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  1. Sjfriend

    Latham Shale unknowns

    OK, on my few trips to the Latham Shale in the Marble Mountains of Southern California I have found a few things that I'm just not sure of. I will include any info before each photo. Scale: little marks are 2mm, bigger numbered marks are cm 1: Ok, first I will include 2 photos of what I question as maybe trilobite hypostome. I haven't found any good illustrations of Olenellus hypostome. I've found probably 10 of these. They all look the same shape though many different sizes. 2: Next, I find a few of these each day. The cephalons from the trilobi
  2. In October of 2021 I made a 4 day trip to the Marble Mountains of Southern California to look for trilobites. The order of note is Redlichiida. The biggest percentage is Olenellus followed by Bristolia then Mesonacis. The vast majority of finds are just cephalons followed by thorax pieces. Last year I hunted here about 8 days. I probably found over 400 cephalons (could be a way higher) but only 2 completes with 3 maybe's as there are buried. With all that I've only found 1 pygidium on its own. There are a few other fossils to be found at the site. A couple brachiopods, a hyolith, and a few oth
  3. Sjfriend

    Latham Shale Slab Repair

    Found on my last trip to the Marble Mountains Latham Shale. I found this when just a little bit was sticking out of the hillside surface. Took me most of a day to extract. As you can see, it didn't as they say "come quietly" I used a couple little tubes of super glue to hold it together as much as possible before extracting it but it still came out in more then a few pieces I spent about a week getting it back together as much as possible (I mean really, who doesn't have some bolts and screws left over when putting their car back together ) I have a lot more advanced prep to loo
  4. Sorry if this is the wrong topic category, I don’t have much experience with this forum. I recently found out that there are Cambrian fossils in the Marble Mountains in California, and I’m wondering what the laws are for collecting there. I’ve always wanted to collect Cambrian fossils and that’s the closest location to me, but I don’t want to break any laws. If it is legal, what tools and equipment should I bring? Thanks!
  5. We spent some this weekend with the kids poking around in the Latham shale of Cadiz, CA. The first fossil in the pic is obviously a trilobite of some kind, any specifics are appreciated. The second round one with the bump in the middle and a surrounding spongy looking matrix was found pretty close to the trilobite. Any ideas on that one it has me stumped? The last pic I believe are manganese dendrites? My question with that is are they Cambrian in age as well. Thanks everyone....
  6. While visiting family in Arizona and California I was able to figure out where the Marble Mountains trilobite quarry was located. It's not that far off the road system so I figured I'd give it a look see on my drive from central Arizona to Northern California. The location is only about 25 miles out of my way so why not. On my drive north I only had a few hours so this stop was mostly a fact finding trip. The view from the car windshield. The Marble Mountains are the lower hills to the left of center. The quarry area is just to the left of the gap between hills
  7. Fossilizable

    Cambrian puzzler

    While out on a trilobite hunt several years ago in the Marble Mountains, San Bernardino Cty, CA, I found these two pieces on the surface in the region of a Latham shale exposure, so I think they would have belonged to the Chambless shale, which is in fact exposed as a bluff above the surface. Here's one: Here's the other: I'm not sure about these. They might not even be organic or in the same genus if organic. The source field might be a zone with Chambless and Zabriskie quartzite mixed. So there's a chance they're inorganic, I guess. How
  8. Paleome

    Unknown fossil/or trace

    I did not collect this. Found in a box of miscellaneous fossils at a rock show.
  9. Anyone been to the Marble Mountains in Southern California recently to search for trilobites? I know how to get to the dirt access road out of Cadiz but I was wondering about the condition of the road to the site, and also whether anyone has had much luck there in the recent past. I might head out there sometime in April if conditions are good.
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