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Found 76 results

  1. It's definitely a..thing?

    Look guys I have a... well its definitely a something? Is it a plant, the top of a crinoid, a broken tooth, a really tiny volcano??? No idea. And as a bonus I have no idea where it came from either. It was given to me ages when I was a kid. So if you've got any ideas on what the heck it might be, I'd love to hear 'em! Thanks!
  2. Hey everyone. I thought I'd share some of the things I found on my last fossil hunt. So.. Many.. Fossils! One might even say that there were a plethora of fossils. If I could, I would've taken them all with me, but sadly my backpack can only carry so many rocks. I was literally examining each rock I had, trying to decide which to carry back and which to leave behind and how many I could fit in my pants pockets before they started to fall down. Eventually I decided to just stop looking for fossils and hike back to the jeep. This lasted all of 3 seconds before I found another a beautiful byrozoan and was trying to figure out how to fit it in my pack. The byrozoan and the sponge below are my favorites since i don't see many of them and the brachipod in the matrix just looks cool. lol Its fascinating to look at these fossils and think about how Arizona used to be completely underwater long, long ago.
  3. What do you think?

    Hey guys, I'm back with another ID question. The fossil I'm trying to identify is in the 1st picture. I think that what I have is a fossilized brachiopod WITHOUT the shell. What do you guys think? It's the same general shape, but the color and textures of this fossil look different than others I've found in the area. The symmetrical textured part in between the two humps, I've never seen before. Pictures 1,2, and 5 show the fossil in question and pictures 3 and 4 show examples of other brachiopods that I've found. The last picture is an example of a brachiopod that was broken in half, exposing the animal inside. (when I uploaded the post the pictures got out of order) So anyways, that's what I think I have but I'd really appreciate your thoughts on this. Ya'll have a lot more experience with these thing than I do so I welcome your opinions. Thanks!
  4. White Whale, probably not Moby

    I have a fossil hunting friend, who keeps very little of what he finds. Anything that has serious issues goes back to the fossil gods or into the bone garden at home. To make it into his collection, it must be exceptionally good. I am not like that... I keep almost everything... to analyze and toss later maybe, but initially keep it. He keeps very few fossils, which has its advantages. We sort of have a deal... anything he does not want (in certain categories) he saves for me.. I do what I can to repay the kindness. One of those categories is whale: He gave me this one last week It is a 4.25 inch Florida whale tooth, likely Kogiopsis. My question relates to the composition. The species seems to have no enamel, so originally this was dentine, surrounded by cementum. It is a land find from a construction site in Florida. I have similar teeth with this composition from the Bone Valley phosphate mines. To show a different Kogiopsis tooth, found in the Peace River, with a different composition: It is what I call "hard" composition... So the questions: 1) Is this composition unique to Florida? Do other TFF members who find whole/broken whale teeth (or any other fossil) have this type of composition in their fossil collections? 2) What is the composition and the process that creates it? Thanks, Just driven by curiosity. Jack
  5. Is this a bone?

    Is this a bone, and if so what kind of bone is it and maybe what kind if animal could it have came from? For context it was given to my grandfather by his brother in Arkansas a long time ago. Any help would be greatly appreciated
  6. 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
  7. I might be wrong, but I believe that this rock is sandstone (if it isn’t please correct me) and that the spots in it are feldspar. I was wondering why there is such an odd placement of the feldspar(if it is feldspar) and it made me wonder if there could be fossils in it. I was planning on putting it in a rock tumbler to see if it would turn out good, but if there are fossils in it, wouldn’t it be better to work on the rock and uncover them instead of just polishing the whole rock. If you think that there could be fossils contained in it, what could it possibly be? If not, no worries I’ll probably just toss it in my rock tumbler and see what happens to it lol. (Btw it was found on cannon beach in Oregon about a year ago for context)
  8. Hey folks,. A few months ago I started a new twitter account called Urban Geology. I thought about how sometimes simple window sills at home or at work or house fronts, tiled floors make some awesome displays of rock types that often go unnoticed, even by geologists. It's a good way to get to know new rock types and its mineral composition since it's often polished surfaces and other examples also show fossils, sedimentary features or volcanic features etc. With this account I share my own findings and search the rest of twitter for other findings to retweet. If you are interested and use Twitter, please leave a follow or contribute yourself by adding the hashtag #UrbanGeology or me @urban_geology ! :-) (There is also a Japanese and Turkish hashtag #街の中で見つかるすごい石 and #şehirjeolojisi) Last but not least here is the account: https://twitter.com/urban_geology?s=09 Thank you!
  9. Geological?

    Hello together, Something I quite often see in the ID-section are pseudofossils commented as "geological/rock". I dont want to be nitpicking, probably it´s just short for "purely geological". Simply "geological" doesn´t seem opposed to fossil, in my understanding fossils do happen at the interesection between geology and biology. So "no biologic structure"=no fossil (except chemical fossils) , but "geological" seems to apply to all the specimens (if they are not molten plastic, recent bone, or something else entirely. ) English is not my native tongue as you may have noticed, but in my understanding fossils are also rocks, at least some kinds, for example steinkern preservation, (rocks with) impressions... So it may be confusing especially for the newbies that often ask about pseudofossils if "geology" stands as the opposite of fossil. What do you think? Best Regards, J
  10. Well, in my research to find a fossiliferous bed near me I have been struggling with the geology, and spending days driving around observing, taking notes and pics. Well, I just found a published paper from one of the original paleontologists. In it, he lists the location of each outcrop, but this leads to more confusion. When I track the T,R,S locations listed, there is nothing there. Every promising site I found while scouting is clearly visible on satellite mapping. When I look up the listed spots, I find NOTHING. It's just plowed farmland. I find zero evidence of buttes, mesas, draws, cuts or anything that could be an exposure of the formation. I've obviously got to do some more "boots on the ground" stuff, but I'm not feeling hopeful for the listed sites. Maybe I'll start by investigating any outcrops closest to the listed locations.
  11. Where to go in New Mexico

    Greetings!!! I'm planning a trip to New Mexico this summer. I would welcome any information besides the basic tourist stuff. I'll be in the northern Farmington area for a week. Can't wait!!! Thanks in advance for any insight. Bruce (WATERLINE)
  12. Greetings kind people, I'm so sorry if this is such a noob question. But I've searched and searched but I couldn't find answers to these on internet. (kindly correct me because I feel I maybe wrong): Smithsonian website said licking dinosaur fossil helps in identifying between a rock or a fossil... But isn't fossil a rock in itself? Fossils are made because minerals get replaced and it's not possible for bone to remain in its original state for millions of years. So, it's not the original material anymore.. so licking a fossil should equal to licking a rock? In that case, licking should not work?
  13. Paleontology Journals

    I subscribe to Science Magazine. Every month or two they will drop an interesting paleo article, but most of it seems to be about how people are studying vast numbers of cell specific proteins in an effort to understand the living. A very noble cause indeed. Are there any good paleontology journals out there worth subscribing to? I don't mind paying a bit more if a physical weekly/monthy/quarterly publication lands on my desk through the mail.
  14. Nothing to say about it other than the pic. I found it as is and did nothing except cleaning with water. So pretty. any ideas what it might be?
  15. I am assuming that this feature is just geology, but I would like a second opinion on this if possible. My eyes do wonders at seeing what I want to see instead of what is actually there. Thank you. This was found in Douglas County, Missouri, USA in the Roubidoux Formation. The feature in question measures 84x31mm. The host rock is 20x12.5cm. It was found near a seasonal creek bed where gastropods, rugose coral and crinoids have been found. Numerous trace fossils have been found in the area also. Thank you for your time and help.
  16. Hi Folks, I am looking for some good books on Florida geology and Florida fossils. I don't need any beginner level books - I have them all. I've done a lot of searching on the web, but Florida appears to be a geological wasteland in terms of rock books - not much to be had. This is not surprising, because all of Florida is nothing but sand and limestone. However, I am thinking that surely I must be missing something, so any recommendations are welcome. I am also looking for books on Florida-specific fossils for identification and distribution purposes. Google Scholar search has netted some nice finds in this regard, but I still feel like I am missing something. Thanks in advance! MikeG
  17. Efforts are ramping up to have this region added to the Canadian geopark family. The UNESCO folks just finished their visit. Let's wish them all the success! Possible Nova Scotian United Nations geopark a hidden gem - Keenan
  18. This piece of stone was found by me in the Crimea Peninsula. It contains the traces of equisetum and insect. I’ve decided that it is dated very close to Jurassic periods, because this fossil could appear during volcanic activity in the peninsula. Maybe it had been storing in the kind of resin when it had been buried under volcanic ash of Kara-dag volcanoes. What do you think about it? off topic: Sorry for my English, I try to do my best.
  19. Hi all! I've been active in the field for a bit but I've been MIA for a while, dealing with personal life. BUT I have come back online. Have some adventures I have yet to post. So if you're curious about the geology of that part of the world from the eyes of this Canadian hobbit, swing by my blog. Don't be shy and subscribe if you want to keep updated. I'll try to add some of the blog info in this forum too so that I can reach as many folks as possible so they can see the amazing stuff in my backyard. Blog URL: https://redleafz.blogspot.com Thanks!! - Keenan p.s. Little preview:
  20. Since joining this group, I've realized the importance of knowing what time period your fossils are coming from, but how do you do that? For example, say I'm out collecting at a road cut, how would I know when the fossils are from? I apologize if this seems like a dumb question.
  21. Kumamoto-Montana joint educational program

    Hi TFF friends, I long hesitated wether to post it or not and where to post it but as i think it is worthy to share you this special news, i will use this thread to do so. 2 years ago, the Kumamoto Montana Natural Science Museum Association (kmnsma) , an association composed of the Museum Of the Rockies, the Carter county museum, Mifune Dinosaur Museum, Goshoura cretaceous museum, Kumamoto city museum, Aso volcano museum (whose goal is to develop and expand a sustainable U.S./Japan museum network that will promote educational learning and community engagement through the sciences of paleontology, geology, and astronomy) launched the idea to develop a joint educational program which could be use in the US and in Japan. After 2 years of development, we are proud annouce you that we've finished the educator guide for 5-6 grades. We published it online, where you can download it for free at the following address. It is a little bit heavy (31Mo). http://mifunemuseum.jp/kmnsma/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018-MOR-Text-Book_web-File.pdf If you are interested in our projects, do not hesitate to visit the association website at http://mifunemuseum.jp/kmnsma/?page_id=9 And do not hesitate to leave a comment about the educator guide. David Edit: sorry for the change font.
  22. Hi! my question here is about books, I want to know where I can buy fossil books to learn more about the subject of fossils, geology and prehistoric creatures. The books preferrably in English but Dutch is good as well and Also available with shipping to the Netherlands! I already own a trio of books about fossils and dinosaurs but all of these books are from different times and feature different things. List of books: Dinosaurs, A big book about prehistoric animals from 2009 (English) Fossielen, An encyclopedia from 1988 (Dutch) The fossil enyclopedia, well the title says it from 2007 (Dutch) Thank you for reading and for helping me out!
  23. Guide to Paleontology

    Hi everyone! I am very passionate about paleontology ever since I was young! And because I am not offered to study this course in my country, I am planning on self-studying and doing my own research. However, the problem is that I have absolutely no idea where to start! I would want to start right at the bottom, with the basics. So that when I move on and learn more about it, I will not be confused by terms or explanations. So should I start with the geological timescale? Or with geology and plate tectonics? Some tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  24. Hey Gang, I'm still messing with Tamiami Fm stuff and have found alot of good info/photos in partial copies of the following book and I'm looking for a complete version. The Geology of the Everglades and Adjacent areas Edward J. Petuch & Charles Roberts CRC Press Published April 18, 2007 Reference - 240 Pages - 12 Color & 115 B/W Illustrations ISBN 9781420045581 I have a number of incomplete copies/summary pages from a number of different sites but the complete version has alluded me. Several websites appear to allow a complete download but seem to be triggering Malware warnings that makes me leary. If someone knows of a legitimate free downloadable copy/site I'd appreciate hearing about it. I'll even pay for an ecopy if its not available to the public. CRC Press has these options Hardback $140.00 Ebook $52.16 Ebook rental 6 month eBook Rental $28.98 Thanks! Regards, Chris
  25. Hi, Here i am in sunny, mostly, Bournemouth UK. I hate to say it but I am doing the tourist thing this week. Please somebody save me and take me Barton. . Just round the Corner from the hotel there is a small museum packed with fossils and some minerals on the lower floor. Here is the url http://bnss.org.uk. Wonderful volunteer showed me the collections and besides what is in the cabinets there are drawers filled to the brim. As it is a charity and only open to the public on Tuesday's, more often over the holidays, donations are very welcome. I have photos to share but need to get home first to download. Loads of Barton stuff. They have other galleries such as Archaeology, Egyptology, real mummy in a sarcophagus. Stuffed animals etc. Watch this space.
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