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Found 252 results

  1. Echinoid clean up

    This is the nicest echinoid that I have ever found here in South Texas. It always bugged me that I didn’t clean it up completely but I was scared that I would create more harm than good. After reading other’s post, I decided to go slow and see what I could accomplish. Here are the before and after picture. I think I am now happy with the results. Any further suggestions or am I at a good place?
  2. Echinoid

    My daughter and I went looking specifically for one of the beautiful and highly detailed echinoids that can be found near(ish) our area. We found this beauty north of San Antonio, Texas near Canyon Lake, Texas. We felt really fortunate to find one whole Leptosalinia Texana (I'm pretty sure about the identification but not 100% and will check soon, I promise!) and one half of another one. We found a few other interesting things but they will need to be cleaned up a bit before being photographed. This beauty is about one inch, or 2.5 cm, at its widest.
  3. Tiny Sea Urchin

    From the album Delaware Fossils

    So sweet! This is a very rare Cretaceous echinoid (sea urchin), Boletechinus. They are typically no more than a couple mm in diameter. This one is shown next to a pencil eraser. Most of the ones in the Smithsonian's collection come from sand and silt removed for the creation and maintenance of a canal, which exposed fossils well below the surface. This one comes from New Castle County, Delaware.
  4. From the album Texas Echinoids, ERose

    My first complete cidarid. Lower Member, Glen Rose Formation, Trinity Group Lower Cretaceous (Albian) Central Texas

    © ERose 2020

  5. Help identify

    Help identifying where these are from
  6. Hello! this is one of my weirdest things I have found at this location, I believe it might be a fragment from a fin spine? A piece from an Echinoid? Something else? I would love to know what it is and what species this came from! Some information on the area: Location: Missouri Time period: Pennsylvanian Formation: Most likely from a member of the Iola Limestone What makes this one of the most bizarre fossils I have found is the circular pattern on the fossil itself, as I have not seen anything like this in the area before. backside Pictures in their natural file size: https://imgur.com/a/qUWY0gB
  7. 10 Years

    On Sept. 23 2010 a basically novice fossil collector was looking online trying to I.D. some shark teeth from Lee Creek. While he had been "collecting" for more than a decade it was not a truly serious hobby. While surfing the web he stumbled upon this fledgling thing called the fossil forum. Something told this guy to go ahead and become a member. When asked for a screen name, even though his name was Don he decided on sixgill pete. That was because one of his grandsons had called him that on a hunt. Well the rest is history. 10 years later to the day, he is still a member. Still learning, but now way to serious about these things we call fossils. I have met a lot of great people because of our forum, and unfortunately have lost a few of the great ones too. So I say, thanks to everyone for having me and putting up with me for these 10 years.
  8. Central Texas has been experiencing a surprisingly cool September plus quite a bit of rain! And that equals some great fossil hunting! I have gone to a few old spots and a few new spots! All in the Cretaceous Glen Rose. I am just constantly amazed at the amount of fauna in the Glen Rose. It seems like I find something new just about every time I go out! I was happy to find a new species of echinoid - a Goniopygus sp. ( very different from the previous Goniopygus I've found) It's tiny tiny, only 5mm. And I found my first really good vertebrate material - a Pycnodont jaw with teeth and a large piece of turtle (plastron?). And even thought it's no echinoid...it's still an echinoderm - my best find of the month so far....a free swimming crinoid! I had never seen one of these but thanks to the Paleontological Society of Austin and our latest field trip, I found this lovely odd little thing! Plus some good Heart Urchins and some nice little Loriolias. Goniopygus sp. 5 mm Free Swimming Crinoid: 1/2 inch (1 cm aprox) Pycnodont Jaw with Teeth 1 inch A small Cidarid Fragment and some Leptosalenia and Cidarid spines A nice Heteraster obliquetus: 1 1/2 inch A decent Pliotoxaster comanchei. 1 1/4 inch A nice little Loriolia rosana 1/2 inch Turtle bone fragment 2 inches
  9. While I have been out fossil hunting a bit in the Texas Summertime heat I am still having great fun with the Micro Matrix- it sure is pleasant to sit in the AC and poke about for fossils! I had some great little finds in the Mineral Wells matrix, but i am just amazed by the Bridgeport matrix. Even though it's still Pennsylvanian, it's very different from the MIneral Wells stuff! Different formations and all..... What's really neat about the Bridgeport matrix is firstly - it's bigger, typically. and secondly...it's COLORFUL! Reds and golds and purply browns and oranges. It's really lovely stuff!! Here are some of my favorites from the Jasper Creek formation. : First the Echinoid bits - I love these little "cat ghost" plates. 2 mm Most of the spines were incomplete, but I found a nice base and a nice spine, just not all one piece 7mm base and 1 cm spine A funky Echinoid plate 7 mm So many neat Crinoid fragements - arms, cup fragements, columnals, etc! All of these are aprox 5-8 mm except the first one which is a honking 1.5 cm. ) And this crazy crinoid spine that was broken and was regenerating before it died...hence the "dimple" on the end. Thanks fellow Forum Members for helping with that ID! 1 cm Love this crinoid column...I think it's my favorite. It's so Art Deco.....about 3 million years early. 1 cm Some other nice/ interesting finds Neospirifer Brachiopod 5 mm Not sure what this is...I assume a brachiopod. 5 mm Colorful Bryzoans 4 mm Bryzoan on a Crinoid 8 mm Girtycoelia sponges Each are aprox 5-8 mm Gastropods: Pseudozygopleura 4mm Possilbly a Phymataopleura? Not sure of ID 5 mm Possibly Goniasma? 5mm And then there's this thing......a bryzoan encrusting a sponge! 1 cm
  10. North Tampa area fossil

    New here, recently started collecting here in the Tampa and surrounding areas. Would appreciate any help in IDing a recent find. Found in a road construction site along with numerous echinoids. It was broken in two by a steamroller. Its 1.5" wide and 4.5" long. Appreciate any insight. Thanks!
  11. Hemicidaris (?)

    From the album Fossil Collection

  12. Hello all! This is a little photo project I've been working on for a while. When I first started Fossil Hunting I was content to collect whatever. Then I was excited about Identifying what I was finding. The education continued and now I work to identify the geological formations I am collecting in and am able to know what fossils to look for in what areas. The Pocket Texas Geology website is invaluable for finding out the formation of a specific area (while not 100 percent accurate, it's pretty good). So I wanted to create a post that would help with Central Texas Cretaceous Fossil Identification and this Species by Formation post. There are a couple of great websites for North Texas Fossil ID, but none (that I am aware of) for specifically Central Texas. I am considering Central Texas to be the counties of Hays, Travis, Comal, Blanco, Bexar, Kendell, Williamson, Hill, Burnet, Llano, Bell, Coryell, McLennon and Bosque. And bear in mind, this is not a comprehensive list of all species found in these formations...still working on THAT! But this is what I have found and ID'd so far. I believe it contains MOST of the more commonly found fossils, plus some uncommon fossils. If you see a mis-identification, please let me know! Also, there are more formations than I am presenting, but these have been the most accessible to me. I will list them by ascending order of time period. My time periods are approximate. (Be aware, I am not a geologist nor paleontologist, just an avid amateur, so take it for what it's worth! ) Cretaceous Formations: Glen Rose, Walnut, Comanche Peak, Edwards , Georgetown, Buda, and Austin Chalk. Glen Rose Formation 106-110 MYA (Upper and Lower Glen Rose combined here) ECHINOIDS Row 1. Row 2. Row 3. Row 4. Row 5. Row 6. 1. Hyposalenia phillipsae Echinothurid plates Plagiochasma texanum 2, Goniopygus sp. Pygopyrina hancockensis Paraorthopsis comalensis 3. Loriolia rosana Goniopygus whitneyi Pseudodiadema aguilerai 4. Polydiadema travisensis Leptosalenia texana Hetearaster texanus 5. Coenholectypus sp. Pliotoxaster comanchei Phymosoma texana 6. Cidarid sp. Heteraster obliquetus Paracidarid texanus ECHINODERMATA ETC. 1. 2. 1. Unknown Crinoid Isocrinus annulatus Echinoderm Madreporite 2. Balanocidarid Spine Echinoid Spine Balanocidarid Spine AMMONITES 1. . Engonoceras piedernales Hypacanthoplites mayfieldensis DECAPODS 1. 2. 1. Crab Claw Unknown Crab Claw Unknown Pagurus banderiensis 2. Pagurus banderiensis Pagurus banderiensis Pagurus banderiensis ETCETERA 1. 2. 3. 1. Porocystis globularis Fish Pycnodont Teeth Turtle Bone Fragment 2. Foramnifera Orbitolina (group) Foramnifera Orbitolina (single) Coral Heliopora labyrinthicum 3. Spirobus Worm Annelid Worm GASTROPODS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5, 6. 7. 1. Neritina sp Semineritina apparata Pleutomaria glenrosensis 2. Natica texana Nerinia texana Nerinia harrisi 3. Fusus haysensis Turbo cuyleri Anchura monolifera 4. Cerithium blancoesnsis Unknown Gastropod Unknown Gastropod 5. Nerinia incisa Pseudomelania pupoides Tylostoma traviensis 6. Natica traski Cerithium bullardi Nerinia aquilina 7.. Tylostoma turmidum Purpuroides harperi Lunatia praegrandis BIVALVES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9 10. Other Bivalves : 11. 12. 13 . BIVALVES 1. Lima wacoensis Arca texana Ludbrookia arivechensis 2. Trigonia whitneyi Exogyra paupercula Plicatula parkerae 3. Brachidontes pedernalis Chlamys santoni Granocardium pseudopendens 4. Neithia occidentalis Cardium congestum Arctica comalensis 5. Pinna comancheana Granicardium pendens Fimbria hamiltonae 6. Trigonia gordoni Homomya comalensis Laternula simodsi 7. Psilomya walker Trigonia wendleri Homomya knowltoni 8. Tapes decepta Panopea henselli Arctica texana 9. Psilomya banderiensis Protocardia texana Arca medialis 10. Cyprimeria texana Idonearca terminalis Arctica roemeri 11. Lopha comalensis Ceratosterean texanum Exogyra guadalupae 12. Peilinia crenulimargo Liostrea ragsdalei 13. RUDISTS: Monopleura sp. Toucasia sp. Kimbleia capacis
  13. I found these sea urchin fossils, in the Cretaceous in the Atacama Desert, near Antofagasta, Chile in South America. I think they are genus Hemiaster.?
  14. Echinoid ID wanted

    Hello again. About 2 years ago I found the following Echinoid (I think) in the northern province of Drenthe in the Netherlands. I was actually looking for interesting rocks and at first I thought that's what I had picked up, a piece of rounded/worn flint or chert. On closer inspection it looked like something that was once alive. Actually thought it was a long dead starfish, but after some googling I 'm fairly certain it's a type of Echinoid like a Conulus or maybe Salenia. Some background info: the area this was found was once covered with glacial ice that originated in Scandinavia, the Saale Glaciation (347,000 to 128,000 years ago). The glacial ice has deposited numerous large erratic boulders from which the famous 'Hunebedden' were constructed some 5,000 years ago. Along with those, heaps of smaller rocks and boulders were also laid down in the northern provinces. I suppose the same glaciers also transported fossils from the Scandinavian countries to this and the surrounding area. This was found on the surface of an area quite unique in the country. A glacial deposit covered in patches of heather and super fine white sand. The top 5 to 10 cm of sand contain loads and loads of smaller rocks of different kinds, so I suspect this Echinoid was deposited along with them and wasn't a species native to this area. Based on some photos from https://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/data/echinoid-directory/index.html I'm thinking this is a type of Conulus that lived in the cretaceous but that's as far as I dare to guess. Hoping somebody can further ID or correct my own ID. The specimen is 25mm in width and feels as if it's been worn by sand and wind (which certainly happened to some rocks I found in the same area) Thanks
  15. Heterodiadema

    From the album Fossil Collection

  16. Hemiaster

    From the album Fossil Collection

  17. Heterodiadema sp.

    From the album Fossil Collection

  18. Fossil echinoid?

    I found this interesting fossil the other day, and have struggled to find out what it is. It's from the Jurassic of Northamptonshire. Scale is centimetres. It's partially broken, so may have been completely spherical? Many thanks. Sorry the pictures are a little dark.
  19. Unknown Russian echinoid

    What do you think it is? The definition I got on the local forum is "conditionally classified as Plegiocidaris" Guides/handbooks on Moscow Mezozoic (unfortunately mostly outdated) list 5 genera: Echinobrissus, Rhabdocidaris, Acrocidaris, Holectypus and Cidaris. For this and neighboring stratigraphic zones Echinobrissus and Rhabdocidaris only, mainly the latter. Both are defined by spines, sometimes isolated plates
  20. I am proud to introduce my new most prized fossil - Paracidarid Echinoid from the Glen Rose Formation of Texas, Cretaceous. A.K.A My Precious I've been looking for one of these for YEARS and my new fossil friend from Dallas gifted me this beauty he found in the Texas Hill Country. So now, in addition to the segments and partials and spines that i found... I now have a whole one. MY PRECIOUS 3 inches diameter
  21. I justify my going out to fossil hunt right now as "exercise"! Everyone needs exercise! And I have had some really good "exercise" lately! I am to the point in my fossil collecting that it's about finding "better" specimens and the very occasional new thing (which is SO very exciting!) Two in particular have eluded me for a while : Oxytropidoceras Ammonite and Leptosalenia mexicana Echinoid. I have found partials and bits and pieces, but had been unable to find a good one...until now! All are from Texas Cretaceous . The Oxytropidoceras is not the prettiest one in the world, but it's mine and it's a whole one, so I am super happy. 4 inches diameter Fort Worth or Duck Creek Formation This little echinoid has been a real bugger to find. I'd found one, in beautiful condition, only to have it fall apart on me and I found another that is so water worn it's almost impossible to tell it's a L mexicana. So FINALLY I found a lovely one! It's not showing up as well in this photo, but it's a deep purpley grey color! 1/2 inch Walnut Formation And some other good finds - some nice crab claws! Two are unidentified (if anyone knows, please do tell!) and the other is just a nice big one, albeit a bit broken. Unknown crab claw from the Walnut formation: A small unknown crab claw from the Glen Rose Formation: And a honking big Pagurus banderiensis from the Glen Rose Formation: Plus it's always great to find some "better" fossils. Here are a few nice finds: A nice Heteraster from the Walnut Formtiaon; Plus a nice Gastropod Anchura And even a "lowly" bivalve - known as a Texas Heart: Cucullea blancoensis
  22. "Baby" Clypeaster

    From the album Fossil Collection

  23. Clypeaster "in situ"

    From the album Fossil Collection

  24. NSR, April 23rd

    I headed out to the North Sulfur River yesterday morning. It was a beautiful day, and as always, there was some good stuff to be found.
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