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  1. 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
  2. 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:
  3. From the album Cretaceous

    Anchura sp.? (gastropod internal mold) Upper Cretaceous Basal Navesink Formation Monmouth Group Bayonet Farm Holmdel, New Jersey
  4. 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.
  5. Devonian Gastropod from Madison CO., NY.

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Bembexia sulcomarginata (Pleurotomarioidea gastropod) Middle Devonian Skaneateles Formation Delphi Member Hamilton Group Cole Hill Road Quarry North Brookfield, NY.
  6. From the album Cretaceous

    Gyrodes sp. (gastropod internal mold) Upper Cretaceous Basal Navesink Formation Monmouth Group Bayonet Farm Holmdel, New Jersey
  7. multigastro.jpg

    From the album Gastropods

    This rock is by far the best ever gastropod rock ive ever found! Most of these gastro's are Neptunia (sulcosipho) tabulata and the middle one is,,,, I cant remember, but quite rare. These are from the older part of the Scotia Sandstone Formation? I know its from the Wild Cat Group and older than the Scotia Sandstone. Someday Ive got to finish this up. Quite the nice piece though!!!
  8. Partial Gastropod from the Pinna Layer

    From the album Just Above the Iridium Layer

    Deussenia sp. (partial gastropod) Paleocene Pinna Layer Hornerstown Formation Manasquan River Basin Freehold, New Jersey
  9. gastropd ID

    Hi friends, could you please help me identifing this pliocenic gastropod? Planorbis?
  10. MikeD 005.jpg

    From the album Gastropods

    I used to find some really good gastropods back in the day. These measure in at about 4 to 5 inches. Neptunia (sulcosifo) tabulata. Scotia Sandstone Formation and Pliocene in age. Northern California.
  11. James River Weekend - VA

    Mrs. SA2, @MikeR & I guided a trip for 12 along the lower James River in Virginia this weekend. Started out with very iffy weather Saturday morning with 2 foot swells and white caps from an unfriendly westerly wind. She and I were both quite busy tending our boats even when on the beach so we didn't get many photos. Mike was busy helping the folks with IDs and stratigraphy, so he didn't get many either. There were some taken though. Later in the day we did find a very nice, large Eastover Formation slough (upper Miocene). @Fossil-Hound Mrs. SA2 said she "had the feeling" as we approached in the boats. Not to disappoint, the slough produced at least 10 Ecphora between the different members of the group, most were whole or almost whole. @Daleksec still has hold of the lucky horseshoe and found about 6 foot of whale jaw. (After initial inspections last night it appears to be 3 foot of both sides of the lower jaw / mandible. Lots of further work is required.) I will post more photos of Saturday in next couple days. Today was much nicer on the river and we hunted a section of beach with the Rushmere Member of the Yorktown Formation (Upper Pliocene) in the bottom 2 - 3 feet of the cliff. It's very shelly and it too produced large #s of Ecphora. @Fossil-Hound, I'm not exaggerating when I say the group got over 20 on the day, cause I found Mrs. SA2 7 by myself, she found a couple, @Daleksec had 4 or 5 and other members of the group had some too. Here is a photo of my 1st of today, lying there waiting to pose with 2 of @aerogrower's custom scale cube. We were testing out the metric one to make sure Ray put some magic in it. Here is a photo showing the Rushmere Member exposure at the base of the cliff. We had about 600 yards of exposure today. Paleo pick for scale. Here is a photo of my last Ecphora of the day. @Fossil-Hound, calm down. YES, it really is "that big!" @MikeR can vouch for it, he saw it and photographed it, with his brand new metric scale from @aerogrower. Obviously, I have some prep work ahead of me. Speaking of the world famous @MikeR, ladies and gentlemen - here he is coming back to the boat with his bucket of trophies after a few hours in the sun! One of the nicest, most knowledgeable guys you would ever want to meet. I'll post photos of all of Mrs. SA2'S Ecphora from the weekend, @Daleksec's jaw and his gorgeous ~2 inch hastalis with red hues in the next few days. Gorgeous tooth! Cheers, SA2
  12. Struggling to i.d. these two gastropods while rehousing them in a new box, this is the note that was left inside the original box by the owner of the fossils. Any help would be appreciated as to their identity.
  13. Last year Kevin H. gave me some information about a good location for fossils near Barvaux (Thanks @Kevin H. ) Its a construction site where you can find many devonian fossils. The most common fossils are brachiopods but you can also find corals and gastropods ! Too bad that it seems that they not work there anymore ... despite of that you can still find many brachiopods. Firstly some pictures of the site: And there they are ! Its a pity that they are often damaged ! I spent there about 3 hours and found more than 300 brachiopods ! I think more or less all are Cyrtospirifer verneuili ... And here are the biggest ones: The biggest one is about 8 cm long and very massive. Its difficult to find such big ones in a good condition ! This one is a very nice one becuase of the good preservation. Its about 4.5 cm long. Some more brachiopods from other angles: + These three brachiopods look a bit different ... can somebody determine them? I found also some brachiopods where you can see the spiral shaped lophophores ("skeleton") of them... I can post brachiopods the whole day But I also found some corals
  14. Liospira (gastropod) from Brechin, Ontario

    From the album Ordovician

    Liospira (gastropod) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  15. Ordovician Gastropod from Brechin, Ontario

    From the album Ordovician

    Cyclonema bilix (gastropod) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  16. From the album Ordovician

    Trochonema sp. (internal mold) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  17. Ordovician Gastropods from Brechin, Ontario

    From the album Ordovician

    Lophospira sp. (partial cast and internal molds) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  18. From the album Ordovician

    Gastropod internal mold (Sinuites?) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  19. From the album Cretaceous

    Gastropod internal mold (partial turritella?} Upper Cretaceous Merchantville Formation Matawan Group Matawan, New Jersey
  20. My girlfriend, Valerie and I were visiting my aunt in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is 90 and lives in a senior residence. I wasn't planning to go fossil hunting or even thinking about fossils. However, on our last night there, we were walking in the neighborhood to burn off a few calories when I spotted a number of fossil shells in front of an apartment complex. We spent about half an hour searching the shells for complete ones in good condition- found over twenty species. Valerie got into it too and found some excellent specimens. After that we began spotting fossil shells everywhere. It's amazing how much you don't see unless you're really looking. Since this isn't our usual stomping ground- could use some ID help with these:
  21. Gastropods from the albian clay of Troyes

    From the album Elcoincoin collection : 1 - Albian of Troyes

    Case with gastropods + miscellanous from the albian clay of Troyes
  22. Hi I'm new to this!

    I need help identifying some fossils I found
  23. I have been fortunate enough to obtain a large-ish (well, 25 kilo) collection of fossils. It's an odd mix of genuine specimens and replicas. I have no interest in old replica fossils, and the lot was advertised as basically just that - but I bought the collection suspecting that some would turn out to be genuine, and sure enough, they did. These are the replicas. They vary in their levels of quality, but some are convincing at a glance. The crinoid bottom right is so stunningly detailed that I thought it might be genuine for a moment, but it's just another cast. It's a very unusual collection. It contains many old painted plaster replicas (even of exceptionally common specimens, such as Yorkshire dacs) and a number of very interesting genuine fossils, some with ancient collection labels. I would guess that they are mostly British fossils, and oddly for a British collection, there are no ammonites! But given that these fossils were collected a very long time ago, and cover periods that are unusual to me, I'd be very grateful for any help with IDs. It's a shame, every single item in the collection had a numbered label, but the corresponding cataloge was not included. First off, this coral block. Does anybody have any idea as to what it might be, and where it may be from? Might it be worth polishing it? I'm going to tag @TqB, who tends to know these things! Side 1: Side 2:
  24. Hi all, As well as being a great fossil enthusiast, I also love finding modern remains of life and nature. Like a few of you already know, I am also quite fond of seashells (fossil seashells are one of my favorite things). Minerals also interest me, though I don't know much about them. And anything else to do with nature will get me interested. I just came back yesterday from some fantastic holidays in Greece, and didn't come back empty-handed! At first, we stayed for a few days at one of our friend's house on the Greek island Paros. Then, we spent one night in Athens to visit the famous Acropolis, before spending a few days at Gerolimenas, a small village at the tip of the Mani peninsula (Peloponnese). Finally we stayed two nights in Nafplio, in the north of the Peloponnese, and then returned to the cold and rainy Netherlands. Surely holidays to remember! Of course, I was constantly looking around for fossils, seashells, and other things, enjoying the slightly nerdy activities we all here enjoy so much. Though no fossils were found, I did find a few other things. Here are my different hauls! Chapter 1: Paros Paros is a lovely, typically Greek island, in the Aegean sea. The first few days here, having visited several different beaches, I found nearly nothing. Then one day, after having eaten a delicious grilled squid, I strolled on the beach, and bingo! Seashells everywhere! I quickly grabbed a plastic bag and filled it up with little treasures. I was really stunned by the beautiful Noah's Ark shells. That was the only beach where I made finds, but the finds were so great that it was enough to leave the place with good memories and happy hands. Total haul (things on top are not seashells, but other miscellaneous things): Some of my favorites: A small Diodora graeca: A very nice Haliotis mykonosensis: A beautiful Neverita josephina: A touch-looking crab claw: Some cool pink-red urchin spines: A small but stunning Arca noae:
  25. The weekend of June 24th and 25th I participated in an outing with the New York Paleontological Society led by my friend, Ray McKinney to Brechin, Ontario. TFF Member Malcolm led our group into the James Dick quarry where both Bobycaygeon and Verulam Formations are exposed. These are Middle Ordovician from the Trenton Group and contain a wide variety of invertebrate fossil fauna. Also met other TFF members Kevin (Northern Sharks) and Joe (crinus). Most of the quarry is the Bobycaygeon and the very top is the Verulam- only accessible near the entrance, but I got some excellent well preserved matrix plates from there. I spent the second day combing the spoil piles. This first picture is Lake Simco by Beaverton where we stayed. Malcolm in the middle, explaining the quarry geology to NY Paleontological Society members.
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