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  1. Missouri fossil of some kind

    Found this interesting rock at the creek today and was wondering what y'all can tell me about it? I can find cool stuff all day but I can't really tell y'all much about it. The little round thing in it is what I was most curious about, and I just figured it would be cool for you all to look at as well.
  2. Fossil ID

    I found this in schuyler county, Missouri about 3 or 4 miles from lancaster a few weeks ago. My grandson would like to take it to school but I felt we needed a bit more information. I am not even positive it IS petrified wood and amber. Whatever it is, I think it's extra pretty!
  3. Tooth?

    This caught my eye while scouting (and wading, still in the low 90°'s in MO) an stretch of Sugar Creek that was new to me.
  4. Another unidentified specimen from central Lincoln county Missouri. Found today while walking Sugar Creek.
  5. Hi all, I was on the bank of a creek west of Festus, MO and I found this odd looking rock. It was partially buried in the mud. I didnt think anything of it until my wife said "that thing looks like a turd." I began researching coprolite and I'm curious what your thoughts are. I've always loved pre-historic history but my knowledge of fossils is extremely limited, to put it lightly. There is a crack that runs along the back in which there appears to be a quartz-like material. Any information or opinions would be much appreciated!
  6. Fossils??

  7. Fossils??

  8. Please help to identify.

    Hi all my name is Jeff. Long time listener, first time caller. I found this while walking the Cuiver River in central Lincoln co. MO. Would definitely appreciate some input!
  9. Shell

  10. Finger rocks??

  11. Fossil

    My recent find on my arrowhead huntings.
  12. Hi, I am Joel, I am completely new to this forum, and I came here because I need some help on something I have been absolutely fascinated with. At work in St. Louis, Missouri, the other day, I found on our lot what I believe to be a chunk of limestone approx. 5" x 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" thick which has some VERY interesting features on one side, and I have spent the better part of the last few days searching the internet for images of fossils that resembled anything on this rock - and aside from the little 'seashell' at the one end, came up largely emptyhanded. I am not sure if the lines on this rock are plant, animal, or possibly even insect. I am sorry to say, this rock was not found in it's native strata, but rather plucked from the building's low-maintenance landscaping - they used crushed limestone as a topping in some areas outside the building, and this one, owing to it's large size, stood out. How long it has been exposed to the elements, I don't know, but I was amazed at how crisp the lines were, with depth, and sharpness, they don't seem to have experienced much weathering at all. I tried photographing the lines to pick up on that detail - the sharpness, but couldn't capture it - not enough zoom. One small possibility, at one end of our building, there IS a limestone outcropping - perhaps one of my coworkers was strolling on the property one day, stooped to examine a rock (this rock) recently calved from that outcropping, and just happened to carry it back towards the door, and dropping it amongst all the other bits of crushed limestone? I took a ton of photos, picked the best, reduced them and uploaded as many as allowed. Can anybody even suggest what I am looking at, and where I might find more information? Any help at this point would be a godsend! Joel H
  13. Trilobite belly?

    We found this fossil today in a creek bed in Ballwin, MO (west of St. Louis) and tried to figure out what it was. Thinking that it's the belly of a trilobite, but we're having a hard time verifying anything! Would love to show our daughter the whole thing!
  14. Straparolus gastropod?

    Good evening, I recently picked this up on one of my hikes I took a couple days ago in Benton County, Missouri. It was in thick woods and pretty shady, so I really wasn't able to make out anything but crinoid bits. I almost chucked it away, but thought I would keep it anyway and I'm glad I did. No apparent formation around but it appears to be Burlington/Keokuk crinoidal limestone. I'm not much of a gastropod fellow, but this appears to be one to me (possibly Straparolus?). I haven't done much prep, just enough to see the lines I saw after scrubbing it with a toothbrush and warm soapy water. Not sure if it could be id'd at this stage or even when I fully prep it (maybe too weathered?), but i figured it would be worth asking others, thanks in advance. Jackson G
  15. 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.
  16. Unknown find

    Hi all, I hope everyone's out enjoying their summer. I know I am, as Ive finished and mapped out a couple more spots to hunt with all this high water Missouri has. I found this recently at a new location, and I believe it to be from the Burlington Formation. It looks to me kind of like a Straparolus gastropod. If anyone else could help confirm or deny that, I thank you ahead of time! Found in Henry County, Missouri.
  17. Missouri Fossil ID Help

    I found this fossil on a hiking trail near Eureka, Missouri. It was on top of a hill. There is a natural spring on the trail at the base of the hill. I think it is some kind of coral or sponge, but I can’t find any pictures that look exactly like this so I don’t know what it is. Any help you can give me is appreciated!
  18. Need help identifying this tooth which was found in the Mississippi river near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. The river bed is constantly dredged to pull sand from the bottom of the river to the river bank. Area is near Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.
  19. 3 Day Trip with my girl

    Hi Folks, I am planning out my first long road trip to collect with my youngest daughter for next week.(she's 13 and we have our local Pennsylvanian rocks we collected together for years, but I have been overseas working for a year, and I am getting ready to go back to do one more year, and I want to do something fun with her and she asked to go look at rocks and collect since she knows it's my favorite thing I never get to do) Anyway, I've been out of country until about 2 weeks ago, and I know there's been a ton of rain in Oklahoma, and I am curious if I should try to head to Mineral Wells and Jacksboro in Texas, and maybe head back towards Arkansas, or should I head north to Kansas and maybe cross over into Missouri. I'm at a loss since I don't get much US news in Vietnam, so I have no idea what everyone's weather has been like, and I'm not looking for honey hole suggestions, just a few places I can take her that she can find stuff and we can just have some time together. Pay sites are okay too if you have some suggestions. Thanks, Jim
  20. What bone is this?

    I’m not ashamed to admit I'm new to this stuff. I can only assume this is a fossil because it doesn't look like a normal rock. I was recently in missouri, looking for rocks. I found this in a puddle in the road, near a rock shelf. Can anyone here tell what it is.
  21. Mystery find

    Hello all, I found this a couple weeks back and forgot to post about this. Not sure if it's even a fossil, but any ideas are appreciated. I really cant make anything out. My best guess here is a bryozoan or sponge if it was anything. Found in Henry County, Missouri. Assumed age is Osagean, Mississippian, though I am not 100% certain and it could be older than I think.
  22. Unknown Missouri fossil

    Maybe someone could give me some idea what this is. Found in a pile of rocks in St. Louis area. Thanks!
  23. My fossil hunting friend came across this object in a creek in eastern Missouri. At first glance this ~1 cm diameter ball with stout spikes would seem to be some sort of camerate crinoid, but the spikes cover the entire surface, with no apparent place to put arms, column, mouth, or anus. (Side note: That must be the crinoid folksong community's version of "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.") From there my fallback would be coral, or perhaps sponge, but the complete coverage around the whole sphere (see attached video) has me a bit baffled. The creek flows through mostly Meramecian (Visean) Mississippian bedrock, in particular the Salem Limestone. There is abundant chert, with common silicified fossils, which is what I believe this to be, though I have not examined it myself. Perhaps this is the internal mold of something? The chert bits I have seen from this creek, and from this region in general, are by and large not internal molds, but rather proper replacement fossils. I guess this oddity just has me reaching. Any thoughts with regard to identification would be most appreciated. video-1562025086_u3dNmuqY_sDVP.mp4
  24. A few Missouri unknowns

    These are some of my new finds from a roadcut in Fenton Missouri that I recently heard about. I mostly find crinoid pieces (including a few Platycrinites), fenestrate bryozoans and some Archimedes. I'm not sure what the larger fossil is in the first picture. I'm thinking a plate of a large crinoid but I'm probably wrong. The next two I'm not convinced are worth noting. I don't know if they're part of a calcite vein/geode-like structure or very weathered fossils.