrage and I wanted to know if anyone else has had a problem of this nature. Jess B.
  19. Purisma Fm. Finds

    Some fossils I found yesterday at the Purisma Formation near Capitola, Ca. I did not collect them at the main cliff outcrop of Capitola Beach, but at a smaller outcrop a little north. Pictures include articulated crab arm, articulated crab legs, a marine mammal vertebrae, carcharodon carcharias? tooth, miscellaneous crab pieces, and a crab carapace covered in a thin concretion.
  20. Id Help Needed. Crab Legs?

    Appreciate any help with these. Found: North Central Texas Creek Date Found: June 2014 Formation: Ozan / Kau Size: 50mm and 38mm
  21. Time to post my latest trip.......... Left here at 8.30 drove to our Fav spot and walked!!!!!!!!!!!!! My fossil hunting buddy (Mum lol) was talking about we were going to find a Megalodon tooth. Firstly only less than 30 -40 have been found in NZ. ans only one at this beach we know of.....
  22. Anyone know specific locations Off Carmel valley road for looking for crabs and plant fossils?
  23. I got a chance to do some fairly heavy collecting on Friday and Saturday. Please note there are lots of images attached to this posting as I finally remembered to take some site photos. As most of you have heard, north Texas was hit pretty hard by thunderstorms this past week. Depending on whom you listen to, we had somewhere between 12 and 25 separate tornados in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. My heart goes out to those whose homes were destroyed. Thankfully, nobody was killed. These storms were accompanied by very heavy rainfall. Being that this was right before the long Easter weekend, it seemed that a trip was in order. I made the assumption that everybody, their uncles, cousins, kids, dogs, and long-necked llamas would be collecting on Friday and Saturday. So I jumped in there and added my .02 to the collecting weekend. Anticipation of the crowds did move me away from the larger more well-known sites and onto smaller sites. On Friday I had the rare treat of my youngest daughter, now 11, tagging along with me. She got caught up on her school work while we were driving and got out and collected with me at the sites. Having her along was very cool. The first site we hit is a small exposure of the Arcadia Park Formation. It is a site we have visited off and on for years. If you catch it just right after the shale begins to dry up from a rain, the teeth sort of jump off of the exposure at you. We managed to find almost 50 teeth at this site including excellent examples of Cretolamna appendiculata, Squalicorax falcatus, and Ptychodus anonymous. We found a few fish teeth from fish such as Pachyrhizodus minimus, and Enchodus ferox. We rounded out the collecting by finding a number of small fish vertebrae, some shark coprolites, and misc other pieces.
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