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  1. Neilhayden

    Fossil Polypore

    I found this specimen digging in the Hampton Butte area of Oregon. It was found with typical pieces of petrified wood from the area. It looks very much like a polypore/conch. I know fossilized mushrooms are very rare but I’m stumped as to what else it could be. Thanks for the help!
  2. My daughter found this seed pod Sunday at the John Day Fossil beds in Oregon. Pretty cool. Found a lot of seeds by themselves but this one is the actual pod. Just thought I would share it.
  3. I found this fossil on our ranch near Plush Oregon a few weeks ago. It is the 2nd complete bone fossil I have ever found. The first was allegedly a camel cannon bone. I would like to make a post on it later but this one really grabs my attention. The length is 1 3/8" (34.925 mm) and the larger width is 1/2" (12.7 mm) and the smaller width is 3/8" (9.525 mm). I found it in a small dry alkaline lakebed. I have found fragments from there for a long time. People just call them camel bones but there has never been anything identifiable. The last picture is of the fragments you usually fi
  4. ErikAndere

    Clarno Wood Dig

    While out wandering with friends in Clarno vicinity (the town, but probably also the formation; well away from the Palisades and on public land open to rockhounding and collection,) we came across some really vibrant, bright petrified wood, quite unusual for the area. The source tree looks like it's encased in a coarse ash or tuff, with a "shell" of harder material. The wood looks agatized but is still very brittle, too brittle for lapidary application but gorgeous for display; lot of opalized areas and mineralization. I tried to get back far enough to get a solid round but was unsuccessful (r
  5. This was located approximately 20 miles from Lost Forest, Fossil lake area in SE Oregon on some property my folks own. Sorry the ruler isn't lined up better but you can get a good idea of the size. Any help identifying is appreciated. Thanks!
  6. RockSpongeTaco

    Moolack Beach, OR - Possible Bone?

    Hi, Was down beachcombing Oregon after the recent storms and stopped at Moolack to look for fossils. I'm generally familiar with the bivalves and other invertebrate fossils that are present. However this particular specimen has me scratching my head. It appears to be in the same hard mudstone that most of the invertebrate fossils are in, however there are many grey look-alike rocks on the beach and this one has obviously been tumbled for a while with the other beach cobbles. It is about 4 inches (long axis), and 2x2 inches (short axis, on end). I've seen toredo wood, wh
  7. I think I've found my "home" here. I have well over 50 pieces (a couple are large - 10-25 pounds) of formation that I've collected over the last three months to "investigate". Mostly sandstone and what I think is deep water mudstone (thought it was shale at first but no layering). Will try the Hydrogen Peroxide to dissolve the sandstones but am at a loss for the mudstones. the mudstones are extremely hard but contain lots of micro deep water (>200 meters) fossils. Any advice? I've included an image in the what I think is a softer mudstone higher up in the Keasy. This is juvenile
  8. No images (yet, they are coming), yesterday in celebration of my Stereo Microscope (3.5 to 90x with camera port) shipping I decided to go fossil hunting. @71 I have to be careful when I go hunting (my wife it turns out is a fair weather digger) by myself. I have spent the last months working on my collections from the summer in two Keasey Formation locations (deep and shallow marine) with good manual tools and a dremel, but with sup-optimal hand optics (one is actually a very nice 8x optic but just to hard to use). So my wife said why don't you get a reasonable scope (would be my first since h
  9. Neanderthal Shaman

    Nut Impression?

    Hi folks, I was looking through some of my older fossils (by which I mean the ones I've had the longest, not the oldest in terms of geologic time) and I was happy to see this guy again. This is Eocene shale from the John Day Fossil Beds in Oregon, acquired back in the day when they did guided tours of the Painted Hills and let you keep some stuff. I've long assumed it to be the impression of a nut of some kind. Was wondering if anyone else had some thoughts on it? The impression of interest is small, probably about 1 inch in diameter.
  10. TS927

    Neanderthal fetal skull

    What about a Neanderthal embryo fossil cast mineralized common opal? Would that be rare? I found this in central oregon and I know nothing about it. I thought it was a thunderegg until I started pealing it back and had a laugh with my girlfriend about how it looked like a skull inside. I do suffer from extremely vivid imagination that most people call paradolia. This is not that. After a bit more liberation I now can see a skull, spine a tail (I think ) and a tiny little foot that almost winds up in its mouth. Did some research of features and came up with the above description. I think i
  11. A new archaeocete-related paper is available online: Uhen MD, Taylor D. 2020. A basilosaurid archaeocete (Cetacea, Pelagiceti) from the Late Eocene of Oregon, USA. PeerJ 8:e9809 DOI 10.7717/peerj.9809 https://peerj.com/articles/9809.pdf Although basilosaurids have been recently recorded from the late Eocene of Peru, and Peregocetus is the first non-pelagicete cetacean recorded from the Pacific, archaeocetes until now remained unknown in the fossil record of Paleogene marine animals from the west coast of the US. The discovery of basilosaurid remains from the late Eocene
  12. I've been meaning to make this post for a while, finally getting around to it. Back in July I made a trip to John Day for my first ever fossil hunt. Before I get to our finds, of course when in the area you have to spend some time enjoying the scenery of the gorgeous painted hills also on the list was the visitor center, unfortunately I didn't get many pictures there but here are a few highlights: Continued...
  13. Bugbug017

    Found this on the beach

    Found this on the beach in oregon about 20 years ago. Any ideas?
  14. OregonFossil

    First Trip in 30 years:)

    So after a 30 year lull, my wife and I decided to do a fossil trip to "get out". She had never been. I had 12 hours of college geology and have done a lot of Devonian and Silurian digs (gave my collection to a friend who made a fireplace cover out of them in his home when I moved). I picked a location near the town of Timber, Oregon which has a nice Keasey Formation outcrop. But it is a dangerous climb so we settled for looking through the talus. My wife was very excited to find her first fossils:). Here are a couple of images. First is a cast and either a mold or the actual shell,
  15. These were found east of Burns, Oregon in a road cut. I thought maybe redwood but the structure is vertical not horizontal. Can anyone tell me the name of my little guys? Thanks! Nyla
  16. Yak503

    Agatized mushroom maybe

    Would like to know if this is as I thing and agatized mushroom cap. I found it in the Ochoco in central Oregon
  17. Ruger9a

    Cephalopod ID request

    Good evening folks. I have a Cephalopod section that weighs about 5 pounds and is about 7 inches long without a name:-( It was collected from leftover bridge fill on the Oregon/Washington border. No other information was available. It's unusual (to me) in two ways, first the size and center crystallization and second it appears to have green/brown contents visible where a piece was broken off (right side of photo #1). Help....
  18. I have been an avid collector of Astoria Formation fossils from the Oregon coast for a number of years, and plan on putting up a web page that shows every known invertebrate species from the Newportian stage of the Astoria formation (plus as many vertebrate and plant species as possible). In my collection I am still short by a dozen or so invertebrate species out of the nearly-100 described in the literature, although I have also found a dozen or so that AREN'T in the literature, and plan on describing and naming them if they are indeed "new" species. So I was wondering if there were any fel
  19. 2 days ago I was digging for ammonites in a road cut in central oregon, and happened across some very large bones. I will be returning to the site with a team of NARG members and affiliates to excavate it in a few weeks. Super exciting find, there are at least 6 bones exposed, probably many more yet to be found. The ribs are 3 inches thick, so probably at least a 20 foot animal. This is by far the coolest thing I've ever found.
  20. I collect rocks from the beach on Oregon . And I noticed this was in one of my many beach grabbings , rocks,and it appears to me that it is a fossilized monkey of some sort but it's squash down like it was liquefaction or something. I can litterally wistle loudly thru the nose and jaw and ear hole . All are connected and it rattles like monkey brains or bones inside has a entrance nose holes exit under the jaw and a big one right above it snows below its eyes . And obviously jaw line of teeth on both sides . And intended sockets for eyes on the side toward backof jaw has like a L
  21. Was hoping to get General area of where you go I’m in Longview wa and driving up to the Olympic pennisula would have to be a weekend trip. (Plus if I’m wrong most of that area is a national park and illegal to collect there, but everyone just says go to the Olympic Peninsula or Washington coast) was hoping there was somewhere closer? i got onx maps and can see where public land is and also have a discover pass for washington. if you want to leave it private but feel like sharing a general area please feel free to private message me
  22. Zenmaster6

    Agatized Bone Oregon coast

    Any Ideas on this?
  23. These plants are from the Miocene of the Succor Creek Formation. Succor Creek flora spans from eastern Oregon to Owyhee Co., Idaho. RE: Ore Bin bulletin and catalog of the flora and woods of Succor Creek. LINK Succor Creek Flora Middle-Late Miocene Malheur Co., Oregon
  24. In a week or so I am going to drive the 5 hours from Tacoma WA to Beverly beach Oregon. I know I will find some fossils there but I also know there are many good spots around this area or maybe on the way that many Oregonians or other fossil hunters may know. My main trip goes like this. 1. Leave Tacoma WA 2. Drive to Gleneden beach 3. Drive to Beverley beach 4. Drive to seal rock beach. 5. Drive home. I am hoping for a little guidance for this because I am driving so far, I want to be sure I'll find something. My goal is to find some clams and
  25. Coastalrocker

    Petrified wood but what else?

    Found in pacific city Oregon. My daughter found this on the beach and thought it was a cool fossil rock. After getting it home I noticed the rings and I am fairly certain it is petrified wood but what are the holes? Some are hard packed with sand (rock hard, cant break it up) and others have crystals in them. This area is well known for agate, not sure if that has anything to do with it. Very unique, if it is truly petrified wood I have never seen any like this.
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