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  1. This is the same rock, that I found what looks to be a fossilized insect.
  2. Found this sandstone shale rock with possible insect fossil in the State Park.
  3. 2nd fossilized pearlescent shell found underneath what I think may be a California mussel?
  4. 1 of the 2 fossilized shells found together in my backyard.
  5. This small bone I found in my garden, was 1 of 2. It almost appears wooden.
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. My new find.

    My new find,not sure age or name though. Still learning I have more pictures
  15. Does anyone know of any good Southern California fossil shows/ fossil dealers? Looking for theropod teeth. Thanks
  16. I'd Help Please

    Found these while digging in yard in Long Beach California. I am 3 blocks from the ocean and there seems to be lot of these round the yard
  17. Jalama Beach Success!

    With the forecast calling for temps in the high nineties to possible triple digits in our neck of the woods, it was an easy decision to make. We were headed for the coast! The choices were either Gaviota or Jalama beach. Both gave us the chance to find fossilized whale bone and inverts but one was a farther drive. In the end we chose the farther of the two, that being Jalama beach, as it is a more secluded (or so we thought) area and we had only been there once before. Well I forgot it was summer break so the place was packed with campers and day users. We found a parking spot loaded up the gear and headed south. Working our way down the line we found lots of bits and pieces of fish in some freshly fallen material. Speaking of which I would caution anyone who visits the place to be extremely careful as the material was quite loose in some places and i almost got caught in a small rock slide. After my wife found the first complete piece it was on. You know the feeling where all the material around you becomes a blur and you can't stop splitting rock because the next piece could be "the one". My arms felt like jello but it was worth it. We ended the day with 4 complete pieces and some other odds/ends. I think one of them is possibly a viper fish. Another piece looks more like an amphibian than fish head. Identification on all the pieces would be appreciated. Beach combing didn't produce any whale bone just a pelicans skull and some bony plates from a chiton. That was good enough for us. All in all it was an awesome day spent away from the heat with my best friend.The bonus, some cool finds to add to the case!
  18. Friday Fossil Mystery

    Hello everyone, I thought the readers on this list might have fun with the Cooper Center's YouTube channel, where we post a "mystery" fossil every Friday. Test your fossil ID skills here: We also have other series, including interviews with scientisits, an archaeology quiz show, and various programs to teach paleontology and archaeology to a general audience. Meredith