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Found 345 results

  1. Marine fossil ID

    Well, here’s another that we found today on the James River in Virginia. It’s 2.5 inches. At least I know this one isn’t asphalt!
  2. Micro shell?

    I recently bought some microfossil matrix from the Jasper Creek formation in Bridgeport Texas. Found lots of crinoid stem pieces, some about as big around as the lead from a mechanical pencil, lots of sponge pieces & quite a few Girtyocoelia Sponge ball and chain sponges. I also found what I think is a complete shell, but I'm not sure. Everything else is a tan color, but this is more of a brown & black. When putting it in hydrogen peroxide to try to clean some of the left over matrix of, it floated. So I looked at it with my DinoLite & took some pics of it. Both sides have 2 shots showing different levels & the "hinge" area. It's .5 cm at the widest. 50x magnification.
  3. What are these things?

    We found this piece of shell on our trip along the James River in Virginia, and were wondering what the circular patterns on the top were.
  4. Is this a fossil?

    My daughter found this in Austin, I’m trying to be a good dad and figure out what it is, any help would be appreciated!
  5. So I had bought from a certain online auction site some Lee Creek mine microfossil matrix a while back... I finally got around to looking over a little bit of it this evening. Attached are what I have found so far without any magnification.
  6. Shell

    I found a shell that is all grey rock. I would like to know what animal it is. I found it with a bunch of crinoid fossils. I think it's a shell.
  7. Mollusk Molds

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Molds from the Choptank Formation. Member unknown. Virginia Miocene
  8. Shell

    I found this fossilized shell during early summer while wading in Little Cottonwood Creek, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. The river was starting to slow after all the spring runoff. What type of shell is it? What period do you think it’s from? Do you have any recommendations for me to start learning how to figure out these things on my own?
  9. Hi guys, I have this shell fragment with beautifull paterns but it is somewhat encrusted in Matrix. Looking at the matrix in detail I noticed some symmetry. Vertebra shape. I need some input on how to clean this. My concer is that if the calcium content hasn’t been fully substituted with silica I might damage the specimen using diluted vinegar. Any thoughts? See pics below.
  10. Strange Marks on Shell?

    This shell was found in-situ in a late Oligocene formation. The site represents a shallow tropical near-shore environment in what is now the Gulf of Mexico. What is strange to me is the unusual marking on it that I have not been able to determine the identity of. I want to say that it is a bite mark from something, but I really have no idea as this is really not my area of expertise. Edit: I am not referring to the borehole produced by a predatory snail, but the scratch marks near it. I figured that it would at least make for an interesting conversation. The shell measures about 2" across.
  11. Fossil identification from Comox valley

    Hi folks, I found these two fragments on the Puntledge River in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada. These are from shale rock of Upper Cretaceous age. I think the one on the right might be a heteromorph ammonite and but I have no idea on the left one. Perhaps a thick shell? The pieces are about 5cm in length in the photo. I would really appreciate any ideas on what type of fossils these are. Cheers, Martin
  12. Hello again, I found this small reptile-like piece on the beach in SW Florida. Pics show both sides. One side looks like turtle shell so my guess would be a turtle scute. What do you think?
  13. Shells from NSW

    These are some shells found from a town near Mulbring, NSW. If you go fossil hunting these are what to expect, along with literal bucket loads of bryozoans. Good luck Also if anyone can further identify, go ahead.
  14. These were all found in northwest Oklahoma, near the Kansas state line.
  15. Fossil help

    Hello! Can anyone help me identify if this is a fossil? Thank you!
  16. Four Ammonites Need ID

    I have four ammonites that I cannot identify, and I hope you guys can help I got no information on their age or where they were found.
  17. Spinifulgur spiniger

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Whelk, Siphonal devexa Aperture view Middle Miocene St. Leonard, Maryland Choptank Formation Drum Cliff Member This is one of four I found in the fallen matrix in four days of excavation. It is the only one that I found intact.

    © Heather JM Siple 2018

  18. Spinifulgur spiniger

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Whelk, Siphonal devexa Aperture view Middle Miocene St. Leonard, Maryland Choptank Formation Drum Cliff Member This is one of four found in the fallen matrix in four days of excavation. It is the only one that was found intact.

    © Heather JM Siple 2018

  19. Chesapectin nefrens

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Collected loose on the beach in St. Leonard, Maryland middle Miocene Choptank Formation Drum Cliff Member Chesapectin nefrens is an index fossil for the Drum Cliff Member of the Choptank Formation, meaning that whatever chunk of matrix one may find fallen out of the cliffs, the precise layer is known so that other fossils in the same block can be identified. These are a very common find at St. Leonard and other places, but I particularly liked the coloration on this one!

    © Heather JM Siple 2018

  20. Mussel With Both Valves

    Excavated from matrix in the Chesapeake Bay, about 10 feet off of the beach at low tide. View is external on both valves, but hard outer coating has been lost to decay. Valves are pearlescent.
  21. Whelk

    Excavated from landslide material approximately 1/2 mile nw of Matoaka beach access. Found 4 that week. Two survived excavation. This is the only one discovered intact.
  22. Can anyone help identify??

    Found this next to a pier on the beach side of fort Walton beach Florida. It looks like a tooth fossil of some kind. Can anyone help me discover what this may be?
  23. Help, big gryphia?

    This came from Swanage beach, Dorset.(heading east toward the Old Harry Rocks) It looks to me like a very big gryphia at about 15cm long. Does anyone have any alternative ideas or more knowledge?
  24. Volute Snail

    This specimen was made incredibly soft by the surrounding matrix. The thin veneer of glossy coloration has worn away, but can be seen on this specimen, which came from the same 2 ft x 1ft x 1ft block of matrix that fell out of the cliff into the bay. Half a dozen of these were collected from that and one other small, adjacent block that day, along with more than two dozen other species. Layer originally designated Shattuck Zone 18. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
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