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  1. No idea what I have

    I found this in a creek in northern Alabama. I’m not positive it’s a fossil. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
  2. claw, tooth?

    Found in creek in Southeastern Illinois. Has a rattle so there's something loose inside.
  3. First regular post here and sorry that it's a more or less redundant post.... I'm trying to figure out a floating sifter and have looked here and elsewhere at them until my head is spinning. (Mind you, it doesn't take a lot these days to make it spin!<g>) It seems that many of you are using the floating pool-noodle/pvc sifters with good results. Whether wood or pvc it appears a constant is the use of pool noodles. I've been using a little "baking basket" about 16"x10"x2" / 40cm x 25cm by 5cm in size. The mesh is an elongated square (diamond?) shape, something like 1/4"x3/16" or 6mm x 3mm. I like the 2"/5cm lip of it for washing the matrix back and forth. I've got a piece of 1/8" hardware cloth laying inside the baskets. It has worked well, but I've only worked at the edge of the creek where I could sit it down in the edge of the water as I fill with matrix to sift...it didn't have to float. If I move out into toward the center of the creek this isn't going to work. For now, I figured that I could zip tie a pool noodle to both long sides of the basket and see how it works. When I got to Walmart, though, there were three different sizes of pool noodles. I ended up picking up a "medium" 2-7/8"(7cm) and "large" 4-1/4" (11cm). The large size is pretty substantial...maybe overkill? I figure I can take back the one I don't use if I don't hack it to pieces. Is bigger better? After thinking about it, it seems that noodles on the narrow ends might help keep it from pulling a Titantic plunge should the screen be loaded too heavily at one end. The reason I ask is that having a noodle on the ends will make it more difficult to hold onto...the same reason people build an extended handle onto their pvc screens, I suppose. I'm figuring on loading this small screen with two full shovel-fulls at the most. We have to walk a good piece to our hunting areas and the basket weights very little, which is nice. I'm looking at later building a slightly larger screen which I know will weigh more but hopefully be more efficient. I'm torn between pvc and wood. I really like the walls that the wooden sifters have over the more flat screens of the pvc...they can be worked back-and-forth vigorously without loosing anything over the edges. But, the pvc screens appear to be a bit lighter in weight for carrying. I take it that with the pvc sifters that the noodles are attached snug enough to create a "wall" of sorts to hold matrix in as it's be worked back and forth...??? It just seems like there could possibly be space/cracks that stuff could fall through between the pvc/wire-mesh assembly and the noodles. It must work ok, though, being as I see many people using them successfully...I just can't wrap my head around that aspect. It's probably something you have to see in action to understand. A wooden screen will be somewhat heavier but the big hang-up for me is how to protect myself from the sharp edges of the wire mesh and how to keep the screen firmly attached to the bottom. What do most people use to attach the hardware cloth/mesh? Pneumatic stapler, spring-loaded stapler, screws...straight against the bottom edge or wrap it around the sides??? Edge protection...just fold over the edges and hope for the best or add some trim to it? Maybe the pool noodles help cover the edges? We're going to head to the creek in the morning. There are supposed to be thunderstorms moving in tomorrow but the bulk of the storms are supposed to be later in the day and into the night so hopefully we'll beat them. We're gonna be wet anyhow. I thought I'd try to get the baskets and noodles squared away today. We will probably still be at the edge of the creek but it'll be a good time to do a "test voyage" and see how the flotation works out. Maybe I'm overthinking this? (I've been known to do such things! ) Thanks for any feedback, if you've made it this far into my post then you are definitely dedicated! Ed
  4. Two shark teeth and a "Huh?".

    Hello again. I found these fossils while searching a small creek in north Texas over the weekend. I'm pretty sure that one is a ptychodus but I'm not sure what type of ptychodus. the other is obviously a shark tooth that's missing about half of the root. But again I'm stumped when it comes to the species. The other fossil has me completely stumped. any info is much appreciated. Thank's for looking.
  5. Cartilage.JPG

    From the album Unusual Shark Teeth

  6. Fossilized bone?

    Hello all. I'm more of a Native American artifact collector but fossils interest me a lot as well. Going to start building my collection more as we go along. While looking in a large local creek this afternoon I found this. Now it may just be a rock as I'm much more knowledgeable about the NA stuff, but to me it almost looks like a fossilized bone fragment. The pores on the surface and at the ends is what made me think it was a possibility. Thanks y'all!
  7. Mazon Creek ID

    Hi all again Found this at work will post more later do you think it could be fish? Have digital microscope will look later when I get home , just going over photos on phone won’t let me post others have to resize. It’s about 1/2 “
  8. Mazon Creek Plate

    Hi all found this other day nice plate recognized some of plant fossils on it don’t know what bigger one is ,input greatly appreciated Thanks as always
  9. What is this Cretaceous impression?

    My daughter found this in a creek with Cretaceous fossils. What is it a fossil of? Thank you.
  10. Track?

    I found this in Austin Texas near a gravel bar. Any thoughts?
  11. Unknown Gainesville Creek Fossils

    Hello everyone, I recently went fossil hunting in Rattlesnake Creek of Gainesville, Florida (Late Miocene) and uncovered many different fossils but three of them I am unsure of the identity of them. I believe one may be a type of vertebrae, but the others I can not place. The creek is shallow, relatively fast moving with a sandy bottom but many areas where gravel, fossils and stones accumulate. The first 4 pictures are of the same fossil, the next 3 of the the second, and the last 3 pictures of the last fossil. I would appreciate any attempts to help identify. Thank you very much!
  12. Large fossil identification help

    These were found in a North MS creek. The cut of the creek is down to the hardpan and fifteen feet below ground level. There were numerous fractures on and beyond the exposed portions of the fossils. To accommodate for this and to maintain their integrity, both of them were removed along with hard pan, as a shelf. The smaller of the two fossils was found less than an inch away from the main body. As with the larger fossil, it was fractured and fell into four pieces--the nub, the main body, a shoot, and a tip--and these can be seen in the lower right and the upper left corners, respectively. Any help would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance.
  13. Hello all! Just like to ask if anyone can provide me some locations in/near Toronto, Ontario in Canada, of fossil sites free for the public to collect, that does not require hammering into rocks? Cuz I know of some quarries, but I have to hammer some rocks in order to find fossils. So what I'm saying, is that, whether there are places in Canada, where I can find fossils lying on the ground for me to pick up without any restrictions? Are there? Responses are appreciated, as always.
  14. Unknown bone

    So was in one of my usual ditches where I usually find whale bones, and shark teeth varying from Angustidens to Megs. Came across the strange bone that to me looks like a beak of a bird or something. The strange formations or cup like pattern is what threw me off. Found 25 miles inland from Charleston SC and guessing Miocene, Chandler Bridge formation. Any ideas?
  15. Trilobite?

    I found this around 2 years ago in a creek in North Alabama. I'm pretty sure it's a partial trilobite but I'm not sure.
  16. I found this fossil around 4 years ago in a creek in West Virginia. I'm curious to know if it is possible to determine the time period when this fossil might have formed, the possible creature it might have been, and just more about it in general. The fossil is composed of a very deeply embedded scale pattern that is about 2.5 inches in diameter. Only about 1/2 of the fossil is very visible, and the fossil is in a layered black rock. The fossil appears as though it is long, like a snake would have been, but unfortunately I only have a small portion of the original fossil, so it's hard to tell. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  17. Catoma Creek shark tooth

    My sons and I went out to Catoma Creek to look for cretaceous fossils yesterday. We got some nice sea urchins. My sons have great eyes and can find the little bitty shark teeth that I can't see... but I lucked out and saw this one sticking point first out of the dirt. Is this a goblin shark or what? I was really happy to see it, is the biggest one we have found at this site so far.
  18. Here is a very nice little gastropod fossil I found in a creek about 10 miles east of Dallas recently. Once I washed it off well I was shocked by the detail, and even colored stripes! Can anybody give me more info on this? I will post it to the Gallery with more info. Is it very common to see color in fossilized gastropods? Thanks again! KP
  19. Mazon Creek: Round 2

    Hi all, I recently worked up the nerve to hit mazon again. I have some suspicions on what a couple of these might be but was wondering what other people thought. 1 2 3 4
  20. My son found this in a creek LOADED with cretaceous fossils (shells, sea uchins, shark teeth). Is this a fossil or just a rock?
  21. SC Lowcountry fun

    Thought I posted into this discussion earlier but instead slapped it into the SC forum. Heres all the pics from a recent walk I took in a creek after Irma's rains roller through. Couldn't do much in the way of digging, shoulder injury wasnt having any lifting going on. So I took a nice walk, enjoyed nature, and found some teeth along the way (along with a baby copperhead, some friendly turtles, and one squirrel that decided to follow me around). Anyway, scored a beauty of an Angustiden, horse tooth, ray mouth plate, small megs, makos, small verts, just a little bit of everything. Sorry for all the insitu pics, im a sucker for em.......
  22. Creek Walk

    Took a walk in a creek before I had to leave for out of town. No digging required on this trip, the rains from Irma made for a fun day, plus I was recovering from a shoulder injury.There's a few more pics from this trip in my Gallery. Came out of the creek with a few angys, a nice ray plate, smaller megs, mako, and a horse tooth. Also found a bone that i'm not sure as to what it is. All in all a great day for a walk.
  23. Walk in the creek after Irma

    From the album Mitchu Fossils

  24. Walk in the creek after Irma

    From the album Mitchu Fossils

  25. Walk in the creek after Irma

    From the album Mitchu Fossils