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Found 33 results

  1. Help with identification please?

    Hello! New member needing help identifying the fossils in these rocks found in Central NY. The rocks were underneath a shed that we demolished, so we don't know for sure where they originated. We live on the Oswego River, and it's possible the rocks were sourced from the shore or river bottom. Thank you for your help!
  2. Hi all, I didn't see anything about number of photos in each post so I have a few different IDs I am asking for help with, I've read the guidelines and will try to ensure I cover everythnig. These fossils are from North Cowichan on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. I believe this is the Maple Bay Formation in the Nanaimo Group and is from the Cretaceous period. The rock was very friable/fractured and may fossils were not collectible but I did collect a few and get pics of some in the field. 1. Bactulite? 2. Bryozoan? 3. Ammonite? (8 x 5.5 cm) - I can't quite get a good picture of it but there is an impression of what looks like a ribbed coil ~ 3 cm wide like a segment of ammonite) 4. Brachiopod? (sorry, forgot the ruler in that one but it is ~ 2 cm in diameter) Thanks for any assistance
  3. Bone bed of Cephalopods

    I found this conglomeration of fossils in between a layer of sedimentary rock and a crystalline layer of what I can only assume is calcite. I can identify a few shapes in the upper part of the fossil that lead me to believe I had found a bed of young baculites. It took me a good hour to dig up all of my finds, which included an array of brachiopods and or bivalves, ammonites, and cute little scorpion who was very much alive. (I almost crushed the little guy with my gigantic human hand) Needless to say, I was very happy with my new collection of marine fossils. I will be returning to the site soon to collect more and better quality specimens. ;D
  4. Hello, I was trying to find the identity of some marine fossils I found, and found this great forum! I am from Montana, but have been wintering in Yuma, Arizona. I have been finding all sorts of neat rocks and marine fossils in the desert outside of Yuma where the Colorado river had once flowed into a large ocean. I have found several roundish rocks that seem to have fossilized marine life in them? I was told by a Coprolite collector that is a characteristic of Coprolite found in this area? I would appreciate an ID on the specimens, or speculations as to what they are? Below is one specimen, different angles, notice the square holes!? Thanks!
  5. South Mississippi fossils

    I was wondering if anyone could help me and my daughter ID these fossils we found in a South Mississippi River.. one appears to be shell or coral. The other appears to be a shell.
  6. Was wondering about this for some time.. I doubt bioluminescence only appeared in modern-day organisms. I imagine it would be quite a sight to see, for instance, a school of bioluminescent Baculites...
  7. More attempts at fossil photography with a microscope

    A few weeks ago, I posted here some pictures of fossils I took with a digital microscope - here are a few more Pyritized ammonites from the Early Jurassic of Charmouth (south England) This one measures approx. ~1cm diameter Indet. partial plesiosaur tooth from the Cretaceous of northern France. ~1cm tall And since you seemed to like the squid arm hooks, here are some more (from the Jurassic Belemnotheutis antiquus) All those hooks are from the specimen NHMUK 88603, in the invertebrate collections of the Natural History Museum (London) - each hooklet measures between 3mm and 5mm. Hope you liked all these Happy new year!
  8. Is it a fossil??

    Hi guys, Today I was going trough some old boxes of not very well preserved fossils and I stumbled upon this rock which i found before a few years in a limestone deposit on a fossil beach here in Bulgaria. (Echinoids and ammonites are common for this site). When I found it I thought it really resembled a fish spine, so I took it just in case it really was a fish spine (although I doubted it). So can anybody tell me if this is really a fossil of some sort or is it just some natural rock markings. Best regards to everybody!!
  9. My collection

    This is part of my collection I have acquired over the past year new to TFF just wanted to say hello to everyone. Many of other fossils packed away as I build more cases
  10. I’m looking for any input I can get on this one found in the Mogollon Rim area near Pine, AZ. Area is known for huge numbers of brachiopods, bryozoans, and other marine fossils. Brand newbie here, so please pardon any lack of proper vernacular. A friend pointed out that it almost looks like a large tooth though I’ve read how often looks can be deceiving. I can almost see a distinguishable line around the object from most angles that makes the appear somewhat symmetrical. I’ve got no clue what all the red stuff is either, but though some of the pics look like raw meat it is indeed rock solid. Could it be some type of fossilized tooth? petrified wood? I tried doing some research but I don’t even know where to begin. I will include a side by side pic of original and with a marking by line we (think) we see. Thank you!
  11. Teeth at Big Brook and Ramanessin NJ

    I found this tooth in Ramanessin Brook near Big Brook. The guy leading the group said it was a broken shark tooth but he was in a hurry and barely looked at it. I don’t think it looks like a shark tooth. The first picture shows the sharp edge on the front of the tooth.
  12. Help with Fossil ID

    I’m hoping I could get ID help with a couple of fossils that were found in the Mogollon Rim area near Payson, AZ.
  13. I visited Etobicoke Creek, and, as usual, the place was packed with fossils. Then I went to Credit River...a park near "The Riverwood Conservancy". At first I was disappointed, but in one place I found 3 little corals that had been packed into a mud path by hiker's boots. Here they are; all approximately 4 cm across.
  14. So for some time, I've had an interesting idea of displaying multiple types of fossils from the same area together in the same display case. I ended coming up with this quick and easy idea, though it was many months in the making. I found the box itself on Amazon. LINK It's nice because it has a soft velvet lining with the grid itself being removable and customizable, so you can display things how you want. A lot of my finds here in Missouri are smaller marine invertebrates, so this box worked well. I'm rather proud of myself on how this turned out. Brachiopods, bryozoans, blastoids, gastropods, corals, and crinoids all made it in this display, and were all found at the same location. All of these fossils came from a little town called Tightwad, Missouri. Missouri has a variety of Carboniferous fossils here, and almost nobody collects them around here from what I see. (I often get weird looks from people when they see me with my pick and my eyes fixed to the ground.) But alas, fossil hunting is a great addiction to have in my eyes because every day is a treasure hunt.
  15. Tribolite fossil or impression on rock?

    Ok guys! Have taken your advice, stopped looking for bones and focused on sea related shapes, found this guy yesterday, looks like it might be animal rather than plant? Help please! Have a SMALL Bic lighter for scale.
  16. These 2 little cones (Centre right and Lower left...~1cm long each) were in some quarried rock in Burlington Ontario. Presumably transported from elsewhere in Ontario. There were scattered crinoid stems on the same rock (All little donuts...oriented in the same direction) I can't figure out what the cones are. Any suggestions?
  17. There were lots of fossils at a municipal promenade in Oakville Ontario. I couldn't identify many of them. Attached are images of a stalk-like critter and of some peculiar 9cm long colony with segments linear features.
  18. A walk on the shore west of Toronto turned out to be another fossil day. Some photos of as yet unevaluated things attached.
  19. Today was gorgeous west of Toronto. But there was shopping to do, so I drove but nipped away for "bored husband" fossil hunt in parking lots, etc. Didn't have a ruler or my brushes. Photographed fossils at a flooded yacht club parking area, a lakeside promenade, a garden nursery, and at 2 stones guarding an exotic tree business parking area. Some images are attached.
  20. Marine Fossil Id Needed

    I found these fossils about a week ago next to Settlement Canyon Reservoir (Tooele County, Ut). I found them about 6600 feet up in elevation at about 1/5 mile away from the reservoir. The images are of the same rock but taken at different angles and sides, all except the last picture.
  21. We took the family over to Ireland this past week. Sadly no time for fossil hunting expeditions. But that doesn't mean I wasn't scoping out areas. While fossil hunting doesn't appear to be popular in Ireland you could tell there's plenty of potential. Especially for marine fossils. Over at Rope Bridge near Giants Causeway in the North you could see shells embedded in the cliff face (100' above the beach). In the Aillwee cave by the Cliffs of Moher there was evidence of more shells and other marine life. I would have loved to have been able to get on the beach below some of these cliff faces and do some exploring. A local shop has these small samples. Nothing great but always like to pick up local stuff.
  22. I have been an avid collector of Astoria Formation fossils from the Oregon coast for a number of years, and plan on putting up a web page that shows every known invertebrate species from the Newportian stage of the Astoria formation (plus as many vertebrate and plant species as possible). In my collection I am still short by a dozen or so invertebrate species out of the nearly-100 described in the literature, although I have also found a dozen or so that AREN'T in the literature, and plan on describing and naming them if they are indeed "new" species. So I was wondering if there were any fellow collectors that have unusual stuff that they could share photos of. One of my recent finds was a conifer cone (shown below), although I don't know what genus and species it belongs to (does anybody know?).
  23. I have a good number of my micro vertebrate fossils in gem jar displays. I probably have 100+ gem jar displays. However until just recently I didn’t have a single Riker display case. I just bought one so I could show a few of my macro Eocene marine fossils from Virginia to a couple of collectors that I now collect with. I didn’t want to just put them in a gallon baggie to show the next time I went collecting. So the below picture is my first Riker display case. I don’t label anything in my collection any more with id labels. I used to id label everything years ago but got tired of having to change the labels as genus and species names changed. The Riker display case is 8” by 12” for size reference. The very top has two rows of three different species of sea snake vertebrae. Then there are two sawfish rostral teeth, an Otodus tooth, and portions of two ray tail spines. Then a partial ray dental plate, four anterior sandtiger teeth, and two shark scroll coprolites. Then a single medial tooth from a ray dermal plate and a bony fish jaw. Then two turtle carapace pieces and two rooted croc teeth. Lastly two turtle lower jaws and two more turtle carapace pieces. EDIT: I've added a number of specimens to the above Riker display case. See the picture below: Marco Sr.
  24. Colorado Fossils

    This summer, I am going on a trip to Colorado Springs. I am well aware that the state is filled with fossil sites but it seems like a lot of them prohibit collecting. I am wondering if anyone knows any sites in the area that allow public collecting. Preferably a site with lots of vertebrate material like Sharks or Dinosaurs. Thank You! (PS: I am still looking for some more information on fossils in St Georges Delaware. If you have any, please post it in my previous post.)
  25. 2017 Excursions

    Hi everyone! I Have not posted in a long time. I am going to be better and get back involved with my FF friends this new year. I have missed everyone and I am really working on getting back into my fossil excursions and specimen research. I just wanted to share a some of the adventures I had this year and I included my son on a few. He is only 7, so I can not take him to the big quarries just yet. I only went on a few trips this year, but each one was special and so full of friendship, fossil hunting and splendid moments of reuniting with friends whom share the same interest. Having my son along with me was priceless. Teaching him all about North Carolina paleontology and respect for nature has been amazing. I have been doing that with him since he was three years old. So, he already states he wants be a paleontologist or fireman. Love that! There were also beautiful discoveries of some gorgeous flora and fauna of the North Carolina wetlands and beaches. The fossils have been sparse, but just getting out in the field once in a while is the fine by me. Please comment if I have an identification incorrect and let me know about any identifications of some of the flora. Happy new Year! Libby View of part of the Castle Hayne Quarry, NC. Conus sp. Cone Shell . Eocene Hardouinia kellumi Hardouinia mortonis Latern NC stink bug! Murex