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  1. Starnes, J. E., 2017, Excavation of a Fossil Whale Skeleton by MDEQ in Scott County. Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Environmental News. vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 1-3. https://www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/pdf/Main_06_2017externaljune2017newsletter/$File/externaljune.pdf?OpenElement https://www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/page/Main_NewsletterArchive?OpenDocument Related Publications are: Johnston, J. E., 1991, Fossil Whale State Fossil of Mississippi. Office of Geology, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Pamphlet no. 3 https://www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/pdf/Geology_Pamphlet3FOSSILWHALEStateFossilofMississippi/$File/Pamphlet 3.pdf?OpenElement Daly, E., 1992, A List, Bibliography And Index Of The Fossil Vertebrates Of Mississippi. Office Of Geology, Mississippi Department Of Environmental Quality, Bulletin 128. https://www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/page/Geology_Bulletin128-AList,BibliographyAndIndexOfTheFossilVertebratesOfMississippi?OpenDocument https://www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/pdf/Geology_Bulletin128-AListBibliographyAndIndexOfTheFossilVertebratesOfMississippi/$File/Bulletin 128.pdf?OpenElement Dockery, D. T. III, and K. Lightsey, 1997, Windows Into Mississippi’s Geological Past. Circular no. 6, Mississippi Office of Geology, Jackson, Mississippi. 68 pp. https://www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/page/Geology_Circular-WindowsIntoMississippi’sGeologicalPast?OpenDocument http://www.deq.state.ms.us/MDEQ.nsf/pdf/Geology_Circular-WindowsIntoMississippi’sGeologicalPast/$File/Circular 6.pdf Frazier, M. K. 1980. Archaeocetes: whale-like mammals from the Eocene of Mississippi. Mississippi Geology 1:1-3. https://www.deq.state.ms.us/MDEQ.nsf/pdf/Geology_Volume1Number2December1980/$File/Vol_1_2.pdf?OpenElement Uhen, M. D., 2008., Bibliography of Archaeocete Cetaceans https://paleobiology.si.edu/pdfs/archaeocete_bibliography.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  2. Stone City Fm. Whiskey Bridge locality. Scale marks are mm.
  3. A month or so ago a French friend came over for a fossil hunting vacation. With my new wife's blessing (and his wife's as well), we spent 8 nearly solid days of fossiling here in Wyoming before the snow flew.... literally. I spent a good chunk of time since then preparing some of my finds and some time writing up our adventure. It is very photo-heavy, so I had to break it down to three chapters. The first is posted here and I hope the others will be posted in replies. Enjoy. Outing w caterpillar Ch 1.pdf
  4. From the album Vertebrates

    Eorandallius rectifrons (Agassiz, 1842) Middle Eocene Lutetian Monte Bolca near Verona Italy Length 10cm Lit.: J. Blot and J. C. Tyler. 1990. New genera and species of fossil surgeon fishes and their relatives (Acanturoidei, Teleostei) from the Eocene of Monte Bolca, Italy, with application of the Blot formula to both fossil and recent forms. Studi e ricerche sui giacimenti terziari di Bolca 6:13-92
  5. My kids were purty darn young when we, as a family, started going places to hunt for fossils. Back then, about 20 some years ago, I found that one could go fossil fish hunting with a company called Uricks Quarrys. Not sure of the spelling. It cost $65 for 3 hours of digging. For me, back then, that was a heck of alot of money. They told me that you get 3 hours of digging, then back to their shop for cutting and squaring up the rock. Well, I got there one morning and off we were. There must have been 10 or 12 people there and after a short bit of what to do, we all got to work. Like most everyone there, we were finding all the small stuff, the Knightia's the small Dyplo's and then all of a sudden, the guy tells us its time to pack up and go! NO, No, No I thougt to myself, we still have an hour to go. I simply kept on picking up rock and splittin. Almost everyone else was packed up and ready to go when this guy keeps telling me that its time to go. I kept on diggin. Just when the guy starts getting demanding of its 'time to go', I run into this big freakin beauty!!! This was my very first ever big fish!!! I was super happy and super excited!!! To say the least!!! Then, I was willing to go. Everyone else was ready to go, all packed up and sittin in the two vans. I didnt care, I wanted my 3 hours of digging for cryin out loud!!! After we got back home, the first thing I wanted to do was to start prepping. Mind you, I had never prepped fossil fish before and there was one piece of rock that came off that had a big piece of tail in it. This was my first ever 'bone transfer' and it came out perfect!!! I was absolutley amazed that I could do this!!!??? Learning sometimes is a bit scary! Once I had this fish all prepped out, I decided to build a frame for it. and of course, I cant do anything simple. I didnt have any money for materials, so I used common everyday fir 2X4's for the frame. I thinned them down and made a frame and stained it with cherry colored stain. Then I realised that I had some left over mohogany. so, with some thought, I added some of that and put some carvings into it adn also some burning into it too. The only thing I didnt do was to put the Genus and species of this fish onto a carved area on the bottom. I simply didnt know the name in those days and was too excited to get it done. But still, my most favorite and memerable fish still today. I love this fish. Brings back some very nice memories.
  6. Looking at trading my large collection of Eocene shark teeth, ray fossils, and fish fossils from the Nanjemoy Formation of Muddy Creek in Virginia. Looking to trade for rare species of shark teeth or shark teeth from rare locations. I have broken down what is included in the collection below and will post pictures of some of the highlights of the collection in the upcoming posts. All fossils are complete with no repair or restoration. Message me if interested. Here are a couple of links about the location: http://www.elasmo.com/frameMe.html?file=paleo/va/va_eoc.html&menu=bin/menu_fauna-alt.html https://www.dmme.virginia.gov/commercedocs/PUB_152.pdf Fossils included in the collection: Shark Material Striatolamia macrota - 100+ Anomotodon novus & Anomotodon sheppeyensis - 100+ Serratolamna lerichei - 50+ Hypotodus verticalis - 37x Carcharias sp. - 36x Sylvestrilamia teretidens - 22x Odontaspis winkleri - 25x Jaekelotodus robustus - 7x Palaeohypotodus rutoti - 1x Cretalamna appendiculata - 5x Isurolamna inflata - 4x Ginglymostoma sp. and Nebrius sp. - 23x Squatina prima - 19x Megasqualus orpiensis and Squalus crenatidens - 4x Premontria sp. - 17x Palaeogaleus vincenti - 17x Scyliorhinus gilberti - 13x Triakis wardi - 7x Physogaleus secundus - 50+ Pachygaleus lefevrei - 15x Galeorhinus ypresiensis - 5x Rhizoprionodon sp. - 32x Abdounia beaugei - 100+ Abdounia minutissima - 100+ Unidentified sp. - 4x Shark vertebra - 1x Ray Material Ray plate bars of various sp. - 100+ including one partial plate Ray teeth of various sp - 100+ Dermal denticles - 21x Stingray barb - 1x Fish Material Fish teeth of various species (including cutlass, barracuda, drum, others) - 100+ Various fish bones - 50+ Anoxypristis sp. - 1x Striatolamia macrota Anomotodon novus & Anomotodon sheppeyensis
  7. Hi, I thought I'd share some of my best finds from my trip to Hamstead earlier today. Today was my first collecting trip there in almost a month due to the living hell most British 18 year olds have to endure, commonly called, A level exams. As my exams are starting to wind down and finish next week, along with my entire school career (I'm nearly free!) I thought I'd head up there and do some collecting to get back into the swing of things for the summer. We've had a long period of very hot, calm, and still weather here in southern England, and that coupled with the recent influx of eager tourists during the early June school holidays, has meant that on many parts of the Hamstead - Bouldnor coast decent finds other than turtle carapace and plastron fragments are pretty thin on the ground. Nevertheless I hit the beach at about 8am this morning and over the course of the morning/early afternoon found some fairly nice specimens, although the reduced productivity was quite noticeable. The best find of the day was a large section of Diplocynodon s.p jaw, seemingly from the left mandible, lying out on the Bembridge Marls on the foreshore (although it's most likely from the Lower Hamstead Mbr). Another really interesting and nice find was a fragment of mammal mandible, with a molar still in situ within it's alveolus. Unfortunately the tooth itself has been heavily worn so the crown is missing, although the roots can be seen within the mandible. Based off of the shape of the alveoli and the size it's likely its from an Anthracothere such as Elomeryx or Bothriodon although without the crown it'll be difficult to properly ID it. Other finds included a small section of mammal rib, a worn proximal end of a femur, various fish vertebrae from Amia s.p (Bowfin) and from unidentified teleosts, a worn crocodilian vertebral centrum, and about 50-60 small to medium sized fragments of turtle carapace (from Emys and Trionyx) and crocodilian scutes, including posterior marginal, marginal, and neural plates. I'll attach images below. Thanks, Theo 1. Large section of Diplocynodon s.p mandible. 2. A section of mammalian rib 3. Mammalian mandible fragment with molar roots in situ.
  8. I'm new and not well versed in paleontology, but I'm in Andalusia for three days and looking to hunt. I arrived yesterday, followed directions to the point A Dam but it led me to a fishing bridge with red clay everywhere. A few new oyster shells scattered but no terrain that looked limestone. Would anyone help me to find a dig site? Yes, it's been raining, but I hope there's still some fun to be had. Thanks! Angel
  9. Lit.: Bannikov A. F. 2006. — Fishes from the Eocene of Bolca, northern Italy, previously classified in the Sparidae, Serranidae and Haemulidae (Perciformes). Geodiversitas 28 (2) : 249-275. Day J. J. 2002. Phylogenetic relationships of the Sparidae (Teleostei: Percoidei) and implications for convergent trophic evolution. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 76: 269-301 Day J. J. 2003. Evolutionary relationships of the Sparidae (Teleostei: Percoidei): integrating fossil and Recent data. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences 93: 333-353 L. Agassiz. 1839. Recherches Sur Les Poissons Fossiles. Tome IV (livr. 13). Imprimerie de Petitpierre, Neuchatel 109-204
  10. Today I met a family group visiting around Sanibel. They had the fantastic good fortune to be searching beaches while renourishment from gravel pits was occurring. They have checked with experts and actually know the identification of this 1st outstanding fossil. Nice!! I not knowing the ID of the following LARGE Conus shell (89.5 mm x 49.5 mm) introduced them to TFF and promised to get a few experts ( @MikeR, @digit And any others) to comment. A set of photos I have raved justifiably about this forum. Please come to my rescue, yet once again. Shellseeker
  11. On June 3rd and 4th I ditched my regular hunting grounds for the opportunity to meet up with a forum member @Seve78 at one of the Pay to Dig quarries in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Tom chose to spend Saturday at Warfield Quarry and Sunday with me at American Fossil (AKA Fish Dig) which is run by our very own TFF member @sseth Tom was an absolute pleasure to dig with and he filled his suitcase with literally tons of treasures to take home, I would meet up again in a heartbeat! I arrived at 9:30am on Saturday and spent about 4 hours helping to prep the site for Tom on Sunday. I split down some of the larger blocks that had been pulled from the wall to allow them to dry. For those of you that have not been to Kemmerer for fish yet, the rock has to be AS DRY AS POSSIBLE, or else it is just a mushy mess that WILL NOT split! Dry rocks are near impossible to achieve with just 1 day of digging! Upon Tom's arrival at around 8:00am of Sunday we got to work! Here is Tom starting his search through some of the rock that had been pulled! Here is a picture of the area I was working. I brought my long chisels and a couple of short ones for good measure. Along with 3 hammers and nippers for trimming down my finds. Both halves of a nice multi plate presented themselves for me about 3 hours in! Once all the rock had been pulled it was time to trim them up for transport. Trusty old table saw, the fastest way in the west to lose a finger! My haul after just 6 hours of total digging time was pretty impressive. All trimmed up and laid out on the table ready to go home, these finds were all delivered to the Morrison Museum of Natural History in Morrison, CO. I wanted them to have some fish for their collections and left everything as found so they could try their hands at prep! The big fish on the front of the table is a 90% complete Phareodus. This is a relatively small one, they could reach up to about 25 inches in length! I left this one with Patrick to give to Seth, maybe he can make something of it! My find of the day though was also my smallest...a Juvenile Amphiplaga brachyptera... This is the RAREST fish the Pay to Dig quarries will let you keep, and only my second one ever found in 4 years of digging Green River fishies. They do not present in the 18" layer I usually dig, only the split fish layers. I found a full grown adult measuring in at just over 5 inches and now this juvenile to add to my collection. I don't usually post much for FOTM, but this guy is headed that way! Whether he wins or not though, he has made me one happy digger! If anyone else is down for a meet-up shoot me a PM! I will be heading back to Seth's quarry on June 24-25 and always love to meet fellow TFF members! Hope you all enjoyed my trip report, see you soon! -Blake As I was leaving the quarry, we had some furry guests waiting in line for their turn to dig up some fishies!
  12. Below is an open access paper about fossils from a Canadian subarctic kimberlite maar. Wolfe, A.P., Reyes, A.V., Royer, D.L., Greenwood, D.R., Doria, G., Gagen, M.H., Siver, P.A., and Westgate, J.A., 2017, Middle Eocene CO2 and climate reconstructed from the sediment fill of a subarctic kimberlite maar: Geology, v. 45, p. 619-622, http://geology.geoscienceworld.org.libezp.lib.lsu.edu/content/45/7/619 http://geology.geoscienceworld.org.libezp.lib.lsu.edu/content/45/7 Related papers: Doria, G., Royer, D.L., Wolfe, A.P., Fox, A., Westgate, J.A., and Beerling, D.J., 2011, Declining atmospheric CO2 during the late Middle Eocene climate transition: American Journal of Science, v. 311, p. 63–75, doi:10.2475/01.2011.03. https://www.eas.ualberta.ca/wolfe/eprints/Doria et al AJS 2011.pdf Wolfe, A.P., Edlund, M.B., Sweet, A.R., and Creighton, S.D., 2006, A first account of organelle preservation in Eocene nonmarine diatoms: observations and paleobiological implications: Palaios, v. 21, p. 298–304, doi:10.2110/palo.2005.p05-14e https://www.eas.ualberta.ca/wolfe/eprints/Wolfe_palaios2006.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  13. Lit. L. Agassiz. 1839. Recherches Sur Les Poissons Fossiles. Tome IV (livr. 13). Imprimerie de Petitpierre, Neuchatel 109-204. A. F. Bannikov. 2014. The systematic composition of the Eocene actinopterygian fish fauna from Monte Bolca, northern Italy, as known to date. Studi e ricerche sui giacimenti terziari di Bolca, XV - Miscellanea paleontologica 12:23-34
  14. Took a trip last Friday to a quarry that has exposures of the Eocene Castle Hayne Formation and the Cretaceous PeeDee Formation. First let me say it was hot!!! Did I say it was hot? During the day many of us spent extra time in the cars/trucks with the a/c running and drinking extra fluids. The forecast temps were for the high 80's and low 90's, but down in the bowl of the quarry with no wind I believe it was in the high 90's low 100's. However the finds were very good. Almost everyone found at least one Hardouinia kellumi echinoid, several nice enchodus teeth were also found. I saw several crab carapaces along with abundant H. mortonis and Echinolampas appendiculatta echinoids. A massive C. auriculatus was found that in my opinion if the tip was there (feeding damage) would have been close to 4 3/8 inches. Lots of smaller Eocene teeth were found along with some Squalicorax. A multitude of brachiopods were found also, a few different species too. As far as myself I found plenty of brachiopods, Plictoria wilmingtonensis and 2 other species I am working on I.D.ing. Plenty of H. mortonis and E. appendiculatta. I also found one H. kellumi and a very uncommon high domed H. mortonis emmonsi echinoid. Also a beautiful, but small enchodus ferox tooth; a nice small Eocarpilius carolinensis crab carapace and a very nice Entemnotrochus nixus gastropod (slit shell). A few decent teeth and a smattering of other items. H. mortonis on a natural pedestal H. kellumi H. mortonis emmonsi in this last pic the emmonsi is on the left to show the difference in the dome Eocarpilius carolinensis Enchodus ferox tooth Entemnotrochus nixus gastropod and the best of the many H. mortonis
  15. A common species in these levels. This one has most of its canal missing. Traces of oysters on the shell.
  16. Common species, can go up to 60mm.
  17. I go to the state of Washington every year to go get me some fossil crab concretions. I always visit a good freind of mine whilst im there. For the last 4 or 5 years Ive tried my snargle darndest to get this rock from him. Its been sittin outside in the Washington rain and sun since he found it. Last year I was lucky enough to have the right trade material that he wanted and i was able to aquire it from him!!! I was one happy camper to say the least!!! This is the best mulit Aturia ive seen. I will have to clean it up and bit and shape the rock the way i want it and also cut the bottom so it sits nicely too. A truly super nice multi specimen!!! And remember, once im gone it will be for sale at the garage sale for $20. Ha!!! Just kidding, my youngest son, being around me for so many years has a good idea at what prices may be for just about everything I have. Not sure when I will go on the prep attack for this, but it will be one of those exciting projects for me! Oh, this has 10 Aturia on this rock! Yeah!!! Wooooooop Wooooooop!!! RB
  18. I work in a small museum and occasionally have people stop by to ask what kind of fossil they've found. About half the time I know or can find out with a little research- the other half I am clueless. So, I've decided to start leaning on people who are vastly smarter than I on this topic (i.e. you people). A guy came in with these photos and said he came across this lower jaw while hiking in an area known for middle to late Eocene fossils in SW Wyoming. He estimated it was maybe 7 inches in length and was just a couple of feet above some fossil turtle scutes. I don't really know much about the area or much about vertebrate fossils. I am guessing it is some sort of Creodonta or Carnivora, but I am way out of my element (I just learned what Creodonta are). Some known Creodonta from the area (1992): Sinopa, Limnocyon, Thinocyon, Partiofelis Some known Carnivora from the area (1992): Miacis, Viverravus, Vulpavus Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  19. Hi, I thought I'd share some of my nicest finds from recent trips up to Hamstead in the past two or so weeks. The tides have changed now in the western solent so I wasn't able to get out for as long as I usually am able to this weekend, (only 10am - 1pm instead of 7am to 4pm) so I didn't manage to find as much as usual. However, we've had a lot of periods of wet and windy conditions followed by warm and dry weather, which has brought down some areas of the cliffs and really churned up the sediments and seabed bringing a fair amount of material (the other week I came back with nearly 1kg of finds!), so conditions are currently pretty good. Turtle remains, most from Emys and occasionally Trionyx are still massively dominant over any other type of material followed by fragments of crocodilian scutes and vertebrae, fish remains, and fragments of bones. Mammal and crocodilian mandibles have been occasionally popping up here and there though along with loose teeth. Below are some pictures of the highlights from the last 2 weeks of collecting (may be in more than one post). 1. A very large (for Hamstead at least), nearly intact crocodilian scute, likely Diplocynodon s.p
  20. This nice small carapace is one of the more common crabs from the Castle Hayne. This one has much of the original shell intact making it very special.
  21. A nice small slit shell internal mold.
  22. Made my first trip up to Wyoming to visit the fish quarry this weekend. Everything went well, but the rocks are still a bit wet. We spent most of the time removing junk to get to our good productive layers! The main mission of the trip was not to dig, but to see how the winter had treated us! Below is a picture of the quarry Our digging platform for the split fish is right behind that truck and trailer. We moved the trailer up this year to house our finds and our gear! Of course....being such a gorgeous day and only about 16°C or 17°C we couldn't help but dig up some fish! After just a couple of hours of digging we had a pile of nice fish to bring back home and after trimming them up you can see our spoils! The real catch of the day though took us by surprise! It was a perfectly preserved bug!! Not uncommon in the Green River layers, but one like this has never been seen before! It is headed over to Fossil Butte to be examined by the Curator there and hopefully he has some fun news for us! If you look close you can see one wing spread out, all the legs preserved and even big, long, gorgeous antenna! This is one primo bug! Hope you guys enjoyed my report (I know it is short) but keep your eyes peeled for more Green River Adventures! -Blake
  23. Cyclurus kehreri, originally assigned to the recent genus Amia, was placed in Cyclurus by Gaudant (1987). Lit.: GAUDANT J. 1999a. — Cyclurus kehreri (Andreae) : une espèce clé pour la connaissance des Amiidae (Poissons actinoptérygiens) du Paléogène européen. Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg 216: 131-165. L. Grande and W. E. Bemis. 1998. A comprehensive phylogenetic study of amiid fishes (Amiidae) based on comparative skeletal anatomy. An empirical search for interconnected patterns of natural history. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 4. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18(1, suppl.):1-690
  24. An uncommon specimen. Identification welcome!
  25. Small but nice gastropod. Quite common in the Lutetian in the area.