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The purpose of this general is to encourage people to go /out/ and find cool fossils and artifacts. This thread is also a place to share our own collections and things we find when we are /out/ hunting.

Rules are as follows,
>To just post and discuss fossils and other related geological subjects.
>When you post about a fossil in your collection, please label it with what formation it is from, what it is, and where in the world it is from.
>If you don't know where it originated or the species that is ok, just label it as so
Helpful Links
Geologic maps of US states (usgs.gov)
A Beginner's Guide To Fossil Hunting - Fossil Hunting Trips - The Fossil Forum

Finally gating around to posting general number 3. College has kept me busy for the last few weeks and just haven't had the time to post what I've been finding. To start the tread are some shark's teeth I founds and posted last trad to get us going. These teeth are coming from the Eagle Ford/ Auston Chalk boundary zone Denton Co. Texas
Finally managed to make it out to look for artifacts again. I'm in my rooftop tent right now in -7 C freezing my ass off but I found some points yesterday.
nice to know anon, I'm prepping out some ammonites I found yesterday, no pic's yet though.
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my ammonite prepping is still going on, the shale is a bitch to get off so in the meantime ill post this scallop like shell from the Auston Chalk I found a week or two back
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Here are some gypsum shards I've found in the past
but I am not allowed to take fossils from the Burgess Shale as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site...
Thats to bad anon, do they give any group activities in local paleontological groups?
Let's say
>i was walking in desert.
>old area where deep erosion happened
>walk in cut about six feet deep and 4 foot wide.
>see sticks poking out of side.
>look closer and recognize its ribs, huge ribs.
>look at ground and realize the trail cuts through a huge bone like a thigh bone thick as a plastic five gallon bucket.
>bone is trampled in half but I managed to lift one end and carry back out.
What now if this had happened?
you probably found a dead cow or something that fell into a crevasse caused by the rains
>thigh bone thick as a plastic five gallon bucket
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Found some nice points yesterday
nice find anon, look like its perfect
Take note of your surroundings.
>Is the rock holding the alleged bones different from the loose/recent sediment around you?
>Is the rock significantly harder/tougher than the sediment around you?
>Do the alleged bones have growth bands, like a tree? If so they're petrified wood
>Do the bones look like petrified wood but without growth bands?
If so, there's a good chance there's bones. Congrats Anon! Take some note of the type of rock in which you found it, find some US Geologic Survey geologic maps, find out which formation the bones sit in, and maybe narrow down which creature it was based on the time period.
You should tell some university paleontologists about it after you take some cool souvenirs. Don't tell em you took any; collecting vertebrate fossils without a permit is generally illegal.
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>ttfw aboriginal artifacts are just normal rocks
It's awesome to see stuff found form around the world, are those things common to find in Australia?
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Standby for more dinosaur teeth that I will find tomorrow
abos never reached the stone age
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Albertosaurus tooth from yesterday. I also found a ceratopsian skull and reported it to the big museum around here, they will be going out to see if it's worth collecting sometime this week.
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Ceratopsian Skull section. You can see that most of it is buried.
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that's very interesting anon, I never knew that.
amazing finds anon, I always look forward to what you find, I love to go up to Canada to look for fossils.
Pic related is what I believe to be a shark vertebra from the Eagle Ford Formation, Denton Co. Texas
Today I found this two arrowheads made out of obsidian. Also, I found a lot of broken ceramic.
Do you guys have any tips on how found more? I kind of want a a whole piece.
The two best pieces of ceramic I found.
Neither of these are arrowheads. Both flakes, but the one on the left is retouched.
haven't posted on /out/ in almost a year, did there used to be rockhounding/mineral hunting threads? did this general absorb them?
Retouched flake blade is still cool
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Like >>2583861 said there not arrowheads but napping fragments, just as cool imop, that tells you that they had camped there for a decent enough time to have enough downtime to work on tools. the pottery is also a really cool item to find as well.
no but I guess we did, though we mostly post fossils and artifacts form /out/ings. Feal free to post what you find here; all I ask is that you give us a general location to where you find them, IE: I found this quartz in Arkansas. is a general as it should be though if you feel like being more specific you can like me.

Update on some fossils I didn't have an ID on, they are fish scales, they were found in the Atco formation of the Auston Chalk group,
Upper Cretaceous, Collin Co. Texas
Where does someone find fossils in the US? I’m in the mid Atlantic and would love to get into fossil hunting but I don’t know how to get into it
Get a rockhounding book for your area and start checking out the rocks. It'll give you a good foundation for geologic principles. and if you want more, start reading papers and looking over geologic maps to find your own honey holes.
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as >>2586754 said, find out about the rocks in your area, If you live near a larger city they might have local groups that do meet ups and fieldtrips within the area. For example, here in the Dallas area we have the Dallas Paleontological Society, it free to go to their meetings and is a great place to learn about the local findings.
http://www.thefossilforum.com/ might also be a great place to start looking as well, I hope this information helps you out in your endeavors.

On another note, here are some oysters that I have yet to get nan id to just yet. Eagle Ford Auston chalk boundary zone, Collon Co. Texas
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Leafcuck anon here, I'm doing two full days in a very remote area starting tomorrow. I've never been there before but expectations are high. Hope to get some good dinosaur material.
Any divers here?
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Found in Indiana
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Find of the trip
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There were a lot more raptor teeth there than my usual spots
A tooth. I have no idea what it’s from.
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Would anyone be in a position to identify this? Its about an inch an a half long
Congratulations, you found a fossil
You're a legend. I need to get out of these flat lands and move somewhere where I can fossil and rock hunt. That's the dream. There's a lagerstätten nearby but it's been picked over pretty heavily. Haven't found any honey holes yet. It's mostly jellyfish and other soft bodied creatures, which is cool, but it isn't dinosaurs.
I am sensing some sarcasm, but either way if you are at all interested I found it in a bag of aggregate from a store that I was going to use to make some concrete.
It's a mosasaur tooth, they are extremely common in some places
Nah man. You're living the dream. I know honesty isn't the MO of 4chan but you're cool.
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glad to see your trip went well Leaf anon. Those teeth look great! just a question what formation are you finding these in?
Nice arrowhead anon, keep looking.
Interesting tooth anon not sure what it might be, but it looks like some kind of herbivore, and I hate to say it, but r/fossils isn't a bad place to ID something if you can't find it anywhere else.
I agree with >>2590454 in the fact that it is a mosasaur tooth, looks like a could be a Moroccan sample, if you still have the bag see where it comes from.
I'm a college student studying Geology but a have a passion for paleontology, I plan on getting my masters from Colorado State to change things up a bit but the DFW area here in Texas is a paleontological playground due to all the shale and chalk deposits/formations from the late cretaceous.
Great finds today, found these in an area that exposes the basal Atco formation of the Austin chalk and the upper parts of the Arcadia Park member of the Eagle Ford group. Lots of real small sharks teeth and a nice size shark vertebra.
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Dinosaurs are hard to beat, but whats better is something you haven't found before. I spend just as much time nowadays looking for artifacts as I do looking for dinosaur material, even though I live in one of the best places in the world for dinosaurs and one of the toughest places in NA for artifacts. The value of a find is relative to where it came from. A tosser point somewhere might be a find of a lifetime somewhere else just because of location. It's also why any find that doesn't have provenance becomes a trinket eventually.
Tangential PSA and rant: if you find something good, turn on GPS tagging on your phone and take a pic of your find in situ. Failing to do so is marginally better than smashing it in the long run. There's a mammoth tusk on display at one of the offices I go to occasionally, and a couple years ago somebody dropped and shattered it. Mammoth material is very rare here. But what's worse than the fossil being broken is that there is no provenance for it. I can't even get excited when seeing it because I have no way to know if it's from a local creek or Florida. It's just a trinket. If somebody told me it was from my area, I'd be heading out to the spot the next day. I like the idea that something I found will inspire somebody like myself to go /out/ and walk the same places I did long after Ive died.
I'm usually in the upper horseshoe canyon fm, but on that trip I was either in the Oldman or the dinosaur park fm. Both are exposed and I don't know the area well enough to say which it was. I take GPS of my finds so if I ever need to go back and get formations I can.
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Went back to my old stomping grounds yesterday and had a good day. Fossilization quality is lower here, so it's rare to find decent material that isn't teeth. Amber is quite rare here, and I found my largest piece of it ever.
there still amazing finds none the less leaf anon
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also bump with these ammonites from the Briton Formation of the Eagle Ford Group, Denton Co. Tx

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