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  1. Help me ID these please

    Hi I found these bits at Herne Bay in Kent. Can anyone ID the two dark pieces? They are about 3cm each in length. one of them looks like reptilian skin or I thought maybe part of a turtle paddle? Would really appreciate any thoughts.
  2. Identification Assistance

    I have many items that need identifying but will only post three. Note: The left side of the ruler is in inches in all pics. The first item I assumed was petrified wood, but have been told it may be something completely different. This was found in the San Gabriel Riverbed, above Azusa, Ca. The second item appearing to be bone was found on the shoreline of Lake Mohave, on the Nevada side, between Searchlight and Laughlin. This lake is formed by the Colorado River. The third item appearing to be bone was found near the second. Wood, Bone, Rock...Any ideas? Any info is very welcome.
  3. Fossil ID #4

    This next fossil is long and thin, with lots of detail on each side. It has a slight bend and distinct marks on one end that made me think it might be a tooth of some kind, but maybe not from something in the ocean/sea. Any thoughts?
  4. I'm starting to get into mechanical prep seeing as with the quarantine I have extra time on my hand. My equipment arrived before my projects did so I've been practicing on this invert I had on hand. I believe this is a gastropod? Or is it a bivalve? I can never keep them straight in my head. Anyways, I forgot to take a before picture so I apologize for this awful photo as it was the only one I had: And this is it currently: Obviously not done yet, needs some more work and then some serious clean up to make it look nice but I'm thinking to put it aside for a while. The matrix is very annoying. There is less than a millimeter of rock covering the left side but as I learned the hard way on a small section, haste leads to immediate damage of the fossil. Prying upwards is great for chipping the rock away quickly but wants to take the fossil with it I'll finish it eventually but it will be slow, slow going. On a more exciting note one of my real projects arrived today. Here in a bit I'll draw up and post a plan of attack and tomorrow I'll probably get a start on it. My hope is that with this thread I can get your guys' opinions and advice to help prevent me from adding another cautionary tale on the bungled extractions thread
  5. Carcharodon hubbelli (Enamel cone)

    From the album Misc. Cenozoic Specimens

    Carcharodon hubbelli.
  6. Hemipristis serra

    From the album Misc. Cenozoic Specimens

    Hemipristis serra.
  7. Hi all, I haven't been on the forum recently, which is a terrible shame, but I will make much more of an effort to be online in the future! I am currently sketching out a small project that, in part, addresses why people collect fossils. At this point I am mostly interested in very brief, oral-history style vignettes on what kinds of fossils you collect, your self-assessment of you collect them, and your knowledge of and experience with fake fossils. If anyone is interested I would love to hear from you!
  8. A few fossil IDs before purchase.

    I hope its okay for me to ask for a few IDs before buying fossils. Here they are. With the lot with a lot, I see the nautilus shell is a cool buy and adds value to the lot. But I am unsure if the rest are cool fossils, or just some modern day horns and bones. To me it looks alot of modern stuff. Thanks for the help guys. Lately, just been buying some collection pieces while im stuck in quarantine :).
  9. Not too long ago I purchased a very nice Campanile giganteum gastropod, something I had been wanting for a long time, and shortly thereafter I also acquired an Encrinus liliformiis crinoid, also a long-held wish from me. My loving wife liked these so much that she suggested herself that I place them in a prominent place in the living room. Needless to say, I was extremely pleased with this new development, not only because of the fact that I was starting to run out of space for new acquirements in my display room. Since there was also an extra shelf underneath the place next to the TV we had chosen for these fossils, she even came up with the suggestion that I could put a few more on it. So without further ado I went about selecting some of my favorites which I thought to be passing for the ensemble. I found none of these myself, although they are either gifts or acquirements from friends and colleagues who gave them to me in raw condition for preparation. They are from left to right: Procerites hodsoni, Scyphocrinus elegans, Stephanoceras humphriesianum, Cockerellites liops, and Coroniceras rotiforme.
  10. Two unknown fossil IDs

    Sorry dont know location or anything Is the big thing even a fossil???? Is the second possibly a partial hadrosaur tooth? Thanks again.
  11. There's no title I could think of that didn't sound odd....Show us your Nature's Gifts! Have you been Gifted by Nature? Show us! Yeesh. WHAT I MEAN IS HAVE YOU BEEN GIVEN A "GIFT" BY MOTHER NATURE!??! In other words...show us your fossils that were just LAYING there...waiting for you to notice them! In perfect or almost perfect condition, highlighted by a little sunlight (or not). literally just sitting there waiting for you to pick it up! Most of the time we hunt, scrounge, dig, scrape or otherwise discover fossil finds. Other times they are there just for the picking up, but SOMETIMES....it seems there is just a little extra something, a special fossil that seems like it was just placed there for you to find. I have had this happen so many times it's just WEIRD and I just figure they are Gifts from Nature! My absolute favorite is this honking Cretodus Shark tooth. I stopped by a creek in downtown Dallas while there for a convention and just thought I'd see if there were any fossils there. Nothing to be found AT ALL until I went up the bank and I swear this monster was just sitting there looking just like this. Clean as could be. I seriously thought maybe someone had dropped it. Maybe they did. But I found it. Cretodus 2 inches Most recently were these two echinoids from Bell County, at two different localities. The one Leptosalenia mexicana I'd been TRYING to find for some time. I hunted around for about an hour, was getting hot, so turned around to head out and there the little bugger was, just sitting at my feet all pretty like. . Same for the Phymosoma. Had wandered around finding not much except a few nice gastropods and then boom....this pretty thing sitting right out on top, nicely cleaned up and everything! There's about a half dozen other things...a couple of ammonites, some gatropods and a Pennsylvanian brachiopod that was actually catching the sunlight while stuck in the crevasse of a rock that caught my attention Fun stuff. So what has been your "gift" from Nature?
  12. Hi, just wondering what you guys use to extract fossils from shale thanks.
  13. Part the Third of the Hunting from Home series! The Texas Aguja Late Cretaceous formation Matrix from PaleoTex LLC! While i have been to West Texas MANY times (Big Ben National Park is kind of my second home) I've never had a chance to go fossil hunting there. So when I found out the Aguja Formation matrix was available, I was excited to see what I could find. So here are my little tiny finds! So far my favorite find is these tiny tiny shark teeth - Onchopristis dunklei (thanks Trodon for the ID!) They are about 1/16th inch (2mm) Next is a surprise find - a mammal incisor! 1/4 inch And thanks to another forum post, I was able to ID this tooth as Paronychodon : 1/4 inch Some cool little crocodile teeth I sure wish I could have found more of this Hybodont Spine, but at least it has some of the barbs on it. I love the translucence of this gar tooth: And here is a little montage of various Gar Scales An unknown tooth: I think the above is different than this one, but it might be the same. This one is another Gar Lepisosteus 1/4 inch Some neat vertebra (all are 1/4 to 1/16 Another Tooth...possibly Hybodont? And lastly, some random spines:
  14. Today I was trying to learn more about Mammoths and Mastodons found in Southern Ontario because of my spearhead in my other topic that my grandpa gave me, and also I don’t really have much Cenozoic fossils in my collection. So when I was looking I found a page made by the University of Waterloo which is about 5 hours from my home town, and it had a page about Mammoths and Mastodons of southern Ontario, it also had a map out of all the finds from these animals in Southern Ontario. So I looked and surprisingly there where two sites just North of my hometown of Dunnville, which where both about 12 minutes from my house. I found the location odd because mostly every rock in my area is Devonian and Silurian, but that area is an exception. So in that area North of Dunnville in 1869 and 1911 two Mastodon skeletons where found, so sometime this Month I’m going to see what I can find in those places, as they haven’t been touched in for 100 years because of all the fossils hunting is done in the fossil filled Devonian and Silurian deposits of Dunnville. I will post what I find there, and below is a link to that website and a photo of a description of one of the specimens from 1869. The website https://uwaterloo.ca/earth-sciences-museum/resources/ice-age-mammals/mastodons-and-mammoths The photo of the description of one of the specimens.
  15. Hi all, Found this in the gravel during my sifting. Very curious about this as the circular hole in it is perfectly circular... Any ideas?
  16. Fossilised fish or odd bit of flint

    Found on Jurassic coast in Osmington Bay.
  17. Fossilised egg?

    Found on Beach bear Antalya Turkey.
  18. Fossil roots?

    Found in a stream in Gloucestershire. note: does not carry on on other side.
  19. I want ideas

    If you have 80$ for fossil, what you will buy? i am ready for my next purchase and i want ideas. (ONLY DINOSAURS OR REPTILE FOSSILS)
  20. NJ Cretaceous ID Requests

    Any help is appreciated, thanks guys. Monmouth County, NJ. Numbered 1-9. Fossil #1
  21. Fossil hunting tools

    I am always interested in hearing about (and seeing photos of) tools used for fossil hunting. I have used all sorts and I currently received a new device for underwater viewing. It is called a Bathyscope.
  22. I posted some of my finds from the Texas Permian in the Box of Matrix I got from PaleoTex LLC and now I get to share some of the cool little stuff I've found in the Oklahoma Permian! Texas Permian had lots of sharks teeth, Amphibian teeth and interesting boney bits. The Oklahoma stuff is not nearly as "productive" as the Texas Red Bed matrix, but it has LOTS more complete bones and vertebrae! And some really nice little jaws with teeth! Here are a few of my favorite finds. Most are about 1/4 inch, some smaller, a few a bit larger. Amphibian Bolterpeton Jaw and teeth 1/4 inch Amphibian Captorhinus aguti Jaw and Teeth: Synapsid Mycterosaurus Tooth and Jaw Fragment 1/4 inch Unknown Amphibian Skull Fragment (the two round knobs are where the vertebra attached) 1/4 inch Another Unknown Amphibian Skull fragment: 3/8 inch LOTS of little bones! A nice full rib Vertebraes: Myceterosaurus Caudal Vert: 1/4 inch An interesting Vert that looks like an old Victorian Door Knocker! hahaha Probably Captorhinus 1/4 inch Another Captorhinus Vert 1/4 inch An unknown Vert: 1/8 inch
  23. Swatara Gap PS Starfish

    Here are two more for potential ID. Thanks
  24. Swatara Gap PS Starfish

    Here are a couple more Swatara Gap starfish for possible identification
  25. Swatara Gap PS Starfish

    I've been collecting at the actual Swatara Gap site since I was a kid and over the years collected most of the trilobites and starfish that were found there. However, there are some starfish that I would like to verify. I've tried literature searches and know there is a 1989 paper on them , but I cannot find it on-line. Hopefully, one of you guys can help with identifying these specimens. Any help would be appreciated/