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  1. From MD, visiting OKC for another week. Had a great day at Lake Texoma last weekend and looking to spend a few more days around Thanksgiving hunting with a local or with local wisdom. Could us a little help getting a little more off the beaten path where less broken fossils are more likely. I guess you'd call me an experienced newbie. Elementary science teacher by day, love to hunt fossils by the days I'm not teaching. Would love to find some more ammonites, do a nice trilobite hunt, or whatever is within a "reasonable" drive for a day or two trip. Any favorite spots or formations with close to spots you'd be willing to share would be grateful. If you want to join and feel like you are budding movie star, I'd be happy to include you in the next video lesson about the Earth and Fossils, targeted towards 4-10 year olds. If you'd prefer just to pm, I would be grateful for that, too! pm please.
  2. Caseodus shark jaw

    Went on a fossil hunt with Forum member Conostichus yesterday near Oologah, OK at a site suspected to be in the the Excello shale, Pennsylvanian age. I found a jaw that looks like some one the [suspected] edestus jaws I’ve found out there, but this one looked different. This looks like it has teeth along it (first pic) and the teeth (Although heavily worn) look like caseodus. What do you think?
  3. All, I have been finding a few dermal denticles in Northeast Oklahoma Pennsylvanian shales. Based on published reports and images from our area, I believe these are Petrodus. I’ve attached an image of two denticles I found yesterday. I’ve been looking for images of the entire shark because I’m curious about the animal’s overall appearance; however, I’m only finding images of the denticles. Do scientists know what these sharks looked like, and if so, does anyone know of resources containing overall images? Best wishes.
  4. My daughter and I fossil hunting trip a lake texhoma got to do a little cleaning on them still.
  5. Lake texhoma finds

    Some my daughter and I found hunting lake texhoma . Still got to do a little cleaning.
  6. Fellow WIPS member Shellie Luallin, who is expert in 3D imaging of fossils https://sketchfab.com/Paleogirl recently imaged a presumed Pennsylvanian blastoid of mine from Cherokee County, OK and generously made it available as a free download: https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/pentremites-rusticus-e729f54539014770b0128b000fca841b Note the very pronounced interambulacral areas (deltoids) where the hydrospires are developed. Katz (1978) https://www.jstor.org/stable/1303971?seq=1 lumped exisiting variants into one species P. rusticus based on hydrospire similarity Given that this distinctive morphologic end member is stratigraphically restricted and present a population, perhaps this conclusion should be revisited.
  7. Is this anything?

    I’ve just recently sifted through some permian micro matrix from Oklahoma and I came across this and wasn’t sure if it was anything at all, it was very uniform and sleek so I didn’t immediately assume it was a pebble, it also had that strange split on one end. I’m not even sure if it’s a fossil.
  8. Den of Vipers

    I was looking for fossils at Greenleaf Lake today in Oklahoma. I came across a cottonmouth on a narrow, wooded trail (cottonmouth is a poisonous snake) The cottonmouth made sure I saw it--when I was about 8 feet away, it started whipping its tail. I had to get past the snake on the trail to go back to my pickup. I kept thinking the snake would leave while I was taking pictures, but instead, it went into a threat display with its open mouth and increased the thrashing of its tail. The tail thrashing brought a copperhead out of the nearby leaves, and the copperhead then started displaying with its own open mouth (copperheads are also poisonous). I searched around me for a long stick to nudge them off the trail, but I was in the one part of the woods with no suitable sticks. The copperhead eventually slithered on top of the cottonmouth. This startled the cottonmouth and they both darted under a large rock on the downhill side of the trail. That is when I was able to pass by. There was a second copperhead in the leaves, but I never saw it until I looked at the pictures when I got home. Photos are attached (The zoom makes it look like I was close, but I was 6-7 feet away--except for the second copperhead that I didn't see at the time.) I think I'll stay away from the lake until winter. Best wishes.
  9. My new Huntonia trilobite

    This is my new Huntonia huntonensis. The trilobite is 1.65 inch long. One repaired crack but no restoration.
  10. Fossil Sites in Sequoyah county?

    Any good spots in Sequoyah county? I've spend some time in Adair and Cherokee counties and have found numerous crynoids and the like. I recently have found a foot long, or so, Stigmaria around Tenkiller Lake which has sparked my curiosity to find more plant based fossils in my area. Also, any good spots for a trilobite? I've been looking for years (in all the wrong places, I'm sure)! Thank you!
  11. As found, both Leon Theissen and I thought it looked perfect... What started out promising, alas was not to be. Tail spine - check, thorax points - check, caphalon - MIA
  12. Mollusk ID Requested

    All, I found this fossil in a shale deposit of Pennsylvanian age in Northeastern Oklahoma. The shale is probably Chanute formation and contains other marine fossils. I would appreciate any help with ID. Best wishes.
  13. My wife and I went on a 7500+ mile ramble to break out of our COVID doldrums. Due to the virus we had to change up many of our original plans... which conversely added a number of additional fossil hunting locals as they allowed us to mostly avoid our fellow humans and maintain social distancing by many many miles. As part of our trip preparations my wife sewed us a number of masks, including a whole series of fossil hunting masks for me. Originally we were supposed to stay in Chicago, but we elected to avoid staying in the city, so we only got to do a drive by We started the trip with a bonus dig, meeting up with fellow forum member @minnbuckeye for a guided Ordovician hunt in Fennimore, Wisconsin (THANKS MIKE!) Unfortunately I neglected to take pics of the site so I will only be able to share a farm pic we passed on the way. Mike was a gracious host who kicked off the visit with a gift of several fossil samples from his home turf As with all of the fossils from this trip, all finds are as they arrived back home, no prep. Some of our finds from Fennimore:
  14. help id this fossil

    Lots of rocks with tiny fossils. This was on one of these rocks. Most of the fossils are Crinoids but this looks like something else Any ideas?
  15. Lots of rocks with tiny invertebrate fossils. This object was loosely attached to one of these....is it just most likely sandstone with a unique shape? (about 1/2 inch long)
  16. Well, I have just found out that a prehistoric shark I have always been fascinated with can actually be found in my home state! Unfortunately....I no longer live there! I would love to get my hands on one just to bridge this nostalgia with a piece from home and am happy to work out a trade or the like as necessary. So if anyone has a Stethacanthus shark tooth from Oklahoma and they are interested in trading, please message me! I unfortunately have hardly anything in the way of fossil shark material, but I might have something else that could be of interest. If there's any other obscure shark teeth from Oklahoma I don't know of (besides Barbclabornia and Orthacanthus), I'd be interested to learn more on them as well Always learning new things!
  17. I finally finished going through my Oklahoma Permian Matrix from PaleoTex LLC! SO MUCH STUFF! I went through it the first time just with eyeballs (with the help of reading glasses). Then I realized I should use my microscope camera (which runs through my computer which is AWESOME) and see if I missed anything. OH MY GREAT GOOGLY MOOGLY I missed a lot! So here are some of the really "minis" from the matrix! Most are so small that it just couldn't even get a pic with my scale, some are less than 1 mm - a speck of dust! . I need to get a millimeter scale, though, for sure. So here are some more finds from the Oklahoma Permian: Mycterosaurus tooth : 4 mm Chevron Bone (part of the tail of an amphibian, I believe? 4 mm A Doleserpeton toe bone! So very tiny. You can see how small it is compared to the 4 mm chevron! I think this is an intervertebral thing? 2 mm Unknown tiny tiny. Can't seem to find out what this is, but I thought it was really really cool looking . It was literally the size o a speck of dust.... which sadly meant I lost it after I photographed it....it just disappeared. a lovely bone. 3 mm Jaw plate...i loved the blueish enamel: 3 mm Same with this "blue tooth" - probably Cacops, I think? 3 mm Another Cacops tooth: 4 mm An unknown jaw fragment: 3mm Captorhinus tooth? 2 mm Doleserpeton jaw plates biggest 2 mm and lastly a Diadectid tooth There are so many more little bones and teeth and jaw plates and vertebras and skull fragments!! Needless to say, it's been great fun looking through all this tiny matrix. i am totally hooked on it!
  18. Folks, I found this fossil mollusk from a shale deposit in Northeastern Oklahoma. The shale is of Pennsylvanian age (probably Chanute formation), and contains other marine fossils. I would appreciate any help with ID. Best wishes.
  19. Fossil Locations

    I'm looking for some fossil sites that are about an hour to two hours around Blanchard. I'll collect just about anything and really just want to find some spots. I also am a little confused on laws regarding fossil collecting in Oklahoma, so if any one has any info on that I would love to hear.
  20. Folks, These photos are from a small section of shale I picked up in Northeastern Oklahoma. The shale contains marine fossils of Pennsylvanian age. I have questions about a couple of the labeled objects. I’m thinking the center one may be a brachiopod (or possibly a bryzoan--it's hard to tell because of the crinoid plate resting above it). The one on the right looks to me like a bryzoan. However, I’m a novice at identification so I’d appreciate any opinions. The putative bryzoan appears to have grown on the crinoid stem. Best wishes.
  21. Bison?

    First,I hope I’m not doing this wrong, but had trouble posting in Fossil ID for some reason. I hunt a several mile portion of the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Ok. I’ve previously gotten help with identification from the University of Oklahoma on a number of Bison bones, vertebrae and horns, as well as bones from smaller vertebrates. However, that’s a lengthy process, so I was hoping for suggestions on what this bone may have belonged to. It’s shiny because it’s been coated with clear enamel. I’ve had it for several years, but it just occurred to me that it’s dissimilar to my other Bison bones. Obviously, there was some deterioration before it began to mineralize, and one end is missing which makes it very hard to ID. Any help or suggestions is much appreciated! I can take and add more photos if anyone wants, just let me know what angles, etc. Thanks!
  22. I posted some of my finds from the Texas Permian in the Box of Matrix I got from PaleoTex LLC and now I get to share some of the cool little stuff I've found in the Oklahoma Permian! Texas Permian had lots of sharks teeth, Amphibian teeth and interesting boney bits. The Oklahoma stuff is not nearly as "productive" as the Texas Red Bed matrix, but it has LOTS more complete bones and vertebrae! And some really nice little jaws with teeth! Here are a few of my favorite finds. Most are about 1/4 inch, some smaller, a few a bit larger. Amphibian Bolterpeton Jaw and teeth 1/4 inch Amphibian Captorhinus aguti Jaw and Teeth: Synapsid Mycterosaurus Tooth and Jaw Fragment 1/4 inch Unknown Amphibian Skull Fragment (the two round knobs are where the vertebra attached) 1/4 inch Another Unknown Amphibian Skull fragment: 3/8 inch LOTS of little bones! A nice full rib Vertebraes: Myceterosaurus Caudal Vert: 1/4 inch An interesting Vert that looks like an old Victorian Door Knocker! hahaha Probably Captorhinus 1/4 inch Another Captorhinus Vert 1/4 inch An unknown Vert: 1/8 inch
  23. Unknown vertebra?

  24. All, I wonder if someone may have an opinion about the object(s) in the small nodule shown here? The entire nodule is about 0.63 inch wide x 0.75 inch long x 0.5 inch thick (1.6 cm x 1.9 cm x 1.3 cm). It came from an area of shale that is likely of Pennsylvanian age in Northeastern Oklahoma. The shale from this location has many fossil marine invertebrates. I'm assuming its a mineral formation, but any thoughts would be appreciated. It is very hard to get the 3-D relief to show up in photos, so several angles and lighting conditions are shown. Best wishes.
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