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  1. From the album Cretaceous

    Gyrodes sp. Gastropod Internal Mold Upper Cretaceous Merchantville Formation Matawan Group Weller's Ravine Matawan, N.J.
  2. Beauty Brachiopods NJ Cretaceous

    While on my way fishing today, I stumbled upon a creek that looked shelly, pulled over and lo and behold found these two little sweet treats! They are fully intact with both sides connected. I believe they are Choristothyris plicata @The Jersey Devil
  3. NJ Stream Ammonite

    A few months back I was exploring a new stream in New Jersey and stumbled upon some matrix where I found this Ammonite. I am not too familiar with NJ Ammonites. Can anyone help identify this particular species? I thought it was pretty cool.
  4. Fossil shark tooth i.d.?

    Can anyone help i.d. this shark tooth? I found it, along with 5 others in the Shark River of new Jersey 20 years ago. The other 5 were lost over time, so this is the only one I have left. Hope to make a trip again their someday.... Thanks all! Bone
  5. Bunch of Big Brook Finds

    I’ve got a few pieces I found in Big Brook that I was hoping to see if I can get a solid Id on. Thanks guys! first two pictures I was wondering if it’s an internal mould of something! second two picture I was thinking crab claw in matrix?
  6. NJ Cretaceous Croc Scute any chance?

    I know its a long shot, but any chance this is a croc scute or is it most likely a concretion?
  7. Another ? from Big Brook

    When I first picked this up I thought it was a piece of shell.. cleaning it and examining it under magnification however has made me question what it is. Let’s play What The Heck!
  8. The old Granton Quarry site, located in North Bergen, New Jersey was a working quarry that has produced fauna from the Upper Triassic Lockatong Formation part of the Newark Super Group. Underneath a basalt cap, in beds that are tilted, are shales and sandstones deposited in an ancient tropical lake bed. Biodiversity is far from rich. The most common vertebrate fossil found is Diplurus newarki, a small coelacanth, usually 2-4 inches in length. Other fossils include Estheria ovate, a clam-shaped shrimp-like crustacean. Rare remains of reptiles have also been found at the site. Development has claimed most of the quarry site, but an outcrop remains in an area that is unfortunately a repository for trash and graffiti and infested with poison ivy. Because of the poison ivy winter is the only time the site can be visited. I've been visiting the old Granton Quarry site once or twice a year since 2013. I've brought a number of TFF members to Granton, but Tim (fossildude19) has a been my companion for almost all of those trips since the first one. Last Sunday, the weather was mild and Tim and I accompanied by TFF members Dave (Shamalama) and Paul1719 visited once again. The site, always a difficult one to work, is becoming more challenging. The cliff is, I estimate 40-50 feet tall, but it is a less than one inch wide bed of black shale (called G-7) that is very fossiliferous. That bed is generally flush with or indented into the wall. All of the easily accessible G-7 has been already dug out. Where it is exposed and weathered it tends to splinter into fine shards obliterating any fossils that might have been present. Deeper in the wall it incredibly hard. Pulling out a decent size chunk to split is difficult to say the least. Finding a few already started cracks I was able penetrate deeper using my sledge and long chisel. Then I used my crowbar to wedge them out. In a full day of digging I was able to wedge out two chunks of G-7 , each several inches across. From these I got the majority of specimens I found. One piece appears to have two complete or nearly complete Diplurus which I sent to Ptychodus 04 in Texas to prep. In addition to fossils, Tim found a live red-backed salamander, our first amphibian siting of the spring. Here's Tim:
  9. Big Brook Whatsits!

    So, as per my post in the Trips forum, i had a great time getting filthy in new jersey. These are the specimens i just dont know. Concretions? Bone frags? Teeth of something (salmon?) (one photo includes bivalves etc and i know those at least, its the other ? bits.. wild and crazy concretions at this site, good lord) Nothing easily identifiable to me, and i have a degree in this! Any thoughts appreciated
  10. NJ Cretaceous Fossil Tree/Bone?

    Found this oddly marked piece in Big Brook sticking out of the marl. The striations and pockmarks on it had me intrigued. Looks like maybe a tree or piece of wood or something. It broke and inside it has a striated texture as well as kind of marly. Anyone think it could be something fossilized?
  11. Found this tooth in Ramanessin in Holmdel, NJ. It is about 1.4" long, and it is missing about 1/4 of the top. There are striations along the entire length on all sides, and the top of the tooth has a very faint slightly raised line, but not to the extent of the Mosasaur teeth that I've found previously, so I'm leaning towards it being a Crocodile tooth, or possibly some other species. I figured I would ask for some opinions, since I am far from an expert. Thanks in advance for any input.
  12. I am in NYC for 5 days at the beginning of March, and I intend on taking at least one of those days to go find some fossils somewhere. I have nerded out pretty hard and crossreferenced localities etc and I have basically narrowed it to Big Brook, Shark River, or trilobites. I would love opinions on where the collecting would be best between Shark River and Big Brook (I have a bunch of Miocene shark teeth from California but absolutely nothing from the Cretaceous). I have some trilobites from California (white mountains) but nothing particularly special. Any and all suggestions will be considered! I have no problems wading horribly cold rivers or banging open limestone as necessary. About me: I am a medically retired field/remediation paleontologist from California, so while i *taught* invert paleo at university, I spent most of my time chasing construction vehicles for Pleistocene megafauna. I have a pickup truck and am always ready to travel... but I moved to New Hampshire where there are ZERO FOSSILS AT ALL.
  13. Partial Ammonite Body Chamber

    From the album Cretaceous

    Trachyscaphites pulcherrimus Partial Male Ammonite Body Chamber Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Mattawan Group Big Brook Marlboro, N.J.
  14. Mosasaur Tooth from Ramanessin

    From the album Cretaceous

    Mosasaur Tooth Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Mattawan Group Ramanessin Brook Holmdel, N.J.
  15. 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!
  16. Fluorescent Exogyra by Daylight.jpg

    From the album Fossil Flourescence

    In the daylight, this is an articulated Exogyra shell from the Cretaceous New Egypt Formation as it runs through Mullica Hill, New Jersey. I brought it home because it had an interesting bit of vivianite replacement covering half the surface of one valve. When I brought it home, I noticed some white material inside the cavity of the broken shell. I figured it might be calcite, which sometimes fluoresces. So, I pulled out my UV lamp. To my shock, not only did the white material glow an interesting powder blue color, but the majority of the one valve glows an intense, bright red! Meanwhile, the other valve doesn't glow at all. Scroll right to see what it looked like in the dark with the UV lamp.
  17. Freaky Flourescent Fossil Shell

    From the album Fossil Flourescence

    In the daylight, this is an articulated Exogyra shell from the Cretaceous New Egypt Formation as it runs through Mullica Hill, New Jersey. I brought it home because it had an interesting bit of vivianite replacement covering half the surface of one valve. When I brought it home, I noticed some white material inside the shell cavity. I figured it might be calcite, which sometimes fluoresces. So, I pulled out my UV lamp. To my shock, not only did the white material glow an interesting powder blue color, but the majority of the one valve glows an intense, bright red! Meanwhile, the other valve doesn't glow at all.
  18. 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.
  19. Nova Scotia and New Jersey ichnofossils

    Here is the "dinosaur" footprints from New Jersey
  20. Nova Scotia ichnofossils

    Another Nova Scotia footprint ("turtle")
  21. Help with ID of fish fossil

    This fossil was given to my 7 year old grandson by a retired friend who said her mother had collected it in New Jersey 50+ years ago. No other information. We’d like to get some basic information about it if possible. Pictures attached. Thank you for your help.
  22. Hello everyone! At this point, it's been a long time since I've found any of these so I wanted to show my collection of Wenonah slabs or 'plates'. These slabs were found in the same area over the course of a few years and is a collaboration of a lot of fun trips with friends. The majority of them were found by me and my brother, Shane @shajzer64 in 2016 but a few others have dug with me in this (mostly unproductive) location looking for and finding these - thank you to everyone involved! The slabs are all the same thickness and preservation; I was actually able to put a few together but as a whole, I think most were in the stream for too long to connect them. They are mostly shell and gastropod imprints but include ghost shrimp burrows, an Ischyrhiza rostral, shark teeth, an echinoid, an ammonite, a fish spine (we think), scaphopods, and more. I'm not positive the sponges are associated with this exact project but the preservation looks the same so I included them too (that could go for the ammonite too). If anyone is interested in seeing a particular slab, let me know and I'll get a picture. I'm pretty happy with my new display so I hope you enjoy it! -Frank @Carl @non-remanié @Darktooth@Jeffrey P@Trevor@The Jersey Devil
  23. NJ Cretaceous Croc or Mosasaur?

    Hey everyone, I got this tooth from Jersey that struck me as being something different at first glance. The general shape, very pronounced cutting edges, and concentric layers visible at the base made me think that it’s not Mosasaur, but rather some type of Croc. If it’s Croc it is something other than Thoracosaurus which makes it a unique tooth. It’s about 3/4”. Thanks! Joseph @non-remanié @frankh8147 @Al Dente @siteseer @MarcoSr @Carl
  24. Nj Cretaceous Fish Scale?

    Found a few of these over the years in Big Brook area, not exactly sure what they are? They are concave as well.
  25. Hi Everyone, I found this object while hunting in a stream in Southern New Jersey. The stream cuts through an area containing marl and glauconite sand near Sewell in Gloucester County. I do not know for certain what geologic formation this site is, possibly Hornerstown. I have found a lot of marine fossil specimens at this location such as corals, sponges, and various shells. I initially was going to dismiss it as a chipped off piece of rock, but there are certain details on it that made me think it might be a fossil. Any feedback is appreciated