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  1. Big Fish

    Here is a rather large fish ive been working on for the last 15 years!!! Bout time I finish it up so I can hang it onto the wall. Ive still got to sand some edges so it will fit into the frame Ive already built for it. Then put a 1/2 inch ply backing on it and then,,,,,,, by gooly,,,, it will be ready to hang. I found some old wood on a very delapitated building along side the road one day, so its like that barnwood that everyone likes. plus it looks old too. The fish it old, so why not the wood too. I should have this done in a few days. Woooooop,,,Wooooop!!! I actually prepped this out 11 years ago and its been sittin in a dark shed ever since. Gots the fish, the frame and the ply already to go. Just gunna take a bit of tiime, and the help of my youngest son to help hang it. its quite heavy!!! RB
  2. Three summers ago myself and my two younger sons were digging in the bottom cap just below the 18 inch layer. We found dozens and dozens of fish! My middle son brought some pieces to camp for me too look at. We camp right there in the quarry. At first look I was not too impressed, but put all the pieces into a box to take home and look at later. I can now see that it may be a really good Phareodus? I cut off a couple of pieces to make it easier to glue onto a piece of cement board and then begin prep. there will be some areas of rock building and one area of rebuilding some actual fish that is missing. But over all its looks purty dang good. The rock is very dense and very hard and the bone is very hard too. I can use a half bi-carb and half dolomite mix media to finish it up after all the air scribing first. My fingers are crossed. If I can get this done, it will go to my middle son for Christmas. Wooooop wooooop!!! RB
  3. Im sure Ive shown this one before, but it was a long time ago. The funny thing is, when I first brought this little slab of rock to my prep bench, I automatically figured it was a Knightia! ha!! I always start on the head when I start prepping a fish and it didnt take long to realize that this was a Phareodus. What a super nice surprize that was! Came out quite nice but it does have a fin problem on the top side. Still, quite a nice little fish of 6 and 1/2 inches! Its now in the display case. Woooooooop!!! Wooooop!! With enough time this little case will be full? RB
  4. partial jawbones with teeth

    I have found a couple of partial jawbones and have tried my best to do all the research to help me identify them. Here is what I know about the area and what has been found: San Jose Formation (Eocene) — San Juan Basin Closest documented fossil sites (within a mile) Pelycodus, Squamata-Paraglyptosaurus. Squamata-Saniwa My father remembers when he was a child (about 70 years ago) a museum or university excavating a three-toed horse skeleton less than half a mile away. I’ve never known him to be wrong when it comes to local history. General area fossil sites (within 50 miles) Cantius,Chriacus,Diacodexis,Diacodon,Didelphodus,Didelphodus,Hyracotherium,Leptacodon,Macrocranion,Miacis,Omomys,Paramys,Peradectes,Phenacolemur,Prodiacodon,Prototomus,Scenopagus,Thryptacodon,Viverravus;Reptiles-crocodile bones and teeth There may not be enough of the fossils to identify, but I would appreciate any feedback.
  5. Rhyncholampas carolinensis

    Rhyncholampas carolinensis are not an uncommon find in the Castle Hayne Formation of North Carolina. However, they are often badly worn, broken or heavily encrusted with limestone. This little beauty is about average size and very clean. It also has a bonus "hitchhiker" a Polychaete worm. This worm is often referred to as Polychaete species 00.
  6. Baenidae non det.

    Might be Chisternon undatum Leidy, 1872, but turtles that size are almost impossible to determine.
  7. Shark tooth

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    My first shark tooth found on the Zandmotor, from the Eocene. Unfortunately, it's too worn to give it a species name.
  8. Old name: Naseus rectifrons Agassiz, 1842 Lit.: L. Agassiz. 1842. Recherches Sur Les Poissons Fossiles. Tome IV (livr. 14). Imprimerie de Petitpierre, Neuchâtel 205-291 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
  9. Shark tooth from the Zandmotor

    Hi all, Yesterday, on a fun day at the Zandmotor, I found my very first shark tooth Shark teeth at the Zandmotor are kinda rare, so for me this is an exciting find. Maybe it's small, worn and has some feeding damage, but I'm still proud of it. Anyways, I would love to put a name on this one. So: it comes from the Zandmotor, Netherlands, and is from the Eocene. I'm thinking Striatolamia macrota for the moment, as I can see the small remains of a worn out cusp (4th photo). The 5th and 6th photo are extracts of a small fossil guide I have, called Zeeuwse strandfossielen , written by Harry Raad en the Zeeuws Genootschap. It's in Dutch, but if you want to translate the content you can use Google Translate. Most of the info seems to match; apart from the size. What do you think? Am I correct, am I wrong, or is this tooth too worn to be IDd? Thanks, Max
  10. Hamstead Vertebra

    Hi, Sorry I haven't been that active on here recently for the last few weeks, I've been incredibly busy. I've made a few trips to Hamstead over the past few weeks (I'll post some of the highlights later) and have just got back from a very wet and windy trip today, which as usual did not disappoint. The most interesting find of the day, along with a snake vertebra and an anthracothere premolar, was this fairly intact vertebra. My initial thoughts were perhaps crocodilian or mammalian but it looks very different from any Diplocynodon vertebra I've ever found, and I can't find a match to any mammals. The spinous process is nearly intact and it has a very narrow neural canal. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Theo
  11. Ive been off and on working on some very sticky crabs these last few days. I don't like working on them but they are great for what I call 'gas crabs'. You can still get good crabs from sticky concretions, but they do take more concentration and more time. Only bad thing is,,, if it turns out to be a very bad crab then you've just waisted 3, 4 hours or more. I did just that the other day. Took about 4 hours to get the carapace exsposed and find the claw and legs on the left side, then found nothing on the right side but 'crab bits'. Finding crab bits is almost always a very bad thing! So I simply picked up another 'sticky' crab and went to town. Here is what ive done so far on this one. No telling wether or not I will finish it, that is up to the crab. RB
  12. Notorynchus serratissimus shark tooth

    From the album Some of my best Sheppey fossils

    This is a lovely little tooth found in very good condition. Most teeth of this kind are found with badly damaged roots but this one has survived the rigours of time.
  13. Basinotopus carapace

    From the album Some of my best Sheppey fossils

    This is a beautiful little crab, unfortunately it is encased in a very hard nodule making any further prep very difficult.
  14. Glyphityreus Wetherelli crab nodule

    From the album Some of my best Sheppey fossils

    This is one of the better crabs in my collection. Both claws, the carapace and parts of most of the legs are contained in this tiny nodule.
  15. An unusual fossil locality in a kaolinitic (clay-rich) marine-originated horizon of the primarily estuarine to fluviatile (river and stream-deposited) Lower-Middle Eocene Ione Formation, Amador County, California, (western slopes of the Sierra Nevada) yields concretions that, remarkably, contain at their cores chunks of extremely well preserved charcoal--all derived from similar species of "cooked" conifer woods--that sophisticated scientific analyses suggest burned during a single forest fire event some 52 million years ago. And so the Ione Early Eocene scene takes a most-fascinating turn. From a once-speculated tropical to semi-tropical paleo-environment of year-round high humidity and incessant precipitation, we now get a more focused picture of regular intermittent hot and dry seasons interrupted by probable monsoonal meteorological activity--perhaps an Ione Eocene environment not unlike that of present-day India. The Ione Formation of Amador County is, of course, already famously recognized for its well preserved Middle Eocene fossil leaves--including, locally, rather common specimens of the climbing fern Lygodium kaulfussi (also known from the early to middle Eocene Green River Formation and Bridger Formation of eastern Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado). See the technical report over at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267624201_Characterization_and_genesis_interpretation_of_charcoal-bearing_concretions_from_the_early_Eocene_Ione_Formation_CA . Includes a free pdf download of the December, 2013, presentation poster that explains the science behind the investigation.
  16. Another nice Sheppey fish.

    From the album Some of my best Sheppey fossils

    This is the top of another nice fish skull. Not 100% sure of the species.
  17. Side view of the same fish

    From the album Some of my best Sheppey fossils

    Side view of the fish in the previous picture. Some very nice scale detail on the flank.
  18. Eocoelopoma curvatum fish skull.

    From the album Some of my best Sheppey fossils

    This is a very fine 3D fish skull. Most Sheppey fish are found crushed but this one has been lucky.
  19. Xanthilites bowerbanki crab

    From the album Some of my best Sheppey fossils

    This is a fine specimen of the xantilites bowerbanki crab. Quite rarely found in such good condition this is one of my favourites!
  20. From the album Some of my best Sheppey fossils

    This is a beautiful calcite cast of the centre of a cimomia imperialis nautilus. You can clearly see the septa and siphuncle detail.
  21. Hoploparia lobster

    From the album Some of my best Sheppey fossils

    This is an excellent example of a hoploparia lobster with its huge claw still attached attached.
  22. Green River - June 3-4, 2017

    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!
  23. Messelornis cristata Hesse 1988

    From the album Vertebrates

    Messelornis cristata Hesse 1988 Eocene Lutetian Messel near Darmstadt Germany
  24. My grandsons and I went to point A dam in Andalusia AL on July 4th to hunt for sharks teeth. From what I have read, the area we were hunting is part of the Eocene timeframe. The majority of finds here are sharks teeth. The fossil was found at waters level under about 5ft of a washed out vertical wall that the river has washed away over the years, and is greenish gray in color (the strata)...we have had crazy rain in the area, between 12-18" in the past three weeks, thus eroding the bank. The fossil is almost 2" long by around 3/16" diameter in the shape of a tapered triangle, the back part seems to be semi flat. The fossil is black. I'm lead to believe it's some sort of whale tooth, but not sure. Besides the 125 shark teeth and a previous fossil I.d.'ed here on the forum, this was my grandsons best find Thanks for any help in I.D.
  25. 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