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Found 252 results

  1. Strange rock

    I found this rock in Southern Ontario buried in the dirt in my front yard. I kept it because it thought it had a neat design and now I am wondering whether it is a fossil and what type. The size is 3 cm tall with a 3 cm diameter.
  2. Triarthrus eatoni

    Found associated with T. rougensis, T. spinosus, brachiopods, cephalopods, and graptolites. Included in multi plate alongside eight other complete or near complete T. eatoni.
  3. Triarthrus eatoni

    Included in multi plate alongside eight other complete or near complete T. eatoni. Found in association with T. rougensis, T. spinosus, Brachiopods, Cephalopods, and Graptolites. The Cephalon is slightly disarticulated, likely from molting.
  4. Triarthrus eatoni

    Found associated with T. rougensis, T. spinosus, brachiopods, cephalopods, and graptolites. Included in multi plate alongside three other T. eatoni and one T. rougensis. Both eyes are preserved.
  5. Ottawa Marine Fossils

    Hey folks! It took some time but I've finally gotten around to uploading some pictures from my recent fossil ""hunt"! The quotations are there because the directions I left for myself from a prior trip included such extremely helpful tips as "left at the spooky demon tree". Turns out when you're a chicken a lot of trees look like spooky demons >.> It was definitely more of a sad confused wander than a full on hunt...but I digress. While I wasn't able to find the exact spot from before, I found an area with similar geological features, and after digging up about half a foot of loam around a small outcropping was rewarded with numerous individual rocks with all sorts of...things...all over them. I grabbed one giant 40lb chunk and a smaller one to play with and poke at to practice techniques. The smaller piece is on the bottom. Both samples were taken within feet of each other in a public forest just outside Ottawa, Ontario. The smaller piece I put in a bowl of water and gave a good scrub down with a toothbrush (brings me back to my field school days >.>) The surface and reverse of both are shown and I can provide more detailed pictures if necessary! I thought the crystallized shell things were pretty cool, there were quite a few more out there, but I'm completely unsure of what I'm looking at or if there was a way to extract them safely. I'm most curious as to what the circular things that litter the rocks are, but there seems to be a variety of other shells and tubey wormy things in there as well. Is there some sort of resource or database I could refer to for fossils from this particular time period/area? I'd feel bad constantly asking 'whats that!?" Anything neat here worth poking at with some of my archaeological pokers or have I found myself some very interesting garden rocks!
  6. I was reading a book about fossil fishes and there was a chapter dedicated to sharks and their cousins. Apparently there were chondricthyan scales found in the Late Ordovician and Early Silurian rocks. Since I hunt the Late Ordovician Georgian Bay formation in Toronto, Ontario and various Early Silurian formations in Hamilton, Ontario, what are the chances of me coming across these scales? Should I keep my eyes open and what should I look for?
  7. Triarthrus rougensis

    Both genal spines are present. Right side of cephalon is slightly pyritized. Found associated with T. spinosus, T. eatoni, cephalopods, and graptolites.
  8. Triarthrus spinosus

    Ventrally preserved. Both genal spines and one thoracic spine are present. Hyostome slightly visible. Found associated with T. eatoni, T. rougensis, cephalopods and graptolites.
  9. Triarthrus spinosus

    Found associated with T. eatoni, T. rougensis, cephalopods, and graptolites. Impression of right genal spine is present. Right side of cephalon is slightly pyritized.
  10. [WARNING: As is my custom, this trip report is exceedingly long, verbosely worded, and copiously illustrated with photos.] (It may be a good idea to find a comfy chair and grab a drink and some popcorn.) Since Tammy's retirement earlier this year, we've been busier than ever. We finally made it to Iceland this summer and saw dozens (if not literally hundreds) of waterfalls in that geologically interesting country. While talking about waterfalls ("fossar" in Icelandic), Tammy had realized that I had somehow not yet seen Niagara Falls. Tammy did not do a lot of vacation traveling when she was younger but had visited Niagara several times in her youth. She decided it was high time I experienced the power of Niagara. It could have been a simple trip--a flight up to Buffalo, a day out on a boat getting drenched at the base of the falls, and home again with little more than a long weekend invested. Somehow though, I have a remarkable knack for constructing enormously detailed travel itineraries--and this trip was no exception. Our anniversary month is October and so with the prospect of some multi-chromatic autumn foliar displays we decided that we'd plan a roadtrip that included Niagara Falls as its underlying motivation. It didn't take me long to realize that there are a lot of great TFF members up in the New York and Ontario area. Additionally, some members from the Virginia/Maryland area suggested meeting up during our last roadtrip through the Carolinas but that trip was already lengthy and involved. Perhaps, I could combine visits with a number of TFF members along the way and do a roadtrip down the Eastern Seaboard? As I started contacting prospective members to get the idea kickstarted, the starting point of our trip changed and we tacked on several extra days to the start of our trip. My brother and his wife had just bought a new house in the north side of Chicago. He decided that since all of the family holidays (Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas) were already claimed by other family members that he would start the tradition of Oktoberfest at their house--first Saturday of October. The itinerary for our trip was still in its early stages so we were easily able to incorporate a trip up to Chicago and link it to the start of our roadtrip. We considered flying from Chicago to Buffalo and picking the rental car there but the cheaper airfares were (not surprisingly) at rather inconvenient times (who wants to check into a hotel in the wee hours of the morning?) but an alternative soon presented itself. Since one of the places we'd hoped to visit along the way was the Devonian Hungry Hollow site in Arkona, ON, we'd have to backtrack west if we started in Buffalo but it would be conveniently along the route if we simply picked up the rental car in Chicago and started the roadtrip from there. This also allowed us the opportunity of visiting the small town of La Porte, Indiana where Tammy lived at one time. Things were falling into place. Of course, that is not to imply that my roadtrips are in any way quickly improvised--I think I spend as much time planning them as I do driving them. Starting the trip in Chicago allowed us both to visit family and work our way through all of our favorite food groups (authentic Chinese, Indian, Middle-eastern, and deep-dish pizza ) before gorging ourselves on lots of tasty German food and Oktoberfest-themed adult beverages at my brother's new place. Finally, we were ready to start rolling some miles (and kilometers) onto our trip odometer and we picked up the rental car and got underway. We planned on making London, ON for our first night and since it turns out it is only a mere 6 or so hours driving from Chicago, we had a bit of time to drive through La Port. It had been nearly 40 years since Tammy lived there and (as expected) much of the area was barely recognizable and not much as she'd remembered it. There were a few landmarks still in place and it didn't take us long to find the house her parents owned in town. The main floor was the Chinese restaurant they owned and the second floor above is where they lived. It's always interesting indulging some nostalgia and visiting places from the past. After a bit of driving around town we picked up the highway and in time crossed the border into Canada at Port Huron. We got to bed late that night but we had one of the longer driving days behind us already. On the road again--and a stop at a childhood home in La Porte.
  11. Hi guys, I visited Mimico Creek 2 days after the Canadian Thanksgiving this October which also happened to be a really hot day, which was perfect for exploring. During my time hunting the Georgian Bay Formation of Toronto I would come across these exposures that look “folded”. Does anyone happen to know as to what this really is? Here is a pic I took on that trip I mentioned to show as an example. I would find the same distortion in other parts of Toronto, not just in Mimico Creek, but also in places like along the Humber River and Etobicoke Creek.
  12. Good afternoon Paleontology afficiandos! A long time ago my friends and I were hanging out in an old open pit quarry in Nepean, Ontario, Canada (South Ottawa) and I found this little fossil. The quarry was quite deep, about 10-15 meters, so its difficult to put a depth for the find, especially since it came from a rock pile near the upper rim. Originally this find had been sitting flat on a much larger piece of rock however there were no other visible fossils on the surface layer. When I pointed this out to my friends, they 'hilariously' decided it should be pushed over the edge to explode on the quarry floor below -.- Luckily I was able to pick through the chunks and find it eventually, unscathed. What is shown in the picture is everything that was found in situ on the original rock. I then brought it home and promptly forgot about it for several years. I unearthed it again while doing a thorough house cleaning and figured I should ask the experts!
  13. Hi, can anyone lead me on determining this species of brachiopod? This brachiopod originates from the Reynales Formation, Clinton Group of Hamilton, Ontario from the Niagara Escarpment. A name I found for this shell is Stricklandia canadensis when I was reading a document about the Escarpment, though when I went to the fossiilid.info and the fossilworks websites there is no mention of the species. I began to think this could be a Stricklandia lens. The shell in the centre is approximately 4 cm long.
  14. After going around in Hamilton, Ontario looking for a river/creek to check out the iconic Niagara Escarpment of the city, I decided to check out the Devil’s Punch Bowl which is located in Stoney Creek, Hamilton. Most of the waterfalls located in the old city of Hamilton are out of reach/barricaded/no-go zones with fines for trespassing because of safety reasons. Nearby Albion Falls and other waterfalls like Tiffany and Chedoke in the old city of Hamilton cannot be explored close up because of the tourists and locals that have died and severely injured themselves from falling while on the cascading waterfall. Today I was surprised to realize that the bottom of the Devil’s Punch Bowl was unbarricaded and so off I went to explore it. It seems the only place that tourists and people go to when visiting the Devil’s Punch Bowl is the observation deck at the top of the falls which offers a nice view of the falls. This is evident as I noticed that there was barely any trash at the bottom of the gorge and down river. The height of this falls is 37 metres. Today the fall is dry with no water. Theres a large Timmy’s cup on the bottom right for size comparison (it isn’t mine though!). There are various formation in this rock exposure of the falls and assigning loose rocks from the ground to the right formation can be a hassle.
  15. A Fossilized Thing

    Hi again! I’m totally stumped with this one. The rock is limestone, so its not the Billings formation. There is still some matrix on it, but most of the surface is exposed. It’s spherical and slightly faceted. Fossil pearl?
  16. Ostracod? Ontario, Ordovician

    Hi all, Found these itty bitties in a park in Orillia, Ontario. They’re not in situ as they’re in ornamental stones around the playground. We also find lots of gastropods and brahiopods in these stones. Not having rocks in situ is less than ideal but “urban fossil hunting” is awesome when you’ve got young kids in tow! I’ve never actually seen ostracod fossils before, so just wondering if these could be some? They look like the approximate right shape. They are quite tiny, around 3-4 mm. Canadian quarter for scale. Thanks for any help! Gavy
  17. Hello there! I was able to visit Hungry Hollow's South Pit (near Arkona, Ontario, Canada - age is mid-Devonian) yesterday - boy was it hot!!! Viola and I spent three hours surface-collecting before we decided to call it quits and head to our air-conditioned car. We found our usual stuff, but I'd like your input on the following two items: Item #1 front and back: a type of Favosites coral - perhaps placenta? It's a lot flatter than my other Favosites finds, and you can even see what I think are some crinoid holdfasts on top, and an echinoderm plate (perhaps from a crinoid calyx?) on the back!!! Item #2 front and back: I have NO idea whatsoever!!! It's smooth, and I can't see evidence of holes/pores, but it is kind of hilly - what do you think? Thanks in advance for your help!!! Monica
  18. Help ID Fossils From Manitoulin Island

    Hello, I just got back from my first fossil hunting trip and am hoping to get a little help to ID some of my finds. These were found on Manitoulin Island off HWY 6 & New England Rd, I`m sure a few people on here have already been there. I didn`t do any digging or picking but I managed to find a few specimens laying around worth bringing home. Fossil #1 Approx 6cm by 6cm total, gonna take a wild guess that it`s some sort of shell Fossil #2 Approx 7cm by 11cm total, looks like corral to me, lots of little bits in the area like this but this was the nicest one I found Fossil #3 Approx 5cm by 3cm total, no idea what this could be Fossil #4 Approx 12cm by 14cm total, again have no idea what these could be Fossil #5 Approx 7cm by 5cm total, possible the tip of a larger shell? Fossil? #6 Approx 12cm by 14cm total, not sure if this one is even a fossil or just mineral veins. I would be grateful for any help ID these finds, thanks in advance.
  19. Crustacean fossils found in childhood

    Here are 3 crustacean fossils I found when I was younger and held onto them because I thought they were the coolest things ever. They were all found in the Ottawa area. There is also one other fossil which I’m not positive what it is. It sort of looks like a tony bone or a bit of coral. Helping to ID these would be so cool if possible!
  20. Hello everyone! This past Saturday, July 28, 2018, Victoria @VTinNorthAB and I met up with our families in Arkona, Ontario in order to do a little fossil-hunting together. It was a wonderful day - it was warm with a mix of sun and clouds and we all came away with some great finds! Please enjoy the photos below! Viola (my 7-year-old daughter) and Aviva (Victoria's 7-year-old daughter) in front of the falls at Rock Glen Viola and Aviva climbing a wall of Hungry Hollow's South Pit, searching for button corals and other goodies Adina (Victoria's 4-year-old daughter - it was her birthday!) and Aviva climbing the same wall - Adina was a trooper! Adina and Aviva posing for a picture post-climb Victoria fossil-hunting high up in the South Pit More to come...
  21. Unidentified Rock Glen Fossils

    Fossils from a recent trip to Rock Glen, Arkona Ontario. Any help in identification will be appreciated! Thanks!! Not sure if the second image is a fossil. Could just by pyrite nodules or something...
  22. Evidence of a Limited Biosphere 1.4 Billion Years Ago Louisiana State University and McGill University https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/billion-year-old-lake-deposit-yields-clues-earths-ancient-biosphere-288081 https://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2018/07/23gg_hayles_bao_nature.php The paper is: Crockford, P.W., Hayles, J.A., Bao, H., Planavsky, N.J., Bekker, A., Fralick, P.W., Halverson, G.P., Bui, T.H., Peng, Y. and Wing, B.A., 2018. Triple oxygen isotope evidence for limited mid-Proterozoic primary productivity. Nature, Letter | Published: 18 July 2018 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0349-y Yours, Paul H.
  23. Hello there! Since the kids are in day camps this week, and my husband was going to see a movie with his friend this afternoon, I took advantage of the available me-time and went for a little fossil hunt at Etobicoke Creek in Mississauga, Ontario (Georgian Bay Formation, Upper Ordovician). I have some ideas about what I've found, but I'd like your opinions, too: Specimen #1: trilobite resting place (Rusophycus, probably made by a Flexicalymene) Specimen #2: I think this is the monoplacophoran Cyrtolites ornatus - it was very flaky and some pieces fell off, but I tried to glue together the larger pieces Specimen #3: brachiopod positive and negative, but the question is which brachiopod? Thanks in advance for your help! Monica
  24. Hungry Hollow Access?

    Hi, I've noticed lots of people have been to Hungry Hollow, but I've read online that you can't go there without being part of a group/club? Is this true? Can I go there without being part of a club but still part of a group, such as a university group?
  25. Triarthrus finds

    Hello again! This post will be about some beautifully preserved Triarthrus fossils (and my first complete Trilobite finds). Some of them even have the eyes preserved! I found these at a local train station, and the site of significant construction lately. I believe most of the to be E. eotoni, and the last one to be E. rougensis or spinosus. It may not be visible in the picture, but the last one has a streak of pyrite along the side of its cephalon / upper thorax. Could this be some kind of soft body tissue preservation, similar to those of the Beecher's Trilobite bed?
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