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  1. I managed to grab some more time at Rock-a-nore looking for fossils and getting some exercise. Being in a wild natural space, pretty much alone, it also does wonders for maintaining mental health. Working rolling shifts means that I'm reliant on favourable tides coinciding with my rest days/time off which doesn't happen too often. When it does, I can sometimes get a couple of days hunting in a row. The location is early cretaceous and the formations are known as the Ashdown and Wealden Beds and are around 140 million years old. It wasn't great weather wise, fine mist with occasional showers. This doesn't put me off but I did wind up very damp and a bit cold after 3 hours. It also presents challenges when scanning a wet pebble beach, some detail is enhanced whilst other things can be obscured. I didn't find anything to add to my collection which is often the case. At the moment, I think that the beach is fairly well trodden so I'll likely wait for some rough weather or sea activity to shake things up a bit before I visit again. As ever, the cliffs were fairly active with the clatter of falling material. I did note a couple of larger falls (not big enough to warrant excitement) and these were the sandstone material that is often quite barren of fossils. I took a few more photos this time, some things that I noted but left behind etc. The aging punk in me gets a bit of a kick out of ignoring this signage. When you get onto the beach, you can see a number of sections on the cliff which are likely to move soon. Very murky looking eastward towards Fairlight. Not another person on the beach. First find. A rock containing carbonised wood. A second rock containing carbonised wood/plant material. Nothing recognisable though. Tempskya tree fern trunk section, A nice little starter sample for someone to find and it looked quite fresh. The waterfall at Ecclesbourne Glen. It seems to be calming down a bit. Many years ago, this was an access point to the beach. Mineralised iron percolated through sandstone. This is an interesting feature found locally, it has been suggested that this may represent some form of algal activity or at least have been catalysed by the presence of some form of plant matter. This is the only sample that came home with me. It peaked my interest as it appeared woody when I initially picked it up. I suspect that it started out as fossilised wood which then attracted some mineralisation and resultant nodular formations. The surprise, on examining it at home, was to find that it has a sizeable cavity full of quartz. I've not encountered this in connection with plant material before other than Tempskya. Coming off of the beach, I was pleased to see that I'd caught the Shipwreck Museum open and so decided to have a quick look at their local fossil display. It was quite nice to see that a nice larger Tempskya sample that I donated after a trip last year was on display (lower right). As you can see from the display, you never know what you may happen across on the beach here. Anyway, this concludes my trips for a while. Until the next time.
  2. Michael1

    Indian necklace piece

    I found this a while back in a Summerville creek, theres a hole in this bone piece that appears it could be from an Indian making some sort of jewelry not entirely sure though so I was wondering if anyone could give a second opinion.
  3. I’ve been busy hunting, but I got behind on posting..I’ll try to get back in the habit. Yesterday I made quite the trek around various parts of DFW. I’m a semi-professional drummer, so I had a gig at 11:30am, which gave me a short amount of time beforehand to swing by an eagle ford exposure around highway 360 (Tarrant County). The recent rains adequately eroded the ground, revealing a nice 15 inch petrified log. I suspect this is the coal zone that I find nearby at other locales, because the log has some parts that appear burned. I should have grabbed an initial in situ pic, because the end piece (not pictured) was broken but in place just an inch or two away from the larger piece, you could just tell it had been broken for a long time. I’ve had issues with previous pet wood pieces from this zone warping or disintegrating after a few weeks, so while this piece is solid and heavy, I might coat it with a polyurethane spray, since that has worked well on my other pieces. After my gig, I went to a Fort Worth formation construction spot, finding a few big macrasters but this one had been picked over like bugs off the back of a gorilla (I’m always looking for new analogies), so almost no ammonites. I then went to a nearby Paw paw spot that my accompanying friend knew about, finding my first micro fossils, some nice echinoids, gastropods, and over 100 little ammonites, I believe the mantelliceras species. My friend found a shark tooth, which I seem to not be able to find as easily. lastly, we swung by a nearby Goodland formation spot in northwest Tarrant county, with the usual broken oxytropidoceras ammos, plentiful heteraster and hemiaster echinoids, and a few nice gastropods and one perfect clam. I am including a nice big Goodland formation bivalve fossil I found a few days ago, just to show it off and keep it in the same category. We are expecting a lot of rain this week, so I’ll be resting my back and planning my next targets!
  4. Hey all! My name is Ian and I'm excited to be part of this community! My friends and I are organising a trip to the isle of skye and we're headed on our first fossil hunting trip. We're looking for advice on what to bring, what to look out for and if there are local guides in the area that can show us around
  5. Hello, My 18-year-old son and I are visiting my father in northern Georgia (near Cleveland) in a couple of weeks. Are there any good fossil sites in that region that anyone can recommend? My dad is in his 70s, but is still mobile and hikes regularly. My son and I can carry heavy stuff, so the site doesn't need to be super easily accessible. Right now my son is really into trilobites, but I'm honestly up for anything! Many thanks! Kerry
  6. Hey there, I'm DirtyHippie in my early 40s. I have been fossil hunting/collecting for many years, mainly in NE Florida. I consider myself an beginner in the fields of Geology/Paleontology/Archeology. Phew that was hard to spell. Joining your community for a few different reasons: - I have decided to spend a few years traveling the good ole USA in search of fossils, artifacts, & minerals. Any advice or ideas on places to add to the list would be greatly appreciated. Currently at the Peace River area since the CAT5 Hurricane hit there, High on the list currently are Bakersfield, CA- Diamond Crater National Park in AR- The state of Georgia- South Carolina. I'm also trying to better understand the geology & Paleofauna of the Peace River Formation or the Bone Valley Member of said Formation. Lastly looking for like minded people to fossil hunt with in my travels, If i can figure out the photos, check out stuff from my recent 2 week trip to the Peace River Campsite. I'll post it under fossil hunts.. I've also collected a good deal of micro material and have never processed it, can you direct me to a post on this website you can recommend...
  7. I will be in Greenville for work at the beginning of November and have decided to head up a day early to try my luck in GMR. After a few hours of research, my initial plan is to drop in at the ball field on Elm Street, heading down current to sift just before the 10th street bridge. It's anyone's guess after that, as I have no experience hunting outside of Florida... although I imagine it is similar in a lot of ways to the creek hunting I'm used to. Equipment will be minimal and I usually prefer to "dig" with my hands to feel the gravel I am collecting, but curious how necessary a scoop/shovel/probe would be after watching a few YouTube vids of GMR. Lastly, if anyone is available and wants to meet up to hunt for the day... I would cherish the opportunity to spend the day swapping fossil hunting stories and sharing favorite past finds! PS... If anybody is feeling generous I am open to all forms of knowledge that will give me an edge in a new & unfamiliar environment.
  8. Hello! I don't see too many aturia specimens from Washington on this forum so here are a couple from the last 2-3 weeks of hunting down south in Pacific County. I've read they are Oligocene in age and come out of the Lincoln Creek Formation. What's interesting, however, to my knowledge most fossils coming out of this formation are in concretions. Does this mean the fossils you find loose like this eroded out of a concretion or were they deposited/fossilized in a different manner? Cheers! -Cam
  9. Hey everyone! Me and my family are thinking about taking a trip to the White River Formation. But we were wondering what some good places are to go fossil hunting? Thank you, -Micah
  10. Hi everyone, A few months back I went on a fossil hunt with the BVP to a clay quarry with some miocene sands in Kruibeke (Antwerp, Belgium) in search for shark teeth. Some great finds were done that day by other members, like a big Megalodon tooth, some large Hastalis & Galeocerdo teeth, a couple of Somniosus microcephalus teeth, an Edaphodon antwerpiensis palate and a Neolithic tool to name a few of the best... Unfortunately we weren't that lucky as we found only a few smaller teeth, but I was happy with the finds nonetheless First up some on situ photo's which were shared on the fb page of the club (luckily cause I didn't take any) First up my personal best find of the day: A small pleistocene rodent incisor Some bivalves (Venus casina casina?) A ray dermal denticle Some ray teeth (Aetobatus sp.?) The only two larger shark teeth we found, both C. hastalis I believe
  11. Keichhorn

    Fossil/ backpacking trip

    Hey all! Other than fossil hunting backpacking is my biggest hobby. I want to combine the two but am having a hard time finding a good hike with at least 2 locations to stop and dig around. I was looking at some trails in north carolina but I know most places within walking distance of the trails are a no go on collecting. Im looking for something between 20-30 miles, not a big deal if it's smaller. Anywhere within the eastern United States would be ideal. Here's some photos from my favorite hikes last year. Not big ones just a couple 3-5 miles in michigan and Ohio and one 22 miler in michigan.
  12. Hello, I'm taking my son (9 years) on a 6 day road trip from Evergreen, Colorado to anywhere in Utah. We're avid fossil hunters and spend a lot of time looking in Colorado. We're going to do a trip to Utah and i'm building out the itinerary now. At this point, we're entirely flexible. That said, since it's just a few days, I was thinking about focusing on the Moab area and then heading back home through Telluride. Would love your ideas for places we should go or stop along the way. Thank you in advance, we really appreciate it!! Dan
  13. Kimmi911

    Greenville, NC

    Does someone know if the water level at Greens mill run in Greenville, NC is at a level that is good for fossil hunting? We are supposed to leave tomorrow to go for a week but now not sure if the water level is too high. Will someone please help me? Also is there fossil hunting expeditions that anyone knows of that will be good?
  14. All, Bottom Line: After driving all the way down from Nashville for an extended weekend of “Shauna Time”, I am sitting in a hotel room in Andalusia, AL and need to develop a Plan B for fossil hunting due to weather conditions. I am afraid river hunting will be a “no go” due to the all the rain and potentially dangerous swift water type river conditions. I had planned on starting my adventure at Point-A dam. When I decided to come down, I knew bad weather may be an issue, but I had to roll the dice due to work obligations - my boss told us not to expect to take any time off for the next 60 + days. This trip is “now or never”. I have completely packed out my SUV with a kayak, chest height waders, rain gear and tools and, with exception to dangerous river conditions, I am ready for any type of fossil hunting. I’m not afraid of getting wet and muddy (I am former military) but I am fairly confident that being swept away in the current would probably ruin my weekend I would GREATLY appreciate any suggestions! Thank you!
  15. Natalie and I are planning our holiday to the UK, We are planning to reside from saturday 20 july to 24 july on the isle of Wight were we went last year. And from the 25th until the 28th we are planning to do either the coast of Sussex or Dorset. This is where the advise of the TFF members come in, what would you advise us to visit, either Dorset or Sussex. Of course if any member is free on one of those dates and is willing to guide us around this would be even better. We also take a bunch of Belgian fossils along for possible trades. (we are especially interested in cephalopods and marine reptiles/dinosaurs ) Cheers Kevin and Natalie
  16. Hello for all. It has been a while to leave a post here! I am currently in Burlington, VT as a UVM student. Before the end of the summer recess (August 18), I traveled to northern Vermont consulting some articles about Cambrian and Ordovician formation located in Highgate Falls and South Hero. In this post, I will just talk about one trip to Highgate. I left my dorm around 11 a.m., and I get the Higate Falls near 1 p.m. After straying about 3 hours, I finally realized that the outcrops described as fossiliferous in the article are located in the private land. Thanks to my student ID card, the landowners welcomed me I could not hunt fossil around the Ordovician formation (Highgate Formation; Upper Ordovician) because the cliff was really steep and seemed very dangerous. It is on the left side of the picture (Red line). So, I just focused on the right side (Yellow line) that is Gorge Formation (Upper Cambrian, Upper Sunwaptan Stage, 492-491 MYA). Below is a photo of the Gorge Formation I found some trilobites and brachiopods (not on this post), but I have no clue about their scientific name even though I checked my article... I would appreciate if you correct the wrong scientific name 1. Lotagnotus americanus Billings, 1860 2. Geragnostus ( Micragnostus ) bisectus (Matthew, 1892) (Shaw, A. B. (1951). The Paleontology of Northwestern Vermont. 1. New Late Cambrian Trilobites. Journal of Paleontology, Vol.25, No.1, pp.97-114.) 3. Librigena.
  17. Hello again!! I visited the southern part of Humber river in Toronto, ON on Oct.15.Sun. Actually, I went there on the way to go to see new homestay(Eventually, I moved elsewhere because of the distance. My ex-landlady urged me to move out 'cause she wanted to give my room to her daughter. The result is better 'cause of food quality. Last one was really terrible). Anyway, the total distance was about 58.6km for round trip(Actually, the distance was about 32km from my last homestay to Humber river. But I took the subway after got to the downtown when I came back to ex-homestay). I went southmost part of Humber river and headed along the upper stream. But, I couldn't find exposed formation, rather I saw just rocks, which is placed on sandbanks. I found ripple marks on the way heading upper stream. After that, I found many brachiopods, gastropods, crinoids' stem, bryozoa, and ichnofossils. But I wanted to find trilobites. That's why I thought that 'this time is wasted and felt really disappoint (and tiredness) So, I was almost giving up to find fossils and just follwed upper stream with taking a closer look on sandbanks. Then, I suddenly saw something on downward inclination! There were some exposed rocks(I'm not sure which formation is)! I went down right away and looked for some fossils. There were also brachiopods, gastropods, crinoids' stem, bryozoa, and ichnofossils. But this time, I found some cephalopods, too! (Though I couldn't make to find even one parts of trilobite) I'm not sure these species are Endoceras sp. or some other thing. Please let me know if you know the name of this specimen. These two attached on big rocks that I couldn't dettach it. The part of shell(phraginocone). The rest part of shell. The whole body image. I hit it in order to make big rock into small pieces and eventually I cracked it.. I yelled and felt really sad. This is another cephalopod. Although I couldn't find any trilobites at this hunting, I found some nice cephalopods and one graptolite(I forgot to take picture. But it's small) I'm planning to go to Mimico creek before I leave for Toronto. Maybe I'll go there after Novemver 12th. (After changing homestay, my Toronto life is getting way better than before! Though my friends are still stay in old place..) I'll post TWO more fossil hunting trip on Brechin and Bowmanville quarry with Crinus(Joe) on last weekends(He took me there! Thank you! )
  18. acrocanthosaurus

    Fossil Hunting in Eastern Iowa

    Last summer, a huge rainstorm made the river near where I live flood. After the water level had gone down dramatically, I grabbed my gear and started searching! It was so exciting, I found an almost complete hexagonaria and an almost complete bryozoan! I also found some giant sponges that I beautifully polished. Among other things I found were hexagonaria and bryozoan pieces, crinoid stems, and horn coral. Man! I had a lot of work to do cleaning, labeling, and organizing them in my collection!
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