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Found 45 results

  1. Lobster fossil?

    Where are most of the lobster fossil found and what time periods are they from? Thanks.
  2. Please help with id and how to proceed.

    Hello to all fellow fossil lovers. Ok I found this at the Lincoln formation in porter wa. At first I tried to relieve it from its cast by striking it with a hammer. Then I soaked it In Vinager and chipped away at it. I decided that I would ruin it if I continued. I froze it and thawed about 4 times. The end fell off as you can see. Is this a lobster or shrimp? How do I finish exposing it?
  3. hi guys sorry to bother again but i have found these two crustaceans on our favourite auction site and was wondering whether they were both real(apparently the lobster has a little restoration to the claws) and if so which one would you guys prefer to go for thansk
  4. A little Psuedoglyphea sp. from the Whitby mudstone formation, found at Sandsend near Whitby. A rather rare find due to the carapace and mandibles all being there. Usually you find the odd mandible or legs. It sits proudly in my collection already, and it’s not even been prepped yet. Next month it’s being sent off to be professionally prepped
  5. I cant tell you how long this has been sittin in a box collecting dust? I tossed it aside many years ago when I realized after many hours of prep that it was only half a lobster!!! Today my youngest son and I were going through some old boxes of stuff and ran into this today. He was saying how cool it was, and I have to say I agreed with him,,,,, so to the saw it went! Never in my life have I ever cut a lobster concretion in half! I was also nervous about it and wondered if by chance we would somehow run into the other half,,,,,, but no, there really was no other parts of the lobster in the half we cut off. This lobster in some bazar way is half a lobster lengthwize!!! Imagine cutting one from the tail end up the tail the body, the head and leaving only one claw! How in tarnation does that happen???!!! Anyways, here is a picture of it. Hart to see but look closely. Tail end on the left and big claw on the right. This is now back on the preppin block. Just need time. RB
  6. Just sharing afew of my finds i've been working on today. Firstly a big, marine reptile or fish coprolite that i expected to pop out of the matrix. I'm not sure if it'll look better kept in, but it's pretty delicate. Secondly a lobster, claw or body part. Not sure which. Remember i'm still new to prepping, so everything is new to me.
  7. Palaeopalaemon newberryi Chagrin shale Devonian Northeast Ohio, USA Specimens were used in the publication “Morphology and paleoecology of the oldest lobster-like decapod, Palaeopalaemon newberryi Whitfield, 1880”, Journal of Crustacean Biology (2018). Smithsonian USNM (United States National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, USA). USNM numbers 617309 617308 617309 618374 706118 Morphology and paleoecology of the oldest lobster-like decapod, Palaeopalaemon newberryi .pdf PP letter of provenance.pdf
  8. Palaeopalaemon newberryi Chagrin shale Devonian Northeast Ohio, USA Specimens were used in the publication “Morphology and paleoecology of the oldest lobster-like decapod, Palaeopalaemon newberryi Whitfield, 1880”, Journal of Crustacean Biology (2018). Smithsonian USNM (United States National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, USA). USNM numbers 617309 617308 617309 618374 706118 Morphology and paleoecology of the oldest lobster-like decapod, Palaeopalaemon newberryi .pdf PP write upx.pdf
  9. Holiday finds

    Found this perfect Speeton Shrimp in the first 5 mins of my holiday ! then a new find for me is this Lobster which i need to put a name to yet both finds are from Speeton on the Yorkshire coast UK. Meyeria Ornata (Speeton Shrimp) Lobster and the Meyeria Ornata Cheers John
  10. Hoploparia gabbi

    From the album Cretaceous Fossils of New Jersey

    Hoploparia gabbi Wenonah Formation Late Cretaceous Ramanessin Brook, Monmouth County, NJ
  11. Lebanon Shrimp or Lobster?

    This was labeled to be a Carpopenaeus sp. shrimp from Lebanon. I had a sneaking suspicion that it may not actually be a shrimp, but perhaps a lobster because of what appears to be claws so I purchased it. I was looking for second opinions on this fossil and will try to update with a closer look when it comes in (shipping is overseas and will take a while though).
  12. Thalassina anomala, Herbst, 1804

    Given to me by a member of the Australian Fossil Club. Will add more information about the formation soon.
  13. This is part 2, site 2 of my Memorial day fossil hunting trip. You can see the site one report here: I chose to drive out to Denton Creek north of Ft. Worth. I had been there before, but had not gotten to explore the area. It was the takeout point from a kayaking trip I’d taken down the creek a few weeks before. It took me 30 minutes out to drive out there from the first location I hunted in Benbrook. If you pass the creek going north you can go up to the next exit and then loop back to the creek. There is a little rock and dirt path off the shoulder of the road that leads down to under the bridge where you can drive your vehicle. The hill down to under the bridge is kind of steep. My car was a bit on the low side for getting over the curb and then a steep embankment with rocks. I bottomed out once. I thought I might park my car in the shade under the bridge, but when I arrived there was another vehicle in the area. I thought I was the only person crazy enough to be out here in the heat. Nobody could pass if I parked under the bridge so I pulled through into a small clearing there. The grass and weeds were grown up pretty high in the clearing. I knew of a sizeable exposure on the creek that I wanted to try to get to on foot, but I didn’t know the terrain around the creek. I switched to my rubber boots for walking in the creek. I reapplied sunscreen and headed down the steep hill to the edge of the creek. I had to sit down and scoot myself over the edge and drop down to the rock ledge that ran along the creek. I inspected the exposure. Last time I was here I found a pretty decent Macraster obesus right by the spot I came in by. I didn’t see a single fossil. The creek was maybe 40 feet wide give or take. The water was less than 10 inches deep where I entered the creek. I don’t think the creek is ever a high energy creek. The rocks that are in this part of the creek are angular and jagged. The water in the creek is rather murky so you can’t see into the water. All of that makes it a difficult creek to walk in. Most of the creek in that spot is one level at bedrock with rocks scattered across much of the creek bottom. There is a narrow jagged rift in the bedrock that meanders along the creek bed. The water is deeper in the rift. I walked down into the creek and squatted down looking at some ammonite fragments in the creek. I saw two butterflies nearby. I tried to get a better picture from the side, but they flew away before I could do so. Sorry it is not a very clear picture. You can see the creek bed is kind of slimy looking. In some areas where the water was very low it looked foul and fetid. It had a green bubbly looking surface. I assessed the creek and decided to walked along the exposed rock ledge above the creek. As I walked up the creek there was a horrible stench of something dead. The further I went the worse it got. Finally I came upon a gar fish carcass on the rock ledge above the creek. It was close to one of the places where I had wanted to have a look around, but the odor was too strong and repulsive. It looked to be just over 3 feet long. I can’t imagine how it got there. It had to be a person who had drug it there. This section of the creek does not seem deep enough for such a large fish to swim in. Maybe it swam in the rift though. There were deeper sections of the creek where it could live, but not here. There were signs of racoons all over along with remnants of their meals. Evidently gar is not on the racoon menu, which was surprising to me since it seems raccoons will eat almost anything else. I looked at the thin, razor sharp gar teeth. It is kind of scary to think that type of critter was in this creek when I kayaked it. I was in and out of the water all the time. A bite from that thing would be nasty. Here is a pic of it. I walked back down the creek upon the rock ledge to a place where there weren’t too many jagged rocks in the creek and where the rift in the creek would be narrow enough for me to step across it. Since the water was flowing slowly the rocks were covered with algae and were very slippery. I got to the rift. There were rocks pilled up there. I place one foot on a large one sitting at an angle and it tottered underneath me. I made sure my foot wouldn’t slip and I balanced myself as I put my next foot on another rock. It tottered too. To slip and fall in this creek with all the jagged rocks would really hurt and might do considerable injury. At least when I slipped and fell in the NSR the riverbed was smooth, without any rocks. I took a few more steps on similar rocks and I was I on smooth riverbed again near the other bank. I began to inspect the exposure. I found these just sitting on the bank. A cute little impression of an ammonite and what appeared to be a fragment of a Pinna clam. I have yet to find a whole Pinna clam. I’d kind of like to find at least one whole one someday. The only other formation I have found them is in the Goodland. It is another of the Washita Group formations.
  14. About two or three years ago I bought this lobster concretion from a guy at the Gem and Mineral show right here in Helena Montana. Ive been working on it here and there and its finally looking like a lobster. Ive still got about 20 hours to finish this one up? This one is known as Hoploparia. The longer clawed ones are known as paleonepherops. I have the longer clawed ones, but now I will have the shorter clawed one too. Life is good! Oh, and also a picture of the longer clawed one to show the difference. RB
  15. Fossil prep service uk

    I was hoping someone could recommend a fossil prepping service in the uk. Ideally south east England. I have found what looks to be a virtually complete meyeria lobster from whale chine, Isle of Wight, uk. About 15cm. Fairly big from what I understand. It looks like it could turn out really well, but it’s such a complex prep, I was thinking it’s better someone with experience did it. If anyone could recommend someone who may be able to help I would be most grateful. Many thanks henry
  16. Last January I was givin a box of fossil lobster concretions. I told the guy to give me year and I would bring him back a prepped out lobster as long as i could keep the rest. Most of them made it to the trash can. Very hard to get a decent fossil lobster!!! This one is not the best, but far from the worst. This one was actually good enough to prep. here it is. I think he's gunna like it? RB
  17. Saltwick, N. Yorkshire, England

    Saltwick Bay Field Trip, sitting down on the shingle to have a bite to eat, looking down at the pebbles around me as I always do, just in case, you never know. Noticed a pebble with a slight nick in it and thought 'I wonder if I bash it will there be anything inside' Well I did and this is what I found. If I remember correctly I was told it was Jurassic and a Pseudoglyphea lobster leg. One day I may try to prep it but matrix really hard. 1 - pebble 2 - One side of inside 3 - The other side of inside 4 - Close up of part of leg showing spines on leg, some of the blue surface still there. 5 - Close up including what I think is a joint. PS. I thought I had posted this the other day but it popped up when I tried to list another post, no pictures so hopefully this is going to appear and I have not done it twice.
  18. I have only visited this place once as it is a bit of a hike to get to. Hopefully I will attach the photos in the correct order otherwise 1 - Deshayeites forbesi 2 - Deshayeites forbesi showing in tact siphuncle same specimen as 1 3 - Inside view of part of an Amia fish scull, the museum knew exactly which part I have no idea without looking out the paper they gave me. 4- Part of a lobster leg with small gastropod to the left. 5 - Lobster antenna 6 - Fish fin spine 7 - Holocystis elegans coral
  19. Hoploparia lobster

    From the album Some of my best Sheppey fossils

    This is an excellent example of a hoploparia lobster with its huge claw still attached attached.
  20. Here's a nice specimen of the lobster Hoplolaria gabbi from the late Cretaceous of New Jersey. When found it was almost completely obscured by rather tough concretionary matrix, but I knew it may be quite complete underneath, so I brought it to Ralph Johnson who kindly prepped it for me. With his great experience, he of course did a wonderful job.
  21. My youngest son and I left for a fossil hunting trip this last thursday and hit many a fossil site in South Dakota. Because there will be lots and lots of prep from this trip I have decided to put all this on this one thread. This is gunna take quite awhile!!! We drove the first day 12 and 1/2 hours. Had some serious road buzz. Only way to take care of that is some 'road buzz liquid'. The next morning we met up with my buddy that ive been working on for 18 months. Didnt find a whole lot, but did come away with some crab concretions of the rare Dakota cancer. 3 of these for certain has crabs in them, the rest? What kind of preservation they have? Complete? But whatever happens with these, I most certainly have none so far, so this is quite exciting for me. Ive only ever seen one that was in a concretion and the poor guy absolutely butchard it!!!! Gunna be very interesting to say the least. Our second camp site. The next day was another 5 hour drive to a freind of mine where we went last year and decided to do that again for some more Fox Hills ammonites. We went to a certain river and picked up some rocks that look promising. Then the next day went to a different river and picked up some more rather nice rocks. Very private land, but nice to have a freind with permission. More to come. RB
  22. Lobster # 3

    I acquired some lobster concretions while in Quartzite and was asked to show the prep process, so here goes. I picked out what I thought was the best 3 and tossed the others aside. This is # 3. This has a very nice tail end but appears to be very flat/crushed otherwise. As long as its there and complete it can still end up being a very good specimen? Doing 3 lobsters at the same time is going to take quite a bit of time but as long as 1 or 2 and even 3 work out, it will a ton of exciting fun for me. We'll see. All this could take upwards of 120 hours if things to work out?
  23. Lobster # 2

    I acquired some lobster concretions while in Quartzite and was asked to show the prep process, so here goes. I picked out what I thought was the best 3 and tossed the others aside. This is #2. Not a lot of 'glue up' on this one. This one is hollow so whats going to happen is going to be quite interesting to say the least. Hollow fossils can be a real pain in the you know what and a real challenge!!! I already put in a ton of glue in what hollow area that was exposed in the break but what other hollow area's are yet to be seen. All I can say is,,, "wish me luck please". RB
  24. Lobster #1

    I acquired some lobster concretions while in Quartzite and was asked to show the prep process, so here goes. I picked out what I thought was the best 3 and tossed the others aside. This is # 1. This one was already in 4 pieces and I had to take it to the sink and give the pieces a good washing and then let them dry before I could do the 'glue up'. This one will take two 'glue up' sessions before I can actually go on the prep attack. Im going to do all 3 at the same time cause there will be times that I have to 'fix,' 'glue', put back together or whatever and its nice to have another specimen to work on while the other/s are drying or whatever. Doing 3 at a time is going to take quite a bit of time and I will do my best to go from start to finish, but if one or more gets to be not worth my time I will just call it finished and toss it aside. Going to be interesting. Going to be exciting if I can get one to work out? RB
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