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  1. Any thoughts are appreciated

    Brand new to the site but I've been fossil hunting around Texas for years. I've mainly found shark teeth and shells but never a bone. I Found this in a creekbed in Bandera TX sticking out from the bank. Its not very heavy for the size but the exposed end is fairly brittle. Any thoughts or knowledge shared is greatly appreciated! I have more pics but could not upload them.
  2. Have we found a bone?

    Ok, so we searched and searched today. We FINALLY found a roadside shale bank, saw a few ferns and Cordiates (I’m learning) So we pulled this piece, split it and got a beauty of a fern. Then.... this fell out. It looks like a bone?!?! But I’m fully prepared to accept it’s a branch. Let us know.....
  3. Here’s the first fossils I’ve ever found! Found in Webster County, West Virginia. Where they hollow out a road. The stone is shale from my knowledge..... I’d love to know it’s age and name? And, how to prep them.
  4. Hey! New member here wondering if anyone would be interested in getting a group together for the weekend to do some creek hunting for megs, angies, whites, or other fossils. Message me if you're interested and know the area better than I (I'm from the upstate).
  5. Back in November of last year, my son and I decided to start our own education non-profit. We wanted to combine his artwork, my teaching skills, and real fossils to create a museum on wheels that takes fun field trips to the classrooms. We had shark teeth and marine mammal fossils so we started building education programs around those. I am very satisfied where those two programs are at though I would love to expand the number of shark species we can present but that is a story for a different day. We knew we would need to get a dinosaur program going at some point but I know nothing about dinosaur fossils so I did not want to start collecting yet. My plan was to wait until late spring or early summer to start building our collection. A friend gave us two hadrosaur teeth and a Hypselosaurus egg shell piece in December so our program got started earlier than planned. As we do with every decision, my son and I talked about picking up a few bargain dinosaur fossils while we tightened up the other programs which are debuting in March. One of the first things I did was join TFF. I was very intimidated by dinosaur fossils and I hoped this place would help me educate myself. I have been a quiet observer so far and have not engaged very much with the dinosaur experts here. I have read a lot of posts and this has been so incredibly helpful. Utilizing the expertise of the members here has also saved me money and stopped me from making one unwise purchase. I have only picked up a few dinosaur items up to this point but without being on this site, I doubt I would have made any attempt at starting this particular collection so soon. I am very grateful for the forum and its members because a lot of people really want to help. I quickly learned that our presentation will be centered on the Hell Creek fauna and we can augment it with some African dinosaurs. After a bit of window shopping, it became apparent right away that Jurassic period dinosaurs were simply too expensive for us. There is no way we will be able to purchase any and trades are unlikely as we just do not have much material that would have much trade value. I can live with this though. If we focus on the T-rex/Ceratopsian fauna of Hell Creek we are giving kids species they know plus introducing them to new species which I am totally cool with. We also decided we could talk Triassic dinosaurs with kids using Bull Canyon fossils. Now I am an avid reader here so I am aware that there is some debate about the species that are found in Bull Canyon and how things are labeled by dealers but I did pick some up because we want to teach kids about the evolution of dinosaurs and to give them a few species that have never heard of. I can not be sure if the teeth I have are Coelophysis teeth but we are still going to present them as such to the students because it is an opportunity to get to early dinosaurs. Same goes for a "prosauropod" tooth we purchased. We are not going to sell the fossils so the correct ID is less important to us than being able to at least have a representation of early dinosaurs for the kiddos. Our early efforts were given a huge boost when a member here helped broker a transaction between another member which resulted in us having a very nice partial T-rex and a Nano. This was huge for us. We got the centerpiece species and it was super affordable. I am still in a bit of shock to be honest and incredibly grateful. We also picked up some inexpensive Hell Creek Triceratops teeth. I found a nice Saurornitholestes from Judith River which gives us a "raptor" fossil for the kids. I got an inexpensive Moroccan sauropod tooth which gives us a "long neck" that we can use. It is really not a bad start in my eyes. We picked some species that we really wanted to include. We also have begun to find some teeth that kids can handle in the form of partial or shed Ceratopsian teeth and inexpensive Spinosaurus teeth from Morocco. I only made one questionable decision. I did not use TFF and ended up misidentifying a tooth. This led us to having two Richardoesstesia gilmorei teeth. We really did not need two fossils from this species but it was a learning experience. I learned that I need keep studying, learning and using the forum. Had I put it here first, instead of testing my own skills, I would not have picked it up . I would have filled another need in the program. Lesson learned and the upside is that I do have a dinosaur fossil I can possibly trade. It is not much for trade I am sure, but maybe I can use it to get a fossil that fills a hole in the program. The most important thing I have learned so far is that I really enjoy collecting dinosaur fossils. I am hooked. I was never a dinosaur kid myself. I preferred sharks and whales but I am really captivated by dinosaurs now. I have been cramming my brain with scientific information about dinosaurs and my son is really enjoying getting a start on his dino artwork. We have a long way to go before we are ready to unleash our budding dino education program. I have a long way to go with my own knowledge too. I do know it will be a lot of fun to learn and I am looking forward to getting more interactive with the dinosaur collectors here. We have settled on the next round of dinosaurs to add (Acheroraptor, Ankylosaur, Pachycephalosaurus, a Troodontid, plus more Ceratopsian material) and they seem attainable so I am excited to get to work on those in the near future. I also learned there are species from the Hell Creek formation that are awesome but we will never have due to price or rarity lol Dakotaraptor is #1 on that list but the avian dinosaurs are not far behind. All things considered, I am super happy with our tiny dinosaur collection and I am really enjoying the hunt for more !!
  6. hi folks, I got this fossil from the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada. Can someone identify it please? Thanks!
  7. Possible fossil?

    Hello everyone hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! My father got to work yesterday and found this during their construction job. He said it was 9ft underground and says that the black sphere is heavy like metal and popped right out of the rock. Is this a fossil? Thanks for any tips!
  8. Possible fossil?

    My father just found this today in North Texas at his job site, is this also an ammonite? It's pretty big. It was dug up 9ft under ground.
  9. Possible fossil?

    Hi everyone, I'm new here, so I want to apologize up front if my posts aren't as descriptive because I am very new to this. My father is currently working on a "construction" job, in north Texas that requires him to dig 9ft underground. He has found various things and he wants to know if they are fossils. Here is something he found yesterday: Thanks in advance!
  10. Please help id and inform me

    Hello i went to the river today in central alberta and found these fossils i believe one is petrified wood but it also has a translucent mineral in it?? I think?? And orange mineral around it which i assume is sap amber??? the size of these rocks are around a baseball please help identify all of them and offer info ill greatly appreciate it first two pictures are of opposite sides same as the other two.
  11. Is this anything other than a rock?

    Gday all, was wondering if this was an egg or a rock? I found it on a beach in Australia near the border of south Australia and Victoria when I was a kid, I cut it in half and just forgot about it for around 20 years!
  12. First Fossil Found!

    Hello, I am new to geology and fossil hunting. I have very little knowledge in this area and would love for somone to help me identify it! It is a snail incased in sedimentary rock, the shell itself has also turned to stone it seems. The snail is about 2 inches across, the rock itself it 4 inches at its longest point. I found it on surface level, on the side of a trail in the forest. I live in Montreal QC.
  13. Helpful for newbies...

    Hi, I hope this is ok to post here (still getting used to the site) I'm just starting out and have stumbled across this.. it's a free pdf download for an introduction in Paleontology.. I'm finding pretty interesting and helpful. I thought it might help out others in the same boat as I am. https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://pages.geo.wvu.edu/~kammer/g231/JacksonTest1.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjauJ2iyvTcAhXDCMAKHUvQBq0QFjAEegQIABAB&usg=AOvVaw1OqWyM4u6TgghOcwHsS5fH&cshid=1534525915866 If there's anything wrong with this post please let me know.
  14. Hi, Forum newbie here! This is my 4th summer collecting fossils, mostly in and around Colorado. I purchased a fly fishing vest almost immediately, but it is starting to wear out. Rocks will do that, I guess! I can probably make it last thru this summer, but I want a new one before next summer when I have a big trip to England planned. Can anyone suggest favorite brands and/or styles? It doesn't have to be a fly fishing vest. In a perfect world, most of the pockets would be big with zippers, with additional internal ones for phones, keys, etc. Thanks!
  15. Some cool finds

    I live in New Orleans but I found these visiting family in the lake of the Ozarks Missouri. I think they are cool but I would like to know what I may have. Any help will be appreciated!
  16. Clam that is heavy

    I recently received a fossilized clam that is shut tight. The clam seems heavier than I think it should be. Does it hurt the 'value' of the fossil if I ply it open? I saw online how some clams are crystallized.
  17. Parvohallopora question

    So I thought I had this one figured out, but it looks like I was off. I thought I found Parvohallopora rugosa today, but I found it in the Corryville formation. According to the website I was using to research it, it is not found in that formation. So now I'm guessing Parvohallopora ramosa, but it has ridges like P. rugosa. Can P. ramosa form ridges too? From the descriptions and pictures I've seen, it doesn't have ridges, just monticules (I hope that's the right word) that are sharp and evenly spaced.
  18. Need help with ID

    My wife and I went fossil hunting today, and I found several that I am working on their IDs. However, I don't have a clue as to what this one is. Any help is appreciated. It was found in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the Corryville formation (late Ordovician).
  19. My small collection

    My wife and I took a trip to the Trammel Fossil Park just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, a couple of years ago. Prior to this visit, I had no fossils. Now, I have these few. Hope you enjoy. Up first, what I am assuming is a brachiopod, but I could be wrong. Next, another brachiopod.
  20. Part 4 (from Washington)

    Ok, so here's where I've gotten to & this will bring you up to date with what I've accomplished so far. First, I used a couple of different small stiff brushes and a very low impact tool that is similar to a Dremel tool. I cleaned a sand type of dirt, that fell away without much effort, in places in & around on the surface. About half way through the cleaning the piece started to make noises as if cracking. I mixed up a tube of Duco cement with a six oz. bottle of acetone. I decide to apply it generously to areas I'd already cleaned. I believe it was a good move as the sound has stopped. Also, it feels more sound when I pick it up. After I had applied the solution, I left it under a uv light to dry.So what do you think so far?
  21. My family found quite a few baculite sections last weekend (including the one attached) and thanks to the help from this group we now know what we have. We were not specifically fossil hunting when we found them and were not equipped to collect many of them. We are going back to the site this weekend (if the weather is favorable) and I’d love any suggestions for properly collecting these pieces. Ideally I’d like to piece some of the sections together once we are home for our personal enjoyment, education, and to see if we can assemble a complete (or near complete) baculite (probably wishful thinking, but it would be neat!). Some pieces aren’t in the best of shape (see attached image). How would you collect these sections? Would you leave the poorly preserved pieces? Any thoughts or tips are much appreciated!
  22. Excited Newbie Coral ID Requested

    Rudist Coral? Location: SE Portage County, Central Wisconsin, USA. Geology: South Western advance of Green Bay Glacial Lobe. Former Glacial Lake Oshkosh. Niagara Escarpment Debris. My land. Ordovician onward. Been lurking here for a couple of years, learning everything I can. Finally decided to join. Always loved fossils, but never had access to many. That changed a couple of years ago, when I unknowingly purchased some very unique land. The age of fossils I find on my property range from Ordovician era to more “modern” times. Have found Chain Coral, Favosites and Horn Coral previously. Plus a few other marine, plant, bone and tooth specimens. There are many moraines in the area, some smaller ones are on the land I have. I posted the below specimen on another forum but was told it was “just a hunk if quartz”. Hoping all the experts here can shed some light on this. The overall feel is waxy, not like quartz around here. There are some inclusions of quartz crystals. If it is “just a hunk of quartz”, then it is an interesting quartz rock. Apologize for not being able to put a size reference in the photo, as my phone kept focusing on the size reference. The specimen is 2”, 50 mm across by 1 ¾”, 45 mm on the top. The sides are 1 5/8” 40 mm by 1 2/3” 70 mm. The formation on the top which reminds me of Rudist Coral is 3/8” 9mm, across. The colors in most photos are true. I did change them a little in some photos of the top to enhance the formations. Sorry, they are a little blurry. Taken with my phone, a portable photo tent and combo of LED and natural, North facing light. During the glitch over the past few days, I composed several posts for ID. Please let me know how many I an post right away, or if it is better to wait a few days between posts. Top: Top a top b Top c Top d Side 1: side 1a side 1b Side 2: side 2 Side 3: side 3a side 3b Side 4: side 4 side 4a[/url Bottom: bottom a bottom b bottom c Please let me know if additional photos are needed. I tried to take some of each surface, but it was tough. I can crop the other photos I have to show more detail in specific areas. Thank you.
  23. What's this?

    Hello everyone. New to fossil collecting & we & we picked this up a few weeks ago on Mappleton beach in East Yorkshire. Can anyone one help identify it please? Also any cleaning tips welcomed. Thanks
  24. Have been looking for fossils near home and found the outer piece of this then about a half hour later near the same spot! I know its not much to some here but it makes me happy!
  25. Can I keep 'em?

    Ok, so, I bought 2 tons of rock from a local supplier. I live in Florida but the rock is from Alabama and it literally has Carboniferous plant fossils falling out of it,it's like every third rock has well defined fossil formations. Now my questions are... Do I need a FL state fossil license to keep them? And... Am I supposed to report them to the state of FL or anyone for that matter? I know I need to have the license to dig or hunt in Florida. But this rock was bought and paid for ($309 for 4300 lbs) and it did not originate from the state of Florida. Any advice is welcome and thank you in advance for even reading my post.