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  1. Jared C

    Suspect Bison tooth, Austin

    Hey ya'll Recently I made a trip to a creek in Austin that I'd been to once before when it produced two Bison molars as well as a piece of Columbian Mammoth enamel (thanks for those ID's btw!) After the snow melted I hit two spots really hard in hopes of shark teeth - no success, but in the same general area I found the mammal teeth last time, I found what I believe to be another bison tooth. Since it isn't fossilized though (I think), it may also just be a recent deer tooth. It's a different tooth compared to the others I've found, so I'd just like to check on an Id. B
  2. Hey y'all Recently I took a look around a creek in Austin hoping for some shark teeth (side note - if you have any advice for finding them in the area please either comment or send me a personal message, I've had no luck yet!) The formations in the area are supposed to be cretaceous - I'm far too new to be able to differentiate their appearances, but I've heard the Dessau gets exposed. Many enormous exogyra were present. One thing I did find however was a shiny orange chip with vertical wrinkling that looks suspiciously like enamel from a mammal tooth, but it has t
  3. Hey guys, I live in Round Rock, about 25 minutes north of Austin and I've been dying to find some shark teeth in the area. Recently I found my first shark tooth in Waco, but that hour and a half drive was only induced after many failed attempts locally. As far as I understand, (and if I'm wrong, please correct me!), one's best bet of finding shark teeth (or even mosasaur teeth/verts) locally is in shoal creek in Austin. More specifically, I've heard about shark teeth turning up in Northwest park, which shoal creek runs through. My brother and I have spent long hard hours looking in
  4. Hi everyone! I found this piece of limestone while hiking near Lost Creek in Austin, Texas. There are two distinctive fossils lodged in the rock. It also looks the large indentation on the right portion of the rock surface may be from the same animal? I believe they are gastropods, but I couldn't find any photos of species that looked liked these with the distinctive stripes running across each section of the shells.
  5. I'm a newbie who lives in the Austin area with a lot of passion for ancient life, but I'm having trouble making a decisive start with with my searches. I have a particular interest in large western interior seaway predators, most notably xiphactinus, but also the mosasaurs and sharks that lived in the area as well. Finding a vertebrae, of perhaps even teeth from these groups would be absolutely wonderful, but of the few creeks in the Austin area I've scouted, I've been able to turn up nothing besides gastropods. This is still despite heavily studying the sometimes confusing Texas geological ma
  6. I found this in the same area where I found the Corbula plate. Found west of Austin, on Highway 290. It was partially still covered, in the side of the road cut, when I slowly wiped away the matrix. Couldn’t believe the length. Immediately stopped collecting and took it to the car for safe keeping. It is not the shell itself but a mold of the shell. Always wondered on the identification. Can someone help me? Thank you in advance.
  7. This was a small plate that I found years ago off of US Highway 290, west of Austin, Texas. It is about the size of the palm of my hand, loaded with these micro fossils. I looked a long time, several different trips, before I found one this nice. It is a very thin layer about 1/2 inches thick. These fossils separate the lower and upper Glen Rose formation. They are very small, about 3 mm.
  8. My 5-year-old son and I found this giant fossil in a shallow creekbed near central Austin, TX, yesterday. It's about 10 inches in diameter and we think it's an ammonite, though it's very worn and we're not totally sure. Would love any thoughts! Thank you so much!
  9. Leslie from Austin

    No Idea found in Austin, TX

    These were found at Mary Seaholm Park in South Austin in early March. I have no idea what any of it is. I suspect the darker things in front are iron ore. They're very heavy. The other things are in a soft, chalky matrix & seem very delicate. Any help would be great!
  10. Hi! I am brand new to fossil hunting, inspired by my 7 year old daughter’s fascination with them and rocks. I am trying to find some decent spots to support her interest in the natural sciences. We found these, along with some awesome geodes, at a crumbling limestone cliff off the side of the road that looked fossily to me. I would love a tutorial to on how to find sites in the area to keep this hobby alive for her. Any suggestions in the Austin area?
  11. Good Afternoon Y'all! Took the pup out to one of my favorite spots this morning and came across this odd ball. Never seen anything like it. It was in a part of the creek that had been washed out from all the rain yesterday. No markings on it or shell impressions. In the same area i come across mostly those bottle cap looking shells and a nice little bit of coral if that helps. Found in Austin, TX down near the pleasant valley bridge on the east side. Thanks for the help!
  12. tylergile

    Bone ID requested

    Good Afternoon all! I have found what appears to be a bone fossil. I would love some help if possible identifying it. It was found in Austin, TX in a stream bed. I did the lick test, and my tongue stuck to the porousness, (not that it is scientific, but I figured id add it, just something I read online). Along with the pictures of the potential bone, I also included a photo of all fossils I have found in the same area, coral, oysters and other random shells. All have been found on the surface, do digging, including the bone. The round stone is coral from the end Permian extinction, I know that
  13. Kflow309

    Austin Texas Unknown

    I found this jaw piece in a dry river bed in austin texas on a family members land. The bone is completely fossilized. Any ideas what it could be?
  14. I found a few tiny fossils in Austin TX Creek. I don't have background in paleontology or geology. I also found a quite a few metal chunks that are non-ferrous (I know this place is not ideal for that, but I thought someone may know).
  15. D4Bear

    Fossils or rocks?

    Found these near Austin and the one on the left looks like it could be a femur of something and the one on the right I'm not sure of but it feels and looks like the same as the other one. Pictures Fossils or rocks? https://imgur.com/gallery/U2yFKZo
  16. My son and I are going to the Austin/Liberty Hill area this weekend. Does anyone have any sites they recommend? It is my first time to the area so I'd appreciate any suggestions.
  17. I'm visiting Texas from California where fossils aren't readily available and I wanted to bring back an ammonite and trilobite for my girlfriend. This is the first time I've been out of the west coast and want to make it memorable. I was in Mineral Wells Sunday and did find a tiny, partial trilobite but no ammonites. I'm in Austin but I'm willing to drive snarge near anywhere in the state to go on a dig. If anyone wants to show me your collecting sites with the knowledge I'll keep the location to myself I'd greatly appreciate it, and so would my girlfriend. That aside, thanks all for
  18. Rayminazzi

    Odd Texas oyster

    I'll post a full story in trips when I get time, but I was searching around a new spot, being unsure of the formation (Austin I assume now) I was picking up everything I found including oysters which I would normally leave, I assume they're exogyra or ilymatogyra but the Mark on the back is strange to me, 2 of the three I picked up had them and I haven't seen anything like it in pictures. Species and out formation ID would be nice
  19. Hey everyone, I got back back from my trip to Austin, Texas on Monday and I’m finally getting around to this lol. Been playing catch up at work and getting distracted when I get on the forum reading about finds like Kim’s bison ha. Besides my trip to Oklahoma I did do some fossil hunting very close to Austin thanks to Erich @erose. I spent probably 4 hours at a nice roadcut split up into 2 trips. Once wasn’t enough! Erich did a trip here recently and that’s where I learned that this is lower Cretaceous material. I don’t think I’ve ever hunted Mesozoic fossi
  20. Finally got out and enjoyed some of the great weather we have had so far. This is one of the road cuts within five minutes of my home where I often suggest folks go when visiting Austin. Exposes the Bee Cave Member of the Walnut Formation, Fredericksburg Group (Albian) Lower Cretaceous. As you will see it is a mix of limestone and clay and it is PACKED with fossils. Bivalves and gastropods are the majority, but corals, ammonites, crustaceans, annelids, shark/fish teeth and echinoids are also present. I have most of the inverts already in my collection so when I go I am looking for one or two r
  21. BlckM70

    Bone Fossil maybe?

    Hello, visited a relatives property In central TX recently (Near Austin) has a creek running through the property and very rocky terrain. Happened to notice this odd looking rock, not really sure what it is but didn't look like any of the others in the area. Found a few seashells that were obviously fossils but not really sure what this is so hoping someone might have an idea? Thanks!
  22. Erikg

    Is this a fossil?

    My daughter found this in Austin, I’m trying to be a good dad and figure out what it is, any help would be appreciated!
  23. Walt

    Fossil Fest

  24. cds7189

    Austin Texas Area Trilobite Find

    I found what appears to be a trilobite specimen in the Austin, Texas area. The fossil was found embedded in the bank of Brushy Creek in Round Rock, Texas that is in the region of Austin. I was told the specimen is unusual to this region and that no deposits in or around this area would support trilobite finds. Jess also told me that there may be people who would like to examine the fossil. I'm not sure how unusual the specimen is to this location but wanted to get some insight regarding this specimen. I'm not a professional and did use a week vinegar bath and a dreamel to remove most of t
  25. Gracetk

    Fossil ID Ammonite?

    After walking 2+ years by the same spot, just noticed this, yesterday. It sparked an interest, but I know absolutely nothing about fossils. Is this a normal size for what I think is an ammonite? Found in Northwest Austin, Texas near the bank of Walnut Creek. I am assuming it’s limestone. Grandfather’s hammer is 37 cm.
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