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  1. Good evening to my fellow fossil lovers! This report has been on hold for a while, hovering near the top of my paleo-to do list. But to be honest, I haven't been on the forum as much these last few months and I've just sort of kicked the can down the road, pushing it off. Well here we are in August 2022 and I'm a whole year and some change removed from this excursion, but I say better late than never. With that out of the way lets jump into this adventure! I hope you're ready for... The Roadtrip Through Time: Colorado Part I: Pierre Shale In the winter of 2021 I ha
  2. Fossil finder 100

    Plant ID

    While on vacation with my family we stopped by the Florissant Fossil Quarry in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Out of all the little leafs and branches we got this was probably the best one. I was wondering if it was possible to identify what kind of plant this leaf belongs to and what would be the best way to preserve it. Thanks ahead of time!
  3. In the summer of 2020 jpc and I had planned to get together in Eastern Wyoming to collect. That trip was unfortunately aborted by the coronavirus outbreak that year. This year, that conversation resumed and a new plan for a three day excursion in June emerged. I decided to make it a two week long car trip, driving all the way from New York, a longer car trip than any I've made in the past 25 years. That would afford me the opportunity to stop at some other sites on the way there and back, plus see some family. Another big reason for driving was an opportunity to visit and collect at the Big Ce
  4. My first fossil hunt post. Yesterday (May 29 2022), I went down to the Florissant Fossil Quarry in Florissant Colorado. Its about a 45 minute drive west of Colorado Springs. Its a very well know site partly because of the very well preserved fossils and relative abundance but also because of how easy it is. You pay a small fee and they give you the tools and you pick up shale and start splitting, that simple. You're guaranteed to find something if you try. If you are in the area I would definitely recommend stopping by, its just not really on the way to any popular stops. There is also th
  5. yardrockpaleo

    Crane fly larva? from Florissant CO

    A rather strange insect from the Florissant Formation of Colorado, looks like a larva or some sort of soft bodied insect. The first piece, in better condition: And the second piece: I can definitely see segments and it seems to be a close match to this Tipula hepialina (crane fly) pupa from the iDigPaleo system: Do you guys think it fits? Thanks in advance!
  6. gutenfrog

    An Odd Florissant Find

    Hi, I last visited this site a while back, after I received some fossil shale from the Florissant Quarry a couple years back. You all were wonderfully kind in responding. Well, I've upgraded my home lab (I've been hunting tardigrades for the last year or so), and I have a solid stereoscope, and I decided to revisit my shale to look for microfossils or things that I'd missed. I came across this section (perhaps half an inch in total); the view is a shot through my stereoscope. To my eye, it's plant material, and it looks like wood cells. From what I understand from Herb
  7. Hi Everyone. I was fortunate to be able to take a weeklong vacation trip the week of Labor Day, my fourth since I began collecting fossils. I wanted to visit friends and family and do some collecting. I was able to do all of that. It was busy, but there was also some quality relaxation time. It proved to be a good break. I flew into the Denver airport, rented a car and drove to Colorado Springs where I was invited to stay with my second cousin and her family. Next morning I was on my way to Florissant Fossil Quarry. I've known about Florissant for over 50 years and over 40 years ag
  8. Top Trilo

    Fossilized Florissant Feathers?

    Just as it says in the title, are these feathers from the Eocene Florissant Formation of Colorado. Or are they plant parts. They both are about 9mm long, 1/3 of an inch. Thanks for your help.
  9. Hello, I got this fossil dig kit at a rock and fossil store and I was wondering if there is anything I should know about collecting fossils from this formations shale before I open it up and use it? I was also wondering if anyone knows where kits like this are from so I can keep track. Images are of both sides.
  10. yardrockpaleo

    Interesting Florissant Fossil

    Hello, Another Unidentified Florissant Object, some sort of attachment on a monocot/reed/stick. Maybe the attachment is an insect egg, or a larva, or just a seed of some kind. You can definitely see they are connected. Maybe you guys can help figure this one out, if it's unidentifiable I totally understand. @piranha @Top Trilo @Rockwood @Tetradium @LabRatKing, y'all have helped me in previous topics. Thanks!
  11. yardrockpaleo

    Florissant leaves

    Hello everyone, sorry to be posting so much Florissant fossil quarry material, but I'm going through my collection of foliage and still need these ID'd. Most of these leaves are obviously pretty common, but I can't find some of them in the book Fossils of Florissant. So here they are: 1. Think it's a Fagopsis, but just double checking. 2. Don't really know, feeding traces around the edges.
  12. yardrockpaleo

    Heteropteran Insect

    From the album: Florissant Insects

    Dorsal and Ventral sides of an unidentified Heteropteran insect. Poecilocapsis perhaps? Notice the long legs!
  13. yardrockpaleo

    Heteropteran Insect Dorsal

    From the album: Florissant Insects

    The Dorsal side of an unidentified Heteropteran insect. Poecilocapsis perhaps?
  14. yardrockpaleo

    Cardiophorus Florissantensis

    From the album: Florissant Insects

    Cardiophorus florissantensis (Click Beetle) dorsal side
  15. yardrockpaleo

    Cardiophorus Florissantensis

    From the album: Florissant Insects

    Cardiophorus florissantensis (Click Beetle) ventral side.
  16. yardrockpaleo

    Heteropteran Insect ventral

    From the album: Florissant Insects

    The Ventral Side of an Unidentified Heteropteran Insect. Poecilocapsis, perhaps?
  17. yardrockpaleo

    Cardiophorus Florissantensis

    From the album: Florissant Insects

    Cardiophorus Florissantensis (Click beetle) Dorsal and Ventral sides
  18. yardrockpaleo

    Strange leaf/stick from Florissant

    Hello everyone, This fossil really has really puzzled me, when I first found it, I assumed it was just a stick. (A cool stick, nonetheless.) On closer examination, however, it appears to have a 'vein' running through each of the three prongs and none of the typical woody texture you see on most wood specimens. Could it be a leaf?? Can someone help me figure this out? Thanks! The longest projection measures 2.5 inches. @piranha @Top Trilo @Rockwood
  19. I've always wanted to visit the Florissant Fossil Quarry due to my interest in paleoentomology but for one reason or other, I was never able to make it out there. I was finally able to make a detour out during a roadtrip returning from a funeral last week. There were beautiful calm skies, which was lucky too since heavy rains were forecasted for the next 2 days. After a good 5 hours, this is what I had to show for my efforts: Most pieces will have unidentifiable organic smudges. Aside from that, small leaves are the most common readily recognizable fossils. I am a terrible botanist
  20. yardrockpaleo

    Florissant unknown (fish scale?)

    Hello everybody! I have another U.F.O here (Unidentified Florissant Object) and to be honest, this one has really stumped me! It isn't a carbon stain, it isn't one of those pumice chunks 'fireballs' that are common at Florissant, and it has a strange texture and shape. Weirdly preserved petrified wood? That is my best guess as of now... @piranha @Top Trilo @Tetradium The fossil is 1/2 an inch long. The first 2 pictures are the fossil by itself and the third I circled it. The rest are microscope pics of the texture. Pics 5,6, and 9 show the edges. 7 shows the top.
  21. yardrockpaleo

    Florissant Plant Matter

    Hello guys, I have been digging through my box of Florissant Formation shale and I came across this piece of plant matter. I want to say it's a piece of a fruit or flower, but I'm not positive. @piranha? The piece of shale is small, about 1.5 inches long. It looks similar to a petal from this Magnoliophyta flower from idigpaleo.org. I think I can spot some differences, though. I'm hoping it's identifiable, thanks for any help you can provide!
  22. yardrockpaleo

    Leaf or Flower Petal?

    Hello, Can anyone help identify this leaf with crenately lobed margins from the Florissant Formation? It sort of looks like a flower petal, even though that's probably a long shot. It's really prehistoric looking and it caught my eye! I haven't seen any leaves like it from the Florissant area. Thanks in advance for the help! Aforementioned leaf is approximately 7/12 inches long.
  23. yardrockpaleo

    Weird Florissant Shale thing

    Hey everyone, Asking about a piece of shale I just opened, there appears to be a little soft-bodied creature on it, however, it could just be an insect. The small piece measures exactly 1 and 3/8 of an inch. Is it a badly preserved beetle? Notice the small oval-shaped things lining the back. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
  24. yardrockpaleo

    Plant? from Florissant Fossil Quarry

    Hello everyone, I was chipping through my bag of shale I brought back from Florissant Fossil Quarry (highly recommend!) and this fossil caught my eye. It's probably from some plant, could you give me an idea of what it is roughly?
  25. PaleoNoel

    Florissant Leaf- Cedrelospermum?

    Hi everyone, I wanted to confirm the identity of one of the leaves I found in Florissant, CO back in 2017. At one point or another I saw the genus Cedrelospermum pop up on here or instagram associated with a leaf which caught my eye in its similarity to my own. I would be interested in seeing your opinions. compared to images I found elsewhere online
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