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  1. Moolack Beach, OR - Possible Bone?

    Hi, Was down beachcombing Oregon after the recent storms and stopped at Moolack to look for fossils. I'm generally familiar with the bivalves and other invertebrate fossils that are present. However this particular specimen has me scratching my head. It appears to be in the same hard mudstone that most of the invertebrate fossils are in, however there are many grey look-alike rocks on the beach and this one has obviously been tumbled for a while with the other beach cobbles. It is about 4 inches (long axis), and 2x2 inches (short axis, on end). I've seen toredo wood, which the center 'tubules' remind me of, however the toredo wood I've seen is usually a very dark grey, not the light grey. Some of the pits on the side remind me of the partial pits made by the piddock clams in the harder mud. It also vaguely resembles internal bone structure from whale bone and various slabs of "gem bone". Any thoughts as to what this might be? Thank you! -J
  2. I think I've found my "home" here. I have well over 50 pieces (a couple are large - 10-25 pounds) of formation that I've collected over the last three months to "investigate". Mostly sandstone and what I think is deep water mudstone (thought it was shale at first but no layering). Will try the Hydrogen Peroxide to dissolve the sandstones but am at a loss for the mudstones. the mudstones are extremely hard but contain lots of micro deep water (>200 meters) fossils. Any advice? I've included an image in the what I think is a softer mudstone higher up in the Keasy. This is juvenile Dentalium agassizi (20mm in Length) I believe but after a 30 year break I've just gotten back into the game and may be erroneous in my ID. Interesting point is that specimens of Dentalium agassizi were used as the "wampum" of the North American Pacific Coast tribes (have a long PDF on it if any one is interested (Phd thesis I found).
  3. Nut Impression?

    Hi folks, I was looking through some of my older fossils (by which I mean the ones I've had the longest, not the oldest in terms of geologic time) and I was happy to see this guy again. This is Eocene shale from the John Day Fossil Beds in Oregon, acquired back in the day when they did guided tours of the Painted Hills and let you keep some stuff. I've long assumed it to be the impression of a nut of some kind. Was wondering if anyone else had some thoughts on it? The impression of interest is small, probably about 1 inch in diameter.
  4. No images (yet, they are coming), yesterday in celebration of my Stereo Microscope (3.5 to 90x with camera port) shipping I decided to go fossil hunting. @71 I have to be careful when I go hunting (my wife it turns out is a fair weather digger) by myself. I have spent the last months working on my collections from the summer in two Keasey Formation locations (deep and shallow marine) with good manual tools and a dremel, but with sup-optimal hand optics (one is actually a very nice 8x optic but just to hard to use). So my wife said why don't you get a reasonable scope (would be my first since high school). So I ordered an AMscope and added a ring light to go with my video LED's I used for lighting. Not the best, but what I could afford and should work well with my camera capable of taking 80 MPX stills and being tethering to my PC showing the image on a 4K 50" screen. So being excited I went to the easiest of the two locations I've been "digging". Low 40's (F) and raining when I left in my Subaru Crosstrek (both of my cars are 4x4's to get me where I want go go here in Oregon) I was thinking "if I only find a couple of new things I will be happy". This location the actual out cropped is on an extremely steep hill, and I "dig" only in the talus at the bottom, what falls is where I find. As I approached the site I started to fill the anticipation. I parked at the base of the hill, and started my adventure. There are two layers at this location, one is a sandstone that is loosely consolidated (I think shallow water) and the a hard Shale (earlier deep water). First find in an unconsolidated sandstone that falls apart in my hand leaving a complete (top/bottom shells - one piece) in my hand. Big smile. Then I look a bit farther and I see the "mother-load" as the miners say. Apparently the heavy rains of the last couple of weeks have cause a large piece of shale to break off the formation and tumble the 70 or 80' down and break into about 15 rocks weighing between 5 and 30 pounds, fossils are abundant in every rock. I know the state will clear these because they are on the edge of the road and present a hazard. I move and leave 3 pieces for the next lucky person. I load what I think is about 100 pounds of large rocks in the car and then add a trash bag full of the unconsolidated sandstone, and a 10 gallon buck of small pieces that have the same matrix of shells. I now have my winter tasks all set. I've accumulated a lot of research and images from which work on the identifications this winter. If this find had not be a road hazard on this blind curve I would have left more but there was a road crew working not more than a couple of miles away and I could not risk that these precious finds would end up in the rock crusher or just dumped somewhere. I will be posting my finds here asking for ID help I am sure and with the new scope hopefully some great images. All and all a great way to start the New Year off. I've attached just a quick macro shoot of a snail. Haven't ID it yet, guess anyone? BTW its a cast and that is why some areas are Out of Focus (didn't have time to stack images).
  5. Neanderthal fetal skull

    What about a Neanderthal embryo fossil cast mineralized common opal? Would that be rare? I found this in central oregon and I know nothing about it. I thought it was a thunderegg until I started pealing it back and had a laugh with my girlfriend about how it looked like a skull inside. I do suffer from extremely vivid imagination that most people call paradolia. This is not that. After a bit more liberation I now can see a skull, spine a tail (I think ) and a tiny little foot that almost winds up in its mouth. Did some research of features and came up with the above description. I think its casted in common opal I'm not positive I'm still cleaning it. Thank you for any help and your time.
  6. A new archaeocete-related paper is available online: Uhen MD, Taylor D. 2020. A basilosaurid archaeocete (Cetacea, Pelagiceti) from the Late Eocene of Oregon, USA. PeerJ 8:e9809 DOI 10.7717/peerj.9809 https://peerj.com/articles/9809.pdf Although basilosaurids have been recently recorded from the late Eocene of Peru, and Peregocetus is the first non-pelagicete cetacean recorded from the Pacific, archaeocetes until now remained unknown in the fossil record of Paleogene marine animals from the west coast of the US. The discovery of basilosaurid remains from the late Eocene of Oregon suggests that basilosaurids frequented shallow bays along the west coast of the US (no Eocene or Rupelian marine mammal fossils have been found in California).
  7. I've been meaning to make this post for a while, finally getting around to it. Back in July I made a trip to John Day for my first ever fossil hunt. Before I get to our finds, of course when in the area you have to spend some time enjoying the scenery of the gorgeous painted hills also on the list was the visitor center, unfortunately I didn't get many pictures there but here are a few highlights: Continued...
  8. Found this on the beach

    Found this on the beach in oregon about 20 years ago. Any ideas?
  9. First Trip in 30 years:)

    So after a 30 year lull, my wife and I decided to do a fossil trip to "get out". She had never been. I had 12 hours of college geology and have done a lot of Devonian and Silurian digs (gave my collection to a friend who made a fireplace cover out of them in his home when I moved). I picked a location near the town of Timber, Oregon which has a nice Keasey Formation outcrop. But it is a dangerous climb so we settled for looking through the talus. My wife was very excited to find her first fossils:). Here are a couple of images. First is a cast and either a mold or the actual shell, second is a comparison of the different sediments we found, and third is one with a mm ruler for scale. Back in the game for sure, even ordered some cleaning tools and a mason hammer (have a pick hammer) but needed something with a wide end and lighter for my wife to use. Will have two other images in the ID second not sure what they are, perhaps a brittle star and then either a tooth or something else. Feels good to say "I'm a digger" again:)
  10. These were found east of Burns, Oregon in a road cut. I thought maybe redwood but the structure is vertical not horizontal. Can anyone tell me the name of my little guys? Thanks! Nyla
  11. Agatized mushroom maybe

    Would like to know if this is as I thing and agatized mushroom cap. I found it in the Ochoco in central Oregon
  12. Cephalopod ID request

    Good evening folks. I have a Cephalopod section that weighs about 5 pounds and is about 7 inches long without a name:-( It was collected from leftover bridge fill on the Oregon/Washington border. No other information was available. It's unusual (to me) in two ways, first the size and center crystallization and second it appears to have green/brown contents visible where a piece was broken off (right side of photo #1). Help....
  13. Please - ID- fossilized monkey skull/stone?

    I've been collecting rocks off of my local beaches for years now and they all get thrown in piles outside of my house until I have the time to go through and check out what I have accumulated, and I noticed this was in one of my many beach grabbings , ... Noticed that it looks alot like a dilapidated fossilized head of some sort it has clear indented spots where the eyessockets would be , and nostril holes that actually connect to inside of stone, align all the way thru to the other holes on each side , and the exterior of stone has lined slight formations of what looks where jaw line would ,lines where the teeth would've been. appears to me that it is a fossilized new world monkey because of the posterior tympanicum canal, it's on the flatter side where jawline ends . It rattles like there fragments in side , white flacklets come out if shake hard, out of the holes by mouth area. Strange . I don't know if y'all have used a rifle bullet casing to whistle from , well I can litterally wistle loudly thru the nose and ear hole ..
  14. 2 days ago I was digging for ammonites in a road cut in central oregon, and happened across some very large bones. I will be returning to the site with a team of NARG members and affiliates to excavate it in a few weeks. Super exciting find, there are at least 6 bones exposed, probably many more yet to be found. The ribs are 3 inches thick, so probably at least a 20 foot animal. This is by far the coolest thing I've ever found.
  15. I collect rocks from the beach on Oregon . And I noticed this was in one of my many beach grabbings , rocks,and it appears to me that it is a fossilized monkey of some sort but it's squash down like it was liquefaction or something. I can litterally wistle loudly thru the nose and jaw and ear hole . All are connected and it rattles like monkey brains or bones inside has a entrance nose holes exit under the jaw and a big one right above it snows below its eyes . And obviously jaw line of teeth on both sides . And intended sockets for eyes on the side toward backof jaw has like a Like Frankenstein plug insertion . Similar to the rounding indication off the jaw of a monkey skeleton .. it looks like on monkey skulls , by mandular bone . that little roundlooking thing.
  16. Agatized Bone Oregon coast

    Any Ideas on this?
  17. Was hoping to get General area of where you go I’m in Longview wa and driving up to the Olympic pennisula would have to be a weekend trip. (Plus if I’m wrong most of that area is a national park and illegal to collect there, but everyone just says go to the Olympic Peninsula or Washington coast) was hoping there was somewhere closer? i got onx maps and can see where public land is and also have a discover pass for washington. if you want to leave it private but feel like sharing a general area please feel free to private message me
  18. Fossil Hunting Oregons Coast

    In a week or so I am going to drive the 5 hours from Tacoma WA to Beverly beach Oregon. I know I will find some fossils there but I also know there are many good spots around this area or maybe on the way that many Oregonians or other fossil hunters may know. My main trip goes like this. 1. Leave Tacoma WA 2. Drive to Gleneden beach 3. Drive to Beverley beach 4. Drive to seal rock beach. 5. Drive home. I am hoping for a little guidance for this because I am driving so far, I want to be sure I'll find something. My goal is to find some clams and maybe some turritellas from the Miocene. Let me know any suggestions that would be on the way / are near the Oregon coast. if anyone could tell me about their experience near Beverley beach I'd love to hear what you found and how to best find fossils there. I am open to Private messages about specific sites as well
  19. Petrified wood but what else?

    Found in pacific city Oregon. My daughter found this on the beach and thought it was a cool fossil rock. After getting it home I noticed the rings and I am fairly certain it is petrified wood but what are the holes? Some are hard packed with sand (rock hard, cant break it up) and others have crystals in them. This area is well known for agate, not sure if that has anything to do with it. Very unique, if it is truly petrified wood I have never seen any like this.
  20. I swear I am not a troll.

    Hello everyone. I found this in central Oregon on highway 380. Was driving 380 for the first time paying close attention to the road cuts that had been blasted some time in the begining of the last century. I still don't know exactly what the clay was but it was dark brown to light brown to white from center of it and exposed it was hard as rock and softened as I dug down to a clay mess. This is one of many things pulled out of the matrix. I did no sculpting and only removed the soft clay. This is in no way a joke I truly need help with this. See the feet?
  21. Trying to figure out what these might be. They would have been under water, the location still has a lake overtop of it, but the water levels were low when we found it. Soil has a lot of clay and there are tons of petrified or fossilized bones that litter the beach. Seemed larger than cow rib...any ideas?
  22. Petrified wood or something else?

    Hello, new here. I found this off the side of the highway 95 near the Nevada/Oregon state line. I’m thinking it’s petrified wood, but I don’t know enough to be certain. Your help and opinions would be greatly appreciated! It’s pretty heavy and hard, smooth on 5 sides and rougher on one. A strange thing, could just be environmental, the “rough” side of the rock has a strange smell, kinda of like old cooking oil. photos of “sides” attached. I’ll add photos of top bottom and a few others in comments.
  23. possible petrified palm nut

    I found this at the Siskiyou Pass near the border of Oregon and California. It was in 2 pieces when I found it - that fit together. In this same area I found lots of petrified wood including petrified palm wood and other petrified wood both large and small. Could this be a petrified palm nut? The length of the 2 pieces together is over 15 centimeters and the diameter where it broke is over 6 centimeters.
  24. possible petrified fruit

    I found a 5 centimeter (2 inch) diameter rock in Oregon. When I hit it with a hammer (several times) it split perfectly in half. In the middle there was what appeared to be a seed - about the size, shape, and color of an apple seed. The rock had all these "carpels" or "rays", "flakes" coming out from the center. I sanded one half of the inside of the rock. I did not sand the outside. The outside is very hard. The inside is sort of flaky. The outside could not be scratched with a fingernail or coin. Acid did not make the rock fizz or do anything. Someone thought it might be a concretion but I doubt that because of the pattern and "flakes". What do you think it is?
  25. I had purchased some petrified wood that was cut into book ends. The blade marks were quite rough. After some effort on my flat lap, to my amazement this half had an image of a man and a dog. I named it Elvis and the Hound Dog. The other half was all black. The piece originated from Sweet Home, OR. I think it is quite the find. I was wondering if others have found pictures in their fossils/rocks. I know picture stone is known for patterns, but images are on another level.