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  1. Another local spot

    Hi Everyone, Now that RL is back to some measure of stability I'm exploring. Pa recently reworked an unstable road cut here in Blair county and some interesting material has weathered from the very soft Ridegely Member at the top of the Old Port Formation [Devonian]. With spring coming late I've located several other exposures of this layer and am excited because it is so easy to work (get the sandstone matrix wet and you can rub it off with your fingers!) I posted some unknowns over in the ID Help Section.
  2. Toronto creek and river finds

    Hello there! I'm still in the process of deciding which fossils to put in my new display cabinets, so I'm looking for some identification help, if possible. All of the items pictured were found in the Toronto area (Georgian Bay Formation, Upper Ordovician) along creeks or rivers - please help me identify them if you can! Thanks in advance! Monica Picture #1: A trace fossil, but of what? Someone suggested trilobite tracks, but I don't know - what do you think? Perhaps @piranha can have a look... Picture #2: This may or may not be a trace fossil - I only just noticed it today. It vaguely resembles trilobite tracks to me (cruziana), but I'm definitely not sure...
  3. Three Gastropods- I would like ID confirmation. I THINK the first one (photo #1 & 2) is Astarte Concentrica. The SECOND bivalve I have no idea; I cannot find a match. (Photo 2 & 3) The THIRD one (photo5 & 6) I believe is Busycon carica.
  4. Upper Pennsylvanian Possible Burrow

    I found this a couple of years ago and have periodically taken it out to examine it as I've found the accumulation of fauna adhering to it's surface as very interesting. For awhile I affectionately referred to it as an accretion (as opposed to a concretion), envisioning a clump of mud rolling around in the wave action of a shoreline picking up bits of dead fauna. But now, with the fairly recent posts that have come up about crustacean burrows, I'm second guessing. On the exterior of this piece are brachiopod shell bits and molds, possible pectinid shell molds, crinoid columnals, and tiny gastropod steinkerns and exterior molds with decoration. The dark clumps appear to be pyrite. There are two depression areas, one on the large end, and a smaller one that is offset of the smaller end. These I speculate to be the exposed chamber, should this be a burrow. Notably within these depressions are oval shaped pellets and an interesting fibrous texture. So, I now defer to your opinions! Thank you for looking!
  5. Glen Rose Formation Fossils

    Hello all, I am working on my thesis covering fossils of the lower Glen Rose Formation. Could anyone possibly help me identify these specimens? These are heart urchins which I suspect to be Epiaster whitei... Could these be heteraster instead? They range from 3 to 5 cm in diameter and are mostly crushed or broken...
  6. Oligocene Ampulina crassatina from Slovenia for trade.
  7. From the album Cretaceous

    Ellipsoscapha mortoni (gastropod internal cast) Upper Cretaceous Basal navesink Formation Monmouth Group Bayonet farm Holmdel, New Jersey A gift from John W. (fossilsofnj)
  8. Florida Gastropods Fossils

    Hello, I found these gastropods at Judd Park in Ft. Myers, FL. They were in sediments holding down a silt fence and probably brought in from somewhere close by. I have consulted the Peterson book, Southern Florida's Fossil Seashells. It is a great book and the only relevant fossil that I see is Strombus alatus. Can someone help me identify these fossils? Thank you!
  9. Last Monday, February 5th I had the privilege of touring the New York State Museum's enormous fossil collection with the state paleontologist, Lisa Amati. The collection is stored in three rooms on the third floor of the State Education Building in Albany in the same building that contains the New York State Museum. Right now, only a few fossils are displayed in the State Museum which is primarily historical and social in focus. In the lobby is this slab which contains dozens of Middle Devonian starfish- Devonaster.
  10. From the album Cretaceous

    Xenophora leprosa (gastropod internal cast) Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Mattewan Group Big Brook Colts Neck, New Jersey
  11. I've set-up a studio in the spare room. My house is tiny, and my spare room is like something out of sodding Lilliput. It's also lined with boxes all the way around, so the workable space is about 3.5 feet by about 6 feet, which is not adequate. However, I've done my best with some experimental techniques. Gastropod with a smaller one washed into it. I collected this myself from Barton on Sea, in Hampshire, UK. I have better specimens, but I like the smaller one being there. This one is about an inch across. More Barton on Sea Gastropods. Crinoid ossicles, pentacrinites from Charmouth, UK. This is highly magnified, this is about a centimetre.
  12. Barbados

    It has been a busy 5 years and my wife and hadn’t made time for a honeymoon...until now. Greetings from Barbados, the only place I know of where you can order a flying fish sandwich, and if you aren’t paying attention, a gaggle of marauding green monkeys just might sneak it off your plate and head back up into the trees. We’ve been here one day and found some fossils. I believe I read that most of the island is a massive Pleistocene coral reef, and the beach cliff right outside our hotel is testament to that.
  13. From the album Cretaceous

    (left) Anchura sp. (right) Turritella sp. (gastropod internal molds) Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Mattewan Group Ramanessin Brook Holmdel, N.J.
  14. This November there were 2 days on the beach when I found over 336 various sizes of gastropods covered with at least 2 different types of bryozoa. I have found similar gastropods covered with coral from the Pliocene in Florida. These fascinate me (hardly of any interest to others on the beach whose focus is shark teeth) because they have a story: the gastropod dies; a hermit crab occupies the dead shell; bryozoa attaches itself to the shell and begins to cover it. I had found maybe 5 of these gastropods at the high tide mark prior to these two days. It was in low tide areas that i found the 336 (previously I had searched the same areas and found none. After the 2 days I did not find anymore even in other areas of the beach some distance away. I am aware that id of bryozoa is difficult but perhaps someone can recognize the "bumpy" pimply variety in the picture. But more importantly, I am looking for confirmation that these are indeed fossil (beach finds) and any idea as to their age? I also found about 15 small individual bryozoan colonies.
  15. Hi all, So, as some of you already know, my trip to Florida is coming closer and closer I am indeed really looking forward to it! Well, I have some questions about the fossils there. Firstly, for the seashells found there (bivalves and gastropods), I know that many are fossil (mainly Miocene to Pleistocene). Well, I was wondering if perhaps there were any tricks or techniques to recognize fossil ones from modern ones. For example, for the Holland coasts bivalves, the fossil ones are usually thicker, dull, white/light grey in color, and they don't let any (or very little) light shine through. Well, I was wondering if there were similar tricks for the Florida seashells to find out whether a shell is fossil or not. Please do let me know how you do it! Oh, and one other quick question: are ALL the shells NOT found on the beach fossils? I know that in the Netherlands this is not the case (you can find shells several kilometers inland that are modern; they have been brought here by floods and storms), but was wondering if this was maybe different for Florida. And lastly, a quick question about the fossiling permits. Do I need to sign up for one (I will be collecting both invertebrate and vertebrate fossils, like shark teeth and dugong bones)? If yes, is one permit enough for the family, or does everyone need to apply for one individually? And how do I get them? So, recap: What are tricks/techniques for recognizing fossil seashells from modern ones? Are all the inland seashells fossilized? Do I need fossil hunting permits? Also, if there are any special laws that you think I should be aware of let me know too. Thanks in advance for your answers! Best regards, Max PS: just realized, this is actually more suitable for the Fossil Hunts thread... @Fossildude19 or another moderator, can you please move it? Thanks
  16. From the album Cretaceous

    Xenophora leprosa (gastropod internal mold) Upper Cretaceous Basal Navesink Formation Monmouth Group Bayonet Farm Holmdel, NJ.
  17. Final ones for today!

    Are #1-2 a Conus gastropods? And #3-4, Turritella perexilis? Many thanks for looking! I am trying to re-learn so much! DR
  18. ID confirmation & help, please

    Hello! I am attempting a few more identifications, and have a question or two! First the questions! 1. Can one identify a shark genus with a vertebra? Or a fish, for that matter? 2. Can one identify a ray by its stinger barb? Now the fossils - DO I have these right? (Or could I get ID help on some I have no idea?) #1 & 2: Urosalpinx ? The remaining: Crassostrea sculpturata?
  19. Well Hello everyone.. As promised here are some of the pictures of our finds with a group of about 25 at the Ladonia Fossil Park on the North Sulphur River. We had a great time searching thru the pebbles and edges of the cliffs. a couple of bone fragments were found but nothing major. We found several gastropods in some matrix and did some sifting at the gravel bars. We did find a broken arrow head but no shark teeth in the area. Here are some pictures of our finds. Enjoy as I do have some questions i'll ask on the ID Forum.
  20. I am so happy with the help I received earlier today! Here are just a few more Aurora, North Carolina fossils. I have some ideas on a couple, but I cannot make an exact match! #1 and 2: The same specimen, showing each side. I am wondering if it is not a bone fragment? I know whale and fossil bone pieces are found here! #3: I believe it i some type of Murex - but I cannot match it exactly, other than I think it is a Whelk! #4: I Pelecypod - I was never very good with these! #5: Another pelecypod; I am thinking Nucula! #6 & 7: Two views of the same fossil; it LOOKS like murchisonia, except that I think they were extinct by the time these fossils were made! #8: Another similar gastropod. #9 & #10 - Sorry for the bad quality, these were made with my computer microscope! #11 & 12: Some type of claw? Now, a REALLY important question: I REALLY like invertebrate fossils - because that is what I can find near me! I have nice references for those! They are free from the State of Pennsylvania. (I will be happy to upload if anyone wants). I also have the AUdobon Guide to Fossils - and the Smithsonian Fossil Guide. I have downloaded some wonderful (and free) OLD books - some of which really are still useful in many cases - A Dictionary of the Fossils of Pennsylvania VOL I, II and III. (Free for download, they are out of copyright - However so much has changed for many areas - STILL useful to help identify) I have references that help me with the Alabama formations, and British Columbia ones. What GENERAL references you you folks recommend? In my main collecting field, (Coins - Ancient, modern, medieval) we always tell new collectors BUY THE BOOK FIRST. I have even authored 9 or 10 coin books myself! So - I realize this advice about books applies here as well! What are your favorite references? For Gastropods - Trilobites - Brachiopods - Pelecypods, etc. All recommendations are welcome! Again, many thanks! I am happy that I am returning to something I loved as a young person! And I appreciate this wonderful group so much! Dpaul7
  21. Hi all, I have been having trouble finding a good guide to use in order to ID fossil seashells (mainly gastropods and bivalves) of the Neogene-Quaternary of Western Europe (mainly Belgium/Netherlands). So, I'm turning to you guys: does anyone of you have a nice up-to-date website/online paper that I could use in order to help me ID all of my different seashells? Preferable with clear photos/drawings of the different species. Thanks in advance! Max
  22. Last week I drove out to Kentucky to spend a week with my family. Of course I also hit the fossil beds. The first day I visited the two Mississippian sites- Wax and Leitchfield that I visited last year. Here are some of the highlight finds of that day. First- Wax: Blastoids and bryozoans:
  23. From the album Cretaceous

    Anchura sp.? (gastropod internal mold) Upper Cretaceous Basal Navesink Formation Monmouth Group Bayonet Farm Holmdel, New Jersey
  24. From the album Middle Devonian

    Ptomatis rudis (Bellerophontoidea gastropod- partial specimen) Middle Devonian Skaneateles Formation Delphi Member Hamilton Group Cole Hill Road Quarry North Brookfield, NY.