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  1. Found this large broken tooth turned up in a agricultural field, 1/4 mile from a large river. the tooth is 2.5" long & i would say that the broken root end was probably an inch longer. Any help would be appreciated. Found in SW Ontario, Canada.
  2. Hi everyone! Well, Viola and I have officially expanded our fossil-hunting area to include Hungry Hollow!!! We joined in on a field trip organized by the Niagara Peninsula Geological Society this past Saturday, April 29th, and we spent 3 fairly cold and windy hours scouring the South Pit for fossils. Luckily, the pit's rocks are incredibly fossiliferous, so we came away with many specimens. Here are a few pictures of our adventure... Picture #1: Viola in the centre of the pit, looking for little things like brachiopods and bactrites: Picture #2: Viola at the side of the pit holding up her favourite solitary rugose coral: Picture #3: Most of our haul for the day: Picture #4: Some nice hash plates from the pit, mostly containing brachiopods and Tentaculites sp.: Picture #5: SO many rugose corals in the pit!!! Picture #6: A bunch of things, including brachiopods (Mucrospirifer arkonensis and others), crinoid bits, bryozoans, corals, smaller hash plates, and my favourites: pyritized bactrites: Picture #7: A pretty star-shaped encrusting bryozoan (Botryllopora socialis) on the side of a rugose coral: Picture #8: Some organisms on a Mucrospirifer arkonensis - perhaps a couple of gastropods or ammonoids, a bit of encrusting bryozoan, as well as a couple of tiny ostracods (maybe): Picture #9: An Eldredgeops rana cephalon (partial): Picture #10: A trilobite pygidium - it's orange and oh-so-cute!!! I have to thank @Bob for showing Viola and I around the pit, and telling us about the fossils that we were finding - he was an amazing help!!! We had such a great time - hopefully we'll be able to visit again soon!!! Monica (and Viola)
  3. Any idea? From Widder shale.

    Anyone have any idea what this might be? Was found last week while splitting Widder shale looking for Greenops. I usually don't take much home other than trilobites but I have never seen anything like this before. From Hamilton group, Widder formation, was found alongside Greenops bits. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!
  4. Junk is not always junk

    Well I went out collecting on Saturday which turned out to be a cold and windy day. Got there after a two hour drive at about 7:45. Was too cold overall with the windchill, ended up leaving about 2:30, usually stay till about 4:00. I was pretty disapponted on the day as I only brought 5 pieces of matrix home with me. My two regular collecting buddes had no better luck (perhaps even less) than I did. One of them even gave up at 11:00 which was very unusual. For me, a crappy disarcticulated isotelus about 2 inches long but it had a nice cephalon with perfect eyes. A starfish which now that I look at it under a bright light and scope is probably a species I have never found before and two cute little hash plates with a bunch of cephalons from Flexi and calyptalaux on them. What actually made my day now that I have finished prepping it is a split that I did that showed the outline of a trilobite. In the field under cloudy conditions I thought it was perhaps a flexicalymene (nothing to get excited about) although it was fairly large and prone. Here is what it looked like before any prep. You can see why I was not too excited, it is not much to look at. I should have recognized in the field that this was a ceraurus with some potential but being a dull cloudy day it went into the bucket with little thought as to it being anything good. Well at 10 minutes into the prep using dolomite <325 mesh abrasive in a Comco air abrasion unit at 30 PSI with a .018 nozzle it was obvious that it was a ceraurus and if the pygidium was there under all the matrix then probably a fairly nice one. Usually the ceraurus found at this location are not buried in the matrix and are very flaky. Here is the bug at 10 minutes of prep. Definitely starting to show some potential
  5. Fossil leaf? Niagara, Ontario, Canada

    I'm new to this forum but thought you might be able to help. I found this fossil near to the whirlpool rapids in the Niagara River gorge in southern Ontario, Canada. As far I can figure out this looks like a leaf, perhaps some sort of angiosperm. It is a few centimetres long. However, the geology of the area is almost completely Silurian rocks. This wasn't found in situ so could be from rocks in the cliffs above, younger rocks no longer found in the area or introduced by people (unlikely). So two questions really. 1. Type of fossil? 2. Geological time period/range of fossil? Thanks!
  6. Are there any theropod dinosaur fossils that can be found in Ontario, Canda that is in a public collecting site that is Legal? examples of theropod dinosaurs: tyrannosaurids, dromaeosaurids, etc.
  7. The day began with a morning hunt at my honey hole at "riprap hill," and I was pretty much skunked. I think, after four years, I've picked the place over. There is virtually nothing left for me to split, and given a mild winter, nothing new has weathered out. But I at least was graced by the sight of the living in the form of this majestic animal: image.jpg_1
  8. some recent beach and river finds

    so i thought i would start a new thread where i could post photos of recent finds anyone is welcome to post their photos/experiences as well so here are a couple from yesterday along the shore in pickering, ontario and another from a week or two ago:
  9. First Timer

    Well every now and then you get lucky and don't even realize it. Was out collecting on Sunday and found what I thought was a few exposed spines of a meadowtownella trilobote. To my surprise when I got home and prepped it , turned out to be something totally different.. Trilo was prepped using 200 mesh dolomite at 20 PSI with a .015 nozzel. Prep time about 15 minutes, very fragile but no consolidant , glue or restoration. Drumroll... as I have never found this species before at this location or anywhere else..... This was found on the surface of a good thousand pound slab in a recent blast pile from the upper part of the verulam exposure at this quarry. Thankfully I had lugged my diamond saw down to the bottom of the pit otherwise this fella would have ended up in the crusher. My buddy Northern Sharks was at the quarry hunting the upper level and never made it down to the bottom (a long trek). I had commented to him over email that I had had a so-so day getting 5 or 6 trilos but nothing spectacular. Now that this is prepped I have changed my mind... I now rate it as a pretty good day. (also found a couple of isotelus, a couple of ceraurus, a very nice syringocrinus and a flexi) I believe it to be an inverted and essentially complete Hypodicranotus striatulus (Walcott) (perhaps pirahna will jump in here with his expertise Notice the partial hypostome whose shape is quite indicative of this species. In fact I may actually have another hypostone in a hash plate matrix that I found a few years ago in the same general that I thought came from a septapsis Trilo is 21mm long by 15.3mm wide
  10. The older I get, the more spring has an appreciable effect on my energy and outlook. But, it also signals an end to cabin fever and getting back into the hunt. Spread out over two non-consecutive days, I took to getting back into practice by doing some collecting nearby. There are no "wow" specimens here, but certainly typical ones I find from a wide mix of stratigraphic units all in one place. The first is one of the areas I focus on, which are mostly little gullies where some larger rocks are exposed, and smaller ones get sifted.
  11. Toronto Cephalopod Fossils

    Hi guys I just wanted to share some of the more interesting and unusual cephalopods that I've managed to amass over the past and nearly 4 years of hunting along the creeks and rivers of Toronto, Ontario. I was cataloguing them on my computer and I figured out that I might as well share them. The ones below all came from Mimico Creek. All the fossils belong to the Georgian Bay Formation, and are Late Ordovician in age. A Treptoceras crebispetum (author unknown) covered in an unidentified bryozoan. Length is around 15 cm. My first complete specimen and the same species as above. Complete ones like these found in the shale are often squashed. The body chamber is intact and the specimen approaches nearly 40 cm in length. The smallest complete specimen of the species that I have. This has the body chamber. Length is approximately 10 cm.
  12. Gigantic Devonian Monster Worm Discovered

    400 million year old gigantic extinct monster worm discovered in Canadian museum University of Bristol, February 21, 2017 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170221095643.htm https://phys.org/news/2017-02-million-year-gigantic-extinct-monster.html http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2017/february/giant-worm-fossil-.html Mats E. Eriksson, Luke A. Parry, and David M. Rudkin, 2017, Earth’s oldest ‘Bobbit worm’ – gigantism in a Devonian eunicidan polychaete. Scientific Reports, 2017; 7: 43061 DOI: 10.1038/srep43061 http://www.nature.com/articles/srep43061 Yours, Paul H.
  13. First Ebay Acquisition

    I was very happy to have my first ebay bid won and this plate was what I got. I've always wanted some fossils from the Lake Simcoe area but I never had the capacity to travel outside that far out of Toronto. Apparently there are two types of cystoids on this plate. This plate comes from the Upper Bobcaygeon formation, Ordovician period from Simcoe County, Ontario. It's a very different fauna from what can be found here in the bedrock of Toronto. Cystoids don't occur in the Georgian Bay formation. Paying for this plate took a bit of a hit on my wallet but I think I think it's worth it considering that I don't have anything like this in my collection.
  14. Found in dry river bed of Etobicoke creek, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (upper ordivican) 2 pics here are both sides of the rock the size is roughly 4cm by 5cm.
  15. Is this a spinal column?

    I have no idea what I'm looking at, but it seems to resemble a spinal column. It was found near Keswick, Ontario, Canada.
  16. Craigleith assemblage

    Hi! We were at Craigleith, Ontario (Ordovician, lower Whitby formation) today for a toddler's fossil hunt birthday party, and found this neat assemblage of brachiopods, bivalves, and (I am guessing) trilobite bits. At least, they look trilobite to me, but I was hoping someone would be able to explain them. Are they curled up? Could they be part of the larval stage? Something else entirely? I didn't get a scale shot but by my memory I'd say the bits I am trying to figure out are <5mm across each. Thanks! Gavy
  17. Formation ID - -SOLVED!

    I am in the process of writing up a small piece for the university paper with a focus on some of the fossils that are part of the landscaping and architecture. Whereas the landscaping features are all identifiable as local Dundee Fm, I lack the knowledge to pinpoint the formation from which these rocks were quarried, and my investigation has yielded nothing to determine these details. The building was erected in 1993. The limestone used contains several corals (rugose and colonial), some substantially sized gastropods, and nautiloids. It is a light beige, very much mottled by the presence of numerous corals and Thalassinoides. I have my doubts that they would have trucked in the materials from out of province (it is a fairly large building). I am providing a few pictures here and can provide more if needed to ID this formation. The building itself has alternating bands of roughly hewn and saw-cut finished limestone. Some of the specimens in it can be quite large, and a few of the nautiloids present clearly show the siphuncle. I'm not sure if this will be enough to get a more precise ID on the formation, but I appreciate any help! EDIT: Selkirk Member of the Red River Formation, Orodovician. Quarried in Manitoba.
  18. Conularia formosa

    It has been reported that complete specimens of this species is rare to find in the formation. The Royal Ontario Museum is said to contain many partials and most come from the former Don Valley Brickyard in Toronto. This specimen was found in Mimico Creek. To see details up close please click the full size button. Reference: Ontario. Department of Mines. The Stratigraphy And Paleontology Of Toronto And Vicinity.
  19. There is nothing quite like a good hike wending around the river through the Carolinian forest ecosystem as the black-eyed susans and goldenrod stand proudly as the mayapples wither, and enormous puffballs appear while chipmunks and squirrels scamper about to hide their finds before winter comes. My goal was to return to an area that looked promising, mostly composed of rounded deposits from when the river was much higher some 7-10,000 years ago. The limestones in this area vary in terms of composition and state of preservation, as well as the deposition of marine critters: some stones will crumble into chips that are filled with large clusters of very tiny brachiopods, while others will have small crinoid columnals, long worm burrows, rugose corals, large-ribbed spirifers (some with very long "wings"), and even the occasional trilobite pygidium. Today's trip did involve getting a bit dirty and sifting through moss, frightening at least one salamander, a few garden snakes, springtails, woodlice, and an arachnophobe's nightmare's worth of large and interesting spiders. As a formation, Dundee is not particularly exciting, and one may feel a bit spoiled in collecting in other formations in the Devonian. Still, it is where I live, and the limestone seems to be the landscaping material of choice around here First up is a fairly well preserved tabulate coral, "front and back."
  20. Hello everyone! I went out to my local haunt this past weekend, hoping to find a trilobite, and instead I found another specimen that I had not found up until this point - a coral! It was found at Etobicoke Creek, Georgian Bay Formation, Upper Ordovician. I'm thinking that it is a solitary rugose coral - confirmation of this, or a correction if I'm incorrect, would be greatly appreciated! Here are two pictures of the 5cm X 2.5cm specimen: By the way, would it be possible to identify the specimen down to genus or even species, or (a) is it too difficult to fully identify rugose corals without taking sections, or (b) is my particular specimen too squished to be able to identify it any further? Thanks for your help! Monica
  21. On Monday Sept. 12 I had some chances to explore zome of parts of the Humber river in Toronto, Ontario, because soon the weather will turn colder and the river waters wont allow exploration. I was walking at a certain part of the Humber river above Bloor St. when I noticed that I could actually see the river's bottom which is made of up shale bedrock. I decided to check the banks from the water. The pictures below were taken when I was in the middle centre of the river where the waters reached up only knee high. Below Bloor St. the water got mucky and there are several marshes lining up the banks of the river. I didn't see any exposures of the Georgian Bay formation at this part and instead I chose to walk north. In addition to discovering the shallowness, I also saw a potential exposure of the Georgian Bay formation, although the exposure could use more erosion to remove all the debris. The area where I discovered the exposure is in a park where all the banks got bulldozed several decades ago to control erosion, which covered most exposures at this park. The exposure revealed limestone layers interbedded with shale. Some of these layers got thicker than 15cm. One limestone layer was fossiliferous which I thought could make some nice hashplates. This limestone layer contained gastropods possibly Hormotoma (?). I have discovered a tiny gastropod hash plate once in Mimico Creek back in 2014 near the mouth. There were also plenty of pelycopods in the layer. I could not recall finding any cephalopods in the entire length of the exposure. A piece of gastropod hash plate I took home. The shells are preserved as internal molds. A Cyrtolites ornatus. I found 2 of these and this was the one I took home. A piece of ramose bryozoa.
  22. What Made This Print?

    PHOTOS ATTACHED I found this along the shore of Lake Ontario, in the small town of Port Hope, Ontario. The stone itself is about 1 1/2 inch wide but the stem-like print is about 3cm long. The circular print is about 0.5cm in diameter. Some sections even seem to have a bit of a shine to them when the rock is shifted from side to side in the light.
  23. Ordovician Craigleith; Orthoceras?

    I'm still a beginner, and IDing finds is challenging. Anyone able to help me along? This fossil was found in Craigleith, Ontario. Ordovician shale. I didn't have a ruler with me for scale, but it was about 1.5" long and 1/3" wide at the widest point. My first thought was part of a trilobite but after a closer look at the photos it reminds me more of an Orthoceras. Only I have never seen one this small. Please point me in the right direction! Thanks! P.s. I've also attached a photo of our trilobite find. Pseudogygites latimarginatus?
  24. Here is a highly inflated 3-dimensional Homocystites sp that was found this past Saturday May 14 on a very cold rainy day. The only bright note to the weather was that the wet matrix made it a bit easier to see the fossils. This is from the Ordovician Verulam formation and was found in a new blast pile from the previous 7 days. The homocystites typically found is Homocystits anatiformis which is found in the Cobourg formation. This species is typically a little smaller and is under review as potentially being a different species. Homocystites has an ovate theca and a fairly long stem (most missing in this specimen). It has a distinct pattern of radiating ridges on the plates that are very geometric in shape. It was prepped in about 5 minutes using low PSI (10) and dolomite in the 200 to 325 mesh range. No airscribing was needed. There is no restoration or repairs. The specimen is 36 mm long with a 27 mm theca (body) It is 11 mm wide and about 5 mm extends out of the matrix . I am considering finishing off the prep by completely exposing the specimen 360 degrees around, essentially making it a free standing on its stem specimen. I have seen a few prepped this way over the years and they are focal points in people display collections. What do you folks think should I take the chance and go for it.
  25. Here is an extremely rare association of a pretty much complete Ceraurus globulobatus trilobite and a ventral partial amecystite echinoderm from the Verulam formation of the Brechin area in Ontario , Canada. Over the next month or so I will be taking a number of forum members and clubs to this area to hunt. Hopefully there will be some nice finds that we can share. This specimen was found by splitting rock at the end of April 2016. We tend to find the best specimens at this locality by splitting rock. the shaley limestone does not weather well once exposed to the elements.The preservation observed is quite typical of the ceraurus from this locality. The exoskeleton is extremely thin and flakey. The preparation was done mostly with very low pressure (8-10 PSI) 320 mesh dolomite . Prep time was about 5 hours over quite a number of days. Some dilute vinac was used to help consolidate the exoskeleton which was just screaming to want to flake off. This is the only time I have ever found an amecystite associated with a complete ceraurus. They are both rare finds in their own right.