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  1. chadschofield

    Found Fossil? at Lake Huron

    Good Morning, I am hoping someone could maybe give me a little information on what I may have found. This was found on the shores of Lake Huron in Ontario. I found it as I was walking along the shores. It looks to be a fish head or an eel head maybe. There is a whole in top, and around the neck looks to be roughly cut or torn and a lighter grey material inside what appears to be the head cavity. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers Chad Schofield
  2. Synonym: Pleurocystites robustus Billings, 1854. Alternative spelling: Pleurocystis. Taxonomy from fossilworks.org. Diagnosis (Sprinkle et al., 1985): “Theca rounded-triangular, nearly symmetrical; 3 rhombs elliptical, dichopores occupying less than 40% of sutures; periproct occupying 70% of lower side, about 680-700 periproctals, no rectal lobe, anal pyramid away from margin; ornament composed of medium growth lines and few ridges radiating to the plate sides and corners; brachioles having large groove extending up aboral side, cover plates fairly large; proximal stem slowly ta
  3. This was an oddity in my Dundee Formation material (Mid-Devonian) I decided to bring home out of curiousity. The material itself mostly contains white silicified fossils in sandy/packstone pulses with some grey crystalline chert horizons. The colouration of this piece, and its general shape, gave me pause as it seemed a bit out of place. Initially I thought, "possibly a fish bit?" (stout spinal process)? but the internal structure didn't strike me as likely. The specimen measures about 7 cm long. My second thought was possible plant material, but I am rubbish on plant identification in the Dev
  4. So I started fossil hunting and collecting recently. I dont have much knowledge on fossil identification and am not even sure if some of the "fossils" I've found are even fossils and not just cool looking rocks. Was just hoping people more knowledgeable on the subject could share what they think are fossils and if they know what types they are.
  5. Joeman1978

    fossil id

    Hello looking to identify thi8s coral found in Ottawa, Ontario
  6. 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.
  7. Greg.Wood

    Sliced and polished nautiloids

    More from the Etobicoke creek in Mississauga. Ive been slicing and polishing some worn down nautiloid fragments and they look pretty cool.
  8. spelbot

    A Ridiculous Find

    A friend of mine last weekend was digging near an old creek bed on his farm property in Southern Ontario and came across a "Weird rock" as he described to me that I should check out, when I got to his house and he presented the approx. 10lbs "weird rock" my jaw hit the floor, this weird rock was 100% a tooth from something that lived a looong time ago. It was the coolest thing I'd ever seen before, so after an hour of googling we realized by the cusped shapes on the tooth this was a mastodon tooth....in his back yard practically. We are planning on going back to dig this weekend, so my questio
  9. I was able to get out three times to three different local spots. Fairly underwhelming results, but it was nice to get back out in the field now that the snows have melted. The first two spots I had effectively tapped out last year, but it always pays to check in. The third one, featured here, was a new prospect. I had made a cursory visit last autumn, and then tried to jump the gun by going here at the end of February but the snows were still too deep. Exploring the Dundee Formation is admittedly a pretty niche focus. There is probably a good reason why it isn't the top destinati
  10. Owen Ridgen

    A few Fossils from recently

    Hello everyone, thanks for letting me join the site! I'm an amateur fossil hunter from Toronto who has made a few expeditions in the past months. I've found a few fossils of interest that I'd like some help identifying. Below are links to photos of the fossils in question on my iNaturalist page, along with some additional details. Thanks all in advance! The following were all found along the Don River in Toronto. 1. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68570190 2. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68573964 3. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/685701
  11. This is a work in progress, a kind of "master list" of trilobite species found in Ontario according to the available literature. In some cases, stratigraphy and taxonomic names have been modernized. Correlations are added where it is expected that species found in equivalent strata could be found in Ontario rocks. I have not included trilobites from the Hudson/James Bay area as there are a number of species there that still are in need of formal description. There are also a number of uncertainties that require more literature support before they are included here. I'll update this as more res
  12. Joeman1978

    fossil id

    found in Ottawa Ontario it looks like it has scales and and front fins 2 inches long so i am guessing a fish maybe
  13. Bob Saunders

    Fossil sponge?

    Phylum Porifera (sponge) M. Odovician Bobcaygeon Formation Kirkfield, Ontario. Cananda 4.5 cm long This is another from an old collection as found. Wrapped with a number tag to match a hand writ-in entry. The sponges I have shows some formation. I will put it in the ultrasonic cleaner. What do you think, do the come smooth? Bob
  14. Hi, I found 2 large fossils on th e shores of Lake Erie Ontario and I do not have a clue what they are. Both of these fossils are approximately 24" in diameter. Can someone identify them?
  15. Well, since moving to Ottawa, I haven't had the chance to go out fossil hunting. There wasn't a whole lot of info on the web about the geology here. So my wife and I decided to buckle up and find a spot ourselves (without any hammers or chisels). We tend to be very lucky people, but I was surprised by the THOUSANDS of trilobites we came across in a matter of 20 minutes. We were on the shoreline of the Ottawa river, we found a certain type of shale that was just crawling with them. If any lucky soul goes to the spot where we left all the remnants of our hunt, they will sure be having a good day
  16. Bob Saunders

    unknown crinoid?

    Unknown possibly collected in the 1960's. Looks crinoid related. M. Odovician Verulam Fm. Gamebridge, ON Canada 4 cm w x 4 cm
  17. ericliutexas

    A fossil rock from Lake Ontario

    Can you please help me ID the fossil rock in the picture? Also would like to know anything about it you can share. I found it on the shore of Lake Ontario this afternoon. Thanks in advance!
  18. I found it in a gravel near the road. Please help me identify it.
  19. 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
  20. Hi everyone! The last few times I went out fossil hunting, I tried to find new exposures along Mimico Creek in Toronto. All of these trips were unsuccessful, so I thought I'd try to find a new site along Etobicoke Creek instead. Today I checked out a new location and fossils were found - hooray!!! Here are some photos of what I found: (note that all of these fossils are from the Upper Ordovician Georgian Bay Formation) First, the trilobite pieces (@piranha - please let me know if I've identified them correctly - thank you! ): Isotelus maximus: cepha
  21. Chichixix

    Another Quarry Find

    Found another cool piece at work today- is it anything special? It came out of a load of rubble from the Milton Quarry, in Milton, Ontario.
  22. Hi all! After reading about @Kane's autumn trip to Ontario's Formosa Reef (Amherstburg Formation, Lower Devonian), I was inspired to find it and check it out myself. With the help of Ludvigsen's 1986 paper entitled "Reef trilobites from the Formosa Limestone (Lower Devonian) of southern Ontario," along with Google Maps' Satellite View, I was able to locate the reef, so Viola and I made the 2-hour drive yesterday to search the site for some new fossils. Here's Viola standing atop the reef: This was my first find of the day - a rock with a brachiopod AN
  23. Hi all! Yesterday I visited Formosa Reef here in Ontario (Amherstburg Formation, Lower Devonian), and I found these weird circular imprints on a few rocks - does anyone know what they are? @Kane Thanks a bunch! Monica photo with ruler for scale: close up photos:
  24. Today Deb and I made the two hour drive up to just outside the town of Formosa, Ontario, to have a look at the Formosa reef limestone, which is part of the Amherstburg Formation. This road cut is the type locality for this material, and it was humbling to be at the exact same location that researchers of yesteryear such as Ludvigsen and Fagerstrom derived their material that formed the basis of their published work on it. Here are some shots of the road cut. Hardly does it justice. This represents a single, massive biohermal knoll. I've wanted to visit this site for a while now, h
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