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  1. Paula (Seneca20) found this complete and near perfect Ammonoid (Manticoceras) during our hike/fossil hunt on Sunday 8/21/2022. She goes "oh hey, there's this thing" It was the find of the day, of course I'm not sure if I should clean it up or leave as is. I think it looks kinda cool half buried in a nodule. The shell of the cephalopod is in great condition. Something that rarely happens in this formation. Good job Paula!
  2. I found this Upper Devonian nodule containing bones years ago. Of course I don't find too many Devonian vertebrate fossils here in NY so I squirreled it away to get it properly prepared and IDed someday. After doing some recent rearranging of my collection, I decided to bring this fossil out into the light. What I know - #1. Its a vertebrate fossil for sure and it looks to me to be cranium elements. #2. The size is 5.5" x 5.5". #3. It was found in the Cashaqua shale nodule layer. I also find straight and coiled shelled cephalopods, wood, and tiny bivalves in this unit.
  3. I just finished cleaning this Heliophyllum confluens (Colonial Rugose Coral) Middle Devonian, Hamilton Group, Jaycox Member. Western New York. 6" x 4" x 4.5" and its covered in epibionts. Most I know - 1. Brachiopod (Petrocrania hamiltoniae) 2. Bryozoa (Lichenalia stellata) 3. Crinoid Holdfast 4. Bryozoa? Coral?_________? 5. Coral (Pleurodictyum) 6. Crinoid Holdfast? Bryozoa (Fenestrate) Holdfast? Any help with numbers 4. and 6. is appreciated.
  4. I was walking around an antique store here in Western NY this past weekend and found a ziplock bag of shells/coral for $7. The bag had a very nice Flame Helmet shell from the Caribbean, some pieces of recent beachworn coral, and this fossil wood section with polished end. Size 68mm x 40mm. The outer "bark" is chalcedony and the wood seems to me to be cypress or palm, possibly Eocene in age, I'm thinking US locality maybe Wyoming or ? I'm not an expert on petrified wood and will appreciate any help. Thanks
  5. The fossil bryozoa colony I found on April 6th turned out to be a pocket of individual colonies. I've posted about this find in the past month. Happy Collecting. Atactotoechus fruticosus Fossil Bryozoa Colony Moscow Formation, Middle Devonian (380 million years) New York State It's very difficult to find complete/near complete colonies of Devonian bryozoans that also look great in a display case. These Atactotoechus fruticosus bryozoan colonies are from a newly (4/2022) discovered pocket of around two dozen individual colonies. This Bryo
  6. 2022 Fossil Collecting Season Our season started out great with a warm 63 degree day here in New York State. We often don't dig on our first collecting trip of the season Its more of a surface collecting trip just to scout out the area and see what winter has exposed for us. I had my geology hammer of course but no mini sledge, chisels, or pry bars. One of my favorite things to find in early spring are colonies of Bryozoa (Atactotoechus frutiosus). You have to collect every little piece of the colony and reassemble them back it home. This will take anywhere from an hour to many hou
  7. mikeymig

    Fossil Seed - Nut - Fruit

    In a collection I recently acquired, some of the fossils in the collection had no ID with them. This fossil looks real familiar to me but I cant remember where or when I saw it. 27mm or a little over an inch long. Any help is appreciated.
  8. I recently acquired some amazing specimens from my good friends collection. These pieces were part of the William Pinch (8/15/1940-4/01/2017) collection. Bill is well known in the mineral community for his incredible collection of one-of-a-kind and rare minerals from around the world. Bill also collected other natural history specimens including these two wonderful fossil teeth. These fossil teeth were available in the 80s and 90s and are now very hard to acquire. I'm very proud to own these teeth from the Pinch Collection. Happy Collecting
  9. I have some new additions to my collection and a few of them are missing labels. The minerals are well labeled in this collection but the fossils are not. Most are classic specimens from well known localities so no problems there. This bone however has me thinking. Its short, thick, and stocky (115mm x 76mm x 58mm). My first thought was sloth/glypto. ?? Any help as always is appreciated.
  10. mikeymig

    Mystery Jaw from the Badlands

    I bought this large jaw section at MAPS a couple years ago. It was labeled fossil jaw Badlands and that's it. I've collected the Badlands of Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota many times and built a large collection of fossils from these localities. However this jaw has stumped me. My thought was the large Miocene Oreodont Promerycochoerus. Any input will be appreciate. The size of the jaw is 153mm or a little over 6 inches long. The rear molar is 50 mm or 2 inches long. Thank You.
  11. Our recently discovered Devonian Phyllocarid is back from our preparator. Found on Collecting trip 4/9/2021 in New York state (#3 Phyllocarids we have with complete mandibles). This rare specimen has the classic pyritized Roemerella brachiopods attached to its carapace and the detail of the carapace itself is well preserved. What I was hoping and had very little chance of being antenna are serrated hinge lines. I never seen this on other specimens and the detail is amazing under magnification. The pincher like mandibles look to have color or pattern markings near the tips. I'm pretty sur
  12. Atactotoechus fruticosus (Bryozoa) Kashong member, Moscow formation, Middle Devonian, New York Found 4/09/2021. Size - 6"x 4.2" This turned out better than I thought it would. When I find these bryozoa colonies, I have no idea how complete they are or what they will look like until I start piecing them back together. This colony is missing some pieces but a lot of it was saved from erosion/oblivion. The base of the colony was uneven so I used some modeling clay to help display it in its upright position. The last photo was my attempt to bring the colony
  13. I just took my Phyllocarids out of storage and put them back on display in the collection room. All of these extinct crustaceans were found in New York State. Two of the specimens have their complete mandibles (jaws) and all three Devonian Phyllocarids have their telsons (tails). The Silurian Phyllocarid from the Pittsford Black Shale is extremely rare. These are rare fossils and complete specimens are absent in most collections. They have been in boxes for a few years now and it didnt feel right keeping them in the dark. Most people that view my collection don't understand or find them intere
  14. Phyllocarid Collecting trip 4/9/2021 Devonian N.Y. A beautiful Echinocaris punctata (Hall) with mandibles and antenna. This is as found unprepped and awesome. You can see the complete mandibles under the carapace, attached pyritized brachiopods, and a first for me, pyritized antenna. Happy collecting!
  15. Fossil shells from Florida loaded (natural) with more fossil shells. Many collectors like to clean out the fossil shells they find so they look like a shell found on the beach (recent). I like to keep them as natural as possible and preserve their history. Some of these fossil shells have other smaller shells that are cemented inside and would harm the shell if removed. Hours of careful cleaning is the only way to preserve and expose what's inside. I love them! The largest shell was entered in fossil of the month for Novembers and was a thread named My Fossil Cornucopia http://www.thefos
  16. I made this a few years ago and I'm not sure if I shared it with the group or not. Its something I came up with and thought it would be cool to frame and hang near my desk. Its not fancy and the verbiage might not be precise but I think you get the Idea Besides fossils, I collect specimen grade seashells, minerals, skulls, and artifacts (I include artifacts into Natural History). I made/printed one off for each collection. Happy Collecting!
  17. mikeymig

    My Fossil Cornucopia

    A large, well preserved, fossil Lightning Whelk (Sinistrofulgur roseae, Belle Glade Member of the Bermont Formation, 800,000 years old) that I dug up recently 11/16/2020 in Florida full of bivalve shells (Chione elevata). The bleached spot on the back of this large (185mm) whelk is the only part of the shell that was protruding from the ground. I cleaned the sand away from the clam shells with a toothpick and small brush then added a little glue in strategic spots. I posted my shell on social media and received great news from Dr.Edward Petuch (Oceanographer and Paleontologist) -
  18. I know I know its not real. The Meg teeth are real and that's a real fossil Stegodon jaw but..... I found it on Facebook and as luck would have it, its for sale. Location, Indonesia of course. A lot of very cool fossils have been coming out of that area and onto the market recently and then there's this
  19. mikeymig

    Creek Bug

    Creek Bug Eldredgeops rana (Trilobite) Middle Devonian, Moscow formation New York I found this trilobite in Sept. 2019 and never shared it. Or did I Anyway, I was hiking in a stream going from one location to another and found this trilobite after my girlfriend stepped on it Not her fault really. She's busy looking out for spiders, webs to spiders, and giant web wrapping people up spiders. I saw the telltale black of the trilobites exo and knew what it was (note the algae staining on the matrix). This site isn't a place where we go to collect bugs. This is o
  20. Parkinsonia parkinsoni (ammonite) Jurassic, Upper inferior Oolite Bridport Dorset. UK 6.5" The first photos I took a few years ago did nothing for this unique specimen. I found it difficult capturing the details and still think they could be better. The ammonite has many chambers preserved in calcite that glow when backlit. Calcite crystals can be seen growing inside some of the empty chambers. Fossil, mineral, crystals, art, science, love Happy collecting.
  21. Upper Devonian Skull? Cashaqua Shale Member, Sonyea Group Western New York size - matrix block is 8" x 8" I found this fossil around 12 years ago. The locality it was found at is a nodule layer with well preserved coiled/straight shelled nautiloids, petrified wood (some very large), small gastropods, small pelecypods and that's about it. I have found one other weathered piece of bone before at this locality but this nodule, I knew when found it, that it was special. It needs to be prepared and would love to get it done. That is the reason I took it out of the
  22. mikeymig

    Thats new to me.

    Nassoviocrinus costatus (Goldring 1954) I posted recently about our latest fossil hunt in the Devonian of NY and showed you all the little crinoid we found. Whenever I find one of these ancient echinoderms that Im not familiar with, I show it to my friend George McIntosh of the RMSC. I sent some pics to George and he told me that it looks like Nassoviocrinus costatus. I never heard of that crinoid before so I had to look it up and learn a little. However, Index Fossils of NA was published in 1944 and this crinoid was described in 1954 and the internet shows very little about it (m
  23. Spring of 2020 We took advantage of the time off and the break in weather to hunt one of our favorite streams here in Western New York. This was just a spring scouting mission to see what was exposed after the ice and snow has melted. Some of the more interesting finds were a crinoid crown (very rare for this locality) possibly Logocrinus, Spinocyrtia granulosa open with both valves, Orthospirifer marcyi, a large Megastrophia concava cleaned by nature with epibionts, and 3 small nearly complete Greenops. We also found many small Favosites coral colonies, large Heliophyllum corals, and 8 d
  24. Leicester Pyrite Member. This layer between the Windom and the Geneseo black shale represents a sea of death. I find very few types of fossils in this hard to process layer of solid pyrite. Well preserved cephalopods and Placoderm armor (Placodermi is a class of armored prehistoric fish) are the most common fossils found. This very thin horizon can be easily found in the outcrop if you just look for rust dripping down and staining the grey shales below this pyrite layer. Every year or two, a piece of Leicester Pyrite will fall from its position high up in the outcrop and slide dow
  25. mikeymig

    September Hunt NY 2019

    September Hunt NY 2019 I cleaned our Devonian aged fossils from the other day and assembled a group photo of our favorite finds. The brachs are rare (Elythe, Meristina) and several rare and uncommon corals (Botryllopora, Heliophyllum delicatum, large Pleurodictyums) were found. The large orange Heliophyllum (4.5") is covered in epibionts. A large enrolled Eldredgeops found in a creek stone, needs more prepping and would have been over 3" long if prone. All finds were surface collected in NY. Thanks, Mikeymig
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