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  1. Last summer I posted a trip report about finding some Pennsylvanian black shale in a river bed in East Central Illinois http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/106753-628-illinois-black-shale-trip-w-listracanthus/. I was able to visit the site again once more in the fall last year when the river was running much lower and collect more and larger pieces of the finely bedded and fissile shale. Since then I have been slowly splitting and going through the rocks I brought home, and finding many interesting fish parts- that is definitely the dominant fauna presen
  2. bluegilldvm

    Black Shale from Illinois

    This was collected at a private recreation club west of Pit 11 from old spoil hills. I have found Listracanthus spines from this type of black shale. I’m not sure if this is a large spine or something else. Thanks
  3. bluegilldvm

    Illinois Black Shale

    This is black shale from southern Grundy County, Illinois from a private rec club found in the spoils hills throughout the club. I have found a few listracanthus spines and numerous bivalves from this area. I am unsure as to what these structures are but thinking a type of mollusk or ammonite. Pics 1-3 is one fossil and pics 4 and 5 is another fossil. Thanks
  4. Last weekend I decided to take a short drive to Vermilion County, IL and get outside for a little bit. I haven’t been able to do any fossil hunting since COVID-19 reached our shores, so I had a few iffy sites less than 40 minutes from home in mind as I was driving. The first two proved fruitless, but I decided on a whim to take a new road over a local river in hopes of finding some exposures there. The river was running high with verdant growth all around and dragon and damselflies filling the air. As I looked down from the bridge I saw sandy shore, concrete bridge abut
  5. Bonehunter

    shale limpet?

    So, while looking for shale that may have plant imprints (nadda ) or conodonts (also nadda ) and finding absolutely nothing splitting open countless layers (I wanted to make the shale layers in Kansas City look uniform so I've separated all of them for future fossil hunters ) I came upon this single fossil. To me it reminds me of modern-day smooth shelled limpets. This black shale layer was between winterset limestone and Sniabar limestone layers in Kansas City (from R. Gentile). It is about 3/8" long by 2/8" wide and a little over 1/8" thick-two different "lightings". Thoughts, as usual, m
  6. RCFossils

    Pennsylvanian Aged Mystery Fossil

    This is a very odd fossil that I collected from a Pennsylvanian aged black shale site in North Central Illinois. i have been collecting this site for many years and have never found anything like it. The specimen measures approximately 3”. The site primarily consists of a Thylacocephalan type arthropod along with a variety of fish and a few nautiloids. it is very similar to the Mecca Quarry Shale of Indiana. My best guess is that it is some type of nautiloid or possibly a spiral coprolite. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  7. Here are a few things I would love to know what they are: #1 Black shale that we used years ago to make a decorative siding for the barn, what are those shallow pits? This rock is about 7 inches long. #2 This came from a different area in the Eastern Panhandle that was near a large creek. #3 Same thing as #2? Thank you for your help!
  8. Yesterday I went on a combined field trip with ESCONI and LOESS to the Starved Rock Clay Products pit in Utica, Illinois. ( @connorp was there too!) This open pit exposes the Pennsylvanian Mecca Quarry black shale, Francis Creek shale, Colchester Coal, and an underclay below the coal- an assembly of strata that have produced world-renowned fossils elsewhere, including Mazon Creek fossils further east and complete sharks from the Mecca Quarry Shale in Indiana. At this location, unfortunately, the concretions are almost all blanks but the black shale does produce isolated fauna including bivalve
  9. diabeticwolf

    Carboniferous Nacre

    So I finally have an answer to the identity of this fossil I found in a rock quarry in Crescent, Iowa back in 2015... it has been identified as the back half of a eurypterid with the telson attached and nacre. This is a very unusual find for the location and the age of the shale.
  10. In the last two weeks i have found two new very promising fossil sites. They are on private land that i have permission to be on. And please don't ask where. There are so many things that i have to leave many behind. I hope i am lucky enough to find something truly amazing from these sites and share them with science and ultimately all of us. I believe this to be the first Orthacanthus sp. specimen ever found in this area of Illinois. It would be pretty neat to add this awesome predator to this fauna. As found: After prep:
  11. I found what looks like a tree cast fossil in black shale layer but it does not look like what I have seen on display. It to me made of a very fine grain sediment and peel off in layers. I could see a complete log imbedded in the shale on one of the upper layers appears to be less than a foot in diameter.
  12. fossilized6s

    Black shale oddity, any ideas?

    I went down to a new spot i found to see if i could find more Carboniferous shark teeth. Sadly, no teeth. But i found this oddity. I've personally have never seen anything like it, and it kind of reminds me of shark skin, but i'm leaning more towards a strange trace fossil. In the upper right corner and top center you can see symmetry somewhat in the shape i can only describe as a sunflower shape. Other than that the spots seem random. Any opinoins are welcome. I've been searching and searching without any luck. Thanks, guys and gals This
  13. I dig around in Devonian black shale quite a bit looking for nice pyrite crystals, etc. Is there a legitimate concern for me regarding radioactivity within that black shale? I ask because I stumbled across an article that mentions the radioactivity content of minerals in black shale. TIA!
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