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  1. By the title your probably skeptical about me actually finding a fossil in my backyard of course I didn't actually find a real fossil in my backyard as that would be quite fictional. I thought I would say that before beginning the fossil ID help... Because in reality I found 2 fossils in my backyard not one!!! In the lot beside my house is dense forest I live in Florida with very invertebrate rich soil in fact almost all soil in my area (suburbs near Indian river) contains hundreds of small shells Pleistocene to recent. However last year when I was looking for modern animal bones I was very surprised to see a white shard sticking up from the ground I tried the porous test with my finger but it was not positive so I concluded it was most likely not bone as most Pleistocene epoch fossils are much more reactive to the test than older fossils and since in my area there are only Pleistocene to recent fossils I assumed it was an invertebrate so I started to excavate the area. To my surprise I found a very large conch-like shell I actually had to cut the roots of a nearby tree as the roots were going through the shell. I later came back and found yet another specimen. It's quite the story to find literal fossils in your backyard but anyways here are the two specimens i'm curious to see your opinion on them please feel free to ask for different pictures and or questions. Thanks in advance, -RJD Yellow>First Specimen Orange>Second Specimen Blue>Modern Invertebrate IF YOU ARE TRYING TO ANSWER ID USE COLOR CODES PLEASE AND THANK YOU,
  2. Hi! I found what may be a large -4-ish concretion at a creek in Crawford County, In. It is different than what I have encountered before. Any thoughts on prep or whether it is worth digging into?
  3. Hello fellow hunters Many thanks to the responses for my last post which allowed me to ID a fossil rock as Stramatolite and not tule root. I found this marine looking fossil about one month ago in the Golden Shores area of Mohave Valley AZ where marine fossils are abundant. This rock is 6 inches by 4 inches and 1-2 inches thick. It weighs about 1-2 pounds. I cannot find any images online to help ID it? Any help is greatly appreciated.
  4. Larger fossil found in a hedgerow in Pittsburgh. Any help is appreciated for an identification. Thanks!
  5. Hi, Haven't posted here in forever... still learning about one can find at Big Brook. We went there on Saturday for the first time in a year. Found a few nice things (and some nothings): I'm wondering about this Is it coral or something else? I also found some other things in y older items which I'll post next. Thanks, ds And what about these:
  6. Hi Can you confirm that this is a cephalopod? if not what is that? Found on the lake Ontario Canada shore - region Mississauga
  7. Hi everyone, Althought I,m a big fan of paleontology I,m still new in this world and sometimes I,m not sure about what I find. I go fossil hunting to a mountain in Valencia, Spain, where I usually find some kinds of ammonites and belemnites. As far as I know the strats in that mountain are jurassic/cretaceous. The other day I found this but I,m not sure if it's a fossil or just a weird rock formation. Any ideas? Thanks for your help!
  8. Photo: top left Found in a small (10ft wide) woodland stream near the LA/MS border, (East Feliciana Parish, LA/Wilkinson County, MS) within the Citronelle Formation; formed during the Pliostene. While the Citronelle is oft noted to contain fewer saltwater fossils than expected for an ancient coastal plain, this stream has provided probably 95% of the marine fossils in my collection. As a longtime rockhounder but fresh off the boat newbie to fossil identification, I've struggled to find a match for this fossil. (The photo is one I had on hand, am preparing to paint and the fossil is buried in chaos right now.) Betting this ID likely is child's play for most of you, any light you can shine on this fossil would be so very much appreciated. -caroline
  9. I found this wolf skull near the milk river in North Eastern Montana, please help me identify it.
  10. Hello. I'm new to the forum. I found this in a New Jersey creek recently. Does anyone have an idea of what it could be?
  11. I hope someone in this world has seen this rock before and can tell me what it is. Found in Mohave Valley, AZ near Golden Shores. Rock club members call it Tule Root Fossil? Rocks are 1-3 inches in size and light in weight. It is hard to find. I cannot find any pictures of it anywhere online? Help
  12. Hi guys i found this a couple of days ago in israel and i want to identified it. Details: covered in (pretty sure) calcite and it has some spiral shape to it.
  13. In a couple days is my birthday, and this year I will be 50. For the past couple weeks I have thought a lot about all of my successes in life, as well as my failers. As a husband, father, fisherman, fossil hunter. As well as just a human being. But as far as a fossil hunter, collector and enthusiast, one of my biggest failers is that I have not learned enough about the fossils I collect in my region. I have stated before in other post that I am not really that interested in brachiopods, gastropods, bivalves, etc. But I have come to realize that is not a good reason to not try to identify those things that I find, wether or not I decide to keep them. I want to become more educated about life from the past. And that may should include all fossils. Not just the ones I am after. So when my wife asked what I wanted for my birthday I told her I would like The Fossil Guide to Devonian fossils of New York by Karl A. Wilson. I was really happy when it showed up a couple days ago. I have already identified a few things that I have been curious about for years. I really don't know why it has taken me this long to want to know more about the fossils from my area. And, I really should clarify that, it is not that I don't find certain fossils interesting. That was a poor choice of words. I find all fossils interesting. But I do favor certain fossils over others and I tend to focus only on the fossils I am after and ignore the others unless I can't find the fossils I want. That is going to change. Not only for myself but as a member of the forum.
  14. Hey guys it has been a while since I've been on here, but I started trying to D all of the fossils I put away a few months back..I *think* this is almost a full shell? Found in Sarasota, FL..It is about 5in x 6in.. at first I thought it may have been a hunk of phosphate so I put it away in a bucket with some other fossils for later ID.. pulled them out yesterday and fell with the bucket... this landed in front of me and I couldn't help but notice it really looks like some details are still there! Any thoughts? Two views of the top and one from the bottom... thanks....
  15. Fools fossil bone or geological wonder?
  16. I'm currently in a debate on IDing a possible fossil on a different forum. I think it is a rib fragment (possibly sirenian) while others think it might not be a fossil at all. The item was found in the Peace River, Florida. Can anyone weigh in on it here?
  17. Alright I know, I should know better. But the price was right and I was having a good week so I needed something to shatter my hopes and dreams. That out of the way. Listed as a "US acid - prepped specimen" Self explanatory. Back Right foot Tippy Tip of the tail Right ribs My biggest question is the specks of material between the ribs. Is this common on real Keichosaurs? To me on the overall picture they appear to be the ends of the ribs broken off from the underside. I will also note that almost every bone on this little guy is 3D above the rock surface. I was having trouble getting a good side view with my camera, I will try again, but figured you could all start with these! Thanks much as always, -Blake
  18. hi all, any help with a rough ID would be very much appreciated, just need to know if specimens in these images are fossil coral or otherwise, species names not required. Items found near Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia. Sorry for limited photo quality. Cheers, kevin
  19. I found this in shoul creek, Austin, Texas. It looks like the bumps on the sides of ammonites, but I noticed it's not curved. I've also noticed things sticking out of the side, possibly ribs? I want to know what this is. It's broken and covered in rock so it's hard to tell if it's an ammonite or not
  20. This is a piece I found in a creek a run off of the clarks river west fork in graves county western Kentucky I have done some research but I am confused on what this actually is a part of I only have guesses and am eager to know thanks for the help
  21. Hello All, I am not only new to this group, but I am new to fossil/rock hunting . I live somewhere , where there was much ice age melt glacial activity and I have hundreds of fossils. at the risk of sounding insane, I found this one in my pocket when I woke up one morning . Have others similar to it, but no idea how I came to be in possession of this one in particular. Any help is appreciated... I have other angles of the same, but I am unsure of how to shrink the file size of the photo. Thank you
  22. Is there any way to determine the age of this clam fossil. I found it in a creek bed in Texas. Thank you.
  23. I found this fossil in a dry creek bed in Fayette County Texas. The walls of the creek are about 10-12 ft high. I also found several shell fossils in the same area. The pics are of the top and bottom of the same fossil. Can someone help with identification? Thank you.
  24. I found this fossil in a dry creekbed in Texas with several shell fossils. It is very dark brown. Any information would be appreciated. I'm new to fossil hunting and want to learn as much as I can. Thank you for any input.