I was wondering if you could provide any insight into the attached picture as to possible identification of a fossil found 20+ years ago in Franklin Lakes New Jersey.
Fossil Collector: John A.
Location: Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
[ This looks very much like a cycad fossil although we are not aware of those being found in New Jersey. Maybe someone reading this can help us. Type cycad in our search box above and compare this to other cycad examples. ]
Cretaceous belemnites are a typical find at Big Brook, New Jersey. Big Brook is a classic New Jersey fossil collecting that has treated collectors for more than 100 years. Belemnites are the internal shells of Cretaceous Period squid. The teeming cephalopod schools must have filled the ancient seas. The fossil belemnites are a rich amber-colored calcite that is nearly translucent at times. This specimen is about 4.5 inches long.
Fossil Collector: Dusty S.
Location: Big Brook, New Jersey
Twisted Crabs in a beach rock.
The piece is about 3.5 inch in any direction. I was metal detecting on the beach in the low surf when I saw this rock tumbling back towards the sea. It’s odd shape caught my eye so I picked it up placed it in my finds bag and continued on. Later at home when I really looked is when I saw the fossils within.
Location: Seaside Park, NJ
Fossil Collector: Rich G.
Small Cretaceaus fish vertebrae are commonly screened up in the sediments at Big Brook. Though less showy than fossil teeth, they are no less interesting to fossil collectors wanting to get a glimpse of the fossil past.
Location: Monmouth County, New Jersey
Collector:: Scott Stepanski