paleontology

My Fossil Find gets many submissions that we cannot identify or that are curious and interesting, but not fossils. We try to let senders know about the ones we are certain are not fossils, others are more vexing. We will try to catch up on a few of those here before we run out of 2012.  If you can identify any of these discoveries, please leave a response and help us out.

Cincinatti fossil discoveryI Found this fossil about 50 years ago in southern Ohio. It is approximately 7″ long. Have kept it all these years and always assumed it was some sort of animal. but I guess it could also be an ancient plant of some type. I would like to know if anyone can positively identify it for me.

Fossil Collector: MarkS

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Marine Mammal ear bone

Beach find 2011

[Editor's note: We do know that this one is the ear bone of a modern marine mammal such as a dolphin or seal. An interesting find regardless and we post it here because they are a fairly common find both modern and fossil and of interest to collectors looking to identify their find.]

Fossil Collector: catzeyezuk

Location: Overstrand beach, Norfolk Coast, United Kingdom

Unknown fossil

Not Horn Coral? Found in Sycamore Creek looking for silt concretions.

Fossil Collector: RB

Location: Remington, Ohio

Stange Ohio stone?

Worm trails?

Fossil Collector: RB

Location: Little Miami River, Love land, Ohio

Fossil mammal jaw?

Tiny Jaw Bone with flat teeth. What type of animal was this?

[Editor's note: Wissahickon Creek's geology is not known for fossils, but the shape of this is similar to a small mammal jaw. It could be just an oddly shaped rock or even an ice age or modern mammal.]

Fossil Collector: Kramchris

Location: Wissahickon Creek, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Possible gastropod

Possible gastropod? Looks like a cashew or one of my dogs claws.

Fossil Collector: ECHanson

Location: Mississippi

Serpentine rock?I I keep finding this type of fossil.  Sometimes on the shore of Lake Michigan, other times just in my landscaping rocks.

Fossil Collector: NikkiL

Location: Lower Michigan

 Odd concretion?

Turtle-like stone. Odd concretion?

Fossil Collector:  mke

Location: Genesee County, Michigan

Thank you everyone. We love seeing your finds and best wishes for 2013 from My Fossil Find!

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7 Responses to “End of the Year Fossil Rundown”

  1. Richard Clarence Benney says:

    Top photo is a hardened bag of cement without the bag.

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  2. Scott says:

    LOL, could be!

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  3. Lori says:

    ECHanson – I recently found something that looks exactly like your “cashew” but i’s about 5 times the size. If you find out what it is, please let me know!

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  4. Rob Russell says:

    Top picture is for sure a hardened bag of something without the bag. Picture with the magnifying glass looks like infilled burrows.

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  5. Buddy says:

    The pic with the quarter looks like a well worn gastropod remnant. I have some similar but larger and they get the claw shape when well worn

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  6. Tim says:

    “Jaw bone fossil” looks like a broken ironstone concretion.

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  7. Rebecca says:

    The “Jaw bone fossil” looks kind of like a small meterorite.

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