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  1. The stratigraphic nomenclature for Kansas has been formally revised. The result is lots of changes to the nomenclature made to acknowledge serious problems with five stage glacial model. Layzell, A.L., Sawin, R. S., Mandel, R. D., Ludvigson, G. A., Franseen, E. K., West, R. R., and Watney, W. L., 2017, Quaternary Stratigraphy and Stratigraphic Nomenclature Revisions in Kansas; in, Current Research in Earth Sciences: Kansas Geological Survey, Bulletin 263, 6 p. http://www.kgs.ku.edu/Current/2017/Layzell/index.html http://www.kgs.ku.edu/Current/2017/Layzell/Bulletin263.pdf http://www.kgs.ku.edu/Current/contents.html https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Greg_Ludvigson Yours, Paul H.
  2. Smoky Hill Chalk

    Hello everyone, It's the Amateur Paleontologist. In about a year and a half, I will be going for a few weeks to Kansas, and I am focused on collecting fossils from the Smoky Hill Chalk. I was wondering whether some people could give me a few details (GPS coordinates, landowner contact information...) about various Smoky Hill Chalk sites where vertebrate fossils (in particular reptile remains...) can be encountered relatively commonly. Many thanks for your help. Best wishes, Christian.
  3. Niobrara coprolite with marks

    I have been talking snarge with GeschWhat, and sent her some pictures of two coprolites I have collected over the years in the Niobrara Chalk of western Kansas. I have shown these to a few people, and nobody seems to know what caused these strange marks. The one that is marked a lot was the first I found. It was sticking out of a chalk cliff about 5 feet above the floor of the valley. The marks were on the parts of it still in the chalk, so there is no way they were added after fossilization. Years later I found another similar sized coprolite, also in the Niobrara but not associated with this one that also has very similar marks, though not as noticeable possibly due to it being badly weathered and a surface find. I may have posted this years ago, but since people come and go on here, I thought I'd give it another shot. Ramo
  4. palm tree bark?

    I found this in a creek, eastern edge Flint Hills, Greenwood County, Kansas. The creek is in and drains through the Early Permian. Formation is unknown. It must be tree bark and I'm guessing some kind of palm because of the leaf scar. It curves only slightly so I would also guess it's from a large tree. I took a file to bottom of leaf scar and there are only faint lines revealed. This appears to be a sandstone and has tiny sparkly bits in it.
  5. Kansas Bone Fossil

    Found in Greenwood county Kansas area, not sure if bone fragment or part of jaw fragment, found in area where previously found Shark teeth. Any ideas from the group what this fragment is?
  6. Help with Cretaceous Sea Piece

    Hi all, I was inspecting some of my Smoky Hill Chalk finds when I stumbled across this. It is inside/on a partial Inoceramid, most likely Volviceramus grandis. This was all in the Smoky Hill Chalk, Late Cretaceous. Thanks for any suggestions!
  7. I have been finding a lot of inclusions in a batch of coprolites from the Smoky Hill Chalk that assumed were bits of cartilage. One of the newer specimens from that batch had a piece of the material in question on the surface; enabling me to view it from the side. They look like little teeth, so now I don't know what I have. I have one other specimen that has a couple of the little tooth-like structures intact (one that I posted a while back that has possible Ptychodus tooth fragments). Is this skin with denticles, cartilage, a skull part or some sort of tooth plate? As always, any help is greatly appreciated.
  8. Squalicorax ???

    I have recently purchased an associated Squalicorax tooth set from Gove county, Kansas. It is Coniacian in age. However, I have no idea what species it is. These teeth are too gracile for S. falcatus and S. baharijensis. Looks a little bit like S. volgensis, however teeth are too large for it. Any help will be very appreciated.
  9. Help identify these?

    These are pictures of three different shells that relatives brought back from their honeymoon years and years ago when i was a kid. Most of what they collected were ordinary shells, save for those three. What are they? Any help would be appreciated. I've held onto these for years and always wondered what they were. Here are the undersides of the shells respectively, in order.
  10. Help identify these?

    The first three photos are what I've always thought were fossils, they were given to me by my great grandmother. She had a farm in Kansas and collected them, but she didn't know what any of them were. Anyone here know what they are? Any help would be appreciated. I've held onto these for years and always wondered what they were.
  11. River Finds

    Hi all, Recently my brother and I were on the Republican River in NE Kansas after the water went down a little and found a bunch of bones and bottles. I am having trouble determining some of the bones as bison or cow, so I need your help here. And also, we found what I think is a claw, measuring about an inch in length. Thanks for the help, and let me know if you need more pics. Cow or Bison lower leg? I think its bison; it is pretty heavy and seems to be well mineralized, but not completely fossilized. And the mystery claw-like object
  12. Mystery Sacrum

    Hi all, This was found in NE Kansas among a bunch of other deer, cow and bison bones on a sandbar. Any idea what it is from?
  13. Pliestocene Vert Part II

    Found these in NE Kansas, I cannot tell if they are bison or cow, assuming they are bovid.
  14. Pleistocene Vertebrae Help

    Hi all, I recently found a bunch of vertebrae on a river in NE Kansas. I have found parts from deer, cow and bison here. I do not know how to distinguish bovid vertebrae as well as some of you all do, so I need your help. I will follow up with more pics.
  15. Hunting for the Niobrara Chalk

    This Sunday my father and I were hoping to take a trip to the Niobrara chalk and check that out and see what we can learn from it. Is there anything you guys can relay to me in terms of places to look or getting land permission? I'm just looking to try to find people to call, places to go, etc. just trying to get a feel for fossil hunting outside of the Fort Hays Limestone and Greenhorn Shale. Thank you so much for any and all info, even on just general paleontology in Kansas
  16. Smoky Hill Chalk, Kansas ID Help

    Today I came across a flat of Cretaceous Niobrara Formation / Smoky Hill Chalk- Kansas fish fossils, from a couple years ago. I was hoping that @Xiphactinus or other members might be able to help with and / or correct son ID's that I made on the following specimens. Any help would be appreciated. Xiphactinus audax Vert. Enchodus Tooth Saurodon leanus Jaw Sections Cimolichthys Jaw Sections Unknown Jaw Section Unknown Tail / Fin Pieces Unknown Fish Vert.
  17. Hey guys, I'm kinda new in fossil hunting, but even from my limited experience I like it a lot. Does any one know of any spots in NE Kansas that are worth visiting? I'll probably visit a couple road cut outs and some spots near Tuttle Creek this weekend and post my findings, if anyone would be interested.
  18. Plants in Kansas?

    Hi all, I've been collecting a lot of late Pennsylvanian invertebrates (mostly from the Virgilian Series) in the area surrounding where I live (Manhattan, KS), which is in the NE part of the state. I was wondering if any of you have found plant fossils in Eastern Kansas, as I want to start collecting some of those as well. I read that Clinton Reservoir's outlet does have some shale and limestone layers that have insect and plant fossils, but I am sure that area has been picked through thoroughly. Do any of you all have suggestions? Thanks a ton!!!
  19. Hi all, I was going through some smoky hill chalk coprolites that I recently acquired and found one with some interesting inclusions. At first I was thinking these were skull fragments, but after looking at the Oceans of Kansas site, the only thing that I could find that had a similar texture were Ptychodus sp. teeth and what looks like cartilage. I have never seen cartilage in a coprolite before. I would think it would be easily digested, so perhaps it is just bone. There are also numerous fish bones and scales, so if our poopetrator did dine on Ptychodus, it had a diverse palate. I have not seen anything similar and would love your opinions on this. Thank you in advance!
  20. Quaternary Teeth

    Hi all, A few months ago I was fossil hunting by the Republican River in NE Kansas when I found part of an upper jaw washed up on a sandbar. From it I got 3 teeth, and I am trying to determine weather they are bison or cow. Two of these exhibit a separate, distinct stylid. However the third, which is by far the most worn down, seems to have an integrated stylid. I've seen a few pictures of bison teeth whose stylists are not completely separate from the rest of the tooth, but I don't know if that's truly indicative of not being a bison tooth. Any help is appreciated, thanks all!
  21. Hey again, I'm still going through the backlog of undentified stuff from the local cliff site in the south of Manhattan, Kansas so I can sort and pack them away. 1. Here's a rock containing a productid brach (Hystriculina?) and some sort of spine, which I initially assumed to be echinoid but am having trouble matching to anything. It has two exposed parallel rows of projections. The vaguely star shaped cross section suggests there are more around the circumference but I'm not sure. 2. I found two pieces of matrix that were adjacent to each other, both have this long, hollow tube apparently passing all the way through them. On one end of each piece the tube appears to have partially collapsed. There might be some shell pieces inside but I'm not sure. 3. Embedded adjacent to the hollow tube is this object which has an odd surface texture:
  22. I found this odd triangular thing on a shale hash plate along with the typical Permian brachiopods and bryozoans.
  23. Vertebra help

    Hi all, found this vertebra in the Kansas River today on a sandbar. I've found everything from Pleistocene bone fragments to half-mineralized cow bone here before, but nothing of this size. It could have belonged to a cow, but I think it's a bison considering the amount of mineralization and general shape. I could use your help identifying this one! PS it is about 6 inches high, the spinous process is about 3 inches high and has been chipped across the top. It has also not been cleaned too well, hence some of the brown dirt color. Other side view
  24. Found this amongst some loose pieces from our favourite cliffside in Manhattan, Kansas. Age is probably Lower Permian. There's a faint series of ridges on the concave side. Maybe part of a valve?
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