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  1. I have been looking into Maryland fossil sites, and am trying to plan a day trip, but I realize it is Labor day weekend, which can complicate things. How busy do the usual fossil beaches get in Maryland? I currently have Purse, Matoaka, and Calvert Cliffs on my list Should I just wait til next weekend? When is the best time to hit the beaches? I am especially looking for a Ecphora gardnerae, if there are any sites which would be better to focus my search at? Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!
  2. It's definitely a..thing?

    Look guys I have a... well its definitely a something? Is it a plant, the top of a crinoid, a broken tooth, a really tiny volcano??? No idea. And as a bonus I have no idea where it came from either. It was given to me ages when I was a kid. So if you've got any ideas on what the heck it might be, I'd love to hear 'em! Thanks!
  3. Hi Everyone, I'm very new to fossil hunting and was considering going down to Cory's Lane in RI as it's only about 40 minutes from me. I scoped the place out on Google Maps and have some questions for anyone that's hunted there. Do you need a permit to fossil collect in RI? It looks like you can't collect in state parks, but I don't think this area is a state park. I'm actually not even sure if it's town property or private? Google wasn't much help and I'm not really sure which department it would fall under to go through state websites. Are people actually allowed to go along the water edge to collect, or is it all private property and we hope no one notices? It looks like there is a residential area and then a school further up the shore line. I don't want my first experience doing this (out of state, no less) to put me on the wrong end of the law. How's the parking situation there, the lot looks very small, like maybe 4 cars max. Are you allowed to park on the street if there's room? I didn't notice any signs when I street viewed the area. I was considering having a family member come with me and they drive an SUV compared to relatively small hatchback. Is anyone here a member of RIMH? Is the club active, is it worth joining if I can, I live in MA? Thanks for any info!
  4. Any info on this .....mushroom?

    I found this in my garden when I was digging out an invasive weed. I was keeping some interesting stones in a separate pile to add to stone edging I have around a garden bed. I saw it, and even covered in soil, it looked interesting. I removed some dirt and saw it was really lovely. At first I thought it would be porcelain. After I removed more dirt I realized that it isn’t. Both sides are truly beautiful. It looks like a mushroom to me - the detail is amazing! I don’t know anything about things like this but came across your website as I was trying to find out more about my find. Any help and advice you can give would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
  5. In my backyard, I found this rock that was uncovered by recent rainstorms. It has strange "zig-zag" marks along some of the sides, and looks to be porous. I cleaned it off and did a tongue test, and the majority stuck to my tongue. The part that didn't was the noticeably smooth part shown in what I believe to be the 6th photo. My question: Is this just a rock, or could it be something else?
  6. I have a bit of money to spare at the moment and was just wondering other than independent sellers what are some good/trusted websites where I can buy fossils from?
  7. Hi All: I’m new to fossil collecting. Today my wife and I rode out to Haywood Landing, NC for an adventure. I didn’t know where the fossils were to be found other than something I read “100 yards east of the boat dock there is a trail - follow that down and you will see the formation” or something along those lines. Well - we got the boat dock parking lot - found a trail down the road from there and walked it for a long time it never went down but circled around to the road. It was a very nice walk (unless you are looking for fossils). Eventually went back to the parking lot and I went down an embankment and found a few shells. Could someone kindly tell me where to go starting from the boat dock parking lot? many thanks Ken
  8. Fossil ID

    Have been doing some fossil exploration in Oklahoma and found the following. Would welcome any help in the ID. Thank you.
  9. I searched every body of water on Rockd to see any sedimentary deposits that are near me; there is nothing. Everything is metamorphic, but then I came across Lytle Creek. I wen't on the map on Rockd and checked and it said something about sediment deposits. The info was too confusing; I couldn't find any easier info.
  10. What is a blastoid?

    Can someone explain to me what a blastoid is? Britannica was absolutely useless and so I turned to here for a better explanation. Are they related to crinoids in any way?
  11. Paleontological tests?

    Hi, For the course I'm doing in biology, I have to perform an experiment or study in which something can be measured, and then complete a write up of it. I want to do something palaeontological for this, but my teachers said no study could be done without having to damage fossils. (I am allowed to consult experts for this coursework) Does anyone have any ideas for a method that wouldn't involve damaging the fossils? I am planning to those supplied by my place of education, and some from my own collection. Thanks!
  12. I collected these at Shark Tooth Hill quite a few years back. Pretty sure the big one in a pinniped (Allodesmus?) limb bone of some sort, but not sure which one? The fish vert I'm guessing came from something pretty large too. Any insights or comments will be appreciated.
  13. Dino egg?

    Going thru my box of geodes and found what possibly could be Dino egg...need help to identify this fossil...found this in northern Iowa in my husband’s grandmother’s rocks outside in her flower bed...may not originally be from Iowa. Approximate Measurements: 5” long. 10.1cm wide 4” wide. 7.6cm wide
  14. Any ideas what this is ?

    I found this one in the same location of a few other confirmed fossils, is it just a rock or should I investigate this further?
  15. I am pretty sure that this is a fake but mind if I get some opinions? Thanks! Here’s some pictures. https://imgur.com/gallery/GipDlU3 https://imgur.com/gallery/Ua7bFVV https://imgur.com/gallery/6X5VBVH
  16. Glue!

    What glue do you recommend for fixing broken fossils?. The one i currently use is called gorilla glue but i'd like a colourless one.
  17. Trilobite question

    I know that Metacanthina is now called Hollardops but I have a Hollardops that has a spine right on the center of the cephalon where it meets the thorax. Is this a Hollardops or something else.Thank anyone for advice.
  18. Okay so I found this specimen at the Taughannock Falls in Ithaca New York. I found it at the edge of the gorge which consists of Shale, composed of slit and clay that fell onto lime mud and hardened into rock. I've done some research and it appears to be a Brittle star trace fossil formed by their arm grazing the sand floor. Although, these Brittle Star fish traces are known as "Pteridichnites biseriatus" and they have only been discovered so far in upper Devonian shales out in western and eastern Virginia. I'm not an expert but to my knowledge the Ithaca geological formation is Devonian and was slowly covered by sand. Is it possible that the Brittle Star fish once roamed in the ancient sea now known as "Taughannock falls" today? Because a research team is trying to find this specimen and they are wondering if anyone has discovered it. Edit: Im referring to the dotted trackway. check this link out for more information. http://www.wvgs.wvnet.edu/www/news/Pteridichnites.htm
  19. I have a dinosauromorph foot print is it rare? I will upload photos of my collection when I get home later today so stay updated.
  20. Came across this piece of petrified wood awhile back and was just noting the odd red markings in the second photo. Any idea what would cause such unique markings on petrified wood? I've never seen such before...
  21. I don’t know if this question is in the right place, I’m sorry. I’m not asking because I want to sell anything. But.... I was browsing the member trade section and noticed y’all do a secret Santa, (HOW FUN!!) the rules state that the gifted fossil’s value should be worth approximately $30 that got me wondering.... how would you even go about estimating the monetary value of a fossil you find yourself? I’ve been fortunate to find very beautiful things but to me they don’t have a for sale value so I wouldn’t know where to start in my collection to find one that is about a “$30 fossil” lol Sorry, is this the dumbest question I’ve posed yet?
  22. Weird stuff/cool stuff

    I have some pictures of weird creatures that I had been collecting online(pictures, not creatures), but never getting around to anything with them, and I keep having to delete them to make room, so I figured I'd just make a thread dedicated to the idea, instead of a thread each time there's a crazy knew whatever I come across. Please feel free to give any info or thoughts, answers or questions about anything brought up, and if there's any weird or particularly cool creature you want to mention, go ahead and post about it, preferably with a picture. it's ok if you don't have a picture, for instance someone might not even know what it's called, and can only describe it some. go right ahead and bring up something new anytime, or to bring something from earlier back up, even if it hasn't been talked about in awhile. If you're posting about something that's not currently being talked about, just be sure to either start by quoting something about it from before, or just preface your post with what thing you're talking about, that way people will know what you're talking about, and won't get confused. If something is getting heavy discussion, anyone can start a new thread to move discussion of that creature over, to make it easier, but if you do, make sure you post the link to the new discussion thread, for everyone! *to avoid confusion, if you're not continuing the discussion from the previous post, just be sure to refer to what you're talking about.
  23. Broken woolly Rhino skull, Need Help!!!

    Hi guys, Recently I ordered a partial wooly rhino skull and as you could imagine I was on the brink of tears when it arrived. I ordered from overseas and someone must have dropped the box or something? but I am contacting the seller to see if I could get a partial refund (but I have my doubts). So I am trying to be positive and make this my "not so little" prep project, there is one problem though. I have no idea what I'm doing! (I don't even know if It's salvageable) So this is where you amazing people come in. I would love to get this looking as original as possible and was wondering if there was a product for that, or if I could just use household items, Or maybe there's some other solution that is foreign to me? Anyway, I would love to here every idea and any advice you've got. I have taken some pictures that are listed below, the last two are it in the condition before it was sent. If you need any more pictures to refer to, Please! contact me otherwise thanks for taking the time to read this and hope to hear from you soon. Thanks so much, Ryan.
  24. Hello everyone, I am in desperate need of help with a huge debate I have been having with a friend over fossils preserved in ironstone concretions. From some of what I had read to some advice from other members I it possible to find vertebrate bone among shells and other mollusks preserved in an ironstone concretion. Whether it leaves a trace of the organism, morphs the organic material into the structure of the iron concretion through the decomposition with preserving, or whatever else it may be it seems to be possible. So recently I have hunted a place known to have recorded marine cretaceous shell and other mollusk found in ironstone concretion as well as cretaceous plants in shale, it seems like not to vast of enough study has been done there only from what I know, but since no vertebrate material had yet been discovered there though there can maybe be the possibility. I found these two particularly distinct pieces in iron concretions that exactly mimic the scute structure of soft shell turtle and croc in my opinion, I know how iron concretions are famous for leaving psuedofossils and such but these two pieces look way to exact and since its possible for shells and mollusks to preserve why not scutes? So I am here looking to end this debate, I'm looking for your opinion, can these be labeled as fossils, traces, etc? Or are these among some of the world's best iron concretions and nothing more. Your input especially if you are very experience in this subject would be tremendously appreciated.
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