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  1. Can someone please tell me what this is? Thanks, Jack
  2. Hey, I was wondering if anyone has been to poricy park to hunt the oyster fossils inside. How was it? How do I enter it? Can I polish the fossils?
  3. From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    A hash of many species of brachiopods and crinoid s, no idea what most are. Found outside of McCoys ferry. On the back is a worm burrow, probably polychaete, and another possible one shaped like a chicken footprint, even after an ID thread we couldn't come up with a better explanation. Back is pictured below.
  4. I just put together a rather shakey video of the C & D Canal in New Castle County, Delaware in preparation for a trip I'm leading this fall. I didn't find anything Earth-shattering that day, but it gives and idea of the locale and the finds.
  5. I picked this up from a dried up river bed about 16 years ago. Santa Barbara, 154, Cold Spring Tavern area, approx. ele. 1800'
  6. Just in case you want a view of the site, here's an early-spring outing at the C and D Canal spoils at Reedy Point North (Mt. Laurel formation) Watch the video here:
  7. 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.
  8. Hello, I'm new to fossil hunting and to this forum, so my apologies for the very basic (and potentially ill-formatted) question. I recently got access to a friend's property near Louisville Kentucky that is pretty lousy with brachiopods. Had a lot of fun exploring, but I also found some fossil-like structures that didn't look like shells. Any chance you can help me identify one of them? Assuming this is like the rest of Jefferson County the material is Grant Lake Limestone. The fossils are Ordovician (all sea floor material). This piece in question stood out because it's dark like the fossils (which are easy to spot against the otherwise light brown matrix), but didn't look like the rest. It was found on the banks of a very small creek (that is mostly moving during rain storms). The mystery in question is the dark rectangular bit. The others are clearly brachiopods. Thanks for looking! I'm trying to get as much info as I can before I head out again.
  9. Hi all, Today at a flea market I purchased a small handful of shells found on the Kaloot (NL), where you can find fossil sharkteeth as well as fossil seashells (and other fossils). He assured me that at least some (if not all) are fossils, which is true: the Pliothyrina in the middle is extinct, so it has to be a fossil; and many of the astartes on the bottom seem to be fossilized too. But I'm not sure that all the shells are fossilized. Therefore I was wondering, does anyone know how to separate fossil shells from modern ones? Best regards, Max
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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..?!
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. Hi everyone this is matt again can anyone tell me what these small shells are in this fossil here here is a photo
  19. 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!
  20. 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
  21. This is a great I.d. site
  22. 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.
  23. 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 !
  24. 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?
  25. 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.