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  1. I found this mushroom-shaped thing on a beach in New Zealand. I have no idea what it is; the stem is crazy long. It seems petrified. But apparently polypores can be super hard, so maybe that's what it is. But the stem seems much too long for a polypore. Or maybe it's a bolete? Still, the long-stem seems unlikely. I also found a short-stemmed (or broken-stemmed) similar item on the same beach. I posted pictures of it in a different fossil id post. Thank you for any pointers.
  2. I found this short-stemmed mushroom-looking thing on my favorite fossil beach in New Zealand. Any identification pointers would be much appreciated. It is very hard. The stem looks and feels agatized (or something like that) to me. I can't tell if the cap is really petrified or just really hard. A couple weeks later I found a similar mushroom-shaped thing on the same beach -- the caps are super similar, but the second one has a very long stem. I"m posting pictures of the long-stemmed one in a separate thread. Thanks for any thoughts.
  3. Strange colour crab claw

    A couple of hours in on our fossil hunt at Glen Afric, I spotted another crab fossil! This had now been our 3rd crab of the day. We have not found a similar crab to this one. Any ideas or thoughts on why the colour is so strange?
  4. Glen Afric New Zealand fossil

    A few weeks ago, we stumbled upon a concretion along the shore at Glen Afric. These are the photos. If anyone can ID them, it would be much appreciated. (length is given in cm) (The weight is 4kg) Top Height Bottom
  5. Potential Plesiosaur paddle bone

    Hi everyone! I found this bone today, my first "proper" dinosaur bone I think! Am I right in thinking it's from a plesiosaur paddle bone? Thanks! Measurements are in cm. Location: Conway formation, New Zealand
  6. Hi everyone! I found what I think it a tooth or barb in the Waipara river in New Zealand. It was embedded in some limestone which I think is 35 - 45myo (Amuri Limestone perhaps?) but I could be incorrect on the age. I think the point broke off during extraction. Length: 15mm Thickness: Very thin - just under 1mm I made a video of me finding it here: https://youtu.be/337y9ZU4h1s?t=207 Thanks!
  7. I braved the 30 degree Celsius heat to check out one of my local rivers, the Waipara, last weekend. I've had good luck there before with finding whale vertebrae and was lucky enough to find another one this time which makes 3 from a 1km stretch of river. I also managed to find the usual oyster shells and even a nice bit of petrified wood. Here is a video of the hunt:
  8. Hi Everyone, I was out at Glenafric in New Zealand with @Doctor Mud and found this concretion which might have a bone cluster in it. If anyone could ID it I would be really greatful!
  9. Having found my biggest crab yet, I was very curious about how big the Tumidocarcinus giganteus gets. It sure lives up to the species name giganteus! @Dave (POM) Allen has found a massive claw, the biggest I’ve seen. Could be from a huge crab too, but I’ve seen some really massive claws that are way out of proportion with the crab. I’ll have to dig out the photo from my computer when I’m home, but I have an amazing example of this. The Canterbury museum has the biggest specimen - complete crab I’ve seen There it is near some normal sized (but still much larger than Washington) crabs. I didn’t have any measurements on it, but when I visited Al Mannering to do some prep he had a replica and I asked if I could take some photos for reference. Check it out! Andrew Fear who is another regular Tumido collector has found this guy Don’t have any scale on it, but it is impressive! Love to see any other large examples, or even the other end of the spectrum like @RJB tiny Tim the Tumido
  10. Help a complete newbie

    Hey. So today on a whim I decided to give fossil hunting a go. Took my family to the beach at Glenafrik farm, about an hour north of Christchurch, New Zealand. About 30 minutes in I stumbled across this beauty (beginners luck huh). Now I’m wondering, what am I supposed to do to clean/preserve it? Also, my wife found what we think could potentially be a fossilised log? It is very heavy and to our untrained eyes, looks like a log with bark around it. It was quite different from all the other rocks in the area. What do you more knowledgeable guys and girls think? Again, any tips or thoughts on cleaning/identifying it?
  11. I’ve been in New Zealand for over a month and spent a lot of time on the coast famous for the big Tumidocarcinus crab concretions. Unfortunately my trip was mainly to visit my father who was ill and he passed away while I was here. Time on the beach has been a good distraction and helps to start the healing process. You might be surprised that I usually have the beach to myself and the solitude and sounds, sites and smells of the coast are a comfort. In terms of fossils it was my best trip yet, but this came from lots and lots of walking, boulder hopping, and early starts. Sorry pictures are large files since I’m doing this from my phone. So spread out in many posts. Day 1, was exploring new sections of coast, clambering over rocks the size of a bus with razor sharp shells. Found some nice concretions, but they were empty
  12. I found a really good concretion a few months ago here in New Zealand and didn't want to try prep it myself as I am still very much a beginner. Luckily, @DLB was willing to help me out and did an amazing prep job - both sides! It's by far the best crab in my collection, and very well travelled after it's 24 000km (15 000mi) flight It measures 16cm (6.25") across. I made a video of me finding it, sending it off, and opening it which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4cqpVKsOO0 Thanks for the amazing prep job @DLB!
  13. Mineralised root mass?

    Found in Central Auckland, heavily volcanic area. Have found volcanic bombs, glass etc in same place. This looks like a root mass to me but I've never seen its like before. Trace petrification? Is that even a thing? Thanks in advance!
  14. I've always wanted to find some fossil shark teeth but never knew what to look for or where to go. After some research, I made a sieve and headed out to the hills of North Canterbury, New Zealand, to have a fossick around. The formation is about 60myo and is famous for the giant penguin and bird fossils that have been found in the vicinity. The first two hours were a bust as I sifted through some debris at likely looking sites, I did get a bit excited about a piece of bone I found which I think is from a rabbit on closer inspection. As I was filling the last bucket, I spotted a white dot in the cliff... my first shark tooth! It was about 1cm long, tiny but still a shark tooth! After switching to eyeballing instead of sifting, I found two more! One smaller and one larger shark tooth, the larger one showing a bit of damage but good details. All in all, I really enjoyed being out and actually finding a fossil shark tooth. If anyone can point me in the right direction to figure out what species it could be, please let me know! Or if you have some tips on finding shark teeth more efficiently, I'd love to hear about them. I made a 10min video of the day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kwqRWARWJk I've included some photos I took that day. Thanks for reading!
  15. A long shot here, but any kiwis or people who have visited New Zealand ever make a trip to Burnside Cement Works near Dunedin? Alas the quarry has been filled in now with demolition debris. I used to get on the bus in my early teens with my best friend and spend the whole day in this quarry mining into the Concord Greensand. I still have the memories of course but really wish I had some photos from the outcrops there. This was pre- digital days of course so I think the photos and negatives I had have been lost in my many moves over the years. Im going to post some of my finds from there on here soon, I was originally going to post in the Extraordinary Teeth Thread, but thought maybe the site deserved its own thread covering the range of fossils that I have in my collection from this site. It is Late Oligocene.
  16. Hi team, rookie fossil hunter keen to get out and do some fossil hunting trips... currently hunting around the port Waikato area. It would be epic to have some people with more experience of the area etc. cheers! Nick
  17. Please help me ID

    Hi There Team, i am new to fossils and new to this forum, I have found the attached and feel like its a fossil, What stikes me is the symetry with it and the gill like lines on both sides, Looked like a tooth to begin with but now im really not sure, I found this is New Zealand in Limestone. If any of you have any information i would really appreciate the help. Thank you very much.
  18. I will introduce this article by quoting the last sentence: "The place has been the site of fossil finds since the 1980s, and many of the discoveries - like this latest one - are made by dedicated amateur palaeontologists." LINK to article
  19. Giant Parrot From New Zealand

    One meter tall parrot, giant crushing jaws, what more do you want? https://m.phys.org/news/2019-08-whopping-squawkzilla-herculesthe-giant-parrot.html
  20. Hi All I've really been enjoying getting out and about here in New Zealand and hunting for fossils and taking some video footage at the same time. I'm still a beginner and find that by posting the videos I get some good info from the more experienced people across the world. If anyone is interested, I have posted my latest video up here: 013 Beach hunt for Miocene fossils I'm on instagram as well: @mamlambo_nz and would really like to follow any other TFF users, so please add me so I can follow you
  21. Crabs are great..

    Pretty cool letting you mate go hard on your crabs...
  22. https://phys.org/news/2019-07-scientists-albatross-skull-pliocene-epoch.html
  23. " An ancient tree that contains a record of a reversal of Earth's magnetic field has been discovered in New Zealand. The tree—an Agathis australis, better known as its Māori name kauri—was found in Ngawha, on New Zealand's North Island, during excavation work for the expansion of a geothermal power plant" https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-tree-discovered-earths-magnetic-field-1447570?fbclid=IwAR0yU5aU3UaJlvbut89stq7yJANeYS72hzRg_8OEIVZmqvvoHxJSIVGhqMQ
  24. Golden Bay queries

    I've been trying half heartedly to get an ID on this for a while now, stoked I've stumbled on this forum! This is from the golden Bay cement works quarry in Nelson, NZ. Found in same area as many bivalves, sharks teeth, corals and snails.
  25. Jurrasic uncertainty

    Found while fossicking for belemnites at the mouth of the Waikato River. South Side of Sunset beach. First picked as a belemnite but the curvature and lack of distinct central rings gave me pause.
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