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  1. Sea stars / starfish?

    Years ago bought some rock boxes from an estate sale in California. Included were some fossils I just don't know anything about. Most had vague or no IDs. The larger of these Sea Stars is approximately 6.5mm across. Gonna post a few here just to see if anything interesting although these have no connection to my collection.
  2. Starfish

    I got this fossil at an antique shop a while back and I believe they told me it was from Morocco. other than that I have no other information. Is there any way you guys could help me?
  3. Pennsylvanian Starfish from Kansas

    I recently bought this from a live auction and thought that it was cool and the price was right. It was listed as a starfish from Kansas. I did some checking and only found one site that mentioned starfish from Kansas and it stated that they were Pennsylvanian in age and I could not find any other info. I was wondering if anyone has any further info on this piece and I was also wondering if these were formed by the starfish resting? Again any info would be appreciated.
  4. pseudo fossil, starfish

    While walking back to the car I walked over this interesting specimen. I do not know if it is a pseudo fossil most likely, feeding trace of a star fish with lots of arms most unlikely. This comes from the toolebuc formation in central Queensland and is cretaceous. The item in question is 60 mm across. Any comments appreciated. Mike
  5. I bought this along with several other pieces boxed together at a garage sale. The whole piece is 7 inches by nearly 4 inches. The starfish is close to 5 inches longest tip to longest tip. I'm not an expert in any area but it was easy enough for me to distinguish the real ammonites and small trilobites etc. from the few that were enhanced or clearly replicas. I'm a little unsure on this piece, though my gut tells me it is not a genuine fossil. When looking at the photos, it appears the starfish was carved, filled in with a reddish matrix, and then perhaps the figure was pressed into the matrix while it was still wet? Am I right or is this real - or perhaps partly real with enhancements? There is also a small crinoid looking object next to the starfish - photos also included. My guess is the small crinoid may be genuine. Thank you for your input.
  6. Hey guys. I am a new member and currently an 18-year-old freshman college student. I am currently going through basics but as a kid, I loved dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. I recently have thought about changing my major from biology to paleontology. I am a fossil collector and hope to collect hundreds of examples of prehistoric life. As I said I'm a fossil collector but a novice at it. I know relatively what a given organism is but I want to know, if possible, the species. If they are completely unidentifiable, no worries. I might add that all of these fossils did not have locations of where they were found except the starfish which was found in Morocco. I'm making a log of all my fossils and want to know the genus of each individual one. I have linked a google drive folder with all the images of the ones I would like identified if possible. Feel free to message me with any questions or just to get to know me. I'm open to making friends with fellow lovers of life. Thanks. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1m0QB8pmy-snZYujwb6Fy06flKsRxQK3E
  7. Hello, As I'm sure most have seen, certain fossils sometimes have a white or cream colored "halo" around them and other times the same type of fossil doesn't. I'm wondering.... can someone explain why this is? I personally always prefer specimens without the halo purely from an aesthetic perspective. But I'd be curious to learn more about why this is done and also whether or not other people prefer one way over the other. Is one way considered more desired than the other way, should one expect to pay a significant premium for one over the other? etc. Thanks very much! And to show you what I'm talking about... here are some examples of specimens I've seen from the same location where one has a halo and one does not. It's obvious, but in each of the three examples the first example does not have a very noticeable halo and the second example does have it.
  8. I was interested in purchasing this brittle starfish fossil from Morocco. I've read how there are a lot of fakes out there. I'd really appreciate some insight. Thanks!
  9. Sparrowbush Star

    This partial found yesterday, Sparrowbush NY , Berme Rd. Cheers, G
  10. I am back from my trip to morocco. It is a 14 days trip and I got 4 days for fossil hunting. It was so imagine, fossils are everywhere and even though I won't be able to dig, I still get plenty to bring home. Since my guide doesn't speak good English, I am not be able to ask him must so I need help to identify the fossil. On the first day, my guide took me to a place near Erfoud to search for dinosaur teeth. It is very close to the highway. We found a well that the local people dig to get Spinosaur teeth and bone. My husband went down to one but couldn't find anything because the well is new and it is not deep enough. We didn't want to try the deeper one so we decide to bought some spinosaur teeth from the local people there. This tooth is a little over 4.5 inches and I think there are some prepare but I can't tell how much. I also bought 3 smaller teeth and was giving the broken one which I don't know what it is.
  11. Day Two ; Locality Two (or Seven if you include Day One) Prepping and Retail, Erfoud, Morocco. 20th February 2019 Erfoud town itself is famous for its beautiful fossils, its skilled fossil preppers and also for its wide variety of fakes, composites, good and bad repair jobs and utter frankenfossils. A large percentage of fossils from Morocco that are available in shops and on the internet the world over originate from here or pass through the place. Fossils are sent here for prepping from all over the south and then sent from here everywhere in the country and abroad. There are many little shops, prepping centres with huge attached shops and 'museums which are really pretty much just shops as well. Top Tip :The prices here are about ten times the price of the prices in the little shacks on the edge of town or elsewhere in Morocco, but haggling can reduce the cost significantly. Many places have 'fixed' prices, but they're actually always negotiable. This time, we went to the one my friend Anouar, who is a tour guide, takes his tourists and I was asked politely not to accuse the owners and chap who'd show us around and do the chat, of having fakes or wrong info, so i had to bite my lip. We asked if it was okay to take photos and they said yes, which I was surprised about, but I guess it was because Anouar was going to use photos for his own purposes and this would involve advertising the shop. Top Tip : You will see a lot of fixed prices in Moroccan Dirham in the pieces and shelves. Divide by ten to have a price in US dollars. Because we were with Anouar, we were told everything is 50% of the marked price, but I suspect they often do this anyway, "Special Berber prices, today only". I've heard that before. And you can still haggle to get something way under that 50% and you just know they'll still be making a good profit. I didn't buy anything. Little local stores are more my line anyway - I rarely shop in supermarkets. Here is the entrance where you can see huge plates ready for prepping and polishing, some have been cut into pieces and they glued back together it seems to me, I know this happens with the crinoid beds, so i guess it's true of the orthocerid and goniatite stuff too. Some just look cobbled together because of the circular saw marks when cutting out upper layers.With these, polishing will remove the grid lines. These sheets are from the local area and contain the goniatites and orthoconic nautiloids we were walking on earlier, but from a better quality, less eroded and distorted source. Famennian, Upper Devonian, I think. This photo shows one of the trenches they dig to reach the best quality material, similar to the ones i was walking along earlier this day : Below, somebody walking on the slabs and some maps of the the world at different times in it's past, showing continental drift. : Notice these are not the famous black orthocerid marbles that come from elsewhere. The picture of Spinosaurus is a bit misleading, as you all know, it's not found in these marbles or in the Erfoud area. In fact there is very little Kem Kem material available here these days, though there was in the past. I suspect the Kem Kem area probably has it's own facillities nowadays.
  12. Real or fake?

    Moroccan starfish fossil purchased near Erfoud. Is it real? Are the small ones a different type of starfish? I am also looking for ideas on how to hang it?
  13. Starfish fossil? Please help ID

    Hi. I would love help identifying this fossil. Is it what it appears to be, a starfish? Total fossil newbie here from central California coast. This was found on the beach near Capitola where we have MANY fossils. I have found lots locally but never anything like this before. Thank you in advance :-)
  14. Awesome Preservation on Star

    My son has couple of pieces of aldebarania ( starfish) found in Pee Dee formation from Rocky Point NC, that have great preservation. On one piece there is an object that appears to be a sponge maybe ? Any ideas? Thanks.
  15. Imprint on the stone

    Please help identify the animal / plant imprint. Stone - flint, the territory where it was found - was once the Sarmatian Sea. The imprint is like a starfish, but there is doubt
  16. Hello TFF! As my fossil collection continues to further expand, I'm finding it harder to store my finds, especially since my room is tiny and my garage is full (of non-fossil related stuff). For my smaller finds I've considered buying some riker boxes. My problem is I have no idea how wide, long, or deep they should be in regards to my finds. I have a nice large enrolled silica shale trilobite from my state of Ohio, a 3D starfish on a "mound" from Pennsylvania that's taller than most of my finds (despite being small, kind of like a tall enchinoid), some marine reptile teeth, 3D brachiopods, etc. I don't really have the room to display stuff on my walls. What sizes should I be looking for, and how deep/wide/long should they be? Where can I purchase these display cases. If there are better alternatives that will hold the fossils in place but not put too much pressure on them. The starfish in particular is fragile. Thanks in advance, Vraptor
  17. Starfish

    I found this behind my house in Hartwick NY in Otsego county. I can tell it is starfish, but looking for any information about it. We are on shale bed so we find fossils all the time. Mostly small shells and ferns. This is a first for our family. It measures 2.5 inches from tip to tip of star fish.
  18. This “fossil” is already in my collection, but I just wanted to confirm that it was inauthentic.
  19. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at joegallo1954@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since May 11, 2018. Phylum Echinodermata Class Asteroidea - Starfish Asteroidea - Africa/Middle East Blake, D.B., L. Angiolini and A. Tintori (2014). Omanaster imbricatus (Echinodermata, Asteroidea), A New Genus and Species from the Sakmarian (Lower Permian) Saiwan Formation of Oman, Arabian Peninsula. Revista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, Vol.120, Number 3. Gale, A. and L. Villier (2013). Mass Mortality of an Asteriid Starfish (Forcipulatida, Asteroidea, Echinodermata) from the Late Maastrichtian (Late Cretaceous) of Morocco. Palaeontology, Vol.56, Part 3. Ghaderi, A. and L. Villier (2013). First record of the Late Cretaceous starfish Metopaster parkinsoni (Forbes, 1848) in Iran. Annales de Paleontologie, 99. Asteroidea - Antarctica Williams, M., et al. (2006). Late Miocene Asterozoans (Echinodermata) in the James Ross Island Volcanic Group. Antarctic Science, 18(1). Asteroidea - Asia/Malaysia/Pacific Islands Kato, M. and T. Oji (2013). A new species of Doraster (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) from the lower Miocene of central Japan: implications for its enigmatic paleobiogeography. Paleontological Research, Vol.17, Number 4. Srivastava, D.K., et al. (2010). Record of Advenaster Hess, 1955 (Asteroidea) from the Bathonian Patcham Formation of Kala Jhar in Habo Dome, Kachchh Basin, India. Journal of the Palaeontological Society of India, Vol.55(1). Asteroidea - Australia/New Zealand Eagle, M.K. (1999). A new Early Miocene Pseudarchaster (Asteroidea: Echinodermata) from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, Vol.42. Fell, H.B. (1954). New Zealand Fossil Asterozoa 3. Odontaster priscus sp.nov. from the Jurassic. Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Vol.82, Part 3. Kesling, R.V. (1969). Three Permian Starfish from Western Australia and Their Bearing on Revision of the Asteroidea. Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology - The University of Michigan, Vol.22, Number 25. Asteroidea - Europe (including Greenland and Siberia) Blake, D.B. (2009). Re-evaluation of the Devonian family Helianthasteridae Gregory, 1899 (Asteroidea: Echinodermata). Palaontol. Z., 83. Blake, D.B. (1996). Redescription and Interpretation of the Asteroid Species Tropidaster pectinatus from the Jurassic of England. Palaeontology, Vol.39, Part 1. Blake, D.B. (1993). A New Asteroid Genus from the Jurassic of England and its Functional Significance. Palaeontology, Vol.36, Part 1. Blake, D.B. and S. Rozhnov (2007). Aspects of life mode among Ordovician asteroids: Implications of new specimens from Baltica. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 52(3). Blake, D.B. and J.W.M. Jagt (2005). New latest Cretaceous and earliest Paleogene asteroids (Echinodermata) from The Netherlands and Denmark and their palaeobiological significance. Bulletin De L'Institut Royal Des Sciences Naturelles De Belgique, 75. Blake, D.B., A. Tintori and T. Kolar-Jurkovsek (2017). New Triassic Asteroidea (Echinodermata) Specimens and Their Evolutionary Significance. Revista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, Vol.123(2). Blake, D.B., A. Tintori and H. Hagdorn (2000). A New, Early Crown-Group Asteroid (Echinodermata) from the Norian (Triassic) of Northern Italy. Revista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, Vol.106, Number 2. Botting, J.P., et al. (2011). A new species of Siluraster (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) from the Late Ordovician of North Wales. Geological Journal, 46. Gale, A.S. (2010). Asteroidea (Echinodermata) from the Oxfordian (Late Jurassic) of Savigna, Department du Jura, France. Swiss J.Paleontol. Hansen, T., D.L. Bruton, and S.L. Jakobsen (2005). Starfish from the Ordovician of the Oslo Region, Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geology, Vol.85, 3. Herringshaw, L.G., M.P. Smith and A.T. Thomas (2007). Evolutionary and ecological significance of Lepidaster grayi, the earliest multiradiate starfish. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 150. Herringshaw, L.G., A.T. Thomas and M.P. Smith (2007). Starfish Diversity in the Wenlock of England. Palaeontology, Vol.50, Part 5. Jagt, J.W.M. (1991). Early Miocene Luidiid Asteroids (Echinodermata, Asteroidea) from Winterswijk-Miste (The Netherlands). Contr.Tert.Quatern.Geol., 28(1). Jagt, J.W.M. and V. Codrea (2010). A goniasterid starfish (Echinodermata, Asteroidea) preserved in a mid-Miocene rhyolitic ignimbrite, northwest Romania. Acta Geologica Polonica, Vol.60, Number 2. Jagt, J.W.M., R.H.B. Fraaije and B.W.M. van Bakel (2009). A Late Miocene astropectinid (Echinodermata, Asteroidea) and associated ichnofossils from Liessel, province of Noord-Brabant, the Netherlands. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 88-2. Neumann, C. (2000). Evidence of predation on Cretaceous sea stars from north-west Germany. Lethaia, Vol.33. Neumann, C. and J.W.M. Jagt (2011). Pentasteria? splendida, a new Early Cretaceous astropectinid starfish from northern Germany. Swiss J.Palaeontol., 130. Niebuhr, B. and E. Seibertz (2018). Comptoniaster michaelisi nom.nov. (Asteroidea, Goniasteridae): Revision of a starfish species from the lower Upper Cretaceous of central Europe previously described as Pentagonaster semilunatus and Asterias schulzii. Cretaceous Research, 87. Repetto, G. and E. Bicchi (2013). Fossil starfishes (Echinodermata, Asteriidae) and paleontological analysis of the Pliocene of Cherasco, Piedmont region (NW Italy). Biodiversity Journal, 4(2). Sutton, M.D., et al. (2005). A starfish with three-dimensionally preserved soft parts from the Silurian of England. Proc.R.Soc.B, 272. Tinn, O. and L. Ainsaar (2014). Asterozoan pedicellariae and ossicles revealed from the Middle Ordovician of Baltica. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 59(2). Villier, L. (2010). Asteroids from Barremian calciturbidites of the Serre de Bleyton (Drôme, SE France). Ann.Naturhist.Mus. Wien, Series A, 112. Villier, L. (2008). Sea star ossicles from the Callovian black clays of the Lukow area, eastern Poland. N.Jb.Geol.Palaont.Abh., Vol.247/2.0. Villier, L., S. Charbonnier and B. Riou (2009). Sea Stars from the Middle Jurassic Lagerstätte of La Voulte-Sur-Rhone (Ardeche, France). J.Paleont., 83(3). Villier, L., M. Kutscher and C.L. Mah (2004). Systematics and palaeoecology of middle Toarcian Asteroidea (Echinodermata) from the "Seuil du Poitou", Western France. Geobios, 37. Villier, L., et al. (2004). A preliminary phylogeny of the Pterasteridae (Echinodermata, Asteroidea) and the first fossil record: Late Cretaceous of Germany and Belgium. Palaontologische Zeitschrift, 78(2). Zitt, J. (2005). Geinitzaster gen.n. (Asteroidea, Echinodermata) from Upper Cenomanian strata of the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin. Geologica Carpathica, 56, 4. Asteroidea - North America Blake, D.B. (2017). Two new Carboniferous Asteroidea (Echinodermata) of the family Urasterellidae. N.Jb.Geol.Palaont. Abh., 284/1. Blake, D.B. (2010). Comptoniaster adamsi nov.sp. (Echinodermata, Asteroidea) from the middle Cretaceous of Texas and its phylogenetic position. Geobios, 43. Blake, D.B. (2002). Compsaster formosus WORTHEN & MILLER (Asteroidea; Echinodermata): A Carboniferous homeomorph of the post-Paleozoic Asteriidae. Palaontol. 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  20. Hey guys! I haven’t posted in a very very long time but I came across this in my journeys and have never found or seen one before. Any ideas? Found in the Lincoln creek formation of Washington state. It is about 1 1/2”
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