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Found 88 results

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Paleobond Tips for Shells?

    I have a big batch of thin, cracked, sometimes punky fossil shells I am trying to stabilize. Normally, I use watered-down Elmer's Glue, but this batch is so fragile that the wet brush was tearing them apart. I got a sample bottle of Paleobond and it worked great! It stabilized the shells and made a solid block of the wet, packed-sand matrix I wanted to leave in. Only problem is that it sticks to more than just the intended targets. I wear gloves to keep from bonding my fingers to the fossils, but that still leaves me to glue the gloves to the fossils instead, or whatever surface I rest the fossils on to dry. The day before yesterday, I came up with the idea to make a bed of pins on some Styrofoam to rest my projects while the stuff set. Kinda works, but the drips eat the Styrofoam! What do you all do to keep from gluing your fossils to the table, tweezers, and fingers? Part of the problem is that some of the shells are fragile, but barely porous the stuff runs off. I only use a little bit, but because it isn't porous, I get a shiny, wet looking shell. I suppose wet is a good look for something that was under the sea, but not always what one wants with fossil prep. Any suggestions?
  7. Our Fossilicious Summer

    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. I have a lot of these shells for trade! In this trade I would like to trade for some teeth,like shark, mammal or a gator teeth ! I found them in a Marl Stone mine in Popovac,Serbia.They're 14m years old.If somebody likes this let me know! They're Miocene lake shells and you'll se pics now!
  9. Short trip

    Me and my brother decided to go looking for shark teeth at our regular spot but road ended up being closed and we ended up at another spot along the river. I heard there were fossils there, so we decided to try it because we only had a few hours. Ended up being a nice trip. Can't wait to go back. Can anyone tell me more about these. How old are they? <img> <img> <img>
  10. On my recent trip to Fort Meyers / Sanibel area, I came across a few dump sites of shell material from what I believe is the Caloosahatchee Formation. I always like to take shells that are full of sediment so I can clean them out and search for very tiny shells that are in great condition. It is amazing the diversity of shells that I find.
  11. Bivalves from the albian clay of Troyes

    From the album Elcoincoin collection : 1 - Albian of Troyes

    Case with bivalves from the albian clay of Troyes
  12. Succesful Fossil Hunt

    Hello all! Recently, I went down to Beaumaris to look for fossils. We were there for a few hours and only found the usual fossils (Lovenia Woodsi) But as we were making our way out of the site, I spotted a large and unusual rock laying in the sand. When I picked it up, I was surprised to find it was filled with a number of fossils and fossilised imprints of shells and over invertebrates. Does anyone know a good way to clean the fossil or should I just leave it? Thanks, Dan
  13. Actual shells ... Possible ?

    Hi friends. This is strange for me to understand. I went 3 mi. eastward to the nearest Oriskany Sandstone formation and picked up a modest 40 lb chunk, brought it home and busted it in two. It was relatively hard, coarse grained but inside, there is a cavity, well not really an open cavity but the center is very soft, almost loose sand with what looks like real shells mixed in. They are whitish and very fragile, just like you'd see at the beach. I can easily pick/rake the loose sand out with a needle point and completely expose each piece of shell. (only did 2 so far). Could the sandstone have deteriorated and broken down from the inside out ? Or what ? ? ? Only 2 picks for now, more later if needed. Thanks for an explanation for this one. Kind regards.
  14. Plz ID

    I have these two rocks from the trilobite ridge that have all these shiny black (Hematized? Is that a thing?) shells. Any idea on taxon?
  15. My collection of Pliocene Shells (1)

    Hi, I would like to show you some specimens of Pliocene molluscs (Italy) from my collection:
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    From the album The marine fossils malacofauna (Pliocene)

    © Paololitico

  17. Natica tigrina

    From the album The marine fossils malacofauna (Pliocene)

    © @Paololitico

  18. Can someone identify this please?

    Can someone please tell me what this is? Thanks, Jack
  19. Has anyone been to Poricy Park?

    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?
  20. MF 7

    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.
  21. C and D Canal Video

    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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMfXz-_B5fA&t=93s
  22. I picked this up from a dried up river bed about 16 years ago. Santa Barbara, 154, Cold Spring Tavern area, approx. ele. 1800'
  23. Canal Video

    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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMfXz-_B5fA&t=93s
  24. 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.
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