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  1. Last month I was able to make a brief trip to hunt the Ordovician rocks of the Upper Mississippi Valley. The stratigraphy up here was very confusing to me at first since a lot of the units are very similar looking. To that end, I am endeavoring to include more site pictures in my trip reports of this area, in the hope that it will assist others when collecting this area. My first stop was in SE Wisconsin. Unfortunately the right of way was much narrower in person than on Google Earth so I did not feel comfortable collecting here. But it was a great site to observe the three lowest
  2. minnbuckeye

    Local Ordovician Trip

    It has been 7 years now since I became hooked on the "fossil thing". My hunts seem to creep a little further from home with each passing year. Greener pasture syndrome. So a few days ago, I purposely started my adventure close to home. Here are a few finds from the Ordovician. @ClearLake Let me start with a few unknowns: This last one could just be a squished brachiopod, but seems to be a coiled organism. IDed as Trilobite eye, probably Isotelus The pygidium pictured came from a new spot I tried, expecting to find
  3. minnbuckeye

    Maquoketa Fossils

    Early in the summer, an attempt was made to hunt a different Ordovician formation than I normally collect in. It provided me with a learning experience and some new and neat fossils. Having enjoyed my finds so much, a return trip was made 2 weeks ago. Not to the same site but to a more extensive exposure of the Elgin Formation of the Maquoketa close by. The location is in NE Iowa in some beautiful farm country. Even if I found no fossils the view from here made the trip worthwhile. Now for the finds. I am a novice at identifying fossils from this formation and am open to a
  4. Here are two bugs not in great shape from the Elgin Member of the Maquoketa Formation (Upper Ordovician) of Minnesota. I am leaning towards Flexicalymene sp. for the first and guessing Isotelus or Anataphrus for the second. Any thoughts are appreciated.
  5. Last week, some fossils were collected from the Elgin member of the Maquoketa/Ordovician of NE Iowa. A few of my unidentifiable ones are posted here today for you to look at. 1. The first one was a cephalopod mold that upon closer look at home had these 2 "things" stuck to it. I have not come across these before. 2. Next is a partial trilobite that I initially thought was Anatophorus. But after some cleaning , I am uncertain how to label it. It appears to be crushed.
  6. connorp

    Ordovician Unknown - Echinoderm?

    This specimen was found in the Maquoketa Formation (Upper Ordovician) of Minnesota. My best guess is part of an echinoderm (crinoid or cystoid calyx?) but I'm not sure, I've never found anything similar. Any thoughts?
  7. Last weekend, I decided to venture out to my favorite site to find trilobites. It is a site better visited during dry weather, but I couldn't wait! I do not know which was muddier, the truck or me when I packed it up. Here is the location without the mud visable. This material is best approached by splitting larger slabs of matrix. The result is always a bunch of trilo-bits. This is a nicer hash plate found that day
  8. I am hoping someone on the forum is familiar with Ordovician carpoids. i collected this specimen at a roadcut in Claremont Iowa. it is from the Maquoketa Formation. Any information on what species it might be would be greatly appreciated.
  9. minnbuckeye

    Maquoketa, Ordovician Unknown

    I was checking out my photos this evening and came across this "unknown" from a recent hunt in NE Iowa. The geology is Ordovician/ Maquoketa. The "fossil" was found with only the surface of #1 showing. It looked a bit sponge like to me. I tried splitting the surface off and found the left over rock had a surface shown in 2. I further split the rock into pieces 3, 4, 5, and 6. As you can see, the unknown flares out again at 6. This is probably "just a rock" but tis better to ask first. Mike
  10. minnbuckeye

    FLAT Brachiopod

    My recent trip to the Maquoketa Formation of Iowa produced a brachiopod that baffles me. It appears to have both shells but it is extremely flat. Help needed with ID!!! Mike
  11. minnbuckeye

    Need a QUICK ID on a Trilobite!!

    I found a tiny object locked in matrix yesterday late in the afternoon and threw it in the bucket thinking it was a brachiopod. So when I cleaned it up a little this morning, I was surprised!! My wife fell in love with this trilobite (loves anything petite) and insisted I enter the FOTM competition. I am torn between a very small Isotelus or the more likely Anataphrus vigilans. HELP so I can enter before today's deadline (for her sake!!!).
  12. This is Isorthoceras sociale (Hall, 1877) from the Ordovician Elgin member of the Maquoketa from the well known Graf, Iowa location. They exhibit unusual preservation, including nacre and hollow camerae. According to Invertebrate Fossils (1952) by Moore, et al,, shells of nautiloids have an inner annulus layer, middle nacreous layer and outer porcelaneous layer. Is the circular pitted texture on the outside then the remnant of the porcelaneous layer of the shell or some sort of epibiont like a bryozoan? Plate 220 of Shimer and Shrock's Index Fossils o
  13. I'm slowly making my way through finds from the summer and have come across a couple specimens I don't recognize. The first one is from the Platteville Formation of SW Wisconsin (Middle Ordovician). The second one is from the Maquoketa Formation of NE Iowa (Upper Ordovician).
  14. connorp

    Maquoketa mysteries

    These two finds are stumping me a bit. Both are from the Maquoketa Fm (Upper Ordovician) of Iowa. The first one initially struck me as a 3D graptolite, but it could be a crinoid stem. I couldn't get a good photo of the cross section, but it is rectangular.
  15. connorp

    Unknown Maquoketa Trilobite

    Found this while splitting some slabs I brought home from an outcrop of the Maquoketa Group (Upper Ordovician) in Illinois. Started a bit of prep work but figured I'd try to see what I'm dealing with before going any further. My completely uneducated guess would be a lichid pygidium or something of the sort?
  16. Today I decided to revisit a stream exposure of the Upper Ordovician Maquoketa Group in northern IL. I believe these outcrops are all Brainard Shale, which is the second highest member of the Maquoketa in Northern Illinois. The olive-gray shales exposed at the base of the outcrops are packed with Tentaculites, and the few times I've been here I've always searched for those. Today I wanted to explore more of the creek and see what else I could find. The stream was running pretty fast but wasn't too high, despite all the recent rain. Shale and dolomite outcrop for q
  17. aek

    Trilobite

    Any idea what species this is? Maquoketa group, probably Elgin formation. Thanks
  18. minnbuckeye

    Looking For A Copy

    In order to ID a find of mine, I came across an article that appears to have my answer. Does anyone possibly have access to this? I can't seem to get it: Carabocrinid crinoids from the Ordovician of northern Iowa and southern Minnesota Thanks, Mike
  19. minnbuckeye

    Trilobite IDs

    I discovered these two rollers in Fayette County , Iowa in the lower Maquoketa, Ordovician. This location is well known for Anatophrus borreaus trilobites. Though the next lower formation changes abruptly to almost 100% Isotelus. Did I find one of each? Rollers make IDs tough on me. Then as long as you "trilo" experts are looking, can you ID the trilo-bits 1,2 and 3 in the next picture? Thanks for helping!!
  20. Due to an upcoming order from our Governor to stay at home, I took the opportunity to fossil hunt last Sunday afternoon before it begins. The ground was white with an unexpected snowfall overnight when I left the house but soon melted. My goal was to look at road cuts for rock slides from the winter's freeze thaw cycle. Digging and splitting would be tough with frost still in the ground. The first spots searched were Ordovician, Galena. Here are a few representative fossils from the Galena of SE Minnesota: From there, I slipped over the border
  21. connorp

    A few Ordovician unknowns

    Here are a few fossils I recently collected from the Maquoketa Group (Upper Ordovician) in northern Illinois that I'm not sure about. 1) Maybe some kind of trace fossil? 2) The two things in question here are to the left and right of the pentagonal crinoid columnal. The small fossil on the left looks like it might be part of a trilobite genal spine? And the three-pointed fossil to the bottom right I have no idea about. I feel like I've seen something similar before but can't remember.
  22. RCFossils

    Climaconus???

    This past Sunday, I had a chance to explore a few roadcuts near Dubuque Iowa. i came across a very unusual fossil that had me stumped. After reading through an old paper, I found a match to my fossil. The guide listed the name as Climaconus. I was unfamiliar with what it might be so I did a Google search which did not yield any helpful results. I am hoping that someone on the forum might be familiar with this animal and enlighten me as to what it is. Is the name still valid? The Rock is part of the Maquoketa Formation which is upper Ordovician. It was found i
  23. RCFossils

    Help With Iowa Crinoid

    I found this nice little Crinoid calyx at a roadcut near Dubuque Iowa. i was wondering if anyone might know what species. It was collected in the Upper Ordovician Maquoketa Formation.
  24. minnbuckeye

    Cephalopods for Ludwigia

    Last Autumn, I took a side trip to Graf, Iowa in search of it's "elusive" cephalopods. Fortunately for me, a large piece of rock had released itself from the overhanging cliff and I proceeded to use my sledge hammer on it until broken into eight 50 lb pieces. This then was loaded into my truck without further exploration as I knew, each chunk contained maybe 50 cephalopods within it. These chunks of matrix were to provide me with a little winter entertainment while the landscape of Minnesota remained white. Two weeks ago I began splitting these boulders, looking for the treasure
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