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Found 304 results

  1. Short NSR Hunt!

    I got in a 3 hr hunt before the rain and flooding. Once the water started coming up I had to make a quick exit but still got wet. I managed to find a few things.
  2. North Sulphur River

  3. Mosasaur Tooth

  4. I found these not too long ago in the North Sulphur River. I want to prep them out. They’re a tough prep, because I want to reveal and preserve the nacre. As I prep though I end up damaging the delicate layer. Is there something I can coat it with to preserve the nacreous layer as I continue to work with it? Some are Inoceramus clams. The long slender ones I have no idea what they are. My best guess is that they are some type of rudist. I don’t think they are cepholopods because I can’t see and sutures or septa. Some appear to be quite cylindrical. I’ve collected many baculites fossils from the area and these don’t remotely resemble baculites. If someone has an ID great, but my main question is in regards to preservation of nacre. Any help would be appreciated.
  5. Possible Vert, but from what

    North Sulphur River find from 5/27/18 Think it's a vertebra but it's not one I recognize, its 4.75 inches wide, 3.25 inches high. Pretty badly beat up from rolling around the river.
  6. I know very little on Pleistocene fossils but I always thought the horses that roamed during the Ice Age were much smaller than the modern ones. I found this large solid rock horse cannon bone fossil at the North Sulphur River Texas which is comparable in size to the modern day ones I find. I'm 100 % sure it's a fossil. Sorry I can't take measurements but I'm offshore working. Lol you can use my 6 yr old grandson for scale.
  7. What is this? (NSR)

    This is one I forgot about. It looks like bone to me but I could be wrong. Any thoughts?
  8. Plesiosaur Blues

    This is the result of two trips after some major rains. This was something I hoped to find, but have failed so far. I found a piece of jaw, so the thought of digging it is gone, but would still love to collect the rest. They are beautiful. On the first trip, I stumbled upon the first vert sitting high atop a shale pile calling my name. I admired it for a while and moved along happy with the find. On my way out, I caught a glimpse of another under water and that got me excited! I have spent a few trips just to look for it, but nothing until this past weekend. A couple more verts showed up. I know it can’t be far, but I think it stays under mounds of shale all the time.
  9. NSR post rain finds

    Well I almost don’t want to post after seeing some of the amazing finds posted from the NSR recently, but had what for me was one of my better trips. I don’t make it out there often but like many was lured by the recent rains and the hope of finding something great. I will say that I am always happy to get out on water and the weather could not be better than it was this week. I hiked a mile or so both ways and funny enough, as usual my best finds were found where everybody enters the river. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I play a game like a scavenger hunt every time I go. This trip I was after a vert, a mosasaur tooth, and an artifact. Nailed it. Funniest part is I was leaving and found the scraper less tha 25 yards from the stairs as I was leaving. I found a killer piece of P wood that has unreal colorations. Thanks for looking.
  10. I found this in the North Sulphur River in north Texas. I’ve had a few guesses on Facebook, but wanted to see what I can get from here. Thank you for the help. It’s about 2 1/2 inches long.
  11. Unidentified NSR Bone

    Found this today at the North sulphur. Any ideas what this is from?
  12. N. Sulphur River ID

    Found this interesting piece over the weekend in the North Sulphur River. What has me curious is the tube on what I’m calling ‘the back’ that has calcified. Any ideas on what it is and what it came from?
  13. NSR Binge

    Hi y’all, I’ve been hurting for some good fossil hunting since moving to Memphis and as luck would have it a job put me within 3 hours of NSR. Not to mention the water level reports from last week that I’ve been salivating over. So I hopped in the car and managed to get out and hunt last Friday, Saturday with 2 friends, and Monday.(Sunday I went to Post Oak due to weather lol). Water is still pretty high in most areas and some serious water hiking had to be done to get to the bars. I went in twice and my buddy went all the way in. Most areas where I hunted were undisturbed and fresh for the picking.
  14. Hello fellow creek crawlers and rock hounders! I am not dead LOL! After a 3 year hiatus I am happy to be back here on the first forum I have everjoined posting my secret guilty pleasures which are of course...fossils. Sothe reason I am back is I finally found a peer here in Texas who is aBiologist with a huge love for paleontology to go on trips with (rememberI'm from Indiana) and we have always wanted to go to the North SulphurRiver in the middle of Texas winter, arguably the best season for fossilinghere! No venomous snakes out and no bugs. So we made an impromptu trip from Princeton to Ladonia on the tenth becausemy friend and I were craving an adventure for a chance to find mosasaurbones. I was so surprised it now takes literally 1 hour to get there versusabout 8 years ago, when I first moved here, I swore google maps said ittook almost 3 hours! I was so happy to read that and we arrived there inwhat felt like only a 20 minute drive. No fast food places or Walmarts onthe way, just really old towns lost in time and country fields. Afteralmost a decade of wanting to see this place I finally saw the river! The stairs absolutely killed me, let me tell ya! I'm in my late 20's andpretty active but those stairs made my legs and knees so sore I had to crawl upand down them and days later still in pain. Each step is nearly half ameter tall and there are no rail guards on top of it being muddy andslippery. It was far easier to use the mess wire to climb up and down thecliff bank. I'm glad I decided not to bring my family with me because I can't imagine them trying to go down the stairs, it was so hard to get down even for 3 adults! Look at this cool ammonite impression in the shale! It was too crumbly andwet to extract so we just left them because they would break. We decided to stay near the bridge in case of rain and hugged the exposedsilt beds and gravel bars in the middle. We knew it was probably over-pickedbut I had hope. I tried to stay close to the "red zones" instead of themuddy shale. So we didn't go far from the stairs, just under the bridge inthe pictures. The river was super low in fact there was little water butanything wet was near freezing temperature. We got stuck in the mud and Ieven had no choice but to walk through the ice water to retrieve my shoesLOL next time I'm bringing the high wader rubber boots because it was the worsthaving near freezing wet socks for hours. I was stupid and didn't bring mysieve or trowel so we picked from on top. Honestly I really didn't knowwhat to look for except for black bone and baculite pieces as I have noexperience with the Ozan formation or shale. I'm used to picking for sharkteeth in gravel at Post Oak creek up in Sherman, Texas orcoral/ brachiopods in limestone or silica in Indiana. Everything here wasdifferent colors in the dirt and it was overwhelming but useful. I had thisinstinct to stick to the gravel beds in the middle (where I found all of myfinds!) although I was interested in the exposed red walls of the riverbank. I was wondering if a sieve and geologist hammer would be a good ideaand have a go at the walls next time we visit. Any pointers where to lookfor next time would be kindly appreciated! Omanyte with an ammonite aka Helix Fossil Moving onto my finds!My colleague found these massive baculites, some pretty black internalmoulds of shells, and shark teeth. My finds! I think I did okay for a picked over location at theentrance and no sieve. We only stayed for maybe two hours at most andagain I had no idea what to look for. I need help with some IDs! I have 7pieces of bone I am interested in, they look like marine reptile boneswhich is exciting! I'm sorry if my pictures are bad or need resized! I haven't been on a forum in years and I forget how to do everything. I am also uploading from my phone so I might have to edit photo or text spacing later. G. Please tell me this is something cool! I'm hoping this is a sea turtle shell piece with tooth marks on it! WTH is this......? Here is what I think they are.... A. Mosasaur "wrist" bone?B. Mosasaur or other marine reptile "finger" phalanges boneC. Mosasaur or other marine reptile "finger" phalanges boneD. marine reptile bone- possible tooth?E. unidentified marine reptile boneF. Marine reptile bone? (one of the curved bones near the eye socket?)G. Cretaceous sea turtle shell fragment!? (Has predator tooth marks!)H. ??? marine reptile tail bone piece? I. Fish vert J. Fish or small marine reptile vert K.Leptostyrax tooth L. Squali tooth M. Arrowhead Fragment N.??? Internal mould of a tree branch? It has a branching structure but it doesn't look like coral to me O. Corprolite? P.??? Help me with this one! Is it a rudist? Q. Baculites baculites baculites. R. Fossilized mouse incisor (recent) S. Cretaceous tube worms? They were everywhere to I stopped picking them up. T. ??? Coral? U. Petrified Wood V. Ammonite impression on shale W. internal snail shell mould X. Plicatula shell? Overall I loved the whole experience and when it warms up a little bit I will definitely head back out here! This is my new favorite fossil spot I have ever been to! I love the Cretaceous life fossils and the arrowheads found here are also very nice. Even if you don't like fossils there are neat stones, artifacts, and animals to find! Things I learned to help others plan a trip here: -The "Fossil Park" entrance to the river in Ladonia, Texas is the best place to park since it's FREE and open 24 hours/all days of the year. - Come here in Winter so there aren't any snakes or bugs -Make sure to bring your own food and water bottles as there are NO restaurants or stores nearby for 13 miles. Also bring TP in case you need to "go" in the woods. - IT WILL BE MUDDY! Bring an extra pair of clothes, shoes, socks, towels, etc if you plan on staying the day there. WEAR RUBBER BOOTS! I ruined my running shoes completely and had to fish them out of mud. I recondmend steel toe high-wader boots, after this trip I went to walmart and got a pair of tight fitting 16" wader boots for only $20 to use for next time! Also helps protect your legs from bugs, briar, snake bites, etc. - If you are like me and kneel in dirt or lay on gravel looking for fossils on the top exposed earth- bring some knee pads! - The stairs are very steep and will make you sore so be sure to do stretches and go down slowly -Use a long walking stick to test which parts of the river you can walk on. Example is that there are areas of one inch water you can walk across, but be careful as its tricky! Sometimes the shale is solid rock and other areas where it is just straight-up mud inches down and you will sink. - I recommend bringing a sieve and trowel! -Bring first aid kit and medicines like epipen if you have bee allergies. I also brought asprin, allergy pills, tums, etc. -There are wild pigs in this area, I saw boar or even javelina (not actually a pig) foot prints in the mud! -There are arrowheads, beads, and mammal fossils here! Not just marine Cretaceous fossils! Bring a backpack or container for your cool finds. - Do not go here if there is rain in the forecast or if it has recently rained a lot. The river cliff banks look like they could easily make mudslides and the river may fill up fast. -Don't go alone! Safety in numbers! I still can't decide if this is a good place to bring children or not, personally I wouldn't, but if you are an adult at least take another adult with you! There is no hospital nearby and I had poor cell phone service. You will need to fend for yourself with wild animal encounters and the geology here. It is very steep and muddy. In case of wild animals (wild pigs specifically) if you don't have a gun at least bring something to scare off animals and defend yourself with. I brought bear mace, airhorns, flares, and a hunting knife just in case. You will probably never use them but better safe and prepared!
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