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Hey everyone, I got this interesting mammal bone piece (about 3 inches across) that was found in an area with a glacier and no live animals around. Could it have originated from within the glacier or is it a modern bone? What type of bone is it and what animal did it come from? Thanks everyone!
Hi guys, fossil newbie here. I found this stones in the dolomites (3000m over sea level), really close to an almost extinguished glacier. They looks like broken shells on the stone. The one on the right (in the pic) looks like a coral. Do you think they are fossils? Many thanks in advance!
shorty posted a topic in Questions & AnswersHello! These are from McHenry County, in Northern Illinois. About 40 years ago, they dug a pond near my house. When they got about 15' down, the excavator started bringing up large logs (they seemed like whole trees,) and lots of smelly gray clay full of shells, wood, and pine cones. The explanation I heard back in the day was about 10,000 years ago, the glacier came through and buried everything. The pictures show some of the items I collected back then. I've gotten curious about them again and figured someone here might know about this kind of thing. My questions are Fossil doesn't seem like the correct term... What do you call these? Does the glacier buried everything story hold up? How unusual is this? I'd appreciate any insight you have. Thanks in advance! Kim
kennebecriver posted a topic in Fossil IDGreetings. This is my first post, and I have a real puzzle for you folks to look at. Let me preface by say that I usually research any question I have as much as I can before seeking assistance by asking for help through forums online. This time, however, I have absolutely no idea where to start. I understand most of the basics about geology and fossil formation, from stellar formation right up through tectonics, volcanism, and the development of life and how it ends up dead in the mud and eventually on display in a museum somewhere. Unfortunately, I live in the Kennebec River valley in Central Maine at the falls in Madison, near the marine limit of the last ice age and countless before. Our farm is on a silty clay deposit sitting upon gravel moraine and ancient riverbed and bedrock, all of it gouged, cut-up, stirred, covered over, stirred again, turned up, covered, washed over, spit on and ground up by and finally given a goodnight kiss from the meandering Kennebec River and what I understand was the occasional 5-mile thick wall of ice and rock. So, really, I have no idea, at all, geologically, what the heck is going on. I have glacial erratics on the property so big they look like bedrock outcroppings, but they are really like little tiny parts of Canada. So when I found a well-eroded river rock with a crazy mish-mash fossil well-packed with what look like seaweed or ferns and a bulbous eye-like feature I can't help but wonder what it is, and when it is from, but I have no idea where to start. The rock itself came from inside a tall moraine being harvested for gravel, pretty much exactly above the last ice age's marine limit. The stone itself is eroded enough to make me think it must have spent some time in a riverbed after having fossilized, so that must be some sort of clue to its age. It also has spent at least the last 12,000 years in that ridge, of course. The other bizarre thing about the fossil is that in the days after I cracked it open, it changed color. I had suspected there was something inside because of the odd characteristics of the rock, so I gave it a couple good whacks with another rock and when it opened it was pretty even colored, but a few days later, it had taken on the richer colors you can see in the photos below. I hope that it isn't some deadly ancient mold spore which is actually responsible for the devonian extinction. Anyways, if anyone has any insight, please, I'm so curious I could burst.