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  1. Hello everyone, in addition to posting my other topic today, I am going to post this one. With the summer coming to a close, I am preparing to go back to college in Ohio and continue my study of Neuroscience and Mathematics. The rain in Ohio and ID'ing NJ fossils in the ID section often make me lament all of potential NJ hunts I am missing out on because I am at school. So, I thought it would be a good idea to collect micro matrix using a window screen and stock several buckets full of gravel to look through during the semester. Over the last two weeks or so I've had the opportunity to do some early looking and will share my finds in this post. Hopefully I will be able to make many more NJ Micro trip reports during the course of the semester. I am still figuring out the proper mixture of lighting and camera angles. Also, you may notice it in this post, but I am adjusted the properties Exposure, Shadows, and Sharpness to get the optimal view of the fossils. The black borders and resizing of the photos were automatically done by a Python script I wrote. Perhaps with more micro reports I can become better at ID'ing what I find (there are still many things that I have found where I am at a loss for what they are) and taking photos. Enjoy. Here is my setup currently Here is some gravel I've looked through FOSSILS Format: <suspected ID> Maybe Rhombodus laevis AMALGAM OF RAYS 1 (tooth) 2 (tooth) 3 (tooth) 4 (tooth) 5 (tooth) 6 (denticle) 7 (denticle: In middle) Lonchidion babulskii Ptychotrygon sp. 1 2 Ischyrhiza mira 1 2 3 4 5 6 Squatina hassei (potentially) Hadrodus priscus 1 2 3 Ischyodus bifurcatus SHARK TEETH MISCELLANEOUS BUT POSSIBLY DIAGNOSTIC 1 2 GENERAL FINDS 1 2
  2. Central Florida Hunt

    Hey guys, I went looking for fossils in central Florida this past Tuesday. I only had an hour to hunt, but boy did it produce! My favorite finds were five chunks of Mastodon tusk and a partial muskrat jaw! I hope you enjoy this look into prehistoric Florida!
  3. Took a little trip out to West Texas last weekend. My parents have friends who have ranches out near Balmorhea (great to have friends with ranches...everyone should have friends who have ranches!). I knew the general area was one I had wanted to go hunting for echinoids in the Boracho Formation (some very special echinoids not found in my area). I did my research on Google maps and the Texas Geology website, hoping I could pinpoint the right roadcuts! The first one we stopped at (I thought was the right formation) turned out to be a different formation, but I found some cool little brachiopods that are different than any i have encountered before and a couple of echinoids (phymosomas) and that was all for that little roadcut. Checked out a few more in the area but didn't find anything. Definitely didn't find what I was looking for! So on to our weekend at the ranch. The owner said he know of a "beach" on the ranch where "sea shells" were found. I was really surprised because on the Geology map it is all Igneous and Quaternary - nothing at all that looked Cretaceous fossiliferous. So we went driving around the ranch to the spot and to my GREAT surprise, we found an outcrop of Austin Chalk! I don't know how, but it was there! I found inoceramus clam parts and some of the most beautifully colored Exogyra erraticostata! So that was a really special spot! ( @grandpa -another "fossil that shouldn't be there!"- but it was!) The final day we were to head home, I convinced my parents to drive 30 miles further West before we headed back east for home. I knew there were supposed to be some more outcrops of the Boracho accessible so we took a little side trip and happily I found the formation I was looking for! And I was rewarded with a most LOVELY little Anorthopygus texanus echinoid! I initially thought it was a Coenholectypus transpecoensis (which was mainly what I was hoping to find -which I did not find!) but was happy to discover it was a more rare Anorthopygus! My mom found a nicely presereved Wahitaster wenoensis, so that was great too. I also found a phymosoma, but it's pretty beat up. A small section of a nautiloid and a nice bivalve which I think is a Lima wacoensis quadrangularis rounded out my day. So it was a good haul to West Texa! My best finds from Boracho /San Martine formation Anorthopygus texanus - 25 mm : Washitaster wenoensis 25 mm a not so great Phymosoma 1 1/2 inches Lima wacoensis quadragularis 1 inch From the Austin Chalk Formation on the ranch: Exogyra erraticostata 3 inches From the first roadcut which was Buda formation Kingena (Waconella) sp? what's odd about them is this "dip in the lip" so I am not sure what species it is (it is for sure Cretaceous Kingena/ Waconella and not a Pennsylvanian Composita which it very much looks like -we had a nice long post on that!) A few pics of some of the critters on the ranch: Auadad (not native, but gone native) Javelina mama and baby! A mule deer wild turkeys
  4. Greetings, I am a newbie with a good fossil hunting ground. I have permission to hunt on this property. My previous post regarding a Caudal Vert. didn't get much attention. I was trying to find the age because most other material is Pleistocene. I went looking for more verts in the piles. On the other side of building lot I found a large boulder that was solidified mostly of chalky limestone. Visible on 4 sides are what I suspect are duogong ribs. There are many micro fossils visible. I have been cleaning the sandy dirt away from where the fossils are. They appear to be on the brittle side. The boulder is 24" x 12" and about 150 pounds. A dental probe has allowed me to scrape away areas near the fossils but don't want to push it. I'm looking for suggestions on what you experts do with a specimen this size. Thanks to all of you for your ideas. I am a science teacher in Sarasota County. I know some of you are in my area. I would like to make contact with any local experts. Regards, Michael
  5. small kem kem jaw sections

    I'm quite interested in these small pieces. Sold as small reptile jaws from Kem Kem. The longer one is approximately 4cm, the shorter one is around 2cm. So very small jaws. I'm guessing, given the circular tooth sockets, they are from a small or juvenile species of crocodile? Or could they be from a type of lizard? If anyone can take a quick look, that would be great. I'm guessing they are much too small to get an actual species, but would be nice to know if croc or lizard. Thanks
  6. Fossilized Tooth?

    Hello there friends, I’m new to the community, so I don’t really know how this works. I have a couple of artifacts I’d like to get an ID on, starting with what seems to be a Manta tooth?
  7. Hi, this might be the wrong thread, correct me if I’m wrong, but I was wondering if anyone has a guess to if it’s a fossil.
  8. I would like to know what brand of acetone is the best to use with paraloid b72, or if they are all the same. I would also like to know how to mix it, and what percentage of paraloid b72 to use. The fossils I find here are often very dry, brittle, and have cracks in them. I would like to use the paraloid solution to coat the surfaces.
  9. Good afternoon everyone! I will be staying in the South-Eastern part of France, near Draguignon (between Nice and Marseille) for a week in August. Are there any hunting sites nearby that you guys would advice me to look into? I have never hunted for fossils in rocks etc, all my fossils come from the Pleistocene. I'd be happy with anything! Best regards!
  10. Hey everyone, At first: my apologies that this is the only picture I have. I am looking into buying this lot of minerals and fossils which include the fossils on the attached picture. The scorpions and the centipede however do look very fake to me. Can anyone confirm these to be fake? And what about the trilobites? Thank you all for your time and help.
  11. Hi everyone! Well, I am completely in love with hunting micro matrix I got some Mineral Wells matrix and am having a blast finding the littles. But a few things have me flumoxed. Any help would be appreciated on ID'ing these things. All of these are tiny - 1/8 to 1/16 inch (2mm-4mm) Thanks so much!! Many of these "claw" looking things. If they were from the Cretaceous, I'd say they were Crab Claws....but Pennsylvanian I don't know. Are they crinoid spines? I have a variety of "typical" crinoid spines which look nothing like these: 1. 2, 3. "Club" looking things. Again, I'm assuming some part of a Crinoid? 4, "Arrow shaped" things....crinoid? And if so, what part? 5. 6. Weird "seed pods". Found at least 4 of them. I haven't tried to crush one, perhaps they are actually modern seed pods? 7. The weirdest one of all - "the bat" 8. And this thingl 9. Lastly....are these Arixtotles Lantern? Echionid Mouthparts? 10 . 11. 11 THANKS FOR LOOKING!
  12. The second week start very strong,with a visit in a aalénian to bajocian quarry
  13. Just came back from the Southwest of France, with nice pictures :)(and few finds) My first week was in Rocamadour,Lot,a very old City ,i tried to visit few Quarries,two samples in the Dordogne,very close,and one near Figeac.Only few minerals(perhaps someone could tell me if i was right to carry them in my bag,i know nothing about minerals) On the road ,good sight? Very impressive,but very poor fossils tracks Minerals perhaps with a good prey?
  14. For ID

    What it could be? Scale - mm. Neogene, Miocene. Western Ukraine.
  15. I’m going to college in south Florida, near West Palm Beach, and I really like go out and find fossils. I was wondering where the best spots in Florida are and if any were near me. I’d be willing to drive fairly far but the closer the better for sure. Thank you for any helpful replies!
  16. I was at the beach during low tide when I went in the shallow water and was looking for various stones when I came across this object. I’m not sure if it is a shark tooth encased in a rock of some sort, or just a rock? I think it is only a rock but the contours of this object could signal that a fossil is inside. Does anyone know what this could be? Thank you everyone.
  17. Croc scute?

    Is it piece of croc scute? Scale -mm. Age: Cretaceus-Neogene. Western Ukraine. Thanks in advance!
  18. What am I??

    Hi can someone explain to me just what this is or what it might be? It looks to me to be a fossil of some sort. Thanks for your help
  19. Does anyone know Swiss fossil sites?

    Hey guys, A bit of an unusual post: I’m looking to go hunting in Switzerland since I often stay there but I don’t know any fossil sites. I’m looking for vertebrate sites in Switzerland (like shark teeth) and fossil sites around my area (Valais). If any member knows some sites and have experience , please share, that would be awesome. Thanks for the help and kind regards.
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  21. Fossil Sites in Sequoyah county?

    Any good spots in Sequoyah county? I've spend some time in Adair and Cherokee counties and have found numerous crynoids and the like. I recently have found a foot long, or so, Stigmaria around Tenkiller Lake which has sparked my curiosity to find more plant based fossils in my area. Also, any good spots for a trilobite? I've been looking for years (in all the wrong places, I'm sure)! Thank you!
  22. Location is in Missouri The area is dated to the Pennsylvanian most likely Raytown, Wyandotte Limestone Formation At this pile I hunt at there are many concretions, but none exude the blue coloring as they are mostly black and much smaller. I am not 100% sure these are fossils but these are the only weirdly hued fossils I have found there. I have found a few teeth from Eugeneodontida, Horn corals, Crinoids, Brachiopods, Nautiloids and petrified wood from the area. I do not have any measuring tools that are not wood when I took these pictures. I apologize and hope this could be a decent size reference.
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  24. I found this super useful resource lately and thought you guys would enjoy: https://geologyportal.dnr.wa.gov/ It's an interactive geologic map of Washington state, it records multiple fossil beds and formations as well as old quarries and mines. It may take a little bit of research if you're unfamiliar, but it's an invaluable resource if you're searching for a new spot. Remember to stay safe and avoid trespassing
  25. Ammonite Drawing

    Has anyone got any advice on drawing ammonites accurately? It is often the ribs which identify an ammonite, so they are very important to get right and while I my observational skills are fairly good, I find it hard to believe people like Ernst Haeckle relied purely on observation. I don't strive for Haeckle's realism as I draw in a more sketchy manner, but I do strive for accuracy all the same. Is there a sort of formula to plot ammonite ribs? Thanks!