Cornish ammonite
Cornwall ammonite fossil

Just found it while out shooting near the coast. It looks like my whippets toenail, but about 500 times bigger!

Fossil Hunter: tinbum

Location: Cornwall, United Kingdom

[Editor's Note: Nice find and you would not be the first to be fooled by one of these fossils! What you are looking at is a piece of the shell of a fossil ammonite. Those ridges on the inside are the internal structure of the shell. The southern coast of the UK is well known for its spectacular ammonite fossils notably in the area of Lyme Regis. You will need to fill in the missing pieces of the shell with your imagination, but compare it to some of the other ammonite fragments here by typing "ammonite" in the search box.]

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Tennessee fossil coral specimen

I discovered the fossil on a mountain top while turkey hunting. I have found an abundant amount of shell fossils in the same area but never anything like this. Judging by the cluster of things, I believe this to be coral. I'm no expert, though, and this is why I am seeking your help!

Fossil Collector: Zach L.

Location: Gladdice, Jackson County, Tennessee

[Editor's Note: Zach, your instincts are right on the money this time. This looks like a classic fossil coral specimen.]

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Fossil tooth from a float trip

My family went on a white water tubing trip in Harpers Ferry, WV. The bag fell in the rapids. When we got home the “rock” was in the bag.

Fossil Collector: COHara

Location: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Editor’s Note: Given that it was a tubing trip, we are glad that you only pulled this tooth out of the bag. We will resort to an emoticon for that statement :) This is half of what is likely a fossil Carcharodon megalodon shark tooth. Accidentally finding its way into your bag is a remarkable bit of luck. ]

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Daily fossil catch

Fishing for fossils yields a crystal conch shell.

Fossil conch or whelk shell.

Another view of the fossil conch or whelk shell.

Fossil Collector: Alex B.

Location: Florida

[Editor: Beautiful find and an interested method of fossil collecting! Florida is well-noted for calcite crystal encrusted shell fossil like this whelk or conch. Very interesting both as a fossil an for display. Similar fossil are found more conventionally at the Drum Point Crystal Mine and throughout the state.]

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Mammal fossil

I was walking on the beach looking for seashells, and saw this laying on the beach.

Measuring the fossil

I thought it was some sort of driftwood, but the shape was strange and it looked petrified. I showed it to my boyfriend who said it looked like vertebrae. Because of the color and hardness, we believe it's a fossil. Not sure what kind though!

Fossil Collector: HeathPak

Location: Carolina Beach, North Carolina

[Editor's Note: This mammal fossil looks to be the vertebrae of a seal. The exact age may be difficult to determine unless you were to know the specific geologic formation it came from, but it is likely Miocene which could mean anything from about 5-20 million years.]

5-24 million years old

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