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  1. Took a little trip up to the Texas Panhandle for a little get-away and some fossil hunting! My parents, my husband and I rented an Air B&B near Clarendon TX (figured that would be a relatively "safe" pandemic travel solution and it worked out quite well!). We chose Clarendon (well, Howardwick, actually) because it was midway between the places we wanted to visit, AND, it is actually a famous area which the illustrious Mr. Cope of the Bone Wars (in the mid-1800s, Mr. Cope of the Academy of Natural Science in Philly and Mr. Marsh of Yale, vied to find the best and the most dinosaurs around the US) found and named a Miocene faunal bed- the Clarendon Beds at the Spade Flat Quarries at the RO ranch (An interesting aside....my mom worked at the Yale Peabody Museum when she was pregnant with me....surrounded by the dinos that Mr. Marsh collected. I'm pretty sure that's where my paleontological bent came from...) So to start our trip, we actually stayed a night in Snyder TX, and it's funny when you travel, the things you find...like dinosaurs, everywhere! And in Spur TX, a mural that we just happened to drive by! And outside of Canadian TX....on a hilltop! The first fossil stop was a Comanche Peak/Edwards Formation Roadcut - I had heard that you could find Pedinopsis Echinoids there...so we stopped the first day around 4pm...it was 98 degrees. I found a little echie that I THOUGHT might be a pedinopsis but was afraid it was really a Coenholectypus (which sadly, turned out to be the case. Nothing against Coenholectypuses, I just have a few of those!) . The next morning, I wanted to stop back by on our way to Clarendon, but a cold front blew through that night and the temp went from nearly 100 to 40 the next morning! Fortunately the wind was not blowing, so I got to stop back by and found a nice Engonoceras gibbosum ammonite, my first whole one of that species. Everything else was stuff I'd already found, but I did find a lovely Lima bravoensis. So on to Clarendon. I did my "homework" - searching the internet for info, Texas Pocket Geology site for formations and Google Maps for likely spots to search. The lake near Howardwick was Permian, so we looked there....no luck. I found the Miocene Spade Flats area and went up dirt roads to find it....didn't quite find it, but found the right formation....but no fossils. We drove along the road to look at Miocene era roadcuts that I saw posted about here on FF and no luck. So basically, the Miocene Clarendon Beds were a washout and the Permian in that area is non fossiliferous, apparently! Sometimes the fossil hunting is not exactly.....lucrative. Alas. But I did get to see Caprock State Park (and the Texas Bison Herd) Palo Duro Canyon and its Permian (red) overlayed by Triassic (purple and yellow) And some Pronghorn Antelope And then I FINALLY got some good fossil hunting in at a Pennsyvanian era roadcut near Mineral Wells! Finally! Some good new stuff! PIcs coming.... Gastropod Cymatospira montfortianus (1/2 inch) My first find of a Crinoid "bulb" -not completely but partial at least! 1/2 inch 6 fragments of a Crinoid Graffhamicrinus bulb "kit" in pieces (only four pictured, obviously) And some beautifully preserved Echinoid plates And finally, the last place we went was Archer City, where the Permian Red Beds are located, just outside the city. Again, I tried to find some likely looking roadcuts or places were we could go, but alas, it's all private property and nothing looked accessible. So, no Permian fossils or Miocene Fossils, this trip, but the Cretaceous and the Pennsylvanian always yield something good! So long, all you Texas longhorns!
  2. Well, it’s Friday again so I’m digging though more ancient stockroom finds as I slowly get the new earth sciences lab put together. Today, I found this gem of randomness. Guess I have to spend the day identifying and categorizing... This part of my job is almost as fun as being in the field! I do wish my predecessors had kept even basic records, but as you can see there is some fun stuff in there. The Chiplodocus and Fragmentadon bits are likely The missing Orella member bits from another inventoried box!
  3. Storage question

    I have some Cucullaea gigantea mud impressions with shell fragments still left. These fragments are extremely fragile. Is there anyway to store or preserve them to keep the shell pieces on?
  4. Calvert Cliffs MD

    This was found at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland. I’m not sure if it’s a super worn down tooth or something else.
  5. I see this photo of some book on facebook again. I interrested this book but owner don't tell book name (i don't know why) Thank you.:)
  6. Looking to trade some of my teeth in my collection, hoping to get: Dire Wolf Giant Ground Sloth ( Mainly Eremotherium) Edestus Shark Nice Whale Tooth Bears Bear Dog Bone Crushing Dog Open to other Carnivorous Mammals Looking for teeth of these
  7. Found these in ignaberga

    Found these weird rocks bones maybe? And the last one maybe banded flint? These were found in ignaberga cretaceous quarry sweden
  8. Fossil I.D

    I recently came into possession of some fossil fragments of sloths and Mastodons found in Florida. But I'm having trouble figuring out what parts of the animals the fragments are from. I know the lower left is a Mastodon forvea capitus and the upper left is a sloth vertabrea i need to repair . What are the other two Sloth or Mastodon ? And if so what part of the body ?
  9. a shell mound?

    Hi! There is a rock with fossils (?) my house. It's from my father, passed away about 10 years ago. I don't know what it is, but maybe it's from his China travel. I have searched some images of old sea animals fossil, but still don't have a idea. Is there anyone explain them? Thanks!
  10. Squalus tooth?

    Hello! Is it Squalus tooth. Length: 4 mm. Age: Creataceous- Miocene. Location: Western Ukraine Thanks!
  11. https://www.minerauxetfossiles.com/produit/fossiles-du-maroc-volume-2a-gisements-emblematiques-du-mesozoique-et-du-cenozoique-patrice-lebrun/ French and English version available.
  12. Large NJ Cretaceous Bone

    Found this thick bone piece in a new jersey cretaceous creek and wonder if its possible to maybe id since one side has a distinct rough texture while the other is flatter and striated, I would guess either large turtle, mosasaur, or dinosaur. My friend joked its a theropod maxilary skull fragment, but we all know around here that material seems close to impossible to come across haha. Interested to hear any other thoughts.
  13. What is the most rare fossil on your collection? I think the most rare fossil on my collection is a Huntoniantonia huntonensis (my profile photo). You?
  14. Show us your common fossils

    For many members who hunt certain formations or areas often, there are common fossils that can be found so often that they are often left in the field, or only taken in the best condition. These common fossils would often be considered beautiful specimens by others who live far away from the site. So show us what's common at your favorite hunting site, whether it be corals, crinoid stems, ammonites or petrified wood! As the saying goes, "one man's trash is another man's treasure."

    Hi all I was wondering if anyone knew of any good sources- online or otherwise- for pictures (HD would be amazing) of plant fossils in various forms of preservation i.e. compression, cast/mould, permineralisation etc. Any help much appreciated!
  16. As I keep digging through the literal tons of old geology and earth science supplies in the store room, I came across a large box full of about 30 of these old Ward's Science Education fossil sorting kits. They are all injection molded plastic, and were pretty boring. The boss told me to "throw.that.junk.out. NOW." which of course means I loaded the entire box into my backpack. Legitimate salvage is legitimate salvage. Anyway, in preparation for turning many of our replica casts and such into display pieces for teaching (and to make the earth sciences lab look cool...I decided to paint a few up. I'm pleased with the results. However, my matte finish sealer decided to go glossy due to a heavy hand on my part, but that is why I'm dusting off the skills on cheap junk before I get into the hardcore stuff. It looks like my dream of an ammonite hatband will become reality eventually, as these plastic models are much lighter and more durable than a ring of rocks around my Kakadu... Note: I may haze snuck a real fossil in here and there just for comparison.
  17. Sales just concluded a min ago. I definitely wasn't expecting it to reach this insanely high amount. No word yet AFAIK on whether he's going to a private collection or museum Is this the highest a dinosaur has ever been sold for? I wonder what precedence it'd set for fossils and paleontology moving forward On the pro side, it'd encourage more folks to go out there looking for fossils and possibly finding rare and important finds. On the con, more fossils might be priced out of the reach of museums
  18. Iguanas tooth?

    Hello! Help please to identify tooth. At first I though that it is part of some fish tooth, but I know that Iguana has very similar teeth... Size - 1 mm. Age - Miocene. Western Ukraine. Thanks in advance!
  19. So Many Minis!

    From the album Aurora/Lee Creek Mine Micro Matrix

    This assemblage came from one cup (about 340 ml) of micro matrix from Aurora Fossil Museum. Oddly, they are generally much larger than most of what I found in the rest of the matrix. They are all from either the Pliocene or Pleistocene. See album description.
  20. Help ID please!!

    This past weekend we went to Morris Island in SC and found lots of sharks teeth… Can anyone help identify the three below? The broken one looks line a piece of a Megladon according to pictures online. All 3 are about the same size. My seven-year-old found them and is interested in what sharks they came from. Thanks for any help! ps: chapstick in picture for sizing
  21. New to Colorado

    Hey all, My names Braddock i just moved from Florida to Ft Collins, CO. I'm a new engineer out here and i do a decent amount of digging every year in my free time, i'm trying to explore my new state for fossils and minerals. I also have a side hustle where i weld custom stands for fossils/minerals/artifacts for people, still getting my workshop setup out here. Looking for dig buddies in the area to go hunting with, so i dont get hunted by the wildlife. I'll be searching the area west of my town soon for some rumored giant tourmaline. Also i have several connections and access to decent vertebrate sites north of here in Wyoming and Montana at some point i'll be heading out to, but i cant search those alone as they are way remote and a bit dangerous. Heres some pics of my finds in Montana
  22. Location: Missouri Time period: Pennsylvanian Formation: Muncie creek shale Hello! I was hunting in one of my favorite spots and saw a very weird structure coming out of a Muncie Creek Shale nodule and what I think it could possibly be is a piece of crustacean exoskeleton! If I'm lucky that is! I am not exactly sure why I know its different but it does not look like crushed shells from other brachiopods in the area and looks to be layered horizontally. My personal theories: Weirdly preserved Brachiopod, Crustacean Exoskeleton, Natural formation that I have not seen in the area before or something else entirely. I would love to know any information and would love to use this as a learning experience! Size: 3.4cm Images in their natural sizes (Not compressed): https://imgur.com/a/8c3o4Jd
  23. Mulbring Quarry, NSW

    Hi, I am currently a student at the University of Newcastle majoring in earth and environmental science teaching. I am really interested in making a trip out to the mulbring quarry with a few of my fellow earth science major friends. I understand that permission is required to enter the site. Could anyone provide me with information or contact details of the property owners? Cheers
  24. Teeth?

    Hello! I found two very small fossils (~ 2 mm) which aresimilar to teeth... Is it possible to id them? Western Ukraine, Miocene Thanks!
  25. Hey guys, i just posted a new video of two fossils hunts i recently had on the Yorkshire Coast. Feel free to watch if interested. I found an awesome nautilus and some really cool Ichthyosaur Bones.