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  1. Took a little trip up to the Texas Panhandle for a little get-away and some fossil hunting! My parents, my husband and I rented an Air B&B near Clarendon TX (figured that would be a relatively "safe" pandemic travel solution and it worked out quite well!). We chose Clarendon (well, Howardwick, actually) because it was midway between the places we wanted to visit, AND, it is actually a famous area which the illustrious Mr. Cope of the Bone Wars (in the mid-1800s, Mr. Cope of the Academy of Natural Science in Philly and Mr. Marsh of Yale, vied to find the best and the most dinosaurs around the US) found and named a Miocene faunal bed- the Clarendon Beds at the Spade Flat Quarries at the RO ranch (An interesting aside....my mom worked at the Yale Peabody Museum when she was pregnant with me....surrounded by the dinos that Mr. Marsh collected. I'm pretty sure that's where my paleontological bent came from...) So to start our trip, we actually stayed a night in Snyder TX, and it's funny when you travel, the things you find...like dinosaurs, everywhere! And in Spur TX, a mural that we just happened to drive by! And outside of Canadian TX....on a hilltop! The first fossil stop was a Comanche Peak/Edwards Formation Roadcut - I had heard that you could find Pedinopsis Echinoids there...so we stopped the first day around 4pm...it was 98 degrees. I found a little echie that I THOUGHT might be a pedinopsis but was afraid it was really a Coenholectypus (which sadly, turned out to be the case. Nothing against Coenholectypuses, I just have a few of those!) . The next morning, I wanted to stop back by on our way to Clarendon, but a cold front blew through that night and the temp went from nearly 100 to 40 the next morning! Fortunately the wind was not blowing, so I got to stop back by and found a nice Engonoceras gibbosum ammonite, my first whole one of that species. Everything else was stuff I'd already found, but I did find a lovely Lima bravoensis. So on to Clarendon. I did my "homework" - searching the internet for info, Texas Pocket Geology site for formations and Google Maps for likely spots to search. The lake near Howardwick was Permian, so we looked there....no luck. I found the Miocene Spade Flats area and went up dirt roads to find it....didn't quite find it, but found the right formation....but no fossils. We drove along the road to look at Miocene era roadcuts that I saw posted about here on FF and no luck. So basically, the Miocene Clarendon Beds were a washout and the Permian in that area is non fossiliferous, apparently! Sometimes the fossil hunting is not exactly.....lucrative. Alas. But I did get to see Caprock State Park (and the Texas Bison Herd) Palo Duro Canyon and its Permian (red) overlayed by Triassic (purple and yellow) And some Pronghorn Antelope And then I FINALLY got some good fossil hunting in at a Pennsyvanian era roadcut near Mineral Wells! Finally! Some good new stuff! PIcs coming.... Gastropod Cymatospira montfortianus (1/2 inch) My first find of a Crinoid "bulb" -not completely but partial at least! 1/2 inch 6 fragments of a Crinoid Graffhamicrinus bulb "kit" in pieces (only four pictured, obviously) And some beautifully preserved Echinoid plates And finally, the last place we went was Archer City, where the Permian Red Beds are located, just outside the city. Again, I tried to find some likely looking roadcuts or places were we could go, but alas, it's all private property and nothing looked accessible. So, no Permian fossils or Miocene Fossils, this trip, but the Cretaceous and the Pennsylvanian always yield something good! So long, all you Texas longhorns!
  2. Hello all! Sorting through some new Cretaceous Post Oak Creek matrix and have a few questions on what some of these might be. Thanks for any help! First is this round tooth....could it be croc? It doesn't have any striations, which I think croc would, but it is perfectly round so not a worn shark blade, I think. Anyways, any suggestions would be appreciated! 1. Tooth? 5 mm 2. This little piece...may not be identifiable as anything, but the surface texture is just interesting. 2mm other side 3. Possibly a denticle? Or tooth? I've found lots of sawfish teeth but this one doesn't seem to match anything else. 2mm other side 4. is this turtle? 1.5 cm 6, And lastly....this "claw" thingie. . 2 mm Thanks for looking!
  3. Hoof core

    This looks like a very small hoof core of a horse. Any way to know if it’s from a baby horse, three toed Miocene horse or maybe even tapir?
  4. Osteoderm

    I’ve found several osteoderm of glyptodon and giant armadillo but this one seems a little different. Could it be sloth?
  5. Hello! Im new to the Houston area Moved down from Virginia Beach, where fossilized shark, stingray teeth are common. Decided to walk along local creek found lots of interesting old bottles, pottery fragments, fossilized wood and shells, eventually came along three large fossilized bone fragments and one interesting partial fossil. The only fossils I’m familiar with are the shark teeth exc. common to my area help identifying these and knowledge on other common local fossils is much appreciated.
  6. I've been slowly working my way thru some specimens I collected this summer. I often sort stuff out and tackle one group/order at a time. So I am sorting out some of the rudists that are found at one of my favorite Glen Rose Formation locations. The site is rich with a seriously diverse fauna that includes at least 4 species of rudists. Rudists were rather weirdly shaped bivalves that went extinct at the end of the Mesozoic. They are also, most often, only found locked into hard rock and difficult to collect. But this local produces at least two that you can pick up complete and two that give good internal molds. I started with the requienids Toucasia texana (Roemer) which look more like big gastropods than bivalves. As I sorted them by size and quality I found there was one I kept picking up and turning to match with the others. But it wouldn't... Take a look and let me know when you see the one that is different. I'll follow up with pics of the other species later today. EDIT: I guess I still did didn't turn it around enough times...It's just upside down....feeling kinda foolish about now...still nice fossils I think...
  7. Fall fossils in TX

    Hello all, My since we just went through Hurricane Sally, my wife said I need to get out and go collecting. Who am I to argue! So I'm planning a trip to north Texas to collect. I would appreciate and help from y'all to point me in the right direction. I have been to Lake Texoma and the Jacksboro once, briefly, in the past and really had a great time there. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  8. From the album Texas Echinoids, ERose

    My first complete cidarid. Lower Member, Glen Rose Formation, Trinity Group Lower Cretaceous (Albian) Central Texas

    © ERose 2020

  9. Strange veining

    Found this rock in a field on Central Texas has wierd viens look like hollow walls or double wall. More pics to come
  10. Proboscidean humerus

    I dug up this distal (I think) humerus today on the Brazos River. I wasn’t sure what I had when I first started digging. By the second picture I knew it was something special. Is there any way to differentiate between mammoth and mastodon humerus? @Harry Pristis @Uncle Siphuncle @fossilus I’m happy to provide additional pics if needed.
  11. Cretaceous Orectolobiformes from Texas

    Awhile back we had the great fortune to do a trade with our friend @Captcrunch227. Beau has been a friend since we joined and among the shark goodies he sent us was a bag of micro matrix from Eagle Ford, Post Oak Creek if memory serves. I found 4 teeth that appeared to be Orectolobiformes. Cretaceous Texas seems to have been environment well suited to Carpet Sharks. Cantioscyllium, Plicatoscyllium, Nebrius, and Ginglymostoma are all listed on Elasmo though those examples are from the Kemp Clay. I found two distinct tooth types but I am not 100% sure my ID’s are accurate. I had the chance to get pictures of the tiny teeth so hopefully I can get some help with these. I think the first two are Cantioscyllium teeth. They are larger than the other two. These are both around 4mm or so. I researched this quite a bit and that was the best fit but I could definitely be wrong.
  12. *Just a note that this is a follow-up post to the VFOTM post that I wanted to share.* After reading a few posts here on the forum I decided I’d go to the NSR when I got the chance. I’d read it was good for beginners and the opportunity presented itself in April, 2020. I decided I’d make the trip and see what I could find. The first trip I hunted I found very little and walked a great deal until the very end of the day when I finally found two small mosasaur teeth. One of which was a Globidens sp. I was instantly hooked. Two weeks later, on my second ever fossil hunting trip I spotted the exposed section of the tip of the dentary which was only an inch above the marl, and kept walking thinking that it was just wood sticking out of the riverbed. Keep in mind it was after a two hour drive and seven hour hike, I hadn’t read much about fossils, and had no idea about how to properly collect a more complete vertebrate. I continued walking and my exhausted heat addled brain finally processed that the chances of there being an old black piece of wood stuck in the bottom of the riverbed wasn’t that likely. So I walked a few yards back and was lucky enough to find it. Beginners luck! I didn’t take a picture of it until I exposed the first tooth. First picture though is just the anatomy of my find as I understand it. This was the first picture I did take of the right dentary. The NSR can rise pretty fast, especially when it’s raining out west and it was slowly rising so my find started going under water. I was stuck between trying to get it exposed and out of the ground in as best shape as possible and risking it going under which I didn’t know how would effect it. To top it all off the only tool I had was a screwdriver. Here is the dentary nearly exposed. And exposed. I dug a little channel that diverted some of the water away, but it was only effective for a few minutes. And here’s the shape it left in the river bottom. By the time I had the find out of the ground the water level was well over the site and the sun was going down. I decided I'd go back as soon as possible to see if I could find any more.
  13. Borophagus Carnassial

    Just got back from the fossil fair at Sanford Civic Center in central Florida, had a great time and brought back some great specimens. There's quite a variety here, but I have quite specific geographic/geological data for each piece, so I'm excited for some opinions. After some careful deliberation, I've decided to make separate posts for each specimen, as I want to thoroughly inspect each piece rather than half-haphazardly glance over all of them. The tag with this fossil reads exactly: "Osteoborus cyonoides Late Miocene- "Hemphillian Ogallala Group Hemphill Co. Texas 'Coffee Ranch Fauna'" Apparently Osteoborus is a synonymous taxon for Borophagus. How does the tag hold up? Thank you very much for your time, much appreciated. NOTE: ruler is in cm, this tooth is quite small.
  14. Egg ???

  15. I decided to take a break in picking through the matrix from my last trip and actually get out and hunt this morning. I drove over to Hill County, and tried out a new creek. I really didn't find anything worth mentioning there, left and stopped on the way home at the creek where I'd found so much mud three weeks ago. It was much drier this time, and I had a lot easier time navigating it. But I still didn't find many fossils. Just like last time though, it produced one that made the trip really worthwhile. Does anyone know what this fish tail belonged to? A Xiphactinus, maybe?
  16. First fossil manatees in Texas

    Ice Age manatees may have called Texas home Fossils of Ice Age manatees discovered in Texas By Stephanie Pappas Bell, Christopher J., Godwin, William, Jenkins, Kelsey M., and Lewis, Patrick J. 2020. First fossil manatees in Texas, USA: Trichechus manatus bakerorumfrom Pleistocene beach deposits along the Gulf of Mexico. Palaeontologia Electronica, 23(3):a47. https://doi.org/10.26879/1006 Yours, Paul H.
  17. Hello all! I recently found a new spot that turns out is Walnut Formation. Finding lots of nice stuff there...big Echinoids - Phymosomas, a Tetragrmma and some little Leptosalenia mexicanas. But I've found a few things that I can't ID. @erose - I relooked at the presentation on Albian crabs you did for the PSoA last month and thought this one was in there, but now I don't see it? I thought you had collected one like this.. Thanks for any help, y'all! This little Bivalve looks like a Plicatula but those are not found in the Walnut? (According to the Houston Gem and Mineral Society Bivalve Book) And this other bivalve - closest I can come up with is Lopha, but again, not listed in the Walnut
  18. So I had a few hours off the other day and decided to hit a favorite spot in the Glen Rose Formation. The Glen Rose is Lower Cretaceous (Albian) and can be very fossiliferous. For those familiar with this formation the particular layer I was hunting is near the top of the Lower Member in what is known as the "Salenia texana" zone. As the name implies it is abundant with the echinoid Leptosalenia texana. But it also produces another handful of echinoids, some common and some rare. I was hunting(hoping) for the rare ones... Now let me tell you it has been a long hard summer and this week was the topper with my wiener dog Bacon getting snake bit in the back yard and things at work being extra hectic and, well just life in general in this time of plague... So I was DUE BIG TIME for a good hunt. Within the first five minutes I knew it was going to be good. We recently had some good rain and there were no footprints in sight. And it was bright and clear and perfect "urchin" light. Some of you know just what I mean by that. Sharp clear sunlight at the right angle makes those tubercules pop, even when half buried in the marl. My first good find was a fossil I had been looking for for a while and one that I got skunked on at the last PSA field trip. Jamie Lynn and a few other club members found them and I was teasing them about it. It was a comatulid crinoid cup. Not an echinoid, but another weird echinoderm. Comatulids are stemless crinoids, aka feather stars. From there I started finding those Leptosalenias of which I only brought home the best ones. Lots of other good specimens of bivalves, gastropods, serpulids, etc started filling the bag and then I looked up and there it was, bucket list, holy grail of the GR, a CIDARID! Now I have several "pieces" from there but this one was obviously complete. It was still tucked into the marly layer and hadn't been fully washed out and broken up yet. As I removed it I found it was a bit squooshed, but otherwise intact. The species is Paracidaris? texanus (Whitney & Kellum). Smith & Rader(2009) placed it tentatively in Paracidaris, but it is probably a good ID. Spines and loose plates are common but articulated specimens are few and far between. That was it, I could have gone home right then and there, but I kept going. I was rewarded with a medium sized Tetragramma (semi rare) that will need lots of cleaning and a few more Leptosalenias. Eventually my alarm went off and it was time to head home. A great afternoon in Central Texas.
  19. A Gift from a Friend - Mosasaur?

    Welll....I got a lovely gift box in the mail from a friend who knew I liked fossils. I WAS SO NOT EXPECTING THIS IN THE MAIL! Imagine my excitement on finding a Green River fish, a nice big Megaladon and....pretty sure this is a Mosasaur tooth from Morocco? That's my best guess anyways. It kind of looks "staged" with the vert, but I don't care, it's really cool. So am I right in my attempt at ID as mosasaur? Since I haven't FOUND ONE YET I don't have any to compare! (And yes, I have been 'visuallizing" a mosasaur tooth and vert something fierce and the universe decided to play a trick on me and gave me one....but not one I FOUND. hahahhahahah).
  20. I made a quick trip yesterday back to the Ellis County creek where I found so many teeth. With all the work being done to deer stands and feeders near it last time I was there, I knew my days of being able to hunt it this year were numbered, and sure enough, I have been officially banned by the landowner whose pasture I must cross to get to the creek, until at least next February. I knew my two best micro-spots in the creek were pretty much played out until we get floods and erosion, but I figured I might spend some time searching the gravel bars in the creek, and walk a little further down the creek than I had before. I made the walk further down the creek first, and never got around to searching the gravel bars very much. Here's what I spotted just past where I'd been before. How many teeth can you see in that matrix?