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  1. 0sprey

    Mysterious Basement Fossils

    My mother recently moved into a home in Shepherdstown, WV and when I mentioned I'd gotten into fossils recently she said the previous homeowner had left some fossils in the basement and that I could have them if I wanted. These have absolutely no provenance, I assume they're not from the area, but I think they're neat and I was just wondering if they were complete/distinctive enough to be identified. Also, is there anything I should do to clean them gently and keep them preserved? I have no experience with this type of fossil. There are 2 sea urchins and 2 shells, the larger sea urchin is
  2. AggieGrass

    Landscape River Rock Finds

    Howdy, Couple day old member here. I am a Landscape Professional and I see alot of river rock. Lately I've moved to Austin, TX and have noticed alot of petrified wood in the rock materials we use. I'm 99% positive it is all native, locally sourced in the Texas Hill Country. Anyway I have a few pieces I'm curious to whether it's machine marks or not and a couple pieces I'm not sure if they're just gnarly rocks or not. Petrified wood ID is what brought me here and I found some good info so I signed up. Any information and help is greatly appreciated. Thanks yall!
  3. diginupbones

    Fossilized seashells?

    I have little to no experience with invertebrates so I was hoping to get a little info from the experts here. I recently rescued these and some other items from going into the dumpster. The only information I have on them is that they were from a collection of an avid fossil hunter who lived in the South Dakota Nebraska area and passed away many years ago. I have quite a few more of these shells with a couple of them being encased in some hard matrix that I will post later in another thread. There was also a big chunk of hash plate with them.
  4. I recently came across a cool-looking piece with three different shells close together in a matrix, but despite my attempt to Google some pointers while I was pondering if I wanted it or not, I'm simply not trained up enough to determine if fossils are real. There's some parts that some articles were talking about that make me think it could be real, and others that make me think not so much... I have a feeling the matrix maybe isn't the original, but I'm hoping perhaps the shells themselves are still fossilized? But I'm really not sure -- anyways, the pictures I took are below. I hope they gi
  5. HuckMucus

    Marine Fossils

    I found these in the Owyhee Desert of south-west Idaho back in the 90s. I was told the jaw with teeth was a Drum Fish. The enamel is like brand new. There are tons of these fossils in certain areas. I guess the whole area was under water at one point. The holes in the little shells were found that way. Any clarification on names would be appreciated.
  6. HuckMucus

    What should I look for?

    I'm thinking on a trip to a spot where I saw a bunch of sea shells south west of La Junta, Colorado. I'll be prying rock layers apart looking for stuff that strikes my eye. However, is there anything in particular I should be looking for that would be a real score? I think the picture is the stuff if I have my dates right. Thanks.
  7. Hi everyone, Sorry if this is a bit of a basic question, but I'm fairly new at this and seem to be finding conflicting information about what I'm looking for. I recently found a number of fossil urchins, and what I think look like will probably turn out to be shells enclosed in sandstone on a beach. Some are pretty clean and only have a small amount of sandstone adhering to them, but others are almost completely buried in the piece of rock with only little bits of the fossil exposed. I was wondering what the best way to remove the rock is without damaging the fossil? I've tried soaki
  8. It's been a long time since I've written a trip report. Not that I wasn't hiking, I was hiking like mad and finding stuff. Just didn't get around to documenting in the latter part of 2020. Too much craziness. A couple of days ago, I went in search of an extremely elusive shale formation, that contains some of the loveliest ferns I have seen. My records show I specifically planned 13 hikes last year trying to find another exposure. That was over 100 miles of fruitless searching. Zero. Zilch. Well, two days ago I found another small exposure. Scenic photos of the journey
  9. Fossil shells from Florida loaded (natural) with more fossil shells. Many collectors like to clean out the fossil shells they find so they look like a shell found on the beach (recent). I like to keep them as natural as possible and preserve their history. Some of these fossil shells have other smaller shells that are cemented inside and would harm the shell if removed. Hours of careful cleaning is the only way to preserve and expose what's inside. I love them! The largest shell was entered in fossil of the month for Novembers and was a thread named My Fossil Cornucopia http://www.thefos
  10. jort68

    Concretion Innards

    Hello again! Hope everyone is having a fossiliferous holiday. I found this split concretion yesterday with some organic looking form peeking out from inside. Take a look: No idea. Nothing recognizable except that hole. Found this at the same site, those long and narrow shells might have been what was stuck in there? What do you think? Nothing and it's just gobs of clay?? Let me know if you have any thoughts and as usual, thank you so much for your time and consideration.
  11. mikeymig

    My Fossil Cornucopia

    A large, well preserved, fossil Lightning Whelk (Sinistrofulgur roseae, Belle Glade Member of the Bermont Formation, 800,000 years old) that I dug up recently 11/16/2020 in Florida full of bivalve shells (Chione elevata). The bleached spot on the back of this large (185mm) whelk is the only part of the shell that was protruding from the ground. I cleaned the sand away from the clam shells with a toothpick and small brush then added a little glue in strategic spots. I posted my shell on social media and received great news from Dr.Edward Petuch (Oceanographer and Paleontologist) -
  12. (Edited to correct ID's thanks to JKFoam and Hot Sauce Committee) Howdy! Had a great haul at the Eocene Stone City Bluff Formation . I am working on ID'ing my finds and am pretty happy with the 50 or so ID's I've figured out so far....but these are eluding me! Any help would be appreciated! These I think I have properly ID'd but would appreciate confirmation. All are 1/4 inch or smaller: Buccitriton possibly sagum Gegania antiquata Eodrillia texana Eucheilodon reticulata I
  13. TOM BUCKLEY

    COQUINA

    Has anyone ever found anything more substantial in coquina than shells? Hailing from Upstate New York, I'm used to using my muscle and splitting bedrock. Sadly, in Florida where I now live, there is no bedrock, but there is lots of coquina. Should I bother attacking these blocks? Is there any chance of a saber tooth skull being in the middle? I just want to break some rocks. Tom
  14. My daughter and I fossil hunting trip a lake texhoma got to do a little cleaning on them still.
  15. SharkySarah

    Turritella sp?

    Found these the other day at Stratford Hall, Virginia. Any idea if these are Turritella or another species?
  16. Nug

    New to Fossils

    Going through my great grandpa's rock collection and came across a piece that is mostly made up of shells. One side is smooth the opposite side is rough. Just wondering what it is and any info about this type of fossil.
  17. Some my daughter and I found hunting lake texhoma . Still got to do a little cleaning.
  18. My wife dragged me away from Big Brook this weekend for a trip to Cape Cod. Beautiful but non-fossilious Cape Cod. So what’s a fossil collector to do? Well if you’re on the Cape you walk the beaches looking for modern shark teeth and perhaps some cool bone. No shark teeth and the closest I came was likely modern bovine teeth (although I suspect it’s been a long while since cows were grazing out there). In a pinch, rocks and shells would have to do and I had a ball nonetheless. I did find some horseshoe crab and sea bird skeletons but so far she who must be obeyed won’t let me bring them insi
  19. I was recently reorganizing my fossil collection and thought I would share some pieces I collected during Paleontology field trips in undergrad at Alabama. I'm glad I took thorough notes at the time! The demopolis chalk is a popular formation for finding Exogyra/ostrea/pycnodonte shells and shark teeth. We visited a site in Tupelo, MS many times for surface collecting. Some of the cool pieces I found were many fragments of a mosasaur jaw (top pic, top 2 slots), a Squalicorax kaupi tooth, a scyliorhinus(?) tooth, bony fish vertebrae, and bony fish teeth. I was told the dark fossils
  20. Jurassicz

    Shells found in crete

    Found these shells in crete. Elafonissi i think its called. There looks to be matrix in the shells. Thats what caught my eye are they fossils?
  21. Finally getting around to posting about my recent trip to Stratford Cliffs in Virginia with the Maryland Natural History Society. It was a lot of fun, found some cool stuff, and met some nice people. Here are pictures of some of the finds I took home!
  22. Found several of these while digging a hole for the swimming pool in our house. It was very surprising as I found hundred of them. Can anyone tell it is century old. I took a video of my discovery too.
  23. FossilizedJello

    Fossils in own backyard!

    So, I was bored one day and decided to head into my woods behind my house. It is an area named possibly after the squaw Indians. I obviously have ventured into my backyard woods many times and have found unusual things. I have been metal detecting and other things. So on this day I was looking for rocks to bust open or just anything cool. All in this day I found everything in the pictures, a rock with really rough garnet, and a 1900s bottle dump. What a weird day, I didnt know this area had so much history. I assume a glacial process carved out the valley as it is shaped like a V with the tips
  24. Sand3

    Names of fossils?

    Hello there, i'm new at this community, so i'm hopping I will get some help from you guys, tried to google what've found, but didin't really found any good info. Fossils are numbered you can see at photos Fossils which i found were at Lithuania, in random fields, few years ago. Would be nice to get any info about these, are they rare, does they have any price... any info, thx 1 https://imgur.com/C4YKjlF 1 https://imgur.com/Kh0NMZy 2 https://imgur.com/EZEoJ8M 2 https://imgur.com/pOwv214 2 https://imgur.com/Cwho8KL 3 https://imgur.com/95fQEm9 3
  25. fossilnoggin

    Folly Beach after the storm

    Down here on vacation and decided to try Folly Beach early yesterday morning while the kids slept. We had rough surf from the storm and thought maybe it would kick up some interesting stuff. I spent two hours combing the beach and didn’t find a single tooth. Not even a tiny one. Lots of modern day shells washed up so I picked up just a few. The only fossils I find were some unidentifiable bone fragments. Many people were looking for teeth, and a few that I spoke to also didn’t find any teeth. My family and I are down here for a little while longer and I’d love to venture out and t
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