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Found 54 results

  1. Washington DC- where to Hunt?

    Hi all, I'm going to be in DC for 2 months this summer. Does anybody have any recommendations for collecting localities in the area? I'll be kinda limited in terms of where I can go bc I wont have a car.
  2. Cannot ID what this is

    Hi. I found this in Washington State and I have no idea what this is.
  3. First poster and fresh account here, so hopefully I've done everything up to code! Found this while at the beach in washington. Thought it might be dinosaur poo, so brought it back. Though i'd love to be sure of what it is, if anything. It does seem to be a bit tacky when licked, but...cant say I've ever licked dino poo before so can't be certain what i'm licking for hah. Pictures had to be shrunk to all fit, then compiled them to compact further, so hopefully details still show. Front Side Back Side Side One (with ruler) Side Two (with ruler) Front Side In Sun
  4. Bone found in Washington State creek

    I found this bone in a ditch with no teeth marks or chewing on it. Obviously I believe this is modern as it still smelled of death and decay (I ran it under soap and boiling water and then rubbed it with sanitizer. and even then I don't touch it without a napkin) I was curious if my hypothesis was correct about this being a deer femur bone? I wasn't sure because I'm no bone expert but maybe someone here knows, all I know is we have deer, bears, cougars and possibly elk or moose but that would be rare. This was found in a creek by Murdock beach Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula (temperate rain forest conditions near large ocean.)
  5. Murdock Beach Fossils WA

    Me and my girlfriend went to Murdock Beach, we found a ton of concretions, one of which (which I left in the car and can't include) was an agatized acila clam I believe. With pretty good detail. However that was the only fossil that I found which I could recognize. I will post all the finds here which I was curious about. I continually saw these rectangular cross sections of some strange agatized fossil. Then, I split one of these rectangular fossils just right and got a print of what the "skin" or outside layer looks like as almost a cast from a mold of agate. The perfect mold is the last picture I posted. If anyone has any clue as to what this is, you might be the first to identify what all these famous Murdock beach concretions are.
  6. Eocene Tooth?

    This was found in Washington State around the Seattle Area. This formation has been dated at 40 million years old and considered Near Shore sediments. I have found a fish tooth and a shark tooth in this same spot, however the tooth I found today seems to have traits of both. It also has more detail so I hope that could help in identification. The tooth is about half an inch long or 1.27 centimeters long. or 12 MM It takes on a blueish hue and has no serrations. I can upload more pictures but request if anyone wants to see another angle or different lighting.
  7. This is a some kind of tooth from the Eocene. I found it a few feet from this shark tooth I also found but couldn't figure what this is. I was imagining fish? Microscope images included and also showing it is transparent in the light where the tooth gets thinner. No serrations. People didn't like that I used American currency so here is Ancient Rome, , Canadian, Belgian and wheat cents for any time travelers or old timers. I lost my snarge ruler unfortunately.
  8. Odd fossil

    Ok so last week I found this fossil in the muddy river bank by Schafer state park montesano wa. I absolutely have no ideas. Please help
  9. I've been planning a fossil hunting outing with my son for the next week or two (weather permitting), and yesterday my wife kindly suggested that I scout out the site before I take our 8 year old on a fossil hunting trip deep into the woods where no cell phones reach. So, when today turned out to be mostly sunny and pleasant, I hopped in the car and headed to a location that sounded promising on old geologic maps/reports (by Rau in the 1950s-60s, to be precise). And it turns out that (as always) my wife was correct -- the logging company who owns the land has apparently erected a gate blocking vehicle access to the road I was planning to use to get to the site, which was not on any topo maps including the relatively recent FS Topo that encompasses this area. Their sign said it was fine to hike in as long as I didn't remove any "special forestry products." Pretty sure fossils don't qualify! I was originally planning to start with what Rau called "Tl-3," one of the lower (geologically) members of the formation, but in light of having to hike instead of drive, I opted for a closer member, Tl-5. After a short walk on the road, I struck out for the stream I was targeting through the woods. This is the part where I'm pretty sure my son would not be capable of pushing through the underbrush on steep and soggy stream banks, so I'll have to find another site for next time, preferably within easy walking distance of a logging road I'm allowed to drive on. When I reached the first exposure of the formation, I could see clear evidence that I wasn't the first person to visit this site (no surprise there), in the form of piles of debris at the base of the bank and a few clear empty spherical gaps in the outcrop. But, I had no trouble finding many small concretions (shells or nothing, I assume?), one large misshapen one (maybe not even a proper concretion?), and one nice looking one that I assume contains a crab, so I suspect no one had been there since the most recent tree-falls and rockslides. I scrambled up, down and along the bank for about 45 minutes, collecting any concretions or fossils I saw either exposed or lose, but did not attempt to expose anything new (maybe next time!). I found a very nice piece of fossilized wood in the debris pile, too, which I can only assume previous visitors to the site mistook for ordinary wood. I am tired and dirty and need to do some household chores, so I will save the whacking of concretions for another day, and probably not do the (likely) crab at all until I have the proper tools to prepare it right. First I'll attach the complete collection of finds, then add a few closeups of the wood in the thread below.
  10. Hi everyone, Once upon a time, I was a young college student at UF whose favorite hobby was spending hours trudging through swamps and up and down creekbeds in search of gravel beds and limestone banks. There were no other types of stone worth noting, so every stone was either limestone or imported. Fossils might not always have been easy to find, but when you did find them they generally were sturdy things that were practically falling out soft limestone or clay. My tools were a hand spade and a homemade screen in a wooden frame, that's it. Fast forward a decade (or two...) and I'm trying to get my kids into the hunt from our new home in the Pacific NW. But things are so different here. The rocks are all strong! So many of the fossils seem so relatively weak! I heard about the Lincoln Creek concretions and that sounded like fun until I saw what you guys go through to prepare those things ... I'd need a whole new workshop just dedicated to that! As I read about all these fossil-bearing formations in the Cascades and Olympic peninsula, most of them sound similar in terms of the difficulty and gear required. So... I'm probably going to take the older kid at least to collect concretions in the next few weeks, but we'll have no plans for what comes next. Actually, I'm pretty sure it will end up with him smashing them "carefully" (with proper eye and dust protection, of course).
  11. I have found plant fossils in three different spots but only the last spot I check had the most satisfying fossils. I will share only a few that I found but I did find tons more.
  12. I currently live in Tacoma Washington State ( Not D.C ) I am moving to north Carolina to rent a house and start a life with my soon to be wife. However, for the next year as I complete college, is there anywhere in Washington state where I can find shark teeth? So far I have found nada. I heard Point no Point is good for fossils and shark teeth according to a post called "Best Beach for Shark Teeth: 6 well known places to search (not allowed to post links) However after a quick search on Macrostrat and older geologic maps I have found nothing of interest in the entire area and the islands across from it. I imagine the best beach to go would be one with exposed fossiliferous sediments on cliffs that get battered by waves. If anyone knows of any places or even a simple "Yes, they exist here" would be helpful. It seems there is no info online.
  13. Currently I am fascinated with prehistoric plants from Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous specifically. However Eocene, Oligocene and Miocene are also awesome. I heard coal mines were great places to find plant fossils. Where should I look? Inside the coal mine, in siltstone or shale around the coal mine? Along the river? I have never found plant fossils before and was wondering where other people find them. I've scrolled through the forums and seen peoples finds but have no idea what it looks like to find plants. Finding brachiopods or gastropods is easy, the shell pops out usually no matter where you hit it. But plants are near 2 dimensional and you could go through a ton of plants vertically and have no idea. So if you have any advice you'd like to share, please let me know.
  14. So I found these fossils around Tukwila Washington. I'm not looking for an ID but I'd just like to share with you some of the gastropods and bivalves I found along the way And for all you Washington fossil hunters, don't listen to people who say you need to be in Utah to find fossils, they are everywhere here (Information: These come from the Eocene time period 40 million years ago. Some of these fossils are Turritella Uvasana (Identified by Professional) some gastropods, some pecten looking shells (still not sure) and bivalves of unknown species.)
  15. tiny shell ID?

    I found this in Washington state, Oligocene era. Its quite small but doesn't have the same horizontal striations of the other bivalves I found. It has vertical striations like a scallop (not that I suggest it is one)
  16. Please help with id and how to proceed.

    Hello to all fellow fossil lovers. Ok I found this at the Lincoln formation in porter wa. At first I tried to relieve it from its cast by striking it with a hammer. Then I soaked it In Vinager and chipped away at it. I decided that I would ruin it if I continued. I froze it and thawed about 4 times. The end fell off as you can see. Is this a lobster or shrimp? How do I finish exposing it?
  17. Please help id

    Found in the porter creek area in washington also concidered Lincoln formation. it was covered with lots and lots of mud. I soaked it in acid for about 48 hours. I still couldnt find anything. I decided to cut into it with a rock saw. This is what i found. The pictures are taken in sequence of how the rock goes together. Thank you in advance.
  18. Proboscidea?

    Ill add more pictures. I found it on a beach in Washington State.
  19. I bought two crab concretions from a guy about 3 weeks ago. Not happy with these concs, but if you don't gamble you don't win. In this case, I lost. These will be b-grade crabs. Simply not good enough to make it into my crab collection. In the second picture you can see what I see when I sit back and just look at what ive done. In this case, Im sittin back and lookin at how im doing with the 'rock smoothing'. Lookin purty good for a b-grade piece of cow poop. Im also very spoiled. Belive me, with what I payed for these and the amount of time spent,,,, after I sell these dang things I will hopefully make about $10 an hour!!! Just letting you know that there is no moneys to be made on prepping fossil crabs. Oh, these are Pulalius vulgaris from the Lincoln Creek Formation in Washington and Eocene in age. RB
  20. The Claw

    This is a big one I'm working on he looks mostly complete so fingers crossed
  21. Fossil image Hi I'm new to this whole scene and gained interest after I found a large fossil near a estuary in Washington state (western side). I was hoping you guys could identify the various creatures that are contained below as well as possible locations that I might have more for me to find in my state, preferably on the western side. It is roughly 14-18 inches (35-45 centimeters) at its longest point and around 2-3 inches thick(5-8.5cm) Thanks for the help!
  22. Wood from Washington

    As I've said before, I am a rockhound of many years. I see recent posts on wood so figured I'd show a few of my personal finds. All are from my home state of Washington.
  23. Sunday's finds

    Sunday's find. Many fossils. I wasn't really prepared to go on a hunt so these were all found at the base of an outcropping. Some slabs with fossils too. Impossible to move. I also ran into a person who collects rocks and he shared a rock he found at the Deschutes River. Looks like petrified wood but on the sides it looks like it could be bone. I put these pictures here too. Going to try to clean some of these up and get the twigs out in one piece later this week.
  24. Part 2 (from Washington)

    Boy! I could really have some fun with this but I'll be nice for now as I'm new, new, & more new to the world of fossils. Once again, my name's Tracy & as I mentioned in previous post, I joined so as to research a recent project I've taken on. A friend of mine recently expressed that he was going to "get rid of" his Mastodon fossils. He didn't want them in his house anymore so he was going to throw them out! Shocked, to say the least, I asked him if he'd hang on to them long enough to give me a chance to do something with them. At this point I started looking for the best ways to go about getting them ready to auction, which auction & how best to make sure they made it to their destination intact. Now, there's the first group of questions I'm seeking advice on. 1.What auction house has the clientele that would appreciate this type of fossils. 2. What preparation should be done to them to solidify the outer portions which seem very fragile at this point? 3. How should they be shipped & in what? Below are a few pictures. #1 & 2 are of one tooth. #3 & 4 another. I'm over my limit in file size so I'll be posting somewhere with more pictures, more questions, etc. Any input would be highly appreciated. In next entry I'll tell you a little more about them. They've got a good story. Think I'll pop on over to i.d. list to post part 3 of my adventure. See me, Tracy
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