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  1. Tidgy's Dad

    Adam's Early / Lower Devonian

    The Devonian period is known as "The Age of Fish", but could also be known as "The Age of Brachiopods." In the Early / Lower Devonian, brachiopods reached the height of their diversity towards its end in the Emsian. We see the ancestral groups occurring, lingulids, craniids, orthids, protorthids, pentamerids, rhynchonellids and strophomenids, as well as the later successful groups we have seen before such as atrypids, athyrids and orthotetids, plus the rise of spiriferids, spiriferinids and productids and the beginning of the terebratulids. By the end of the Devonian , several of these g
  2. 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
  3. ScottBlooded

    Bryozoa?

    Hope everyone is doing well. Found this in the Needmore Formation so earlyish Devonian in age. My guess was some kind of bryozoan but looking at the texture up close I wasn’t sure. I’m not necessarily a bryozoan guy so I don’t have any frame of reference. If that is what it ends up being, does anyone know the genus/species? As always, I’m very grateful for your time.
  4. SilurianSalamander

    Horn coral or bryozoan colony?

    Found in landscaping gravel at a gas station on a 6.5 hour drive to Lake Huron for some fossil hunting. This is probably Devonian. Instinct tells me horn coral but it looks rougher than that and lacks visible septa at the top. Bryozoan colony? That’s my next best guess. Thanks! Love you guys.
  5. Hey there, me again (since my first ever post had great success)! The photos I am about to show you may depict one or two different animals, found in the Neuville Formation of the Trenton Group (Middle Ordovician). The host rock would be micritic limestone and all pictures were taken in Neuville, 30 km west of Quebec City (Québec Province, Canada). Stratas had a subhorizontal dip, slowly sinking into the Saint Lawrence River. Today, I have 6 pictures showing 6 different specimens. The photos might be showing the same animal, but seen from the top AND the bottom (which
  6. Day One; Locality Four Tizi N'Talghaumt Pass 19th February 2019 This pass runs through a slightly lower section of the eastern High Atlas along the course of the Ziz River which snakes its way right through to Algeria. These wonderful trees are common in the Sub Sahara, but I don't know what they are. We stopped by the altitude sign overlooking the Aoufous Oasis on the River Ziz. Whilst wifey and Abdulla admired the huge palmerie oasis, one of the largest in Morocco, Anouar and I nipped across the road to see what we could find :
  7. I_gotta_rock

    What The Fossil?

    Found this in Big Brook, NJ (Late Cretaceous Navesink Fm.). It's about 2.5 cm wide. I don't even know what phylum to put it in. My first thought was bryozoan. There is one very thorough paper on Bryozoa of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, but it has nothing to fit the bill. Looks like sponge with those big holes. Found a picture of Discopora sp. that looks very close, but that genus is not listed in PBDB anywhere in North America. Gabb thought he had something similar from NJ, but it turned out to be a sand concretion. The last picture is the underside of the specimen, which may or may not be a thi
  8. The fossil bryozoa colony I found on April 6th turned out to be a pocket of individual colonies. I've posted about this find in the past month. Happy Collecting. Atactotoechus fruticosus Fossil Bryozoa Colony Moscow Formation, Middle Devonian (380 million years) New York State It's very difficult to find complete/near complete colonies of Devonian bryozoans that also look great in a display case. These Atactotoechus fruticosus bryozoan colonies are from a newly (4/2022) discovered pocket of around two dozen individual colonies. This Bryo
  9. 2022 Fossil Collecting Season Our season started out great with a warm 63 degree day here in New York State. We often don't dig on our first collecting trip of the season Its more of a surface collecting trip just to scout out the area and see what winter has exposed for us. I had my geology hammer of course but no mini sledge, chisels, or pry bars. One of my favorite things to find in early spring are colonies of Bryozoa (Atactotoechus frutiosus). You have to collect every little piece of the colony and reassemble them back it home. This will take anywhere from an hour to many hou
  10. JUAN EMMANUEL

    Toronto Brachiopod And Bryozoan Help

    I found these two fossils from Mimico Creek in Toronto, Canada and they both belong to the Georgian Bay formation, late Ordovician. The first one I believe is a Pseudolingula, but I can't really nail it down to a species level. The other is a bryozoan, and I was thinking of Prasopora. What do you guys think? The brachiopod I found in shale, but the bryozoan in a limestone bed with other bryozoas. The brachiopod: The bryozoa:
  11. I_gotta_rock

    Cretaceous Bryozoan

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Idmidronea traceyi, Taylor and McKinney, 2006 Mount Laurel Formation Reedy Point, Delaware
  12. I_gotta_rock

    Cretaceous Bryozoa

    From the album: Delaware Fossils

    Idmidronea traceyi, Taylor and McKinney, 2006 Mount Laurel Formation Reedy Point, Delaware
  13. TyrannosaurusRex

    Permian Outcrop in Callahan County

    Howdy folks! I haven’t posted a hunt in a long time, and I got a chance today to go to a very productive location I’ve discovered. This was the first time I’ve had any amount of time to look, so I ended up pleasantly surprised by what I found. Unfortunately, I don’t know the species of brachiopod, but I suspect they might be Pulchratia, though you’re welcome to correct me, I don’t know invertebrates very well yet. The site was created from being a man made pond, where the removed soil was then dumped a ways from the pond and after many years it has eroded down to expose some really nice
  14. I_gotta_rock

    Beltzville State Park, PA

    Beltzville State Park is one of those rare parks where collecting is allowed. The adjacent federal land, owned and operated by the Corps of Engineers to operate the dam there, is accessible ONLY WITH A PERMIT. It is a functioning spillway and there is a gun range for the local police, so you and USACE need to make sure you are safe. With that important disclaimer out of the way, here's the good stuff! Beltzville is a very productive Middle Devonian site which includes the PA State Fossil, the trilobite Eldredgeops rana. Although no one in the group found any definite complete
  15. On July 1st, 2021, I went for the first time to a public, personal site and was very pleased with the results of my fossil excursion. The locale consists of several exposed formations, namely the Liberty formation I was hunting in. In my region of southwestern Ohio, that's known to be one of the best fossil-hunting formations due to its remarkable preservation of particularly fragile Ordovician life, even when compared to the excellent fossil preservation quality of other formations in the area. The thirty-three degrees Celsius heat was rather hot by itself, and as the sun's rays
  16. I wonder what we can see in this limestone with a lot of microorganisms displayed together. Some is obviously coral, but there are more things. The rock is from the Upper Ordovician in the Oslo field in Norway. The size is indicated by the distance between the two blue line being 1 cm. You can enlage the picture a little to see more clearly the smaller things.
  17. Atactotoechus fruticosus (Bryozoa) Kashong member, Moscow formation, Middle Devonian, New York Found 4/09/2021. Size - 6"x 4.2" This turned out better than I thought it would. When I find these bryozoa colonies, I have no idea how complete they are or what they will look like until I start piecing them back together. This colony is missing some pieces but a lot of it was saved from erosion/oblivion. The base of the colony was uneven so I used some modeling clay to help display it in its upright position. The last photo was my attempt to bring the colony
  18. Rhizae42

    Substrate?

    There are fossils in the background gray sedimentary, but so much better preserved in brown! Why? Almost like this pile of creatures is on display, a 7 inch blob just laying on top of gray stone. I'm more interested in how these were preserved than what they are.
  19. Ramona

    bryozoa or brachiopod?

    This is an odd little rock that I found at my son's land in Franklin County today, near Lost Creek (Alabama). I am seeing what I think is an area of bryozoan fossils of some sort on it, but then I saw this tiny little shape that is encased inside of something else. I thought it was a brachiopod at first until I looked up closed with my trusty macro lens and saw teensy dots along the edges. Is this another type of bryozoa? And, if so, why is it encased inside of something? Thanks!! Ramona
  20. ClearLake

    Waccamaw Bryozoan

    A few months back I won an auction from @sixgill pete and part of the lot was a bag of matrix from the Waccamaw Formation in Columbus County North Carolina. The Waccamaw Fm. is a marine sand and shell hash that has been correlated numerous different ways with a varying range of ages applied to it in the past, but as it is currently interpreted, it is Pleistocene in age (Gelasian and Calabrian Stages or Upper Blancan to Irvingtonian if you prefer the NA names) and found in South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina. The bag was chock full of molluscan goodies and I am steadily
  21. ClearLake

    Bryozoan Document Needed

    I am looking for the following document which I can't find online through any of my usual sources (JSTOR, BHL, etc), any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance COOK, P.L. and CHIMONIDES, P.J. (1994), Notes on the family Cupuladriidae (Bryozoa), and on Cupuladria remota sp. n. from the Marquesas Islands. Zoologica Scripta, 23: 251-268.
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