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  1. A while ago, I was convinced that this was an orthocone with possible sponge borings though it was never really resolved. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/77979-strange-infestation-on-orthocone-shell-mississipian-ne-england/& @Al Dente suggested eurypterid as a possibility which I argued against, largely because they've never been found around here. However, a friend of mine has now found some undoubted eurypterid fragments in equivalent beds in Scotland, 120 miles away or so and where the faunas have much in common. He's pretty sure that this is indeed euryp
  2. Hi, while on a walkabout for crinoid calyx found this particular formation having what seems to be a branching bryozoan fossil. This particular formation seemed to be quite full of fan type corrals as well as what I think are branching bryozoa (most in the length of 4"-6"). This one was about 4" long. Would someone kindly confirm the fossil type or please guide me to a correct naming?
  3. paleopod

    Fossils in Kentucky

    Hi, I'm visiting my niece who just had a baby, in campbellsville KY. I noticed there are a lot of very ancient fossils in Kentucky. Does anyone have any sites or road cuts to explore? Thanks alot, this is my first post. Stuart
  4. Does anyone have any information on the roguse corals found at the Fern Glen formation? I can only find one but the ones I have found there look nothing like the one in the photos. Mine all look like the "normal" tornado shapes. The Fern Glen is Mississippian. Here is the photos I'm talking about Amplexus sp. http://www.lakeneosho.org/Miss48.html I just did a prep on one (maybe my best prep yet) it's just a common and not even a good specimen, but I tried some different techniques. I'll post it tomorrow after everything dries and sets in. It turned out better than
  5. The first is from the Menard formation the last two are from the Golconda fromation. https://imgur.com/a/8g5R86m I've been away for some time (life keeping me busy). I have a brand new prep room soon I will have other photos of my room and various fossils and rocks. Members that have been around awhile might remember me and to all you new folk I want to say hello (maybe I should have started with all that). Anyway I hope to be able to get back to posting again since things are starting to settle in.
  6. I spent a few hours fossil hunting on two separate trips on Forest Service land in Montana. The first trip was this past spring looking for Late Oligocene - Early Micoene flora about 90 minutes outside of Missoula. The second trip was during at stint over the summer at a fire lookout tower in the Flathead where I spent just a few hours one morning looking at Devonian and Mississippian marine layers. Besides the obvious, the trips were quite different. The spring trip was a drive to a road cut on a Forest Service road while the summer trip was a seven mile hike in. Additionally the
  7. Hello! New to the forum and plan to introduce myself properly later- I've spent a lot of time hunting in Southern Indiana near Bloomington and at the St. Leon cut- going to Indiana Caverns tomorrow and wondering if there's any spots nearby to hunt for fossils. Spatial reasoning is not my forte- if anyone has specific directions to a great spot I'd be so grateful! On break from teaching art to my high school students- would love to make some great finds over my break to show my kids
  8. Paciphacops

    Mississippian trilobits

    I recently came across some "old" fossils I found a few many years ago, which included some slabs of fossils from the Imo formation in Van Buren County, Arkansas. The site is an abandoned phosphate mine known as the Peyton Creek site. It is about 0.5 miles east of highway 65, and there are also some exposures of the same rocks along the highway roadcuts nearby. The Imo is upper Mississippian and is sometimes included as part of the Pitkin limestone. It is apparently an outstanding site for cephalopods and ammonoids, but I didn't know that back then. The slabs contain several small trilobite py
  9. Longtime lurker here. As my first post, this will be a trip report about mine and @UtahFossilHunter 's attempt to find the rumored fossils on Stansbury Island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake. The island isn't quite known for having fossils but the rocks are the right ages for this area. First, we consulted a geologic map of the area we wanted to look through. We used this map from a dissertation of a student at the University of Utah. We decided to go to the undifferentiated Mississippian this time. We had gone out to t
  10. BLT

    Brachiopod Imprint?

    I found this rock in a middle Tennessee creek. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) I thought it had a brachiopod imprint, but haven’t seen one with such a deep, almost rectangular indentation on one side. Any thoughts?
  11. BLT

    Coral or Sponge?

    I found this little rock in the creek that borders my property several weeks ago. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) For some reason, it is one of my favorite finds thus far. Is it a brachiopod embedded in a piece of coral or sponge?
  12. BLT

    Crinoid Calyx?

    My husband found this in a middle Tennessee creek this morning. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) Is it a type of fossilized crinoid calyx?
  13. BLT

    Identification Request

    I found this rock in a middle Tennessee creek this morning. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) I would like to know if it is some type of fossil? If not, which type of rock/mineral is it? I’ve seen somewhat similar rocks around here, but nothing quite like this one.
  14. Here is another rock which I found in a middle Tennessee creek. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) This one also has a lot going on within it. There are several fossils I’d like to have identified, but am most curious about the area I circled in red. This rock had a lot of algae (or moss?) growing on it. Is the area which I circled even a fossil?
  15. BLT

    Identification Request

    Here is another rock from a middle Tennessee creek. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) It is full of tiny brachiopods, bryozoan bits and maybe a few other fossils. I would like to have the area circled in red identified.
  16. BLT


    I found this rock in a middle Tennessee creek. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) What is the area circled in red? It almost has the shape of a large tooth, but not the texture. Is it fossilized coral?
  17. This is another middle Tennessee creek find. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) I thought it might be a fossilized sponge? If so, what are the tiny whitish specks embedded in it?
  18. BLT

    ID Request

    I found this small rock in a middle Tennessee creek. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) Is the area circled in red some type of ammonoid?
  19. BLT

    Crinoid Stems?

    I found this rock in a creek in middle Tennessee. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) @Bobby Rico Using your iPhone macro lens tips, I was just now able to magnify an area of this rock which I’ve been wanting to know more about for a while. (I wasn’t aware of the zoomed-in magnifying technique, so thanks for posting!) I’m thinking it is a cluster of three crinoid stems?
  20. I found this little rock in a creek in middle Tennessee. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) I know there is a brachiopod and bryozoan in it, but am wondering if the area circled in red (last picture) is also a brachiopod, or something els?
  21. KimboSlice

    Bryozoan? Paleozoic/Mississippian?

    Can anyone help me indentify what these are? I’ve found them on a few of the rocks we’ve found, but haven’t been able to figure it out so far. They were found on a bluff in Boone County, MO, in the same area rife with the Crinoids we’ve been finding. I’m thinking from the Paleozoic/Mississippian Era? These are the clearest pictures I could get tonight but, if more are needed, I’m happy to take some in natural light tomorrow. Thanks in advance for your help!
  22. While I find interest in every fossil my daughter and I find, I’m feeling a bit frustrated at finding only Crinoids. Yes, I think they’re cool, and I don’t want to be ungrateful, but I’m getting a bit discouraged.. I’d like to find something other than a Crinoid. Now, admittedly, I only know certain places to look, so that’s why I’m reaching out for help. We’ve primarily looked in creek beds, and along the trails we walk. I’m in Boone County, MO. Can anyone give us any tips on other places to look where we might find something other than a Crinoid? We’re new to fossil hunting, so honestly any
  23. BLT

    Could This Be A Fossil?

    I found this rock in a creek in middle Tennessee. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) It caught my eye because there appeared to be a hole in the rock. After getting it out of the creek and cleaning it a bit, I’ve noticed the “hole” is actually an indentation in the rock with several raised lines around it. I’m wondering if it could be a crinoid? Also, the other side of this rock had another area I found interesting. Any thoughts on what it could be?
  24. KimboSlice

    Bryozoan Archimedes? Tooth?

    I’ve got 4 fossils, or steinkerns, I’m needing help identifying, all on the same rock. Found in a creek bed in Boone County, MO. I believe it to be from the Mississippian Era. I believe those labeled one and two are Bryozoan Archimedes. Number one (the biggest of the two) measures at a little over 1/4th of an inch. Number two measures at almost exactly (slightly over) 1/4th of an inch. Number three I’m thinking is part of a stem of a Crinoid? Can anyone confirm or deny this for me? The fourth is, what I believe to be, a steinkern of a possible tooth? Like, a tooth laid there at one point, and
  25. Can anyone confirm this for me? I believe it to be a top view of part of a Crinoid. It was found in a creek bed in Boone County, MO. I believe it to be from the Mississippian Era. It looks to me to be two of the arms laying down, as if you were looking at the Crinoid from the top. Am I accurate in this? It is super small, at maybe 1/4 of an inch big at the opening, though it goes maybe an inch deep. These are the clearest photos I could get of it, as it’s dark in there, and it’s so small. The opening measures 1/8th of an inch tall. It is 1/4th of an inch wide, and from the top of the opening t
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