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Dollars and Gold for My Birthday!!


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Okay, Fool's Gold and Sand Dollars, but hey, I prefer those anyways!!! So yesterday was my birthday and I had a 6 hour drive home from a convention I was working and thought, hey, I'm KIND OF close to a fossil hunting spot I had heard about so I took a short (two hour) detour to check it out to see if I could find anything. And oh my goodness did I.  This is a very very small grown over spot in East Texas, down a back road. I came across this beauty first thing but left it since it was too shattered to try to retrieve, so it sits in situ as it should be. I hope nobody ever disturbs it. 

 

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So this was my take home beauty -it's about 30mm (slightly bigger than a quarter). Happy Birthday to me! 

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And the Gold:  Fool's Gold!  Athough it wasn't TECHNICALLY  on my birthday, I found these last week, so close enough. 

 I had been poking around a creek, hitting it in different spots to see what I could find and stumbled up on a stash of Pyrite encrusted Illymatogyra oysters! I had heard there were 
pyrite "ammonites" In this creek, but the person I think was no quite sure what they had as there were no ammonites, but hundreds of these amazing things!! 

 

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And a happy birthday to you it is! Those pyritized oysters sure are little jewels!

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Aren't they though??  I love them anyways, but to find them looking like they are covered in glitter?? Crazy.

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Never would have thought to look in east texas for fossils! Those are awesome! Happy belated.

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That's a pretty nice birthday haul! Those pyritized oysters are spectacular. Fingers crossed they last a while.

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Fossildude19

Great finds, Jamie! :) 

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Happy Birthday! Glad you scored some nice "gifts".:)

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1 hour ago, facehugger said:

Never would have thought to look in east texas for fossils! Those are awesome! Happy belated.

 

There are pockets of fossils, but they are rare! 

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3 hours ago, JamieLynn said:

Illymatogyra oysters

I probably would have thought ammonite (or maybe gastropod) at first glance as well, since I’m unfamiliar with these particular oysters. Thanks for sharing! They are very nice, and I learned something new. :) 

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Tidgy's Dad

Nice finds.

Love those pyritized specimens and the echinoid is beautiful.

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2 hours ago, FossilNerd said:

I probably would have thought ammonite (or maybe gastropod) at first glance as well, since I’m unfamiliar with these particular oysters. Thanks for sharing! They are very nice, and I learned something new. :) 

 

Yes they look very ammonite-ish with that coil. I thought they were gastropods for a long time, but apparently they are indeed oysters. THey are very common here in Central Texas, but this is the first time i've seen them pyratized! 

 

This is what they look like usually: 

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Happy Birthday, JamieLynn!!!

 

Beautiful finds!!!  That sand dollar is gorgeous, and those glittery oysters are fabulous - congrats!

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Happy birthday nice finds too.  :yay-smiley-1:

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Thanks y'all!! 

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Mark Kmiecik

Happy Birthday and thank you for posting the photos. 

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fifbrindacier

Happy birthday mate.:)

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