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  1. Central Texas has been experiencing a surprisingly cool September plus quite a bit of rain! And that equals some great fossil hunting! I have gone to a few old spots and a few new spots! All in the Cretaceous Glen Rose. I am just constantly amazed at the amount of fauna in the Glen Rose. It seems like I find something new just about every time I go out! I was happy to find a new species of echinoid - a Goniopygus sp. ( very different from the previous Goniopygus I've found) It's tiny tiny, only 5mm. And I found my first really good vertebrate material - a Pycnodont jaw with teeth and a large piece of turtle (plastron?). And even thought it's no echinoid...it's still an echinoderm - my best find of the month so far....a free swimming crinoid! I had never seen one of these but thanks to the Paleontological Society of Austin and our latest field trip, I found this lovely odd little thing! Plus some good Heart Urchins and some nice little Loriolias. Goniopygus sp. 5 mm Free Swimming Crinoid: 1/2 inch (1 cm aprox) Pycnodont Jaw with Teeth 1 inch A small Cidarid Fragment and some Leptosalenia and Cidarid spines A nice Heteraster obliquetus: 1 1/2 inch A decent Pliotoxaster comanchei. 1 1/4 inch A nice little Loriolia rosana 1/2 inch Turtle bone fragment 2 inches
  2. Hello all! This is a little photo project I've been working on for a while. When I first started Fossil Hunting I was content to collect whatever. Then I was excited about Identifying what I was finding. The education continued and now I work to identify the geological formations I am collecting in and am able to know what fossils to look for in what areas. The Pocket Texas Geology website is invaluable for finding out the formation of a specific area (while not 100 percent accurate, it's pretty good). So I wanted to create a post that would help with Central Texas Cretaceous Fossil Identification and this Species by Formation post. There are a couple of great websites for North Texas Fossil ID, but none (that I am aware of) for specifically Central Texas. I am considering Central Texas to be the counties of Hays, Travis, Comal, Blanco, Bexar, Kendell, Williamson, Hill, Burnet, Llano, Bell, Coryell, McLennon and Bosque. And bear in mind, this is not a comprehensive list of all species found in these formations...still working on THAT! But this is what I have found and ID'd so far. I believe it contains MOST of the more commonly found fossils, plus some uncommon fossils. If you see a mis-identification, please let me know! Also, there are more formations than I am presenting, but these have been the most accessible to me. I will list them by ascending order of time period. My time periods are approximate. (Be aware, I am not a geologist nor paleontologist, just an avid amateur, so take it for what it's worth! ) Cretaceous Formations: Glen Rose, Walnut, Comanche Peak, Edwards , Georgetown, Buda, and Austin Chalk. Glen Rose Formation 106-110 MYA (Upper and Lower Glen Rose combined here) ECHINOIDS Row 1. Row 2. Row 3. Row 4. Row 5. Row 6. 1. Hyposalenia phillipsae Echinothurid plates Plagiochasma texanum 2, Goniopygus sp. Pygopyrina hancockensis Paraorthopsis comalensis 3. Loriolia rosana Goniopygus whitneyi Pseudodiadema aguilerai 4. Polydiadema travisensis Leptosalenia texana Hetearaster texanus 5. Coenholectypus sp. Pliotoxaster comanchei Phymosoma texana 6. Cidarid sp. Heteraster obliquetus Paracidarid texanus ECHINODERMATA ETC. 1. 2. 1. Unknown Crinoid Isocrinus annulatus Echinoderm Madreporite 2. Balanocidarid Spine Echinoid Spine Balanocidarid Spine AMMONITES 1. . Engonoceras piedernales Hypacanthoplites mayfieldensis DECAPODS 1. 2. 1. Crab Claw Unknown Crab Claw Unknown Pagurus banderiensis 2. Pagurus banderiensis Pagurus banderiensis Pagurus banderiensis ETCETERA 1. 2. 3. 1. Porocystis globularis Fish Pycnodont Teeth Turtle Bone Fragment 2. Foramnifera Orbitolina (group) Foramnifera Orbitolina (single) Coral Heliopora labyrinthicum 3. Spirobus Worm Annelid Worm GASTROPODS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5, 6. 7. 1. Neritina sp Semineritina apparata Pleutomaria glenrosensis 2. Natica texana Nerinia texana Nerinia harrisi 3. Fusus haysensis Turbo cuyleri Anchura monolifera 4. Cerithium blancoesnsis Unknown Gastropod Unknown Gastropod 5. Nerinia incisa Pseudomelania pupoides Tylostoma traviensis 6. Natica traski Cerithium bullardi Nerinia aquilina 7.. Tylostoma turmidum Purpuroides harperi Lunatia praegrandis BIVALVES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9 10. Other Bivalves : 11. 12. 13 . BIVALVES 1. Lima wacoensis Arca texana Ludbrookia arivechensis 2. Trigonia whitneyi Exogyra paupercula Plicatula parkerae 3. Brachidontes pedernalis Chlamys santoni Granocardium pseudopendens 4. Neithia occidentalis Cardium congestum Arctica comalensis 5. Pinna comancheana Granicardium pendens Fimbria hamiltonae 6. Trigonia gordoni Homomya comalensis Laternula simodsi 7. Psilomya walker Trigonia wendleri Homomya knowltoni 8. Tapes decepta Panopea henselli Arctica texana 9. Psilomya banderiensis Protocardia texana Arca medialis 10. Cyprimeria texana Idonearca terminalis Arctica roemeri 11. Lopha comalensis Ceratosterean texanum Exogyra guadalupae 12. Peilinia crenulimargo Liostrea ragsdalei 13. RUDISTS: Monopleura sp. Toucasia sp. Kimbleia capacis
  3. Coprolite on Matrix - if it is?

    Hello all! I purchased this fossil several years ago, The location given is 'Glen Rose, Texas, private ranch', and was labelled as 'Lower Cretaceous' coprolite on original matrix. I am 90% sure that the coprolites have been lightly stained with a brown stain. I have dozens of legit coprolite specimens from across the Southwest (but mostly Permian and Triassic), but I have never been convinced that this specimen, which definitely has potential for being authentic, actually is. Any insights you can provide would be deeply appreciated. [P.S., this is the 5th of 5 specimens that I'm posting for ID today; I deeply appreciate any insight that you can provide]. With gratitude, Ryan
  4. Glen Rose theropod track (2)

    From the album Dinosaurs

    I took this photo a while back in Dinosaur Valley State Park. Texas was in the midst of a drought, so the river that usually flows over the trackway was dry. I wish I had taken more photos (with a better camera too). These 3-toed theropod tracks are from the Early Cretaceous, and were likely made by Acrocanthosaurus.
  5. Glen Rose theropod track (1)

    From the album Dinosaurs

    I took this photo a while back in Dinosaur Valley State Park. Texas was in the midst of a drought, so the river that usually flows over the trackway was dry. I wish I had taken more photos (with a better camera too). These 3-toed theropod tracks are from the Early Cretaceous, and were likely made by Acrocanthosaurus.
  6. HI all! I found a new to me crab leg! At least I'm fairly sure it's a crab leg! But I have not seen one like this. It's from Canyon Lake area in the Lower Glen Rose formation. I've looked at some of the literature but am not seeing anything that looks similar. Any help would be appreciated!
  7. I have been TRYING to find some shark teeth in the Cretaceous Glen Rose Formation around Canyon Lake (not a lot of shark teeth in the Glen Rose Formation!) But I know they are there...just far and few between, as my parents would say. Soooo....finally stumbled across this tiny little thing. It's not your classic cretodus, obviously, but could it be a tooth? With the root broken? What gives me pause is it is grooved along the front curved edge.. There is a distinct furrow. Perhaps it is an enchodus tooth? I don't know enough about vertebrates to know. Also, found a little group of what.I think might be pychnodont teeth, but I am just not sure! Any help with ID'ing these would be appreciated! Thanks so much! Tooth ? Measurement in inches All Four Sides: Top with furrow Side - you can see the furrow on the left side Underside (Back side) Pycnodont teeth? Measurement in Inches From the side
  8. fossil I.D.

    Found this fossil in central Texas (Glen Rose formation), but it was found in rock that was hauled in around my sister's house. So I don't know if it's Cretaceous or not (sure looks like central Tx limestone, tho).
  9. Scutes?

    Are these scutes? Found in Bandera County TX. Glen Rose formation.
  10. Teeth with maxilla and mandible present

    Good evening I just now found this tooth so I begin digging around and have discovered the maxilla in the mandible including a whole bunch of teeth! But they are falling apart! I have pieces parts of everything else besides this one tooth! Does anybody happen to know what animal would have A tooth like this?
  11. Rocks galore

    hopefully these little videos will work because I have a hard time with the pictures this may be easier for y’all to understand my question? 59223650294__99B2EC9F-02CA-48F9-B59F-077E7F7938F3.MOV
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  13. What determines color of fossils

    I found this in Glen Rose Texas, Summerville county, in the country in a creek bed. I was wondering what determines how this one is red? I have a lot of red rocks and fossils .
  14. Ocean Life

    Good morning, I was hoping that somebody could let me know if one of those is sponge and the other one is coral? Or if not could you please tell me what they are? Also, these were found in Glen Rose Texas, in the country at a creek bed . And that is Somervell County
  15. FOSSILMANIA XXXVII

    Hey y'all! Just a reminder that the 37th annual Fossilmania will be hosted again this year in Glen Rose during the weekend of October 25-27,2019. There will be many neat events including a guided trip to see the nearby dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Valley State Park. Admission is free as always and hope to see ya'll there! The Dallas Paleontological Society is again running this event.
  16. Crab?

    Found this yesterday in Medina County, Texas. Any help is much appreciated. Part of a crab claw or leg are my thoughts, but couldn’t find anything that matched.
  17. Raptor Claw

    Found this in Medina County, not far from the Medina River. Is it a raptor claw and is there any way to tell which raptor?
  18. ID help please

    Found this in Bandera, TX. 3.5” X 1.5” X 1.5”. Looks like it could be part of a jaw bone, but I really have no idea what it is. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  19. So I am looking for this particular urchin. My grandmother found one when she was a child on the Brazos River outside of Waco TX. Her father sold it to a family friend in the late 1930's and so all I got were the stories of this big round rock that she thought had been "carved by Indians, decorated with dots and snakes". Only much later did she find out that it was a fossilized sea urchin. I am guessing it was a Cidarid, possibly Phyllacanthus or or Paracidaris. All I know is I am determined to find one someday. I would trade my entire collection of fossils for one of those big echies. (If anyone happens to have one just laying around.....let's talk! hahah) . I have been trying to learn the different formations and I stalk the Fossil Forum regularly to learn what I can. When I saw a post by @KimTexan about a Cidarid ID I realized she had found what I had been looking for! (Kim, I am so very jealous of your find!) So, my husband and I set out on one of our "little hunting trips" - we like to take two or three day excursions around Texas - he gets to go ghost hunting at night (we stay at haunted hotels and B&B's) and I get to go fossking during the day. I mapped out some likely spots and we set out from our little town of San Marcos heading north to HIllsboro (excellent home made icecream at A Tisket A Tasket on the Courthouse Square) and then to Granbury where we stayed at the Nutt House Hotel. Stopped at two spots that I thought likely to find my urchin but alas. No luck. Found some nice heart urchins and some "new to me" oysters and a couple of nice chucks of ammonites. I think this was Washita formation? I am using the Rockd App on my phone to try to pinpoint formation since I am definitely not familiar with formations, especially up "north". One of my happy finds was a Pinna Comancheana (far left "cone shaped" fossil) I've only found one other of those. Next morning we headed up to Lake Benbrook Spillway with a stopover at a large roadcut on "Scorpion Hill". This I believe was Glen Rose as most of the finds were heart urchins and gastros. Nothing new to me here, but I did find some better specimens than I had collected previously. Lake Benbrook was a neat place. Two other fossikers were out, I went over to say hello, wondering if they were experienced hunters and knew the area, but nope, they were new to Lake Benbrook, just as I was. I did not get to catch up with them after to see if they found anything good. I was amazed a the large ammonite impressions in the limestone beds. My camera wasn't working, so alas, no pictures. Found lots of nice Oxytopodiceras fragments and a couple of others I haven't identified yet. Pics in next post:
  20. Figured we'd brave the cold today for a chance at some echinoids, first the leptosalenia texana.
  21. Our second summer trip was up to the Glen Rose, TX area. We rented a great place via Home Away that had a fossil hunting spot. Super convenient when the heat was >110F. We hit the Dinosaur Valley State Park and went fossil hunting at the property we stayed at. Found lots of great cretaceous fossils. Still trying to identify a bunch of them. We found heart urchins, devil's toenails, I think there are some Oxytropidoceras fragments, etc. Oxytropidoceras fragments? Not sure what this is yet.
  22. Albian Vertebrates

    A few years back I was collecting in the Lower Member of the Glen Rose Formation. That's lower Albian in age. The sediments are shallow marine limestones and clays. Shark and other types of fish teeth are not common but do show up. I also have various bits of turtle bone. Attached are two pictures showing some of the more common teeth which I have references for and will be able to identify with no problem. With them is a small vertebra and that is what I want some help with. I look forward to your responses.
  23. Glen Rose Formation Fossils

    Hello all, I am working on my thesis covering fossils of the lower Glen Rose Formation. Could anyone possibly help me identify these specimens? These are heart urchins which I suspect to be Epiaster whitei... Could these be heteraster instead? They range from 3 to 5 cm in diameter and are mostly crushed or broken...
  24. Crustacean pincer

    I'm pretty dang sure this is a crustacean pincer. I'm wondering if I can get any other information about it. Also whether or not it is a rare find. I've hunted fossils in Austin since I was a kid but mostly just picking up the many many oysters, brachiopods, etc that are a dime a dozen around here, with the occasional "big find" (sea urchin, etc). I've never seen anything like this, but a little research at least shows that are known to occur. I found this in NW Austin, specifically in Great Hills park on the edge of a stream bed. The area is limestone. I'm finally getting around to actually learning the names of fossils/rocks/ets that I've seen my whole life. So I *think* this is Glen Rose limestone, but don't hold me to it! The limestone there is marly (new word for me!) and very clayey.
  25. Could someone please help me identify this fossil. I'm not sure if it is a plant or feather. My instincts tell me it is some sort of filtering sea plant. I found it while fossil hunting with my boys on top of small mountain approximately 3 miles west-northwest of Camp Wood, TX. The geologic atlas of Texas indicates that the formation is the Lower Devils River / Upper Glen Rose (Lower Cretaceous). The fossil is 1.5" x 0.5".
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