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  1. I need some help with some I.D.'s. These were both found in some matrix I collected recently in Craven County N.C. The exposure is Eocene Castle Hayne Formation, ?Comfort member. The site produces a few shark and fish teeth, crab claws, echinoids and starfish ossicles. It is a limestone / bryozoan hash. It is possible of course that this stuff is recent or even possibly Pleistocene as I have found pieces of mastodon teeth very close by. First is a small mammal tooth, 4mm long by 2.2 mm wide. Next is a small jaw piece with teeth. I first thought fish, then was thinking lizard. But I really have no idea. The entire section is 10.6 mm long. the teeth are very very small.
  2. Flora of the Clarno Formation

    Hello fossil friends! I'm a bit late getting to this, I've had some personal complications. Late last month I had the absolute pleasure of going on my first fossil hunt! I'm calling on your assistance for some IDs as I'm extremely new to this part of the fossil world. From my research I was hunting in the oligocene/eocene volcanic deposits of the Clarno Formation. Here are some of our finds, curious if any of you recognize these or can point me to some good literature. Unfortunately I have very little knowledge of fossil flora in general. One of our common finds were these robust orange fern pinna, which from my research I believe may be Dioon sp, or saccoloma Gardneri We also found a few of these, which seem to also be fern pinna, they are lighter in coloration and seem to have a higher density of pinnules so I believe it's a different species. Not sure about this one
  3. Hello my friends ! I just wanted do share pics of superb. male Jumping Spider ( Salticidae ) that i had. It is not often to see so amazing, colorful and well preserved eyes of jumpers so a little showing off I will upload more photos in comments. Cheers from Poland !
  4. So, this title might be a bit of clickbait because unfortunately I have yet to find any actual shark teeth, so bear with me. I've visited the Whiskey Bridge site just west of Bryan, Texas several times now. The clay-like matrix that makes up the north bank of the Brazos River under the bridge has several layers of fossiliferous Eocene deposits, and although I've found lots of coral, shells, and even some cuttlefish prongs by surface hunting, I've had no luck when it comes to shark teeth. Assuming that the only way to find small dark-colored teeth amongst a bunch of dark-colored dirt was to take a lot of that dirt back home and go over it out of the hot Texas sun, I picked up a couple gallons worth of matrix on the last trip and I've been treating it with mineral spirits and boiling water over the last three days so that I can sift through it. I'm about halfway through it all now, and I still have not found any. Anyone that has been to the Whiskey Bridge site before, can you help me out? Am I not looking in the right places? I heard somewhere that the teeth collect lower down the cliffside because they're heavier, but when I checked there weren't any fossiliferous layers in that area. This whole ordeal is starting to irritate me because I know that what I'm looking for is there - one of my buddies even found a nice handful of decent-sized teeth the last time he made the drive up to the site several years ago. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to listen to me, and if anyone has any help or words of advice they'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  5. Hello all, I was fortunate enough to find a donation worthy specimen last May (2019) during a North Carolina Fossil Club trip to a local quarry. I picked this up while walking along a quarry road and immediately recognized it as being a crab carapace, but I did not know the significance until some members of the NCFC (including our own @sixgill pete) informed me that it was very likely a new species. They then introduced me to Trish Weaver, the collections manager of the NCFC, and I donated it to the museum. Fortunately, Trish and Alessandro Garassino let me contribute to the writing of the manuscript that describes the specimen and let me be a co-author. I am incredibly grateful to all of those people that made this discovery and subsequent publication possible. Common or Scientific Name: Matutites collinsi Geologic Formation or Geologic Age: Spring Garden Member of the Castle Hayne Formation (Middle Eocene Region the fossil was found: North Carolina, USA Museum or University that received the fossil: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Link to Publication: https://www.schweizerbart.de/papers/njgpa/detail/296/93733/Matutites_collinsi_n_sp_Crustacea_Decapoda_Matutidae_from_the_Spring_Garden_Member_of_the_Castle_Hayne_Formation_in_North_Carolina_USA
  6. Possible Bone Found

    Hey there, This is my first post so please excuse any newbie blunders. I found this bone or other long thing lying on the beach at Tankerton, Kent, UK part of the London Clay formation this week, 14th July 2020. The London Clay formation is said to be early/lower eocene. To me, a layman to palaeontology and Osteology, it seems like a leg bone, perhaps tibia because of it triangular shape at one end?!?! I was told by a young gentleman on the beach that Mammouth have been found there as well in the past. That is about as far as my knowledge goes. I appreciate any help I can get. Thanks
  7. From the album Decapoda

    The matrix block is 7cm. wide. Together with a few large one-celled Foraminifera, probably Nummilites sp. Lutetian, Eocene Adelholzen Formation From Rohrdorf, Bavaria, Germany
  8. My wife and I went on a 7500+ mile ramble to break out of our COVID doldrums. Due to the virus we had to change up many of our original plans... which conversely added a number of additional fossil hunting locals as they allowed us to mostly avoid our fellow humans and maintain social distancing by many many miles. As part of our trip preparations my wife sewed us a number of masks, including a whole series of fossil hunting masks for me. Originally we were supposed to stay in Chicago, but we elected to avoid staying in the city, so we only got to do a drive by We started the trip with a bonus dig, meeting up with fellow forum member @minnbuckeye for a guided Ordovician hunt in Fennimore, Wisconsin (THANKS MIKE!) Unfortunately I neglected to take pics of the site so I will only be able to share a farm pic we passed on the way. Mike was a gracious host who kicked off the visit with a gift of several fossil samples from his home turf As with all of the fossils from this trip, all finds are as they arrived back home, no prep. Some of our finds from Fennimore:
  9. A couple of hours drive from me is an amazing spot to collect Eocene material. It's on the banks of the Brazos River (more properly, the Brazos del Dio River-The Arms of God river! My parents wrote a book on it: Exploring the Brazos: From Beginning to End). I've been to the site a few times, and always find an amazing amount of lovely little shells and such. I had the greatest luck this time though, finding a large shark tooth! I wasn't even aware that you could find shark teeth out there. I had found a cuttlefish prong there on a previous trip which is still one of my all time favorite finds, but i had no idea you could find shark teeth! So it was already a good day, but , I also took a one gallon bag of loose dirt home and had fun going through it under the microscope camera....and wow! So many tiny tiny things to be found! All the fishy stuff (vert, tooth, and spine) were microscope finds - the spine being the largest at 1/2 inch. Plus the two little shark teeth - 1/4 inches each. I would not have seen those in the field. So my fun with my microscope camera continues. Here are my finds- I hope i have the proper ID's for all that I could (with help from FF friends!) - a few I still don't have ID's for. There are over 200 species from this location! So far, i've found about 50! I forsee many more trips to Whiskey Bridge! ( Edited to correct spelling errors). Cuttle fish prongs are 1 inch Ray tooth plate is 1/4 inch If you are not familiar with this area - the ootoliths are.....Fish Ear Bones! The Gastropods: (All of there are one inch or smaller - the smallest being 1/16 inch) BIvalves:
  10. Crockett/Stone City unknowns

    Hello all! I made my first trip to the famous Eocene Texas location a few weeks ago and have a few things that remain a mystery to me. I have perused the forum and was able to ID most of my finds from jkfoam's informative replies and many topics from other members. However, several of the gastropods below resemble species I have already identified, but they're not quite the same, so I'm unsure exactly what they are. Not all the images have a scale, but they are all micro fossils under half a centimeter in length. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer! (1) I know this is an ootolith, but I cannot differentiate between the two most common kinds. Help would be appreciated, especially as I only have two of these guys and they are the same. (2) Initially I believed this to be an ootolith as well, but after cleaning it, I really have no idea. Image is front & back. (3) Here is another that I believed to be an ootolith but now have doubts about. Image is front & back. (4) This appears very crab-esque to me, but again, I have no idea. (5) Could this be Bolis enterogramma? I can't find enough images on the web to say I am confident with my ID on this one. (6) I have this (and many others) down as Polinices sp., however I cannot tell the difference between these and Neverita sp. so the ID could be incorrect. Could someone clarify the differences for me? (7) Mystery gastropod (two views; same specimen). (8) Another similar mystery gastropod (two views; same specimen). (9) This is one that looks similar to some I've already IDed, but just different enough to make me believe it is something else. (10) I believe these two are the same species, but when they get this small (some of my smallest; only a few millimeters long), I find it difficult to tell. For all I know, these could be ice cream cones.
  11. Please help ID this

    The is the first time I am posting here. I went on a fossil hunt to the Whiskey Bridge on the Brazos River near Caldwell, Texas. The fossils in this area are from the Crockett formation during the Eocene time period. I found many snails and marine fossils but also came across this. It LOOKS like bone. Any thoughts?
  12. Eocene Shells ID - Whiskey Bridge Tx

    (Edited to correct ID's thanks to JKFoam and Hot Sauce Committee) Howdy! Had a great haul at the Eocene Stone City Bluff Formation . I am working on ID'ing my finds and am pretty happy with the 50 or so ID's I've figured out so far....but these are eluding me! Any help would be appreciated! These I think I have properly ID'd but would appreciate confirmation. All are 1/4 inch or smaller: Buccitriton possibly sagum Gegania antiquata Eodrillia texana Eucheilodon reticulata I can't decide is this is Awateria retifera or the next one is or they both are. And what is the other one if they are not the same? (Edit:: Both are Buccitriton) These I am not sure about ID. All are 1/2 inch and smaller 1. Looks similar to Hastula houstonia but has an extra decorated ring inbetween sections 2. This one I have no idea 3. Looks similar to Michela trabeatoides, but not quite.... (Edit - Juvenile Michela) 4. Similar to Hesperiturris nodocarinatus but has a second plain "ring" in between decorated rings. (Edit: Hesperiturris amichel) 5. Similar to Cochlesiopsis engonata, but is more compact, perhaps just a variation? (Edit - is Cochlesiopsis engonata) 6. Similar to the above, but with crenulated edges (Edit - is Cochlesiopsis engonata) 8. Also similar to Hesperiturris nodocarinatus which it might be.... 9. Similar to Athleta petrosus but with more prominent horizontal bands and longer "tail" ? (Edit: is Papillina dumosa ) 10. SImilar to Buccitriton but has an extra whorl with decor... (Edit: is Buccitriton) 11. Have no idea on this one. (Edit: is Pseudoliva vetusta linosa ) Thanks for looking!
  13. I just found this 17mm tooth today (see the below pictures) in matrix that I collected from the Eocene, Nanjemoy Formation, of Virginia awhile back. I thought that the tooth was an Otodus obliquus symphyseal tooth and sent a PM to Lutz Andres to get his opinion of the tooth. He responded back: “Hi, it's a lower symphyseal Otodus or Parotodus, and 17 mm is a bit large for Parotodus.” Because of the 17mm size and the fact that Parotodus is not reported from this Formation, I’m going with the Otodus ID. I have a number of Otodus obliquus symphyseals from Morocco but this is the first one that I have personally collected from Virginia. My friend Mike F. has collected two Otodus obliquus symphyseals from the same formation. Marco Sr.
  14. Eocene Snake Verts?

    Out collecting the other day at an Eocene site on the Potomac, one of my kids came up with THREE cool verts! We think they may all be snake verts, but we wanted to get a second opinion. Any thoughts?
  15. Fossilized fish and rare-earth metals

    Fossilized fish could indicate rich deposits of valuable rare-earth metals by University of Tokyo PhysOrg, June 18. 2020 https://phys.org/news/2020-06-fossilized-fish-rich-deposits-valuable.html Fish fossils become buried treasure. Fossilized fish could indicate rich deposits of valuable rare-earth metals by University of Tokyo, June 18. 2020 https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uot-ffb061720.php The paper is: Junichiro Ohta, Kazutaka Yasukawa, Tatsuo Nozaki, Yutaro Takaya, Kazuhide Mimura, Koichiro Fujinaga, Kentaro Nakamura, Yoichi Usui, Jun-Ichi Kimura, Qing Chang, and Yasuhiro Kato. Fish proliferation and rare-earth deposition by topographically induced upwelling at the late Eocene cooling event. Scientific Reports. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-66835-8 Yours, Paul H.
  16. Hell Creek to Green River trip

    My son and I just got home last night from a 2 week fossil hunting trip. We loaded up the trailer and made our way up north to the Hell Creek formation in South Dakota. This was the 11th year since we started digging with Walter Stein of PaleoAdventures. We spent 4 days in the field at his Tooth Draw quarry. This started out pretty slow for us, with an Edmontosaurus neural arch with processes but was missing the centrum. My son found an unknown plate. Highly fractured but it looks to have 3 original sides. The underside is still encased in matrix so we wont know more until its prepped out while might take a while. The finds got better in last 2 days. We found a few big BOBs, lots of Trike spitter teeth, and then a nice limb bone, possibly from a crocodile. The last day gave up a wonderful complete Thescelosaurus vert with all processes. It may not be clear in the pic, but its all there in the matrix. Then came a Nanotyrannus tooth, a partial mammal jaw, a possible piece of turtle plastrom and a final tooth with could be nano or could be raptor. It will have to be cleaned to examine it better for a good ID. Sorry, I dont have a field pic of that one. The weather didnt get better though. Our last day it in the mid 90s, zero clouds and 40mph winds funneling down the draw and sandblasting us all day long. But with great finds, you couldnt pry us out of there.
  17. Hi everyone, I've been hesitant to post this fossil on here for a while as I didn't know if I wanted to hear a response which would contradict what I had hoped this would be. However, I recognize that to maintain a reliable and accurate collection I would have to properly identify what I found. The fossil in question is a possible partial egg that I found last year in the White River formation of Wyoming (Late Eocene/Early Oligocene) w/PaleoProspectors. This formation is known to produce fossil bird and reptile eggs (in fact, someone found a large, complete egg on this ranch the week before I was out there) so I knew that there was a possibility. When I found it most of the inside still contained sediment, which I have since gently scraped away to the best of my abilities. It has an odd dent in the top and no obvious pores, but the overall shape and the apparent shell make me think this is an egg. It is 8 mm tall and about 10 mm in diameter. I want to know what you all think. I would especially like to hear the opinions of @CBchiefski @jpc @MarcoSr @Auspex@Troodon Interior of the egg before I cleaned out the matrix. After I scraped away the matrix. Here's two views of the top.
  18. Ukraine shark teeth

    Hi guys recently recieved these nice sharks teeth, the info on them was just zhotymyr quarry, Ukraine, I assume it’s Eocene from the species ( if I got those right) but any extra info would be greatly appreciated 1.carcharias hopei 2.odontaspis spp.
  19. A Fish Finger Prep

    I purchased this fishy piece a while back, as it was dirt cheap. It’s not much, more of a “fish finger” or “fish stick” than an actual recognizable fish, but once I got it in hand, I realized there was more buried in the matrix. Since I paid so little for it, I figured that when I had time, I would try my hand at prepping this little guy out to see what more I could reveal. I found some time today while outside watching the kiddos play, so I gave it a shot. It’s a fish fragment from Kemmerer, Wyoming. Eocene in age. What was initially revealed is only about 2cm long. This is what the piece look liked when I purchased it. Closer inspection showed more peaking out from the edge. I used my engraver on the lowest setting to slowly and carefully chip away the matrix. What fishy secrets will be revealed? This matrix is super soft compared to the local limestone that I’ve gotten used to digging around in. I have a new respect for the fish preppers out there! ( @Ptychodus04 and @RJB ) The tiniest slip would send a chunk of delicate bone flying, and with the soft, thin, almost chalk like matrix, a tiny slip was very easily done. The matrix was only a millimeter or two thick above the fossil so slow, careful, and deliberate movements were a must. A few more minutes revealed what seems to be the makings of a tail. This is as far as I was able to get until the kids wanted lunch. They think they need to eat a few times a day or something. Geez! The whole revealed piece is around 4.5cm long. It looks to be a tail, but that is as about as far as my knowledge goes regarding fish fossils... It still needs some cleanup with the pin vise and a consolidant added, but I think most of it is uncovered. Sorry for the slight red tint on this pic. I opened the umbrella for shade and didn’t realize it cast a red light on everything until after getting back inside and looking at the pictures. It was a fun little prep and I enjoyed trying my hand on a different type of fossil in a different matrix than what I am used to. A nice change of pace. Now where did I put the tarter sauce?! No wait... I need custard! Fish fingers and custard!
  20. Kazakhstan Eocene teeth

    Hi guys, I wondered if anyone knew the species I assume they are from the mangyshlack peninsula 1. 2. on the right could be isurolamna inflata?
  21. Otodus auriculatus

    From the album Misc. Cenozoic Specimens

    This specimen is on the boundary between auriculatus-sokolovi in my opinion.
  22. Fish Spine or Jaw bone Maybe?

    I have found several of these fossils over the last few months and would love some help identifying them. Most are small, less than 1 inch long and difficult for me to photograph with any real detail. But the last one I found is much larger by comparison. It's just a fragment but it's about an inch and a half long and 1/2 inch wide. They all taper from one end to the other and they all have raised bumps down one edge and a deep groove along the other edge. The flat sides are textured. They were all found in a creek in Southwest Alabama, US alongside Eocene shark, ray and sawfish teeth. Suggestions so far include silurid spine, stingray barb, fish jawbone, and a piece of Noah's Ark. I have not been able to find matching examples of any of them. Any other ideas, or pictures to confirm one of the previous suggestions? I posted some videos I shot if that helps. Not sure if it's permissible to link to them here so apologies if not... Thanks!
  23. Went up to Douglas Pass, Colorado today for a hike with my wife. I have always hunted for fossils at the Radar Dome location. Today we decided to scout around for another location to collect. Hiked up a very steep hill to a shale exposure and found this larvae after only 1 minute of looking. We had not come prepared today to collect anything. Will probably head back up next weekend. The larvae is approx 2.25 cm across. There are also some parts of other larvae on the piece.
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