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  1. Atoothsatooth42

    Back on the Potomac once again!

    Hello! Reporting again with another successful Paleocene epoch hunt! Got there quite early in the morning and had the whole beach to myself for 3 hours, pays to get up early! The tide was great, amazing fossil beds all up and down the beach, I couldn’t keep myself from vacuuming up every interesting fossil insight! The usual collection of sand tigers, ray plates and turrittela, with some nice sea glass scattered around, as well as what was a bread crumb trail to my find of the day. I found the corner of an Otodus first, my initial thought was, “Well, at least I’m not getting skunked by the otodus gods today!” Followed by the tiny otodus, always a fun find. I was getting warmer until, finally, laying out beautifully in the shadows of the cliffs, was this awesome, great quality Otodus. Grinning from ear to ear, I felt that my day was made from that point on. I found it early in the hunt, so it felt like it was going to be a great Otodus day. Alas, it was simply just a great day instead. No complaints in the slightest! Fossil hunting for me is like therapy, every fossil is a dopamine bump. From a cool shell, to a blade-less shark tooth root. But when you find that tooth that you were hoping for, your week is always made.
  2. LiamL

    Beautiful Plesiosaur Vert

    I found this beautiful Plesiosaur Vert today. Can any plesiosaur experts tell me roughly where this would fit onto the skeleton? Tail, neck ect. Found at Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast. The vert required very minimal prepwork. I just penned out the neural holes and had a quick acid dip for 10 mins.
  3. C2fossils

    Elk Vertebra

    From the album: Vertebrates

    Found on kaw river, Elk vertebra
  4. C2fossils

    Peccary C2 Vertebra

    From the album: Vertebrates

    Found on the kaw river. Peccary C2 Vert
  5. Well, I am stumped with this vertebrae that I found on the Kaw river in Kansas. Thank you for your help!
  6. Jaybot

    Bony Fish Vertebra

    From the album: Neutache Shoreline

    3/11/2024 Thanks to @Al Dente for pointing out that is in fact a bony fish vertebra, not a lamnoid shark vert.

    © CC BY-NC

  7. FB003

    HC dino vert ID

    Hi all, Looking for some help on this ID. I have thoughts but I'll keep it to myself so as not to influence anyone. Curious what you all might think. Found in Garfield County, Hell Creek Formation. Base is about 3 1/2 inch wide and 4 inches high with a total height of around 7 inches. Depth is 4.75 inches.
  8. svcgoat

    Tyrannosaurus Vert?

    Sellers says this is a Trex vert from the Hell Creek Formation. Any way to tell the difference between a Trex and a Herbivore? @jpc @hadrosauridae
  9. joecool1000

    Shark vertebra? Tybee Island, GA

    Found walking the beach, Google lens says shark vertebra but the people at the science center didn't know.
  10. bockryan

    Amniota (Vertebrae)

    From the album: Fossil Collection: DC Area and Beyond

    Amniota Lawton, Oklahoma Arbuckle Group Early Permian
  11. Hi there. I found this on a field trip to a private quarry in Midlothian , TX (just south of Dallas). It was in limestone / shale in the ATCO formation, where there’s lots of shark teeth and fish bones. I’m pretty sure it’s been compressed as most of the shark spines I’ve seen are much more round and this is pretty oval shaped. Does anyone have any guesses as to species? Thanks in advance!
  12. bockryan


    From the album: Fossil Collection: DC Area and Beyond

    Cetacea Flag Ponds Nature Park, MD Calvert Formation Miocene
  13. bockryan


    From the album: Fossil Collection: DC Area and Beyond

    Delphinidae Aurora Fossil Museum, NC Pungo River and Yorktown Formations Miocene
  14. C2fossils


    From the album: My best finds (so far)

    Fossil vertebra
  15. mr.cheese

    Fish vert rough id please

    I have recently bought a mixed bag of random verts that I am wanting to use to make little kids boxes for my shop. I know there is many different types etc in here but I wondered if there is some general info that could be gleened, rough age, fish sizes are the longer ones from a specific part of the spine etc? They are just a little pocket money buy for the kids but the last thing I want to be doing is telling them wrong information! Thank you for your time
  16. My pit has produced more Eocene archaeocete whale fossils. I am really liking these. The last tooth won VFOTM Oct of last year. ( Winner of the October 2022 Vertebrate Fossil Of The Month - Fossil of the Month - The Fossil Forum ) This one was found in early August and is a canine about 2 weeks ago I found this vert This pit is Eocene Castle Hayne Formation, Comfort Member. It has produced quite a few of these primitive whale fossils. It has gotten me on a path to learn as much as I can about these early marine mammals.
  17. Hi everyone! Came across this caudal vert today and it really peaked my interest. Would love to know your guys’ thoughts about its ID and whether it belonged to a pachycephalosaurus or thescelosaurus. Sellers Notes: Tail vert belonging to thescelosaurus or pachycephalosaurus. Found in Eastern Montana (Hell Creek Formation) Thanks everyone!
  18. After hurricane Ian hit last year, I made a trip report from a location that doesn't offer many perfect teeth: I have been back there probably 12+ times since then, but have never come close to that many finds...until now. This is one pass of the creek, but split into two trips due to getting rained out halfway through the first day. Also, I only surface hunt, leaving lots for all of the sifters to find. My first nurse shark tooth! At 5 mm, I'm lucky to have found it surface hunting: Broken arrowhead, but I rarely find these: Broken C. catticus. Such a shame since they are uncommon here: I think these are all odontocete teeth (maybe not the first one): Worn horse tooth and a frag: Verts and hypural bones, etc. One is 3 or 4 verts fused together! Ray mouthplate bits: Other miscellaneous: Better picture of the sawfish rostral tooth(?): Otodus and suspected Otodus frags: And did you see it in the mix? I finally got a complete angy here, although it is missing the serration on the tip. Still, this is as good as they come at this location: Other "larger" teeth (sand tigers, hastalis, great whites, Isurus): Close-up of one of the great whites, since I don't find many anywhere in Summerville, and the ones I do find are usually missing the root: Lots of smalls: I don't keep many bones, but here are a few odd pieces, a worn cetacean vert, turtle, and a couple shells: No 4+ inch angy this trip, but some things I've never found and some that are in good condition for this spot. My husband did tell me before I left to not even bother coming home if I didn't find a cowshark tooth. But, who are we kidding...we all know who is in charge. Thanks for reading!
  19. Josh_irving

    Kem Kem Mystery Vert

    Hi all Was wondering if anyone can identify this vertebra for me. Comes from the Kem kem beds in morrococ my guess is either Croc or spino. Thanks in advance,
  20. Alex BC

    South Carolina Beach Batch

    Howdy Everyone! I found this batch of fossils (maybe a rock or two) in Myrtle Beach, SC. Any assistance in identification is greatly appreciated, GOOD LUCK! (Apologies if these photos end up out of order)
  21. Hello everyone! I've found quite a number of interesting things at Holden Beach, North Carolina since the replenishment project last year. Most of the stuff I've found I was able to identify fairly easily as I started to learn more (A big thanks to a large number of people on this forum, I did a lot of browsing here over the last year), but this vertebra is one thing I haven't pegged down 100% that I've been curious about. I found it back this April one morning, barely exposed in a tide pool. The area currently has things from Cretaceous to Pliocene washing out, but I think it looks fairly young as far as fossils go. The spinous process looks like it was broken off more recently, possibly due to the replenishment project; it wasn't a very gentle procedure for any of the fossils or seashells! I've heard from a couple of individuals that it may be a worn down manatee or dugong vertebra, which I am leaning towards myself, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to get additional opinions on it before the upcoming Aurora Fossil Festival. My phone camera is iffy with focusing, so sorry if the labels look to be somewhat blurry! I've included a couple of bonus pictures from the day I discovered it (I dropped my poor phone in the tide pool while I was snapping shots of it). It looks to be around 11 cm (4.33 Inches) across the transverse process, around 7 cm (2.755 Inches) long overall, and around 7.8 cm (3.07 Inches) wide on the body.
  22. So I found this today… I originally saw the hollow end and thought sloth tooth. But the side where the chewing surface would be is devoid of the enamel ring. However I’ve certainly seen sloth teeth that are worn down enough that the enamel is missing. However it looks like there’s enamel on the broken/hollow/supposed root end - a very thin layer though. The hollow end also has growth rings like a shark vertebra, and with the indent down the side, also points to vert. But it’s only on one side, not the other, which is smooth. That same indent also seems to rule out rib bone, as far as my experience with said rib bones go. So… anyone have any ideas? @Shellseeker @digit @Brandy Cole @Harry Pristis Broken/hollow end: “Chewing surface”: Sides: Growth rings: Enamel?
  23. Found these Saturday (5/20/23) on the beach in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. 1. Some kind of bone? 28 cm at its longest, 5-6 cm wide. Weighs 435 grams. 2. small vert maybe? About 1.2 cm wide and tall. 3. small row of teeth about 2 cm long and .5-.75 cm tall. I’d greatly appreciate any insight on ID. Thank you so much!
  24. While searching the rocks at lowtide this week, near Whitby I came across this. While most people may dismiss this as a round rock, I have found afew before so recognised it for what it was. A large backbone encased in rock. I took it back home and using my airpen removed the rock from one side of the vert. I have kept the other side and edges with matrix, because I already have afew fully matrix free. This is the largest backbone I have found so far.
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