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  1. I had been looking forward to a multi-day, multi-site trip since even before the semester ended. There's nothing like breaking rock to relieve the stress of grading papers. Deb and I made the drive down to Penn Dixie to meet up with Jay (DevonianDigger), Malcolm, Greg, and James. As we arrived at the Peace Bridge at around 11 am, we were delayed by construction on the bridge, a long lineup at the border, and a less than courteous border guard. And then construction in Buffalo with all its confusing signage meant taking detours upon detours. But eventually we made it by a little after 12:20. As Malcom alluded to in another thread, hardly any of us thought to take any pictures on the Friday as we were just too busy breaking rock. Jay had the excavator on site to test out some new areas on the site where we could dig into some fresh material, leaving the material for the Dig with the Experts alone. The site is vastly changed since last season, and it looks like it will be a productive one for those who go. I am still in the process of going through field finds, but I can at least for now share some pictures of the process and method when we crazy canucks come down to PD. Deb has snapped a picture of us at work in the newly excavated area. From left to right: James, Greg, Jay, and me. Malcolm is represented on the far left by his dolly that carries his trademark rock saw.
  2. Stromatolite encrustation

    Side view of stromatolite piece (~10") and view of partial encrustation for ID please. Thanks, Gordon
  3. Dipleura dekayi

    From the album Trilobites

    Partially enrolled, 90% complete. Collected and kindly gifted by Darktooth.
  4. I looked at the weather and my schedule and realized that today was really the only good day in a while to get out. It was very foggy until I drove into the valley area and then the sun came out at about 10:45 am when I pulled in. The water was really low and I think they are working on the dam again. Anyway, I walked for a bit splitting rocks and did not find much but plant hash and seafloor hash. I switched sides of the river by jumping on rocks ( the water was really low) and then found this really cool Eospermatopteris branch. I've never seen anything that large before and, no joke, I heard something in the air behind me and saw a Bald Eagle fly over me head right after I found it. Luckily, I was able to chip it out complete and take it home. It was a really nice day and I wandered around splitting rock but not finding anything else of note. I was also being pretty picky and only looking for identifiable new fossils. So there you have it. The first pic is in situ, next one at home in crappy light and lastly the area I was in
  5. Is This New York Trilobite Id'able?

    Hello, this trilobite was found in rock from somewhere upstate new york. It was an interesting shape different from what I have found before but it is very worn to tell exactly what it is to my knowledge, is it to broken up to id? If not I'll let the new york trilobite experts here take this one. The trilo measures a little over an inch.
  6. Fossil sites NJ?

    Anyone know of good fossil sites near central New Jersey? I know of Big Brook, does anyone know what kind of fossils can be found there? I would like to eventually go on a trip to Utah or the Dakotas for a spring break or something, but I might as well start locally. Thanks for the help
  7. Hello everyone, I was patrolling my odd Devonian location that has rocks I'm guessing from Upstate New York that are littered with Devonian fossils and came across this on one of the large rocks (unfortunately I can't extract). I'm unsure if its maybe a seas scorpion, trilobite, or something else. My guess leaning towards sea scorpion of sorts but I'd like to hear what you guys think, its the only of it I've seen in the area wish there was more or the rock it was on wasn't a unliftable boulder haha.
  8. Hi, Im sorry to be back on this topic again but the suspicion is bothering my way to much after spending even more time looking at this piece and comparing it that resembles a very worn, broken up trilobite head from a possibly large one, the location (New York) I found this in I also found other more clearer trilobites but also a few that are 100%trilobite but worn to point that they nearly blend in right with the rock and have minimal features, my guts bothering the hell out of me so I provided a final set of even better photos below from an angle that I haven't posted on the original thread Hoping for someone to lay me to rest once again and tell me its a rock one more time , the texture though barely visible in the photo makes me believe its something, if not trilobite it doesn't share the same consistency as the surrounding rock and shale in certain areas and upon very close examination has very minimal fractions of pieces with a celluloid trilobitey or living thing texture.
  9. Hello, I live in one of those unlucky places that has the bare minimum of natural fossil bearing formation to the point there is pretty much none, I've found an odd location that has rocks I'm guessing from Upstate New York that are littered with Devonian fossils. I have very little knowledge of Devonian trilobites after searching this location I've found a few worn trilobites, but then I stumbled upon this worn monster with a head that seems to measure around 3.2 inches from eye to eye (since lucky they are still preserved enough to see the texture. I'm looking for any help if possible to help identifying this, I treasure this though its extremely broken and worn because I found them in a place that shouldn't have fossil material. Anything will be greatly appreciated, thank you and I'll provide some photos below (it maybe tough due to their condition) From personal research I can only compare it to a Trimerus delphinocephalus cause of the massive size but I am no trilobite expert, and I can only dream. Here is the scale compared to some of my hand, broken head shape begins towards the bottom of the picture.
  10. Fossil ID help

    Fossil ID help. Daughter found near a beach in Buffalo, NY on Lake Erie. Thank you.
  11. NY Sites Sought

    Hi All, I have a friend looking for sites no more than 2 hours from Ogdensburg, NY. Any suggestions? Thanks for any help at all!
  12. Site ideas

    I am likely headed to Western New York and Canada to do some fossil hunting 6/9 to 6/11. Originally I was leaving on 6/6. The first half of the trip has been cancelled by my club so I am looking for fun and interesting locations to hunt. I plan to leave Cincinnati Ohio really early on 6/6. I am looking for places heading east then I can turn north on 6/8 to hit the reminder of the scheduled trip. Anyone have some good ideas? Anyone want to join me and show me around your favorite locations? I would be interested in hitting sites in OH, PA, WV, MD or North of there heading towards Western New York. For a really good location I would be willing to venture further east. Thank you.
  13. Are these Graptolites?

    Hi Folks, I found this rock and I think they are Graptolites but I am not sure. They were found in New York state but I do not know the formation or age since the rock was part of an erosion control barrier in another site. Under magnification, some have a definite serrated edge. Thanks for your help, Dom
  14. So I went out to the Gilboa area yesterday and found some stuff. I looked along the creek and then to another spot I found near Conesville NY on a part of the watershed. The main issues with these type of rocks is that they split in weird ways and it is tough at first to figure what rocks are holding fossils. That being said, some of the best specimens I have found gave no hints they held fossils at all. One of the tricky parts is learning to id really weathered fossils while walking around and then looking for naturally created stress fractures in them. The new spot I found was really productive compared to where I was going in Gilboa. I left a ton of fossils where I found them because they were mostly plant hash or not really identifiable. So here is some of what I took home. this large curved branching piece that is half weathered:
  15. need help with a Devonian plant ID

    Hi Folks, I was hoping for some help with this plant fossil. It is middle or lower Devonian from, I believe the Moscow fm. as it was found near Gilboa NY. Is has a very distinctive offset pattern of 1 and 2 little indents going up it and the general shape does not make me think moss or bryozoa but rather plant stem or tree shoot. Hopefully the pattern will make it easy to ID. Thanks in advance, Dom
  16. Schoharie Creek 3-05-17

    Was able to get back out to Schoharie Creek in Gilboa on Sunday. The weather was pretty good, not too windy and there was not any snow on the ground. I water was higher than last time so I looked mostly on the banks. There is a big flat area that I want to check out sometime as well as the roadcut on the closed road. Found some nice stuff but nothing spectacular. This big rock with branching stems. The rest of the rock is covered with them in different layers.
  17. trace fossil, squished plant?

    Hi Folks, Found this fossil yesterday. It is Devonian from the Gilboa formation in New York. It might not even be a fossil but I was thinking a trace fossil or a squished plant. Any insight would be appreciated.
  18. NY Trilobite ID

    Bought a collection and this is one of the handful of items without a label. It is a partial trilobite from NY. Cephlon and thorax. No other details. Had a really hard time getting the camera to focus properly on it. Thank you.
  19. Schoharie Creek 2/05/17

    Went out to Schoharie creek today. It is about a two hour drive and I left at 8:15. Arrived at the site at 10:15 and parked at the road closed barrier on Stryker rd. It was about twenty degrees and windy and I walked down the road to get my bearings and scope out the site since I had never been there before. I figured out a good way down and it was much warmer down in the river valley. I saw some really eroded fossils and decided to try and split some rocks to find some fresh stuff. Right away I found some broken and jumbled black stems and other unidentifiable stuff. I kept going and found some cool stuff. There was snow on the ground and that made things much more difficult. So I did what I could and here is what I found. this branching stem:
  20. Hi folks, This is my first attempt at id'ing small braciopods and coral. Could you please give some input on if I am wrong or right. They are all from the Devonian period from the Schoharie NY roadcut. The last corals are from the uppermost section of the Becraft limestone.
  21. Drove up to NY for my first trip hunting. Thanks to Dave (darctooth), I managed to get to the Sangerfield roadcut without any problems for what eventually turned out to be a very pleasant day. Things were a bit rough starting out as the fog was heavy early heading out from PA and a balmy 35 degrees Three hours later it was sunny and breaking into the mid-40's as I pulled up to the days target location I took about half a dozen steps when I spotted my 1st trilo head staring up from the loose shale before I even made it up the hill From that point on I kept up a steady pick of pieces and parts throughout the day, unfortunately I couldn't manage to find any that were whole. I also managed to find some other interesting pieces. Nothing particularly special, but considering I had only ever found a single trilo head on a previous trip it was a good day for me. If nothing else it gave me a bunch of pieces to practice prep on for the day when I finally get a complete specimen
  22. Hi folks, I am heading to Schoharie NY tomorrow to find some fossils. As of right now, I am going to the road cut since I do not know the area. Any tips? I will update on what I find when i get back. thanks, Dom
  23. Any idea what to make of this?

    Hi, I picked this up some years ago on a camping trip in NY state. I have always wondered about it and stumbled upon your forum. The underlying stone appears to be almost quartz like. Any light that anyone could shed on it would be greatly appreciated. Great site by the way am really enjoying looking at all the finds CeeJay
  24. Finished a PD trilobite

    This is my first whole prep of a complete trilobite. I had to remove a lot of matrix to get this one clear. It needs a good blasting to clean out the detail....I think I did okay Please let me know what I can improve upon