Jump to content
Jeffrey P

Epic Journey to Oklahoma and Texas

Recommended Posts

Jeffrey P

Also found this crinoid calyx base plate: 

IMG_3591.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jeffrey P

One thing I didn't expect to find was a shark tooth, but lo and behold, there was Petalodus, a bit beat up, just lying there: 

IMG_3589.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jeffrey P

I spent two nights camped at Lake Brownwood State Park.

IMG_3377.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jeffrey P

My last morning in Brownwood, I visited the first site again. My best find was a complete crinoid cup, Ethelocrinus tuberculatus: 

IMG_3508.JPG

IMG_3509.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jeffrey P

And another shark tooth I'm still trying to identify: 

IMG_3407.JPG

IMG_3409.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
piranha
3 minutes ago, Jeffrey P said:

I spent two nights camped at Lake Brownwood State Park.

IMG_3377.JPG

 

Hopefully you had a nice breakfast...  mail?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmail.yimg.com%2Fok%2Fu%2Fassets%2Fimg%2Femoticons%2Femo59.gif&t=1539044062&ymreqid=2b37d289-e028-403a-1caf-450003011b00&sig=lPvp_Qhu0CwAUpLh5mjw1A--~C I agree ...epic trip!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jeffrey P

My last stop in Texas was in Waco. I camped two more nights at Lake Waco. I visited the Cretaceous one more time via the Waco Pit on Army Corps of Engineers land: 

IMG_3393.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jeffrey P

The fossils were so tiny at first I overlooked them, but when I started spotting them I noticed they were everywhere. Here are two examples of ammonites preserved in pyrite: 

IMG_3426.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jeffrey P

The very last collecting locality I visited in Texas was Whiskey Bridge, an Eocene site. Everyone I spoke to knew of it, but no one had actually been there. Too recent they would all say. It is the Eocene Crocket Formation. Here is the site with a railroad and highway bridge in the background.

IMG_3395.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jeffrey P

The only tools I needed were a screw driver and a bag. I plucked chunks of clay from the embankment and fossil shells just popped out. Here is a sample:  

IMG_3513.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wrangellian

I take it you're not quite done yet, but great report! Oh to cross the continent and hit all the great collecting sites.... you get a nice sampling of everything. I'm sure we all dream of such trips but not all of us have the means, but for me it would be Utah, Oklahoma (if I could get in to those private sites) and Texas, and anything else I could squeeze in along the way. That would be enough if I couldn't also go to Midwest/Ontario/NY/East Coast. I'm sure it would be exhausting..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Uncle Siphuncle
4 hours ago, Jeffrey P said:

A surprise was finding four complete (though battered) goniatites. Pieces were plentiful, but I never expected to find a complete one let alone four: 

IMG_3434.JPG

Gonioloboceras goniolobum on the right.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Uncle Siphuncle
27 minutes ago, Jeffrey P said:

And another shark tooth I'm still trying to identify: 

IMG_3407.JPG

IMG_3409.JPG

Symmorium

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Uncle Siphuncle
22 minutes ago, Jeffrey P said:

The fossils were so tiny at first I overlooked them, but when I started spotting them I noticed they were everywhere. Here are two examples of ammonites preserved in pyrite: 

IMG_3426.JPG

Mantelliceras left, Mariella right

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Uncle Siphuncle
9 minutes ago, Jeffrey P said:

Epilogue:  So I'm back from my big trip. It was a lot to do- 18 sites, 17 states, busy, a lot going on. Found some great stuff. Met some wonderful people. Would I go back there? Sure in heartbeat. There's always NSR

 

P.S.- On the way home I couldn't resist stopping in Chatworth, Georgia: Consauga Formation, Upper Cambrian: 

IMG_3517.JPG

NSR...better bring a 50 foot flood ahead of you and be first when it drops!  This is the most popular public site between the Peace River and Kemmerer, bringing not only locals, but enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fossildude19

Wow Jeffrey!

Awesome report.  :drool:  :envy:  :wub:

 

Glad you had a good time, and made so many awesome finds!

Congratulations on a truly epic trip! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nimravis

Great report and some really great finds.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jpc

Great trip and report.  A few of those sites are on my bucket list....  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Gizmo

Very nice trip, congrats! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Twinlukers

Nice finds!!! I could of took you to a lake where you could of found some Ammonites weighing 30 pounds...

4BEB4257-A847-4B9F-BC9C-C1C5988054D8.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
t-tree

Great report with good photography.

 

John

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ludwigia

@Jeffrey P By the looks and sound of things, I guess you're going to need to hook up a U-Haul for your next journey.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FranzBernhard

Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I enjoyed it very much!
Franz Bernhard

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FranzBernhard
9 hours ago, Wolf89 said:

Once I get my driver's license (2 years away :( ) I will have to do an awesome road trip collecting fossils all the way from North Carolina, through Texas, and ending up in Utah and Wyoming

You would need a truck drivers licence, wouldn´t you ;)?
Franz Bernhard

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×