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  1. JakubArmatys

    Trilobite Glabella?

    Is that a Trilobite Glabella? Loc: Gałęzice, Holy Cross Mountains, Poland Age: Carbonifeurus-Viseán
  2. Oxytropidoceras

    Mysterious Insect Fossil Gap Explained

    Mysterious Insect Fossil Gap Explained A lack of diverse, winged hexapods— not low oxygen levels— could explain the gap in the fossil record By Lucas Joel, Smithsonian Magazine, May 1, 2018 Open access papers that mentions the hexapod gap ar: Engel, M.S., 2015. Insect evolution. Current Biology, 25(19), pp.R868-R872 Schachat, S.R., Labandeira, C.C., Saltzman, M.R., Cramer, B.D., Payne, J.L. and Boyce, C.K., 2018. Phanerozoic p O2 and the early evolution of terrestrial animals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biologica
  3. Back at it again with some more specimens I hope to pin down an ID for. These are also from the Adams Branch Limestone/Winchell Fm of the Canyon Group. My method of slowly scouring through every stone around me paid off when I found these beauties. Finding a nice crinoid crown was a big goal of mine coming into the trip that I was pretty sure I wouldn't fulfill. It feels good to come away with so much more than I expected! We'll call them crowns 1, 2, and 3 from left to right in the images below: Crown 1 was super exciting for me when I initially came across it, but Me
  4. So today I went on my first trip with the Paleontological Society of Austin to the Brownwood area to visit a couple of Paleozoic sites. It was a blast and just what I needed after a busy week. However, I'm not gonna go too far into the details because I plan on writing up a trip report soon. I think I found some pretty cool stuff . Instead, I'm writing this topic because I am simply too anxious to wait on hearing an answer to this question I have. Our first stop was along a roadcut that was situated within the Pennsylvanian Adams Branch Limestone (Canyon Group) and Strawn Group. O
  5. Thomas1982


    From the album: Llewellyn Formation

    Macroneuropteris pinnule Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
  6. Thomas1982


    From the album: Llewellyn Formation

    ALethopteris and Neuropteris pinnules Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
  7. nickja

    petrified fern trunk?

    Hi I found this petrified log of some sort in a sandstone cliff near Inverness Cape Breton Island and am wondering if anyone here knows what it would have been interesting looking pattern around the outside its how I would imagine the bark of a giant fern/ palm tree trunk would have looked long ago , also does anyone know how I could clean it up and bring out more of the bark like texture without damaging the fossil?
  8. New hunt today with few very good finds mariopteris plate
  9. Went to a site in central PA today and collected some Llewelyn formation ferns and other Carboniferous plants. Second opinions on the following are appreciated! 1, I thought this is an Alethopteris but the leaves look like they can also be some immature Neuropteris with compound leaves with the leaves pressed together. 2. Is this Sigillaria bark? 3. Wasn’t sure if this is Lepidodendron bark. These crosshatched stem-looking prints are quite common at the site 4. is this a Calamite print?
  10. 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
  11. Howdy! I've been hunting mostly plant fossils in the Pittsburgh area for about two years. This is a sampling of some of my favorite pieces. I hope you enjoy! All are Glenshaw Formation finds. 1. Neuropteris fimbriata 2. Metacoceras 3. Metacoceras 4. Asterophyllites 5. Lepidodendron obovatum 6. Neuropteris Ovata 7. Crenulopteris acadica 8. Brachiopod, Linoproductus? 9. There are over 50 little fossils on this pla
  12. So I found a collapsed shale and sandstone pile off the side of the road and it seems to have some neat stuff. This seems to be falling from a layer about 100 feet up on the road cut so unfortunately its mostly shattered and cracked through the layers instead of along the flats of them. A lot of it seems to be similar to the "Kentucky coal fields" finds you see online with the grey shale and black specimens, but some of it seems very different. Below are some attached pictures with nothing done to the specimens other than a decent brushing. What appear to be Neoropteris leaves, branches, f
  13. Lucid_Bot

    Pennsylvanian Fern ID

    Hello! I have a few dozen plant fossils for ID. I'm going to go one at a time, but if you'd like to see them all, please go to the Members Collections section of the site with the link below. There feel free to offer corrections, specifications or confirmations. All are from the Glenshaw Formation. This first fossil looks like Pecopteris arborescens to me. What do you think?
  14. Andúril Flame of the West

    Localities in the Virginia Area

    Hello everyone, This is my first posting on TFF (although I've been lurking on the forum for a while) and I am excited to be joining a community centered around one of my main interests. I have seen that this forum houses a very kind and helpful community, and I was hoping that some may be interested in helping a - very new and inexperienced - fossil hunter. I will be in the Charlottesville area for Labor Day weekend and I am in search of any tips for finding fossils in that area or general locations where they might be. I am willing to drive up to 3 hours to other locations in Vi
  15. Thomas1982


    From the album: Llewellyn Formation

    Neuropteris Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
  16. Howdy! Pried what looks like a branch out of some shale today. I was hoping someone could confirm for me that this is petrified wood and possibly ID it. Lots of tree fern leaves and stems in the area. Additionally, the fossil seems unusually heavy. Thanks in advance! Pennsylvanian Glenshaw Formation.
  17. Crane Hill, AL Carboniferous Thoughts about this textured layer of this rock? A few weeks ago, I realized this specimen was too fragile to be cleaned by a newbie. The surface looks sort of like pebbled leather, but it is extremely brittle. I put it in a box to explore later when I have learned how to clean something like this. Tonight, I came across a pic of megaloolithus in old thread about Dino eggs emphasizing texture. I realize my specimen is is not from the correct time period to be an egg shell of anything - but, it piqued my curiosity again. Din
  18. I usually avoid purchasing fossils with little locality information, but this was too neat a specimen to pass up. The only information the seller had was that this trilobite was supposedly collected near Buffalo, Iowa. It looks like a Carboniferous trilobite to me, and the bedrock around Buffalo is Devonian and Pennsylvanian, hence I'm leaning towards this being a Pennsylvanian trilobite. I was hoping the knowledgeable trilobite folks here might be able to help me identify this trilobite (@Kane @piranha). I was also hoping to narrow down a possible formation/locality of origin. The only r
  19. Hopefully I'm not breaking any rules here posting a link. I spent my weekend finally putting my catalog into a proper database, and creating a user interface for it. I used to use Google Sheets, which is pretty great. If I wanted to, I could use them as the source of data, but I decided to create a proper MYSQL database so I can keep relationships across tables, such as the stratigraphy of particular find locations. I have many more improvements coming for it, but it is at least functional right now. Everything from CG-0001 to CG-0161 is from the Glenshaw Formation, Conemaugh Group
  20. paleoflor

    Another unknown from the Piesberg

    L.S., Specimen in the photographs below was found in the Upper Carboniferous (Westphalian D) of the Piesberg, near Osnabrück, Germany. Scale on last photo is approximate. To me this looks like the rear end of some segmented animal. Any idea what it could be? Thanks, Tim
  21. L.S., Would like to call upon TFF's collective expertise to help with the identification of fossil I found in the Westphalian D (Upper Carboniferous) of the Piesberg quarry near Osnabrück, Germany. The specimen (part and counterpart) shown on the photographs below is almost 8 mm large along its longest dimension. The surface is relatively shiny compared to plant material in the same slab of rock and covered in small tubercles (or other little bumps). The shape is subtriangular in outline and seems to be bounded by a "band" of some kind along at least half its circumference. The "bu
  22. Lucid_Bot

    I Doubt this is Identifiable, but,

    What do I know? This piece is Pennsylvanian and probably from Brush Creek Limestone. It was found near marine fossils. I have no idea what it is. All help is appreciated.
  23. Lucid_Bot

    Pennsylvanian Brachiopods

    Howdy! Split some limestone (I think it's Brush Creek) to find dozens of poorly preserved brachiopods and now I need some help IDing. Thanks in advance for any help. @cngodles
  24. Hi everyone, I found what looks like bones fossils in a beach that has plant fossils from the Pensilvanian, mostly ferns. I see one smaller bone and a larger partial bone with the ball joint. They are both in the same block. Bone looking mineralization or fossil? If those are fossil bones I would assume some large land or amphibious animal to coexist with ferns. Hope someone can shed some light. Thank you, Marcos smaller bone larger partial bone back of the rock
  25. connorp

    A couple Mazon Creek Flora to ID

    Here are two new Mazon Creek finds I'm not positive on. This first one looks very familiar but I can't place it. The second is a nice 3D piece of wood. My best guess is a Psaronius stem (tree fern), but I haven't found anything like this before so I was hoping for a second opinion. @Nimravis @stats @Mark Kmiecik @deutscheben @RCFossils I appreciate any help.
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