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  1. Tales From the Shale

    NW Alabama

    Formation: Bangor Limestone Age: Mississippian Found this location in a remote area of Alabama recently. I Haven't hunted the Bangor in awhile, so I gave it a shot. A fragmentary calyx. Northern Alabama seems to be teeming with these, as I found 8 others in a nearby locality as well. A complete, but squashed roller of a Kaskia? Fenestrella are found commonly articulated with their fans here. This was the best individual I found. My guess is these are Spyroceras? All of my nautiloids come from the Ordovicia
  2. Here is a comprehensive list of most of the blastoids personally found by me at PP. This is roughly 80 hours worth of collecting the site from 4 total trips. Placoblastus obovatus: Specimen 2 Specimen 3 Hyperoblastus bassleri: Heteroschisma subtruncatum: Nucleocrinus meloniformis: Specimen 2 Specimen 3 Unknown blastoids: Specimen 2 Going to post one massive topic about Partridge Point tomorrow, still working out how to shrink photos so it isn't a mile long
  3. Keichhorn


    So, I was supposed to leave for the army and I tore a ligament in my knee. I took time off work and am now able to hobble around the shop. Feeling kinda down I went to alpena on Saturday hoping the rain would let up and what do ya know! It was sunny and cold by 10am. Here is a couple pics of my finds. I'll post more later!
  4. Tammy and I made our first post-pandemic roadtrip and we went to Chicago to see family. Decided to drive as I was not yet comfortable with airports and airplanes. I had hoped to visit a site in southern Illinois where blastoids used to be plentiful and easy to find. Sadly, that site was mistreated and is no longer available. Members here on the forum suggested several alternatives which should produce the blastoids that I longed to hunt for. We found that the large (and well known) roadcut just north of Sulphur, Indiana was along the route (kind of) on our return trip and so it was added to t
  5. I visited the Russell Wildlife Area in Oskaloosa, Iowa yesterday. It is a series of old mine pits of Pennsylvanian, Pella rock. Reportedly, blastoids are found here. After spending 4 hours looking, I came up empty, at least in regards to the blastoids. Plenty of other marine finds. I am wondering if anyone has possibly visited the area and stumbled onto any blastoids? Is it a needle in the haystack, or was I looking in the wrong rock structure? Just curious in case a return trip ever occurs. @squalicorax, I noticed you hunted the area. Mike
  6. Jeffrey P

    Back to the Ohio Valley

    Hi Everyone, I took a 2 week trip to the Ohio Valley, arriving back in New York about a week ago. It was primarily a family visit since many of my relatives now reside in the Elizabethtown, KY area. However, the Ohio Valley, as some of you know, is very rich in Paleozoic fossils and I just had to make a few stops on my way there and back as well as between family engagements. I will try to share enough to give you all a gist of it: It was a long day's drive from the northern suburbs of New York City to Richmond, Indiana where I spent the first night. The next day I was headed down State R
  7. Hey there, I hope today was as nice for you as it was for me outside here in Henry County, Missouri. On my day off today, I decided to go on another fossil hunt. Today's location is a little arm off of Truman Lake, and is one of my favorite spots to look for crinoids. The water was relatively low right now at this location today also. I decided to take advantage of that fact and look along the bottom by the water line where scraps and eroding peices fall down, and get covered back by water for most of the year. Often times I'll find complete crinoids and blastoids down here if the water is low
  8. This is getting to be a regular visit of mine, but this may be the last time for this garage sale that was being held by the daughter of two older ESCONI members who collected rocks and fossils all over the US and Canada. They had so much stuff, it could not be put out at one time, thus the weekly Saturday visits to see what was new. But before i put up the multiple picture heavy posts that will follow, I want to show a couple pictures of how some of the stuff was arranged. Today I was again got to meet the great Fossil Forum and ESCONI member Rich @stats, we spent time talking and revisiting
  9. sLast weekend I took a four day trip to Kentucky to see family; parents, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. While there arranged to get together with Herb from the Forum to collect Mississippian Age fossils which I hadn't done before. There are no fossiliferous Mississippian Age deposits in New York and the nearest are in Western Pennsylvania hours away, so this looked like a good opportunity to add some marine fossils from that age to my collection. Fortunately where my family lives is in an area of marine Mississippian deposits. On the way to our rendezvous with Herb in E-Town (Elizabethto
  10. I got of Chicago a couple hours before the snow came today- This has been such a bad winter / spring in Chicago - last weekend it was 80. I digressed, back to fossils. Today with a nice temperature of 72 degrees, I did about 3 hours of collecting at the Anna and Vienna road cuts in southern Illinois. These Mississippian road cuts are conveniently located off of I-57 and 146 (Anna) and I-24 and 146 (Vienna). I first stopped at Anna- you can collect on each side of the road, but like many sites, you need to look closely to find fossils. He
  11. hndmarshall

    are these blastoids???

    first item first three photos second item next three I can see they are not the same type but what are they? found in gravel load west of Houston Texas from Brazos River
  12. Today I stopped at a favorite roadcut near Vienna, Illinois at the intersection of I-24 & 146. This site contains Mississippian Fauna of the Chester Series / Upper Chester Group / Menard Limestone. Here are some of my finds- Pentremites spicatus Blastoids- (the larger 2) Archimedes screw and Crinoid Stem- Crinoid Basal Plates- Agassizocrinus (?) Brachiopods- Horn Coral- Fenestella Bryozoan- Hash Plates-
  13. The first is from the Menard formation the last two are from the Golconda fromation. https://imgur.com/a/8g5R86m I've been away for some time (life keeping me busy). I have a brand new prep room soon I will have other photos of my room and various fossils and rocks. Members that have been around awhile might remember me and to all you new folk I want to say hello (maybe I should have started with all that). Anyway I hope to be able to get back to posting again since things are starting to settle in.
  14. As I was heading home from Georgia, I made two quick stops in the pouring rain to collect some Mississippian fossils at Anna and Vienna, Illinois. I must state that these are not destination sites, the area are okay to stop at if you are passing by these areas. First up was a stop at Vienna, Illinois ( I-24 and Rt. 146 Exit 16). I picked up every fossil so you can see what is available. Blastoids Brachiopods Archimedes screw Crinoid Stems
  15. After making a stop at the Anna Roadcut, I drove about 15 minutes to Vienna, Illinois where there is a roadcut at the entrance to Interstate 24. This rock is supposed to Be Mississippian Menard Limestone. At this location I also found some nice hash plates, my biggest blastoid of the day, Horn coral, Archimedes’ screw, bryozoan and brachiopods.
  16. Nimravis

    Anna, Illinois Roadcut

    Today I was in Southern Illinois and made a Quick stop at a road cut near Anna, Illinois, just off of Interstate 57. This exposure is: Upper Mississippian Middle Chesterian Series Golconda Formation Harvey Member I found a few nice hash plates and some blastoids, Archimedes’ screw, brachiopods, Horn coral, Bryozoan, crinoid stems and one trilobite pygidium.
  17. WhodamanHD

    Blastoid and crinoid mix up

    I while back I acquired a collection of fossils,minerals, and rocks. They were apparently found at an estate sale before being bought and sold online, hence the prices on the labels (not what I paid for them). It was rather large and confusing, but I managed to figure a lot of it out. One bag, however, has crinoid and blastoid stems and calyxs (calyxi? Calyxese?) and six labels, none attached to the specimens. I was wonder if y'all could help me sort them out, because I'm confused. A few of the labels are just "crinoid stems", is it possible to get a better ID on them? I can take more pictures
  18. Since I was on spring break and finally had a Saturday off, I decided to drive a few hours south to a couple of the best Mississippian exposures in my area. I've been to these spots in the past and have always had a pretty decent haul. Here are some of my finds from my most recent trip, enjoy! Blastoids (complete with in situ shots) Brachiopods
  19. DE&i

    Blastoid id needed please

    Can someone help me read this beautifully hand written note to describe these Blastiods please.
  20. BigGuy


    From the album: Silurian Fossils - Giles County Tennessee

    Blastoids are extinct echinoderms, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and crinoids) that are quite common fossils.
  21. Herb

    E4 M.Jur Psephechinus serratus

    From the album: Echinoderms through the Ages

    Psephehinnus serratus M.Jurassic Degre,Sarthe,France

    © copyright by Herb Miracle

  22. Crinoid Queen

    Indiana/kentuky Road Cuts

    Hay I am trying to re-plan a second day of a hunting trip because our first choice became state property about a year ago I was wondering if any one had any experience at any of these road cuts. I am just wondering how the collecting was at the sites? Quality and frequency typical of fossils found at each locality? If any one knows the layers to look in too for any specific fossil would be awesome Thanks for the help! -CQ http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/collecting.html Looking at #'s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10
  23. KyWahine

    fossil shelf section (Side 1)

    From the album: Western Ky Fossil Hunt

    Side 1 of a sea-shelf fossil piece.
  24. KyWahine

    Close up section of Side 1

    From the album: Western Ky Fossil Hunt

    "Where's Waldo" (lol)
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