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  1. I found these unusual symmetrical grooves in the side of a mountain in the Cowichan Valley several years ago. I realize this is not a fossil, but to date has been challenging to try and identify how these may originated, but am hoping for a direction for further research. Any suggestions please?
  2. Atoothsatooth42

    A Return to the Aquia Formation!

    Back to what I know well! Kind of an up and down day. More people at the spot than I’d want, but beggars can’t be choosers 🤷🏻‍♂️. It was a beautiful day for fossil hunting. Great gravel bars today, but not much fossil action and next to no sea glass in comparison. This area hasn’t seen much influential weather over the last few weeks, so I couldn’t be expecting much. Its been pretty dry lately. I cant help but get my hopes up though! A couple nice sand tigers, quite a few ray plates and such. Felt like a somewhat meh day, after the highlight being a pretty cool wrasse fish mouth plate. That is, until I found these croc teeth in about a 20 minute span towards the end of the trip! Awesome! Well… more like 1.5 croc teeth, but you get the picture! These croc teeth and the wrasse fish mouth plate are truly some quality finds on a bit of a roller coaster of a day. Looking forward to some more warm and sunny hunts like this one in the future.
  3. Trilobite_Hunter

    What horse species is this tooth?

    I found this tooth in the bone valley formation in Florida. Any ideas on the species? I think 3 toed horse due to the size? thanks!
  4. According to someone I know. Bought this claw as an unrestored handclaw of a dromaeosaur from the Morrison formation. Near Casper. Just under 3" long. He bought without any hesitation and I am very skeptical of it. What are you guys thoughts? Again. I am definitely not buying it, just wondering.
  5. Hello everyone! I'm heading to St. Louis to observe the Solar Eclipse this week, which is likely to be clouded out. I'm trying to salvage the trip by looking for Trilobite fossils as I have read they can be plentiful in this area. Can anyone share tips on what to look for as far as formations? I think my best bet is to look for rock cuts on the highways in the area. Any help and even general locations to search are much appreciated. Thank you!
  6. ale96

    What is this

    I round these two specimen in the Sand near a tuff mountain
  7. Anthony D

    ID please

  8. Liska

    What is this?

    Hello! Can someone tell me what is this, please? Is it walrus ivory and what about the mineral formation inside?
  9. Michael Marinelli

    Agatized Coral from Tampa Bay

    Found this coral head today where I’ve found other agatized coral in the Tampa Bay area in FL. To me it looks suspicious, it has a slightly blue color around its edges and has some botryoidal formations on the outside. It’s not super lightweight though, so I don’t think it’s hollow (or completely hollow). Does this look like it’s worth cutting? Is it likely to have any voids or botryoidal formations inside based on other agatized corals you guys have seen? recorded-478291984396.mp4
  10. Found this for sale somewhere, they are advertising it as a gar scale, but I don't think it is, although I could definitely be wrong. My first thought was maybe a scute of a crocodile, but I think that is also not it. Any ideas/ Thank you so much everyone in advance!
  11. Hello all, Curious to see if you folks could assist me in the identification of this item. I came across this at an auction. Initially I thought it was a cast metal - non-ferrous (perhaps bronze) - depiction of a Peach, Lemon, etc., and was perhaps used as an altar fruit. But the material just does not quite fit the bill - unless the piece is made of quite ancient metal. Upon diving into research, I came across a "fossilized flint coconut" which had strong similarities, (however this piece has only one pore or 'eye') which then led me to learning about flint sponges, which also had strong similarities. Any thoughts or further resources would be greatly appreciated, Kindly, J
  12. Heading to South Carolina, Summerville area for 3 days next week to search for shark teeth and fossils with my 19 year old son. August 2nd - 4th. Anyone interested in meeting up, let me know. I have been there once before years ago, and have been trying to best prepare as it seems the results haven't been so great (reading posts online). Last time we went we had lots of rain and water levels were prohibitive. I read the rules of no tools, which I presume means no sifting. Does anyone know if the rules are only for Summerville itself or surrounding areas too? I know no one wants to give up any spots, but if there are any tips/considerations, please let me know. Thank you
  13. 3RZUL13

    What and how?

    Before I get stoned to death for posting this here (lame pun intended)…let me just say that I honestly have no clue what I’m looking at here but I am not suggesting, nor am I of the mind—that it’s a fossil, but it was just so strange lookin’ that I couldn’t help my curiosity, so here I am asking for opinions on what caused this to form and what it’s composed of most likely (if anything other than limestone, that is…. (-__-). location- far nw San Antonio, tx , just outside the foothills of the hillcountry (helotes, tx) Again, I do want to apologize if this belongs in a strictly geological forum somewhere, I’d have probably posted it there instead, had I been aware of one existing which was similar to this platform but exclusively for weird ugly rock identification help (lol). Thanks in advance.
  14. Minskiyd

    Need help to ID please

    Hello, I don’t know origin of this item but I got it in USA Colorado. Can someone please help thank you !!
  15. Hi there, new to this site. Everyday me and my baby go for a morning stroll in the gulf of the etobicoke creek and I marvel at the shale sediment layers on the west cliff in between Eglington & Burhamthorpe. Being a curious scientist I tried googling it but came up short. The only thing I could written about it's formation was on this site and I've been Googling a lot of Latin words, seeing as how I'm new to the fossil world. Can anybody help answer this question? I'm amazed that the creek isn't a protected site if the shale is indeed over 460 million years old and has fossils!! Mind blown! I can't wait to take my baby fossil hunting when she's older!! Anything to instill the love of the great outdoors! Any tips on that would be greatly appreciated as well! Many thanks
  16. Fossil_Adult

    Maryland Triassic Trace Fossils

    Yesterday I set out to a site that exposed the Gettysburg formation up in Maryland in hopes of finding some Triassic footprints. What I came back with was mostly some trace fossils and burrows, but some of these looked suspiciously like tracks, so I wanted to post them on ID and see if someone with a little more experience could help me out. I’ll also probably send some emails out in hopes of getting someone who’s more experienced with the Triassic formations around PA and Maryland. Anyways here are the potential trackways I really hope to get some light shed on these and learn more about this era around Maryland because I’ve been doing a lot of research on these. Some really cool burrows: I collected the Triassic burrows in case my potential footprints turned out to be duds so that I wouldn’t come back completely empty handed. These are really cool I’ve come to believe that the small holes are where bugs or Beatles must have lived inside them. Someone with a little more expertise could chime in though. Now here’s the potential trackways. As always, these are some of my favorite fossils to collect so I REALLY want them to be trackways. But if they turn out not to be, then I will keep searching. I’ve got more leads further away in Pennsylvania but it’d just be nice to find them in Maryland where they’re so few and far between to find up there. These look fairly suspicious so I’ll see what y’all think of these. This one looks like a small theropod print, the way the traces are done. potential trackway circled. This one is also suspicious. There’s no discernible trackway to spot here, as this could just be geologic and be an inclusion in the rock, however, it could very well also be a trackway. Whether these are dinosaur trackways, or just fossil blobs that are getting me excited, I can’t help but be in awe at this site. Anytime I go to any potential trackway site, I just imagine all the small dinosaurs, early mammals, and large amphibians dominating this once river plain, leaving behind their footprints in the mud to be found. Were they running towards some unsuspecting prey item? Were they running away from something? Or just having a leisurely stroll during this time period? I don’t know what fascinates me so much about trackways but I always feel they have a story to tell about them.
  17. Crusty_Crab

    Eocene Green River Formation Unknown

    This is from the Eocene Parachute Creek Member of the Green River Formation in Utah. Any suggestions or anyone know if anything similar has been found?
  18. This was found in the Pliocene marine Pico Formation of Southern California. I'm leaning towards a marine mammal but I'm not even sure if this is bone or part of an echinoid test.
  19. stricklandhighland

    Can somebody identify please

  20. Nanotyrannus35

    Possible Partial Triceratops Horn?

    I'd gotten some more lance fm matrix and had found this. It had at first looked like a rib fragment but it has this weird texture on the bottom and the sides. Just wondering what you guys think. Thanks for any help. It's from the Lance Fm of Weston Co. Wyoming.
  21. RoscoeM

    One more opinion please

    Looking for another opinion on what this...
  22. RoscoeM

    Strange fossil...

    Another strange thing I've found...
  23. PermianOkie

    Hell Creek Crocodylomorph Vertebra

    Anyone familiar enough with the Crocodylomorphs from the Hell Creek Formation to be able to help in determining a probable genus or species? I purchased this specimen and have been unable to find images or research papers with similar examples.
  24. My first post was so popular that I decided to do a second. I went to the same place, and found more many rich and colorful fossils, and got enough material to write to you about it. For those who missed my first post, you will find it HERE As you will see in this article, I combine my two passions, collecting fossils and color photography. I love color, creating black and white photographs of fossils is good for scientific research, when you are a paleontologist and want to record the small details for science and posterity. But for people who are just starting to explore the world of fossils, we need something more inspiring, because to be fair, fossil photos are generally drab, and generally unappealing to the general public. Not that fossil collectors don't take great photos, I see fantastic photos all the time on TFF, but usually in a different context. I'm just trying to be a little different and take a picture of the fossils as I see them, in their natural environment. Maybe this will inspire the next generation of fossils collectors. This site is part of the Lorraine group (Chambly sub-formation). It contains the most recent sedimentary rock in the region, a series of clay and limestone schists that are redder towards the top. It's made up of clay schists, a sedimentary rocks of dynamic origin, formed by the splitting of existing rocks and calcareous schists, a sedimentary rocks formed by the accumulation of animal or plant matter in bodies of water. This region also bears the marks of the Quaternary geological era. Immediately after the last ice age, the whole St. Lawrence Valley and its waterways became a vast inland sea (the Champlain Sea) that stretched as far as today's Lake Champlain. The site is not as gorgeous or rich in fossils as the other sites we see in this forum, but it is rich in brachiopods, crinoids, bryozoans, and a few gastropods. Sorry @Kane no trilobites. Here are some photos to give you an idea of the site, it's a small beach where the fossils are underwater, so I'm literarily fishing for fossils. The formation is made up of many colorful stairs and steps leading to the water's edge. Like a time machine, each step takes you back a thousand years, where you can discover at each staircase the remains of a thriving fauna, long extinct. Don't expect to see anything bigger than a few inches, this is the Late Ordovician historically rock formation in the Richelieu River Valley in the St. Lawrence Lowlands rests on sedimentary rocks. which are some 450 million years old and formed during the Cambrian Period of the Paleozoic Era. I was able to photograph this hash plate full of sowerbyella at that special moment, when the water was receding after a previous wave. This is not a painting, just a photograph of what typical Ordovician fauna might have looked like 500 million years ago, almost as if we were there. I try to keep my hand dry and out of the freezing water, picking up the fossils between two waves, leaving the fossils out of the water. It was difficult to photograph the fossils underwater, because of the waves I took the photo at a time when the water was calmer and just before a wave came crashing on it. A lonely sowerbyella taking her beauty bath I found bi_valve playing hide and seek, with the bubbles A lot of times I hear that fossil and water aren't a good mix, but in my case it's a perfect match. The water acts as a sort of magical act, bringing these 450 million year old fossils back to life, infusing them with vibrant colors and hiding the passage of time. These normally terness fossils have a second life in this freezing water, small imperfections are hidden, making the texture smooth and lustrous, with beautiful vibrant colors. In homage of the Beatles, I call this one the Yellow Submarine Some brachiopod pile up over each other, I don't know what cause this rainbow of colors, the diffraction, the translucidities' of the fossils. Whatever the reason, it's a beautiful effect and a total surprise. A colorful brachiopod on a colorful rock I really like the contrast of theses two plate Don't need to search, no fossil here. Just a color full formation. Crinoid columnals are the most commonly recognized crinoid fossils, they are individual pieces of the column, or stalk, these resemble small washers. Olympic logos gone wild or Crinoid columnals, you choses. I particularly like the circles with a small star inside Columnals are joined together in life by elastic ligaments and skin. However, when the animal dies these soft tissues quickly decay and the stem break apart into individual ossicles, they leave behind a great many fossils. After the crashing waves, they sometimes cover themselves with air bubbles, giving this strange old world a new dimension. The hole in the center of the columnal is called the axial canal. It is most commonly round but may also be pentagonal or star-shaped, like this 1 millimeter fossil. Despite their small size some fossils can still be the star of the show. Bryozoans consist of a skeletal structure of calcium carbonate that has numerous tiny holes or openings dotting the surface. These holes once housed individual bryozoan animals called zooids, that derived their nutrients from the seawater. Atlas Of Ancient Life I found this briozoma all alone on this big boulder, strangely it comes out of the rock and comes back in right away. This is another bryozoan, it was on a smaller rock and I was able to collect it for my collection Most colonies were only a few inches in diameter but a colony of an Ordovician form found in the Cincinnati region ( Florence, Kentucky) is more than 26 inches in diameter and is one of the largest known bryozoan colonies. I really like this formation for it's richness of colors Photo taken in direct sunlight of a wet bi-valve Again, mother nature was playing with ice producing these wonderful sculptures everywhere we look. It was such a nice day, I couldn't resist taking some in picture. See other Ice sculpture Here. Crinoid columnals trapped under translucent ice. I found all theses fossils in just haft a day at that very special place. For those of you that did not see my previous post about my first fossil fishing trip, your in luck because it is still available HERE.
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