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  1. Tales From the Shale

    Estabrook Park 09/30/22

    I went to Estabrook two days ago just because I was in the area. I've hit this area multiple times before. Despite its low fossil yield I think it's an excellent place to start for any new fossil hunters getting into the hobby. The sole outcrop to be found here lies under the bridge overlooking the river rapids. It extends for roughly 30-45 feet. There are soils in the area that occasionally produce small bits of brachiopod and crinoid stem fragments as well. However I mostly keep to the main rock outcrop. Your most common finds within the park are tons of brachiopo
  2. Hi there, I believe I found a brachiopod fossil (pedicle valve). I'm hoping for some help identifying it more specifically - family, genus, or species? It was buried a few feet deep on an eroding, sandy hillside about 30 meters above sea level. The hill is about 2 kilometers from an inlet around the Puget Sound region of Washington state (glacial till). Please see attached photos. It looks like there might be other shells fossilized within the cavity. Please let me know if you need more info/different angle photos. Thank you in advance for any help!
  3. Thomas1982

    Another Mahantango mystery

    Hello all, I noticed something unusual when cleaning this rather large brachiopod steinkern. Frankly I am stumped: what do you guys think? Found in Perry County, Pennsylvania. Mahantango formation. Middle Devonian.
  4. will stevenson

    Moroccan brachiopod

    Hi guys what do you think of this devonian brachiopod from morocco, thanks! @Tidgy's Dad you always have some useful insights
  5. Herb

    Eucalyptocrinites Calyx

    This is a Crania sp. inarticulate brachiopod attached to a Eucalyptocrinites sp. calyx from the Silurian Waldron Shale from central Indiana. The calyx is 2 1/4" (5 cm) across. The brachiopod is about 3/4" across.(2cm). The blue circled item is a single element bryozoan, like the ones found in the lower Devonian Birdsong formation of central Tennessee.
  6. Denis Arcand

    Brachiopod ID please

    There are so many brachiopods that look alike, it's hard to identify them. Is this Dalmanella sp ? I found it in the Nicolet River formation (Late Ordovician) each one is 1/2 inch
  7. Tales From the Shale

    Oglesby Highlights

    It's been a busy summer out here in Wisconsin, but fortunately I was able to make multiple trips out to Oglesby in Illinois. Here were some of the top finds. Perepristis semicircularis, found on my second trip. The chip on the top was from my unlucky Dremel stroke. The white dots on the left are not damage, but tooth coloration. My first and only connularid, of unknown affinity. I'm pleased to have this despite it being fragmentary. What I believe to be an ameura trilobite pygidium, nicely preserved. Composita argentia found a ton of these, but this
  8. Hello everyone, This weekend on Sunday my family and I made a short trip out to Central NY to do some fossil hunting. I was planning on doing this on my actual birthday which was on Monday but due to the weather we decided to do it earlier. As a result the trip ended up being more spontaneous, shorter than expected but still very enjoyable. The first stop was DSR, this was my second time at the quarry and although I didn't get as diverse of a selection of fossils this time (probably just being more picky), I got some nice specimens of a few new species as well as ones I already had.
  9. Rexofspades

    Gore Store Fossil ID 08/2022

    Hello peeps, heres another expedition log and attempt at ID. let me know if i get any of these wrong or what you think it might be. Eldredgeops Rana trilobites. all 3 i collected seem to be enrolled, none of them had a head however. can any trilobite expert explain why that is? are they molts? or is this just a quirk of fossilization perhaps. This one was just sitting at the top of the hill in the shade of some bushes. it looked like it was always there. 1 2 3
  10. Tidgy's Dad


    Hoooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here we are at last, into Adam's Silurian. Thanks for looking. First up is the Lower Silurian or Llandovery and I begin with a problem. I posted this one incorrectly in Adam's Ordovician as it had got it's label muddled up with an Ordovician Favosites I had that has vanished in the move here, but is being replaced by kind forum member @Herb Anyway, this, I remember now I've found the correct label, is from the greenish Browgill Formation, part of the Stockdale Group from a cutting near Skelg
  11. I have a few shells like the one pictured below from Penn Dixie in New York. All I have for prep are dental picks. Is it possible to clean out the matrix to reveal more of the shell details with basic tools?
  12. Tales From the Shale

    Oglesby Roadcut

    Went to Oglesby Illinois to explore a well known site last weekend. Took me awhile to partially scrub and organize these individual specimens. Some Composita brachiopods? Can't remember for sure. My favorite find (looks better in person) someone must have tried to bash it out of the rock, as it has damage from a hammer, when I had found it in the matrix. I think its a Neospirifer, and quite large at that. Shame it has that shell damage but still great regardless. And then finally these very co
  13. Steph

    More Paleozoic finds

    The 1st few may be the strangest rocks I have found. Appreciate any input. Thanks! Rock 5Rock 6 & 7: could these be fossilized tree roots?Rock 7 - external surface Rock 7 - close up of internal side (smooth) side Are the following specimens too weather worn to make a general ID? I know they are pebble-ish, but on some, there are potentially ribs (very worn), etc. I’m wondering about echinoids, ostracods, possible small brachiopods. Potential bivalve?
  14. I'm chipping away at what I think is brush creek limestone to find what I think is Mooreoceras (first two pics) and Metacoceras. I have no idea what the last fossil is. All help is appreciated, thank you.
  15. minnbuckeye

    La Salle County Brachiopod Unknown

    Here is a brachiopod that I am completely lacking a guess on its identity. The specimen is from the Bond Formation, LaSalle Limestone, Pennsylvanian, found in LaSalle County, Illinois. It is tiny for the formation's other brachiopods.
  16. I found these while on a trek uphill. I’ve posted it on different sites but no one can give a positive ID on my finds. Location is Cebu, Philippines by the way. Always been curious about how the ocean life was here millions of years ago as most studies indicate that the Philippine archipelago was submerged in water. For more angles, click on that imgur link as I have labelled those there.
  17. I collected these brachiopods from the lower Kope Formation (Late Ordovician) in northern Kentucky. I am leaning towards Zygospira modesta but was hoping for a second opinion. @Misha @Tidgy's Dad Thanks for any help.
  18. Decided to take a trip to Deep Springs Road in hopes of finding a complete Dipleura dekayi fossil. I have only ever explored the Devonian shales of Erie county, so the differences in the fossils was really refreshing. I have put some of my interesting specimens below. Also I did find a few pieces of trash that I picked up. Please help keep the site clean if you visit! Thank you for the help identifying these fossils that are new to me. 1. Found within my first 20 minutes at DSR, I never sniffed Dipleura again the rest of the day! 2. A type of gonatite mayb
  19. Day Two ; Locality One (or Six if you include Day One) Black Sahara, South of Erfoud 20th February 2019 Well this is where things really get interesting, so stick with this thread as there are dozens of photos of fossils coming up. Looks at the tags if you want clues. I was up bright and early and wandered out at about 7 am to watch the sun rise over the still mighty Erg Chebbi dunes. And as night's candles were burnt out and jocund day stood tiptoe over the misty duney tops, the chaps came to join me and managed lots of photos. Here's one, if you w
  20. I've been posting identified microfossil fauna I've found at the Middle Devonian site in Paulding, OH on separate thread. However I've found a number of immature(?) brachiopods in my washings that I'd appreciate ideas of their genus / species designation. Tagging @Peat Burns and @ClearLake as they collect at Paulding. I'll post different specimens (there's a few) as I get photos taken. Here is the first photo.
  21. A few years ago, I found a fossilized something on the Beach at Cape Henlopen. It was embedded in quartz. It looked kinda like a belemnite, but the wrong material. I was told by Plax that it was much older than our cretaceous belemnites. I tucked it into a spot on the shelf and wondered about it. Since then I have seen a few posts here and there from folks in NJ finding nice little paleozoic pieces on their side of the bay as well. This summer, I made it a mission to explore the Delaware beaches and see what I could find and how far north they went. I began at the cape and worked m
  22. Nat006

    Plant fossil? Brachiopod?

    I found these hiking in Odenwald, Germany, where I found other fossils too. Pic 1-2 : no idea what this is. Help is appreciated. Pic 3-5 : is this a brachiopod? Does anyone know what kind? Pic 6: this looks a bit like some plant fossils I saw for sale so I was wondering: is this a plant fossil? Or are they random marks? They aren't coming off if I scrub them.
  23. Day One ; Locality Three. Midelt 19th February 2019 The Berber nomads are hospitable, generous and very tough : The snow disappears soon after you get onto the High Plains between the Middle and High Atlas ranges. Here are the High Atlas looming in the distance : As one approaches the town of Midelt, the layered geology of what is mostly Dogger, the old name for the Middle Jurassic, still used here, becomes clear : Midelt is full of fossil shops, however most of the fossils, including a kazillion trilobites, actually come from elsew
  24. Lucid_Bot

    Pennsylvanian Snails and Clams?

    Hello again, I found these tiny specimens today, and I'm not quite sure what they are. If I had to guess, I'd say the spiral shelled creature is Amphiscapha and the more clamish one looks a bit like Kozlowskia without the little side wings. No idea what the last one is. As always, all help is greatly appreciated. Also, sorry about the bad pics, these are quite small specimens.
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