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  1. (Note: this was originally posted under fossil trips) Hey there! I'm sorry its been so long since I've posted on here but suffice it to say I need your help. I'm planning a six to seven day fossil hunting trip in Pennsylvania (sometime in mid august) and I need your help verifying that the sites I've picked to visit from Robert Beards guide Rock Hounding Pennsylvania are still accessible to collecting as well as coverable given my time frame. The places I'm looking at hunting are sites 27. Beltzville State Park (Outcrops on shoreline), 28. Lehighton, Lehigh Canal (Former borrow pit and outcrop),30. Deer Lake (Borrow Pit), 33. Suedberg (Outcrop in former borrow pit), 35. Centralia (Former strip mine outcrop), 38. Rockville (Former quarry), 48. Walker Lake (Hillside and unpaved road), 51. PPL Montour Preserve (Hillside, Former borrow pit), 57. Uniontown (Former quarry). Any insights as to whether or not theses sites are still accessible to collecting, weather our not you believe covering all these sites within 6 to 7 days is possible, and any other tips and tidbits of information on the sites, and or planning a large trip like this etc, would be greatly appreciated! When I go I'm planning to take notes and pictures and then, when i get back, write a few essays illustrated with pics that I will post on here! Thank you in advance, and thank you to Fossil-Hound for directing me on were to properly post this! Glenn aka Fossil123
  2. Hey there! I'm sorry its been so long since I've posted on here but suffice it to say I need your help. I'm planning a six to seven day fossil hunting trip in Pennsylvania (sometime in mid august) and I need your help verifying that the sites I've picked to visit from Robert Beards guide Rock Hounding Pennsylvania are still accessible to collecting as well as coverable given my time frame. The places I'm looking at hunting are sites 27. Beltzville State Park (Outcrops on shoreline), 28. Lehighton, Lehigh Canal (Former borrow pit and outcrop),30. Deer Lake (Borrow Pit), 33. Suedberg (Outcrop in former borrow pit), 35. Centralia (Former strip mine outcrop), 38. Rockville (Former quarry), 48. Walker Lake (Hillside and unpaved road), 51. PPL Montour Preserve (Hillside, Former borrow pit), 57. Uniontown (Former quarry). Any insights as to whether or not theses sites are still accessible to collecting, weather our not you believe covering all these sites within 6 to 7 days is possible, and any other tips and tidbits of information on the sites, and or planning a large trip like this etc, would be greatly appreciated! When I go I'm planning to take notes and pictures and then, when i get back, write a few essays illustrated with pics that I will post on here! Thank you in advance, Glenn aka Fossil123
  3. I was barely recovered from the Brechin, Ontario trip the weekend before when I headed out to the Buffalo area, an annual pilgrimage July 4th weekend for the past four years. Usually the highlight of the weekend is the planned meet up with Tim (Fossildude19) to do a bit of fossil collecting together. Others often join us, but this year it was just the two of us. Weather was perfect and we hit our favorite spot; Smokes Creek, a Windom Shale, Moscow Formation, Middle Devonian Hamilton Group site. This is Tim doing what he enjoys most- breaking rocks:
  4. Favistella alveolata

    From the album Georgian Bay Formation (Upper Member) Outside of Toronto, Ontario

    Favistella alveolata (Goldfuss, 1826) Found as a loose specimen at an exposure at the Credit River on Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario. Late Ordovician, Georgian Bay formation. A rugose colonial coral. Coral approximately 10 cm excluding extra matrix.
  5. Mornington Finds

    Hi all! I have recently returned from a quick fossil hunting trip from Fossil beach in Victoria. I believe that I may have found some fossils but I am not certain. I would also appreciate If anyone could give me tips on fossicking at Beaumaris and Mornington, e.g What to look out for and better ways to look for fossils. Thanks, Daniel Photo 1: Possible fossil fish jaw fragment? (Found at Beaumaris) Photo 2: Fossil Coral? (Found at Mornington) Photo 3: Fossil gastropod? (Found at Mornington)
  6. When I found this fossil it has some green algal growth on it as I found it on the grass. The algae did not cover the entire fossil but is there some way I can remove the yellow coating of this fossil? I've been scrubbing it with a brush under running water for a while now and some of the dirt does come off.
  7. Yesterday, after countless trips and exploring at the same old spots on the Credit River in Mississauga, Ont., I finally mustered the courage to go and wade on the water to an isolated exposure out the Georgian Bay Formation at Streetsville, Mississauga. I wanted to collect fossils that were not worn out as these were all I was finding in my old spots. I have been setting my eyes on this exposure from the other side of the Credit River for some time now ever since I started collecting along the Streetsville area and it could possibly harbour fresh material. The temperature of the afternoon was around 16-20 degrees Celsius so the water was not chilly as I was expecting it to be. I crossed the water barefoot with the water reaching up my knees at this tributary that separated the exposure from the main path. The Credit has many tributaries flowing and where the these tributaries converged the river, many exposures can be found along these places. After crossing I reached the other side without slipping on the slimy bottom. The exposure had thin footing for exploration but I was able to walk back and forth without slipping onto the water.
  8. Favistella sp.

    From the album Georgian Bay Formation (Upper Member) Outside of Toronto, Ontario

    Favistella sp. (alveolata or calicina?) coral from the Credit River near Streetsville, Mississauga. Georgian Bay Formation, Streetsville Member, late Ordovician. Found as a loose specimen by the banks of the Credit River. This colonial rugose coral is very abundant along the site with many small loose colonies. Some colonies can be found on a limestone matrix. Please click on image sizes to see details of the corallites.
  9. Yesterday on April 24 I decided to go and visit a place in Mississauga, Ontario called Streetsville which used to be a township of its own before being joined to Mississauga to form the City of Mississauga. I took public transportation to get there and it took me about 1.5 hrs to get there. I went to the Credit River near Streetsville and explored the banks. I had trouble finding a natural exposure as all I was finding were banks with worn out rocks and silt. The river's bottom does not have the same clarity as the Humber River in Etobicoke as I could not see the shale bottom of river. All I was seeing at the Credit's bottom were worn out rocks, algae and silt. The river was also wider than the Humber and in some places it seemed deeper as well which made me think twice about crossing to reach this natural exposure I found. The banks mostly had worn rocks but some nice material can be found. I was surprised at the fauna I found. The rocks are still part of the Georgian Bay Formation but the fossils are completely alien to my eyes. They were nothing that I usually encounter at the Humber River or at Mimico Creek. The place was littered with small coral bits and there lots of what appeared to be Tetradium bits. There also many brachiopod hash plates around. This hash plate here has a piece of coral at the bottom along with many brachiopod bits. There were some things familiar to me like that hash plate of bryozoans and I only found one cephalopod fragment. Where I usually hunt cephalopods are very common to find in Mimico Creek and at the Humber River. There were also these odd trace fossils lying around.
  10. Explored several new spots

    I went out and checked a few new to me roadside spots. This first posting is all Surilian - Wills Creek formation in Altoona PA. Bivalves, ostracodes, Spirals (Turnitellia?), Favosites corals in 3 different shapes. The only prep I did was a quick rinse. I'm looking forward to prepping these out and tomorrow I'll post a few from the other spot that I visited
  11. Having a lot of fun with the book “A Monograph of the British Fossil Corals” by H. Milne Edwards and Jules Haime printed for the paleontographical society in 1850! The pages below were used to describe my Silurian coral (figure 7 and figure 7a.) @TqB My find below : The tabulate coral Thecia (Thecia) expatiata {Syn., Thecia swinderniana} from Wenlock Edge, Shropshire which occurs as thin sheets encrusting other corals or a stand-alone like the one I found. The coral is also described in the very informative book “British Fossils Palaeozoic”
  12. Coral? or just stone?

    Hi, my brother sent me this stone that he found on a beach in sicily (taormina) can this be a fossil coral? or its just volcanic stone?
  13. Hello! i have found this rock laying on the surface of a dry saharian river. It is a dark blue hard limestone with some fossils in it. This facies is known here as between upper oxfordian and lower Kimmerijian. I think it's a kind of coral. Is it really? i have put some "vaseline codex" on the rock to make it more bright. Sorry for my poor english. Site: Laghouat, Algeria, north africa.
  14. sponges ?

    Hi, i come back to you again because i tried to figure out what might be items i found in the Senonian of Touraine in France without success. Most of them, i believe are sponges. 1) about 3,5 cm round
  15. Penn Dixie Dig With The Experts

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    2017 Dig with the Experts Thanks to increased interest, Dig with the Experts will be a two-day program in 2017! Ticket sales have begun — please select the links below to be taken to our online ticketing page. Alternatively, you may mail a check to us at Hamburg Natural History Society, 3556 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell, NY 14219. Please include the number of guests in your party and date(s) along with your order. Dates: Saturday May 27: 9 am to 4 pm Sunday May 28: 9 am to 4 pm Monday May 29: (Memorial Day) if there is enough interest Cost: Saturday May 27: Members $25, non-members $30 Sunday May 28: Members $15, non-members $20 Saturday & Sunday: Members $30, non-members $40 – SAVE $10 Monday May 29: TBD Join us for our signature event — Dig with the Experts! This is our very popular and yearly opportunity to unearth the best, most complete, and most unexpected fossils at Penn Dixie. We’ll have equipment on-site to do the heavy lifting and scientific experts on site to help with locating and identifying the best fossils. You’ll have to do your share of splitting and digging, of course, but you’re guaranteed to find something cool and interesting. Volunteers will lead the dig in a freshly excavated section of the Lower Windom Shale and will demonstrate how to find trilobites, cephalopods, fish remains, brachiopods, corals, wood, and many of the other fossils that can be found at Penn Dixie. But, wait — there’s more! ‘Paleo’ Joe Kchodl will once again join us for a special presentation the evening before the dig. Paleo Joe will present: Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas at 6:30 pm in the Gateway Building Auditorium, 3556 Lakeshore Road in Blasdell, NY. The talk is FREE for Penn Dixie members and $5 for the public. Dig with the Experts draws collectors from around the globe for this unique opportunity, which is co-led by our friends from the Cincinnati Dry Dredgers. Bring a hammer, chisel, safety glasses, newspaper, and paper towels to wrap your fossils. Extra water is recommended, plus bring rain gear just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Penn Dixie Site 4050 North Street Blasdell, NY 14219 (716) 627-4560
  16. COELENTERATES Class ANTHOZOA Anthozoa are represented in the Oxford Clay by a single species of the ahermatypic coral Trochocyathus. However, when it occurs, it is relatively abundant. The general absence of corals in the Oxford Clay Sea may be a consequence of high sediment input, and possibly reduced light levels. Trochocyathus today is found in waters greater than 30 meters deep. Described: Small, solitary cup coral, outline circular, depressed, slightly conical. Septa prominent on theca. Columella fasiciculate. Remarks: Common in the Middle Oxford Clay, where it rarely reaches more than one centimetre diameter. The description for these corals above is certainly correct as quoted from the most excellent Fossils of the Oxford Clay book. A friend of mine found quite a few of them in 1985. And today gave me a few with a label stating they “Derived from the Middle Oxford Clay, Glacial Drift” It’s the “Glacial Drift” wording that has me confused , would anyone have any suggestions please. @oxford clay keith
  17. Stromatoporoids?

    Hi, interested to hear some thoughts on this fossil found in Chicago. It was chiseled out of a large boulder containing Silurian reef material; rugose corals, gastropods, bryozoans, crinoids, etc... I'm guessing it is a form of stromapotoroids, but I'm not sure. Any ideas? Measures 2.5"
  18. Photosymbiosis and the expansion of shallow-water corals Interesting paper on reef propagation and the symbiotic relationship between scleractinian corals and dinoflagellate algae. Abstract Roughly 240 million years ago (Ma), scleractinian corals rapidly expanded and diversified across shallow marine environments. The main driver behind this evolution is uncertain, but the ecological success of modern reef-building corals is attributed to their nutritional symbiosis with photosynthesizing dinoflagellate algae. http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/11/e1601122 Science Advances Vol 2, No. 11 02 November 2016 PDF Photosymbiosis.pdf
  19. Years ago, my husband brought me to the Jersey shore for a long weekend. We thought we were hardy New Englanders, but the bone snapping cold was unlike anything we had ever felt. Our walk on the beach lasted four minutes, but while the sun was slipping behind Delaware, its fireless rays lit the waves, and I found my first fossil, a trilobite fragment. Nearly 25 years later, we still visit New Jersey and walk the beach, and I still find a fossil or three. Last week, I brought home a few assorted corals and stems.
  20. Devonian Tabulate Coral from Buffalo area

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Aulocystis dichotoma (branching tabulate coral) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton Group Smokes Creek Blasdell, NY.
  21. From the album Middle Devonian

    Aulocystis jacksoni (tabulate coral on bivalve shell) Middle Devonian Oatkacreek Formation Mottville Sandstone Marcellus Shale Hamilton Group Morrisville, NY.
  22. From the album Lower Devonian

    Enterolasma strictum (Rugose coral) Lower Devonian Kalkberg Formation Helderberg Group Leesville, NY.
  23. My collection

    Hello to everyone. I'm from Ukraine and here are some of my fossils. Description Ichthyosaur’s tooth (Platypterygius or Pervushovisaurus). Additional Information Continent: Europe Country: Ukraine Region: Donetsk region Era: Mesozoic Period: Cenomanian Age: 100.5 ± 0.4 million years
  24. From the album Carboniferous from PA.

    Lophophyllidium sp.? (rugose corals) Pennsylvanian Ames Limestone Mundys Corner, PA.
  25. Fossilized Bone or Coral?

    I have been in possession of this "rock" for a while, so I can't be positive where it was found, but it was either the Neuse River banks in Pamlico County, NC or the Topsail Island (Surf City, NC) beach. I'm leaning toward Topsail. It's shape suggests another fossil (whale ear bones??) but the structure/pattern (close-ups) in the fossil looks like it should be a coral. Any input appreciated.
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