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Found 71 results

  1. Unknown - North Sulfur River

    Thanks to all of you good fine folks for taking a look what I found on my two "expeditions" to the North Sulfur River. I look forward to the next expedition. I've got some others, but this will be my last request for ID . . . no doubt it will be a rock! Thanks for a great day.
  2. Vertebra ? North Sulfur River

    I'm a rookie. This is my second post. I've been out on two "expeditions" and made some interesting finds. When I picked up this fossil?, I noticed it was caulked on the back side, I found that perplexing. North East Texas, Fannin County, Eagle Ford Group, Ozan Formation, North Sulfur River Bed. It appears to be a vertebra. Please help identify. Thanks!
  3. Mosasaur bone in situ

    From the album North Sulfur River

    Found 5/20/2020
  4. Mosasaur vertebra in situ

    From the album North Sulfur River

    Found 5/20/2020
  5. Artifact

    From the album North Sulfur River

    You can also find worked stones from Native Americans at NSR. I'm not certain of the age. This is the first one I've found.
  6. Shark teeth (and sawfish)

    From the album North Sulfur River

    Shark teeth (at least in my experience) are really hard to find at NSR. The best method would probably be to sift for them in gravel, but I've yet to do that. The odd looking one is actually the base of sawfish rostral tooth.
  7. Mammal teeth

    From the album North Sulfur River

    What's neat about NSR is that you can find Pleistocene-aged remains right next to the bones of marine reptiles from the Late Cretaceous. The river flushes everything out of the walls and mixes it all together.
  8. Ammonite

    From the album North Sulfur River

  9. Baculites

    From the album North Sulfur River

    Baculites are abundant at NSR. These are typical specimens; some are nice with good suture lines, others are really eaten up.
  10. Turtle material

    From the album North Sulfur River

    Turtle carapace is usually flat on both sides. The middle is porous or "spongey."
  11. Fish material

    From the album North Sulfur River

    Fish bones tend to have a "flaky" or layered quality to them.
  12. Mosasaur bones

    From the album North Sulfur River

    NSR is known for its mosasaur material. If you know what to look for, you're almost guaranteed to find a bone. Most of the stuff you will find however will be just chunks, some of them will be identifiable like jaws or vertebrae.
  13. NSR, May 20th

    I made a hike down the North Sulfur River bottom today, and as usual, there were fun things to be found. There are shell fragments everywhere in the shale at NSR, but most of them aren't from ammonites like this one.
  14. NSR Hunt 5/20/2020

    Hey y'all, just got back from a trip to the NSR. Haven't been in a while, so it was nice to get back and find some neat stuff. I've only been 4-5 times and I finally found a sizeable vert chunk. I also found some large fish bones which I believe to be from xiphactinus. I also found what's probably a rock, but I grabbed it in case it was some worked piece of stone. I have no knowledge whatsoever on arrowheads and artifacts so someone else can be the judge of that.
  15. NSR, May 1st

    I walked the North Sulfur River yesterday. I was surprised at how low the water is. There had been a 3 1/2 foot rise at the gauge downstream just a couple of days earlier, but it's obvious there has been no rain at the FM2990 bridge. There is not much water flow at all. No fresh water made me wonder how picked over it would be, but there always seems to be interesting things to be seen at NSR, so down into the river bed I went. I found these two ammonite fragments lying, half buried in sand, exactly in the position in this photo. If they are halves of the same ammonite, there is some material missing between them. These are the largest ammonite fragments I've found at NSR.
  16. North Sulfur River bone question

    I went out to the North Sulfur River today and found these two bones. First one is a mosasaur vert, second one which I also think belongs to mosasaur.
  17. NSR, April 25th

    I stopped by the North Sulfur River again today, trying out a new area. I didn't bring a lot home. I was surprised to find these three Ammonite fragments. I usually don't find Ammonites at NSR, but after finding a small one Thursday, I found these three fragments today.
  18. NSR, April 23rd

    I headed out to the North Sulfur River yesterday morning. It was a beautiful day, and as always, there was some good stuff to be found.
  19. NSR, April 16th

    I made a trip to the North Sulfur River yesterday. I went to a different part of the river, and spent too much time hiking and exploring, and not enough time looking. But there's always interesting stuff to find at the river. I could use some ID help on some of this. Here is what I brought home.
  20. Animal, mineral, or plant?

    I found these in a creek bed in southern Ellis County, Texas. But there are also lots of them in the North Sulfur River. What are they? They have ridges on one side and are smooth on the other, just like a shell, but they are flat. They vary in size and thickness. The top images show the ridged side on the left and the smooth side on the right. I see plenty of them by themselves, but they are also found in other rocks, right alongside what are obviously fossils, like in the bottom image.
  21. Just experienced my first day trip to the NSR. Beautiful location for some laid-back collecting, and we did pretty well due to the recent rain. My dad found this interesting piece. It's definitely bone, and it seems to have several notches carved into it. On the right side there are 4 distinct notches. The left side appears to have a single notch, though less distinct. The front may have 3 notches, though they are the hardest to make out. I would guess the bone is partially fossilized- it feels dense, yet a fingernail can leave a scratch mark on the back with enough pressure. Any opinions as to whether this truly is an artifact? Any guesses to age? Makes you wonder what they were tallying up back then...
  22. ID help for a rank beginner

    I visited the North Sulfur River for the first time today and found some great (to me) stuff. Some help with identification would be appreciated. The bones. I didn't expect to find this many bones. Can anyone tell what kind of femur that is? It's short, but very hefty. And it's flat, not round like a human femur. Standing on edge in this photo, you can see how flat it is.
  23. NSR, April 3rd

    I made a trip to the NSR today and had a blast. Let me say up front that I am a rank beginner, and this was my first real fossil hunting trip, unless you count a visit to Mineral Wells Fossil Park with a bucket a few weeks ago. It was a dark day, but I was afraid if I waited, the next round of rain would have the river too high. I found some cool stuff. I'll be starting a thread in the ID forum for help identifying things. I'd especially like to know about the femur and tooth I found, so if any NSR experts can help out, I'd appreciate it. Some random thoughts on today's trip: 1. NSR is one of the coolest places I've ever been. I get why it's so liked and popular. I'm going to visit it as many times as I can this year before it's a lake. 2. Those steps were made for someone who's 6'6". Lets see a show of hands of who can traverse them making steps like regular steps. I could to it, but I had to shift my (full) pants pocket to one side to make such a giant step. And they end before the river bottom. Getting up that muddy bank on a rainy day to get to the first step is no small task. 3. I would have liked to hike much further up the river than I did, but with more rain expected, it seemed prudent to not wander more than a mile from the bridge. I was happy I was still able to find cool stuff, even without a long hike. 4. It got cold! My forecast in Gun Barrel City didn't call for anything lower than 60 degrees today, and it was 60 something when I arrived, but I noticed it kept getting colder, and by the time I got back to my van at 12:45, it was 44 degrees. That's too cold for wading a river! 5. I brought home more insignificant stuff than I should have. Is that a beginner thing? 6. I'm an old guy (69 on Sunday), but fit (still average 100 miles a week on a bicycle, and have for many years). Fit or not, I'm too old to be making trips like this by myself. So, I'd enjoy joining someone else who's going to NSR. I don't mind separating and searching on my own in the river, just take a moment before you leave to make sure I haven't fallen and broken a hip. 7. If I find something bigger than this, I'm going to need a bigger bag. ]
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