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  2. Maybe my last hunting trip?

    Give some time and I may be able to help you out in aquiring one of these. Hey JP, if i lived much closer to you I guarantee that we would have been great hunting buddies. but yeah, I think im retiring from the hunt. RB
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  4. Please don't make me get rid of the cats!!! They're the best part of my displays...of course I could do without the nasty smell though.
  5. Or add an extra wing/ outbuilding onto the house just to accommodate the extra stock.
  6. Stumping me beyond belief

    The overall shape suggests no fossil that I have seen from the area. Close up photos (sub mm detail) might give us a better ID on the rock. I have seen no petrified wood or rudists in Post Oak Creek. I have seen a yellowish brown, well-cemented, vuggy silt/ sandstone that crops out in the creek above where most of the teeth and oysters occur in the creek. I believe that it is a piece of Bells Sandstone that is the probable source for most of the shark teeth in the creek. Bells Sandstone is sometimes called the fish bed conglomerate. See for more info on the sandstones: https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/Geolex/UnitRefs/LakeCrockettRefs_9228.html @CluelessAboutFossils can you see any phosphatic black nodules, sand grains, rounded coarse sand or rounded small gravel in the rock that might indicate that it is from the Bells Sandstone?
  7. Reptiles teeth (Ukraine) ?

    Hello! Help please with identification. Could ir be reprtiles teeth? Western Ukraine, Lviv region.
  8. When you add an upstairs just for fossils.
  9. Stumping me beyond belief

    Almost pulled the trigger on this one myself.
  10. Emerging cooperation between the richest collectors and academics. Oh, and drool worthy fossils too. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/09/dinosaur-fossils-collector-feature/
  11. Let's see your latest mailbox score!

    No Bobby, just a decorative piece that looks like one.
  12. My trilobite of the week.

    Trilobite of the week #71 is a relative of last week's Encrinurus macrourus. This is Encrinuroides capitonis, a Late Ordovician Encrinurid from the Poolville Member of the Bromide Formation in Criner Hills, Carter County, Oklahoma. The trilobite lies on a bed of brachiopods.
  13. Stumping me beyond belief

    Ah, invoking the @Rockwood principle I see. Well, it's as good a guess as any. I'm ready to go out on a limb (without seeing the item in hand) and say that the sample contains some rudist portion that is preserved in a piece of chert/agate. (But, if the sample is photoed wet, I cannot be near as certain about the "chert/agate" part of that statement. I actually have some W. Tx. Rio Grande agate from Eagle Pass with rudist inclusions that looks very much like this piece.) If that is the case there is not enough of the rudist preserved for me to ID it. Those familiar with the cellular differences in the various rudists might have better luck from the small exposure of shell cross-section that I think I see. I myself have to go by the macro-structure, however to ID rudists. Of course, this whole opinion is putting a lot of weight on speculation based on photos vs. hands-on examination. So take it for what it is worth.
  14. Stumping me beyond belief

    @CluelessAboutFossils, maybe another Texas mystery object called rudist? http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/89929-rudist/ http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/98139-what-did-i-stumble-upon/ http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/97055-is-this-what-it-seems/ But I don´t really know, its a tricky item! Maybe other members can help, thanks! @erose, @grandpa, @JohnJ, @Uncle Siphuncle Franz Bernhard
  15. Ohio History Center, Columbus, OH

    I didn’t either! I’ll have to put it on my list of things to visit the next time I’m up that way. Looks like a neat little place.
  16. It's OK to hoard fossils as long as it's tidy and records are kept - no old newspapers, broken toys and and dead cats scattered amongst everything!
  17. Maybe my last hunting trip?

    Looks like quite the haul! Can’t wait to see them prepped out!
  18. crinoid fossil?

    Thanks for the retake. The photo is more in focus, and we prefer them cropped so that the item in question is the main subject of the photo. I have to agree with Ludwigia. I don’t see crinoids here.
  19. crinoid fossil?

    Sorry, no crinoids there.
  20. crinoid fossil?

    Sorry about the blurry one. Hope the retake is better had to crop it to fit it within the size limit
  21. Sharktooth Hill Trip Report

    Sharktooth Hill Trip Report Part 2 – the sifting table in action! Hi everyone, Our trip to STH was great. I'm still trying to catch up with work and real-life chores, so I haven't had a chance to get the finds photo-ready, so that will have to be part 3 of my trip report for another day. Bakersfield was HOT (as expected)! But with my son heading back to college soon, we were just happy to be able to get out there before he left. Fortunately we brought a pop-up and a ton of water and gatorade. Here's a view of the site. We did a little prospecting to try to find a promising place to set up camp, and ended up literally in the same hole I'd worked in back in June. The perfect tool for the job - 19 year-old muscle. :-) The matrix was very dry and as you can see it came out as fine silt and dirt clods that if you squeeze them hard enough you can crumble them in your hand. Our strategy was to use the abundant whale bone fragments to let us know we were in the bone bed, then break out enough matrix to fill the sifter (about 5 gallons) then load in in with a shovel. Loaded and ready to go. This beast of a sifter really made it rain once you start shaking it. Making it rain again - here's another shot from a distance. After the initial shaking, most of matrix was gone and we'd do a quick pick through the upper layer looking for large teeth and bones. Why agitate them any more than necessary? Then we'd break up some dirt clods and shake a little more before doing a careful search through the top level (1/2-inch mesh). This process was usually quick because almost all the good stuff falls through...but if you DO find anything in the top level it's going to be something awesome! Then we'd toss that aside and examine the 2nd level (1/4-inch mesh). Now we had to be more careful because although the medium-size teeth are fairly easy to spot (see any above?), it also catches a lot of small ones that can hide pretty well. Here's a zoom-in on the picture above. Woo hoo! When we found a decent number of teeth we'd go through the tailings under the sifting table with a 1/20-inch sieve and load whatever it caught into ziplocks. This reduced the volume immensely (at least 10:1) and as we were dumping it into bags we could easily see teeth in there. And, for good measure, we also took some additional micro matrix samples at random intervals as well. I look forward to sorting through this over the winter. I'll also be donating some to the local high school so the biology teacher can have a jar on his desk with some tweezers and a magnifying glass for students who finish their work early. Finally, just to be complete, we brought home a 5-gallon bucket of completely unsifted matrix from our hole. I'm expecting the "Honey, why is there a bucket of dirt in our garage?" any day now. The sifting table worked like a dream and looks just as good after 2 days of nonstop use as it did before we began. Couldn't be any happier with it. Thanks to those of you here in the forum who posted pics and patiently answered my questions! We were able to move a LOT of matrix in our search for teeth. The only unexpected thing that happened was that while I assumed the silt tailings would bury the legs over time, that did not happen. The rocking motion was enough to keep the sifter riding high on top of the tailings pile. Because physics, I guess. I'll do another update once I get the teeth cleaned up. Or maybe just the big ones at first. And if anyone has any questions about the site, the sifter, or anything else, I'd be happy to answer. I should also mention that Rob was a great host at the quarry and I'll definitely be heading back. Thanks for reading! Scott
  22. Unknown Fossil Origins

    No pictures. If using an outside picture hosting site, can you please post directly to your post here? This is what we see.
  23. Another Deep Springs Road Adventure

    Excellent report, dude...you snagged quite a diverse bag of goodies! I'm digging those encrusted gastopods and the phyllocarid is pretty swell.
  24. Last summer, I took a trip to North and South Lake campgrounds for a casual camping trip. While there, I snooped around my camp site and found these nodules filled with shells. What I was wondering was if these fossils actually came from the site I was at or if the rocks were imported to outline the camping grounds. North and South Lake campgrounds is here: The fossils look like this: Thank you for your time.
  25. Shark teeth ID

    Thanks. So funny, I read the same article earlier today. Haha. Thanks for thinking of me.
  26. NSR Texas

    Great photos of your treasures, Jarrod...those nests are pretty wild...thanks for sharing.
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