Scott

Scott Stepanski is co-author of Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and author of the Resource Guide to Earth Sciences. His freelance articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. Currently, Scott administrates several other websites including www.booksalepirate.com and http://teddybeardiary.com.

Fossil mammal tooth on a shell for scale.

Beach combing can lead to some surprising results.

Beach collected fossil tooth.

Another view of the fossil tooth.

Fossil Collector: Emily33

Location: Miramar beach, Portugal

[Editor's Note: This is a mammal tooth and our first impression is that this looks like a tapir tooth. Having said that, we're not especially knowledgeable Ice Age Portugal. Can someone else add the this? Please leave a comment.]

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Possible crinoid fossil?

Fossil was found on western shoreline of Lake Michigan two miles north of Glen Arbor, MI.

Possible horn coral fossil?

It was mixed in with a variety of stones at the edge of the surf. The circular feature immediately caught my eye.

Fossil Collector: Scott M.

Location: Glen Arbor, Michigan

[Editor's note: Hmm...the top picture certainly looks like the texture of a crinoid fossil. The second picture could be the cross section of a crinoid, but also looks similar to the base of a horn coral. Any thoughts from Michigan collectors?]

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Hmmm...well, it's odd looking.

Found while hand digging a hole for a koi fish pond in my back yard.

Fossil Collector: TimW

Location: Overland Park, Kansas

[Edtor: We're are not even sure this is a fossil, but it is certainly odd. There do appear to be fossil crinoids surrounding it. Have an idea? Please leave a response.]

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Front view of the fossil fish scales

In approximately 1980, I was actively looking for fossils and found this on the side of my home in a pile of rocks that was brought there as decorative landscape.

Back view of the fossil fish

With some research, the source could likely be tracked down. There appears to be a large bone and feathers or scales (back view).

Fossil collector: Ttischer

Location: Independence, Colorado

[Editor: Nice find! We love fossil fish and that is almost certainly a tail section of a fish. It looks a bit like a lobe finned fish, a relative of the coelacanth. Since the rocks were transported, identifying where they came from may be critical to identifying the fossil. Can anyone here offer some clues?]

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Star-like fossil from Missouri

Discovered on a Missouri Creek bank.

Missouri star fossil compared to a penny for size.

A penny shows the relative size of the star.

Fossil Collector: Jennifer S

Location: Southwest Missouri

[Editor's note: Ok...it's odd. It has the obvious look of a fossil starfish, but maybe that is too easy. Does anyone recognize this?]

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