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  1. Hello fellow TFF Members! Just yesterday evening I was searching a small creek bed in Homewood, IL when I stumbled upon these two interesting finds. I am wondering if some expert could help identify them and/or tell me if there is any way of cleaning the majority of dirt off them, perhaps even tell me if I should prep them at all, because there is a strange fossil in one of the two that goes inside the limestone. Thanks!
  2. I dug this out of the shale rock beach by Georgian Bay, Ontario Canada, and I can't seem to identify this fossil. 450 myo. It seems to have a tail that would have been covered in overlapping shells, which turns into something that looks similar to an abdomen. Quarter for scale.
  3. My mom and I are in town for one more day in Jacksonville NC and would love to find some way to look at Camp Lejune for shark teeth! If no luck with that, does anyone want to meet up or go looking for fossils/teeth for the day..?!
  4. Hello! These are from McHenry County, in Northern Illinois. About 40 years ago, they dug a pond near my house. When they got about 15' down, the excavator started bringing up large logs (they seemed like whole trees,) and lots of smelly gray clay full of shells, wood, and pine cones. The explanation I heard back in the day was about 10,000 years ago, the glacier came through and buried everything. The pictures show some of the items I collected back then. I've gotten curious about them again and figured someone here might know about this kind of thing. My questions are Fossil doesn't seem like the correct term... What do you call these? Does the glacier buried everything story hold up? How unusual is this? I'd appreciate any insight you have. Thanks in advance! Kim
  5. A friend of mine wanted to try collecting fossils, so i took him to deer lake yesterday. i havent been there since the road expansion. but, even though he found some fossils and was happy, i was pretty disappointed since the area changed so much and collecting is alot harder. the larger chuncks better collecting areas are no longer there, alot of stuff has been moved and covered. and alot that is there now has been so exposed that as soon as you touch it, it just crumbles into millions of pieces. collecting there is alot harder, but stuff is still there. Found alot of pyrited material this time, and the coolest piece i found was a very nice spiral shell. lots of conglomerate pieces with multiple fossils. my friend found a huge clam fossil with both sides still attached it was pretty nice. ill post some pics, if you know any names for me to id them fire away, and thanks.
  6. Stopped at a roadcit between Rankin and McCamey TX to take a quick look. Hauled some rocks home and started busting into them. I'm not sure of the age but it is in limestone. The maps I have looked at make me think Cretaceous but to be honest I hesitate even saying that.
  7. 1. First one is a Spirifer i think, but dont know which kind, sorry forgot something for scale size, its a little under 3/4 inch. 2. Some type of shell 3. Some type of shell 4. Another type of shell 5. ( pictures 5-6-7) A conglomerate with alot of different types of material, ive tried taking like 20 pictures but couldnt get better detail. 2 things i think that weird the most i have marked in last picture, but if i could get better detail you would see. but i cant so had to draw as best i could. top marked area looks almost like scaled lzard skin, and its folded also going 90 degrees not all flat. the bottom circle marked is really detailled and has a bunch of lines almost fingerprint like. 6. (pictures 8-9-10-11) A cavity in the rock with spongy like material, both big pieces were conected together but broke in half, pictures 10-11 show a little piece that was connected and broke off, but shows some detail. 7. I believe crinoid, but never seen this type pictured? 8. Is this crinoid?
  8. This is my round 2, of things i found, and helping me properly name and catalog them. First picture, i think is some kind of coral? 2nd picture - Coral also maybe? kinda looks like little suction cup suckers? 3rd picture - Some kinda spiral shell? 4th picture - Another type of shell 5th picture - probally some type of clam shell, i was excited at first and thought it was a crab top shell. 6th picture - I find alot of these types, a shell of some kind? 7-8-9 - This one is weird, looks like some kind of shell, but then looks almost like it has teeth or little legs. Really want to know what this is? (Deer Lake, Pa.) 10th picture - I found this in a secret spot in St Clair, Pa., looks to me like a segment of a fossilized tree, its round, totally flat on top n bottom, and looks like striations lines in bark? if im right anyway knowing type of tree? Thanks in advance to anyone who helps out, i'll just list round one and two for now, till i get some answers, and if i get anywhere with answers i will post some more, thanks all. Paul.
  9. Hi everyone this is matt again can anyone tell me what these small shells are in this fossil here here is a photo
  10. As mentioned in my first post titled Florida 1, my intent is to show "northerners" what the great state of Florida has to offer them. In this last posting, I may make Floridians moan and groan as I will be showing fossils of sea shells. To most locals, they mean very little. As digit put it in a recent post by Monica, "Familiarity breeds contempt. Marine fossils are so common.... that we pave roads with them. It may seem sacrilegious, but most fossil shells are so common they are devalued to the point of just being limestone fill." So if you are from Florida, please don't disregard this topic, for I need your expertise in identifying my unknown road material. For those up north, enjoy!!!! I have learned locally in Minnesota, that when construction takes place and one sees mounds of broken rock, it should be investigated. Many great specimens are found in the heaps of rubble. I took this concept to Florida with me and discovered quickly that digit was right. Florida does pave roads with fossils. Many of the piles of "rock" along some construction sites that I visited were 99% shells. It was hard to find anything in these piles except shells!!! And to think of what was to become of these. Its kinda like Montana paving their roads with dinosaur bones!!! What impressed me was the variety of specimens found within a mound, and so well preserved. It made beach hunting of modern day shells seem boring!! When looking at my pictures, keep in mind, I spent little time searching construction sites. It was only when my wife gave me the "honey do" list that I snuck in 5 minutes of fossil hunting on the way to the store. \ These are cute little gastropods covered in coral!
  11. If anyone interesting for these shells from photo, please contact me. There ia also posible to get big collection of shells ( pliocen-miocen) USA,Europe
  12. This is a great I.d. site
  13. WHAT WE LEARNED IN OUR FIRST FOSSIL HUNTING SUMMER This is a short recap of what we learned on our fossil trips this summer, in our first 3 months as very new fossil collectors. This week, Nancy and I gave a slide presentation on our summer fossil hunting experiences, to the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society. We didn't realize it ourselves but in 3 months we visited 8 sites in Pennsylvania and New York including: Antes Creek, Deer Lake, Red Hill, Juniata County, McIntyre Mountain, Montour and St. Clair in Pennsylvania, and a very productive trip to Tully, NY. We visited St. Clair 4 times, which has become our home site. At St. Clair, we were astonished by the diversity of species - we collected well articulated samples of more than a dozen species including: Alethopteris, Annularia, Asterophyllites, Cordaites, Cyclopteris, Eusphenopteris, Lepidophylloides, Neuropteris, Odontopteris, Pecopteris, Sphenophyllum, Sphenopteris, and numerous Seeds, Bark, Roots. Most notably - I learned to pronounce all of these without stuttering! At St. Clair, we spent one trip looking exclusively for seeds trigonocarpus), and one trip looking just for roots (stigmaria). Our most significant finds have included very large (2 foot long) display pieces covered with well articulated orange ferns, an alethopteris seed attached to a leaf stem, and many Carboniferous leaves that have different shapes from traditional ferns. What we learned this summer has really helped us find some interesting fossils - here are a few things we did that helped a lot: 1. DOING OUR HOMEWORK. It helped to study each site in advance using Internet websites and books on fossils (Dave's "Views of the Mahantango" and "Louisville Fossils" are among the best, imho). Several universities also have great educational sites that bring each era to life in very creative and interesting ways, with lots of illustrations and photos. I like the UC-Berkeleyand University of West Virginia websites. 2. LEARNING FROM TRIP REPORTS. We read trip reports from other groups and individuals to see what they reported - sometimes this helps us stumble across new places to visit such as the site at Tully, NY and Deer Lake. 3. SETTING GOALS AND TARGETS FOR EACH TRIP. For each trip, we establish specific goals - for example we may look for seeds, or roots at St. Clair, or trilobites or shell assemblages at a Devonian site. Our interest right now is in looking for things that are scarce or rare, and fossils that are extremely well articulated (which is also rare!). We also like solving puzzles so eventually we would like to find things that help add to the fossil record in areas where there are still questions or missing links. 4. DISPLAYING WHAT WE FIND. Personally, Nancy and I like collecting larger fossils that we can display in mounts and frames, and we are also looking for larger pieces that we can display like sculptures - we have a few pieces that we drilled holes in, inserted wooden dowels that we stained, and then drilled/inserted the dowels in wooden trophy bases - all available from a craft store. This allows us to display thicker fossils esp. assemblages, like sculptures, and you can turn them around and look at all sides when they are mounted like this. 5. WE AVOID FOSSIL HORDING. We both agreed that we would NOT become "fossil horders" putting hundreds of rocks in boxes and sticking them away in the basement or garage - instead, we focus on finding display-quality items, and rare or scarce finds which we are slowly putting in frames. 6. DOCUMENTING OUR FINDS WITH CLOSEUP PHOTOS. We photograph everything we find as soon as possible after returning from a trip, using a digital camera with a closeup attachment - many times we find new discoveries while taking closeup photos and some of our best finds came AFTER we returned from the trip and inspected our fossils. I usually put the finds on a white background on an ironing board and use window light, nothing fancy, but it works. 7. FOSSIL ID. We post anything we can't identify on the Fossil Forum and are EXTREMELY grateful for the terrific response from our friends on the site! We are also accumulating a growing library of fossil books (some modern, some from the 19th and early 20th century) so we can identify more fossils ourselves without having to post on Fossil ID. 8. WRITING ABOUT OUR EXPERIENCES GIVES US NEW INSIGHTS. We report everything that interests and excites us about fossil hunting on Fossil Forum to share our experiences - and we find that writing about what we're doing helps us learn more and gain insights, just from writing about it. We have also started videotaping some of our adventures and are thinking about the best place to post some of these. 9. WINTER PLANS: COPING WITH CABIN FEVER. Our winter plans are to visit one or two more sites, then go into "fossil hibernation" and organize, identify and label fossils we haven't processed yet. We have a Dremel to do some light preservation work where needed. We are not planning to become "chemical conservators" - using chemicals to dissolve limestone and so forth - that's a bit too ambitious for us at this point. We may get involved in some interesting activities by local universities that are using 3D printing to process and replicate large dinosaur bones. We are also planning to provide an exhibit (on Carboniferous plants and trees/coal swamps) at a fossil fair in April. 10. RECOMMENDED READING: I enjoy reading fossil books - I'm currently reading with great interest a small book entitled "Leaves and Stems from Fossil Forests" by Raymond E. Janssen (1939) which I bought last night at the DVPS meeting, and a textbook entitled Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record by Benton and Harper (2008) (excellent book). The book that has been the most useful to me so far is the classic book "Fossil Collecting in Pennsylvania" by Hoskins et. al. (3rd ed. 1983). I am constantly re-reading the Hoskins book and find something new each time as my knowledge grows. A book that impressed Nancy and me is a large beautifully illustrated book entitled "Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth" (published by Dorling Kindersley, 2012) UPDATE (Oct 11): Nancy is taking some college courses which are prerequisites to enter grad school, so I am doing most of the fossil reading and ID. I read several books at the same time and other books I purchased that I am currently reading are: Paleobotany: The Biology and Evolution of Fossil Plants (second edition) by Thomas Taylor; and Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record by Benton and Harper. I guess you can tell from this that I'm reading up on fossil plants - my main interest is not just to understand the evolution and fossil record, identification tips, etc. - but also to try to figure out where the missing links and gaps are so if we come across something that adds to the fossil record, we will be able to recognize the value. What is most surprising is that there is a lot missing from the Carboniferous record - partly because after this period, many of the oceans and swamps apparently dried up and there were ice ages and other factors that caused mass extinctions. Here are some interesting things I have learned this summer about Fossil Plants and Trees: 1. More Carboniferous insect fossils and evidence of insects are needed (by the way, there are some GREAT current discussions about insects on this forum!). 2. Many categories of lycopsids and other Carboniferous trees and plants do not have verified associations between the leaves and seeds, or leaves and trunks/stems. Many trigonocarpus (fossilized seeds and "fruits") are found with leaves, but examples of seeds actually ATTACHED to leaf sprigs are rare (we have found one example of a seed attached to Alethopteris). 3. More Leaf and Bark Verifications are Needed. Another interesting thing I learned is that there are more than 30 different types of "scale tree" patterns but only half a dozen leaves for these trees - suggesting that a lot of different species had the same leaves - or - there are a lot of missing leaf types or the existing leaf types have not been matched to the bark patterns yet. 4. Another peculiar revelation is that most Carboniferous leaves that do not fall neatly into classic fern shapes seem to be lumped together as "sphenopteris" - we have many "non-traditional fern" leaf fossils that are VERY different from each other and obviously different species, but when we go online to ID them, they all seem to be grouped as "sphenopteris!" Maybe some of these leaf types match up with the bark patterns I mentioned. 5. Last but certainly not least is the insight that fern trees could have 2 or 3 different types of leaves on the same tree! This was really interesting. Also, some leaf types can come in different shapes - for example, Neuropteris can be round at the base of a stem and elongated along the stem and at the tip...AND...some paleobotanists now classify cyclopteris - the round fan shaped leaf - as a form of Neuropteris. This definitely adds to the confusion. I'm still reading and trying to understand all of this and these are only my initial impressions, which are still forming and there may be explanations for some of these questions that I haven't discovered yet but these are the questions that I am trying to answer by reading, and of course, by fossil collecting. I hope that many of our new friend (and I should add, VERY COOL new friends!) on the fossil forum will help clarify some of these interesting questions. Hope this is helpful.
  14. My husband and I couldn't pass by this road cut just outside of Bandera, Texas without taking a peek. I'm glad we did. Most of our finds were common snails and clams but I found a decent urchin.
  15. As stated in my previous topic. Here s the last part of my autumn trip to Champagne. After 2 days we were done with our albian spots. So we decided to take the car and drive 2 hours from there, to totally different layer / fossils The area of Epernay if reknown for the quality of its eocene shells, and specially its giant gastropod : campanile giganteum. Those, can only be found by digging which is forbidden in most place. (those measure had to be taken after random badly educated people dug huge pits everywhere without even carrying to fill them back once they were done) For some time we traveled the area looking for either work sites, road cuts or even sand piles. We managed to actually find a sand pile and forest roads freshly covered with fossiliferous sand. So we started to investigate. I wasn't looking for more than 10 minutes that i spotted an unusual shape in the sand. It was a (very) partial campanile giganteum (1 third of the beast maybe a bit more ), but still my best so far. Then after 5 more minutes, the other catch of the day for me : A croc tooth. I had never heard of croc in those layer / area. I knew it was a tooth, but took me quite some feed back tor realize who it belongs too! After some reading (the complete listing of eocene fauna), there are 3 mentions of crocodile in the lutetian. So here it is : (size between 1,5 and 2 cm) My girl friend catch of the day was a very nice conch : lapparia musicalis No picture of this year specimen but here s one i found in 2011 Friend that came with us found a partial Hypocrenes, but still a cool find. To finish for today another cool find for the day : Xenophora schroeteri, a fascinating gastropod which agglomerate random stuff around to protect itself (other shells, gravel or even shark teeth or coral) Edit : "Carrier shells" is the english expression apparently You can see more of that stuff either in TFF here : 2016 lutetian TFF galery or on my flickr : 2016 lutetian flickr galery Next post i ll present you some of the emblematic species !
  16. Went to Galveston today to try and find teeth and fossils since wife went out of town. Tried the Texas City dike with now luck so headed to Port Bolivar and drove the beach stopping often to look around. Found one shark tooth on Crystal Beach. It was 2 o'clock so I decided to try McFaddin Beach. Got to the curve and took the little exit to head to McFaddin. Stopped after maybe 1/2 - 1 mile from the main paved road. Walked a little and found some nice shells to bring home. My question is how far from from the 87-124 road do I need to go to find fossils?
  17. I can't even wrap my mind around what I'm looking at. I've never seen anything like it. It looks like it has shells stuck in it. More pics to come. Found in Parker Arizona behind my father in law's house.
  18. I have to write this because I'm hoping someone can help guide me on where to even start. I have looked over the pinned posts on the top of this forum but I feel like my question is a little different. In all my gardening and digging I have started to find too many (whati believe may be) fossils. I've also realized that a lot of the limestone we have collected from the ground here actually might contain fossils. To be clear I am not actually expecting someone to ID all of these photos, I just want to know where to even start?? I am not a paleontologist nor was I even interested in it until I started finding all of these. I am a work from home mom with a toddler and I really don't have time to learn everything there is to know! I can handle the smaller things like the shells and barnicles, but these giant rocks have me overwhelmed. Someone come help me! I don't even know what some of these rocks are... some of them were covered with the blue clay... these rocks were about a foot underground.. Location is Sarasota, FL. I'm going to put a couple of links to some of the photos because there are too many to post. Any guidance is appreciated! The photo included is to show you just some of the pieces lined up ... some close up pictures are in the links. *edited to say that I am not able to bring these anywhere because they are huge. Also, I have tried contacting a few people at local universities but without luck. I have become sort of obsessed with even just the little fossils and my worklife has begun to suffer... I feel like I need to do something with these...if there is nothing of note here I want to just be able to know... these photos don't even begin to cover the shells. If anyone lives nearby and wants to come help!! Please. Sorry if there are duplicate photos I was just trying to do this quickly
  19. Last week, we went out to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for some wind-and-water sports. Only one problem: no wind. So, we combed the beach most days. It'd been a week since Hurricane Matthew tore through the Caribbean and Southern US. The Outer Banks are not generally considered a hot spot for fossils, though seekers of modern shells love the place. When we went out, I told myself I had enough modern seas shells. I wasn't taking anything home unless it was at least 10,000 years old. That should be enough self-restraint to send me home with empty pockets. As luck would have it, Matthew carved into the Pleistocene shelf on which the islands rest and churned up chunks of shell-laden sandstone off the coast of Avon, on Hatteras Island. Some of the ancient shells are so well-preserved that I'd not recognize them as any older than a few years -most of it while they were inhabited - if not for the sandstone firmly affixed to the shells. Some were conglomerates of identifiable shells. Some are agatized. One had grown a calcite (?) crystal lattice. No empty pockets for me! I am definitely no expert. Or local. My guess was that my finds were relatively recent. Digging around with the kind help of Abyssunder, I came up with Pleistocene era. A few other goodies from the day include: an echinoid sand dollar, probably Mellita sp. Argopecten gibbous cluster and another scallop Mercanaria sp. with a small, agatized bivalve embedded on on the inside clockwise from upper left: Astrangia lineata, an unidentifiable bivalve, Solenastea bella, and Septastrea marylandica
  20. Most of the time I pick up or dig sharks teeth in a creek near the Rappahannock River but I found it was mostly sanded in when I went to look. Did find a hole in the side of the creek where seashells were stacked with water flowing through, removing most of the silt (and depositing many teeth and other fossils in front of the hole). The bottom layer was hard gray clay, few if any shells. The second layer was a fragile heavy white triangular shell (or impression from a long-gone shell. Above these the shells seemed more jumbled and less distinct layers, but contained lots of very flat shells, scallops, curved oyster-like shells, a straighter oyster-like shell with distinct growth(?) sections, and lots of clams and barnacles. (One shell was partly covered by a layer of coral-- but doesn't really show in the scans). Most of the shark teeth seemed mixed in the jumbled layer. I'm curious about the fossil seashells but wonder if they can provide the era and period where the shark teeth and other fossils come from. Except for the flat shell and maybe the triangular white one, the shells don't scan well but I'm hoping some of you can recognize them despite the poor pictures. (Having trouble loading but will add others ).
  21. Heyyy there! Does anyone know of any upcoming Shark Teeth/fossil hunting trips? I'm located in Va Beach... Looking for places in Virginia or North Carolina hopefully! Thanks a Bunch! Holly
  22. More from a creek, could be modern or Cretaceous. The teeth don't look like cow but teeth are confusing to me, haven't been able to identify the bones, the round ones throw me off. The large round bone is strangely heavy. I found mandibles that looked similar that were dog & fish so clueless on it. The last pics I'm not sure if they are anything but look like they should be (wishful thinking) Look forward to feedback and learning as always!
  23. We made a couple trips to Beltzville State Park in PA this past week. We had heard about brachiopods on the lake's beach from Robert Beard's Rockhounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey guide. The park is the site of dam and an artificial lake build by the Army Corps of Engineers with a stony bottom. A small, sandy beach sits along part of the lake with rocks get scattered from water action. The rest of the lake shore is red, orange, brown and gray mississippian sedimentary rock. I wasn't expecting much as it is a well-known spot in a state park that permits collecting and even provides ID sheets. Figured it would be pretty well picked-over. But, we went to investigate. You never know until you look, right? The first time out was a short, spur-of-the-moment trip with my husband to poke around while we waited for something we were planning to do later in the day. We walked over to the beach and found our first crinoid in about 5 minutes. Another hour of poking around revealed crinoid stems, brachiopods, bryozoans, corals, and bits of trilobites scattered along the shore for easy pickings. The water was crystal clear as deep as I dared wade in the sundress I'd worn for the planned, cleaner agenda for the day. I picked up a couple lying at my feet in the warm, still water. I decided then and there that it would be great fun to go snorkeling for fossils here. A week later, over Labor Day weekend, we returned with the kids. We walked as far towards the dam as the beach would allow, and discovered the real spot for fossil finds. Probably one pebble in four had something in it. Not all of it was worth taking home, but there was plenty to examine. My first glance down at the pebbles at land's end, I spotted a beautiful brachiopod. I picked it up and tossed it carefully to my daughter, parked a couple feet away and already holding a fistful. She caught it, admired it and tossed it back. I fumbled it, dropped it on the beach and lost it forever. Doh! So, if you see a lovely, round brachiopod on Beltzville's shore, think of me! There was more where that came from though, and we looked for a couple hours. When my daughter had had enough, I donned my swim suit and snorkel mask and went exploring in the area less traveled: under water! I only swam at a depth of arm's length. The boats and jet skis in the center of the lake that day stirred the water so that any deeper it was impossible to see the bottom. At this depth I could see the texture of the muck-coated rocks. The undersides of the rocks were clean, so turning the stones over carefully made for even better viewing. I turned up a pair of trilobites in only a few minutes! Unfortunately, that was about the only thing I found that way worth taking home. But, the fish were fun to watch. I expect that on a quieter day, when when the water is clearer, I may have better luck. All told, we brought home some nice shell impressions, crinoids, colony and solitary corals, bryozoans, and a couple that I did not recognize and were not on the sheet. The adventure will have to continue on the the ID forum. For now, though, here are a few scenes from the week:
  24. I loaded everything into the car. We drove for about 20 minutes and arrived at the site. We found one good clam and that's it. Then we saw some rock exposed at a construction site. All we were finding was the usual oysters. Later we got higher up the hill. That's when we started finding stuff! We found some neithia shells. Also I found some mariella's. Then I found 1 or 2 gastropods. We had a great day! Gastropod.
  25. Found layers of closely packed calcium-carbonate shells near the Los Padres Wilderness in Ojai. Here's what I know about the area: It is part of Eocene-Oligocene age conglomerate from the TopaTopa Mountains. I think they are mussels, but I am not sure how to ID them. Any help is appreciated! Additionally, any advice on how to properly prepare and clean them would be helpful Thanks!