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Early in the summer, an attempt was made to hunt a different Ordovician formation than I normally collect in. It provided me with a learning experience and some new and neat fossils. Having enjoyed my finds so much, a return trip was made 2 weeks ago. Not to the same site but to a more extensive exposure of the Elgin Formation of the Maquoketa close by. The location is in NE Iowa in some beautiful farm country. Even if I found no fossils the view from here made the trip worthwhile. Now for the finds. I am a novice at identifying fossils from this formation and am open to a
Last Autumn, I took a side trip to Graf, Iowa in search of it's "elusive" cephalopods. Fortunately for me, a large piece of rock had released itself from the overhanging cliff and I proceeded to use my sledge hammer on it until broken into eight 50 lb pieces. This then was loaded into my truck without further exploration as I knew, each chunk contained maybe 50 cephalopods within it. These chunks of matrix were to provide me with a little winter entertainment while the landscape of Minnesota remained white. Two weeks ago I began splitting these boulders, looking for the treasure