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Found 7 results

  1. Bacchus Marsh Trip

    This weekend I went on another fossil hunting trip with my dad. We went to a place called Bacchus Marsh which is around 65 km east of Melbourne. Here we went looking for Tertiary plant fossils such as Laurus and Cinnamonum. The site was a creek bed under an old bridge. The bridge was located next to the Western Freeway which connects Bacchus Marsh to Melbourne, and extends north to south, eventually emptying into the Werribee river (about 2km away). The creek also goes under the freeway through two tunnels and you can look for fossils on both sides of the freeway, but the side near the bridge had the best rocks. The rocks we looked for were Ferruginous sandstones which are late Paleocene (59 million) to Middle Miocene (14 million). The creek was dry and it didn't look there had been water in it for a long time.
  2. Fossil Beach Trip

    Hello, Today I went fossil hunting down at Fossil Beach which is located on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. I have been there a few times before, but it always fun and I always find some good fossil specimens. The formation there is known as the Fyansford formation which is middle Miocene (10-15 miilion years old). The weather was beautiful and warm, with no wind at all and almost flat seas. Daniel. Everything I found. Gastropods Gypsum Crystal
  3. Vertebrate findings or geology??

    Hi I have currently had some trouble indentifying some ichnofossils from this middle miocnen place, but I have ended up facing a big dilemma... There are some pieces which do not have bony structure, at least on their surface , but I cannot identify with any ichnofossils type(pupal chambers, burrowings, galleries...). I have started to think actually whether or not I am facing vertebrate bones, although it has always been my last idea in mind. The facies is continental and there have been findings of turtles, mastodonts and some equids nearby. I do not want to related these pieces with them but I jaut dont think geology can erode in these forms so many rocks in a 10 square meters area... I post now some photos, and thanks in advance
  4. Unidentified galleries

    Hi everyone! I'm having some trouble classifying some ichnofossils which date back to the middle Miocene. They come from lacustrine/low-energy continental waters. If it helps, I've already identified some other ichnofossils in the area such as Celliforma, Planolites, Psilonichnus, Scoyenia, Palaeophycus, Teisseirei, Camborygma... This first photos are gallery "dead ends" which from my point of view share many caracteristics and should be a recognised ichnogenera. They show striation lines in the ventral part, some kind of "leg dragging" This second set seems like pupation chambers to me. They share some characters with Rebuffoichnus but I don't know for sure what it may be
  5. Shark Tooth Hill

    My son, Sean, treated me to a trip at the famous Ernst Shark Tooth Hill Quarry. We spent a total of two full days digging and about an hour sifting but the wind was to strong to be productive. The dust there is like fine powder, didn't know the human ear could hold so much dust. The rest of the trip was fantastic, mild temps and calm wind. Everyone wants to find that elusive Meg. but not the case for us Texans. I did find a lower Hemipristis which are very uncommon at the site. Pictured are my finds of two days digging, lots of Isurus planus and one 2 1\2 l.hastalis also a whale and two dolphin ear bones. Found some smalls as well, one Squatina and numerous dog fish teeth. Salvaged several teeth that were in matrix, makes neat display. Some of my finds suffered on the jet flight back to Dallas so next time will bring better packing material. Pictured are four colorful teeth from the West private quarry that can be seen behind the picture of Sean and me. They are totally different in color and better preserved, was lucky enough to meet the co-owner of the quarry and he sold me a couple of teeth, would love to hunt that one. Would I do another trip to Bakersville, Calf. Absolutely in a heartbeat, the Meg. still waits for me but thankful for the teeth I and my son found.
  6. Mysterious molar

    Hello, I'm new in this forum I'd like to start up with a question about a molar teeth I hope some of you could answer I found this tooth in middle Miocene strata, and I don't know what it is. The first thing I thought was that it was just a simple tooth from a present animal, but I can't math my tooth with wolfs, foxes nor dogs. I thought then about it being Miocene old and I wonder if it could be Amphicyon or Hemicyon, which I know that have been found in a nearby locality. I can't found enogh material on the internet to clarify this, so a little help would be awesome. I think it is a milk tooth because the root nor any signal of it has been preserved. Thanks in advance!
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