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  1. A Spiral Of Confusion

    Another unidentified fossil from the Billings Shale Formation! This time, it's some kind of spiral shaped fossil. There are actually three in this one stone, and many more in other places, so they are fairly common. This fossil has a definite spiral shape, unlike the orthocone cross sections. Right now I think they are either some type of Gastropod, or a coiled ammonoid nautiloid cephalopod. Any ideas? I appreciate your help!
  2. Try-a-Bites!

    OK, I think I am kind of bending the rules on what constitutes paleo reconstuctions here. For the past few months I have been doing work and research for a Trilobite (Pseudogygites Lantimarginatus) themed science fair project for school. Now that it is February, the actual presentation of the project is approaching quickly. Since I enjoy baking and arts and crafts, and because I am a firm believer in the effectiveness of bribery, I wanted to incorporate something extra into my project. After hours of scouring the internet for all things Trilobite, I found a template for these Trilobite shaped cookies. After one night of hard work and over fourteen nights of doing nothing, the cookies are finally finished! Enjoy! (The pictures)
  3. I found the first two of these pictures in the river bed of Etobicoke creek, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the final picture is of one I found at the lakefront of marie curtis beach park. I have tried looking online and read they might be from ordivican? but I really have no idea! new to fossiling -- but definitely interested in learning more!
  4. Belemnites? Conodont?

    Greetings again TTF! The Billings formation is just filled with stuff that I can't identify! This time, I have found some glossy, cylinder-shaped things in the Billings Shale. I know that conodont elements are known from some parts Ontario and Quebec, but I think that it might be a belemnite as well. They seen to be associated with crinoid stems, brachiopods, and one Pseudogygites Lantimarginatus pygidium. They are each roughly one centimetre long. They are in the centre of the first picture and the second picture.
  5. U.T.F.! (Unidentified Trilobite Fixigena!)

    It's a UTF! I found this in an exposure of the Ordovician aged Billings Shale Formation. It's clear that it is a Trilobite fixigena, but I was wondering if a Trilobite genus can be identified from one alone? I have found three distinct forms of Trilobite in this formation: Pseudogygites pygidiums, Isotelus fragments, and Triarthrus head pieces. Any ideas? Thank you very much!
  6. What is this?

    I found this weird looking fossil on a trip to an exposure of the Billings Shale formation of Ottawa, Ontario. This formation is late Ordovician in age. It looks either circular or spiralish in shape. Does anyone know what this might be? Crinoid stem? Ammenoid? Nautiloid? Gastropoda? UFO Imprint? I really appreciate it!
  7. Ordovician bryozoan

    I pulled this one out of a creek bed a couple weeks ago but cant narrow it down. Any ideas? Its from the Georgian Bay fm (Upper Ordovician) Forgot to add: the specimen is ~5cm/2 inches in length
  8. Here is my collection of small/micro fossils from the Arkona formation in Southern Ontario. Everything here was collected by soaking clay from the Arkona fm and sifting out the solid matrix. I'm sure many of my IDs are way off so please correct me and fill in the unknowns if you recognize anything! Tentaculites Bactrites sp. Left: Tornoceras sp. Right: Maclurites? sp. Left: Holopea? sp. Right: Nanticonema lineata Left: Hormotoma? sp. Right: Platyceras sp. Left: Scaphopods Right: Hyoliths Left: Paracyclas lirata Right: Prothyris? sp. Left: Nuculana rostellata Right: unknown Left: Nuculites triqueter Right: Nuculites pacatus Left: unknown Right: unknown Left: Spirifer sp. and Delthyris sp. Right: Chonetes sp. Left: Cyrtina sp. Right: Cyrtina sp. Left: Camarotoechia sp. Right: Camarotoechia sp. Left: Onniella trigona Right: unknown Left: Terebratula sp. Right: Productella spinulicosta Ostracods Left: Eldredgeops sp. Right: Eldredgeops sp. unknown blastoid Devonaster? sp. arm fragment crinoid fragments
  9. All specimens come from the Devonian aged Arkona formation. 1. Echinoderm, possibly a blastoid Tried taking another pic...still not quite sharp 2. Unknown, possibly bryozoans (remainds me a bit of Evactinopora) 3. Unknown, probably the inner structure of ostracods With these being the outer shell: 4. I posted these about a month ago but I don't think we figured it out. Now I am pretty sure they are scaphopods.
  10. Hello all! Just like to ask if anyone can provide me some locations in/near Toronto, Ontario in Canada, of fossil sites free for the public to collect, that does not require hammering into rocks? Cuz I know of some quarries, but I have to hammer some rocks in order to find fossils. So what I'm saying, is that, whether there are places in Canada, where I can find fossils lying on the ground for me to pick up without any restrictions? Are there? Responses are appreciated, as always.
  11. HI all! I was just casually perusing my fossils, and I noticed that there are some black fragments on a rock that contains an orthoconic nautiloid that I found at Etobicoke Creek here in Mississauga, Ontario (Georgian Bay Formation, Upper Ordovician). Are these black fragments fossil-related, or are they something else? Please see pictures below: Thanks for your input! Monica
  12. I collected this while walking along the shore of Lake Ontario just west of downtown Toronto. I am at a loss. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
  13. Two more from Arkona

    Here are a couple more I picked out of the Arkona mud. I put my guesses at the bottom but would like to see what you guys think. #1 These range from 5-10 mm The shape is roughly a 3 sided pyramid with 120/30/30 degree angles Some are pyritized but the others have a very faint lateral ridge pattern #2 My guess: #1 - Conulariid #2 - Fragment of a Devonaster arm Edit: adding one I forgot #3
  14. It was only 9 days since my previous (and first) trip to HH, but I was itching to go back and decided to take advantage of the mild weather this Monday. I spent most of the day on the north side of the south pit picking tiny fossils out of the mud. There are an astonishing variety of critters to find if you don't mind lying face down in the dirt. 1. Tiny trilobites! I was not expecting to find any trilobites until I spotted the guy on the left. Luckily I had a small ziplock bag or I would have lost these for sure. They are about 2.5 and 3.0 mm across the head. 2. Nautiloids Fragments like these are most common after brachiopod and crinoid bits 3. Ammonites/goniatites Also very common but one of my favorites, I will never find enough of these. 4. Brachiopods and bivalves Fragments everywhere but a bit harder to find complete 5. Another brach Nothing special, just nicely inflated and good detail on both sides 6. Another brach A little more interesting. I only found one like this. 7. Gastropod I found many fragments that suggest this shape but this one is by far the most compete. 8. Crinoid stem fragments Very abundant but these ones caught my eye 9. Part of a crinoid calyx? (opposite sides of the same piece shown) 10. Cystoid plates Could be wrong, I just learned about cystoids so I'm bound to imagine seeing them everywhere
  15. Brechin Ontario 12/2/2017

    Here are my finds from the Verulam fm in Brechin Ontario. I had never been to an active quarry before so it was cool to see some of the machinery in addition to the unending supply of rocks to split. The temperature was amazing for December and we didn't get any rain. The very bottom of the quarry exposes the Bobcaygeon fm but it was flooded this time. @Malcolmt thanks for taking me to your spot! I remember what you said most of these are but will need reminding on a couple... 1. Pleurocystite - sadly missing the stalk and one of the arms but great to find one (Didn't know they existed until Saturday) A few of the plates fell off so I got a better look at the structure underneath before gluing it back together 2. Ceraurus trilobites 3. Isotelus trilobite 4. (forgot the name) partial trilobite Needs some cleaning but I'm afraid to damage it 5. Crinoid calyx (forgot the name) 6. Unknown cephalopod
  16. I found this at Hungry Hollow in Arkona, Ontario. Sadly I can't remember which formation I pulled it from but my understanding is they are all Devonian age. It may just be a coral fragment but I've heard fish bones can be found. Any ideas?
  17. Hello, I want to put together some pics of some of the reef material that I have found in Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario on the banks of the Credit River. It is now winter and I am missing the warm days in which I can go and wade in the warm waters of the river for fun. I just want to compile and share some specimens that whose photos I have not shared with. All the fossils belong to the Georgian Bay formation, Upper Member, which is late Ordovician in age. First is the common coral that displays an enormity of growth forms, Favistella alveolata (Goldfuss, 1826).
  18. Disorganized chaos

    Well I got a new phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 8) on Black Friday and was playing with it snapping some pictures. Those of you that have been to my house know that I am totally disorganized and definitely need to organize my fossils. Thought I would share some of the disorganized chaos that is my basement fossil dumping area. This tends to be where fossils go to rest if they do not make it to the glass display cases (3) upstairs where I put the good stuff. But then that is a step up from the ones that never get out of the map drawers and boxes in the garage. One of these days I will get around to organizing things, just never happens to be today....... I suspect my kids will end up having to organize it someday......... (That's a scary thought)
  19. Sliced and polished nautiloids

    More from the Etobicoke creek in Mississauga. Ive been slicing and polishing some worn down nautiloid fragments and they look pretty cool.
  20. Trip to Arkona, Ontario

    I decided to mix things up last weekend and made the 2.5 hour drive from Mississauga over to Arkona, Ontario. The Hungry Hollow formation is quite different from what I am used to closer to home so I went a little crazy...Within 10 minutes I had a bucket full of horn corals, bryozoans and brachiopods. After washing most of the mud away here are some of my favorites. Scale is in millimeters Trilobite fragments 1 2 3 4 Was really hoping for a complete specimen but I am pretty happy with this cephalon pair 5 Brachiopods 6 7 8 Gastropods 9 Chrinoids 10 11 Cephalopod - Probably came from the Arkona shale 12 @Kane you were right, I spent about 5 hours in the south pit and had a great time. Also met a really interesting guy while I was there (I'm horrible with names I think he said it was Rick). He knew the area quite well and was nice enough to donate a few pieces to get me started (#4 trilo fragment on the right and a few cool bryozoans).
  21. This ones a keeper

    Contrary to what some people may suspect I actually collected other things besides cystoids and echinoderms this past summer. Here is a trilobite that I am quite fond of that was found back in July. It was found in a blast of Ordovician Verulam. Took me a good 1/2 hour to get it cut out. It was in a very large slab that was a bit awkwardly positioned and I could not move it by myself. Both of my regular collecting buddies had already packed it in for the day so I was on my own to figure out how to get it out. Definitely worth the effort. It prepped up quite nicely in my humble opinion and best yet it was mine and not someone elses. Seemed to be always working on other peoples stuff this season. Just the two left rear most pleura were partially missing on this one. Have been debating whether or not to restore them. On the positive side it is 7 cm in length, so a very decent size. I suspect that this one is going to end up in my personal collection. As they say it is a keeper. For those of you that do not recognize this bug it is a Failleana indeterminata which are definitely a rarity in this locality. I have only ever seen in person one other prone complete specimen found here and that one sold for quite a bit of money. Personally I think this one is nicer. Alas found in July, prepped in September and October this one is not a candidate for IFOTM.
  22. Well the realm of my future fossils is just as chaotic. I suspect I have years worth of unprepped material here. Need to get my moving ...... I also have a garage full and several shelving units in another room As you can see they don't look that spectacular prior to getting some love and care.
  23. Kane, Debbie and Shamalama

    Just recently finished doing these for a few Fossil Forum members (Kane and Shamalama) Likely wont be seeing them for a bit so I thought they would like to see their bugs and knew neither would mind me posting them. None were pristine but a little prep helped.... First are a pair that belong to Kane and Debbie The second belongs to Shamalama
  24. Etobicoke creek finds

    Here are a few pieces I've found in the Etobicoke creek, Mississauga, Ontario. Nautiloids Crinoid fragments Unknown Unknown
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