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  1. I collected some weird fossil rocks today from Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, what are they?
  2. portion of my collection

    a small part of my collection. I am into rocks, fossils, shark teeth, shells and more! Love hunting for such!! Deb
  3. Fossils or not

    washed up on Isle of Palms beach outside Charleston SC Upper left one has me dumbfounded. Would love to know if they are bones, what animal are they from
  4. Greetings kind people, I'm so sorry if this is such a noob question. But I've searched and searched but I couldn't find answers to these on internet. (kindly correct me because I feel I maybe wrong): Smithsonian website said licking dinosaur fossil helps in identifying between a rock or a fossil... But isn't fossil a rock in itself? Fossils are made because minerals get replaced and it's not possible for bone to remain in its original state for millions of years. So, it's not the original material anymore.. so licking a fossil should equal to licking a rock? In that case, licking should not work?
  5. River Drava fossil ID

    Hello fellow FF enthusiasts! So first of all, please bear with me, I basically just got into fossil hunting and my eye is not as keen yet, but I managed to have a nice hour / two outside and found a couple of different small finds, things buried deep within bigger sedimentary rocks, located just next to the river (some inside). I'm going to give some short info regarding where they were found and the geological age of the region I'm searching in. Location: River rocky beach (river Drava / Drave, southern EU). Geological era: Neogene / Neogene (-Quaternary) I will post some pictures, which are accompanied by a ruler in EU measurment (centimeters - cm). Like I said I'm no expert, but I will try to give some opinion on the pictures. If you are familiar with anything found here let me know, I'll be happy of just about any new knowledge and information that will be obtained Pic. #1: The way I see it, it looks like a 'Brachiopod' shell, but I'm not sure if it actually fits into the time zone. I would more likely say it is a 'Barnacle or a Theostraca' found in Pleistocene. Pic. #2: (three pictures of it total): I found this 'rock' already submerged in the water and by the looks of it it just might be a regular rock, but it's shape caught my attenion since it is very smooth underneath and seperated by, what it looks like, a channel of some sort? It's length is approximately 3 cm (1.1811 inch) long. Again, any info on this would be great! Pic. #3: No idea on this one. Maybe a part of a gastropod, like an inprint of the shell itself? Lenght 8mm (0.314961 inch). Pic. #4: Preety sure it is a gastropod of a sort, looks like the whole shell is solidly preserved. Underneath is also a small part, most likely a part of the upper and bigger shell. I would say it looks like a 'Neptunea contraria', but I can't say if it is actually from the Neogene period or something more recent? I would also like to ask for any tips how to remove it or at least not brake it when attempting to make the entire rock smaller. Also is it necessary to apply any substances to such things or will it survive like this, stored somwhere dry? That would be that. Like I said, it's not much but I was very happy to find anything at all. Thank you in advance for any answers and the time you will take to read the post!
  6. I was hiking with the wife looking for an old abandoned Train tunnel built in 1899. [found it.] I saw some rocks that caught my eye and picked them up. One looks like Ar Quartz and one looks like it could be crinoid's but not sure. Any help appreciated.
  7. Fossil riverbed finds ?

    My fiance' and I went fossil hunting by the river and collected some things . Does this look like a piece of a horse tooth? Can't figure out what the second picture could be though.
  8. Does anyone know where i can get a decent affordable air scribe for prepping? Something under $100 . Some of the ones ive seen are over that. Thanks
  9. Ahhhh, this curiosity of mine... I am so glad that the folks on this forum love to teach and help a novice like me! The closer and closer I look at a rock, the more fascinated I am by it. I found what looked like a "plain old rock" today. (IS there such a thing?!) I cleaned it and started looking at it under a magnifying glass. There was a little hole in the rock, so I decided to try to see what was IN the hole. As I examined it, I realized that it was a bit like looking into a cave in a hillside. How fun! Of course that just brought on more questions, though. I photographed one particular area from different perspectives and looked at it even closer. I am not seeing the fan like bryozoan fossils I have seen in my other fossiliferous (I love that word) limestone - unless I am looking at it from a completely different angle (a possibility!!). From one perspective (the one I am posting here), there are two pieces that seem like they might have originally been connected - kind of like a shell of some sort that has a part removed from it? Like the curve might be broken? But the closer I looked, the more tubule like parts I thought I saw. So, here I am once again... Begging your patience and asking to glean from your vast experiences. This part of the rock is very small - I will add another photo of it with a ruler to show scale. I can include photos of the entire rock but I am trying to study this one tiny spot on it for now? Thanks so much for your help! Edited to add: Found in Huntsville, Alabama. I also THINK I see some crinoid fossils elsewhere on this particular rock, if that helps with classification. From what I can tell so far, we are in the Mississipian age? Ramona
  10. Lauderdale/ Limestone County line

    I’m VERY new to this but have had some luck( I think). I had them all separated but with the storms came a strong enough wind that a piece of a tree that my husband uses in his hand built smoke knocked the leg off my table and boom there they went and then had to chase my protectors to get some back. Anyway, does it make since that all the different items would be found in a very small section of my yard. The dog house is farther away. It may take a minute to up load the pics. Of course if you want to help ID any I would give you a Dixie land, “Bless You, child, Bless You!”
  11. Rocks galore

    hopefully these little videos will work because I have a hard time with the pictures this may be easier for y’all to understand my question? 59223650294__99B2EC9F-02CA-48F9-B59F-077E7F7938F3.MOV
  12. From my Maine back yard

    While clearing rocks out of my garden I found two - this is one. I took these pictures with my phone - I have others taken with a high-end camera, but as I see things in these pictures I don't see in those, I'm going with these to start. They're from Moosebec Reach I think, between Jonesport and Beals Island. Since there were two together, I imagine someone found them and eventually dumped them "out back". That is all I know ... anyone???????
  13. until
    Baltimore gem cutting club's annual show. They have displays of gem work, rock, mineral, and fossil collections various vendors selling rock, mineral, and fossils. They have a scavenger hunt for the kids to learn about various rocks, minerals, and fossils as well as an area for them to gem hunt. Gem cutters guild website
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    Baltimore gem cutting club's annual show. They have displays of gem work, rock, mineral, and fossil collections various vendors selling rock, mineral, and fossils. They have a scavenger hunt for the kids to learn about various rocks, minerals, and fossils as well as an area for them to gem hunt. Gem cutters guild website
  15. Does anyone know what this could be?

    Does anyone know what this could be? Whether that’s a fossil or a rock lol I’ve tried to research around it but I haven’t gotten anything just yet
  16. Whiskey Bridge first time

    I decided to check out Whiskey bridge in college station. Awesome place, it’s beautiful. U can see where people have been chipping away looking for fossils. Cracked open one of these geode balls and found pyrite inside and found this large round ball that looks like a clam, gonna clean it to see what it is
  17. Fossil?

    My daughter is currently interested in fossils after finding the small collection I put together as a child. Whenever we get for a walk by our local river I end up with as many of these as she can make me carry. Are they actually fossils, and if so, what are they? Thanks in advance
  18. Is this a fossil?

    I have seen slabs of this kind of stone where I collect my fossils. Yesterday, I found a piece with a leaf impression and was wondering if this is an "old" rock and if the leaf impression is a fossil. (I do ask around and search online, but I get stuck often. Thx)
  19. How are fossils formed

    Going really basic here being new on the fossil game i wanted to know how a fossil gets created because i have read that the bone gets replaced by rock or sediments and they take its original form but if that's the case then we are not holding teeth, we are holding rocks in the form of teeth when holding a fossilized tooth for example. I don't really know so if someone could please explain to me if the fossil is actual tooth like it was back then or it becomes rock and the general process it would be much appreciated.
  20. Since joining this group, I've realized the importance of knowing what time period your fossils are coming from, but how do you do that? For example, say I'm out collecting at a road cut, how would I know when the fossils are from? I apologize if this seems like a dumb question.
  21. Here is another show that I visited today, I really had my hopes up high for this show and arrived 1 hour early to it's 9 am start time. This sale was billed as the largest sale that the Wheaton College Geology Department has ever held. I was 8th in line and by the time the show opened there were about 70 people in line. There were 4 rooms on the lower level that held the items for sale. Each person was given a ticket with a number and we were advised to grab a box or bag that was located on the lower level and place the items that the person selected into the box / bag and then write your number on it and pay at the end. I would say that 99% of the items for sale were rocks and minerals, the fossils were located on one table in one of the rooms. The information on this sale stated that the prices on the items were lower than rock stores, that may have been true for the rocks and minerals, but the majority of the fossils were very high. Regarding the fossils, there really was nothing to write home about. I did pick up one piece identified as "Columnar Stromatolite" for $10.00. One thing that I was surprised with, especially seeing that these were supposed to be items that were the property of the Geology Department, was that lack of identification on the fossil specimens that were offered. After I post some pictures of the fossils for sale, I will add some pictures of the fossils that the school had on display. Here is the piece of Stromatolite that I purchased. Here are some pictures of their displays.
  22. Today I went to two different Rock / Mineral / Fossil Shows today, I will post each one separately. The Des Plaines Valley Geological Show is a small show, but with small shows you can find some nice / different things, but that was not the case today. I did visit this show last year and posted a report and many of the same fossils that were available then were still available today. I will go back to this show next year to see if there is something that strikes my fancy (First time I ever typed that phrase- LOL). Here are some overall pics of the show and some of the fossils.
  23. It was a glorious day to fossil hunt. Warm with a soft breeze and still slightly chilly water. See, I had gotten incredibly lucky. I had gotten a connection to Dr Stephen Godfrey and he invited me to hunt today at a classified location (sorry I am not allowed to spill the beans). Our friend Mr Eric came along as well as MomAnonymous. As soon as we had gotten there, interesting things began to appear. Dr Godfrey began to point out things i'd never had understood without being told. At the bottom of the cliff face, Dr Godfrey pointed to a strange indentation and then told us a story about he and other paleontologists finding completely intact fish skulls at the cliffs, which are nigh on impossible to find. Then he told us that the skulls were a type of tilefish, which as some may know burrow through mud. These tilefish buried themselves in these burrows and they became a kind of tomb, which is why they stayed intact and weren't destroyed. At this time, the Hobbit (movie) had just came out and when Dr Godfrey was given the ok to name the species, he went from something from the Hobbit. Dwarves tunneled, and their mountain was named the Lonely Mountain, and Erebor in the elvish language, and the species became Eraborensis.
  24. Tonight I decided to stop by the Chicago Rock and Mineral Societies 70th Annual Silent Auction which ran from 6pm - 9pm. This was the first time that I have attended this event and since it was a rainy night and only 40 miles from home I figured I stop by to see what they had. Here are a couple pics of the event- Most people were interested in the Rocks and Minerals and not the few fossils that were offered, and I hate seeing fossils up for auction and no one bidding, so I did and picked up a couple items that I did not need. This first piece is from Mazon Creek and I do love bark, so I got this piece for $3.00- Calamites bark with a great cross section of an internode. Here are 3 pieces of Pennsylvanian black shale that contain Shark Spines- these are from Illinois and I forget which Pit they come from and they only cot 50 cents each. I definitely did not need this next flat of Upper Ordovician Isorthoceras sociale cephalopods, but I could not just let them sit there without anyone putting down the starting bid of $1.00. I wrote down $1.00 and this was the last table to close and no one raised it, so I brought them home. I was planning on collecting from this site again this year after the MAPS Show. These two larger pieces of Turritella Agate from I believe Wyoming were a good price at $2.00 each- one slab is natural and the other slab is cut and polished on both sides. I also picked up these 5 echinoids and 1 gastropod that were supposed to have been collected in July of 1967 in Salenia, Texas- I picked these pieces up for 50 cents each. Here are a bunch of brachiopods and 1 horn coral that I got for a few dollars, but I do not have a location or age on these, If someone can help out it would be appreciated @Tidgy's Dad @Peat Burns- I believe that they are all from the same location. I’m thinking maybe Devonian from New York or Ohio? Here is a small trilobite that may be complete within the matrix- unknown location. I picked this up for 50 cents as well as this other piece with multiple brachiopods, believe it maybe Ordovician Sowerbyella rugosa. All in all, it was a good time and I helped them get rid of some stuff that they did not have to pack up and take back.
  25. Help please. Complete beginner, first time hunting for fossils in Yorkshire, England (kettleness) I have no tools, just my hands and eyes at the minute Ive found a few ammonites which I would like to free. Thus far Ive watched youtube videos and googled only; they make it look so easy with just a hammer. My first attempt I broke the end off my ammonite and now afraid to try again. Please advise for tools and extraction methods? Also, how do I care for them once they are freed? many thanks!