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  1. Day 2 of our exploration trip, this time we were exploring a ranch in the Pierre shale. This was a massive ranch which Walter had done a small amount of exploration years ago. The 3 teams split up again, and my group went to the farthest north of the ranch to begin. This required miles of off-road driving. Its incredible how much area some of these ranches contain! Even though we spent about an hour searching, we didnt find any fossils, although my son and I found 2 arrowheads. I was happy with those, as they were the first ones I have ever found. We moved on to another area
  2. hadrosauridae

    2 week exploration - day 4

    Day 4 was a special treat! Neal Larson came to the field station to give a brief talk on Ammonites, Baculites, and the Pierre shale formation. Then we loaded up and went to hunt Neal's own site, and OMG what a site it is! The only description that came to mind was "an embarrassment of riches". From the instant we stepped out of our cars, we were walking on baculites! The ground was covered with them. It wasnt about being able to find, it was just a search for quality. Neal had a goal for this hunt, and that was to find a Baculites with the jaws still in the chamber. For all his hunting
  3. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to look for fossils among additional Pierre Shale outcrops in the Sheyenne River Valley. I didn't post anything about that trip as it came up a bit short and read like my last Pierre Shale trip with more partial specimens. Today I went back to the area to look again, and also made it to an outcrop of the Gregory Member. Low water levels made for a great collection from the Gregory. The DeGrey was rather typical. The side of one of the so-called "Indian Mounds" of the DeGrey member and a frog which was hanging out on the mound. This p
  4. I_gotta_rock

    Shell Made its Own Pedistal

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    A Gryphea vomer bivalve made itself at home atop the internal mold of a tiny Baculites ovatus cephalopod. The whole thing is about 3 cm tall. Found in the Cretaceous spoils sands of the C&D Canal, Delaware
  5. Went fishing this spring and picked up a few pieces along the river. They are from the Bearpaw formation in Alberta. Finally got around to cleaning them up a bit. After finding these I think I spent more time watching for fossils than fishing.
  6. JustPlainPetrified

    Little Smoky fossil hunt

    A few baculites pieces from the shale bank of the Little Smoky last week before we made it to the Kakut River. Still have 3 baculite pieces in matrix to work on. Lots of crazy glue needed with these guys.
  7. Looking to have growths id present on late cretaceous wood. The growths are the scales present on the wood. They appear to have been growing between wood layers. Wood is partly carbonized and not fully mineralized. Wood was drift wood mixed in with baculites and scaphites. Fossil taken in situ from upper part of Kevin mb of Marias Fm in Montana.
  8. ThePhysicist

    Baculites

    From the album: North Sulphur River

    Baculites are abundant at NSR. These are typical specimens; some are nice with good suture lines, others are really eaten up.
  9. I finally got some time off and had a nice day to hike the North Sulphur River Texas. I hit the fossil park which is the most hunted location but I still managed to find some good stuff. The big piece of coprolite is loaded with shells in it. I really like the well preserved Glyptoxoceras heteromorph ammonite and the big Tylosaur vert.
  10. Hello fellow creek crawlers and rock hounders! I am not dead LOL! After a 3 year hiatus I am happy to be back here on the first forum I have everjoined posting my secret guilty pleasures which are of course...fossils. Sothe reason I am back is I finally found a peer here in Texas who is aBiologist with a huge love for paleontology to go on trips with (rememberI'm from Indiana) and we have always wanted to go to the North SulphurRiver in the middle of Texas winter, arguably the best season for fossilinghere! No venomous snakes out and no bugs. So we made an impromptu trip from Prince
  11. JarrodB

    Sulphur River Texas!

    I did a half day hunt in Northeast Texas. It was hot! The big flathead catfish was keeping me company.
  12. Fun morning Northeast Texas hike with a heat index of almost 110 degs by the time I left after lunch. The Tylosaur vert is worn but huge and weighs close to 2 lbs. The Tylosaur jaw section was almost buried as you can tell from the in situ pic. The artifacts were a nice little bonus. I waked in tracks for over half the day so I would love to see what the first guy found.
  13. Finally made a trip to the North Sulphur River. As a first timer, I went straight to the Ladonia Fossil Park. It has a large parking area with clear access to the river bottom. Keep in mind, the access is good, but the steps are HUGE. Going down isn't too difficult, but getting back up had me climbing them on my hands/knees. There is an ATV trail on the east side of the bridge that I was told has a more gradual slope, but you'll need to keep an eye open for snakes/insects, as its heavily overgrown with vegetation. I had a great time searching the river bed and banks for fossil
  14. I had a fun hike at the North Sulphur River Texas yesterday. I figured it would be picked over but I found a pretty remote spot with my 4x4. The one sawfish tooth I found in a small creek a few days before. Everything else is from yesterday. It was a great day for Cretaceous coprolite (Poo). @GeschWhat The one coprolite is full of fish verts, bones and fins.
  15. JustPlainPetrified

    Where baculites go to rest

    Going back to our fossil hunting trip at the end of September this year, it always amazes me to think of the forces involved in the evolution of our little planet. I had found a large chunk, about 10" in diameter, of shale/mud matrix with some baculite pieces sticking out at different angles. When I went to work in it over the past few days, the nature of the piece came to light. I can only imagine so many baculites being swept along in a flow of mud, crushing and splitting pieces; eventually coming to rest eventually creating the sedimentary formation. Then, how many years later, this formati
  16. Finally got a few hours to hunt around my local creek, I had found one mosasaur vert once before there so I decided to dig farther into the wall to see if there was more, to my surprise there was, the first one came out okay but the second one was really really crumbly. First one first
  17. OK I thought the other two trip posts were getting a bit long. So I am creating separate post for the third trip for the Britton Formation in Collin county, Texas. The other 2 trips are here: I have to write these things in segments. I'm slow at writing sometimes since I write in between chores and such (i.e. other fossil hunting trips). Sunday I had a bit of time to work on writing the rest of the trip report. I was supposed to teach a couple scout badges this weekend outdoors, but wouldn’t you know it, it started raining. I thought I’d go hunting instead beca
  18. My family found quite a few baculite sections last weekend (including the one attached) and thanks to the help from this group we now know what we have. We were not specifically fossil hunting when we found them and were not equipped to collect many of them. We are going back to the site this weekend (if the weather is favorable) and I’d love any suggestions for properly collecting these pieces. Ideally I’d like to piece some of the sections together once we are home for our personal enjoyment, education, and to see if we can assemble a complete (or near complete) baculite (probably wishful th
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