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Found 67 results

  1. New Zealand Glacier possible mammal fossil

    Hey everyone, I got this interesting mammal bone piece (about 3 inches across) that was found in an area with a glacier and no live animals around. Could it have originated from within the glacier or is it a modern bone? What type of bone is it and what animal did it come from? Thanks everyone!
  2. New Zealand cave fossil ID

    We were exploring Abbey Caves in Whareora, Northland New Zealand and my daughter spotted a strange shape in the cave stream and looking closer it looked like a fossil. I look a picture with my phone. Can anyone give us a name for this? Cheers
  3. Possible whale vertebra? It's huge!

    Hi everyone I found this huge, possible vertebra today and would really like some help with the ID. I'm thinking it might be a whale. I'm not too sure but I think the area is Miocene but I also see references to Cretaceous. This is from the South Island of New Zealand. It's about 10inches wide (25cm). Thanks!
  4. New Zealand marine reptile vertebra

    I've got this very worn vertebral centrum from the marine Conway Formation near Oaro (Late Cretaceous; about 79-73 Ma) on the south island of New Zealand. The only two logical candidates are plesiosaur or mosasaur from this formation, both of which are known here. There are characteristics of both groups seen on this bone which is tripping me up a bit. One end face seems a bit concave and the other more convex which is a mosasaur feature, but then there also looks to be two distinct holes on the ventral side (see photo three) which could be the paired foramina that are characteristic of plesiosaur vertebrae. So i am left scratching my head! What do others think? Front face Dorsal view Ventral view (note what look like paired foramina) Lateral view
  5. My second time out fossil hunting for crab fossils and struck pay dirt! Found 2 nice examples of what I think is Tumidocarcinus from some Googling. My first time finding a complete(ish) fossil so I am very excited! Found a smallish one and a medium one. Both seem to have the legs and claws.
  6. Hey everyone Weather and tides look good for Motunau and possibly Glen Afric this weekend. I'll be driving through from Ashburton, is anyone keen to join? I've never been to Motunau so this would be an exciting exploratory trip for me.
  7. Hello Guys, after a long time ago i'm back now with my best off Tumido Giganteus ever.Prepped out in 3D with "safed cover" Tumido giganteus Glen Afric Beach New Zealand 15 Mill years ago Enjoy, Axel
  8. Hey there! I'm back again, and again I'm on another continent I moved to New Zealand at the beginning of the year, and in between the incredible fishing and birding I forced myself to head out to Glen Afric (2 hour drive) for a stab at some crabs. The day started out with a couple belemnites, quite long and skinny. The concretions were various shades of khaki to black, some of them still more clay than rock. There were various shells encrusted in them. I kept my eyes peeled for a 'crab' shaped concretion, however this was easier said than done. After a full lap (about 400m) I was nearly back where I started when I picked up a rock, turned it over and holy moly it had legs! Please tell me they're crab legs and not belemnites trolling me haha!! If it's a crab, would an air scribe be safe in the hands of an amateur? Anyway I had to go, but I'll be back!
  9. Vertebrae? Waipara, New Zealand

    Forgive any inaccuracies, I haven’t hunted for fossils since childhood on the South coast of England so very much a novice. I found this whilst scouting out a new vineyard site in Waipara Gorge, New Zealand which is a pretty rich area for fossils (mostly Paleogene, and Cretaceous from what I’ve read). It was at the very top of an escarpment rather than the river banks where most are found and definitely in limestone, though I couldn’t tell you the exact type. There’s not much structure left to it (close up picture gives a better idea) but are these vertebrae and any idea what from? About 2cm diameter and 30cm in length. If anyone has any experience with this area I’d love to know more!
  10. https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/04/18/New-species-of-ancient-whale-found-in-New-Zealand/8111524066374/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=2 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180418100507.htm
  11. In the past, for us Easter has been a time of cracking open presents at our local, but we had other plans and headed to a different spot for our holiday (Still did some fossil hunting & found some nice oysters but I never posted as I thought its a bit boring - I dont know if they are that exciting to others..). Anyway, I am a creature of habit and had to have a crack at getting some crabs and although we didnt find anything special as the sand and driftwood had covered everything, we still all came home with some "pocket crabs" and some prep training ones for me. Tinbum bought back some bone and even the girl found herself a couple of nice crab pebbles. Following @Doctor Mud's advice and soaking the tools afterward, I think I'll give em a light oil this time too as I have been mistreating them.
  12. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/04/on-fossil-poo-and-picky-eaters-a-new-study-sheds-light-on-new-zealands-past-ecosystem
  13. Like many times I put aside what im working on for one reason or another and then pick up another project and start prepping again. I put in about 6 hours into this concretion from New Zealand. I started by digging a hole cause I could not 'read' the rock and got lucky and hit carapace. but then I could see just how calcited it was! Holy cow!!! This is the absolute worst calcited crab ive ever run into,, bar none!!! Even calcite under parts of the shell material!!! Just a freakin nightmare!!! The thing is, I payed $200 for this dang thing plus about $70 for shipping so ive got to finish it and see how it turns out? Im scared! Not happy with this one at all! Could be a cool crab, but soooooooo many hours to find out? My wife told me that if I didnt have any 'bad' ones then the good one wouldn't seem so good? Not sure about that. Gots a long ways to go, but tomorrow my hands will be very stiff. A rather large rock and lots of pushing my Super Jack through this rock. Tuff job for sure!!! RB
  14. I posted this awhile ago, but today I prepped out the other claw that I always wanted to do but didnt cause its just a so-so crab. I had this for sale awhile ago also, didnt sell, but someday if and when it does sell someone will at least have both claws exsposed. Plus it gave me something to do today. Just love to prep even if its not the best crab. Still needs a bit more work. Someday? RB
  15. What is this? Is it a flipper?

    Hi there, I'm new to fossil hunting and came across this today in the newly surfaced coast land mass at Kaikoura, New Zealand. It's quite large; at least a foot long. Move read about the fossils of ancient dolphins being found in the area and was wondering if there was any possibility of this being linked to those finds? any help in identifying it would be greatly appreciated!
  16. It seems that amber fossils have decided that they will be making headlines all this 2018 long http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1802/S00017/otago-researchers-uncover-new-zealands-first-fossils.htm
  17. So as some of you may know, the good Dr has been back in New Zealand and we have had 2 incredible trips so far with the results being accepted by the Canterbury Museum for prep and identification!! So I took the opportunity of a day off work to take the Good Dr and a friend to a local spot for a nosey around looking for more great Gastropod hash plates like I have all around my garden.
  18. Got home from the Quartzite show on monday and was sick as a dog. Made for a brutal 2 day drive home! But today, feeling a bit better and finally went out to the prep garage. Picked out two small Tumido concretions and decided to do one Ventral and the other Dorsal. I had a lot of fun doing that ventral Pulalius so I decided I needed a ventral Tumido. Anyways, the one I decided ventral on was an easy read and after a few hours hit ventral. Put that one aside and went on the prep attack on the other. Was'nt positive on what was ventral/dorsal so dug a hole. Dang!!! Ventral again! Turned it over and got to work. Hit dorsal and oh boy!!! Hit pay dirt with this one!!! No calcite and the rock came off super good!!! Just that way its suposed to be. This dorsal one looks to be a very very very good crab!!!? Im so excited I can hardly stand it! I had the witherall to call it quits and turned it over and fixed the hole. Cant freakin wait for tommorow. Oh, and im now down 40 freakin lbs. Just a fabulous day!!! Life is good.
  19. NZ Giant Burrowing Bat

    A new genus and species of fossil bat is described from New Zealand’s only pre-Pleistocene Cenozoic terrestrial fauna called Vulcanops jennyworthyae http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11972666 Paper https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-18403-w
  20. Story of an intrepid fossil hunter in New Zealand who hopes he has found a dinosaur. https://i.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/100187691/game-of-bones-has-glen-dug-up-a-dinosaur-or-is-it-a-whale-of-a-tale Says the fossil will be 6 foot long when complete. Looks like Miocene siltstone concretion that is common to the area (Taranaki) so I'm betting it could be a baleen whale skull. Alas for this bloke, not a dinosaur @Boesse what do you think? I recommended he get in touch with Ewan.
  21. Back in New Zealand

    Sorry I haven't been very active on here for a while. 2017 was one of the craziest years for me so far, mostly in a good way. Finally, for the last day of 2017 I managed a trip to one of my favourite places - the Miocene sediments in Canterbury, New Zealand. I left the house at 5 AM since low tide was 9:30 AM. I was treated to one of the most spectacular sun rises (sorry no photo!). I am very sore today from lots of boulder flipping and field trimming but it was worth it! Found a split concretion with a string of shark vertebrae. Who knows there could be teeth in there too? The paint brush is 20 cm long. Unfortunately I had to trim the concretion as it would weigh 70 kg (150 pounds). The fossil wasn't harmed but it would have been nice to keep the shape of the concretion.
  22. Identification Help

    What type of fossil is this? I've found specimens from 8inches to 30inches across in chalk cliffs in New Zealand. Thank you for any advice.
  23. Seal skull

    Boom check out what I got my hands on yesterday. Bloody massive rock! Got the other half too. Underside of seal skull with teethkill with teeth
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    From the album Fossil Crabs

    one of my best crabs from New Zealand, Miocene. Took 110 hours to prep, A very nice specimen.
  25. Hi all, On a recent trip to the seaside cliffs of Port Waikato, NZ, I found this little beauty amongst the indistinguishable fossilised plant matter that is common along the beach. Does anyone have an idea of what it might be? According to geological maps, the area that I found this in was a part of the Apotu group (Late Jurassic), although could of also been from the nearby Huriwai group. Cheers, TJ
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