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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. On an annual basis we get one day to collect in a pretty amazing quarry in Bowmanville Ontario. This year 2015 was no exception. My buddy Dave here on the forum had a pretty amazing day. I suspect many of us would kill for even one of the specimens he found that day. I just realized that I have never posted how his fossils turned out. Turns out he is popping by this weekend to pick them up before a mineral and fossil show up in Peterborough Ontario. Fossil Forum member Northern Sharks is a very active member of the club (Kawartha) that is holding the event. Here are Dave's finds for the day as found. They are all isotelus A pretty damaged isotelus .... but a large one A nice Double Another nice double A nice single
  5. Bowmanville 2015

    Well once again, what is becoming an annual trip to St. Mary's cement in Bowmanville Ontario Canada was an absolute winner this weekend. This is a world class collecting locality that unfortunately is generally not available for regular collecting. A number of forum members were present but a big hats off thanks to our very own Northern Sharks (Kevin) for leading and organizing the trip this year. This is the only day in the year that the very active quarry with 5 levels is open for collecting. Approximately 30 collectors took advantage of this and made it a very special day. The weather was amazing for late October and not a drop of rain unlike some other years. The quarry was quite muddy as it had rained non stop the previous day but that is a good thing because all the rock piles were nice and clean. I only saw what a few collectors found as Quarryman Dave from the forum here and myself were too busy making then most out of our limited collecting time (9:00 to 4:00PM). We are all here for the trilobites...... I did see complete isotelus, ceraurus (2 species), thaleops and flexicalymenes that were found by people. My saw got a fair bit of use cutting mostly isotelus and a few ceraurus out for people on the 3rd level. I think Dave and I did reasonably well, though we only found isotelus and perhaps a thaleops that were keepers. We did find a lot of partial ceraurus but nothing worth bringing home. Dave found two double isotelus plates and we found a number of complete iso's.... Everything that we found was on level 3 and 4 of the quarry. We did not have time to look at levels 1 and 2 and level 5 seemed a bit too wet and muddy for my liking. From what I heard from a few others nothing of note was found on level 1 or 2 this year. I know Peter Lee spent some of the day up there and he did not find anything but partials from what I recall. Here is the group picture of what we found all unprepped at this point (the trip was only yesterday) We should get a few nice ones out of this batch once I get them prepped. I will try to post some pictures as they get completed but that will not likely be for a while as I have a large backlog of material to prep for myself and others. Other members of the forum that were there please jump in and show us some of what you found. ..........
  6. Don Valley Brickworks

    If I were to go to the Don Valley Brickworks to check out their cliffs, do I need to pay an entrance fee? After all it is a popular place here in Toronto. Do they also happen to have restrictions on fossil hunting at their cliff walls? I know some organization of some sort had hikes at the Don Valley walls every now and then to look for fossils and do I have to join them to be allowed to hunt? Don Valley Brickworks seem very enticing......Not only are there late Ordovician rocks, but also there are ice age rock formations too :drool: (mammoth teeth come into mind) . I'm just curious cuz I'm thinking of making a trip there and I'm also wondering if it's worth going there. Juan
  7. A Little extra Baggage

    Sometimes you get a very pleasant surprise when you get your finds home and start prepping. I was very fortunate to find two relatively complete Amecystis laevis this Saturday October 31, 2015 up at the JD Quarry near Lake Simcoe, Ontario , Canada. They most likely came out of the very top part of the BobCaygeon formation as they were both found in a recently created pile and not in situ. If not it was from the very bottom of the Verulam This picture because of the lighting used came out a bit blue. I am not the best photographer around. The specimen is on an 85mm * 66mm matrix and is 79 mm long from tip of arm to tip of tail (about 3.1 inches) . The theca on the amecystis is 17mm wide by 22 mm long. The Amecystis is a dorsal orientation. The edrio is approximately 6 mm in diameter. I believe this to be a Amecytis laevis (Raymond) by the way Thanks for the correction Kevin (Northern Sharks) there are definitely no pore rhombohedrons on this specimen. It is a shame that the Amecystis and the edrio both have some slight damage to them from the quarry blasting. But they are still very good specimens. The amecystis is fairly well inflated and nicely colored. Here is a better picture showing the true coloring. But to my surprise it has a very nice attached travelling companion in a edrioasteroid which I believe to be an Isorophusella incondita. What makes this super interesting and probably quite rare is the fact that the edrio is attached to the amecystis and may well have been there when the amecystis was alive. I wonder if anyone else has ever come across this particular association. Edrios are often found attached to brachiopods in this locality. This was prepped using 40 micron dolomite under a zoom scope at 22 PSI using a Comco .018 high precision nozzle on a Comco air abrasion unit.
  8. This week I got my monthly TTC Monthly Metropass for the first time ever and so with this card in my wallet I was excited that I had unlimited freedom to use the transit to go wherever I want in the city of Toronto for the whole September. Yesterday, while travelling with my card in wallet in Scarborough after finishing an assessment, I came across a creek right at Progress Drive and went down to explore it, in hopes of coming across the Whitby formation. I had seen bits of information regarding outcrops of the Whitby in Scarborough on the net, and I took this opportunity to explore as I live far away from Scarborough. I went down on a driveway I found behind a building and descended below to the bottom. From the edge of the creek I saw no exposures of the Whitby formation but instead saw outcrops of sand, a bit similar to what I saw at the Don Valley Brickworks. Some of the outcrops' bottom were ridden with overgrowth, so I chose the one that had the least, which was this one. The highest point of this outcrop would be around three storeys high and streches for several metres. There's also a substantial sediment material that has fallen off at the bottom and the vegetation on the bottom isn't as thick.
  9. Endoceras proteiforme

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

    Endoceras proteiforme, found in the Humber river area. Late Ordovician, Georgian Bay formation, Toronto, Ontario. Length is approximately 35 cm long with a nickel shown. This specimen is a portion of the whole fossil that is still to be excavated (it's just so difficult to dig out) and the remaining body of this thing is still there at the site where I got this.

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  10. 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.
  11. 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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  12. Maclurina Manitobensis and Gastropod Hormotoma

    From the album Fossils from my collection!

    These 2 Gastropods are from Miller Mineral Quarry, Temiskaming Shore, Ontario, Canada / Late Ordovician / Found them myself few weeks ago!
  13. Maclurina Manitobensis

    From the album Fossils from my collection!

    A large Maclurina Manitobensis from Miller Minerals Quarry, Temiskaming Shore, Ontario, Canada / Late Ordovician / Found it myself few weeks ago
  14. Fossil Hunting In Alberta

    Hello everyone, For my parents 36th wedding anniversary I thought I would surprise them with a fossil hunting vacation as they are both avid fossil enthusiast. I would really like to plan a trip for them somewhere in Alberta or in Ontario but I’m not sure where to send them or how they should go about finding cool fossils. They are not the most competent outdoorsmen so day trips would probably be ideal. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
  15. Ordovician Trilobite Id

    Hello fellow fossil hounds! Just picked these up in a truly wonderful shop in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. I think they're from the Ordovician of Craigleith, Ontario, Canada. Pseudogygites latimarginatus? Same Id for both? The labelling was a bit unclear... 1. 2. Have a great day, and thanks in advance for any and all responses!
  16. Slab Of Little Ripples Marks

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

    Little ripple marks caused by the gentle currents on the shallow late Ordovician sea floor of Toronto. Georgian Bay formation, Humber member(?), Humber River area, Toronto, Ontario. Limestone slab, the coin is a quarter at the bottom for scale. Hmm, I'm beginning to decide if I should have taken this home with me today. Also at the bottom are two clam negative casts: a Whiteavesia and a Modiolopsis.

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  17. On occasion I'm asked about collecting regulations in Ontario and other provinces. This got me thinking what are the regulations across Canada. Listed below are various regulations pertaining to fossil collecting in different provinces across Canada. The information is merely an amalgamation of different sources with the sources linked or stated. I do not have the legal training to state whether fossil collecting is legal or not in each province but have put forth information that can help one come to a conclusion. Collecting fossils in Canada Fossils hold a great deal of scientific significance and can be the key to uncovering the lost linkage between ancestral organisms providing answers to modern day life. As a student geologist I work with beautiful specimens that have been properly catalogued for scientific research. As a member of a local geology club I have been searching for fossils for many years. Collecting fossils is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors but it is important that proper cataloguing and information be obtained when collecting. It is also important to understand local laws when collecting. In Canada every province has a different perspective on collecting fossils, ranging from provinces where collecting in forbidden to others with limited regulations. Ontario Sourced from the Fossil Forum: “Ontario is one of the less restrictive Canadian provinces. In speaking to one of the Paleobiology curators from the Royal Ontario Museum, you can take a fossil out of the province without a permit, if it is valued under $500 Canadian.” Source: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/46868-fossil-collecting-laws-and-crossing-the-border/ Ontario has been doing a good job at promoting the province as a great source for recreational geology. For more information on recreational geology check out: http://ohto.ca/wp-content/uploads/Informational-Resources_FINAL.pdf British Columbia Source from the British Columbia government website: “Amateur collectors bring many important discoveries to the attention of professional paleontologists. The contribution of amateur collectors is becoming increasingly important for scientific discovery as the number of professional paleontologists in the field decreases. Recreational or amateur collecting is restricted to the collection of small amounts of the types of fossils that are common at the site. When unusual or rare specimens are discovered or when small quantities of fossils are present at a site, amateur collectors are encouraged to assist by reporting the findings to determine if they are significant. Under the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing Act, the Minister has the authority to grant a general permission to the public to collect fossils, and to affix terms and conditions to that permission. Until the Minister’s formal permission is provided, minor collecting may continue as long as the amounts are small, the fossils are common at the site, the fossils are kept for personal use, and are not sold, or removed from BC. Exceptions to this general permission to collect fossils from the surface are where the land is in a park or protected area, or where exclusive rights have been issued to another party. The Crown retains ownership of fossils collected by amateur collectors. Amateur collectors may retain possession of the fossils as long as they do not sell them or export them from the Province without permission. The permission to collect for recreational purposes does not apply to the removal of vertebrate skeletal fossils or fossil tracks. The removal of these fossils must be undertaken by a qualified person holding a research permit. Guidelines will be developed and made publicly available to assist amateur collectors in following the guidelines relating to quantity and type of fossils that are allowed to be gathered.” Source: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/natural-resource-use/land-use/fossil-management/collection-and-use Alberta Sourced from the Royal Tyrrell Museum: “If you live in Alberta, and legally surface collected, you may keep the material as a custodian of the fossil, although ownership remains within the Province of Alberta. The Historical Resources Act prohibits removal of fossils from the province without a Disposition Certificate issued by the Government of Alberta.” Surface collected: the act of collecting a fossil that requires no ad (no use of tools) and can be picked up freely. Source: http://www.tyrrellmuseum.com/research/fossils_law.htm Manitoba Reading The Heritage Resources Act from Manitoba it appears that all fossils, which fall under “Heritage object,” are protected and collecting is not permitted. Sourced from Manitoba Laws The Heritage Resource Act: Section 51 - “No person shall destroy, damage or alter any heritage object, whether or not the person is the owner thereof, or any human remains.” Section 52 – “No person shall remove a heritage object from the province, whether or not the person is the owner thereof, except pursuant to a heritage permit and in accordance with such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the minister and set out in or attached to the heritage permit.” Source: http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/h039-1e.php Saskatchewan Sourced from The Heritage Property Act: Section 66.1 – Ownership of vertebrate fossils is by the crown. Section 66.2 (7) “No person shall buy, sell, offer for sale, trade, or otherwise dispose of or remove from Saskatchewan any archaeological object or palaeontological object found in or taken from land in Saskatchewan without the written permission of the minister.” Section 67 appears as though the act of searching for and removing fossils requires a permit. Source: http://www.qp.gov.sk.ca/documents/English/Statutes/Statutes/H2-2.pdf Quebec Sourced from Cultural Property Act: Looking over the Cultural Property Act it appears as though Quebec has the most ambiguous rules pertaining to paleontological items. There is numerous use of “Archaeological property” but under the definition section there is no mention of fossils or palaeontological objects concluding that this wouldn’t apply. Typing in palaeontology or fossils, no record shows up. Sources: http://www2.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/dynamicSearch/telecharge.php?type=2&file=/B_4/B4_A.html New Brunswick Sourced from New Brunswick government website: “The importance of our palaeontological record is officially recognized in the Heritage Conservation Act. Formally asserting provincial ownership of all palaeontological objects, it stipulates that any fossils discovered in the Province must not be destroyed or removed from sites where they are found, without the required permit.” “Any activity carried out for the purpose of obtaining and documenting data on fossils, including excavation and/or removal, is defined by the Act as palaeontological field research. Exacting standards must be met under any permit authorizing such research in regard to observation, collection, preservation and recording techniques.” “Individuals who wish to study fossils, but who are not considered professionals, may also apply for field research permits. To qualify, they must demonstrate basic understanding of palaeontology, as well as appropriate knowledge of current collection and reporting techniques. The relevant application form is accessible here. Enquiries from all those interested in such palaeontological research in New Brunswick should contact the New Brunswick Museum.” Source: http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/thc/heritage/content/heritage_conservationact/palaeontological.html Nova Scotia Sourced from the Nova Scotia Government website: Nova Scotia is very similar to New Brunswick. Collecting fossils in Nova Scotia is only to be carried out by those with a “Heritage Research Permit.” This permit allows you to search for fossils, document, and photograph. Collected specimens are to be deposited at the Nova Scotia Museum. Source: https://cch.novascotia.ca/exploring-our-past/special-places/palaeontology-permits-and-guidelines Prince Edward Island Sourced from Government of P.E.I. Under the Heritage Places Protection Act fossils fall within “historical resource” as palaeontological. Going through the act I was unable to see any distinct mentioning of how the law applies to collecting and maintaining of fossils. Source: http://www.gov.pe.ca/law/statutes/pdf/h-03_1.pdf Newfoundland Sourced from the Geological Survey of Canada, also Natural Resources: It appears as though the Geological Survey has a good section describing various collecting tips indicating that collecting is permitted in Newfoundland. I did not come across any regulations pertaining to the removal of fossils from Newfoundland. “When looking for fossils, it important to remember that complete specimens are rarely found. While complete specimens are better for scientific description in paleontological studies, even a poorly preserved fossil fragment is often enough for field identification and dating of rocks. Fossils can be found by picking through weathered rubble along cliffs, beaches, streams, quarries, road and railway cuts and rock outcrops. Finding them in place, however, requires a careful layer-by-layer examination of the enclosing sedimentary rocks with a hammer and chisel. Many Newfoundland fossils are quite small and easily overlooked. It is wise, therefore, to have a magnifying glass or a hand lens for checking favorable rock types. Good eye protection is essential, preferably in the form of safety glasses. A good geological hammer with either a chisel or a point made of well tempered, shatter-free metal is advisable. A stone chisel and small sledge hammer are also useful. Broken fossil specimens can be repaired in the field with nontoxic white glues such as Lepage Bond Fast. Modelling clay, liquid latex (such as Lewiscraft rubbertex compound or ETI Mold Builder) or plaster can be used to obtain a replica of an otherwise nonretrievable specimen. Fossils which can't be collected may also be photographed or sketched. After collection, all specimens ought to be securely wrapped in tissue or newspaper and then placed in a well labelled bag to prevent damage during transportation. It is also a good idea to note the location of the fossil collection on a map and/or in a fieldbook in order to make it easier to find again if the need arises.” “Note: Fossil collecting is illegal in National and Provincial Parks and Ecological Reserves, unless you have special permits.” Source: http://www.nr.gov.nl.ca/mines&en/geosurvey/education/fossils.stm IMPORTANT: on the Department of Natural Resources there is a link to a new legislation, “Significant Fossils.” Source: http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2012/tcr/0109n01.htm Nunavut Sourced from Government of Canada website: Searching for and collecting fossils in Nunavut are similar to those of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Manitoba. In order to collect fossils from a “palaeontological site,” as defined by the act as being any site with fossils, one must obtain a permit. Once obtaining a permit, a series of guidelines are laid out to produce a formal report which will be submitted to the Government of Nunavut. Specimens collected in the field are to be deposited to the minister of the government of Nunavut responsible for culture and heritage before March 31 of the year following the permit issue. March 31st seems to be a popular date amongst government organizations when fossils are to be deposited. Source: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2001-220/FullText.html Northwest Territories Sourced from the Northern News Services: Based on the article linked below it appears as though there is no regulations on fossil in the Northwest Territories, although it appears as though researchers are thinking it is a good idea. Source: http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2014-01/jan27_14fos.html Yukon Sourced from the Yukon Government website: “You are required under the Historic Resources Act to tell the Yukon Palaeontology Program about any fossils found in the Yukon. Any fossils found on settlement lands are to be reported to the appropriate First Nation. The Historic Resources Act applies everywhere in Yukon except in National Parks. If you find a fossil, please leave it where it is, record its location, take a photo if possible, and contact the Yukon Palaeontology program or appropriate First Nation. If you find a fossil in the Yukon, you may be allowed to keep it in your possession, but the Yukon Government or First Nation owns it. If you find a fossil on private land, the land owner takes custody of it unless some other agreement has been made. The Yukon First Nation government will set terms and conditions to protect the fossil.” “The Heritage Resources Act prohibits the collection of fossils without a permit. If you are from a qualified research institute and are interested in collecting fossils in the Yukon you require a Scientists and Explorers Research License. Please contact the Yukon Palaeontology Program for further information.” Source: http://www.tc.gov.yk.ca/faq_palaeontology.html Additional sources: Canada Wide General Information http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/docs/r/pfa-fap/notes.aspx
  18. Ever since summer vacation started I have been free to explore the Humber River area and made frequent hunts there in the late Ordovician rocks of the Georgian Bay formation of the city of Toronto. I realized that I did not have a substantial amount of material from this location that I discovered by accident, and so I decided and started to invest some time in exploring this particular location. Last year I only made seven visits, but I did not hunt productively, as I was in my first year of fossil collecting and as a result I had very little material from this location. I knew this location that I accidentally stumbled on had a lot of potential, considering that a great deal of the original exposures are still intact and there were few disturbances done by tractors, whereas compared to Mimico Creek a great deal of the original and actual exposures have been buried. I made three different visits, the first trip I believe was last week and the third today. On the first trip I only took home three specimens, but gradually as I hit the third visit the amount of my finds increased. On the first trip I only found at least three materials. The first thing that I discovered was a Treptoceras crebiseptum specimen. What made me surprised with this specimen was that this specimen actually had Cornulites sp. attached to it. I've never seen something like this in Mimico Creek. There were tubes of the worm attached on the orthocone and also the orthocone was not squashed flat because of the nature of the shale it is in. Actually, I noticed that certain shales in this location did not squash completely flat the orthocones that get preserved in them, which is very different from Mimico because most of the orthocones I find in Mimico shale are compressed. Sorry if I didn't carry any macro lenses and a good camera to capture the Cornulites, the location's flood from a recent rainfall made the place really mucky and wet and the flood waters were just starting to recede. Out of all the Treptocerases that I discovered on that trip, this was the only one that I decided to take home.
  19. Mucrospirifer

    From the album Arkona material

    I was at a rock shop the other day and I saw these brachiopods from Arkona that were up for sale. I bought them since they were cheap and I never get the chance to travel to far-away places, especially Arkona, to get materials like these just to give my collection some diversity. Arkona, Ontario, Devonian.

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  20. Caritodens demissa

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

    Caritodens demissa, a late Ordovician bivalve from Mimico Creek, Toronto, Ontario and belongs to the Georgian Bay Formation. A dolostone specimen.

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  21. Atrypa reticularis

    From the album Arkona material

    Middle Devonian, Arkona, Ontario. From that famous Arkona dig site place. Traded from a fellow member.

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  22. Fenestrate bryozoa on a coral

    From the album Arkona material

    Fenestrate bryozoan on a piece of Favosites coral. Does anyone know what's the actual name of this bryozoan? Arkona, Ontario, Middle Devonain. A big thank you to TMNH for doing a trade with me for these Arkona fossils

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  23. I often look up online in the internet for fossils that can be found at these bluffs but no resources tell me what specifically can be found there but I hopefully do wish to find some animal fossils there if possible. I wish to visit it this summer after spending a day back in May exploring the Don Valley Brickworks Park. Has anyone here ever visited and explored the Scarborough Bluffs before?
  24. I actually had an amazing day hunting in the Verulam formation near Lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada on Sunday April 12th with my friend J. Even with his rock saw it took me three trips from the bottom of the pit to lug the rocks out. I figure about 200 pounds of rocks came home with me.The weather was perfect (18 degrees celcius but there is still ice and snow in areas ) I got to the site about 8:00AM and stayed till 5 PM. Two hour drive each way so I was beat by the time I got home. Also was a little worse for wear as I got a finger trapped between two heavy slabs. Throbbed for the whole day. Currently at this location the only way to find anything decent is to split rock. Not a lot of new material has been uncovered since last season. But if you spend the time splitting you will find some pretty decent material. By splitting I literally mean splitting several hundred pound boulders (a shaley limestone). I found 3 ceraurus, 2 syringocrinus and about 20 (yes I said 20) homocystites. Here is one that I prepped this morning using Low PSI with dolomite and a .010 nozzle. Prep time about 2 hours. I also found about 5 crinoids that appear to be complete but it will be hard to tell what they are until they are prepped. I though this was a pretty spectacular association (4 trilo species and a well centered cystite) Considering that all I saw was the homocystites tail outline in the matrix, I think I got very lucky and the prep came out decent. Based on the 20 homocystites found the preservation on this one is typical. I will try to take a group picture once they are all prepped. 1 Homocystites (about 75 mm in length if was not curled) 1 almost complete ceraurus (about 15 mm long) (missing one of pygidium spines) overlapping the homocystites 2 inverted calyptaulax cephaplons 1 achetella cephalon 1 isotelus inverted partial
  25. eurypterus lacustris May 24, 2013

    From the album Pictures for sharing

    Museum Quality eurypterus lacustris found May 24, 2013. This is the positive and negative that came out in single unbroken plates. Williamsville A formation ; Stevensville, Ontario