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Found 36 results

  1. From the album Middle Devonian

    Palaeozygopleura hamiltoniae (gastropod encrusted with bryozoan) Middle Devonian Skaneateles Formation Delphi Member Hamilton Group Cole Hill Rd. North Brookfield, NY.
  2. From the album Middle Devonian

    Atactotoechus fruticosus (bryozoan) and Dipleura dekayi (trilobite pygidium) Middle Devonian Skaneateles Formation Delphi Member Hamilton Group Cole Hill Rd. North Brookfield, NY.
  3. 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 (Elizabethtown) my nephew and I stopped at a road cut in Leitchfield that he knew about and had seen other collectors collecting at. Fossils were eroding out of the hillside by the score and could be picked up right off the ground free of the matrix. Collected a number crinoid stems, bryozoans, and small brachiopods. After an hour, we continued on to our meet up with Herb. My nephew had already met Herb at a collecting site. We continued on to another road cut collecting site about forty minutes away. Again, fossils were eroding out of the hillside and could be picked right up free of the matrix. Prior to this I had no blastoids in my collection but in just an hour and a half I'd collected fifteen plus more brachiopods, crinoid stems, and some more bryozoan specimens. We then returned to the first place in Leitchfield where my nephew and I visited earlier. Found more specimens including a number of crinoid calyxes, a couple blastoids, and a few more brachiopods and bryozoans. I'll have to study to learn the IDs of these specimens. All in all a great day and Herb was wonderful to collect with and very generous and knowledgeable besides. Hope we get to do this again next year. Oh, and by the way, the family visit went well too.
  4. Devonian Bryozoan from Madison Co., NY.

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Sulcoretiporina incisurata (bryozoan) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road quarry Lebanon, NY. Though tiny, this is the largest, most detailed specimen I've found so far.
  5. Last week I made my third annual pilgrimage back to the Chicago area to visit family, do a little fossil hunting, gorge myself on great ethnic foods and treat myself to some Chicago-style deep-dish stuffed pizza for my birthday--yum! I had hoped to pick up some more Pit 2 (Braidwood Biota) Mazon Creek nodules from Fossil Rock campground in Wilmington but sadly it is now closed and up for auction with the distinct possibility that it will never again allow fossil hunters to gather nodules from the spoil piles at the back of the campground. Instead, I figured on focusing back on the Pit 11 (Essex Biota) nodules in the Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area where I first had hunted nodules since learning about them several years ago. I had hoped on meeting up with some TFF members but unfortunately this turned out to be a busy weekend for them and we never managed to get out for a group nodule hunt. I did make it out to Mazonia/Braidwood for a couple hours of the weekend. Luckily, this location in Braceville is only a short 45 minute drive from where we were staying so it is quite convenient to pop over there. The weather report did not look good for Saturday afternoon and soon after we arrived the low clouds and mist turned to drizzle and then to rain and we were chased out with little to show for our efforts. We did a little better on Sunday and I have a small cache of nodules soaking in a bucket at the moment before their first freeze/thaw cycle on a shelf in my freezer. I had suggested to the TFF members in the greater Chicagoland area (including far western cities and extending into Wisconsin) that if there were other fossil hunting opportunities in the area that I might be able to replace Fossil Rock campground with some other novel (to me and my wife, anyway) location. Rob Russell suggested a small road cut in north central Illinois as a possibility but stated that a much more certain location would be the St. Leon roadcut in southeastern Indiana. We considered how we wanted to plan our week in Chicago and decided that Friday would be the best day for a roadtrip to Indiana. Google Maps (for some unknown reason) showed this trip as just under 4 hours. I figured that would be only an hour more than we normally drive to get to the Peace River here in Florida and that we could do it as a day trip. We got up early on Friday (easy to get out of bed with the prospect of fossil hunting ahead) and were on the road before 6am. Being reasonably close to the Summer Solstice and at a much more northerly than our normal South Florida latitude, the days were long and we were able to depart in daylight. We ducked under the southern tip of Lake Michigan and once in Indiana headed southeast on I-65 toward Indianapolis. Right away I could see that the Google Maps estimate of arrival time was optimistic. Large swaths of I-65 were under construction and there seemed to be as many large semi trucks on the road as cars. We stopped off along the way for a quick breakfast and continued to make steady progress toward Indianapolis. We had planned on stopping there because in my haste to pack for the Chicago trip I had forgotten to pack a long sleeve shirt. I have had more than my fair share of solar radiation as a kid spending my days shirtless and shoeless running around the country roads of northern Wisconsin with the local kids during my youth and now prefer to spend my time in South Florida covered up from the sun as much as possible. Rather than lathering up armfuls of sunblock I tend to prefer long sleeve shirts for their abrasion protection as much as their SPF. I set the GPS for the address of a Target store in Indianapolis as we had left the Chicagoland area before they were open. Unfortunately, we got the E or W prefix wrong on the street address and ended up some 16 miles away from the store. We managed to find a discount store in the area and after about 5 minutes of shopping (twice my normal preferred extent) I came away with my new "in the field" shirt for the extravagant price of $2.50. Back on the highway again and heading toward the town of St. Leon. We were making reasonable time (as best we could with the traffic and construction) but realized that 4 hours was a hopelessly unrealistic travel time. When I double-checked the distance I realized that it was around 280 miles and a 70 mph average speed would be needed to make this journey in the specified time. As that was the limit on the fastest parts of the highway we would not be arriving mid-morning as I'd originally planned. In the end we arrived for an early lunch in St. Leon where we (surprisingly) found vegetarian food at a restaurant called Skyline Chili. Chili they had--several large cauldrons of it bubbling away in the open kitchen area--but skyline? The only skyline visible in this open rural area was that shown in silhouette on their sign. Post lunch we headed north on Old State 1 till we saw the splendor of the extensive roadcut that I'd seen in Google Maps satellite imagery or in the trip photos of other groups that have hunted here before us. This roadcut through the 450 million year old Upper Ordovician deposits seems to have been an effort to minimize the slope of the highway running through its middle. We parked well off the road on the extensive shoulder near the drainage area and could hear the frequent trucks and cars go by. On their way up the incline we could hear the trucks shifting into low gear to climb the grade and the engine breaking of the trucks making the opposite trip. We were the only ones there, the sun was shining, the weather was pleasant and within minutes of parking the car we saw that the rocks around us were virtually carpeted with brachiopods and other fossils--it was going to be a good day. It had taken us 6 hours to get here (50% longer than originally estimated) but with the prospect of a new and exciting hunting opportunity, we couldn't be happier. For those who have not yet seen the roadcut at St. Leon here is what it looks like looking down the sloping highway with terraced slopes flanking the road. You'll notice the wide shoulder and the shallow drainage trough which make for safe parking well away from the traffic. The photo of the brachiopod slab right next to where we parked the car indicated a productive day was ahead of us.
  6. Devonian Bryozoan from Madison Co., NY.

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Atactotoechus fruticosus (branching bryozoan) Middle Devonian Oatkacreek Formation Marcellus Shale member Hamilton Group Morrisville, NY.
  7. Ordovician Bryozoan from Port Henry, NY

    From the album Ordovician

    Prasopora simulatrix (bryozoan colony) Middle Ordovician Formation (Sugar River?) Trenton Group Port Henry, NY
  8. Labor Day in southeastern Minnesota dawned clear with temps climbing into the 80s and an uncomfortable humidity level, but the wind was blowing off the prairie and it was a good day to hunt fossils. This year at 60 I have begun to feel my age and found that I do not hunt as often or as long as I had previously, and I'm taking more pictures of fossils than carrying rock. My first stop was a favorite quarry that appears to be shutting down as they are planting grasses and only seem to be using it for storage of gravels and sand - no new blasting. I started out on the upper portion that overlooks the main quarry. The winds were light and welcome carrying the scents of willow and wild asters. The wild pigeons and, always odd to me here in Minnesota, the sand pipers alerted airborne and terrestrial creatures alike that an intruder had arrived in their domain. Within a hundred feet I spied this trio of fossils: Continued...
  9. From the album Middle Devonian

    Gastropod (unidentified) covered with bryozoan Middle Devonian Windom Shale Moscow Formation Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road quarry Lebanon, NY. collected 7/13/15
  10. Hederella, Bryozoan on brachiopod shell

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Hederella (bryozoan on brachiopod shell) Middle Devonian Upper Ludlowville Formation Hamilton Group Geer Road Quarry Lebanon, NY
  11. Pennsylvanian Micros From Texas

    Because I now have a semi-reliable and decent microfossil photographing system, I will post on the micros I have that I collected a while ago. These are from the Pennsylvanian, and were collected in Brownwood, Texas. Though it doesn't show up in the pictures the fossils are a pinkish-brown color. Most of the material was made up of three different fossils: fusulinids, bryozoan colonies, and crinoid stems. There were a few broken brachiopod shells in it as well. Here are the fusulinids: Here are the bryozoans: And last are the crinoids: The material was so fossiliferous that in a small bag, I have already found at least two tablespoons of each of these three micros. I haven't even finished going through the bag yet. Oh, and another interesting non-fossil find was a few prickly pear cactus seeds! I don't know why they were in there, but I thought that that was kind of funny.
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