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  1. Last Sunday I took the day to scout some former coal-mined land in western Indiana as well as revisit some sites I hadn’t been to in a few years. The mines at these sites were working the Springfield, Hymera, and Danville coals at various points in the mid-late 20th century. The land has been reclaimed to varying degrees, but I hoped that typical Mazon Creek-like fossil-bearing concretions could still be found, despite almost no information in the literature. Temperatures were a little chilly with the wind blowing as I arrived at the first site. There to greet me was a he
  2. Today a spent a little time collecting at a favorite spot in the Lawrenceburg, Indiana area, tomorrow I might hit the Lawrenceburg roadcut or AA Highway in Kentucky. Here are some pics of the area and the fossils that can be found, I only kept a select few. This location has a ton of bryozoan, as you an see from the pics below. CONTINUED ON NEXT POST-
  3. I collected this Strophomena planumbona brachiopod recently in the Liberty Formation (Late Ordovician) near St. Leon, Indiana. What caught my eye are the "bumps" near the muscle scar. I've collected and seen a lot of Strophomena brachiopods, but can't recall having ever seen these before. What exactly are they? @Tidgy's Dad
  4. A couple months ago I found a new spot in the Liberty Formation (Late Ordovician) in southeast Indiana. The Liberty is most famous for the butter shale layer producing thousands of Flexicalymene minuens trilobites, well exposed at the large roadcut near St. Leon. This new site is in the Lower Liberty (below the trilobite shale), which is exposed at St. Leon but is mostly covered by talus and thus difficult to hunt there. I was able to visit this site again last week, and I think it will become a regular spot for me whenever I can travel to the Cincinnati area. Figured I'd share some of my favo
  5. From the album: The Waldron Shale

    Eucalyptocrinites elrodi Middle Silurian, Waldron Shale Formation, Shelby County, Indiana. Slab measures 10" x 7", specimen with stem and holdfast measures 6" and single crown 2.75" Collected and prepared by Ken Karns
  6. Redbearded812

    Micro Raptor

    I have some weak terrible pics of it, but I think this is a micro Raptor from the Triassic period, size of a cat, first time a bird evolved to dinosaur. I think it's curled up in a ball and died sunk to the bottom of the what use to b ocean for millions of years and was embedded in sand and limestone combined with the water replacing the nutrients of the fossil made it well preserved, similar to the way most matrix would house dino fossilis, except this isn't digging it out of a rock quarry somewhere, this was just a Rock at the bottom of the bottoms in a creek.
  7. Tidgy's Dad

    Waldron Weirdie #1

    Hello, friends! If anyone can help to id this little spiny spine from the Waldron Shale of Indiana, I would be very grateful indeed. Sorry about the first pic, it's just to give a scale. The object in question is less than a mm wide at the 'base' and about 2 mm in length. It seems to be a spine with tubercles and is solid, not hollow. The picture below shows it better. Tubercles, which seem to be hollow as some are broken off. You can see quite a bit if you magnify the image : Is it a bryozoan? Where the tubercles are snapped off actually being z
  8. Hello all, I hear that crinoids from a site known as "Corey's Bluff" of Crawfordsville, Indiana tend to be susceptible to pyrite decay. I don't know if this is a pattern but I've noticed a few crinoids from this location having black spots that I'm told are pyrite. Could I ask any members who've dealt with these crinoids or heard of this speak about their experiences? I noticed @Harry Pristis for one has some very nice crinoids from this site with such spots. I'd really appreciate any and all thoughts. Thank you.
  9. ... I found a micro raptor and need help with it's verification. Pics coming soon, found in a valley in a ravine in one of the lowest elevations on earth. I can feel the skepticism just as I see it on the faces of those in the area that I have showed. I've even reached out to Indiana university in Bloomington and they have not responded to any of my emails.
  10. ydok

    Bone ID & Some Others

    Found these today along a creek in Henry County, Indiana. Any ID help is appreciated. Thanks! 1. 2. Some kind of Brachiopod? 3.
  11. I found these several geodized Mississippian marine fossils in southern Indiana. They may not all be hollow with quartz crystals inside, but many are. The fossils usually balloon in size in the geode-forming process. Here's 2 sides of a crinoid calyx...
  12. Last summer I posted a trip report about finding some Pennsylvanian black shale in a river bed in East Central Illinois http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/106753-628-illinois-black-shale-trip-w-listracanthus/. I was able to visit the site again once more in the fall last year when the river was running much lower and collect more and larger pieces of the finely bedded and fissile shale. Since then I have been slowly splitting and going through the rocks I brought home, and finding many interesting fish parts- that is definitely the dominant fauna presen
  13. ydok

    ID Help

    Hi, Was wondering if I could get help getting an ID for these. All found in Wabash County, Indiana. Any help is appreciated. Thanks! 1. horn coral? 2. 3. 4. I'm not sure if this is a fossil or not. It sort of looks like a shell embedded in the rock.
  14. TK421

    2 unknowns from SE Indiana

    Hello! Amateur and fossil noob here. I was wondering if you could help me to identify these two fossils from SE Indiana. The first I found at the railroad rock cut in Madison Indiana* (corrected location below) loose on the hillside as is. Crudely it looks like a twisted up starfish. The second I found in the Waldron Shale piles that the Falls of the Ohio State Park (Clarksville Indiana) sets out for guests like me to dig through. For the second, I wasn't sure if it was a small coral or part of a crinoid. Thanks in advance - I really appreciate your help. *EDIT - my mistake.
  15. ydok

    ID Help

    Hello! I was wondering if I could get some help getting an ID on these two pieces (if they even are fossils). Found in Henry County, Indiana.. Thanks! 1. 2.
  16. harralhoward

    Who lost a claw?

    I dug this out of a corrugated culvert on South Willow Pond ditch under Bourbon Street in Warwick County.
  17. harralhoward

    What is this?

    I found this in Warrick County Indiana near Angel Mounds.
  18. I collected this specimen a while ago from the Liberty Formation (Upper Ordovician, Cincinnatian) of Indiana. Honestly, I have no idea what the heck it is. I posted this elsewhere and some thought it might be a strange echinoderm fragment, others thought it might not even be a fossil. Anyone seem anything similar before?
  19. ydok

    ID Help

    Hi! I was wondering if I could get some ID help with these. All found in Wabash County, Indiana. Thanks! 1. 2. (both sides) 3. 4. (different angles)
  20. ydok

    ID Help

    I found these today along the Wabash River in Wabash County, Indiana. Any ID help (if all of these are even fossils) would be appreciated. Thanks! 1. 2. 3.
  21. Last month I took a weekend collecting trip down to the Cincinnati area as my last trip of the year. I visited a number of sites in Indiana and Kentucky, and as usual this included the famous Upper Ordovician roadcut near St. Leon, Indiana. Although this site is best known for its trilobites, I found a great crinoid on my last trip there, and had some further crinoid luck on this trip as well. I spent most of my time in and around the butter shale bed of the Liberty Formation, shown below. The find of the day came when I noticed a large accumulation of crinoid stem fra
  22. Hi, I was going through some of my rocks and saw this one I found near Madison, Indiana. Most of the fossils I got from there were horn corals or brachiopods but the pattern on this fossil is different than what I usually see. Can anyone please help me identify it? Not sure if it is an imprint from a sponge or something else. Pictures show front, side and back. Thank you for your help!
  23. ydok

    ID Help (Again)

    Here are three more things I've found. These are from Wabash County, Indiana...all from creeks or rivers. Thanks for any help!
  24. ydok

    ID Help

    Hello, I found this in a creek in Putnam County, Indiana. The entire piece is less than 4cm and it looks like whatever it is is wrapped around, making it hard to photograph. Thanks for any help
  25. Rubykicks

    What type of fossil is this?

    Can any of you tell me what type of fossil this might be? I found it in Shelbyville, Indiana in the mud. As I soaked it, the holes started appearing and where the holes are, there is flash. Of course, my eyes instantly played tricks on me because it looks like a skull of some kind, but I don't trust my eyes anymore. Some of the pictures I took with the flash and then some without hoping for the best views. Thank you in advance!
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