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Found 445 results

  1. Skull, Teeth, Jawbone, etc.

    Hello everyone and thanks in advance for any help or ideas. Earlier this summer my friend moved to South Dakota and purchased a home. A few days ago he was cleaning out a shed on the property and found a cardboard box filled with the fossils seen below. It is unknown if the prior owner had found these on the property or if they had been purchased elsewhere. So unfortunately he has no idea where or when these were originally found. Neither of us have much experience in this but obviously fossils such as these catch your attention! If anyone wants or needs additional pictures let me know and I will see if he can send more. I have included mostly pictures of the skull and teeth as I figured they would likely be most helpful for identification. It is assumed all these pieces belong together but it is possible it is just a random collection. The pictures in order are: skull facing front, skull bottom, skull side (close up), three different angles of the jaw/teeth, and then one pic of all the pieces together with a ruler to get a ballpark idea of sizing. Hope you guys enjoy the pics and hopefully someone out there has some guesses. Thanks!
  2. Here's another find I came across a while ago which looks to me like an intact oyster that has fossilized but I'm not sure on this. It almost looks like granite, but the shape is exactly the size of a small oyster - it seems to have some flakiness to it as well on the sides. Any thoughts on this? I tried to photograph all sides. If this was fossilized, any idea how old this would be?
  3. Is this really fossil?

    Came across this some time back out in the washes of Imperial Valley. Lots of small shells , oysters of various sizes out there's and an occasional coral piece, found by others. How old is this? Is it really a fossil? Seems like a strange kind of thing to just discard out there. I have found fossilized tube worm holes, even parts of calcified shells still inside. So, opinions? Thank you.
  4. I’ve browsed a few topics here and the work some of you guys do for fossil prep is very impressing. Its encouraged me to try my hand at some very basic matrix removal off a shell from the McKinney Falls area (very common). Im only about 5 hours in but I have to say I have a whole new level of respect for you guys. This takes so much more patience than I realized.
  5. My most recent Pierre shale find

    Here’s one a friend and I have been trying to settle for a little while. One end of the argument is that this is an unusual rock carried off the mountains by glaciers. the other end is that this is a heavily eroded bivalve.
  6. Shell fossil found

    We were looking for Herkimer diamonds on Mount Tzouhalem on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada again today. The area we were in had been blasted to make a golf course which never happened, about 10 years ago. It exposed basalt reportedly from the Devonian period, and there's lots of shale exposed. We were digging in the shale and dug out this piece of rock with a possible shell fossil in it. Any further info or identification of what it might be would be appreciated. Thanks.
  7. Invertebrate Ocean Beach Fossil?

    Hi! I'm mostly here just because I'm interested in fossils haha, but I was wondering what this fossil might be? It's approx. 3-4 cm (pretty small!), and I also found it on the beach in Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic). This is more for curiosities sake, and just because I find them cool.
  8. Shell fossil close to Austin

    Howdy everyone! First time poster, long time lurker and I finally decided to start sharing some of my finds with you guys and hopefully gain a little more knowledge in this little hobby of mine. I found this while hiking a river close to McKinney Falls and Austin. Fossil was found laying directly in the water, close to shore and slightly obscured by mud. I tried to take some clear pictures and would like to know if anyone can help in identifying it. Thanks you guys!
  9. Douglas Pass Colorado

    Fossils found at Douglas Pass, Colorado this weekend. Seed?, Unidentified leaves. Shells. (Elimia tenera and unidentified clam). Plant fossils were found near the Radar Dome. The shells were found at a much lower level.
  10. OK, so I'm a newbie and not terribly educated in fossil identification. I'm a librarian in Dallas, TX and we have occasional programs where kids can dig through some materials from the Aurora Fossil Museum in Aurora, NC. They collect it from the Aurora Phosphate Mine. So after the last program, I found these items and I'm wondering what they are. I'm wondering if the first one is a coprolite, because it kind of looks like poop! The four tiny teeth are interesting because it looks like 3 might be the same species and the thin one looks like it came from something else.
  11. Mastodon tooth enamel?

    Found this a year or two back while creek walking in Central Texas (Austin area). I always figured it was just part of a cretaceous era shell which are so common in our creeks. But I've recently seen pictures of mastodon enamel, and I've gotta say it looks similar. Any chance I'm on to something?
  12. Sharks tooth, or turtle shell

    I found this interesting piece on a beach that was very popular for finding shark's teeth. The specimen was found on the gulf side of Florida and is approximately 2.5 cm in length. There appears to be rings on the lip of the fossil and the "tooth" area appears to be made in flat symetrical layers in two separate stacks. A passerby on the beach described it as a tooth that had been completely worn down while to me it more resembles a bit of a turtles shell. any guestimates are appreciated!
  13. hi everyone this is Matt again the other day in the creek I found this massive 50 pound brachiopod fossil here is 2 photos of the fossil
  14. This little thing may be too small and too busted up to ID, but it's just really lovely. I'd be happy for any info. Found near Canyon Lake, Glen Rose Formation. Thanks y'all!
  15. Hi everyone this is matt again today in the creek near me the first thing I found was a fossil coral called favosites niagarensis Hall which is found in New York related species widespread in north america and the other fossil has many brachiopods in it and they are called productella lachrymosa late devonian New York and Appalachians and here are the photos
  16. Nice turtle shell

    From the album Macro Florida Fossils

  17. Found shell like fossil

    I found this fossil it kind of looks like a curled up tail of a crayfish but I’m uncertain.
  18. What is this?

    Hello, I am new to this forum, I just joined today. I am beginning to get an interest in fossils ever since I found one that was in a rock in my backyard. I need some help figuring out what this is. Here are the details. Two years ago, I found a small piece of sedimentary rock by my house, and this rock had petrified wood in it. A friend of mine who was a fossil enthusiast, (and unfortunately passed away last year,) told me that the rock likely was brought in from Bruneau, Idaho, which is near where I live. There are similar rocks there. About a week ago, I was working on getting the petrified wood I saw out of it. I was VERY careful, keep that in mind. The rock split on accident, none of the petrified wood was damaged, but inside where it split was what looked like a shell fossil. I was able to get it out intact, a picture is attached. It is about 2 cm in diameter. My Penpal wants me to figure out what kind of shell fossil it is. Can someone help me identify this? If you need more information, I will get it. Jared
  19. Scallop

    From the album Virginia Miocene

    Chesapectin nefrens Westmoland County, VA Choptank Formation Middle Miocene C. nefrens is fairly common in the Choptank Formation, but the level of sculptural detail preserved in this particular specimen just blew me away when I gently brushed off the loose sediment.
  20. Scallop

    From the album Virginia Miocene

    Chesapectin nefrens Westmoland County, VA Choptank Formation Middle Miocene C. nefrens is fairly common in the Choptank Formation, but the level of sculptural detail preserved in this particular specimen just blew me away when I gently brushed off the loose sediment.
  21. Is This a Turtle?

    This is a fossil I found on the bank of a creek in southern Indiana. I’ve long suspected it to be a small turtle shell due to the pattern on the top side. In addition, there are many nicely preserved patterns on the sides of and underneath the outer shell. I think this could be tissue or something that was fossilized with the creature. I’m no expert, so I’d love to know from the community
  22. First attempt!

    Went to Virginia a few months ago and came home with a few Chesapectin nefrens encased in solid rock. This one was only exposed as a ring of shell material in a ball of clay, calcite, iron ,broken shell and who knows what else. Normally I prep things with soft brushes, dental picks, a water pick, and very gentle fingers. That wasn't cutting it this time and I had to get aggressive. I spent 3+ hours with a rotary tool and zero practice. It's no museum piece, but it's not horrible. I could simply collect the same species, from the same member of the same formation, at a much closer spot, where the matrix is much looser, but I gotta learn sometime. Suggestions for next time?
  23. First attempt!

    Went to Virginia a few months ago and came home with a few Chesapectin nefrens encased in solid rock. This one was only exposed as a ring of shell material in a ball of clay, calcite, iron ,broken shell and who knows what else. Normally I prep things with soft brushes, dental picks, a water pick, and very gentle fingers. That wasn't cutting it this time and I had to get aggressive. I spent 3+ hours with a rotary tool and zero practice. It's no museum piece, but it's not horrible. I could simply collect the same species, from the same member of the same formation, at a much closer spot, where the matrix is much looser, but I gotta learn sometime. Suggestions for next time?
  24. Hello forum, Recently I went to Walton on the Naze and I found a nodule on the beach that contained many fossil, some quite remarkable containing a shark tooth, scales, bones, fossilized wood and many more things to excavated. At first I was not going to pick it up ,as it was heavy (20lb to be exact). But I was upset to find out that I walked past a large megalodon tooth that someone else picked up. So here I am and now have this lump of rock, I have soak it for some time, to hopefully stop or slowdown pyritization. Now in the next few days I will be starting my prepping journey. Will anyone be able to give me advice, as I'm only using Dremel's, I wont be able to afford any thing else as it will not be in my budget. Opinion WANT TO REMOVE THE FOSSIL WOOD! THE SHELL ARE CHALKY DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO TO STOP THIS FROM FALLING APART? AND PREVENTING PYRITIZATION WITH NAIL POLISH OR CLEAR VARNISH ? Here are some pictures out of many.
  25. rapp beach hunting

    Finally had a nice day at the beach, very early low tide, light breeze, manageable surf, clear visibility. Yet I found next to nothing. The highlight was a nice coprolite burrow, in great shape. I was reduced to picking up sea shells (don't know if the one shown is even a fossil, but don't see many of this type). Few teeth. Nothing big, but there's always that chance! Perfect conditions BUT we have not had a good storm from the north to blow stuff up on this southern exposure beach in a month. There were few oyster shells visible and the debris was mostly black wood and pieces of iron (probably from 300 years of boats/ships). I'm a pack rat so also picked up some 'whale" bone and a weird little bone (?)- like piece that I need to examine more closely. I'm guessing I need a new spot until the crowds thin out and the weather shifts from the north. October?
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