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  1. KompsFossilsNMinerals

    My First Trip to DSR and Penn Dixie

    Hello everybody, I recently took a trip out to DSR and Penn Dixie a week ago. The drive was pretty grueling, with 4 hours to DSR then another 2 hours after that to Penn Dixie. I think it was worth it though. Here are some of my finds from DSR. While surface collecting I came across a Greenops pygidium. I didn't think much of it until I looked a bit closer and saw a thorax! At this point I was praying for there to be an intact head, and there it was! Although it's missing a genal spine, it's by far my best personal trilobite find. Possibly my first in situ complete trilo
  2. Fossildude19

    Platyceras

    From the album: Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Platyceras sp. Middle Devonian Hamilton Group, Windom Shale, Hamburg, NY.

    © © Tim Jones 2010

  3. grg1109

    no idea what so ever

    I have no idea. Suggestions have been: Crinoid Caylx or ‘gumdrop’ bryozoan starting to grow a branch. Probably growing on a brachiopod or something. Sorry forgot....found at Devonian, Penn Dixie, Hamburg, NY.
  4. Here is a E. rana fossil I found at Penn Dixie the year after I started collected fossils in 2015. It shows clear evidence of having been partly crushed by a horn coral on pleurites 5 through 10 only on the right side. The curvature of the thorax elements support this interpretation as well as demonstrate remarkable flexibility. This is a specific event that must have taken place shortly before, during or after the demise of the trilobite, while it was still malleable to be so contorted. Pardon the poor prep, I used a sewing pin in a pin-vise to clear away matrix. All images are the same speci
  5. Penn Dixie Fossil Park in Hamburg, NY is known for small but plentiful Eldredgeops rana and aside from a rare mortality plate, finding a complete 2 inch specimen is a big deal! So imagine my excitement when I uncovered this. OK, not entirely complete because I messed up the extraction a bit. But this unfortunate character managed to lie down on one pleural lobe, and get squished literally laterally. All three pics are the same trilobite, with the third picture being the classic dorsal view. Hath this nonconforming fellow no sense of the future? How common is this in your experiences?
  6. Penn Dixie officially holds Guinness World Record for “World’s Largest Fossil Dig” By Patrick Ryan, WIVB, Channel 4, New York, July 17, 2021 Penn Dixie Claims World Record Penn Dixie Fossil Park, July 17, 2021 Trilobites declared “official fossil” of Town of Hamburg By Kaley Lynch, WIVB, Channel 4, New York, July 17, 2018 Yours, Paul H.
  7. Finally getting around to posting some of my New York Devonian Penn Dixie matrix finds! So much neat crinoid stuff, the occasional trilo bit and some other goodies! Someday, I hope to visit and maybe find some "Big" stuff! The CRINOIDS.....so many amazing shapes. I love Crinoid Geometry: (all are around 2-5 mm) The Trilo Bits: (2-5mm) probably Eldredgeops A friend was trying to type in Pygidium and it auto corrected to Pudgy Idiom.....so yeah. That's what they are now. Plus this nice sized one (5mm) in situ with a crinoid!
  8. Hiya! I got some New York Devonian matrix (Penn Dixie) and would appreciate some help (or confirmation!) with the ID's of a few thingies. Thanks!! 1. Is this a fish tooth perhaps? Size 1/8 inch 2.Is this a Trilobite cephalon? Size 1/8 inch 3. I thought this was a coral, but saw on the Penn Dixie site something that looked like it but it said it was a Fish Plate? Size 1/4 inch 4. Not sure what this is....probably part of a crinoid? Size 1/8 inch 5. Not sure at all. Flat plate Size 1/8 inch
  9. Digging up fun and fossils at Penn Dixie Fossil Park by Toni Ruberto, Buffalo News, August 24, 2020. Digging up fun and fossils at Penn Dixie Fossil Park News Break, Buffalo News, August 24, 2020. Yours, Paul H.
  10. Just got back from New York with some trilobite specimens we found at Penn Dixie. I especially love the two faces (with those compound eyes) staring out of the matrix. Kind of cute, I think. These are my first trilobites, so I know nothing about species.
  11. I will be hunting at penn Dixie from the 21st to the 24th. If anyone is willing to take the necessary precautions ie masks and social distancing as much as possible, then I would love company. I’m ready to split a lot of rock!!
  12. Hi guys! Haven't made any posts in a while but as I was going through some finds from Penn Dixie recently I have come across a few more fossils I would like to ID. The first few are what I believe to be Pelycopods but I have no further info on them. 1. Part and Counterpart 2. Part and Counterpart, found in the same piece of shale very close to number 1 3. Smaller one among some horn corals 4. A larger one, this one is thicker than the rest and is very different in texture. I have a few more pictures but I don't have space so I will inc
  13. Hello all! We are planning a trip (with a stop in Pennsylvania) to New York this May to hunt for Trilobites and could use lots of advice. We live in North Carolina, so it is a bit of a haul and we are new to trilobite hunting and to rock splitting fossil hunting generally. I'll lay out the tentative itinerary first and then ask a few specific questions. Any recommendations on the itinerary (additions or places to skip on a limited trip) are, of course, more than welcome! Tuesday Day 0: Drive to Danville, PA and check into a hotel Wednesday Day 1: Visit the
  14. I found this specimen at Penn Dixie last spring and I thought it would be good practice for prepping since I'm new to it. I at first assumed it was a piece of broken shell, but as I chipped away at it with a pin vice, I found that it was much bigger in size than I thought. I am having trouble figuring out what it actually is even though I've removed a substantial amount of material at this point. There are striations that are similar to a lot of bivalves in the area but the general shape appears more coral-like in my opinion. What does everyone else think?
  15. From the album: Trilobites

    Pygidium 15mm. A gift from Secret Santas Monica and Viola. Moscow Formation Windom Shale Member Smoke Creek Trilobite Bed Givetian Middle Devon Penn Dixie, Hamburg, NY, USA
  16. Misha

    Devonian finds

    Here are a few finds from my first trip to Penn Dixie not sure exactly what these are. The first is a spiriferid brachiopod but I would like to confirm that what is on it is a crinoid holdfast or is it something else?
  17. degrbi

    Penn Dixie, Disappointed

    I recently became a member of the HNHS (Hamburg Natural History Society), and took my first trip out there since the spring. I had some success there, and came away with a couple complete specimens, although they are very rare. This time, the grounds were so picked over and depleted that I considered it a waste of time. The only exposed beds were completely monopolized, and the people were quite rude when I tried to set up nearby, asking me to find somewhere else to dig. On top of this, one of my favorite places to go, has been cordoned off now. (The small tributary that feeds into Rush Cr
  18. rachelgardner01

    Penn dixie never disappoints!

    Penn Dixie never disappoints Hubby and I went last Saturday and I got loads of goodies. I find it rather interesting how all of these trilobites came from the same small area but the way they sit is so different. I would be curious to find out About the conditions that cause the "hugging" trilobites. It's hard to see because I need to be cleaned but each little group has a couple of them , mostly belly to belly. I'm trying to clean them useing an etching pen and a soft brush but pieces keep breaking off and I'm not sure how to do it without them crumbling.
  19. rachelgardner01

    Did I bring home poo?

    So I went and had a great day out at Penn Dixie ( Devonian) this weekend. I brought home a lot of fossils I'll be happy to clean up and put on the shelf. Thankfully, My level of incompetence is quite apparent to anyone that sees me struggle, young man took pity on me and helped me ( I don't know if I'm allowed to tag him in the post). After a long day of fossil collecting, Walking back carrying back a bag that was far too heavy for me, Sweaty ,tired and dehydrated. I wander from the path to look at something that has caught my eye. It shines, it calls to me. What is it?! I pick it up an
  20. I've been tardy on making a report on a three-day dig at Penn Dixie with @Malcolmt. We had a real hoot. It all began when Malcolm picked me up from the train station and we sailed through the border as we were lucky to have a Homeland Sec official who recognized Malcolm from the May Dig with the Experts. A border guard who collects fossils? Awesome! We definitely put in our efforts. We joined up with @JamesAndTheFossilPeach and @DevonianDigger to start slabbing out rocks. I can say that our area was not the best as the matrix was brutally hard and not yet subjected to any weatherin
  21. Greg.Wood

    Penn Dixie Greenops

    Decided to tackle prepping this greenops today that I found at Penn Dixie a few weeks back. Part of the cephalon broke off in the negative, but the glue job worked OK. There is still some digging needed to expose the right cheek and pleural tips but they should (hopefully) be there. A fold along that side buried them deep in the matrix. Not a perfect bug but my best greenops found so far
  22. Not exactly an ID but I can't think of a better place to post this. Here is an E. rana I found this week at Penn Dixie. Prep started on the right lobe which was exposed on the side of a block (fourth pleura is damaged due to being exposed). It was looking like a near perfect bug, nicely inflated and complete aside from the small chip. When I made my way around to the other side I found more damaged pleura. This was a surprise as the entire middle and left lobes were buried under significant matrix. Could this be an injury that killed/happened during the trilobite's life
  23. Adam86cucv

    Penn Dixie this weekend

    This weekend we're taking a long weekend up to the Niagara Falls NY area. We're going to be doing the typical tourist stops plus a visit to Penn Dixie. . Based on the weather forecast I would assume to be there at opening time to avoid the afternoon heat and possibility of thunderstorms. I don't know yet if we're going to be there on Saturday or Sunday. Is there any tips or suggestions for first timers to Penn Dixie? We have a rock hammer, mason's hammer, an engineer hammer and several cold chisels. Also on a totally unrelated note any restaurants in the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area that an
  24. Bguild

    Small Eldredgeops rana

    From the album: Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  25. Bguild

    Michelenoceras & Tornoceras

    From the album: Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Michelenoceras ssp. and portion of Tornoceras uniangulare Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
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