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Found 88 results

  1. PA Ordovician Starfish

    For Father's Day Weekend my dad and I drove into Pennsylvania yesterday to collect Ordovician fossils at a location I read about with access to the Salona Formation. With rain in the forecast I was a little worried the trip would be a total wash. Instead, we experienced beating sun, and, having left our hats at home, we quickly began to overheat. My dad also found two snakes while overturning some large rocks. To say the least my dad was ready to leave after an hour. Luckily I was able to convince him that if he wanted to stop he should at least let me poke around for another 30 minutes. While I was poking around my dad decided that it would be safer for him to remove and examine new material than to work in the talus. We worked for another hour before calling it a day. When we got home I went to work washing off the many hash plates my dad exposed while removing new material. The plates were covered in a fine layer of dust so it was incredible to see what they fully held after washing them off. As I was washing one plate I had to stop myself in the middle. I could not believe my eyes. In the bottom corner of one plate there was a rather familiar shape that I was not expecting to see. I immediately knew what it had to be. In all of the literature I have seen no mention of starfish fossils being found at this site. Given that my dad was ready to leave after an hour I consider this find even more lucky. Although I did not have anything to go on, I believe that the starfish is Promopalaester bellulus. It certainly made for an exciting and memorable Father's Day Weekend! Here are some of our other exciting finds: Hash Plates with Bits of Cryptolithus Ventral Ceraurus Cephalon Pygidial Spine of Ceraurus Ventral Isotelus Thorax
  2. Hello, I was wondering where to find PA fern fossils. I've heard of both the Carbondale and St. Clair sites, but I've read these are both closed to collecting. Where else could I find some decent fern fossils? I am from NJ (so this would have to be on the East/Central parts of PA for a day trip).
  3. Pennsylvanian Fern ID

    Several years ago I collected these ferns in central PA. I am currently working back through my collection making sure that everything has an identification. I have most of the identifications down, but could use some help pinpointing or confirming these identifications. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks! #1- ???? - I tried to tip it in the light so that it is more visible. It measures about 53mm #2- Neuropteris ovata? #3- Macroneuropteris scheuchzeri? It measures 40mm #4- Neuropteris? #5- Neuropteris on the left? I know that it is Macroneuropteris scheuchzeri on the right #6- Macroneuropteris scheuchzeri? #7- ???? - It looks like a branch with thorns
  4. Plant, Insect?

    Discovered in 1960. From Central PA farm field. Approx. 4" x 8" Was longer but was used as door stop for decades and slowly chipped away. Appears to be sandstone IMG_0344.HEIC IMG_4221.HEIC
  5. I have been slacking in my posts the past couple of trips, so I figured I would catch up. First up are carboniferous plant fossils from McIntyre Mountain, PA:
  6. Starfish ?

    In the fall of 2011 I got of the train in Harrisburg on my way to Red Hill for my first dig with DVPS and waited for the rental car shuttle. The folks there voiced concern that this snow storm might interfere with the dig. Anyway, I dug this from under a snow covered stump up the highway at Swatara State park the next day. Looking at it recently, I noticed this shape that seemed different than the fenestrate bryozoans that were common in the samples. Any chance this is a starfish ?
  7. Road cuts question.

    I have a question on laws and rules on road cuts with nice shale beds. Am I aloud to dig there? What permission is needed?
  8. Hello to everyone, I was trying to put together a plan for a spring or summer trip hunting fossils. I am particularly interested in the animals of mahantango formation and would like to know if anyone is familiar with some public locations that allow people to hunt for the fossils from that formation, or at least do not prohibit this. If anyone can point me in the right direction that would be greatly appreciated, Thank you.
  9. Fern Prep

    My dad and I collected this large fern several months ago in PA and have since contemplated how best to prepare it in order for the fossil to be visible. When the material is dampened, the fossil is visible; but, when the shale dries, the fern kinda disappears back into the material. We read somewhere that coating the material in Butvar may darken the material and may make the fossil more visible; however, we would love to hear the thoughts and suggestions on this group. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  10. what is it?

    Found in Pennsylvania, it is somewhat light but has a little weight to it. It Also shows up on a metal detector.
  11. My dad and I recently took a trip to collect plant fossils at two locales near Centralia, PA. Given that St. Clair is no longer accessible to collecting, we found that this area offered the next best option for collecting similar fossil ferns. We came away with a lot of large samples of Calamites sp., including several pith casts that just fell out of the rock. We also found a fair amount of Annularia, Neuropteris, and Pecopteris. Here are only a few of our best finds. I hope you enjoy. If you disagree on an identification, please let me know; I am still trying to identify everything. Some Neuropteris from Centralia What looks to be the bark of Sigillaria
  12. Fossil ID request

    Wondering what these might be not exactly certain. Poking around in an outcrop of the Mahantango. Thanks!
  13. Pennsylvanian Plant Identification

    I collected at a deposit yesterday near Locust Gap, PA and came back with several plant fossils, including this unknown bark. My initial thought is that it of calamites sp. but the gap between the striations is much larger than what I ordinarily associate with calamites. The first two photos are of the unknown bark and the third photo is of what I know to be calamites. I hope you can see the difference.
  14. What is it?

    Found in Pennsylvania
  15. Is this a Conus nigromaculatus?

  16. wanting to go on a trip

    I'd like to go collecting with someone or a group in July. Anywhere in eastern PA or Northern NJ. Anyone interested?
  17. Petrified wood?

    Hi newbie here. Hoping someone can help me confirm if this rock I found on our property in central PA is petrified wood. Very dense material, and it looks like a chunk of decomposing hemlock. Thanks!
  18. MORE coral help, please

    Also found, Somerset County. Photo #1 and 2 - Interesting structure, coral? #2 is a closer-up view! #3 - We brought back a LOT of this type - Coral? #4 - A Rugose "horn" coral - The other coral to the right - What kind, please? #5 & #6 (closeup) - Is this even a fossil? Or some type of mineral? Found in the same place!!!!
  19. Tooth or something else?

  20. One more before my phone dies!

    Just an ID, please, there's a lot going on in this piece.
  21. what kind of bone is this?

    Bone found in raubsville pa
  22. What is it?

    I'm not sure what this is it is light and when dropped on the table sound like a rock.
  23. Help! I have no idea what these are

    I found this fossil on the rail road tracks by my house. I live in York County, PA, but I'm not sure which quarry the rail road company gets their stone from. This fossil is the only one I've found like it, mostly I just find brachiopods. I've been searching for a while for an ID, and someone on my facebook group suggested this forum. Any suggestions would ne greatly appreciated!
  24. Plant Fossil?

    Found in Raubsville Pennsylvania
  25. Was going past beltzville and decided to take a stop. We (me and my father who came along) happened upon a stretch of ungraveled lake side and took a look for twenty minutes. The fruits of our labor were the normal Mahantango mix, Brachiopods, bryozoans, crinoids, but my father (who is unexperienced in fossil hunting and doesn't really know what a trilobite looks like) picked up a trilo cephalon (Eldredgeops rana i think). I would have been happy, watching the sunset on the lake knowing that I possessed a trilobite, when I noticed another one right under my nose! Well, on the ground. I felt pretty good for twenty minutes,and after finding a trilobite I think my dads starting to get the fossil collecting itch.... heres the finds, might be posted here over a few days because I'm a bit busy. first trilobite
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