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  1. Hi Everyone, I’d like to share a few posts on the shales I’ve been hunting recently in Kansas City, Missouri. Long story short – my neighbor is digging a ‘pond’ to China. He has massive equipment from his business and so far he’s dug through about 35 feet (~10.6 M) of material. My land matches his where the dam to the pond is and I saw shale in it which really surprised me since I’ve never found shale on my property. Even in the creeks and gullies. I would also like to say that I have been really inspired by the posts from @connorp and @deutscheben about the shale they find in Illinois
  2. Bonehunter

    Unusual organism-tendrils?

    Again cleaning conodonts in Stark shale member and came upon this- it is elevated about 1-2mm and has what appears to be long "tendrils" or flagella like projections. I hesitate to try to clean this- it looks like a "carbonized" film over what ever it is and I will destroy it if I try....... any thoughts welcomed!!! One of the more unusual fossils, and the only one I've found. Untouched- the lines are not cleaning scratches-exactly how it appeared upon splitting the shale. I don't believe they are fissures/cracking-all of those are straight or parallel that I have seen....interesting eh? Thank
  3. Bonehunter

    Fish skin imprint?

    While cleaning conodonts (and the next object to follow this topic), I came across this "imprint"? It isn't a defined shape, but has a very uniform pattern. Thinking fish skin? It looks a lot like the Iniopterygian I found a couple months ago but the "scales" are smaller?.....I'll let ya'll decide or comment!! Thanks!! Bone
  4. Bonehunter

    fish fin?

    Been cleaning conodonts when I came across this in Pennsylvanian Stark Shale member between Winterset and Bethany Falls limestone in Kansas City. took me almost as long to get the lighting and focus in perspective as it did to clean it!. Is it reasonable to say this is a fin rather than a scale?......and any thoughts on taxa or even species? As usual, thanks all!! Bone
  5. Hi guys! I am looking for new areas to hunt for rocks and fossils around the KC area. I have been to the Blue river, Kansas river, Cedar creek, Tuttle creek, Perry Lake, Mill creek, and abandoned quarry areas. Anyone have any general locations of where I can find some stuff? I am an avid hunter for all sorts of fossils and rocks (rockhounding is my favorite past time)! I've had the most luck at the Kansas river and Perry lake. Some of my finds include cow skulls, cone coral, shells, agates, vertebrae, and a bunch of druzy quartz geodes and chalcedony. I ha
  6. This appears to me to be a somewhat smashed axial lobe of a Ameura missouriensis, and the first one I have found with the thorax. I found it in the Winterset Limestone Member of the Pennsylvanian, Kansas City Group, near Kansas City, Missouri. Does this ID seem right to you folks? Actually, the thing I want to do is exclude the (highly remote, I know) possibility of an eurypterid. I'm not sure if there is much more to prep as the fossil just disappears into the matrix. Russ
  7. Hi Everyone, I've been working through quite a bit of shale from the Stark member and have a specimen I would like your thoughts on. My brain sees a crustacean claw due to the shape, but I think its more likely that it's a fin. What do ya'll think I have here? Dimensions are 1 cm by 1 cm. My "holding the phone camera to my microscope lens" method isn't working so well, so here's a rough outline of the shape: And the counterpart from the split Thanks,
  8. Hi Everyone, I found this specimen a while back and have been trying to identify it but have been unsuccessful. Its from a layer of shale within the Winterset Limestone, Kansas City group, Upper Pennsylvanian, Carboniferous. Scale in mm. I flaked it off a bigger piece that had bivalves in it which I'll post below. The depth of the flake is about 1/4th of an inch (6.35mm) thick. The fossil doesn’t carry through to either side of the flake. The piece at the top is the same specimen just what came apart when I cracked it. At the moment my guess is that it might be a
  9. Receiving this gorgeous but mysterious specimen is from Upper Pennsylvanian limestone dated around 290-300 million years ago from somewhere around Kansas City. Looks like a tooth to me and my best guess would be orodus? But I have little experience with Pennsylvanian shark teeth in general and especially from this area, also cannot find a comparison elsewhere online. Any help will be appreciated.
  10. Titan

    Pennsylvanian Drift Wood?

    Just read @Bonehunter's post and discussion with @Missourian about an unknown Pennsylvanian plant and it got me wondering the same about this specimen. It looks like wood to me, but I can't find any Upper Pennsylvanian wood that looks similar. I'd love your thoughts on what it might be? I found it near where I found a large tabulate coral specimen. It's from the Bethany falls limestone group. Would that make it drift-wood? What do you think the weird textured pattern on the outside surface is? @digit guess my creek is producing more stuff I can't identify Thanks,
  11. Bonehunter

    Conodont help

    Hi all! Hope everyone is healthy and Covid free! Been focused on conodonts now and need help with these two- found in Stark shale member between Bethany Falls limestone and Winterset, if I have that correct :), Stark shale for sure though. The first is a beautiful cone I cleaned the base of. There are no additional denticle structures at the base and it doesn't look fractured at the base either. It is just under 1mm in length. I could also be totally wrong and its a fish tooth .The second is also a Stark shale element, but I'm not going to guess what elem
  12. Hi all! Well, now I am into splitting shale finding conodonts and will post my best ones soon, but I've come across several of these which are comparable to images in the forum and on references to Listracanthus denticles?. It was found in Pennsylvanian Stark shale member in Kansas City two days ago. Is that a fair i.d.? They're are all very similar, but I've found this as well- a "carbonized" film with a structure that doesn't have straight lines, but somewhat veinated? Very difficult to get pics of that so provided several in different light. The first is 27mm long and the black p
  13. KCMOfossil

    My Kansas City conodonts

    The past month or so I have had a chance to examine some shale from the Stark Shale, Dennis Formation, Kansas City Group. I have found many conodonts and I’ve enjoyed the challenge of taking pictures of them while they are still embedded in the shale. I think I have over 100 specimens now. Below I have posted some of my results. I have tried to identify the element position (P, S, or M) according to Purnell, Donoghue and Aldridge’s “Orientation and Anatomical Notation in Conoodonts,” Journal of Paleontology, 74(1), 2000, pp. 113-122, although I have not distinguished among the various S
  14. Can someone help me identify the item that is with these two conodonts? My guess is a fish scale. This is from the Stark Shale, Dennis Formation, Kansas City Group. The conodonts are 2mm or so and the specimen is 7mm. I am intrigued by the surface of the "shell" which is a bit crab-like (I'm not saying I think it is crab, but that the item's shell has that kind of texture). I've included pictures of both the item and its external mold on the other half of the split shale. Let me know what you think. Russ
  15. Up to this point (over the last five years or so), all my local fossil hunting has been done in the Pennsylvanian of the Kansas City area. Recently, however, I visited a sand bar on the Kansas River some 20 miles West of Kansas City. I found one item of interest. I suspect that it may be modern, although I'm hoping, of course, that it is Pleistocene. Any ID help regarding age and animal will be welcome. I know it is quite worn, so I won't be surprised if "yep, it's a bone" is all that can be said. What do you think?
  16. kbaldwin0630

    Fossils found in Kansas city MO

    I can't seem to figure out what the bottom row fossils are they all look like some sort of shell fragments? I'm also unsure of the two far right fossils on the bottom row as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  17. Is there an active fossil club in the Kansas City area?
  18. Here are a few more conodonts I found today. I had no luck in getting any out of the matrix, so I took some in situ pictures. Like the one I posted yesterday, these are all from the Stark Shale Member, Kansas City Group, Pennsylvanian Subsystem. They range in size from 1-2 mm or so. Russ Below is a closeup of the specimen above.
  19. I found this item in shale from the Stark Shale Member, Kansas City Group of the Pennsylvanian. Photos are of either of the halves of the specimen. The specimen is about 2 cm long. I would appreciate ID help. The only thought I had was that it seems to be flora and that the "stem" looks similar in appearance to Cordaites. Thanks, Russ
  20. KCMOfossil

    Pennsylvanian conodont

    A couple of months ago I collected a small bucket of shale from the Stark Shale Member in the Dennis Formation of the Kansas City Group. My purpose was to find conodonts. Today, I had a chance to look at the shale and I found a conodont this afternoon--the first one I've ever found . I was able to extract this with a small needle in a pen vise. I took the pictures with a Celestron MicroCapture Pro. For any locals that are interested, this came from the Firemen's Memorial. Russ
  21. I collected this specimen earlier today from the Pennsylvanian, Kansas City group, Winterset limestone near Kansas City. When I split the rock, I was delighted to see the delicate preservation. Am I correct that this is an internal mold of a fan bryozoan? Russ Here is the right side. Here are both sides. Here is the left side. An here is another view of the right.
  22. I found this in the Winterset Limestone of the Pennsylvanian system, Kansas City group near Raytown, MO. The matrix was quite oolithic. You may notice from the pictures that I had some trouble reassembling and gluing it after it fell apart, and it may be missing a bit of the small end. It looks to me like an internal mold of an evolutely coiled cephalopod. It is about 2 cm x 1.5 cm. Any ID help will be appreciated.
  23. Billy


    Hello, I hope that I'm doing this right. I was recently rock hunting in Kansas City, Mo and found these teeth. They were on the surface in a limestone formation on the side of a hill. I'm just wondering if someone could tell me something about them?
  24. KCMOfossil

    Small items on a brachiopod shell

    In the Winterset Limestone of the Kansas City Group (Pennsylvanian) there is a section that is thick with Composita brachiopods. On one of these I found the tiny (around 1 mm) items in the pictures. Any help with their identification would be appreciated. Russ
  25. KCMOfossil

    ID help with tiny Pennsylvanian item

    This item is 6.5 x 2.5 mm. It is from the Middle Creek Member of the Kansas City Group (Pennsylvanian Subsystem) and was found in conjunction with crinoid pieces, brachiopods, bryozoans, and horn coral. Any ID help will be appreciated. Russ Front: Back: Back with measurement: Left side: Right side: Top (tip): Bottom (tip):
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