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Found 91 results

  1. More from Montour trip

    My 6 year old son and I found lots of fossils just looking through the rubble on the surface yesterday during our first ever trip to the site yesterday. We've identified many of the bivalves we found, and found both crinoid stem cross sections and profiles. We're stumped by a few, however, and would like some help.
  2. Trilobite pygidium, Greenops ?

    Hi folks, This looks like a Greenops pygidium but has slightly different spikes than images searched for ref. This was in my typical dig area. Devonian, mahantango, eastern WV. It is quite fragile and was very difficult to expose without totally destroying it. Can you verify / determine the species ? Thanks ! Cheers.
  3. Pleura ? Eldredgeops ?

    Devonian, Mahantango fm., Eastern WV. (average size thumb) Not much here to go on. I barely saw the edge of it so I dug it out ... just to see that it went nowhere. By comparing photos, it looks like a single pleura from an eldredgeops trilobite. Am I close ? If it is, its the first one I've seen here among quite a number of cephalons and pygidia. Been very busy with work, hope to get a chance to look around a bit toward the weekend. Cheers.
  4. So I had a chore this evening. Check the wooded area behind the house for downed or dead trees to work up for the woodstove this coming winter. Well, there was this oak that had blown over in the spring. The uprooted root ball was full of shale chunks. There I was .... nothing to dig or split with so I just pulled a few chunks out of the upended roots and broke the open by hand as they were quite fragile being exposed all summer. SUPER rich in fossils throughout, especially the bryozoans ! The first pic looks almost like an enrolled specimen. I just happened to notice the other guy peeking out, like he was hiding. I'll dig him out soon as the glue dries holding him to the board. Should be a fine cephalon, species to be determined. (bet eldredgeops). The firewood will have to wait a day ...... or more
  5. Plant leaf ? or ? ? ?

    Greetings again friends. This was found in the same spot as most of the other recent finds here. Eastern WV, Mahantango fm., Devonian as usual. This looks like a plant leaf but is very deeply textured, more-so than I would expect for a leaf this small and under the evident pressures. I thought maybe a pygidium but the ridges / veins / valleys do not exhibit the symmetry I'd expect for a trilobite. Does it look familiar to any of you ? A small remnant, but that is all I recovered. As always, Thanks much ! Regards,
  6. Pike Co. Pa Mahantango

    N.E. Pike Co has a few lovely waterfalls as the streams cut through the Mahantango Formation en route to the Delaware River: : Dingmans Falls, Pinchot Falls, Raymondskill Falls. This looks like a nautiloid portion, the other has a small spiriferid and a crinoid bit. Specimens from that neck of the woods. Gordon
  7. Calyx - Interestingly intricate features

    Hi again fellow chippers. I broke one of my cardinal rules and did not wash / scrub the chunks before busting them up. This shale is very near the surface so it is covered with a layer of silty mud, dirt and small roots which hides some of the fossils that are on the surface of the natural fissures. I did not notice these calyx's until after I had busted the chunks up looking for my ever elusive complete trilobite. The one has a very interesting pattern within each polygon that I have never seen here before. The other is very similar to the others I've found here. Amazing, the geometry of nature .... just amazing. Thanks
  8. Trilobite cephalon - Stranger

    Hi folks Had a chance to crack a few chunks of shale today and found a new trilobite cephalon that I haven't seen here before. The extended "ear" was in perfect condition initially but was very fragile. It got fractured a bit so I halted the prep to get a pic while it was relatively intact. The eye looks a lot like the eldredgeops. My favorite reference, "Views of the Mahantango" lists 4 species but the list does not include this one (best I can tell). I found a few other familiar specimens and attached pics of them as well. All from the same spot as the dipleura found earlier. Thanks for looking. Regards
  9. Trilobite Trio

    Hi group, I think this is another greenops pygidium. If it is, this make a Trilo-Trio, all three species found within inches of one another. The Eldredgeops was peeking out of a natural fracture and looked like it might possibly be more than just a cephalon ..... but, no luck. Only had about ten minutes to look today, hope to get a chance to look more tomorrow. Devonian, Mahantango from eastern WV. Kind regards.
  10. Dipleura dekayi

    Hey folks, good day. I found two more of the Dipleura dekayi in the same spot as the other smaller cephalon found earlier. These are MUCH larger, I need to find a whole one ! There was also a pygidium (?) and a small eldredgeops cephalon all of these were within 2' of each other. Might be a "hot spot" ! Still a' chippin', one of these days ................. Kind regards,
  11. Trilobite cephalon, Eldredgeops ? or ?

    Hi folks. Unlucky break, I hate it when that happens ! This chunk broke out in a bad way. I'm pretty sure it is a portion of a trilobite cephalon but it doesn't look like the other eldredgeops that I've found here. Not certain which is fwd or rwd, but the taper of the "center section" appears to be in the wrong direction compared to my other specimens. Perhaps it is squashed/deformed a bit ? Something just doesn't look right about it to me. Any clarification would be appreciated. Thanks.
  12. Crinoid ? Holdfast ?

    The symmetry in this little feature really is amazing to me. Its about 8mm dia. I'll go out on the limb and guess that it is the mold of a small crinoid holdfast. (its a very slender, shaky limb though) Do you recognize it ? Thanks again
  13. Plant or animal ?

    Hi folks, me again ... Went back to the shale pit to "crack a few" in search of something new, well, you know what I mean. There were several fossils like the one pictured. Some appeared to be straight across the bottom like a brachiopod but could have looked that way due to the break in the split. Can you tell if this is plant or animal ? I searched the regular sources and found little (no) relatively info. Next time there, I'll try to get better examples. Thanks again,
  14. Crinoid ? good condition ?

    Hey friends I took a little walk at lunchtime today cracking shale along the way. Found this in the split of a piece of the harder gray/black/blue shale that doesn't have many fossils in it .... that I have found, anyway. Is it a crinoid ? from the calyx up ? Very interesting tentacles ... or whatever they're called. Its quite small. The calyx (if that's what it is) is about 5mm diameter. Could this be prepped out ? Looks like it would all be there, but quite delicate and tricky to expose. Thanks for looking
  15. Coral ? which is which ?

    Hi again friends, I recently broke up some larger chunks of shale that were full of some of the nicest examples of coral that I've seen here. Sort of a shame as I was looking for trilobites, but I saved these pieces. I'm wondering if the 3 samples are of the same coral ? or are they different ? Thanks again, kind regards.
  16. Crinoid ? or Coral ?

    Hello friends, I found another calyx ....or coral. This one was deep in a split and was not exposed like the others. I lightly brushed the residue away. I left it like this for the pic to maybe aid with ID. I think it would look much like the others if it were cleaned up. If any other views, or exposure would help, just let me know. Its 1.5 inches diameter. Thanks !
  17. Cephalopods, Orthoceras

    Hi folks, due to my recent infatuation with the trilobites, I've neglected the other plowed area where the orthoceras are found (and virtually nothing else, btw). It has rained a few times so I walked through the patch and picked these up this morning. Have a great weekend ALL !
  18. Tiny critter among the crinoids

    Hi everyone! I recently took a middle/high school group to Beltzville State Park to collect fossils from the Devonian Mahantango Fm. We found the usual plethora of crinoids, bryozoa, trilobites and corals, etc. Upon looking under the microscope, one student found a large amount of these tiny (like 3mm across) star-like creatures in one rock - superimposed upon bivalves and coral. She'd love to know what they are for her assignment. Thanks!
  19. This is #8 and #9. Both were in the same split of shale. The larger one was barely visible, just 1/2 of the fwd center ridge. Took quite a bit of digging to expose it. I was pretty sure what it was, getting used to the little clues. Thanks again !
  20. Two dotted objects

    Two more weird things from @Rocky Stoner's rocks (thanks again to you). Middle Devonian, mahantango formation. Weird bulb with dots popping out the top, and another perforated shiny thing. Positive and negative shown.
  21. gastropod ? ammonite ? goniatite ?

    Hi again folks. There are sparsely scattered chunks of sandstone and other rock here. Today I found this one barely exposed at the surface. It was extremely difficult to break in two and is full of sparkles, like small quartz flakes. It is not the normal sandstone. There appears to be a section of a crinoid and a spiral gastropod of sorts. I found no reference to it in the link posted above and have not seen another one here. Looks like it may be an "open" tapered coil where the coils do not touch one another, not sure though. Something new here every day .... never a dull moment. (unless I'm boring you with the same ol same ol) Kind regards.
  22. A startling likeness

    I call this one my snapping turtle. After scrubbing a ball of muddy shale in the bucket, I pulled this out oriented just so as to startle me for a split second. Imagine a small black bead in that eye socket, spooky. Looks like he's been eating well by the looks of the mouth full. Just thought I'd share, enjoy. Cheers
  23. Concretion nucleus

    Hi folks. Several years ago while digging shale with an excavator for road repair, we hit what appears (now, with forum learning) to be a concretion, typical oval/oblong shape about 5' long. We had to dig around it as it was too hard to even scratch with the machine. Over the years it has degraded to where it is quite fractured from the weathering and is easily broken up. The pic is a portion of a "ball" of densely packed fossils that was near the center of the concretion. Could this cluster have been the nucleus ?, or could it have just gotten caught up in the formation ? This is about 3 miles from my digs at home and is a much harder, blue/black shale that was at a depth of about 8'. Nice and clean ... no scrubbing necessary. Thanks
  24. Strophmena?

    I was splitting some rocks from a visit to a fossils sit in Maryland a while back, mahantango formation. I split one open and I got a positive and negative of a larger brachiopod (relative the the usual shoals of 1 cm shells) about an inch by an inch and a half (approx). Last pic is negative, rest are positive.I was guessing strophomena? Is it possible to get down to the species level? Any papers on this part of the mahantango would help (info is scarce for most Maryland sites pretertiary).
  25. Possible trilobite part ?

    Not sure if I included this query in an earlier post, but I don't think so. Is this just a convenient placement of individuals in a pile-up ? or are the parts associated ? I'll guess "pile-up", but the ribbed center section looks like the segmented portion of a crayfish ... of sorts. Maybe the thorax of a trilobite ? As always .... Thanks !