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Found 36 results

  1. Possible Bone Fragment

    Hey there, Thanks for any help you can offer! This was found on the southern banks of Island View Beach on the east side of Southern Vancouver Island. It's shape, apparent slight porosity, and coloration peaked my curiosity but I'm not certain that it's anything of interest. Thanks for your input!
  2. Finally some success!

    Well my daughter and I have been hard at work hunting we got into it after her birthday and had a tiny bit of success at the beach but found a much better area to dig in the nanaimo group strata. I got "west coast fossils" the book so we could figure out what we were finding and finally these last few outings we are finding some great stuff! My only sadness is I found this huge bivalve but I dont think there is anyway to get it out without damaging it! Lifted a large 5" 2x3' slab off the top of this larger rock and we found this which was pretty awesome first large fossil we have found
  3. Id help please

    Hi. Kicking around Mt Tzuhalem yesterday and found a few bits that I'm curious about. The first I think is a gastropod cast but it seems to have spines? The second is a small baculite? Thanks in advance.
  4. What type of petrified wood?

    Wood fossil found at the Trent River, near Comox BC, Canada. Trent River fossils date around 80 million years (so I’ve read), interested to see if anyone can identify exactly what type of tree/plant this came from. Have always thought it was bamboo, but I really don’t know what I’m talking about. Please let me know if you need more photos.
  5. What's this?

    This was sitting in my yard when I bought this house. The owner found it but didn't know what it was. Now every time I walk by it, it bugs me. Anyone have any idea's? The fossil's here on Vancouver Island are cretaceous sea creatures for the most part if that helps. Thanks!
  6. Upper Cretaceous seed?

    I found this one last month at my usual site, Upper Cretaceous Haslam Fm. (Nanaimo Group) Pretty sure it's plant as it's got that coaly carbonized look. A piece of it appears to be missing but the full outline is there. I'm seeing an oval shaped body (flattened but some thickness still left), surrounded by a flat membrane like an Elm samara. I don't really expect to come to any conclusions with this one, but thought it was interesting enough to post for ideas. I'd be happy if someone could tell what modern taxon has seeds resembling this one in any way. If nothing, it will end up in the museum for future paleobotanists to inspect. It's not the only seed- or nut-like thing I've found at this site. Forgot to include something for scale, but it's ~24mm long.
  7. Shell fossil found

    We were looking for Herkimer diamonds on Mount Tzouhalem on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada again today. The area we were in had been blasted to make a golf course which never happened, about 10 years ago. It exposed basalt reportedly from the Devonian period, and there's lots of shale exposed. We were digging in the shale and dug out this piece of rock with a possible shell fossil in it. Any further info or identification of what it might be would be appreciated. Thanks.
  8. Possible fossilized bone found

    We were looking for Herkimer diamonds on Mount Tzouhalem on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada today. The area we were in had been blasted to make a golf course which never happened, about 10 years ago. It exposed basalt reportedly from the Devonian period, and there's lots of shale with some veins of clay that the Herkimer diamonds are found in. We found this possible fossil just laying amongst the loose shale. It seems to have some characteristics of bone, and is a fair size chunk. Here's the pictures. Any help would be appreciated.
  9. Found at Amonite falls

    My son and I were at Amonite Falls in Naniamo, BC and we found this intriguing object on the river bed. Found July 22, 2019. Rocky and lots of shale along the river in a forested area. The ruler is in centemeters. Any help identifying this would be greatly appreciated!
  10. Marine fossils?

    Hello, I found what I believe are marine fossils, but I have not been able to identify them thus far. I'm hoping I might find some help here. The photo lighting isnt the best, but I hope there is enough info here to help. These were all picked up in October 2018, on Vancouver Island in BC, Canada. The area is the Comox valley, and found in shale. The fossils found in this region are marine species from the Cretaceous period. Fossil 1: This was picked up along the Trent River, above the Trent Falls (about 150 yards following the river back up stream from the falls). The area is south of the town of Courtenay. It was found with the 'point' down in some harder rock that accompanies the shale formation there. It was loose enough that I was able to pick this out after tapping along the edges with a chisel. The fossil is not wet in photos. The 'point' is smooth, for the most part, and shiny. Bottom view - What I seen when I found it: Close up of bottom: Top view of 'point' - This was the part embedded in the stone, point down: Side view: Another side view: A couple of close ups of the point:
  11. This crab along with another of the same type are currently with Torrey Nyborg of Loma Linda University in California. I'm told they are Paradoxicarcinus sp. (possibly P. nimonoides or maybe something new). At any rate Torrey Nyborg expressed interest in examining and describing them because he felt they may be something new. If they are indeed new and/or are published they will be donated to the Royal British Columbia Museum, in my hometown of Victoria (BC), not far from where these and other crab fossils were found).
  12. This specimen of a possibly new crab (galatheoid? or homolodromid?) from southern Vancouver Island has been sent, for study and description, to Torrey Nyborg at Loma Linda University in California. The specimen is to be donated to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC. I will update the forum once I've heard back from Torrey on the status of the specimen. Torrey has also expressed interest in a number of other decapod crustaceans collected in association with this specimen. So those fossils may eventually make their way (two already have) to him for description and potential donation to the RBCM.
  13. Long ago, back in the late 1980s, I lived in British Columbia and had the opportunity to collect in the Late Cretaceous Nanaimo Group. I realized that many of the crabs and lobsters I was collecting were undescribed, so I made an effort to collect any material I came across. I tried to find a collaborator willing to help describe the material, but (for reasons I described elsewhere) that didn't work out, and I was encouraged to take on the writing myself. Since I had to focus on my own research career, which actually has nothing to do with paleontology, the project languished and over time most of the taxa were described independently by others, based on specimens collected by other people. Although I would have loved to contribute to the published record of the Nanaimo Group I became convinced that that would not happen. Then, about two years ago, I was corresponding with Torrey Nyborg (a fossil decapod expert well known to some Forum members @fossisle @MB @Al Dente) and found out that he was working on some new species of the crab genus Archaeopus from Vancouver Island and California. I sent him my material, one thing led to another, and the paper has just been published. I am very grateful that Torrey included me as a coauthor. I was also able to contribute the holotype of Archaeopus morenoensis (Figure 15 panel A, attached below), which is actually from California. So thanks to Torrey I feel my long-ago efforts paid off. Don
  14. Kourisodon tooth photo

    Hi TFF friends, How are you? Lately i am trying to id to tooth i have found few month ago. The tooth i have found has on the paper shared characteristic with Kourisodon tooth. I would like to have a visual confirmation but kourisodon tooth pictures are rare. If you do own a kourisodon tooth in your collection, could you please send me photos of this tooth? Thank you very much. David.
  15. is this a femur bone?

    found this on the beach on Vancouver island, looks to me like some sort of femur?
  16. Cretaceous marine mystery item

    Anyone recognize this thing? It spans about an inch (25mm) from thicker end to outer edge of curve. Probably less than 2mm thick. Not from my usual Mt Tzuhalem site, but same fauna in the Haslam Fm of the Cowichan Valley.
  17. Odd deposition surface... biological?

    I'd like to put this up for opinions... A thin limy layer interrupting the usual black shales from my usual Upper Cretaceous site (there are bits of the shale still stuck on top here and there). To me it screams of something like a bacterial mat, but I don't know. I can't imagine any non-biological process of formation, but maybe there is one that I haven't considered? The last pic shows an edge to give an idea of the thin lighter-colored layer. These pieces were all from one contiguous surface a couple feet square or so on a chunk of shale - the only one I have found up there so far with this particular pattern, but in other spots at this site and other sites, I have found similar calcareous(?) 'blobs' of all sizes that seem to have something to do with life, sometimes associated with obvious fossils such as Ino- and Sphenoceramus shells (no fossils were evident on this surface, though).
  18. Leaves - Vancouver Island Santonian

    This is not a great photo, it was taken after sunset at the site of discovery, and it's a bit dirty. I still need to trim the huge chunk and wash it off, and it now sits in a spot with poor lighting, so this is the best I can do for now, but maybe someone who knows Cretaceous flora can suggest an ID for these leaves based on the general outline? The one on the right especially has 3 clear lobes, and note the stems. Platanus? I have never found this type before, in 9 years of collecting up there.
  19. It's just an impression, but I find so few like this I had to keep it. Looked all over for the positive but could not find it. It seems so long and narrow for a Bostrychoceras, or is that just an aspect of the impression? 5 whorls visible.
  20. I know next to nothing about shark teeth but I take it this is a cow shark? I know some of you are shark tooth fanatics who I hope can narrow down the possibilities for me. I have difficulty getting good pics of this little thing... I could try for some better ones if necessary. The tooth itself is split between both parts of the matrix. Haslam Formation (Nanaimo Group), Cowichan Valley Vancouver Isl. (my usual collecting site, up the mtn.) This is only the 3rd shark tooth I've ever found, only two of which I still have, and the only one from Mt Tzuhalem so far.
  21. The Crinoid

    Went up the mountain on Sunday, mainly to look for trading material for a couple other members... The workers have been moving more rock around since I went up last week. I've been wishing for years that this stuff could be turned over so that fresh fossils could be exposed, but the now-crushed and dirty rock is harder to find stuff in, so I focused on the old stuff, which has always been weathering and slowly releasing new fossils anyway. Splitting chunks... Anyone recognize this little ammonite? Maybe not enough there to get an ID.. There's @aerogrower's 2cm cube for scale:
  22. Longusorbis cuniculosis (Richards 1975)

    From the album Decapoda

    3cm. across. From the Campanian Cedar District Formation south of Campbell River, B.C. Thanks to Rick (Fossisle) for the trade.
  23. Acila shumardi

    Most common bivalve on the mountain. Length is of one valve. Day of collection approximate.
  24. heteromorph: Glyptoxoceras

    The circular variety - in form of overlapping circular loops (see also my other entry for this taxon)
  25. heteromorph: Glyptoxoceras

    The 9-shaped variety. The other variety is overlapping circular loops (see my other entry for this taxon). From the 'sponge site'.
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