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  1. So, this title might be a bit of clickbait because unfortunately I have yet to find any actual shark teeth, so bear with me. I've visited the Whiskey Bridge site just west of Bryan, Texas several times now. The clay-like matrix that makes up the north bank of the Brazos River under the bridge has several layers of fossiliferous Eocene deposits, and although I've found lots of coral, shells, and even some cuttlefish prongs by surface hunting, I've had no luck when it comes to shark teeth. Assuming that the only way to find small dark-colored teeth amongst a bunch of dark-colored dirt was to take a lot of that dirt back home and go over it out of the hot Texas sun, I picked up a couple gallons worth of matrix on the last trip and I've been treating it with mineral spirits and boiling water over the last three days so that I can sift through it. I'm about halfway through it all now, and I still have not found any. Anyone that has been to the Whiskey Bridge site before, can you help me out? Am I not looking in the right places? I heard somewhere that the teeth collect lower down the cliffside because they're heavier, but when I checked there weren't any fossiliferous layers in that area. This whole ordeal is starting to irritate me because I know that what I'm looking for is there - one of my buddies even found a nice handful of decent-sized teeth the last time he made the drive up to the site several years ago. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to listen to me, and if anyone has any help or words of advice they'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. A couple of hours drive from me is an amazing spot to collect Eocene material. It's on the banks of the Brazos River (more properly, the Brazos del Dio River-The Arms of God river! My parents wrote a book on it: Exploring the Brazos: From Beginning to End). I've been to the site a few times, and always find an amazing amount of lovely little shells and such. I had the greatest luck this time though, finding a large shark tooth! I wasn't even aware that you could find shark teeth out there. I had found a cuttlefish prong there on a previous trip which is still one of my all time favorite finds, but i had no idea you could find shark teeth! So it was already a good day, but , I also took a one gallon bag of loose dirt home and had fun going through it under the microscope camera....and wow! So many tiny tiny things to be found! All the fishy stuff (vert, tooth, and spine) were microscope finds - the spine being the largest at 1/2 inch. Plus the two little shark teeth - 1/4 inches each. I would not have seen those in the field. So my fun with my microscope camera continues. Here are my finds- I hope i have the proper ID's for all that I could (with help from FF friends!) - a few I still don't have ID's for. There are over 200 species from this location! So far, i've found about 50! I forsee many more trips to Whiskey Bridge! ( Edited to correct spelling errors). Cuttle fish prongs are 1 inch Ray tooth plate is 1/4 inch If you are not familiar with this area - the ootoliths are.....Fish Ear Bones! The Gastropods: (All of there are one inch or smaller - the smallest being 1/16 inch) BIvalves:
  3. Just found this at Whiskey Bridge. Photos suck because the natural light is gone and I'm too tired to find a camera, but I don't think there's much else this could be. It's a cm long, clearly broken at one end. I didn't think to look around for the rest of it, but I doubt I would have found anything anyway- this was in a heap of eroded-away bits of dirt, everything scattered around.
  4. Whiskey Bridge trip

    Recently went for my first fossil hunting trip at whiskey bridge on brazos River. Had a great time and found some cool stuff.
  5. Help With ID no idea what it is

    Hi, Brand new to the site and fossil hunting. Went out for my first time ever and found quite a bit but can’t figure out what this one is. Found at Whiskey Bridge near college station Texas. Sight is well known and says most fossils date from 30 to 50 million years ago when this part of Texas was a shallow marine environment. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  6. Spent about 2 hours at Whiskey Bridge today. I found that there's a decent bit of stuff directly under the bridge, but if you walk upstream, there's a lot of areas that haven't really been dug in. Plus, up that way the fossiliferous material is over my height, and you can just walk along it and look at all the layers. That's interesting, in and of itself. Not just because of the appearance, but because I tend to get to thinking about how old they are, and about how every one of those fossils is something's entire life, the cumulation of its efforts to survive. It's fascinating to picture- these layers on layers of life. I wouldn't make it as a paleontologist, not with my fatigue issues, but I'll gladly do this hobby-type stuff just for those moments. I found a good handful of shells, including a nice cone snail. I also brought home some shell-rich clods of matrix to work with. Gonna give those a good long soak and see if I can break them open without breaking the shells inside. A lot of these are surprisingly fragile- I guess they didn't have the strongest minerals replacing them. I soaked everything in water, then brushed them gently with a toothbrush. I cleared some of the mud out of their insides, but I did find that a decent number of them were being supported somewhat by the mud, so a number still have the mud inside. I'm really happy with that cone. The lip is missing and there's a crack, but it's otherwise intact, including the tip. It was actually on the ground, instead of in the wall. I was walking back to the car, looking around, and saw the circle of its end. Didn't want to hope it was intact, not at that size, but it (basically) was! I think it just weathered loose of the bank on its own. In non-fossil news, I found what looks like most of a rat skeleton, minus the toes, with some fur wrapped around it. Gonna clean that up and keep it. And half a snakeskin, which I brought home to show our cats. Also, someone had thrown a pumpkin off the bridge, I assume to see what it did, and we found some old railroad spikes. The sun's gone down most of the way, so I don't have any decent pics. Tomorrow I'll sort these by type and take proper pics, with scales, up close. No shark teeth, unfortunately. I also seem to have misplaced a few things. I had found a piece of what looked like mother-of-pearl, but purplish-blue, and some kind of odd... bryozoan clump, I think. Also some discs with a sort of tiny crosshatch pattern on them, very fragile. Note for next time: bring a smaller pick-style item, like a small icepick. Also bring several non-childproof pill bottles to keep in pockets so I can safely pocket fossils instead of having to hold them when I forget to bring my holdin' cup. It really is a low-tech area, though, you could find some good pieces with just a random stick from the ground. For flavor while there's no scale pics, here's my cat being intrigued by the rat bone, and the snakeskin. Her name is Capri, and I like to bring her things to sniff.
  7. Whiskey Bridge tools?

    What should I bring for optimal fossil-hunting? I'd love to find a pocket with some shark teeth, and I'm hoping for (though not expecting) a concretion with something fun inside. I'd like to do a little sifting as well, I think. I'm going to have 2 brothers with me who I suspect would just like to dig for interesting things. I have some of those gold panning sifters, which I plan to bring. I'm also going to bring a couple of trowels, a bucket to put tempting chunks of matrix in for later, and a hammer and small chisel. Add in my tiny crowbar (it's about a foot long, but sturdy), and some fishhook cases and pill bottles for small items, and that sounds like a good setup. Is there any point in bringing a large-mesh fish net to kind of trawl in the water itself, see if I can dredge out some things that have been washed down into it, or am I better off just digging on land?
  8. I went back to Whiskey bridge with my son. We didn’t find much except these few pieces. I’m not as knowledgeable about Invertebrates so please help if you can. I also found this weird rock and kept it as well.
  9. Hi, The USGS water gauge for the Brazos River at Highway 21 (Whiskey Bridge) shows the water level at 35 ft. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=08108700 Will any of the fossil beds be accessible with the water this high?
  10. First time posting. Let's do this... We went fossil hunting with our two boys: 11 and 13. We had a blast and collected a lot of interesting fossils from the Eocene (Stone City and Cook Mountain formations). So many fossils! Lots of little things to sift through. We didn't find any shark teeth, but another person did and showed the boys to inspire them to keep looking.
  11. Hi again! I found this today in Bryan Texas on the Brazos River in the area of the whiskey bridge. Is it the fossil of a crab claw? I wonder if more of it is inside? *this is the only picture I have at the moment, we’re driving home now and it’s in the back of our truck.*
  12. These are some of the Middle Eocene marine fossils I found along the Brazos River on a trip to the Whiskey Bridge location along Highway 21 in Burleson County 4 or 5 years ago. .
  13. I found several well-produced and entertaining Youtube, videos about fossils and fossil collecting, many about Texas localities. A very articulate young lady, KOI, showed and asked for help to identify Texas fossils. The fossils in the videos are well lit, focused and have species titles with them. Check out here the video "300 Million-Year-Old Fossils..." at 11:58 into the video and at 4:15 into the Whiskey Bridge fossil video. See her videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE91a7T2yWjeZsRDo0pm-wg/videos Could someone who is signed up with Youtube help her ID her fossils or better yet ask her to post her fossils that need an ID on TFF. She would be worthwhile member. Thanks, John
  14. Planning trip to College Station

    I'm planning a trip to take my son, and Paleo Pat and Paleo William fossil hunting around College Station. I know about Whiskey Bridge. I also have heard about the petrified wood in the area, but don't know where to go, or access points. Can anyone give us any tips on locations and access points for the area? Thank you for any help.
  15. I'm planning a trip to take my son, and Paleo Pat and Paleo William fossil hunting around College Station. I know about Whiskey Bridge. I also have heard about the petrified wood in the area, but don't know where to go, or access points. Can anyone give us any tips on locations and access points for the area? Thank you for any help.
  16. Squid beak?

    Stone City Fm. Whiskey Bridge locality. Scale marks are mm.
  17. In August, I received an invitation to join a group to hunt fossils and minerals at a cement quarry in Midlothian, Texas on September 10th. It was my very first field trip with a group, and I was extremely excited. I put my dad and my ten-year-old daughter on the list as well, and we figured we'd make a weekend of it. I had to be back on Sunday morning, so we figured we'd leave early Friday morning and squeeze two days out of the trip. After all, its a little bit of a drive to get to Midlothian from Kingwood (220 miles), and we would be passing some great sites that my dad had never visited. At 5:30 am, my dad met my daughter and me at our house, and we set out for College Station, Texas at 6:00 am. We arrived just after 8:00 am and headed out to the Whiskey Bridge for some Eocene fossils. We grabbed our gear and began heading down to the river. I glanced behind us and another fossil hunter was following us down (I'm sorry, but I can't remember his name!). We stayed on the south side of the train trestle, while our new friend moved to the north side. We found lots of great specimens, many larger than ones I had found on my previous two trips. I found two nearly complete Conus sauridens, which I have never had the fortune of finding. My only other specimen was just a fragment. The Conus specimens are below. The scale is in centimeters (as they will all be in this post). I also stumbled across some very large corals that I had never seen before . I believe that they are Balanophyllia desmophylum. My daughter managed to find a shark tooth as well. I'm not sure of the type. The root is missing, as well as the tip, but she was excited to find the first shark tooth of the trip, and her first shark tooth ever! After about an hour and a half of looking, I went over to see how our friend was doing. I showed him my two Conus specimens, and he said that he had found some as well. He reached into his bucket and pulled out a one gallon zip-lock bag with 10 or 12 HUGE Conus specimens. He had hit the jackpot, and piece after piece were coming out of the hillside. I congratulated him and told him where we were headed next, the Waco Research Pit. He had never been there and was interested. He told me he might meet us there. In fact, he told me he was an amateur fossil hunter who had just recently gotten back into the hobby, and he was looking around for possible sites where he could bring his kids. We also found out that he lives less than ten minutes from my dad. It's a small world! I really wish I could remember his name! We left the bridge and drove to Waco. After lunch at one of the amazing food trucks in town (we had the barbeque!) we headed out to the pit. It was hot in town, but we had seen nothing yet. We arrived at Army Corps of Engineers Office and signed in. As we were filling out the paperwork, in walked our friend from the Whiskey Bridge. He said he couldn't pass it up! We drove back to the site and trekked down the trail to the pit. There were few clouds and a very intermittent breeze. The heat was oppressive; the temperature had to be in the upper 90s. And they gray marl of the pit reflected the heat back up from the ground as well. My daughter lost interest very quickly, and found a small shady spot under one of the sparse cedars in the pit. Me and my dad braved the heat for several hours, as did our friend. We managed some very interesting finds. My favorite was a large shark tooth that I found, just gleaming in the afternoon sun. It was, in fact, the first shark tooth I have ever found in my fossil hunting experiences. The tooth, along with two smaller ones is below. We also found some echinoids parts and a spine... ...and, of course, the very common (at least in the Waco Pit) irregular ammonites, Mariella sp.... ...and regular ammonites, of many kinds... ...a curious coral... ...and finally, some small, but beautiful, Neithea sp. bivalves. Once we finally had all we could take of the heat, we bid farewell to our fossiling friend, who wanted to stay just a bit longer, and headed out of the pit. From Waco, we drove north to Midlothian and checked into a hotel for the night. We were exhausted, but happy with our finds so far. We were also excited about the possibilities of what we might find in the quarry the next morning. At 6:00 am the next morning, I awoke to the sound of rain hitting the window of the hotel. We had a cool front blow through the area overnight, and we were now concerned about the possibility that the quarry tour could be cancelled on account of the rain. Our group leader sent out an email saying that he was going to head that way, but that it might still be cancelled. We arrived a little before 8:00 am, and to our relief, the quarry opened their doors to us. We had about 20-25 people in the group. We were first taken into an area of the Atco Formation with deposits of dark, pebbly stone that was known to contain various types of shark teeth (including Ptychodus, which I really wanted to find), mosasaur bones and teeth, fish, and turtle bones and shell. The quarry had very generously allowed us to stay from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. I made some very interesting finds, including fish and shark vertebrae and some bone material. I also found some shark teeth, but they were all damaged partials. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to find any Ptychodus. Below is some of the material that I found. My daughter stumbled across a very badly damaged, but still very interesting tooth. I'm not sure if it is mosasaur or plesiosaur, or something different altogether. It has a keel or ridge along one side and is rounded on the opposite side. Perhaps someone might be able to help identify it... My most interesting find in the quarry was a strange flat specimen, covered in pores, with a concave side and a convex side. I found it weathered out on the surface of a black piece of crumbled stone. The exposed side was bleached white by the sun. The underside, still in contact with the stone was black. As I picked it up, it began to crumble, much as the boulder was doing. I gathered all of the pieces I could find and brought it home, where, with the help of some cyanoacrylate glue, I put the jigsaw puzzle back together again, as best as I could. The complete specimen is below. The first is the sun-exposed, concave side. Notice the unusual shape. The two "lumps" on the left side of the image above, and then the curve outward at the top. I can only guess that the opposite side had a similar curve, but this portion is missing. The reverse side is below. It is much darker, having been against the dark rock matrix... The darker portions on the surface outline a convex bulge in the middle of the piece. Also, notice the "porosity" of the specimen. This is more visible in the next two pictures. Continued below...
  18. Whiskey Bridge Eocene Crustaceans

    My wife and I got to spend a few days in Brenham, Texas without the kids (awesome!). I was able to convince my wife to go with me to the Whiskey Bridge on the Brazos River to do a little fossil hunting. The recent rains and flooding had restructured the cliff face and I was concerned about our safety so we didn't venture too far upstream. I was unprepared and had nothing but a grocery store plastic bag to place our finds in. I didn't even have any tools for digging, which I was a bit disappointed about. I thought I was going to have to use my keys. When we reached the river I was pleased to see someone had preceded us, and had left behind a claw hammer! If anyone on TFF lost a hammer, its under the bridge! I left it for the next fossil hunter... I hammered out chunks of soft stone (only about 10 pounds worth) and packed them in the bag. Once home I got started soaking the pieces in water. They fell apart almost immediately, and while sifting I managed to find some small, but beautiful, treasures. I will be scouring through jkfoam's posts for identifications, but I wanted to post three pieces to see if anyone could help me identify them. They look to me like crustacean claws, something I know nothing about. I've found papers on crabs and such that lived in the Eocene waters at the Whiskey Bridge site, but I don't know what is what. The specimens are below. Scales are in centimeters. Are they crabs? Are they lobsters? Are they shrimp? Are they none of the above? Any info would be greatly appreciated!!!
  19. Once we left Waco, heading back toward Houston, my wife, my daughters and I swung through Bryan/College Station and stopped off at the Whiskey Bridge. I had never been to this location before, but based on what others have mentioned here on TFF I was very excited. I trekked down the slope toward the Brazos, leading my 5 and 9 year old daughters. With the recent flooding, the hillside was very slippery and muddy, and we had a little difficulty finding a child-safe path. We only spent about 30 or 40 minutes hunting, but we discovered some nice specimens. Here are a few... So here is a cursory attempt at identification. I believe the first specimen is Athleta petrosus. I believe the second is Cochlespiropsis engonata. The third is Pseudoliva vetusta carinata. The last is Turritella sp. If I am wrong on any of these IDs, please let me know. Climbing back out was just as difficult as climbing down. It was made more exciting by my 5 year old daughter landing face first in wet sand and mud. Fortunately, she thought it was funny. Mommy, thought it was less so...
  20. Hello everybody, I am starting this topic as I need some help with identification of some Trigonostoma type fossils I found at Whiskey Bridge. I think they may be my favorite type of gastropods I found there. There are 3 types listed in Emerson book but I think I have more than that. The picture here shows 7 specimens (5 & 6 are the same, one and I will start from the left in this discussion. 1. this one looks very similar to T. penrosei but the main difference is that the shoulders are rounded, not flat topped like a normal Trigonostoma. The ribs are more prominent and spaced further apart. The aperture is a different shape and it has 3 folds on the columella instead of 2 like T. penrosei. The line and spiral ornamentation is basically the same and the umbilicus is covered up by the callus. 2. also looks similar to T. penrosei (and somewhat similar to a Bonellitia parilis but I ruled out B. parilis due to the ornamentation being different, aperture has a flat outline on top and has 3 distinct folds on the columella) but is shorter and more squat. It has periodic large ribs showing where the aperture was located at. It has a fairly flat topped shoulder and the ornamentation is more pronounced. It has 3 folds on the columella. 3. Trigonostoma panones juniperum 4. Trigonostoma penrosei 5 & 6. unknown type that is more of a T. babylonicum style but has a more pronounced rib structure, that are straight and do not have a slant to the left as the other Trigonostoma types do. 5 is a more juvenile specimen than 6 as the ribs disappear and the only ornamention left is prior aperture locations on the more adult one. 6 has serial dentation on the out lip and 5 does not. 7. Trigonostoma babylonicum. If anybody has any ideas please let me know. Or if better pictures are needed I will try my best at that. Thanks, Stephen
  21. Whiskey Bridge Gastropod Id Help Needed

    I have been searching through some Whiskey Bridge matrix I received a while back. This stuff is amazing, full of excellently preserved gastropods. It also has a good amount of micro shark, fish and ray teeth. (thats for another post soon) I have found several references online and have ID'd much of what I have found, but there are a few which elude me. I will post my ID'd finds another time. Thanks for any help you can give to Id these 8 specimens. unknown 1 ... 8mm ..... unknown 2 ... 5mm .....
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