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  1. Hi all, I'm relatively new to this forum and have been fossil hunting for a few seasons. I'm certain I've run into a few of you in the NJ brooks, since some have mentioned checking out this forum :). I'm hoping to be more active on this forum! A few months ago I found this fossilized bone on a gravel bank. Based on the concave end, I can only surmise that it is a distal femur or acetabulum. Thanks for any and all input! Krystal
  2. Hello! These were all found in Monmouth County, New Jersey (Late Cretaceous). I have believed the first tooth to be Xiphactinus Vetus for years but am a little thrown off by the general texture of it and after searching images of Xiphactinus teeth, I can't find another that looks similar. I have found deteriorated Mosasaur teeth with a similar appearance so I was wondering if it could just be stream-worn. The tooth is about an 1.5 inches long, has two very defined cutting edges and a nice curve (which are all consistent with X. Vetus). The last thing I could add - it either has 'fluting' or is faceted but I'm not sure how to determine that. The second set of pictures is of different shark teeth from the same location. As always, all help is greatly appreciated! -Frank
  3. I found this tiny, stream worn tooth a few months ago and was looking for opinions/information on it. I showed it to local paleontologists and was told it may be a theropod tooth but it's tough to be certain on a worn, isolated tooth. The tooth has faint serrations on both sides but they are much larger and are more visible on the distal side. The root section looks broken up but hopefully my pictures will give you an idea. It's tough to get good pictures of it due to it's size but here's my best effort. As always, all help is greatly appreciated! -Frank
  4. Hello, I recently found this bone fragment in Monmouth County New Jersey (Cretaceous) and was wondering if anyone knew what it was. My best guess is a Mosasaur tooth socket but the bone texture looked off to me. For comparison, the last picture is of the fossil in question compared to prior finds which were identified as Mosasaur tooth sockets. As always, all help is greatly appreciated!
  5. New Jersey Cretaceous bones with bites?

    Hello all! I wanted to ask the community for a little tutorial on Cretaceous bone with scavenge/predatory marks. These bones are all from Monmouth County New Jersey. I learned recently that a lot of scratch marks on bones are probably from crabs and I believe there were some carnivorous snails so I wanted see if there was anyway to tell if any of these pieces are definitely bite marks or not. Note- the third picture is the the back sides of the bones. As always, all help is greatly appreciated!
  6. Hi all, I am wondering what you guys think about the following 2 teeth that I've had fun finding in the brooks in Monmouth County, NJ. Do you think the 1st set of 3 pics is a Serratolamna serrata? In the 2nd set of 4 pics, I am showing a Cretolamna appendiculata (left) next to the unidentified tooth (right), which I suspect is a Cretoxyrhina mantelli based on the 1) broad + rounded + minimized cusplets, 2) angled + curved shape of the blade/tooth, 3) curved/cupped shape of the root. I sincerely appreciate all of your input!
  7. New Jersey Cretaceous ID help

    Greetings! I found this today in a Cretaceous stream in Monmouth County, NJ. My best guess would be some type of enchinoid, but I'm really not sure so I'm wondering if anyone knew what it was. I believe it to be from the Wenonah Formation. As always, any help is greatly appreciated! -Frank
  8. New Jersey Cretaceous skute/bone

    Hello, I recently found what looks like a piece of bone or skute and was wondering if anyone could identify it by the pattern. Unlike the crocodile and turtle skute I've found here, this appears to have little 'star' shapes rather then divots. Any help is greatly appreciated! -Frank
  9. New Jersey Cretaceous bone/vert ID

    Greetings! I found this in a Monmouth County, New Jersey (USA) Cretaceous deposit yesterday and haven't been able to identify it. The 'smooth' side is concave while other side is convex and appears to come to a point. If I had to guess, I would say it looks reptilian over fish but wanted to know if anyone had any thoughts. As always, any help is greatly appreciated; thanks! -Frank H
  10. Hello everyone! I'm looking to see if anyone has any thoughts on this one that I found in a Cretaceous deposit of Monmouth County, NJ. It is exactly what you would expect to see from a common drumfish (Anomoeodus phaseolus) except for the fact that it has two semi-symetrical grooves in it. I don't think they were caused by wear because of the way the enamel seems to fold in. I guess it could be pathological but wanted to see what everyone thought about it. As always, any help is greatly appreciated! -Frank Note- the 'group picture' is there for sake of comparison - they are other drumfish specimens from the same area.
  11. Microfossil photography

    Hey everyone, I am wondering if anyone knows a professional microscope that can be used to photograph microfossils. I need to make pictures of fossils such as bonefish teeth, ptychotrygon teeth, etc, that are 2-3 mm big. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks for any help.
  12. New Jersey Cretaceous bone

    Greetings! I recently found this piece of fossil bone around the Big Brook area of Monmouth County, New Jersey. I believe it to be Cretaceous. A lot of bone in this area is scrappy and tough to identify but I'm hoping either the structure or features might be able to identify what this is from (or anything else about it). Thanks again! -Frank
  13. NJ Ghost Shrimp Thallianasoid? Burrows

    Hi everyone, I have a couple questions about these two Late Cretaceous burrows. They look similar to the Ophiomorpha nodosa burrows which have the little fecal pellets lining the sides of the burrows, but these two look a little different. It seems like they are made out of a harder material compared to the Ophiomorpha burrows and they have almost no bumps on their sides. The first burrow is ~4 inches long and has faint bumps on it, and the second burrow is ~6 inches long and has no bumps on it at all. I'm thinking these could possibly be Thallianasoid burrows that were created in an environment that did not need as much sediment reinforcing. Thanks everyone for any help. Burrow 1: Burrow 2:
  14. NJ Dino Teeth

    Hi everyone, I found these two teeth in Monmouth County (cretaceous) some time ago and want to confirm their identifications. The first tooth I thought was a mosasaur tooth at first but then I noticed that it is very flat and has a lens-like cross-section. Sadly it's worn so the cutting edges don't have any sign of serrations. I don't know what it could possibly be other than a dryptosaur tooth, even though that would be unlikely. The second tooth I'm sure is a hadrosaur tooth with most of the root missing, but it looks a bit different- its crown is shorter and the ridge in the middle isn't prominent. I wonder if this has to do with the tooth position or whether it is from the upper or lower jaw. Is it possible to determine if it is from the upper or lower jaw? I appreciate any help. Thanks!
  15. Hello everyone! I need some help on identification with a few fossils from Monmouth County, New Jersey. I believe the fossils in the first two groups of pictures are all Cretaceous Marine reptile bone but I was wondering if anyone could link any of them to any particular creature. The second is a vertebra I recently found; I was thinking possible Plesiosaur but was unsure. Thanks! -Frank .. ..
  16. Giant beaver tooth in NJ brook?

    Hi everyone, I am new to this great forum, and am seeking advice on 2 beaver (?) teeth I have found during my trips to Ramanessin over the past year. From the size of the larger tooth, it appears to be from a giant beaver- is this an example of Castoroides ohioensis from the Pleistocene epoch? Is it possible to tell if the smaller tooth is modern (based on size), or potentially from the Pleistocene (perhaps a juvenile)? Regardless, these teeth are so cool! Thank you for your help!
  17. Tooth- Monmouth Co NJ Cretaceous

    Hey guys, We found this tooth today sifting in the brook at Monmouth Co. It's pretty beat up, but we're hoping to get an ID on it! Thanks!
  18. Hoploparia Gabbi?

    Hi, Wanted to confirm my suspicions that this is a Hoploparia Gabbi (arm/claw) in matrix. (approx 2") There also seems to be other parts of same among the included matrix. Thanks.
  19. Sure Looks Like Something To Me

    Hi, Found this in the Brook recently when the weather was cooperating. Saved it thinking it had characteristics of an ammonite fragment, but I'm not sure. Any suggestions? (Cretaceous of New Jersey - several views of same item). Thanks.
  20. New Jersey Cretaceous

    Hi, Looking over my bin of unknowns from the Brooks, I wanted to verify if what I have is a concretion or not. It is not what I typically find so I thought I would post it for some opinions. It's about 1-1/2" wide and approximately 1/8" thick. Thanks.
  21. Cartilage?

    Hi, Cleaned a few things up today and I came across what maybe some kind of cartilage. Am I on the right track? Thanks
  22. Help Needed for ID

    Hi, Found 4 items I need assistance with. * I believe the one smaller tooth fragment is an Enchodus. * I'm guessing one of the items is an Alveolus steinkern. * The larger item is a worn tooth of...? * And the last item (front and back) looks like... coprolite? Thanks for the help
  23. NJ ID Help

    Hi, Not sure what I have here. Found in one of the brooks on Monmouth County NJ. Any ideas? (1/2" x 7/8") Thanks.
  24. I'm still working on going through my old finds from the Eocene aged Manasquan Formation of Monmouth County, New Jersey. I could definitely use some other eyes on these pieces. All of these were picked up from gravel bars of a stream and could be of Eocene or Pleistocene age. 1 - I think this is a bivalve with the beak at the top. The reverse picture below, I think, reinforces this. 2 - I'm not used to this texture. Perhaps glacially deposited, but, is it just geologic? 3 - Similar texture to #2. The easy call would be a shell impression 4 - Again, similar texture to #2 and #3. Close up picture below. 5 - Perhaps just a concretion or stone, but I keep seeing bivalve. 6 - Coral? Bivalve? Nothing? This is the normal Manasquan Formation texture for steinkerns. See other views below. This is the reverse side of each piece. Close up of #4 Other views of #6.
  25. Crassatella littoralis 1a

    From the album Eocene Bivalves of New Jersey

    Crassatella littoralis Eocene Manasquan Formation Monmouth County, New Jersey I believe that this is Whitfield's Crassatella conradi which Weller included under Crassatella littoralis