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  1. 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.
  2. Odd Texas oyster

    I'll post a full story in trips when I get time, but I was searching around a new spot, being unsure of the formation (Austin I assume now) I was picking up everything I found including oysters which I would normally leave, I assume they're exogyra or ilymatogyra but the Mark on the back is strange to me, 2 of the three I picked up had them and I haven't seen anything like it in pictures. Species and out formation ID would be nice
  3. Does anyone have a recommendation for an identification book that would cover Florida Fossil Echinoids? I don't need a scientific paper, just good photos and content that focusses on echinoids, not invertebrates overall since the shells would take up most of the content.
  4. Figured we'd brave the cold today for a chance at some echinoids, first the leptosalenia texana.
  5. Dear TFF friends, I have those unclenead Mecaster lusitanicus (Loriol, 1888) from a XIX century classic location available for trade. I woul like humble european Pliocene Bivalvia for those or another echinoid specimen. Thank you! Mecaster lusitanicus (Loriol, 1888) C level, Cenomanian, Cretaceous. Salmanha quarry, Figueira da Foz. Regards, Ricardo
  6. sorry again, i dont know what the species of these specimens are and also sorry for some reason parts of the photos were cropped and made smaller i think its because i put too much on there so they had to cut down the file size (:
  7. My first trip out alone

    Got a chance to get off of work early so I hit a new creek I wanted to check out. I'm glad I did. I was only out for maybe 2 hours. These are my first ammonite and echinoid finds and now I want more!! I'm not use to creek hunting as I'm use to road cuts and mountain terrain
  8. Hello all you folks from NC. My mom-in-law gave me a pile of fossils from Ocean Isle Beach that she has collected over the years. Do any of y'all know the age of the stuff that washes up on this beach? Thanks jp
  9. Mysterious stripes on Echies

    I've always wondered what the 5 radial stripes on echinoids we're and what they do. Any urchin/sand dollar experts know? Polished Echie with the "stripes".
  10. Spoils from a Spousal Sortie

    Best of our tag team take of Walnut fm echinoids from a recent trip.
  11. Australian Echinoid ID

    Hello everyone! I have recently been going through my fossils from Mannum, South Australia and have been trying to ID them down to species. There is a couple echinoids that I have been a bit stumped by. I have ID them all down to genus but am having some trouble getting them down to species. What does everyone think? Here they are with a reference pdf: Any help is appreciated Thanks, Dan 1.(Photos 1-2) Eupatagus murrayensis? 2.(Photos 3-4) Eupatagus rotundus? 3. (Photos 5-7)Ortholophus morganensis? FC Mannum Echinoids Guide.pdf
  12. Fossicking with Frau

    I got my wife out with me today for the first time in a few months. Decent pickings in the Walnut Formation. Engonoceras ammonites in this formation are usually pretty fragmented. This one still needs 5 minutes of scribe work, but it’s a keeper. Can’t hate on those sutures.
  13. The Ocala Limestone Formation is a relatively pure carbonate (90% to 95%) limestone that was deposited in a shallow, marine environment. The thickness of the unit in Florida’s central peninsula is typically less than 90 feet. The age of the Ocala Limestone is late Eocene or about 35 million years old. This geologic age is based on correlation using macro-invertebrates and microfossils with well-dated rocks of the middle and western Gulf Coastal Plain. In the Haile Quarries, exposed in section, is a portion of the upper Ocala Limestone, formerly named the Crystal River Formation. I joined a field trip from 9am to 2pm Saturday into this Eocene era Haile Quarry. @MikeR also represented TFF. I had been to Haile Quarry previously in October, 2015. Some sights from the quarry on this 2018 trip. The Quarry is a BIG hole, high walls, lakes in the bottom, with piles of gravel, sand, clay, and limestone scattered around. Just walk around doing surface hunting. It is just too brutally hot to dig or climb. I walked this path next to the water, thinking that the extra moisture and muddy areas might expose some fossils. It was pretty clear that I had competition. But I figured he/she would only get the small echinoids. The best chances are for Echinoids, seashells, crabs, coral, and maybe sponges. There are also a lot of shell endocasts. This was a little strange. I was not finding a lot of fossils, but almost immediately after taking this photo of the butterfly, I spotted this Shark tooth fragment with colors out of sync with its surroundings. @Harry Pristishas made an excellent case for an Eocene era extinct Mackerel Shark. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/84574-florida-eocene-shark/&tab=comments#comment-906155 I could not be more pleased than to have found a Florida Eocene shark tooth. Then a number of other finds, shells Endocasts, Something that looks like a sponge, Echinoids, It is likely that the 1st is Eupatagus antillarum and the second may be Oligipygus phelani. I really enjoy these field trips with good people and the real possibility of a surprise (like a Mackerel Shark tooth) while looking for Echinoids.
  14. I went to my fav cretaceous beach today ,great sunny day
  15. Echinoid

    last night there were heavy thunderstorms in Myrtle beach so I figured some good stuff would get churned up and deposited on the beach, I braved the brutal wind and cold early this morning and it payed off, I found these 2 fossilized echinoids within 20 yards of each other, any more specific info would be great!the top of the first is missing, and I know the second one is in real bad shape and a positive ID is unlikely.
  16. Clypeaster altus alticostata

    Geologia della Sicilia - Geology of Sicily - Ispra www.isprambiente.gov.it/it/pubblicazioni/periodici.../memdes_95_avampaese.pdf
  17. Easter Echinoids

    Long ago I sort of burned out on local collecting and placed priority on longer distance trips for variety...I guess it’s a “grass is always greener” kind of thing. But a good gully washer will sometimes motivate me to step out and sample more local fauna. Today was one of those days, so I started in the Lower K Glen Rose fm. Although there were sloppy footprints around, I still found some stuff. It looked like maybe there were a couple bands of rain, and some ambitious collector went out in the slop, then it rained again and eroded his tracks while flushing out more of our (assumed) common quarry. Anyway, Leptosalenia texana echs made the scene in the low morning sun, and I was there with my catcher’s mitt.
  18. Glen Rose Formation Fossils

    Hello all, I am working on my thesis covering fossils of the lower Glen Rose Formation. Could anyone possibly help me identify these specimens? These are heart urchins which I suspect to be Epiaster whitei... Could these be heteraster instead? They range from 3 to 5 cm in diameter and are mostly crushed or broken...
  19. Echinoid jackpot

    I was on call at work all week which meant I had to be within an hour of my work and have cell phone access. I wanted to go fossil hunting so I google mapped an area in Tarrant County, Texas. I found a few potential spots with some exposure and I headed that way. It was an hour drive from home. I’ve been seeing lots of echinoids come out of the area. I had made 3 separate trips to the area not knowing exactly where the echinoids could be found. Two previous trips resulted in abundant ammonite finds. Ammonite hunting often requires a lot of gear and tools. Ammonites are generally big and heavy. I wanted a break from the heavy duty hauling and labor intensive retrieval, but I had no clue what I might find at this new location so I came equipped. On the way to the first stop I passed a large area of exposed rock and soil. I had passed it at least 3 times before, but yesterday I decided to take the detour and stop at this site. It was right off the freeway, but yo access it I looked around to what I thought would be the back side. It was a couple mile loop to get there. I ended up in a daycare parking lot across from the area. I had looked at the weather in the morning and it said the high would be 74. I came hydrated for 74. I got my little bag with a single gardening tool and crossed the road to the site. Initially I thought the place was a construction site dump for dirt and rocks that had been flattened out, but I eventually realized that wasn’t the case. I think it was initially a housing development that fell through and the land was still sitting there after being somewhat grated and leveled. Here is a view of the terrain. Lots of exposure. I walked around for about 2 minutes before I saw the first fossil. I was dubious this place had any potential, but that one little fossil gave me the motivation to continue investigating. I walked on for another 15 min without spotting anything. The side had two sections. I had explored maybe 20 acres of the first many 40 acres. I decided to mosey over to the back 40. While in this area I realized it wasn’t a construction site dumb. I saw layering in the soil. I found a couple of ammonite fragments and while bending down to pick one up I found a shark tooth. Then a little while later I found another. They’re pretty small. About 1 cm I’d say. No idea what genus though. While in the back 40 I saw my first hint of echinoids. I found a fragment that was about 2.5 inches across. Bingo! This is what I have been looking for and what I had made 3 other unsuccessful trips to Tarrant County for. I knew I was in the right spot. I walked about 10 feet and saw my first large echinoid. When I look at these pics some of them have this optical illusion quality. It looks like there are a bunch of holes in the ground. If that is what you see go to the pic above, focus on the small rocks and come back to this one and refocus. There aren’t any holes in the ground. They’re all rocks sitting on top of the ground. It’s the weirdest thing. They’re my own pics, but I keep seeing the inverse picture so they look like depressions in the ground rather than stones on top of the ground. Anyway, there’s my first large echinoid in situ, upside down. Here is that sweet not so little find in my hand. It was the biggest I had ever found up to that point, but I found bigger than this yesterday. A couple more with top side view. Bottom side view. One in situ sitting on its side, just begging to be picked up and loved on. It’s like he’s saying “come scratch my tummy.” About this point I started not feeling that great. I was feeling a little over heated, but since the high was only supposed to be 74 that didn’t make sense to me. I drank some Gatorade I’d brought with me and went on. I kept walking around hunting for another 20 min or so, but the feeling got worse. I hadn’t found any echinoids for a few min so I decided to head back to my car. It would take me a while to get back. But then I stumbled across another patch of echinoids. Another one with an ammonite fragment. There were a lot of ammonite fragments everywhere. Here is a decent little ammonite I found. A couple more. I had just picked up the ammonite and another echi. I think I found 3 or 4 paired echies sitting right next to another. The feeling of being over heated and dehydrated got worse. I can take the heat reasonably well. So I wasn’t sure what was going on. Maybe my age was beginning to show (I’ll be 50 this week). I’d had oral surgery a couple weeks before and thought maybe I wasn’t back up to par yet, despite feeling fine even a day after the surgery. I had to sit down once, but didn’t really improve with sitting. I had wondered if I was going to make it back before fainting. I had stated to have a few short blackouts when I stood up after bending over, but I finally made it back to my car. To my surprise the temperature was a whopping 93. If I had known it was going to be 93 I would have hydrated completely differently than I did for 74 degrees. I can handle 93 if I hydrate for it. I went hiking last Summer in Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah when it was 115 degrees and did fine. Anyway, I went to get gas and a drink and something salty. I found my favorite chips, Funyuns. I only eat them when traveling though. They’re too dangerous to keep around the house. I’d eat the whole bag. I’m a bit of a health nut, but not a fanatic. So I try to not keep junk food around the house that I’m tempted by. With temperatures like that it is clear that Spring is here and summer is on its way. Driving back home, blue skyes and yes, even a little smog in Dallas. The Bradford pears and red bud trees are in bloom here in Texas and things are turning green. I found 23 echinoids in all. 2 shark teeth and a few ammonites. It was a pretty productive day fossil hunting. That might have quenched my appetite for echinoids for a short while. I’ll post a pic of them all tomorrow.
  20. miocene Schizasters from south Austria for trade.
  21. From the album Cretaceous

    Catopygus (Oolopygus) williamsi (echinoid) Upper Cretaceous Basal Navesink Formation Monmouth Group Bayonet Farm Holmdel, NJ. A gift from John W. (fossilsofnj)
  22. Im looking Miocene fossils ( Pannonian sea). If anyone have something for trade please contact me via personal message. Thanks,
  23. Duck Creek echinoids ID x2

    I found these about a week before Christmas in the Duck Creek Formation in Grayson County, Texas, but haven’t had time to post them. I found about 6 of the bigger variety, but only 1 of the smaller more damaged one. I think the larger is a Macraster, but I don’t know the species. I think this is actually my first Macraster. The other one I don’t know the genus. It’s a bit beat up, but I imagine someone can tell me the genus at least. The Macraster I am also curious about the right side dominance, or left dominance when viewed from the bottom side of the urchin. Notice the hump on the left is bigger here on the top left. All 6 echinoids demonstrate it. The other one Anyhelp would be appreciated.
  24. I have had the urge to go find more echinoids for a while. I’m still not finding the variety I’d like to have. I have lived in North Texas many years, but recently moved to a new area. So I don’t know where the good sites are yet. I got out the satellite map and searched for a good creek with a good span of dry spot near a bridge and headed out to check it out. I’d never been to Oliver Creek, but I have heard a lot about it. So I headed out to part of Oliver Creek near Roanoke, TX. I have the phone app “RockD”, which told me I was in the Paw Paw. I just got it last week and haven’t had much time to play with it, but if it could tell me the right formation that’s great. It definitely saved time trying to figure it out. It was helpful, because the USGS map told me I was in the Plestiocene Alluvium Formation, which I knew wasn’t right by the looks of the creek bed. It was in the 50s, but bright and sunny with no breeze. I could have parked on the shoulder near the bridge and gone down into the creek, but it was a very busy road and I saw a field a short ways back with 3 trucks parked by a gate. I drove back to the spot which appeared to be a popular spot for hikers and hunters. However the hike to the creek seemed close to a mile. Not a problem walking there, but walking back carrying what must have easily been 40 lbs was a different story. These are pictures of the creek and formation. The just limestone shelf on the left is where I found all 3.25 echinoids that I did find. Along the banks was this densely compacted sedimentary layer with pebbles, small rocks and the occasional sea shell. The riverbed didn’t have hardly any fossils in it as I expected it to have. The scarcity of them seems a bit odd to me. I’m use to seeing a lot more river worn oysters and such at the very least. Before turning around to go back to the creek I attempted to find an entry down a dirt road. I ended up at a trailhead with a dry creek by the parking area. I thought I’d check it out while I was there. I found a bunch of Waconella wacoensis brachiopods and Llymotogyra oysters there and iron concretion fragments, but not much else. That creekbed was maybe 1.5 miles away at most, but I didn’t find a single instance of those shells in Oliver Creek. The most prominent fossils I found in Oliver Creek were burrow fragments and what I believe maybe Inoceramus? clam shell fragments, fossils most people wouldn’t either want or know what they were. Here are some pictures of the burrows that were on the tops of small boulders shortly after I entered the creek. I believe these are thalassinoide burrows. You can see my foot in the bottom right of the pic for some gauge of size. I’m 5’10” so my feet aren’t tiny. Some of the burrows were easily 3 inches in diameter. I tend to think they were made by some crustacean like a lobster or crab. You can see a couple of the openings to tunnel on the bottom of the pic. Another boulder with burrows right next to the other. Much of the creek bed was gray or tan limestone. The tan sat atop the gray. Then the rock and pebble sediment sat on top of the tan. The lowest layer of sediment is where I found the echinoids. The gray and tan layers of limestone are where the nautiloids where. Many fossil hunters had been there before me. The limestone appeared recently hammered on in many places. Also the sedimentary layer above the tan limestone had been hammered away at. Strangely enough I found multiple nautiloids with just the center broken out and the bulk of the nautilus being left behind. I’m not sure why someone would want only part of it. It isn’t like they were washed away. I could see where the whole thing had been chinked out of the limestone, the center taken out and the bulk discarded. I consider myself to be a bit of a naturalist. I prefer to make very minimal impact if any on ecosystems and the environment or do anything to advance erosion or the breakdown of layers. So I tend to not like to hammer things away too much, but if I find a real beauty I’ll probably give in and extract it. My preference for me individually is to only take what is readily available. I do believe it can be acceptable in the name of scientific research and education, but I’m not a fan of it for capitalistic, opportunistic or personal gain. The earth and our environment need all the preservation and tender care they can get. It comes from my training as a biologist. I found 4 nautiloids. I think all are partial. I did take 2 of the scavenged ones where the outer whorls were left behind. I also found 3 echinoids and a top of one of a different genus. I don’t know what genus they are yet because I haven’t gotten them cleaned up. I found 2-3 oysters. Two of which looked a bit like Texigraphaea. That is the slimmest pickings for oysters ever for me. Normally they are the most abundant and are everywhere you turn. It makes me wonder if there is a dam upstream or some pit or other place they get hung up in. I found 2 other brachiopods, but they could be bivalves. I also found the nicest denture clam I’ve ever found. I’m not really a clam or brachiopod person though. Here are 2 of the nautili that I found. They were not in good condition. They split as I was removing them. This is a 3rd one I picked up. Someone had extracted it and left it sitting on the bank. There should be part of a whorl covering all the sutures or growth lines in the lower half, but it is completely missing. I think it was the part with the aperture, because I don’t see an aperture on it. This one is in the best condition of the 4 I found. I only had a tictac for size comparison when I took the pic. They were all Paracymatoceras genus. @BobWill said if it was Duck Creek and possibly Grayson formations that it would be a texanum species, but I was in the Paw Paw. So I’m not sure it is a texanum. These are cool fossiliferous rocks that I found. I’m not sure what the wavy lines are. Looks more like the front edge of a sea shell than a spiraled shell. This one looks like swirled caramel with nice colors and contrast. This is the best echinoid I found and it isn’t even whole. It is maybe 2.5 cm long at most. Center of pic. This is an echinoid top that broke away from the rest of the Test. If I had a dime for every time this happened I’d be rich. This is the first time I found the top without the body. Usually I find the body without the top or bottom. Here is an oyster with the denture clam. It appears largely while and well preserved. I found dozens of these brown layered fragments with 2 holes equidistant apart. The first plate I picked up was about 11 inches square, very thinly layered and felt like a very fine sandstone. So I put it down and moved on. Then I began seeing these everywhere. The majority with 2 holes equidistant apart. I figured it has to be biogenic and therefore a fossil remains of some sort. There are fossil traces on both of them. Several had snail boring marks. The only thing I can think of is Inoceramus clam shell fragment. Any other suggestions or input will be gladly accepted. I’m quite curious. I have pictures of more if needed. The rest of the pics pics are just nature and scenery pics along the trail. I took time to enjoy it walking back, whereas on the way there I made a b line to the creek. This is something a bit unusual that I noticed. The moss and lichen start growing on the trunk only about 5-6 feet off the ground. The whole forest was that way. I can’t recall ever seeing that. I’m not sure if it is natural or the result of a maybe flooding of the area. If it had been a result of Fire I would expect the height to be variable and trees affected in patches, but height wasn’t variable and different areas had the same pattern. Ita just curious to me. A mistletoe plant. I cut a branch off with my knife and brought it home for Christmas decor. Probably should have cut the whole thing down now that I think about it. It’s a parasite plant and damages the tree like the strangler looking vine in the background. That tree doesn’t stand a chance. The sun was starting to go down and was just above the tree line as I walked back. The sunlight was hitting the top of this tree. I thought it was pretty against the blue sky. This is the trail to the creek.it might have been 3/4 mile walk, but it was a nice walk. On the return walk my bag was just too heavy. It had to weigh at least 40 lbs. With the car in sight about a 1/4 mile away I put one bag down and took the rest to the car and came back for the other. My bag is the black speck in the distance in the pic below. I think the last 2 times I went fossil hunting I managed to have men ask me if they could help me carry my fossils and insisted they do so. Maybe I was walking too slow or looked too pathetic carry 40 plus lbs of rocks and fossils. One was a first time fossil hunting buddy young enough to be my son and the other was hunting buddy wanna be. LOL I ran into him while he was fossil hunting too. I’d never met him before, but he gave me his number and asked me to call him if I wanted to go hunting with him. I get that quite a bit for some reason. People sure are just friendly in these parts especially so out in the woods. But yesterday there wasn’t a man in sight! They were all out hunting deer rather than fossils. While I was in the creek I kept having the feeling someone was watching me, but I never saw a soul until towards the end. I’m not the least bit paranoid so I don’t usually have that feeling. I think they must have been in deer blinds, because finally a guy walked out of the woods in full camo with hunting gear and kind of walked in a grumpy, frustrated manner further down the creek. I think I must have been ruining the mood for the hunters, but didn’t put 2 and 2 together until the moment I saw the hunter in camo. I forgot to mention that the creek was covered with deer, coon and coyote tracks, but mostly deer. There were also these little things all over the ground on the trail and in the creek. You’d think I’d get a clue and get gone, but I only had 30 min before I planned to leave and I was heading back by then anyway. I probably should have mosied a little faster though. Dusk, deer and shotgun shells. Not the best place to be at dusk, but I’m blond and it takes me a while to catch on sometimes. That and I’m in the fossil frame of mind.
  25. Fellow fossil forum members I am in a predicament. I'm in need of air scribe and don't know what type I need to get. I have been working on Sea urchins from the Eastover Formation from Virginia that are concreated in hard sandstone with some of the Spines attached, and a sand dollar from the Piney Point formation with adhered matrix. These two things could be of scientific interest so I would like to prep them slightly so someone could actually see some diagnostic parts in order to give an identification. I Am looking to buy one that can do fine detail and not destroy the specimens but still remove the hard matrix relatively quick . I have already tried dental picks, Exacto knives, and even a dremel to remove the bulk matrix from the Sea Urchins but none have worked. I am looking for one that is under $500 and I have the air compresser already. Any suggestions are appreciated.