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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. yardrockpaleo

    Heteropteran Insect

    From the album: Florissant Insects

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

    Heteropteran Insect Dorsal

    From the album: Florissant Insects

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

    Cardiophorus Florissantensis

    From the album: Florissant Insects

    Cardiophorus florissantensis (Click Beetle) dorsal side
  9. yardrockpaleo

    Cardiophorus Florissantensis

    From the album: Florissant Insects

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

    Heteropteran Insect ventral

    From the album: Florissant Insects

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

    Cardiophorus Florissantensis

    From the album: Florissant Insects

    Cardiophorus Florissantensis (Click beetle) Dorsal and Ventral sides
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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
  20. Top Trilo

    Florissant insects.

    Nothing has been said in the Colorado section for almost a year now so lets kick it back up. A little over a week ago I posted some pictures of florissant stuff in the I.D. section. I got a lot of good help and then for the ones we couldn't figure out I tried searching for some that are similar but there's not many different photos online from florissant. I was wondering if anyone could help or if someone knew the florissant formation really well.
  21. Here's a collection of all the specimens from florissant i still need an I.D. for. This large leaf i need an I.D. for Small bug about 1 centimeter across Some sort of moth i have no clue what insect this is. Could this be a dragonfly wing about 2 centimeters long but still partially covered. Could this be a wing to the right of the leaf Last one some sort of flying bug. Plant and insect experts please help I know it may be
  22. Top Trilo

    Florissant I.Ds

    At Florissant Colorado (dated to the Eocene) my family and I found these fossils and I would like to I D them to know what I found. I didn’t have a 12 inch/30 centimeter ruler so I used my six inch to make a ruler on a piece of paper it is accurate I promise. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
  23. This was found near Douglas Pass In Colorado. The imprint is just under 3 inches point to point. I am having a hard time figuring this one out. The shale is from the same formation as Florissant Colorado from what I understand,
  24. joshuajbelanger

    Heading out to Florissant

    Hey everyone, My wife is heading to Seattle for a week, so I’m planning a little fossil hunting in her absence. I plan on hitting up Florissant for some insects, then maybe a little Wyoming BLM hunting. If anyone is around the Ft. Collins area and wants to join, send me a pm. I have a brand spanking new Tacoma off-road, and I don’t mind driving. -J
  25. minnbuckeye

    Florissant Insects?

    I have been involved in a post "Florissant Fossil Quarry Fun". To make a long story short, I took the advice given to preserve my specimens from Florissant. Unfortunately some of my specimens had already broke. So I took out my razor blade and split them further. To my surprise, I think I found 2 insects!!! Your thoughts?
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