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  1. Hi all, I recently made a trip out to Wilson Clay Pit in Brownwood, Texas with my local paleo society. I've found several recognizable things, and a few I need some help identifying. I apologize in advance to @erose who gave me an idea on one bivalve that I failed to write down, and thereafter promptly forgot! I think the tooth is Petalodus sp., just need confirmation. I'd love a genus for the clams, and I have no idea at all what the small plate-shaped fossil is. Thanks!
  2. My beautiful wife scheduled a three night stay at a cabin in a Thousand Trails campground near Lake Texoma. We were to arrive on Sunday and check out on Wednesday. So, I figured that, since I hadn't been fossil hunting in months, I would schedule a trip to central Texas to follow the Texoma trip. I set up a rendezvous point in Fairfield, Texas to meet my dad on that Wednesday, and head off toward Brownwood and Cisco, Texas. I figured that the fossil hunt would begin then. But that's not quite how things played out... My two oldest daughters and I met my wife and youngest daughter in Salado, Texas on Saturday, October 14th. They had left the previous morning to spend a day with my mother-in-law in Waco and Salado. We spent Saturday night in Salado and then parted ways with my mother-in-law on Sunday morning and headed toward Lake Texoma. As we drove through Waco, my wife asked if we wanted to take a detour. She had never been to Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas, and she thought the girls would enjoy seeing the dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy River. I got really excited. I hadn't been there since I was a kid, and at that time, the river was high and the tracks were not visible. So we adjusted our GPS to take us to Glen Rose. We pulled in and stopped off to get a map of the park. We then drove straight to the spot where Roland T. Bird made his first discovery. It was amazing. The water was low and gave us a clear view of the trackways in the river. Above you can see both the sauropod and theropod tracks, They are a little obscured by mud, but they are still very visible. We left the R.T. Bird site and went to another place called the Ballroom Track Site, where so many tracks go in so many directions, it was like the theropods were dancing. It was in slightly deeper water, but it was still beautiful! The rippling water was crystal clear and the girls couldn't help but get into the water, even as a cool front brought chilly winds down the river valley. My wife loved it. She told me that Dinosaur Valley State Park was our next camping destination. Before we left, we stopped off by the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex and Apatosaurus models built for the 1964-65 World's Fair in New York. They were permanently installed at Dinosaur Valley in 1970 at the park's dedication. We left Dinosaur Valley and drove the rest of the way to our cabin at Lake Texoma, arriving just after dark. We settled in and tried to decide what we wanted to do the next day. It was Monday, and we figured there had to be something for the girls to do nearby. We quickly discovered that our options were limited. It had turned too cold for the pool at the campgrounds. The putt-putt at the campground was okay, but the girls quickly tired of it. And most of the other recreational equipment was not well kept, or available. So, we decided to leave the campground to find something for the girls to do. I had mentioned that I would like to check out the Permian site at Waurika, Oklahoma. It was only two hours away, and this was the closest I had ever been to the site. My wife was a bit miffed by the lack of things for the girls to do, so she said "Let's go." I jumped at the chance. I had done no research on the site, other than what I had read about it on TFF. I wish I had consulted the TFF experts before we left, because I had no idea of the best places to look. We focused mainly on the sandy floor and reddish rocks, and found nothing. When we returned to the cabin, I asked where we should have looked. Jesuslover340 informed me that the gray colored exposures were the places to find the best material. So, we came away empty handed, with only one major discovery. My wife wouldn't let me take it home, though... Continued in next post...
  3. Texas Pennsylvanian Coprolite?

    On my last visit to the Wilson Clay Pit in central Texas I stumbled across this curious piece. It is approximately 6 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. The surface is irregular and rounded. Near one end, an object about 5 millimeters in length, that looks like a brachiopod or pelecypod is attached. The object looks partially buried in the surface of the piece. The piece is below. The scale is in centimeters. Below is a close-up of the attached object... I can see three possibilities. Its geological (matrix) with an attached bivalve (if it is a bivalve). Its an infilled burrow of a bivalve. Or, most enticingly, its a coprolite of a rather large aquatic animal. The Wilson Clay Pit is a well known Paleozoic shark tooth site. I have tried to look up shark coprolites from the Paleozoic, but they seem to have a more regular shape. The 'bivalve' on the side is unlike any of the shells from the locality that I'm familiar with. Could it be undigested remains of something else? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Wilson Clay Pit mystery

    I found this at the Wilson Clay Pit in Brown County, TX. It is Pennsylvanian. I really don't have any idea as to what it could be. Any ideas out there? The hash marks are 1mm.
  5. Unknown from the Wilson Clay Pit

    I found this at the Wilson Clay Pit in July of 2015. I'm not sure what it is. Its quite small, approximately 8 millimeters. It doesn't have the look of a crinoid stem or brachials. Is it from a crinoid? Is it possibly a echinoid spine of some type? It is from the Harpersville Formation, Late Pennsylvanian, Virgilian Stage (288 to 286 MYA). The specimen is below. The scale is in centimeters. Any help is appreciated, as always...
  6. On our last excursion to the Wilson Clay Pit, I stumbled across this curious specimen. It was mostly covered in matrix and I spent some time cleaning it up. The piece has a curious shape. It has a "V" shape, with one side curved and covered with striations. The other side of the "V" is straight and flat. The two sides of the "V" are connected with a flat plane of material, reminiscent of a scapula. The complete specimen is below. The scale is in centimeters... Below is a close-up of the striated, curved part... The other side of the "V" has a rectangular cross section (at least the part that is exposed--see lines)... The exposed ends of the curved piece are shown below... I know that the Wilson Clay Pit is well known for various Paleozoic sharks. Do these "bones" appear to be shark-like, or are they, perhaps, some type of large boney fish? We've had some luck with discovering shark cartilage at the site in the past. But this seems to have a different texture. I'm also going to send Dr. Maisey some photos to see if he can help identify it. In my last correspondence with him he welcomed the chance to view any other specimens I might come across. Any help that the great folks on TFF might give will be greatly appreciated!!
  7. Wilson Clay Pit Unknown

    On one of our last trips to the Wilson Clay Pit, I found this. I have been unable to identify it with my current resources. It looks like some type of bivalve, but I can't find anything with the same ornamentation. It appears to have spines, most of which have been broken off. The specimen is below. The scale is in centimeters. Hopefully someone can help me identify it. Thanks in advance!!
  8. We visited the Wilson Clay Pit in Coleman County, Texas last April. My dad stumbled across this little guy, which, according to the Color Guide of Pennsylvanian Fossils of North Texas (McKinzie and McLeod) is Pronechinus sp., a rare carboniferous echinoid known only from the Wilson Clay Pit and Diyarbakir Province in Turkey. Here is a link to the specimen found in Turkey. Notice the same double pores on the ambulacral plates as seen in the specimen we found. Scale is in centimeters...
  9. My dad found this unusual specimen at the Wilson Clay Pit. Neither of us have any idea of what it could be. Could it be some type shark cartilage? I have no experience with Paleozoic shark cartilage. The scale is in centimenters... Thanks for any help you can offer... As a side note, here is something else my dad found about a year ago at the Wilson Clay Pit. I thought it was drool-worthy...
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