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Found 63 results

  1. Trip Planning- Le Grand Quarry

    Planning a serious Iowa excursion for my Uni before winter hits. Was curious if any of you have done any rockhounding around the Le Grand area. Apparently is a site for exquisite crinoid plates. Just curious before I start calling the stone company and procure access/permits/etc. https://www.legrand.lib.ia.us/Library-information/fossils/crinoidfossils was sent a link to this by a contact at UNL...hence my sudden interest https://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/igs/publications/uploads/Em-04.pdf
  2. 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 the following ones. I think I have identified most of them but I would like to know your opinion. Thank you very much!
  3. For the purpose of this discussion I will refer to my find as an egg. Even though it may not be. I found this “egg” at a quarry in Southeast Michigan. I have done as much research as google will allow and still am not confident on its identity. On a side note I found another fossil in the same area that I am pretty sure is a type of brachiopod. Not sure if that would help with the identity of my “egg”.
  4. The second week start very strong,with a visit in a aalénian to bajocian quarry
  5. Today I joined a local club on a trip to a dolomite quarry (Ordovician, Galena Group) in northern Illinois. This was the first trip of the year as the rest have been cancelled. The quarry was quite massive, so social distancing was not a problem. We hunted in rock piles in the middle of the quarry (very far from the high walls) that were scheduled for crushing. It was quite a beautiful place. Besides some hammering, all I heard were large birds that were circling above. The fossils found here are pretty standard for the Ordovician rocks in the area. The Galena Group here seems to be a lot more dolomized than further north in say Minnesota, so most of what is found are molds. Fisherites were somewhat common. They were quite massive so I only took home a small chunk of one I broke up. The most abundant fossils were these gastropods, I think Maclurites. They were everywhere but rarely came out complete. Hormotoma gastropods were also present. I believe this is a cranidia of the trilobite Thaleops.
  6. Fossil ID South Africa

    I live in the Western Cape South Africa. I have found a few fossils that I cannot ID. I'm new at fossil hunting and identifying what I have found, so all help is really appreciated. I have managed to ID some of the fossils, sometimes rocks I have found. Found this particular fossil in a quarry site, the area in which I found it has a grey, clay hardend shale. I split the rock, both rock sections have an impression. The fossil is 45mm H x 1.5mm W. Help with ID please?
  7. Ukraine shark teeth

    Hi guys recently recieved these nice sharks teeth, the info on them was just zhotymyr quarry, Ukraine, I assume it’s Eocene from the species ( if I got those right) but any extra info would be greatly appreciated 1.carcharias hopei 2.odontaspis spp.
  8. Ohio Seashell fossil

    Amateur here; turned over a rock in our landscape for 20+ years, to find this. Obtained at Duff’s Quarry in Huntsville Ohio. What kind of seashell is this - strange circular arc on hinge side?
  9. This was found in a rock quarry just outside Austin. I took the picture before I joined this forum so I didn't place a ruler next to it. It is on a Limestone rock, 15" long, 7" high and about 8" thick. I can see from the edge of the rock there is probably another layer of matter inside the rock. Thanks for looking at it and any help you can provide.
  10. I went fossil hunting at Tillywhandland quarry on Turin hill, Scotland today and found a complete Mesacanthus mitchelli fossil. It is probably the best one I have found yet. Both the head and tail are present. The head is so well preserved you can see both the gill rakers and eye socket.
  11. This came from a quarry in Kankakee county near Manteno, IL.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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)
  19. 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.
  20. 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!!!
  21. 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!
  22. 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!
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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!
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