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  1. Here's another find I came across a while ago which looks to me like an intact oyster that has fossilized but I'm not sure on this. It almost looks like granite, but the shape is exactly the size of a small oyster - it seems to have some flakiness to it as well on the sides. Any thoughts on this? I tried to photograph all sides. If this was fossilized, any idea how old this would be?
  2. Oyster

  3. Late Carboniferous Oyster or Clam II

    A second large Clam or Oyster? I dug a huge piece of limestone out of the hill and split it into three with a sledge hammer so that I could actually pick pieces up. After the heat this weekend, they were easy to pick apart once I got them home. Yesterday, I found the first piece. This is the one I found today. When it came out of the rock I was a bit shocked at how large it was. I carefully tapped around the specimen and was able to remove most of the surrounding rock carefully. This is the larger of the two pieces I found this weekend. I have less confidence in identifying it as has less features than the first piece. You can see shell material flaking off in the 3rd and 4th photos below. The fossil after I found it: Then, once I removed it from the rock:
  4. Late Carboniferous Oyster or Clam

    I love and hate finding large fossils. They are really interesting and striking to look at, but I have a hard time getting an ID on them. I dug a huge piece of limestone out of the hill and split it into three with a sledge hammer. After the heat this weekend, they were easy to pick apart. Yesterday, out popped this piece. There is another one I found today that I will be posting after this one. This piece has several wavy ridges. The shell material looks pearly, and perhaps some calcite replacement has happened. There was a piece of shell stuck on the mold portion as well. I'm seeing about 6 distinct ridges. Anyone know what it might be? Before I removed it from the rock: Several views after removing, trying to show the ridges:
  5. SW Florida Pearl Fossils?

    Hi everybody. I'm hoping someone on here can identify these. Last Saturday I was digging in the yard here in Alva to plant some citrus trees. At about two feet down in this area it's all coral and i found this conglomeration wedged under a cypress root. the tree is over 4 ft in diameter. i thought these were lizard eggs but after gently brushing the shells out with a soft toothbrush and dawn soap, i think these might be pearls. two of them actually did separate as you can see they're on the desk. we're seventeen miles from the ocean and this property was a cypress swamp prior to our house being built in 1974. Any thoughts on these ? My wife wants me to encase them in resin because they're unusual looking . Thanks.
  6. Found Giant Oyster?

    Hi, I found this giant oyster in the Mexican Golf. It weights around 13kgs. I found this article about something similar, where they did a MRI on the oyster. - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2154813/amp/The-100-million-year-old-oyster-times-normal-size-undergo-MRI-scan-contains-worlds-biggest-pearl.html and here the same story with more details, but in spanish - https://insolitonoticias.com/ostra-fosil-de-145-millones-de-anos-podria-contener-una-perla-gigante/ Cheers.
  7. Rudist ?

    Hi, a friend of mine told me he found some Placentyceras in a place where the geologic ages go from the Albian to the Turonian-Santonian, but most of the stratas of that place are Cenomanian. I believe this fossil is not an ammonite, but rather an Oyster or a rudist. I mostly think about Requienia or Toucasia. The geologic file mention the name of Toncasia bayleia. Do you know if Toncasia is a synonym of Toucasia and do you think i'm right thinking this is a rudist ? Lenght : 7 centimeters.
  8. oyster texigraphea (2).JPG

    From the album Central Texas Fossils

    Oyster Texigraphea Found in Hays County
  9. oyster ram's horns Ilymatogyra (2).JPG

    From the album Central Texas Fossils

    Oyster Ilymatogyra Commonly known as Ram's Horns Found in Hays and Comal Counties
  10. Oyster Inceramos.JPG

    From the album Central Texas Fossils

    Oyster Inceramos Found in Travis County
  11. Oyster Gryphaea 2).JPG

    From the album Central Texas Fossils

    Oyster Grypaea Commonly known as Devils Toenails Found in Hays County
  12. Oyster Exogyria Ponderosa.JPG

    From the album Central Texas Fossils

    Oyster Exogyria Ponderosa Commonly known as Devils Toenails Found in Hays County
  13. oyster ceratostreon (2).JPG

    From the album Central Texas Fossils

    Oyster Ceratostreon Found in Hays County
  14. capital reef oysters II

    Hello all Here is a companion query for help. This item is flat, tapered to the top and slightly concave from the underside. The two pictures are a top view and a bottom view. It is about 2” thick. The scaliness, if there is such a word, looks like Exogyra, but does not have the curved narrow end described for Exogyra. I assumed this was a flat mollusk shell when I picked it up (E of Capital Reef, south of Rt 24, about 4 miles outside the park) but can’t find a match with the limited references I have. Help appreciated. Thanks. Tom
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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?
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