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Found 91 results

  1. Odd Texas oyster

    I'll post a full story in trips when I get time, but I was searching around a new spot, being unsure of the formation (Austin I assume now) I was picking up everything I found including oysters which I would normally leave, I assume they're exogyra or ilymatogyra but the Mark on the back is strange to me, 2 of the three I picked up had them and I haven't seen anything like it in pictures. Species and out formation ID would be nice
  2. MIOCENE ISLAND

    I should have posted this long ago, but am going to do it now, in the hope that then it is behind me and then I can look forward to future adventures. Due to ill health from 2012, finances and responsibilities, I have been unable to do any personal collecting except for this one wonderful trip which reminded me that I've still got it in me. In October 2016 wifey and I were relaxing in a bar on Tarifa beach, the southernmost point in mainland Europe, located at the south-western corner of Spain, opposite Tangier, the two Pillars of Hercules that are the entrance to the Mediterranean from the Atlantic. I noticed an island connected to the mainland by a man made causeway. it had a lighthouse on and some ruins, so I thought that being only a little distance, I'd go and explore. Here is the location, to the left of the picture is the Mediterranean, to the right, the Atlantic. There are no more location pics, I'm afraid, as wifey can't be prised away from bars very easily and she has the camera phone, but the island was closed to visitors without a guide or permit as it's a place for protected birds, the lighthouse and Napoleonic fortress ruins. But to the left of the causeway was a small beach with exposed rocks and even a little notice board explaining that the rocks were a Miocene oyster bed 5 to 10 million years old. My interest was aroused so I clambered about the beach and found the fossils in the next post. Very pleased with myself, I was, especially as I had no tools and the rock was really seriously hard. Had to use other bits of rock as hammer and chisels. And my breathing held out pretty well. I can still do this! Life's Good.
  3. Can you identify this oyster?

    I found several of these on Myrtle Beach. I think they’re my favorite oyster fossil. But I’ve checked a bunch of online databases and can’t figure out the name of it. It’s gold in color. I should’ve put a measuring tape next to it. They range from 4 to 5 inches long . Thanks! paula
  4. Ok, another new one for me today. I picked up one at Myrtle Beach, SC because it looked interesting, then found a second almost identical one. Now I'm thinking it's something worth knowing! It's dense and heavy. The top has a gray metallic sheen to it. Both of them have a middle circular area that looks rusty, and as if something had been attached there and pulled off. The back looks completely different. Where the front is smooth and shiny, the backside is rather dull. It is comprised of layers, and they layers come together in a knobby area at one end (again, as if perhaps it had been connected to something.) Overall, it really looks like a kind of clam shell to me, but the metallic sheen, rusty circle and layered interior don't look like any clam I've ever seen. Thank you again! - Paula
  5. During my organization and cleanup process in my never ending abyss of the fossil garage, I came across these gorgeous calcified fossils which are both cretaceous. I kind of misplaced them for a little while... I found them both at a sand pit in Coastal North Carolina a few years ago. So, show us your splendid, dandy and awesome calcified cretaceous fossils PLEASE! I shall start first on this cool lil' prospect to see what may be shared by other members. Libby First pic is a Flemingostrea subspatulata, Cretaceous oyster. Pee Dee Formation, North Carolina. Second pic is a Hardouinia kellumi, Cretaceous echinoid. Pee Dee Formation, North Carolina.
  6. Florida Fossil Bivalve Seashell, Need ID

    Hi everyone, I found this fossilized seashell in Tarpon, Florida on a fossilized shell trail. Original formation unknown. It looks almost complete and has great ornamentation and detail. It has 2 boreholes that penetrated just the surface of the shell. It is approximately 1 3/4" x 1 3/4". Can you ID it? Many thanks in advance.
  7. Help in ID

    I have found this fossil and cleand it with vinegar. I have never found a fossil like this one, can someone ID it? I saw some similar fossils from madagascar with the name "zipper oyster" if that what it is, can you tell me the scientific name and some details about it?
  8. Found in Grapevine, TX

    Hello, These fossils were found around Grapevine Lake. I believe the one rock has oyster shells and turritella shells. I'm not an expert by any means, but are the fossils in the other rock ammonite? Any help is much appreciated! Thanks
  9. Post Oak Creek - Oyster with Anomoly

    So I went to north Texas a few weeks back. Stopped by NSR and Post Oak Creek in Sherman. Both were pretty flooded still, which hampered my efforts. Had a very meagre haul, which was disappointing. Back in Houston, about a week later, I was going over my disappointing finds, after a good washing. That's when I noticed an oyster I picked up in Sherman had a rather unusual anomaly. It was odd that I even picked it up - I already have several nice oysters of this variety from the same location. I try not to take home too many duplicates, usually leave them for the next guy. Well, this was a surprise. And I would say made the whole trip worth it. Oyster and Sherman experts, tell me your thoughts. The anomaly appears spherical in shape, entirely back material, high gloss. I do not want to prep the object or to try to remove, as I feel it adds incredible charm to a rather ordinary fossil. Sherman, Texas. Eagle Ford Formation, Cretaceous.
  10. Pliocene Yorktown Formation Bivalve

    I need some help. This bivalve came from a river here in eastern North Carolina. Pliocene Yorktown Formation, zone 2 Rushmere member. I believe it is in the Family Pteriidae (pearl oysters) Genus Crenatula. However I cannot find anything in any literature I have or can come up with. Complete specimens are extremely rare at this site, though pieces are not uncommon. Any thoughts? @MikeR @SailingAlongToo Complete specimen top ... bottom .. another one I found complete, but broke after it got home. So I opened it to picture the hinge details .... top ... bottom ...
  11. Oyster, cephalopod, or what?

    I am at the Santa Rosa Gem and Mineral show and one of the vendors had this on display, labeled as an oyster. I’m not sure that’s correct and the lady said it could also be a cephalopod. Looks to me like a loosely coiled ammonite, what does everyone think?
  12. Well, it's been a while since I've been out and about growing my collection of long-since-perished critters, so needless to say, I've been restless. I've been somewhat late in putting up my trip report, as this was doubling as a school project (writing a news feature on PAG (Paleontology Association of GA) for the school news site, 3ten) and everything at the place was taken on an NVidia whereas usually my smartphone does the trick. Anyway, enough BORING excuse backstories! Let's get to the meat of it! This past week was rather hectic for me. A trip to Pensacola where I swam in September ocean thinking it was July, a wisdom tooth surgery happened and the Braves got that sweet, succulent NL East crown, punching their ticket into October ball. Adding this trip on top of that made my fall break jam packed. I'd been waiting for an eternity to go to Sandersville with PAG ever since I heard of the announcement on their page way back in August. As soon as I was greenlit by my the editors of the school news to cover the event for school news, I was going, half dead from wisdom teeth or not. It turns out I wasn't as energy-sapped as I thought I'd be, as my wisdom tooth recovery had been pretty speedy (thank the Lord). Everyone going met in a Walmart parking lot more minutes away. We got told of the treasures we'd find (though I already knew): Periarchus sand dollars (heck yeah!) Crassostrea Gigantissima oysters (yes pls!) And shark teeth/Ray plates (good for me!) After that and a brief discussion on directions and my covering the trip for the school news, we headed off about a minute or so down the road to the landowner's property. We pulled in on a dirt road, and parked in an area of tall grass. The actual site itself was a short trek through the woods to get to the small creek where the Sandersville Limestone was actually exposed. It was somewhat difficult to get the camera equipment down to the creek along with the gear which I was actually using to get stuff out of the matrix, but it wasn't unmanageable and was definitely worth it. Here's what the much of the creek looked like: After getting together all of my pictures for the news, I went ahead and got to the fun part: finding stuff! My first and primary objective was the Periarchus quinquefarius kewi sand dollars, as with my trip to Montgomery in July, I have officially caught the echie bug. It didn't take very long to start finding them protruding from the limestone: After taking four with me, I moved to my next target: the Crassostrea Gigantissima oysters. These hold a special place in my heart, as my uncle Frank and I went driving near Griffins Landing trying to find an access point to get some of these huge oysters to no avail. Also, I heard that these oysters can only be found in Georgia (though i'm not sure about how true that statement is. Any answers regarding this?). To find them, I went a way downstream to where this Oyster exposure is: I was already getting packed with inverts, and I had a lot of stuff to carry back to the car, so I only took the most complete one I saw. Last but not least, I made a pitstop at where most of the group was sifting at a particularly deep and clay-ey part of the creek for shark's teeth and decided to indulge myself in a handful. Here are some of the other guys getting sift-fulls: Next post: My finds of the trip
  13. Greeting! I found this Pycnodonte yesterday in Monmouth County NJ (Cretaceous) with this strange growth on it (the bump). I compared it to about two dozen of my other Pycnodontes' and did not see anything similar so I was wondering if this was their version of a pearl or if it something else. As always, all help is greatly appreciated! -Frank
  14. Shark tooth?

    Looking for some feedback on these 3 items: (I'm a total newbie...) 1. Neat looking bivalve. I hadn't seen one like that since I starting collecting and assume it is an oyster 2. Shark tooth missing the root? Just wanted to make sure it was a shark tooth and not something else 3. Looks like the root of the tooth that has broken off Sherman, Texas area
  15. I joined the forum to get some help on IDing the fossils... They were found in the Blanco River area of eastern Kendall County, Texas. We find plenty of bi-valves and gastropods on a regular basis. Most everything we find is from the cretaceous period and makes sense given our ranch location. I've looked around for several months on the web trying to find something close to these below and can't seem to find anything. The graph paper is .5 CM squares so most of these are just over an inch long. I will let the experts give their opinions. Thanks for your interest!
  16. Another oyster question: sunny side up

    Here's my question. Pulled an oyster up, it broke in half, the other side crumbled to dust. Very sad. But the surviving side has this sunny side up egg appearance. I've looked under a magnifying glass and don't see evidence of shell edges or anything. Is it a steinkern of the innards? I've stopped cleaning it until I know what it is. If it's a sneaky shell, I'll pop it off, otherwise I'll leave it. Any help is appreciated!
  17. Oyster

    Working on sorting my oysters, but the outside is so worn on this, and I'm so new at this, that I can't ID it by the shell and I don't know another way. Is there enough left of it for any of you? More pics coming in second post. Also, should I clean out the middle? Help much appreciated! Sw Fl, probably Plio Pleistocene.
  18. Oyster Looking rock

    The person who owned my home before me left quite a rock collection around my yard. I seriously thought this was a cow patty when I first saw it. But upon closer examination it was just a weird, oyster shaped rock in a grey limestone like clay. It has shell casings around a few of the ridges and seems to have an oyster like shape. It also has small clear crystals that crust some of the ridges and crystalline matter mixed into the grey sludge clay its encased in. It weighs a lot, so I didn't think this was a fossil, but a friend who has more experience with fossils thinks its a fossil. I might upload some better pics later after I charge my camera.
  19. Post Oak Creek

    Went to Sherman, TX for some shark teeth. Found lots of shark teeth, oysters, one mammal tooth, one ptychodus tooth, and two vertebrae.Had a great trip and hope to go back. Will post some photos for Id in a little bit.
  20. Antwerp Pycnodonte?

    Hi all, Found this shell in the Antwerp harbor. From the "Scaldisian" of the Pliocene, about 3 myo. I think Kattendijk Formation (can anyone confirm this?). I think it's some kind of shell within the Pycnodonte genus maybe? If so, which one? I am pretty sure that it's from the Ostreidae. Thanks in advance, Max
  21. Clam fossil?

    My son found this in Oneonta NY and was wondering if anyone knows what kind of mussel this could be?
  22. Oyster identification

    Hello all, Could anyone identify these oysters by name?
  23. rastellum_carinatum_2.JPG

    From the album Upper-cretaceous invertebrates from SE Pyrenees

    Rastellum carinatum, from Maastrichtian limestones
  24. rastellum_carinatum_1.JPG

    From the album Upper-cretaceous invertebrates from SE Pyrenees

    Rastellum carinatum, from Maastrichtian limestones
  25. 1 years collection of Petrified Wood and Fossils from South Alabama.
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