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  1. This past weekend some good buddies and I headed down to a river in SE NC which is known for producing cretaceous fossils in a lag deposit among other things. The group consisted of folks from NC, VA, MD and PA. Weather forecast Saturday for central/eastern VA and NE NC was really BAD, but forecast was great for where we were headed, mid-80s, mostly sunny with a nice breeze. Even more exciting and important to us (especially at this time of year), the river level was low enough for us to access the lag deposit material. In the field with us for the first time were a few of Ray's @aerogrower "magic cubes." They came in the mail about an hour before I headed south with the boat and I was hoping they would bring us all good luck. Obviously, they did that and more! I just wish Don @sixgill pete could have joined us. Maybe next time. Most of us met Friday night at the hotel, had a great dinner at a local steak & seafood place across the street and then hung out chatting and catching up about life since our last fossil hunting trip together. Two of our group were still gun shy of the hotel from their encounter with "bed bugs" during our December trip, so they drove in early Saturday morning to meet us. Saturday morning started out with perfect weather and eight (8) very excited fossil hunters. Getting the boat in at the ramp was interesting to say the least, given its shad season and the fishermen were everywhere on the ramp, dock, etc. They didn't like having to stop or move even for just a few minutes so we could launch. Water temp was in the low 70s and we headed out to our intended location. When we got there, we perused the area, discussed and debated what was the best strategy and where to start. 2 others started a spot to the right of the boat and I started a spot to the left of the boat. My very 1st screen produced a bunch of sharks teeth and 2 deinosuchus vertebrae, 1 with very fresh shovel marks, if you know what I mean. I will try and post photos of the shark teeth & vert, coprolites, misc. croc teeth and other stuff this evening. One of our group moved farther to the left and started exploring and surface collecting. Dang if he didn't come walking back up with a nice deinosuchus tooth and other stuff, right off the beach. Here's a photo of some of @Daleksec and his dad's croc/deinosuchus teeth. They have quite a few more. Note one of Ray's "cubes" getting its inaugural photo op. Eventually, the guys to the right of the boat gave up and helped explore my area. They are nice folks and good friends, so I only minded a little. :-) j/k So, wouldn't you know that it would have to be one of my buddies who pulled this beauty of a Hadrosaur vert out. This particular friend is known by all to have a lucky golden horseshoe in a certain place. While all this was going on, @Daleksec had walked farther down to the left where his dad was exploring and found this vertebrae exposed in situ. Note, Ray's @aerogrower "magic cube" making another appearance in this photo. As you can tell, the vert came out in several pieces despite our best efforts. Daleksec will put it back together as best as possible and we'll post more photos of it. During the course of Saturday, one of our friends found 2 nice Theropod teeth with one being about an inch and one being about 1/4 inch. Both were serrated. I will add photos once they are cleaned up. Besides the multitude of croc and shark teeth and the 2 deinosuchus verts I found early on, one of my prizes from Saturday was this gorgeous, but yet suggestively shaped object. :-) The laughter and stories going around about my coprolite find are not fit for printing on a family oriented website. We finally finished up hunting/collecting about 415pm Saturday with most of us filthy and sore but VERY happy as we headed back to the boat ramp. Saturday evening was another night of hanging out, chatting and a great dinner with good friends. Though, we did go to bed much earlier than Friday night and Ibuprofen was definitely on the menu. Sunday morning we woke to drizzle, low-50s and breezy. It was going to be a cold/wet ride in the boat back to our spot. Not to mention, at least one thunderstorm had come through in the early hours of the morning. Forecast looked OK though with a little drizzle but most of the rain holding off till after 1pm. We got back to our spot and started at it again. Quite a few more deinosuchus teeth/verts were found along with many more sharks teeth and other assorted goodies. Given the awesome and spectacular finds everyone else had on Saturday, I rubbed my newly acquired "magic cube" for some personal good luck. About an hour into the hunting, the magic cube came through for me. While working through the matrix I heard this distinct "chunk" sound of metal hitting on something very solid. I should have snapped a photo right then but there was no way I was vacating the spot so one of my friends could jump in given the heads turning around at the "chunk" sound. I probed a little more and pulled this beautiful hunk of bone out. This is the very first Hadrosaur vertebrae I've ever found. I've been present when several others were found (by the friend with the golden horseshoe), and he even found a very nice dino toe bone in front of me. But this one is mine. After all the excitement and joking about my "happy" dance died down we went back to the task at hand. And, of course it didn't take long for the golden horseshoe to show up AGAIN!!! He pulled this Hadrosaur tail vertebrae out about a foot from where I had found mine. The cube was working it's magic. About 1230p it started sprinkling and was threatening to turn into a steady rain. We packed up and headed back to the ramp. Photos of all 3 Hadrosaur verts in the next post.
  2. OK so maybe it wasn't a fossil hunting trip, but I spent this past Sunday helping the in laws dig out the foundation for their new patio! We all know pretty well that when you dig a hole there is always something fun in there, this just happened to be PETRIFIED WOOD! I have found some small chunks of this before, but some of these chunks got to be 25-30 pounds! (11-14kg) The locals all know about the petrified wood, supposedly when the neighborhood was being built in the late 1970's the home builders dug up entire LOGS and TREES and buried them back down so people wouldn't find them. I keep hoping.... The area is also WELL KNOWN to have been home to plains Indians (Native Americans). In the late 1960's and early 1970's while houses were being built you could still find the occasional fire burn spot. Points and flakes abound, yet to date I have only been able to find 1 piece of worked stone. The wood pictured here comes from a relative to the Cinnamon Tree and grew in a very moist, not quite swampy, environment about 67MYO in the southeast of Denver. In the area of this we also find palm wood but it is MUCH rarer than the cinnamon wood. Both types tend to be pretty close tot he same age from what I have found out! The bin holding all of my treasures is a 27 gallon (102L) black plastic bin. The three pieces I pulled out to try and photo, but I just can't get a good shot. The largest piece there has a druzy quartz like growth on the top side! I will try to get a few better pictures. I have no idea what I want to try and do with all of it. The bit in the picture represents about half of what we found halfway though the project! There must be THOUSANDS of pounds in their yard. I would love to see if some can cut and polish it up into cabs. @ynot? @Sacha? anyone want to give it a try?
  3. This morning I was moving some of my fossil crab concretions around and tryin to orginize a bit and ran into this Beauty! It had collected a bunch of dust. I had to wash it off even! Now, finally, its in the house. Just wish these pics could do the color on this thing some justice, but im not good at photography. Its got some wonderful purples that you can not see. My son found this many years ago and it took me many hours of prep with lots and lots of sanding and then a coating of some kind of 2 part system, but it came out purty good. RB
  4. Hi! I found some pieces of petrified wood of Cretaceous Period, and same time found some fossile that has not typical structure for wood. It looks like fingerprints or something. I think that it is bone. Could somebody tell me what is this, and if it is bone - what animal it was belong to? It was found in Kazakhstan. Sorry for my english and thank you! Triangle "Knife" form from sideview Macrophoto of fossile stricture
  5. Hello everyone! I need a little help on a few fossils from Big Brook. I'm trying to find out the genus of this ammonite and echinoid. I'm particularly curious about the echinoid, as I haven't heard of them being there. The last appears to be a tooth with some socket attached (under a loop, the root part looked reptilian so im leaning towards plesiosaur not not sure). Thanks in advance! -Frank
  6. Hello everyone, I just wanted to ask, is Mosasaurus maximus the same species as Mosasaurus hoffmani? Thanks
  7. mushex Fossil mushrooms are rare.... Documentationwise: 10 out of 10
  8. Hi all, I had a chance to visit one of my favorite eastern North Carolina quarries today. This quarry contains exposures of the Cretaceous PeeDee Formation and Eocene Castle Hayne Formation. Overall was an outstanding day for everyone who attended. I was very fortunate to add 2 new species to my collection. First and my best find of the day, a Baculites vertebralis living chamber. Baculites along with all ammonites are extremely rare in North Carolina so this was an unexpected and day making find. Find of the day #2 and barely #2 an extremely rare Cretaceous echinoid, also a first for me. Lefortia trojana I also found more than a few Hardouinia kellumi's. An uncommon Cretaceous echinoid. From the Castle Hayne Eocene, Linthia wilmingtonensis. Unifascia carolinensis I also found this large, softball sized Cretaceous clam cast, from the PeeDee Formation. Trying to find an ID for it. There was lots of other things. 25 or so Hardouinia mortonis, a few shark teeth including 1 nice Squalicorax. Also some cool oysters, Flemingostrea and Exogyra and a real nice cretaceous angel shark vert, that I am having trouble photographing. I also captured this cool pic of a dragonfly taking a break. Great day in the sun, getting some good exercise finding fossils. Cannot ask for anything better than that.
  9. Hey all! I have 2 different types of shark teeth I am having a little trouble identifying. I have a some ideas, but I would like any input y'all may have. They were found in north Mississippi in a cretaceous outcrop. Any help is appreciated!
  10. From the album Cretaceous

    Exogyra costata (large oyster) Upper Cretaceous Navesink Formation Poricy Brook Middletown, NJ.
  11. Very similar to O. falcate, but I hesitate to identify it as such because it is not hooked like O. falcata. It does not appear to be broken anywhere.
  12. I bought two unprepared fish nodules from a dealer at a show and have started to prepare them. I'm a total noob when it comes to preparation. I've prepared a few trilobites from wheeler shale but that's about it. I have a Paleo Aro and a Paasche air eraser. Can you all take a look at what I've done so far, and help me to understand what I'm seeing? Obviously I just got a fin, but I don't understand what the big long part is in the middle, or how the fish is oriented. A lot of the black/brown layer has chipped off while I've been working on it. Is this an actual 3-dimensional fossil? I expected it to be just like a thin plate, like Green River fish. I have only used the Aro, haven't tried messing around with the air eraser yet, although wouldn't the air eraser chip off the thin brown layer just as badly?
  13. This was found in the spoils from dredging the C&D Canal in the 1980s. Recent removal of spoils sand for road construction in the area exposed previously- inaccessible layers of sand. It is currently one of the most common finds at the site.
  14. This was found in the spoils from dredging the C&D Canal in the 1980s. Recent removal of spoils sand for road construction in the area exposed previously- inaccessible layers of sand. It is currently one of the most common finds at the site.
  15. This was found in the spoils from dredging the C&D Canal in the 1980s. Recent removal of spoils sand for road construction in the area exposed previously- inaccessible layers of sand. Being much less common than its cousin O. falcata, this species is not listed in the Delaware Geological Survey's bulletin about the fossils of the Canal. It is distinguished by its small size and non-plicate (no ridges) central area of the shell.
  16. This was found in the spoils from dredging the C&D Canal in the 1980s. Recent removal of spoils sand for road construction in the area exposed previously- inaccessible layers of sand. Formerly known as Ostrea panda. It remains in the same family. Being much less common than its cousin O. falcata, this species is not listed in the Delaware Geological Survey's bulletin about the fossils of the Canal. It is distinguished by its round shape.
  17. From the album Cretaceous

    Cliona cretacica (traces of boring sponge on Pycnodonte convexa (oyster shell) Upper Cretaceous Navesink Formation Poricy Brook Middletown, NJ.
  18. From the album Cretaceous

    Pycnodonte convexa (oysters) Upper Cretaceous Navesink Formation Poricy Brook Middletown, NJ.
  19. From the album Cretaceous

    Mosasaur Tooth (large partial) Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Big Brook Colts Neck, N.J.
  20. From the album Cretaceous

    Exogyra costata (specimen with both valves showing the right valve) Upper Cretaceous Navesink Formation Big Brook tributary Colts Neck, NJ.
  21. From the album Cretaceous

    Exogyra costata (oyster) Upper Cretaceous Navesink Formation Poricy Brook Middletown, NJ.
  22. From the album Cretaceous

    Trochocyathus woolman (Scleractina or Stony Coral) Upper Cretaceous Woodbury Formation Old Stone Bridge Site New Jersey A generous gift from John (fossilsofnj)
  23. Hello everyone, this is a tooth I found on a recent hunt in the NJ Cretaceous of New Jersey. I originally believed this tooth to be either xiphactinus or plesiosaur but now I think it is simply an enchodus tooth. Identifying the tooth is very troublesome in that it seems to potentially have characteristics of either creature. The tell tale sign that pushed me to thinking it was enchodus was the base of the tooth.
  24. is this a croc scute? top and bottom are pictured