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  2. Anomaly from Penn Dixie

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  3. Fossilized Eggs? Found in Missouri.

    Not likely that they are eggs, especially the first one. Think about it logically. Look at the thickness of the "shell" (and no, that's not yolk inside). Have you ever seen a hatchling of any species break its way through an eggshell, either in person or TV or in a movie? Very weak and usually very fragile. How could it possibly break its way out of an egg with a shell that is that thick. It would be the same as you trying to beat your way through a brick wall. You could probably beat your way through some 1/4" thick pine. Now scale that down to the size of that egg. How thick would that pine board be now? How thick is the shell of a chicken egg? A robin egg? The other very good reason they are probably not eggs is that they show no evidence of pores. Look at the shell of a chicken egg with a jewelers' loupe that has at least 10-power magnification. You will see what is meant by "pores". The paleo prof will probably tell you the same thing, but hey, if you have personal access to a pro, go for it. One-on-one learning is one of the best roads to travel.
  4. Dinosaur-killing Asteroid Mark on North Dakota

    Great idea probably would inflate prices but thats okay. In the end we are really not talking about a lot of money for the Feds
  5. Ancient Dino Skull???

    Something that you may have fun investigating is how it got out of the cave and into the creek. Some geo-detective work might be fun.
  6. Tiny Hell Creek Theropod Tooth

    It could be DR but without a clean base cannot be certain. It has some of the characteristics of one.
  7. Dinosaur-killing Asteroid Mark on North Dakota

    To clarify, @jpc, do you mean permitting to collect vertebrates for personal collections on federal lands? Obviously, there is no need for a government permit to collect on private property.
  8. please help identify - colorful bone with chop marks

    To answer you question, even though it does not help ID, someone can still explain why they have different colors. In a nutshell, the ground is a chemical soup, and when iron comes into contact with bone, shell or maybe even agatized fossils, it will turn them red, if it is carbon, it will turn it black. Each color has a list of elements and chemicals that turn it that color, the beauty from your bone is from the rich concentration of chemicals that it was buried with. Sometimes, like a mammoth molar tooth I own, it can even be blue, green, purple and other exquisite colors. Red and black are quite common but it still makes for beautiful fantastic fossils. Hope that helps.
  9. Im not sure what you have here its not a Tyrannosaurid phalanx. Bonec looks like a mess, avoid
  10. Fossil ID

    Looks like a piece of agate. May have some dendrites in it.
  11. Possible Horse Tooth

    After scrolling the geologic map. That specific spot and all around that spot are Pleistocene, meaning this tooth was very likely 2.5 - 0.0117 million years ago from the Ice Age, back when Neanderthals covered Europe and Woolly Mammoths and Rhinoceros roamed the US. Something interested is, if you simply go about 4 or 3 miles south, you will reach a huge shale deposit of Permian era fossils. It says 26 different Permian species were found here. That specific spot is 276.3 million years old. If you're going for age, its not far away.
  12. Arizona fossil sites??

    Awesome site thanks very much!
  13. Arizona fossil sites??

    Thanks very much for the tip! Yes, there probably would be issues if I was hauling anything, but I am trying not to get into trouble, so I am content with just seeing things!!!
  14. Arizona fossil sites??

    Thanks very much for the links! They were awesome!
  15. Real or Fake?

    Everyone else already answered the question quite well, so I will simply agree with steelhead9.... Just... Wow!
  16. Looks like a ceratopsian frill
  17. Yup... I meant permitting for personal collecting.
  18. Is this a blastoid?

    I almost see the star shape of a dirty, sediment covered Cincinnaticrinus pentagonus stem. However, I am not seeing blastoid.
  19. Real or Fake?

    Typical example of a very fake sculpture that is modeled on a crocodile skull but these are often sold as Mosasaur skulls. The teeth are real as the others have said and are all likely mosasaur teeth. So yeah, stay away from this monstrosity.
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  21. Syracuse New York area?

    Fossildude19, do you know if the quarry (Deep Spring rd) site is accessible? Don't want to drive that far to find it locked up tight. Was able to hit the Swamp Rd site for a bit today. Added a few new finds to my collection. Might get approval from wife for a full day trip also, so might be looking for a trilobite locale I can get to. Will post some photos of todays finds once I get them cleaned up.
  22. How to preserve soft fossil wood?

    Someone told me it was lignite, I am not sure what that means. I was also told it had a lot of pyrite in it. The wood turns black looks almost glassy when dry. The black wood looks quite like you posted. There isn't a huge efflorescence though. Unfortunately, I'm not sure where my digital camera is now. It degrades badly when dried out. Could keeping it in a jar of water be all it takes to prevent this?
  23. INVITE - Annual pilgrimage through NY

    We'll be there. We'll just have to bundle up, and possibly take a "sit in the car and warm up" break. I like the thought of a hot drink. I'll have to see if we have a couple of thermoses around to carry something. I also recommend that everyone bring a set of dry clothes to change into! Unfortunately, neither of the people I invited to join us will be able to make it. I'll be there with Mr. Spirifer, and we're looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it.
  24. Show us your plastic dinosaur

    Lol, really? I assumed it was a well known song for children back then.
  25. Bone found in Washington State creek

    I found this bone in a ditch with no teeth marks or chewing on it. Obviously I believe this is modern as it still smelled of death and decay (I ran it under soap and boiling water and then rubbed it with sanitizer. and even then I don't touch it without a napkin) I was curious if my hypothesis was correct about this being a deer femur bone? I wasn't sure because I'm no bone expert but maybe someone here knows, all I know is we have deer, bears, cougars and possibly elk or moose but that would be rare. This was found in a creek by Murdock beach Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula (temperate rain forest conditions near large ocean.)
  26. How to preserve soft fossil wood?

    Do you know something about the diagenesis of your area? In other words, what is the rank of the coal in this formation (lignite - subbituminous - bituminous)? The rank controls, if the wood is stable or unstable in itself. There are some not too complicated tricks to prevent lignite from crumbling. Ok, this sounds like lignite (= Xylite, if it is still discernible as wood)! If the wood contains some dispersed pyrite, it gets an order of magnitude more complicated. Does it show some white efflorescence, like in the attached pic (Sliced Upper Cretaceous wood fragment of subbituminous rank and some areas rich in pyrite/marcasite)? There seem to exist very specialized tricks to preserve such material. However, the easiest way to prevent crumbling upon trying and to prevent pyrite disease is to keep the specimens under water... Franz Bernhard
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