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Found 35 results

  1. Fossil hunting in Cyprus?

    Does anyone know places to hunt in Larnaka, Cyprus? Heading on vacation there in April.. I know there is Lefkara formation only few kilometers from the town which interests me. Might go for a little walk there. Unfortunately I dont have any tools yet, so its just what I can see on surfaces. Also, i tried to look for laws about collecting there in case I find something, but well.. Couldnt find anything regarding it. But there is palaeontological museum near our hotel so that is a must-visit and could ask couple of things from their employees.
  2. Good looking gastropod needs id

    Hello from Cyprus, this one I found near the old limestone quarry in moni area, again the heavy rain , when the mud sliding settled, it exposed a piece of it. 3m under the usual surface It is quite big and very well preserved. In the same wall I found also another kind of gastropod, corals, 4 kinds of bivalves. I will post on other threads soon. That wall consisted of beige/white earth and grey hardened sand like parts, still needed metal needle tool to scrap it off, of some specimens. Also most specimens are whiter that what I am used to find. Which i think it could be fossils, yet younger ones, like 80-100k years old?
  3. Hello from Cyprus, warm wishes for exciting finds to everyone! Here is a relatively bigger oyster than my usual finds, this one is complete and inside small crystals have formed, could be calcite not sure. Took advantage of the heavy rainfall and found it on muddy collapsing hills north of akrotiri area. I found half, and half a meter further I dug out the other half Perhaps you can better see the small crystals that formed all over inside both parts below Nearby I found also the following: found position, but i think they are not matching and this single one
  4. what on earth could cause this?

    Ok while separating already cracked limestone slab pieces at a fossilferous area, I found this, it is 30cm one side to the other. Ok the coloring can be fungus or something alive, but the actual design you see, is not flat, it has depths as if carved on the stone. any ideas?
  5. sponge/coral/sea plant

    2 photos of this. is 2.5 cm tall, in the area which is 3-5million years range i found also a lot of the 3rd photo, oysters and other fossillized stuff.
  6. Bones maybe

    Ok here are some interresting finds, I suspect they are fossils, suspiciously looking like bones, some occasions there's indication of merrel. Location: edge of Moni formation, 3km from sea, 3-5million years old. Under the very end of a series of limestone slabs, in a layer of mud. All in a 2 square meter radious, attaching also some I could not remove from there. diameters vary from 5mm to 35mm and the longest is 20cm. Near by I found also oyster parts and other bivalves and a couple of plant shaped white material embeded in stone. here we go: 1) all together 2-4) sample 1 5-9) sample 2 see next post for the rest
  7. coral id

    the following appears to be a coral, or sponge? It is not my own find, a friend gifted them to me, he said his fisherman grandpa, found them in the water near the island. They are heavy-ish, very hard and sound like rocks when hit them with each other and other rocks. size: when placed next to each other 10cm x 4cm(to3cm) and 2cm thick. Also appart from the obvious shell which looks modern, there is a tiny white pointy edge - snail -like shell with vertical lines all around, and a hole on its side, that could also be fossil, unless that it is supposed to be so white when baby. (photo1 and 2, left piece, top right circle, u can see the baby shells opening and hole)
  8. Oyster inside an oyster?

    Hello, I have a lot of oyster halves, maybe 60-80 and way too many fragments, however I haven't the single clue how they would look as a whole. There seem to be 5 categories of halves: the "half mango" (usually very big and thick), "the rippled shallow plate" (usually thin, but many layers), the symmetrical ones with even left and right sides (usually half the size from the previous), the round fist like ones with curved ending, and the stretched ones. Below I'm showing one, which a) has some interesting attach-marks and b ) even tho it is a "half mango style" inside it appears to have a "rippled shallow plate, which is smaller, and does not have the same attach marks. It is also not so well preserved. Is this accidental? Are those two types the usual two valves of a bivalve? Any help is very appreciated thanks. below the most accurate look of the marks, they look and feel like a row of teeth of sorts and the inside oyster location of most of the oyster finds (in relation to the sea) its about 5km
  9. a very big skull or not

    In a river 25km from beach.. Well it looks like a huge skull to me, its 60cm long. And I am probably wrong. How ever this river feels fossilferous. the area is registered as pachna formation (miocene 5-23million years) I will attach also a photo of what looks like a piece of wood or bone. Its 1m long and it is found nearby the skull-like piece. They are too heavy to move but if u find any of those interesting I can go there and make more photos thanks
  10. small ammonite?

    Its 3mm diameter, best picture I could get. It looks like an ammonite to me, found on uncharted formation possible miocene, near limassol.
  11. help here please

    here is something that looks interesting. It has a color that resembles rusty iron, yet it is not attached to a magnet. It is a small oval shaped object that has 2 'tubes' coming out of it.
  12. a huge something?

    Hello, I found this at Kalavasos formations (late Miocene 5-10 million years) (even though not so known, pygmy elephants,hippos and other mammals were found at this area as well) I don't know what to make of it.. there is a couple of holes at its bottom side.. I am being tempted to crack it open, if it opens, but I don't know how. p.s. it is 30cm diameter, circular shaped with a max height of 12cm in the center. Thanks
  13. A beautiful shell

    Ok This and many more I found on "Paniotis formation" in Limassol lets call it that, coz I can't find it on the maps, but after cross referencing from 3 geological maps it is supposed to be Miocene territory. As i mentioned before that formation is a small oval shaped hill 3-4-5km from the sea, 3x6km on top with steep edges, about 100m tall. And at some point I found some sedimentary formations moving in nicely shaped curves and after that huge formations full of shells corals sponges maybe some fish, plants who knows..Those formations are 4m high above ground but i am guessing they go well bellow as well and 100m2 or more or less. I ll take my camera and get u some photos on site better. But I picked a few stuff and here u go 1)this shell,(or inner cast, but I think not) bright orange, yellow, black and beige colors on its upper surface, as many shapes on those formations. 2)this one shell with a different finish on one side 3) a mollusk cast, I believe it belonged to a species like the one next to it. The actual mollusk on the right I found on the beach I think, so I has to be a modern one. But the cast is from that formation area 4) 3mm diameter 5mm length tube shaped, composed by many linear crystals of brown and beige colors. 5) coral or plant or something else?
  14. Hello esteemed experts, fellow learners and everyone else. I discovered lately, north of limassol, northwest of Amathus ancient city, 15 miles in, a 3miles by 1mile oval-ish rock formation, 300-400 ft tall, nice views villas and many nice fossils. I am gathering as much as possible, before it gets totally built over (sadly at around 60% now) So. I know what some of them are, or I could research, but why take the joy of sharing island fossils and the group learning opportunity go to waste? I have 50 or more fossils, 100eds of fragments, many concretions suspected to contain goodies, few nothings, and a lot of excitement! Any prep work needed was done with a small geometry tool with 2 needles (diabetes i thing) and custom made iron chisel, with a soft handle so that no hammer is needed. 1)big fatty 1/2 bivalve, 6x6x4cm T.B.C
  15. a pretty bivalvia

    ok location: Ayios athanasios hills, limassol, 8km from shore. i know that Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class: Bivalvia Order: Pterioida Family: Pectinidae ?? Genus: ?Species: ? But I am also wondering, if it's ok that I will be cleaning the top with a needle, and if I should remove also that bottom coquina matrix? (will i find a pearl hehehe) And can those arc encrusted epibiots also be removed without cracking the shell?
  16. Brachiopod maybe?

    Hello, another one from Ayios Athanasios hills, 5km from shore, this one I already prepped, it's a bit confusing, at some point there seems to be a shell over a shell, when I tried to prep the inside, there were white and red parts, also a small round shell part, so I stopped till I get your advice. Is it half a brachiopod again or something else? It is white/pearly with light shades of grey as opposed to which was more brown/orange and bigger Here are the photos the size is 38mm from one far side to the other, yet the one side is slightly broken so ...
  17. I found, I found!

    Hello people, This and more stuff I found on the hills of Ayios Athanasios, app 10km from the beach. It looks like a shell, or 2 shells, and I think is one of the cases that needs to be cleaned. Any idea how to remove the white stone material without breaking the 'shell' which is brown/orange/yellow colored
  18. cat's eyes, twins

    Hello I wasn't sure if I should post this in minerals instead, but let's check it out here. Found in Paramali, turtle beach, east of akrotiri area, when facing north. It is obvious that I found the two pieces of a cracked single. The 'eye' shape in 1b, matches the location of the whiter spots inside. Also, the whites inside, are surrounded by small parallel lines. on the photo, they are more visible on the left side, but they exist on both. Something else you can see, is that the 2 external sides are pretty much negative of each other, regarding coloring.
  19. Ok it looks like a prety geological creation, but then there is this (photo 3) is it just a shell mold, or could it be some breathing organ thing, coz it is placed lower. And this (photo 4) that is on the highest of the 3 peaks that are formed and sort of reminds me of a mouth with teeth. Found near akrotiri, ayios ermoyenis - curium area cliffs. Its 25cm long and the center 17cm high, it looks like hmm some sort of triple fin, or fish or exploding angry eel ... something that belongs to the sea anyway some more photos next post
  20. little something

    anything here? size 5cm, material smooth limestone like, at 1st glance resembles a leaf, but it is too thick for that. also not sure if its two sides are related, but it feels like two sides of something opened.
  21. what would you make of this

    Hello, from Armenohori area, near Moni, 5km from sea, usual chalk, chert, white looking earth. Photos of side and back as well. its like a tile.
  22. omg a baby alien

    ok let's see. It's probably geological, it has 2-3 tiny fossilized worms on it, therefore it is old, yet it is super creepy. Could it be a bat skeleton or any mineralized skeleton for that matter?
  23. Bones....

    Hello again, If you think any of the photos I will post here, is an actual bone, or tooth or fragment, please say so, because I have too many to sort, or throw respectively, and I need some guidelines. to be continued
  24. a half and a complete one?

    At first I found this one near Moni formation: And then an almost identical, which had its bottom part there too. 80km to the west, near Akrotiri. What do you think?
  25. pile of shells?

    Area found, Ay Athanasios, Sfalagiotissa Area, 10km north from Limassol shore its 5cm diameter shell-shape 2cm thick. on top there is a dent, when wet a red shell-like shape appears. in photo 1 it is slightly visible on the left. bottom i can see at least 2 shell casts, which means there were shells under and there are shells on top. Anyone thinks I should try and extract that red one from the top? And if yes, any recommendation apart from scratching my way around hoping for the best? All over that area, I found many sponges, shells and other reef fossils, that I will post here at some point.
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