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  1. Calamite

    From the album Carbondale, PA

    Calamities sp., a tree-like plant with hollow, woody stem that grew more than 100 ft high (30m). Found in a tailings pile in Carbondale, PA.
  2. Scale Tree Bark

    From the album Carbondale, PA

    Syringodendron sp. (Sigillaria family) Carbondale, PA Lewellyn Formation Pennsylvanian period
  3. Fossil Ore Finds

    Friday I returned to one of my favorite spots that soon will be developed over. Its for sale and I wish I could buy it. These are from the [Silurian] Clinton Group, Keefer Formation - locally called the Upper Frankstown Ore Bed. The white is calcite material. The red "iron ore" is somewhat pisolitic and some fossils are filled/replaced with specular Hematite. (which doesn't photograph well.) If anyone has any idea what the big flat "Scallop like shell"{414C. 414D} is I'd be interested in hearing. I enjoy the level of detail that is sometimes preserved.
  4. Spirals

    I spent the afternoon fossiling. I've always called these turnitella. Is this correct/are they even identifiable? They're from the Surilian - Wills Creek Formation. I did no prep except a quick rinse. I'm looking forward to working on these. I've also posted in the Pennsylvania section 3 different "forms" of Favosites that I found in the same formation.
  5. From the album Carboniferous from PA.

    Ditomopyge decurtata (trilobite pygidium on Trepospira gastropod) Pennsylvanian Period Ames Limestone Mundys Corner, PA.
  6. My Winter Collecting

    I went out last week on a nice day and walked through a nearby road cut. While there is never an abundance of fossils every once in a while one will weather out of the shale. This is a Devonian- Brailler Formation. There is some Pyritization and some layers have iron concretions that have fossils on the outside and spark and stink like sulfur when hit with an iron hammer! This fossil is about 3" long and about 2" thick. It shows no internal structure and appears to be a cast.
  7. I was cleaning up this small Trepospira gastropod I found in 2015 in an exposure of the Ames Limestone in Western Pennsylvania and discovered attached to it is this very, very tiny trilobite pygidium- my first trilobite find of the Pennsylvanian Age.
  8. Pennsylvania Ferns

    Well it seems that St. Clair is closed for fossil fern digging but I wanted to know if anyone had a status on Carbondale. I found this: The website that @Fossildude19 appears to be outdated. I also found: Sue used to live in PA and her specialty was ferns. I sent her a message about her discoveries and locations. Hopefully Carbondale isn't closed to the public. There has to be some place in eastern PA that is open to the public that has some decent ferns.
  9. St Clair PA Fern Hunting

    I was interested in driving up to Pottsville, PA to look for some fern fossils around St Clair. From reading: and then: It seems that the sites around St Clair are now owned by Reading Anthracite a coal company and that digging or collecting of the ground is strictly prohibited. I also found this: http://readinganthracite.com/access-permits/ That implies a $125 permit for going onto their property to do things such as ATV and bike. Nowhere on there do I see anything that mentions digging or collecting fossils but from the previous post I gather that such activities are prohibited. My question is two-fold: 1. There has to be somewhere close to St Clair that is full of fern fossils. Would someone mind sharing the location? I would be willing to mail this individual some of the finds and some of these finds would be going to a university. None of them would be for sale. 2. Would anyone be willing to make the trip with me? I could even pick you up and cover gas as I do have a Prius. My current location is Washington DC. Thanks everyone. I know there has to be some ferns still out there.
  10. Possible track

    Just picked this and a similar one up this morning. This is a Devonian , Brallier/Harrell formation, raod cut a few blocks from my house. Is this a preserved track and (I know its indistinct) and if so from what kind of critter? Any help is appreciated.
  11. My son is turning 7 soon and want to take him on a weekend trip to fossil hunt. We've been to Calvert Cliffs, Brownies Beach, and Swatara State Park. Ideally in a 200 mile or so radius from central Maryland (Frederick area). I had thought about going to Big Brook in New Jersey and anything else in that area since Big Brook is only 5 per person a day and maybe on the way home detouring to the C&D canal dredging piles. I would like to be able to hunt both Saturday and Sunday morning before heading home in the afternoon. I also thought of doing Purse State Park one day and then over to the Calvert Cliffs or nearby beaches. The downfall of that could be the tide not being in our favor. I am also not opposed to the idea of heading into the hills and busting rocks. It would be cool to go somewhere with Trilobites. As far as my son is concerned, he enjoys getting to look for fossils either way. My biggest criteria is somewhere that is without a doubt legal to be fossil hunting and safe...not a road cut on a busy interstate. Thanks Adam
  12. Found this hiking yesterday

    Found this yesterday near Delaware Water Gap. At first I thought maybe a moth. However the shape and texture appears to be more feather like. Could this be from a small bird?
  13. Nittany Mineralogical Society Monthly Meeting

    http://www.nittanymineral.org/index.htm Geode Night with Jeff Smith The Geode Guy
  14. Can't remember what this is

    I know I've been told in the past what this is. I found this one today in a new (to me) spot - Old Port/Onandaga Formation, Devonian.
  15. Good start for the New Year

    Went out yesterday and found a few kind of neat things. Big plate of brachs, and what I think are Crinoid Calyx.
  16. Unknown Find

    Found here in Blair County PA - Tonoloway Formation, Devonian/Surilian. I'm not sure what this might by any ideas?
  17. A winter hunt

    In Late December, Minnesota is a land impossible to hunt fossils in. So when I took a trip to Ohio this Christmas, I was hoping mother nature would be kind to me and allow me to peak under a few rocks. While visiting my sister in NW Ohio, I convinced her to run up to Paulding with me to check out the Lafarge Quarry. Have seen postings about trilobites from there. We left Lima with no signs of snow on the ground. Two miles from our destination, the ground turned white, and snow was about 4 inches deep. Now I remember why I hated lake effect snow growing up in Ohio!! As long as we drove this far, we decided to travel on just to see the place. Fortunately, there had been a brisk wind that night and the tops of the rock piles were blown fairly clean of snow. Good enough for me. My sister thought I was nuts and remained in the vehicle. Here are the results of my short venture. Would love to visit this place in better conditions. I know how darctooth felt when he posted about his winter, snow covered excursion last week.
  18. Last Trip before Snow!

    Went out to one of my favorite roadside collecting spots shortly after I moved back to the Altoona, Blair County, PA, USA area. Cold, drizzly day but a bad day of rockhounding beats the best day of work! Here's a pic of a cleaned sample (approx. 3inx4in) of Crinoidal limestone (Shriver Formation - late Surilian/early Devonian). I've included a link {http://fcopg.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/68th2003.pdf } to a detailed description of the site. Hopefully this spring I'll be able to figure out where the trilobites are hiding.
  19. Help With ID Please

    Hi all, Would you be so kind as to help with an ID please. Found washed up on the shore of Lake Erie. Thanks! Pic 1 of 3
  20. ID help, Devonain, maybe coral?

    I'm new to the site, first post, great forum. My son and I found these in Devonian shale in Eastern PA. We also found Brachiopods. I thought maybe some type of coral? Scale is inches. Thanks for your help!
  21. Mt Pleasant Mills (PA) fossils

    These pictures are part of a large slab from the quarry at Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA. What is the fossil below the quarter in the first picture? Any idea what brachiopod is in the second pix? Thank you, Mike
  22. Seven Stars, Pa Fossils 10/13/16

    Found in Seven Stars, Pa. 1st pic is a Trilobite body, right? And could the 2nd pic be a rolled Trilobite? Thanks!
  23. This item was found in Lawrence County, PA at the edge of Slippery Rock Creek just below Alpha Pass (Falls). I've never found anything I deemed worthy of researching but this was interesting enough for me to want to find out. Any suggestions or insight would be appreciated, thanks!
  24. Newly Discovered Fossils Help Bucknell Professor Shed Light on Area’s Prehistoric Past by Matt Hughes Bucknell University, October 12, 2016 http://bucknell.edu/news-and-media/2016/october/newly-discovered-fossils-help-bucknell-professor-shed-light-on-area’s-prehistoric-past.html The GSA abstract is: Trop, J. M., and others, 2016, Paleoenvironmental Analysis of Late Devonian Tetrapod and Fish Assemblages from Catskill Formation Sites in North-Central pennsylvania. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 7 doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-278573 https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/webprogram/Paper278573.html https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/webprogram/Session41435.html Other related publications are: Daeschler, E.B., and Cressler, W.L., III, 2011. Late Devonian paleontology and paleoenvironments at Red Hill and other fossil sites in the Catskill Formation of north-central Pennsylvania. In R.M. Ruffolo and C.N. Ciampaglio [eds.], From the Shield to the Sea: Geological Trips from the 2011 Joint Meeting of the GSA Northeastern and North-Central Sections, pp. 1-16. Geological Society of America Field Guide 20. http://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/geol_facpub/9/ http://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1008&context=geol_facpub Cressler III, 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. In: Gaël Clement and Marco Vecoli [eds.], The Terrestrialization Process: Modelling Complex Interactions at the Biosphere-Geosphere Interface, pp. 111-128. The Geological Society, London 339. http://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1009&context=geol_facpub https://works.bepress.com/walter_cressler/8/ http://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/geol_facpub/10/ Trego, C., 2014, Paleoecological Analysis of a Late Devonian Catskill formation Using Vertebrate Microfossils. Departmental Honors in Biology paper, Lycoming College. http://www.lycoming.edu/library/archives/honors2.aspx#T http://www.lycoming.edu/library/archives/honorspdfs/Trego2014notice.uploaded.pdf http://www.academia.edu/12157494/Paleoecological_Analysis_of_a_Late_Devonian_Catskill_formation Yours, Paul H.
  25. The Route Less Traveled

    We made a couple trips to Beltzville State Park in PA this past week. We had heard about brachiopods on the lake's beach from Robert Beard's Rockhounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey guide. The park is the site of dam and an artificial lake build by the Army Corps of Engineers with a stony bottom. A small, sandy beach sits along part of the lake with rocks get scattered from water action. The rest of the lake shore is red, orange, brown and gray mississippian sedimentary rock. I wasn't expecting much as it is a well-known spot in a state park that permits collecting and even provides ID sheets. Figured it would be pretty well picked-over. But, we went to investigate. You never know until you look, right? The first time out was a short, spur-of-the-moment trip with my husband to poke around while we waited for something we were planning to do later in the day. We walked over to the beach and found our first crinoid in about 5 minutes. Another hour of poking around revealed crinoid stems, brachiopods, bryozoans, corals, and bits of trilobites scattered along the shore for easy pickings. The water was crystal clear as deep as I dared wade in the sundress I'd worn for the planned, cleaner agenda for the day. I picked up a couple lying at my feet in the warm, still water. I decided then and there that it would be great fun to go snorkeling for fossils here. A week later, over Labor Day weekend, we returned with the kids. We walked as far towards the dam as the beach would allow, and discovered the real spot for fossil finds. Probably one pebble in four had something in it. Not all of it was worth taking home, but there was plenty to examine. My first glance down at the pebbles at land's end, I spotted a beautiful brachiopod. I picked it up and tossed it carefully to my daughter, parked a couple feet away and already holding a fistful. She caught it, admired it and tossed it back. I fumbled it, dropped it on the beach and lost it forever. Doh! So, if you see a lovely, round brachiopod on Beltzville's shore, think of me! There was more where that came from though, and we looked for a couple hours. When my daughter had had enough, I donned my swim suit and snorkel mask and went exploring in the area less traveled: under water! I only swam at a depth of arm's length. The boats and jet skis in the center of the lake that day stirred the water so that any deeper it was impossible to see the bottom. At this depth I could see the texture of the muck-coated rocks. The undersides of the rocks were clean, so turning the stones over carefully made for even better viewing. I turned up a pair of trilobites in only a few minutes! Unfortunately, that was about the only thing I found that way worth taking home. But, the fish were fun to watch. I expect that on a quieter day, when when the water is clearer, I may have better luck. All told, we brought home some nice shell impressions, crinoids, colony and solitary corals, bryozoans, and a couple that I did not recognize and were not on the sheet. The adventure will have to continue on the the ID forum. For now, though, here are a few scenes from the week: