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  1. A number of unknowns

    I have a number of unknowns as well as a couple questions. Is Aurora, Yorktown formation or Pungo? What is the age of Aurora? The scale is a U.S quarter, about 1 inch or 2.54 cm Shells from aurora:
  2. Hey folks, I was wondering how you guys would approach something like this (or if samples like this are even worth your time!) There's so much going on I'm a little confused as to how and where to start. would you remove the gastropods individually, break the rock apart, sacrifice the broken ones in the search for more complete specimens, leave it as is? I went through the pinned messages and learned a lot, but was curious if anyone's come across similar types of rock and could give some insight. My goal is to hopefully find and extract some of the more complete specimens, and maybe discover some trilobites along the way! The plan was to chisel out as many surface fossils as possible, then strike the rocks with a sledge hammer to break up the pieces, give them a good hard scrubbing, then use my steel picks and chisels to poke around further however the resources provided to me by @FossilDAWG and @Kane (thanks again by the way!) described a number of rare, some now lost, trilobite specices from the same formation found in similar contexts alongside Ceratopea Canadensis, so maybe a lighter touch might be in order? I'm still a little scarred from the time I put a pickaxe right through an almost complete piece of 1st century terra sigillata once upon a dig </3 I'll definitely be looking into air pens/compressors (looking at you ME-9100) as well, but on my pay that's one of those 'somewhere down the line' sorts of purchases. If those are definitely the way to go however, I can always shelve these for that later day...they've been sitting around in a forest for this long, another few months wont hurt! I did notice while cleaning the sample below that there appeared to be two separate matrices, a softer one which I assume was the sand/silt and then the hard dark rock underneath. I've got a much bigger slab with a lot more going on, but I grabbed this little one to practice and learn on! My first target is that crystallized one which is slightly exposed on the top (bottom center of the picture on the right) followed by whatever that is beside it and that mussel looking fellow.
  3. Ottawa Marine Fossils

    Hey folks! It took some time but I've finally gotten around to uploading some pictures from my recent fossil ""hunt"! The quotations are there because the directions I left for myself from a prior trip included such extremely helpful tips as "left at the spooky demon tree". Turns out when you're a chicken a lot of trees look like spooky demons >.> It was definitely more of a sad confused wander than a full on hunt...but I digress. While I wasn't able to find the exact spot from before, I found an area with similar geological features, and after digging up about half a foot of loam around a small outcropping was rewarded with numerous individual rocks with all sorts of...things...all over them. I grabbed one giant 40lb chunk and a smaller one to play with and poke at to practice techniques. The smaller piece is on the bottom. Both samples were taken within feet of each other in a public forest just outside Ottawa, Ontario. The smaller piece I put in a bowl of water and gave a good scrub down with a toothbrush (brings me back to my field school days >.>) The surface and reverse of both are shown and I can provide more detailed pictures if necessary! I thought the crystallized shell things were pretty cool, there were quite a few more out there, but I'm completely unsure of what I'm looking at or if there was a way to extract them safely. I'm most curious as to what the circular things that litter the rocks are, but there seems to be a variety of other shells and tubey wormy things in there as well. Is there some sort of resource or database I could refer to for fossils from this particular time period/area? I'd feel bad constantly asking 'whats that!?" Anything neat here worth poking at with some of my archaeological pokers or have I found myself some very interesting garden rocks!
  4. LEFT HANDED WHELKS

    Are left handed whelks rarer than right handed?
  5. I got this at an estate sale years ago and was wondering if it is real or fake? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks
  6. Thrift store finds

    While travelling in British columbia I picked up a couple of fossils, one has something like a fish or strange leaf on it with tiny little oval shapes and shells. Whatever was the focal point of thus fossil appears to have been damaged. I am very interested in what the small oval shapes are as there are many of them and they are on both sides and visible in the cross-section of the stone. If I wet the ovals I may be able to get a better contrast picture. The other is possibly a fossilized sea sponge. Although there is no surrounding stone, The Pink piece seems way too heavy for its size and I was able to match it somewhat to a piece someone found in florida but they were unsure as to what it was. The seller has had it for about 40 years apparently as it has belonged to her mother. Neither seller had any information on them. Also got two pieces of fossilized wood, working on cleaning them up
  7. Scallop Hash Plate

    From the album OBX

    Agropecten gibbous hash plate Pleistocene Found washed ashore at Avon Pier, Hatteras Island, North Carolina
  8. Outer Banks Treasures

    My hubby and I went to Hatteras Island, North Carolina this past week for some fun in the wind. But, I just can't go to the beach without beachcombing. Most of the beaches I visited were rather slim pickings for even decent modern shells. I finally did a Google search for the best shelling beaches on the Outer Banks and came up with a few beaches spread across the archipelago. The south side of Cape Hatteras was one of the best and quite close to where we were staying, so off I went. Wow. Colorful, unbroken shells lay thick on the tide lines and scattered across a wide, sandy plain. Here and there, blocks of sandstone (broken off the Pleistocene shelf that holds up the islands) were scattered. The surfaces exposed to the wind were sandblasted to expose the shells inside. Most of the shells retained their original colors. My suspicion is that they were buried while deep enough under water that they didn't have an opportunity to fade. The result is that the fossils - almost all extant species - were only distinguishable from their modern descendants by the clinging matrix. Fossil corals were also scattered sparsely across the sand. These are a bit easier to recognize as fossils as the closest coral reefs to Cape Hatteras are some 75 miles off shore. You can see more finds from this trip here:
  9. Hi everyone ! I'm here as u know to show u my Personal finds which are now also in my collection.All of the fossils belongs to Miocene epoch (14,5myo) and they're found in Marl stone Quarry in Popovac,Serbia.Here u can see almost whole fish fossil,just without the head and the tail.I hope soon to find one whole . Except that fish,you can also see many fish remains,snail,lake clams,leaf,Equisetum part i think also...And one tinny bone,i honestly don't think that's from a fish tho.I hope u will enjoy Pozdrav, Darko
  10. Sunset Colors

    From the album OBX

    It's hard to say just how much of the shells littering the beach at Cape Hatteras are really modern. These few are embedded in sandstone that makes up the Pleistocene shelf holding up the barrier islands. Their colors are more vibrant than some of the shells from animals that just died, and they are the same species, by and large, that live in the water here today.
  11. A few pictures of items already on my computer at work (oops!) As always, I would love to know anything and everything you can share about what they are- Thank you! (Fascinating oyster cluster)
  12. Banjaard beach hunt

    Hi everyone, Last month, as I stayed a weekend at my grandparent's house, we decided to go to the Banjaard beach for some fossil hunting. I had asked Bram Langeveld (Natuurhistorisch Rotterdam) and Ronald Pouwer (Naturalis) which one of the "Zeeuwse stranden" (beaches of Zeeland, a province in the south-west Netherlands) was currently the best to hunt at. Both said that they were hearing some good stuff about the Banjaard beach recently, which has mainly Pleistocene fossils (including Eemian shells). Seeing that I can also find Eemian shells and other Pleistocene stuff at the Zandmotor, my usual hunting spot, I was a little reluctant at first, but still ended up going there. Good thing I did, because it was a rather successful hunt! The weather was really nice, bright blue skies and fresh (but not cold) temperatures.
  13. What kind of arthropods are these?

    What do you think these are? Sorry, this is the only picture, and there is literally 0 information, so just your best thoughts from what you see here. I'll update any info if I can.
  14. Aurora

    I dug in the Pits of Pungo out front of the Aurora Fossil Museum for a few hours. Heres the haul. The shark teeth Phosphate nodules Coral Sea life burrows. Posterior lemons and coppers These teeth are sooo small I don't even know why I picked them up Bryazoa...? My favorites Some of those famous Aurora makos ( isurus oxyrinchus I think) What I think are posterior isurus oxyrinchus's though the one in the middle one looks like it has a burlette? meg? I would appreciate any feedback on these Two nice Hemipritis Double cusped carcharhinus taurus? Alligator claw core? Bird? Sea urchin spines ray teeth Fish/shark verts and partials. I would appreciate if someone s=told me the difference two of them stuck together Bone frags whale verts and frags Shells Can someone help ID them? I can't seem to find any papers or websites I also spent all my birthday money on their little gift shop. Heres what I got from there. I would be happy for any IDs for them. (I like things labeled) Dont know where from St. Claire. PA fern. What is the age and formation of this locale? Morrocan trilobite pyrite amethyst this is definitely my longest post even though its just pictures mostly
  15. Hi guys, fossil newbie here. I found this stones in the dolomites (3000m over sea level), really close to an almost extinguished glacier. They looks like broken shells on the stone. The one on the right (in the pic) looks like a coral. Do you think they are fossils? Many thanks in advance!
  16. This coming up weekend?! Sept. 20-22.

    Hello everyone! I was originally going to go to the Mine in Maysville NC this weekend and look for Teeth but I’m pretty sure they will call it off due to the bad weather they had. I also thought about going to GMR but they flood very easy and I don’t know if the water will be down by Thur. Or Friday. Can anyone help me with any spots that might be good within a 3 hour drive of Virginia Beach. Or if anyone reading this lives near Greenville and have any news on the water levels at the park or the bridge could you please let me know?! Thanks in advance! -Holly
  17. Here is some of what I found today. Peace River was covering entire trees. To high for fossil hunting so decided to try some creeks along the highways. Note the turtle shells with spikes on the left. Also what appears to be a Marlin (Makaira Sp.) bill fragment still feels like sand paper. And many tooth fragments.
  18. unknown mix of shells

    What kind of mix is this? It is solid (I mean I can not tear it apart with my nails). Photos are from both sides. I found it on the beach of Vila Real de Santo António, Algarve, Portugal. Thank you.
  19. Ancient beach!

    I found it in central Mn it’s petrified the white pieces can’t be picked off by hand. Please help thank you it’s about 14x4 3 inches thick..thank you
  20. Wilmington, NC

    My friend was telling me the other day that in the Wilmington, NC area, ( I think New Hanover County) They have sand mines where you can find fossils and shark teeth. Does anyone have any information on this, possibly a location?
  21. Shark Tooth and Invertebrate Hunting!

    Cris and I went out to enjoy some brutal summer heat, and find some fossils yesterday! The finds weren't quite as productive as some days at these sites, but we still had an awesome time and found some really cool stuff! The way one of the megs is found is absolutely nerve-wracking. You'll see!
  22. Hi Fossil and rock hounds, I found this strange looking piece when looking through my shark teeth. Found it on Manasota Key beach, Florida. I thought it was some vertebrae bone but than I saw 2 barnacles in what might be a grouping of shells. It also has pockets of limestone and small black bones or rocks cemented in some of the pockets and has some weight to it. It is about 2x2". Posted 5 photos of different angles. Has anybody ever seen anything like this? What is it? Thanks All.
  23. Possible Ginkgo Fossil

    Found this rock a while back on the north shore of Lake Erie. Not sure of the age but I’ve found rocks of Devonian and slurian there. I’m no expert on plants but the one on here looks like a ginkgo to me. I’m unsure of the other things on here for the most part. Any ID Helps. Thanks!
  24. Final fossil! After this I'll be submitting fossils as I find them. Thank you to everyone who helped me learn more about these fossils! Because of the smooth texture on the surface, it seems like this chunk is part of a fossilized seabed, with various things stuck in it. I see a few basic shells and crinoids, but there's lots of smaller things I'm not sure on. (2/2) ^Anyone know what the above thing is in the middle? The white rectangle bit?^ ^Quite a bit going on in the one. To keep under the upload limit the pictures aren't the best quality, but I can upload a reply with a better quality picture.^ ^There seems to be a faint rust-colored outline in the middle of this picture. Any ideas?^ ^Underside with another rust-colored something. Is this even a fossil?^
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