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  1. (First post so sorry if there are formatting errors) Yesterday I took my first fossil hunting trip ever and had some beginners luck! I went to Cory’s Lane in RI and stayed for about an hour and a half. I found a few pieces (pics below) that I’m really proud of. I’m not sure if the large one with big lines in it is a fossil so if anyone knows that would be great. All that said, I still have no idea what I did right (or what I was doing wrong). Some members told me that I should go for the dark grey shale and not the graphite-black stuff, which I tried to do. I was a
  2. While visiting in Rhode Island recently, my wife and I spent a few hours on the beach at the end of Corys Lane in Portsmouth. While it isn't one of the most productive sites I've had the pleasure of mucking around in, I always feel at home at the edge of the sea. It's a bit of a challenge to find any reasonably well-preserved fossils here, but the challenge just makes it all the more enjoyable. While my wife wandered away, deserting me once again for the lure of an ocean beach, I spread out a square of 4-mil plastic in the always futile attempt to keep the graphite-infused beach gravel off yet
  3. KompsFossilsNMinerals

    Excursion to Cory's Lane

    Hi everyone, I just want to start off the post by thanking @Bguild, @Fossildude19, and @Pagurus for their Cory's Lane post a while back, it really helped me with my trip there. Corys Lane is on a beach in Rhode Island, the view is absolutely incredible towards the end of the day. I visited towards the end of the day because of the tides. The area I was having the most luck at would be completely underwater by the time high tide came around. Speaking of which, I sampled different heights and areas of the locality, and I found that breaking the shale closest to the beach floor (and
  4. Hi Everyone, I'm very new to fossil hunting and was considering going down to Cory's Lane in RI as it's only about 40 minutes from me. I scoped the place out on Google Maps and have some questions for anyone that's hunted there. Do you need a permit to fossil collect in RI? It looks like you can't collect in state parks, but I don't think this area is a state park. I'm actually not even sure if it's town property or private? Google wasn't much help and I'm not really sure which department it would fall under to go through state websites. Are people actually
  5. I’m planning to head down to Cory’s Lane sometime soon when the weather clears up more, is it worth making the trip down there? If so, tips would be appreciated to find the better fossils! Thanks everyone
  6. Hello, usually I do all of my fossil hunting around Cory’s lane and other parts of that Formation, but I was wondering if there are any fossil sites near or around North Western Rhode Island.
  7. Hello everyone, this is Jonathan (Shin Alpha), I’m currently in college as a paleontology major and I’ve been busy with life as always, my apologies for my inactivity but due to my busy schedule, I’ve been largely inactive. I was able to find some plant fossils at a nearby outcrop in the Middletown/Cromwell area in CT. And I’ve since donated my finds to Central Connecticut state university geology department. that being said I’ve heard of a Paleozoic site in Newport, Rhode Island called “Cory’s lane“. I’d love to go there one of these days when I have the opportunity, but I don’t know too
  8. Hi Everyone, My 6yr old and I went down to Cory's Lane yesterday afternoon to do some fossil hunting. It was our first trip and I was less sure of what I was doing than I thought I would be, given how much reading I've been doing on here. We spent about an hour and a half there with some chisels and rock hammer, but honestly the shale was so loose and brittle that we could separate layers by hand in many places. We started by going through large chunks that had fallen/broken off the hill outcroppings, and then I dug down about 6" and found nearly black shale. We found a few pie
  9. From the album: My Collection

    My current personal best from the Carboniferous aged shale of Rhode Island. A large, Pecoptertis sp. section.
  10. I was able to stop at the beach on Corys Lane in Portsmouth Rhode Island for about an hour yesterday. The tide was too high to reach the area I prefer, but there was enough beach to expose a bit of gravel and beach-tumbled shale I could dig in. It was far from ideal and I didn't have much success but it was enjoyable nonetheless. My wife and I were staying only a half hour away but tide and time weren't on our side. Weather made for an interesting day or two as well, contributing to the spectacle along the coast on the way up to the site. In the past I've found
  11. Bguild

    Indeterminate Tree Fern.

    From the album: Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Positive and negative imprint of an indeterminate Tree Fern.. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.s lane
  12. Bguild

    Pecopteris sp.

    From the album: Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Pecopteris sp. Found in 2019 at Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  13. Bguild


    From the album: Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Lepidodendron bark - Found in 2019 at Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  14. In between all of the 4th of July weekend barbecues I was able to make it down to Cory's Lane, Rhode Island for a few hours of shale splitting. The day started out slow with only a few small plant imprints found, but I eventually managed to rip up a 5 foot slab of rock with a larger fern section on one end of it. After cutting the slab down to a little over a foot and a half in length this Pecopteris arborescens manages to go down as the largest fern I've found at this locality! It was a nice start to the long weekend, but the real win was the awesome weather .
  15. DoyouthinkhesaurusRex

    First Fossil Hunting Trip(s)

    A break in the bitter winter cold gave me a bit of spring fever this week. Thursday I had to venture to Newport for an errand and the weather was a balmy 30-ish and sunny, I decided to go check out this location. Tides were favorable for hitting the beach this week and I took advantage. With the major storm that came through recently, I figured there might be some new rock eroded down to search through. Armed with only my brick hammer, goggles and gloves, I scoured through pieces for about an hour. The rocks here were pretty well saturated, and those that did not outright disi
  16. Bguild

    Large Pecopteris sp. Section

    From the album: Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Large imprint of Pecopteris sp. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  17. Well... I seem to be turning into a Rhode Island native at this point. This past weekend I was able to head down to Cory's Lane for an afternoon of digging. Here's my latest find from the Carboniferous period. This fern still needs to be cleaned up a bit and I'm still trying to nail down an exact ID. At just over 3 feet long this is now my biggest and most complete find to date (1-upped myself again). More pics to come once I finish cleaning this guy up. P.S. This was definitely not fun to carry back to the car . I couldn't save the entir
  18. Bguild

    Large Pecopteris arborescens

    From the album: Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Large Negative imprint of Pecopteris arborescens. Found in 2017 at Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  19. Bguild

    Lepidodendron aand Odontopteris

    From the album: Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Imprint of a Lepidodendron branch and Odontopteris reichiana pinnules. Found in 2016 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  20. Bguild


    Can anyone say what the carboniferous plant in the lower left corner is? The vein preservation is poor, but is this maybe Mariopteris? Found at Cory's Lane, Rhode Island
  21. Bguild


    From the album: Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Imprint of two calamites stems. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  22. Bguild


    From the album: Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Small plate of Alethopteris. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  23. Bguild


    From the album: Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Another small plate of Alethopteris. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  24. Bguild

    Pecopteris arborescens

    From the album: Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Negative imprint of Pecopteris arborescens. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  25. Bguild

    Pecopteris arborescens and Cyperites

    From the album: Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Positive and negative imprint of Pecopteris arborescens pinnules and Cyperites. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
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