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  1. I noticed the fossils of more 'modern' reptiles are not commonly shown/displayed (partly because I think they are fairly common in the U.S. and not viewed as too spectacular), so I thought we might do so here. I'd love to see your croc/alligator and turtle material, especially from various locations!
  2. Isle of Wight finds

    Hi, After deciding to post an October find item, I thought I would post these photos for your suggestions. I prepped them all last weekend at the same time as the spine. Photos 1 -3 only had its edge showing and the matrix is really hard so the engraver came out, yeah it still works. Held my breath and went for it and managed not to break what I think is some turtle shell, it is 4cm long and 4mm thick. I am reluctant to prep the other side and remove all of the matrix as I do not want to ruin it completely. It is not much to look at but for the size of the fragment. The photos are self explanatory. The following ones are from the same rock at the other end. A chunk of bone, maybe part of a jaw it is 3.5 cm long. It was not until I prepped it that the tiny jaw 1cm long with 6 teeth sockets appeared to one side, one socket has a broken tooth in it, not my fault. Initially I only saw the end, I thought turtle shell as the profile was V shaped suggesting an edge. I dare not try to uncover it anymore It could be a small croc or maybe Amia which is known from the same matrix which is part of the Atherfield Clay formation, I really have no idea. Any experts out there please jump in with what you think it is. Cannot post it in finds as I cannot ID it, sugar.
  3. Hi, I work at a fossil shop in Moab U.T., and for the life of me, I can't figure out what species or period it's from. I have reason to believe it's from China, but I can't confirm this. This has been on my mind for a long time, and any help would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Fossil is 3 feet long and found in peru.
  5. Hot NSR Trip!

    Hot long NSR trip. My legs are sore lol. Nice variety today including attached verts, bison tooth, mosasaur verts, multiple fish jaw sections, turtle shell, gastropods etc.
  6. Desert find

    I found this piece out here in the NM desert while walking our dogs.....we are the only ones that live out here so I'm not sure how this got here...or has it always been here under the sand?Can anyone tell me if this is anything?It looks like a turtle egg but is solid
  7. Portsmouth Island, not fossil yet

    Portsmouth Island soon to be fossils, (maybe) whale turtle
  8. Ancient Reptile Bone?

    Hello, everyone. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. I found this fossilized bone in a creek outside of Austin. On a separate occasion I found a very nice Mosasaur vert in the same area (literally a few feet away from where this was found). It looks to be a vertebra, but two people (Paleontologists) have looked at it, but feel that it's NOT from a Mosasaur. Possibly from a turtle? Can anyone offer any thoughts?
  9. So I have had a lot of interest in the three turtles we pulled out of the quarry this year. While we are not ready to unveil them completely, here are a few pictures during the prep process to tantalize. Both the Xrays and a small pic or two. Xrays do not show everything so you have to use your imagination about what is in the rock. The first pictures are of the little turtle my dad found. Species is currently being evaluated, it is about 6 inches long. Next are pictures of one of the two large turtles we found on top of each other, separated by only inches. It is a trionyx, possibly Apalone, approximately 4 feet long . The other large turtle is a Chisternon, nearly 4 1/2 feet long.. That was an exciting weekend. I will post more when Prep is complete. Seth
  10. Baenidae non det.

    Might be Chisternon undatum Leidy, 1872, but turtles that size are almost impossible to determine.
  11. Turtle Hip

    Partial hip of a turtle.
  12. What the heck did I find?

    Found this on the side slope of an old road cut near the Cheyenne River in western South Dakota this morning...my first thought was turtle but after looking at fossilized turtle pics on line I don't think so. Could it be a dinosaur egg? It is about 18" long by 12" wide. When I grasped it and pulled on it it started separating into chunks as you can see in the second photo, and what looks like it could be the outer shell started separating from the outer portion (some pieces can be seen in the dirt to the right of the fossil(?) in question. Any help with ID would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  13. How old is this turtle shell?

  14. North Texas Creek Hunt

    I tried out a new secluded north Texas creek while artifact hunting with a friend. He told me the creek didn't have fossils but I managed to prove him wrong and find a really cool piece of Protostega plastron, a small Mosasaur vert and a section of ammonite :). Wild hogs were everywhere there.
  15. Two cool fossils - no idea what they are

    Both of these were found in Middle Tennessee, not far from Nashville. The area is now a lake, but use to be a river before a dam was built. The first one with the indentations is about 3 inches in length. The one that looks like a bone (but probably isn't?) is about 5.5 inches long and 2.5 inches tall at its tallest point. Any ideas? thanks.
  16. Turtle Plastron

  17. Hey gang. So a couple more odd questions for you. I stopped by a dirt pile on the way home after work earlier this week and found some vertebrate bits including some turtle, horse teeth, ivory, dugong bone,etc. I found two larger flat shapes (bottom middle 2 specimens in the 1st picture) that intrigued me the most that were covered in clay so I brought them home---both I thought were large turtle shell plates. The first one I could see definitely see a grainy turtle shell texture of the larger types that I've already run across as well as the various boney layers within the shell but when cleaned up I noticed this black orbicular staining on just the one side and Im wondering if you all have seen that and know if it might be caused by something within the actual turtle shell...disease/fungus, etc or is it just a random mineral stain? The 2nd specimen I again thought was a large piece of turtle shell. Again when I cleaned it up I first noticed the textured flat side but there is a canal/vessel of some sort going thru the entire midsection of the fragment and then upon further rinsing I noticed two crescent shapes reminiscent of tooth root cavities on the top of the fragment. I went from thinking turtle shell and then seeing no laminations in the bone to wondering if it was some sacral element and now I'm wondering if those crescent shapes might indicate something crazy like a piece of sloth mandible. Someone please set me straight. Appreciate any opinions. Forgot to add scale and show the position of the canal/opening. It appears that the canal/vessel runs right between and beneath the two outer crescent shapes (the arrows in the photo indicate its location) and the top of it is very thin/narrow and has been broken/collapsed-the area which I have also circled in red. If it had not been broken in that area I think all you would see in the top view is just the two crescent shapes. Hoping there is enough detail to suggest what critter this came from. Thanks. Regards, Chris
  18. Eocene Turtle?

    My boyfriend and I have been finding a lot of pet wood logs lately but, yesterday, as I was digging a large log out of the bank of the creek, I found this. It was buried behind the log, about 3 feet into the bank. The soil is gray sandy clay, and was found just above the water line in a slow-moving meandering stream that is probably 30 feet below the flood stage level. This particular location is in Brazos County, Texas. It should be the Eocene, Yegua Formation, Claiborne group, according to the USGS Web Soil Survey site. The specimen itself is 4" long, and 1.5" at its widest point. We tried to do some research prior to posting here, but there isn't very much information we could find on anything similar to this as it relates to Texas, and nothing that related to fossils at all. Anybody have any ideas? I hope we were on the right track and were able to give y'all enough information to help us out. Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to give.
  19. So recently purchased a pretty banged up turtle from a friend in SD and unfortunately it was destroyed thanks to the post office. Despite fragile stickers the box was more than banged up. All that was left was the rock from inside of the shell and one decent shell piece. Well I decided since the shell is destroyed I'd try and practice prepping to discover some of the internal bones. I purchased a CP 9361 and got to work. So far I've only uncovered what I believe to be the pectoral girdle but so far so good!
  20. Hi, I thought I'd share some of my best finds from my trip to Hamstead earlier today. Today was my first collecting trip there in almost a month due to the living hell most British 18 year olds have to endure, commonly called, A level exams. As my exams are starting to wind down and finish next week, along with my entire school career (I'm nearly free!) I thought I'd head up there and do some collecting to get back into the swing of things for the summer. We've had a long period of very hot, calm, and still weather here in southern England, and that coupled with the recent influx of eager tourists during the early June school holidays, has meant that on many parts of the Hamstead - Bouldnor coast decent finds other than turtle carapace and plastron fragments are pretty thin on the ground. Nevertheless I hit the beach at about 8am this morning and over the course of the morning/early afternoon found some fairly nice specimens, although the reduced productivity was quite noticeable. The best find of the day was a large section of Diplocynodon s.p jaw, seemingly from the left mandible, lying out on the Bembridge Marls on the foreshore (although it's most likely from the Lower Hamstead Mbr). Another really interesting and nice find was a fragment of mammal mandible, with a molar still in situ within it's alveolus. Unfortunately the tooth itself has been heavily worn so the crown is missing, although the roots can be seen within the mandible. Based off of the shape of the alveoli and the size it's likely its from an Anthracothere such as Elomeryx or Bothriodon although without the crown it'll be difficult to properly ID it. Other finds included a small section of mammal rib, a worn proximal end of a femur, various fish vertebrae from Amia s.p (Bowfin) and from unidentified teleosts, a worn crocodilian vertebral centrum, and about 50-60 small to medium sized fragments of turtle carapace (from Emys and Trionyx) and crocodilian scutes, including posterior marginal, marginal, and neural plates. I'll attach images below. Thanks, Theo 1. Large section of Diplocynodon s.p mandible. 2. A section of mammalian rib 3. Mammalian mandible fragment with molar roots in situ.
  21. Took an hour for a walk in a creek not far from where I live. We have had rains earlier this week so thought I would take a look at what washed out. This creek does not produce a ton but always gives up something if you look hard enough. Found a jaw section, possibly small mosasaur and a partial turtle scute. Wish I had more time to get out there but very pleased to have found this. And the turtle...
  22. More Florida scraps from the garage

    Hey Gang, I've been messing with some more boxed stuff from awhile ago in my garage. All is Florida material...typical possible Mio-Pliocene, Pleistocene in age. 4 Different specimens for your feedback/consideration: 1) A worn Turtle neural? or possibly a turtle skull element? 1.5cm long. The triangular shape intrigues me. Any chance a genus can be assigned? 2) A bone end. Approximately 3.5cm long. Is it possible to tell from what bone? Any ideas about the possible critter type? Panorama showing different angles.. 3) Very small worm burrow traces or possibly pelecypod burrows? Pebble is only 2 cm long. Traces are approximately 1-2mm wide/long. I was intrigued with the "four leaf clover pattern created by some of them. Has anyone seen this before? 4) Partial mammal tooth. approx 4.5cm tall. I was intrigued by the tree root like patterns on the lower portion of the tooth.... In the 2nd photo the unknown is on the right and before it are 2 smaller similar fragments that were also found. Was thinking juvenile elephant of some type but I defer to you all. Nor am I sure if the 3 fragments are from the same critter or not. Hoping there is something here that can be identified with some certainty. Thanks for the looks. Regards, Chris
  23. Well my wonderful and well intentioned girlfriend wanted to purchase me a fossil and just sent me a link to a eBay listing. The seller is located in the states but specifies the "fossil" is from China. It seems fake to me but I would much appreciate some feedback as to not make her feel bad by fighting for a return. Thanks!
  24. Long NSR Hike!

    Long hike at NSR. I did manage to find my first turtle vert and Stratodus palatine bone. I love the colors on the little Mosasaur tail vert. It was a beautiful day and animals were on the move. More pics.
  25. So I got gobs of turtle stuff as many of us Floridians have and there were all kinds of these guys crawling and swimming around here. I was wondering if any of you have run across complete turtle/tortoise jaw/dentary's and might confirm these fragments might be. So here are 3 fragments that have interesting textures. All 3 have a gentle curve/arch/narrowing to them. 1) seems to have a porosity/pitting very similar to alligator or croc and I'm not sure if that immediately excludes it as part of a turtle jaw.