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  1. Bigbadpoodle

    Indiana Identification Help?

    Hi everyone! I believe I have found trilobite (or other arthropod) tracks. Photographing was challenging. They are not the best but I believe visible enough to identify…hopefully! I found this in Crawford County, IN. Any help is appreciated!
  2. bockryan

    Trace Fossil

    From the album: Fossil Collection: DC Area and Beyond

    Trace Fossil Flintstone, MD Unknown Unknown
  3. Hi all, I'm currently looking for a grallator track. What do you think about this one? Location is the Connecticut River Valley, Massachusetts. As the seller is a very dedicated fossil collector I'm sure that it is genuine. Best regards Max
  4. Just unwrapped this one and doesn't look like much but that's from an uneducated perspective.
  5. patelinho7

    Culpeper Basin Possible Track

    Location: Loudoun County, VA (near Ashburn) Formation: Newark Supergroup —> Culpeper Basin Background: Okay! Here we go. Another track. I will preface this by saying that I don’t know if it’s Grallator, or very well may not be (or not a track at all). Here is how I found it in the field: I picked it up after seeing the middle toe. I didn’t really think much of it, except that it had a rough knuckle-y shape like my other print. Then, I noticed the roughly-three-toed shape. But I was only sold on it when I noticed the rightmost toe, and how pronounced it is. It really sharply but smoothly tapers off into a “claw”. Next, a shot in the sun with the ruler on my multi tool, and a closeup of the claw: The photos don’t do this toe justice to how prominently it is formed in the rock. Here are some low-angle lighting shots: And lastly, a brightened photo and the same photo with an outline of what I am looking at: Thanks for taking a look! At the end of the day, photo-ID of tracks are difficult so I will end up taking this along to Dr. Weems when I go to pick up my old track. But I will appreciate everyone’s insight regardless.
  6. Hello people of ichnology. I'm studying a Rift basin in Brazil Northeast, related to African-American break-up of Gondwana. This unit is mostly composed of braided river deposits (coarse sandstone and conglomerate) interbedded with paleosols. Due to high deforestation of the region, this area is in being eroded and losing considerable mass, and oftenly new outcrops are formed. Considering this, I bring to you a concern for the identification of some trace fossils that appeared, in order to manage strategies to prevend it's destruction. In the left corner of this image, the person serves as scale. The scale person is standing on the studied bedding surface. This is the general view of the bedding surface. The bed is composed of fine to medium sandstone, never coarse, which indicates very low water flow. Ripple marks are seen, and the scale card indicates paleoflow direction. Also, mudcracks are abundant, which indicate seasonal climate. The dark oxidized rims and the rambling trails and tracks are interpreted to be trace fossils. The dark rims are penetrative structures with 7 to 14 cm deep, previously seen in the unit and interpreted as small scale lungfish aestivation burrows, which is in accordance with the hot and seasonally dry Jurassic climatic context for West Gondwana. The novelty of this outcrop is the appearance of a surficial multitude of tubular tracks and trails, 0.5 to 1.0 cm wide, 10 to 50 cm long, that randomly cross each other. I wonder if you guys could help me with the following questions: -> Is there an ID for the presented ichnogenera? -> Any thoughts on the possible burrow architect groups? -> Could this bedding be marked as an ichnofacies, or is this concept outdated? Thanks in advance! Att
  7. Man jailed, fined for using sledgehammer to dig up dinosaur fossils in B.C. CBC news, British Columbia, January 24, 2023 Jail time and hefty fine handed to man who helped dig out fossilized B.C. dinosaur tracks By Simon Little Global News, January 23, 2023 Yours, Paul H.
  8. This track is supposedly a positive (raised) Grallator track from the Portland Formation in South Hadley, MA. Track size is 5.0” on a 7.0” 10.25” shale slab. Seller mentioned that the track has been dyed for contrast. Thoughts? I am still a newbie in the fossil world, so I'd love to get others opinions as to whether this might be real (or not). I looked at some past threads about potential Grallator footprints, but I was still unsure. Thanks in advance!
  9. Looks like two partials (both broken across the heels) or one partial that goes all the way through the thin matrix. I asked for a edge photo to show layer compression but the seller struggles to get it in focus and may not be on the correct edge. Per seller: From the Jurassic Boonton Formation in Northern New Jersey.
  10. I went on a recent fossil hunt in North Carolina looking for the cow branch formation. I found some fossils. It was a very quick stop, about an hour before I had to leave. I found what I believe is to be a footprint it reminds me of a tremnospondyl but it’s from the cow branch I believe. I also found some shells there, plant material, and pieces of what looked to be good footprint material but I wasn’t there long enough to fully examine. So here’s the finds from yesterday: Total haul: footprint in question: outline of footprint: What species was this footprint from? It’s late Triassic and I’m pretty happy to be finding footprints again these might be my new favorite fossils.
  11. Bethycat

    Cretaceous Print?

    Hey y’all! Can anyone help me ID this print? I’m a marine reptile researcher so I’m at the end of my understanding of prints for this. It was found in Bell County, Texas. Thanks so much!
  12. The Green River Formation is one of the most well-known fossil sites in the world, occupying present-day Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. This Lagerstätte has been noted for its well-preserved fish fossils, as well as numerous invertebrates, plants, and sometimes even reptiles and birds. Green River fossils are Eocene-aged, at 53.5 to 48.5 million years old. Thankfully, not only are Green River fossils attractive, they also remain affordable to the casual collector. Allow me to present my humble collection. Crocodile tooth Borealosuchus sp. Southwest Wyoming Water bird tracks (possibly sandpipers or plovers) Presbyorniformipes feduccii Vernal, Utah Bird feather Aves indet. Southwest Wyoming Crane flies & Mosquitoes Pronophlebia rediviva & Culex sp. Parachute Creek Member; Douglas Pass, Colorado
  13. cngodles

    Mississippian Track in Sandstone?

    This one comes from a friend. He found this on a piece of sandstone that had fallen from an outcrop. With his GPS coordinates, it’s close to the border of the Greenbriar and the Mauch Chunk Formation. It looks like a modern mammal track to me, with 4 toe pads and a central pad. But I’ve identified 0 fossil animal tracks so far, so it might just be a strange arrangement of shapes. Mammals doesn’t fit, as it’s 100 million years too early. Synapsids are officially 10 million years out. So I’m at a loss. Anyone good with tracks?
  14. Hi Everyone, I'm very excited to have found and have an opportunity to post on this forum. The rock with a potential fossil was found by my six year old son while we were hiking along a riverbed (Paint Branch watershed) within greater Silver Spring, Maryland area. The rock was in a shallow stream. My son was pulling me by the sleeve to show me a "fox track". He loves nature and always draws my attention to various tracks and animal bones on the ground so I didn't think much of it at first until I realized this time the track was in stone instead of the usual sand/mud. I'm wondering if it could be an early mammal, a small dinosaur track, or some other type of fossil? I attached several photos that I hope are helpful and show the rock with the potential footprint/track form various distances. One of the photos is showing the size (about 1.5 inches or 3.8 cm long), and one is a close-up showing what seems like a "thumb" imprint with a claw and even something that looks like a thenar/pad area of the bottom of hand/foot. The bottom of each of the "toes" appears rounded, as one would see on animal tracks- this cannot be seen in the photos. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  15. Yorkshire's 'largest ever dinosaur print' discovered on coast BBC News, BBCYorkshire, April 13, 2021 Yours, Paul H.
  16. This is a track of a Carboniferous era salamander from the Union Chapel Mine in Alabama. I forgot the species, but I was told they could get five feet long. I didn't find this track, a member of the Alabama Paleontology Society found it and gave it to me during our visit the mine. I did find one of these, mine isn't as nice looking.
  17. Went for a bush walk today and found some beautiful track ways. These tracks and trails are part of the early permian, Ecca group, prince Albert formation. I don't really pay much attention to tracks, but these where just out of this world (for me atleast) and was definitely the find of this extremely hot day. These pictures do not do these fossils justice... Zoom in and enjoy.
  18. I found a mark of suspected skin in the deepest part of the large footprint of a suspected dinosaur? I found very little data on the toe skin marks on the Internet. Some people know what the skin texture is on the toes of large theropod dinosaurs?
  19. Hello, My son found this large piece of petrified wood on a ranch here in South Texas. It is a large piece and weighs about 70 LBS. The bark is a nice blue color. We noticed an unusual print on the wood and are hoping we can get help identifying it. The imprint is deep in the wood and appears to be a set of three. The wood was found laying flat just below dirt level with the print side up. I will include photos. Thank you for your feedback!!
  20. Last one and I swear I’ll stop asking questions. This is the track in question about it being lightly stained and what you thought about staining. Is this a real trace fossil that you can tell of? If so is this light staining acceptable?
  21. Hi All, I have a question for those of you out there who know more about dinosaurs than I do. I recently picked up a grallator track that's about 5" long from Massachusetts. I'm thinking it would be cool to display this along with a tooth or two from a similar dinosaur. Obviously we don't know what species of dinosaur made the track, but does anyone know roughly what type/size of tooth I should try to find that would be a reasonable match for the type of dinosaur that likely would have made the track? While we're at it, I'd also be curious to know what size gastroliths this dinosaur might have had inside of it, if anyone knows. Thinking it could be fun to piece together a little set of parts roughly related to this track. For reference, here's the thread where I showed a picture of the track in question. Thank you!!
  22. Hello! I have seen this. The seller assures that it is completely natural and is not polished. What do you think? Is it a good piece? Thank you very much
  23. Hi All, I have the opportunity to acquire this specimen.... just curious to know everyone's thoughts? Anything I should be wary about? As far as quality is concerned, where do you think this rates on a scale of 1-10 (10 being museum quality/exceptional track, etc., and 1 being an entirely genuine/original track but a very poor example). I'm still learning about dino tracks.... Thank you so much!
  24. Hello, I have had a long interest in fossils and have acquired a small but very nice quality (at least in my opinion) collection over the years. I've recently become interested in dinosaur tracks/footprints and would like to add one to my collection. The thing is, I can't seem to find any anywhere that don't have staining/coloring applied to them. I understand that this makes them "easier to see" but to me it's kind of strange and detracts from the fossil. If the imprint can't be seen on its own, I don't really want it... The painting just looks a bit silly to me. I've only come across one so far that doesn't have staining on it, and it's this one here (I've included a picture below - the track itself is apparently a bit over 6 inches). But I don't know what to think about this one since the matrix seems cracked and repaired very heavily and the price is still seemingly very expensive (at least to me). I would be very interested to know anyone's thoughts on how you approach dinosaur tracks. And if you have thoughts on this specific example, I'd certainly be open to hearing that too. Thanks a lot!!
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