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  1. I went to St Leon Indiana, and I had a pretty good haul!!! Spent the day out there I have several fossils that are from the Ordovician time period and they’re in limestone, limestone shale. Does anyone have any good tips on washing them? Do you prefer dry? Just with a brush? What about any rusted stuff, do you use oxalic oxide? What about algae? Do you prefer water? Soap and water? Hydrogen peroxide? I’m afraid and don’t want to ruin any. Thank you! Jessica
  2. When you took your trip to st. Leon, we’re you nervous? I read that Indiana is lame and doesn’t allow collecting on their road cuts. I plan on making the 3-3.5 hour drive there but I’m so nervous I’m going to get in trouble and I don’t know where to park lol. I’ve read recent posts of people going in the past 6 months, and no complaints or issues. Or are there any sites to find trilobites in that area? It’s not a short drive lol
  3. I've heard recently that the Glen Dean Formation (Carboniferous) outcrops in Illinois are very fossil rich, especially with Invertebrates. However, I haven't heard much about vertebrate fossils coming from that formation. https://igws.indiana.edu/IGNIS/GeoNamesDetails.cfm?ID=805C6AF7-75E2-40C8-A8D2-C7535D35F7C8 Hoenig MMJ - MS Thesis - Chondrichthyan Diversity (Updated) (1).pdf Does anyone know what kind of vertebrate fauna (mainly fish) fossils are found at the Illinois outcrops of the Glen Dean Formation and if it's connected to the Burlington-Keok
  4. Hi Everyone, Last month I took a trip from New York to Elizabethtown, Kentucky to attend my parents' 70th anniversary. My sister and her husband, two of her adult children, and my parents, both in their 90s have all resettled there. I try to visit them at least once per year, but my parents' 70th wedding anniversary could not be missed. It is a very long trip from the suburbs of New York City to E-Town and a stop along the way was the sensible thing to do, so I spent the night in Harrison, Ohio near the border with Indiana and only 15 minutes from St. Leon, the well known Ordovician roadc
  5. 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...
  6. ClearLake

    Waldron Crinoid and Brachiopod

    A while back I made a quick stop at a small exposure of the Waldron Shale (Silurian) in southern Indiana. I only picked up a couple of items but since I have not previously collected the Waldron, I wanted to confirm (or get the correct ID) on two small items. I'm hoping one of our Waldron experts such as @Herb, @Ken K, @crinus or @squalicorax or anyone else that has some Waldron knowledge can help me out. The first item is a small, nicely preserved brachiopod. Based on what I could find, I suspect it might be a Stegorhynchus but I wanted to confirm this and if anyone can add a s
  7. ydok

    Need IDs Please

    These were all found in Putnam County, Indiana today. Just wanted some help identifying. Thanks! 1. Very lightweight. Was able to break it in half. Almost felt like wood. I know this probably isn't a fossil, but everyone is very knowledgeable here lol 2. I know there are crinoids and sponge in here, but I'm not sure what the larger white ones are. 3. Again, I know these are crinoids, but is that large piece also a crinoid? 4. Is this just an odd-shaped rock?
  8. Herb

    Eucalyptocrinites Calyx

    This is a Crania sp. inarticulate brachiopod attached to a Eucalyptocrinites sp. calyx from the Silurian Waldron Shale from central Indiana. The calyx is 2 1/4" (5 cm) across. The brachiopod is about 3/4" across.(2cm). The blue circled item is a single element bryozoan, like the ones found in the lower Devonian Birdsong formation of central Tennessee.
  9. 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
  10. Mochaccino

    Indiana crinoid? Brachiopod?

    Hello, Some help with another unidentified piece please. The seller's label is "Crinoid (?) - central Indiana, Mississippian ~340 mya", but I don't see any ossicles or radial symmetry. A flattened brachiopod perhaps? Measures ~2cm.
  11. Art....

    Not sure what these are

    Not sure what these are. I dredge for gold and pull fossils out all of the time. I kept these because they were interesting but am unsure if they are anything at all. Hopefully I can get some feedback here to get some answers.
  12. FossilNerd

    First Trip to St. Leon

    Last weekend I finally made my way up to the famous St. Leon road cut. Also known as South Gate Hill in some literature. I made the 2.5 hour drive to Lawrenceburg Indiana after work last Friday and stayed overnight so that I could be up with the sun and on my way Saturday morning. The site itself is another 20-30 minutes from the hotel. By 6am I was out the door and on the road. After a quick gas station stop I found myself at the mile long road cut. Most people come here to hunt in the butter shale of the exposed Liberty Formation fo
  13. ydok

    ID Help

    Just checking some IDs on some things I found today. Any help is appreciated! 1. Am I correct in saying this is part of a trilobite? 2. I'm not sure what I'm looking at here. Is that a brachiopod, some crinoids, and coral? Or something else? 3. Is this a crinoid stem? It's more white and not as segmented as the ones I normally find.
  14. Could anyone tell me if these are Nodosaur fossils? I found them on my property in Muncie Indiana. Google lens binged it as Nodosaur and upon searching, I found a very good picture of a 110 million yr old dinosaur fossil of the nodosaur. The count, shape, and placement of the spikes seem to be exactly the same. Although I am not that knowledgeable and very new to this.
  15. bridgetloud

    Is this a bone?

    Hello everyone! Just yesterday by a river in south central Indiana I found this. It did not look like a normal rock so I decided to keep it. I think it is a bone, but I cannot tell what kind of bone it is or how old it is. Is it a bone and if so, what kind?
  16. bridgetloud

    Can’t identify Shark Tooth

    Hello! I have found what I believe to be shark tooth (I am unsure if it is) nearby a river in south central Indiana and need help identifying it. This is the first fossil I have ever found so I am pretty new to this. The photos are of the same tooth from different angles.
  17. 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
  18. I've had these fossils for years now, but I never could figure out what they exactly were. The first image is of what looks like a fern and the second I'm not sure of (both found on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Illinois). The 4 following pictures are of 2 fossils found on the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky on the Indiana side of the river. One looks very clam like, while the other looks more like what I am assuming is a crinoid? I can make out a small stem and small circular patterns on the opposing end. The last 2 pictures I am the most unsure of. It looks similar to the
  19. I recently acquired this little lot of Ordovician fossils but the info I received was somewhat lacking and mixed up. I hate to ask this because I feel like I should have gotten all the info to begin with, and having not gotten it, I figured I would have no trouble piecing it together. I think I have gotten past the spelling mistakes and such but I am stuck at this point.... Could anyone check to see if the info I have on these is correct, and maybe narrow down the locations, and tell me which subspecies of Vinlandostrophia is which? I wouldn't be surprised if the original collector is a
  20. TheInvertebrateGuy

    Devonian? Fossil Id Needed

    I recently found a fossil in my backyard and I’m not sure what it could be. I live in a place where the bedrock dates back to the Devonian. Hopefully this will be the only fossil id that I’ll ever do. Front Back Left Right Top Bottom If you notice in the front, top, and right images, there is a brachiopod mold, which means the fossil was either from the shoreline or from underwater. I also think that, at this point, the fossil comes from the lower Devonian.
  21. TwoOaks

    Type of geodized fossil?

    This was found on one of my recent hikes in a creek bed in south-central Indiana (Monroe County). Geodes are very common finds as well as crinoid columnals and horn coral but this is the first find of this type. So I would think it is some type of geodized fossil but would like the experts' opinions. The first 3 photos (taken in natural sunlight) are "side" views and the 4th shows the "bottom". What do you guys think? Thanks in advance for your feedback.
  22. jodiewil

    Wabash River find

    Hello, I found this fossil this weekend on the bank of the Wabash River. Anyone have any ideas what it is? It was about the size of a dinner plate. Thank you.
  23. I_know_nothing

    Fossil? Can anyone help me

    I found this rock that appears to have hair through it. Not really sure.
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