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      I found this conglomeration of fossils in between a layer of sedimentary rock and a crystalline layer of what I can only assume is calcite. I can identify a few shapes in the upper part of the fossil that lead me to believe I had found a bed of young baculites. It took me a good hour to dig up all of my finds, which included an array of brachiopods and or bivalves, ammonites, and cute little scorpion who was very much alive. (I almost crushed the little guy with my gigantic human hand) Needless to say, I was very happy with my new collection of marine fossils. I will be returning to the site soon to collect more and better quality specimens. ;D

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wow. That's really nice! 

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Baculites indeed.  Not necessarily young.  

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 Here's an implant fossil I found of either a bivalve or brachiopod at

the same location. it's not much, but still a decent find.

 

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1 hour ago, Dawson Williams said:

 Here's an implant fossil I found of either a bivalve or brachiopod at

the same location. it's not much, but still a decent find.

 

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Nice finds!

I think this is a spiriferid brachiopod.

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14 minutes ago, Misha said:

Nice finds!

This is a spiriferid brachiopod.

 I thought it might have been a brachiopod due to the bilateral symmetry of its shell... 

 Thanks for the clarification!!

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4 minutes ago, Dawson Williams said:

 I thought it might have been a brachiopod due to the lateral symmetry of its shell... 

 Thanks for the clarification!!

No problem, welcome to the forum!

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If this comes from the same Cretaceous strata as the Baculites, then it can't be a spiriferid, they were long extinct. 

I think it might be part of an ammonite outer whorl or maybe a bit of bivalve. 

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