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Found 29 results

  1. Over the weekend, I decided to take a trip to the Santa Monica mountains for a hike and a fossil hunt. There was information about the site in "NEW UPPER PALEOCENE SPECIES OF THE BIVALVE PLICATULA FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA" by Richard L. Squires and Louella R. Saul, which contains Late Paleocene marine life. This is probably a good opportunity to warn fellow hunters that it is not a smart idea to go quickly up a canyon in near 100 degree heat. Under the early afternoon sun I walked too quickly and made the mistake of not pacing out the hike! Despite plenty of water intake I was still lightheaded by the time I found the site, and a little dizzy. I rested in the shade immediately and ate the lunch I had packed while cooling off. Then I got to work examining the scree for a while before heading down the canyon to my sweet AC. The spot: Unfortunately, not much caught my eye this time. Marine fossils I took home: While splitting, these concretions popped out. Anybody know what they are? I've been enjoying rearranging them. Lower left may contain a fossil, I'll send closer pictures if anybody wants to see. As well as this, which I believe is one of the above split open. It has a ringed, deviled egg quality. I found a similar piece in the Badlands of SD and was surprised to come across this here. If there's a technical name I'd really like to know it! Do pack plenty of water if you hunt around here for the next month or so, you'll be doing yourself a big favor. And go slow!
  2. I am new to fossil hunting, but I’ve always been a beachcomber and rock hound. I recently visited Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma, in San Diego, California. https://goo.gl/maps/csoVaYRvBr9556AJ7 As my husband surfed below, I remained atop the bluffs, where these sun-bleached relics kept demanding notice. Along with easily identifiable shells were a few items that I’d love to know more about.
  3. Possibly some type of bone?

    So sorry for all the spam, I just have so many items I’d like to get identified. Found this at a site along the Southern California coastline, along with many other specimens (some already published looking for ID). Can’t tell if it’s bone or some type of petrified palmwood (this site is littered with chippings of palmwood).
  4. Whale Bone?

    This was found at the same site we recovered a possible manta ray tooth from along the coast of Southern California. It has two to three distinct layers, one very thin layer possibly 1mm thick (on the outter side, displaying some black tar-like markings), a layer about 3-4mm thick (just below that thinnest layer described above), and the last layer being 3/4 of an inch thick (this layer is very porous). Can only provide one photo as I’m limited to the size of the upload, I possibly can upload more images if possible. Looking if we can get an ID on the subject, thank you for all of your help.
  5. Fossilized Tooth?

    Hello there friends, I’m new to the community, so I don’t really know how this works. I have a couple of artifacts I’d like to get an ID on, starting with what seems to be a Manta tooth?
  6. I found this sticking out of the dirt on a hiking trail in southern California, Palos Verdes area. It was on a hill where there are a lot of rocks and I have found some other fossils in the general area (mostly just small plant fossils and a couple of tiny fish fossils). I am trying to figure out what it is. The top is domed, like a half cynlinder, and it has a hole in the middle. The length is about 3 inches. The hole is exactly 1 cm and perfectly round. There is a lighter color to the outside compared with the core (see photo that shows in interior edges of the hole) leading me to think it might be a fossilized bone. One end has a scoop in it that looks like another hole, but is very shallow. The bottom looks more like a regular rock. I read that one way to identify a fossil compared to a rock is to touch your tongue to it. It sticks to the tongue, as would be expected from a fossil. I am thinking it might be a branch with an insect burrow hole in it, or a bone which had a hole carved into it. The hole goes about half an inch in and then stops.
  7. Hello everybody. I'm a fossil enthusiast who has a podcast about fossils and gemstones. I love in Southern California, but there aren't any fossil sites down here besides the one in Bakersfield, which is still a while away. Does anybody have know of a fossil mine around Southern California, or even just a fossil shop? There isn't really anything down here, I stick to online shops. I greatly appreciate it.
  8. Hey all, Apologies for my hand in the photos, they're the only pics of the fossils I will be able to take for a while. Here are two fossils found at the Topanga Formation, or The Ampitheater, a roadside sandstone and siltstone bed in Topanga Canyon, Southern California housing middle Miocene fossils. The clam was my best find, but I'm not sure of its exact categorization. It measures about 4 inches long and 2.5 inches wide and thick. (10.16 cm x 6.35 cm x 6.35 cm) I had some thoughts based on this list that it may be Chionopsis temblorensis (Anderson, 1905), or Saxidomus nuttalli (Conrad, 1837). Also found were these segments which I inadvertently snapped apart, but which revealed some kind of crystallization of the interior. It would be really nice to know what kid of process made that, I tried to start the ID process myself and was unable to find a resolution. Your help is much appreciated, o wise ones. (;
  9. Dear FFers: I’ll be in Bakersfield for the week before Christmas, spending some time looking for shark teeth on the hill and doing some research and reporting for Fossil News magazine. I was wondering whether anyone would be willing to share me any information about publicly accessible invert sites within an hour or so of there. I have a vague memory of reading that there were some road cuts with freshwater and marine mollusks, but I’ve no specific information. I was also wondering whether it was still possible to get permission from Chevron to visit the Kettleman Hills site. Does anyone know? I’d be up for a collecting buddy, too, if anyone’s available during that busy week! Wendell
  10. Nodosaur eye and brain matter?

    These pictures aren't the best, but when I align the triangle hole to a picture of a nodosaur, most of the facial characteristics are exactly where they should be. This includes the line of the lip, the jawbone thing, the eye lid or whatever that is, etc. When you peer into the eye, you what looks like 3 spider legs perfectly fossilized. These must be veins, tendons, or ligaments. Theres a bunch of these on the other side of the face, along with what appears to be the meninges or dural matter. Two more facts on this heavy 15 inch piece - the optic nerve is about the size of a nickel and fossilized a crystal sandy color. Also, when I put the diamond tester to it, it goes right off. What do you think?
  11. Hi friends! I recently went to Rainbow Basin in California. I found this piece of fossilized something. To me, it looks like a chunk of skin and some fat layer underneath. I’m likely way off but, would love to hear all your thoughts on what this may be. Thanks in advance for your help!
  12. This is the same rock, that I found what looks to be a fossilized insect.
  13. Found this sandstone shale rock with possible insect fossil in the State Park.
  14. 2nd fossilized pearlescent shell found underneath what I think may be a California mussel?
  15. 1 of the 2 fossilized shells found together in my backyard.
  16. This small bone I found in my garden, was 1 of 2. It almost appears wooden.
  17. Hi! I'm 24 hours "new" to the forum and am so excited to part of it. I'm a full time mommy to two small children and former elementary school teacher. My family and I live in Chino Hills, Ca (Monterey and Puente Formation). There are about 65 known prehistoric sites in Chino Hills and some pretty cool fossil discoveries made. So, for fun, the kiddos and I started digging in our backyard. We also like to hike and explore the hilly State Park in our back yard. We've found some interesting things, that have left us with many questions. The first are 3 different bones we found in our backyard. I took them to a local Veterinarian to confirm they were in fact animal. They also confirmed, they were not domestic (meaning dog or cat ie:pet) and are very old. Possibly a Patella and phalanges ( belonging to two different varieties/animals)??? Also attached are two Bivalves , I found after digging about 1ft down in my backyard (one is possibly Mytilus californianus, unsure of the other). I live approximately 20 miles inland from the ocean...so this is quite puzzling to me. Lastly, at about 800-900 ft elevation in Chino Hills State Park, we came across lots of sandstone shale that was exposed after heavy rains. I think I see a small bug type fossil in one of the rocks I found...not entirely sure though?! Also lots of amber colored sap like substance and polished, shiny marble like material throughout. Any thoughts or feedback would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance :0)
  18. I'm heading down to Newport Beach, CA- south of LA. Does anyone know of micro-sites there with access? I'm also looking for information on local stratigraphy there. Any on-line resources that you could recommend? I'm new to collecting- and have been learning a lot from reading previous related posts. Your suggestions and advice are welcome.
  19. Tooth (beach)

    Hello Fossil nerds. Hope all is well. I have been following all of the cool Instagram fossil accounts and it reminded me of something my son and I found this summer. USA California Santa Barbara County Jalama Beach 34°29'44.0"N 120°29'46.8"W measurements are in cm. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
  20. Gastropod Rescue

    Here is a nice little gastropod cluster on the matrix that was rescued from a construction site along Reynard Way in San Diego. I think they are in the family Naticidae and are possibly Polinices galianor. Anyone have any thoughts? I'd love to nail it down more specifically if possible. Naticidae "Reynard Way" ~3-1.5Mya Pliocene to Early Pleistocene San Diego Formation San Diego County, CA Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class: Gastropoda -- Subclass: Caenogastropoda Order: Littorinimorpha Family: Naticidae Genus: Favor Polinices? Species: Galianor
  21. Hi Just wondering but does anyone know any fossil sites in Southern California (mainly in the Los Angeles area), I have been searching for fossil sites for a while now but I wanted to know if anyone on here has had success on any of the fossil sites.
  22. First father/son Miocene finds

    I am new around here but thought I’d share a few of our humble finds. Nothing museum worthy here but very interesting for us nevertheless. These are from the Sunland area. They come from part of the Topanga Canyon Formation. We were fortunate to have someone show us the site and give us some information. My son is 8 and I am hoping this will be the first of many trips. I can’t identify them so you’ll have to make your own determination there. I like the one with the scallop embedded in the clam.
  23. I recently went rock collecting in the Calico Mountains just off the 15, 10 miles E of Barstow. In the book I have, it mentions petrified wood, specifically date palm or date palm root. Is this it? The pics were taken after I scrubbed these in water with a toothbrush.
  24. Lawrence Canyon Closed

    I headed up to Lawrence Canyon last week and this is what I found. Looks like the area is finally being developed. Say bye bye to another interesting and productive San Diego site. In honor of the site, here are a few of my favorite finds from Lawrence Canyon. I'd encourage everyone to post their favorites too.
  25. My new find.

    My new find,not sure age or name though. Still learning I have more pictures
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