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  1. A Fossilized Thing

    Hi again! I’m totally stumped with this one. The rock is limestone, so its not the Billings formation. There is still some matrix on it, but most of the surface is exposed. It’s spherical and slightly faceted. Fossil pearl?
  2. Ostracod? Ontario, Ordovician

    Hi all, Found these itty bitties in a park in Orillia, Ontario. They’re not in situ as they’re in ornamental stones around the playground. We also find lots of gastropods and brahiopods in these stones. Not having rocks in situ is less than ideal but “urban fossil hunting” is awesome when you’ve got young kids in tow! I’ve never actually seen ostracod fossils before, so just wondering if these could be some? They look like the approximate right shape. They are quite tiny, around 3-4 mm. Canadian quarter for scale. Thanks for any help! Gavy
  3. Hello everyone! This past Saturday, July 28, 2018, Victoria @VTinNorthAB and I met up with our families in Arkona, Ontario in order to do a little fossil-hunting together. It was a wonderful day - it was warm with a mix of sun and clouds and we all came away with some great finds! Please enjoy the photos below! Viola (my 7-year-old daughter) and Aviva (Victoria's 7-year-old daughter) in front of the falls at Rock Glen Viola and Aviva climbing a wall of Hungry Hollow's South Pit, searching for button corals and other goodies Adina (Victoria's 4-year-old daughter - it was her birthday!) and Aviva climbing the same wall - Adina was a trooper! Adina and Aviva posing for a picture post-climb Victoria fossil-hunting high up in the South Pit More to come...
  4. Help ID Fossils From Manitoulin Island

    Hello, I just got back from my first fossil hunting trip and am hoping to get a little help to ID some of my finds. These were found on Manitoulin Island off HWY 6 & New England Rd, I`m sure a few people on here have already been there. I didn`t do any digging or picking but I managed to find a few specimens laying around worth bringing home. Fossil #1 Approx 6cm by 6cm total, gonna take a wild guess that it`s some sort of shell Fossil #2 Approx 7cm by 11cm total, looks like corral to me, lots of little bits in the area like this but this was the nicest one I found Fossil #3 Approx 5cm by 3cm total, no idea what this could be Fossil #4 Approx 12cm by 14cm total, again have no idea what these could be Fossil #5 Approx 7cm by 5cm total, possible the tip of a larger shell? Fossil? #6 Approx 12cm by 14cm total, not sure if this one is even a fossil or just mineral veins. I would be grateful for any help ID these finds, thanks in advance.
  5. Hello there! I was able to visit Hungry Hollow's South Pit (near Arkona, Ontario, Canada - age is mid-Devonian) yesterday - boy was it hot!!! Viola and I spent three hours surface-collecting before we decided to call it quits and head to our air-conditioned car. We found our usual stuff, but I'd like your input on the following two items: Item #1 front and back: a type of Favosites coral - perhaps placenta? It's a lot flatter than my other Favosites finds, and you can even see what I think are some crinoid holdfasts on top, and an echinoderm plate (perhaps from a crinoid calyx?) on the back!!! Item #2 front and back: I have NO idea whatsoever!!! It's smooth, and I can't see evidence of holes/pores, but it is kind of hilly - what do you think? Thanks in advance for your help!!! Monica
  6. Crustacean fossils found in childhood

    Here are 3 crustacean fossils I found when I was younger and held onto them because I thought they were the coolest things ever. They were all found in the Ottawa area. There is also one other fossil which I’m not positive what it is. It sort of looks like a tony bone or a bit of coral. Helping to ID these would be so cool if possible!
  7. Unidentified Rock Glen Fossils

    Fossils from a recent trip to Rock Glen, Arkona Ontario. Any help in identification will be appreciated! Thanks!! Not sure if the second image is a fossil. Could just by pyrite nodules or something...
  8. Triarthrus finds

    Hello again! This post will be about some beautifully preserved Triarthrus fossils (and my first complete Trilobite finds). Some of them even have the eyes preserved! I found these at a local train station, and the site of significant construction lately. I believe most of the to be E. eotoni, and the last one to be E. rougensis or spinosus. It may not be visible in the picture, but the last one has a streak of pyrite along the side of its cephalon / upper thorax. Could this be some kind of soft body tissue preservation, similar to those of the Beecher's Trilobite bed?
  9. Ordovician Road Cut

    Yesterday, I was lucky enough to attend a very special field trip with the Eastern Ontario Natural History Society to a massive road cut in Ontario. The rock exposed was Ordovician aged limestone, and it produced some amazing fossils. I might need some id help with some of these. The giant cephalopod was by far the best thing I found! 1. Giant Cephalopod (with hand for scale) Camerocerad or Endoceras? 2. Crinoid stems, bryozoans and Gastropod 3. Partial trilobite pygidia
  10. Evidence of a Limited Biosphere 1.4 Billion Years Ago Louisiana State University and McGill University https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/billion-year-old-lake-deposit-yields-clues-earths-ancient-biosphere-288081 https://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2018/07/23gg_hayles_bao_nature.php The paper is: Crockford, P.W., Hayles, J.A., Bao, H., Planavsky, N.J., Bekker, A., Fralick, P.W., Halverson, G.P., Bui, T.H., Peng, Y. and Wing, B.A., 2018. Triple oxygen isotope evidence for limited mid-Proterozoic primary productivity. Nature, Letter | Published: 18 July 2018 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0349-y Yours, Paul H.
  11. Hungry Hollow Access?

    Hi, I've noticed lots of people have been to Hungry Hollow, but I've read online that you can't go there without being part of a group/club? Is this true? Can I go there without being part of a club but still part of a group, such as a university group?
  12. Hello there! Since the kids are in day camps this week, and my husband was going to see a movie with his friend this afternoon, I took advantage of the available me-time and went for a little fossil hunt at Etobicoke Creek in Mississauga, Ontario (Georgian Bay Formation, Upper Ordovician). I have some ideas about what I've found, but I'd like your opinions, too: Specimen #1: trilobite resting place (Rusophycus, probably made by a Flexicalymene) Specimen #2: I think this is the monoplacophoran Cyrtolites ornatus - it was very flaky and some pieces fell off, but I tried to glue together the larger pieces Specimen #3: brachiopod positive and negative, but the question is which brachiopod? Thanks in advance for your help! Monica
  13. Fossil ID

    This may or may not actually be a fossil. It is a cylindrical, shimmering white streak on the Shale. It is only about an inch long. This may just be another mineral inclusion, or some discoloured sediment. Any help with identifying this would be appreciated!
  14. Hello there! Yesterday, Roger @Ludwigia dropped by for a visit, and we spent the day together checking out my local haunts with Viola. The day started with some coffee and brownies, as well as lovely German gifts from Roger: a Macrocephalites sp. ammonite for Viola (I don't have a picture of it because it's up in her room) and a Brasilia bradfordensis ammonite with a hitchhiking bivalve on the back of the matrix for me!!! See pictures below: We then piled into my car and drove to our first spot: Mimico Creek in Toronto. The fossils here are from the Georgian Bay Formation (Upper Ordovician). Here's a picture of Roger and Viola checking out the site... And one of Roger wielding his hammer... Since I'm still nursing my "fossil elbow", I didn't want to hammer anything; instead, I scraped into the wall of rock and I'm happy to say that I found a couple of sweet little bivalves: one with its two valves partly open (too bad that it's not complete) and another one with some nice ornamentation visible on its shell... @Wrangellian - what do you think? Roger did a little exploring and found some fossiliferous rock further up the wall - I collected two fairly big pieces of this type of rock and, lo and behold, they contained a bunch of brachiopods and their imprints (along with some other goodies)... @Tidgy's Dad - I thought you might like to see them
  15. ID please - Ordovician - Edrioasteroid?

    Hello. I'm attaching two photos: #1) an image of a "Rare Primitive Echinoderm (Edrioasteroid) from the Upper Ordovician of Ontario, Canada," from the following fossil website: https://www.fossils-uk.com/product/new-rare-primitive-echinoderm-edrioasteroid-from-the-upper-ordovician-of-ontario-canada-sku0918-isorophuella-incondita/ #2) a fossil that I found that looks similar and is about the same size as the Edrioasteroid from #1. Is it possible that my specimen (#2) is this Edrioasteroid? Thanks for any assistance! Camille
  16. Hello. The attached photo shows two rocks found in Toronto, Southern Ontario, Canada, at Mimico Creek. I juxtaposed the two because it seemed to my amateur eyes that the one on the left might have some similarity in structure to the two "mallet-shaped" structures in the rock to the right. Any help in ID'ing these would be greatly appreciated. Camille
  17. I recently found these fossils in a ditch of a hay field on my grandmothers marina on the shores of Lake Ontario. Any information on them would be welcomed thank you!
  18. Pleurocystites squamosus Billings, 1874

    From the album Invertebrates

    Pleurocystites squamosus Billings, 1874 Ordovician Bobcaygeon Formation Brechin Carden Ontario Canada
  19. Mystery to me

    Any help identifying what these are would be very much appreciated. I have found a few trilobites, bivalves, among others in the Whitby Formation on the shore of Lake Ontario. I'm just really unsure of what these could be. Thank you in advance.
  20. Ordovician - Southern Ontario - ID please?

    Hello. I found this in Mimico Creek in Toronto, Ontario. Could someone please tell me what it might be? I thought maybe some kind of cephalopod, but really have no idea. Thanks! Camille
  21. My daughter and I have started fossil hunting and came across this a few weeks ago. Pretty sure the ribbed-item (near the tip of my thumb) is a cephalopod, but unsure what the rest of the white pieces are? Thought they might be pieces of bone, or possibly wood? Not sure? Hoping someone could shed some light. Found this on the Bruce Peninsula (Ontario, Canada), on the Georgian Bay shoreline. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks, Kristin.
  22. Splitting Nodules And Concretions

    Hello TFF members! I have just found several strange circular rocks on a fossil hunt a few minutes ago, which I believe to be either nodules or concretions. What should I do to split these rocks? I know that I should probably not try to break them with a hammer and chisel, and instead use the freeze-thaw process. This is my first experience with nodules or concretions, so I am not very knowledgeable on this topic. Is there a specific recommended length of time I should leave them in the cold? How long should I thaw them for? How many times should I put them through the process before seeing cracks? How cold should the environment be for the freezing to work? If they are in fact nodules or concretions, I will post pictures of my finds (or lack thereof)!
  23. Ontario And Some Petrified Wood?

    Hello, I guess I'm not really sure what kind of info I can get from this, but I was hoping to determine what location this specimen might have been collected... I picked this specimen of petrified wood up at a pawn shop in Guelph. The employee said it had been in the shop for over 12 years, and the tag said 'found in Guelph, Ontario'. Whether this is accurate or not I don't know and I can't seem to find anything similar to it. It appears there are even 'sap' deposits that mineralized differently than the rest and there is significant crystallization over the whole surface of the specimen. Any information or direction would be greatly appreciated. Side A: Side B: Thanks!
  24. Agnostid?

    I found this fossil a few days ago at an exposure of the Billings Shale. It was found associated with Triarthrus glabellas and brachiopods. It's structure leads me to believe that it's either an Isotelus pygidium or an agnostid, although I do not know of any agnostics described in this formation and age.
  25. trip to leamington area

    down there anyways so why not stop by the beach! as a bonus there were many bird calls which i did not recognize and a few birders whom stopped by but then left because of the fog.
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