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  1. I collected these presumed plant parts at a late Pleistocene site in Roosevelt Co., NM. They are mineralized, and came out of the same layer of sediment as Mammoth, Equus, Ground Sloth, etc. The triangular "stem" parts remind me of Sedge, but I'm not sure.
  2. It's been a long time since I've written a trip report. Not that I wasn't hiking, I was hiking like mad and finding stuff. Just didn't get around to documenting in the latter part of 2020. Too much craziness. A couple of days ago, I went in search of an extremely elusive shale formation, that contains some of the loveliest ferns I have seen. My records show I specifically planned 13 hikes last year trying to find another exposure. That was over 100 miles of fruitless searching. Zero. Zilch. Well, two days ago I found another small exposure. Scenic photos of the journey follow starting with walking uphill on an Ordovician rock bed The Ordovician transitioned into this Silurian bed with Devonian formations rising above it on the left Although fairly stumble-free walking this was relatively steep. That day I ascended 2,800 ft with my big pack full of tools, food and drinks. A nice shattered chert nodule in the Devonian. Just to show not everything has fierce thorns here, some 'Cushion Buckwheat'
  3. Subject is a bit off topic, but while out exploring a local canyon for Ordovician fossils, I chanced upon this strange exfoliating section in a formation known as the Valmont. Would anyone happen to have knowledge on the processes behind this? The area was not conducive for finding fossils. This is 'as viewed' from the side. It is not taken from above. The bed is in a normal horizontal orientation but exposed in a staircase cleft. Sedimentary rock formation Found in the orange box in this photo
  4. Hello everyone, I am pretty new to the fossil hunting game, mostly just picking up a few shells or leaf imprints when I am out hiking but when I returned to school in Florida I started to get a bit more interested in actually researching and exploring with the intention of fossil hunting. On the drive back to Florida from Denver I decided to break the trip up into 6-8 hour drive days and camp while hitting some fossil opportunities. Also it kept me fairly isolated with Covid restrictions. With that in mind I planned a route to hit a few different sites: Quay County, NM has reports of phytosaur teeth although I was mostly hiking at this locale. Lots of literature on the area with some nebulous directions, I puddled around on a small streambed I scouted out prior to the trip and ended up finding a fossilized vertebra which I will call a phytosaur based on its size and reports that the area appears to host these species almost exclusively. I was a little out of my element and spent a bit more time hiking and enjoying the West side of the US while camping at the free Mills Canyon Rim Campground which I enjoyed very much. Mineral Wells and Jacksboro Fossil sites, TX - well known sites that I spent a bit of time at. Pretty much every other fossil I found on this trip came from these areas. I made a mistake and passed up my planned campground at Kiowa instead staying at Possum Kingdom campground because the reviews were good and was sorely disappointed. The area is very built up and it is more of a place to bring a boat and an RV than what I wanted. But never know unless you try, there is a nicer campground at Fort Richardson near the Jacksboro locality I would recommend instead. Found a few different specimens including an intact crinoid cup, a small trilobite, and some other common specimens. Embarrassingly while at mineral wells I found what I initially took to be a trilobite in Matrix and was incredibly excited as it was by far the most distinguished find there. Fast forward to being home I cleaned the specimen and started trying to id it only to find that it didn't really fit any description...then I gave it a quick lick and discovered that it was very much still organic and warm so I have included a picture if someone wants to tell me what strange bug eggs or cocoon I likely licked. 100% not a fossil though as it started to ooze once squeezed. North Sulfur River, TX - Flooded and rained out so passed it up largely because I didn't want to try camping after wading in freezing water all day. Campground is listed under freecampgrounds and is on the Ladonia Wildlife Area. I'll hit this site on the way back. Mississippi 'Red Hot Truck Stop' Locality, MS - No luck here either although I didn't put in much effort, the campground I selected was closed so I spent a night in the back of my car and felt like getting back to Pensacola. In retrospect, I should have spent more time touring around this area but the Red Hot Truck Stop is now a Walmart parking lot and I didn't really feel like poking around that area after spending the past week hiking around some of the areas out West. So overall, a mixed success trip but, like I said I was more looking for a good way to split up a drive back home and my experience is pretty limited. I've included pictures of the specimens I found with labels, if anyone from the areas wants to correct them please feel free, I am sure that many of them are wrong. If you would like a better picture of a specimen just let me know. A: Phytosaur Vertebra B: Assorted Crinoid Discs C: Chonetinella sp. - Brachiopoda D: Ditomopyge sp. - Arthropoda E. Bactrites sp. - Mollusca...some sort of orthoconic nautiloid
  5. Every now and then I find something odd on the ground in the backcountry. Do not feel this is a fossil. At first glance I thought this was just some siliceous ooze with intricate folds. At second glance I noted the broken surfaces were not conchoidal as one would expect with silicate materials. It almost appears like extremely fine-grained basalt on the broken ends Specimen is 1.5" (38mm) long and 1.25" (32mm) wide. Thickness is 3/8" (8-9mm) I'll call this the top view. Primarily very dark black Bottom view has a decided reddish cast in places. Note the broken end on the left. Another broken section on the side. Small vesicles. Some strange inclusion on the left. Another exposed side section If it is igneous in origin that would be interesting because the closest igneous activity is about 70 miles away and would imply transported in by ancient peoples. Any geologic thoughts to send my way? Thank you, Kato
  6. I found this a couple of years ago with no resolution or thoughts on what it might be. It is astoundingly close to circular. 6 feet (1.83 meters) in diameter. Dark brown in color but with color variations. Unfortunately, I did not get any close-ups of the orb itself. It seemed fairly indeterminate as to any pattern such as corals might make. The formation it is in is full of crinoids. The brown orb seems to have a radial pattern. Again too dark to get a decent shot while I was there. I am sort of thinking this may be some sort of reef material? Giant stromatoporoid?
  7. Wandering about I found some slivers of porcelain like permineralized material floating on the surface in a small dry wash. Exposed and opened a small trench of very broken up pieces of a Lycopsid. I'm going to very tentatively guess Sigillaria due to presence of crenulations on the remaining margin of the material. Covered the pocket back up after taking a few photos. The overall pocket length was at 3 feet when I quit. Specimen increasing in size and going deeper into the hill than my little digging knife could handle. Nearby plant roots had entered the specimen and succeeded in breaking it up into chunks. In this photo one can see areas of black, red and pink surrounding the exposed permineralized specimens. Learning questions: (1) I'm going to guess this is degradation of the former exterior? (2) Colors suggest iron content and/or maybe some carbonization? (3) Are there some papers whereby I can learn more characteristics to help narrow down otherwise hard to ID Lycopsids?
  8. Crinoid cup?

    Trying to find alternative ways into a remote spot that I call "Bucket of Crinoids". I could conservatively guess billions of bits of crinoids stems but never any calyxes for some mysterious reason. Until today. Maybe. Although this is tiny and split by geologic forces it appears to be a crinoid cup view of a small calyx. As I've never actually found a cup before I would appreciate some guiding thoughts. Diameter would be 15mm maximum.
  9. New to El Paso

    Hi all, new to El Paso and looking for pointers on where to go. I did a search and it looks like Mount Cristo Rey is a promising start. I'm not afraid of driving a bit to New Mexico or towards the west but I don't have a 4x4 so nowhere too rugged. Aside from fossils, I'd also be interesting in interesting rocks, points, or whatever else. Thanks in advance!
  10. Unknown Coniacian selachians

    Hello all. I have found two more teeth that I have no clue about. The first one is very small, orectolobid size, but has a distinct central cusp and accessory cusps on both sides. The tooth is less than 1 1/4 mm in size, and I have never seen a tooth this small with accessory cusps. Any idea as to what it could be? The second one has a distinctive series of ridges on one side of the tooth. Again, I have no idea what it could be. Someone at the museum here suggested a multituberculate mammal, but I have serious doubts about that. The cusp is more selachian than mammal. I will show the second tooth in another post.
  11. At first sight out in the back country I thought I had stumbled on some calamite sections. After cleaning up some specimens at home, I am now leaning more toward some other Lycopsid. Perhaps Sigillaria? @paleoflor More photos to follow
  12. Hello, I just wondered if anyone has seen something like this before. This tooth is from the Redonda formation, in Quay Co., NM. It measures 34mm long, and has a misplaced 8mm ridge of serrations, in addition to the two main edges that most teeth of this type have.
  13. Cold day in the desert but a ton of fun with some great finds! Thank you @PFOOLEY for the wisdom. These all were found in the Carlile formation in Sandoval County, New Mexico.
  14. Here is the one I have wanted to ID since I found it years ago.
  15. The patten makes me think of life form not just a rock.......but it does look like a rock too
  16. New Mexico ? Coral or ?

    This was found in the same area as my other posts today. This is after some tumbling. Top and bottom views.
  17. The texture of this rock caught my eye. I did not even see the purple until I sprayed it with water. It has been my favorite find of the week.
  18. ID New Mexico Fossil

    Here is another one. I thought I found a pic of a fossilized sea sponge that appeared similar. Is that what this is or ? The first pic it is in the left with another fossil I submitted for id found in the same area
  19. Help me ID a New Mexico fossil

    I found this recently in Rio Rancho New Mexico. It looks a bit like a coprolite, or maybe an encased ? ammonite type shell. The top part looks very different than the base that has fossils visible. I am not sure if they just melded together or are part of the same thing. Can I tumble it? Or should I cut it? What would you do? Help me ID it please. My pics are too big, so I will upload more as comments. Thank you Leesaa
  20. Hello! My daughter found this in the "xeriscaped" front yard, and we were excited to have found a fossil It's just landscaping stone. The area we live in has a lot of basalt/lava and sand (Petroglyph National Monument). The other side of the city is against the Sandia Mountains, mostly granite, limestone, metamorphic rock. I suppose this could have been quarried from that area...I don't know. I'm thinking it may be coral? The image shows the largest occurrence, but there are a few other smaller versions of the same thing on the back of the rock. Thanks for any info you may have! -Brendan
  21. Rio Puerco fossil finds

    Went out to Windmill Site in the Rio Puerco Valley today(11/27). It was very cold but very worth it. Found some ammonite pieces, a few oyster shells, and a lot of teeth. We are unsure who the teeth belonged to. Can anyone help us identify these finds? Thank you in advance. Beautiful day in New Mexico.
  22. Unknown vertebra from New Mexico

    Hi all, I'm considering buying this vertebra, but I want too know what age it is & how old it is. it was Quay, New Mexico, and is supposed too be a fossil. Unfortunately there aren’t anymore pics or a size, but too me it almost looks like Zarafasaura, but I don’t know if that species is found in New Mexico, or even the US. TIA
  23. Found in New Mexico on private property, not far from Morrison Formation...Circled in red highlighter is what appears to be a talon...last photo is of the opposite side..
  24. Dinosaur Embryo Fossil

    Unidentified, Naturally Formed Cast/Mold Fossil of the contents inside an embryonic egg of some sort, found in New Mexico on private property...any help appreciated...thanks..
  25. New Mexico fossil

    I found these today northwest of albuquerque. They were near an area small shark teeth can be found. I have no idea what it is. They were near each other with other pieces, broken up. So I believe they are pieces from the same creature. I will try to post more pics later.