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  1. Hazardous site and behaviour

    Today I had an adventure and I'm very embarrassed. I forgot to bring my common sense. I limped home injured and I really don't want to admit the story! But I will share this, because I really should have known better. I have always been prone to wander. I love nature, exploring, and fresh air. I am disabled so I try to keep my wanderings reasonable for my situation. Over the years I have developed some common sense approaches that work for me: bring lots of water, paper maps, phone batteries, sunscreen, and snacks. I tell neighbors my expected destinations and return times. I wear two GPS tracking devices which continuously transmit my location to family. So what happened today? I don't know. Maybe it's just that my mind is hopping with ideas and I didn't put them into my traditional framework. I did my prepack and communications as usual and headed out. As soon as I got to the water, I started studying it with a new eye toward collecting samples to request identification. I found an item and started toward it. Right away I started making mistakes. I folded up my pant legs to expose my calves so I wouldn't get my pants wet. Wrong! The shells embedded in rock are razor sharp. Then I grabbed a branch to stabilize myself as I went down the bank. Again, wrong! The trees in Florida are made to withstand fierce winds; they are neither sturdy nor stable! I slid down the bank, getting badly cut up, with multiple bruises and knots. The free flowing wounds went into the water, of course, immediately. Ugh! I tried to get back up by stabilizing myself on ... Yeah, slippery rocks. I have mobility problems and getting up was not easy. I kept falling back in. Probably looked and sounded like a dying moose. Anyone who saw me floundering and heard me crying would have thought I was crazy. Today I made every mistake. Amazingly, I didn't hear any shells crunch so that's lucky. I stopped for a moment to ponder my absolute foolishness as a small school of fish curiously approached my wounds. Then a new hazard emerged. This site does not have much to indicate people or animals come here frequently. No footprints. Banks/rocks covered with sheets of undisturbed and fragile lichen (old and new). No gator holes. I gently fished myself out of the river and went onto dry ground to investigate some strange noises I couldn't identify. There, in the woods, I found a human habitation. Not like an ordinary tent camp with regular homeless people. This place had mounds for each tent, carefully covered and concealed. There were concealed traps. There was bedding next to each mound, neatly folded, with no leaves or dirt on it. I believe the only reason I heard noises is that the occupants wanted me to know they were there. Anyway, no fossils today.
  2. Another local spot

    Hi Everyone, Now that RL is back to some measure of stability I'm exploring. Pa recently reworked an unstable road cut here in Blair county and some interesting material has weathered from the very soft Ridegely Member at the top of the Old Port Formation [Devonian]. With spring coming late I've located several other exposures of this layer and am excited because it is so easy to work (get the sandstone matrix wet and you can rub it off with your fingers!) I posted some unknowns over in the ID Help Section.
  3. Finds from the dust bowl.

    Well hello there TFF friends. I'm still new here so this might be posted in the wrong section. I just wanted to share my finds with the world... These are some fossils and or sedement iv'e found over the last week or so. I don't know scientific names but there still cool none the less. The purple shaded one in the first two pictures is the clam (I presume) it was under the shell. Some of them were found at Clark state lake in kansas the rest were found in the back yard. Thanks for checking them out and have a great day. (If anyone has tips on where this should have been posted or how I should improve my post that would be great.) newbee in action!!!!
  4. Turtle Shell Thickness

    I was wondering , if the thickness of fossil turtle shell is relative to the size of the turtle, is there a generic formula for estimating how large the turtle would be based on shell thickness of a fragment ?
  5. I got back from the MAPS fossil show and here's what I found. The Pleistocene gopher skull was my big find and I was able to add a lot to my Florida fossil seashell collection. The fossil hunters I got the gopher skull from also had a complete Dire Wolf skull (no I didn't take pics) as well as other Ice Age fossils they found in Iowa and Nebraska. I also found a fossil deer antler covered in rodent gnaw marks made over 10,000 years ago (goes with my Ice Age gopher skull). Attending fossil shows like MAPS gives the collector the opportunity to add something to their collection that they cant field collect themselves. Thanks, Mikeymig
  6. Florida shell - Pliocene

    Hi guys, I can't classify this specimen. Do you have an idea? Provenance Pliocene of Florida. Thank you!! Paolo
  7. Can anyone help me identify these rocks and whether or not they are fossil imprints? They look like trilobite shapes, but not sure if this is just a natural ripple effect on the rock. Found at Jacalitos Creek in Coalinga, CA. I mostly otherwise find sand dollars and shells in the creek bed.
  8. Hello Everyone On the second day of my school holidays my dad and I headed down to Fossil Beach in Mornington, around an hour drive from Melbourne. The cliffs at this site are part of the Fyansford formation and are aged 10-15 million years old. This spot is one of my favorites due to its abundance of whole, large and intact fossil shells. We always leave with something amazing. We arrived at the site in the early afternoon and had the whole beach to ourselves. During the first hour we found a number of whole gastropod and bivalve shells, as well as some horn corals. But the gem of the day was a 7-8cm cowrie shell that I found in the clay at the base of the cliff among the rocks. My eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw it. Unfortunately because It was in the clay at the base of the cliff It was exposed to the rising tides which had made it very fragile. Overall the trip was a success.
  9. Finally made it out to Purse State Park, now known as Nanjemoy Wildlife Management Area, yesterday. I had read that there was no beach to speak of at high tide, but wow! Low tide yesterday was at 11:15. We got there at 12:30 and there was already almost no beach! If only we'd gone when @RCW3D went two weeks ago! The air temp was a balmy 50 degrees, but the water temp, not so warm. Did that stop us? No. Did we get frostbite? Maybe. We weren't expecting to have to go wading when we left the house 3 hours earlier, so warm, waterproof shoes were not with us. We went barefoot on the chilly sand, wading occasionally, then warming our feet again. That way, we had warm, dry shoes and socks for the trip home. The only fossiliferous exposure we found, admittedly not going far north as we'd have had to wade waist-deep, was between the two trail openings. There is an exposure of the Aquia Formation that reaches about 10 feet above beach level there. The cliffs further north are much higher, but empty, so not a lot to look at along the walls. That's okay, most people don't go to Purse to look at the walls anyway. There were plenty of teeth to be found on the beach until our toes got numb. I dug a hole in the sand in front of the fossiliferous exposure and to my joy found some blocks of matrix buried there after they'd fallen from the cliffs. There was also a complete oyster hanging in mid-air from a fine tree root, three feet above the ground, that I managed to slide off without so much as nicking the root bark. Ha! As an added bonus, I got to enjoy the forsythias blooming on the beach! There are almost no fossil shells on the beach. They are so punky in the cliffs that they just disintegrate when they are exposed. However, I am optimistic that when my blocks dry out I'll have some nice specimens that I can eek out with some dental picks, paleobond, and patience. I also brought home a backpack full of micro matrix to sift. Never know what might be lurking in there!
  10. Help identifying these shells!

    Can anyone identify these shells that I collected from the Glen Rose Limestone near Spring Branch, Texas. The outcrop is around 110 Ma.
  11. Looking for an Invert spot

    Hey guys, I haven't been able to get out and about to my fossil sites this season, I have had far too much school work and regular work. Heck, I've even neglected the forums(sorry about that.) This is my final year...well, I'll probably pursue my master's but that's another story, anyway, I'm looking for an off the grid invert site. Looking at my fossil collection, the one thing it lacks is invertebrate Florida fossils...who would have thought that I would have too many vertebrate fossils in Florida lol! Anyway, if you have a good spot, we can trade spots, I can hook you up with some vert stuff, or you can take comfort in knowing that a Mosaic geologist owes you a favor.(kind of like an investment that will pay off big in 8 or 9 months) Just shoot me a message and we can work something out. -J
  12. Costa Rica

    I know that Costa Rica has a policy of confiscating natural items, so my plan is to photograph them. I read of a tourist attempting to drive fossils she bought and being charged with smuggling items of natural wonder, no bueno. That being said most I have found online is concerned with collecting and the prohibition of it. Does anyone know of any books about costa rican fossils and sites, books about costa rican geology, personal account, etc etc I have heard of some beaches on the pacific coast with petrified wood.
  13. I am talking about the bluish gray colored cigar shaped piece in the center of the specimen. I appreciate in advance your time and help. Kindly, Stephanie #2
  14. Compounded shells, sand and rock

    Hello. Can anyone help me to identify these types of rocks fossil? It was found on Indian River Lagoon Stuart Florida. Thank you very much in advance for your time and help. Kindly, Stephanie
  15. Trace in the Round Set

    From the album Starting at the Beginning

    Beach finds I'd kept prior to becoming truly interested and adopting this as a hobby all surrounding a trace fossil that was one of a handful of pieces found 4 months ago that turned me into a rock netd
  16. Trace in the Round Set

    From the album Starting at the Beginning

    Beach finds I'd kept prior to becoming truly interested and adopting this as a hobby all surrounding a trace fossil that was one of a handful of pieces found 4 months ago that turned me into a real rock nerd! I liked how they look as a set, so I framed them and hung them on my wall.
  17. Yesterday I stopped at a road cut that I had seen on the internet. The road cut is located on Dug Gap Mountain Road in Dalton, Georgia. To be honest, I do not know anything about this the age of this formation or the shell imprints that are in the matrix, which I believe to be a mudstone. The only thing I found were imprints of small shells and a live Georgia scorpion. If anyone has information on this site, I would appreciate it. Here are some pics of the area , the scorpion and my finds.
  18. Help identify these?

    These are pictures of three different shells that relatives brought back from their honeymoon years and years ago when i was a kid. Most of what they collected were ordinary shells, save for those three. What are they? Any help would be appreciated. I've held onto these for years and always wondered what they were. Here are the undersides of the shells respectively, in order.
  19. Help identify these?

    The first three photos are what I've always thought were fossils, they were given to me by my great grandmother. She had a farm in Kansas and collected them, but she didn't know what any of them were. Anyone here know what they are? Any help would be appreciated. I've held onto these for years and always wondered what they were.
  20. Name this Fossil...?

    I found this Fossil in a clay formation that had fallen apart the other day. I've always found pieces but never a whole one. Who is familiar with this shell and can give me some info. Thanks!
  21. Multiple sea specimens

    I love this piece. Every time I look at it i see something new. Although, I have no idea what I'm looking at. This was left behind by previous tenants so its exact location is a mystery. I live in Arizona and have found many shells just not like these. I'm excited to learn more about my fossils.
  22. What are these?

    I've always been curious to what these are. I've seen them in bricks and cement. Are they tiny sea shells? I found these in the river bed.
  23. My small collection

    My collection is quite meager compared to everyone else's, and most were bought, but I was excited to show it off anyway. I received two riker cases yesterday (though one was missing two pins, so I haven't put it together yet) to put my shells in from my Walton on the Naze finds. I'll need a deeper case for some of the other shells that aren't displayed. Other than the shells and the two corals on the sides of the knightia fish, the rest have been purchased.
  24. Hello esteemed experts, fellow learners and everyone else. I discovered lately, north of limassol, northwest of Amathus ancient city, 15 miles in, a 3miles by 1mile oval-ish rock formation, 300-400 ft tall, nice views villas and many nice fossils. I am gathering as much as possible, before it gets totally built over (sadly at around 60% now) So. I know what some of them are, or I could research, but why take the joy of sharing island fossils and the group learning opportunity go to waste? I have 50 or more fossils, 100eds of fragments, many concretions suspected to contain goodies, few nothings, and a lot of excitement! Any prep work needed was done with a small geometry tool with 2 needles (diabetes i thing) and custom made iron chisel, with a soft handle so that no hammer is needed. 1)big fatty 1/2 bivalve, 6x6x4cm T.B.C
  25. Help with identifying

    Hoping someone can identify what I found. Found in Smyrna Tennessee July 31 2017. Size is 2" x 2" x 3/8" thick Thanks