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  1. Hello all! I recently rearranged my collection so I figured this would be a good time to show some fossils! I usually hang-out in the New Jersey Cretaceous but I have been collecting fossils for over 25 years and have found some pretty cool specimens of creatures from many different eras, That said, my collection is mainly focused on the New Jersey Cretaceous, so let's start there. These are my displays for New Jersey Cretaceous non-reptile fossils. My favorites aren't actually fossils at all but rather casts of some of my favorite finds. The crab, Costadrom
  2. PaleoNoel

    Hell Creek Small Theropod Claw

    Hi everyone! I wanted to post one of my new favorite finds from this past week of collecting in the Hell Creek formation of Montana. I found this little partial claw at a microsite which proved to be quite productive, making for a great day. While the articulating surface is missing, I still feel that it could be identifiable and my first guess is bird. Avisaurus in particular as I remember seeing similar claws being labeled as such on other platforms. It’s about two centimeters long and the bottom is flat, giving it a somewhat triangular cross section. photos from the field.
  3. daves64

    Skin molt in amber?

    In one of the pieces of Burmite amber I bought from @holdinghistory recently, I found what I think may be molted skin from something. Reptile, insect or worm, I have no clue. Measures 1 cm long by 5 mm at the widest. Pics 1 - 4 show the texture at 200 x. 5 & 6 show the entire piece at 20 x. Any ideas?
  4. It was hard to believe that six years had passed since I last visited the badlands of the San Juan Basin...if you are interested, I posted a few of those previous trips here and here. With a new field season upon us, @NMFOSSILS99 and I made our first (of hopefully many) exploratory mission to the Upper Cretaceous Kirtland/Fruitland badlands of the SJB...
  5. Hello, several weeks ago, I presented a rudist recovery "operation" from the Afling-formation of the Gosau-group of Kainach (Upper Cretaceous): Well, the same day I have discovered the rudist zone featured above, I have also discovered a rudist zone about 100-200 m stratigraphically deeper. It is confined to an about 1 m thick, very dark limestone bed rich in various rudist and echinoid remains. The limestone belongs to the Geistthal-formation, considering the limestone is still located within the sequence with some red clastic rocks, suggesting strong terrestrial influence i
  6. historianmichael

    Spondylus (Dianchora) echinata

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  7. historianmichael

    Trichotropis squamosus

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  8. historianmichael

    Etea trapezoides

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  9. Lone Hunter

    Serpulid or Vermetidae?

    I already had 2 little piles of worm tubes then I found this larger single one today and appears the tube broke and exposed the worm. Examined the smaller ones more closely and noticed they have pyritized insides and cracks like on shell, started to wonder if they were gastropods, I see shiny spots and know the worm isn't preserved and tubes aren't shiny so doubting if they are Serpulid tubes. Also see what appears to be apeture on larger worm, so what are they? Last picture is backside of large one.
  10. historianmichael

    Plicatula urticosa

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  11. historianmichael

    Scaphitid Ammonite

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  12. historianmichael

    Euspira halli

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  13. historianmichael

    Cucullaea sp.

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  14. We know for many formations how would look like back to their age. We know for Morrison, Hell Creek, Elrhaz and many more. But, what about Kem Kem? Was a tropical forest with many rivers like the some million years older Elrhaz in Niger, was a environment like the modern north Africa with some dry regions and some regions with big rivers? Sure has many freshwater because we know aquatic predators like spinosaurids and crocodiles, lungfish etc. But, we can have a more accurate image?
  15. PaleoNoel

    Interesting Hell Creek Vertebra

    Hi everyone, I found this little, mostly complete vertebra in the Hell Creek formation of South Dakota in 2019. I don't really know what to make of it as it's very porous, and amphiplatyan (flat on both sides), although I'm not sure how much of that could be attributable to wear. I believe it's safe to cross of squamate (due to lack of concavity) and champsosaur (overall shape) off the list. While most of the crocodilian verebrae I have found in the hell creek have have a convex and concave end, I am aware that some can be found that are flat sided. The porosity of the bone makes me hopeful th
  16. Caaaleb

    ID needed - Cretaceous Vertebra?

    I found this rock in a creek near me that I'm hoping is a vertebra fossil. It was found in the Woodbine of the Cretaceous of Texas. It was standing out from all the other rocks (most of the other rocks were red and we're not smooth). This possible fossil also has a smooth and circular shape to it, but also has slight angles it seems (if you could even call them angles). There's also a lot of small cracks in the center of the rock/fossil. Can anyone identify the species or family of animal this vertebra belonged to? Or is it just concretion or a rock? Any help is appreciated
  17. Found this bone chunk this weekend on a creek hunt in Monmouth County NJ, looks to be a piece if jaw with some partial teeth! I know bone can be very hard to ID but hoping some distinguishing marks and parts might help on this on. Hole on one end and 3 partial teeth, with one half full root exposed. Let me know what you think! I can take additional pics if needed. Happy Hunting!
  18. Although the Cretaceous period lasted from 145 to 66 million years ago, geologic units from the Berriasian to Albian stages and several terrestrial units of Albian to Maastricthian age are not chalky in terms of geologic composition. I remember that the Cretaceous at one time was divided into the Neocomian, Gallic, and Senonian epochs, so one day International Commission on Stratigraphy should divide the Cretaceous into the Neocomian, Gallic, and Senonian periods, since the Cretaceous lasted longer than either the Triassic or Jurassic. This is similar to the fact that American geologists divid
  19. Jared C

    Giant Ammonite - Austin, Texas

    Hey y'all Exciting find for me today. Decided It was about time to investigate the Eagle Ford formation for once, and it certainly paid off! This was not my target, but a thrill nonetheless. Is anyone able to lend an ID? It's quite weather worn, and I don't have exact measurements yet, but the pictures might have enough context
  20. In the last couple of months my son and I have purchased some unprepped Lebanese fossil fishy's. There are four known species of guitarfish from the Lebanese provinces of Hakel and Hajula. Rhinobatos maronita is one of these; this species was fist described in 1866 by Pictet and Humbert. Some purty dang cool stuff but the guy we are buying from does not know how to wrap and send fossils over seas! Our last shipment came in many pieces! Not good. My son is working on him to make it right? Aside from that Im going to do what I can to fix things. First up is one side of what I think is
  21. From Madagascar. I don't know any other information. According to the fossil merchant, it's the Cretaceous. Length, width and height, 15, 12, 22. What part is it?
  22. historianmichael

    Tundora tuberculata

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  23. historianmichael

    Tornatellaea cretacea

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  24. historianmichael

    Pseudomalaxis sp.

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  25. historianmichael

    Ellipsoscapha mortoni

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

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