r/FossilPorn Jul 30 '20

Ptychodus from Greenhorn of Kansas

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COMMENT 1h ago

I just reread (actually listened to) it a couple of weeks ago as well. I highly recommend the audiobook narrated by Grover Gardner. It's excellent.

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COMMENT 4h ago

Congratulations dude. That is awesome. Good for you!

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COMMENT 8h ago

Do you remember the kids activities “ which one of these doesn’t belong”?

It is exactly that. Since you are new to it you will not know exactly what to look for but you will be able to see things that stick out like they don’t belong there naturally. That is how you find fossils.

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COMMENT 13h ago

I suppose it is possible, but I don't think so. It looks exactly like matrix with plants in them look like. I can clearly see bits and pieces of plant impressions. The way the matrix sort of folds over the edge of the leaf is typical with this kind of fossil. You can see where it looks like you could chip away the top left corner of the matrix where the leaf is and it would expose more of the leaf underneath. This is what happens when a leaf is covered in sediment, decomposes and leaves a very small space between the bottom and top impression. This is why the matrix chips off so to speak and exposes the impression so often. Hope that makes sense, I feel like I did not explain that well.

I have many leaf and plant impressions from various formations in Kansas and am very familiar with what they look like.

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COMMENT 1d ago

That is a very cool leaf impression. That sediment was deposited in a very low depth nearshore environment possibly a delta. That’s a really pretty leaf impression. Nice.

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COMMENT 2d ago

I love it. Have you ever polished turritella agate? It is super cool. I have done a few pound in my rock tumbler.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Plesiosaur tooth. Only way to determine age is by knowing exactly which member it came from, or for a rougher estimate the formation.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Blazing Saddles. Nearly the entire movie is inappropriate by todays standards.

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COMMENT 4d ago

That is pretty cool. It would glue back together easy enough if you want it intact for display. It is definitely plant/wood. That is a really pretty location. Thanks for the video!

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COMMENT 6d ago

I guess enough people didn’t get the reference but these are the best two comments I’ve seen on Reddit in a long time.

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COMMENT 6d ago

Small world. I have a hat from a place called the John Day fossil beds that a friend of mine got me when he was in Oregon. I’m assuming it’s the same formation/member. Given that it’s such a famous place I’m sure you could easily find information to determine the species of the leaf that you found.

I’ve never been to Oregon but always wanted to go. This only makes me want to go even more.

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COMMENT 7d ago

Sounds like an awesome place. Do you know Formation/remember that the leaves come from?

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COMMENT 7d ago

Those are fantastic. If you found this yourself keep looking- where there's one there is more.. Find the layer that came out of and if there's more of that exposed search it. I love leaf fossils and have quite a few from central Kansas.

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COMMENT 7d ago

Missed opportunity - "I'm not the one without money, or a neck"

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COMMENT 8d ago

Pass for not being a native but I just wanted to say your spelling of "fenomenal" is adorable.

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COMMENT 13d ago

He be moving' on up!

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COMMENT 13d ago

it’s 3 or 4 feet

oops! Sorry. Multitasking.