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  2. Let's see your latest mailbox score!

    I have no idea what that actually means, but it sounds really cheap.
  3. Permian Sponge?

    Very nice indeed. Yes, I also say sponge. Good job.
  4. ESCONI Braceville Shaft Mine Trip 5-18-19

    Sad I missed another one. We are trying to fix up our rental home to sell and it has taken up all my time for the last month. It was very nice of you to donate all that. My kids in the past really loved the dump piles people bring. Hopefully I'll be off work for the September one.
  5. Permian Sponge?

    I will defer to the real experts but I will say that my money is on sponge. It looks right to me - I've got extant sponges that look a lot like that (overall shape). Nice job dissolving it out of the rock, btw.
  6. RB's Fossil Crab Prep Thread !!!

    That guy is coming along nicely. I think the repairs will turn out great. Not that I ever had any doubts.
  7. Pit spoil

    Beautiful finds
  8. Pit spoil

    Thank-you all for your comments. Yes i think your right, the reason i put lycopsid was that it is so small and fine with the (pinnules) in a more closed position made it look different. Cheers John
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  10. Mystery Shark's teeth

    I am no expert either and I know C taurus is supposed to occur in that formation but according to the book the cusplets are supposed to be pointy. I guess they could be worn off . . . but just based on the other teeth I have looked at the bumps seem intact to me. Now that you mention it the teeth aren't very pointy anymore - maybe it is wear. Thanks Randy.
  11. Spanish Point Ireland

    Yep. Lepidodendron is found there
  12. Mystery Shark's teeth

    I’m no expert on teeth. But they look a lot like sand tiger (carcharias taurus) to me
  13. Mystery Shark's teeth

    Hello, These are also from our hunt in the Aquia formation of Charles Co. MD. Sharks of the world didn't give me much insight. The only species that I noticed where the enamel extends out on to the roots like this is the extinct goblin shark Anomotodon novus. I definitely have some teeth from that species I think but these are substantially different. These are larger, more robust and the have the cool extended enamel and bumps/cusplets on the shoulders of the labial side. Any thoughts?? (ruler in mm and squares 1/4") Kate
  14. Stratolamia striata?

    Hello, I am new here and new to fossil identification. These are shark teeth from the Aquia formation on the Maryland side of the Potomac. They come from Charles County. I have shark teeth of the world and so my IDs are based on that and the internet. I think all of these are Stratiolamia striata based on the grooves. Ruler is in mm and squares are 1/4" on each side. The last picture with only 2 teeth nearly touching seem different to me in that the striations don't extend very far up onto the teeth (unlike the others where they cover much of the crown. I am not sure if S. macrota also occurs at this site?? They are supposed to have striation only near the root. I have more from this trip but limited time so it will have to dribble out. Thanks for your time, Kate
  15. Oreodont

    I saw in your post you had some breakage wich you glued together. Would you recommend gluing this together before or after prepping? I was planning on afterwards so I’m working with smaller easier sized chunks but then I worry about the broken edges flaking easier. Any suggestions?
  16. Quick trip to my local beach

    I know what you mean, but the stuff around here can be weakened by getting wet, and has to be handled carefully or consolidated somehow, and then there's the green stuff that grows all over anything that sits in the shade and damp for any length of time!
  17. Quick trip to my local beach

    A little rain doesn't do much of anything here. It's the freeze that kills it. We've found many that have been exposed for at least a couple years that the prints are still good as long as they are out of the surf. The carbon is long gone but the print is good. Depends on which layer it comes out of, some are fragile and soft and some are very hard. Collected quite a few from the beach before I took the time and found the main seam.
  18. Permian Sponge?

    I found this about 5 inch long silicified sponge? after dissolving a large piece of the Permian (Leonardian) Fort Apache Limestone from the Schnebly Hill Formation east of Payson, Arizona in four gallons of pool acid. Only about five percent of the fossil was exposed. The outer part is denser than the sometimes nearly hollow interior. One cross section shows two tubular structures with denser edges. No organized patterns suggesting a bryozoa or coral branch are present. Do you think that this is a piece of a branching sponge? @Arizona Chris
  19. Let's see your latest mailbox score!

    I stopped back out there today and they had some curled trilobites about the size of 00- buck for .50 cents apiece.
  20. Let's see your latest mailbox score!

    It worked that time!
  21. Pit spoil

    Yes, those are very very nice finds! Thinking the 2nd might not be a Lycopsid, possibly another Asterophyllites as well. Nice to see you were still able to bring home some great material. Congrats! Regards, Chris
  22. Quick trip to my local beach

    I guess that's the best you can do. I've got a local leaf fossil outside and it was rained on already (the night I brought it home!)..
  23. Ammonite

    Perisphinctes does sound correct now that I try to think back. But I’m not so sure it was from France anymore. It was purchased from a rock store in Paris but may have been from elsewhere. Oh well. Thanks for the help!
  24. Spanish Point Ireland

    Looks a lot like leaf scars. Plants common there?
  25. Fossils from Royal Peacock Opal Mine

    The foot is indeed an artiodactyl (note the spelling). Deer maybe? And the jaw looks camel-ish to me. I will let others discuss the teeth.
  26. May 2019 - Finds of the Month Entries

    As a renewed fossil enthusiast, I have enjoyed dreaming of that next fun find. It differs greatly for each person, what they consider to be an excellent fossil. One tosses away a fossil that a newby might cherish. About four years ago, I started hunting fossils again after 35 years away and found a 35 mm Ptychodus tooth. I have not lost my interest in this creature and now pester Shawn Hamm fairly regularly about my new finds. Bless him for putting up with me. But, he loves Ptychodus just as much as I do - if not more. Sometimes he reciprocates by sharing his recent finds. Mainly, it is a one-sided friendship. I had a dream last week about finding a nearly flawless large Ptychodus tooth. On May 22, 2019, I took a spontaneous lunch break at a recently flooded creek and then saw a nearly perfect tooth exposed in a shale matrix outcrop of the Eagle Ford. Not where I expected to find one at all. So, here it is. Day of find pics and final display picture taken May 24, 2019. DATE OF DISCOVERY: 5/22/2019 SCIENTIFIC NAME: PTYCHODUS MARGINALIS GEOLOGIC FORMATION/AGE: CRETACEOUS EAGLE FORD SOUTH BOSQUE MEMBER - TURONIAN LOCATION FOUND: TRAVIS COUNTY, TEXAS, UNITED STATES SIZE: 35MM TOOTH WIDTH, 10 MM CROWN HEIGHT, ROOT IN MATRIX BUT LIKELY AT LEAST PARTIALLY MISSING 12 RIDGES - NEARLY FLAWLESS CONDITION A tooth is added to the amazing vertebra bone collections. Respectfully, Lee Schnelle, Geologist
  27. Today’s Find - Human Tooth?

    Nice finds, and welcome to the forum.
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