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Found 683 results

  1. Big Brook Tooth ID

    Hello, went fossil hunting at Big Brook, New Jersey. I made this find and I'm not totally sure what it is. I've found shark teeth here before but this was larger and shaped differently. If anyone knows what animal this tooth belongs to it would be much appreciated.
  2. 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
  3. Can these 3 be ID’d?

    Tiny items, 1/2 - 1/4 inches, picked up in Big Brook that caught my attention and warranted being brought home. Teeth? Bivalves? Concretions? As always thank you for sharing your expertise
  4. After 20 trips to Big Brook I have several hundred shark teeth (but can you really ever have enough?). I’ve got a fair number of belemnite and oysters. Enchodus, Ratfish, Sawfish, Cow-nosed rays and more. Lately I’ve been into finding modern bone and old bottles but I only have 2 Mosasaur teeth and I was determined to find more today. For the first time in a long while I returned to the spot where I found them. Diligently digging and panning for hours but the shark (and amphibious reptile gods) were against me and it was not to be. No MOs, no shark, no nothing! still a great day in the brook and with a new phone I was finally able to take some photos and share Big Brook with you
  5. New Jersey Cretaceous Mystery

    Found this worn down piece in a new jersey cretaceous creek, while I think its a random worn bone piece it does have some very odd parts to it that are interesting, hoping to get some feedback on this one. Will post more pictures soon
  6. Gift ID

    @RandyB gifted me this fossil and my failing mind forgot its identity. Hopefully Randy, being quite a bit younger than me, will remember. I believe he said Ramenissan as the location.
  7. 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
  8. Hello everyone, I hope life has been pacing along well for all of you. At the moment, I find myself at school and away from my idealistic home, that is, buried alongside the Cretaceous fossils swimming in the various soils of NJ. No worry though! I have been going through some micro gravel in Ohio and today will present you with my second batch of finds. I believe I've found some cool things so far. The most notable differences between this post and my previous (besides the fossils of course) is that I post fewer photos and more group shots. Enjoy. Meristodonoides sp. Rhombodus laevis + Other Rays Scapanorhynchus texanus (symphesial) Paralbula casei Hadrodus priscus Lonchidion babulskii Ischyrhiza mira Other Shark's Teeth Ptychotrygon sp. Osteichthyan Vertebrae Unidentified
  9. Bone fragment of what?

    Pressing my luck but is anyone able to tell me anything about this big brook bone fragment. Perhaps just whether mammal or reptile or other. And I know my photos don’t make this any easier but an iPhone 5 is all I have. As always, thank you for sharing your knowledge
  10. Need help with ID

    Hi! I’m new to TFF and I’m hoping to identify an object I found on the beach in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. It’s roughly 2.5 cm wide, 1.9 cm high, .64 cm thick and weighs very little. I apologize for the estimates, as we’re on vacation and don’t have access to accurate measuring instruments. Thanks in advance for taking a look!
  11. Bivalve from the Merchantville Formation

    From the album Cretaceous

    Panope decisa Bivalve cast Upper Cretaceous Merchantville Formation Matawan Group Matawan, N.J. A gift from Ralph Johnson who also prepared it.
  12. Bivalve from the Merchantville Formation

    From the album Cretaceous

    Pholadomaya ironensis Bivalve cast- both valves Upper Cretaceous Merchantville Formation Matawan Group Matawan, N.J. A gift from Ralph Johnson who also prepared it.
  13. From the album Just Above the Iridium Layer

    Discoscaphites iris Cluster with partial ammonites KT Boundary Pinna Layer Manasquan Basin Freehold, N.J. A gift from Ralph Johnson who also prepared the specimen.
  14. 2 Objects Found @ Big Brook in NJ

    My daughter and I found these two “teeth” at Big Brook Park yesterday along with a bunch of cool shark teeth. It was our first time ever searching and we had a blast. Would love to know what these are? Thanks! Mark
  15. trying to identify another find

    The front, back, side and bottom of whatever this could be? I could not find anything to measure it with but for now hopefully the pictures alone help for the meantime. The shape of it reminds me of a bone for some reason so that's my guess as to what it could be; not quite sure of what this texture on it is though, i scraped a bit of it off fairly easily and it was dusty brown coming off of it, but not too hard when scraping the surface it barely had any resistance. I tried scraping the exposed part of my other find; the iron concretion to compare the 2 and the concretion was much more durable on it's exposed part to try ruling out if it is just another ironstone concretion. It was found in the same brook called "big brook preserve" in central new jersey in the united states. Another possibility that I've came up with is that this find might be a concretion but not nearly as old and formed yet. Right now it could be anything. Thank you to whoever responds and helps with this post; very much appreciated.
  16. Weird finds in Big Brook

    Hey guys, it’s me... again lol. Have three finds from good ole Big Brook that I could use some help with IDing. The first one I’ll choose is just a small bone. ~1.5 inches long. Not sure of the age, did do a burn test and didn’t smell any burning hair, so possibly a fossil? Might be too small to ID but I think I’m getting better at finding bones over concretions so I’ll show it off anyways, lol. Second one is a “swirly” formation I keep running into. This one is the biggest I’ve found, ~1.5 inches long, although I’ve noticed them popping up in my sifter more and more. I originally thought something man made or a concretion. My stepdad really wants a good ID on it though and asked me to post it, I figured why not? IF it is some sort of fossil, I’d guess some kind of coprolite mayhaps? Sort of reminds me of fish poo lol. Now the last one has me stumped. I thought it was a tooth because of the signature “enamel sheen” it has, but on further inspection instead of the striations going up/down, they swirl instead. Like a fingerprint. Not sure if it might be a fossil still. It is tooth shaped, the pattern is what throws me off. There’s also a hole on the top of it. It’s small, maybe half an inch. Worth a shot putting it up here though. As always, thank you for the time and experience!
  17. What is this?

    Not sure what this is. Can anyone help?
  18. Clam shells ? Species ?

    Are these clam shells and from what species ? Big Brook Preserve NJ
  19. Shark teeth species ?

    Can Anyone ID the species ? They’re extremely tiny and found in big creek preserve NJ
  20. ID specimens from NJ

    Are these belemites ? They were found in Big Creek Preserve, NJ
  21. My 18th trip to Big Brook this morning. Trying to get to other spots not just the same honey holes. Explored the Kovalski tributary today. A lot of downed trees to climb over or under. Unfortunately not very productive. My most interesting finds were a couple of broken bottles; one Hunyadi Janos Saxlehner Bitterquelle circa 1900 and the other the bottom of what looks like a wine bottle but very thick and clearly not made in a modern bottle factory. My most plentiful finds were the garbage - metal, plastic and mostly glass - which I pick up and carry out. I’ll be back next week and already psyched to go
  22. Hey everyone, I am curious to see your largest complete sawfish rostral spines, Xiphactinus sp. teeth, and Enchodus sp. teeth. Here are mine:
  23. I’ve heard of them being found in shark river and even big brook but I’ve never seen any there. Supposedly cape May has smaller teeth but I haven’t hunted there so I’m not sure.
  24. NJ Cretaceous Enchodus tooth

    I'm fairly certain this is an Enchodus tooth, please correct me if I am wrong. Found this beauty scanning a gravel bar with majority of black rocks, it stood out shimmering in the water. I'm really astounded by how defined the cutting edge still is on this. I seriously comes to a pin point that is just as sharp.
  25. Crustacean claw tip maybe?

    Hey guys, me again! Went again today to Big Brook, found a lot of neat stuff. Got my largest crow shark tooth yet, a couple small shark teeth, a ghost shrimp claw, and a perfect tiny shell impression. Picked this up as well just because it looked different. Hollow, conical, with a cutting edge that’s black and shiny. There’s no visible striations except for one line down the middle of one of the sides. About 1/2 inch long. From the tip it’s slightly prismatic in shape. Of course, it could also just be some funky rock formation. Anything helps me learn how to ID actual fossils though Thanks in advance all! Loving this forum, learning a lot!!!
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