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  1. I made this little list with few nice french Echinoids for exchange,i still have many brachiopods,shells and carboniferous plants,the mail service is still not possible for the States,but i have a parcel already prep as soon as it will work again(very soon i hope ) 2 Discoides subuculus Cénomanian Charente Maritime France 4 Glypticus Hieroglyphicus on the matrix Oxfordian Foug France 1 Nucleolites elongatus Agassiz 1840 Bathonian Jaulny France 0 Temnocidaris (Stereocidaris) sceptrifera (Mantel,1822) - Upper Campanian , Charente Maritime France 2 Hemiaster bufo Cènomanian Villers sur mer Normandy 1 Echinolampas burdigalensis Bartonian Gironde France 2 Hemicidaris Luciensis Upper Bathonian Luc sur mer Normandy (1 on the matrix) 1 Holectypus depressus Callovien Sarthe France 1 Clypeus Ploti Bajocien Jaulny France 4 Micraster sp turonian Ault Picardy 2 Acrosalenia hemicidaroides Bathonien de Landaville (Vosges, France) 4 Collyrites ellipticus, Callovian Deux-Sèvres France 2 Toxaster sp 'Hauterivien,Southern France 4 Sismondia occitana (Defrance, 1827), Eocene, Gironde France 4 Arbacina monilis Langhian Miocène Indre-et-Loire France 1 Rhyncholampas grignonensis (Defrance, 1825) - Lutétien moyen, Aisne, France 2 Lenita patellaris (Leske,1778) - Lutétien moyen, authevernes, Eure 2 Toxaster amplus 'Hauterivien,Southern France 1 ECHINOLAMPAS CALVIMONTANA Éocène ( Lutétien). Aisne (02). 4 Salenia archiaci : Aptien-bédoulien du massif de la Clape.Aude France 2 Echinocyamus inflatus- Lutétien moyen, authevernes, Eure 1 conulus subrotundus(flint mold)Turonian Ault
  2. The Jurassic of Europe

    PDF BIOSTRATIGRAPHIE DU JURASSIQUE OUEST-EUROPÉEN ET MÉDITERRANÉEN Zonations parallèles et distribution des invertébrés et microfossiles Elie CARIOU & Pierre HANTZPERGUE memoire 17 Elf exploration & Production @Coco @michele 1937 @fifbrindacier typologie:ouvrage synthetique,et:utile,probablement edit: pour probablement,lire: peut etre Useful stratigraphic information in this one edit 2: ca. 31 MB,alors:large
  3. Boy have I been away for a good bit. Quite a lot has happened since! Hope everyone's doing all right all things considered! Seeing the calamity the world is in the throes of, I decided to head out Saturday before the zombie apocalypse truly took hold here in GA. With social distancing and whatnot in effect, the options are quite limited as far as recreational activities. Thankfully, everyone's favorite activity, finding the rock-encrusted remains of life long gone is something that can be done away from prying eyes, particularly the Tivola Limestone site in Perry GA that I visited last year that produces those gorgeous Periarchus sand dollars and Chlamys scallops. After a quick pit stop at a hazmat-ified Chick-fil-A and a nice drive to Perry, we found ourselves at the site for the second time. After a short walk through mild vegetation, the abandoned quarry came into view: The rock that made up the walls seemed to be significantly darker than what we observed our first time around, a result of extended exposure to the elements. After a few early finds on top of the pit's edge, we made our descent inside via a small and less steep slope hugging a portion of the wall. In the pit, 2 hours were sunk into searching. The result: a decent haul, with a lot of prep-ables. The first thing I picked up was perhaps my favorite: an in-situ Periarchus pileussinensis that was mostly whole, with a number of small cracks visible that served to put a kind of emphasis on its age.
  4. Late Cretaceous marine sites in China

    Hey Would anyone know of Late Cretaceous fossil sites in China that are similar to 'typical' Late Cretaceous marine sites in Europe/North America? Like places where one can find ammonites, sea urchins, shark teeth and mosasaur fossils... Thanks for any help! Christian
  5. Amazing clusters of echinoids!

    Hey guys hope you're well! I wanted to show you the amazing lovenia woodsii clusters I found today at Beaumaris, and ask for some advice. These are lovenia woodsii. Some still retain amazing detail, like the final pic! Do you guys have any recommendations for coating the sandy matrix the woodsii are sitting in? I would like to prevent them becoming too brittle upon drying out.
  6. Hello everyone! At this point, it's been a long time since I've found any of these so I wanted to show my collection of Wenonah slabs or 'plates'. These slabs were found in the same area over the course of a few years and is a collaboration of a lot of fun trips with friends. The majority of them were found by me and my brother, Shane @shajzer64 in 2016 but a few others have dug with me in this (mostly unproductive) location looking for and finding these - thank you to everyone involved! The slabs are all the same thickness and preservation; I was actually able to put a few together but as a whole, I think most were in the stream for too long to connect them. They are mostly shell and gastropod imprints but include ghost shrimp burrows, an Ischyrhiza rostral, shark teeth, an echinoid, an ammonite, a fish spine (we think), scaphopods, and more. I'm not positive the sponges are associated with this exact project but the preservation looks the same so I included them too (that could go for the ammonite too). If anyone is interested in seeing a particular slab, let me know and I'll get a picture. I'm pretty happy with my new display so I hope you enjoy it! -Frank @Carl @non-remanié @Darktooth@Jeffrey P@Trevor@The Jersey Devil
  7. Hello members of TFF I'm looking for echinoids (sea urchins/sand dollars) to increase my collection of this kind of fossils. I'm interested in all kind of echinoids but what matter for me its the state of conservation. I have for trade several types of fossils from miocene (shark teeth, bivalves, gastropods...), cretaceous (echinoids, bivalves, gastropods) and Jurassic (echinoids, brachiopods, vertebrate material...) Thanks Vieira
  8. I am TRYING to figure out my pliotoxasters. I think i have three different species and am hoping for some confirmation or information! I grouped them into similar seeming "batches" and think these are the ID's but would appreciate any help. All Texas Cretaceous, various formations, mostly Walnut I think. These I believe are Pliotoxaster whitei Side view: These I believer are Pliotoxaster comanchei Side view: These I think are Pliotoxaster inflatus: side view:
  9. Had a lovely day out hunting with a new fossil friend - @Nuna! She said let's go hunting in Austin - i know a spot! Turns out that spot was the creek near the house I grew up - lived there from age 6-17. I had not been back in a long long time.. and I certainly have not been in the creek since I was probably 10 years old! I realized that my earliest "fossil memory" was going to the creek with the neighbor kid Jimmy to hunt for fossils when we were 8 (2nd grade I guess?). I remember we found brachiopods... He then invited me to go to a Paleontology Society of Austin meeting. I remember being the two youngest there, for sure! Now, flash forward 40 years and i am now a member of the PSoA (joined a few months ago). So Nuna, her awesome dog Mack and I head down into the creek. It is absolutely beautiful. I did not know there was an easy access, we crawled down the culverts to get there in the past! I am not adverse to crawling through culverts, but am happy not to! We poked around, found those brachiopods! plus a few other little things, a few ammonite chunks. Then we found the sweet spot. Some of the biggest Neithia bivalves I've seen, lots of brachiopods, I found a lovely big Leptomaria gastropod, a broken Pecten wrighti and a little ammonite (Nuna found the good ammonite of the day) and some other nice stuff. But then I found a little chunk of something that I was not sure....but recognized it as fossil. And then I found a whole one....a gorgeous cidarid spine. And found another. Never found the body, but I love those spines! A few feet further, i see what looks like a heart urchin (of which there are LOTS in Central Texas in certain locations) so I was happy, but not super excited, until I realized it was a bit different than what I had found in the past. Turns out it is a new to me species - Holaster simplex! So a nostalgic walk in the park became a bonanza echinoid day for me. Big thanks to Nuna for taking me "back to my old hunting grounds"!!!! Based on the stuff we found, I'm assuming this is Georgetown formation.....any corroboration? Leptomaria gastro Pecten texana: ( i love the red coloration on this one) Pecten wrighti: Brachiopod Kingena: Echionid Holaster simplex: Cidarid Spine :
  10. I made a "concentrated" study of the Georgetown formation -about an hour north of me (I usually hunt in the Glen Rose and Walnut of Texas) so it was fun to hit up four spots to see what different species I could find. I was happy to gather a good variety of specimens, including a couple of "best" specimens of common Texas finds - a lovely BIG Neithia scallop with both the top and bottom valve intact, a nice Ostrea carinata and lots of well preserved turritells, including the tiniest I've ever found. But the fun stuff is the Echinoids and the Ammonites! For the Echinoids: I FINALLY found a Salenia Mexicana (that didn't crumble in my hands like the LAST one I found) even if it is a bit water worn. I'm still happy with it. Plus an excellently preserved Heteraster obliquatus and a nice Phymosoma which is still encased in a bit of matrix, but that's okay. But my find of the day was the Tetragramma taffi (i'm pretty sure on that ID, let me know if I"m wrong!) Even thought it's quite squished and has a lot of matrix, it's still my first one, so I"m stoked!! The "other" fossils: A pyrite shell, not great, but cool because it's pyrite The Echinoids! Phymosoma Salenia mexicana: Tetragramma taffi a nice Heteraster:
  11. Joining the Paleontological Society of Austin has been such a good thing. I am learning more about where to look and what to look for! Experts are so....expert. So we went to a place I had been before, but apparently I was not looking "small" enough. Although I did find some lovely Cretaceous crinoids on my first trip and a nice smashed Pygopyrina, this time, I looked even closer and found not only more crinoids (love those little stars!) but also a tiny Pygopyrina hancockensis and some Leptosalenia (juveniles supposedly), which is weird because no larger ones are apparently found at that site. Maybe they migrate somewhere else? Anyways, they are tiny tiny tiny. And I was super happy to find something new : a few plates of an Echinothurid. These echinoids apparently disarticulate once they expire so usually all you find are these little sections. Still pretty cool. Also, found another nice sized Coenholectypus and some nice examples of Salenia texana at another site nearby. A few days later, I was poking around a new to me site and found a lovely big crab claw, but my find of the day was ANOTHER tiny section of a Pseudodiadema. I am dying to find a full one, but they are apparently rather rare. This is the third "chunk" I have found. Someday soon....perhaps I'll find a whole one. But I"m happy with my "llittle things" because it's the little things that make life such a big deal (to steal a phrase from the Austin band Timbuk 3) Scale is inches The Tinys: Echinodthurid plates: Coenholectypus Salenia texanas: Pseudodiademas (the small bit I found yesterday, the larger bit was from last year) Crinoid Isocrinus Some Crab Claws (not an echinoderm obviously, but I mention them in my post and you might just want to see them)
  12. North Carolina River Finds

    Hey everyone, here are a few pics of some zone 2 Pliocene Yorktown Formation finds and some Spring Garden Member Eocene Castle Hayne Formation finds from an eastern North Carolina River near my house. Pecten, not yet ID'd. Pliocene
  13. Fossil Road Trip - Georgia, Texas

    Both my brother and I celebrated graduations this year - my brother graduated from college and I graduated from law school. In celebration of our graduations, we decided to take a 13-day road trip to see some of the United States after I had taken the bar exam but before I began work. Our journey ultimately took us through Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Dayton and Pittsburgh, before returning home. Our days were jam-packed, with us often not arriving at a hotel until 9/10pm, but along the way we did find some time to make a few quick stops to collect some fossils in Georgia and Texas. My brother is not a collector, but I was really excited to try to find some examples of the infamous Georgia trilobites, Texas echinoids and Texas ammonites. I want to thank @BobWill, @smt126, @facehugger, and @JamieLynn for answering my innumerable questions about Texas fossils. We ultimately did not have enough time to check out all of the places you suggested, but I will certainly store the knowledge for my next trip - hopefully in cooler weather. Our first stop was at Tibbs Bridge in Chatsworth, GA. Having heard the rumors about the potential illegality of the site I was a little worried when we arrived. We could not initially find parking and when we pulled off, we picked the wrong spot. The homeowner we parked near came out yelling at us about collecting beneath the bridge and threatening to call the police. Having driven all the way from New Jersey I was not yet ready to give up on the trip. We decided to pick another spot to park and given that my brother doesn't collect, he waited in the car in case something happened. We could not stay at the site for longer than 90 minutes, so I tried to find as much as I could. As a funny aside, I was soon joined by another group of collectors from Georgia, one of whom had recently spent time in my hometown in New Jersey. Small world! I was hoping to find some better preserved trilobites, but I had to ultimately settle with some nice impressions and a couple of smaller fragments of exoskeleton. I did find one large trilobite that still had all of its exoskeleton, but it was fractured and I could not put it back together even at home. I was able to keep the impression of the trilobite though. All of what I found were Aphelaspis brachyphasis. And the large trilobite whose exoskeleton was simply too damaged to repair
  14. Went out with the Paleontological Society of Austin Saturday for a field trip - yes, in Austin Texas in August (not usually a great idea) but we went early to beat the heat and had an unusually cloudy morning with very low humidity, so it was actually VERY pleasant! We hit up a Walnut Formation road cut with lots of lovely gastropods (Anchura, Tylostoma and Gyrodes), some rather uncommonly found Parasimilia corals plus a variety of Echinoids. I found a large 3/4 busted up Phymosoma, a number of little Loriolias, and a couple of nice Heteraster Heart Urchins but my faves were a BIG kind of busted up Coenholectypus and a tiny Coen too. I picked up a number of other things, including what I THOUGHT were two squished Porocystis globularis (Algeal Fruit) which when I got home, turned out to be two nice middle sized Coens very very encrusted in limestone...so much so I did not recognize them in the field. So I thought I'd try the vinegar soak I'd heard about. I have been hesitant to try but since I already had a couple of decent specimens of Coens, I thought I'd try. WOW. Just WOW. I forgot to take a before picture, just know that they were barely recognizable! After that luck with the Coens, I decided to try it on a Goniopygus that was so encrusted you could only see a small section of it. I am SO excited with the way it turned out! So yay for vinegar soak! Vinegar soak on the Goniopygus
  15. Echinoids

    The first 8 are echinoids and echinoid spines, I have seen plenty of photos of them while researching forams. Doctor Mud.....I can not confirm it but I do think you may be right about the last two being some sort of echinoid, This thing is only about a half a millimeter in size, I can't find anything online that looks like it but will keep at it.
  16. Maastrichtian fieldtrip in Belgium

    Today @Natalie81 and I went on a field trip with our geology club to the quarry of Eben-Emael In Belgium. We were over 50 participants today an I had the oportunity to meet aan other TFF member @ziggycardon This location is not far from the stratotype in Maastricht in the Netherlands and a multitude of fossils can be found in the marls and chalks. We had a slow start, but after searching through scree piles I found a small and a big sea urchin, and later on a few belemnites. Natalie hadn't got much luck at the start of the prospection, but she did eventually find the find of the day: a fragment of a turtle shell ( Allopleuron hofmanni ) with a few verts in association. We did have a great day and Ziggycardon had also his bag full of fossils and a great first fossil fieldtrip. the quarry: Maastrichtian marl ( formation of Emael ) Ziggy in action Natalie's turtle fragment: Home with the finds: A quick cleanup of the big sea urchin: Hemipneustes stratoradiatus
  17. Finally getting round to identifying some finds from over the years at different sections of Big Brook, NJ. I'm going to try and post them in separate topics. The white sea urchin spine is distinctive, but what are these other things? They have similar dots in lines, but the lines are much more spread apart. See that they have pointed ends and one has a wider end. They are about 2-4mm in diameter. Also, any idea or pointers as to what species the Sea Urchin spine could be? I haven't found an easy identification guide on the web yet.
  18. Hey folks maybe you can help me out. Especially the European collectors. Here in Texas we have historically had several species of Tetragramma listed as occurring in the Fredericksburg Group (Albian) that are possibly synonymous. For those of us who collect here in Central Texas there never seemed to be any doubts about what was a Tetragramma malbosii versus a T. taffi. T. taffi are always larger and seem quite distinct from T. malbosii. (see my two examples) But in 2016 William Morgan wrote the Collector's Guide to Texas Cretaceous Echinoids (Schiffer Publ.) and in it he lists T. malbosii as having precedence, suggesting that they are just not as full grown as taffi. He sites the work of Smith & Wright, 1993. I know T. malbosii is found in Europe. What about T. taffi? What does a very large European T. malbosii look like? The one I am using as an example is the largest one I have but it is still not as large as the T. taffi and doesn't have nearly the same number of tubercles in the interamb. Your thoughts, opinions, observations, etc.??? And if anyone can point me to a link or a PDF of the following paper I would greatly appreciate it and could reward with a nice Texas echionoid... British Cretaceous echinoids. Part 3, Stirodonta 2 (Hemicidaroida, Arbacioida and Phymosomatoida, part 1) Author: Andrew B Smith; C W Wright; Palaeontographical Society (Great Britain) Publisher: London : Palaeontographical Society, [1993] Series: Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society, v. 146, no. 593. Tetragramma taffi (Cragin, 1893) Tetragramma malbosii (Agassiz & Desor, 1846)
  19. Hey TFF Members! Cris and I were able to get out and do some super fun Echinoid hunting earlier this week! We were able to find some very nice specimens from the Eocene. If anyone has an ID on the big thick one I found in the video, please let me know! We got stuck in some nasty storms on this trip, but were also lucky enough to see a stunning rainbow! It was a great trip. Check out the vid if you get a chance!
  20. In the continuing saga of finding all the echinoids of Texas.....I found a few new things plus re-assessing my collection I found I already had another example (albeit small bits only) of another! So here are my latest finds (and re-finds). In my collection from Marathon Tx was a couple of bits of (I think) an Archeocidarid!! Stopped by a little creek in Austin and found this lovely Coenholectypus: Went on a little road trip to Glen Rose TX and found what I thought was a Loriolia but on closer inspection, it's a Goniopygus! Not a great specimen, but slightly better than my previous ones, so still looking for a nice one: And the piece de resistance : A Balanocidarid Spine!! Practically in my own backyard (well, within 30 minutes drive anyways)
  21. Hey have others been having trouble with the British Museum's online Echinoid Directory? It has been off and on for the last week or two and currently I can not get the Keys, Index to Taxa or Glossry to open. Hoping some of our friends across the water might have a little insight. https://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/data/echinoid-directory/
  22. From the album Cretaceous

    Cardiaster marylandicus Echinoid Upper Cretaceous Merchantville Formation Matawan Group Weller's Ravine Matawan, New Jersey
  23. So, I am formally stating my quest to find all of the echinoids (of Texas at least...let's not be silly) I live in Central Texas and we are blessed with an abundance of fossils. My first fossiking was in Cherry Creek, behind my house, in Austin. Although I did not really do much since those early days, now it has become my main hobby. I have collected a pretty dang nice collection of all kinds of Cretaceous creatures but echinoids are my favorite with ammonites a close second. I have decided to make it my goal to find all the species of Texas Echies I can find in my lifetime. So far I have hundreds of heart urchins, (Hemiaster, Pliotaxaster, Macraster and Heteraster), a fair number of Loriolas and Salenias, a couple of Coenholectypus and Phymostomas and one very very worn Tetragramma. I have been making forays to Canyon Lake to find some of the more "unusual" urchins. These are my finds of the last couple of weeks. They are not great specimens but I am totally excited about them anyways. Hopefully I will eventually find some better quality ones, but hey, gotta start somewhere. For an avid amateur like myself (who is still trying to figure out how to recognize formations and zones and not having much luck at it) its exciting to stumble across something a bit different. Goniopygus and Pygopyrinas
  24. Echinoid cidarids (4).JPG

    From the album Central Texas Fossils

    Echinoids Unidentified Cidarids Found in Hays County
  25. Our Moroccan trip from 19th-23rd February 2019. Day One; Locality One IFRANE Here we are near Ifrane, a village built by the French in the 1930's in a Swiss chalet style so there are pointy roofs instead of the usual traditional flat roofs of Moroccan buildings. This is wifey and Anouar, a Moroccan tour guide, old friend and one time student of English, his brother, our driver Abdullah, is taking the photo. Anouar paid for the trip, accommodation and food in return for me teaching him a little about the fossils, crystals and minerals that we encountered. The trip was mainly an exploratory voyage for me to discover where was worth revisiting when i was alone and had more time to spare. Somewhere in this area are outcrops of Pleinsbachian (stage of the Liassic/ Lower Jurassic) rocks that are stuffed with terebratulid brachiopods including more than a dozen species and subspecies that were first described from this locality, many unique to the site. Unfortunately, it's well off the beaten track, but I think i know roughly where now, so will return another day. Not time today! The area is covered in loose rocks, ploughed up in fields and roadbuilding, eroded from outliers or washed into the area in the autumn rainy season floods or spring melts. The ones behind us look Middle Jurassic to me, yellowish limestones, some with iron staining. Upper Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks are also in the region. The high ridges in the background are basalt intrusions as the Atlas mountains were formed as Africa began to collide with Europe throughout the Palaoegene and Neogene and this resulted in a lot of volcanoes. We moved on north of the village and stopped where we saw a group of the local fossil huts. These are all year round businesses, but in the season, from May til October you will find little stalls selling local fossils and minerals all the way along the route through the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara. But the temporary stalls are all closed at this time of year, as it's pretty chilly and there are few tourists. Top Tip : Always pop into a couple of different shops and check out prices. Tell the next shopkeeper how much the previous one had stated and see if they'll undercut for a similar item. Always, always haggle! Top Tip : Ask which fossils and crystals are local if you don't know already; most of the shops in Morocco have local fossils and others from all over the country. Local fossils will usually be much cheaper, wait until you get nearer to the localities of other fossils and see the prices come down! Top Tip : If you have the time, ask the purveyors of local fossils to show you where they came from. Then go and have a look. They don't mind this at all.