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Found 268 results

  1. Mystery to me

    Any help identifying what these are would be very much appreciated. I have found a few trilobites, bivalves, among others in the Whitby Formation on the shore of Lake Ontario. I'm just really unsure of what these could be. Thank you in advance.
  2. Ordovician - Southern Ontario - ID please?

    Hello. I found this in Mimico Creek in Toronto, Ontario. Could someone please tell me what it might be? I thought maybe some kind of cephalopod, but really have no idea. Thanks! Camille
  3. My daughter and I have started fossil hunting and came across this a few weeks ago. Pretty sure the ribbed-item (near the tip of my thumb) is a cephalopod, but unsure what the rest of the white pieces are? Thought they might be pieces of bone, or possibly wood? Not sure? Hoping someone could shed some light. Found this on the Bruce Peninsula (Ontario, Canada), on the Georgian Bay shoreline. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks, Kristin.
  4. Splitting Nodules And Concretions

    Hello TFF members! I have just found several strange circular rocks on a fossil hunt a few minutes ago, which I believe to be either nodules or concretions. What should I do to split these rocks? I know that I should probably not try to break them with a hammer and chisel, and instead use the freeze-thaw process. This is my first experience with nodules or concretions, so I am not very knowledgeable on this topic. Is there a specific recommended length of time I should leave them in the cold? How long should I thaw them for? How many times should I put them through the process before seeing cracks? How cold should the environment be for the freezing to work? If they are in fact nodules or concretions, I will post pictures of my finds (or lack thereof)!
  5. Ontario And Some Petrified Wood?

    Hello, I guess I'm not really sure what kind of info I can get from this, but I was hoping to determine what location this specimen might have been collected... I picked this specimen of petrified wood up at a pawn shop in Guelph. The employee said it had been in the shop for over 12 years, and the tag said 'found in Guelph, Ontario'. Whether this is accurate or not I don't know and I can't seem to find anything similar to it. It appears there are even 'sap' deposits that mineralized differently than the rest and there is significant crystallization over the whole surface of the specimen. Any information or direction would be greatly appreciated. Side A: Side B: Thanks!
  6. Agnostid?

    I found this fossil a few days ago at an exposure of the Billings Shale. It was found associated with Triarthrus glabellas and brachiopods. It's structure leads me to believe that it's either an Isotelus pygidium or an agnostid, although I do not know of any agnostics described in this formation and age.
  7. trip to leamington area

    down there anyways so why not stop by the beach! as a bonus there were many bird calls which i did not recognize and a few birders whom stopped by but then left because of the fog.
  8. Anthology Of Unidentified Fossils

    Hi again! This will probably be my last ID post for a while. This time, I've decided to put all of the Unidentified fossils in one post. These are all from the Ordovician aged Billings Shale. Help identifying these will be much appreciated! 1. Leaf-shaped imprint. Mineral inclusion? 2. Trilobite fragment? 3. Dark markings and furrows. Burrows?
  9. Fossil ID Required

    These little guys are super common when you break open the shale, along the banks of Lake Ontario, East of Toronto, in Whitby. I have scoured the internet trying to find what this can be, however the only other picture I found was on someones Blog with no identification. Any help would be appreciated, I'm so interested and this fossil hunting/identification may become a new hobby Thank you, Georgie
  10. Hello TTF! This post will contain the pictures of my science fair board, as well as the awards I received from it. Sorry for the delay, I know that some members posted requests for these months ago, but I have been busy with other things lately. I actually left part of the board at school by accident for weeks. I hope the pictures are clear enough!
  11. Repairing Fossils In Shale

    Recently, I have been out fossil hunting more often than usual, and many of them have since been damaged. Some were broken during transportation, and others were broken as I excavated them. The fossils are all from the black Billings Shale, which fractures easily. Is there any way that I can repair them without leaving any obvious markings?
  12. Took our 4-year-old on a little fossil hunting trip to Craigleith, Ontario today. She had a couple nice finds (the kid knows a trilobite pygidium when she sees one!) but we were really hoping to find a whole bug. We were in luck! I’m so pleased with this find. I was looking through broken slabs of shale, prying it apart with my hands, and this little dude was just sitting inches away watching me! I think it’s pseudogygites latimarginatus again.
  13. Flexicalymene granulosa

    From the album Urban Fossils of Toronto (Georgian Bay Formation, Lower Member)

    Flexicalymene granulosa, Mimico creek, Toronto, Ontario. Georgian Bay formation, late Ordovician. Complete specimen still embedded in the shale. Will need prep work to be exposed. I found this one at a collapsed cliff of shale at Mimico creek. I found some flexi's this summer at Mimico creek but usually whole specimens start crumbling apart the moment I try removing the matrix around the specimens.

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  14. Isotelus maximus

    From the album Urban Fossils of Toronto (Georgian Bay Formation, Lower Member)

    Isotelus maximus (Locke, 1838). Curled specimen that would have been complete if the head wasn't missing. Spotted among rubble and the first big Isotelus specimen I've found at the Humber River area . Toronto, Ontario. Late Ordovician, Georgian Bay formation. Nickel at the bottom for scale.

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  15. The first major event to wash the creek was the nasty February winter we had in the city. Let's recall the ice that melted and went down the creek back in March. Then fast forward to June. I believe the city had rain during the first 2 straight weeks of June in which I remember seeing many creeks being flooded continuously for several days. Then gradually the rain stopped, I waited for some time to give the creek's water level to drop low again, and that's when I set off to visit the ravines of Mimico Creek.
  16. Complete Treptoceras crebiseptum

    From the album Urban Fossils of Toronto (Georgian Bay Formation, Lower Member)

    Complete specimen of a late Ordovician cephalopod Treptoceras crebiseptum, even with the living chamber intact. The length is appr. 37 cm. From the Mimico creek, Georgian Bay formation, Ontario. Specimen found in shale and my first complete one!! I usually find small fragments of the phragmocone at Mimico creek. Also keep in mind specimens found in shale are preserved squashed, compared to the ones preserved in limestone they are preserved in their original shape.

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  17. 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. I'm especially excited that I was able to find trilos. Coming from Kansas, we don't really have them (although I've found a few). I'm excited to traverse the Canadian wilderness collecting fossils and upsetting my wife with all of the rocks I bring home. None of the bugs we found were complete, although we did our darnedest to find some. But here are a few pictures of our trip! (This is an extremely small fraction of what we found) What a beautiful time immersing ourselves inthe beauty of mother earth. Cheers! Dylan http://cubeupload.com/im/p9S7Pq.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/fK7zCw.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/FEPxWk.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/oe0G9h.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/UkGZgh.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/XM2CcW.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/CYZbv7.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/uCxGoB.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/hdg0G2.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/hQhHyo.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/EbMeHi.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/HcPfNe.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/m1mxaX.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/MvHYCg.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/ckSAYq.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/cFeL7a.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/xGyceQ.jpg http://cubeupload.com/im/9E62H7.jpg
  18. Triarthrus?

    Hi TFF! I have just found a very interesting fossil near my home which I suspect might be the articulated left and right pleura of a Triarthrus. I have already found other fragments of Triarthrus in the same rock outcrop. (Glabellas, pleura, cephalons, etc.) It may also be a graptolite or something similar.
  19. Orthocone or Hyolithid?

    Another fossil for ID! This time, I think that I have some possible orthocone nautiloids from the Billings Shale. I found these near a small construction site near my house. Although I suspect them to be cephalopods, they may also be Hylothids. Or, they could be something else entirely! I am not an expert on these faunas at the moment, so I may be wrong. Each photo is of a different specimen. Thanks in advance! More posts about the regional science fair are to follow.
  20. Lambton Hunt

    After a brief morning hunt yesterday near my house, today was a whole day effort in Lambton County. Part of my purpose was to fill buckets with typical fossils to give to my US collecting comrades, but also as it would be Deb's season opener. A lot was found, but like I said, those buckets are surprises for some members I will be seeing next weekend. Of the stuff I am keeping, 3 pieces stick out... This Greenops is full, and just a bit buried. I found it within the first five minutes at the site, or about second or third rock I split. It was found wet so I slow-dried it and wrapped it carefully for the drive home. It survived, but will need to be stabilized as there are dangerous cracks running through this rock (not through the bug, though - phew!).
  21. I found this Fossil Over a Decade ago

    I found this in the mid-2000's but never really had it checked out, I'm having a paleontologist look at it soon, but I wanted to get your guys opinions. I can only post 1 photo because there is a size limit.
  22. Well here it is April 15th 2018 and I was supposed to go collecting Yesterday and today.... Well didn't happen .... Here is a picture of my backyard this morning.... Welcome to spring in the Great White North.. There is a pool under there somewhere that traditionally gets opened in another month.....
  23. Devonian bivalve (scallop?)

    Found in Arkona Ontario a couple weeks ago Devonian age Widder formation 38mm/1.5" across
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