Strange looking fossil found in the Pennsylvania

I found this fossil when I was 14. I was down by a stream in the mountains of the Poconos. I was building a dam with rocks from around the bed of the stream. I noticed this fossil and to this day am not sure what it is.

Fossil Collector: James W.

Location: Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

[Editors: Well, well racked our brains because we know we have seen this before, but simply could not remember what it is. Maybe a large brachiopod? If anyone recognizes it, please leave a response and put us out of our misery!]

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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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Pittsburgh fern fossils

Pittsburgh area fossils.

Plant fossils from Pennsylvania

For relaxation, I've gone Fossil hunting. The problem is I have let things get out of hand and I have collected a ton of specimens—more like 3 tons!

Tons of fossil plants

I have been reduced to saving them on pallets!

Fossil Collector: KAZimovian

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area

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St. Clair fossil fern

A fossil fern from the classic fossil collecting location of St. Clair, Pennsylvania. Over the years countless fossil plants have been uncovered by fossil hunters in the coal mine spoil piles of St. Clair. I believe the location is now closed. This specimen is about 4 inches long.

Location: St. Clair, Pennsylvania

Collector: S. Stepanski

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The streams have teeth!

"I am a lifelong collector of anything that I find interesting, as long as it's something on, or in, the ground. This particular item was found while walking in a stream looking for Upper Pennsylvanian, Carboniferous Fossils. I don't actually have to look that hard, It's the carrying out, and finding storage room." —Mark

Fossil Collector: Mark K.

Location: Stream Bed- Butler County PA

[OK, fossil collectors, it can sometimes be hard to tell when you find a unexpected tooth in a stream. Is this a modern mammal or a Pleistocene mammal fossil that washed into the stream from above the Carboniferous layers? Please leave a response.]

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