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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