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Found 18 results

  1. Took me a little while to post this trip report, I'm always a busy person. This trip is from October 3rd, 2020 in Ellsworth County, Kansas at a reservoir. The predominant formation at the site I visited is Kiowa formation; which is known for marsh and delta environments in the early Cretaceous (Albian). I found some interesting things and I'll show below. Possibly some carbonized wood materials. Lignite or coal? It was flaky and would crumble if touched. It left some black powders on my hands after handling it. I found several large pieces of them together and partly encased in concretions. Putting them together would make them about a meter and half long. Piece #1: Piece #2: Backside of #2. Notice the clutches of concretions. ...continued on the next post.
  2. Ironstone fossil?

    Is this even a fossil? Ichnofossil? I'm stumped by this weird pattern. I found this ironstone in my parents' gravel driveway. Gravels were recently obtained from the local sand pit company here in Salina, KS., so I'm pretty sure this stone was transported in the river from Kiowa or Dakota formation (Albian) before being deposited.
  3. Fossil Lobster from Kiowa Formation?

    I found this listed as a cretaceous lobster from the Kiowa Formation in Kansas. I didn't have much success finding anything similar with some quick research, do any of you guys know what exactly we're looking at here?
  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. I have very stubborn matrices from Kiowa Formation that I am trying to break down to look for micro-fossils and fossil teeth. I have tried vinegar baths and ultrasonic cleaner to break it down quicker but it's not helping much. Anyway, I am trying the freezing and thawing cycles this time to further break it down. For the last few days, I had it soaked in water for about 24 hours and then I put it into the freezer bag to freeze it, and then thawed it out after overnight. Before freezing, should I add extra water into the bag or are the matrices being damp good enough? Are there more efficient ways to use the freezing and thawing cycle method? Thank you.
  11. Can fossils be found inside the cone-in-cone structures? I have few kilograms of matrices from Kiowa Formation; which, is loaded with cone-in-cone structures. The shell coquina is found on the top and bottom of the cone-in-cone structures, like a cookie sandwich, and I am breaking it down with ultrasonic cleaner and occasionally with my hands. I have not found any fossils inside it so far and if there is no possibility for it to be found, I'll be happy to remove these unnecessary extra matrices and speed up the process to search for hidden fossil shark and fish teeth.
  12. 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.
  13. 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...
  14. 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!)
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
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