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  1. ScottBlooded

    Small Devonian shard. Honestly no clue.

    Devonian, Needmore formation (so mid Devonian), West Virginia. Usually if I’m asking I can say “it’s a trilobite part, but whose?” Or at least “I feel like it has to be a bryozoan but I’m not sure” but for this piece I have literally no clue. This is both the interior and exterior mold pieces and some got torn off from one to the next when I split the shale. However, you can tell it has six raised dots in kind of a dice pattern (like the 6 side of a six sided die). The texture/shape reminds me of the way trilobite bits present out here but that very even six dot ornamentation is…bizarre. Anyho
  2. ScottBlooded

    Hey whose butts are these?

    I started digging in a different exposure of the Needmore formation (mid Devonian) which has been very productive. Definitely intend to spend more time out here. Anyway, happened across this pair of dueling pygidium, definitely not familiar. Checked a couple sources and didn’t find any good matches, whatcha think? (Call it 3mm in width)
  3. ScottBlooded

    Name that Devonian trilobite noggin

    Alright you know the drill (because clearly you follow all of my posts here [sarcasm]): this dude is from the Needmore formation in West Virginia which makes him Devonian, specifically emsian to eifelian. I know I’ve found more pieces of this guy before but I can’t find the photos just now, if they become necessary I’ll dig them up. He’s the rarest type of trilobite I find out here though and have yet to get a good diagnosis, even when working with a professional (something along the lines of Coronura was the closest guess I think, but that was with just a glabella to work with). This piece is
  4. ScottBlooded

    Yet another Devonian hypostome

    Hey it’s broken record Brian to ask about yet another hypostome. Needmore formation of WV, Devonian. 10mm x 8mm. I even consulted the chart that @piranha was kind enough to provide me with last time but I’m clearly still developing an eye for hypostome detail. Pictured are both the internal and external molds. Ignore the partial goniatite above it (or enjoy its lovely suture lines, who am I to tell you what to do?) As always thanks for your time!
  5. ScottBlooded

    Name that Devonian hypostome!

    Hey sorry to bug everyone again so soon but I wound up having time for an outing today to my usual site and found this trilobite hypostome. Needmore formation, Devonian (emsian-eifelian) in WV. When I discovered a new species out here, the only two parts I couldn’t get a good representation of were the hypostome and the eye (found many eyes but they’re always crushed, must be a very thin/delicate structure). So I’m always on the lookout for both, but I have no knowledge at all of whose hypostome looks like what. I feel like if I can narrow down the list a little it’ll make it easier (for insta
  6. Found near Winchester Virginia in the needmore formation, having a hard time figuring out the species. Still have to clean up his right side, but there’s at least one genal spine preserved, can’t tell yet if there’s any spines along the ends of each thorax segment. Had a good tip on reddit that it might be a Reedops but the librigena area seems not as substantial on mine. Likewise the attached genal spine seems much finer and arcs further away from the thorax. Has a smooth glabella (with the exception of the furrows) which I also don’t see any examples of when I search Reedops either. Eyes are
  7. ScottBlooded


    Hope everyone is doing well. Found this in the Needmore Formation so earlyish Devonian in age. My guess was some kind of bryozoan but looking at the texture up close I wasn’t sure. I’m not necessarily a bryozoan guy so I don’t have any frame of reference. If that is what it ends up being, does anyone know the genus/species? As always, I’m very grateful for your time.
  8. Megalodoodle

    Stuff from Lost River, WV

    So I went to Lost River, WV (Needmore formation) during the fall. I just recently found time to go through the material some more, set up photos, edit, etc. Brachiopod impression? As with the other brachiopods, I’m hoping for genus-level identification. Brachiopod. Any ID’s on its genus? This… Thing. I’m guessing its a brachiopod. But I could also see it being the eye of a trilobite. This brachiopod flaked right off the matrix! Any ideas as to what genus it belongs to? Hmmmm this was clearer
  9. Many Needmore formation sites are located where I live. I was wondering how does one go about selecting a “probable spot” to begin digging/splitting shale. Is there some trade secret that I am unaware of or is it pure luck?
  10. ScottBlooded


    Found in the needmore formation of WV so early to mid Devonian. Thought these were crinoids cups for the longest time but I’ve looked and have yet to see an example that matches. I’ve found them a number of times out at this site and they always present exactly like this, down to size and placement of that center “seam”. As always, thank you for your time.
  11. ScottBlooded

    Devonian mystery pygidium

    Found digging in the needmore formation of WV making him early to mid Devonian. Closest matches I could find were trypaulites erinus and coronura aspectans but neither look quite right. Photos of the positive and negative imprint, you can see the margins much clearer in the negative (seemingly no spines). Also ignore that small shard of pygidium to the left of the positive imprint, it is unrelated (was stacked right on top of this one and was unfortunately destroyed). As always I’m deeply grateful for your time.
  12. Found digging out in the needmore shale of WV so early to mid Devonian. It’s broken but I believe the full thing to be shaped kind of like the bendy part of a bendy straw when stretched out. So a crinkled tube that’s been squashed a bit by geological forces. Texture on it is a three dimensional crosshatch, kind of textile-like. My first guess was some kind of bryozoan, but I honestly don’t know
  13. ScottBlooded

    Mystery mark on Devonian goniatite

    The site I work most often (needmore formation in WV) produces a fair amount of what this forum has in the past generously identified for me as goniatites. I’ve noticed some with vaguely star shaped holes seemingly punched in them, although I’ve yet to have the chance to photograph one. Yesterday I came across this partial goniatite impression in situ with a really good example of what I’m talking about. Any ideas of what I’m looking at? It looks (to my amateur eyes) like something that occurred pre fossilization, and they always present just this way (overall star shaped with a penetrating ci
  14. Minerva8918

    Small cluster of domes

    Hi everyone! This is from Needmore formation close to Wardensville, WV site. I think I've found something similar one other time long ago but have no idea what it is. I had actually seen the impression side first, which I thought was the cast of a Phacops Rana eye but when I went searching for the source I found that not to be the case. (On an unrelated side note, I swear the universe has something against me finding a trilobite with both eyes...I'm salty about the fact that all but one of my best trilobites are missing one eye!!!!) Any help w
  15. Hello, As a follow up to my previous post, I wanted to see if anyone can help me Identify some of the things I found or confirm my suspicions. all material was found in Wardensville, part of the needmore formation in the Lost River quarry. #1 lets start with the biggest stumper, I have absolutely no Idea what this thing is or even if it is a fossil. my best guess is a possible trilobite feeler, but even then I am not familiar enough with their anatomy to make that call. failing that, some sort of soft bodied invertebrate perhaps? #2
  16. Rexofspades

    Lost river trip 08/29/2021

    Hi all! Went on an expedition to Wardensville this weekend to try out some new equipment, decided to go to the Lost river quarry and try my hand at shale splitting. The drive was nice and uneventful. but eventually I made it to the spot. The scree was more treacherous than I expected, has to use my new rockhammer as a pick of sorts to help anchor myself. this was my very first time to this locality, doing anything like this for that matter, so I had no idea what I would find if anything. after scrambling up to the rock wall and looking over the texture my eyes were met with the fir
  17. I opened this rock up the other day to expose this really cool plate of orthocone nautiloids (among a bunch of other stuff). Naturally, the first thing that jumped out was the very white, almost feathery looking preservation inside the one nautiloid. I’ve worked in this formation a lot (Needmore, in WV) and I only ever see this very white, very fragile material inside of fossils. So I suppose my question is, is there any way to know what that material is? Why it forms? The other specimens I’ve collected with it are likewise nautiloids or in a few cases goniatites. Always on the inside of the s
  18. ScottBlooded

    Whose head is this? Trilobite, Devonian

    Found this in the needmore formation of WV, he’s about 3 or 4mm at his widest. Also note that it’s pretty evenly pustulate, hard to get the right lighting to convey that. Ignore the crude tool marks on the left of the specimen, popped a few pieces of shale off him to expose more. Any help as always is greatly appreciated.
  19. After some awesome advice from FF members, my family made it out to the Lost River quarry in WV (Devonian shale). We found a bunch of bivalve and trilobite partial fossils and two fossils that we can't ID (pics below). The first was found in a split piece of shale so one part mirrors the other (pieces are ~3x3in). Unsure if this is a fossil but any insight is appreciated! The second is a very small (1/4in) circular, striated fossil. Thanks!
  20. ScottBlooded

    Early to mid Devonian pygidium ID

    Finally got back out to my site (Needmore formation outside of Winchester VA, early to mid Devonian) for the first time this year, very good feeling. Found, among other things, these 3 partial pygidium imprints. Two appear to be the same species, and I’ve found several other partials like these out here before. I know (or am fairly sure) I’ve seen this species before online but can’t place it. The third specimen I can’t place at all and as far as I’m aware, haven’t found out at this site previously. All specimens are a centimeter and change at most, can provide more precise measurements later
  21. ScottBlooded

    Mystery lumps

    These are each less than a millimeter long and I have no guesses. Needmore formation outside of Winchester VA. Shale containing several trilobite species, brachiopods, crinoids, typical mid Devonian marine stuff. Seem vaguely porous but they’re tiiiiiny so it’s hard for me to say.
  22. ScottBlooded

    Four Devonian scraps

    Four separate specimens, all partials. Found in the needmore formation (mid Devonian) near Winchester Virginia. First specimen- first 2 pictures- 1.6 cm: I’m guessing some sort of orthocone nautiloid but the evenly spaced squigly patterns threw me off (I find a lot of them but they don’t have that pattern). Also the fact that it bends a bit (second photo is taken at an angle to give an idea how the cast bends) although this could be from geologic forces. Second specimen- second two pictures- 3 mm: I honestly have no clue. Seemingly has spines? Seemingly thin bodied? Body seems like i
  23. Working in the needmore formation outside of Winchester VA, mid Devonian gray shales where I find mostly trilobites, crinoid, brachiopods and some shelled cephalopods. These two little bits caught my eye. First, bifurcated spine (or looks like a spine? It’s preserved the way trilobite spines do in this formation). About 4 mm long. I’ve never noticed a species of trilobite out here that has bifurcated spines and now I’m curious. Second, cephalon next to a separate (I assume not associated?) pygidium. The pygidium I figu
  24. So I find a lot of eldredgeops parts in this particular spot I’ve been digging for a few months (needmore formation outside Winchester VA). Particularly find a lot of cephalons. Some of them have been a bit warped/bent and I chalked it up to geologic forces doing the distorting. Came across this one the other day though that has a very focused dent in the glabella, like a piercing dent. I can’t for the life of me find the mold I split it from (it’s somewhere!) but it also has the corresponding dent, so I know it’s not damage done by me. Is there any way to know if the dent was pre fossilizatio
  25. ScottBlooded

    Mid Devonian tiny trilo ID

    It looks to me like another eldredgeops, although the glabella looks slightly longer if I look hard enough. I find a lot of those out digging here (outside Winchester VA in the needmore formation) so that wasn’t what stood out so much as it’s size, and I do apologize for not including a ruler I just honestly don’t have one small enough. If it’s bigger than 5mm I’d be surprised. So I guess my main question is, would this have been a juvenile of the species? My understanding was that they gained segments as they age, but this guy looks exactly like the other much larger specimens like him that I
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