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  1. Recently, I was introduced by some friends of mine to full fledged rock climbing, and I was hooked. One session on a big cliff near Austin was all it took. As many of you know, rock climbing shoes are excessively tight, and I decided that it would be best to try and break in my new shoes on some small, crumbly limestone cliffs next to the track of the elementary school I went to. I was scouting out which portions of the cliff would be manageable when I noticed by my feet an otherwise inconspicuous rock with two or three dimples on one end. Fossils hadn't really been on
  2. Went out to the Central Texas Coryell County and looked for some Early Cretaceous fossils. I recognize most of these fossils like Exogyra Texana, Gastropods, and clams I found before, but I can't seem to ID one long elongated bivalve that looks a modern razor clams.
  3. I own some property in Blanco County, Texas and there are many fossils and fossil imprints embedded in the rock along the creek that runs through the property. I would love to know what these fossils are. I am posting just 2 pics because of size restrictions. I know nothing about fossils but am fascinated by the ones I have found. Any help would be appreciated.
  4. Today was supposed to be a day of grinding away at my piles of homework that have been accumulating over the course of last week (hey, I was on vacation what can I say)...and I was almost successful, save until 3 pm rolled around. Getting a little stir crazy, and in desperate need of the fossil hunting fix that I missed out on over the course of my week long vacation + the week of snow we had prior, I set out to take a "small walk" to an area of a creek I hadn't scouted before. My intention was just to do a little bit of reconnaissance - I saw on a geologic map that this particular
  5. Hi all, I read on a discussion from 2018 that the Waco Pit was in danger of being closed to the public. Seeming that was over two years ago I'm curious to know if it's still open to collect from. Furthermore, if it is open, do I need a permit to go?
  6. Hi all! Perhaps this is a dumb question, but I' still new to the forum as well as the hobby itself, so I offer a teaching moment - In round rock, (just north of austin in central texas), I have a location at the base of a limestone cliff where after some gritty mining efforts I've come across an extremely dense pocket of what I've been informed are internal casts of rudists. That ID was great!, but I'm having trouble learning about what the actual organisms were like. I've tried researching quite a bit with no clear picture of what these are that I'm discovering. Also geologic maps
  7. PaleoPaulz

    Is this a fossil?

    I would greatly appreciate any help in identifying this "fossil". This "fossil" was found on the ground in an area where limestone was being dump on the ground for a pad or road. Central Texas; probably Frio county. Thank you.
  8. Hi all, this is my first post so please excuse any mistakes. I found this Specimen in the Canyon Lake area if Central Texas. I haven't tried to remove too much of the limestone until I knew more about what this might be.
  9. Hello all! This is a little photo project I've been working on for a while. When I first started Fossil Hunting I was content to collect whatever. Then I was excited about Identifying what I was finding. The education continued and now I work to identify the geological formations I am collecting in and am able to know what fossils to look for in what areas. The Pocket Texas Geology website is invaluable for finding out the formation of a specific area (while not 100 percent accurate, it's pretty good). So I wanted to create a post that would help with Central Texas Cretaceous Fossil Identific
  10. Trilokris

    Please share some wisdom

    Hello everyone. I am new to the site so please let me slide if this is incomplete. I found this fossil in a small Creek in the west part of Dallas county in Texas. This area is upper Cretaceous but this bone is in amazing condition in my opinion so maybe more recent?? It is currently in storage so these are the only pictures I have right now. Any info or suggestions would be awesome and appreciated
  11. Texas Paleontologic Papers Available Online as PDF files Various University of Texas Bulletins, which are available online as PDF files contain in the form of Contributions to Geology, papers about the fossils of Texas. For example, there is: University of Texas Bulletin 4401, Contributions to Geology, 1944 University of Texas Bulletin 4401 contains papers about graptolites from the Cambrian of the Llano Uplift; corals from the Carboniferous of the Llano Uplift; Foraminifera from the Upper Carboniferous; vertebrates from the Triass
  12. Hello all, I'm 19 and brand new to the site, I'm hoping this is where I can get a potential ID on some very interesting fossils a family friend of ours supposedly found 10 minutes east of Austin on their private property. The first of which is a mostly complete fossilized fish - according to this friend of ours, it was found close to a river, where limestone slabs stick out from the eroded bank. As far as I understand, this was from an old bank line rather than the current one. He pulled on of the slabs out from said bank, and on it (after appropriate cleaning), a fish skeleton wa
  13. GPayton

    Pterosaur Finger Bone?

    I've been doing a lot of exploration in the Grayson Formation (Lower Cretaceous) exposures south of Waco lately, and so last week I was doing some hunting on a nice marly slope in the South Bosque River. I picked up lots of pyritized heteromorph ammonites and some turritella, but what really caught my eye was this tiny piece of fossilized bone. I know that vertebrate material can be found in the Grayson - I've even found some nice Cretolamna and Ptychodus teeth myself - but this doesn't seem to be fish or shark. The walls of the inner cavity are extremely thin when you look at the cross sectio
  14. Creek - Don

    Central Texas fossil hunt

    I took a advantage of the cool weather today (low 90's) and headed out to Central Texas near Waco. This was first time hunting in the Texas Paw Paw formation ( The Paw Paw Formation is a geological formation in Texas whose strata date back to the late Albian stage of the Early Cretaceous. Dinosaur remains are among the fossils that have been recovered from the formation). I didn't find any dinosaurs , but found plenty of ammos on the cliff and in the creek bed. It was an interesting experience finding few ammonites. Here are few photos that I snapped today. Bea
  15. Dubs

    Fossilized Snails?

    This is my very first post on The Fossil Forum. I was hoping for some experts to weigh in on what exactly are these fossils. I picked them from a lake shore in Central Texas. Can you please tell me the species? What are the approximate ages for these? Why did they go extinct? Thank you for all of your help. Dubs
  16. Creek - Don

    Central Texas Flint rock

    From the album: Central Texas Flint Rock

    Found these rocks over the weekend. Excellent spark material.
  17. Excerpt from W. J. Kennedy (1984): " Family NOSTOCERATIDAE Hyatt, 1894 [Jouaniceratidae Wright, 1952, p. 218; Bostrychoceratinae Spath, 1953, p. 16; Emperoceratinae Spath, 1953, p. 17; Hyphantoceratinae Spath, 1953, p. 16] Genus TRIDENTICERAS Wiedmann, 1962 Type species. Turrilites tridens Schl├╝ter, 1876, p. 136, pl. 35, fig. 9; pl. 36, fig. 1; by original designation. Diagnosis. Turricone, ornamented by strong, flared ribs with three rows of tubercles, the lower two close together, and with non-tuberculate finer ribs between. Discussio
  18. Found this in Comanche Peak limestone formation in Central Texas. I'm thinking Eoradiolites quadratus but not sure if there's enough info to nail down species. Apex to apex measures approximately 1.5 cm for three different samples. I will slowly post more pics of the other specimens, as I reduce photo sizes without losing quality. Thanks for your help.
  19. My daughter and I are looking for new fossil-finding adventures in central and Northeast Texas. We have already been numerous times to Ladonia, Sherman and Mineral Wells. We also like to hunt for arrowheads!
  20. Hey folks, If you are here in Central Texas today, the Texas Memorial Museum is having their annual Identification Day. 1-5 PM at the museum on the University of Texas campus, here in Austin. https://tmm.utexas.edu/events/3 I will be there along with some other members of the Paleontological Society of Austin to assist in identifying your fossils. We will be handling the invertebrates but there will be others helping with vertebrates, both fossil and extant, rocks and minerals, as well as artifacts and other natural items you might be curious about. TMM's Id
  21. JohnJ

    Latoplatecarpus maxilla

    From the album: Associated Latoplatecarpus sp. Mosasaur

    Latoplatecarpus sp. maxilla found with associated quadrates, pterygoids, vertebrae, and other skeletal elements in Central Texas - 2006.

    © JJackson

  22. From the album: Associated Latoplatecarpus sp. Mosasaur

    In-situ image of Latoplatecarpus sp. mosasaur associated bones underwater. Found in Central Texas in 2006.

    © JJackson

  23. From the album: Associated Latoplatecarpus sp. Mosasaur

    In-situ image of Latoplatecarpus sp. mosasaur pterygoid and Trigonia sp. bivalve casts underwater. Part of an associated group of bones found in Central Texas in 2006.

    © JJackson

  24. From the album: Associated Latoplatecarpus sp. Mosasaur

    Associated Latoplatecarpus sp. skull elements found in Central Texas - 2006.

    © JJackson

  25. From the album: Associated Latoplatecarpus sp. Mosasaur

    Latoplatecarpus sp. right and left quadrates found in Central Texas - 2006

    © JJackson

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