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  1. Can you identify this vertebra?

    Hello all. I found this vertebra on the beach in Jersey City on New York Bay. Unfortunately I highly doubt it’s fossil. 2.5 inches tall by 2 inches wide. Obviously not fish. I am hoping it’s a marine mammal but suspect it might be dog. Thank you
  2. My 29th trip to Big Brook may well have been my best yet. Instead of my two usual entry points I entered by an unnamed tributary I found on a map. It was small and narrow and overgrown and clearly not the “road” most traveled. Probably the least shark teeth I’ve ever found: photo of 5 below. Picked up several broken bottle bottoms with writing which I get a kick out of including an unbroken Vicks Vaporub! I found a bunch of bone most of which I probably deer but the dark wide one is likely not. Below is a photo of what I think is the first bear footprint I’ve ever seen there. Probably wrong but it had me looking around! Photo of what Of what I thought were an Enchodus jaw and two teeth and a large crab claw but am waiting for help on the ID where I’m being told maybe something’s even better. Picked up a whole bunch of “maybes” which I need to take a closer look at. And finally I got to cross one off my BUCKETLIST!!!! My first arrowhead (have also been told it could be a knife but either way yeah). May well be my last trip for months because my feet despite 3 pairs of socks plus waders were still painfully cold. But if so it will have been a great way to close out my first year of fossil hunting and I am absolutely hooked.
  3. Enchodus jaw/teeth? And crab claw?

    My 29th trip to Big Brook and I decided to try to get there by an unnamed tributary I found on a map. Got to explore an area with little evidence of usage as shown by the paucity of glass and plastic. Overgrown and thorny and I think I saw my first bear footprint (photo below). Posted below are photos of what I think is an Enchodus jaw and two teeth and also what I think is a partial crab claw but much bigger than any I’ve found before. I also think I found my first arrowhead. Any info greatly appreciated.
  4. What did I find?

    Hello, I found this while looking for fossils/artifacts along the Jersey shore. Does anyone know what it might be? Strange concretion?, fossil?, thanks for looking. Bill
  5. Wanted to share an usual fossil I self collected a long time ago from the Triassic of New Jersey that I can't really find images of elsewhere on here. This a fossilized large Gall wasp nest, took me awhile to figure this one out initially. I've seen fossils insects but its a pleasant suprise to see a fossilized insect nest.
  6. Is this a lateral anomoeodus tooth? I have found a number of the medial teeth likely because the shape is more distinct but this would be my first lateral tooth. 3/8 inches. Thank you
  7. Which 6 should i keep?

    Today was my 27th trip to Big Brook. Cold to start but not as cold as last week when I had to give up and leave. Park rules only allow you to keep 6 “artifacts”. So here is what I found. Which 6 would you suggest i keep? And why? Thank you all
  8. Last winter, on an otherwise poor outing at Big Brook, N.J. in the cold, I found a partial ammonite body chamber- Trachyscaphites pulcherrimus with nice details. I showed it to Ralph Johnson, who curates the MAPS collection (Monmouth Amateur Paleontological Society). I agreed to donate this rare specimen to what is the largest collection of Upper Cretaceous marine fossils from the Atlantic Coastal Plain (New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland). The fossil ended up in the MAPS collection's educational display. I finally got to see it today, prepared by Ralph, in the display case and photograph it.
  9. Bone ID help needed

    I found this 1.5 inch triangular piece of bone in Big Brook. I guess it to be too small to be identified by species. But I am hoping someone can give me some information. One flat side shows bone whereas the other almost has a stone finish. Most striking to my eye is In the 3rd photo (side view) the bone becomes much denser and darker as it gets closer to the flat stone-like outside? surface from photo 2. Any insights greatly appreciated. Thank you
  10. Mosasaur Tooth from Big Brook, N.J.

    From the album Cretaceous

    Mosasaur Tooth upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Matawan group Big Brook Marlboro, N.J. Just over one inch in length. Found 11/1/20.
  11. I recently found this at Big Brook in NJ, USA. I am not sure what this is. The outer layer appears to have a spiral formation towards one end. It's just about 1 inch long (maybe a little less). Thanks for any help!
  12. My 26th trip to Big Brook and i had big plans. Previously i had found 2 Mososaur teeth, both in my first 8 trips and both in the same small area. I had returned to that spot before today but without success; no mos and very little of anything else. Today i was going back there determined to find my 3rd (and perhaps 4th). My wife had a hair appointment so i would have 2 additional hours in the water. I was psyched! Success was visualized and i was ready to make it a reality. BUT Mother Nature and the Fossil Gods had other ideas. It was below freezing and my body couldn't keep up with my imagination. After about an hour and a half of freezing and not even being able to pick through my pan, i retreated to my car intending to blast the heat, warm up and go back in. Fumbling to get my waders off and keys out, i finally made it into the car. My hands hurt so much i had face reality and admit this was not to be my day. With my tail tucked between my legs i gave up and headed home. Halloween indeed and the trick was on me. ..... but next week!
  13. Morning out a few weeks back in NJ Cretaceous streams and found what I think is a enamel chip from a mosasaur tooth. The other appears to be possible fang from Enchodus or X-Fish? Any confirmations on either of those? Thanks. Please excuse picture clarity, just have Iphone today.
  14. Out of the countless New Jersey cretaceous crab claws I've seen and found this has to be one of the strangest claw partials yet. Seems to be an ornamented shell as apposed to the smooth claw textures that are typically found. Definitely a very interesting piece, anyone have any ideas on a possible species or if any ornamental crabs have found in nj cretaceous, or any other new jersey cretaceous hunters ever come across one similar? Definitely a head scratcher
  15. I made a quick video of my trip to Big Brook Preserve in New Jersey. Figured I'd share it here to show everyone. It was a lot of fun and we found a few shark teeth and some other stuff! Link to the Youtube video is below: Hunting for Fossil Shark Teeth- Big Brook Preserve
  16. Can't ID Recent Find at Big Brook

    Can anyone help me ID this fossil tooth? I found it today at the Big Brooke Creek in New Jersey and I'm not sure how to figure out what it is. Thanks! Chandler Olson
  17. Unidentifiable Fossil

    My boys and I went fossil hunting in Big Brook New Jersey and can’t identify this one we found. It looks like a worm inside a Belemnite fragment but was told Belemnite fragments are hollow.
  18. From the album Cretaceous

    Longochoncha sp. (formerly Rostellites) Gastropod internal cast almost two and a half inches long Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Matawan Group Ramanessin Brook Holmdel, N.J.
  19. Crab? Pareidolia? What?

    Like all of us I pick up a lot of maybes/I don’t knows. I took this one home for a better look. With the loupe I think I see something and crab is my best guess. The whole piece is 1.5 inches. I don’t want to believe this is geologic. Your help greatly appreciated.
  20. Large NJ Cretaceous Bone

    Found this thick bone piece in a new jersey cretaceous creek and wonder if its possible to maybe id since one side has a distinct rough texture while the other is flatter and striated, I would guess either large turtle, mosasaur, or dinosaur. My friend joked its a theropod maxilary skull fragment, but we all know around here that material seems close to impossible to come across haha. Interested to hear any other thoughts.
  21. BigBrook ID help needed

    Good evening. Another morning spent in Big Brook. Did ok with the shark teeth. 3 questions: 1) 15/16th inches I think is a sawfish rostal. 2). 3/8 inch piece of jawbone with 2 teeth which I think is fossil fish but have no idea which, and 3) a 1 1/8 inch piece of bone I guess to be modern. Can you identify the animal? Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
  22. Dear Fellow Forum Members, On this day, the 4th of October in the year 2020, @itsronni @Masp @Trevor and @Jeffrey P ventured to a frequented late cretaceous stream in New Jersey. I first met up with Jeff and did some sifting before later locating itsronni and Masp further downstream. Finds came somewhat slowly after we first stopped to sift but after some time we gradually found more fossils. We stayed in one area for the majority of the day up until Jeff had to leave. After some deliberation, the remaining members and I walked a quarter mile upstream and then left shortly afterwards. It was a nice day to meet fellow forum members and also a nice day to collect fossils. Here are my finds, the others will post theirs when they can:
  23. File great white tooth from NJ

    Hi guys, I went on a walk on the beach looking for shells, but I ended up finding some shark teeth... one of which is this great white tooth! I was wondering if it is a file tooth, and wanted someone to confirm it’s a great white and a file tooth cause I’ve never seen a GW from NJ or a file GW. TIA
  24. Big Brook 22

    A little rain on the drive down didn’t discourage me after not being able to go last week with the Grateful Dead blasting I made it there in 45 minutes. I tried yet two more new places to access the Brook but neither seemed promising so back to my standby entrance. 5 hours in the Brook and I only saw one person, Gabriel who was the one who inspired me to truck out the glass, metal and plastic I came across. I intended to do a little exploring but wound up in an old familiar spot for the whole time (will roam next time). More quantity than quality with the Crows leading the way as usual with Sand Tiger, Goblin and Mackerel as well as Brachyrhizodus, Pycnodont, Enchodus, Belemnite, Agerostera and some that’s likely a rock but I posted for ID. The only bummer was thinking about the impending winter
  25. Croc or rock?

    Sounds better than geologic or vertebrate. The shape is obviously what caught my attention but the surface texture looked like rock so I was about to toss it when the bottom made me think twice. Still think rock but wanted your opinions. 1/2 inch long. Thanks and apologies for the finger nails.