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  1. Hello everyone, I am pretty new to the fossil hunting game, mostly just picking up a few shells or leaf imprints when I am out hiking but when I returned to school in Florida I started to get a bit more interested in actually researching and exploring with the intention of fossil hunting. On the drive back to Florida from Denver I decided to break the trip up into 6-8 hour drive days and camp while hitting some fossil opportunities. Also it kept me fairly isolated with Covid restrictions. With that in mind I planned a route to hit a few different sites: Quay County, NM has reports of phytosaur teeth although I was mostly hiking at this locale. Lots of literature on the area with some nebulous directions, I puddled around on a small streambed I scouted out prior to the trip and ended up finding a fossilized vertebra which I will call a phytosaur based on its size and reports that the area appears to host these species almost exclusively. I was a little out of my element and spent a bit more time hiking and enjoying the West side of the US while camping at the free Mills Canyon Rim Campground which I enjoyed very much. Mineral Wells and Jacksboro Fossil sites, TX - well known sites that I spent a bit of time at. Pretty much every other fossil I found on this trip came from these areas. I made a mistake and passed up my planned campground at Kiowa instead staying at Possum Kingdom campground because the reviews were good and was sorely disappointed. The area is very built up and it is more of a place to bring a boat and an RV than what I wanted. But never know unless you try, there is a nicer campground at Fort Richardson near the Jacksboro locality I would recommend instead. Found a few different specimens including an intact crinoid cup, a small trilobite, and some other common specimens. Embarrassingly while at mineral wells I found what I initially took to be a trilobite in Matrix and was incredibly excited as it was by far the most distinguished find there. Fast forward to being home I cleaned the specimen and started trying to id it only to find that it didn't really fit any description...then I gave it a quick lick and discovered that it was very much still organic and warm so I have included a picture if someone wants to tell me what strange bug eggs or cocoon I likely licked. 100% not a fossil though as it started to ooze once squeezed. North Sulfur River, TX - Flooded and rained out so passed it up largely because I didn't want to try camping after wading in freezing water all day. Campground is listed under freecampgrounds and is on the Ladonia Wildlife Area. I'll hit this site on the way back. Mississippi 'Red Hot Truck Stop' Locality, MS - No luck here either although I didn't put in much effort, the campground I selected was closed so I spent a night in the back of my car and felt like getting back to Pensacola. In retrospect, I should have spent more time touring around this area but the Red Hot Truck Stop is now a Walmart parking lot and I didn't really feel like poking around that area after spending the past week hiking around some of the areas out West. So overall, a mixed success trip but, like I said I was more looking for a good way to split up a drive back home and my experience is pretty limited. I've included pictures of the specimens I found with labels, if anyone from the areas wants to correct them please feel free, I am sure that many of them are wrong. If you would like a better picture of a specimen just let me know. A: Phytosaur Vertebra B: Assorted Crinoid Discs C: Chonetinella sp. - Brachiopoda D: Ditomopyge sp. - Arthropoda E. Bactrites sp. - Mollusca...some sort of orthoconic nautiloid
  2. Well, it's hot in Texas in August. 107 is the forecast for Saturday. Soooo...I'm hunting at home! Still having fun with the micro matrix stuff! This time, it's from Mineral Wells, TX. While i have been there a variety of times and found lots of great stuff, I never looked quite THIS close to find fossils! So a pound of washed matrix and my microscope camera landed me a few neat things. I was hoping for a whole Trilobite (which I have found three small ones at Mineral Wells) no full trilos this time, but some trilo bits! But my favorite things are the Crinoid parts...the geometric architectural elements of crinoids simply amaze me. So here are my favorite Mineral Wells Minis. All of these are 1/8 inch and smaller. Echinoid Plates and Spines: (Big one is 1/8 inch) Trilobite Bits: Crinoid fragments (stems, calyx, bulb, and arm structures) I am simply amazed by the geometry of these! And a couple of tiny gastropods: I"m not completely sure what this is...I assume a bit of crinoid, but it has a different texture than the others.
  3. Hi everyone! Well, I am completely in love with hunting micro matrix I got some Mineral Wells matrix and am having a blast finding the littles. But a few things have me flumoxed. Any help would be appreciated on ID'ing these things. All of these are tiny - 1/8 to 1/16 inch (2mm-4mm) Thanks so much!! Many of these "claw" looking things. If they were from the Cretaceous, I'd say they were Crab Claws....but Pennsylvanian I don't know. Are they crinoid spines? I have a variety of "typical" crinoid spines which look nothing like these: 1. 2, 3. "Club" looking things. Again, I'm assuming some part of a Crinoid? 4, "Arrow shaped" things....crinoid? And if so, what part? 5. 6. Weird "seed pods". Found at least 4 of them. I haven't tried to crush one, perhaps they are actually modern seed pods? 7. The weirdest one of all - "the bat" 8. And this thingl 9. Lastly....are these Arixtotles Lantern? Echionid Mouthparts? 10 . 11. 11 THANKS FOR LOOKING!
  4. Mineral Wells Fossil Id

    I was at mineral wells fossil park for the first time recently and was sorting some the finds today. I found 3 fossils that I could use some help IDing. #1 I believe is a Crinoid calyx. #2 is a crinoid but it has a weird growth on the side of the it. #3 also appears to be a Crinoid but it is full of holes. There’s no apparent pattern to them and they are on all sides of it. All holes are roughly uniform in size in shape. I can post more photos of any of them. Thanks for any help.
  5. Mineral Wells, TX Fossil Finds

    Hello Fossil Friends! I recently went on a kayak camping trip on the Brazos River in North Texas and made a stop by the Mineral Wells Fossil Park. We found some incredible fossils both on the river and at the park! I was so excited about our finds that cleaning and ID'ing the fossils took priority over any cleaning and tidying up of camping gear... I started with the Mineral Wells fossils, since there were a lot of great specimens and some decent information available online about the fossils from that park. I was able to ID a lot of specimens easily (crinoids, nautiloids, bivalves, brachiopods, bryozoa, gastropods, sponges, corals and trilobites). This post contains the fossils (or what I think look like fossils!) from Mineral Wells Fossil Park that I have not been able to ID. This is my first attempt at any fossil hunting and identification, so please bear with me and I am open to any and all advice! I don't have a macro lens, so these pictures are just about as good as it's going to get. HOWEVER I would be willing to try to get more/better pictures if needed to help ID! Any assistance TFF community can give me on ID'ing these would be so greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance. Location: Mineral Wells Fossil Park, Texas Park is dated to Pennsylvanian Period, just over 300 million years ago #1 #2. It is a bit difficult in the picture to see what I think is interesting about this find... In the first (scaled) image, it looks like there may be some small bumps around a central raised area.. possible echinoid plate? #3 #4 #5. #6 #7 #8 #9 #10. This didn't clean up as well as I'd hoped, but I picked it because it looked like a closed mollusk. A piece broke off during cleaning which makes me think it may be just a rock? #11. Crinoid cirrus? Root? Maybe a small piece of stalk? #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17
  6. Mineral Wells Texas find question

    I went to Mineral Wells fossil park a few months back and I have a couple of finds that I'm unsure of. This is one of those finds. Is it a piece of a trilo or something else? Thank you.
  7. Hi all! I just joined this forum and want to thank everyone upfront for such a great resource and community. My wife and I recently relocated to north texas from upstate new york. We fossil hunted up there and since we moved to texas have found some great specimens. It has been amazing having the opportunity to hunt new deposits! Last weekend we went to mineral wells and post oak creek...both places we found from reading this forum! I think a lot of what we found is quite common but definitely very different from what we are used to in New York. We found shark teeth, shells, corals and some stuff we cannot identify...We even found what looks like a piece of native american pottery (reddish square on right side. Thanks again for looking and let me know if you see anything interesting. We are eager to learn!
  8. I recently went on a collecting trip ending in the Triassic of New Mexico. I collected in four states and covered 6 geologic time periods. I have a number of trip reports to do, and I usually like to have everything identified before I post. However, I am waiting on some brachiopod identification resources (productids), and I want to get this out while I have time (more reports coming as I work on the specimens from each site). This report is on the Mineral Wells Fossil Park. It was four hours out of my way, but I was determined to get there on this trip (my first to the site) and managed to get in two hours of collecting. This is a great site, and kudos (and THANKS) to the Dallas Palaeontological Society, Mineral Wells Parks and Recreation Department and all others who helped make this great park possible.
  9. Crinoid material?

    These tiny fossils all have a groove along the long axis. The surface is textured, but not reminiscent of bryozoan zooecia. Are these perhaps crinoid pinnules? Mineral Wells fossil Park, Keechi Creek Shale, Mineral Wells Fm., Late Pennsylvanian (Missourian). Scale in mm.
  10. Question about Mineral Wells

    What is the consensus on the name of the formation exposed at Mineral Wells Fossil Park? I've seen both Keechi Creek Shale of the Mineral Wells Formation, Strawn Group, Missouri Series (Pennsylvanian Period) and I've seen Salesville Shale, Desmoinesian. Does anyone have a citation for a peer-reviewed paper that provides empirical data supporting the formation name given and correlating it with other exposures?
  11. Mineral Wells Texas, Nut or?

    A veterinarian friend of mine went on a cub scouts camping trip with his son. The group found this fossil at Mineral Wells State Park located in Texas. The cub scouts are curious if this is a plant or animal fossil? Any identification help would be appreciated. Thank you for any help!!! Jill
  12. Mineral or fossil?

    I found this out at Mineral Wells. I think it is a mineralization pattern, but I wanted to see if anyone else had any insight or could confirm that to be the case. Most everything I have found has been crinoids or sea shell in nature. If it is fossil it doesn't really match with anything else I have found there. The other sides are just yellow to cream colored stone.
  13. Bivalve ID

    I found these a while back at Mineral Wells, TX. I have been collecting fossils for years, but never bothered to ID any of them. To me it's about the fun of the hunt and discovery. But I'm trying to expand my knowledge of the field and the specimens I've collected. So I would appreciate any education as to what these are. They're all 2 cm or smaller. I've got more, but I think this is an adiquate sample of what I have to give an ID. The predominant fossils in the area are crinoids though.
  14. Mineral Wells Fossil Park, TX

    Hello, I am hoping someone familiar with the brachiopods of the Mineral Wells Fossil Park, TX (Late Pennsylvanian) and vicinity, might recognize this taxon. It looks to me like an Athyrididae. Perhaps Cleiothyridina sp.?. @BobWill ? I also have some Punctospirifer cf. P. kentuckiensis from the same site. Here's the specimen in question. Thanks for any help.
  15. Road Cut

    This is from a second road cut west of Mineral Wells. I suspect plant of some type by the folding(?) seen in the end cuts. Any ideas or is it just a really cool piece of sandstone?
  16. Smashed stem?

    Found this is small item in a road cut west of Mineral Wells TX. The length is about that of a q-tip and difficult to get a good photo of. I'm guessing it is a smashed stem of some kind. Any help would be appreciated.
  17. Mineral Wells

    I was driving on Hwy 20 in TX just west of the Mineral Wells exit and stopped at an old road cut. I'm not sure what it is and my guesses are typically wrong but I'm going out on a limb and guessing the shell of a seed pod (?).
  18. NSR-Post Oak-Mineral Wells

    It has been a while since I posted last. School has been hectic, and I have been out of the country as well. I was blessed with the opportunity a few months ago to go to some of the best hunting areas in Texas, all of them places I had wished to visit for years. My mother was a real sport crawling down to the rivers, avoiding the snakes and leeches... We arrived in Ladonia, and drove by the river to get an idea of what the hunting would be like. We skipped on going to the park, knowing it would be well picked over, particularly since the last month it had been flooded, shifting everything. So I got a map and found a different overpass, and we got out to look. (Just so you know, if you ever plan to go here take LOTS of bug spray, sun screen and water. There are chiggers and mosquitoes and lots of spiders. And it is hot. Very, very hot.) It was a very steep climb down to the river bed it's self, so I would advise taking good boots and a walking stick. It started pretty slow, but we managed to find several giant oysters (Name seems to escape me at the moment!) Stumbled over a small creek that flowed into the main river, and headed down it. The goal was to find some mosasaur related material, but we were not having any luck. And just after we headed back to the car, I looked down to see a huge vertebrae! Not going to lie. I was ecstatic! (And yes, it was a lucky coincidence that I happened to be wearing a Jurassic Park T-shirt, haha) I cleaned it up a bit, and this photo was taken back at our bed and breakfast that we were staying at. Good explanation for the terrible lighting. It was a good start to the trip! The next morning we were up and at it again, early. Got out on the river probably by 8. Found some bits and pieces of a Xiphactinus bone, but no more mosasaur for the rest of the trip. There were some nice ammonites and baculites, and then took the afternoon one of the days to head up to Sherman and get teeth. The teeth are of course abundant, and it was so much fun finding them! We ended up with 70+ teeth before heading back to the car. If you have not been there, it has a steep incline if you choose to go to the small bridge rather than the highway. I filled up a five gallon bucket to take home and sort through. About 60 lbs! It was interesting getting it up the incline. We got back to Ladonia, and searched for fossils again, (My goal was to get a Mosasaur tooth) but were unsuccessful, so turned in for the night. We then headed out the next morning again, and saw several water snakes, They are completely harmless though, but a good reminder of the Cottonmouths that inhabit the same waters. And, the leech was an added but unnecessary bonus haha! And no, I didn't kill it. It wasn't doing anything so i just...took it really far off and put it back in the water. The mosy vert was nice, but I decided to split some of the shale because there are ammonites in it. They are just very fragile. Took a while, but I was picking up a large slab, and it split perfectly, all by itself when I lifted it out of the water. I need to prep it, but since this is a very delicate job I am considering hiring someone who has more experience. The special thing about this fossil is the fact the ammonites beak is preserved. I fell in love with it immediately. (Unfortunately I had my camera in a checked bag going to Africa, and it...doesn't work now. So I had to take these with a phone.) I am going to try to see about getting some better ones, because in these photos it is hard to tell what you are looking at. Continued in next post....
  19. I took my first plunge into the Pennsylvanian on February 13th, with a trip to Mineral Wells Fossil Park in Mineral Wells, TX. The scenery headed toward the park Assorted crinoid parts (Continued... )
  20. My sister and brother in law are taking a little trip to the Mineral wells area. And they would like to do some fossil hunting. They're very adventurous and would (probably) be OK with going just about anywhere. They're going to be there the 28th of November. Any help to point them in the right direction would be much appreciated. Thanks, TFF!
  21. Hi everyone, I've been trying to plan this for a while as I've wanted to go to Mineral Wells Fossil Park (http://www.mineralwellsfossilpark.com). My plan is to be there around 8:30 am or so, get a few hours done before the sun goes crazy. Afterwards, if anyone knows good locations, we can visit those, otherwise we can call it a day! If anyone is interested in meeting up that day, let me know! The more the merrier. Cheers, Hashem
  22. I need help with an ID for this. This was found at Mineral Wells Fossil Park, in TX, Pennsylvanian, with many crinoids and brachiopods around. Looks to me like coral or bone?? closeup another view Thanks in advance for any help.
  23. Need help with identifying... looks like worms?? found in the mineral wells fossil park, palo pinto county, texas.....about an inch and a half long, many crinoids and brachiopods in the immediate area. Reverse side
  24. My birthday was last week and my wife surprised me having found and purchased a copy of the book the Pennsylvanian Fossils of North Texas. It's a great book but I have not been out in the field with it yet. I've dabbled in these fossils for about 20 years but I've never hit the better known areas such as Jacksboro, Lake Bridgeport or Mineral Wells. I plan on spending more time with these fossils moving forward. It may sound silly but near the top of my hunting want list is to find a nice trilobite or two. I'm curious to know if any of you have had any luck finding them at any of the better known areas and with what frequency they are found. I still like to find crinoids too. I'd love to find one that is still articulated. Most of the pennsylvanian fossils I find are small, well preserved and detailed. I'm sure that all varies with locality. Horn corals and molluscs certainly look nice in a shadowbox and they don't take up nearly the space that my ever growing mosasaur collection does. I've been reading the posts on here and I want to go see what I can turn up. I recently discovered an area in Montague county. I don't know how large of an area is exposed at this site. Any pointers or advice that will help me in search of my first trilobite would be appreciated. Any observations gained from your experience that will help me in my quest for pennsylvanian fossils esp around Lake Bridgeport, would very much be appreciated.