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  1. Hi everyone. I recently visited a quarry at the north of Spain (more specifically a geographical area called "El Bierzo", famous for its fossils from the carboniferous era) and I found this one, which looks like tree bark with some particular marks. I have found several well preserved fossils at the same quarry but I will upload the pictures later. I have been looking for information about this one in particular but I haven't found out what type of tree it is, has anybody seen this before? Thank you very much!
  2. Rare Saw Shark From Morocco

    Hi everyone, I was hoping to gain more info about this saw shark on matrix from morocco. It is from a very reliable moroccan exporter who picked it up from quarry workers himself. 100% natural. I had never even heard of the existence of fossils of these before this. I'd love to hear about the rarity of specimens like this and if people are aware of value of these a PM would be much appreciated. Thanks for looking. Not really sure what sub forum to put this into. The white long bone is the bill of the shark with 1000s of teeth around it.
  3. Trip to Alpena, MI

    Last year i thought I was going to be able to get to Alpena. Michigan while at my daughters in Grand Haven, but I wasn't able to. This year, I will be there for three weeks, and so plan to travel across the state. So... I am wondering if someone would recommend a good area to go. I have looked up a bit about Rockford? and there is apparently an Evergreen cemetary with fossils along an edge, but the sources I found were a couple of years old. I have already had the experience of traveling several hours only to find a new housing development build over the site I wanted to check out...so I am trying to same some time, but find recent locations. In addition to hunting the Lake Shore south of Grand Haven, are there any sites near Grand Rapids to look. I have heard there are fossil banks on the river, but I won't have my kayak along this time, so I need firm ground. I am also hoping I don't have to dust off a layer of snow simply in order to check out the rocks. LOL. Thanks to anyone who helps.
  4. Tylostoma Tumidum?

    A lower Cretaceous Tylostoma tumidum, yes or no? I obviously did a little research on this snail. I picked this up is a in a pile of rocks from a quarry some where in Texas. Even with a chip off the top spire it's twice the size of a couple similar snails I've picked up.
  5. Coprolite?

    Hi, I'm new to the forum. I've always had a lay interest in paleontology and geology. Last week while playing golf in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, I spotted this unusual lump in the rock landscape around one of the tee boxes. My first impression was coprolite with a chunk of undigested something jutting out, I circled it in red. I assume it was delivered with tons of rock from a Texas quarry and I have found other fossils in rock landscapes on a couple courses I play. I'd appreciate some more educated opinions. Thanks.
  6. Somerset UK quarry ID

    I was having a wander in a disused quarry in Somerset (Stocker Hole, near Radstock) which is known for carboniferous fossils. Aside from one nice crinoid block, I didn't find much - but I did come across a large pile of rock which didn't look to me as if it were from that quarry. There are many quarries in the area, and it's possible that this material is spoil which was dumped in the disused quarry, but I'm not sure. Can anyone offer any thoughts on the ages of these rocks? The area is known for carboniferous rock, but also contains Triassic and Jurassic layers. I examined quite a few of these rocks and didn't see any ammonites. Not sure what this might be.
  7. Hello all... I am on a plane to coastal North carolina. On the way to the airport, a friend called and thought there was a quarry near Wilmington where they allow fossiling on wed and fri mornings. Can any of you north carolinians confirm or help me out? I am going to visit my wife's family at Ocean Isle beach. I did manage to find a crab claw on the beach last time we went. Many thanks, y'all.
  8. A beautiful and quiet place

    Two weeks ago I visited a very nice quarry near Gundelfingen (Danube) where you can find fossils from the white Jurassic ("Obere Felsenkalk"). From there you have a beautiful view and you can find nice fossils, for example sea urchins, brachiopods and crinoid stems. I was there about 4 hours and it took a time until I found my first sea urchin (fossil). They are rare there and you must have a healthy back and very good eyes ! Firstly some impressions of the quarry: In this topic I want to put my focus on the sea urchins but here are some brachiopods (Terebratula): Now the sea urchins; They are not that nice and often very shabby but I am happy to find those remains ! I think I have found more or less two types of echinoids: 1. Glypticus sulcatus: I have already find one on my first visit there: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/73558-my-newest-find/ They are mostly very small and its difficult to see them ! This time I found two: They are both about 1.5 cm long. Here is a detailed picture of the one on matrix: 2. Plegiocidaris I found only parts of those echinoids but I am nonetheless satisfied ! Here is the first one: It was quiete big but the fragment is 3.2 cm long. Another part:
  9. Anyone know what these are from?

    Found at a quarry in Eastern Ontario. We chiseled it from the rock at the quarry. Not sure what it is, we think it looks like teeth but we have no idea what from. Any help would be great
  10. New data for old bones: How the famous Cleveland-Lloyd dinosaur bone bed came to be June 6, 2017 https://phys.org/news/2017-06-bones-famous-cleveland-lloyd-dinosaur-bone.html Joseph E. Peterson, Jonathan P. Warnock, Shawn L. Eberhart, Steven R. Clawson & Christopher R. Noto (2017) New data towards the development of a comprehensive taphonomic framework for the Late Jurassic Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, Central Utah. PeerJ 5:e3368 doi: https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3368 https://peerj.com/articles/3368/ Yours, Paul H.
  11. I thought I would write a short trip report with some of my finds since I enjoy reading the reports other people make alot. This quarry exposes a layer of rock just under the KT boundary of around 65 m.y.a. in an area with an estimated depth of around 200m based on the fauna found here, in this particular location we call the chalk bryozoan chalk because the majority of it consists of bryazoans. When i went on the trip it was snowing but there is always an abundance of fossils witch makes up for it ;P Anyway without further delay here comes some pictures
  12. round-ish chalk things

    Found near limestone quarry St. George - Governor's beach area. Not the only one of this type. The inside is 6cm diameter, the specimen is 1cm thick. photo 3 is the back side. The backside appears to be a small circle then 2 stripes around it.
  13. Greetings. I am a newbie inside the world of fossil hunting and I would be very happy if someone could help me to identify this broken fossil I found at a quarry. I am actually living in the Balearic Islands were is possible to find fossils from the devonian to the miocene and the one I found is lying at the lower level of a coast quarry in the island of Menorca. This area of the island was formed during the miocene and is full of bivalve fossils like pleistocene Pecten. The fossil I have found looks like a robuste bone which is about 16 cm (6,3 inch) long and which you can see at the picture I have attached here, thank you very much in advance.
  14. Belgrade Quarry 01/06/17

    Is anyone going to the Belgrade Quarry in Maysville, NC this Friday? If so, do you have any info or tips? I actually read that it was open to the public this Friday 01/06 on the North Carolina Fossil Club page. I tried reaching out but haven't heard anything back yet via email. Thanks in advance! Holly
  15. The St.Paul stone quarry in Indiana will be allowing open collection on the following days. Be sure to wear pants, hard hat, and steel toe boots, however regular work boots are acceptable. Please arrive before 8am to sign liability wavers. Monday November. 21st Monday, November 28th Tuesday, November 29th Wednesday November 30th Best regards, Paul
  16. North Carolina Echinoid Bonanza

    I was lucky enough to be invited on a hunt to a southeastern North Carolina quarry for yesterday. This quarry contains exposures of the Eocene Castle Hayne formation and the Cretaceous PeeDee formation. The quarry had not been hunted at all since late April / early may, so with all of the rain we have had over the summer and from the recent Hurricane, I wa pumped to get in there. It was a small group of people, only 8 of us, but all experienced quarry hunters. After arriving and filling out all the necessary paperwork we headed to the first area around 8:30. This area was a small section in an old part of the quarry that contained a small but very good section of Eocene material. We decided to stay there until 11 and then move to another area. Well the finds here were awesome. Several very rare varieties of echinoids were found by several of us along with the usual common ones. Bivalves, gastropod molds and brachiopods were also found. There were also a few nice nautaloids found. But, no teeth. However with the amount and variety of other things that was fine with all of us. No one left to head to the second area unhappy. We arrives at the second area around 11:30 and headed straight to an exposure of PeeDee sand. For those of you who remember the posts a few years ago about the "Big Hole" by FossilFoilist, this is the exact same type of exposure. Echinoids and oysters galore. Many of us left from there and continued hunting Cretaceous piles, while others went in search of Eocene material. It was really a fantastic day. One of my best ever at this quarry, and I'm sure a few of the others also. Some of the items found ( sorry I dont have pictures of the others finds) were, Eocene echinoids ...... Echinolampas appendiculatta, Rhyncholampas carolinensis, rare Eupatagus wilsoni, rare Linthia hanoverensis, rare Agassizia inflata, very uncommon Maretia subrostrata, uncommon Linthia wilmingtonensis, Eurhodia rugosa ideali and depressa and a very nice Coelopleurus carolinensis. On the Cretaceous side I would guess there were over 100 Hardouinia mortonis found along with over 30 of the rare Hardouinia kellumi also. There were also a few Hardouinia mortonis emmonsi found, this is a subspecies of the H. mortonis with a higher dome, looks more conical. But the truly best finds of the day were 3 complete and one partial Phymotaxis tournoueri with attached spines. There was also an amazing Enchodus ferox tooth found, it was over 3" and an amazing and extra large Squalicorax pristodontus. lso C. auriculatus but none in great shape. All of my cleaned finds finds on my drying table.
  17. I will be in the Tampa and Venice area 10/26 -11/1. My husband is not really a water guy so I was wondering about any club trips or options to go on a fossil hunting trip on land. Any help would be much appreciated. Please PM if you'd like to keep info private. thanks so much!
  18. I joined in with a few others for a trip into an quarry in eastern N.C. This quarry is Oligocene Belgrade and River Bend Formations. It was a beautiful day for a hunt though part of the quarry was flooded from rains due to Hurricane Mathew and the rest of it was on the muddy side. The finds were not as prolific as I thought they would be after all of the rain, but still not a bad day. These are some of the better finds. All together ......... Croc teeth, the small one is 7/8 inch long and may be the best condition one I have ever found here. The larger is 1 1/16 a couple of Hemispristis 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch
  19. Hi all! I'm interested in visiting the Onslow and Belgrade Quarries in NC and haven't had much luck finding information. I know we'll need a hardhat, steel toe boots, and safety vest for either. - What time of the year are they open to fossil hunters (I believe it is only on Friday)? - Do we need to let them know we're coming in advance? - Is there a fee? Is tipping encouraged? - Does one have to be affiliated with the NC Fossil Hunters or other group?
  20. As I mentioned in my last post, the Cincinnati Dry Dredgers now have a members blog to record our fossil hunting trips. Last time, I blogged about the fossils in the Ordovician tri-state area (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana), and this time I start the first of a two-part series about the Triassic fossils of the Solite Quarry. Read about our favorite Triassic Lagerstätte here.
  21. Hello! My name is Brittany, I have just joined the community so please be kind to me. I have always been interested in fossils and paleontology in general but have an anxiety disorder so I never pursued my dream of making it into a career. I do still want to make fossil hunting into a hobby though and was hoping you guys could help me get started. I live out in the country right next to a quarry, I was wondering if this would be a good location to start.I have attached some photos of the quarry to give you an idea of the area and the types of rocks that are here. I live in Ontario by the way! I apologize in advance for my ignorance, I am simply a 22 year old trying to find a hobby that interests me. I'm hoping being productive outside finding fossils can help me cope with my anxiety disorder. Thankyou
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  23. I’d really appreciate any help on this: I just bought a couple of fossil specimens that were described as: Middle Miocene, Monterey Shale Formation. Tranquillon Peak ashfall grading into regular sediments. Rezner Quarry in Tempesquet Canyon, Santa Barbara County, California. The fossils were collected in 1999. I’m trying to find out anything more about the locality. Has anyone ever heard of this quarry? Does anyone know where it is? Does anyone have any suggestions for contacting someone who might know more? I’m not looking to collect there (I live hundreds of miles away!); I would just be grateful for any additional information. Thanks a lot!
  24. Trilobite City - Trip Report - Lake Cayuga, NY Nan and I wanted to combine fossils and fishing at Lake Cayuga, one of the finger lakes and one of our favorite places in New York but we didn't know if there were any fossils there. A little Google research revealed that there are a dozen gorges (we hiked at one) and several very good fossil sites. Our goal was to find a site where we could collect mostly trilobites. I called in advance the Portland Point Quarry which is where Cornell University classes hunt trilobites, and there are some cool trip reports online - however, the quarry staff said they do not allow collecting, for insurance purposes. However, they referred me to a salt mine down the road which graciously invited us to collect at a shale pit/slope where collecting is allowed. The upper levels are chained off and restricted but it's ok to collect at ground level. At first we thought this would restrict our finds but quickly found that this is "trilobite city" and there are quite a few trilos to find. The photo below shows Nan at the site. The first trilobites we found were visible in the substrate - you can see me pointing to one specimen. The substrate is extremely crumbly and this is one of those sites you hear about all the time where the trilos break into pieces when you try to extract them. The crumbly nature of the substrate allowed the pieces to be removed mostly by hand although to extract larger pieces to preserve trilobites intact required some careful hammer and chisel work. We found trilos in a specific zone where we used some geological clues to identify areas that included trilobites. In general, we found that a lower layer contained very small trilobites and later we discovered that a slightly higher layer had larger trilobites - not sure if these are babies and adults, or two different species. Here are some of our finds: The third image shows bits and pieces that we call "trilobits" - mostly cranidium structures, eyes, etc. that popped out of the substrate during collection. Here are a few closeups of individual specimens: These and other images are posted on the Fossil ID section and I'll add the species names later. This trip was thoroughly enjoyable. The concentration of trilobites made this an extremely worthwhile visit. The company landowner was gracious and welcoming. We found more trilobites on this trip than any other site visit. We also spent several hours in the Paleontological Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY - the Pre-Cambrian, Cambrian, Devonian and Carboniferous fossils - our primary interest - were eye-opening and some of them were stunning and everything was labeled, with accompanying videos and fact sheets. The fossil assemblages were especially striking. We hiked along a scenic gorge at Taughannock Falls (fossil hunting is not allowed in the gorge) and visited Ithaca Falls where we saw (but did not collect) some trace fossils. We would like to find more sites in the area and do more exploring. Many of the local people said "there are lots of fossils around here" and given the gorges and deep cuts in the landscape, this doesn't surprise us. Take a look at this photo I took of Taughannock Gorge - imagine the fossils lurking in those cliff walls! Based on this trip we would like to find more fossil sites to visit in the Lake Cayuga area and are open to any ideas anyone would like to offer for our next trip, later this summer. Oh...last but not least...just for fun - I mentioned that we made this a "fossil and fishing" trip...we did spend a couple of days just fishing. Here's a small bass I caught (we also caught larger bass). The second photo shows me fighting a 10 pound Northern Pike which you can see in the bottom right corner if you look closely - the pike bit the line and broke off but Nan was able to capture this picture of me fighting the fish.
  25. Derbyshire Quarries

    Greetings, fellow fossilites. I will be in Derbyshire, UK next month and plan to spend some time poking around the abandoned quarries near the towns of Wirksworth, Middleton, and Matlock. Has anyone had any recent experience at Hall Dale quarry, or the quarries near the National Stone Center? Any parking/collecting advice would be appreciated.