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jpenn posted a topic in Fossil IDHowdy! Not long ago I acquired this nice 11-inch ammonite from Texas. Per seller this was collected at a quarry in Crawford- a fast glance at maps show a variety of formations in the area including Edwards group formations. From the best of my knowledge this ammo is a species of Oxytropidoceras genus and a nice-sized one. Anyway... the question of this thread: Within the inner whorl is a collection of shelly material. When I purchased the piece I assumed it all to be indistinct shelly debris but in hand it appears more distinct in form and perhaps identifiable. I have my own guess to what it is, but I thought I'd have the many Texas-based collectors here at TFF have a look at it first, if it's not too rude to ask. Can the inner material be identified? Thanks in advance!
So we went down to the park this evening that is two blocks away. Same park as my post called 'soccer for you, fossils for me.' The two youngest boys and I went to the playground, but the 10 year old went to do his thing. After about 15 minutes, he came to report that he thought he "found another full ammonite." We find so many broken chunks of oxytropidoceras in the central Texas marl, but occasionally, a complete one can be found. This time, I was prepared with a multi-purpose tool, so I went to work. We were able to carve it out fairly well, and on the previous advice of forum members, we decided to extract this time. It did end up breaking into 6 manageable pieces, but we'll work on putting them back together tomorrow. We love this hobby!
When our town turned a local field into a park, they had to dig a reservoir-type area to deal with neighborhood drainage and occasional flooding. We live in a very fossil friendly area, and my 10 year old has the 'bug,' so when his brother has soccer practice at this park, he's off to drainage ditch. On Sunday, he dragged me down there to see his new fossil gold mine. Now, I must admit, that in our "Walnut Formation" in the central Texas Lower Cretaceous, we find a lot of ammonite chunks (oxytropidoceras), but we've not found a whole one. Until Sunday. We saw a portion that, though cracked, looked like it might have more to it, hiding in the rocks and mud. But we didn't have any tools with us. So at tonight's soccer practice, it was on like Donkey Kong. We left it in place due to it's fragile state, but this is what we found. We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed digging this out a bit.