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  1. Tammy and I made our first post-pandemic roadtrip and we went to Chicago to see family. Decided to drive as I was not yet comfortable with airports and airplanes. I had hoped to visit a site in southern Illinois where blastoids used to be plentiful and easy to find. Sadly, that site was mistreated and is no longer available. Members here on the forum suggested several alternatives which should produce the blastoids that I longed to hunt for. We found that the large (and well known) roadcut just north of Sulphur, Indiana was along the route (kind of) on our return trip and so it was added to t
  2. This is my first "new topic" post to the FF, so I hope I'm doing this correctly. If you have a microscope or equivalent and a current or potential interest in micro-fossils, you might enjoy collecting at the following historic locality: Mississippian Salem Limestone, about 5 miles east of Salem, Indiana off Rt. 160; Spergen (Spurgeon) Hill, railroad cut (Manon RR) paralleling S. Harristown Rd, 0.75 mi north of Rt. 160; south end of Trackside Road; approximately 140 meters S of Harristown, Washington Co., Indiana; diminuitive fauna; Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates: 16S 585024.
  3. JSERTL

    Can anybody identify it yet?

    So far the dimensions of what's showing is 15.2mmx6mmx1.5mm & it's starting to curve back into the rock. With no sign of the end yet. I'm taking my time & investigating the piece after every couple scrapes. Whatever it is, it's not as hard as the surrounding material. I'm going to wait till I get a response before I do anymore. Just in case any of you think I should turn it over to a professional so I don't screw up whatever it is.
  4. Scottnokes2015

    Can i get some help please

    Hello everyone I have this strange little Brachiopod which i know nothing about. Its about just over 3/8th In. I don't know were its from, i got it from someone Can anyone tell me a possible ID and if it looks from a particular area. Is it Mississippian? Thank you
  5. Hey all, I'm hoping that one of you has access to a page that's missing from the online pdf version of USGS Professional Paper 203: James Williams' 1943 STRATIGRAPHY AND FAUNA OF THE LOUISIANA LIMESTONE OF MISSOURI. The missing page is Plate 9. I have everything else, so if you happen to have access to a hardcopy version, just scan the plate and post it here, thanks so much!
  6. minnbuckeye

    Platycrinites

    Here is a post prep picture of Platycrinites found on a early July fossil hunt in SE Iowa (see previous trip report). These crinoids have a columnar stem with a twisted pattern, making them very interesting. My daughter can't look at it without thinking tapeworm. I have to somewhat agree but still see the beauty in this crinoid!!
  7. I have been working with Mississippian age nautiloids in Kentucky for the past 40 years. Years ago I found two very complete specimens in the Nancy Member of the Borden Formation in a creek east of Morehead, Kentucky. The one was a small but very complete Orthoconic nautiloid of the genus Michelinoceras sp. which is commonly found in that area. The other was found very close to the other and at the time I thought it was another Michelinoceras sp. Recently I was looking at it and saw the shape was much different. Michelinoceras is very conical and the shape is very round to slightly oval w
  8. Scottnokes2015

    ID help please. Weird fossil?

    Hi everyonei have reposted my id request as I'm having trouble with my other post. This is the fossil in question. It is from Chester, Illinois which is Mississippian formation and it's a limestone. In that area, fossils tend to be very heavily calcite. I found this we're the questionable part was circular but broke while removing and leaning what I have. I have had various ideas from local enthusiasts that it is a crinoid basal plate. Can anyone give me a more detailed ID or possibilty. Thank you
  9. Found these yesterday. Getting them out of the rock was a job. I was wore out afterward. https://imgur.com/a/wWGIEst I believe they are Phanocrinus.
  10. Buried in Stone: Shores of area lakes, rivers ideal for digging up fossils By Brian D. King, Tahlequah Daily, Oklahoma Yours, Paul H.
  11. As a late Father's Day gift and early Birthday present (I turn 39 tomorrow ) I spent 4 hours Saturday morning in the Glen Dean Limestone. A Carboniferous (Mississippian) formation. As usual, I was channeling my inner mountain goat and scrambling around a Central Kentucky roadcut. As I pulled up to the road cut my heart sank. Grass had grown on the exposure. If memory serves, the last time I was here was in the middle of September of last year and the exposure was bare. Most finds are small so I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find much. Luckily my fear and apprehension was
  12. One of the rock clubs I belong to decided to go on a geode hunt near Keokuk, Iowa. Our private hunting area was not accessible due to flash flooding that previous evening, so we went to another dig site. A good 20 inches of goopy muck unfortunately overlayed the rock that contained the geodes. So I was hot and exhausted by the time bedrock was found. For fear of heat exhaustion, I quit at about 3/4ths of a bucket full. I will take these to the children's fossil pit for the kids to "find". Here is what the collecting site looked like., a split slab showing some geode
  13. 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.
  14. When I break open brachiopod packstones from South Haven (MI), I usually find three types of tiny to small fragile brachiopod shells more often than any others. These are from the Mississippian Coldwater Shale formation. I’ve been having a private discussion with a fellow forum member, and we’ve come to the conclusion that these are likely all from the same brachiopod. The largest shell in the first photo always bows inward. The shell in the second photo always bows outward. We suspect those are opposite sides of the same half because of the V on the one side and t
  15. Elkhorn

    Brachiopod or maybe coral?

    Fossil found in Sierra County New Mexico in a wash located in the Monticello Canyon. Geological determination for this area is documented as Cretaceous - Mississippian. We have found horn coral and some type of sea sediment rock in the wash. Would like to have an opinion on this fossil embedded in rock.
  16. 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.
  17. Hi, I am in search of Plate 8 from the following paper. Yes, the paper is published online at Biodiversity Heritage Library, but both Plate 8 and its accompanying "Explanation" (i.e., captions) page are unfortunately missing from the online edition. Please post a scan if you have easy access to Plate 8 from this paper, thanks. Driscoll, E. G. 1965. Dimyarian Pelecypods of the Mississippian Marshall Sandstone of Michigan. Palaeontographica Americana, No. 35.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. historianmichael

    Burlington Formation Fish Teeth

    Late last year @minnbuckeye was kind enough to send me a test tube full of fragments of teeth he collected from an exposure of the Mississippian Burlington Formation in Iowa. As part of the deal, he asked that I post photos of my better finds from the tube. These are the first Mississippian fish teeth in my collection. I am really happy with what Mike was willing to share with me and I cannot thank him enough. I also owe a big thank you to @Elasmohunter for helping me identify the finds. If you haven't seen it already, check out Mike's trip report from his hunt of the Iowa Burlingt
  21. FossilNerd

    Wayne's Carboniferous

    When it comes to fossils, I am a generalist by nature. I haven't met a fossil that I didn't like! However, in an attempt to narrow my focus a bit, I have decided to take a cue from Adam ( @Tidgy's Dad ) and start this thread. I hope to showcase some of my collection, but more importantly have a central place to post IDed specimens, information I have found regarding them, and/or ask for help with IDs. Hopefully other's will get enjoyment from seeing the specimens and potentially learn a thing or two. So come along on my journey through the Carboniferous! If you haven't had the plea
  22. OhioHeather

    NE Ohio Fossil ID Help Needed

    I recently found this fossil while walking in a shale creek bed in Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Northeast Ohio just south of Cleveland). The area is late Devonian - early Mississippian. The piece is approximately 11cm x 7cm (4.25in x 2.75in). Any help in identifying it would be greatly appreciated.
  23. aek

    New finds

    Some new finds from an exploratory trip to Southern Illinois and Missouri. Originally I was focusing on Silurian rocks, but wasn't having much luck. Mississippian fossils Kaskia chesterensis Richmondian stage fossils Missouri Conulariid impression. Very beautiful magnified. Haven't had much time yet to look up names. Not sure what this species is. Very small, just a few mm. Thanks for looking!
  24. I found this in the bank of the Iowa River amongst a nice collection of brachiopods. I have been trying to visualize an ancient living creature at the center of this rock, but I suspect my great discovery is nothing more than some type of weird rock. Would really appreciate your expertise and opinions! I have included photos of Left outside Right outside Middle Left middle Right middle Closeup Fossils from reference layer. IMG_0976.HEIC IMG_0975.HEIC IMG_0972.HEIC IMG_0971.HEIC IMG_0970.HEIC IMG_0969.HEIC IMG_0968.HEIC
  25. oilshale

    Brachiopod from Bear Gulch - ID?

    Does anyone have any idea what kind of brachiopod this could be? I'm sure we can't identify the species, but maybe the family or even the genus? Carboniferous Serpukhovian Bear Gulch Montana
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