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  1. Location: Missouri Local geological map dictates that the area is Pennsylvanian Found in a rock pile left by construction workers that blasted out the rock. I posted a few of these teeth onto r/FossilID but I have not gotten any good responses to the ones below! So I made an account to show my as of right now unidentified specimen! I have found a few shark teeth in the area, such as Petalodus , and a few teeth that look to be from Eugeneodontida. These are by far my smallest shark teeth, and I was very fortunate to find any!
  2. Stigmaria fossil or rock?

    Hey there, I recently found this in a dried up creek bed in Benton County, Missouri. The creeks dried up only for a good few months, so I'm not familiar with it at all. It was about half way buried in some creek sediment, but it caught my eye because of the dimples I saw on both sides so I brought it back home with me. I'm not certain its a fossil, but it looks some similar to Stigmaria fossils I've seen before. I know most of them are sediment-filled casts of the root mold. Any idea if this is one? Wishful thinking? Thanks in advance.
  3. Hi! I'm taking a day trip out to central Missouri for some fossil hunting around Columbia and Jeff City. Does anyone have any good ideas for places to visit? I'm planning on just stopping when I see an interesting road cut.
  4. Another ID needed

    Hi this is another one that my granddaughter and I found along the creek bed in house springs, mo. I can tell that it is a bone. I did the tongue test thing and my tongue did stick to it. ( Gross just thinking about it) I'm assuming it's some sort of bone of a deer however we have so many wild and domestic animals around here it could be anything. The granola bar in the last pic of the bone is there to hold it on its size. It's about 5-6" long. Any help would be greatly appreciated. What animal and what bone would be fantastic. Then the last pics were also found around in the same location. I know there are spiral (screw like) fossils in this as well just can't remember what they are called. I'm interested in the fan shaped thing. Thanks everyone!!!!
  5. New Help with an ID

    Hi my granddaughter and I found this along the creek bed in house springs, mo. I think that it is a bone of some sort and there are shinies in all the dark spots. Especially the top where the hole is. The hole is very porius I'm assuming because of the marrow. So I'm assuming it's old but just an amateur hunter here and never found any type of bone before I have more photos but these give the best description. 1st photo is standing up. The rings shine. 2 photo is of the side. Dark spots glitter. 3 is on the side but slightly turned. 4th is the bottom. 5 is front facing again bottom brown ring glitters. 6th Ariel view not very good.. 7th is of the dimensions of the hole. The whole piece is about 1 1/2" wide by 2" long. The hole is about 1" wide by 3/4" deep. Like I said the rings and dark spots are shiny like it has quartz in it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would like to know if it is for sure a bone, what kind of bone it is, and also If you know what animal it could be from, if it is a bone. Thanks everyone!!!!
  6. Found this guy whilst walking to the mailbox. Probably the most exciting random and unexpected find I've had to date. I turned over a flake of limestone that had separated from a larger section lining my driveway and there it was. It's roughly 1 cm by 1 cm. Here it is after some light roughing out. #1 #2 I am very happy the right side cusplet survived! #3 Interesting - unsure what this is and if I should spend the time trying to expose it further. #4 Specimen as it is now. Still needs a lot more work. I'm hesitant to progress further until I decide how I want to display it. I can't decide if I'll leave the other fossils around it or not, but I am leaning on doing so. What do you think?
  7. Missouri Mineral/Fossil ID

    Found in Jackson County Missouri (I didn't find it myself, but I can most likely get more info on location it was found.) I do believe it was found in a dirt road alley. Long dark grey and brown striations, that cannot be scratched with my nail. Then on one side in a few large chunks, an orange/brown (rust colored) residue, that can be scratched off. I thought my pictures were going to look much better than this. So I can get better pictures ASAP if need be. Let me know any other information I need to provide. Thank you for looking! Hope everyone is safe and healthy out there!
  8. What is this fossil?

    Found this fossil in Warrenton, Missouri in a creek. Would like to know what it is.
  9. Cluster of crinoids?

    Hi thanks for taking the time to look at my post. Just for verification, I'm wondering if this is a group of crinoids in one rock? I found this near the Mississippi River in a Creek bed in Northeast Missouri. Thanks
  10. Does anyone know what this might be? The surface of the rock is flat.
  11. Fossilized imprint scales Missouri?

    Can anyone help me out with this one, found on broken large shelf in seep spring run lighter lines are raised but middle of imprint is recessed with a slight stippled texture...each "square" is roughly 2"×2"....ideas???
  12. These washed out after a rain from a line along a hillside in southeast Missouri.
  13. Fossil ID help

    Found in stream in Eureka, MO. I always find alot of these. Just want to know its name so I can find a picture of it. Thank you!
  14. Is this a tooth???

    Hi all, once again, this was found in a stream in Eureka, MO, USA. It is about 1.5 inches long and very light weight.
  15. Found in stream in Eureka, MO, USA. About 1.5 inch diameter and 3 inch from base of fossil to inside hole.
  16. Fossil found in stream in Eureka, MO, USA. About 3 inch long; 1 inch thick.
  17. Fossil found in stream in Eureka, MO, USA. About 1 inch.
  18. Hi all, I found this in a stream in Eureka, MO, USA. If anyone can help me with identifying, please do!
  19. Need help with identifying fossil

    Found fossil in stream in Eureka, Missouri, USA. Does anyone know what the fossil may be? It is about 1/2 inch.
  20. Need help with identification

    Found fossil in a stream in Eureka, Missouri, USA. Does anyone know what the fossil may be?
  21. Need ID Help please!

    I found this in a stream in central Missouri, USA. Not sure what it is... in the base it appears that a crinoid existed in it and that this may have been some sort of cap or stem from a crinoid- however I can't find any pictures of anything like this. Any help would be appreciated!
  22. Found in a creek in North Central Missouri USA The hollow portion looks much like a geode inside so maybe it isn't a fossil? Would like have best guesses please Thanks so much Sorry, the only Tape we have is in feet and inches
  23. A few days ago after searching our creek for fossil specimens I came across this sticking out of the leaves. It turned out to be larger than I expected, but it was getting dark so without a second thought I hastily yanked it from the ground and ran home with it. I cleaned it up a bit - all smug and pleased with my find. Then that evening I had the good fortune to read Robert Boessenecker’s excellent post about field notes. I’ve always thought fossils were awesome, and have collected them casually since I was little. I never put any real effort into learning more though. In the last few weeks I’ve only just scratched the surface and found myself among you good people because I couldn’t stop wondering what a certain fossil I had found was. You all helped me ID it, and it really started me on this whole fossil thing. Back to the fossil. I slapped myself upside the head and vowed to return to the site the following day. Luckily I knew exactly where it was located and there was the hole from where I had found the fossil so the lesson learned was much less painful than it could have been. 20 inches from the first hole I found this: Then things got interesting... After a few days of careful notes, digging, pictures, and some light prep: In the above picture they are arranged exactly as found. With north straight left of the picture and south straight right. North is also downhill and south is uphill. They were about 7 yards from the creek and I think pieces 1 and 2 were originally exposed by flooding. After some attempts at fitting them together here is the main base: The following picture is what I believe goes on top of the base. However I can’t get it to line up perfectly yet. All the pieces that have fit together fit very well, but since piece 5 was found uphill and behind/south of piece 4 it makes me think pieces 1 and 2 were originally above the base pieces and erosion caused them to be downhill from the buried pieces. Pieces 1, 2, and 5 fit together exactly. 7 could fit on top of 6 but not as perfectly as I can get the others to fit together. A few more detail shots. The only other thing in the excavation that was interesting so far was this specimen which I think may be a piece of Echinoid spine. It was underneath piece 4. I think it may be a species of Favosites, but further research on my part is needed. I’m still working on the stratigraphy of my area. I got lucky because the creek that I found it at is currently about to break its banks and flood the site. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some more pieces of the top section. I know it's a common fossil but I can’t wait to get back out there. I will update as I dig more!
  24. Burlington Formation trip

    The sun is exposed, snows melting, and many a birds chirping means it's nice enough to go scope out some Missouri Mississippian limestone! With the randomness of the weather this state gets, this is the first chance this year I've had to return to one of my favorite spots. This is one of many Burlington Formation exposures in Missouri. There are spots where the limestone consists of almost entirely crinoidal bits and pieces! Being the picky man I am, I mainly collect and prepare calyxs and brachs. Crinoids are king here, and will be by far the most common critter. They dominated the early shallow sea Missouri once was covered by. Its cool to see how many crinoidal bits some rock has just weathering away. There is about a good 12-16 feet (guesstimate) of the limestone currently exposed, much of remains underwater still. Eventually as time takes it toll, more pieces will weather, crumble, and eventually roll down hill. This area is constantly going above and under water. There is really no reliable time to hunt this spot, unless you know when water levels are low in the area. Rarely, one may find a nice crinoid calyx among the countless stems and other crinoid pieces. Usually they are pretty weathered like this one if they don't require any prep. Many of the calyxs found are just pieces, distorted, or crushed. It usually takes my eyes a hour or so before I can recognize calyxs quickly. I thought this chunk was cool. Its a heavily weathered calyx, with a small chunk of the stem at the base. I was shirtless today with it being the nice 60 degree weather. Seems Mr. Snake was enjoying it as well. That's all of the photos I got to take out at the lake. Finds coming soon when I'm home to take better pictures. I've only got a 30 minute drive from home, so here are the finds! I'll ID most of what I found later when I'm home with literature. I found a nice assortment of crinoidal calyxs, cups, plates, stems, and a few spines. Everything in the upper portion of the photo needs cleaned with some scribe/ abbrasive work. The rest should look good after I clean them with a pick, toothbrush, and warm soapy water. I also managed to pick up a nice rugose coral, a blastoid, a bryozoan, and a few brachiopods as well. March 3, 2020. My favorite find of the day And for those of you who like minerals, I found some nice calcite crystal as well. My favorite the honey color calcite Thanks for reading.
  25. Is This Petrified Wood?

    I've just started getting interested in fossils and started collecting ones I've found. I recently found what to me looks like petrified wood in a bag of pea gravel I got from Home Depot. Is this petrified wood? I've attached a picture of each side of the piece for help with identification. Thank you for the help!