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  1. Brianb43

    Some type of sea plant?

    Hello, I live in western Kentucky and work at a resort and marina on ky lake i always find small cylindrical fossils but today I found a giant cluster of them I figured it to be some kind of salt water plant but any help identifying it would be greatly appreciated
  2. Sorry if the pictures are not the best quality, I had to use my iPad to take the pictures. Also sorry if this is long, I’ve never posted here before and wanted to get in as much Information as I could lol. I found this while fossil hunting yesterday. The white stuff is mud I haven’t cleaned off yet. I’ve included pictures of both the positive (right) and negative (left) imprint just in case it’ll help. I’ve found something similar to this before, but the surface texture was different, and it was in different rock. The other one was in grey shale and was black in color, with lines going down it
  3. 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
  4. jack roundtop

    ID assistance

    Found in McCreary County, Kentucky in the Hollyhill Quadrangle. Brown and black colored areas have texture of hide/fur.
  5. minnbuckeye

    Kope Formation/Ordovician Unknown

    While visiting my sister in Cincinnati, I dropped off some trilobites to finish prepping in Covington, Ky. With a bit of free time on my hands, I took advantage of a road cut close by exposing the Kope Formation/ Ordovician. Many of these circular structures with a depressed center existed in the matrix I examined there. They are 1 to 1.5 cm in diameter. After running through the Dry Dredgers picture atlas, I could not find anything that resembled these. Bryozoan??? If so, they are distinctive enough to hopefully assign a genus and species to. Thanks for any thoughts! Mike
  6. aaronc

    Various finds today.

    Back in the creek today, found a few things that could be something.
  7. Fullux


    Been finding a few of these at one of my usual crinoid spots in Northern Kentucky. I think it's just another species of crinoid but I'm not sure. The other crinoid I've been finding here is Taxocrinus whitfieldi.
  8. 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
  9. icycatelf

    Weird Calamites Fossil

    Appears to be several clustered together. I was thinking that it could be the base of the plant, where several stems branched off a shared rhizome (as seen in figure a). Thoughts?
  10. Earlier this month I spent a day collecting in the Kope Formation (Upper Ordovician) of northern Kentucky. It is one of my favorite formations to hunt, and I always walk away with some nice stuff. Here are some of my better finds. A decent Ectenocrinus. It is crushed but should turn out nicely after prep. A much smaller Ectenocrinus hiding in a hash plate A pretty classic Kope hash plate. There's a cluster of crinoid arms to the left of center - I doubt there is a calyx but we'll see. A very nice Cyclonema
  11. The Ctenacanthiformes are an impressive group of prehistoric sharks, emerging in the Devonian period before surviving the two Devonian extinction events that gave rise to the Carboniferous. During the Carboniferous, the Ctenacanthiformes diversified rapidly, even becoming some of the Carboniferous Oceans Apex Predators. But of all the members of this impressive (yet almost unknown to the general public) group, two species stand out as especially impressive and awe inspiring - Saivodus striatus and the Graham formation Gilkmanius (this species currently doesn't have a name yet). Du
  12. 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
  13. Tales From the Shale

    Glen Dean Formation 2022

    Found a real nice exposure of the Glen Dean Formation in central Kentucky recently. Oh man did it not dissapoint. So here is some of the best crinoid material I have ever found. A calyx with partial arms, pictured with some stems and ossicles. A single ossicle, with crinoid spins, that are still sharp. Both of which are as common as gravel here. A small peculiarcalyx and crinoid cup. This massive gorgeous Pentremites sp. I found this one on my first trip, so unfortunately no scale but I will upload more of it later. More large blasto
  14. rockaho

    Tusk identity?

  15. icycatelf

    Warty-looking rock

    I was told in a group that it was an eroded garnet schist, and I did find a couple other examples online that looked similar. However, it looks more sedimentary than metamorphic to me. I also posted it on a mineral forum where they suggested that it could also be iron nodules in sandstone or a bark fossil. What's your take?
  16. Dragonflysea

    Hi Y'all - Vertebra fossil?

    Greetings from Kentucky. Wandered across this forum trying to identify what looks like a fossilized vertebra I picked up roaming around with my nose to the ground. I've loved rocks ever since I picked up a huge chunk of fossilized wood as a little girl in Louisiana. Married into a family of stonemasons who used to drive into the creek and pick up the rocks for their jobs. They'd been masons for maybe 20 years and the first time I went to the creek with them I was the first of the family to find an arrowhead! Picked up all sorts of neat geodes and other pretty rocks through the years and h
  17. aek


    I came across this unusual scolecodont and can't identify it. Late Ordovician Drakes formation. Any help appreciated.
  18. Muffinsaurus

    Trace fossil or nothing?

    Found in Kentucky along AA Highway, Ordovician, Kope formation. I took it because it looked like a weird eyeball thing. I didn't think it was a fossil, just a weird rock, until I cleaned it off and found a bunch of trilobite bits on it. So that had me wondering if it was a trace fossil or if there might be something inside if I chipped away at the shape. Honestly I'm kinda itching to see if there is anything inside it. As it sorta, to my untrained eye, looks like something fell into the water about an eon ago and got covered up. However I don't want to take the Dremel t
  19. Muffinsaurus

    Is this a fossil?

    Found in Martin Kentucky, Middle Pennsylvanian, Hayden Formation. I thought I found a geode the other day so cut it open. The surrounding material got a somewhat mirror shine from the cutting tool (I assume iron rock). However when I hit it with a hammer and it cracked open I found this inside. It looks, to me, like a small fish or plant. I have no idea if this is even a fossil, so any help would be wonderful. Thanks in advance.
  20. Muffinsaurus

    Is this a Flexicalymene trilobite head?

    I found this mortality plate along AA Highway in Kentucky. Area is ordovician. I've been cleaning on this plate all night, when found this little guy under some dirt and brachiopod fragments. Did I just find a flexicalymene trilobite head? I know it's just a fragment and not the full thing. But I'd be pretty stoked if I'm correct on this. Thanks in advance. (I traced it out just in case my picture is too poor to see it. I can't find my macro lens)
  21. Muffinsaurus

    Creek thing ID request

    I'm currently in a dried out creek in Floyd County Kentucky and have found this--thing. It's about 4.5 cm wide and 5 cm long. It kinda looks like something, part of a fish or leaf maybe. The area is mostly carboniferous. I'm just wondering if this is anything I should bother with as the rock it's on is about 60 pounds.
  22. Muffinsaurus

    Weird rock or weird Fossil?

    Found in a creek in Floyd County Kentucky. Area is Pennsylvanian (according to the university of Kentucky website the area may also have a very small mix of Cretaceous, Tertiary and Quaternary). I'm wondering if this is a fossil, like an impression of a seed or something, or if this is just a weird rock. Thanks in advance.
  23. Muffinsaurus

    Is this coral or sponge?

    My neice just pulled this out of the creek at my mom's near Ashland Kentucky. I know the area to be Carboniferous. I think it's a coral, but I'm still too much of an amateur to know for sure. Any help would be appreciated by myself and my neice.
  24. Muffinsaurus

    Help with plant fossil ID

    This was found in Eastern Kentucky in the creek behind my house. Carboniferous. I think it might be astertophyllites. Is this correct?
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