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Found 51 results

  1. Unidentified Oligocene... Something

    I found this in a Benton county crumbly fossil rich road cut that I'm fairly sure is Oligocene based upon the other fossils present. Other fossils are all aquatic and includes a lot of clams (Pitar) and a few snails (Siphonalia, Neverita) The fossil in question appears to have been a hollow tube that's been broken open, but I'm unsure if that's actually the case or if the end is simply folded in a way to give that illusion. I initially called it a bone in my excitement, but now I could see it as being plant matter of some kind. This is kind of a shot in the dark, as I'm unsure if it could even be identified based on such a vague fossil. Edit: It's about 2 inches or 5-6 centimeters
  2. Bone ID, Oregon, Willamette

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  3. Bone ID, Oregon, Willamette

    Hello All, I found this piece at the shoreline, Kelley Point Park (confluence of Willamette and Columbia). It's lightweight (1 oz) Any Ideas?
  4. I found a beautiful burned and petrified tree under a hundred feet of basalt in oregon. Can someone please help me identify this and point me in the right direction? Christopher Finck. Thank you
  5. A new paper you may find interesting: Olivier Lambert; Stephen J. Godfrey; Erich M. G. Fitzgerald (2019). Yaquinacetus meadi, a new latest Oligocene–early Miocene dolphin (Cetacea, Odontoceti, Squaloziphiidae, fam. nov.) from the Nye Mudstone (Oregon, U.S.A.). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Online edition: e1559174. doi:10.1080/02724634.2018.1559174. Yaquinacetus further muddies the diversity of archaic homodont odontocetes by demonstrating that Squaloziphius is more primitive than crown Odontoceti, confirming earlier doubts about the original ziphiid classification of Squaloziphius. In this paper, Squaloziphiinae is raised to family level due to the cladistic results by Lambert et al. (2019). Anybody have a copy of the paper cited above that I could read?
  6. This trip started out in Tacoma Washington. Our first stop was Centralia WA. Supposedly there were marine sediments 35 million years old that encompassed bivalves, gastropods and some other small marine life. Of course I have another spot near my house with a similar variety of fossils so I was less interested. None the less I spent 2 hours there looking through clay and checking if I could see any siltstone or shale. Unfortunately I did not find anything here. The next stop was near Portland Oregon in Butte Creek where there have been numerous whale teeth and some other vertebrate fossils. I of course was certain that collecting vertebrates was also illegal in Oregon so I skipped out on keeping anything I found. I came up dry again in Butte creek after an hour of looking. Next I searched Myrtle Creek Oregon briefly as it was getting dark. I didn't see much there, however there could have been plenty that I simply missed in the dark. (also I only looked for 15 minutes) The next day, I went to Riddle Oregon, where supposedly Jurassic Leaf fossils could be found and also some Bivalves, Gastropods and Ammonites. I skipped looking around the town and went straight to Cow Creek (goes through Riddle) and saw fossils across the water, however during February, there was no chance of me swimming across. The current is quite strong too. It also was loaded with private property signs and we even saw a guy looking back at us with a rifle over his shoulder. That is when we left. We heard about Ashland and the great cretaceous formations off the road at I-5 near Klamath Mountain. We traveled up there but found Nada. In California we searched along Gazelle Road and found a few possible corals. Gazelle Callahan Road is Silurian. I got permission from a land owner to search along his property. On the way back we stayed at a motel in Medford. Planning for the day tomorrow I read on PDFs that I was checking the wrong spot along I-5 for the cretaceous fossils south of Ashland. I plotted exactly where they were on maps and got ready to go the next morning. When I arrived at the mountain pass, it had snowed at least 2 - 3 feet. There was no way I was finding anything. Disappointed, we left to go back to Riddle, When I arrived in Riddle, I decided to search the town for Jurassic - Cretaceous fossils. While searched a road cut near town, I found some Bivalves called Buchia (according to the formation species guide) This was the only spot where I did end up finding fossils unfortunately but I did want to share what I found. I still have a whole whiteboard full of fossils I have yet to go through so I couldn't upload all my finds. Riddle Oregon was actually packed with fossils if you look closely. Thanks for reading : )
  7. I will actually be moving out west in June/July, I’m currently researching the areas. I’m calling on the experts to let me know which is the best move for fossils. I’m a geology grad with a desire to pursue paleontology, so career opportunities must be kept in mind as well. The three cities we’ve narrowed down are Fort Collins CO, Flagstaff AZ, and Bend OR. Don’t worry, I will be bringing a plethora of Florida fossils with me, so, whoever gets to meet me will have plenty of gifts and goodies. Just looking for some solid advice. ps, sorry for being so absent on the forums lately; life has been a little cray!
  8. This Gastropod does not seem to be in Ellen Moore's book and there seems to be different opinions as to what it might be. Is there anyone who can tell me exactly what this is and show me a picture of the specimen they refer to? Miocene Astoria Formation Oregon
  9. Partial mammalian tooth?

    I have been a long time follower of the fossil forum but this is my first post. A good friend of mine found this at the rock pile at the Rice Museum here in the Portland Oregon area. My friend is confined to a wheelchair so this location where hounds drop off rocks collected from "who knows where" is perfect for him. Anyway my buddy knows I've collected vertebrate fossils for from all over Oregon for decades and was delighted when I said was wasn't positive about what it was. So I'm coming to all of you. The specimen is approximately 4cm x 5cm x 2cm. It's heavy, definitely mineralized, looks mildly water worn, and has tooth-like structure. My best guess is that it is mid root area of a large segmented tooth. Without any crown portions present, that's as far as I'm willing to go. What say you?
  10. Found on Oregon beach

    Very smooth and shiny. Think it could be a fossil? Very tiny. Can you help ID? Thank you! Tooth maybe?
  11. https://gizmodo.com/toothless-33-million-year-old-whale-could-be-an-evolut-1830739126 https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/cp-3wf112118.php https://phys.org/news/2018-11-whales-lost-teeth-evolving-hair-like.html
  12. FIRST Dinosaur Fossil Found In Oregon

    https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/6692314-151/scientists-find-first-oregon-dinosaur-fossil
  13. Clarno Volcanic Field

    Nut, seed, or egg? Discovered near Ashwood, Oregon. Outer shell cracked open at end. Golden hue inside specimen.
  14. I am a new member, retired, and considering a collecting trip into Eastern Oregon next month. I plan on spending a week in the High Desert hunting and collecting. I am "self-contained" and am planning on living in the field or, at best, staying at a low impact camp site. If you are interested in speaking with me about this excursion in more detail, drop me a line! Trapper John
  15. I have been an avid collector of Astoria Formation fossils from the Oregon coast for a number of years, and plan on putting up a web page that shows every known invertebrate species from the Newportian stage of the Astoria formation (plus as many vertebrate and plant species as possible). In my collection I am still short by a dozen or so invertebrate species out of the nearly-100 described in the literature, although I have also found a dozen or so that AREN'T in the literature, and plan on describing and naming them if they are indeed "new" species. So I was wondering if there were any fellow collectors that have unusual stuff that they could share photos of. One of my recent finds was a conifer cone (shown below), although I don't know what genus and species it belongs to (does anybody know?).
  16. Bamboo?? In marble?? In oregon??

    Me and a buddy were looking for some limestone caves that had a bunch of calcite... long story short we drove to this abandoned marble quarry it was massive and the quality of marble was magnificent... after a long day of hiking and climing around this snarge mountain for the 3rd day and still couldnt find said cave so we headed back to the car disappointed and defeated.. we walked past a bunch of broken boulders of marble and old workings of the quary... i was admiring the beauty of this marble when i saw what looked like a clay imprint of a plant in the side of the marble.. not knowing anything about fossils having never found one and being relativity new to rock hounding i wasnt sure what to think of it and as i walked around this good sized bolder on the other side was a black imprint like on the othere side then it hit me... no one did this this cant be a carving too remote and just in a pile of boulders.... so it had to be a fossil.. but how was it so perfect and when was the last time southern oregon had bamboo...... so we didnt know what we had (still dont ) but we knew we had to get it but it was too big for the two of us so we decided to crack it down the middle so we could save both faces and put it in the truck witch we did... Now i have no idea what it is if its real or what i should do with it.. i am most likely going to reach out to a local rock club or museum but thought i would do some research on my own (considering. I know nothing about fossils) first...so heres some pics please tell me anything you can... what you think? I dont see it being a fraud i found other inprints in that area but nothing like this...
  17. I'm going on a fossil hunting trip to Mitchell, Oregon in about a week, I was wondering if anyone has recommendations on places to look. This will be my 5th or 6th trip to Mitchell, so I know the area fairly well.
  18. I peer into a small geode at 80x to look at what look like small blooms of crystals covering bulbous blue crystal mounds. Originally I wanted to see why the geode had white crystal patches on one side and the top side had darker spots. First I see that the "blooms" are actually super small stones that look to be growing their own crystals. I had to look further, I wasn't sure if the geode was opened when I chipped it free from the breccia or if had been open while it was encased. The crystallization was perfectly clean, so I surmise it was. Either way, how in the world does a geode crystallize and then later adopt a speckling of microscopic stones? So, I'm looking over the surface and there is this anomaly. does not match any of the features inside the geode. I look closer and it appears to have, internal organs, segmented legs, and antennae. Could this really be some type of shrimp? Or similar crustacean? I'm really curious to hear what you all think. Hopefully the images suffice, I have a biological microscope so it is not the best at 3D. Posterior Head/Antennae I know I've been looking at a screen all day, but this sure looks like a segmented/armored leg. And, I'm spent
  19. Blue Basin, John Day Fossil Beds

    Blue Basin is a beautiful, overlooked wonder at the John Day Fossil Beds By Jamie Hale, The Oregonian, OregonLive, July 03, 2018 https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/life_and_culture/erry-2018/07/32c7d189946376/blue_basin_is_a_beautiful_over.html Blue Basin and Island in Time Trails, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument http://www.americansouthwest.net/oregon/john-day-fossil-beds/blue-basin-trail.html Some related papers are: Albright III, L.B., Woodburne III, M.O., Fremd III, T.J., Swisher III III, C.C., MacFadden III, B.J. and Scott III, G.R., 2008. Revised chronostratigraphy and biostratigraphy of the John Day Formation (Turtle Cove and Kimberly members), Oregon, with implications for updated calibration of the Arikareean North American Land Mammal Age. The Journal of Geology, 116(3), pp. 211-237. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235984629_Revised_Chronostratigraphy_and_Biostratigraphy_of_the_John_Day_Formation_Turtle_Cove_and_Kimberly_Members_Oregon_with_Implications_for_Updated_Calibration_of_the_Arikareean_North_American_Land_Mammal_ https://www.researchgate.net/profile/L_Albright http://ucriverside.academia.edu/MichaelWoodburne Hunt Jr, R.M. and Stepleton, E., 2004. Geology and paleontology of the upper John Day beds, John Day River Valley, Oregon: lithostratigraphic and biochronologic revision in the Haystack Valley and Kimberly areas (Kimberly and Mt. Misery quadrangles). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, pp. 1-90. http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/450 Fremd, T.J., 2010. SVP Field Symposium 2010 John Day Basin Field Conference John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (and surrounding basin)Oregon, USA June 7 – 11, 2010 https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/handle/1794/12193 Yours, Paul H.
  20. Seeking Newport OR Loations

    We are going to Newport, OR this weekend and would love to hear of some places for us to check out as far as searching for fossils. Any ideas? Thanks!
  21. I'm in Bend for the weekend looking for destanations to look for fossils please HELP!!!
  22. My 18 year old son and I went on our 1st ever fossil hunt and were very succesful, at least we think so. We didn't find anything in the locations that were mentioned as being fossil rich but after looking around outcroppings and riverbeds for hours with nothing to our name, we decided to go for a walk before heading back to Washington, while hoping it might still produce something. By now we had become 'seasoned' in finding outcroppings that might contain fossils of course. We are fast learners. ;-) And yes, not too far into our walk we came across something that looked like an outcropping. Sure enough.. we found many 'blocks' as seen on the pictures. These blocks were all over the place at the bottom of the outcropping. We only spend a little time there because it was late in the day and took about 5 with us but there were many more. I am sure it must be spot that not many people know of unlike all the other sites that had nothing. We will head back when weather is sunnier. I was surprised to see that there are many pieces of shells on some of these. My understanding is that these fossils belong to the Oligocene age but in all honesty I am not sure. I am a novice for sure but plan to learn and hope to find out. I am considering if I should break some blocks open to see if I can find more fossils inside but I will 1st do some research and decide based upon that.
  23. Mammoth steps found at Fossil Lake Ancient trackways discovered in Lake County By Kurt Liedtyke, Herald and News, Oregon https://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/mammoth-steps-found-at-fossil-lake/article_72c659d4-38f6-545f-b7a2-5718be8c4d51.html Rare Mammoth Tracks Reveal an Intimate Portrait of Herd Life Researchers piece together a 43,000-years-old tableau of an injured adult and concerned young, Smithsonian Magazine https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-mammoth-tracks-paint-intimate-portrait-pachyderm-group-life-180968256/ Retallack, G.J., Martin, J.E., Broz, A.P., Breithaupt, B.H., Matthews, N.A. and Walton, D.P., 2018. Late Pleistocene mammoth trackway from Fossil Lake, Oregon. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.01.037 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031018217312154 Yours, Paul H.
  24. Need ID help

    This fossil? was brought to NARG at Portland Regional Gem and Mineral in Hillsboro, OR. It was found in a small creek south of Eugene, OR in the foot hills of the Cascade Mountains. Age is Eocene or Early Oligocene. It was determined it was of organic material. The black on the material is coal. Does anyone any ideas?
  25. What did I just find?

    I was just on a trip with some friends near Ochoco National Forest in Oregon and stumbled upon this. I weighed myself with and without this thing in my hand with a digital scale accurate to .1 lbs several times and it comes in at .7 lbs. Thoughts? Thanks, y'all. Dillon
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