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  1. I found these 2 fossils yesterday on Edisto Island walking north where the Townsend River spills into the Atlantic. I picked them up on the Surfline as the tide was going out. I’m thinking one might be from a sort of cetacea but I am not sure. Any help or identification would be greatly appreciated!
  2. I found multiple pieces of this rock which each vary in size but the shape and structure is the same. There is banding and in the middle of each is a cellular structure looking material. Is this some sort of plant? I am in Mississippian strata Indiana USA
  3. Do y’all have any advice y’all could give me to extract a fossilized vertebrae bone that is under 6mm without damaging? like tools, extraction techniques, preservation of it, and identification of it. context: So, I am new at this and I don’t really know what to get or do to extract it. The fossil is small like very small around as small as fire ants, like maybe on the bigger side of fire ants. I don’t have any close up and clear photos of it right now, but the measurements is accurate, and I will add a quick sketch of what it roughly looks like.
  4. svcgoat

    Dinosaur Footprint ID

    I have had these tentatively id'ed on the forum before. The seller lists them all as Grallator from the Connecticut River Valley. However the largest print is the one I am questioning I have had various people id it as Eubrontes or Prosauropod etc. Is there any way to get a definite id?
  5. Jack.P

    Australia, Unknown Fossil

    Hello fellow fossil people, The images are of an unknown specimen collected from a well known fossil site just south of the city Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. I'm finding it difficult to even get a genus let alone species on this. I'm thinking its perhaps some kind of crab species given what appears to be four leg sockets on each side. Another thought regarding ID is a lamp shell, Brachiopoda perhaps in the family Terebratulidae? The ruler scale in the photos is in millimeters. Thanks in advance for spending time looking at this and would be happy to answer any questions or provide more photos if needed. Kind regards, Jack
  6. Jllich

    Very new to fossil hunting

    Hey. I have started rock hunting and have found quite a lot that may or may not be fossils. I have found a large number of fossilized shell, but those are the only ones I’m 100% sure are actually fossils. If anyone could help me out on what characteristics to look for or any other advice it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you 😊 I have included pics of a few I’ve found. #1 #2 #3
  7. Fossilcollector88

    Supposedly Spinosaur bones from Morocco

    Kem kem bones, supposedly Spinosaur Hello all, i recently got two bones that come from Morrocco, kem kem formation, suposedly belonging to a Spinosaur. They seem quite peculiar and could actually come from anything. Attached are some photo’s, does anyone have an idea what it could be?
  8. Hi, I've been offered this bone and would love an ID on it if anyone has any ideas. It was acquired from a show and is labeled to be from Badlands in SD. Any ideas on what it could be from would be appreciated. 10" long x 4" high x 3" wide approx
  9. CaryJo

    Little one from my creek

    I cleaned this up, it’s 3/4” long by 1/4” wide. Not sure what it is?
  10. Diameter 4.5cm at widest Bought from street vendor in china who said its a “meatball” stone or 肉丸石(direct translation) i believe it is considered a cave pearl coated with aragonite? Other possibilities include lithothamnium fossil algae. Could anyone confirm ID?
  11. I bought a dinosaur claw from Niger. Locality is always a problem, but I am hoping to get an general label on this claw. So far I got two suggestions from my own network: it looks like a Sauropod claw or Iguanodontian. Most sauropod claws in my collection are 'flatter' (vertical) and more oval. This claw more round and flat (horizontal). The claw is 12 cm (long) and 5 cm (high). Hope to get some more insights on this nice claw. Thanks!
  12. theArborist

    Petrified Wood slab

    I have a 4" x 6" x 0.6" slab, collected in Arizona or New Mexico by my grandfather in the 1960s. It was cut and polished, now a pen holder. I can clearly see the cellular structure. Is it possible to determine the type of plant/tree this was? I can do this for living trees, but I'm lost with trees from millions of years ago. Also, there are some microscopic features that appear to be roots that were growing through the wood before silicification. Any thoughts or comments on these? See bottom left of 4th photo. Finally, are there are resources I can use to answer these questions? Researchers, experts, etc whom I might contact? Thanks for your help.
  13. I recently acquired a tooth fossil from UK. The locality of the tooth labeled by the seller is Oxford Clay, but I suspect it might come from Faringdon Sponge Gravels due to its preservation. The tooth seems to have carinae, which rarely occurs on plesiosaur and pliosaur teeth. Can anyone help me identify this tooth? Would it possibly be a candidate for Dakosaur?
  14. Jonahimthewhale

    Please help me Identify

    Guys can you please help me to know what is that?
  15. Nepenthes

    i need help with fossil id

    I do not know what exactly it is. Found on the beach, Kos island, Greece. About 15 centimeters. At the first glance it seemed to me like a kind of hoof, but since it was found on a beach, i started thinking that it might be a part or a cross-section of some coral. Any ideas?
  16. Spino95

    Spinosaurus Sail Bone?

    Hi, i have an opportunity to buy these items which are marked as spinosaurus neural spine bones - do you guys agree? I think its quite hard to ID but could be actually a good specimen.. Found @ Taouz Morocco Thanks in advance! 🙂
  17. My brother and I found this rock that we believe is a fossil, we found it in the Virgin River near Hurricane, Utah. Does anybody know what it is?
  18. Hi everyone, I recently found a marine reptile tooth fossil that was discovered in Stary Oskol, Russia. The tooth is currently labeled as “Pliosaur” by the seller. Considering the prevalent geological age of the Stary Oskol region as Cretaceous, it indicates that the tooth could be from a Cretaceous plesiosaur or pliosaur. However, the absence of enamel striation raises doubts about its identity, as most Cretaceous pliosaur teeth typically exhibit fine striations across the circumference. Any thoughts on this?
  19. Shaun-DFW Fossils

    Woodbine/eagle ford border ID needed

    I found this in a creek in Tarrant county along the woodbine/eagleford border. Lots of sandstone present in the area, and some concretions. Thanks in advance for the ID assistance!
  20. Bora Barutcu

    Looking for ID

    Hello,this fossil is from Miyosen Era ,Mersin Mut in Turkey,anyone know I'd?
  21. Shaun-DFW Fossils

    Oysters/clams Duck Creek/Fort Worth?

    I don’t find these too often, and rarely can they be extracted in a way that looks good (in my limited experience), but these two were found as shown already separated on all sides. The bigger one is REALLY big compared to those I usually find. I placed a smaller one found in the same spot right next to it for comparison. I tried to use Lance Halls northtexasfossils site to find something similar and there’s a Pennsylvanian specimen that sort of looks similar, but many of his pics aren’t loading properly so I don’t know if I overlooked a likely candidate. Any ideas? This is Tarrant county TX, a spot where I can find exposure of kiamichi clay and Fort Worth formation as well as duck creek.
  22. I purchased this fossil bone fragment a while ago from a local shop. It's been sitting in a drawer for years, and I finally decided to try and figure out what it came from. I know that bone fragments are not nearly diagnostic enough to attribute to a particular genus or species, but a general grouping (e.g. sauropod) would be good enough for me. It comes from the Morrison formation, although any further information about where it was found was not provided to me when I bought the fossil. Is there any tips that I could use to help identify fragmentary fossils like this one?
  23. Dimensions: To begin, the specimen is 36cm long, 19cm wide at the base (widest point), and about 7cm thick at the thickest point (base). Background: I am a student doing research in the Museum of Biodiversity at Notre Dame. I have begun a project to try to identify many of the fossils in the collection. Many years ago, there was a faculty member who was a paleontologist who collected specimens for many years, most of which now reside in the museum. The issue is that he passed away suddenly and left many fossils without much or any information attached. From what I have been able to gather, most of his fossils have come from the Hell Creek Formation in Montana (66-65 mya, late Cretaceous), due to all of his fossils in field jackets coming from this location (like this one, that I removed from the jacket). All other jackets (that are currently opened) in the museum contain remnants of a triceratops. There are many more that have not been opened from the field, which I believe were collected in the mid 1990s (unimportant). Because of the ambiguous nature of the fossil and my inexperience with fossils (I have just started exploring the field). I am the only person in the museum who has touched the fossils in at least 5-7 years, as there is no full-time geologist or paleontologist on faculty at ND, and the collection is solely taken care of by students who have interests. Identification?: When I first started working on the fossil, it was labelled with an identification as "Fish?". I have absolutely no idea who tentatively identified it as such, and in looking at it, I have no idea what led them to the conclusion. I, personally, do not see anything fish-like about it, sans the vague shape resemblance. Because of this, and my suspicions about where it was found and what other fossils are found at Hell Creek, I thought that it was unlikely a fish. From the concentration of ceratopsidae that are found in the formation and the amount that we have in the museum, I started to explore the possibilities of it being a part of one. Because the museum also has other parts of the same triceratops skull such as two horns, the beak, and one small skull fragment. I first thought that it may be a frill, due to the lines that I thought might be blood lines, which are found on most frill fragments, but the patterns appeared to be different (see photo 2). I then looked into other parts of the skull that might fit this fossil fragment. Following this, and based on the ridge that runs along what I assume to be the back of the specimen, I theorized that the it may be a piece of the squamosal bone morphology of the skull of a ceratopsian. Also, because there are parts of an ankylosauridae in the museum, I thought that it may be an armor fragment. Please know that these preliminary identifications are based on my limited knowledge of the morphology of late Cretaceous animals, and the lack of information I have on this specific fossil. Any help will be appreciated, and I will be looking closely to respond any questions on the subject. Lastly: As I am beginning in the subject of paleontology, where do you suggest that I can get my information? Are there any preferred resources, textbooks, or databases where I can increase my knowledge? Thank you for your help, and I look forward to learning more and maybe eventually contributing to the Fossil Forum when I learn more in the future. I have been using the one textbook in the museum dealing with fossils of these sort, where I read about the frills and skull morphology of ceratopsidae: Romer, Alfred S. (1966). Vertebrate Paleontology. The University of Chicago Press.
  24. Hello everyone, first time posting in here! Found this on the Brazos river in Texas. Any help with id? Thank you in advance!!
  25. Shelley Grigz

    Looking to ID this find

    This is my first time posting. I apologize if I am doing so incorrectly. I found this specimen in the Humber River in Ontario. Looking for help identifying it. It looks like an acorn to me but the lines in it make me unsure. Any help is appreciated!
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