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Found 38 results

  1. Rock or Ammonite?

    Found this while I was fishing. Can't tell if it's an ammonite or a rock. It does have that spiral pattern very slightly. Plus, when I turn it on its side, it looks like there's some indication of a small chamber. What's your input? Ammonite or rock?
  2. Petrified Wood SCORE!

    So, me and my family bought a house. We are moving into it in June or July. While exploring the backyard and measuring for a garden, I scored a big fossil find. 5 LARGE pieces of petrified wood. Larger than I have ever found so far. They were partially buried in a spot where I was going to put some flowers. Legally, I can't take them until the deal closes, which we are certain will happen before we move in. As soon as the deal closes and I can get my hands on them, then I will post pictures. Apologies for keeping everyone waiting for the photos. Jared
  3. Moving today

    So, as the title says, I am moving to a new house today. I'm moving all my fossils, and loading up the truck with my stuff. I'm attaching a picture of my best fossil, just because I like showing it. I'm the person in the picture. The fossil is a Phareodus testis and probably a diplomystus on the bottom. Anyway, here's hoping I get all my fossils moved there safely!
  4. I haven't been on for a while. Reason is I'm getting ready for a move. I wanted to tell you all that while I was looking at a house, I found a 4.6 lb piece of petrified wood. The land owner said I could take it, to my surprise. The fossil is already pack with my other fossils. I'll upload a picture when I have a chance. May take a while.
  5. Slew of fossils found, help!

    Alright, these are from an area I frequent. I get all sorts of different kinds depending on how high or low I search. I’ve taken some to a professor around me and he said the red material is hematite. I’ll add them in the comments
  6. Petrified Wood?

    Me and my brother were walking near a waterfall, when we both found this. I thought it was just a rock, but it has a very strange visible structure that makes me suspect it is a fossil, maybe its petrified wood encased in sandstone, but I am not sure. I am attaching 3 pictures of it. In the second picture, you see why I think it is petrified wood. In the other two, you see the structure of the rock I was talking about. What do you guys think? Jared
  7. First find in a while

    My first find in a while. Been crazy because I am preparing to move to a new house. Here is how I found it. I was looking at a house with my mother. We were talking to the land owner about the house, when I saw a rock. Immediately my mind said, "petrified wood." I went over and looked at it. I was right. Petrified wood. I spoke to the land owner and said that he had petrified wood on his property. Without me asking to take it, he said that I could have it! SCORE!!!! Well, thats one way to find petrified wood! Jared
  8. Claw?

    Found this near Murphy, Idaho while looking at rocks. To me, it looks too curved to be a regular rock. There also seems to be a structure inside it. Is it a fossil claw, or something else, or not a fossil at all?
  9. Found an Ammonite

    So, an interesting story. I went to North Idaho for a funeral. I went to a thrift store after the funeral. I found this Ammonite there. No joke. It even had a Certificate of Authenticity next to it. 25 dollars? I couldnt pass up this opportunity. I was able to get it! Its a nice specimen!
  10. Trying to figure out what these might be. They would have been under water, the location still has a lake overtop of it, but the water levels were low when we found it. Soil has a lot of clay and there are tons of petrified or fossilized bones that litter the beach. Seemed larger than cow rib...any ideas?
  11. Petrified Wood?

    Hello, So, I was looking in my collection, and I found this. Its the first fossil I ever found. Found it in my backyard in Nampa, Idaho. I was looking at it today, and I was beginning to wonder if it really was petrified wood. I mean, it didnt look that much like it. It looks more like a crystal. While I was getting a picture under my magnifier, I discovered that it had lines like wood grains going in one direction. I never noticed them. The thing is you can only see these lines under a magnifier at maximum magnification. They are that faint. I have two questions. First off, is this really petrified wood? Second, if it is, why is it so black? I have never seen petrified wood this color. Any help will be appreciated, Jared
  12. Fossil Bones?

    Hello, So, awhile ago, I posted about going through a rock and finding a shell fossil, which turned out to be a Gastropod. In that same rock, I found these fossils that look like pieces of a spinal chord, and two other pieces that look like parts of a skull. These things are VERY small, I had to use a big Magnifier to get the picture. They are about 1/2 a centimeter long, except for the other two parts, which are 2 centimeters and 1 centimeter long. The rock was found in Nampa, Idaho. A friend of mine told me that the rock was likely brought in from Bruneau, Idaho, as I mentioned in an earlier post. He also was the first to point out to me that, "There are pieces of a fish skull in the rock." Anyway, I would like some input. I am pretty sure the 3 small pieces are part of a spinal chord. Attached is a picture of just one of them. I think the other two pieces are part of a fish skull, like my friend said. I would ask him for help on this, but he passed away last year. What do you guys think? Fish bones or something else? Are they even bones? If you need individual pictures of each one, I will get them. Jared
  13. A family of amateur fossil hunters from Utah -- the Gunthers -- found this fascinating fossil in the Spence Gulch shale part of Utah in 1992, and shared it with Richard Robison at the University of Kansas. The mystery of what it was went unsolved for nearly 30 years, until a team at Ohio State uncovered the telltale circle that showed the creature had attached to a shelly surface via a basal disc. It's the earliest/one of the earliest known specimens of a mat-sticker making the evolutionary move to attaching to a harder surface--a leap that makes some of our modern-day echinoderms, including sea cucumbers, possible. They recently published their findings in the Bulletin of Geosciences but this discovery wouldn't have been possible if the Gunthers hadn't found the fossil in the first place. Just fascinating stuff. (story here: https://news.osu.edu/scientists-discover-evolutionary-link-to-modern-day-sea-echinoderms/),
  14. Oviatt Creek Idaho

    Hi all, I am curious if anyone here has any experience at the Oviatt Creek Fossil Beds outside of Moscow, Idaho. I did not find any information on the Fossil Forum and an internet search turned up a only a few papers and more questions than answers. The composition of this area may be similar to the more famous Clarkia fossil beds. It seems that the Oviatt Creek beds used to belong to the United States Forest Service, but may have been turned over to the Potlach Timber company. Has this impacted recreational, non-vertebrate hounding? A call to the local Forest Service Ranger Station may be in order if no one here has any insight. Thanks!
  15. Identification

    Curious as to types of petrified wood this may be. Photos are not great but best as I can do for now. I love petrified wood and new to identification of types but trying. Most of my samples are found at really high elevation on mountain tops, which intruiges me when I read how it is formed. I'm no.longer able physically to go Out anymore, these are finds from many years ago that now I'm curious into more the types now. Excuse the spelling as I have my kid posting for me. I can't text with his hands hardly anymore.She Thanks for any comments.
  16. Mystery Fossil

    My dad got this from a friend and gave it to me. He has no clue where it came from other than it came somewhere around idaho. Me and him have been trying to identify it for days, and got nowhere. we need help. any hints on ID will help. Thanks!! (P.S. if you know anything about its worth, tell me please!)
  17. Triassic cephalopoda

    GUE SPATHIAN (LOWER TRIASSIC) AMMONOIDS FROM WESTERN USA (IDAHO, CALIFORNIA, UTAH AND NEVADA) Jean Guex Alexandre Hungerbühler James F. Jenks Luis O’Dogherty Viorel Atudorei David G. Taylor Hugo Bucher Annachiara Bartolini Mémoire de Géologie (Lausanne), n°49, 2010 about 16 MB the contributing authors are dyed-in-the-wool experts on the Triassic @andreas
  18. Found this in southern Idaho

    Found in a river bed at an elevation of 6,200 to 6,100 in owyhee county, Idaho. No known formation not sure if it's bark or what it is. Thanks ahead of time
  19. I peer into a small geode at 80x to look at what look like small blooms of crystals covering bulbous blue crystal mounds. Originally I wanted to see why the geode had white crystal patches on one side and the top side had darker spots. First I see that the "blooms" are actually super small stones that look to be growing their own crystals. I had to look further, I wasn't sure if the geode was opened when I chipped it free from the breccia or if had been open while it was encased. The crystallization was perfectly clean, so I surmise it was. Either way, how in the world does a geode crystallize and then later adopt a speckling of microscopic stones? So, I'm looking over the surface and there is this anomaly. does not match any of the features inside the geode. I look closer and it appears to have, internal organs, segmented legs, and antennae. Could this really be some type of shrimp? Or similar crustacean? I'm really curious to hear what you all think. Hopefully the images suffice, I have a biological microscope so it is not the best at 3D. Posterior Head/Antennae I know I've been looking at a screen all day, but this sure looks like a segmented/armored leg. And, I'm spent
  20. Fossils in Idaho

    I will be in Idaho Falls in August, what are some good spots for fossils within an hour or so?
  21. Hello, I am a student at Centralia Community College working on an identification / analysis of fossils from the Clarkia Formation. I was wondering if anyone here has worked on this formation? If so, do you have any advice on how to properly set the sediment they are in to limit breakage/crumbling? Thank you! ~ AQM
  22. Cambrian Sponge?

    I apologize that this is just one photo taken by my phone, but that is all I have to use at the moment. This fossil (about 6 cm long) is from the middle Cambrian Spence Shale of Oneida Narrows, Idaho. I am leaning towards a sponge? Does anyone have any idea what this is? Thanks for the help!
  23. Fossil ID Fossil or not

    I am new here so I am sorry if I am doing anything wrong. I was in an area with sea fossils it's a bit of an unknown area and I found this. it is fairly brittle and fell apart even after I gently picked it up and I am not sure what to make of it I am hoping somebody can tell me if it is a fossil or just a rock extra photos
  24. Sorry if this post is in the wrong place or porly laid out, this is my first post. I was at the fossil beds in Clarkia recently and was wondering if anyone here had any tips on how to preserve them. The guy there said just wrap them in newspaper and let them sit for 6 weeks in a cool dry place. Is that right? I had also heared that there was a way to remove the leaf from the matrix. Can anyone provide any info on that? Thanks for all your responses.
  25. Idaho--August, 2017

    Tammy and I left South Florida yesterday and arrived in Spokane, WA after a short stopover in Las Vegas. Didn't win any money in any of the hundreds of slot machines in the Las Vegas airport but then it is significantly more difficult to win when you don't sit down and pour your hard earned money into the gaping maws of these one armed bandits. We drove from Spokane up to an area in the northern panhandle of Idaho near Lake Pend Oreille to a small town (population 530) called Clark Fork. We settled into the Clark Fork Lodge and had a surprisingly fancy meal at a quirky little place called the Squeeze Inn. I had not suspected I could get a really tasty IPA and a dish of gnocci gorgonzola in such a small rural setting but it was a truly welcome surprise after a long day of traveling. This morning we headed a few minutes out of town to a locality I found in my Rockhounding Idaho book. Someone took the time to transcribe all of the 99 sites listed there and make a Google Maps map out of it which can be found here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1yS2FsEzCIFPU2_G1Pr5SH3oN9DY&ll=45.56234707000023%2C-114.16501500000004&z=6 We were at site 8A (48.15076, -116.15902) in this book which listed fossil stromatolites in a roadcut just out of town. With the help of Tammy's iPad we easily navigated to this site and spotted the roadcut and got out to have a look. There was lots of rusty brownish rocks on the talus slope of this cut as described in the book's description of the site. We could easily see the outcrop at the top of the hill from which these broken chunks of rock were sliding down to the road level. We scanned the rocks for the distinctive rusty squiggly pattern described in the book (which said these were quite common here). Try as we may we could not find anything matching the stromatolite description in the text. We did see evidence of extremely ancient shorelines with rippled and cracked muddy sediments frozen into place hundreds of millions of years ago. I tried to load one nice looking piece into the back of our JEEP but, given the current laws of physics, I did not succeed. I tried several times to work my way up the talus slope but the rocks were just too loose to gain much of a foothold and get very far up-slope. Any attempts to climb up resulted in sliding back down on a carpet of rocks that dropped away just as quickly as I stepped upward doing a pretty good mimicry of the stairmaster endless escalator exercise machine at my gym. As I couldn't see any definite stromatolite pieces down lower in the piles I suspected I'd not find anything different higher up and didn't feel like a major injury on the first day of a 10-day trip (for once, common sense got the better of me). I did find a smaller piece of ripply shoreline that I considered lugging back in my suitcase and an interesting layered piece that was quite different from most of the other rocks but I was there for (what was supposed to be an easily obtained) sample or two of fossil stromatolite and, striking out on this locality, gave up with only photos to remember this fun but fruitless hunt.
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