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  1. Bill Hoddson

    Michigan brachiopod question

    I have a piece of limestone found in a gravel pit. It contains two brachiopods I'm having a hard time identifying. Both appear to be the same species, just differing states of preservation. The larger is about 3/4" wide.
  2. Bill Hoddson

    Petrified Wood In Michigan

    Please help settle a debate on a Facebook page - Can petrified wood be found in Michigan? Considering that at least 95% of our state is recent overburden on top of Paleozoic or older rocks, is it possible to find naturally occurring petrified wood? It seems many swear that their finds are petrified wood, but looking at the geological history - predominantly shallow seas depositing sediments during the Paleozoic, followed by the glacial bulldozing during the Pliestocene would make petrified wood and impossible prospect. Thoughts?
  3. Bill Hoddson

    Looking for someone with a trim saw

    I have a coarse grained limestone piece I'd like to remove a couple of horn corals from. Anyone near Cadillac/Traverse City with a trim saw who could help?
  4. Bill Hoddson

    First Serious Prep

    This is going to be my first serious attempt at removing a fossil from a rock, and cleaning it for display. It's a solitary horn coral found in a parking lot in Traverse City, Michigan. Base rock is a rather coarse grained limestone, so it should be easier that a finer, densely grained matrix. The only tools I have currently are a Dremel with a flex attachment, carbide cutting disks and diamond burrs, as well as various dental tools and muriatic acid. My plan is to try to safely cut the specimen out of the main body of the rock, and then proceed with th
  5. Birthgiver

    Help I'm new here

    I made this account because I was hoping someone could help me identify my rocks/fossils I'm not sure if this is the site to do that but Ill go ahead anyway. I found all of these at the same site. Approximately a quarter mile from Lake Charlevoix in Michigan. I am most interested in knowing about the tooth and the one, with what looks like multicolor scales. I'm a novice but I'm assuming the third set of photos is honeycomb coral. It was a good haul. we found many Petoskey stones and other little fossils. Thanks in advance for your help. I'm curious what you all think. I'm a compulsive rock ho
  6. Jmeister

    Is this a tooth?

    Hey everyone, Any ideas about what this could be? We found it on a beach shore in Acadia Michigan. It has so many features that makes me think it's something special. - Triangle shape - possibly single root lobe and root line on top? Was thinking shark tooth but doesn't have two root lobes or v shaped root/gum line. Also seems very old. Was also thinking dinosaur, but It's my understanding there are no dinosaur fossils in Michigan, so possibly very old? Curious to know what you think! Thank
  7. Blakeg

    Mid Michigan coral ID help

    Picked up while beach combing. Thoughts?
  8. Bill Hoddson

    Subsurface Lake Michigan salt deposits

    Looking for information on the subsurface salt deposits under Lake Michigan, between Manistee and Ludington, primarily as to their age. I have some (limited) access to core samples from the wells, and while I've seen some beautiful halite crystals, I've wondered what sorts of fossils I might find. I'm told the cores, taken in 1989, are from ~2500ft. I can't find anymore information than that. Maps and stratigraphic charts for that area are too large of scale, and too generalized. Anyone have information?
  9. Picked this up while looking for Petoskey stones, any idea what it is?
  10. Cassandra Tiensivu

    Actinocrinites Plate or Echinoderm?

    After cracking open this packstone, I happened upon this odd little fossil. I did a bit more excavating to uncover the extra lobe. So far, the speculation is leaning heavily toward some sort of Actinocrinites plate. There are a few people pondering echinoderms. What are the general thoughts here on this piece? From South Haven, Michigan. Mississippian Coldwater Shale.
  11. Hello, I found this as well as several more in different sizes in the woods near my home in Northern Michigan. Can anyone give me a clue what it might be? It is hard to tell from the photos, but many parts of this appear to be crystalized. Mostly inside the "holes". I have looked ALL over the area on hikes and have never come across anything even similar to this. They seem to be in just the one area.
  12. Found this stone awhile back, very smooth and round, and perfectly shaped like an egg! I live in the Thumb of Michigan, and found this in the rocks by some shrubs. All the other rocks were definitely not like this. Any ideas what it actually could be?
  13. Sammi21977

    Is this fossilized bone?

    Found in Manistee County Michigan. Can anyone help to identify?
  14. So many different ideas have been tossed out for this piece now. I thought perhaps some folks who aren’t in the Facebook group I regularly post in might have some clue to be able to narrow this down. The tan-colored half seems to be two layers of diagonal lines stacked on top of one another in a crisscross pattern, creating the holes in between. This is another Mississippian Coldwater Shale packstone from South Haven, MI.
  15. Cassandra Tiensivu

    Part of a crinoid calyx?

    Now, I have never seen one of these before. But… it feels like a crinoid piece of some sort. Only two of the rounded edges are visible, but I believe there are six sides to this. It reminds me of a connecting joint piece for a puzzle kit. Found it after cracking open this Coldwater Shale packstone from South Haven, Michigan.
  16. Cassandra Tiensivu

    Possible bryozoan from Coldwater Shale

    Does anyone have any ideas as to what makes this sort of pattern? The opposite side was just a plain, smooth clay deposit. Found this Coldwater Shale piece in South Haven, Michigan, along the shores of Lake Michigan. I did have someone suggest Fenestate bryozoan. When I tried looking it up though, I found a ton of variants.
  17. Cassandra Tiensivu

    Goniatite in Coldwater Shale

    Hey everyone. I’m looking for more information on Goniatites found in the Mississippian Coldwater Shale. I found this little guy today after cracking open another packstone (second to last photo shows the host stone) I picked up in South Haven, Michigan, along the shores of Lake Michigan. Any insights you could toss my way would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your time!
  18. This slab of what appears to be compressed mud came up when digging a basement. Has a lot of pieces of coral and shell. Looking for help with big item (white is color and looks like 3 pieces coming from a central core) in photo.
  19. ARandomFossil

    Worm?

    Hi all, my uncle found this on my property years ago, thought I would post it here. Any ideas? We live in the Northern Michigan.
  20. Hello again, I was doing some surface collecting in Oakland County michigan-- typically the fossils around here are preserved inside of pieces of limestone... I'm no expert on fish or sharks so I'm not sure what exactly this imprint is, but it reminds me of a tooth. Would anybody be able to confirm/deny this? The rock in question is about the size of a dime. Thank you!
  21. Hello everyone. I’ve been chiseling apart some of my less than fabulous Mississippian Coldwater Shale packstones that I find in South Haven (MI) on Lake Michigan. Typically, I’ll discover various brachiopods, a few gastropods, various bryozoan, some ostracods, and little bits of flora that look like tiny seaweed. However, recently I opened up a packstone with a very different fossil inside. I have nothing else like it in my collection. A few folks I know have speculated the things I mentioned in the title of this post. The second picture is... I guess I would call it a ca
  22. 30 years ago I was in 5th grade and used to hang out nearly every summer day at the back of our property in Van Buren County, field was nearly 60 acres. We would build forts and play in the creek that came off of the Paw Paw River. One day while we were in this deep depression in the ground that the creek went through we found a small black shark tooth. That summer we dug and dug and were able to find about 50 teeth. This week being Spring Break I told my small children maybe we should go look for shark teeth and told them what I did as a young lad. We went back to the old spot I remembered fi
  23. I have some exciting news, thanks to the help of @TqB, who suggested that this tabulate coral I found in southwest Michigan glacial drift a few days ago is much more interesting and unusual than I could have imagined! After thinking about and dismissing a number of favositid possibilities, we realized that this is a cerioid syringoporid. Tarquin suggested that, due to the appearance of domed and/or infundibuliform tabulae inside the transverse and longitudinal sections, along with a few apparent mural pores and a possible syrinx (mural pore tunnel) structure, this might be
  24. Hello, everyone, I could use some help with this odd little tabulate coral I found yesterday in an old gravel pit in southwest Michigan. I can't guess at a formation or age since it's glacial debris, but the things I find range from possible Ordovician (rarely) all the way to lower Mississippian. I think it must be either Devonian or lower Carboniferous. When I first picked it up, I thought it was just another type of Favosites, given the corallite shapes and what turned out to be large mural pores (towards the left) when enlarged: (EDIT: TqB has suggested parasite trac
  25. Hello! First time posting so I'm sorry if the formatting is wrong...anyways, I recieved this big trilobite as a gift from a shop here in Michigan. I'm afraid I don't have any other information, other than it was what I think is cheap for a fossil? Anyways, here's a few pics of this sucker. Thanks!!!
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