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  1. PaleoNoel

    Interesting Hell Creek Vertebra

    Hi everyone, I found this little, mostly complete vertebra in the Hell Creek formation of South Dakota in 2019. I don't really know what to make of it as it's very porous, and amphiplatyan (flat on both sides), although I'm not sure how much of that could be attributable to wear. I believe it's safe to cross of squamate (due to lack of concavity) and champsosaur (overall shape) off the list. While most of the crocodilian verebrae I have found in the hell creek have have a convex and concave end, I am aware that some can be found that are flat sided. The porosity of the bone makes me hopeful th
  2. I will be moving to Rapid City this fall for my masters, and would love to do some rockhounding, maybe find some fossils. I did find this great map; http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/76244-fossil-bearing-units-map/ And of course, I have state and other geologic maps (and university library if I want it, probably) at my disposal. I enjoy exploring new territory, for sure. But some tips on good areas/regions to look in would also be great. I am certainly not opposed to prospecting some myself, but tips from fellow rockhounds are always welcome! I don't know
  3. I have never found a jaw like this. The only thing I can find that is similar is tapir which would be pretty rare for this area. Found in south central South Dakota. Miocene
  4. diginupbones

    Tiny epiphysis?

    Any ideas on which bone this is and who it belonged to?
  5. diginupbones

    Hoof core

    I always wanted to find one of these and I finally found a nice one! Is there any way to tell which critter this came from?
  6. Day 2 of our exploration trip, this time we were exploring a ranch in the Pierre shale. This was a massive ranch which Walter had done a small amount of exploration years ago. The 3 teams split up again, and my group went to the farthest north of the ranch to begin. This required miles of off-road driving. Its incredible how much area some of these ranches contain! Even though we spent about an hour searching, we didnt find any fossils, although my son and I found 2 arrowheads. I was happy with those, as they were the first ones I have ever found. We moved on to another area
  7. hadrosauridae

    2 week exploration - day 4

    Day 4 was a special treat! Neal Larson came to the field station to give a brief talk on Ammonites, Baculites, and the Pierre shale formation. Then we loaded up and went to hunt Neal's own site, and OMG what a site it is! The only description that came to mind was "an embarrassment of riches". From the instant we stepped out of our cars, we were walking on baculites! The ground was covered with them. It wasnt about being able to find, it was just a search for quality. Neal had a goal for this hunt, and that was to find a Baculites with the jaws still in the chamber. For all his hunting
  8. For day 3, it was decided to go back to the Deers Ears butte. Everyone was sore and worn out from 2 days of hiking, so a chance to stay in a single spot and dig would be a chance to rest. My team went to the Tooth Draw quarry, the others went to other sites, including one new one. The day started pretty slow, but then mid afternoon my son uncovered a tooth (havent determined T.Rex or Nano). I was so proud of him, he did an expert job in recovery. The tip was broken insitu and could have been easily separated or lost, but he was slow, careful and judicious with the paleobond and got the to
  9. What a trip my son and I had this year! We started out in the Hell Creek fm of South Dakota. This was a special trip through Paleo Adventures for his "veteran" guests who have already spent a few years with him and could operate without supervision. We started out hunting a new ranch. This property is virgin ground with LOTS of acreage that needed exploration. The group was split into 3 teams, each taking a different area. Our team was further split into pairs. So, it was my son and me, exploring for new outcrops. The sun was intense, the temperature hot, and hours of hiking and sta
  10. Just returned from collecting trip to my usual Edmontosaurus bonebed site in South Dakota. It was one of the worst weather trips over the years I've been collecting with daily AIR temps between 90 to 102 degrees F and winds typically in the 25 mph range and some days gusts hit 40mph. Temps on the bluff were much higher and the winds limited our use of tents so we were constantly blasted with sand and sun. The good news was no rain so despite the hardships one could collect. We targeted getting to the site by 6am and gave up around 2pm. I pass through Hill City, SD to get
  11. Need some help identifying a fossil. This was found in Pennington co. South Dakota near the Indian creek basin. It was found in an area with many titanotherium fossils. I believe it is embedded in bone as well. Not sure what other info would be helpful so please ask.
  12. I want to share a nice Astragalus of an Edmontosaurus, from Tooth Draw Quarry, Hell Creek Formation, South Dakota. According to the shape of the fossil, I guess this is from left leg of the Edmontosaurus.
  13. Lactaniac

    Found in South Dakota - Tooth?

    Recently found this on a buddy’s ranch in South Dakota. Approx 1 3/4” long. Any ideas??
  14. Hey everyone! I know it’s a long shot, but I’m currently in Montana and will be for abt 1 1/2 more days, and was wondering if anyone had any ammonite sites in Montana, South and North Dakota, or Wyoming, I’d be willing to trade a spot, or take whomever it was out to Ernst quarries, or trade fossils for the site, if anyone’s interested in that, please let me know.
  15. thelivingdead531

    The Mammoth Site and more

    I will warn you all now that this is a photo heavy post, especially for The Mammoth Site. I wanted anyone to see everything that I was able to since they might not get there on their own. I'll start with The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota. It's still an active paleontological site that was first discovered in 1974 while building for a housing development. The story of how the site came to be can be found on mammothsite.org. Please forgive my succinct description, my family has been driving around for several days and we're tired. I'm happy to try to answer any questions
  16. I have here three verts from the Hell Creek of Harding County, South Dakota. They were sold as dinosaur. I'm wondering if it's possible to narrow it down further than that. This one is 2.13" long and 1.89" wide
  17. The virus put a damper on my Spring dinosaur collecting trip but I was able to get a partial one in for the Fall. I was able to spend several days at my usual Edmontosaurs bonebed but unfortunately only one day at a channel deposit in Montana where theropod/mammal material can be found. Hopefully next year will be more normal, Hopefully. Quite a few new members since my last trip so I will get into more specifics to get them a view of how I collect this material. First let me share with you a view of the collecting area and the LOCAL wildlife that we deal with on a
  18. PaleoNoel

    Ankylosaur armor?

    I was hoping some folks on the forum could confirm this ID for me. I found this interesting little piece in the hell creek formation of South Dakota back in July with Paleoprospectors. I was told by one of the guides that it could potentially be a piece of skull armor from a young ankylosaur. I want to know what everyone here thinks.
  19. Squirrelman91

    Hell Creek Claw ID - Dakotaraptor?

    Hi everyone! I have a large claw from the Hell Creek Formation of Harding County, South Dakota that I was hoping to have help identifying. It is large enough that I initially believed it stood a chance at being tyrannosaurid, but it seems a bit more compressed than tyrannosaur claws I’ve worked with in the past - particularly on the lower ridge. The ventral surface of the claw is also distinctly flat rather than rounded, which seems unusual. Could this be a Dakotaraptor claw or is that just wishful thinking? Large Anzu perhaps? It is right around 1.75 inches across the length of the claw (sorr
  20. LordTrilobite

    White River Rhino Skull Prep

    Today I got this mostly complete Subhyracodon skull from the White River formation, South Dakota. Right now it still looks a bit rough since it's been crushed a bit and there's a bunch of sediment stuck all over the place. The specimen has been pretty well stabilised. So it's not very fragile thankfully enough. Almost all the teeth are present. Only one maxillary tooth is gone and the very tip of the premaxilla is gone. The 2 posterior premax teeth are still there, but the anterior ones are gone. Roughly half of the braincase is also missing on the back of the skull. Otherwise the skull is qui
  21. MacHoffman22

    Fossil ID Plant, Shell?

    Found near Lake Vermillion, SD. It's a very nice impression. Would just like help with an ID please and thank you.
  22. The skull of any dinosaur is composed of many different elements. When I go collecting in an Edmontosaurus bonebed one never finds a skull but the elements that make up one up. Like to use this topic to share the complexity and variety of some of the elements I have collected. I do not have many but will post the ones I have and will continue to add as I prep or find them. Of course if anyone sees any discrepancies please feel to comment and like to thank Olof (LordTrilobite) in the ID of some. Skull still in a jacket not from my usual bonebed but one can see it all together
  23. My wife and I went on a 7500+ mile ramble to break out of our COVID doldrums. Due to the virus we had to change up many of our original plans... which conversely added a number of additional fossil hunting locals as they allowed us to mostly avoid our fellow humans and maintain social distancing by many many miles. As part of our trip preparations my wife sewed us a number of masks, including a whole series of fossil hunting masks for me. Originally we were supposed to stay in Chicago, but we elected to avoid staying in the city, so we only got to do a drive by
  24. Good morning folks. I have a fossil Stylemys nebrascensis(?) turtle from the White River Badlands of South Dakota. I noticed what "appears" to be bite marks on both the top and bottom of the shell after I removed a layer of matrix. I carefully washed it with a medium bristle, plastic brush and Dawn Dishwashing liquid. What are your thoughts on the "marks"?
  25. I was very happy to see that recent publication that finally described the youngest known alvarezsurid Trierarchuncus prairiensis from the Hell Creek Formation. Material is rare but is most commonly overlooked and described as Croc or unknown theropod so knowing what to look for helps. I'm constantly on the lookout for this material and have been for years and have been fortunate to either find it or be able to acquire it over time. I used publications of other Alvarezsauridae like the Asian Mononykus and Canadian Albertonykus to help in the identification of my specimens.
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