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  1. The Petrified Human

    Is this a tooth?

  2. The Petrified Human

    Do you know what kind of tooth this is?

    From an estate sale Houston Texas.
  3. The Petrified Human

    Not sure what this is

  4. The Petrified Human

    Is this a tooth?

  5. bevin76

    Looks like a pretzel dog

    I found this approximately 6" long object while tilling my lawn this afternoon. I live off of Clear Lake, which feeds into Galveston Bay. It is very porous and sandy colored. There is a pronounced hole/channel at the non-pointy side, and at least four similar holes on the underside at each pinch point in the shape. Any ideas? Thanks!
  6. hndmarshall

    Any ideas what this may be?

    Here is a strange little thing at first I thought it was petrified wood but looking at it on the flat end with magnification not too sure.
  7. Hello everyone, and thanks for making this forum happen! I am from the Houston area. My kids and I got into fossil hunting when we randomly stepped into petrified oysters and bivalves in the TX hill country. Since then, we've been fossil hunting, mainly in the Dallas area. Usually it's just an excuse to get out, but finding old, strange looking, beautiful things does not get old. Happy to join for trips here and there. All the best!
  8. CStafford

    New Guy North of Houston

    Hey, new member here hoping to learn a bit, maybe meet some folks and get some help with fossil identification. I'm a bit North of Houston so end up driving a few hours to do hunts!
  9. hndmarshall

    few items for identification...

    found a few interesting things need identifying.... found in gravel from the Brazos river east of Houston Texas. First is a possible toe bone?, Bone fragment. second is a tooth. Possible Bison but I think it looks more equine??. could be wrong though. third is a possible small coprolite? passes the tacky test and when magnifies looking at a small chip in it there are orange and black colors inside can get pics if needed.
  10. Hey everybody! I've got two bones that I'm looking to ID, and unfortunately neither of them are complete. However, the good news is that they both have enough diagnostic features that I'm optimistic an ID can be made. Here's the first: This first one is a partial limb bone that I found in a river southwest of Houston. The sediments that make up the river bed are from the Beaumont and Lissie Formations and are predominantly Pleistocene in age (although there is the occasional Pliocene/Miocene material that washes down from further upriver). What stands out to me the most on this bone is the giant foramen that seems to connect to a large hollow cavity near the surface that was broken open when the bone was damaged at some point in the past. I can't tell if this is natural or some sort of drainage port that developed because of a pathology like an abscess. @Harry Pristis has several photos of a pathological alligator metapodial that gave me the idea: Half of an articular facet from one end of the bone is fragmented, but still present. It reminds me of the curvature found on the distal end of horse tibias. Unfortunately, it's a little bit difficult to capture it on camera. The only other distinguishing feature of the bone is its flaky surface. It could just be due to the particular way it was preserved, but I don't think I've ever come across another fossil with a similar texture. Here's the second bone: This second bone seems like it should be much easier to identify as it has two very distinctive articular facets preserved. Three foramina are also present, and enough of the long portion of the bone seems remain that it's general shape can be inferred. When I look at it I'm reminded of a calcaneum but after comparing it to horse calcanea (of which I have two), I can't see a match. The same goes for bison and other artiodactyls, even giant armadillos. I'm not sure what else it could be. As always, any help would be much appreciated! I know there are many people on the forum who are much more knowledgeable when it comes to Pleistocene fossils than me, so I'm once again going to ask for their opinions as well. @Shellseeker @garyc @Lorne Ledger @Harry Pristis
  11. I was in the area, so I made a very brief stop by the HMNS. I'll state up-front that this will be extremely dino-centric. What I saw was really great, they have a chronologically-organized display of animals from stromatolites to humans (I only made it to the Cretaceous). The lighting is very dramatic, so seeing it in person is much better than the dark photos portray (I did edit a few of them to enhance visibility). Lots of dynamic posing which is nice compared to other museums. Also, most specimens aren't behind glass, and you can get really close. I believe most of the skeletons are casts (except for a couple of exceptional ones), but they're done well and don't disappoint. They currently have Victoria the T. rex as a traveling exhibit, although I think it has been recently moved and reduced in size to make room for the new traveling exhibit. She's one of the most complete individuals of T. rex and only slightly smaller than Sue (12' tall, 40' long, ~10.5 tons). Victoria was found in SD in 2013. She died sometime in her 20's (?), possibly from an infected bite on her lower jaw from another T. rex. Various elements: I think the feet aren't original. Coracoids, furcula, gastralia: Caudal vertebrae: Cervical vertebrae, some are fused: They had one of her femurs and her skull displayed separately:
  12. Stumbled upon interesting "imprints" and "casts" in one of our backyard landscaping rocks (Houston). The landscapers call it "Bull Rock"... I think it is actually "chert". Looks to be marine invertebrate fossils? Would that be common or rare in this type of rock? Wondering if it is worth searching more in the back yard?
  13. I apologize for this not being fossil related…. My wife lost her wedding ring and we think it happened while she was planting flowers. We live in Fort Bend County. Does anyone in this area have a metal detector I can borrow? Please pm if you can help. Thanks!
  14. Constructiontrash

    Petrified wood find in Houston

    Just joined and this is my first post. I’m hoping to learn more about this find in northwest Houston. It was on a site with imported fill material, so it could have come from a different area nearby and at a different depth. It was encased in white/light gray clay with many 1-2mm round river pebbles embedded in the “bark”. I’m interested to know mostly if the outer section being different than the inner section is a normal formation, and additional information will be appreciated. Thanks.
  15. I've been interested in fossils since I use to search for crinoids with my parents. I now have young kids and would love to find some great spots for them to explore. Also a bit of disposable income and interested in a handful of fossils and where I might be able to procure them.
  16. So I've been a member of the forum for years now but I only started posting this summer when I got back into fossil collecting over quarantine, after I accidentally discovered that Pleistocene fossils can in fact be found on the Brazos River near where I live in Houston. Currently I'm going to school at Baylor University in Waco, and that's given me TONS of opportunities to explore places I'd never been to before but had always wanted to visit since I was a kid - excellent locations like the North Sulphur River, Post Oak Creek, Lake Texoma, Mineral Wells, Lake Jacksboro, Whiskey Bridge, and some of the nice echnoid and ammonite spots in Central Texas. Suffice to say, I'm going to need to invest in some display cabinets pretty soon! Sorry again for the late hello, but I figured that it was about time I properly introduced myself to the rest of the forum. You guys are awesome and I'm very grateful for the chance to learn so much from everybody here that is FAR more experienced than me. I should also add that I'm a member of the DPS and would love to meet other members of the forum at the Whiskey Bridge field trip this Saturday!
  17. Hello! Im new to the Houston area Moved down from Virginia Beach, where fossilized shark, stingray teeth are common. Decided to walk along local creek found lots of interesting old bottles, pottery fragments, fossilized wood and shells, eventually came along three large fossilized bone fragments and one interesting partial fossil. The only fossils I’m familiar with are the shark teeth exc. common to my area help identifying these and knowledge on other common local fossils is much appreciated.
  18. darrow

    Hesperotestudo epiplastron?

    Collected this about a week ago on a gravel bar in a local river near Houston that is mostly late Pleistocene material. I've labeled it Hespertestudo crassiscutata based on the size. Can someone confirm this is the left epiplastron? Thanks, Darrow
  19. Further

    Fossil bone or petrified wood?

    Hello, complete newbie here posting though I have been lurking for some time. I found the pictured today in the San Jacinto riverbed north of Houston. This river is known to have a great deal of petrified wood everywhere, and I've found a lot of it in many odd forms. Other than a baby mammoth tooth I was fortunate enough to find while camping years ago, I have not yet found any fossilized bone. I was wondering if this is bone(feels as weighty as a mineral would) or petrified wood. If bone, I assume it is too deteriorated to tell possible species, I would more be interesrted in knowing that it is, since I am completely knew to this. Since it was so deteriorated, I fractured one tip to see inside. The dark circular area seems to run inside of it and is also visible along one side in a kind of channel. Sorry the pictures aren't great, I will get better!:) Thanks in advance for any opinion you could give on it. regards, Brian
  20. nathansaurus

    Fossil ID helped needed!!

    Hello guys! Nathan here. I have a few fossils I would like to get y'all opinions about what they are or if there even fossils! Here is one rock I found outside my house in Houston Texas.
  21. GPayton

    Turtle Nuchal Bone

    Found on the Brazos River just southwest of Houston. I'm fairly confident that this is a nuchal bone, but I my real interest lies in identifying what species of turtle it is from. I seem to remember reading a post on here mentioning that nucal bones are diagnostic to taxon, so that should make it easy. Unfortunately, I can't find anything anywhere about different Texas Pleistocene turtle species. Hopefully someone here is more knowledgable than me! I would appreciate any suggestions.
  22. GPayton

    Pleistocene Tooth

    Found on the Brazos River just west of Richmond, Texas. My best guess is Equus sp. judging by how flat it is, but any confirmations or other suggestions are welcome. Unfortunately the occlusal surface is extremely worn down, so identification may be difficult. If anyone knows exactly what tooth it is (such as location in the mouth) that would be very helpful too. Thanks for looking!
  23. GPayton

    Texas Pleistocene Rib Bones

    I was searching the gravel bars in the Brazos River just southeast of Houston almost every day last week before the storm hit this weekend. Now the water's too high to look, but I found a pretty good assortment of fossilized Pleistocene aged bones during my trips. Most of what I've found have been fragments that are totally unidentifiable, but a handful still have some significant features that could lead to an ID. These two are both rib bones, but that's about all I know. The first one I initially thought was from a modern cow due to how clean it was, but after picking it up it was clear that it's definitely a fossil - it's mineralized all the way through and has a decent weight to it. The only animals of that size that could produce such a large rib that I can think of off the top of my head would be either bison or hoses. The second bone also looks like a rib, but a lot smaller than the first. It has two deep grooves on either side that seem to match up with pictures I've seen of the origin point in deer and horse ribs where the bone begins to branch away from the vertebral column. As always, any help would be appreciated!
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