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  1. Ankylosaur armor?

    I was hoping some folks on the forum could confirm this ID for me. I found this interesting little piece in the hell creek formation of South Dakota back in July with Paleoprospectors. I was told by one of the guides that it could potentially be a piece of skull armor from a young ankylosaur. I want to know what everyone here thinks.
  2. Need Help IDing Hell Creek Dino Bone

    I have a fossil found in the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota. Through studying I have not found a bone that matches mine in any known Hell Creek dinosaur. The bone is 8 1/4 inches tall, 5 inches long, and a width of 1 3/4 inches. The fossil weighs 2 lbs and 14.2 ounces. My belief is that it is from an ornithischian, possibly a ceratopsian or an ornithopod. It has a large hole in it for bone marrow, and at first glance looks like a human hip bone. Please help ID my fossil! Thanks!!!! -Carnoraptor
  3. This is being sold as a dakotaraptor claw from the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota. How does it look and could someone please tell me where on the dinosaur this claw belonged? It measures 7 by 4 by 15mm. Thanks in advance.
  4. Hi everyone, I missed the updates for the last three days so here they are. I spent the last 3 days of the week fossil hunting the Hell Creek badlands of North Dakota- In those 3 days I found some of the best fossils in my collection so far. Wednesday was somewhat overcast which kept the exposures from being too hot. I spent the morning working a microsite with a few other people. My best finds here included a nice quality croc tooth, a likely bird bone and a bowfin jaw. Unfortunately the finds started to fizzle out after about an hour. The rest of the day was spent prospecting a wide open area which provided very little for fossil finds, the best being a croc vert. Here are the pics from Wednesday- Bowfin jaw section Croc tooth Likely a toe or limb bone A view of the microsite A croc vert A view of the area we prospected A rattlesnake in a burrow which I spotted at just the right time. I was moving closer to look at a large shed snake skin and saw this guy in a hole underneath the grass, he didn't rattle at me either which makes this a lucky encounter. (I didn't this close with my camera, I only zoomed in with it).
  5. https://us.cnn.com/2019/07/24/us/triceratops-skull-discovery-trnd/index.html
  6. I spent another great day in the Hell Creek formation of South Dakota (w/ Paleoprospectors) and found a lot of great fossils. It was a beautiful day, the temperature wasn't bad at all, helped by the occasional breeze and the bugs were tolerable for the most part. We started the day on a microsite which was eroding out of the side of a hill. The iron siderite pebbles were sharp to sit on and the slope was steep- being sure footed was certainly an asset along a good portion of this exposure. In spite of those factors, I still found some awesome fossils. A view of the microsite from the ground. My first good find of the day- A worn Richardoestesia tooth Most likely a Myledaphus vertebra A Champsosaur vertebra in situ An Amphibian vertebra- probably salamander. Probably my best find of the day- a claw whose identity is currently unknown. Two great anthill finds- Top: likely a marsupial tooth (Alphadon?)- Bottom: a multituberculate tooth (Cimolodon?) After these finds, I went to prospect with some other people but unfortunately came up empty handed. At least I got some pics of the cool looking exposures. After we returned from prospecting I decided to finish the day hunting the microsite where I started and spend some time at a channel deposit below which was also producing some solid finds (Another participant found a nice Acheroraptor tooth and a small theropod or bird claw there earlier) Center left: Myledaphus tooth A nice croc tooth. My last good find was a small section of theropod claw which I unfortunately did not get a pic of. Stay tuned because tomorrow we visit another Hell Creek ranch in North Dakota this time!
  7. I spent the day hunting the badlands of the Hell Creek formation in northwest South Dakota. It was beautiful outside. The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing and the insects were mild. The group started the day working the amber microsite- a spot where a phenomenal amount of amber is produced from lignite rich exposures mixed in with a deposit of smaller fossils. I spent several hours picking up amber bits along with a variety of other fossils. Here are some photos from the first few hours of the day Views of some of the collecting area A shot of the gravel where many of the fossils lie. Some pics of the amber- a small fraction of what I picked up. Several Brachychampsa alligator teeth. Left: A small Edmontosaurus tooth Right: A small digit, potentially turtle or crocodile Left: Small vertebra- amphibian? squamate? Right: Crocodilian osteoderm Left: One of my best Brachychampsa teeth to date Right: Awesome crocodilian tooth I left the amber microsite around noon to go prospecting with some other people, here is a view from atop a butte we found some fossils on. I found this awesome turtle claw after finding some shell pieces eroding from near the top of the butte. Since I found it among many pieces of softshell turtle shell I would assume it's a trionychid. As we moved away from the butte, we explored a dried creek bed which created a small valley with some exposures on the side. We found a few fossils including a champsosaur vertebra another cool claw. It belongs to another species of turtle, although I'm not sure what variety. I returned to the microsite to wrap up the day and was not disappointed by my finds. I found this Paronychodon tooth below the main amber site . My last big find of the day was this cool section of crocodile jaw. I found a ton of great fossils today and I'm crossing my fingers that tomorrow will be just as productive!
  8. Hell Creek Turtle

    Went out to the Badlands last week for some fossil hunting. Little bits of turtle shell are a common sight and the folks with me were in turtle fragment city, but this find was a little unusual. Take a look at what is turning into a whole tortoise plastron!
  9. Raptor tooth?

    I found this tooth in Hell Creek formation. Need help identifying.
  10. Unknown Hell Creek Fossils

    Any information on the following finds would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  11. Hell Creek Montana

    Hello All, I found this fossil in the Hell Creek formation in Montana. At first I thought it was a turtle but after looking closer I noticed it appeared to have a spine with with a rib cage or some sort of appendeges on each side. I have included a few pictures. Hope I can get an ID on this. Thanks in Advance. Nic
  12. Does anyone know if there is any overlap of BLM land on parts of the Hell Creek Formation in either South Dakota or Montana? Or are there other Mesozoic formations that have BLM overlap in South Dakota, Montana, or Wyoming for that matter? Judith River? Two Medicine? Morrison? Have an upcoming trip through all those states, might be nice to have the ability to collect some non vertebrate fossils along the way.
  13. Sanity Check - Interesting feature

    Found these while crawling around in Perkins County South Dakota, Hell Creek Formation. My speculation is that they're poorly conglomerated petrified stumps or possibly tree limbs? The only soil I've seen them in is a very uniform gray and extremely popcorny soil. In some areas I've found as many as 10 of various sizes in an area no bigger than 200 square feet. I don't have a size reference in the photos because I mainly took the pictures thinking they were a neat part of the landscape. They range from sizes of 4" all they way up to 20"+. Anyone else seen these? Thoughts?
  14. Hell Creek South Dakota

    Found this bone in Perkins Co South Dakota, Hell Creek formation, weathering out of a hill top. Sorry about tape measure for size reference, it's all I had. I believe the piece is a fibula but I'm not sure on much else. That's why I'm here. Cross section immediately after finding it. This would be the final break towards the skinnier end of the piece. Cross section of the last break towards the larger end. Assembled and mostly cleaned
  15. Hey everyone! Today is my birthday and I’m looking to treat myself to a Nanotyrannus lancensis tooth! I’m looking at this one, but these are the only two photos that the seller has listed. It is listed as being 1 1/16 in long and collected from the Hell Creek Formation in Powder River Co., Montana. Do I need to ask for addition photos of the base and tip, or is this enough to satisfy? Thanks in advance!
  16. Hi there guys! Found this teeth in the internet and wanted to know if they are real Triceratops tooth. Is it possible to tell? Thanks in advance, Juliano
  17. Tyrannosaur Vertebra?

    Just looking for a little help identifying a hell creek vertebra. The individual I purchased it from said it was likely a Tyrannosaur cervical vertebra (probably rex rather than a nano vertebra due to its size). Based on its shape and the fact it's very light, I'm fairly confident their identification is correct. Any help would be much appreciated
  18. What do you guys think about nanotyrannus? I thought it is a juvie tyrannosaurus but it's hands were bigger
  19. Anzu Sketch

    Drew this Anzu today and thought I should share it. Hope y'all enjoy!
  20. Era and could it be mammal or reptile

    Good morning everyone. I know it's impossible to put a precise id on this sample, but I'm cataloging my collection and wasn't sure how to make it's ID tag. So I know it's a dinosaur bone and as a UK Registered Veterinary Nurse, I know it a bone end at a joint. It was given in 2016 by my fossil club I'm a member off, Eastern society of Paleontology, Mo. Some may know the great paleontologist Dr Bruce Stinchcombe, Dr Mike Fick and Mr Rick Poropat who are also members. Thank you for any idea of the animal it came from. as rough guess, I was thinking some sort of small mammal or reptlie like the Champsosaurus so.
  21. Hello, this was found in the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota in an area with a lot of triceratops, hadrosaur, and some struthiomimus fossils. It looks to be bone, as it is porous on the inside... however it is quite a bit heavier and denser than most of the other fossils I've found... similar to petrified wood. Wondering if anyone has any thoughts on what it might be.
  22. Hello, I was always interested if it is possible to buy land on formation (e.g. Morrison, Hell Creek) and excavate fossils legally. Please answer if you know any land for sale in this area. P.S. Sorry for my bad english, it is not my spoken language
  23. Dinosaur Fossil Rib Bone

    Hello everyone! I found this partial rib bone for sale, labeled as a dinosaur (Triceratops or edmontosaurus) rib bone, (reconstructed by the seller). The only locality information given was that it was found in the Hell Creek Formation, and that the rusty color of this specimen comes from the Iron in the matrix. The main thing I'm wondering is if it is a dinosaur rib bone (i'd be happy with just a "Dinosaur indet" I.D.) or if its from another animal. The lack of locality information has be a little concerned, and I wanted to check with the forum to see what you thought. Thank you for your help!
  24. I thought I would share this amazing articulated Troodon skeleton recently found by a respected fossil team. It's currently on the market so hopefully it ends up in a nice museum so everyone can enjoy it.
  25. Hell Creek Theropod Tooth- Acheroraptor?

    This is a .35" theropod tooth from the Hell Creek formation, Carter County Montana. It is a really pretty little tooth for sure and it would look great in our Acheroraptor display. I believe I see the ridges that are diagnostic to that species, especially in the first picture. I wanted to run this by the forum to be sure I am seeing what I need to see though.
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