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  1. Probably not an egg

    A gentleman asked for help identifying this and told me he found it near Mt. Pleasant, TX. Based off images on the internet he thought it might be a fossilized egg. He was NOT willing to break it open. I forgot to include something in the photo for scale, but it's about 5" across the long side. He's asked me to call him when I find out more information. My first thought was a geode. Members of the Dallas Paleontological Society's Facebook group said an iron or limonite concretion. What features differentiate this from a fossilized egg?
  2. A Ptychodus first for me

    Found this partial tooth today. Thinking it is Ptychodus decurrens. A first for me.
  3. Mammoth site veteran challenges study on drought as cause of death By J.B. Smith, Waco Tribune-Herald, April 8, 2017 http://www.wacotrib.com/news/higher_education/mammoth-site-veteran-challenges-study-on-drought-as-cause-of/article_4b7849ca-35e5-502f-b89d-25e88c08c5cb.html What killed the Waco mammoths? Drought, not flood, a new study suggests By J.B. Smith, Waco Tribune-Herald, Jan. 27, 2017 http://www.wacotrib.com/news/city_of_waco/what-killed-the-waco-mammoths-drought-not-flood-a-new/article_68aec48b-cbc4-5319-aaba-0e67e06314cc.html Other web pages: Waco Mammoth Site: Visitors can walk over the largest concentration of Columbian mammoths to have died from one event. Atlas Obscura http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/waco-mammoth-site Waco Mammoth National Monument, Waco, Texas http://www.waco-texas.com/cms-waco-mammoth/page.aspx?id=174 Waco Mammoth National Monument, Waco, Texas Meet a Mammoth that isn’t Woolly https://www.nps.gov/waco/index.htm https://www.nps.gov/waco/learn/furtherreading.htm Waco Mammoth National Monument Research papers https://www.researchgate.net/project/Waco-Mammoth-National-Monument Nordt, L., Bongino, J., Forman, S., Esker, D. and Benedict, A., 2015. Late Quaternary environments of the Waco Mammoth site, Texas USA. Quaternary Research, 84(3), pp.423-438. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/284095029_Late_Quaternary_environments_of_the_Waco_Mammoth_Site_Texas_USA Yours, Paul H.
  4. Fossils found in South texas

    I found these in South texas in Bulverde. They were not all in the same place. I have no clue what they are so any help would be appreciated.
  5. My son and I are going to the Austin/Liberty Hill area this weekend. Does anyone have any sites they recommend? It is my first time to the area so I'd appreciate any suggestions.
  6. Hi all, During the Fossil Fair of Ede in March 2017, some of you might recall that I bought a big box full of different fossils. Well, here are some of them. Some spiriferid brachiopods (Punctospirifer kentuckyensis) from Breckenridge, TX, USA; from the Pennsylvanian of the Carboniferous. Collected in 1969! Now, as there are quite a few, I already gave a few, and will give a few more, away in trades with fellow forum members. Now, even though this is a nice amount of info, when I search up "fossils breckenridge Texas", I don't get any relevant results supplying more info on the location... So, anyone know more about this place? Thanks in advance, Max
  7. Here's a few of my finds from my last couple of Northeast Texas creek hunts. It's been pretty slow but I'm trying again tomorrow. I did find a killer Ginsu shark tooth and cool fish vert with partial process. I didn't know what the little penny trinket thing was until an older gentleman told me lol. The one vert with four pics is Pleistocene but I have no clue from what. We did find a large nest of cottonmouths where two males were fighting for a large female. We saw herds of wild hogs and had quite the kayak adventure. One kayak trip was 5 miles deep in the woods where we had to go over 7 log piles with the kayaks. I'm also unsure what the little white tooth is with multiple pics by the trinket. It has thick enamel whatever it is. Hope you enjoy the pics.
  8. Planning Trip To Dallas Area

    Hey guys. I'm thinking about taking a trip to the Dallas area to do some fossil hunting in the next week or so. I'm a newbie and have been searching the internet to learn how and where. I'm from Lake Charles, LA. and I don't really know anything about Texas fossil locations other than what I've read, such as, Mineral Wells, North Suphur River, Lake Benbrook, and a couple of others. My daughter and I are interested in trying this to see if it's something that we will like. I used to dig arrowheads in LA. 30 years ago and I really did enjoy finding a nice one. As a couple of newbies, finding anything would be awesome! I thought that my first stop would be Mineral Wells since the internet makes it sound like I'm almost guaranteed to find something. Any advice for my first hunt will be much appreciated. I will be pulling a camper along with me, so any campsite info. close to the fossil locations would be great also. Thanks Stephen
  9. I found this strange little piece over the weekend on the North Sulphur River in Ladonia, Texas. It feels like stone and is fairly lightweight. It is 2 1/2 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide at its widest point. It has a slight curve to its shape and has "C" shaped grooves on each side. Any ideas??
  10. My day at the Waco Pit

    So since all the kids are in school now I have free time. I hit the Lake Waco Research Area this morning for a couple of hours. I managed to find nine shark teeth, seven of them in the first 30 minutes and 50 yards of the trail head. Never have I found so many in one trip. Guess this I won't find any the next couple of trips. Still a very good day.
  11. Aguja formation tooth

    I found this tooth from the Aguja formation, Brewster County, Texas. I believe it is some sort of fish, but not sure. Any ideas? Hash marks are in mm. Thanks
  12. tooth in coral?

    My family and I usually visit the Frio River in Leakey, Tx every summer. A few years ago we were all set to go swimming but upon arriving we saw that the part of the river we usually frequent had dried up. I decided to make the best of it and explored the dried river bed looking for anything interesting when this isolated chunk of rock caught my eye. I picked it up off the ground, took it home with me, put it in a drawer and forgot about it. A few months ago I found it while doing some cleaning and realized it had to be something more than just an oddly shaped rock. I cleaned it with water and a toothbrush after reading online that that's a simple way to clean fossils. A friend of mine with limited knowledge of fossils suspected it was some kind of fossilized coral or sponge. What I originally thought was matrix does look a lot like syringopora, but I can't find pictures of any prehistoric coral fossils that match the appearance of that hot dog in the center! I saw a sperm whale tooth on this forum that looks similar but I'm not sure if what I found feels like a tooth. It feels way too smooth to me. I love fossils and I own some shark teeth, coprolite, and a little trilobite, but those were all bought. If whatever this is turns out to be something, then it would be the first fossil I've ever acutally found myself. I'm still really new to this so please forgive me if I am asking silly questions or submitting this incorrectly. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
  13. I found this over the weekend on the North Sulphur River in Ladonia, Texas. It's approximately 2 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. It has several layers of different colors and is smooth to the touch on both sides. It reminds me of a turtle shell which I am assuming it might possibly be, but feels like stone. It is also fairly lightweight. Any ideas?
  14. I have a secret place in Texas in which I've found many excellent fossils of sea creatures, such as clams or mollusks and other shellfish. I may also have found bones of some kind, and saw impressions that may have been dinosaur tracks. I am no paleontologist and would not know what made the impressions, but I know that dinosaur tracks were found in other nearby areas. In particular, I found large, intact, fossilized shells there that match some of the photos of "bivalves" I've seen online. I found many smaller cone shaped shell fossils, and oddly shaped rocks that may have been bones. Plus other things, such as rocks that seemed to contain tiny plant or animal fossils. The fossils were plentiful and easy to find, with little or no digging needed, so I may be the only one who knew of this place, which is in a washed out gulley in a remote part of a public city or county park (NOT a state park). My question -- can people legally gather fossils from such a place? Would paleontologists be interested in knowing about such a place? I no longer live near there and worry that one of Texas' new toll roads may have destroyed the site by now. Should I have said something, to prevent that? Unless somebody else has discovered the place, there are probably still some fossils around the site, even if a toll road was put in, but they may no longer lay atop the ground like they once did. I accidentally forgot to pack my fossil collection when moved, so I have no samples or photos to show anybody.
  15. Hi Guys

    I'm not sure how long it's been but I've been gone awhile going through some life changes. Now o have time to be active again on the forum. I've missed my old friends here and am looking forward to making some new ones. I'm no real expert in anything but I've collected a lot of places and look forward to discovering more. Looking forward to catching up with you all.
  16. Ammonite?

    Hi there. I recently found this fossil in Texas. From what I've seen online, it appears to be some type of ammonite. Would anyone be able to confirm that? And any ideas as to what kind of ammonite? Please let me know if I need to add more information or other pics. Thanks!
  17. Tooth ID

    Hi. I found this tooth in Texas. It's about an inch long. I'm trying to figure out what it's from, but it could be a few things. I'm a novice. Does anyone here know what this might be? Thank you.
  18. Found this specimen in Post Oak Creek in North Texas. For those unfamiliar it cuts through Cretaceous era deposits. Appears to me to be a very worn jawbone fragment. Strange to me though how the "teeth" appear to be clustered as opposed to having a linear orientation. Mosasaur and Plesiosaur teeth and jawbones have been found in this area, but not sure if this looks like either. Any suggestions?
  19. Hi everyone! I haven't been here in a while! I finally went back down to the North Sulphur River yesterday and found this small piece of fossilize bone. Do any of you know, possibly, what type of feature this came from?
  20. I found this 1 1/2 inch piece in the North Sulphur River bottom (Ladonia, Texas) over the weekend. It has a layer of shiny yellowish brown in the center, and a thinner layer of the same material across the top. Somewhat porous. Any ideas?
  21. Is this a nautilus?

    Found this in a creek bed after we had 30 inches of rain. Is this a nautilus?
  22. My boyfriend and I went out to the research pit in Waco today and I found a large urchin. The problem is that it's been crushed, more or less. The mud under it is not fossilized, so it's pretty likely that it will fall apart into lots of little pieces if I handle it too much or try to take off excess mud. I guess I have several questions about this. - Is it worth even trying to save? I was pretty excited to find one this big - it's about 4" in diameter - and after many hours of hunting, never found another one in any condition of any size. I don't expect it to be worth anything monetarily-speaking, but want it just for my own enjoyment. - I've read about a few plastics (I copied the names from another post but now it's not letting me paste them) that others have used for preservation. Any clue as to whether or not it would work in this case? - Has anyone had a fossil in this condition and tried to rescue it? How did it turn out? Thanks in advance. I love how helpful and knowledgeable this community is. Y'all are really great! I've attached a photo to show condition.
  23. Can any one identify

    South of Alpine Texas Marine fossils found. Probably middle Cretaceous. Not oysters. Thickness 1/4 inch.
  24. I made an unexpected trip to Parker County to meet my daughter halfway between Abilene and DFW to pick up my wife and son who were arriving home after a trip to Maine. I arrived an hour or so early and knowing I was in a fossiliferous zone I started thinking where I might find a cut or two to kill some time and have some fun to boot. I know some retail outlets in the area are cut into the hillsides so I started circling a few and checking out the back lots. I finally located a retaining wall behind one of the locations and behind the retaining wall I found a 200' strip of Walnut Clay. The site contained mostly Gryphea and an occasional Nethea or worn irregular echinoid, but after an hour of searching I finally found one tiny Salenia Texana, perhaps not in the best of shape, but the best one of it's kind I have found so far. Moral of the story: if you happen to make an unexpected trip to a known fossil-bearing zone and have an hour or so to kill, don't hesitate to check out what might be hiding behind the retaining walls of the local establishments.
  25. Strange Cretaceous thing

    Here's a little puzzler I found recently. Seems somewhat shell-like on one side, bumpy texture on the other. Shell or something else? Opinions appreciated.