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  1. Hi everyone, I haven't been able to post much lately as I've been ill for a few months so haven't been getting out hunting as much as I'd like but I've had some good luck when I have been able to get out so wanted to share some finds! All are from the Carboniferous of the Midland Valley of Scotland from several formations, I haven't gotten round to photographing everything yet so I'll post some more stuff over the next few days. First some finds from the Lower Carboniferous/Mississippian marine Blackhall Limestone. Undescribed jellyfish, Fife Coast, 3cm across. Apparently a paper describing these is about to be published very soon. I'm told this ones a male, the bumps in the center being the male reproductive organs. This is by far the more common form, there is a second spotty form known from this formation which I found a specimen of a few weeks back and will post shortly.
  2. L.S., Since animal fossils are definitely not my strongsuit, I would like to call upon the incredible collective knowledge here at TFF and ask your help with the identification of the fish remains shown below. This specimen comes from the Westphalian D (Pennsylvanian, Carboniferous) of the Piesberg quarry near Wallenhorst, Germany. The shape of the scales reminds me of images of rhizodont (?) fish scales, but this could very well be a superficial resemblance only... Penny for your thoughts? Kind regards, Tim
  3. Pit spoil finds

    These came from the same spot in a old British coal measures spoil heap that i have been visiting , each time i go i dig lots of holes looking for sweet spots but often with little success.This time i was rewarded with these 2 finds. Flora .....Calamostachys sp. spore cone This bit of fauna is about 18mm long x 2mm wide possible Palaeocaris ? Crustacea . Cheers John
  4. I had purchased some petrified wood that was cut into book ends. The blade marks were quite rough. After some effort on my flat lap, to my amazement this half had an image of a man and a dog. I named it Elvis and the Hound Dog. The other half was all black. The piece originated from Sweet Home, OR. I think it is quite the find. I was wondering if others have found pictures in their fossils/rocks. I know picture stone is known for patterns, but images are on another level.
  5. Plant fossil.

    I found this last year in some river stone. There was a rock split in half and this popped out. It's a stick but not sure as to time frame or what type of tree. Thank you.
  6. I found this 2 years ago and couldn't believe detail on it. This is my best stigmaria root find to date. The root is 10 inches long and 5 inches wide.
  7. Carboniferous millipede?

    I found this in a coal mining tip in South Yorkshire (UK). It is upper Carboniferous aged. Can anyone identify it please? The only possibility I can think of is millipede. It measures around 1 inch. Thanks, Daniel
  8. Join in the search for fossils on Northumberland beach A guided tour of one of the best places in Northumberland to find fossils has been organised. By Ian Smith, Northumberland Gazette, August 30, 2019 https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/join-in-the-search-for-fossils-on-northumberland-beach-492958 Northumbrian Earth https://www.northumbrianearth.co.uk https://www.northumbrianearth.co.uk/images/Resources/Northumbrian_Earth_Events_Schedule_2019.pdf https://www.northumbrianearth.co.uk/images/Resources/AONB_Visitor_Guide_Copy_2019.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  9. Hello, I have two strange objects that my wife and I found in Pittsburgh in Carboniferous territory. The triangular shape one is a little larger that a quarter while the spherical rock is about the size of a baseball. I haven't seen anything like these two rocks in any of my fossil trips, so any help would be terrific. Thanks everyone!
  10. Unusual fossil.

    I found this the other day. At first look it just looked like a normal rock. Then I found another one same detail, size, and all. Then this one was preserved with silica to make it even weirder. Any ideas as to what this is. It came from a rich Carboniferous period. The weird part is the 2 pieces didn't seem like they belonged with rest of shale fossils.
  11. It was a very hot day today,but it was not the Sahara only Northern France!
  12. Spoil find

    Found this on Monday in a British Coal Measures pit spoil in Derbyshire UK , I think it might be a Calamostachys but i would like to know what you think it might be. Cheers John
  13. Yesterday I went on a combined field trip with ESCONI and LOESS to the Starved Rock Clay Products pit in Utica, Illinois. ( @connorp was there too!) This open pit exposes the Pennsylvanian Mecca Quarry black shale, Francis Creek shale, Colchester Coal, and an underclay below the coal- an assembly of strata that have produced world-renowned fossils elsewhere, including Mazon Creek fossils further east and complete sharks from the Mecca Quarry Shale in Indiana. At this location, unfortunately, the concretions are almost all blanks but the black shale does produce isolated fauna including bivalves, brachiopods, cephalopods, and shark teeth and scales. The underclay also contains petrified and pyritized wood and root traces. About 30 of us gathered at a nearby McDonalds before heading to the pit- dark clouds on the horizon brought intermittent hard rain that kindly let up by the time we reached the pit floor. My interest for this trip was in the black shale, with hopes of finding shark material in particular. With the recent rains everything was muddy, and the black shale could be found in chunks strewn along the slumping highwall. Some folks were splitting the shale, but I did not have any luck with that-all of my finds were already exposed. The mud really made it hard to see whether or not there were fossils in the exposed black shale, but I was happy to be able to find a few pieces worth taking home- as often seems to be the case for me when fossil hunting, I found my best stuff in the first hour and virtually nothing the rest of the time I was there.
  14. Hello everyone, I have noticed that I have almost no fossils from the Carboniferous period and would really love to add some to my collection. I have decided to start out with the Mazon creek as it had many fascinating inhabitants. I am interested in pretty much everything from there and am not looking for anything spectacular. For what I have, there are Thalassina anomala mud lobsters from Australia, Devonian fossils from New York such as trilos and brachiopods, Jurassic Ostracods from CT, a few echinoids and probably other things too.
  15. preserving fossils in coal.

    Hello, On a recent holiday to Kent I picked up some carboniferous plant fossils from a disused coal pit. Being in coal however they are rather crumbly and will not survive in their present state. Are there any methods for treatment suitable for a lightweight beginner to stabilise fossils in coal that I could use to prevent deterioration?
  16. 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
  17. Help with large Carboniferous fish tooth

    Hey guys. I'm looking for some help with this large mystery fish tooth from the late Carboniferous of Illinois. The closest match i can find is from the Devonian lobed finned fish Hyneria. But this is late Carboniferous almost Permian. Another contender just based on size is the Rhizodont. But it's not rounded. This tooth flattens out to two cutting edges that are very sharp. It honestly reminds me of a Barracuda tooth. This broken tooth measures about 20mm, but would have most likey been around 30mm if complete. It is associated with a Megalichthys scale and Orthanthus teeth. Any thoughts?
  18. carboniferous, plant, coal,

    Hello Fossil Fans, I found this recently at a disused coal pit in Kent (Thanet). I believe it to be carboniferous plant material. Can anyone be more specific? Also because of the nature of the coal it is very crumbly so any advice on preservation would be welcome.
  19. So for some time, I've had an interesting idea of displaying multiple types of fossils from the same area together in the same display case. I ended coming up with this quick and easy idea, though it was many months in the making. I found the box itself on Amazon. LINK It's nice because it has a soft velvet lining with the grid itself being removable and customizable, so you can display things how you want. A lot of my finds here in Missouri are smaller marine invertebrates, so this box worked well. I'm rather proud of myself on how this turned out. Brachiopods, bryozoans, blastoids, gastropods, corals, and crinoids all made it in this display, and were all found at the same location. All of these fossils came from a little town called Tightwad, Missouri. Missouri has a variety of Carboniferous fossils here, and almost nobody collects them around here from what I see. (I often get weird looks from people when they see me with my pick and my eyes fixed to the ground.) But alas, fossil hunting is a great addiction to have in my eyes because every day is a treasure hunt.
  20. Efforts are ramping up to have this region added to the Canadian geopark family. The UNESCO folks just finished their visit. Let's wish them all the success! Possible Nova Scotian United Nations geopark a hidden gem - Keenan
  21. Carboniferous Arthropod?

    Evenin' all! Am I going a little bit doolally, or is this impression a fossil? It's situated between a couple of thin plant fossils either side, on a piece of siderite from Duckmantian Carboniferous deposits in North Wales, UK. I've played with the lighting a bit to try and bring the details out.... It's not noticeable to the naked eye, but the photos seem to be showing up spines/protrusions in one area? It's probably nothing, but worth a double check. Cheers!
  22. Again I'm not sure what kind of bark this is? Found on old mine pit in Gelsenkirchen. Thanks!
  23. Hi all! I've been active in the field for a bit but I've been MIA for a while, dealing with personal life. BUT I have come back online. Have some adventures I have yet to post. So if you're curious about the geology of that part of the world from the eyes of this Canadian hobbit, swing by my blog. Don't be shy and subscribe if you want to keep updated. I'll try to add some of the blog info in this forum too so that I can reach as many folks as possible so they can see the amazing stuff in my backyard. Blog URL: https://redleafz.blogspot.com Thanks!! - Keenan p.s. Little preview:
  24. Goniatites sp. (Haan 1825)

    From the album Slices

    14x6cm. From Winterberg quarry near Bad Grund in Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany. The stratigraphy is interesting. Although the micrite sediments in which they and other fauna were found are early carbiniferous, they were deposited in a tectonic fissure within the local devonian reef limestone, which made for a bit of riddle work when they were first discovered.
  25. Goniatites sp. (Haan 1825)

    From the album Slices

    6x5cm. Slices at two different angles. From Winterberg quarry near Bad Grund in Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany. The stratigraphy is interesting. Although the micrite sediments in which they and other fauna were found are early carbiniferous, they were deposited in a tectonic fissure within the local devonian reef limestone, which made for a bit of riddle work when they were first discovered.
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