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  1. Headed out to take a day trip to Big Brook, only to realize it was closed temporarily due to damage from the recent storms! Luckily, we did a quick reroute to Ramanessin Brook. While I had heard of Ramanessin, I had yet to hunt there, but after today it's become our number one stop in NJ! I've included our best/most intriguing finds from the day here. The ruler markings were drawn in using a ruler (that was printed on the side of a very large leveler that would've been impossible to include in the photos itself). Enjoy! Shark Teeth I'm assuming a concretion with a shell imprint Front and back photos of either a mineral (mica?) or some fossilized collection of fauna or flora. The intriguing unknowns!
  2. Hi All, I found this tooth sifting in one of the Cretaceous brooks in Monmouth Co., NJ. during a trip around November last year I wasn't sure what it was at first (initially thought talon possibly from something more recent), however after showing photos to a few local folk more familiar/knowledgeable with the fossils in this area (Thanks @frankh8147!), the consensus was, it's a very compressed Mosasaur tooth. Makes sense as Mosasaur teeth can be found here on occasion, and this tooth has several common features. However, I've had a couple individuals suggest theropod tooth when I initially shared it in a couple groups back in November. This was based on the compression of the root. I'm still leaning towards Mosasaur, but recently a different person brought up the theropod theory, so I thought why not throw it up here for opinion. Multiple photos, some redundant (have done a couple "photo shoots" with this one lol). If photos of any specific area would be beneficial, please let me know. Thanks in advance for your feedback/opinions! Truly appreciate the help.
  3. I found another mystery tooth lurking in my collection that I can't seem to pin down an ID on. This was found in the cratecous streams of monmouth county NJ. I can't seem to pin down an ID given the odd taper of the tooth itself and relatively small root. I don't believe any of the original root is broken/missing given there are no signs of breakage. Stumped on this one!
  4. Hi TFF, As the warm weather collecting season winds down, I found some time recently to snap some photos of finds from Ramanessin brook over the past few years that still give me pause, would appreciate help nailing down some IDs! Photos below, most edited to be brighter and higher contrast I believe this is a shark coprolite based on the "acorn" shape I've debated on this being plesiosaur or crocodile for a while but do believe it being plesiosaur given pronounced striations, lack of cutting edge and the conical U shaped root present in the second photo In contrast, I believe this to be crocodile This tooth in particular has stumped me for a while now, I have not found another like it but believe it to be a sand tiger shark (Carcharias holmdelensis) This I believe to be pathological of some sort These two, I'm thinking Enchodus Finally, the mysteries - I have no clue what these could be! Mystery 1 Mystery 2 Thanks!
  5. I could use some help in identifying this very small shark tooth I found in a brook in Monmouth County, NJ. I am thinking that it could be an anterior tooth from a baby Goblin shark (Scapanorhynchus) because of the deep nutrient groove and the slight curvature of the tooth. However, it's very skinny with a very long root and the striations do not appear to continue onto the root. It stands out from the many Goblin Shark teeth I found so far, and I am not 100% sure what it is. Perhaps it's a small symphyseal tooth from a goblin shark? I am still learning to properly ID these things and could use confirmation from someone who is better at it. Thank you in advance.
  6. probablypaleo

    Ramanessin Brook Shark Teeth

    The past couple trips to Ramanessin for shark teeth have been quite productive for the month of July, likely because of all the rain we've been getting. Note: these photos are not in any particular order. I started off grouping teeth by shared characteristics but quickly realized that 1) I do not know nearly enough to accurately identify these teeth 2) holy cow, there are so MANY of them and 3) it started raining outside while I was taking pics. I tried to include a couple close ups. Please let me know if you'd like a closer look at any specific tooth. Constructive criticism and commentary is very much welcomed and appreciated! Here we go, RAMANESSIN BROOK The same teeth are shown below in better quality but without the ruler for scale: Close ups of some teeth: Pile of teeth because I got frustrated and rained on while sorting And last but not least, ALL of my smaller tooth findings:
  7. Marco L

    Ammonite suture?

    Hey there, so I went to Ramanessin Brook a few days ago and found this. It has a reciprocating ridge pattern, so I was wondering if that is an ammonite. Can someone help me id it? Thanks
  8. Marco L

    Ramanessin brook find ID

    Hi there. I found this small black object in Ramanessin brook that I suspect is a fossil, but I cannot identify it. It has a small ridge that forms when the two sides converge. It has many rings patterns that form from the point to the broken end, covering most of the specimen. The broken end appears to have a small hole in the center, which made me thought it was from a belemnite, but no belemnites I have ever found looked like that. The dark parts of the specimen not covered by dirt gives of a shine when I point a flashlight at it not unlike fossilized matter. I would appreciate it if someone can figure out what it is, thanks for looking. Marco
  9. Hey, so I have been to both Big Brook and Ramanessin Brook a few times now, yet every time I spend hours there my yield still gets pretty low, and the finds are usually tiny or broken chunks of teeth. I was wondering if there are tips I could use, like which areas of the brooks usually have a higher yield, or just ways you guys have learned to look for fossils quickly. Also, where can I find brachiopod fossils in NJ? I saw videos of people finding online, but have yet to pinpoint an area to find them. Thanks for looking and helping an amateur! Marco L
  10. Rexofspades

    Ramanessin Bone Id

    Hi all, me again, I wanted to share a closeup of the bone fragments that I found in Ramanessin to see if I could get them ID'd further since I know how the brook tends to make fake fossil bones i want to check that the ones I found are real fossil bone 1) the big one, i think it might be a cretaceous turtle shell, it passed the burn, and the lick test. 1A) I believe these are also enchodus jaw fragments. 2) 2A)
  11. Stick around, this one's a read but I'll try to make it fun. So, I have been to big brook last year, and While I enjoyed it, since I went in early feb, the ground was frozen which prevented me from finding much, as the brook was stingy that day. Nonetheless I decided to try my luck with Ramanessin as i heard good things about it. Because none of my family or friends could be bothered, I decided to take a day off work and drive 4 hours to the area and spend the night so I could get the most out of the location. what follows is the result of 2 days straight of fossil hunting. which I will try to tell the story of in order. Day 1 the scoop I arrive at the site a little past 12, choosing to waste no time, I make my way down to the brook and start to sift the gravel. as opposed to when I went to big brook in winter, Ramanessin was generous with her gifts. I found 4 teeth in the first scoop. I took this time to make my way up the stream cutting back and forth sifting every gravel pile I could find. my personal method is to put no more than 5 scoops into the sifter. that was the way to guarantee I got at least something out of it. it was during one of these sifts that I found the curious reptile tooth here. I will be doing a separate fossil id post later of the teeth and bones. but this was one that i knew was something special. I also found this really nice cross section of ammonite. the sutures were beginning to separate, any longer and they would have come undone. It was also this trip that I found these chunks of bone, now I know the brooks have this nasty habit of producing concretions and discoloring modern bones to Look like fossils, but i am 80 percent sure that I found some genuine articles here. Taking the ###### at some point in this day, I decided I needed to pee. so, to avoid being spotted I ducked into a small mouth of a tributary to do my business. while I was wrapping up, something caught my eye, something I couldn't believe. the outline of the Biggest, and likely one of the best lateral goblin shark teeth I have ever found. I was absolutely giddy. after picking it up and doing a little field prep washing it off in the water it was easily 1.8 in. and as the story usually goes as I am looking in this little alcove of gravel, I see the root of yet Another massive goblin tooth root, this time submerged in the dirt. I chanted to myself "please be whole" as I carefully brushed off the tooth to reveal a gloriously intact fossil. easily one of the best and most fortuitous pee breaks i have ever had! It was on my way back that I decided to put the trash bag I brought to good use and pick up the garbage I saw on the way. I'm not going to lie here, I have found it pretty shameful how many shards of glass and cans I would find in this place. But I took it upon myself to fill the shopping bag as best I could. I didn't want to be stuck out in the dark, so I hurried back to the car and dropped the trash in the nearest bin. Lodging back at the motel, I spent the evening cleaning off my newfound loot. I took this time to carefully superglue the ammonite chunk so that I wouldn't lose it. I took one of the plastic cups in the hotel room and cleaned my fossils with it. Day 2 lost sifter After breakfast, I returned to try my luck again, but when I opened the trunk of my car I was met with the absence of my sifter. I t was then that it dawned on me that when I came back to the car I had only my shovel and my trash bag in hand, tricking my brain into thinking i had everything! realizing it was probably lost, I went back to the brook to try my luck surface collecting. The region had received some rain overnight and into the afternoon, and although it wasn't flooding, the water was considerably higher than last time. i was almost discouraged until i noticed something bright blue on the opposite side of the brook... it was my sifter. right where i left it on the top of the overbank. I was so elated I was laughing at my turn of luck. "Hang On! I'm comin!" I yelled at the inanimate object. there was a fallen tree 4 meters from the sifter, so in my full wading gear, I straddled the trunk and shimmied over to the other side and retrieved it. mosasaur it was now that I decided to make my way upstream and sift past the areas that I had already hit. I noticed a few tracks of bootprints here and there. I was initially discouraged by the fact that whoever it was got further than I was hoping they did. but that all went away when as I was sifting through a pile of gravel, I noticed a sheen of blackish enamel. picking it up I realized this was likely yet Another reptile tooth, and the chances that I bagged a mosasaur had effectively doubled. (did I mention yet that this was my 1st time to Ramanessin?) check your spoils as I made my way upstream, I came across the ruins of some old concrete structure in the middle of the brook, either a dam or a bridge foundation of some sort. to my right I saw a large spoil pile. out of curiosity, I started to look at it trying to see if there was anything the previous person missed. and boy was there. I found another huge lateral goblin, and (Pictured separately) a massive sawfish rostral tooth. it was crazy to me thinking about missing not one, but Two easily trip maker sized teeth in your spoil pile. let this serve as a lesson to newbies, to double check spoil piles you see, just because you never know what the last guy missed! crow island I waded and sifted my way upstream past the concrete structure, tactically using my shovel as a sounding stick of sorts and pointing my toes in the direction of the current so as not to lose footing. I stopped just past a footbridge where there was a little island of gravel that had accumulated over the weeks. as I scanned the shore, I saw another trip maker: an absolutely huge Squalicorax prisodontus tooth. it is at this point that I notice that I want alone, there was a group of boys that went bicycling overhead. now, all through the day I was completely alone, talking to myself about the stuff i was finding and being a general silly guy. I'm sure that if anyone came up to me while I was like this, they'd think I was insane. I took this brief encounter as my sign to start heading back to the car. the wade back the wade back I made it a resolution to not sift bit surface collect only. the thing is, that in the hours between when I got there and now, it had stopped raining. and when the rain stopped the waters started to recede after an hour or two. So here I was, walking back to the car past effectively virgin shoreline, with only an hour of sunlight left. I was delaying myself left and right with tooth after tooth that I would find on the shorelines. some being decent sized in their own right! after I returned home, I spent the remaining hours of my sanity cleaning and sorting the finds of the day. this is the total finds for day 2. Aftermath below is the combined total of fossils. of the identifiable items I found approximately 234 goodies over those 2 days. my display case for Cretaceous NJ was looking a little sparse before, but now its looking a little fuller as I am writing this. if you notice any special things in the pictures I missed, please let me know, I love educating myself on these things.
  12. I have been fossil hunting in the Monmouth County, NJ area for quite a few trips now, and I have accumulated a good amount of fossils I haven’t been able to ID. Here are some of them: Note: feel free to ask for more angles; I didn’t want to post too many images. 1 inch for scale Found in Ramanessin - no idea what it is Found in both brooks - 5 in middle look to be same species; I believe far-right is pycnodont or hadrodus Left - found in Ramanessin; think its coral Right - found in Big Brook; thought it was coral when I found it but I’m now leaning toward coprolite Both from Ramanessin; Left seems to be an imprint from some sort of spine; My father thinks the one on the right is some sort of crinoid Both found in Big Brook; Possible reptile teeth; maybe mosasaur or croc, though they are very small Found in both brooks; left seems to be a possible Pachyrhizodus; all have distinct carinae Found in Ramanessin - potential hadrosaurus tooth fragment Thanks in advance for your help!
  13. Wonderful day to hit the brooks yesterday, there was quite a crowd of folks at Ramanessin. I came away with this oddball Goblin shark tooth shortly after helping a father and his son with IDing their finds. Thought I'd share as in the handful of years I've wandered these brooks I have only seen similar twisted pathology once and on a tooth much smaller than this. Teeth from this location very rarely exceed 1.5" and this one measures 1.6", slightly smaller than my personal largest find at 1.8"
  14. Snaggletooth19

    Help ID Big Brook and Ram Brook Finds

    Hi all, I ventured to NJ to visit Big Brook and Ramanessin Brook last weekend (Cretaceous, monmouth group). I found quite a lot of shark teeth I still have to sort through, but I could use help ID'ing some other fossil finds. Some comments on each 1. This looks a little like bone to me of some kind, but not sure. 2-5 look like plates or scutes. Not sure if turtle or croc. I realize 4 may be just a cool concretion, but I wanted to check. 6. This one is fascinating with a suture pattern of sorts that looks like it joins two pieces with the same finger like pattern as those prominences. 7. Looks like a small piece of something in matrix. 8. I think this might be a sawfish tooth but it would be my first one and I wanted to double check. 9. I think this is a large Enchodus tooth? It has only a single edge to it. 10. I think this is clearly a small ungulate tooth of some kind. Not clear if it's a fossil or an extant species. 11. Another something in matrix. You can see a bumpy/rough surface to the fossil in the second two photos. 12, 13. The tooth on the right I think is Enchodus, but I'm not sure about the one on the left. Thanks all!
  15. Hi Folks, Ran into this little guy 10 mins into our trip to the brooks yesterday, never seen anything like it. I believe this is a Ghost Shrimp but I could use a second set of eyes on it. Additionally, I'm wondering how I should prep the little guy - I believe 95% of the fossil is an internal mold as the fragile black shell appears to be the top layer with much of it being worn away. As such I don't think I can reveal much more by chipping away at the rock. would love to hear some thoughts Pic: In Field Other views
  16. Hi Everyone, It has been a long time since I asked for help Identifying something. This is very intriguing and also very confusing for me to identify. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I found this a week ago in the Ramanessin Brook in NJ. Thanks!
  17. Hello! I had a great time at Ramanessin with the crew from DVPS. After everyone left, I went above the spillway and spent a couple hours sifting there. Eventually, I found this tooth! It's smaller and more intact than the mosasaur teeth I've seen online, but there are pretty clear enamel lines and cutting edges that cause me to lean away from IDing it as crocodilian. Would someone ID it for me please? Thank you!
  18. So i made my long-awaited trip on Monday.. had to cut my day way short as it was 18 degrees with wind chill, then it started snowing. Glad I left when i did, i think i gave myself mild hypothermia, and it was squalling snow sideways by the time i hit the interstate! I got a few fun items though, and several definite maybes.
  19. RidgeRunner

    Tooth? Vert? Rock?

    Found this yesterday at Ramanessin Brook in NJ. Not sure what this is. Some molar? A vertebrae? An interesting rock? Any ID suggestions welcome. Thanks!
  20. A.C.

    NJ Mosasaur?

    Hey all, Feeling a little like the boy who cried Mosasaur. I am fairly confident what I have here is a Mosasaur but wanted to get another opinion. The species I believe to be Proghathodon rapax (Hay).
  21. A.C.

    Ratfish Jaw

    From the album: A.C.'s Cretaceous New Jersey

    Ischyodus cf. bifurcatus (Case) Ramanessin Brook
  22. A.C.

    Enchodus Fang and tooth

    From the album: A.C.'s Cretaceous New Jersey

    Enchodus petrosus (Cope) Ramanessin Brook
  23. A.C.


    From the album: A.C.'s Cretaceous New Jersey

    Lunatia halli (Gabb) Big Brook (Bottom), Ramanessin Brook (Top)
  24. A.C.

    Ray Tooth

    From the album: A.C.'s Cretaceous New Jersey

    Brachyrhizodus wichitaensis (Roemer) Left Ramanessin Brook, Right Big Brook
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