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  1. kiki1980

    Need Help Identifying

    Hey everyone! Amateur fossil hunter here! Can someone help me out with what this is? Found in Nanaimo in a shale deposit, not sure what the vertical lighter section is. Was surround by fossilized shells. Thanks for your help!
  2. Hi all. A real Newbie here wondering if anyone can ID this as Coprolite? It's 3" in length and weighs 100 grams (it's hard as rock). I found it amongst all the rocks on the beach on the eastern coast of the island (Georgia Straight side). Does that mean that it may have come from an ancient sea creature? Thanks for any info. Cheers!
  3. Brian-miller

    Finally found a crab!

    Well the kido and I have been hunting around the reef for a while (we gave up for a bit and went to some upper cretaceous shale on a river for the summer...more opportunity to swim if she got bored lol) but today we went down to the beach to hunt for some shells for a craft and I couldn't help but look a little lol found a small ammonite (I think) and then we saw this concretion laying there I smaked it open and 432nd time is the charm haha!! It looks to be in pretty great shape even the spines are sharp on the carapace! Kinda neat that these are found only at this reef Emma (my daughter) was
  4. So out hunting in some sedimentary rock from the nanaimo group on vancouver island here and found this. Sticking out of a rather large chunk of rock. Any idea what this might be? (If anything?) I've looked through my "westcoast fossils" book but does not look (to me) like anything from that.
  5. Wrangellian

    mysterious pellet clusters

    I recently found this coral (I'm calling it Platycyathus vancouverensis until I learn otherwise) at my local site, Mt. Tzuhalem (Haslam Fm, Santonian), with apparently a cluster of pellets inside the 'cup' formed by the septa on the top side. Usually only the rounder bottom side is exposed when I find these corals, as the septa tend to hold onto their matrix. I'll try for better pics if needed, but it's tough! Note that they are all quite small - less than a millimeter. Another specimen that I've had for longer, with septa exposed (more or less), seems to have less obvious bump
  6. Raenandfog

    Possible Bone Fragment

    Hey there, Thanks for any help you can offer! This was found on the southern banks of Island View Beach on the east side of Southern Vancouver Island. It's shape, apparent slight porosity, and coloration peaked my curiosity but I'm not certain that it's anything of interest. Thanks for your input!
  7. Brian-miller

    Finally some success!

    Well my daughter and I have been hard at work hunting we got into it after her birthday and had a tiny bit of success at the beach but found a much better area to dig in the nanaimo group strata. I got "west coast fossils" the book so we could figure out what we were finding and finally these last few outings we are finding some great stuff! My only sadness is I found this huge bivalve but I dont think there is anyway to get it out without damaging it! Lifted a large 5" 2x3' slab off the top of this larger rock and we found this which was pretty awesome first large fossil we have found
  8. Wxman

    Id help please

    Hi. Kicking around Mt Tzuhalem yesterday and found a few bits that I'm curious about. The first I think is a gastropod cast but it seems to have spines? The second is a small baculite? Thanks in advance.
  9. Wood fossil found at the Trent River, near Comox BC, Canada. Trent River fossils date around 80 million years (so I’ve read), interested to see if anyone can identify exactly what type of tree/plant this came from. Have always thought it was bamboo, but I really don’t know what I’m talking about. Please let me know if you need more photos.
  10. Jeff1675

    What's this?

    This was sitting in my yard when I bought this house. The owner found it but didn't know what it was. Now every time I walk by it, it bugs me. Anyone have any idea's? The fossil's here on Vancouver Island are cretaceous sea creatures for the most part if that helps. Thanks!
  11. Wrangellian

    Upper Cretaceous seed?

    I found this one last month at my usual site, Upper Cretaceous Haslam Fm. (Nanaimo Group) Pretty sure it's plant as it's got that coaly carbonized look. A piece of it appears to be missing but the full outline is there. I'm seeing an oval shaped body (flattened but some thickness still left), surrounded by a flat membrane like an Elm samara. I don't really expect to come to any conclusions with this one, but thought it was interesting enough to post for ideas. I'd be happy if someone could tell what modern taxon has seeds resembling this one in any way. If nothing, it will end up in
  12. drkeithol

    Shell fossil found

    We were looking for Herkimer diamonds on Mount Tzouhalem on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada again today. The area we were in had been blasted to make a golf course which never happened, about 10 years ago. It exposed basalt reportedly from the Devonian period, and there's lots of shale exposed. We were digging in the shale and dug out this piece of rock with a possible shell fossil in it. Any further info or identification of what it might be would be appreciated. Thanks.
  13. drkeithol

    Possible fossilized bone found

    We were looking for Herkimer diamonds on Mount Tzouhalem on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada today. The area we were in had been blasted to make a golf course which never happened, about 10 years ago. It exposed basalt reportedly from the Devonian period, and there's lots of shale with some veins of clay that the Herkimer diamonds are found in. We found this possible fossil just laying amongst the loose shale. It seems to have some characteristics of bone, and is a fair size chunk. Here's the pictures. Any help would be appreciated.
  14. Amrirache

    Found at Amonite falls

    My son and I were at Amonite Falls in Naniamo, BC and we found this intriguing object on the river bed. Found July 22, 2019. Rocky and lots of shale along the river in a forested area. The ruler is in centemeters. Any help identifying this would be greatly appreciated!
  15. Mockrabbit

    Marine fossils?

    Hello, I found what I believe are marine fossils, but I have not been able to identify them thus far. I'm hoping I might find some help here. The photo lighting isnt the best, but I hope there is enough info here to help. These were all picked up in October 2018, on Vancouver Island in BC, Canada. The area is the Comox valley, and found in shale. The fossils found in this region are marine species from the Cretaceous period. Fossil 1: This was picked up along the Trent River, above the Trent Falls (about 150 yards following the river back up stre
  16. This crab along with another of the same type are currently with Torrey Nyborg of Loma Linda University in California. I'm told they are Paradoxicarcinus sp. (possibly P. nimonoides or maybe something new). At any rate Torrey Nyborg expressed interest in examining and describing them because he felt they may be something new. If they are indeed new and/or are published they will be donated to the Royal British Columbia Museum, in my hometown of Victoria (BC), not far from where these and other crab fossils were found).
  17. Long ago, back in the late 1980s, I lived in British Columbia and had the opportunity to collect in the Late Cretaceous Nanaimo Group. I realized that many of the crabs and lobsters I was collecting were undescribed, so I made an effort to collect any material I came across. I tried to find a collaborator willing to help describe the material, but (for reasons I described elsewhere) that didn't work out, and I was encouraged to take on the writing myself. Since I had to focus on my own research career, which actually has nothing to do with paleontology, the project languished and over time
  18. This specimen of a possibly new crab (galatheoid? or homolodromid?) from southern Vancouver Island has been sent, for study and description, to Torrey Nyborg at Loma Linda University in California. The specimen is to be donated to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC. I will update the forum once I've heard back from Torrey on the status of the specimen. Torrey has also expressed interest in a number of other decapod crustaceans collected in association with this specimen. So those fossils may eventually make their way (two already have) to him for descrip
  19. Wrangellian

    Leaves - Vancouver Island Santonian

    This is not a great photo, it was taken after sunset at the site of discovery, and it's a bit dirty. I still need to trim the huge chunk and wash it off, and it now sits in a spot with poor lighting, so this is the best I can do for now, but maybe someone who knows Cretaceous flora can suggest an ID for these leaves based on the general outline? The one on the right especially has 3 clear lobes, and note the stems. Platanus? I have never found this type before, in 9 years of collecting up there.
  20. David in Japan

    Kourisodon tooth photo

    Hi TFF friends, How are you? Lately i am trying to id to tooth i have found few month ago. The tooth i have found has on the paper shared characteristic with Kourisodon tooth. I would like to have a visual confirmation but kourisodon tooth pictures are rare. If you do own a kourisodon tooth in your collection, could you please send me photos of this tooth? Thank you very much. David.
  21. Wrangellian

    The Crinoid

    Went up the mountain on Sunday, mainly to look for trading material for a couple other members... The workers have been moving more rock around since I went up last week. I've been wishing for years that this stuff could be turned over so that fresh fossils could be exposed, but the now-crushed and dirty rock is harder to find stuff in, so I focused on the old stuff, which has always been weathering and slowly releasing new fossils anyway. Splitting chunks... Anyone recognize this little ammonite? Maybe not enough there to get an ID.. There's @aerogrower's
  22. evan s

    is this a femur bone?

    found this on the beach on Vancouver island, looks to me like some sort of femur?
  23. Wrangellian

    Cretaceous marine mystery item

    Anyone recognize this thing? It spans about an inch (25mm) from thicker end to outer edge of curve. Probably less than 2mm thick. Not from my usual Mt Tzuhalem site, but same fauna in the Haslam Fm of the Cowichan Valley.
  24. Wrangellian

    Odd deposition surface... biological?

    I'd like to put this up for opinions... A thin limy layer interrupting the usual black shales from my usual Upper Cretaceous site (there are bits of the shale still stuck on top here and there). To me it screams of something like a bacterial mat, but I don't know. I can't imagine any non-biological process of formation, but maybe there is one that I haven't considered? The last pic shows an edge to give an idea of the thin lighter-colored layer. These pieces were all from one contiguous surface a couple feet square or so on a chunk of shale - the only one I have found up there so far with this
  25. It's just an impression, but I find so few like this I had to keep it. Looked all over for the positive but could not find it. It seems so long and narrow for a Bostrychoceras, or is that just an aspect of the impression? 5 whorls visible.
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