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Found 83 results

  1. Fossil or modern bone?

    I've never found a fossil before, but always keep an eye out. My dog just dropped this on my foot and I was about to throw it for her before something caught my eye.. there's small crystal looking circles on one end. I've tried the burn test - no smell I've tried the lick test - a lil sticky Could this be a fossil or just a bone from my dog?
  2. Newbie - Aust Cliffs UK Finds

    Hi I took only my second trip out fossil hunting over the weekend and found what to me are some great finds. Any help with ID would be greatly appreciated, i believe the vertebrae to be a pretty good example of an ichthyosaur vertebrae but other than that i am pretty clueless. These were all found at Aust Cliffs near Bristol in the UK.
  3. Hi! I'm 16 and new to the forum. I live in Brooklyn and i'm interested in fossil hunting, the problem is that I don't know of any sites around me where I could find fossils and my parents don't have a car so I can't drive upstate or out of state to places that reportedly have plenty of fossils. Any help is appreciated!
  4. Every Saturday morning i'm in Big Brook but when i leave there are 6.5 long days before i get to go again. I find myself daydreaming about my next visit specifically or fossils in general. Of course i read The Fossil Forum repeatedly, visit the great Big Brook sites on line (and others), i look at my "collection" and perhaps reorganize, i plan where in Big Brook i will go on my next trip and maybe consult some maps, and of course think about what i will find next visit and whats on my bucket list. Doesn't matter if i'm at work or out on a run, my thoughts will sooner or later come back to "sharking" as my wife calls it. I do understand that in time this will fade - not my collecting of course but the daydreaming about it. I've had a number of hobbies/obsessions over the years (still running after 40 years, rotisserie baseball on hold per Covid after 35 years, still collecting Joseph Dixon Crucible Co artifacts after 7 years but did stop collecting rare books because it just got too expensive). With all these hobbies/obsessions i would daydream about them constantly at the beginning and then with time, even though i pursued the activity with the same intensity as before i just didn't think about it as much when i wasn't actually doing it. I guess i'm now daydreaming about daydreaming!!!
  5. Please help identify

    I'm a newbie and found this in the floor of my goat barn. I was sweeping the dirt floor and saw an unusual shape so I dug it up. I am located in Catawissa, Missouri. It is about 3 inches long. Thanks for your help!
  6. Hi ! i am new member here and need some advice and help from you guys *sorry for any grammatical error . my English skill is bad . Here my fossil background : In my country dinosaur fossils are hard to obtain and dinosaur fossil that found in my country can not be collected or traded (nearest fossil formation just about 5 mile from my home, so sad) and fossil dealer in my country tend to sell their fossil in quite high price. (double or even triple the price which i can not afford) i usually bought fossil from online website from USA and sometime UK but never bought from online cz i am afraid of scammer ... so could you guy please recommend me some of fossil dealer / digger /preparator or may be someone that sell fossil in nice quality and authentic for a bargain price please? I am looking for mainly dinosaur fossil (esp :dinosaur vertebra and any part of bone or bargain jaw) thx for helping.
  7. Hi Everyone, I'm very new to fossil hunting and was considering going down to Cory's Lane in RI as it's only about 40 minutes from me. I scoped the place out on Google Maps and have some questions for anyone that's hunted there. Do you need a permit to fossil collect in RI? It looks like you can't collect in state parks, but I don't think this area is a state park. I'm actually not even sure if it's town property or private? Google wasn't much help and I'm not really sure which department it would fall under to go through state websites. Are people actually allowed to go along the water edge to collect, or is it all private property and we hope no one notices? It looks like there is a residential area and then a school further up the shore line. I don't want my first experience doing this (out of state, no less) to put me on the wrong end of the law. How's the parking situation there, the lot looks very small, like maybe 4 cars max. Are you allowed to park on the street if there's room? I didn't notice any signs when I street viewed the area. I was considering having a family member come with me and they drive an SUV compared to relatively small hatchback. Is anyone here a member of RIMH? Is the club active, is it worth joining if I can, I live in MA? Thanks for any info!
  8. Aloha! Planning a short trip to California before I move further away, I was always fascinated by fossils. Are there any dig sites in California that rent out tools? I would love to find a trilobite or ammonite! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
  9. Gearing Up

    I am going to make the jump and get some prepping tools and looking for recommendations for quality air scribe or scribes from reading the posts believe 2 scribes are needed. My intended use will be to clean out the matrix left in the center whorl of ammonites I have found or future finds as well as bulk removal of matrix to tidy up around the edges to make presentable. I have the support equipment in my shop where I work on one of my other hobbies, building and maintenance of my airplanes. Have attached a couple of pictures of finds from previous trips to give an idea of what I will be working on and hope to get back in the mountains soon as the snow melts.
  10. ID. Wood film?

    Hi! Found this rock on my today’s walk. It is similar to the one I found before and that one was IDed as carbonized wood film. Is this one also wood? Can anything else be learned from this piece? Thanks! Found near a creek, in Tompkins county, NY, USA. Devonian period. The black piece is about 5cm in length.
  11. finding avian fossils

    Hi everyone! I'm new to fossils collection and have spent more time working on modern organisms. I was wondering if anyone here could direct me to a site within the united states (preferably east coast) where avian fossils can be found, collected, and identified. Any avian material, from any time period is of interest to me! thank you!
  12. Hi! I am from southeastern Kentucky. I am a newbie who is looking to explore and get new knowledge and experiences. My collection has so far been mainly bought fossils and a few tiny different shells and shell impressions that I have found randomly and in gravel. Are there any other Kentuckians that can point me in the right direction to areas where I can find anything? Hopefully these areas would be in lower eastern Kentucky as do not have ability to travel far right now due to world happenings. Thank you in advance for any tips!
  13. Hey there, before I found this forum, I had hopes and dreams of collectiong an affordable Droaeosauridae collection. Teeth are Teeth so they can't be very complicated and I found so many deales who were selling "Raptor" Teeth. After a few discussions with you guys I know now, that you basically need a doctorate to spot the genuine teeth and that 95% of the dealers are selling snarge. Since then, @Troodon is known to me as "Destroyer of Dreams" . So, before I fling myself in the Art of "don't buy fake teeth", I wanted to start with a few replicas. This opened the door to a lot of new horrors ... and questions. So if it's ok with you, I'd like to ask a few of those based on two replicas I already bought by highlighting questionable terminology. I roughly understand how a fossil replica is made (mold and cast method), but not really the context of the description. It seems to contradict itself. So, first of all, I talked with the "DreamDestroyer" about this replica and he stated that the skull doesn't look right. I bought it nevertheless, because I liked it as Art. What exactly is this? A life sized "actual" skull with reconstructed elements? On the claw replica: So a X-Generation cast? The reconstructed part confuses me. Thanks again and best regards Sebastian
  14. Newbie

    Hi all, complete newbie here! I have an old fossil I've dragged around with me for decades but have been unable to identify it. I've googled images and still haven't found anything like it. From what I have found, it came from a generally Cretaceous area in southern Oklahoma, south and slightly east of Ardmore in Love County. The landowner gave us permission to surface hunt (my boys were trying to earn badges for Boy Scouts) The section I picked up was the only loose part of a roughly 4 or 5 foot long "trunk" that was still encased in rock (hardened red clay), so the short section is the only part we could get. It does not look like any petrified wood I've been able to find, but more like a reed or rush, only very big. Tried to get close enough to see the longitudinal grooves as well as the bands around the "trunk" but I'm not sure the resolution is going to be sharp enough to show up. It reminds me of a giant stalk of celery the way the grooves run down the length! Sorry for the vagueness, we found it about 35 years ago. Am hoping someone will recognize this. Thanks in advance!
  15. Alaska Fossil Sites

    Hoping to head up to Alaska this next summer and would love to hunt for fossils. Does anyone know of a list of sites to start looking? Thanks!
  16. Lauderdale/ Limestone County line

    I’m VERY new to this but have had some luck( I think). I had them all separated but with the storms came a strong enough wind that a piece of a tree that my husband uses in his hand built smoke knocked the leg off my table and boom there they went and then had to chase my protectors to get some back. Anyway, does it make since that all the different items would be found in a very small section of my yard. The dog house is farther away. It may take a minute to up load the pics. Of course if you want to help ID any I would give you a Dixie land, “Bless You, child, Bless You!”
  17. I am looking for crinoid sites near BG Ky. I am new here. I found my first ever crinoid in landscape gravel and am obsessed! Hope its OK to ask this?
  18. Any ideas what this is ?

    I found this one in the same location of a few other confirmed fossils, is it just a rock or should I investigate this further?
  19. Corals?

    Hi everyone! I retook some photos with the tips I was given (Thankyou) found in a riverbed, Alberta, Canada
  20. Fossil or no fossil

    Hi everyone! Mega mega newbie here and I’m not even sure if I got my hand on real fossils or not. So would appreciate any information and suggestions, thankyou
  21. Hi all! I'm a hobby hunter who normally visits Penn Dixie near Buffalo NY for my fossils where they tell me what everything is if I can't ID it myself. But my mom went for a hike recently in our creek (Groveland, Livingston County, NY, USA) and came back with these three fossils. At least, we're pretty sure they're fossils! I'm sorry that the measurements are in inches, my mom doesn't have anything with metric measurements on it. Each square is 1inch (~2.5cm) I tried to give her the best instructions to take pictures like the pinned post, and this is what I got lol. I'm going to attach them each to separate messages so they don't get all jumbled. Here's the first one:
  22. Don’t worry, fossil collecting sites are all around, and may be easier to find than you might think! Here in my area of Kentucky, we have landscape rock that is sold as “local river rock” at about every garden/landscape center. This “local river rock” contains a lot of fossils. From brachiopods, to horns (corals), and bryozoans, etc. It is also very inexpensive. Many people in my area also use crushed limestone as a covering for driveways and parking areas. I have found many a trilobite in someone’s driveway. Finding fossils this way isn’t the most glamorous or scientific, but for someone new, or someone who is thinking about starting to collect, it may just be the spark that gets them into it. Finding a few fossils this way is what brought me back to the hobby. It’s a lot easier to ask a friend/family member to give up a rock out of their driveway or landscaping than to ask a complete stranger to go dig around on their property. What are some of the other newbie friendly “sites” are that you have come across? P.S. I’ll try and post a few pictures of some of my finds when I get a chance later tonight.
  23. Leaf or Insect Wing?

    I’m not sure what I have here, I might have found this either in my backyard or in a nearby creek... I’m guessing that it was the creek. I was looking for rocks for my pond (2006). The fossil did not appear until a year or two later and I always wondered what it was. It measures 95mm x 35mm. Any clue would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance. JD
  24. Hi! I am new to this forum and really new to this hobby. I have a newbie somehow silly question, so correct me if I am wrong, but a fossil of a trilobite is the exoskeleton that was permineralized, so anything organic on the trilobite was replaced with inorganic materials and thus the whole body was preserved through years, my question would be what about the insides of the fossil, with an exray can we see insides or there are no insides any more?
  25. Bone fossil?

    Hello, newbie here. I was digging in my flowerbed and found this. It is 5" long and about 1.4" diameter but not quite round. I'm near Tampa, gulf coast. Is there enough to hazard a guess what it is? Thanks!
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