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  1. River mud find

    I am a new person and not a paleontoligist. While swimming in the Rock River Moline Illinois 52 years ago I found this bone deeply buried in the mud. There was much more to the find than what I could bring up, but this piece could be lifted free by unburying it with my feet. It was in 3-4 feet of water. it is 12 inches long and weighs 1.8 pounds. I would appreciate any input someone has time to offer please! All these years, I still have the bone and I do not know what it is. I have other photos but this site will not let me upload them. Thank You
  2. I'm still learning how to select fossil hunting sites. Unfortunately any of the common ones that everybody goes to is over 6 hours away and doesn't turn up more than shark teeth. Would the area I selected on this map be suitable for hunting? My concern is that it's sandy, but I obviously can't tell what lies below that or right along the banks. I would primarily be hunting in or near the water. Any thoughts on this location, or any locations that are within two hours of Biloxi, MS would be appreciated. Thanks! -C
  3. My First Trip Plan!

    Hi everyone! I just researched and planned my very first hunt ever tonight. I'm from Minnesota, but am currently living in Mississippi for work. It took some time to find the information needed in order to pick a few possible locations without driving five or more hours. Here's what I've come up with for my trip plan. All of this will be river/stream sifting, or outcroppings from the rivers/streams. All three are options, but Merrill, MS is likely my first trip due to the fact two rivers from the North converge there possibly depositing older Cretaceous fossils as well. -Waynesboro, MS (2hr) Chickasawhay River — Catahoula Formation — Oligocene — 23my - 34.9my -Merrill, MS (1.25hr) Pascagoula River — Pascagoula and Hattiesburg Formation — Miocene — 5.3my - 22.3my -McLain, MS (1.25hr) Leaf River — Pascagoula and Hattiesburg Formation — Miocene — 5.3my - 22.3my Potential Recoveries Expected: Shark/Fish Teeth Shell Fragments Inverts Snake Vertebra Echinoids Others washed downstream from Cretaceous period Thanks for reading! -C
  4. Need help with this one...

    We took the kids hunting in one of the creeks around Gainesville- found typical sharks teeth, ray barbs, etc then found this- I have no clue what it is- Any ideas?
  5. I found this odd shaped fossil in a gravel bar of the Cretaceous North Sulphur River in Ladonia, Texas. I have recently found fossil turtle, and I was wondering if it might be that. Any input would be appreciated. Thank you!!
  6. Hi all! I found this in the North Sulphur River this weekend in a large gravel bar. My first thought was that it was a Globidens Mosasaur tooth, but I’m just not sure. It’s approximately a half an inch diameter, has striations on the underside, and a hole in the center. The top side has been flattened, which if a tooth I am assuming is the chewing surface? Completely fossilized. No enamel. I would appreciate any input! Thank you so much!
  7. I found this in a river bed that was laying in smaller rocks. I'm guessing it's a tooth but I'm not sure.
  8. River Diving Northeast FL

    Hi everyone, I recently moved up to Fernandina Beach this fall. I've been having decent luck finding fossils along spoil piles on islands and beaches. But as an avid diver, I'd like to take it underwater this spring/summer. The only fossil diving I've done so far is out of Venice and some snorkeling in the rivers in Central Florida. I know that the current is ripping through the St. Mary's and St. John's and it is a blackwater dive, but I've heard of people diving them for meg teeth. I've got my boat and all my dive gear here waiting for the water temp to warm up. This is shaping up to be a mild winter so that may not be too long from now. Can anyone give tips on what to look for along the river? Should I be watching my depth finder for drop offs? Any tips for once I'm in the water to find the fossil beds? I don't expect anyone to give up their spots but a little guidance would be greatly appreciated. I know the hunt is half the fun. Also, if anyone is looking for a dive partner, let me know! Happy hunting, Anthony
  9. I found this very small mosasaur bone (part of the paddle I assume), and it has a very small hole towards the top. This was found in the Cretaceous North Sulphur River of Ladonia, Texas. There have been a few discussions on other forums whether this is a natural or man-mad occurance. Has anyone else here ever found a mosasaur vertebrae or bone that has a near perfect hole in it? I’m very interested in how this occurred. Thank you for your input!
  10. I found this years ago as well. I cant remember exactly where. I think maybe by the lesser slave lake area. There is some kind of imprint on the rock. Does anyone know what it is from?
  11. This past Sunday Mrs.SA2 and I ventured out for what was going to be my last opportunity to fossil hunt in 2018 due to my work schedule. Sunday's weather forecast was for upper 40s F, light rain - mist, 15 mph Nor'east winds gusting to 20 mph, 3 foot waves and water levels along all the rivers running double normal for this time of year due to all the recent rain and snow melt. Obviously, not ideal for fossil hunting along any of eastern VA's swollen rivers but it was the last day I could hunt this year, so we were going to make the best of it. Mrs.SA2 is quite the trooper and always up for an adventure. (I think she was just humoring me since she's off work from Christmas Eve till after NYs and plans on doing lots of fossil hunting with some of our fossil friends.) We hit the beach at high tide and hoped we would get at least some water level drop moving towards low. No such luck, wind picked up and waves started crashing the beach. We spent about 5 hours walking what little beach there was and found plenty of (several hundred) small sharks teeth, but nothing exciting, not even large broken teeth. I did manage to find a worn dolphin periotic, which are always nice to find and we pulled out quite a few Chesapecten nefrens from recent slides/falls, but that was about it. Nothing worth even posting photos of on TFF. Before hitting the beach we had discussed the cliffs being super-saturated from all the rain and recent snow, and the need for us to stay together and to pay particular attention to the cliffs as we moved along. There were even a few places we walked out in the waist deep water instead of under some nasty looking spots. On our way back to the entrance point, we stopped so she could put the teeth she was "hiding" in her mitten, into a plastic bag, as we knew we were approaching one of the spots where we needed to walk in the water. As we did that, 10 feet in front of us the cliff broke free and dropped about 4 dump truck loads of material and 2 very large trees down on the beach. Photo below from the upstream side. Thank goodness we were on the downstream side at the time it fell since you can see the trees covering the beach on the upstream side. Downstream side looked much more dramatic with all the cliff material, but smaller falls were still occurring there, so we went into waist deep water and moved around the danger area fairly quickly yet carefully. Eastern VA has experienced its wettest year on record and it's still going. We are forecast for another 1.25 - 1.75 inches of rain tonight through tomorrow night and 2 more significant rain events before years end. It will all be storm runoff as the ground can't absorb anymore water. There is standing water everywhere. I can only imagine what the Freeze - Thaw Cycle will do to all the cliffs and bluffs this winter given how saturated the sediment and stratigraphy is. This made the 4th cliff fall we have seen since March along various VA rivers.
  12. North Florida

    Hello,I'm looking for good Creek,rivers in my area not controled by wma been tickted already.i live in Dixie county Florida I had a great spot until wma showed up.i have kyak and ready to get back out there willing to travel.im trying to get into a hunt club to dig in there river by my old spot.i know about the steinhache, Suwanee, please help if you could thanks Chris any ideas what type claws?
  13. I found this tooth in the late Cretaceous North Sulphur River of Ladonia, Texas. I’ve yet to be able to identify this. Seems to be Pleistocene perhaps? Any ideas?? Thank you in advance!
  14. NSR bone?.....turtle shell fragment?

    Hello all! I found this during my last trip to the North Sulphur River. I’m thinking it’s a piece of a Cretaceous turtle shell. I’m not sure and I don’t like to assume anything. Any guesses? Also, are those marks from animals feeding on it?
  15. two vertebrae for ID please

    I'm referencing my books and gallery resources here on the forum, but I'll post these also and see how it goes. River finds from north Florida... Thank you in advance for your inputs.
  16. any ideas on this one?

    any thoughts on this would be appreciated. It is hard to capture with photos, but this fossil has a distinct transition around the circumference where it changes texture and shape. Kind of like you would see on the transition at the base of an antler. Thanks! Found: In a river in North Florida. Pleistocene.
  17. puzzler

    Hello - any ideas on this odd shaped item. It is perfectly symmetrical with the exception of the slightly fragmented edges.
  18. Horse jaw?

    Found this jaw and I am wondering if it is modern or ice age. I did the match test and there is no smell what so ever. Found in the Arkansas river in kansas.
  19. NSR mystery find

    I found this sticking out of a sand bar while walking the North Sulphur River this past weekend. I literally have zero ideas about what it could be. Any ideas?
  20. Just a cow tooth?

    I found this in a creek in north Texas. I’m really hoping it’s bison but it’s probably just a cow tooth. Any thoughts?
  21. Texas Onion Creek Molar? Other bone?

    My husband and I found some really great fossils in Onion Creek just east of Austin, TX today. Many of the usual gastropods but also some mammalian bones including this bone. The top of it looks like it's a molar, but the rest of the bone suggests that maybe it isn't? I'm at a loss on this one. Welcoming any help with IDs here. Let me know what angle or side would be helpful if I failed to get the shots necessary to narrow it down. Many thanks!
  22. My husband and I found some really great fossils in Onion Creek just east of Austin, TX today. Many of the usual gastropods but also some mammalian bones including this mammal bone. Welcoming any help with IDs here. Let me know what angle or side would be helpful if I failed to get the shots necessary to narrow it down. Many thanks!
  23. Hi! Its been awhile since I posted. I found this vertebra near Tybee Island in the Savannah River. Its about 6 inches long and 3 inches thick. Anyone has any idea what it might have belonged to? Thanks !
  24. I found this in the NSR yesterday, and it is very similar to a Tabulate coral I found in the NSR a while back. Here’s the discussion on the forum about that specimen: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/78070-mosaic-of-crystal-north-sulphur-river/ This one is worn a bit more, so I’m confused as to whether it is also a Tabulate coral or Rudist, but they have very similar characteristics. The sections don’t seem to be as square as Rudist. Any help is appreciated!
  25. Found in Jurassic bed

    I found this at the bottom of a cliff next to the river Severn in the uk, tip of the cliff is a Jurassic bed, anyone have any ideas what this may be?