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  1. Ordovician: Echinoderm scale?

    Finally, I have a fossil with some geological information associated. This piece is from the lower Ordovician Wah Wah Formation, specifically Section J in the Confusion Mountains in western Utah. I believe it might be an echinoderm scale. I would be thrilled if anyone could verify that and/or add any additional taxonomic information for me. Thank you so very much for your thoughts, and please let me know if you need additional photographs and I will do my best!
  2. https://www.livescience.com/63719-flowering-tree-fossil-cretaceous.html
  3. Shell

    I found this fossilized shell during early summer while wading in Little Cottonwood Creek, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. The river was starting to slow after all the spring runoff. What type of shell is it? What period do you think it’s from? Do you have any recommendations for me to start learning how to figure out these things on my own?
  4. Unknown imprint in stone

    Greetings everyone, my first post. I've attached a couple of photos of a rock I found recently that shows (to my untrained eye) what appears to be rows of raised bumps from some type of biological material. Or, maybe it is the result of something tunneling under mud or sand. Here's the data: found in the United States in the state of Utah, in Cache county, at the base of Little mountain, which is 2 miles north of the town of Newton. This area was under several hundred meters of water during the time of Lake Bonneville but I suspect that this example predates that era. The stone is textured on only one surface. The bumps are only 1 or 2 mm in height and I had to photograph the piece using low angle light in order to show the texture. The surface of the stone isn't perfectly flat but rather has some slight ridges and depressions and the imprint details follow those contours. Any thoughts as to what this may be, or what caused it, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  5. Utah Is A Gold Mine For Fossils

    Utah Is A Gold Mine For Fossils Science Friday, September 21, 2018 https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/utah-is-a-gold-mine-for-fossils/ https://www.sciencefriday.com/ Yours, Paul H.
  6. Any Brachiopod Experts Out There?

    Hello everyone! As my family was making its way through northern UT this summer on my way to Dinosaur National Monument I realized that there would be some extra time in the afternoon between when we would arrive in Vernal and when we would check into the hotel, so I decided to do the only logical thing and find a place to go fossil hunting for a few hours in the surrounding area. One of the sites I found only talked about finding belemnites, ammonoids and oyster shells on BLM land off of the highway going into vernal. It was supposed to be middle Jurassic Curtis formation (according to the geologic road signs, an interesting feature of this area's highways). I followed the directions given on the website and we reached the area that we believed to be the one mentioned (The Rockhounder: Belmemnite Fossils Near Vernal Utah) we met a young couple and their toddler out hunting for fossils (always nice to see). What we found somewhat disappointed me (however any afternoon spent fossil hunting is automatically better than any not doing so), only brachiopods and not one cephalopod fossil to be found. The main point of posting this in ID is to figure out if these brachiopods are jurassic species or older, as no belemnites were found they couldn't be used as indicators to the true age.
  7. Utah plate

    I got this from a lady today who says she picked it up with some Dino stuff over 30 years ago in Utah. I am not sure of where in Utah but am looking for a starting point on figuring out what it is. Any help is appreciated.
  8. The subject of this article is probably old news....but they spent a significant amount of space highlighting the importance of amateur collectors and thanking them for their contributions. Thought it might be nice to read about that http://www.geologypage.com/2018/09/half-billion-year-old-fossils-offer-new-clues-to-how-life-exploded-on-the-sea-floor.html
  9. Tooth

    I am a rock hound who came across this the other day and I am not sure what to think about it. I am almost positive it’s a tooth but not sure from what species. I was only allowed to upload 2 pictures so I chose these 2. Does anyone know what it may be? If it is a tooth the tip has been busted off at some point. Thanks
  10. Show Us Your Green River Fossils!

    Hey everyone! I recently started planning a trip out west for next summer and was thinking of going to the Green River formation. One of those "keep all you find" digs. Thought it would be cool to see some fossils from there that some of you may have found. Or even some you could have purchased. Thanks!
  11. I found these today in a box of fossils from my collection that I had in the 1970's. Other fossils in the box were mainly trilobites, crinoids and brachiopods. At one time, I had several thousand fossils, primarily from Ohio, Alaska and Utah. I personally collected 100% of the collection, so these fossils most likely came from oneof these states. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
  12. Triassic Pterosaur Found in Utah

    200-million year old Pterosaur 'built for flying' August 13, 2018 by Marlowe Hood, PhysOrg https://phys.org/news/2018-08-million-year-pterosaur-built.html Rare Desert Pterosaur Fossil Discovered in Utah The rare Triassic fossil is the most complete early pterosaur ever found, and gives new insight into the evolution of the first flying vertebrates By Jason Daley, Smithsonian Magazine, Aug. 14, 2018 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-desert-pterosaur-fossil-discovered-utah-180969995/ Oldest pterodactyl fossil discovered in Utah desert Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, Aug. 13, 2018 https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/08/13/fossil-oldest-pterodactyl-discovered-utah-desert/977979002/ Brooks B. Britt et al. Caelestiventus hanseni gen. et sp. nov. extends the desert-dwelling pterosaur record back 65 million years, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0627 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-018-0627-y Yours, Paul H.
  13. Here's a few things I've learned about the best marine fossil sites. All the right ingredients need to come together in one spot for a great fossil site to come together. But I know there's much more than what I've listed below. So I was hoping other people could add to my list and correct anything they see that's amiss. I figure if your going to search for fossils, you might as well go with the best ideas in hand. All the right ingredients typically found at a good Marine Fossil site: * High elevation limestone shale cliffs, high elevation hill country or areas around ancient seabeds. *Marine rocks in the area like limestone, basalt, dolomite , loess, silica. *Excessive iron presence, magnesium, sulfur and copper carbon ore in the area is ideal. *Presence of certain minerals like bertheirine and calcium carbonates. *Evidence of trace fossils on the surface so you don't waste time digging in the wrong spot. * Mud stone, clay, coral formations, or coral rocks. * Rocks with flow lines, water marks, algae or microorganism markings. *Evidence of oxidation or oxidized rocks. Ross P. Anderson, Nicholas J. Tosca, Robert R. Gaines, Nicolás Mongiardino Koch, Derek E.G. Briggs. A mineralogical signature for Burgess Shale–type fossilization. Geology, 2018; DOI: 10.1130/G39941.1
  14. A lot going on with this fossil.

    The first two pics are of a fossil I found w/ a front and back view. I found them in a fossil bed in the Oquirrh Mts. (Ut) There's a lot of trace fossils on this one, so it may be impossible to id them all. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. The 3rd & 4th pictures are of a similar fossil found in the same fossil bed w/ a front and a back view as well.
  15. From a friend in Utah

    A friend gave these to me and said his mother Found them years ago when they lived in Utah. Other than that I have no idea of their origin. Any help in Identification would be greatly appreciated.
  16. So I've had a hankering for some Precambrian fossils. In Utah, according to this article, there is cyanobacteria fossils present in Utah. Does anybody have any examples of Cyanobacteria fossils that they'd like to show the world so I can have an idea what I'm looking for? If you know anything extra about localities or examples of the Red Pine Shale fossils and don't want to share with everybody we can PM. I'm just trying to get a feel for them before I head out. Thanks.
  17. A tough one

    Im wondering if its even possible to get species information on this one. Part of the estate that I have posted other fossils from. Possibly at least an i.d on what bone this is anatomically would be better than the information I have now. Written on the fossil says "Utah, Jurassic". Those are your clues. Weight: 2.5 kg Length: 7 inch Width: 5.75 in
  18. Road trip fossil hunting

    Hey everyone! My brother and I are doing a bit of driving today and we're looking for places to stop and stretch out out legs and hunt fossils. Were driving through Moab, Utah, on to Durango, Colorado, through Pagosa Springs, down towards Taos, and towards Red River. Anyone have any suggestions?
  19. Utah dinosaur bone. Further classification?

    So this is a piece of dinosaur bone from Utah USA. Unfortunately thats all that came with it. Is it possible to know any further classification of this bone? It was kinda hard to photograph the microscope, my apologies. Also if you want more pictures just ask cause i can only fit 2 here due to limitations. Thanks -Tom
  20. ATrip to Wyoming

    Hello, I’m a new member and a novice fossil hunter. I’m headed on a trip thru Colorado, to southwest Wyoming, and then down southern Utah. I know about the pay sites in Wyoming, does anyone have any suggestions fossil sites from central thru northwest Colorado, and eastern Utah. Sorry if this is a pretty broad question.
  21. I have a surplus of fossils from Utah and Wyoming. From UT I have a bunch of Elrathia and Asaphiscus trilobites. From Wyoming fossil fish mainly Knightia but I do have one Mioplosus. What I'm looking for are trilobites outside of Utah, ammonites, and shark teeth or any other kind of tooth such as Therapod, Cetacean, crocodile, etc. Here's a picture of some of the fossils. I also have some Chesapecten from Maryland sitting in my desk drawers.
  22. Can someone please help me know if this "dinosaur egg" that I found in Utah is truly a dinosaur egg?
  23. A New Ankylosaurid from Utah

    A partial ankylosaurid skeleton from the upper Campanian Kaiparowits Formation of southern Utah is recognized as a new taxon, Akainacephalus johnsoni. The new taxon documents the first record of an associated ankylosaurid skull and postcranial skeleton from the Kaiparowits Formation. A good reference paper to aid in identification of ankylosaurid bones https://peerj.com/articles/5016/
  24. Go west

    Hey all. Going out to Vernal UT at the end of the week. Spending a couple of days there, doing Dinosaur National Monument, then a week near Boulder CO. Would love any suggestions of places to hunt while I'm out there. Will also be visiting Florissant and Morrison. Trying desperately to squeeze an extra day to get up to Kemmerer WY to find some fishes!
  25. Found this looking for yellow cat redwood last week! It looks like real bark!
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