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Found 622 results

  1. BEACH FIND

    Went for a walk down the shoreline in Huntington Beach, California the day after a storm and found this. I have a video of it on my instagram, is there a way to get it here so that it shall pass admin gates? Sorry for the crappy close up of the conical shaped shell at the bottom.
  2. Bone or Sandstone with shell bits

    Found in clay soil, Cerritos, California.
  3. Fossil Shell?

    Dug this up near the shoreline at Caspersen Beach. Looks much older than any other specimens I have found in the area along the beach, which also tend to have much more color. The defined lines and ornate features certainly stood out to me the first time I saw it. Too bad it isn't in great condition, as the original shell could have been over 8" long/tall. Haven't looked online to research it yet, so I figured I would ask on here for some expert opinions!
  4. Fossil ID Plant, Shell?

    Found near Lake Vermillion, SD. It's a very nice impression. Would just like help with an ID please and thank you.
  5. Costal vs. Scute vs. Osteoderm IDs

    Location: Brazos River, near Brookshire, TX Found: Gravel, sand, low water Estimated time: Pleistocene I've been searching through info on scutes, osteoderms, reptile fossils, and types of turtle shell and plastron parts because we seem to have a lot of those in our area, but I'm having a hard time telling the difference. These are my best guesses, and I'm hoping someone can educate me on the differences. FRAG 1--I think this is a large turtle/tortoise scute fragment, but I'm not sure how to tell the difference between neural, costal, central, etc. FRAG 2--I believe this is an osteoderm (because it looks like skin instead of part of a shell?), but I'm not sure the type. Maybe alligator? FRAG 3--My husband thought this may just be a rock, but I thought it looked like a fossilized shell plate of a turtle. It's relatively thin. We see a lot of these on the river. FRAG 4--This looked like another osteoderm to me because it has a similar texture on top to Frag2. But it's much thinner and the edges are more defined. Any info would be a big help! Thank you. --Brandy
  6. Brazos River--Large Turtle Piece?

    I found this partially covered in sand and very shallow water at the edge of a sandbar in the Brazos River near Brookshire, Texas. I cleaned it up with vinegar and a toothbrush when I got home. The fossils in the river near me are supposed to mostly be Pleistocene, but I've also heard that there may be some Cretaceous period marine fossils. I tagged this as a possible turtle piece because that's what it resembled to me, but I couldn't really find anything like it when I searched the internet and this site. I have more pictures, including pictures from before I cleaned it, if those would be helpful. It weighs about a pound. Any information would be great. Thank you! --Brandy
  7. Hi everyone this is Matt again. Today in the creek, I found this neat brachiopod fossil! It has a lot of brachiopods all over it ! Here is a photo:
  8. Shell Made its Own Pedistal

    From the album Delaware Fossils

    A Gryphea vomer bivalve made itself at home atop the internal mold of a tiny Baculites ovatus cephalopod. The whole thing is about 3 cm tall. Found in the Cretaceous spoils sands of the C&D Canal, Delaware
  9. Storage question

    I have some Cucullaea gigantea mud impressions with shell fragments still left. These fragments are extremely fragile. Is there anyway to store or preserve them to keep the shell pieces on?
  10. Hi everyone this is matt again today in the creek I found a lot of nice brachiopod fossils and also a cool coral here are some photos
  11. Hi everyone this is matt again today in the creek I found a Mucrospirifer mucronatus, Mucrospirifer consobrinus, and Goniophora hemiltonensis and here are some photos
  12. I found the piece of shell shown below, which seems big to me, and was wondering what kind of type/size turtle it might be from. Would it be comparable, for example, to something like a modern giant land tortoise, which could be as much as 4 feet long - or something smaller or bigger than that. Not a test - just wondering how you might guesstimate the size and type of the turtle. Thanks. .
  13. Arc Shell

    From the album Aurora/Lee Creek Mine Micro Matrix

    Tiny Dallarca elnia next to the head of a sewing pin from the Pliocene/Pleistocene micro matrix of the Nutrien Aurora/Lee Creek Phosphate Mine in Auora, North Carolina These got much, MUCH bigger!
  14. So Many Minis!

    From the album Aurora/Lee Creek Mine Micro Matrix

    This assemblage came from one cup (about 340 ml) of micro matrix from Aurora Fossil Museum. Oddly, they are generally much larger than most of what I found in the rest of the matrix. They are all from either the Pliocene or Pleistocene. See album description.
  15. Hi everyone this is matt again today in the creek I found this rock with a lot of brachiopods in side it here are 5 photos
  16. Hi everyone this is matt again check out this fossil full of brachiopods here is a photo
  17. hi everyone today again I found another bivalve called actinopteria boydi and a nice crinoid stem fossil here are some photos
  18. Found this shell in bjärsjölagård

    Found this shell in Bjärsjölagård Sweden, Silurian aged. Anybody know the species?
  19. hi everyone this is matthew again today in the creek I found 3 neat fossils they are called spinulicosta arctirostratus, actinopteria boydi, leptocoelia flabellites,
  20. What is this?

    I am clueless as to what this is (more so than usual). It doesn’t look like the usual concretions. It doesn’t look like the usual shells. It doesn’t look like a fossil and I’ve never seen coral from Big Brook. It’s 1.75 x 1 inch and the bottom is concave
  21. Tiny Shell Forest (MN) Advice?

    Hey Fossil Gang! I was exploring the forest near my dorm and found a small area where the ground had a sparse layer of tiny, white, spiral shells. I'm no expert but they didn't seem like snail shells, I could be wrong. I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips for this situation. What should I do? I thought I could start by collecting some of the surface level shells and maybe even dig around a bit. I imagine just the tiny shells would be pretty common but do y'all think there could be greater treasures laying in wait? What sort of basic equipment/tools should I use? Any help would be appreciated! I'll post if I find something cool.
  22. My 2nd Trip To American Fossil!

    Hello all! This summer I took my yearly trip to Wyoming, and with my luck I again came back with several extremely incredible fossils! I found many less fish this time around, but I did find several more rare ones! I probably only found around 50 fish in the 3 days I was there. I found 8 Phareodus, including 2 juveniles! I found only 1 Mioplosus this year, the fish seems to be avoiding me sadly... I found 3 Priscacara, including a very large Priscacara serrata! I found an interesting Hypsiprisca preserved beautifully on an algea layer, also found several more Amia scales, but one of my favorite finds was a giant Amia tooth! (Though I suspect it to be gar) they said it was the largest one they had ever seen, and it is an excellent place holder for a future complete Amia! I also found dozens of shells! The shells especially the snail shells are considered to be one of the rarest components of the fauna, so it was very odd finding over a dozen! Including 4 mass mortality plates which each have dozens of shells on them! I also ended up finding an incrediblely incrediblely rare piece of bamboo, they told me that bamboo is rarer than a dozen stingrays! Speaking of stingrays, I FOUND MY FIRST ONE! A large Heliobatis that I split out almost perfectly! Speaking of rare finds, my absolute favorite find of this trip came as a surprise! Early in the day I found a very strange algea layer with several gastropod beaks, and I was excited as I thought I had found a Crossopholis. After having my heart broken I sulked over to a new pile of rocks and one my first split I found something very strange, a plate of small serrated scales! I did it! I found myself a paddlefish it's disarcticulated, but it still has a fin beautifully preserved! It's hard to describe the feeling of finding a Paddlefish and a Stingray the same day! I will be posting pictures soon! I will also be submitting my stingray whenever the prep work is finished!
  23. Hi everyone this is matt again today in the creek i found 2 nice brachiopod fossils here are 2 photos of the fossils
  24. Hi everyone this is matt again today in the creek I found a trilobite and a brachiopod in one rock here is a photo
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