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  1. I've always been attracted to the patterned surfaces of Carboniferous plants, even as a little kid. Unfortunately I don't think I can come up with the right material to fit the bill on this trade. Somebody is going to get some great stuff with these trades. Gery's plant material is much nicer in hand than a photograph can capture.
  2. Hi Misha;All kind of fossils i still not have,i like a lot plants,invertebrates(brachiopods),carboniferous fossils.......and cats also(but i have two already ) A Neuropteris frond with nice CALAMITE CONE - PALAEOSTACHYA PEDUNCULATA
  3. How to ID Fossils

    So I've been collecting fossils for a few years now, i have a bunch of ammonites, sea urchins, mollusks and plants but I have no idea where can i learn what exact species they are. I'm wandering if there is any books or sites to which you can point me so I can gather some knowledge . I know there is an ID section in this site but I want to be able to tell what species I have found, myself. By the way I'm from Europe.
  4. From the westphalian of Northern France,I would trade these large plates for other fossils i still not have:) A Lepidodendron trunk imprint and a stem
  5. Pierre shale fossil finding

    It’s relatively difficult to find nice exposed rock on the prairie. These areas are generally called barrens, and are interestingly home to some unusual plants which grow in cracks in the rocks. They are also frequented by rattlesnakes, burrowing solitary bees, and lizards.
  6. 9th trip to Chatsworth: A last hurrah

    I have heard they have a really nice geology/paleontology museum in Milledgeville. I have never been down there to see it, though it's only about 2 hours from Athens. It's on my to-do list. Also they have some active paleo profs there. Melanie Devore works on fossil plants, and Dennis Parmley has published on Eocene snakes and shark teeth from the area. Unfortunately the best local site for Eocene vertebrate material, the Hardy Mine, has been completely reclaimed, and the property owners have built a shooting range (mostly for skeet) on the former site. Don
  7. The Royal Tyrrell Museum

    First of all, hi, and welcome to the forum. At the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago it's the same story. When you have 500,000 (yes, 1/2 million) bird specimens and 17,000,000 insect specimens you don't need to display them all, especially since most of them are not very exciting to see. Then you figure in all the other animals and plants and fossils and . . . pretty soon you've run out of space. The FMNH is also a research museum where students working on degrees can study specimens, which means that they may have 20,000 specimens of the same species of insect if that species is scientifically significant. And all of these specimens are neatly cataloged, stored and recorded so the exact location of each specimen is easily found. So it's understandable that they wouldn't want to move it all around too frequently. If you display 1/2 of 1% of 750 million specimens that's 37,500 on display. Yeah, that takes a while to view and includes something of interest for everyone. Most of a museum's collection is stored on-site. Some of it is on loan to other institutions and/or research facilities and gets shipped to their locations. You can imagine the kind of challenge it is to keep track of everything. So contribute time and money to your local museum as often as possible. It takes a lot to just keep the doors open, and the Royal Tyrrell is worth keeping open.
  8. Pay to dig in Wyoming and surrounding states?

    There are several early Eocene Green River fm pay to dig quarries- American, Warfield (aka Fossil Safari) and I believe one more in Kemmerer, Wyoming. There's the U-Dig trilobite quarry in Delta, Utah. And in Florissant there's a spot where you can find late Eocene insects and plants. As grandpa said there are other sites in those states with no fees. While I'm not sure where they are in Utah (other than a spot I visited outside of Vernal where I found brachiopods) I went to Douglas Pass where I found some Green River fm. plants and insects. PM me if you have any questions and good luck in your pursuits.
  9. Indiana roadcut legality

    My understanding is that they don't want collectors digging at the roadcuts. Surface collecting only, and don't disturb the plants. I've been collecting at St. Leon and a few other cuts in the Brookville area about once a year for the last four or five years. Two or three years ago, there was a sign at St. Leon saying "No Digging". I think that was the year that a cop saw us pull off at St. Leon and stopped behind us to ask if we were having problems. When we told him we were fine, and looking to collect fossils, he broke into a big smile and said "Hey, that's great!" He wanted to know what we were after, and wanted to be sure that we had plenty of water and were prepared for the hot day, then went on his way and left us to it. I notice that the Mindat thread linked by grandpa above is from 2009. They may have relaxed since then, or it may have been all talk. In any case, I see periodic talk about the state banning collecting, but I haven't yet seen anyone claim to have been hassled by police. Until then, I plan to keep visiting the sites, with appropriate care.
  10. Ottawa, River Plant Fossil -After flood of 2019

    Considering you have 5,200 posts to my one post, I'll let you tell me what you think they are. To my naive eyes, they look like crushed aquatic plants . Please feel free to provide me more a more insightful accurate perspective.
  11. This rock weighing in at a hefty 2.5 kilo (shale ?) is completely surrounded by plant fossils that actually wrap around the rock itself. I.E. As to indicate that a pre-formed rock fell into the water and crushed the surrounding plants and caused them to fold around the surface while embeddeding itself in the environment that encourage fossil formation. I really don't have a clue as to its makeup or origin (Above speculative). It should should be noted that it was found on the ground surface after the flood where an adjacent embankment wall suffered severe weathering due to the flood of 2019. Latitude: 45.5492085725 Longitude: -74.3639289159
  12. Thanks I found also a single tooth - I haven't heard about any plants from this location - this particular Xmas tree is a little 3D, I don't know if you can see it better on this picture.
  13. Excellent report! Thanks for taking us along. The set of jaws looks interesting. The "Christmas Tree" looking item could either be coprolite, or some sort of conifer twig. Are plants known from the locality?
  14. Green River Formation, Kemmerer, WY

    In most areas it is not legal to collect shark teeth. They are vertebrate fossils... Some states have exceptions at state managed sites. Ask a local land manager what the local status is. In some areas certain invertebrates and plants are protected as well. Bob
  15. Here is another update from my July 2019 solo Fossil run! (Edit...it appears some of the fossil pictures are displaying poorly....I will rectify this shortly.) PICTURE HEAVY Day 1: I drove solo from Omaha, NE to Fossil Butte National Monument. I left at 0300 local and made it to the Museum at the monument about 45 minutes before they closed at 1800 local. The museum is outstanding. Small, but amazing. Also, unlike most other national parks and monuments, it is FREE and open 7 days a week during the summer. I didn't take any photos as A, I was exhausted, and B, there are plenty of pictures of the museum already on the web. Sometimes, I like to just have memories I don't have to share. Anyway, after drooling over all of the great stuff to view (think complete two meter crocodilian skeleton), I got my second wind and had to find a place to camp before dark. Thankfully, you get about 18 hours of useful sunlight up in that area, so I set out for a "secret" campsite on the BLM land just northwest of the monument proper. I found the site and made camp. There was some promising looking shale exposed here, but not a fossil to be found. (I did bring a few samples back however as I discovered later that there was some interesting fluorescence in green, yellow, and orange on some of the rock!) I'm at around 2100 meters above sea level for the night! Either way, beat down and a bit light headed from too many years living in the flat lands, I caught a nice sunset and wolfed down four MREs. I planned to spend the next day in deep in the Green River Formation. Day 2. It was a rough night. I got about two hours sleep from a combination of exhaustion, excitement, and the strangest wind storm I have ever experienced. At right around 0000, a single gust of wind dropped the temp for around 22C to 8C in less than five minutes. I was prepared for this, however I wasn't prepared for what showed up 45 minutes later- sustained 40kph winds with 72kph gusts. Due to the hard rocky ground, I couldn't use tent stakes or bury the deadmen for my guy lines on the tent, so I spent the next three hours in a very noisy, semi-collapsed tent. As the storm continued, I realized I was going to have to set the guy lines under the tires of my truck if I hoped not to blow away. Imagine my surprise to discover that with all that wind, there was not a cloud in the sky. It was crystal clear out. What I had thought was rain hitting the tent was actually small bits of gravel! I carefully positioned the truck as a bit of a wind break and anchor for the guy lines. Ten minutes later, the windstorm quit. I made twelve cups of espresso in my trusty Moka pot and headed over to American Fossil Quarry at sunrise. I didn't bother taking pictures of the quarry as there are plenty on the web. I did a half day dig. I had a most excellent time. What follows is photos of about a third of the fossils I found. I have many many more that need prep work, but these were my "practice" specimens. I found so many fish fossils, I kept only the best ones, plus a similar amount to use as practice for preparation and preservation techniques. Sure, it is a pay-to-play quarry, but I got more than my money's worth I feel. I actually got a bit bored with finding fish, something I never thought would happen. I also found some scales and coprolites, but no stingrays or plants. One fellow digging while I was there ended up with a magnificent palm leaf however! Anyway, here are a few of the fossils I have prepped so far. Apologies for the less than perfect photos. I have only owned this macro lens for a few days and haven't quite figured it out yet. Also, you will notice that they appear shiny, this is because the fixative has not fully cured yet. I will share my best two specimens in other threads later on!
  16. Carboniferous Arthropod?

    Agreed. The plants being mold fossils would also tend to make me think a body fossil would be absent or have a texture that was more distinct from the matrix.
  17. Carboniferous Arthropod?

    A better sense of just how the plants are preserved might be helpful ?
  18. Carboniferous Arthropod?

    Interesting...does have some symmetry but you got me...I dont immediately recognize it either...good sized at 1cm+... Does it look like further prep can expose anything as Rockwood was asking? Do the plants have the same carbonaceous (shiney black) looking type of remains/preservation as this object? Do you have photo of all of them for comparison? I noticed some very small circular/elliptical areas on the left side...is that just my photo enhancement creating something and playing with my eyes? Got a tough one there. Might be worthy of bouncing off the local folks at the National Museum of Wales for their thoughts? Regards, Chris
  19. Except that we don't always get such a nice diversity of prepped fossils each month. We've resisted suggestions to fragment the two basic categories we have now (vertebrates and invertebrates/plants) since we usually get a limited number of total contributions each month. If we received 100 submissions each month, we'd likely have to create a larger number of categories just to keep the contest manageable. With a limited number of entries, too many categories would result in default winners in categories where items had no competition. Members (or preppers) with a steady supply of items for a particular category would be shoo-in each month. All of the entries entered each month are fossils that their finders are proud of enough to enter them in the competition. This contest provides a wonderful gallery of envious finds both as fossil "eye candy" and also to enlighten the membership in types (or localities) of fossils that they might not have been on their radar before. All of the entries deserve our praise (and frequently we can't help ourselves but to reply directly when we see some great entries) but we can't let this degenerate to the "everybody gets a trophy" level that seems prevalent these days. While only two members get to add a small digital award icon under their avatar image each month, the staff has always hoped that these monthly competitions would not get serious or contentious but instead be a friendly contest where all the members are winners since they are treated to a wondrous gallery of fantastic fossils each month. Maybe one day the number of entries each month with increase to the point where we feel the need to create more categories but for now we're quite happy that we have enough to make the choice maddeningly difficult each month. Cheers. -Ken
  20. Mazon Creek Plant Publications

    Hi, Does anyone know if there are any publications, papers, books on Mazon Creek flora / plants If you could point me in the right direction Thanks
  21. Identify Please

    I see parallel "ridges". If somebody told me it was a rock from the Pennsylvanian Period, I'd guess Calamites. (But SW Ohio is mostly Ordovician as far as I know, which would rule out such plants). Can you take some more photos while shining a flash light *across* the surface (rather than straight down on the surface) so we can possibly better see what appears to be parallel ridges?
  22. To the contrary, it is best to know what is legal and avoid offering advice that could lead to breaking park regulations. From the Kentucky State Parks website: "Park Policy Memo 87-11-5. The Department of Parks prohibits all collecting of plants, animals, and geological materials for any purpose, including scientific, unless written approval is obtained from the Commissioner of Parks. No other permission, written or verbal, is acceptable."
  23. strange wood fossil that needs ID

    My thought was that it seems less flattened, more woody, than most early Devonian plants.
  24. strange wood fossil that needs ID

    There may not be enough diagnostic detail to say, sadly. If it is Callixylon, then it would have to be in later Devonian deposits (if I recall correctly, earlier stages of the Devonian did not have such deep-rooting trees like Callixylon). But, for the curious, some light reading if one can find these: Gensel, P.G. and D. Edwards (eds.). 2001. Plants Invade the Land: Evolutionary and Environmental Approaches. New York: Columbia Univ. Press. Raven, J.A. and E. Edwards. 2001. "Roots: evolutionary origins and biogeochemical significance." Journal of Experimental Biology 52: 381-401.
  25. Need help with my petrified wood..

    This is an incorrect statement. Wood plants can be identified to species level by analyzing the cellular structures. No leafs or fruit needed. You are most likely looking at a cryptocrystalline quartz (agate). Opal does not form crystals and can not be "druzy". Also, opal is very light. The first couple of pieces look more like a silicate rock than petrified wood to Me.