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Found 234 results

  1. Leaf Fossils in Eastern Kansas

    Hey, everyone! I've recently found the creekbed in Brook Creek Park in Lawrence, KS, to be a fertile source of leaf fossils (I believe they are primarily macroneuropteris). I'm pretty sure they are washing into the creekbed from somewhere, though. I think they are in the Tonganoxie Sandstone. Does anyone know of any good public exposures of the Tonganoxie Sandstone in which I could hunt for some more specimens? Thanks!
  2. Niobrara Sponge???

    About a week ago, I was visiting relatives in Western Kansas and was taken to a very small exposure of Upper Niobrara chalk on the family farm. I have been hunting in the area for many years and I had never paid any attention to this particular location. I did not see much material that was worth picking up, BUT then..the unusual texture of this particular "stone" caught my eye. Because the exposure consisted of a few feet of the Upper chalk covered by a thin veneer of sand and gravel (Ogallala?) and then the top soil, I am not at all certain of the geologic age of this specimen. The relative absence of wear does not suggest that it was transported with the sand & gravel, BUT I have NEVER heard of any fossil sponges (or coral for that matter) from the Smoky Hill Chalk. I would VERY much appreciate your suggestions as to the age & identity of this find. Dave
  3. Fossil ID

    Found in Kansas, on surface in wooded area, moss covered, under a tree next to poison ivy. Did glance around to look for possible connecting pieces but did not espy. Top looks like a turtle. Am wondering if the bottom is also because of markings that don't seem like random impressions. Am still cleaning with soft toothbrush and white vinegar in a Zen like fashion. Tiny black balls on surface that aren't budging. Textures emerging. There is an area near the top part which I'm wondering if it is it's head. Hard to photograph end to end details well.
  4. Kiowa tooth

    It's pretty obvious to me it's a fossil tooth: but from what? Kiowa formation and Albian. Approximately 1.1cm long.
  5. Shark or bony fish verts?

    How do you differ between bony fish vertebrae and shark vertebrae? What about these three vertebrae from Kiowa formation (Albian)? #1: approximately 5.5mm wide and 3mm thick. #2: approximately 5.5mm wide and 2.3mm thick. #3: approximately 4.8mm wide and 2.3mm thick.
  6. Brachiopod or Bivalve?

    Kiowa formation and Albian. Approximately 1.3cm long and its quite flat and thin. Not sure if it's brachiopod, more specifically a lingula brachiopod, or a bivalve. Unfortunately the umbo is missing so I'm not sure if it's symmetrical or not. I'm leaning more on bivalve but I would like to read your opinion. What's the lowest taxonomy level you can identify?
  7. A fragment of something; I thought it might be a part of fish spine or decapod pincer. From Kiowa formation and Albian. Approximately 5mm long.
  8. Kiowa Mysteries

    All from Kiowa formation (Albian). Identifying fossils from Kiowa formation has been incredibly challenging for me the last few months and I would need help on here! These possible fossil fragments have features that made me have second thoughts on whether if it's just suggestively rocks. They are suspiciously of biological origins, but I would like your opinions. #1: approximately 3mm long. It's quite smooth and featureless with some mineral staining. #2: approximately 10mm long. top view bottom view and it's fairly flat ...Continued below.
  9. Pyritized wood?

    It appears to me as a pyritized wood, it gave off the metallic sheen when it's under the light. Pyrite/marcasite are abundant at where I found this and it's from Kiowa formation (Albian). Kiowa formation is primarily an estuarine and shallow sea environment, fossilized wood and plants are occasionally found from there. I found it as a concretion but it crumbled into tiny pieces when I pulled it out of the ground, so this one is the largest and only piece I have now. Do you think it's a pyritized wood?
  10. Receiving this gorgeous but mysterious specimen is from Upper Pennsylvanian limestone dated around 290-300 million years ago from somewhere around Kansas City. Looks like a tooth to me and my best guess would be orodus? But I have little experience with Pennsylvanian shark teeth in general and especially from this area, also cannot find a comparison elsewhere online. Any help will be appreciated.
  11. I try to identify any fossils on my own before I post it on here, that's how I learn! Anyway, I found these three shark teeth while pre-washing the matrices from Kiowa Formation (Location: Ellsworth county, Kansas. Age: Albian). A couple of them came loose during pre-washing and I found another one still in the matrix. Tooth #1: Is this tooth from Meristodonoides sp.? The views are from front and back of this tooth. Approximately 2mm long. Tooth #2: Is this also from Meristodonoides sp.? Approximately 3mm long. Tooth #3: Is this from Leptostyrax sp.? Front and back views of this tooth. Approximately 6mm long.
  12. Fish tooth #2?

    I named this topic as Fish tooth #2? because this fossil is very similar to my another fossil in a previous topic a while ago. Nobody really have any consensus on what it is and I thought it might be a fish tooth. I hope I will be lucky this time to have someone identify it for me with confidence. Located in Ellsworth county, Kansas, age of Albian, and from Kiowa Formation. It's approximately 4mm long. I know identifying specimens from Kiowa Formation can be a real pain since it's so little researched! lol...
  13. I found these that resembles burrow or root cast in Ellsworth county, Kansas, USA from my previous trip. The formation these came from are most likely Kiowa formation/Kiowa Shale and the age is Albian. Here's the link to my previous trip. I'm just catching up with the prepping and sorting my fossils from my previous trips. I am wondering if it is some sort of ichnofossils. Is it burrow, root cast, or something else? Also, is it possible for it to be from geological origin rather than a true ichnofossil? This one is the largest I found. The center is poorly cemented sandstone and can be easily brushed off with a toothbrush while the outside layer is hard. Notice the winkles around the interior bend. The measurement is in inches (I know I need to get a metric system badly, my apologies!)
  14. Public Hunting Areas-Questions

    I’ve read of 2 places here on FF where fossil hunting is allowed in KS. Monument Rocks and Castle Rock. I made my way out to both these places over the last few days since work is slow. At Monument Rocks there was a sign that specifically said fossil hunting wasn’t allowed. Can anybody give me any clarification on this? Also both places sort of had a main area but in the same general area there were many other exposures of the chalk that weren’t behind fences and easily accessible by foot. Are these other exposures also allowed to be hunted? From what I understand road cuts not on main Hwy’s are open game for fossil hunting as well. Can anybody confirm this? Are there any other sites open to the public in the state? Also is there some type of Kansas Paleontological Society I can join? I’m sure I can look this up but figured I would ask.
  15. Need Vertebra ID'd...

    Greetings, This is a vertebra found in the same vicinity as my last post, Kansas River, South Side, just North of Desoto, Kansas. It is very "sticky" when wet finger is applied. No odor when flame tested. About 2 months ago, I found this in the Kansas River, under a submerged stump at the end of the sandbank. It was found in conjunction with another vertebra that I posted separately. The location was on the South side of the River just north of DeSoto, Kansas. As it started to dry out in the dry indoors of winter (despite the humidifier on my heating system), it began to flake apart...the surface patina that is. Measures: 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" =10.8cm x 8.2cm I cannot guess age. Any ideas? Thank you all kindly in advance.
  16. Bison Fossil?

    Greetings, About 2 months ago, I found this in the Kansas River, under a submerged stump at the end of the sandbank. The location was on the South side of the River just north of DeSoto, Kansas. I found it along with another large vertebra which I will also post separately. As it started to dry out in the dry indoors of winter (despite the humidifier on my heating system), it began to flake apart...the surface patina that is. The measurements are as follows: 11.5" (L) x 3" (W) at its widest width. I suspect it is a bison, since these are the most common. I just don't have a clue as to age. Secondly, is there a way to prevent the further flaking apart? Thank you all kindly in advance. PS: having trouble shrinking enough images to the required size limit.
  17. The past two weeks I have made three trips to hunt for fossils, particularly from Kiowa formation/Kiowa shale here in Kansas. The first trip were local: the outcrop in my hometown, Salina. The next two trips were in Ellsworth county, Kansas; which, is only about 30 miles/48 km away from Salina. My first trip to the local outcrop were not productive: I knew it is relatively non-fossiliferous and never found any fossils there despite of growing up in this town and visiting this area all of my life. It wasn't until two weeks ago (March 25th, 2020) that I have found my first fossil from there and I'm pretty certain it's planolites burrows. The second and third trips in Ellsworth county were quite productive! I have found mostly plant and shellfish fossils but also found few trace, vertebrae and tooth fossils. The area where I found these would be underwater when the reservoir level is high. I have so much to do the basic prep for the next several weeks... My first trip to the local outcrop in Salina, Kansas, and found a fossil containing planolites-like burrows.
  18. Interesting fossil

    I found this very interesting fossil yesterday and I do not know what it is. Found it in Ellsworth County by Kanopolis reservoir. It's from Kiowa formation/Kiowa Shale and age is Albian. Dimension is 5/16 inches wide and 3/8 inches long or about 8 mm wide and 9.5mm long. I have never seen anything like this before and I hope somebody else have an idea what it came from!
  19. Fish tooth?

    I found this matrix containing something that reminds me of the fossilized fish tooth pictures that I have seen around on here. When I noticed this, I chipped this matrix section off of a larger shell hash plate containing mostly Turritella sp. and bivalves. Its original location is in Ellsworth county, Kansas at Kanopolis reservoir. Age of this matrix is Albian and it is from Kiowa formation-Longford Member. Length of this 'tooth' is about .25 inches/6.5 mm. Can anyone identify what it is? It is currently soaking in a bowl of water, I hope to remove more of the matrix off to get a better look at it. Do you have any advice/tips on how to do it without breaking the 'tooth'? As you can see it, it's very small and I have nearly no experience in prepping the fossils beyond the washing and brushing with toothbrush.
  20. Planolites burrows?

    I went to the local outcrop in my hometown and found this matrix. At first I thought it was broken crinoid segments but after giving it two baths and two good scrubbing with a toothbrush, the details are much clearer and now I doubt it is crinoidal. Perhaps it is Planolite burrows? I think this matrix is of Longford Member, Kiowa formation, Albian. The outcrop I found this matrix at is mostly the Wellington formation, Permian; but it is topped by Kiowa formation and I found it near at the top of this outcrop. I would like to hear your opinions, thanks!
  21. Digital Atlas of Ancient Life app (Kansas)

    There Are Millions of Fossils in Kansas. Here's How You Can Find One Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, by Kansas News Service, Kansas Public Radio https://kansaspublicradio.org/kpr-news/there-are-millions-fossils-kansas-heres-how-you-can-find-one Digital Atlas of Ancient Life, Rod Spears Education Apps on Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.aleros.digitalatlasancientlife&hl=en Oceans of Kansas Paleontology http://oceansofkansas.com/ Yours, Paul H.
  22. I have this specimen. Listed this in the Fabrication section. I was told that these are platecarpus vertebrae from the Niobrara Chalk, in Kansas. are these mosasaur? thank you!
  23. Hi there, I purchased these from a dealer and was working if this is genuine. If anyone can help me, it would be much appreciated :D. The dealer said that it is an articulate set of Platecarpus vertebra from the Niobrara Chalk, in Kansas. I will attach more photos below Thank you!
  24. New and not sure how to find these

    I posted a first hunting trip with my daughter and have a few I have no idea. These were collected out of the Stull Shale member, Upper Pennsylvanian. Layer is full of Neochonetes if this helps (as in I could have filled a 5 gallon bucket without moving more than a couple feet). For reference (I cant find my photo scales) everything is 2-3cm long. Thanks for looking. Just trying to help my daughter label them before she takes them to school to show off. Crinoid Head parts? Crinoid sac parts?
  25. Hello from Kansas again. As I posted yesterday in the intro section, my 10yo daughter has stated an interest in fossil collecting. So, I took her out to known spot with a couple thick shale members in the lower part of the Virgilian Stage, so ~305million. We were actually searching the Stull Shale to be exact. Luckily, it had rained a decent amount a few days ago so we just examined the runoff spots. It was pretty run of the mill stuff as far as I can gather but she is really excited and wants to do more outings. I might just have created a monster... Although, there are worse things that she could bug me about. Anyway, on to her finds. I hope I have identified them correctly, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong; I do have a college degree but it has absolutely NOTHING to do with paleontology LOL. I will also post a couple that I am having problems with in the ID section. For reference, all specimens are 2-3cm in length. Crinoids Neochonetes Rhombopora Rugose coral - Most likely Lophophyllidium, or rare chance of a Caninia tip
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