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Found 64 results

  1. Bone? Tooth? or Nothing?

    Hi. Need some help with this one because I usually only collect shark teeth. I was at Big Brook in NJ and a came across this. I feel like it is something but I have no idea. Thank you in advance for any feedback.
  2. Fossil ID (Shark Tooth)

    I went to Big Brook in NJ last week found this tooth and I have no idea what kind it is; maybe a goblin. Sorry for my fingers. Couldn't get the picture to focus on paper. Thank you in advance for any feedback. Mark
  3. Fossil ID (Shark Tooth)

    I went to Big Brook in NJ last week found this tooth and I have no idea what kind it is. Sorry for my fingers. Couldn't get the picture to focus on paper. Thank you in advance for any feedback. Mark
  4. Fossil ID 3 (Shark Tooth)

    I went to shark river in NJ and found this in the middle of the creak with my sifter. It was 6-10 inches under dirt and rocks. Why is it still white? I was a little surprised. Would love some feedback on this. Thank you in advance for any comments. Mark
  5. Please help identify some Big Brook finds!

    I took a trip to Big Brook in Monmouth County, NJ yesterday and found some things that I need help identifying. Any help would be appreciated! Pic #1: Possibly sea urchin spines?
  6. Is this a seed?

    At the risk of sounding silly, I can't figure out if this is a fossil or seed. I found it on the bottom of a stream in Monmouth County, NJ, along with some other things that I need to photograph in daylight before asking for opinions. It doesn't float, if that helps. Thank you for your help!
  7. Shark teeth from Big Brook, New Jersey

    Went on my first ever fossil hunt a few weeks ago in Big Brook, New Jersey. It was a wonderful time and a sunny day. I am new to fossil hunting, and hope to be back soon! In a few hours of searching, I found some belemnites as well as these two shark teeth, and would appreciate some help in identification. #1 is quite small (about 1cm in height), and #2 is a partial tooth: Shark tooth #1: From what I can find from the excellent NJ fossil websites, my best guess is either a sand tiger shark (Carcharias samhammeri) vs a small goblin shark (Scapanorhynchus texanus). I am not sure how to tell them apart? Shark tooth #2: I really like the color of this one. My best guess is a lateral goblin shark tooth? Big Brook NJ was a great spot for a novice fossil hunter to have a fun day. I did not venture far, and was unsure whether it was better to walk upstream toward the bridge or further downstream. Any tips would be appreciated!
  8. Is this a fossil?

    Hi! It's me again! This is another find from Big Brook in Monmouth County, NJ. It was recovered from the stream bed. I'm not sure it it's even a fossil, but it stuck out to me, especially because of the indentation. Thank you for your help!
  9. Is this some sort of salmonoid fang?

    Hi everyone! I found this fang-looking thing last year at Big Brook in Monmouth County, NJ. I recovered it from the stream bed. It has multiple rows of serrations running from bottom to top, and some indentations, too. I've attached pictures of it next to a ruler to show its size and multiple pictures of it from different angles. This picture of it pinched between my fingers shows the bottom on the "fang." Thank you in advance for any help you can give!
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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:
  23. 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!
  24. 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 .. ..
  25. 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!