Jump to content

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'Ontario'.

More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
    Tags should be keywords or key phrases. e.g. carcharodon, pliocene, cypresshead formation, florida.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


  • Fossil Discussion
    • General Fossil Discussion
    • Fossil Hunting Trips
    • Fossil ID
    • Is It Real? How to Recognize Fossil Fabrications
    • Partners in Paleontology - Member Contributions to Science
    • Questions & Answers
    • Fossil of the Month
    • Member Collections
    • A Trip to the Museum
    • Paleo Re-creations
    • Collecting Gear
    • Fossil Preparation
    • Member Fossil Trades Bulletin Board
    • Member-to-Member Fossil Sales
    • Fossil News
  • Gallery
  • Fossil Sites
    • Africa
    • Asia
    • Australia - New Zealand
    • Canada
    • Europe
    • Middle East
    • South America
    • United States
  • Fossil Media
    • Members Websites
    • Fossils On The Web
    • Fossil Photography
    • Fossil Literature
    • Documents


  • Anson's Blog
  • Mudding Around
  • Nicholas' Blog
  • dinosaur50's Blog
  • Traviscounty's Blog
  • Seldom's Blog
  • tracer's tidbits
  • Sacredsin's Blog
  • fossilfacetheprospector's Blog
  • jax world
  • echinoman's Blog
  • Ammonoidea
  • Traviscounty's Blog
  • brsr0131's Blog
  • brsr0131's Blog
  • Adventures with a Paddle
  • Caveat emptor
  • -------
  • Fig Rocks' Blog
  • placoderms
  • mosasaurs
  • ozzyrules244's Blog
  • Sir Knightia's Blog
  • Terry Dactyll's Blog
  • shakinchevy2008's Blog
  • MaHa's Blog
  • Stratio's Blog
  • Phoenixflood's Blog
  • Brett Breakin' Rocks' Blog
  • Seattleguy's Blog
  • jkfoam's Blog
  • Erwan's Blog
  • Erwan's Blog
  • Lindsey's Blog
  • marksfossils' Blog
  • ibanda89's Blog
  • Liberty's Blog
  • Liberty's Blog
  • Back of Beyond
  • St. Johns River Shark Teeth/Florida
  • Ameenah's Blog
  • gordon's Blog
  • West4me's Blog
  • West4me's Blog
  • Pennsylvania Perspectives
  • michigantim's Blog
  • michigantim's Blog
  • lauraharp's Blog
  • lauraharp's Blog
  • micropterus101's Blog
  • micropterus101's Blog
  • GPeach129's Blog
  • nicciann's Blog
  • Olenellus' Blog
  • nicciann's Blog
  • maybe a nest fossil?
  • Deep-Thinker's Blog
  • Deep-Thinker's Blog
  • bear-dog's Blog
  • javidal's Blog
  • Digging America
  • John Sun's Blog
  • John Sun's Blog
  • Ravsiden's Blog
  • Jurassic park
  • The Hunt for Fossils
  • The Fury's Grand Blog
  • julie's ??
  • Hunt'n 'odonts!
  • falcondob's Blog
  • Monkeyfuss' Blog
  • cyndy's Blog
  • pattyf's Blog
  • pattyf's Blog
  • chrisf's Blog
  • chrisf's Blog
  • nola's Blog
  • mercyrcfans88's Blog
  • Emily's PRI Adventure
  • trilobite guy's Blog
  • xenacanthus' Blog
  • barnes' Blog
  • myfossiltrips.blogspot.com
  • HeritageFossils' Blog
  • Fossilefinder's Blog
  • Fossilefinder's Blog
  • Emily's MotE Adventure
  • farfarawy's Blog
  • Microfossil Mania!
  • A Novice Geologist
  • Southern Comfort
  • Eli's Blog
  • andreas' Blog
  • Recent Collecting Trips
  • retired blog
  • Stocksdale's Blog
  • andreas' Blog test
  • fossilman7's Blog
  • Piranha Blog
  • xonenine's blog
  • xonenine's Blog
  • Fossil collecting and SAFETY
  • Detrius
  • pangeaman's Blog
  • pangeaman's Blog
  • pangeaman's Blog
  • Jocky's Blog
  • Jocky's Blog
  • Kehbe's Kwips
  • RomanK's Blog
  • Prehistoric Planet Trilogy
  • mikeymig's Blog
  • Western NY Explorer's Blog
  • Regg Cato's Blog
  • VisionXray23's Blog
  • Carcharodontosaurus' Blog
  • What is the largest dragonfly fossil? What are the top contenders?
  • Hihimanu Hale
  • Test Blog
  • jsnrice's blog
  • Lise MacFadden's Poetry Blog
  • BluffCountryFossils Adventure Blog
  • meadow's Blog
  • Makeing The Unlikley Happen
  • KansasFossilHunter's Blog
  • DarrenElliot's Blog
  • jesus' Blog
  • A Mesozoic Mosaic
  • Dinosaur comic
  • Zookeeperfossils
  • Cameronballislife31's Blog
  • My Blog
  • TomKoss' Blog
  • A guide to calcanea and astragali
  • Group Blog Test
  • Paleo Rantings of a Blockhead
  • Dead Dino is Art
  • The Amber Blog
  • TyrannosaurusRex's Facts
  • PaleoWilliam's Blog
  • The Paleo-Tourist
  • The Community Post
  • Lyndon D Agate Johnson's Blog
  • BRobinson7's Blog
  • Eastern NC Trip Reports
  • Toofuntahh's Blog
  • Pterodactyl's Blog
  • A Beginner's Foray into Fossiling
  • Micropaleontology blog
  • Pondering on Dinosaurs
  • Fossil Preparation Blog
  • On Dinosaurs and Media
  • cheney416's fossil story
  • jpc
  • Red-Headed Red-Neck Rock-Hound w/ My Trusty HellHound Cerberus
  • Red Headed
  • Paleo-Profiles
  • Walt's Blog
  • Between A Rock And A Hard Place
  • Rudist digging at "Point 25", St. Bartholom√§, Styria, Austria (Campanian, Gosau-group)
  • Prognathodon saturator 101


  • Calendar


  • Annelids
  • Arthropods
    • Crustaceans
    • Insects
    • Trilobites
    • Other Arthropods
  • Brachiopods
  • Cnidarians (Corals, Jellyfish, Conulariids )
    • Corals
    • Jellyfish, Conulariids, etc.
  • Echinoderms
    • Crinoids & Blastoids
    • Echinoids
    • Other Echinoderms
    • Starfish and Brittlestars
  • Forams
  • Graptolites
  • Molluscs
    • Bivalves
    • Cephalopods (Ammonites, Belemnites, Nautiloids)
    • Gastropods
    • Other Molluscs
  • Sponges
  • Bryozoans
  • Other Invertebrates
  • Ichnofossils
  • Plants
  • Chordata
    • Amphibians & Reptiles
    • Birds
    • Dinosaurs
    • Fishes
    • Mammals
    • Sharks & Rays
    • Other Chordates
  • *Pseudofossils ( Inorganic objects , markings, or impressions that resemble fossils.)

Found 269 results

  1. Gull River Formation Trilobite Parts By Corey Lablans A few weeks ago I came across an excavation site where they are building a new road. Examining the layers, there is one in particular layer that proves to be quite fascinating, a dark shale layer. The downside is that this layer is very limited in exposure, although I have found some unique stuff. Here is what I found the other day: Bathyurus (Trilobite) - Gull River Formation of the Black River Group, Kingston, Ontario Bathyurus or Raymondites (Trilobite) - Gull River Formation of the Black River Group, Kingston, Ontario Raymondites? (Trilobite) - Gull River Formation of the Black River Group, Kingston, Ontario (5 mm x 7 mm) Raymondites? (Trilobite) - Gull River Formation of the Black River Group, Kingston, Ontario (5 mm x 7 mm) Bathyurus or Raymondites (Trilobite) - Gull River Formation of the Black River Group, Kingston, Ontario (3 cm x 2 cm) Bathyurus or Raymondites (Trilobite) - Gull River Formation of the Black River Group, Kingston, Ontario Link to the past fossils from the same site (cephalopod, brachiopod and conulariid): http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/36307-shadow-lake-formation-cephelopod-and-others/ THANK YOU
  2. KtownFossil DSC6613 WEB

    From the album Shadow Lake Formation

    Daimanella (Brachiopod) - Shadow Lake Formation, Kingston, Ontario

    © Corey Lablans Photography

  3. Fossils of the Gull River Formation, Black River Group This past weekend I came across a newly excavated site here in Kingston, Ontario. After spending a few hours over a few days here is what I collected. Cephelopod - Gull River Formation of the Black River Group, Kingston, Ontario 4.75" x (0.5" to 0.3") Conulariid - 0.75" x 0.5" - Gull River Formation of the Black River Group, Kingston, Ontario Thank you to Peter Lee and Nathan Thomas for identifying this for me. (Daimanella) - Brachiopod - Gull River Formation of the Black River Group, Kingston, Ontario 1.2" x 0.75" (Ceraurus Cephalon) Trilobite - Gull River Formation of the Black River Group, Kingston, Ontario 1" x 0.75" (Species Unidentifed Yet) Trilobite - Gull River Formation of the Black River Group, Kingston, Ontario 0.25" x 0.125" Collected several other specimens that I have not photographed. One in particular, an isotelus pygidium, that I still need to photograph. I'm always wanting to make sure I have the right species names. If you know of an error please let me know. I have been learning a lot from everyone on this forum. THANK YOU
  4. Three Formations, Various Fossils

    Window Formation (New York) / Ashlock Formation (Kentucky) / Black River Formation (Ontario) I have put some names with them but I'm only about 50% sure what they are, some might be right? Would somoneone be able to confirm or correct those that are wrong? THANK YOU Tropidodiscus (Gastropod) Size: 1" x 1" (Window Formation, Lakeview, New York) Devonian Tropidodiscus (Gastropod) Size: 1" x 1" (Window Formation, Lakeview, New York) Devonian Athyris (Brachiopod) Size: 1" x 1" (Window Formation, Lakeview, New York) Devonian Favistina Stellata (Coral) Size: 1" x 1" (Window Formation, Lakeview, New York) Devonian Rugosa Coral 2" x 0.75" (Window Formation, Lakeview, New York) Devonian Lyerodesma (Bivalve) Sixe: 1.75" x 0.75" - (Ashlock Formation - Kentucky) Upper Ordovician Unkown (Some kind of shell?) Size: 0.5" x 0.5" (Black River Formation, Kingston, Ontario) Middle Ordovician Dark lime, likely in deep water, very few fossils present in location. THANK YOU FOR HELPING CL Fossils
  5. Just to let everyone know the Kawartha Rock and Fossil Club in Peterborough is hosting their 20th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show this weekend at the Evinrude Center: 911 Monaghan Rd. Peterborough,On Check out a list of shows at: http://www.ccfms.ca/Events/events.html Have a good one!! Get out and uncover earth's many treasures.
  6. Its Not A Eurypterid

    I was at my usual site near Niagara Falls hunting eurypterids on Friday with two other collecting friends from the USA and although it was not a great day for eurypterids, the day turned out pretty good. As far as eurypterids go all I found was the following specimen but it has excelent paddle preservation that is folded over the body like an egyptian mummy. The coxa from the underside are also folded over and visible which is very unusual for a dorsally preserved specimen. What turned out to be the find of the day was that I found a horseshoe crab. As a pleasant surprise Peter from the forum( Pleecan) showed up just as I found this. Which was fortunate for me as after he ate his lunch he got out his rock and cut both of these out for me. I also have the counterpart to the crab but have not got a picture of it at this point, it is still in the trunk of my car. This is an order of magnitude rarer than the eurypterids at this site. I am aware of about 50 eurypterids collected this year that were over 80% complete. I am only aware of this and one other horseshoe crab being found this year. The following pictures were taken in situ by a well known and respected collector at this site Sam and are quite hard to see. (Perhaps Peter will do some magic and post an enhanced version.) I was actually quite surprised to have noticed it. It was about 1 foot from the partial eurypterid that is shown above. It was on the same bedding plane as the eurypterid about 1 foot to the southwest. . This was found in the Williamsville A formation of the Bertie waterlime. So the age is Upper Silurian At about 35 millimeters in length I am told that it is very large for this location where they are more normally 10 to 15 millimeters in size. My assumption at this point is that it is a Pseudoniscus clarkie Technically it is probably not correct to call it a horseshoue crab. Any other thoughts...... I have also heard of these called bunaia woodwardi but some believe these to be the same species. They are listed as separate in my book Fossil Ecosystems of North America.
  7. Which Ceraurus

    Was out hunting this weekend on Saturday with a number of friends from the US, went to Ridgemount on Friday hunting eurypterids and up to Gamebridge to hunt trilobites on Saturday. On the second day my friend found a Ceraurus in pretty rough shape which I prepped for him yesterday. I am speculating that it is a Ceraurus globulobatus. It could also be a Ceraurus plattinensis, I really do not know how to tell the difference. Can anyone more in the know jump in with a definative Id. It was found in the veralum formation at Gamebridge Ontario which is ordovician
  8. Havn't posted anything on eurypterids in a bit, thought you might all be tired of seeing the good fortune that I have had collecting as of late. As I do on many Fridays I headed out to the Eurypterid locality. As it seems to have been doing every Friday as of late it was raining when I left my house, but they were calling for high of 80 and partial clouds for the bulk of the day. I know you are going to think life is unfair but I found this little gem 5 minutes after arriving, It was literally on about the 5th or 6th bedding plate that I split off the quarry floor. As you can see from the pictures of the bug still in the quarry floor the ground was still wet from the rain. The counterpart to this came off in three pieces but was all intact and looked just as you can see in the half that is in the quarry floor. I did a quick field glue of the top (3 pieces) with Wellbond to ensure that it made the trip home (or not....... more about that later) Now the hard work begins, I spent the next two hours pedestalling the rock around the section that the eurypterid was on. Here is a closer up picture of the bug (e. lacustris) Nice little bug with both paddles, and the balancing leg and two walking legs on the left side. As with many from this locality the tail is found curved back towards the head. Had it not been curled it would have been 19 cm or about 7 1/2 inches in length. Slightly smaller than I typically find. I knew already that Pleecan from the forum was going to be there around noon so I left it pedestalled in the floor till he got there. Without showing him the the spot I asked him if he could cut a tail for me out of the quarry floor. I think he was pleasently surprised when he got his saw over to my dig area and found that the tail was attached to the rest of the bug. I am starting to think Pleecan must be getting a bit frustrated he only seems to be using his saw to cut out my finds. (Actually Pleecan has found more eurypterids this year year than ever but they are the beautiful smaller ones (e. remipes) that do not require the rock saw. He has posted some of his spectacular finds on the forum recently) Anyway 6 saw cuts later and I have this gem out in two pieces. Because of how the rock naturally cracks and planes most eurypterids do not come out in one piece but they do glue back together very cleanly. Actually the best surprise for the day was that two collectors from NewYork (Gary) and New Jersey (Bill) showed up about 9:30. I had met both of them before a few months ago when the New York Paleontological Society made a trip up to the quarry. They both got hooked on eurypterid hunting last trip. Bill had found one last time Gary had not. Gary brought his son along this time. As it turns out Bill had a great day on Friday, he found 2 almost complete eurypterids... now he is really hooked. (Again Pleecan was kind enough to power up his trusty Makita) Anyway the weather turned out great, lots of good conversation with three great collectors. Unfortunately we almost lost Pleecan when he decided to take a tumble down the side of a cliff face, he was carrying two cans of pop at the time, which did not survive the ordeal, Actually they took the brunt of the fall from what I could see as one of the cans was sliced to shreds by the razor sharp rock of this local. We were fortunate Pleecan was not badly hurt, we might have had to put him down there and then if he was because we would have had a hard time getting him back up the cliff. By the way Peter you owe me a can of Doctor Pepper.......... Unfortunately Gary and his son only found fragments of eurypterids for their efforts. I couldn't let him go back to the states empty handed for a second time. I think we found a good home for the counterpart to this little guy with Gary. He seemed pleased. Gary indicated that he was going to join the Forum when he got home. Maybe he will post a picture of his bug once he gets it home as I did not take a picture. They were going to spend the night in Canada and then look along the shores of Lake Erie on Saturday. Hope Gary posts on the forum about the rest of his trip to Canada. All in all a very enjoyable day. P.S. IF any of you are making the trip up this way PM me, I am usually able to make the Friday trip to hunt eurypterids and can make the necessary arrangements to get access.
  9. Hi All, Due to my obsession on hunting fossils, I have done quite internet research related to possibility to find fossils in Humber river, Toronto. Thus, I found a webpage created by Mr.Doug Ross. In this page, He discuses a study he conducted long time ago on the Humber River area seeking fossils, so I found that there are some who may interested in hunting fossils in this area. Please visit the webpage via the link below: DOUG ROSS WEBPAGE Regards, Majed
  10. Fossils From Lakefield, Ontario

    Went to the Lakefield Oval this morning with my 6 year old and we found a trilobite! Any idea of what we found? It was about an inch long. Also found something really interesting... looks like a claw and is about 1.5 -2 inches long. Any thoughts are appreciated!
  11. Any interest in mounting a trip to the Lakefield Oval this weekend? I am going to be in the area and thought I might try my luck and see if I can find any trilobites. Prob going to try for Sunday morning... but open to anytime if others are interested.... Was reading the Ontario's Ordovician post started by Northern Sharks, May 29 2011 08:04 PM http://www.thefossil...__hl__lakefield and also http://www.thefossil...912#entry234912 .... and it looks promising. Anyone want to join in?
  12. Unknown Fossils From Elora, Ontario

    Hi! My first post to the forum (we are total fossil beginners!). My kids and I went up to the Elora Gorge area in Ontario this weekend and found some fossils we have no clue about. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  13. Arkona North Pit June 17Th

    Well finally got around to going to Arkona for the first time this year. It is a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive for me. The North Pit has had extensive work on it since the end of last season. Managed to meet up with a fellow forum member, Placoderms and we spent a pleasant day hunting for what today where very elusive, blastoids, trilobites, crinoids, fish teeth and spines. About all I brought home that was of note was a potential tooth from the south pit, still in the car will look at it under the scope tommorow. If it looks interesting I will post a picture. Also found one interesting trilo on the North bank that is at least half there but will not know what it really is till I look at it under the scope tommorow. The tail end that disapears into the matrix looks like an isotelus but it would be by far the smallest one I have ever found if that was the case and they are not found in Devonian so who knows what it is at this point.. Although there was always the threat of rain it ended up not too bad, not too hot, not too cool and no rain. However, it was definately a mudfest!!!!!! North high bank bank area is extremely slippery Neither of us found anything spectacular but I thought I would post a few pictures of the north pit as it looks drastically different from the end of last season. The crinoid lens is exposed, if you know where to look. We did spend an hour excavating but did not hit the jackpot, they are definately there to be found as the following picture shows. This particular chunk was probably the most dense crinoidal material we found. It came out direc tly above the lens material which is very hard and ranged fron 1/4 inch to about 2 inches thick Here are two pictures of the north pit, pretty much dry except for the very bottom. Looks like they filled in a lot of the hole they dug last year and created a bit of a ramp to the north side of the pit. A very pleasant day all in all and a great opportunity to meet Placoderms from Michigan... who is a great guy to hunt with..........
  14. What Is This?

    Middle and Upper Ordovician of Ontario/Michigan (found on Lake Huron) Found with Pseudogygites latimarginatus, and most likely from the Collingwood Member of the Lindsay Formation. No idea what this was. Help?
  15. Left In The Quarry Floor

    Well on May 18th I had a spectacular day hunting Eurypterids (I would think 6 complete ones ranks up there). I had the site to myself as it was a scorcher. The quarry was at 37 degrees celcius which is mid nineties. I was finding the usual bits and pieces but nothing spectacular. It was about 1:00 in the afternoon and I split open another layer about 2 inches below the quarry floor when to my surprise I saw a very detailed paddle and a head. This is a very good sign, when you find a paddle attached to a head you are generally going to find a really good eurypterid. I split of the rest of the top piece and sure enough, it was an essentially complete eurypterid about 6 inches in length. Now comes the good part . the next two plates I split off also had complete Eurypterids. I spent the next 3 hours getting the three of them out of the quarry floor. Unfortunately I did not bring my camera so I have no pictures of these three at the quarry. I did get the parts and counter parts to each home with me. The parts in the quarry floor essentially came out in intact blocks. The counterparts (tops) are in multiple pieces which have since been glued back together. When you find a eurptyerid you almost always get a part and counterpart that are both in about the same condition. The top generally does not come off in one piece but the bottom you have a much better chance of getting it out intact. Especially if you have a saw. (I do not own a saw) It is now about 4:00 and I am still continuing to split of plates and split rock. Well at 4:15 I split off a plate and see another head and paddle in the quarry floor. I split of more of the plate and the head with complete walking legs starts to appear of a second eurypterid. As I continue to carefully now split off the rest of the surrounding top plate a third eurypterid comes into view. Yes , it is a cluster of three approximaely 6 inch long eurypterids. Two dorsally oriented and one (a male, the central one in the cluster) ventral side up. At this ponit it is 4:45 and I need to pack up and go as I have about a two hour drive home in the Friday traffic. So I covered them with newspaper and then put rocks over them, trusting fate and the other collectors at this site , who are all stand up individuals. Yes I left three , great eurypterids in the quarry floor. I am a trusting sole......... Well I was back in the pouring rain a week later on May 25th (think deluge, did not stop raining all day and it was cold 58-60) Sure enough my rock cairn was still intact and after uncovering the three little guys / gals I find them in about two inches of water. Took a while to make a channel and broom out the water. Here is a picture of them in the quarry floor Fortunately a fossiling friend came up from New York state and was kind enough to cut around the grouping for me. I then spent a little over two hours in the wet and cold to pedestal totally around the grouping down to about 3 inches/ The grouping came out in 7 pieces and weighed about 60 pounds. By the time I left for the day I had spent 7 hours in the cold and rain but with the company of two other fossiling friends. One of them found his first complete Eurypterid in about two years. I have now glued it all back together at home and cut to a more manageable size. It is in a nice 20 pound rectangular block 10 inches by 6 inches by two inches at this point. (I do have a diamond cut off saw at home). The only problem with these eurypterids is that they take up a lot of space and they are not easy to get out of the quarry floor. I am not complaining as I am doing extremely well in my collecting of them (but I am persistent and work hard at it). However I still think l like collecting trilobites more. I suspect it probably is that I just like being out in the open and not in a pretty stark quarry setting. I was out about a week ago at a trilobite locality and found my most perfect flexicalymene senaria from Brechin, Ontario ever. I can't imagine a more perfect specimen. Once I get a chance I will take a proper picture and post. Glad to have the forum back online.... there was a definate void while it was down.... my thanks to all who worked on getting it back up and healthy again......
  16. For the past number of weeks I have been having some fun looking for Eurypterids. Finding one is hard work and a lot of luck. When you arrive at the site it is somewhat desolate and picking the right spot is a bit of a roll of the dice.My theory is that one spot is almost as good as the rest. Though I do try to find a spot where the bedding plain of the rock is starting to take a bit of a dip. My theory being that gives me the best chance of finding a Windrow where things will have collected.The other thing I tend to do is tap the rock with my mini sledge if I find an area with a bit of a hollow sound I know that it will be easier to split that an area which is just a solid thud. Have not at this point figured if this bias is hurting my chances of finding something. There are however sections of this quarry where the rock is extremely hard and it is far more difficult to split. I tend to avoid those spots.... leave them to the guys with the rock saws...... Another picture of the general area. Pretty barren especially when you have the whole site to yourself as was the case for me yesterday. This is typical of the ground surface that you are looking in. You will not find much in the talus that has been left behind, perhaps a tergite or a bit of tail but if it is broken up on the ground it means that someone else has already taken it out looked at it and then tossed it. Where you sometimes get lucky is when it splits after being tossed and it exposes something the original finder never got to see. One of our good friends on the Board here has had pretty good luck in the spoil piles. Me not so good... The Eurypterids are not just sitting there all pretty looking just waiting to be found You have to excavate. You have to split you cannot leave till you ache...... If you are not stiff the next day you did not work hard enough Seriously though the 2 pound mini sledge that I use is really the biggest that I can wield hour after hour. I have a 5 pounder but cannot use it for any length of time. Also the size of a 2 pounder maked it easy to use the chisel on your hands and knees at ground level. By the way only ever use the chisels with the plastic protector on the top. You can see mine with the yellow protector in oneof the pictures below. Can't tell you the number of times I have hit that protector and thought to myself "That would have hurt" After a few hours work you will have something that looks like this. This was all done by hand , some use a rock saw which makes the whole process easier. Me I am not so lucky a) I do not own one and I am pretty much to much of a wimp (scared) to use one. As you can see I work very methodically creating a square excavation area then I try to split off matrix about 1/4 to 1/2 thick across the entire surface.If there is something in the area I am looking I will find it. Unlike some I am not much of a wanderer I tend to pick a spot and just stay with it. My family calls me OCD. I think that helps a whole lot when it comes to hunting fossils. I have a lot of patience and it is no big deal if I get skunked.... theres always tomorrow. Any day in the field is better than no day in the field. I worked this particular spot about 6 hours and by the end was about 4 inches deep. Found one partial eurypterid seen in picture with chisel and a few tails and many tergites and two phylocarids. I like phylocarids a lot, I would really like to find one that has the tail attached to the carapace. So far no luck 4 tails, 2 carapaces, 6 pieces of matrix..... Interesting in this area I did not find any partial Eurypterid heads. Previous time out, the area I picked I was only finding heads , tergites and paddles. Definately like type material Size & shape) tends to cluster together at this location. From a Different Direction. As you can see I do cheat a little bit I have a Stihl gas leaf blower which works absolutely great for clearing all the crud away. Makes it much easier to see and cuts down big time on the rock dhards in the knees. This matrix splits very easily but it has supersharp pieces . I have already worn out a leather work glove on the left hand tossing split pieces that are extremely sharp. Although not real clear to see there is a Eurypterid to the left of the chisel. Would have showed up better if I had wet it with some water. Some people take spray bottles of water so that they can see whats in the matrix better. Here are some of my recent finds from this location The tail is typical of the detail in these fossils and the nice chocolate color of the area where I am collecting. Some in this same site come out more of a charcoal color. Here is a phylocarid tail section from there Will be Back there again next week for sure , Weather permitting.........