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  1. From the album: Cretaceous

    Protocallianassa morton Ghost Shrimp Claw 1/2 inch long Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Mattawan Group Ramanessin Brook Holmdel, N.J.
  2. jwlrygi

    New member and fossil ID needed.

    New to group and fossil hunting in general. Went to NJ beaches a week ago with my wife for our 16th wedding anniversary. We walked 4 beaches in 1 day. *(I do not recommend Atlantic city. Just got a bunch of negative energy on their boardwalk walking past the casinos. ) we collected several "cool" looking minerals and whatever we thought was unique. As I was looking at a few of these things in bright natural sunlight I started seeing patterns in the crystal looking ocean rocks. I shined a bright flashlight on it at different angles and it became more and more clear that it might be a fossil. Crill or Shrimp of some sort . As you look around the stone it crystallized looking like some type of ocean dweller. Tell me what you think. I seriously am a newbie and fascinated with fossils and crystals. Hope the video is good enough. You can see the shrimp type of fossil crystallized like that. I may be dead wrong. But nonetheless it's fun finding them and finding out. Thank you for the forum. I'm happy to learn what I can. 20231029_224511.mp4
  3. MSCL

    Shrimp ID?

    I'm going through cataloging some old miscellaneous stuff in my collection, and came across this. It was purchased at a show c. 2003 and labeled "Shrimp" on a sticker by the dealer, with no other information. Anyone have any thoughts on what it is, where it's from, and how old it is?
  4. Every once in a great while one gets lucky with a find. This one is difficult to photograph, but what follows got me pretty excited. Not in any of the books or guides I have found so far. Played with lighting a bit to make the features somewhat more visible.
  5. Tom16

    Mazon Creek Fossil ID Help

    Hello, I opened/cleaned off some nodules I had collected recently and I am unsure if they are fossils or just formations of how the rock separated. Thank you in advance for your time. Also, if anyone has any recommendations on fossil books, that would be appreciated. 1) I am not sure if my eyes are lying to me or not but I see what could be a shrimp. I see the formation of a shrimp body. Also what appear to be two eyes and a nose. Again, maybe I am just seeing what I want to see. 2) Not really sure what this could be. I did not think it was anything at first but then I opened another nodule (3) and saw the same formation. Possible bivalve? 3) Same as 2
  6. Misha

    Peachocaris strongi

    From the album: Misha's Carboniferous

    Peachocaris strongi Crustacean Mid Pennsylvanian Francis Creek Shale Mazon Creek Lagerstätte Illinois
  7. Bobby Rico

    Show us your shrimps

    Show us your shrimp fossil. A silly little thread or It could be shrimply fun. A birthday gift of MrsR this stunning and rare Carboniferous Muirhouse / Granton Fossilised Shrimp Bed, Edinburgh, Scotland. Gorgeous example that has some exceptional Crangopsis specimens preserved upon it. Lower Carboniferous, some 359 to 323 million years ago. I think it is worthwhile posting on the forum it a beauty. cheers Bobby
  8. Hello all, With the start of this month I have gotten back to doing some fossil prep. I am still very much learning but I am happy with how this one turned out. It's a Callianopsis clalamenis nodule from the Pysht formation of Washington State which I found this past January that preserves two sets of feeding and defensive claws as well as some disarticulated shell material. This prep was fun and I am excited to try another shrimp, they are a welcome break from working with very hard pyrite nodules from Yorkshire. Before prep: After about half an hour with the scribe, the first two claws are showing: After about an hour and a half: Finished. . . for now, until I smooth the matrix: I hope you enjoyed, Benton
  9. It was my birthday this week and MrsR got me this stunning and rare Carboniferous Muirhouse / Granton Fossilised Shrimp Bed, Edinburgh, Scotland. Gorgeous example that has some exceptional Crangnopsis specimens preserved upon it. Lower Carboniferous, some 359 to 323 million years ago. I think it worthwhile posting on the forum it a beauty. Thanks for looking.
  10. Greetings, friends. I have some very exciting news on a personal front: My first ever museum donation is this Mazon Creek Belotelsonid, which is going to the Indiana State Museum! Using advice from elsewhere on TFF, I reached out to their team a couple of days ago to ask if they might want it and surely enough they did!
  11. Katherinez

    Corolla NC Shrimp?

    Corolla NC beach. I danced and jumped for joy, no regrets. Shrimp? Age? Anything you can figure out? I am blown away, as we get crab pieces, coral and sea Robin skull plates .. but nothing like this in 30 years.
  12. CStewart

    Shrimp Tail (?) Eagle Ford

    From the album: Texas Finds

    Scientific Name: Unknown Found: North Central Texas Date Found: Spring 2014 Formation: Alluvium Qt / Eagle Ford Size: 2" - 3"
  13. Could these be compression fossils of Paleozoic invertebrates (such as someone of the strange shrimp-like creatures)? Crane Hill, AL Carboniferous Thanks for looking.
  14. Hiya! First time posting so please forgive me if I’m doing something incorrectly. I’ve recently gotten into fossils after previously collecting different minerals. I would like verification for two fossils before I go ahead and purchase them.
  15. expatspain

    Two unknown subjects

    I will start with an apology. I have no info on these. They were given to me by a client of ours, the only info he could pass on was that his father had them when he returned from the far east, and even that is sketchy as he didn't know when that was. I will post them separately so as not to confuse. This first looks to me shrimplike, but I don't even know the correct orientation
  16. I bought this piece online and it just looks too good to be true, especially for the price.
  17. Fishinfossil

    Big Brook NJ Huge Lobster Claw or ???

    Sifting Big Brook today and this came up from a deep dig. It has the look of a Lobster claw or Shrimp claw, which are usually only half inch in length or so. This specimen is roughly 3 inches long and about 1-3/4 in diameter at thickest and 1-inch at thinnest point. Its actually pretty heavy. There's noticeable ridges on each side near the edge and looks like little nubs almost like on lobster claws. Cretaceous era fossils normally in the stream. What could it be?
  18. TheRocksWillShoutHisGlory


    From the album: Mazon creek assortment

  19. Purplesandpiper

    Not sure from Northern NJ brook

    A little perplexed on this one. I’m guessing ghost shrimp claw perhaps? Found near Ramenessin while sifting. Tooth of some sort maybe? I’m open to options but for now thinking claw.
  20. Hi all! Just wanted to share my little collection of trilobites and pals now that I have a small assortment. I hope you enjoy! I’m working up to actually getting out in the field soon, so hopefully a few finds of my own might join these fellers!
  21. Titan

    Eagle Ford Decapoda?

    I dug this out of an Eagle Ford group embankment yesterday and wanted to get some thoughts on it. There was a very thin layer containing a few black (phosphate?) pebbles and I dug some out to examine. This one was shaped differently so I took it home to investigate further. As soon as I recognized symmetry I knew I had more than a pebble. I'd love to learn what it might be. 1: 2: Specimen rotated away from ruler 1/4th turn. 3: Specimen rotated away from ruler an additional 1/4th turn. 4: Rotated an additional 1/4th turn. Thanks,
  22. jikohr

    Mazon Creek id help

    Hi everyone, I was going through some more of my Mazon creek material and could use some help with ids I have some ideas what these might be, but I'm still pretty inexperienced and would really appreciate some help. Thank you in advance!
  23. Lone Hunter

    Tiny Chinese fossil needs ID

    I got this little tile over 10 yrs ago when I didn't know anything about fossils and didn't have a loop. All I saw was clams I thought, now I see something but can't remember what it was supposed to be, and brachiopods I think. Appreciate any help on ID and approximate age.
  24. KompsFossilsNMinerals

    Unknown Fossil Shrimp

    Hi everyone, I just got this Enchelion montium Eel fossil in today, and I was wondering if you could help me ID the shrimp on the back. I'm assuming it's a Carpopenaeus, but I'm not sure. There's also an odd fin-like structure near the shrimp, if anyone has any ideas as to what it belongs to (if it even belongs to anything, that is), I'd greatly appreciate it.
  25. Although I haven't been beach hunting much this winter (fishing was great until a few weeks ago), I rooted around for my shrimp coprolite burrows. Lately I have been finding less of the cylindrical 1-3" long burrows and more broken pieces. @Carl @GeschWhat are the experts on these things, and lately I've found more of them on the beachs than shark teeth (Covid-19 opened the interest in beach combing so more competition for teeth.) Difficult to get much resolution, even enhancing the contrast, but this is a scan of most of my collection:
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