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  1. I have started this discussion to get some answers to the following questions, but we can have also have some fun if you show us your most colorful fossils. Can you explain why some fossils are gray and some are colored? What are the process that give fossils colors? Can we deduce something about the environment the organism was living in ? For example, the following fossils were found about 1 km apart in the Lorraine Group portion of the Nicolet River Formation near Montreal, Quebec. As you can see, the bottom plate is gray, very different from the colored f
  2. Denis Arcand

    Is it fossils or geological formations

    Can anyone tell me if these are actual fossils or just geological formations, although they look like fossilize plants to me, it would be very surprising to find fossilized plants from the late Ordovician period. both rocks were found in the Nicolet River Formation on the banks of the Richelieu river
  3. Denis Arcand

    My best guess is Sowerbyella ?

    Hi, I am still new at identifying brachiopods, I know there is a great diversity of similar species, which makes it even more difficult for me. Can you help me identify these two brachiopods, they both feature a semicircular outline, concavo-convex profile, and small size (~1.0 cm wide). They also have a wide, straight hinge numerous and very fine lines and ribs. Not sure if they are the same species, one of them has a larger size with a bit smaller width compared to length. So I don't think they are the same species. The plate was found in the Nicol
  4. Denis Arcand

    I found a brachiopod with lips

    Hi fellow fossil collector, can you identify this brachiopod for me? I recently found a very different brachiopod, where I usually collect my fossils in an Upper Ordovician formation (Click here to see the site). I can easily find hundreds of swerbyella, but this fossil is very different from what I usually find, its huge size, 3 times larger than any fossil i usually find, and its different shape puzzles me. It measures approximately 3cm x 2.5cm. It also has intriguing concentric protuberances composed of a primary and secondary shell on external shell surface. As you
  5. From the album: Fossil Art

    This picture was taken as is, it was not photoshopped, everything is real in the picture. Only the contrast has been adjusted a little bit. I took this picture at a small beach where the fossils are underwater, so I literarily fish for the fossils. You can read my two articles on the subject by clicking on the following links: The day I went fishing for fossils (part I) The day I went fishing for fossils (part II)
  6. I don't know if this is the right place for this tread, as it's not really a trip, it's more like a few hours of outing. It won't call it hunting either, the fossils are underwater so it's more like fishing. Anyway, this is one of my many trips to this place, it's not very far, and it allows me to take a nature walk on weekends. Do not expect to see anything bigger than a few centimeters, this is the late Ordovician, historically the formation of rocks in the area is due to its immersion, towards the end of the Ordovician geological era, which led to the establishment of marine sed
  7. My first post was so popular that I decided to do a second. I went to the same place, and found more many rich and colorful fossils, and got enough material to write to you about it. For those who missed my first post, you will find it HERE As you will see in this article, I combine my two passions, collecting fossils and color photography. I love color, creating black and white photographs of fossils is good for scientific research, when you are a paleontologist and want to record the small details for science and posterity. But for people who are just starting to explore the wor
  8. Denis Arcand

    Rock having goosebump

    I found this while fossil hunting see my post The day I went fishing for fossils. I'm wondering what it is , it's between 4 and 6 inches I guess, didn't have an rule with me at that time .
  9. Denis Arcand

    Late Ordovician, Brachiopod and Bryozoan

    From the album: Hash Plates (Late Ordovician)

    I found this multicolor hash plate with many other in an Ordovician formation, see my post The day I went fishing for fossils. The picture was taken in full sunlight

    © Denis Arcand

  10. Denis Arcand

    Late Ordovician, Brachiopods and Bi-valves

    From the album: Hash Plates (Late Ordovician)

    I like the natural color of this red shales and sandstones formation

    © Denis Arcand

  11. Denis Arcand

    Late Ordovician, Brachiopods

    From the album: Hash Plates (Late Ordovician)

    The camera flash is giving this stunning color the the matric and fossils.

    © Denis Arcand

  12. Denis Arcand

    Very small cephalopod ?

    I found this on one of my hash plate, is it what I think it is, a very small cephalopod ?
  13. Denis Arcand

    Need help to ID small black things

    Hi, I found theses black fragment of some sort onto on a couple of plates from the Ordovician that I found. Can someone help to 'Fossil ID' them? If you can also help ID the brachiopod, that would be appreciated (-: Thanks!
  14. Is this a graptolite ? It's my first one.........maybe
  15. Denis Arcand

    Teeny-weeny unknown

    I found the following Teeny-weeny fossil, among this colony of brachiopods. We can see many similar fragments all having the same size. I posted pictures of some of the best fragments. Found it in Nicolet River Formation near Montreal, Quebec. For me it looks like, maybe, a fragment of conularid, but I wasn't able to find anything exactly like it on the internet. Does somebody know what this is?
  16. I recently found this peculiar fossil, I know that it is from the Ordovician period, because of the formation where it was found. But I cannot figure out if it is a piece of a trilobite or a cephalopod, or something else? It look like it have to round half that are joining in the middle.
  17. Denis Arcand

    395R_DSC06470d.jpg

    From the album: Fossil Art

    © Denis Arcand

  18. Denis Arcand

    395R_DSC06466b.jpg

    From the album: Fossil Art

    © Denis Arcand

  19. Denis Arcand

    395R_DSC06321b.jpg

    From the album: Fossil Art

    © Denis Arcand

  20. Denis Arcand

    395R_DSC06313b.jpg

    From the album: Fossil Art

    © Denis Arcand

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