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  1. Hello, I went fossil hunting in Essex with a friend, looking for shark teeth in the London Clay, and came across this red shark tooth. I have searched the internet, but no such thing has been found in the UK, or at least posted online. I have seen red shark teeth from the US, in iron rich zone, which could justify the red colour. Can anyone help me identify this. Also I have found small nodules with various pieces, is this a fossil of something or just a non-fossiliferous nodule? I have found crabs in the phospatic nodules before, but this is the first time I come across these. Just joined the forum although been fossil hunting for year. Looking forward to being part of this community. Thuvi
  2. TerahB

    Rock identification

    My brother found this cool rock in his farm field in Cadott, WI (about 2 hours east of Minneapolis, MN.) He didn’t weigh it but said it’s heavy as you would expect. I touched it and it’s rough so maybe it originally broke off something? It didn’t feel like sandstone. It’s about 2.5 feet long and 8 inches wide. Thanks!
  3. Lisa Z

    Dark??? What

  4. EphemeralMoose

    Fossil in reddish sandy stone

    I've been chipping away at this cobble when I have spare time, and slowly exposing this fossil. I found the stone itself in western Illinois, relatively near the rivers. The matrix is shockingly tough, I can only rarely make a difference with any sort of precision, unpowered hand tool. Each grain of sand is firmly in place and does not want to leave. The exposed matrix was originally reddish to brownish, though newly exposed faces of chips broken off lack the red-brown color (the reddish color is entirely lost in the photos). Presumably the stone is Mississippian or Devonian. Other fossils in this rock are all flakey white brachiopod material ranging from 0.5 cm to 4 cm across at the widest points. I have tested some matrix scraps against vinegar, which dissolved the stone around the sand grains, but left the sand grains untouched. I've decided to hold off on any more matrix removal until I know what I should expect to find in the matrix. I found a second one of these, but it chipped off and lost it in my prep area outside. When it comes to the horses & zebras adage I always put more consideration into the zebras than I should, which is why I'm hoping this is some part of a vertebrate but more likely an oddly colored crinoid bit. We just don't have much vertebrate material where I'm at. The photos with circular borders are taken through a stereoscope at 15x magnification. The others have some level of digital zoom applied, but have a scale nearby (mm, cm). I apologize for any focus issues, this new phone has a finicky camera.
  5. Hi, I am new to this forum. I have a degree in biology and a degree in art. I specialized in zoology and my final project was about cephalopod evolution. I am an oil painter, scientific illustrator, and calligrapher. I have limited experience with fossils. I have actually never posted on any forum before, so apologies if I am not doing something correctly. I recently found this odd formation in a rock at the beach. I am not sure what it is. Has anyone seen something like this before?
  6. Wrangellian

    Wood - Arizona?

    I acquired another thing the other day from the same folks who gave me the oncolite slabs I posted in this section... They felt this is wood from Arizona, but didn't seem as confident/precise as I'd like about the location, because of the unusual detail in the wood structure, though I can see it's still agatized and not as detailed as in other pet woods... So based on that and the color I would guess Chinle Fm from Arizona too, but I'd like some other opinions. Yay or nay? If Arizona, where in Arizona? Slab is about 14cm long and 5mm thick.
  7. Cassy43

    Is this a fossil or a rock

    Needing help identifying what this is.
  8. Hey y'all. I dont have the faintest idea what I have here. Im fairly certain its an egg. And Im fairly certain it's a fossil. Im also fairly certain my friend shouldnt have cut it in half. But if he didn't, I wouldn't be fairly certain its an egg, so..c'est al vie. Any insight, thoughts, questions, or direction would be greatly appreciated, as my recent googling of the phrase 'red fossil egg in missouri' turned up nothing related.
  9. Sandfossil

    Could this be a type of coral?

    I am going through a collection of rocks I acquired cleaning and trying to identify. I know how important location is but in this case I honestly have no idea. This one reminded me of a coral but thought I should ask the experts. Thank you for looking and your time.
  10. Jackmandu

    Petrified wood?

    While out rock hounding this weekend...I came upon this unique find. Discovered in SE South Dakota down an old minimum maintenance / tractor road. I believe it to be petrified wood...or is it a unique geological specimen?? What are your thoughts???
  11. This bone was found in a pit, along with lots of other bones and various pieces. It looks like a steak with veins and tendons. Found in Central Louisiana. photos of other pieces to follow. Thank you for your help.
  12. Magenta_sun

    What is this? and why is it red?

    Hi there, I’m a complete newbie and am excited to have found a bone... but can anyone help me understand what it might be from and why it is red?
  13. Hello TFF, I purchased this relatively inexpensive specimen at Mineralfest this past fall, and I was wondering if anyone could tell me more about it. The seller informed me it could possibly be from Madagascar, but was transparent in admitting that she couldn't confirm for sure. It was with other pieces of petrified wood that were brown, but I was drawn to this one due to the red hues. I think it's agatized, and it looks "glassy," although there are too many impurities to shine a cell phone light through it. One side is polished, and I put water on the rougher backside to show more of the details in the coloration. When I went to research the process of identifying tree species from petrified wood, I came across high powered microscopes that could identify structures on a cellular level. I don't have access to that sort of technology, but I was wondering if anyone has any guesses as to what the species could be, how old it might be, what it might be made of, or any other information that could be gathered from looking at the specimen. I'm always curious about what the prehistoric "story" could be behind a fossil, or anything related to the unique biology of ancient life. Thank you for your time, and your knowledge is greatly appreciated!
  14. Hi Everyone, I have several verts that are encased within the red matrix from NSR. Has anyone soaked that in a vinegar solution? If so, did it work? Did it hurt the fossils? If there is another way to remove it let me know. Planko
  15. I have as organizing and pre-prepping samples today with the intention of having a very paleo preparation holiday. If you a familiar with the storied Millard County rock hound book, it mentions a site between the Amphitheater and The Pass that is good for red slate dendrites. With a bit of research and a lucky wrong turn, I found the site. If I had gone left I would have ended up at a dead end on a very high cliff... Anyway, here’s the dendrites: What I didn’t notice until tonight: A surprise pyggie!
  16. Samurai

    Caseodus Tooth

    From the album: Chondrichthyan Teeth From The Pennsylvanian Period

    I believe this to be a Caseodus tooth but if this is the wrong, possible id's are welcomed!
  17. is this a red Jasper? If not any ideas are appreciated. Thank you in advance
  18. Desilva

    Is this unakite?

    hi, is this Unakite? Its multi-colored(green,red,orange,yellow) with little crystals
  19. aps13034

    Why is this red

    I found this fossil in Ossineke Michigan in a field and I’m curious to know what it is and why it is red. It seems kind of like incomplete horn coral but the red color and texture of the red part is strange. Most of the fossils in our area are Devonian.
  20. Dustin TheWind

    I don’t have a clue. Fern? Snake?

    I was looking at shale pieces that had some cool shells sticking out. I thought I would break the best piece off instead of toting the whole slab to the truck. I went to knock a chunk off and this was exposed. I first saw the snakeskin looking part and then I saw the red. I never would’ve know it was there if I hadn’t broke it. Can anyone tell me what it is and can it be saved? I think I managed to find the majority of the small bits. For reference it is only about 1.5in long. I ended up toting the whole piece back. Now I gotta see if it was worth it.
  21. Hi I found this it looks like three embryos hook together with a small snake at the top small centimeter please take a look closer this has real life in this rock
  22. PT63

    Rock ID

    Found these in the backyard. They are very smooth. I need help identifying them. Any suggestions will help. Thanks!
  23. Wolf89

    Gmr yesterday

    Went to gmr for a couple hours yesterday, nothing notable except this real nice red great white it pretty good condition. The pictures make it look orange, but it is very red in person.
  24. Wolf89

    Gmr yesterday

    Went to gmr for a couple hours yesterday, nothing notable except this real nice red great white it pretty good condition. The pictures make it look orange, but it is very red in person.
  25. abcsefdbfr

    Unidentified mineral

    I found this rock in my old collection. I have no idea where it is from, all I know is that the crystals are red, very shiny and glittery, and very small.
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