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  1. Isotelus2883

    A Fish Scale From Granton Quarry

    I found this fish scale in the lighter grey layers of Granton Quarry. It is about 1 cm in length, and seems to be rather characteristic, so I am hopeful of a ID. Lockatong Fm Granton Quarry, North Bergen, New Jersey Upper Triassic Thanks.
  2. Looks like a claw to me. Found it by Big Brook in NJ. Thanks! 😁
  3. Dmgs11

    Help identifying this tooth

    Hi, Can anyone assist in identifying this shark tooth found in a Monmouth county Creek today? The base has small ridges and it seems to have a partial root. Thanks in advance
  4. hokietech96

    Great White NJ AC

    Hi everyone! Happy 4th!! I moved down to my condo in AC NJ. I missed low tied today. All the lifeguards know that I walk up and down for shark teeth. My lifeguard friend came up to me to go two stand down to talk help ID A tooth she found…… BOOM. Colors are amazing!!!!
  5. Dmgs11

    Sand or Goblin Shark?

    Hi all, I found this today in a Monmouth county area Creek. I'm thinking between goblin or a sand shark. Can anyone assist in identifying?
  6. MattRue

    Help continued!

    These are the last two for now! I have a ton more but I need to take pictures with the measuring tape! These are off two different slabs from the same location. I think they might be grallator prints.
  7. I’ve been fossil hunting near my house for the last month when I have free time. I’ve found some great foot prints, possible bones ect. There’s quite a few things I’ve found that I need help identifying! Any help would be greatly appreciated! I’m going to make multiple posts with different objects.
  8. Hi all, I have a couple fossils I'm unsure about and would really appreciate some identification. These are from late Cretaceous at Big Brook Creek, New Jersey. 1. Croc Tooth? Enchodus Tooth? Something else? 2. I believe this is an Enchodus jaw fragment, missing the large fang at the end. Fairly large. Can someone confirm? 3. Same as above, jaw fragment missing the fang? 4. No clue. The ridges are repeated on both sides. 5. Is this a Hoploparia gabbi, also known as a clawed lobster? Seems too small, but I'm not sure. 6. Small Mammal or fish bone? Thank you in advance!
  9. MattRue


    Not sure if this is skin or plant matter.
  10. Hello! I have been getting a lot more into rockhounding and looking for fossils recently. I've been able to identify a bit on my own, but I have some from last year that I'm really not sure about. This is part of what I've found, I tried to sort them by similarities. The only spots I go to are im central jersey - watchung, big brook, and sea girt but I believe these are all from the brook. Thanks for any assistance! Also, I just learned about rock decay as I was putting this together and that might be 4 and 5, and the last two have been identified (Fossil #16 is a Pycnodont pharyngeal tooth and Fossil #17 is part of a crab claw?)
  11. Hi Everyone! I'm a molecular biologist, and every time I do an outreach event folks end up asking me about dinosaurs (jurassic park, de-extinction, etc). Anyway, I don't know much about ACTUAL dinosaurs, but maybe I should - eager to learn. Happy to be here and interested in any recommended books/resources. Thanks for letting me join.
  12. Dino2033

    Cretaceous fossils New Jersey

    Hello all! Over the past few months I have gone down to Big Brook in New Jersey and found a few fossils that I do not quite know exactly what they are. I have a general idea on what a few may be. 1. this tooth is about 1.5 cm long and had serrations on the small part of the remaining edge. I think it is probably mosasaur but it seems a little small. It also has a small curve in it. 2. Maybe the underside of a crab? Under a microscope it is very bumpy. 3. Maybe a small scute? 4. small piece of deformed enamel from something? 5. Huge shark tooth for this area. Maybe goblin but im not 100% sure and would like a little more certainty. Thank you all!
  13. abstractava

    Tooth found in Big Brook, New Jersey

    Found this today and have no clue what it is.. looks like a tooth.. but this is the first time I've found one that looks like this
  14. Hello, I found this during my last trip to a NJ Cretaceous stream. I sometimes find Devonian coral fragments but have never found something like this. I believe the round parts to be remnants of crinoid stems but I’m unsure about the star shapes. Any help is appreciated, thanks!
  15. After great input from the community, the tooth is likely a Plesiosaur and not Mosasaur. Thank you everyone! For my birthday last weekend, my girlfriend and I returned for our second trip to Big Brook in New Jersey. I couldn't have asked for a better day. We came into the day joking about finding a Mosasaur tooth for my birthday... well.. the luck of the Irish was on my side. Braving the still frigid water and sub 40 degree temps, I was rewarded with my first ever Mosasaur tooth. I would also like confirmation that it is Mosa and not crocodile. Unfortunately it is not whole, but it is rather large, and I couldn't be happier. In total we found around 111 teeth and some other non teeth related fossils. Most were shards, broken, or unremarkable but below are the complete and nicer finds of the day. Thanks for looking and any comments! Shoutout to the Philly Fossil Collector on instagram for helping me with ID and advice! I don't remember your username on here though! Partial Mosasaur tooth: Any information known on my specific find, I would absolutely love. Overall complete and nice finds of the day (Me). Partial Mosasaur tooth Shark teeth: Crow, Goblin, Mackerel. Any others? Shark Vert? Enchodus teeth (2) Pycnodont Fish Crusher Tooth Chunk of obsidian/phosphate? Ill have to follow up with some pictures but when in the water it had streaks of gold like pyrite. Shark Vert? My girlfriend found this one, would love confirmation on what type of vert. Check out the coloring on this beautiful tooth. This is the smallest whole tooth I've ever found, anyone know the ID? 18206F19-E91F-40B7-BCD2-82154A49D0D5.mp4
  16. This was my first winter fossil hunting in NJ (or anywhere, as a matter of fact). Definitely a different experience from summer and fall. Less people, and much better fossils! Although the people I have run into were pretty devoted, which I can appreciate. Thought I would document my 4 hunts between December and this past weekend. First up, 12/16. On of my favorite Cretaceous brooks. Found an awesome variety of fossils, one of which turned out to be a Theropod tooth! Group Shot Devonian glacier erratic with Crinoids, Bryozoan and Brachiopod or Bivalve impressions. Gastropod Steinkern Ammonite Steinkern Crustacean claw piece A. phasolus Crusher Tooth Enchodus sp. Tooth w/Jaw fragment Squalicorax sp. (Crow Shark) A. kopingensis (Mackerel Shark) Theropod Tooth
  17. LeighFossilMom

    Fossil or concretion from Ramanessin?

    Is this a fossil or has Ramanessin fooled me again? Thanks again. I really appreciate all of your help!
  18. LeighFossilMom

    Is this turtle fossil from Ramanessin?

    My initial thought was turtle when I found this. Can anyone help me determine what this is? Thank you very much.
  19. Hi. Miss everyone. Hope all well. It’s been way too long. Went out twice last month in northern NJ. Felt so good to be out in the creeks in nature and get away from all the life snarge. Two finds I need help with and some nice teeth I found. Hope everyone is well. Miss everyone!
  20. LeighFossilMom

    Help ID bone from Ramanessin Brook, NJ

    Hi! I found this bone this morning in Ramanessin Brook, Monmouth County, NJ and was hoping to get ID. I also have photo to show the teeth I found as well. Thanks a lot for your help.
  21. Hi all, I just got back from my first Big Brook journey and found many amazing things. I've figured out the majority of my finds but i am left with a few below that i could use some help on. I've attached pictures with measurements. Please let me know your thoughts! Once I've IDd these, i will make a post of my findings in the sites forum. If some of these chunks are too small to identify, i completely understand. Location: Big Brook Preserve, New Jersey. Found in creek from various methods of sifting and surface scanning. Period: Cretaceous, 70-72 million years old 1. I believe this is my first shark vert but would like confirmation. 2. These types of rocks were plaguing my new paleontologist brain all day. Can someone confirm what type of rock this is? This is NOT a fossil correct? My gut and from what I've seen is telling me ironstone concretions (The bane of New Jersey)? Two examples here: 3. Absolutely no clue, don't believe it is a rock though. 4. Bone? Is this enough to ID? 4. I thought these were plastic chunks at first. The brown one is definitely not though. The black cone has two perfectly symmetrical lines going up either side, seems odd. Doesn't sound like plastic when tapped though. Thank you in advance and please forgive my ignorance, very much a rookie at identifying anything other then teeth!
  22. Hello! My name is Doug and I'm from South Central Pennsylvania. I'm just about to turn 29 and am really finding out what is important to me in life. I am an aspiring hobby paleontologist! I spend way too many hours researching and digesting fossil related content then I'd care to admit, but I'm sure that's why were all here! I'm often joined by my girlfriend Lauren who shares the same love for treasure and exploration. We just got back from our first ever day trip to Big Brook Preserve in New Jersey for some Cretaceous hunting goodness. See the attachments for the good stuff! The trip maker for me was a shark tooth still preserved in the matrix and an unidentified bone (going to make an ID post! Or if anyone knows please let me know in here or private message (: ). Found my first shark vert as well! My professional career is a Senior GIS Analyst (Geographic Information Systems). Basically, I make computer maps and analyze data. Recently i realized that i could combine my love for both and create some very cool resources to track my history and findings. I use this knowledge and software to log all of my findings, hunting sites, and research. Besides Fossil hunting and GIS, i am also a professional cosplayer. I have a wide variety of interests it seems! I am ecstatic to be a part of such a cool and knowledgeable community. I can't wait to hear from ya'll and learn as much as i can! - Doug filtered-60BE94DC-70F9-4A90-8A40-27EF3E96E049.MP4
  23. chrisring0

    ID Vertebra found in beach

    Hello first post looking to ID this vertebra…we usually find cow bones but this one looks different, checked other marine mammals to see if it matched no luck… did a google reverse image search no luck. appreciate any help!
  24. Was looking for Indian artifacts in a small native undisturbed rural stream and picked up something that appears to me as a fossil. I have no experience with that kind of stuff so any help would greatly be appreciated! Thanks
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