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  1. Fossildude19

    In situ Dipleura dekayi partial imprint

    From the album: Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    This is an imprint of a nearly complete 5.5 - 6 inch Dipleura dekayi, found at DSR on August 9th, 2020. Middle Devonian, Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road, Lebanon, NY. Collected by photograph only. Shale was too crumbly to remove.

    © © TJones 2020

  2. Here is the final installment of my trip report to DSR (last spring with TFF group meet). These are the rest of the specimens including Gastropoda, Cephalopoda, Hyolitha, Phyllocarida, Trilobita, Ectoprocta, Plantae, etc. Scale in mm. A Palaeozygopleura encrusted with the bryozoan Leptotrypella amplectens. A close-up of Leptotrypella amplectens I am not sure what this is. I am assuming gastropod, but unlike the Bellarophontids, this one doesn't seem to have the ridge or furrow down the center. It's also q
  3. Hey everyone, Back again. Couldn’t resist lol. I figure I could offer up some positivity during these uncertain times. Unfortunately it’s getting pretty serious in New York State with C19 cases blowing up. Our family business is under some stresses and I had to make some difficult decisions today so this post is also a little therapy for me. I really love paleontology it allows my mind to wander away from the present! I got back out into the field again this past weekend on Saturday 3/14/20 and Sunday 3/15/20. This time of year I have very little to do other than go hi
  4. emmag15


    My friend found this piece in Upstate New York. My best guess is that it’s the back half a Dipleura trilobite. Any insights would be greatly appreciated!!
  5. rachelgardner01

    the hunt goes on

    I like DSR. It's peaceful and quite. You get a nice little view. Over all a good spot. I have however been unsuccessful with finding an intact Dipleura! The detail that can been seen on them is fantastic. What amazing little monsters. A quick way to-be driven nuts. I know fossil hunting is a mix of: skill, knowledge, luck and time BUT gosh darn! I will keep trying. This is what I have to show for my effort so far.
  6. rachelgardner01


    I don't put much into small fragments once have learned what they are. They just go into a bucket at my house to use for practicing cleaning fossils or part for later. Maybe some sort of Frank in fossil art piece. Lol I recently went back and looked through this bucket to see if I had some bits from a fossil someone else found and needed the rest of. No luck, but I did come across this guy. I believe it is a dipleura eye. Gosh darn it trilobite fossils are so beautiful in their preservation! I can only imagine that someone found most of him, is missing the eye. A real shame. Please let
  7. Darktooth

    Cole Hill Road 6-25-17

    Today my poor boys suffered. All because their father felt the need to find a trilobite. Yesterday was my nephews birthday. He lives almost three hours away. We left about 8:30amand didn't get home till almost midnight. I already knew that they would be exhausted in the morning and when they are tired it is hard for them to get excited about anything. BUT good old Dad had big plans so I got them up at 7:30 and I could tell it was going to be a rough day. We arrived at 10am and I debated on were to start. There was a lot of debris sitting on top of my favorite layer. I decided to try working a
  8. rachelgardner01

    First dipleura!?

    Stop by deep Springs road quarry On my way back from work today. I was only able to be there for a short period of time because it started raining. Normally I really wouldn't care if I was getting rained on but of course with It being in the middle of nowhere and slick shale everywhere. NOPE. Thankfully I found a hotspot very quickly. Over all a good dig! I think I found a dipleura trilobite. Not sure. I saw a post from @Darktooth talk about them. It's in a strange position. All the trilobites I have found at DSR before are very small but other have found ones this big and bigger their.
  9. Calico Jack

    Quick trip to DSR

    Hey all, My sister had a friend in town and it was my turn to come up with an activity, so naturally I took them out fossil hunting! I picked DSR since there is a 100% guarantee that everyone who looks will find something. I spent most of the time there ripping up slabs for my sister and her friend to split down. Unfortunately a thunderstorm rolled in and we had to leave early, so there is a sizeable pile of fresh material waiting for whomever gets there next. The girls found some good stuff- brachs, crinoids, and a few dipleura & greenops cephalons. I had the lucky find
  10. Al Tahan

    Cole Hill 7/5/19

    Hey fossil folks, I’ve been very busy lately moving into my new house and planning my wedding (8/9/19 is the big day) so I haven’t had a chance to report on a few recent trips. In the beginning of July I got some nice fossil hunting in...I went to Cole Hill Rd, DSR and Briggs rd but I’ll post the latter at another time if I get the chance. This is just a short and sweet trip report for Cole Hill Rd from Friday July 5th. I got out of work slightly early and made the quick 40 minute drive to the site. I hunted from about 545-8pm. I decided I would try
  11. So, finally on the last leg of my trip and headed home tomorrow. Am thinking ahead about trying to prep my DSR Dipleura. Doubt I could but does anyone think it would it be possible to flip the cephalon to straighten this bug out? There is about 3/8 inch of matrix between at tip of cephalon. Otherwise the plan is just to re-glue the pygidum break, cleanup the cephalon and enjoy my beginners luck Dipleura
  12. Hey everyone, I had an entire free afternoon yesterday so made my way out to DSR and Briggs rd. I haven’t been out there since the group hunt and I was curious to see if I could find pickings to split. I did a good amount of slab tossing and I know others did as well. People also got some newer areas going also and I was curious if I could work off those too. I started the day at Briggs rd because I did so well last time I was there. I was drooling for a 2nd shot! I didn’t find anything top shelf worthy but I did seem to stumble on more dipleura than
  13. When I was cleaning up scraps of shale from my prep floor today, I saw parts of trilobites on some of the pieces of shale. The rock was collected recently and a complete Eldredgeops was removed. This shale is Middle Devonian in age and is very hard (almost like limestone). Trilobites in this layer are well preserved and 3D. The trilo parts I found were the cephalon of a small Pseudodechenella, pygidium of a Greenops, and the eye of a Dipleura. I spotted the Dipleura as just a small piece of exoskeleton in the side of the shale. I knew it was a piece of Dipleura shell, and I knew it was just a
  14. I can’t wait for spring ugh. I had 3 hours to fossil hunt today (including drive time) and I live 35 min from Cole hill rd. It’s been on my do list before we get buried in snow lol. My fiancée is 29 today!! She got her hair dyed today so she was going to be busy for the afternoon. When she did that I slipped out for a few hours before the birthday festivities. Perfect compromise lol. The outcrop didn’t have much snow on it.
  15. I'm a fairly novice preparator and I was wondering if some of you more experienced folks could help me out a bit. I am working on a dipleura that unfortunately broke apart upon extraction. Some fragments of the pygidium were lost. I have the imprint and was considering casting the missing parts in plaster or something ideally reversible. My goal is to turn this fossil into a nice display piece. There are also some large voids in the matrix I would like to fill in. I've never done anything of this sort to a fossil before and I was hoping for some guidance on materials, techniques, e
  16. Calico Jack

    Christmas Dipleura!

    After Christmas morning everyone was preoccupied with their new gifts, so I slipped out of the house for a couple of hours to visit the Cole Hill Road site in hopes of finding a nice Christmas dipleura. The site was covered in snow and I had to hack away a large amount of frozen overburden. Overall, the rock was fairly barren until the last slab I turned over. Underneath that slab was a complete, prone D. dekayi! Unfortunately it turned into a bit of a jigsaw puzzle upon extraction despite my best efforts and I believe a couple fragments of the pygidium were lost in the slush and mud.
  17. Hello! Al here, I’m new and I met @Darktooth (Dave) on the forum last week and we quickly planned a last of the year fossil trip to Cole hill rd for Dipleura dekayi. The weather was looking like snow so we called the trip. I woke up today and couldn’t help myself haha. I looked at little falls weather and there was no snow so I went to a spot I found some trilobites several years ago but it is now “posted” and has trespassing signs so I bailed.....side note....does someone know where to go and legally collect triatharus in little falls New York? I’m clueless now lol..........Dave j
  18. Rocky Stoner

    Dipleura Cephalon ?

    Hi folks. I cracked into some very nice bryozoans today. Mostly the fenestella (?) and also see this item that looks like the upturned nose of a dipleura. Do you see the same ? Will post some pics of the bryozoans in the general section. Thanks.
  19. Today I took my two youngest to Cole Hill Road, for a Dipleura hunt. We got there shortly after 10 am. Right off the bat my son Devin found two rather nice bivalves that I had left behind from my last trip. I forgot about them and let him keep them. I decided to work the same spot and see how things went. Bembexia was the flavor off the day. I found so many of them. I only kept the ones that popped out of the matrix. I found a few Spyroceras that were bigger then what I normally find at this site. A few other goodies that I haven't I'd yet. I really had a hard time keeping the boys focused to
  20. Peat Burns

    Trilobite ID

    @piranha et al. This specimen was collected in the 1880s. It's mostly now an internal cast/mold, the exoskeleton having probably fallen off over the years. I had initially, and hastily, assumed it was Isotelus, but after receiving some Dipleura parts and matrix from @Darktooth today, I'm thinking this is actually Dipleura. Can you confirm or refute?
  21. Darktooth

    Deep Springs 3-30-18

    I am currently getting over the flu so I decided to put off my trip to New Jersey till I am more ready for a long roadtrip. With that being said, I needed to get my fossil fix and decided to hit up my favorite local site. I left the house at 5:30 am, during which it was lightly raining. I got to Deep Springs by 6:40 and was surprised by how much snow was still lying around even though it hasn't snowed for around 2 weeks. Luckily the snow was melted on a good portion of the site, particularly the ledge that I wanted to work. I managed to find a nice piece of fossil wood around 14 inches long. W
  22. Stingray

    Dipleura dekayi

    Found in an unusual place in South Eastern New York. Great trip, ... more coming soon.
  23. Darktooth

    Deep Springs 8-13-17

    It has been awhile since me and my boys have been to Deep Springs. I decided to go today and I brought along my Dad and brother. It was the first time either of them have came along for this type of fossilhunt. Both have gone sharktooth hunting with me. We got there around 11:45. The sun was out in full force. I found plenty Dipleura parts and pieces, but unfortunately no whole ones. Dylan my middle boy, found a lot of Greenops pieces including his most complete to date. He was happy with himself. Everyone else was finding the common brach, gastros, bivalves, and other assorted goodies. T
  24. Today I decided to take a trip to Deep Springs Road after work. The weather was great, and after a rather stressful week, I needed some time to myself. I arrived around 4:45, and found the area I wanted to work had been tore up pretty good. There were a lot of big new slabs laying everywhere. Immediately I found a nice Greenops sitting in one of the slabs just staring up at me. I have been collecting fossils for about 17 years and I can't believe I still make the same rookie mistake. Instead of immediately putting the specimen in the car, I had to mess with it to see how much I could reveal in
  25. Darktooth

    Sangerfield trip 3-19-17

    Today I had the pleasure of meeting up with @Dsailor at The Cole Hill Dipleura site in Sangerfield. After getting blasted with snow earlier in the week, I wasn't sure if we would have favorable conditions to hunt but decided to give it a shot. We were greeted at the site with aleast a couple feet of snow in the pulloff and about a foot or so up on the cliff. We both decided we didn't drive all this way for nothing. I brought my trusty snow shovel and he he'd a small shovel, so after trudging up th side of the cliff wecleared a spot for us to start working. It really didn't take to long to cle
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