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Found 108 results

  1. DSCN0722.JPG

    From the album Fossil Crabs

    A very nice Pulalius vulgaris from the Eocene Lincoln Creek Formation in Washington
  2. mysterious pellet clusters

    I recently found this coral (I'm calling it Platycyathus vancouverensis until I learn otherwise) at my local site, Mt. Tzuhalem (Haslam Fm, Santonian), with apparently a cluster of pellets inside the 'cup' formed by the septa on the top side. Usually only the rounder bottom side is exposed when I find these corals, as the septa tend to hold onto their matrix. I'll try for better pics if needed, but it's tough! Note that they are all quite small - less than a millimeter. Another specimen that I've had for longer, with septa exposed (more or less), seems to have less obvious bumps or pellets. Maybe the septa have some degree of bumpiness but the example in the first pic above seems different from this:
  3. Hi Everyone, I've been working through quite a bit of shale from the Stark member and have a specimen I would like your thoughts on. My brain sees a crustacean claw due to the shape, but I think its more likely that it's a fin. What do ya'll think I have here? Dimensions are 1 cm by 1 cm. My "holding the phone camera to my microscope lens" method isn't working so well, so here's a rough outline of the shape: And the counterpart from the split Thanks,
  4. Hello all! I have two weird ones I found in Monmouh County New Jersey (Cretaceous). The crustacean is interesting to me because I was initially thinking Hoploparia gabbi however, it is over twice as wide as any other specimen I have found (comparison pictures below). It was suggested that another lobster, Linuparus, could be an option but we really weren't sure. This measures 2.5 inches The other one measures .75 inches and has one cutting edge and an oval base. What is holding me back from saying Xiphactinus is the fact that it isn't fluted and only has one cutting edge. Let me know what you think! Frank
  5. This fossil was found on a Gold Coast beach in 2019. I'm thinking Pliocene as it's like most of my beach fossil finds. It's a curiosity as it has some crystals inside the carapace. Any thoughts on this? Thankyou!
  6. Need help with identifying fossil

    Found fossil in stream in Eureka, Missouri, USA. Does anyone know what the fossil may be? It is about 1/2 inch.
  7. This is an interesting animal that many are not even aware exists in the Mazon Creek deposit. It is a fossil gooseneck barnacle named Illilepas damrowi. Barnacles are known from as early as the Cambrian but are relatively rare in the fossil record. A barnacle is actually a crustacean and are distantly related to lobsters. Modern gooseneck barnacles also have a similar taste to lobster. Like all gooseneck barnacles, Illilepas has a stalk like body and a calcareous head region consisting of plates called a scotum and Tergum. In life, the animals appendages would extend out and filter the water for nutrients. Barnacles will permanently cement themselves to a solid surface. Illilepas is quite rare and only found in the Essex (marine) portion of the Mazon Creek deposit. This first specimen is a fantastic grouping of several individuals still attached to a bivalve (Myalinella meeki).
  8. Mazon ID Help

    Having trouble making an ID on this one, unmarked in an old collection. I'm hoping that someone will recognize it instantly! My guess: Acanthotelson.
  9. Hi all, I recently got this crab as a gift from a Burmese friend. He said it came from the Rakhine State, western shore of Myanmar. He said his friend found it there. Unfortunately, neither of them kept any extra provenance detail about it. I can find no info whatsoever about this crab online. I don't think Myanmar fossils outside of amber have easily accessible documentation. This crab looks like it might be a Galene bispinosa. Does anyone know what species it is, and what age or formation it possibly came from? Thank you.
  10. I found this in Big Sky, MT and after cleaning it up a bit, saw what looks like a couple crawfish tails and possibly a head of a vertebrate. It is 4cm by 3.5cm and no more than 1cm in thickness.
  11. Post Oak Creek

    I hit my honey hole at Post Oak Creek Texas again. I found a few good Ptychodus teeth, another crustacean and my first giant armadillo scute. it was worth the 5 hr round trip.
  12. Cretaceous Crustacean

    From the album Post Oak Creek

  13. Hi guys I need help...

    Hi guys, I need help identifying what i think might be a fossilized Lobster tail and maybe a part of another unknown crustacean.
  14. Jurassic oddity

    Hi.... Hope everyone is ok and finding some decent fossils.... I'm really struggling identifying what this could be found in lower Jurassic shales from the sinemurian Somerset coast.... It's such a distinct shape I would of thought it might ring a bell to someone.... I'm thinking a carapace segment or bony fish armour plates perhaps... Any help appreciated.... Thanks....
  15. Found in South of France

    Found two of these similar shaped stones. They both have the resemblance a tooth. Curious if anyone has any insight. They were found in Charente, France. They seem to be possible internal molds of crustacean. I would greatly appreciate if anyone has any information on this. Thank you!
  16. Hi all I found this at Post Oak Creek in Sherman, TX, this weekend. I'm unsure of what it is--maybe part of a crustacean (quarter for reference). There are two "sockets" on either side of the flat portion. Any help with an ID would be much appreciated (a fossilized shrimp part has been floated). Thanks!
  17. This specimen of a possibly new crab (galatheoid? or homolodromid?) from southern Vancouver Island has been sent, for study and description, to Torrey Nyborg at Loma Linda University in California. The specimen is to be donated to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC. I will update the forum once I've heard back from Torrey on the status of the specimen. Torrey has also expressed interest in a number of other decapod crustaceans collected in association with this specimen. So those fossils may eventually make their way (two already have) to him for description and potential donation to the RBCM.
  18. This is another piece discovered at an estate sale, which of course means I do not have the info such as location it was found, etc. It has some amazing detail, spiny legs? but it's so squished into the matrix I have no idea what it could be. Hope to receive more info. The piece is approx. 6 x 4"
  19. ID please?

    Could someone please ID this fossil from Charmouth, England? It looks like some sort of crustacean. Two of these were found in the same rock. The other one is being acid prepped.
  20. West Texas Trip

    Well, I returned from my West Texas hiatus a few days ago, and have had time to process some of my finds. These were primarily found in the Terlingua area. Some ammonites - not sure if any prep work can expose more on these. Also some belemnitella, I think, and possibly a crab? Please let me know your thoughts. I believe these came from the Boquillas formation, but I am not entirely certain. There is a LOT of rock in West Texas.
  21. Hi all I found these two fossils in Post Oak Creek (Sherman, TX) today and would appreciate any input as to what they are. My guess on the first one is that it is part of a turtle shell, and the second one is part of a crustacean. Thanks!
  22. Hey, I'm just starting out and I wanted to know, what preparation tools and tactics will work best for removing limestone without damaging the specimen? (Preferably low budget) I also don't have a lot of workspace since I'm just taking a crack at this legitamate, fine-detail stuff for the first time; and after some research on air scribes, abrasives, and erasers, I realize they are much too costly and the whole air system and workbox takes up a lot of room I don't have. So is there anything you all could recommend for me?
  23. https://phys.org/news/2018-11-tiny-ancient-fossil-evidence-life.html
  24. Palaeopalaemon newberryi Chagrin shale Devonian Northeast Ohio, USA Specimens were used in the publication “Morphology and paleoecology of the oldest lobster-like decapod, Palaeopalaemon newberryi Whitfield, 1880”, Journal of Crustacean Biology (2018). Smithsonian USNM (United States National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, USA). USNM numbers 617309 617308 617309 618374 706118 Morphology and paleoecology of the oldest lobster-like decapod, Palaeopalaemon newberryi .pdf PP letter of provenance.pdf
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