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  1. Hello everyone! You may have seen this tooth in my last trip report. When I posted this, I originally had it labeled as just Mosasaur (honestly, mostly because I know very well the 'can of worms' you are opening to try to get more specific on an isolated reptile tooth). Curiosity got the best of me and I ended up showing it to every contact (professional and local) that I have and at this point, I believe this tooth to be a Plioplatecarpine/Platycarpus (a deep-sea Mosasaur) which was the most common opinion. The characteristics that led me to this conclusion
  2. ColeFossilFinder

    Various NJ Fossils need ID

    Hey so a few days ago I went to Big Brook and found a few dozen teeth along with some ray teeth, gastropods, and fish teeth, and these are my questionable specimens. IDs would be helpful! I'm thinking 1st is enchodus jaw, 3rd is some fish crusher tooth, 6th might be a fish jaw or bone material, 7th is possibly an enchodus jaw, 9th could be a scute or bone material, 11th looks like half a ray tooth. But I would like other people's opinions too on my finds. Thank you! Also I am pretty confident on this being a reptile bone but also want an opinion on it
  3. 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!
  4. Phil M

    Large vertebra

    Found this large vertebra in Big Brook 7/24/21. Measures 1.5” x 1” x .5” In the last picture it’s next to vertebra I usually find for size compassion. Any ideas? Thanks.
  5. 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
  6. Ninadanner

    Newbie find

    Taking my son for a nature hike yesterday morning, trying to inspire a love for the outdoors onto him. We ID everything we find, but this is our first fossil! Found this deep in the woods in millstone, Monmouth county. Spoke to two paleontologists, one said pycnodonte and the other said Ostrea. Help! I don’t know anything about fossils.
  7. RFausta

    Big Brook Whatsits!

    Hello all! After a long time away, I managed to get myself down to New Jersey to fossil hunt! Sadly, it was this last Friday, and over 95 degrees, so I was not as productive as I had hoped, and spent a lot of time sitting on my butt, boots in the water, just kind of vaguely looking around. (If anyone was suffering there with me friday, i was wearing a barfing t-rex shirt and was probably alarmingly pink in the face). However, I got a passable haul of shark teeth, belemnites, and quite a few dunnos! The larger one in matrix i suspect is a crustacean claw, the weird conical one maybe a weat
  8. Hello again! I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for places in the north east US (around PA) that I could research? As was suggested to me, I’ve narrowed down the things I’d like to collect. I’m really interested in fossils that.. well look like things. Don’t get me wrong, shells and crinoids are exciting! But I’d be so jazzed to have fish, crustaceans, insects, or plants. Anomalocaris are so rad, though I fully understand that those are hard to find so I’m going to focus on other stuff for now lol. Maybe someday. My dad in particular wanted me to ask if anyone knew of any ea
  9. Hi everyone, I was wondering if you could help me out with something here. I found this piece of ammonite at Ramanessin Brook (whole piece is about 6cm across). I initially thought it was some sort of internal cast of a gastropod but when I noticed the suture patterns I realized it had to be the inner whorl of an ammonite. However, I'm perplexed by the texture of this piece. Parts of it displays an almost "scaly" pattern which I've never seen before. Any ideas what could have caused this? Thanks! Some closer images of the texture:
  10. steviefossils

    Vertebrae clarification

    Hello, below are photos of some verts I found at Big Brook Park in Marlboro NJ. (Late cretaceous, Mount Laurel formation). I thought they were both ray verts, upon taking another look however I noticed there are some slight differences in their build. I wanted to see if anyone had any clarification for me. I've checked the usual sites, njfossils.net and njfossils.com, but I think I don't know how to interpret different features. I took photos of each face (anterior, posterior),and tops and bottoms (dorsal/ventral sides). Both were found, to my knowledge, in the Mount Laurel format
  11. Phil M

    Big Brook find

    Anyone have any ideas what this might be. Found in Big Brook, NJ 7/16/2021. Approximately 3/4” x 1/2”. Thanks
  12. val horn

    new jersey unknowns

    After seeing all of the interesting things people had found in Big Brook NJ i looked through my unknowns and thought I would ask for help. If I had found the fossil in A and B in florida I would have called it worn dugong rib. However I dont recall dugong coming out of NJ therefore I dont really know what it is, ?wood? The next set are a couple of pieces that may be sandstone, or ironstone, or maybe fossil unknowns. they all have a mild c shape, oval shape with layered central depressions. they were similar enough for me to keep them but i dont even know if the all or any a
  13. I found both of these a couple days ago on my last trip to Big Brook in the same pan, and both have a very similar texture and appearance that leads me to believe they could have belonged to the same animal. I shared both via PM with @Trevor, who suggested the vertebra was likely Mosasaur (but that it might have a diagnostic ID), and that the bone was some type of marine reptile. Just thought I'd re-post here in case others might have any thoughts to add to that. Also, if either is worth taking in for a more diagnostic identification, where/to whom should I take them? I have heard there is a m
  14. Hello! Would love to know about this bone (or we think it's bone) fragment found in Big Brook, NJ. Someone had suggested it was mammal and possible from a deer? Of course I would love to know if it's modern or an actual fossil. And would hope to at least identify the animal it came from. Description (if not clear in photos): It's about an inch long and has a very distinct point. It's relatively smooth with a texture on the underside of the point. An help identifying for a very curious family would be greatly appreciated!
  15. Would anyone like to meet up for a hunt in the streams? Also, maybe show off some cool finds from past hunts! Meet up in school parking lot at 9-10a.m. or earlier if you like. Open to suggestions. Maybe Big Brook also.
  16. Hey everyone, So, I live in Morris County and usually, I fossil hunt at Big Brook and Shark River. I am trying to expand my horizons a bit during the summer and have been looking for new places to check out. One example is trilobite ridge but I haven't heard anything new about it in about a decade so I am unsure if it is still accessible. In any event, would anyone have any suggestions for other fossil hunting spots within the North Jersey area? (or close by). Thank you!
  17. LawrenP

    Help me ID today's finds

    I found these in Big brook, NJ. I definitely see this as the start of a new hobby, I had a blast! Can you help me ID?
  18. Hey all, Went and tried my luck at Ramanessin Brook. Had a blast finding teeth but when it came to looking at IDs this one stumped me. It has a slight curvature and is shaped different than any enchodus tooth I have found so I think it is safe to rule that out. It reminds me of potentially Xiphactinus or Reptile (specifically plesiosaur) although the size is only 1.2 cm. Any input helps! I can always take more pics if needed. thanks!
  19. I am in nj and have heard of some good spots for micro fossils around here but I don’t know how to go about searching. Do you guys look though material in the field or take it home? Thanks, Noel
  20. From the album: Cretaceous

    Placenticeras placenta Ammonite Chamber Fragment (2 and 3/4 inches) Upper Cretaceous Merchantville Formation Matawan Group Matawan, N.J.
  21. From the album: Cretaceous

    Catopygus? Partial Echinoid (1/2 inch) Upper Cretaceous Merchantville Formation Matawan Group Matawan, N.J.
  22. Hello everyone, I apologise in advance for the lower quality photos, my phone is quite old and the camera is going. Anyways, I was down in Cape May this past weekend and I decided to beach comb on sunset beach. i found several interesting items, and I was wondering if I can get some input regarding what they are. The first two images seem to be a similar type of fossil (if it is one). I am wondering if it could potentially be Paleozoic (if anything?). However, I am not sure exactly what it is, nor the material that it is made of. The third image I think co
  23. Hi all! New member and very novice fossil enthusiast here. My family and I just got into fossil hunting this year and I wanted to ask for help identifying some of our finds. We've been exploring the formation in Big Brook New Jersey for a while now, and we've found plenty of shells, shark teeth, and belemnite that are easier to identify. We've also found our fair share of tricky concretions and other fake-out fossils in the brooks. I'm still learning what to look for and how to tell the difference between bone and rock, but I've made some good progress! Anyway, I wanted
  24. BeachCombing10

    Is this a shark tooth fossil?

    Hello! I was combing the beach in Ocean City, NJ for sea glass and stumbled across what I believe to be a shark tooth. Based on what I’ve seen online, I’m curious if it is a Megaladon fossil. Any help in identifying this tooth would be appreciated! Measures just about 3.5 cm
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