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  1. I_gotta_rock

    Beltzville State Park, PA

    Beltzville State Park is one of those rare parks where collecting is allowed. The adjacent federal land, owned and operated by the Corps of Engineers to operate the dam there, is accessible ONLY WITH A PERMIT. It is a functioning spillway and there is a gun range for the local police, so you and USACE need to make sure you are safe. With that important disclaimer out of the way, here's the good stuff! Beltzville is a very productive Middle Devonian site which includes the PA State Fossil, the trilobite Eldredgeops rana. Although no one in the group found any definite complete
  2. I went back to Beltzville recently and found a few more fossils with which I would like help identifying. Last time I found what may have been a partial trilobite, and this time I found another that seems more likely. I also found a fossil that I originally picked up for the crinoid stem, but later noticed a dome with an almost honeycomb-like pattern on it. I am very curious as to what it is. And lastly, what appears almost like a large ring. Any help is very much appreciated. Thanks as always!
  3. I_gotta_rock

    Beltzville State Park

    The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society got a permit to explore the restricted area at Beltaville Dam in Lehighton, PA today. The spillway for the dam is immense! The 20-50ish foot walls of the spillway are covered with rubble in swaths of hard blue-black and red stone, soft colorful clay stone, and the occasional bit of tan sandstone. All are from the Upper Devonian Mahantango Formation. The sun was shining, the air was warm and the wind was still. Perfect day for prospecting! Everybody spread out along the walls. There was more than ample room for everybody to claim
  4. fossilisa

    Help with Fossil ID - Beltzville

    I found these two fossils today and am hoping someone can help me positively identify.
  5. I would like help identifying these fossils, all found at Beltzville State Park.
  6. Do a Google and a Forum search for Trilobite Ridge. Also, you could check out Deer Lake in PA or Beltzville State Park.
  7. From other examples I have seen, I think these are bryozoans (sp?). Is that correct? The first example in question is the one exhibiting pencil-like structure in the center of the rock. In the second picture (of the same specimen), there seems to be a porous structure shown. The shadows may look like the mold is raised from the rock, but it is not. The fossil is an imprint (concave into the matrix). I think these are from the Upper Devonian Mahantango Formation. Thanks
  8. This was my first time at Beltzville State Park in Pennsylvania, USA. I believe these come the Upper Devonian Mahantango Formation. I saw similar examples in other posts as was hoping to confirm my guesses. Thanks 1. Horn coral? 2. Crinoid stem?- not sure if that’s something to the left of the stem. 3. Rugose coral?
  9. EMP

    Seeking Eastern PA sites?

    Pennsylvania really has quite a lot to offer, at least from the Paleozoic. Two hours from Berks County puts you in range of a lot of different sites, ranging from the Cambrian to the Pennsylvanian. I haven't been up that way in a while, but going into the Anthracite Region around Mt. Carmel northeastish to Scranton has a lot of fern sites. Considering it's all pretty much sedimentary rock around there any outcrop you come across could have fossils, just make sure to concentrate in the shales as those tend to have the best specimens. PA-54 has some cuts north of Ashland that are probably worth
  10. Fossildude19

    Seeking Eastern PA sites?

    A large portion of fossil collecting is research. You should really look into the legality of collecting in parks and at roadcuts. Some parks allow and even encourage it. (Beltzville State Park, Montour Preserve Fossil Pit, Swatara Gap State Park) Other places may not. It is incumbent on you to research whether collecting somewhere is legal or not. Other places, like private property, usually require permission. This means researching who owns the land, and writing, emailing, or approaching the owner for permission to collect on their property.
  11. Fossildude19

    Help with Fossil ID - Beltzville

    The first item is an inch long. Beltzville is a Devonian spot, and Eldredgeops rana is probably the most common trilobite found there. I don't see this as a thorax, but if it were, it would have had to have been a pretty big trilobite. An Eldredgeops of that size would be pretty rare, I think. The only larger trilobites there would possibly be Dipleura dekayi, which does not resemble this item. This is why I went with cephalopod on this one.
  12. Hi All, My wife and I have recently started visiting some of the Devonian Mahantango fossil collecting areas in central and northeast Pennsylvania. Yesterday we made a trip to Beltzville State Park to do some casual collecting. After a couple of hours of collecting I came across what may be the face and eyes of an unknown trilobite. This was chiseled from a much larger piece and almost went into the waste bin! Anyway, any help with a proper ID would be much appricated. Thanks!
  13. Was going past beltzville and decided to take a stop. We (me and my father who came along) happened upon a stretch of ungraveled lake side and took a look for twenty minutes. The fruits of our labor were the normal Mahantango mix, Brachiopods, bryozoans, crinoids, but my father (who is unexperienced in fossil hunting and doesn't really know what a trilobite looks like) picked up a trilo cephalon (Eldredgeops rana i think). I would have been happy, watching the sunset on the lake knowing that I possessed a trilobite, when I noticed another one right under my nose! Well, on the ground. I felt pr
  14. I_gotta_rock

    Beltzville Beauties!

    I made a gallery of this weekend's collecting adventure. Enjoy!
  15. MeisTravis

    The Gettysburg Bridge Dino Footprints

    I’m not familiar with glacial till and a quick google search defines it for me but I don’t understand it. The closest place that’s easily accessed without permissions from me is the Montour Preserve or Beltzville state park(both roughly an hour and a half) or Big Brook which is what I’m more interested in (2 hours). I’ve found a few trace fossils in Tunkhannock Pa where I’m from but they’re trace fossils and not easily found. I found them nearly 20 years ago when I was young and didn’t even know how finding fossils worked. I also really don’t understand geological maps so I can’t figure o
  16. Yesterday was a gorgeous day for a fossil hunting trip, and also the last day of summer before my SO had to go back to school to teach little ones. So the clan of three gathered up our bathing suits, towels, sunscreen and a bag for holding fossil finds, and we drove out to Beltzville, PA, which has a little something for everyone! At first, we were at the swimming beach, playing around and looking for fossils there... well, the pickings were little to none. I think we found a small pebble that had some bryozoans in it. That was about it. I was wondering where all the fossils were? Did we arri
  17. Last minutes trip to the lake today... Found a trilo partial (in my other topic) and the typical crinoid stuff. This is eastern PA Devonian material. These are some other things I would like some help on... This "thing" looks like a walnut... I assume some kind of plant life? I'm thinking this a crinoid stem... I liked how it's displayed in the rock And I see this pattern a lot... is it crinoid related as well?
  18. My 5 year old son and I are new to hunting. I posted our Big Brook NJ finds earlier today, we were bored so decided to take a trip to the close by Beltzville State park. Every rock has an imprint of clams, etc.. but I split open a rock and found this fossil clam. Probably just got lucky with the split not ruining the fossil.
  19. We finally made it back out to Beltzville State Park on Saturday. Had a good time on a beautiful day. No trilobites though 😥
  20. Johnny676767

    Pennsylvania Roadside Fossil

    About two weeks ago, we went to Beltzville State Park in Pennsylvania and found some great Devonian fossils, some of which have been identified with your help. On our way, though, we stopped at a Shell station for air in our tires. There was a small hill of dark grey colored rock (shale?) next to the air pump. My son and I had a quick look. We found what looks like a mussel (pictured here) and something else. I was wondering if it might be a trilobite. Any help is appreciated. I included the location and pic of the hill to help with identification. So, pictures appear like this: location, susp
  21. Fossildude19

    Pennsylvania Roadside Fossil

    The Beltzville area is Devonian in age, and exposes the Mahantango Formation. First picture looks like the mold of a Pelecypod-bivalve.
  22. We had a great time here back in the beginning of the summer. We were having a harder time finding rocks without fossils. This is only about an hours drive north of Philadelphia and the whole drive up my daughter was talking about how much she wanted to find a trilobite. Well, after a few hours, she got one! At least part of of one anyway. We were both thrilled. Awesome day.
  23. Johnny676767

    Fossil Sites in Maryland?

    Hello, I am in Maryland (near Annapolis) and hope to take my 9-year-old son fossil hunting. He really enjoyed our hunt in Pennsylvania (Beltzville) last week. I have heard of Calvert Cliffs (any advice?) but would also be interested in other sites. We could drive to sites in southern PA, northern VA or DC. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
  24. Johnny676767

    What might this be?

    I have been able to identify (with your help) a few of the fossils we found while hunting at Beltzville state park. This is something that may be something. I tried to get the six-sided pics as recommended. What might this be (if anything)? Beltzville State Park in Pennsylvania, USA. I believe these come the Upper Devonian Mahantango Formation. Thank you.
  25. Johnny676767

    Pennsylvania Fossil Sites?

    Thanks for the tip about Beltzville. It was rainy and windy but my son, nephew and I found some interesting fossils along the beach walking toward the dam. I need to get an identification reference book but I believe these are all crinoids?
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