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JohnJ

You had a fun day!  :D  

 

I'm fairly confident the last piece is part of a mosasaur pterygoid.  Identifying it to genus might be too speculative.  ;)  

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PaleoNoel

Awesome finds, especially the jaw. I gotta go to Texas someday, plenty of Mosasaur remains to go around down there.

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fossilsonwheels

Great finds. I agree with @PaleoNoel , I gotta go to Texas someday !

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JarrodB
32 minutes ago, JohnJ said:

You had a fun day!  :D  

 

I'm fairly confident the last piece is part of a mosasaur pterygoid.  Identifying it to genus might be too speculative.  ;)  

You are correct buddy. Mr. Mike Everhart confirmed. it. 

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Tidgy's Dad

Lots of very nice bones. 

Good day out.:)

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JarrodB
23 hours ago, JohnJ said:

You had a fun day!  :D  

 

I'm fairly confident the last piece is part of a mosasaur pterygoid.  Identifying it to genus might be too speculative.  ;)  

 

22 hours ago, PaleoNoel said:

Awesome finds, especially the jaw. I gotta go to Texas someday, plenty of Mosasaur remains to go around down there.

 

5 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Lots of very nice bones. 

Good day out.:)

Thanks :) 

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Andy B

Wow, that jaw! He should have spent more time on his dental hygiene!!

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vellis

Awesome finds Jarrod.  I may have to meet you out there sometime.  My finds are never that good. :)

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Benjaminpb

:envy: 

may I join you sometime?

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caldigger

It must be nice to have the majority of your finds contrast in color to the grey river cobbles.

I have dug an area about an hour south of me that the soil, rocks and teeth/bones are all the same color ( and texture for the most part ).

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Nimravis

I need to get down there someday.

 

Great finds

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FossilDAWG
1 hour ago, Nimravis said:

I need to get down there someday.

That goes for myself as well.

 

Speaking of "someday", does anyone know if there are still plans to dam the river, and if so what the time frame on that might be?

 

Don

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vellis

Yes they are.  I haven’t heard a time frame recently though

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Heteromorph
13 minutes ago, FossilDAWG said:

That goes for myself as well.

 

Speaking of "someday", does anyone know if there are still plans to dam the river, and if so what the time frame on that might be?

 

Don

Yep, but the timeframe is still a bit fuzzy. Here is a January 16 DPS Facebook post elucidating the general gist of an October US Army Corps of Engineers report on the matter, and the report itself. If you want to see more commentary on it, see the post on the DPS’ Facebook page for January 16.

 

”A favorite fossil site will slip under the waves....

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Lake Ralph Hall on the North Sulphur River was released by the US Army Corps of Engineers in October 2018.  There wasn't much fanfare, and most people are not aware of the report.  The document is long but very informative, with interesting material on the geology, history of channelization and erosion, native species that will be impacted, and much more.  There is not much on the paleontology, most of it extracted from a presentation to the DPS, but it does acknowledge the popularity of the area for fossil collecting.  They propose mitigation of the loss of fossil collecting in the river channel upstream by construction of a new fossil park just downstream of the dam.  But river flows will be zero or greatly reduced after the gates are closed, so fossil abundance may quickly decline as mud is not swept away by floods and the channel becomes overgrown by vegetation.  When will this happen, you are sure to ask?  We haven't found a clear timeline in this report, but a Final Environmental Impact Statement will be needed, and page 4-3 says that the construction will take five years.  Read the report and its many appendices here:  

https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Permitting/Proposed-Lake-Ralph-Hall/“

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