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  • JohnJ

    Ancient Hunters

    By JohnJ

    June 5, 2010 Barry held his camera barely two feet away from the back of an Agkistrodon piscivorus. Although a small snake, it was still very dangerous and he positioned his camera based on years of experience with these reptiles. Known more commonly as a Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin, the twelve inch juvenile snake had coloration similar to the closely related Copperhead. However, its patterns were muted by late afternoon shadows in a remote location that was not favorable to an easy medic
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  • andreas

    The Columbianus Zone/alaunium 2/ Norium/upper Triassic, In The So Called “Hallstatt Limestone” Of The Northern Calcareous Alps In Austria

    By andreas

    The columbianus Zone/Alaunium 2/ Norium/Upper Triassic in the so called "Hallstatt Limestone" of the Northern Calcareous Alps in Austria Dear Fossil Forum members! This pictured report about the ammonite bearing Triassic Hallstatt limestone will be the first one of a continuous series of reports. Since the beginning of the geological research in the Northern Calcareous Alps of Austria in the 19th century, about 500 species of Triassic ammonites have been described from the Hallstatt limestone
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  • MikeR

    The Problem with Siphocypraea

    By MikeR

    For millennia, humankind has been fascinated by the hard-external shell of the organisms classified within the Phylum Mollusca.   Consumed first as food, their empty shells have served multiple functions in the past; as tools in many ancient cultures, in religious ceremonies by the Aztecs, and money by Pacific Islanders. During the Age of Discovery, sailors could supplement their meager incomes by selling exotic seashells to wealthy gentlemen for their Cabinets of Curiosity.  Today many people f
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  • MikeR

    The End Of My Pliocene Project

    By MikeR

    When I began this blog late in 2010, my intention was to report on recent field trips however, with the exception of one excursion each into the Upper Miocene, Lower Pliocene and the Calabrian Pleistocene, all of my posts have concentrated on the Upper Pliocene of the US Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains. I already had an extensive collection of Florida Upper Pliocene invertebrates that I had collected while a resident of the state in the late 80s and early 90s. The fossils from these beds are
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Summerville?

I'm looking to plan a trip for shark teeth hunting possibly in Summerville, SC. Im currently in Pender County, NC, so Green Mile Run isnt out of the question. Any suggestions, locations or people who want to group up? Haven't had too much experience, but i've leant its the company that matters over what you find.

BRobinson7

BRobinson7

Mazon Trip

Tomorrow I will visit Mazon Creek area! I am so pumped.

KimChi

KimChi

Tyrannosaurus Rex The Tyrant Lizard

An enormous bipedal dinosaur believed to be able to run up to 25 mph. Sue was the largest specimen ever found measuring 40 feet long and standing 13 feet tall. She was 28 years old when she died of unknown causes possibly an injury to her leg causing her to be unable to hunt her normal prey. Tyrannosaur weighed about 9 tons. While not as long as some of the other carnivores of its time Tyrannosaurus was a dangerous beast although some believed it to be a scavenger. They lived in North America fr

TyrannosaurusRex

TyrannosaurusRex

Pliocene Project Part 2

Part of the fascination with fossil shells is the excellent preservation which occurs under the proper conditions. With the exception of color, specimens whether shell, coral, or echinoderm, many times look as if they were picked off of a beach. Yet careful examination reveals differences between fossil and recent related species which demonstrate changes within taxa through time. Often overlooked however, are the geological processes which form shell beds. A principle of global geology is trans

MikeR

MikeR

Post Oak Creek Hunt

I went to Post Oak Creek and found a lot of teeth. The water was freezing and my feet were numb. I recommend going there if you live in Texas. Summer or Spring would be the best time to go. For me the water levels were high but I used a sifter and found some cool things.The results were 20 teeth and a lot of shells.

PaleoWilliam

PaleoWilliam

Welcome To My Fossil Blog!

I am exited to start my blog and hope you have a fun time reading it! I have been into fossil hunting for a few years and my collection has grown huge. I will be sharing my experiences and anything new about my collection.

PaleoWilliam

PaleoWilliam

Alethopteris Of Saint Clair

Alethopteris are quite common at Saint Clair location. But apparently there are at least 6 different species. These are all from "Fossil Plants from the Anthracite Coal Fields of Eastern Pennsylvania." A zip file that contains the PDF can be downloaded from http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Here's a direct link.http://www.dcnr.stat...dcnr_016425.zip Alethopteris ambigua Alethopteris decurrens Alethopteris friedelii Alethopteris lonchitica Alethopteris serlii Alethopteris sullivanti

Stocksdale

Stocksdale

Chowan River Formation Revisited

My first experience with the Chowan River Formation was during a collecting trip in 2011 to collect Zone 2 Yorktown sediments along the Roanoke River in North Carolina. The paltry fauna that I collected from the two Chowan sites stood in stark contrast to the molluscan-rich Yorktown Rushmere Member exposed further upstream. Since I had been writing about the Upper Pliocene deposits of the Eastern United States, I was looking forward to collecting these youngest Pliocene deposits but with a tot

MikeR

MikeR

Smr Aggregates 2013

In early 2013 after two years of work, I finally completed the preparation, identification and curation of my extensive Upper Pliocene collection from the Eastern United States. My intent afterwards was to quickly use the same method to knock out my Pleistocene collection so I could start on a new large Cretaceous project. But as John Steinbeck once wrote “The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry” applies here as I continued to add to my Pliocene collection throughout the remainder

MikeR

MikeR

The Psychology And Philosophy Behind Collecting

Sigmund Freud theorized that the act of collecting ties back to the time of our toilet training. Freud suggested that the loss of control and what went down the toilet was a traumatic occurrence to us human and thus in our subconscious we develop the desire to collect things as a mean to try to gain back not only control but “possessions” of that which were lost so many years ago....... O.K. if I tried to rephrase what I just shared in a non-academic language is that we human collect because

AJ Plai

AJ Plai

Fossils As Investment - Good Or Bad Idea?

Due to recent topic and discussions about "Fossils as Investment", I have decided to record and save my post into this blog for my own future reference and hopefully others fellow members may find it useful as well. You can see the original discussion in this topic here: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/47826-fossil-investments/ With the rise of so called "Passion Investment" or "Alternative Investment" whereby instead of putting your money and wealth into the conventional inves

AJ Plai

AJ Plai

From Fossil Buyer To Fossil Hunter

The below is from a post I responded to, I was actually kind impressed I typed so much with out noticing. So figured... it makes a good opening blog post. If it helps or gives advice to at least one person. It was worth the long winded response. I'm new to fossil hunting, I'm wanting to take the leap from Fossil Buyer to Fossil Hunter I tried to jump to the "point me to a site to dig and find a fossil", litterally only 1 site in Illinois <where I live> is famous and openned to all for p

TomKoss

TomKoss

Welcome To My Blog!

Hello everyone! I thought i'd just make the one blog for pretty much everything that i find or want to post, rather than different blogs for different types of specimens, as i'm not a particularly busy hunter. If ever i go on a fossil hunting trip, or uncover a fossil in my back garden, then i will probably post pictures on here, as well as anything else i feel you should know! Thanks for taking your time to read this utterly boring introductory post thing, and i hope to post soon! Laters!

Glozzer Mozzer

Glozzer Mozzer

The Early Pleistocene Marine Fauna Of The Southeastern United States

The glaciations which are a hallmark of the Pleistocene, actual began sometime in the late Pliocene. The extent varied but each of the three largest Ice Age glacial events produced noticeable marine fauna changes along the Western Atlantic coast. As temperatures warmed during the first major interglacial of the earliest Pleistocene, rising sea levels formed the rich shell beds of the Caloosahatchee, Waccamaw and James City Formations that we see today in the quarries and river bluffs in the Ea

MikeR

MikeR

Middle Ladinian Ammonoids Of The Hallstatt Limestone In Austria

Dear Fossil Forum members! This report deals with ammonoids from the former zone of Protrachyceras archelaus, which is our present Longobardian within the Ladinian stage of the marine Triassic timescale. Fig.1 A beautiful view of the surging “rock waves” of the incoming tectonic thrust sheets. The valley between the two Mountains in the middle of the picture marks the tectonic border between the mainly Triassic Hallstatt Unit and the Tirolikum Unit of the Totengebirgs nappe (in the backgrou

andreas

andreas

Stone Souvenirs

Hello to The Fossil Forum! Lately I am starting a souvenir collection of Aetobatis fossils. It's slow going, but I am just beginning:) I do all my collecting trading or purchasing fossils, since I live in Hawaii, and am disabled so can't easily get out in the fossil fields. When I was young I used to see the baby Spotted Eagle Rays swimming in the bay or out in the canal at Waikiki. They are adorable! I don't know how long this link will be good, but here is a short video I found on the net. S

Triops808

Triops808

The Caloosahatchee Marl

In 1886 a young adventurer scientist by the name of Angelo Heilprin (1853-1907) made his first expedition of many in a short but event filled career. He would later ascend Ixtaccihuatl and Popcatepetl volcanoes in Mexico and was the first scientist to arrive at the city of Saint-Pierre, Martinique after the eruption of Montagne Pelee killed 30,000 in 1902 and would return four years later descended into its crater. He embarked with Robert Peary on his expedition to Greenland in 1891 and led th

MikeR

MikeR

Inrtoduction

So im a little unsure where to start out, i guess im going to write this all down to try and gather my thoughts and update my progress, Im aiming to become competent enuf in fossil prep to be able to get a paid full time job in something im massivley intrested in. Currently ive got boxes and boxes of uk fossils, mostly ammonites. They all need prepping too. Seems the ideal place to start, but first i need the equitment. Check, well sort of ive got a compressor and a st pen tho its in storeage an

jonny

jonny

Two Cool Cephalopods ....

Hello Everyone its been way to long since my last entry. I've been sharing on the Facebook page because its so easy to upload from my phone. But I will start back bogging...... I miss it I found these cephalopods two weeks ago here in middle TN- Leipers Formation from what I'm told. I found it interesting how the shell casing seems to have been peeled back on both......

Ameenah

Ameenah

James City Formation

In deciding upon a title for this post, my first inclination was to name it “The Fossil Shells of the Lee Creek Mine.” As mollusks are found within the entire 20 million year span of deposits at Lee Creek, that title does not fit into the theme of my recent posts about the Lower Pleistocene of the Southeastern United States. For the vertebrate collectors who once visited this fossil nirvana, the type of mollusk shells indicated the particular layer one was collecting. The presence of massive

MikeR

MikeR

The Best Personal Finds From 2013

Lepidodendrons Lepidophloios laricinus Seed ferns (Cyclopteris, Neuropteris, Macroneuropteris, Mariopteris, Mixoneura, seed fern rachis impression, seed fern male fructification) Bothrodendrons Sigillaria Calamites (Calamostachys, Macrostachya, Asterophyllites) Cordaicarpus (Cordaites seed) Dicranophyllum Jurassic (Bothonian) petwood Euproops danae Trigonia Myophorella to be continued...

RomanK

RomanK

Gelasian Stage Eastern United States

Primary amongst the various indicators that define the Quaternary Period is the cyclic global cooling known as the Ice Ages. Although cyclic glaciation happened throughout the Cenozoic, the shear number of occurrences in the Pleistocene are notable with no less than 13 different events. As would be expected, the constant rise and fall of sea level controlled by the amount of water caught up by glaciers and the resulting changes in temperature and aridity would play havoc with biological commun

MikeR

MikeR

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