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  1. Neanderthal Shaman

    Pulalius vulgaris

    Far from perfect, but a considerable improvement over the last one.
  2. Neanderthal Shaman

    Falling for the same trap twice

    Finished up the 2nd Pulalius of my career. Overall I am pleased with it, but I have had to endure the great disappointment of having the claws cave in on me. On the left, just part of the claw broke off; hardly noticeable. On the right the whole propodus crumbled, a great tragedy considering how beautiful it was...you could see all the little nodules on it. Perhaps I have to reevaluate my desire to expose the whole front side of the claw...the fact they are so small and hollow tells me I may end up with this result over and over again if I keep being greedy.
  3. Neanderthal Shaman

    ID for this Lincoln Creek Formation Crab?

    It looks different from Pulalius Vulgaris, has a more flattened carapace, and one claw is noticeably larger.
  4. Scale: Approx 11-12cm square in all directions (LxWxH) Location Found: Washington State (supposedly) I believe this to be the lower part of a femur from some kind of dinosaur but for all I know it could be part of a completely different bone and/or from a completely different animal. See note below photos. Note: This and all posts I'll create are from a tub full of unknown, supposedly all dinosaur fossils collected around areas of Washington State which I recently acquired from a collector. However, I don't know for certain when or where they were collected. I am not an expert whatsoever. Hoping the community can help me figure out what they are.
  5. Neanderthal Shaman

    First go prepping a Pulalius vulgaris

    Finally got my compressor and air scribe set up, and am now getting to work on the concretions I gathered over the summer and fall. Just to see if I could do it, I took a crack at the smallest one I knew had a crab in it, at barely more than 3 cm wide. My friend lent me a scribe with a smaller bit than the one I bought 3 months ago, and it handled itself pretty well here. Did ding the carapace a handfull of times, but pleased with the outcome of this first crab venture. Prepping one this small was stressfull, so I'm looking forward to working on larger ones that don't demand as much precision.
  6. CH4ShotCaller

    Oligocene of Washington

    Another productive day hunting early Oligocene marine deposits of the Lincoln Creek Formation in Washington state, US. with James Goedert and Cheng Hsiu Tsai. Overcast day with showers, rare for a summer day here. I was finding mostly glendonite when I spotted a nodule that's a bit more rare than the overcast day we were experiencing: a tympanic bulla of an early cetacean. Donated to Tsai of the National Taiwan University for study.
  7. zoeylizabeth

    Found in river bed

    Hi I believe these to be fossils but I'm not qualified to say for sure and I definitely don't know what they are. Any help appreciated thank you. They were found in a partially dried area of the skykomish river between Sultan and Monroe off Ben Howard Rd.
  8. Found this today 7/21/23 around Westport, Washington, USA beach.
  9. CH4ShotCaller

    Oligocene of Washington

    Here's an aturia angusta nautiloid with some chunky calcite from the Lincoln Creek Formation in Washington state, US. Also, a recent paper on a bivalve of the same location, pliocardia? guthrieorum, named after my wife and myself by the author. We're aggressively searching for late Eocene and early Oligocene cetaceans, especially the odontocete variety. Maybe this will be our lucky year!
  10. A friend of mine knows some great spots for rockhounding in central Washington near the town of Cle Elum, so we took a day to go check it out. We started by driving up Old Blewett Pass where he'd previously found some stuff representing an Eocene wetland about 50 million years ago. Sure enough, the outcrops on the pass yielded some neat finds. If you zoom in, you can see that it looks like this plant had some sort of leaf spot disease in life. More leaves, excuse the shininess of the paraloid. I think this is a horsetail. Palm frond impressions.
  11. MeerCat

    Fossil Bone - Femur?

    I hate to be a newbie who joins a forum just to get help identifying a mysterious item, but since that's what I'm doing - I promise to attempt to be a valued member in the future! I found this 8.4" item yesterday on a Pacific NW beach. It is very heavy, gray rock - like slate. I know next to nothing about fossil bones, but it just doesn't look like a 'natural' rock to me. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  12. Neanderthal Shaman

    Finally found a Pulalius vulgaris

    It's not much to look at, but I finally got one! It wasn't in a concretion, so happening upon it was sheer luck.
  13. Hey all, Been absent from the forum for a while, life's been busy. I thought it would be fun to show off some of the deep sea marine gastropods I've found from 2 Lincoln Creek Formation exposures. Top: Whitneyella lincolnensis x 2, Priscofusus chehalisensis Middle : Turricula washingtonensis x 5, moon snail x 4 (either Natica sp. or Polinices sp., hard for me to tell) Bottom: Exilia lincolnensis x 3, moon snails x 2
  14. Normally I would use the Burke's paleontology database to ID these, but they have informed me that it may be months before they can get their database system back up and running again. Lincoln Creek Formation, Grays Harbor County WA, oligocene. Largest one measures around 2 cm.
  15. Neanderthal Shaman

    Twin Beach, Washington; 2/19

    A few odds and ends I picked up on Sunday from Twin Beach, Washington. The Burke Museum Paleontology Database is still down (PLEASE BURKE, GET IT BACK ONLINE!!!), so I can't really ID the snails right now, but one of them is clearly a moon snail, and if I had to hazard a guess, the big one is maybe some sort of spindle snail? Prepping it was very easy and zen. And of course a Callianopsis clallamensis ghost shrimp that the beach is so well known for. Till' next time!
  16. Sharon B

    Unknown fossil

    I have no idea what this is. Someone thought it was a tooth, but it doesn't look like one to me. It's 7.5 inches long, 2 inches at its widest, and about 0.75 inch at its thickest. The distance from the piece away from the scale distorts the size and makes it look a little bigger in the photos than it actually is. Thank you! Edited to add location. Washington State
  17. DrKrenobli

    Petrified Mushroom?

    Greetings. Location: Southern Washington State, in the Cascade Range, by a river. Geologic studies of the area suggest there was a massive landslide at this location over 1 million years ago. Present day it is a very wet area with lots of fungi. Material density and hardness appear identical to the petrified wood found at the same spot (highest concentration of petrified wood I've come across in the Cascade Range. I first thought it was wood until I noticed the direction of the lines seem to be perpendicular to how I'd expect tree rings to be. Reminds me of some sort of shelf mushroom, though I do understand any sort of petrified/fossilized fungus is extremely rare and unlikely. I look forward to your input.
  18. Randylahey

    Palm frond?

    Found near the top of a small sized mountain, in washington state. Palm frond is the general consensus. Is the size a normal find? Thank you
  19. Crossed the creek at a small park in Vader, WA to look for shells. The shale here is very porous, very sandy, and very very fragile. The shells here are plentiful, but break very easily. You can break the rocks apart by hand, but whatever is in them usually breaks too. I lucked out and found a very intact tusk shell. Although not rare, they are usually found as fragments. Getting it home and ready was a hassle. It broke in half before I got it home, and pieces of it broke off 3 seperate times while prepping it (About half of it was still covered by shale). As you can see, thanks to superglue it didn't defeat me! Dentalium stramineum Priscofusus cowlitzensis
  20. Neanderthal Shaman

    Tusk Shells!!!

    A humble mount of some of the tusk shells I've found in Centralia. I've only ever found one that was complete. These things are like graham crackers, they crumble from the slightest touch, so needless to say, safely removing them from the sandy shale can be a pain!
  21. Hi there, I believe I found a brachiopod fossil (pedicle valve). I'm hoping for some help identifying it more specifically - family, genus, or species? It was buried a few feet deep on an eroding, sandy hillside about 30 meters above sea level. The hill is about 2 kilometers from an inlet around the Puget Sound region of Washington state (glacial till). Please see attached photos. It looks like there might be other shells fossilized within the cavity. Please let me know if you need more info/different angle photos. Thank you in advance for any help!
  22. Hello! I don't see too many aturia specimens from Washington on this forum so here are a couple from the last 2-3 weeks of hunting down south in Pacific County. I've read they are Oligocene in age and come out of the Lincoln Creek Formation. What's interesting, however, to my knowledge most fossils coming out of this formation are in concretions. Does this mean the fossils you find loose like this eroded out of a concretion or were they deposited/fossilized in a different manner? Cheers! -Cam
  23. CH4ShotCaller


    Here's a partial odontocete skull found in the Lincoln Creek Formation of Washington state, early Oligocene. Found by James Goedert. I stepped over it while asking him about paleomagnetic measurements or brands of coffee, he turned to answer and spied it! Nice find.
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