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  1. Matty from Reno

    marine fossil??

    I found this small fossil recently. The surface geology was young volcanic- andesite and basal flows pretty much exclusively. This fossil seems to be from a previous geology that has worked its way to the surface. Any help on id would be appreciated. Small fossilized bone fragments were also found in the general area but I'm thinking this is from an invertebrate but I really don't know. It's about 5mm x 5 mm in size.
  2. Hi all, I recently found this tooth in a formation dated to the middle Pliocene in Nevada. I believe it belongs to Antilocapridae, possibly a pronghorn. I’m looking to see if any one on here is familiar with western fauna of this period and could give me some more insight. thanks in advance!
  3. NevadaHunter

    Metapodial(?) from Middle Pliocene

    Hi all, I found this washed out of a sandstone wall at a formation dated to the middle Pliocene in Nevada. Someone suggested I post it here but their hunch was that this is a metapodial to some carnivore. The diameter is 1.7 cm, length is 9.6 cm. Thanks in advance for any ideas!
  4. paleo.nath

    Nevada Trilobite ID

    I’ve recently bought these trilobites from the Chisholm shale in Nevada, and I was looking for an ID on the two of them. They are Cambrian in age, and more specifically from Lincoln County.
  5. Mast08

    Need help, fossil i.d.

    I found this in the Nevada desert a couple of months ago, I think that its petified wood but I would like a second opinion
  6. Terry H

    Nevada tree trunk/plant?

    Trying to find out what this is. Found in the Northern Nevada desert. It looks like a round tree trunk 10 inches across. Half of the outer surface is somewhat smooth and the other half has a stepped pattern that reminds me of how some plants grow stems upwards. The pic that shows this section maybe upside down. The photographer and I aren't sure whats up or down. The texture is like glass, we think its opalized? Very sharp edges and smooth. It's brittle. The color is brown on outside with white calcium patches. Inner area is a solid carmel color with tint of green, there are no flashes of rain
  7. paleo.nath

    Nevada trilobite ID help

    This trilobite was found in Lincoln county, Nevada and I am having trouble identifying the species, any ideas? Its about an inch wide at the cephalon
  8. Hey everyone, I’ve been meaning to get this post up for a few days but I’ve been dealing with my poor cat inky (Sweetheart of a cat) who is on her final day of life today. I will have to put her down November 1st. Very sad time as she’s been my companion the last 13 years. I’m sure many can relate. I’ll try to keep the chatter short and just get up as many photos I can for you kind people on the forum to enjoy. I just got back recently from an amazing trip to Utah and Nevada (Oct/11/2020-Oct/18/2020) Where I was camping in the field and trilobite collecting for 6 days s
  9. Matty from Reno

    Tooth? Claw? Shell?

    Any help identifying what this might be would be appreciated. Found in western Nevada near the Reno area. All of the geology around it is relatively young volcanic rocks, mostly rhyolite. But there is about a 6 acre area that appears to be an inlier formation of an older geology. I found this about 6 inches under ground while looking for some other rocks that were interesting. It looks similar in color and shape to some dinosaur teeth I have seen. The swirled nature of the material is unique to anything I have found online. I will post more pics in the comments.
  10. For ancient deep-sea plankton, a long decline before extinction University of Buffalo, Press release by Charlotte Hsu Sheets, H.D., Mitchell, C.E., Melchin, M.J., Loxton, J., Štorch, P., Carlucci, K.L. and Hawkins, A.D., 2016. Graptolite community responses to global climate change and the Late Ordovician mass extinction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(30), pp.8380-8385. Researchgate PDF for above paper Related publications Yours, Paul H.
  11. Second oldest pregnant ichthyosaur ever found. This from a prolific site in Nevada. Also a giant ichthyosaur skull was found and beer is somehow involved too. https://phys.org/news/2020-05-nevada-home-246m-year-old-fossil-pregnant.html
  12. Barely a month had gone by since my last trip to New Mexico and Colorado, but I already had plans for this trip in the works. Primary focus this time, which was a solo trip, was fossil collecting, visiting well known sites that have been on my radar for quite some time. I flew out to Salt Lake City and drove directly to Kemmerer, WY. My first stop there was Fossil Butte National Monument: Here is a view of the visitors center (free admission) and the surrounding barren, but awesome landscape that surrounds it:
  13. Oxytropidoceras

    Fossil Wood Petrification and mineralogy

    Mustoe, G.E., 2015. Late Tertiary petrified wood from Nevada, USA: Evidence of multiple silicification pathways. Geosciences, 5(4), pp.286-309. https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/5/4/286 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282851612_Late_Tertiary_Petrified_Wood_from_Nevada_USA_Evidence_of_Multiple_Silicification_Pathways https://sciprofiles.com/profile/112497 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/George_Mustoe Mustoe, G. and Acosta, M., 2016. Origin of petrified wood color. Geosciences, 6(2), no.25. https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/6/2/25
  14. andy_mnemonic

    Nevada Carboniferous Shark teeth?

    Hello TFF! I found these two pieces in Nevada while looking for some Carboniferous shark teeth and hope I found one. They were located in the Bird Spring Formation north of Vegas which is Pennsylvanian in age. #1 and #2 which could just as well be a brachiopod... Thanks for looking!
  15. I_yam_a_fossil

    Fossil ID

    Hello, on a recent vacation to Las Vegas we had the opportunity to hike Frenchman Mountain, a popular trilobite quarry just east of LV. While there, I happened upon a couple interesting pieces. On the left is a possible imprint(?) And the piece on the right feels like a piece of coral, though I have a hard time believing the calcium carbonate structure would not have completely eroded away. Do I have anything here? Thanks for your time. A little more information, the paw prints are each 1.3 cm deep and the elongated fragment is also 1.3 cm deep.
  16. Hollow gut helps define annelid like creatures from over 500 million years ago. https://www.livescience.com/oldest-guts-fossilized-primordial-creature.html
  17. Matty from Reno

    petrified bone? petrified wood?

    Any help on identifying what these might be would be great. Found near Reno, Nevada in an area stated as being from the Cenozoic period. They appear to be bone to me and I did use the "stick to tongue" test and they do stick to my tongue for a second. Thank you for any help or a push in the right direction for me to find out more specifically what they are. I will add more pics in comment section.
  18. Emyloucifer

    Petrified wood or something else?

    Hello, new here. I found this off the side of the highway 95 near the Nevada/Oregon state line. I’m thinking it’s petrified wood, but I don’t know enough to be certain. Your help and opinions would be greatly appreciated! It’s pretty heavy and hard, smooth on 5 sides and rougher on one. A strange thing, could just be environmental, the “rough” side of the rock has a strange smell, kinda of like old cooking oil. photos of “sides” attached. I’ll add photos of top bottom and a few others in comments.
  19. Matty from Reno

    Quartz on fossil bone?

    This weekend as I was out rockhounding for quartz crystals I found this interesting piece. It looks very much like bone to me. Any insight or information would be appreciated. I will add more pics in the comment section. Thank you!
  20. Matty from Reno

    branching bryozoan? Reno, Nevada

    This week I found this in the Reno, Nevada area. I'm trying to get some information on what it is exactly and if it is indeed a fossil. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  21. Hello, I thought I would share my experience on the latest trip to the Royal Peacock Opal Mine. I wanted to get a away from work and the house and there isnt a quiter place you could find. I was walking along the opal bearing bank when something caught my eye. Most people like to pick a place an dig all day, im more lazy and I like to walk the bank and look for the easy to reach stuff. I saw what looked like a tooth and proceeded to pull out a camelid jaw section (I think) that had two teeth in it! I was super happy with that find because finding a tooth is somewhat rare. I started
  22. Birm171

    Fossil ID: Bison Horn?

    Hi TFF, thanks for having me. I frequently find fossils all over the Las Vegas area, but usually things that came from the sea: shells, small organisms, coral. On one of my last outings, I found this horn. I find many Rugosa, coral horns, in the exposed limestone on the peaks around Mt. Charleston area. This example looks very different to me. It is about 8 inches, 20cm long, and is very heavy, like stone and rock. It appears to me that the outer shell "horn" is partially intact, though long turned to rock. The core is a different texture and color as well. It was found on a
  23. Petrified rock fossils from my backyard, would love some feedback.Petrified rock fossils from my backyard, would love some feedback.Petrified rock fossils from my backyard, would love some feedback.
  24. Short visit (1-2 hours) to famous locality near Las Vegas. I wish we would do better home work because some interesting trace fossils were identified only after we watched the video recordings. Perhaps, our "movie" will help you not to miss them when you will visit this unique place. It was a family Christmas trip, by the way. Also, if you know the species, please help with ID.
  25. Hi Everybody, I am trying to ID some fossils for my friends from the Royal Peacock Opal MIne. They have these fossils for display only at their gift shop but they are not really sure what they are. These are all miocene age fossils, Humboldt County, Nevada. I think the foot and the teeth are from some kind of small horse. I have no idea about the jaw with the teeth. Picture 1: Articulated foot bones from a horse? Picture 2-4: Jaw section from unknown mammal Picture 5-6: Bovine tooth, horse? Bison? camel? Picture 7: Bovine tooth, horse? hors
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