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  1. Hi, I thought I'd share some of my best finds from yesterday's trip to Hamstead. It was definitely one of the best trips I've had in terms of the sheer number and variety of fossils I picked up. Tide was going out slowly so had to spend a lot of time climbing over and through the fallen trees that litter the beach from the landslides, but it was definitely worth it. As usual fragments of Emys carapace were by far the most common find along with loads of worn pieces of crocodile scute and fish vertebrae. I also found quite a few of the nicer pieces that come out of the Bouldnor formation including a diplocynodon tooth, mammal teeth and bones (which seem to be quite common at the moment), 3 diplocynodon vertebrae, a large section of diplocynodon mandible, and the largest fragment of Trionychid carapace/plastron I've ever found! The coast is always very productive but the strong winds and rain we had here for much of last week seem to have exposed/brought in lots of new material. I'll attach images of the highlights from the trip below (will have to do it in multiple posts because of size limits). (Below) The best Emys fragments of the day, a large plastron piece, a neural plate, and a peripheral piece.
  2. My wife came into my office the other day and said "here is a crab you wanted me to put in a safe place" Wow!!! I was flabbergasted! This was 12 years ago. This is a very rare double crab in a concretion. These are Orbitoplax weaveri found in Oregon in the Looking Glass Formation and Eocene in age. Really really tuff to get a double crab! RB
  3. I don't usually write more than a sentence or two and sometimes a paragraph, but this will be a long one. This is also 20 years in the making. Way back when, I met a guy over the internet and made a crab concretion trade. After that he invited me to Washington for a crab concretion fossil hunt. I couldn't wait. I dragged along my intire family. Me, wife and 3 kids. My youngest son Coleton was 8 years old. Hes 28 now. I always wanted to take my kids on fossil excursions and get them out into mother nature. We get to our camping site where we were to meet this new fossil friend of mine in the late afternoon and its raining cats and dogs! My new friend shows up the next morning and we get packed up with all out fossil hunting gear and off we go. It was only about 20 minutes to get to the spot where we park and then,,, we hike down this canyon about 15 or 20 minutes and get to this little creek. We head down steam and within 4 minutes or so I see this little bank that has crab balls in it. Now im excited! My kids and I started digging out crab concs and my new friend was literally in the creek digging out another conc. I see that he picked one out and 'wacked' it right then and there with his little 4 pound mini sledge. A big piece broke off and fell into this overflowing creek. I had a heart attack!!! I tell him that he should keep each and every piece of a crab concretion. He looks around in the creek and finds one of the pieces. he then comes onto shore and then,,,,,, gives it to me and says I can have it! First time anyone has givin me a fossil for free and I feel overwhelmed. What a freakin nice guy. I wasn't expecting that. Anyways, we begin to go downstream again. We had to clime over a huge log jam and kept working our way down stream. I was lagging behind. I was already a very happy camper having several concs. I had one of those carpenter tool belts where my pick hammer hung onto a metal loop. I was walking along a very slippery sloping bank and slipped. I landed on my pick hammer onto my left ribs. I layed there and realized that if I didn't take a breath I was going to pass out. I finally was able to take a gasp of breath! I looked over to my left and saw my youngest son just going around a corner in the creek. I figured I was going to be there awhile. I could not move! I hurt really bad. Also, my feet were in the creek and the water was cold enough that if you stayed in it your feet would become numb! I knew they would be back at some time, just didn't know when? Well, within a few minutes my son came around the corner, saw that I was in bad trouble and went and got the other two guys. They took my backpack and helped me to get up. it took me about 3 hours to get back up the creek and back up the canyon to the trucks. Every step was nothing but pain! Especialy each left step! The next morning I had the biggest baddest bruze on my left sife the size of a basket ball!!! Even the drive home was super painfull! I was about 12 hours from home. Took me about 3 weeks to be able to really get around again, but slowly. Two things, my new friend gave me several concretions and my 8 year old son had the thought to check up on his dad. Brings tears to my eyes!!! I don't remember any of the other crab concs, but the one my buddy found in the creek and gave to me is now something special to me. I was still purty new to prepping fossil crabs and here is a picture of this one. Back in those days I didn't have a whole lot of patience and was always in a hurry to get things finished. Not a good thing. While I was putting my fossil display cabinet together the other day, my wife came in and asked why this concretion was not also in the cabinet. I told her I could easily see that it needed a lot more work and that this one was one of my early crabs. It is now being more proffesionlay prepped. Just wish I could spell? Ha!!!
  4. Pachygaleus lefevrei
  5. Nice fresh specimen.
  6. Murex sp., abundant on this site.
  7. From base layer of the Lutetian, that potentially includes reworked material from the Ypresian.
  8. Nice specimen with strong remnant of coloration.
  9. Its been almost a year sence I went on a fossil hunting trip. A bit early too. My youngest son decided he wanted to go visit an old school buddy who lives in Oregon and wanted to know where all my fossil crab locals were, so I decided to go along for part of the trip and just show him. Sad that lots of crab sites are closed now, and not only that, but found another site just recently closed too! Brand new gates everywhere! Anyways, it took us 2 full days of driving and hunting to get the first 4 sites done, then we said our good bys and he went onto Oregon and I went back up into Washington to do some trading with some crab guys. I took along about $1600 worth of trading material so I was quite prepaired for some wheeling and dealing. Got rid of all of it and turned it into more crab concretions. Now ive got about 2 or 3 years worth of crab balls to play with. Here is a picture of my son way up on a cliff side that I would not intertain myself nowadays. RB
  10. When my youngest son and I went on a fossil crab trip just a couple of weeks ago, we parted ways and I went up to the Seattle area and he went to Oregon. He found this awesome Raninid claw along with whats left of the ventral part of the crab. He is going to keep this awesome beautiful beast! Cant blame him.
  11. Found on construction site. The deposits correspond to a shallow and very saline lagoon environment where few species coexisted.
  12. Found on construction site. The deposits correspond to a shallow and very saline lagoon environment where few species coexisted.
  13. Lower Lutetian ("glauconie grossière"), possibly reworked.
  14. Lower Lutetian ("glauconie grossière")
  15. Lower Lutetian (couche à "glauconie grossière" in French).
  16. A nice volute gastropod received as a gift at the Geo Oss Fossil Fair, in perfect condition.
  17. Here it is, the show booth layout! What do yah think? did we get enough fish this year? I am kind of fond of the table, it is fully lit all the way around the inside with LED lights!
  18. Hey, looking to trade Ocala limestone, very fossiliferous with calcite inverts for any type of fossiliferous shale. We can discuss amounts later. Will also send you pics and let you choose your specimens. Or I will trade bone valley fossils for the shale. Have peace river and mined fossils, so colors and types vary. Thanks! -J
  19. This is my first post here. I'm a writer and photographer. Because of circumstances I have been forced this winter to photograph mostly at home, so I started doing some macro photography. Then I found interesting leftovers from the spiders in the basement, and long story short; I started taking pictures of insect inclusions in Baltic Amber. The difficulty of the subject matter intrigued me greatly. I have started to read "History of Insects" by A. Rasnitsyn, D. Quicke (Kluwer, 2002), to understand amber and inclusion process, and "Insects of Britain and Western Europe" by M. Chinery (A and C Black, 2007). I'm trying to be able to identify species and families. I have learned that one of my fossils is a Diptera Nematocera, which means two-winged midge, and thats good enough for my project. Because I plan to get a wider collection, and maybe an exhibition of some sort. So I'm asking for some help with this, and if it's ok to post regularly when in doubt. If someone here could not only tell species and family, but also what the identifying markers are. I'm a fast learner, and will not bother you if I have nothing to show, or can figure it out myself. I try to study, but need som assistance to get started. Fossile insects are not as easy as spotting a bee or wasp or fly. So here are my first images. I have tried to name one or two, but like I said, I no next to nothing of my subject matter. (I have education in anatomy, and a rudimentary understanding of insect parts, but need pointers to put the puzzle together). The size of the inclusions are 2-4mm in body length. All are probably from the Eocene period. Thanks! I am puzzeled by the head of this one. I just call it a Diptera for now. Someone on a forum told me this was a Chironomidae, but why? The bug on the bottom looks like a Weevil. I think this is a Midge hunting an ant. If it is a Nematocera. But it looks like it has hair on the body. Is this a wasp or a fly? I have no idea. A fellow photographer called her a "Ikea bug" Some assembly required:) The seller of this one called her a Diptera Nematocera, or a mosquito of some sort.
  20. Here is a crab I got from John Spina. This poor crab has almost no leg to speak of but has some very nice 'leoperd spots' on the arms. Im going to build a bunch of legs on this one. I also used a special 1 inch cube made by Ray-Aero Grower for scale. Thanks so much Ray. I feel I need to somehow reciprocate. That was just super duper nice of you. This is going to take some time cause im now back to working on the house and im gunna be gone for a week or so going to Washinton to go get me some more crab concretions. Could be 3 or 4 weeks, maybe more? RB
  21. River water has been too high lately for me to access my favorite sites so I had to settle for a very small Eocene Castle Hayne outcrop that I can walk to. I wanted to see if the floods from Hurricane Matthew had much effect on the outcrop. On the walk in I found a pretty nice projectile point sitting in the sand. It is a variation of a Guilford stemmed point made out of rhyodacite. This material is almost black when fresh and weathers to green and then almost white. I found a new exposure of Castle Hayne Limestone and the root of a nice sized Otodus auriculatus was poking out. Old exposures got covered up from the floods. The Otodus auriculatus was unusual in that the serrations were very large. The last photo shows a similar sized Castle Hayne auriculatus with much smaller serrations.
  22. This echinoid is about the average size for this sub species. Eurhodia rugosa subspecies ideali was erected by Porter Kier in " The Echinoids of the Middle Eocene Warley Hill Formation, Santee Limestone and Castle Hayne Limestone of North and South Carolina" 1980
  23. Recent Sphyraenea barracuda, own work of Laban712 (from Wikipedia) The genus Sphyraena (from Latin: "pike-like") belongs to the order Perciformes. Members of the genus Sphyraena, better known as Barracudas, are elongated fish, pike-like in appearance, with large pointed heads and jaws. The two dorsal fins are widely separated with the anterior fin having five spines, the posterior fin having only one spine and nine soft rays. The posterior dorsal fin is similar in size to the anal fin and is situated above it. Barracudas normally have an under bite with prominent sharp-edged fang-like teeth in sockets. The oldest known barracuda fossil found so far dates to the Eocene period. All members of the genus Sphyraena are voracious predators; they feed upon cephalopods and crustaceans but mainly prey on fishes. Young barracudas can be often seen in small schools. Adult barracudas are considered to be solitary when it comes to hunting. The great barracuda can swim up to 35 mph, yet it can move forward slowly with no apparent effort; thus increasing its stealth. Barracuda are found primarily in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, but certain species such as the Great Barracuda lives in brackish water.
  24. My family and I usually visit the Frio River in Leakey, Tx every summer. A few years ago we were all set to go swimming but upon arriving we saw that the part of the river we usually frequent had dried up. I decided to make the best of it and explored the dried river bed looking for anything interesting when this isolated chunk of rock caught my eye. I picked it up off the ground, took it home with me, put it in a drawer and forgot about it. A few months ago I found it while doing some cleaning and realized it had to be something more than just an oddly shaped rock. I cleaned it with water and a toothbrush after reading online that that's a simple way to clean fossils. A friend of mine with limited knowledge of fossils suspected it was some kind of fossilized coral or sponge. What I originally thought was matrix does look a lot like syringopora, but I can't find pictures of any prehistoric coral fossils that match the appearance of that hot dog in the center! I saw a sperm whale tooth on this forum that looks similar but I'm not sure if what I found feels like a tooth. It feels way too smooth to me. I love fossils and I own some shark teeth, coprolite, and a little trilobite, but those were all bought. If whatever this is turns out to be something, then it would be the first fossil I've ever acutally found myself. I'm still really new to this so please forgive me if I am asking silly questions or submitting this incorrectly. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!