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  1. CandiM

    Can someone please identify?

    We found what looks like three fossilized fingers, a few miles north of Cedar Rapids, IA. Just wondering if anyone could possibly tell me anything about it...
  2. 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
  3. 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!!!).
  4. minnbuckeye

    Decorah Shale

    Earlier today, I posted a collection of fossils from the Decorah Shale from NE Iowa. I do have a few questionable ones that I need opinions of. 1. This seems geological but is very odd. Thoughts of what it is are welcome. 2. Bryozoan encrusted gastropod? 3. Is this bryozoan or sponge? 4. This big "glob" sits atop a slab of matrix. I am perplexed.
  5. minnbuckeye

    My last Decorah Shale Trip.

    This will likely be my last trip to the Decorah Shale this season. I thought I would post some finds that were still in the matrix that they were found in. Many fossils of the Decorah are found separated from the rock they were hidden in. I just like fossils in matrix!!! With that said, the first picture is not in matrix. It shows a cephalopod with a Sowerbella brachiopod within it. Someone (I can't remember who) posted a similar item and I had remarked how many cephalopods have other fossils within the body chambers. Here is an example. I hope that person sees this.
  6. minnbuckeye

    Decorah Shale Trilobite Cephalon???

    Couldn't help myself yesterday and returned to an outcrop of the Decorah Shale, Ordovician in NE Iowa. Found many nice specimens. (Adam, I may need to substitute some of my current finds with what is in your package) Here is something that perplexes me. I thought it was a partial trilobite cephalon/ genial spine but after looking at the species mentioned to occur in the formation, I struck out. Sooooo can anyone provide an identification? Thanks!!!!! Mike
  7. Last week was a tough week as I tried to stay home as much as possible. On top of the Corona situation, a snow storm dumped 9 inches of heavy wet snow on us. The rain/ snow line was only 30 miles south of us so after looking out on the white landscape for days, I was ready to see green grass again. A decision was made to trek south for the day and enjoy spring again, but with no human interaction. I had wanted to look at a road cut that was discovered on Google-earth this winter and thought this would be a great opportunity. So I was up and on my way early the next morning, leaving the snow ju
  8. minnbuckeye

    Fisherite babies??

    Awhile ago, I posted some unknown recepticulites and didn't receive a definitive identification. Since then I cleaned up a fisherite which had a central protrusion on it. My mind went back to the unknowns and I semi convinced myself that these are "baby" fisherites and that the large "sunflower" head comes with age. The unknowns were about the size of the protrusion on this fisherite. Here are pictures of both. For all you wise paleontologists out there, is my theory plausible??? The babies: The adult:
  9. minnbuckeye


    Was going to dispose of this brachiopod when I noticed what looked like some sort of epibiont on it. Any thoughts and possible ID??? Thanks, Mike
  10. minnbuckeye

    Ordovician Unknown

    I need help with another specimen that popped out of the Ordovician matrix I was busting up last week. I have NO clue as to what this is, or if it is even a fossil. I have split literally a ton of matrix on this roadcut and have not seen this before:
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