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Found 10 results

  1. Your Favorite Paleoart

    Which are your favorite pieces of Paleoart? Something that captured your imagination when you were younger? Something that accompanies your fossil collection? My personal top three is all ''water themed'', in no particular order: From The book of Great Sea-Dragons , this art by John Martin even if totally inaccurate striked me for the grim and dark atmosphere and apocalytical view. Another inaccurate one but these brachiosaurus appeared in a booklet I had when I was a kid and alwas hit my imagination and now I can appreciate Burian's artistic skills. Eventually something more modern, Globidens by Dan Varner ( which passed away too soon) I like how he captured the feeling of marine life and water, his creatures weren't merely floating in a blue background.
  2. Hi to ali! I'm doing this again Some of you know about my drawings or have some of them,so u know what is the story about. If anyone is interested in some of my drawings let know,I'm doing ali kinds of prehistoric animals as well as modern ones! I Will add some photos here as examples of what I'm doing . Kind regards, Darko
  3. Another sinkhole find

    I found this odd bone wedged in a crevice as I was descending down the depression. This was found in Travis county
  4. Metatarsal bone found in cave

    I found this in a large shelter outside of Austin, Texas. The cave was scattered with Flint and various animal bones.
  5. Hello all! This is my first attempt at repairing a megalodon tooth. Below is a before and after. I will upload the photos of the process later, but I am in the wilds of Maine with very limited cell reception right now. If anyone has broken megs like this one and wants to give them away, then send me a PM. I would love some advice on how to get the paint and colorations down better.
  6. large tooth found in creek

    While searching for arrowheads near Lakeway, TX I noticed this tooth in a creek that ran alongside an arroyo. Plenty of chert and mollusk fossils nearby. Thanks!
  7. Native American Artifact? Bone?

    I found this in North Texas in a well-documented fossil/Indian artifact creek. I found this, and have been unable to confirm what it is. It is dense, and seems to be ground heavily in two spots in particular (on perfect for a thumb). It's approximately 3 inches long and 1-2 inches thick. Is this some kind of hand tool? Any ideas would be great.
  8. Paleo Bone Carved Necklace Fragment?

    Hey guys, I found this small curious fragment. I thought it was interesting how it appears to have a thin hole bored thru it, and small tooling marks on both sides, in oddly geometric configurations. It's relatively light, not like a rock, and has small tiny dots on some parts as you can see from some of the photos.
  9. A Weekend Visit to A Road Cut Near Our Home Nan was busy this weekend so I drove to a road cut on Route 422 south of Pottstown, PA - about 5 miles from our house. I had been told by a friend at the Delaware Valley Paleo Society that there wouldn't be any fossils here - from the geological record, I think this is part of the Gettysburg-Newark Lowland Formation which is described online as late Triassic. The shale is red with some green and gray mixed in here and there. Telling me that there wouldn't be any fossils here was a challenge I couldn't resist. So I decided to see if I could find anything in this very barren but geologically interesting formation. What I found were fossils and impressions of a tree and twigs that resemble Siggilaria (which were extinct by the Triassic I believe), and a few other trace fossils and what I assume are some mineralizations that look like leaves but probably aren't. I wonder what kind of tree this bark pattern represents...any ideas? The roadside exposure is a very steep slope covered with golf ball sized rubble and lots of larger rock formations protruding, here and there. The roadcuts are located along Route 422 several miles south of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. I studied everything that was visible, cracking lots of rocks to see what might be hidden. Nothing, no marine fossils, not even a freshwater clam. I began to feel that this might have been a dry area, or mostly dry area. Then I came across a narrow cascade of rubble that had eroded off the steep wall and noticed some red shale pieces that looked like smooth bark of some kind. On closer inspection, I discovered several pieces (many were fragmented) that turned out to be a grooved bark pattern. In the first fossil (1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 with backview and closeup - see below) you can see: a) the bark pattern which resembles Siggilaria including one branch node (the round circle) and you can also see at the top where the bark ridges begin to branch into a diamond shaped pattern. Although this is supposed to be a Triassic formation, the tree bark has a Carboniferous look, but I'm not familiar with Triassic trees. Here are the images of the bark sample: BARK 1.1 BARK 1.2 BARK 1.1 Back View BARK 1.1 CLOSE Bark 2.1 and 3.1, and Fossil 4a(front) and 4b (back) - These are additional samples of what appear to be bark and branches/twigs: BARK 2.1 BARK 3.1 FOSSIL 4a Front FOSSIL 4b Back Twig 5 - Here is what appears to be a twig and twig impression: TWIG 5 Not sure what this is: FOSSIL 6 I assume these are mineralizations (dendrites) that look like leaf impressions but are chemical, not fossils - note the shale color is different from the red shale above (labeled Mineralization 1 and 2): MIN1 MIN2 Anyway, I guess my point is that I visited a road cut that is close to home, easy to access, and where I was told there should be no fossils. I found quite a lot to look at and ponder, and best of all, despite being parked on the roadside for 3 hours, I wondered if I would receive a visit from curious police but not at all so I felt very comfortable, except for the times when I climbed some very steep sections and found it a bit tricky to make my way back down the steep crumbly slope (I got down by choosing a section that had small samplings and used those as grips on the way down). I'm still not sure what else might be here or at other roadcuts but I have a hunch that this must be what fossil hunting in "dry" tree and plant areas might be like, since all the sources claim that not many dry forests were preserved as fossils because there wasn't much mud in the dry areas and they almost needed to be buried in a rockslide or freak flood to be preserved. Paleobotanists also suggest that the fossil record is heavily weighted toward wetland plants and trees so anything that comes from what was originally "dry" forest or meadow is worth inspecting.
  10. Treasures Of The Marl

    December 7, 2009 Damp cool bordering on cold, breezy overcast was the atmosphere Bob and I charged with anticipation. A day off and a few hours from Central Texas found us in a Lower Cretaceous quarry. Here, the Albian aged Washita Group formations could offer up some uncommon echinoids and other marine fauna. Bob thanked me for the invitation and the chance to find some different species for his collection. He had just shown me an intricate, Edwards Formation matrix piece that had a crisp, silicified Goniopygus echinoid tucked into a crevice. It reminded me of a few discoveries I had made at our current location. So, as we wound our way through the outer areas, I worked off my adrenaline with an orientation of what had been found at the site and what potentially could be found. Bob patiently listened, but I could see that his fossil detector was red-lining. The formation alternated between a soft limestone and blue-gray marl. We dropped to our knee pads at the base of a small spoil pile. A few months of rain had weathered the marl into a mound of fossil studded hoo-doos. The series of "ooohs" and "aaahhs" coming from the other side of the pile sounded like a 5th grader on a field trip! Fragments of pyrite covered Neithea texana and delicate Plicatula dentonensis fossil shells perched on small pedestals. Along with a few of these, Bob plucked a fat, quarter-sized gastropod cast and a large cidarid urchin spine from the clay for a good start. Neithea shells We finally moved into the heart of our search area. I pointed out the site where my eyes were going to vacuum the ground. Last April, a friend and I had discovered some Globator whitneyae echinoids in this spot. Then, on a subsequent solo trip, I figured out the stratigraphic key to finding these Globators. It was like working a successful pattern while bass fishing. However, in the excitement of bagging several of these uncommon urchins, I accidentally unlocked one of the site's real treasures when a knobby, walnut-sized echinoid rolled out of a rock that I had just split. It turned out to be a species of Tylocidaris (probably new) that is undescribed in any literature for North America. Since then, I had been here on a periodic mission to find another one. Various views - probable new species of Tylocidaris fossil echinoid While there was not any mist falling at the time, it seemed like the wind whipped humidity reminded me of every weak point in my layered clothing. I flipped my 4X visor down and crouched between the rocks. "Wow, the rain has been good for this site," I whispered to myself. Bob agreed as he crawled through the rocks nearby. The ambient moisture in the rock and clay created great contrast with the fossils. In places, it was like looking at a treasure chest just opened; you had to force yourself to slow down and absorb the information in front of you. "Goniopygus!" I whooped! "Really?! Let me see it!" Bob replied from behind a few large rocks. Hidden treasure - Goniopygus sp. Close-up and actual size I barely noticed the wind as I photographed the small echinoid. Back in May at this location, Goniopygus budaensis became one of my favorite little urchins when I found one with associated spines. This species doesn't seem to be a common find - likely due to the lack of exposed strata and their small size. May 2009 discovery with spines - Goniopygus budaensis Within ten minutes, I had worked my way back to the edge of the rock pile and looked up at another Goniopygus peeking from the side of a large boulder. "Bob, you're not going to believe this, but I found another one." I thought I heard something from his direction, but I wasn't sure if it was my bandana flapping over my ears, or him mumbling.... Thinking it may have been the latter, I didn't even mention the Globator whitneyae echinoid barely showing in another rock two feet away. He came over to glance at the small Goniopygus and gathered more inspiration for his search. 2nd G. budaensis 1st Globator whitneyae It wasn't long before Bob called me over to look at something. "Is this one of the Globators?" he inquired. It was. Although slightly damaged, it was still a nice find. Now that he was "on the board" with a different species added to his collection, Bob began to settle into a grid search of another large, marly rock pile. I reminded him of some noteworthy finds that came from the rubble he was working, then I settled back into the rocks. A small, tree-shaped, form immediately caught my attention. It was an echinoid spine...unlike any others I had found at the site! I'll have to do more research, but my initial thoughts had me wondering if I had found a spine to my elusive Tylocidaris! I found it in the actual rubble of my original discovery, and the characteristics reminded me of the spines on European-found Tylocidaris species. 17 mm echinoid spine - possibly Tylocidaris sp. Several minutes later, I spotted another Goniopygus in a foot-sized rock. This was starting to be 'one of those days'. "Another one," I hollered. There was little movement in the rock pile next to me, but I clearly heard some mumbling. I grinned at Bob's humorous sarcasm and positioned myself to photograph the little echinoid. Silent disbelief and a big smile merged at the sight of yet another G. budaensis in a small rock by my knee! I didn't say anything, but I picked this little 5 mm gem up and photographed it first. Pyrite crystals had erupted through the test like golden micro mountains; a very cool find. It was one of 'those' days. Pyrite G. budaensis G. budaensis in matrix After prep I returned my attention to snapping a few shots of the other echinoid when Bob called out, "Hey, I've got something over here!" His jacket looked like one of the rocks until he rose up with a smile. "I think I found another Globator!" This one was in excellent shape when it popped free of the matrix. He added an exclamation point when he revealed some crab claw fragments he had picked up. The best trips - when quality finds are made by everyone. Globator whitneyae found by Bob C. The wind had picked up quite a bit more. I had already wrapped my bandana over my head and ears; so I geeked it up even more by buttoning my collar and flipping it up...at least it was warmer. I thought I had detected mist in the air, but it vanished - just leaving the damp wind and cold. I split more rock to generate some warmth, taking care to scan both of the newly created surfaces. Doing so, revealed two more slightly damaged Goniopygus urchins about 5 mm in diameter and my best Globator of the day! Close-up of worn G. budaensis My best Globator sp. find of the day Bob wandered the site, taking in its various features. I stayed a little longer where we had been. A nicely sutured Mortoniceras sp. ammonite rewarded my efforts. Shortly after, the mist returned, and my hunting partner thanked me again for the invitation. He made it to the vehicles before me and left. Incredibly, as I side-tracked along the rim of the site on my way out, I found the blade of an Early Archaic / Late Paleo dart point! The impact damage on the tip and snapped base had their own story to tell. The search was over and the rain began, but I'll remember this tale as a marly trip with Bob. Mortoniceras sutures Late Paleo/Early Archaic broken point
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