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  1. mikeymig

    Mystery Jaw from the Badlands

    I bought this large jaw section at MAPS a couple years ago. It was labeled fossil jaw Badlands and that's it. I've collected the Badlands of Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota many times and built a large collection of fossils from these localities. However this jaw has stumped me. My thought was the large Miocene Oreodont Promerycochoerus. Any input will be appreciate. The size of the jaw is 153mm or a little over 6 inches long. The rear molar is 50 mm or 2 inches long. Thank You.
  2. I have inherited a group of stunning fossils. The crown jewel is a saber tooth cat skull, still in matrix but plenty of teeth are showing. The original owner found it himself in the badlands of South Dakota and planned on learning how to prepare and restore it himself. As fun as I'd think that would be myself, I also want to be realistic. I have never prepped a fossil, and don't want to mess something like this up. I'd like it to actually come to full glory in my lifetime and so I think this is the best course of action. I know this won't be a few hundred bucks and I'm
  3. Backcountryhiker

    Cretaceous Jaw Fragment? Please Help ID

    Found this fossil while surface collecting in the Alberta Badlands (Canada) North Of Drumheller in the Red Deer river valley. Looking for some help to ID this unusual looking fossil. If I had to guess I'd say it looks like a possible jaw fragment? Any help to ID would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  4. During one of my hikes exploring the badlands in Central Alberta Canada (Scollard formation) near the Red Deer river I found this strange flat & thin piece of what appears to be fossilized bone. As you can see from the pictures it fans outward and it's quite thin, to me it almost looks similar to a aquatic flipper although I obviously am not sure at all what this could be. My instinct wants to say turtle piece possibly? Any help to ID this cool fossil would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
  5. Hello everyone, while I was getting some exercise exploring the badlands here in central Alberta (Red Deer river valley Scollard formation I believe) I found a piece of fossilized bone that must have been recently exposed due to spring thaw. I am no guru however it appears to have some predation marks on it (third picture left side) & to me looks like it could be a leg bone? I'm looking for some help confirm these are in fact predation marks & also to ID the bone itself if possible. I know its difficult due to it being just a small fragment but any help or additional info would be gr
  6. Hello everyone, first time poster here. While enjoying a day hike through the badlands of central Alberta near the Red Deer river (North of Drumheller) my girlfriend & I came across multiple oval shaped fossils (I hope) that look quite unusual. As you can see all of them are very similar in shape & size. They all seem to have what appear to be two lobes on each side & crease down the center. The one on the far right is quite shiny & has a gloss to it almost. The sizes range from 4.5cm x 2.5cm to 5.5cm x 3.5cm. I was hoping to get some help to ID these strange looking objects a
  7. thelivingdead531

    The Mammoth Site and more

    I will warn you all now that this is a photo heavy post, especially for The Mammoth Site. I wanted anyone to see everything that I was able to since they might not get there on their own. I'll start with The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota. It's still an active paleontological site that was first discovered in 1974 while building for a housing development. The story of how the site came to be can be found on mammothsite.org. Please forgive my succinct description, my family has been driving around for several days and we're tired. I'm happy to try to answer any questions
  8. A 12-year-old found a 69 million-year-old dinosaur fossil while hiking with his dad By David Williams, CNN, October 16, 2020 Twelve-year old boy finds dinosaur fossil at Nature Conservancy of Canada Horseshoe Canyon site, October 15, 2020, Calgary, AB Yours, Paul H.
  9. KimberlyNolan12

    Possible claw?

    Wondering if this is a rock or some type of fossil claw. Found outside Terry, Montana in the badlands.
  10. Good morning folks. I have a fossil Stylemys nebrascensis(?) turtle from the White River Badlands of South Dakota. I noticed what "appears" to be bite marks on both the top and bottom of the shell after I removed a layer of matrix. I carefully washed it with a medium bristle, plastic brush and Dawn Dishwashing liquid. What are your thoughts on the "marks"?
  11. skingston21

    Is this a fossil?

    I found this rock in the Badlands, SD and it looked like it could possibly be a fossil. I don’t have much background in this field so if anybody can provide any insight, that would be greatly appreciated! I did do the lick test on the rock and my tongue stuck ever so slightly (I think?)
  12. musicnfossils

    Dinos & More Dinos

    Just wanted to post some of my favourites from the last few months of collecting. Winter is only a few short months away so I’m heading to the field whenever I can. We’ve got some tyrannosaurid (gorgosaurus or daspletosaurus) toe bones as of this morning! Very excited about that. Bunch of verts including a big one, I know most of the verts aren’t from the same animal but I like to set them up like a tail for visitors The ornithomimid claw, a few tyrannosaurid teeth, croc scute & skull section (I believe that vert belongs to a croc as well, the one before the string) little th
  13. Hi all! Found this outside of Scenic, South Dakota, USA near Badlands National Park (near a stream bed). I picked it up assuming it was petrified wood, but on closer inspection it looks like it may be something else. The stippled, cell-like pattern of the cross-section reminds me a little of coral. Thanks for your ideas!
  14. xouley

    Fossil bone, or just a rock?

    Hey all! Found this mystery object outside of Scenic, South Dakota, USA, near Badlands National Park. The texture and shape made me suspicious of bone, but it could also just be an oddly shaped rock. Haven't done enough fossil hunting in the area to feel confident either way. Thanks for any insights!
  15. musicnfossils

    Took A Long Hike Today

    I wanted to try some new spots that are closer to home, so a family here was nice enough to take me out to their land near Dinosaur Provincial Park and allow me to surface collect. I only kept two things (wasted a good portion of the day searching for tyrannosaur teeth to no avail) but I did find some neat stuff so I thought I’d share. Please excuse the circling and the caption, those were for Instagram. Nice & green this time of year. Won’t look like that for long. Heres something I found a few times today; random pits of petrified wood just shattered.
  16. joshuajbelanger

    White river teeth

    Today the wife and I hit my white river spot. It was a very successful hunt-my wife has a keen eye for fossils, much better than me! Anyway, this tooth was found. I immediately thought some kind of rhino or hippo. I’m thinking hyracodons? We also found this oval piece of enamel in the same area. I’m thinking mastodon for this one. These are total guesses on my part and I’m more familiar with the verts of Florida. Any thoughts are welcome and appreciated.
  17. Ruger9a

    Prepped Oreodont skull

    Here is an Oreodont skull I prepped a few years ago. I did have to glue some of the larger rear skull pieces together, but otherwise there are no restorations. Just sharing with the group.
  18. Ruger9a

    Teeth from same species?

    Can anyone tell me if these teeth are from the same species? Or what species they are? They came from clump matrixes from Nebraska and South Dakota.
  19. Ruger9a

    Cynodontia tooth?

    Can anyone help identify these fossil tooth? Was in a section of matrix from Nebraska or Badlands of South Dakota.
  20. Ruger9a

    Teeth ID requested

    Can anyone help identify these fossil teeth? One was in a section of matrix from Nebraska and the others came from sections of matrix from the Badlands of South Dakota.
  21. Found while digging in the badlands of Montana in Glendive, in the very corner of the Hell Creek formation we found this single flat piece. At first I only noticed the one hole in the front, but upon closer inspection I discovered a partial second hole above the first, and one side has a structure visible inside the bone. Just wondering if anyone has any clue what it could be! Thanks for any input in advance.
  22. edubya

    Bone ID - very specific shape

    Another find in Glendive, MT. This piece was found along with other shattered pieces of bone and we jacketed them together. I am slowly working to reconstruct, and this is the biggest whole piece I have. The shape is so specific, I am curious as to if anyone knows at least where in the body this bone was (arm, leg rib, ect) I'd appreciate it! And if you know even more, all the better! Thanks for looking
  23. edubya

    Damaged bone or horn core?

    Good afternoon! I am a beginner collector and last summer I went on my first dig in Glendive, MT. I don't know the age of the rock we were digging in, but we found some fragments to cast and this piece was found under all those as we dug them out, so it was kind of by itself. We did a very quick search around the area and didn't find anything else. I notice this piece is kind of conical, but I didn't know if that shape was due to damage or if it was a horn. It's in real rough shape, very crumbly, and there is still some plaster on it you can see in a couple pictures (as well as su
  24. Mission Jurassic - "Badlands" of North Wyoming Children's Museum of Indianapolis - BBC News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/nxVbFidDbs/mission-jurassic Yours, Paul H.
  25. leftoversalmon

    Fossil Id Confirmation - White River Skull

    This has been in the family for probably 60+ years. I have handled it and seen it countless times, prior to this it has sat in the bottom of a garage cabinet drawer for the longest time, and now I'm bringing it to you! This skull was caked in matrix on one side and mostly exposed on the other before I started working on it (first picture is the exposed side). I think I have the ID correct, I believe it's a Hyracodon skull, I'm looking for confirmation and I'm also curious as to which "sub member" these are found in... Brule, Chadron, or another layer of the White River Formation (I'm new to th
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