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Found 261 results

  1. Ordovician Odyssey

    It is the last hurrah for me before the school year begins and I'm back riding the lectern. As some of you already know, I am due at a very special quarry near Lake Simcoe to collect with our intrepid @Malcolmt after his jaw-dropping Astrocystites finds. This space will record some of my journey there, and of course our time in the quarry. We made our way out from London going north by northeast this morning and took the back roads. Those of you who have traveled the Grey Highlands and Blue Mountains area know how breathtaking the scenery can be. We found ourselves in Craigleith by about 2 pm. As some will know, the Craigleith and surrounding areas along the lake are full of Whitby Fm shale from the Ordovician, similar to that which one may find in Ottawa's Billings group. They are full of Pseudogygites latimarginatus moults. Of course, it is not legal to collect at the provincial park. The first is a display piece of a full Pseudogygites.
  2. From the album Urban Fossils of Toronto (Georgian Bay Formation, Lower Member)

    Pholadomorpha pholadiformis (Hall, 1851). Clam found this December 2014, at Mimico creek, Toronto, Canada. Georgian Bay formation, late Ordovician. Was originally in a nodule that was smashed by the erosion.

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  3. Bakers dozen

    I had an amazing day up at my local spot collecting. There had been no new blasts or work at the quarry so I decided to scour the pit wall near the north end of a pond area near the road way down into the BobCaygeon formation material. Those who collect there will know the general area. . To my surprise I found very quickly a fortediscus edrioasteroid about 1 1/2 inches across. Will likely post something on it once it is prepped . I quickly noted that there was a crinoid layer about 3 inches above the layer the edrio was on and that there was a layer about 3 inches below the edrio that I could make out tail sections from pleurocystites. Well five hours later we had taken out probably a ton of rock between two of us.We had to remove about 4 feet of overburden to get to the first layer. If only we had brought a 6 foot pry bar we would have been golden. Regardless we excavated about 10 feet of wall going back about 2 1/2 feet. My reward an edrioasteroid, a cyclosystoid, a plate with two unknown at this point large crinoid calyxes, 13 cycstites (a combination of pleurocystites and amycystites). My friends reward an edrioasteroid and some crinoids.... We will be back next weekend with some heavier bars and my friend the excavating machine Kane...... Here is some pictures of the first one I prepped this morning.... We are blessed with some great collecting up here in Ontario Canada...... A number of you have been up to hunt with me over the years..... Hopefully more will make it in the future......
  4. Phycodes flabellus

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

    Phycodes flabellus (Miller and Dyer, 1878). Georgian Bay formation, Lower Member. From the Humber River, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Late Ordovician burrows organized in a flabellate pattern. Approximately 10 cm across and in width.
  5. From the album Ordovician

    Rafinesquina alternata (brachiopod) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario Notice the bryozoans and tiny Flexicalymene (trilobite) cephalon on the matrix.
  6. From the album Ordovician

    Anazyga recurvirosta (brachiopods) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  7. From the album Ordovician

    Damanella testudinaria (brachiopod) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  8. From the album Ordovician

    Rhynchotrema sp. (brachiopods) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  9. Liospira (gastropod) from Brechin, Ontario

    From the album Ordovician

    Liospira (gastropod) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  10. Ordovician Gastropod from Brechin, Ontario

    From the album Ordovician

    Cyclonema bilix (gastropod) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  11. From the album Ordovician

    Isoteles gigas (enrolled juvenile trilobite) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  12. From the album Ordovician

    Flexicalymene sp. (partial trilobites) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  13. Prasapora (bryozoans) from Brechin, Ontario

    From the album Ordovician

    Prasapora simulatrix (bryozoans) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  14. Branching Bryozoans from Brechin, Ontario

    From the album Ordovician

    Branching Bryozoans Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  15. Branching Bryozoa from Brechin, Ontario

    From the album Ordovician

    Parvolhallopora sp. (branching bryozoans) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  16. From the album Ordovician

    Bivalve internal molds Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  17. From the album Ordovician

    Trochonema sp. (internal mold) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  18. Ordovician Gastropods from Brechin, Ontario

    From the album Ordovician

    Lophospira sp. (partial cast and internal molds) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  19. From the album Ordovician

    Gastropod internal mold (Sinuites?) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  20. From the album Ordovician

    Plaesiomys sp. (brachiopods on matrix) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  21. From the album Ordovician

    Isotelus gigas (partial trilobite) Middle Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  22. Conularid from Brechin, Ontario

    From the album Ordovician

    Conularia trentonensis (partial conularid) Middle Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin. Ontario
  23. Crinoid stem pieces from Brechin, Ontario

    From the album Ordovician

    Crinoid stem pieces Middle Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  24. From the album Ordovician

    Sowebyella sericea (brachiopods on matrix) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  25. So today I was excited when this book came in. It is not in print anymore and I was lucky I managed to order this copy. It talks about the gastropods, cephalopods, and vermes of the Georgian Bay formation of Toronto, Ontario. It even has some nice detailed plates of what can be found in the formation. I never even knew vermes (worms?) can be found in the formation.
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