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  2. Tentaculites oswegoensis

    Nice finds- Looks like the river was running fast.
  3. Sawfish Vert ?

    Thanks, I will enjoy reading it, and especially appreciate the photos... In these situations, I am never after perfection. just approximation.. There are relatively FEW common shark teeth in the Peace River environments. Lemon is the most common, followed by Tiger, Bull, Dusky, Hemipristis, Meg, Mako, ..certainly less than 10 species. Maybe generated by a Florida shark expert, but 10 Vertebrae photos of the most common fossil sharks (by teeth) in Florida that would give the large volume of Florida shark teeth hunting novices, what the associated vertebrae look like. Hmmm, Maybe I could research that...
  4. Sawfish Vert ?

    I am almost certain that the vert below is a whale vert. There may be some this size (5-6 inches diameter), but I have seen many dolphin verts and none of them approached this size. Would appreciate comments form anyone who knows the upper end of dolphin verts size. It was my find fossil find of the day. I stepped on it , thinking it was a rock. Once again, there are lots of Peace River hunters who frequent TFF and I would be curious on their impressions. My experience is that there are very few fossil fish vertebrates of any types. My only thought is that shark vertebrae are comparatively fragile to other fossils in the very rocky rough and tumble Peace River environments. I have seen concrete blocks and huge trees moved miles in the summer and early fall rainy season. I usually find these vertebrae while digging in clays and mud rather than the more common heavy gravel.
  5. East Ks Geodes

    @Missourian
  6. Santa's been very good to me these past few years, and I'm glad to jump into the pool again. This year, though, I'd rather keep my reindeer and sleigh here in the U.S. Simpler is better for me these days.
  7. Tentaculites oswegoensis

    You can find Tentaculites at the old Larson now Vulcan quarry in DeKalb. Cheers, Rich
  8. I hope you can Adam. Unless you have moved, I have your address.
  9. Today
  10. This has indeed been great in the last two years that I have played. Good luck with it, Doren . I will play International if my PMs start working again.
  11. Stumped on these two

    Thank you Harry!
  12. Unidentified fossil

    Perhaps Ananchytes oratus Lamarck
  13. Schoharie Creek fossil

    I see a bivalve on the third picture. Fourth picture looks like Thalassinodes (burrows).
  14. Crab?

    It looks more like a clam steinkern to me. Can you post photos from other angles?
  15. encrusted stone

    Syringoporid tabulate coral for me as well.
  16. Real or fake ammonite

    I think real as well. Maybe not the best looking ammonite in the world, but from an interesting and unusual location.
  17. I will join the fun again!!!!!! Mike
  18. Fall Break Fossil Trips

    A couple more finds. What looks like a partial shark tooth, need to get it under magnification. A partial crusher shark tooth. And a few nicer examples of the larger brachiopods I found.
  19. I agree with others that no further preparation should be done except to repair the cracks. It already looks nice for a specimen like this (in fact, I would prefer the unprepped one as it is showing enough details and looks more natural, while the sand blasting revealed some more details, it has destroyed some bones at the same time). In the source place in Yunnan and Guizhou, fossil collectors use acid washing+mechanical prepping (for hard slabs), manual prepping (for soft to half hard slabs) or less commonly sand blasting (for soft slabs) to prep the Keichousaurus. If you really want to self prep a Keichousaurus, you may buy some unprepped one with inferior quality for practice first, manual prepping would be suitable for self prepping in my view.
  20. Fall Break Fossil Trips

    The last spectacular find was this partial shark tooth, possibly Petalodus sp. I found this in a rock that was on the border of being too large to carry, but I decided to lug it down so I could more safely cut it down at home.
  21. Fall Break Fossil Trips

    Today was definitely the best hunting I've had there so far. The limestone here is quite hard and less weathered rock will have almost no bedding planes. This leaves you to whack at large boulders until they are manageable to carry, and unfortunately this often results in broken fossils. So I made myself take pictures of my best finds before trying to break them out, just in case they shattered. My first spectacular find was this partial trilobite. It's not spectacularly preserved, but trilobites here are rare (this is my first) so I was quite ecstatic. I believe it is Ameura sp. Fortunately, I found this guy on a rock which was easy to carry, so not need to whack it. The next great find was this small crusher shark tooth. Possibly Deltodus sp. Unfortunately it was in a very large boulder and broke in two. The break, however, was clean and I recovered both halves, so it should repair nicely.
  22. Fall Break Fossil Trips

    The roadcut is rather large, so I decided that instead of moving up and down the scree as I normally do, I would move left to right near the cliff wall to explore sections that I haven't before. I found one area, near the right end of the roadcut, which was really interesting. All the common brachiopods were found there, but they were all completely compressed. Brachiopods that are usually an inch thick were nearly paper thin. I tried collecting a few, but even in paper towels, they crumbled to bits when I opened them up back home. You can see a few scattered ones below. For those who like to visit this site, this area is near the far right end when looking at the roadcut from the street, and can be quickly identified by the large boulders near the top of the scree.
  23. Fall Break Fossil Trips

    Next stop was to the LaSalle Limestone Member of the Bond Formation (Pennsylvanian), at a large roadcut near Oglesby, IL. This is quickly becoming my favorite spot to hunt, especially since Pit 11 (Mazon Creek) is closed for the year now.
  24. Yesterday
  25. Fall Break Fossil Trips

    The next few days are fall break for me, so I'm home from school. I decided to take the day today to explore two sites in Northern Illinois. The first is an outcrop of the Upper Ordovician Maquoketa Group in Kendall County, IL. I learned about this site from a recent trip report posted here, and found it after a little detective work. I was hoping to find Tentaculites oswegoensis, a small conical fossil of unknown affinities which is only found in this area. It only took me a few minutes before I found a few. I only stayed for 20 minutes or so, as Tentaculites is really the only well preserved fossil in these exposures. There were some brachiopod and bryozoan fragments, but nothing noteworthy.
  26. Catskill Formation, Pennsylvania 3

    Awesome! Glad to hear it.
  27. Tentaculites oswegoensis

    Quite a neat location! I had never heard of this site (nor Tentaculites) but found it after a little detective work. Found quite a few Tentaculites as expected, as well as a few bryozoans and brachiopod fragments (sorry for the lack of scale cube, don't have it with me right now).
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