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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. From the album Cretaceous

    (left) Anchura sp. (right) Turritella sp. (gastropod internal molds) Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Mattewan Group Ramanessin Brook Holmdel, N.J.
  4. 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.
  5. From the album Cretaceous

    Xenophora leprosa (gastropod internal cast) Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Mattewan Group Big Brook Colts Neck, New Jersey
  6. 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.
  7. Hello everyone! I recently won a "rolling auction" lot that was put up by @digit. Ken sent me a very heavy box that contained the fossils that I won, as well as some additional specimens. This afternoon, while my son was napping, I tried to identify the molluscs that were collected by Ken at Cookiecutter Creek in Florida. What follows are pictures of the specimens that Ken sent me, as well as my guesses regarding their identity (fyi - I searched the online image gallery of the Florida Museum/University of Florida website in order to come up with my guesses). I appreciate any input/guidance that fellow TFF members can give me - thanks in advance!!! Monica Specimens #1 and #2: Bivalves I think that the specimen on top in each picture is Phacoides pectinatus and the specimen on the bottom is Chione chipolana. Please compare with the following images from the Florida Museum: Phacoides pectinatus: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/invertpaleo/display.asp?catalog_number=25110&gallery_type=Florida Mollusca-Bivalvia Chione chipolana: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/invertpaleo/display.asp?catalog_number=73007&gallery_type=Florida Mollusca-Bivalvia
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. From the album Cretaceous

    Xenophora leprosa (gastropod internal mold) Upper Cretaceous Basal Navesink Formation Monmouth Group Bayonet Farm Holmdel, NJ.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. 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
  16. 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:
  17. From the album Cretaceous

    Anchura sp.? (gastropod internal mold) Upper Cretaceous Basal Navesink Formation Monmouth Group Bayonet Farm Holmdel, New Jersey
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. From the album Cretaceous

    Gyrodes sp. (gastropod internal mold) Upper Cretaceous Basal Navesink Formation Monmouth Group Bayonet Farm Holmdel, New Jersey
  21. 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!!!
  22. 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
  23. gastropd ID

    Hi friends, could you please help me identifing this pliocenic gastropod? Planorbis?
  24. 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.
  25. 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.