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  1. Don't flip over a rock in a creek to try to ID the snake that swam under it... cause if you do 4-5 babies might swim out and one may end up inside your sandal! Looked it up later, and I think it was a banded water snake. Was pretty funny after the fact! Not so much when I was flailing around trying to get my sandal off. Please don't tell my wife! (not my image, but it looked a lot like this)
  2. Fossils Found In Creek

    I found these small rocks with fossils in a creek in middle Tennessee. I’m especially interested in the fossils in the first picture. Is it just a deeper imprint of a shell? ~ Any information on the types of these fossils is appreciated.
  3. Process IDs

    Can anyone possibly ID these processes? Are they from different species? I know it's a long shot, but I won't know unless I ask. They're from hell creek. that's all I know about them. The first one is 2.75" tall, and the second is 3.25" tall. That's all the information I have about them.
  4. Gainsville bone fragment

    Maybe tooth in jaw ?
  5. Gainsville possible tooth?

    Possible barracuda ?
  6. Gainsville bone fragment

    Small bone fragment any chance on id?
  7. Not sure about this one?

    Any guesses on this pretty little fossil? It is a little smaller than the size of a dime.
  8. What might this be?

    Hi, Any idea on what this might be?
  9. Post Oak Creek

    I am planning to go to post oak creek sometime this month. Is there any specific tools I should bring? I have done some research and have some ideas of what to bring but I would like some expert advice. Any other things I should know?
  10. Looks like frog eggs to me

    My son found this while playing in the creek. He has took after my mom and myself, we love going places for the sole purpose of finding unique rocks and fossils. This one has us stumped. I have to admit I’m not very experienced at all, I know the simple basics of typical fossils and rocks found around here but we can’t figure this one out. I think it looks like frog eggs or some type of flower or seed pod maybe. Any help would be much appreciated. We’re pretty excited to see what it is
  11. Fossil ID Help

    Hey everyone, I'm new to fossil hunting and I recently took my little brother fossil hunting for the first time. Here are a few fossils that we are unable to identify.
  12. Pennsylvanian Shell

    Found in creek. Liberty, MO. Shell Of some sort. Pennsylvanian.
  13. Here is a parody of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” that points out my fossil and rock collecting philosophy. Roads are good to take you to the areas that few people search, especially the creek beds. Remember, I like to leave no stone unturned. I challenge all TFF members (especially @snolly50) to send in your paleontology related original poems. Consider your own version of Frost's poem. The Roads Not Taken by John, AKA DPS Ammonite Two roads diverged in a rocky wood, And not sorry to travel either one And being an adventurer, long I stood And looked up the nearby creek bed as far as I could To see the rocks glistening in the sun. I took the downstream side, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better rocks Because it was fossil rich and wanted wear; Paleozoic creatures preserved there stood out in massive limestone blocks. The up and downstream sides equally lay In rocks no one had collected. Oh, I kept the upstream side for another day, Knowing fossils that occurred that way, should not be left uninspected. I shall be telling this with never a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the creek bed nearby, And that has made all the difference.
  14. What is this?

    What is this? I have no idea.
  15. What is this?

    What is this? Found in a creek
  16. I haven't had much time to hunt lately but I did manage to squeeze in a North Sulphur River creek hunt. My finds were not great but I did manage to find a nice variety. The fossil horse cannon bone is probably my favorite due to the preservation. It's solid rock. Lol my grandson carried it around the house all night when I brought it home. The Xiphactinus vert, old bottles and artifacts were a nice bonus to the usual Mosasaur material. This creek has some killer flint in it so I can see a nice arrowhead coming soon.
  17. 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!
  18. claw, tooth?

    Found in creek in Southeastern Illinois. Has a rattle so there's something loose inside.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. Cartilage.JPG

    From the album Unusual Shark Teeth

  22. 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!
  23. 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 “
  24. 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
  25. What is this Cretaceous impression?

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