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  1. This is roughly 5', think there's anything in the middle perhaps? Gonzales TX
  2. Hi Folks, 2nd post. I came here to see if I could get a large fossil identified, but while I was taking pics I also snapped one of this weird, possible fossil that I suspect may be petrified wood. Here it is, sorry for my poor camera ability: This was found in some suburban greenspace area near Kansas City, MO. It has a very strong "linearity" to it, as if it was once a section of log. It might be petrified wood, but I'd not be surpirsed to find out that it isn't. For one, it has the linearity I mentioned, a definite orientation to the thing. But the details of this "grain" ar not as defined as I've seen on confirmed petrified wood. It is also suspiciously lightweight and soft, like sandstone, not very dense and hard as the other petrified wood I've seen. I'm taking the chance someone can recognize it. This last bonus item is not a fossil at all, definitely a shale-like rock, also found in KS, any one know what this is? It is strongly stratified, grey, with bronze flecks in it. The point you can see in the pic is of modern manufacture. Thanks for looking!
  3. Fossilized bone segment found in creek bed in NE Alabama... Found near sandstone and chert in a dry creek. Definitely turned to stone... Could drive a nail and also sounds like rock when tapped. Will also add pics of other side and both ends.
  4. Hello, I am new to the forum and seeking some information on what I have found. This was found yesterday in Manford, Oklahoma along the Arkansas River basin. It appears to be sandstone and several layers had fossil shells. I saw this in a newer layer than the shells are in and it appears to my untrained and ignorant eye to be a snake, a lizard, some kind of serpentine fish, etc... Can anyone shed some light on this for me? If you need any more information I will do my best. Thanks!!
  5. Hi This is scale fish ? Age:Oligocene ( Krośnieński sandstone ). Location: Carpathian mountain , Beskidy , Southern Poland. In this sandstone fragments outside the plant have not heard about fish. And this piece interested me.
  6. Hi, I need help identifying whether or not what I have is a positive cast of a fossil footprint. The "footprint" itself is about 5-6 inches long and maybe 3 inches across. The stone it is sitting on feels like a sandstone, but the "footprint" is very hard rock, definitely not sandstone. Thanks!
  7. Found this embedded in sandstone in Overton County, Tennessee. Does anyone know what it is? Thanks. -Dan
  8. Haven't been out to hunt much yet, but I am planning to go out this weekend. So far I know of four general animals found on my property from the Pierre shale (baculites, gastropods, muscles, and brachiopods or bivalves) I have also found some small chunks of petrified wood laying around. but i was wondering if anyone had advice for hunting the sandstone? I am aware of layers that have well preserved fossils here, but I haven't found a very good way of exposing them.
  9. Hi all, This is more of a geology question but the attached item is sandstone. I don't think sandstone is known for fossils-us it? Anyway the attached lines in the stone intrigue me. I was told these may be from a glacier. Someone said a plow but where it was found was never plowed but on a Native American site. Anyway , are these grooved fossils, glacial or man made such as abrading?
  10. Hi, Absolute beginner here. Recently moved to Eagle Pass, TX right on the border in south Texas. Noticed some sandstone slabs dug up at a construction site next door. Started poking around the area looking for fossils. Looked at some geo surveys and found this: "Cretaceous coal-bearing units in the Sabinas folded belt include the Upper Cretaceous Olmos and San Miguel Formations. Rocks in the western part of the map area are Jurassic and Cretaceous marine limestone, sandstone, siltstone, shale, and marl, and minor gypsum and anhydrite." Some photos attached. Any information or hints appreciated. Meanwhile, I'll educate myself as much as possible from info on this forum. Thanks so much, Craig Hyatt Eagle Pass, TX USA
  11. I was gifted a crocodile skull that looks to be sandstone. I got is home and my wonderful dog knocked it off the shelf and the nose broke off. I'm looking for some ideas on fixing it . Any help would be great.
  12. Well, without going into a lengthy explanation, yes, I found this in the Arkansas River about 3 feet under the bottom rocks and what we call the NTS (Nasty Toxic ..., unfortunately my rock hound playground is also a delisted superfund site). It took months to finally get it to where it's at now. About half a year in fact of fervent brushing and gentle filing with a diamond coated pen file. Acid has also played a major role but I'm at the point now where I can't risk using more lest I melt what I'm trying to reveal. Is there any readily available household remedy I can use as a protectant of sorts that I could apply on the delicate fossil material so that I can submerge this thing back into acid? Also, would Thyiglycolic acid benefit me here in this scenario? Thanks ~Noah Benzing Here is a view of the underside.... I'm getting close to revealing the actual teeth (although I have unfortunately destroyed one or two so far).
  13. I found these hunting for arrowheads in northern Upshur County. They were on the surface downhill from a knoll after recent rainfall. It's a sandy "red dirt" area, with what I think are some scattered hematite and sandstone or siltstone rocks and pieces. Are they fossils? I'm new to fossil and rock hunting. This is my first post
  14. Hello! My daughter bought me a fossil for Christmas, however, she did not find out what it is or where it came from. Any leads will help. The jaw is 5". It is in sandstone. It was bought in San Antonio.
  15. Hi everyone! I'm new here, but I plan on being an active poster. Geology and paleontology are my passions. I was out at Calvert Cliffs yesterday and the erosion is in full-swing, yielding many a Chesapecten. I also came across plenty of iron sandstone concretions. Everything I have read on the web is about the Navajo concretions in Colorado which are spherical. Obviously these are not spherical and their abundance at the cliffs in all manner of shapes and sizes is intriguing. I was wondering if any of you know how these formed? My geology professor was stumped (he has a doctorate in invertebrate paleontology, not geology, so I can understand). Here are a couple in situ inasmuch as this is where they landed after eroding out of the cliff face. I realize I am guilty of a major faux pas by not including something to scale these formations. One of the photos you can see my shoe so it gives some inkling as to their size. However, I figure you have plenty of experience among you all to know exactly what it is I'm talking about so hopefully this isn't an issue. I am really looking forward to some insight! Anyone who somehow has yet to acquire a Miocene bivalve, now's your time! -Allison
  16. I apologize for not having legitimate pictures but I will post more later when I have a computer. This is a large 9 inch conglomeration of shark teeth and bone. It looks fake to me. There is a hint of glue on one of the teeth. I bought this in the market of Peru.
  17. If anyone could help me out identifying the following I'd really appreciate it a lot... The coral is a little bit crystallized - petrified, I found it in a beach near Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico The black polished fossil, was a gift, and there is not a clue of information The shells are from the coast of Portugal, and the fossilized snail I found it near Zacatecas, Mexico The Sedimentary Rock, I can't remember where I got maybe because of the different colors and shape someone has a clue... Thanks again....
  18. Hey everyone, Recently stumbled across a few interesting pieces of what looks like sandstone (at least the outter part is coated in sandstone) on a hike in the santa monica mountain range in california. I haven't seen pieces quite like this before and was hoping someone could shed a little light on how they came about. it looks to me like an interesting formation of sandstone (perhaps water driven) but at the same time, part of me can't help but think it looks like some prehistoric petrified mammal skin or something. either way i haven't seen much material that looks like this around (i go hiking every week) so am curious how it came about. i found several pieces that all looked similar and that looked like they could potentially fit together (although most of the pieces were missing. and they all had the same concave indentantion on the underside, and that initeresting patter on the top. figured i'd post a few pics on here to see if any of you more seasoned hunters would like to help me unravel the natural history of these pieces. thanks in advance!!
  19. Taken from my recent blog post: Here's another of my belated posts on one of my trips last year. Me and my buddy Craig went for one of many trips to the beautiful town of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. From town, we headed East towards the small village of Five Islands, which has a Provincial park of the same name: Five Islands Provincial Park. Islands from right to left: Moose i., Diamond i., Long i., Pinnacle i., Egg i., Pinnacle rock Five Islands Provincial Park is a location that has witnessed several events, including a major extinction. Most of the rocks South of the park, towards Red Head and continuing on to Lower Economy, are of a red sandstone from the Triassic Period. These red sandstones from around Red Head are indicative of an arid, desertic climate. On top of the Triassic rock is a layer that corresponds to the Triassic-Jurassic boundary, sandwiched between Triassic sandstone and Jurassic basalts right on top of it. This Triassic-Jurassic layer is identified by its white sandstone and mudstone. The importance of this layer is that it represents one of the major extinction events that had occurred at the boundary. It is still being studied today. The basalts that top these sandstone layers South of the park and protrude West and created the islands, are of the same found at Blomidon and Cape d'Or. These Jurassic age ancient lava flows and dykes could have been part of an active volcanic network seen all over the Minas Basin. The Old Wife is a result of this contorted, violent past. The islands which dot the landscape are also mostly composed of this Jurassic basalt, and some sections of Jurassic sandstones. "Old Wife", with Moose Island in the background The red cliffs just North of the basalt and separated by faults is of Jurassic age. Dinosaur tracks and other fossils have been found occasionally from either the cliff face, or from loose rocks on the beach. A local by the name of Eldon George had found, among many other wonderful fossils, the smallest dinosaur tracks ever found back in the 1980s at Wasson's Bluff, sandstones of the same age and formation not too far from here. See Jon Tattrie's article. Organic layers within water channel Jurassic McCoy Brook Frm. (left), Jurassic North Mountain Frm. (right) But I digress, as I keep rambling on the technical and less on the practical. We arrived at the park when the tide was going down. We walked down the beach and was met with a thick band of fog that was going out the bay. Lava flows Heading South after searching the beach for agate and fossil fragments, the fog lifted and the Sun came out. We went around the Old Wife and headed towards Red Head. Fault running through columnar basalt Beach made up of basalt and minerals "Red Head", seperating the Triassic-Jurassic Blomidon Frm. (West) and Triassic Wolfville Frm. (East) Triassic Wolfville Frm. red sandstone cliffs Modern day trackways (crab) This area is only accessible at extreme low tide, so the window of opportunity is very small. Getting trapped or stranded is a very highly probable so good planning and looking up the tide charts before heading down this way is an ABSOLUTE MUST! This is one of the places in Nova Scotia that I highly recommend visiting, among other sites of course. =)
  20. From my blog: Back in August of 2012, I took part of a walk organized by the Fundy Geological Museum (FGM). It was in the middle of the week (Thursday August 9th, I think), so there wasn't any tourist or non-employee beside myself. The gang consisted of geology students and staff, led by Ken Adams, the curator of the FGM. Looking out towards Cobequid Bay Economy is located in Nova Scotia, East of Parrsboro in Cumberland County. From Parrsboro, you take the 2 road and head East, past Five Islands Provincial Park. Economy Point has many trails that are beach accessible, but the getting there can be messy with the muddy silt snaking within the bay. View of Five Islands (background) The rocks of this area are part of the Wolfville Formation, Triassic aged red siltstone and desert sandstones, a lot of it apparently sculpted by wind. The bottom part of the cliffs along the bay are of this red sandstone, and upon it rests several feet of glacial till from the last ice age that helped sculpt the area. Moving around entailed hiking up and down huge slabs of sandstone that displayed odd physical features. There are all sorts of trackways and burrows, but there are also structures that none of us could readily identify. Burrows? Plant traces? Toolmarks? Triassic sandstone (bottom), glacial till (top) Diplichnites (such as of a myriapod)? Natural caves Water channel Bird nests in the cliffs The further East we walked, the stranger the physical features would get. Even Ken was baffled by some of the structures we'd come across. Here's a few photos taken by my Blackberry and you be the judge. Can you identify any of the following? Bottom of a tree (?) Tree roots (?) Many of the structures are found on this red sandstone Worm burrows? These holes are so odd. At first I thought they were cavities left behind by plants, but some of these exhibit strange patterns around, looking bizarrely like projectile of some sort. Some of these 'projectile' show patterns and/or direction. Am I imagining things? After a long and hot afternoon, we turned back and made it back to our cars, pondering on what we saw. We were intrigued by what we had found. Was this unique? If not, where else could we find these? Any feedback would be much appreciated! =)
  21. I found this fossil near Rockford, IL in a creek bed. The native bedrock here is Ordovician, however I am pretty sure most of the rocks in this creek traveled here on a glacier. It's fossilized in sandstone, which I think is pretty cool, but I'm not sure what it is. A sponge? Stromatoporoid?