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  1. 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
  2. This is a great I.d. site
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 !
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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 ).
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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:
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. I was visiting Oregon last weekend and did a lot of beach combing! I was mostly searching for agate and sand dollars but on one of the beaches I found an interesting piece of something. It looked like a tooth to me. (The very first one I found was #7) I was so excited and positive it was a tooth, until I began to find more. After continuing to find more small pieces that looked similar, I realized with disappointment they were more than likely just shell pieces and not fossils at all. However, the hopeful I am, I thought I'd come to the professionals to get them ID'd just to be sure. All were found on the beach between Cannon Beach and Arcadia Beach. The tide was low at the time (not sure if this is helpful.) I took photos of them before I had read that a size reference is handy so I apologize for not having that. If it's at all helpful, most are smaller than or about the size of a quarter. I took photos of each one next to the number to help differentiate. #30 and 31 are most likely shell pieces but I wasn't sure about the rest. I appreciate any help and thank you for your time!
  18. Hi, I would really appreciate some help with these fossils. They were found in the Lower Coralline Limestone stratum (Miocene) in what is called the Scutella bed (due to the abundance of Scutella subrotunda). I apologize for not including some sort of scale. Thanks
  19. Okay, I found these in Mississippi Selma Chalk Formation. Gastropods.... not sure what brand/flavor/species... these are the predacious ones aren't they? Naticacea? Please note: lack of polish. Sometimes I behave, and don't give in to the Lapidary Force... Thanks The Mutt
  20. From the album Recent Finds in VA

    Finally have the new cases / desk set up in the home office and can start organizing and labeling specimens. This is a photo of one of the drawers.
  21. Hi! My boyfriend is in the US forestry service, and was recently on a week-long, no communication, survival challenge in the Lassen National Forest. While he was there, he stumbled across a riverbed with some fossilized shells (so exciting). He brought me back a great specimen. If you have any information about its potential age, type, etc., please let me know. It looks like some type of surf clam shell to me! Thanks in advance!
  22. This past Saturday I had to make the drive down to Tampa for the Tampa Bay Fossil Club meeting and decided to spend the day down in that area. Another forum member had mentioned that there were fill piles of fossil shells at Bradenton Beach so I decided that it was the perfect time to check them out. I had planned on getting an early start since I had a couple stops to make but a friend from out of country called and we ended up chatting for about an hour. So I didn't manage to get on the road until 10:30 and by then it had started to rain lightly on top of the weather being a bit on the chilly side, the high for the day was supposed to be 61 degree F. The first stop was an hour south in Tarpon Springs to pick up some riker mounts with jem jars in them. I picked up four with different sized jars. Then it was on to Bradenton Beach which should have been around an hour and a half drive. No such luck. What I hadn't taken into account was there was a boat ragatta taking place on the Manattee River right in the middle of Bradenton that had closed down one of the bridges which caused all kinds of traffic snarles. It ended up taking me nearly 3 hours to get there and it still hadn't stopped raining. By now any sane person would have called it quits and found something else to do but not me. I'm just too stubborn for my own good sometimes! I got to the beach just after 3:00 and quickly located the shell pile. The rain had slowed to a light mist although it was still pretty chilly. I parked near the pile, put on my jacket, and grabbed a bucket before strolling over to the pile. Not surprisingly everything was covered in mud but I wasn't about to let that stop me. After all I'd planned ahead and had a change of clothes in the car although I did forget to bring a second pair of shoes. Let me say right now that I didn't get a single picture of the location but if you take a look at Fossil Beach's post he has some. I was amazed at the number of shells in perfect to near perfect condition, including several varieties that I've not found before. And a surprising number of them still had hints of their original color. Many of the small shells still had that slick outer coating on them even. My plan had been to leave no later then 5:00 so that I had plenty of time to stop for dinner before the club meeting at 7:30 but with how wet everything was I left my phone in the car and had no way to keep track of the time. I didn't end up leaving until 5:30 and was soaked to the skin by then. But if I hadn't had somewhere to be I could have easily stayed there until sun down. As it was I only got to search about half the pile and only got to give the other half a quick look over. Several trips were made to the car to empty my 2 gallon bucket into the 5 gallon one in the back. I also filled up the smaller bucket so that means I left there with about 7 gallons of fossil shell and a few pieces of coral. I didn't actually get home that night until midnight so I had just enough energy to unload the car, spread some of the muddy shells out to dry overnight, and then went straight to bed. Sunday morning I woke up with quite the sore back from all that heavy lifting in such chilly weather but it was well worth it. I spent the much of the day sunday using picks to clean the worst of the dirt off some of the shells and found some real jems. And still have most of them to sort through. I won't know exactly what I have until I finish cleaning everything up which might take a couple weeks. In the meantime here are some pictures of what's clean so far. So far my favorite finds are the large cowrie shell and sharks eye which still have hints of their original color. Both shells have only minor damage and are rare to find at this size and in such good condition.
  23. I'm finally getting around to organizing what we've found and been given so far. Nothing spectacular - some inexpensive containers and cabinet liners. I need to get to the craft store as I think batting would fair better than the liner (but the liner is serving it's purpose for now). The containers fit nicely stacked by two on the bottom shelf of my coffee table. Being that they are semi transparent, that makes for a decent "display". I need a couple more for bigger items I have that are not pictured here (larger bones and vertebrae) and I have some more shells and coral that need to be washed so they are not included either. I don't know when I will be able to hunt for fossils again with the flooding being the way it is. I was going to give it a go this weekend but there are some areas being evacuated as more water moves in to the Lowcountry from flooding in the mid- and upstate. My heart truly goes out to the people that have lost so much and continue to loose their homes and more during this time.
  24. I bought this shell fossil from a rock shop at the CNE because today they had free entrance for youths. It doesnt come lablled from what formation it originated from, but it said the locality was Chesapeake Bay and from the label Im assuming this is Pleistocene? I find this an interesting fossil to sit beside my Ordovician clams.