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  1. Yesterday, I spent about 30-45 minutes sitting in a pile of mud/rocks and practicing breaking apart softer rocks with a hammer and chisel (a little closer to shale--pretty easy to split into layers--but I'm not sure?) to see what I could find. This was one of the prettiest things I found! Northeast Alabama, US. Pottsville Formation. Thank you for your patience with my lack of knowledge. I'm currently waiting for a paycheck so I can purchase a book that will hopefully decrease my posts here!
  2. flowntheloop

    Lepidodendron Bark?

    Northeast Alabama. Pottsville Formation. This is embedded in a large boulder (with multiple other fossils) that we dug out of the ground within the past 6 months. I'm not sure yet how to remove or clean it. Not the greatest quality photo (my apologies), but I am assuming this is Lepidodendron bark?
  3. flowntheloop

    Lepidodendron root?

    Is this a Lepidodendron root? Northeast Alabama, US. Pottsville Formation.
  4. flowntheloop

    Sphenophyllum sp?

    Is this a whorl of a Sphenophyllum sp.? Northeast Alabama, US. Pottsville Formation.
  5. flowntheloop

    Spore Cone?

    This needs to be cleaned up a bit I think, but I found this cool fossil on Friday afternoon! Northeast Alabama, US. Pottsville Formation. I still don't have any good reference books (plan to order this week), but with my internet digging it looked like this could possibly be a spore cone from one of the clubmosses (like Lepidodendron sp.)? Any help/guidance is much appreciated!
  6. flowntheloop

    Northeast Alabama Newbie

    Hello, everyone! My name is Flown! I have a biology background--and my special interests include mycology, botany, and entomology. I mostly spend my time researching, identifying, photographing, collecting, and vouchering my fungal finds (both for the University of Alabama herbarium & for DNA sequencing). I also love mothing in the warmer months and seeking out spring ephemeral wildflowers! I only just recently began to delve into the world of fossils when my partner and I began digging the foundation and utilities for our home in Northeast Alabama. We've honestly been overwhelmed by the amount of Carboniferous/Pennsylvanian fossils, and I cannot help but want to learn more and hopefully become more knowledgeable about what I am finding. If anyone can recommend any resources, I would be thrilled! I have attached my most recent find below (what I am assuming are seed ferns?). I have zero fossil preparation skills, and I'm terrified of ruining them!
  7. flowntheloop

    ID Help with Small Seed Fern

    Northeast Alabama. Pottsville Formation. Beautiful (and tiny) fern fossils I found a couple of days ago. I would love some help with an ID (or even someone to point me to a guide)! Photos are from my cell phone, but I plan on taking more with a better camera this week
  8. Good day everyone, my name is Thomas. I'm a student who is starting out in Alabama, with a year out yet in my geology degree. I research primarily sedimentary structures and fluid mechanics revolving fluvial river systems. I would like to get into contact with any and all who hunt the states of Alabama and Mississippi. I've been an avid fossil hunter for over four years, and have hunted all across the country. The Eocene deposits in the south half of the state are by far my favorite to research and collect, from Point A in Andalusia, to Silas, Alabama. Our state has a ridiculous amount of outcrops and localities to hunt, and thus I feel as though I can reasonably share some high quality reports with you all down the line. On the side I edit and create specimen tables for purposes of research, and just as a hobby.
  9. Beachcomber14

    Is this a shark tooth?

    I just found this on the beach and honestly thought it was a shark tooth but didn’t realize only fossilized shark teeth are black. Is this a shark tooth? And if so, what kind? (The last picture is the inside and there is a fairly deep groove). Found in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
  10. Hey y'all, First post here and would definitely enjoy any input on this bone I found today. It measures 4.15" in length. Thanks!
  11. Back in 2020 I went with a university paleontology class to a quarry in Alabama where the Mississippian Bangor Formation is exposed. Much of the formation is massive pure limestone, which is used for cement production. However at the top of the quarry there are thin limestone layers separated by shale. As this is unsuitable for cement, it is stripped off and discarded adjacent to the quarry, and we are allowed to search this. Crinoids and blastoids are common finds, and other fossils including chondrichthyans ("shark" teeth and spines) are found occasionally. On the 2020 trip I found a partial large edrioasteroid, the first the professor had seen and they had been leading trips to the quarry for many years. (BTW edrioasteroids are known from other Bangor exposures, just not this quarry). Last weekend I was trimming up some fossils with a tile saw to make space in the cabinet. The edrioasteroid was still on a fairly big slab partly wrapped in aluminum foil. The back had a centimeter or so layer of dried mud and broken down shale covering it. Before I started to cut up the slab I decided to clean off the back, in part to make cutting less messy, and also just to make sure there wasn't anything interesting on that side. In the past I have cut right through good fossils because I didn't know that they were there. As I took a toothbrush to the mud and broken down shale, a bit of black appeared. This was interesting, as about the only thing in these rocks that is black are the fish teeth. A bit more scrubbing, and a beautiful Chomatodus tooth appeared, the best I have seen personally. There is a small bit (maybe ~2 mm) missing on one end, but otherwise it's all there and perfectly exposed. The taxonomy of these fish is quite confused, and even experts are declining to put species names on specimens until the genus is properly revised, so I am labeling this specimen as Chomatodus sp. Just for fun, I will be entering this one for Fossil of the Month. The edrioasteroid (Hypsiclavus huntsvillensis): The tooth (Chomatodus sp):
  12. I found this at Flat Rock Park in Lineville, Alabama. Does anyone know if this is a bone of some sort, or if it's something else? Thank you!
  13. Tyler vadnais

    Help identify please !

    Found in Andalusia from what I’ve been told the Eocene epoch, I’ve looked online and I can’t find anything. I’m new to doing this so any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
  14. DougR49

    Identification Please

    These rocks were in the yard of my house I bought.Can anyone tell me about them?Location is alabama
  15. Sauropod19

    River Falls, AL - Lisbon Fm., Eocene

    Hello! I just completed my second trip out to Point A Dam in River Falls, AL and found a couple of interesting things that I cannot seem to ID. Due to traveling, I only took a few pictures and had to use a coin for scale before moving to my next destination, so I apologize for the lack of quantity and quality of my photos. When I get time, I can take more images of the samples below upon request. Thank you! 1: I’m leaning toward Angel shark (?) 2: Legitimately do not have a clue… Maybe stingray related as it is long and cylindrical but it has confounded me. It does have a hole through the center that was difficult to image, presumably for soft tissue. 3: Once again, I don’t have a clue. The bottom of these pieces are smooth and concave below the central “peak.” 4: Miscellaneous pieces. Very well could be nothing but figured I may as well post them.
  16. Hello! I’d love to know if this is a shark tooth. It was found on Dauphin Island in Alabama. I’ve looked at several pics and can’t decide if it’s real or not. Thanks for all of your help!
  17. Chickennugget636

    Unknown orange beach Alabama

    I don’t know if this is just a weathered shell fragment or a fossil, but I found it in one of my old bags from a past trip to orange beach and I thought I’d have y’all take a look.
  18. Sauropod19

    Andalusia, AL material

    Hello. I have been working on properly cataloguing my old fossil material and was wondering if anyone might have any ideas about the origin of these two fossils from Point A Dam near Andalusia, AL. I know they don’t have many descriptive features but figured I might try. Based on shape, I think 1 might be part of a ray mouth plate, lost on 2 completely. Also, my apologies about the image quality; hopefully getting a phone with a better camera soon. Thanks! 1: 2:
  19. gifted1

    Tool or Bone?

    This specific little item here is found amongst some very very large five valves but I'm not quite sure what to make of it I have added photos dry and after rinsing it off it's larger than my hand does anyone have any idea what this may be exactly? It is very heavy at least 2 1.2 lbs
  20. kirkjeremiah23

    Basilosaurus bone block

    Figured I would share my recent project, a Basilosarus bone block found by myself in AL. Got alot of work to do and wish the jaw section had complete teeth, but who knows whats else lies in the matrix. Some pretty cool crystals throughout. Let me know your thoughts
  21. Fullux

    Goblin shark?

    This tooth was found in Montgomery County, Alabama, and is about 70 million years old. Looking for an ID on the species. I'm pretty sure its a lateral from a goblin shark but I'm not certain.
  22. FloridaShark

    Point A Dam, Andalusia AL

    Took my shark obsessed 8 year old to Point A Dam for the first time yesterday! The water level was fairly high so we hung out in the first bend but he had a blast! He found 388 items (whole and pieces) total. We know what the more common ones are (lemon, tiger shark, stingray mouth plate bits, some bull possibly) but there a few were unfamiliar with! I'm guessing picture #6 is nurse shark? #7 honeycomb coral? #8 tip of a coral? and I dont have a guess of what the other items are.
  23. kirkjeremiah23

    Unknown jaw

    Found this jaw in southern Alabama with some suspected Basilosarus material, but cant seem to find any teeth that match, any ideas?? Tje jaw bone is approx 3 inches in length. I appreciate the help
  24. Ramona

    Petrified wood or not?

    I grabbed this rock as a friend was tossing it out of a flower pot, mostly because it initially looked like petrified wood. After studying it some, I don't think it is, but I am not certain how to identify pet wood (am researching how to do this, though)? I don't see regular patterns on the ends of the rock, which I would expect to find in petrified wood. Is that correct? Found in Alabama, but no idea where it's origin is, since it was in a flower pot. See last photo for size comparison to a water bottle lid - it's a small rock. I checked it for transparency and some edges are transparent but not the entire rock. Thanks! Ramona
  25. Central AL Pottsville Formation What are these round, flat cookie shaped things? Stromatoporoids? Mineral concretions? Thanks for looking!
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