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Found 113 results

  1. Aphelaspis brachyphasis (Palmer 1962)

    From the album Trilobites

    Positive and negative. 17mm. A gift from Secret Santas Monica and Viola. Conasauga Formation Late Cambrian Rome, Georgia, USA
  2. Georgia Extravaganza

    Hello, i'm looking for Georgia beginner family friendly spots. I am heading to Georgia, mainly in Atlanta, but willing to travel about an hour or so from there to begin my first rockhounding adventure with my mother. I was thinking Graves Mountain for crystal hunting. Only lingering spot for fossils right now would be Tibbs Bridge for some trilobites(if doable pertaining prior posts) Do you have any recommendations for me? Thanks, Dereck
  3. Hey TFF Members! It's been a while since I posted, and I see I have messages I need to reply to as well. I will get back to them ASAP. I have just been ridiculously busy and it's hard to keep up with everything. I just went up to Georgia to hunt for Agatized Coral Geodes! Cris got a saw and we were able to cut what we found in the video as well. I had a great time and we found some really great specimens that looked amazing cut up. Check it out when you get a chance!
  4. Found in coastal georgia miocene

    Found this diving coastal georgia. Not sure what it is. 3.5" in length. 1/2" in diameter. Found in same location as whale verts, horse teeth, meg teeth, and great whites. Any help is appreciated.
  5. Cambrian Shady Dolomite east of Cartersville

    So I've been reading some bulletins recently looking for a new place to hit when I came across this interesting section in bulletin 54 (https://epd.georgia.gov/document/publication/b-54-geology-and-mineral-resources-paleozoic-area-northwest-georgia-1948/download): I've heard of the Archeocyathus from the Georgia fossils website and that they're Georgia's oldest fossils coming in at ~516 MYO. What I didn't hear about, however, was this: Trilobites? More importantly, Wanneria??? For reference, here's the bug in question: It's safe to say that I've never heard of the whole trilobite part about these rocks. Anyone with additional info about this?
  6. Hunting in Georgia, US?

    Hello everybody, how’s everybody doing? I am planning on flying out to the lovely state of Georgia in December and I would like to know what my options are regarding fossil hunting/ mineral collecting. I plan on flying into Atlanta, then driving to Macon. A day or two will be spent fishing on the Coast most likely around Savannah so I’ll try shark tooth hunting for sure. Nothing has been permanently decided as of yet except fishing. Now I know there is shark teeth on the Coast as I already mentioned but I know there’s maybe trilobites somewhere and that there’s certain places with garnet sand. I also know that the water level in the rivers out there get higher in the winter if I remember correctly. Will that stop me from being able to hunt for teeth and/or trilobites? It would be most appreciated if anybody could PM me with some rough locations or formations for me to research. Also any tips on beach collecting would be great as I haven’t tried it yet. Thanks!
  7. Tiny worm casts or teeth

    My last inquiry, as found in clay stone/mudstone @ Savannah River
  8. Brittle Star Eocene

    McBean formation on the bank of the Savannah River. Guessing it’s a brittle star?
  9. Fossil Road Trip - Georgia, Texas

    Both my brother and I celebrated graduations this year - my brother graduated from college and I graduated from law school. In celebration of our graduations, we decided to take a 13-day road trip to see some of the United States after I had taken the bar exam but before I began work. Our journey ultimately took us through Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Dayton and Pittsburgh, before returning home. Our days were jam-packed, with us often not arriving at a hotel until 9/10pm, but along the way we did find some time to make a few quick stops to collect some fossils in Georgia and Texas. My brother is not a collector, but I was really excited to try to find some examples of the infamous Georgia trilobites, Texas echinoids and Texas ammonites. I want to thank @BobWill, @smt126, @facehugger, and @JamieLynn for answering my innumerable questions about Texas fossils. We ultimately did not have enough time to check out all of the places you suggested, but I will certainly store the knowledge for my next trip - hopefully in cooler weather. Our first stop was at Tibbs Bridge in Chatsworth, GA. Having heard the rumors about the potential illegality of the site I was a little worried when we arrived. We could not initially find parking and when we pulled off, we picked the wrong spot. The homeowner we parked near came out yelling at us about collecting beneath the bridge and threatening to call the police. Having driven all the way from New Jersey I was not yet ready to give up on the trip. We decided to pick another spot to park and given that my brother doesn't collect, he waited in the car in case something happened. We could not stay at the site for longer than 90 minutes, so I tried to find as much as I could. As a funny aside, I was soon joined by another group of collectors from Georgia, one of whom had recently spent time in my hometown in New Jersey. Small world! I was hoping to find some better preserved trilobites, but I had to ultimately settle with some nice impressions and a couple of smaller fragments of exoskeleton. I did find one large trilobite that still had all of its exoskeleton, but it was fractured and I could not put it back together even at home. I was able to keep the impression of the trilobite though. All of what I found were Aphelaspis brachyphasis. And the large trilobite whose exoskeleton was simply too damaged to repair
  10. Last Saturday, I finally got my chance to hunt for Pennsylvanian age plants from the Pottsville formation in Durham with PAG (Paleontology Association of Georgia). Interestingly enough, the spot turned out to be roughly where I expected it to be, just to the northeast of Cloudland Canyon. After getting there a little late (Ride from Milledgeville to Durham is not short) and figuring out where the rest of the group had parked, I looked towards our search area, and what I saw was promising: Listening to the hammers hitting chisels had me pumped and ready to start searching. About 5 steps in, I look on the ground, and find my first piece of Calamites (no image). Then as I was heading up the hill, I picked this up: My first good frond of the day, and I made sure that it wasn't the last. Already having a couple of nice pieces in tow, I crested the top of the hill with some effort, where I started splitting some pieces with our trip organizer, Hank. While I was there, I noticed that the Calamites bark was very, VERY common here. Some of the splits we made had nothing but calamites bark in them, covering the entire surface area of the split in multiple layers. I also witnessed hank split out an absolutely drool-worthy frond from a large block absolutely full of plant debris. Having not found a frond in a minute, I decided to move to another section on top of the hill. Safe to say, it paid off quite handsomely: Really thrilled with this frond. At this point, I already had racked up quite the impressive haul, but I needed a little something more. After all, It will probably be some time before I get another opportunity to hunt here. After we had split a lot of plates on the top of the hill with spotty success, we all went to the far side of the hill from the parking area, headed in separate directions. I went straight down the hill, with most everyone else peeled to my left. As fate would have it, I stopped just short of the bottom when I ran across this absolute jackpot: Cont.
  11. Discovered in Blue Ridge, Ga

    Snapped a few pictures of this strange pattern in a rock. Thought i'd share with someone who knows about fossils. What is this?
  12. Help

    Found North Georgia
  13. What animal is this vertebra from?

    Not a fossil, but wondering if anyone has any ideas about what animal it's from... It's big and old. Found in pinestraw purchased in northeast Georgia.
  14. Need ID Please

    Found in Savannah GA dredge spoils, no idea what it is: need help.
  15. Need ID Please

    I don’t usually pick up anything other than shark teeth but this was interesting. What is it?
  16. Been awhile since I posted anything so I thought I'd drop some pics of the nice teeth from my trip two weeks ago. The makos are both a little shy of 3" and were laying about twelve inches from each other on the bottom. The nicer one was sticking up out of the bottom and if you look closely, you can see the discoloration on the tip where it was exposed. Those were the only teeth I found at that spot besides a 6" shamer that was split in two, so I was really happy to find them. The big one was a really lucky find. I was on an older spot that I'd hit before so I tried going a different direction and ended up in a spot where two feet of mud covered hard bottom. It was pretty tough going and I was just starting to wonder if maybe it would be a good idea to head back to some easier spots when my hands ran over the tooth. Again, that was the only tooth I found on that dive, so I was pretty stoked. There's a little enamel peel, but I worked so hard to find it that I really just don't care. It comes in at 5 3/4. It looks bigger than that because of the position. You can see how big the root is for the blade size. Had it been an anterior tooth, it would've easily be 6". Hope you like looking at them as much as I liked finding them.
  17. Finding Cambrian Trilobites!

    Hey TFF Members! I was able to do something very different from the normal Florida fossil hunting the other day. On the way up to Michigan for my Mother's wedding I stopped in Northern GA to hunt for Trilobites! I was saying the age wrong throughout the video, I thought they were Devonian. But turns out they are actually Camrian... even better! Hope you can check out the video when you get a chance. I had an amazing time doing this!
  18. Dredge spoils fossil ID help

    This and others like it were found on a dredge spoils beach on the Jekyll river on jekyll island, Georgia. Thank you for your help identifying this partial fossil. I presume it is a tooth, but I have been unable to find a reference for ID. I found four partial pieces similar to this, but the one in the photographs is most complete. There are two holes with a depression between them, and grooves on the outside edges on either side of the depression. Any help would be appreciated. Ruler represents inches.
  19. Tibbs Bridge still viable?

    Hey everyone I'm pretty new to fossil hunting and have seen Tibbs Bridge on the Conasauga river mentioned for having trilobites under it anyone know if it's still viable? The mentions I've been seeing are older. Also anyone know sites around the Columbus area?
  20. ankylosaurus club?

    Location location location...I have 2 acres of my yard on a floodplain. In the middle is the source of a spring, and the far edge there is a creek. Atlanta is near, about 10 miles to the east. Etowah Indian Mounds are to the west about 10 miles. There was also a civil war battle in my yard as well. Plenty of bullets found there still. As I do metal detecting I decided to pull all strange looking "rocks" and put them in various piles. I've done this for the past 2 years and I have quite a mess..or eh, treasure. I just let the rain weather off the thick Georgia clay from the "rock piles" over the span of time and finally have something to show. I'll need a considerable amount of space to put the pictures of all the things I've found, but this forum is only allowing me a small amount right now. Check my last photo against the one Troodon posted here and let me know if you also think they are from the same beautiful beast. Mine is almost a foot long and half a foot wide and weighs just under 1 Thor's hammer. Actually - it weighs 18 pounds. That's about 3 pounds heavier than the egg shaped thing I found near it (not pictured). (note: pic above is from Troodon's thread here: "http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/81257-my-jurassic-park-ankylosauria-hell-creeklance-formation/" As compared to pics from my yard below:
  21. Beginner family friendly spots

    Looking for family friendly spots for VERY BEGINNERS in the Savannah area or Northeast Georgia. Thanks in advance!
  22. Fossil sites

    I am retired military, my wife is a career school teacher, and my son wants to be a paleontologist when grows up. I'm looking for a location that we can turn into a weekend "working" vacation and find some fossils. Not looking to find anything huge or an unknown, just something like sharks teeth. Any help will be appreciated and thanks in advance.
  23. Today, I decided to stop and see what @MeargleSchmeargl left behind at the Conasauga River trilobite location. I do like collecting at this Cambrian site. It is not a matter of finding trilobites, it is deciding which pieces you want to keep. I only spent about 1 hour there and did not collect any matrix, I just felt like splitting some pieces and finding a few trilobites. Nothing special was found and they we’re all Aphelaspis brachyphasis. As stated in @MeargleSchmeargl post, the River was low and the matrix was dry, thus making it very easy to split. I have only seen the River lower than today on one other occasion. When it is low, it is easier to maneuver and find a place to get comfortable. Here are my finds from today- this is the least amount of trilobites that I have found, but it because it was just a quick stop and I was taking my time. Here is my favorite find of the day- Here are some others-
  24. It was that time of the month again, when I just had to scratch that fossil hunting itch. After the relative disappointment the other week in Floyd County, I decided to go ahead and pay another visit to my all-time favourite site in Chatsworth. When we got there this morning, it was obvious that the Conasauga river had greatly receded since the last time we saw it. In fact, it was the lowest it's been for more than a year (back in Feb. 2018). River on my last visit (Feb. this year): The river today: And a view from river bank: With how low the river was, I had a greater range of movement than I've had for more than a year's worth of visits to the place as a result. This also meant I had a lot more places to find Trilobites! And the Aphelaspis specimens I found were definitely worth the trip! To be continued
  25. Help IDing

    Need help IDing these two teeth. Found them next to each other, west georgia, between Columbus and Macon. Look like great whites but it seems so far from an ocean and I have no idea how long teeth stay white, assuming they were fossils that washed up in the recent rain.