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Found 921 results

  1. Fish tooth?

    Found on Topsail Island, NC Some sort of (non-shark) fish tooth?
  2. From the album fish

    Thanks Marguy!
  3. What kind of fish/shark might this be?

    Saw these at a fossil shop, and as far as I can figure they look like fish bones with some shark teeth and mosasaur teeth here and there. They’re from Morocco I think. Any thoughts?
  4. Sponge? Coral? Fish scales?

    Hi all! I found some of these fossils at a rock shop and I have never seen their kind before. I honestly I’m not even sure what it could be. As far as I know they’re from Morocco, but that’s just a guess. Any ideas?
  5. Too Many Fossils

    Hello, So, I'm going to get straight to the point. I live in a small house, and I have way too many fossils right now. My entire collection consists of 35 Diplomystus, 10 Knightia, 7 Phareodus, 2 Mioplosus, 36 pieces of petrified wood, 1 fossilized sand dollar, 2 gastropod shells, some fish bone fragments, and 38 other fossils that are unidentifiable. I'm going to be up front right now, I have way too many fossils in my small house. I'm trying to figure out what to do with the excess. Does anybody have any ideas what I could do with the excess? Any help will be appreciated, Jared
  6. I went fossil hunting at Tillywhandland quarry this evening in the search for more Acanthodian fossils. I split dozens of stones finding nothing until I came across what must be the smallest mesacanthus mitchelli that has ever been found. It is so small it could have fit onto a 5p coin. For anyone who has never been to Tillywhandland quarry, it is quarry located on Turin hill near Forfar, Scotland. It famous for producing early Devonian fish and eurypterid fossils. The rocks there formed at bottom of volcanic lake about 405-410 million years ago.
  7. Mecca Quarry Shale finds

    I had a great time hunting with ESCONI at the Starved Rock Clay Pit. It exposes the Pennsylvanian aged Francis Creek Shale and Mecca Quarry Shale. There were tons of concretions lying around, but we were told they are usually empty and rarely split well, so I didn't bother. I was really there for the black shale anyways. I found a bunch of bits which may prove to be more interesting after prep, but here are the more exposed finds of the day. I am not familiar with this fauna, so I was hoping to get help with IDs. #1) I found a few similar specimens. Best guess is coprolite. #2) Not sure if this is a fossil. Maybe coprolite or an arthropod carpace. Or just a mineral stain.
  8. 4 Different IDs

    Hello, So, I have a LOT of fossils after my trip to Kemmerer, Wyoming last week. To save time on identifying them, I sorted them by what they looked like. I have 5 piles, so 5 different species. I am posting pictures of one from each pile, so I can find out what these are. The pictures are attached. The first and second I have a LOT of, the third I only have one of, and I only have three of the fourth, (The others are not as big as the one in the picture.) The fifth I am having problems uploading. It will come later. Can someone help me ID these four? I will post the fifth when I have a chance. Jared
  9. Insect Plant Fish or ...?

    Greetings, everyone. I spent the other day on the east side of Ventura County breaking open sedimentary rocks. I'm not experienced enough with that sort of material to positively ID it but I think it was siltstone. There was a leaf and something else on both sides of one of the rocks. I've been having a hard time figuring out what the "something else" is. It measures about 35 by 14 millimeters. I took a few pictures of both sides under different lighting conditions to help bring out some of the finer details. It comes from the Modelo Formation (Miocene). Thanks ahead of time for any help in figuring out what it is. Here are pictures of the first side: Some pictures of the second side:
  10. Ever wondered what a sturgeon fin looks like cut down the middle and polished? This is from a large fish called Gyrosteus mirabilis that swam in the seas near whitby all them years ago. i think it’s the cartilage. As found Cut straight down the middle, showing the pyrite too.
  11. NJ Cretaceous Brook Bone - Fish or Bird?

    Really not sure what to make of this type of bone? Any ideas?
  12. Odd Fossil

    Hello, So, I was in Kemmerer Wyoming doing a fossil dig, I went to the place on fishdig.com I found many fossils. Ono of them, is very odd, and no one there could ID it. Can someone try to help me ID this fossil? Is it a messed up fish? Jared
  13.  Saurorhynchus jaw

    From the album Holzmaden

    A 6 cm long Saurorhynchus jaw from the quarry Kromer in Holzmaden (Lower Jurassic, Posidonia Shale).
  14. I have been fossil at Tillywhandland quarry near Forfar and have found quite a few Acanthodian fossils, which I thought would share everyone. I could also do with some help identifying species of some of the fossils. I know the first four fossils are Mesacanthus mitchelli, but the rest I am not too sure about.
  15. fish teeth from Texas Cretaceous

    Hello Everyone! I have some more fossils that have me kinda stumped. I'm fairly certain the first one is a species of Encodus (though I don't know which one). Scale bar is in millimeters. Each ones down view is to the right of it (sorry the down views are blurry I couldn't get pictures from my microscope). All four are from the Atco formation near Dallas. I would greatly appreciate input on my fossils, I also hope I'm not posting too much.
  16. Greetings fellow fossil enthusiasts! I don't know what this thing is. I've shown it to several other fossil guys in Houston and they don't know what it is either. I think it's from a fish of some sort, other than that I have no idea. I found it in Hogtown Creek in Gainesville so it's probably Late Miocene-Pliocene. Scale bar is in Millimeters. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  17. Last weekend I went for a very short trip to the Carpathian Mountains, to find some Oligocene stuff. Every year it becomes more and more difficult to find nice complete specimens, because the locations are (unfortunately ) quite easily accessible and therefore there are plenty of fossil hunters (especially now during holidays). The first location is situated close to the place we commonly refer to as the Polish Texas :), called Bóbrka - it is the world's oldest (and still operating) oil mine. https://bobrka.pl/en/about-the-museum/ Nowadays it operates also as a museum, where you can see old drilling equipment and see the well up close The location is called Rogi:
  18. Here is another update from my July 2019 solo Fossil run! (Edit...it appears some of the fossil pictures are displaying poorly....I will rectify this shortly.) PICTURE HEAVY Day 1: I drove solo from Omaha, NE to Fossil Butte National Monument. I left at 0300 local and made it to the Museum at the monument about 45 minutes before they closed at 1800 local. The museum is outstanding. Small, but amazing. Also, unlike most other national parks and monuments, it is FREE and open 7 days a week during the summer. I didn't take any photos as A, I was exhausted, and B, there are plenty of pictures of the museum already on the web. Sometimes, I like to just have memories I don't have to share. Anyway, after drooling over all of the great stuff to view (think complete two meter crocodilian skeleton), I got my second wind and had to find a place to camp before dark. Thankfully, you get about 18 hours of useful sunlight up in that area, so I set out for a "secret" campsite on the BLM land just northwest of the monument proper. I found the site and made camp. There was some promising looking shale exposed here, but not a fossil to be found. (I did bring a few samples back however as I discovered later that there was some interesting fluorescence in green, yellow, and orange on some of the rock!) I'm at around 2100 meters above sea level for the night! Either way, beat down and a bit light headed from too many years living in the flat lands, I caught a nice sunset and wolfed down four MREs. I planned to spend the next day in deep in the Green River Formation. Day 2. It was a rough night. I got about two hours sleep from a combination of exhaustion, excitement, and the strangest wind storm I have ever experienced. At right around 0000, a single gust of wind dropped the temp for around 22C to 8C in less than five minutes. I was prepared for this, however I wasn't prepared for what showed up 45 minutes later- sustained 40kph winds with 72kph gusts. Due to the hard rocky ground, I couldn't use tent stakes or bury the deadmen for my guy lines on the tent, so I spent the next three hours in a very noisy, semi-collapsed tent. As the storm continued, I realized I was going to have to set the guy lines under the tires of my truck if I hoped not to blow away. Imagine my surprise to discover that with all that wind, there was not a cloud in the sky. It was crystal clear out. What I had thought was rain hitting the tent was actually small bits of gravel! I carefully positioned the truck as a bit of a wind break and anchor for the guy lines. Ten minutes later, the windstorm quit. I made twelve cups of espresso in my trusty Moka pot and headed over to American Fossil Quarry at sunrise. I didn't bother taking pictures of the quarry as there are plenty on the web. I did a half day dig. I had a most excellent time. What follows is photos of about a third of the fossils I found. I have many many more that need prep work, but these were my "practice" specimens. I found so many fish fossils, I kept only the best ones, plus a similar amount to use as practice for preparation and preservation techniques. Sure, it is a pay-to-play quarry, but I got more than my money's worth I feel. I actually got a bit bored with finding fish, something I never thought would happen. I also found some scales and coprolites, but no stingrays or plants. One fellow digging while I was there ended up with a magnificent palm leaf however! Anyway, here are a few of the fossils I have prepped so far. Apologies for the less than perfect photos. I have only owned this macro lens for a few days and haven't quite figured it out yet. Also, you will notice that they appear shiny, this is because the fixative has not fully cured yet. I will share my best two specimens in other threads later on!
  19. Fish Fossil (Knightia) Structure ID

    Can anyone identify these structures protruding from the top and bottom of the fish?
  20. I spent another great day in the Hell Creek formation of South Dakota (w/ Paleoprospectors) and found a lot of great fossils. It was a beautiful day, the temperature wasn't bad at all, helped by the occasional breeze and the bugs were tolerable for the most part. We started the day on a microsite which was eroding out of the side of a hill. The iron siderite pebbles were sharp to sit on and the slope was steep- being sure footed was certainly an asset along a good portion of this exposure. In spite of those factors, I still found some awesome fossils. A view of the microsite from the ground. My first good find of the day- A worn Richardoestesia tooth Most likely a Myledaphus vertebra A Champsosaur vertebra in situ An Amphibian vertebra- probably salamander. Probably my best find of the day- a claw whose identity is currently unknown. Two great anthill finds- Top: likely a marsupial tooth (Alphadon?)- Bottom: a multituberculate tooth (Cimolodon?) After these finds, I went to prospect with some other people but unfortunately came up empty handed. At least I got some pics of the cool looking exposures. After we returned from prospecting I decided to finish the day hunting the microsite where I started and spend some time at a channel deposit below which was also producing some solid finds (Another participant found a nice Acheroraptor tooth and a small theropod or bird claw there earlier) Center left: Myledaphus tooth A nice croc tooth. My last good find was a small section of theropod claw which I unfortunately did not get a pic of. Stay tuned because tomorrow we visit another Hell Creek ranch in North Dakota this time!
  21. A few weeks ago, I posted asking for advice on splitting fish for Green River. Your advice helped me out A TON, so thank you for that . I ended up leaving with a shrimp, crawdad, 3 Pharo's, 8 Amphiplagas, both species of Hypsiprisca, and many more. But by sheer luck, we ended up finding a bird, which means, we're going back to Wyoming for a CT scan.(And for more splitting) According to Arvid, the bird appears to be a new species, slightly dis-articulated, but it still has it's skull. I'll post pictures of our finds when I get a chance, but I wanted to thank everyone that gave me advice.
  22. Calvert formation unknowns

    Not sure what shark(?) tooth this is, has very heavy root on a small (quarter inch squares) tooth Tiny fish(?) tooth, tough to photograph well with my equipment. Tooth is about 3mm long, less than 1mm wide Not sure what this might be. About an inch long
  23. Today was the last day spent in Wyoming and one of the most productive. This collecting area was definitely the most scenic among the spots we visited this week with a view of a wide open grassy valley with trees lining the Little Cheyenne River. I found a channel deposit site which had been worked in years past but had not been touched recently. I remained at this spot for the duration of the day, splitting through the conglomerate. The most abundant fossils were gar scales which appeared practically every split. I collected a number of small alligator teeth, myledaphus ray teeth and triceratops and hadrosaur spit teeth. Some of my best finds were pieces of shark spine and a thescelosaurus premaxillary tooth. Views of the collecting area A view of the open space A very small myledaphus tooth (lower right side) A gar scale preserved right next to a gar tooth A small Brachychampsa tooth (rear "molar like" tooth) A shark spine preserved next to a bivalve. Stay tuned for South and North Dakota next week!
  24. My new fossil fish

    Hello everyone, My fossil fish just came up in the mail. Even though it has some putty in the center, I think I got a really good deal on it.
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