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  1. Fossil hunters dig into prehistoric past in Snyder County By Joe Sylvester The Daily Item, Central Pennsylvania, Oct 1, 2018 http://www.dailyitem.com/news/snyder_county/fossil-hunters-dig-into-prehistoric-past-in-snyder-county/article_5beaff9c-f49e-5b63-a078-458ee9fefaa1.html Yours, Paul H.
  2. Confirmation of Id

    Found this today, I used to call these coral but I think they're actually bryozoa. Am I correct? Sorry I forgot scale its about 1.5 by 2 inches.
  3. Formation Id help

    I'm having a hard time figuring out the formation of the fossils I found today. The layer is about 4 feet wide. Fresh it appears to be a gray shale. It weathers quickly to a buff very soft siltstone with pale purple swirls. Some fractures show a colorful (red, orange, yellow, black, brown) iron staining. The PA geologic survey map for Altoona marks this as a Brailler formation area but that formation's description doesn't seem to fit what I found. Does this description sound familiar to anyone? If pics would help I can take some tommorow.
  4. Unknown shell

    Found this this morning. As near as I can tell its from a siltstone layer of the Brallier formation. I know that there's not a lot of contrast or detail but any ID suggestions are appreciated. Its about 1 inch long. Second item showed up when I was trimming prior to prep (Its .25 inch).
  5. Fossil Coating

    This is a gastropod from the Old Port Frm (ridgely sandstone). I know the fossil is a chert cast coated with Beekite rings. Any ideas as to what the black "crinkled/wavy/ridged" coating between the Beekite & the chert might be? The pattern is different from the rings above it. It is shiny black in sunlight. Fun fact: this came from a public park inside my city limits and was perched on a little pillar of dirt after the rain from the weekend!
  6. History Hunter02's Collection

    Hey everyone! This is my collection of fossils! I have too many collections of stretched from Boy Scout memorabilia to American coins. Most of my fossils are from Pennsylvania and South Carolina. The ones from South Carolina are mostly from the Pleistocene Epoc, while the ones from up north are from the Pennsylvanian period. Mammalian fossils are my favorite especially when I find some awesome teeth! Pictures will be coming over time! All of these are ones that I have found. None have been bought.
  7. help with pelvis bone

    Hello! I have found this bone along the road near a creek after a flood in Lancaster County, PA. I think it is a pelvis bone, but not sure from who. It is 15 inches across. Thank you for any help.
  8. Devonian fish scales

    With not a lot of new material to obsess with (broken arm) I have been going through old specimens to see if there are unfinished prepping and ID needed. Here is a set of scales/scale impressions collected in 2014 at Red Hill, late devonian (Famennian) site in Pennsylvania. Found in the shallow channel margin (red sediments) with what has been ID'd as a couple scapulocoracoids of the acanthodian, Gyracanthus (plus a fin spine). They are almost certainly sarcopterygian but not sure what clade. Has anyone, Archie? seen similar scales. Thought they might be Holoptychius but they don't look like the classic Holoptychius scales and they were not at all common in this upriver environment. Doug Rowe who oversees the site and runs the outstanding museum there, suggested they might be Rhizodont but nothing I've seen of Rhizodont scales looks anything like these. Thanks for any help.
  9. Fossil ID needed

    Any information about this fossil or what kind it is would be greatly appreciated.
  10. Iron Hill Museum Fossils

    I recently took a trip to the Iron Hill Museum in Newark, Delaware. (Which has amazing displays by the way. Its small, but fascinating.) There, I bought a small bag of about 10 fossils. I knew what most of them were, but there are a few I am unsure of what they actually are. I was wondering if anyone on the Forum could help me. All I know is that all of the Fossils were found in either Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania. 1. This one I was told that this is some kind of bone fragment. 2. This is also another bone fragment. 3. I think this is a bone fragment. 4. I know this is a vertebra but I am not sure what kind. I am pretty sure it is marine. 5. This is some kind of tooth. 6. No idea.
  11. Hello. My name is dobare and I used to do a decent amount of fossil hunting on beaches around Maryland. I still do, just not as much. And I've split some rocks a few times also. I'm gong up to Hershey for the weekend and I was hoping to look for a couple of fern fossils and/or trilobites. Are there any in the Hershey/Harrisburg area or surrounding vicinity? Thanks! Feel free to message me. I understand that some sites should remain low-key.. thanks again.
  12. My son and I found both sides of this split rock on a steeply wooded slope in southwestern PA (near Wexford PA). I think it is a fossil but not certain. It looks like a segmented worm or possibly plant structure. If straightened out, it would measure 4-5 inches, depending on which surface. 0.25 inch wide. Looking for any information or ideas. First find in this area.
  13. Fossil?

    Found this in Pennsylvania.
  14. What is it?

  15. Found while kayaking

    I found this while kayaking in Lancaster County and am not sure what this might be.
  16. This is a piece of a fossil that I found in a field in western Pennsylvania in the United States. It has a serrated feel to the edge, as if it is a tooth. I couldn't seem to find another part to it. There are lines that run vertically along the fossil as well.
  17. This is my first time posting. My husband is a huge fossil enthusiast. Our two sons and I would like to surprise him by taking him on a fossil hunting excursion for Father's Day. We live in NYC, and are hoping to find someplace that's fun, that's within 2-3 hours of the city, and that also has the opportunity to hike or swim or do one other activity of some kind. Any suggestions? Thank you for any help or ideas you can share - we really appreciate it.
  18. Trilo Tail

    I stopped at a new spot - Mifflintown Formation [Silurian], I didn't pick up much but one that came home with me had this in it. It is the 1st Trilo that I have found in Blair county, though they are reported in the literature in several places. Is there enough here to make any further ID? it is tiny!
  19. 25 Years of Fossil Collecting Yields Clearest Picture of Extinct 12-Foot Aquatic Predator, Drexel University, May 8, 2018 https://www.delval.edu/news/25-years-of-fossil-collecting-yields-clearest-picture-yet-of-extinct-12-foot-aquatic-predator https://www.rdmag.com/news/2018/05/25-years-fossil-collecting-yields-clearest-pictureextinct-12-foot-aquatic-predator https://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2018/05/25-years-fossil-collecting-yields-clearest-picture-yet-extinct-12-foot-aquatic-predator The paper is: Daeschler, E.B. and Downs, J.P., 2018. New description and diagnosis of Hyneria lindae (Sarcopterygii, Tristichopteridae) from the Upper Devonian Catskill Formation in Pennsylvania, USA. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, p. e1448834. The abstract of this page can be found at; https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02724634.2018.1448834 A related paper is: Cressler, W.L., Daeschler, E.B., Slingerland, R. and Peterson, D.A., 2010. Terrestrialization in the Late Devonian: a palaeoecological overview of the Red Hill site, Pennsylvania, USA. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 339(1), pp. 111-128. https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/geol_facpub/8/ https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C19&q=Hyneria+lindae+devonian&btnG=&httpsredir=1&article=1008&context=geol_facpub Yours, Paul H.
  20. Artisia branch?

    Had a magnificent hunt today (photos to follow on that section). We found sigillaria in excess of 3 feet. Other nice fossils. Sadly in multi-ton rock. I did bring a few pieces back... Here are 2 pieces... Asteria? I have never found something like this around here!
  21. Horse, bison, or what?

    I'm pretty new to fossil hunting except I've always have been fascinated with seeing all the cool stuff in large lots of river stone everywhere I go. Recently I started hunting geodes, other cool rocks and crystals and fossils. Last week I was out "hunting" in general and came across a running spring stream bed. This was on top of the rocks right next to the water. Cooler than any geode or rock that I would find. I'm in central Pennsylvania and I have a couple of ideas of what it might be from but I thought that I would ask the group. Thank you all in advance!
  22. Fossil Identification

    I regularly creek walk searching for arrowheads, fossils, and minerals. I have found a few teeth that I have no idea about and would appreciate anyone’s help in helping me towards an answer
  23. What Glue to Use for Red Hill, PA

    Hey everyone! For my April Vacation I'm going fossil hunting in NJ and PA. The plan is to visit the Cretaceous brooks in Monmouth County, then a fern site in the east of PA and later make my way to Red Hill near Hyner. I have seen on multiple posts from the forum along with other websites that bringing plenty of glue is essential for the preservation of the fragile Devonian fossils. Can someone please lend some insight as to how I could either purchase or make the right kind of adhesive for this job? Thank you.
  24. Hey guys! I usually hunt in Florida but I'm heading home for a week in Pennsylvania and was wonder if any hunters wanted to get together and fossil hunt. I never hunted in my home state of PA and would like to change that! Also I'm fairly close to Delaware (C and D canal) so if anyone wants to hit that up let me know! Hope to hear from you guys soon, -Terry
  25. Good Spots in West Central PA?

    I'm going to take a trip from Miami to Pennsylvania to see some family. I was also considering to fossil hunt myself for something to do. I've only hunted in the Peace River, however, and I don't have much experience of actual digging. I'm trying to find some good spots that I can almost definitely find something interesting like a well preserved trilobite or something. I'm also interested in places like Red Hill to find some teeth and bone, or places with diverse ferns and lycopods. I only have a day to do it, so I probably wouldn't be too intrusive. I'd probably be staying in Indiana or Dubois (which me and my mother could significantly raise the population) but I don't want to be too far east from there. I just want to know some good spots and some tips to find the best fossils. thank you!