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Found 53 results

  1. St. Paul find

    I found this specimen last summer in the St. Paul Stone Quarry in St. Paul, Indiana. I think this site is Silurian. The oval on the left is 1.5 x 8 cm. The one on the top is 4 x 10 cm. Lots of smaller ones. They're flat, not raised. Any idea what they are?
  2. Hello All! As many of you are aware, Martin Marietta does quarterly 'open days' at their quarry in Castle Hayne, NC (Near Wilmington). This quarter the date is March 6th and I was lucky enough to snag the last two spots on this outing (some of their quarries have a cap on the number of visitors- others do not). I am quite excited as I have driven past this site for most of my life and never really given it much thought. I will, of course, post my finds and a report for the day after the fact, but I wanted to see if any other TFF members are signed up to be there. If so, I would love to say hello. From what I have read on here, it seems that the Castle Hayne Quarry will have both Paleogene (Castle Hayne Formation) and some Cretaceous (Island Creek Member and Rocky Point Member) fossils, depending on the current spoil piles on site. I have ordered the Cretaceous and Paleogene Field Guide from the NC Fossil Club (having only previously picked up the Neogene and Quaternary Guide) and plan on familiarizing myself with some of the non-tooth fossils that I should be on the look out for. I have seen posts on here with several beautiful nautiloids, so I would love to snag one of those. Otherwise though, I'm not sure what to expect. I would love to find a stray mammal tooth (any mammal) or a non-shark tooth generally (not that I'm expecting loads of shark teeth- from what I understand, shells are the primary fossils found on site), but otherwise I am not sure what to keep an eye out for. Any advice from those of you who have hunted this quarry (or formation) more extensively? I would love to know a little bit more about what I will be seeing. Thanks in advance! -Philip
  3. Fossil ID

    Hello, on a recent vacation to Las Vegas we had the opportunity to hike Frenchman Mountain, a popular trilobite quarry just east of LV. While there, I happened upon a couple interesting pieces. On the left is a possible imprint(?) And the piece on the right feels like a piece of coral, though I have a hard time believing the calcium carbonate structure would not have completely eroded away. Do I have anything here? Thanks for your time. A little more information, the paw prints are each 1.3 cm deep and the elongated fragment is also 1.3 cm deep.
  4. Hi! I wonder how can I improve my fossil exploring trips. Let's say I go to the abandoned limestone quarry and it has 3 floors. How can I be sure that this is the right spot? Am I supposed to look around for "highest concentration" of fossils or maybe for some distinctive looking rocks? For now I've been running from one place to another and spending half an hour here, another there
  5. Florissant Insects?

    I have been involved in a post "Florissant Fossil Quarry Fun". To make a long story short, I took the advice given to preserve my specimens from Florissant. Unfortunately some of my specimens had already broke. So I took out my razor blade and split them further. To my surprise, I think I found 2 insects!!! Your thoughts?
  6. Bianucci, G., Llàcer, S., Cardona, J.Q., Collareta, A. and Florit, A.R., 2019. A new beaked whale record from the upper Miocene of Menorca, Balearic Islands, based on CT-scan analysis of limestone slabs. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 64(2), pp.291-302. http://webaccess.igipz.pan.pl/archive/published/app64/app005932019.pdf https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/7247/52c31e2013100da8d07eb1aaa4214f92f14b.pdf https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332589581_A_new_beaked_whale_record_from_the_late_Miocene_of_Menorca_Balearic_Islands_based_on_CT-scan_analysis_of_limestone_slabs Many more papers about fossil whales at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alberto_Collareta Yours, Paul H.
  7. I have a lot of these and I dont what to overload people. Here is another fossil i found in the overburden at my plant. Ocala formation in alachua county Florida. I dont have the slightest clue what this could be from, but i think it is big and probably a mammal.
  8. I found this in the overburden at my work, which usuallly consists of the first 15 ft of dirt, clay, and sand, and below that is the Ocala formation in Alachua county Florida. the vast majority of the bones i find are deep in the redish-brown clay. ( The dark/wet spots are glue)
  9. Anything worth pursuing?

    I found these in a quarry in Madison Wi. There were quite a few of these with different shapes and configurations of what look like bones to me. These were from a smallish pile at the bottom of the deepest part of the quarry and I would guess that are from lower down in the earth. I apologize if I am not using the proper language as I am very new to this. i have seen some sea bed rock from a different quarry, that has loads of shells, mollusks, and snails in them. This rock looks very different from the sea bed pieces I have. Are these bones? Is it chert? I was with two other people or I would have pulled every piece I could find off the piles to see if anything could be puzzled together, as these and the others were all in one area of the pile. If the pictures could be more helpful in different light etc, I will happily retake some. Thanks for any insight into them.
  10. I will be taking a month long trip across the western states. I will be leaving Ft. Collins, Colorado on Sunday and traveling to Yellowstone then the Grand Canyon and everything in between. I’m looking for some good pay to dig fossil quarries. This will be a long trip, and I plan on stopping at several fossil locations. Let me know the best ones and where you guys would recommend I go!!!
  11. Here is another update from my July 2019 solo Fossil run! (Edit...it appears some of the fossil pictures are displaying poorly....I will rectify this shortly.) PICTURE HEAVY Day 1: I drove solo from Omaha, NE to Fossil Butte National Monument. I left at 0300 local and made it to the Museum at the monument about 45 minutes before they closed at 1800 local. The museum is outstanding. Small, but amazing. Also, unlike most other national parks and monuments, it is FREE and open 7 days a week during the summer. I didn't take any photos as A, I was exhausted, and B, there are plenty of pictures of the museum already on the web. Sometimes, I like to just have memories I don't have to share. Anyway, after drooling over all of the great stuff to view (think complete two meter crocodilian skeleton), I got my second wind and had to find a place to camp before dark. Thankfully, you get about 18 hours of useful sunlight up in that area, so I set out for a "secret" campsite on the BLM land just northwest of the monument proper. I found the site and made camp. There was some promising looking shale exposed here, but not a fossil to be found. (I did bring a few samples back however as I discovered later that there was some interesting fluorescence in green, yellow, and orange on some of the rock!) I'm at around 2100 meters above sea level for the night! Either way, beat down and a bit light headed from too many years living in the flat lands, I caught a nice sunset and wolfed down four MREs. I planned to spend the next day in deep in the Green River Formation. Day 2. It was a rough night. I got about two hours sleep from a combination of exhaustion, excitement, and the strangest wind storm I have ever experienced. At right around 0000, a single gust of wind dropped the temp for around 22C to 8C in less than five minutes. I was prepared for this, however I wasn't prepared for what showed up 45 minutes later- sustained 40kph winds with 72kph gusts. Due to the hard rocky ground, I couldn't use tent stakes or bury the deadmen for my guy lines on the tent, so I spent the next three hours in a very noisy, semi-collapsed tent. As the storm continued, I realized I was going to have to set the guy lines under the tires of my truck if I hoped not to blow away. Imagine my surprise to discover that with all that wind, there was not a cloud in the sky. It was crystal clear out. What I had thought was rain hitting the tent was actually small bits of gravel! I carefully positioned the truck as a bit of a wind break and anchor for the guy lines. Ten minutes later, the windstorm quit. I made twelve cups of espresso in my trusty Moka pot and headed over to American Fossil Quarry at sunrise. I didn't bother taking pictures of the quarry as there are plenty on the web. I did a half day dig. I had a most excellent time. What follows is photos of about a third of the fossils I found. I have many many more that need prep work, but these were my "practice" specimens. I found so many fish fossils, I kept only the best ones, plus a similar amount to use as practice for preparation and preservation techniques. Sure, it is a pay-to-play quarry, but I got more than my money's worth I feel. I actually got a bit bored with finding fish, something I never thought would happen. I also found some scales and coprolites, but no stingrays or plants. One fellow digging while I was there ended up with a magnificent palm leaf however! Anyway, here are a few of the fossils I have prepped so far. Apologies for the less than perfect photos. I have only owned this macro lens for a few days and haven't quite figured it out yet. Also, you will notice that they appear shiny, this is because the fixative has not fully cured yet. I will share my best two specimens in other threads later on!
  12. Northeastern BC Quarry Find

    Hello all! This is my first post here but surely not my last. I have always been fascinated by fossils, but after accidentally stumbling across some fossils lately (some decorticated rugosa coral) I have taken quite the interest in fossil hunting. I have a recent find that really intrigues me and I'd like to have some expert opinions on it! This was found near some trace fossils and some small (1" or 2.5cm dia.) ammonite fossils. These were in a mountain quarry (approx 950m above sea level) on some nearly vertical shale. Thanks in advance!
  13. Fossilized gum and teeth ?

    I need help identifying these teeth and petrified gums. My neighbor received a load of gravel from a quarry in Kansas. I asked if i could look for fossils etc. And I found these teeth. They are 1 1/2 inches long. Thank you
  14. Help needed for a newbie

    Hi, this is my first post, so I hope I don’t omit any important information. My daughter has found this fossil at a quarry near Matlock in Derbyshire, UK, and we would love to know what it is! It’s 3.5 cm length, we were thinking it might be a bivalve but aren’t sure. Thanks so much in advance for your help! Sarah
  15. Nautilus in situ?

    Hey all. I found this at a local quarry. It looks like a nautilus shell to me. I'd appreciate some other opinions. It sits upright really nicely on my desk. Thanks!
  16. Turtle

    Can someone please identify what kind or turtle that this belongs too and the General age of this fossil. Thank you.
  17. Good afternoon Paleontology afficiandos! A long time ago my friends and I were hanging out in an old open pit quarry in Nepean, Ontario, Canada (South Ottawa) and I found this little fossil. The quarry was quite deep, about 10-15 meters, so its difficult to put a depth for the find, especially since it came from a rock pile near the upper rim. Originally this find had been sitting flat on a much larger piece of rock however there were no other visible fossils on the surface layer. When I pointed this out to my friends, they 'hilariously' decided it should be pushed over the edge to explode on the quarry floor below -.- Luckily I was able to pick through the chunks and find it eventually, unscathed. What is shown in the picture is everything that was found in situ on the original rock. I then brought it home and promptly forgot about it for several years. I unearthed it again while doing a thorough house cleaning and figured I should ask the experts!
  18. Devonian Unknown

    A few weeks ago, I visited a quarry in central Iowa more for the purpose of its well known and beautiful crystals, not it's fossils: I was told that most of the "vugs" were a result of fossil reabsorbtion and calcite deposition in the void. It was hard for me to comprehend until I started splitting open the few brachiopods that I found. They indeed were crystalized in the middle!! Here is one I split open: Here is the purpose of my post. The dark item is not anything I recognize. Most of the time "black" turns up in this area, I am told it is fish pieces. Does anyone have a suggestion of what part of a fish this would be, IF it is fish at all??
  19. Meramec River St. Louis mo

    I think I found this one in a quarry in St. Louis missouri that is about 1/4 of a mile from the Meramec River. I’ve included in picture of the entire rock and two zoomed images. I’m particularly interested in the tiny brown thing. The whole thing is about 3 cm wide X 5 .5 cm long. Thanks for your help!
  20. Does anyone know how/where to get permission into mulbring quarry, NSW and if possible any contact information?
  21. Does anyone know where i can get permission from to go into mulbring quarry and is there any required qualifications?
  22. The Florissant Fossil Quarry in Colorado is near the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, famous for Eocene plant and insect fossils. You can dig for fossils at the Quarry and they will also ship shale to you to hunt on your own. I’m probably not going to be able get out there any time soon so I was thinking about maybe having them ship some shale to me. But before I spend $7.50 per pound plus shipping for maybe 20 pounds of shale, I thought I should check to see if anyone has experience doing this. I know it sounds expensive but it is cheaper than taking a trip out there. Any thoughts?
  23. My first time making the trip into the Martin Marietta quarry at Belgrade this last Friday. It felt like an oven in there with temperatures in the high 80's and having to wear safety gear. Happy that there had been plenty of rain to wash the soil in the week leading up to the collecting day. The quarry is mainly looking across all the spoil piles to try to spot fossils. My buddy found a nice partial C. angustiden tooth that would of been over 3 inches. I also found a 2.2 inch GW that was pretty worn. Pictures show some of my better finds from the day. I found many more with damage to a root lobe. Would be good to see what others found. The largest Sand Tiger tooth in the top left is 1.82 inches. Grateful for IDs on the vert, croc tooth? sawfish barb? and others (other than the Tiger and Hemi's).
  24. South Alabama quarry find

    Found about 75 years ago in an old quarry in Crenshaw County AL. Any help in identifying appreciated.
  25. This past Saturday I was finally able to join ESCONI on one of their quarry field trips, this time to the Vulcan Manteno Quarry in Kankakee County, Illinois. After a relatively quick jaunt up I-57, I arrived at the quarry along with about 20 other enthusiasts, all clad in hard hats and neon safety vests. It is still an active quarry, although no mining was happening on that day, so the manager went over the rules with everyone- no climbing the rock piles, no getting too close to the high wall or the edge of the pit. Then we car-pooled down to the bottom of the quarry. The quarry exposes the Silurian Racine Dolomite Formation, and pile after pile of grey to orange colored rock was arranged on the quarry floor. It was hard to know where to start, so everyone wandered off to poke around and see what they could find. I didn't find much to begin, but after a little while I started noticing some interesting shapes, and within about an hour I had filled my bucket. I say "shapes", because I am not as familiar with this deposit as Mazon Creek, so my IDs for most of these only get as specific as "cephalopod" or "crinoid"- and in many cases more like "round organic-looking thing" . At the designated time everyone began heading back to the cars as a light drizzle came down- we only had about an hour and a half, but like I said, that was plenty of time to fill a 5 gallon bucket. It was an excellent trip, and I have to thank ESCONI and Vulcan for making it happen- I will definitely be signing up for the next one! My most interesting find is two associated partial impressions of echinoderms- the field trip leader suggested the one on the right was from Caryocrinites but he was not sure about the one on the left. I also found another small echinoderm piece, perhaps the base of a crinoid calyx?
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