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  1. Well it has finally opened to the public on December 4rth. "The new Dawn of Life Gallery" at The ROM is perhaps the best gallery on the planet covering the earliest life to the emergence of land dwelling creatures. I was fortunate to have a tiny part in the new gallery having prepared a number of the museums specimens and also having donated and sold them some pieces . Here is a tiny taste of what you can see in the new gallery. It will not disappoint.
  2. bmasur

    Trilobite pygidium?

    Hi everyone, I am very new to fossil hunting and am hoping to find some trilobites. I am located in along Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada on a rock formation from the middle Devonian period. I broke open a rock on my second trip and found this but I am not positive what it is. I think it could be a fossilized pygidium from a trilobite but i am really just guessing. I have attached to photos of the fossil, if anybody could help me identify it or steer me in the right direction that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  3. Ben X

    Any idea what this is?

    Found this along the shores of Lake Ontario in Canada. Measures about 2" x 1.5". Any ideas what it is/was? Thanks!
  4. andoran

    Ontario Coral Fossil

    I purchased this from a woman in Ontario, Canada with no other information as to what it may be. Does anyone have any ideas?
  5. Nautiloid

    Partial Failleana indeterminata

    From the album: Nautiloid’s Trilobite Collection

    Failleana indeterminata Middle Ordovician Simcoe Group Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Gamebridge, Ontario

    © Owen Yonkin 2021

  6. I was walking my dogs this afternoon (EST) and I noticed a rock that was kind of rusty looking but spherical from the angle I was looking. I picked it up for some reason and when I flipped it over I saw some fossils I've seen before and a couple I haven't. The more I looked at it I thought this maybe part of a skull that sea life made a home in possibly? There is one fossil that almost loos like it still has color but that maybe the hue off the marbleized fossil I guess too. The fossil is very heavy and round almost oval shape aside from one section that is maybe missing? Also looks like a ve
  7. noahc0d

    Beach on Lake Erie

    My friend found this on a beach on lake erie, I'm thinking barnacles?
  8. Digrr

    Trilobite?

    This was found in SW Ontario along the coast of Lake Huron. It looks trilobite-like, but I’m new to the area and am unaware of fossils in area. I would appreciate any assistance in identifying this. Thank you!
  9. EDIT (Updated August 19): Current 2020 Running Tally of Ontario Bugs. New species for this year in bold Acanthopyge contusa Anchiopsis anchiops Bathyurus (Raymondites) longispinus Bufoceraurus bispinosus Bumastoides milleri Burtonops cristata Calymene platys Calyptaulax callicephalus Ceraurinella trentonensis (?) Ceraurinus marginatus Ceraurus sp. Coronura aspectans Crassiproetus crassimarginatus Crassiproetus canadensis Dolichoharpes dentoni Echinolichas sp. cf. eriopis Echinolichas sp. cf. hispidus Ecte
  10. Kabakap

    Two more to ID!

    Two more that stump me! The first is from Humber River, and the second was found on the beach of Lake Ontario, in Toronto. 1. I see iron deposits, I assume. Judging from the staining and the smell it leaves on my fingers! But the little whorls are confusing. As are the little flat edges that sparkle and that serrated? Indentation. I suppose 'serrated' isn't the word, but I can't quite describe it! Seems like a weird conglomerate of different things. (Fear not. The needle is used for depositing water into my ant colonies but I figured it was a good way to measure as it doubles as
  11. Kabakap

    Help with ID?

    Hello! I was here a few years ago asking for ID, and I'm back again. I scour the Humber river in Toronto for water insects and rocks, usually, and I found what I think are some fossils! If anyone can help me identify them, I'd be very grateful. I have some pictures below. The 'fossil', if it is a fossil, is just slightly under a centimeter across. (As a bit of an aside, I'm an avid fan of rocks but I can't usually figure out what they are, other than nice to look at. Is this an appropriate place for potentially IDing those, as well? Or should I find a rock forum in particular?)
  12. Here is my collection of small/micro fossils from the Arkona formation in Southern Ontario. Everything here was collected by soaking clay from the Arkona fm and sifting out the solid matrix. I'm sure many of my IDs are way off so please correct me and fill in the unknowns if you recognize anything! Tentaculites Bactrites sp. Left: Tornoceras sp. Right: Maclurites? sp. Left: Holopea? sp. Right: Nanticonema lineata Left: Hormotoma? sp. Right: Platyceras sp. Left: Scaphopods R
  13. Kane

    Strange dalmanitid

    While going through mostly Amherstburg/Lucas Fm material with some Dundee Fm today, I encountered this fairly large cephalon (~5 cm wide). Odontocephalus (n.sp?) pygidia have appeared in this material, along with Pseudodechenella and Crassiproetus (and just one tiny "Mystrocephala" pygidium). Overall, though, it is miserable, chalk-cherty, bituminous, generally low sedimentation material. It seems a match for Trypaulites, but it seems a bit on the large side (and the exaggerated anterior "prow" gives me pause). Apart from age of the material, I can likely rule out Anchiopsis given
  14. A recent visit to one of my special Dundee Fm locations yielded the usual assortment of fragments of Coronura aspectans, Pseudodechenella sp. Odontocephalus (n.sp.?), Trypaulites sp., and Crassiproetus sp. This one fragment was found in the talus of my splits (so I could not locate the impression, and it sits on the natural edge of the rock). The material is a near-shore fissile facies of the Dundee Fm (SW Ontario). Comparing against other usual fragments has not made for a satisfactory enough match for me. I'm including a closeup grey-scaled image of the fragment, and
  15. I know crinoid "forests" are a dime a dozen, but still its nice to find one so packed . . . And some bryozoan pieces, my first that I can identify with a bit of confidence . . . but please correct if I'm mistaken. Cheers!
  16. Lise found the first blastoid of the year at Arkona, during last weeks spectacular warm spell. She also found the first Petoskey stone, though there was very little of Lake Huron’s shoreline free of snow and ice. I, however, found a stromatoporoid. An interesting piece, from a chunk of armour stone, quarried from somewhere or other. A spectacular ice nugget was also found.
  17. From the album: Ordovician

    Anazyga recurvirosta (brachiopods) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  18. From the album: Misha's Middle Devonian Fossils

    Tornoceras arkonense, Bactrites arkonensis Givetian Arkona Shale Formation, Hungry Hollow, Ontario, Canada. I do not remember if these were from a trade, contest or gift but these wonderful little fossils were kindly sent to me by @Monica
  19. From the album: Misha's Middle Devonian Fossils

    Eldredgeops rana, Microcyclus thedfordensis Givetian Arkona Shale Formation, Hungry Hollow, Ontario, Canada. I do not remember if these were from a trade, conttest or gift but they were kindly sent to me by @Monica
  20. I'm trying to identify a possible straight cephalopod fragment my wife found at Peterson Park beach on the Leelanau peninsula. I can't seem to locate information about straight cephalopods in Michigan, but I'm finding some on cephalopods in the Arkona shale in Ontario. What would be the corresponding Michigan equivalent to the Arkona shale?
  21. Tidgy's Dad

    Georgian Bay Bryozoa

    These bits are on the same piece of rock, kindly sent to me by the marvelous @Monica. They are from the Etobicoke Creek, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and are Georgian Bay Formation which is Late Ordovician in age. I think they are likely bryozoa, but stromatoporoid might be possible for the first one and algae for the second. They are found in a piece of rock that also contains Paupospira (was Lophospira) gastropods, crinoid stems and individual columnals, Cornulites flexuosus and Flexicalymene granulosa. The first one doesn't seem to have much depth to it. 1 to 2 mm at most.
  22. I found this fossil in the Georgian bay formation in the GTA in southern Ontario. I have no idea what the area highlighted in blue is (first picture). It looks like a slug or some type of annelid. My only guess is some type of Machaeridian, but I doubt it's that as well. Any ideas? It measures around 9 cm tip to tip, Thanks
  23. Found along the shore of the North Channel at Little Current, Ontario. Large, bumpy nodule which seems to be completely formed of (calcite?) crystals all the way through (I'm surprised by the multiple colours, but maybe that's normal?). I'm assuming it's a sponge, though wondering if someone could give a more specific ID or perhaps explain the crystallization seen here.
  24. Found in a roadside cut on Goat Island, just north of Manitoulin Island's swing bridge. A layer of hexagonal "scales" overlaying a branched structure. What is this? I have no idea what I'm looking at! Also the top corner has a small ribbed structure which seems to be separate from the rest. If someone has an ID for this as well, that'd be amazing!
  25. Found on Manitoulin Island. I believe at Kagawong... but unfortunately, it's been a while and I didn't make any notes at the time.
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