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Found 28 results

  1. Hello everyone, For years I've been showing around three problematic teeth which I found in the New Jersey Cretaceous and we all have finally come to a consensus. We now believe these to be Apateodus palatine teeth. These teeth are heavily fluted (like Xiphactinus) and have a deep, hollow base. The bases flares out towards the bottom and ha a wrinkly appearance. Mine measure from .6 - .8 inches long. They do resemble the more common Enchodus teeth besides the differences stated above. I was NOT aware of these being in New Jersey so I just figured i would let everyone know what we came up with. Thanks to Dr. Earl Manning, Carl Mehling, Wayne Callahan, Steve B, MAPS, and everyone else who helped me to finally identify these! @non-remanié @Carl @Jeffrey P @Trevor
  2. Hello! I found this unusually well preserved 2.25 inch long bone at a Monmouth County New Jersey Cretaceous stream yesterday and was hoping someone could identify it. It has faint lines running vertically on it (most visible on pictures 2 and 3) which I believe I have seen on some Plesiosaur specimens but I can't seem to find the threads on the forum. It's also pretty flat, which I think rules out Mosasaur but again, I'm unsure If anyone could help identify this, it would make my weekend Thanks! @Trevor @Carl @non-remanié
  3. Fish or turtle NJ river fossils?

    Hi all, had these in the collection for a bit but need help with ID's. These come from Big Brook and guessing they are assorted fish bones and possible turtle bones.
  4. Hello all! I haven't done a trip report for a long time so I figured this would be a good time! I went to one for my favorite New Jersey Cretaceous streams on Friday and put in a few miles of walking. It was raining slightly but with hot it's been lately, that was actually appreciated! At the end of a mostly unproductive trip, I decided I was done and would turn around About a minute later, I saw something in the water and picked it up - it ended up being a nearly two-inch long, rooted Plesiosaur tooth!! I couldn't believe it; I've never found a Plesi tooth here this big or any with root so I've been excited all weekend. For the invertebrate fans, I also like the preservation on the bivalves too. Here are all of my 'keepers' for the trip. @Jeffrey P@Trevor@Carl
  5. Hello all! I have two weird ones I found in Monmouh County New Jersey (Cretaceous). The crustacean is interesting to me because I was initially thinking Hoploparia gabbi however, it is over twice as wide as any other specimen I have found (comparison pictures below). It was suggested that another lobster, Linuparus, could be an option but we really weren't sure. This measures 2.5 inches The other one measures .75 inches and has one cutting edge and an oval base. What is holding me back from saying Xiphactinus is the fact that it isn't fluted and only has one cutting edge. Let me know what you think! Frank
  6. Cretaceous tooth/spine/claw? New Jersey

    Hello all! I found this yesterday in a Cretaceous stream in Monmouth County, New Jersey and as you can tell from my title - it has me pretty stumped! The 'folds' in it make me think tooth but I'm really not sure! It's pretty small, measuring less than half an inch long. Any ideas what it is?
  7. Coprolite faker?? New Jersey

    Hello! From the Cretaceous of Monmouth County New Jersey, I found what looks like a big, steaming...well, you know! The thing is though, it does not resemble any spiral coprilite I've ever seen so I'm wondering if it's from something else or just a faker! Thanks!
  8. New Jersey Cretaceous bone

    Hello! I recently found this in a Cretacous steam in Monmouth County NJ. I've found a good amount of Mosasaur bones in this area so I was wondering if this can possibly be identified or if it gets the dreaded 'chunkosaurus' label. Thanks everyone! Note: I'm not sold that its Mosasaur, but for some reason, in this area, I do find a lot of Mosasaur bones.
  9. New Jersey Cretaceous tooth (croc?)

    Hello, I found this little tooth yesterday in Monmouth County New Jersey. It has two really well defined cutting edges and is heavily faceted. It doesn't look anything like the other Xiphactinus teeth I've found so I was thinking croc (not Thoracosaur)? It really looks like an enchodus tooth but the root says differently. As always, all help is greatly appreciated!
  10. Hybodont?? New Jersey Cretaceous

    Hello! I originally thought this was a Hybodont shark tooth when I found it (size is perfect) but I just realized that no other Hybodont tooth is my collection is curved like this. Is this possibly from a different part of the mouth or did I completely mid-label this one.. As always, all help is greatly appreciated! @Carl
  11. Belemnite with bite mark?

    Hello! I found this belemnite in Monmouth County, New Jersey. I try to be careful with labeling 'predation marks' on fossils but knowing how these break, it's tough for me to picture this occurring after death or during the fossilization process. What do you think? As always, all help is greatly appreciated! -Frank
  12. Hello! I just wanted to check on these two pieces before they go into the black hole known as my 'unidentifiable bone' bin. Both are from Monmouth County New Jersey (Cretaceous). I found fossil number 1 two days ago and unfortunately, it didn't make the trip back home in one piece. When I looked at it though, the broken sections looked more like my broken Mosasaur and Enchodus teeth than bone (scan below), and it also reminded me of a fossil my brother found years ago that we weren't able to identify. I looked online and the texture of the recent 'thing' looked similar to some dinosaur teeth (Titanosaur and sauropod especially) so I just wanted to see what everyone thought. Thanks again! -Frank
  13. New Jersey Cretaceous help

    Hello! I have two fossils I found in Monmouth County, NJ, I would like to get some opinions on. The first one looks a lot like my other Mosasaur Verts (concave on one side, convex on the other, size and shape look right) however, it has that divot on one side so I was wondering if that could throw croc into play. The second one, which I believe to be reptile bone, has those four equally spaced lines on it so I want to know if we think they are predatory/scavenge marks. I know that's usually tough to tell but that spacing between them looked pretty good to me. As always, all help is greatly appreciated! -Frank H
  14. Big Brook Finds!

    Hi all here are some finds I cannot identify from Big Brook. Please let me know what you think! Any help is appreciated. First up I believe is some kind of pleistocene horse tooth fragment? But I am not sure. Thought it was a ratfish jaw frag at first from the other side, but it's like nothing I've seen. Below, this is what looks to be a fish tooth of some kind, but it seems to have some of the root attached. So no hole visible at the bottom. Slightly larger than a quarter in length!
  15. Hello! I wanted to share some information and the published study of a crab carapace I recently donated to the New Jersey State Museum (NJSM). I found this last year in Monmouth County, New Jersey and thanks to suggestions from fellow forum members, as well as the NJSM, I sent this crab to decapod expert Dr. Rodney Feldmann to study. After review, it was determined that this crab represents a new genus and species and was recently published in the Mizunami Fossil Museum Bulletin. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Dr. Feldmann, who was kind enough to name it after me (Costadromia hajzeri). I also want to thank my good friends at the New Jersey State Museum, and everyone on the forum who helped ID this specimen. This was a really fun project to be involved in! @non-remanié @Trevor @Jeffrey P @Carl @FossilDAWG @Darktooth http://www.city.mizunami.lg.jp/docs/2019031400022/files/02feldmannschweitzer2019.pdf
  16. Hello! I found this last year in a Cretaceous site in Monmouth County, New Jersey last year and wanted to know what it came from. I could be way off on this one but I was thinking possible crocodile due to that 'divot'. It's probably very stream worn and measures a little over a 1/2-inch long. Thanks! -Frank
  17. Possible amber from New Jersey

    Hello! I found this a while back around Big Brook Park in Monmouth County, New Jersey (not a place you would expect to find amber) and was wondering if that is what I have here. Also, I don't see any reason amber couldn't be here but have never found any in this location, so IF it is, could we looking at possible contamination or do you think it originated here. As always, all help is greatly appreciated! -Frank
  18. NJ shark tooth (Pseudocorax sp?)

    I did some fossil hunting with @Krystal in the cretaceous brooks of New Jersey, and we managed to find what we think is a Pseudocorax affinis, but since I've never actually had one in hand, I thought I'd appeal to the experts for confirmation. Thanks!
  19. I found this in Monmouth County, New Jersey (USA) last week and was wondering if anyone knew what it was. When I first picked it up, I thought it was turtle shell but the bone structure doesn't compare well at all with the other turtle shell examples I've found. The top part is what I was focusing on because it doesn't look that was formed as a result of breaks and wear to me. I guess it could be older breaks and if that's the case, I'm pretty sure that I'm out of luck getting an ID on it but I figured I would give it a shot. As always, all help is greatly appreciated! -Frank
  20. Misc bones that need ID!

    A couple more Monmouth finds that need ID's! Quarter for equal size reference throughout all the images. The white bone is very worn down but visibly porous.
  21. New Jersey Cretaceous id help

    Hello! I found this weird fossil yesterday in the Big Brook area of Momouth County New Jersey (Cretaceous). I was thinking possible echinoid but haven't found any like this in the area. Anyone know what it is? As always, thanks in for advance for the help! -Frank
  22. Mosasaur or croc tooth - NJ Cretaceous

    Hello everyone! I hoping to get some clarification to help differentiate Cretaceous crocodile teeth from Mosasaur teeth. These two were found in the New Jersey Cretaceous. The first one is a shade under 1/2 an inch. It is conical and doesn't appear to have any cutting edges (but they could be worn off). I was leaning towards Mosasaur tooth on the second one because of the size of 8/10ths' of an inch, but it is slightly more slender than my other Mosasaur teeth, very conical and the root looked a bit different. It appears to have one very weak cutting edge but I'm not positive. It was pointed out to me that crocodile teeth roots tend to have concentric rings so I was wondering what everyone thought regarding these guys. Thanks! @Plax @josephstrizhak
  23. NJ Cretaceous Unknown

    I found this in my early collecting days (late 90s, early 00s) in one of the typical Monmouth County Cretaceous stream. The texture doesn't at all say bone to me, but that notch has me wondering.
  24. New Jersey Cretaceous bivalve? ID help

    I found this in a Cretaceous stream in Monmouth County New Jersey. I assume it's a bivalve but I couldn't find anything on in the NJ fossil websites. Anyone know what it is? Thanks! -Frank
  25. New Jersey Mosasaur tooth ID help

    Greetings! I recently found this partial (what I believe to be) Mosasaur tooth and the texture of the enamel isn't typical of the Mosasaur I have found. I was wondering if this is consistent with any particular species of Mosasaur or if it's just a different type of preservation than I am used to. It was found in the Monmouth County NJ Cretaceous and the bottom part of the tooth is broken. Thanks in advance for your help! -Frank .6 inch Two cutting edges