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  1. Hi Everyone. I was fortunate to be able to take a weeklong vacation trip the week of Labor Day, my fourth since I began collecting fossils. I wanted to visit friends and family and do some collecting. I was able to do all of that. It was busy, but there was also some quality relaxation time. It proved to be a good break. I flew into the Denver airport, rented a car and drove to Colorado Springs where I was invited to stay with my second cousin and her family. Next morning I was on my way to Florissant Fossil Quarry. I've known about Florissant for over 50 years and over 40 years ag
  2. Imagine working for a year in a small college science department and there was a room you vaguely knew was there but didn’t have the keys to and never saw anyone going in or out. Then one day, campus grounds workers open the door, and you inquire what is going on. You discover it is an old earth science storage room (earth science hadn’t been taught there in many years) and everything is to be discarded the next day into the dumpster to make room for some new purpose. It’s a room about 15 feet by 20feet packed with boxes on shelves filling the space up to the ceiling. It is a dusty disordered
  3. I had the opportunity to collect plant fossils in Western Pennsylvania a few weeks ago. Success was had IDing the fern leaves. But I am having difficulty identifying the woody pieces found that are not Calamites. These came from the Glenshaw Formation, Mahoning Shale which is Pennsylvanian. I realize that a decaying swamp is full of twigs that likely are unidentifiable, but there seems to be structure in at least some of these which could lead to some sort of identification. I am hoping those knowledgeable with the Pennsylvanian flora can chime in. 1. Here are some larger pieces
  4. These rocks were found in a valley of Lhasa, Tibet Province, China. According to the the local geological literature, the exposed strata here belongs to the Lower Cretaceous. In the first three pics, some lines seem to converge to a single stem, and the ends of each line happen to form a fan-shape. Sorry to say that the rock is not that intact and the pictures are not that clear. I wonder if this could be a piece of fossil? Or anybody has seen some fossils like that? And there‘re still another two rocks, which have interesting lines on them. Maybe these're
  5. Hello. I was lucky to find a few samples of the Carboniferous period; I found them interesting. The first photo is probably a Lepidostrobus. I ask you to confirm or refute this guess, as well as help with the determination of the rest of the samples. Thank you! Have a nice evening
  6. Jeffrey P

    Partial fern frond from PA.

    From the album: Carboniferous from PA.

    Laveineopteris rarinervis Gymnosperm Frond Upper Pennsylvanian Llewellyn Formation Locustdale, PA A gift from historianmichael. Thanks Mike.
  7. A year ago I was able to hook up with my field comrade for some time in the Lagerstatte of the Silurian Eramosa in Ontario (northern section). This was a place where land and sea scorpions were found by the ROM. We did not find any. We obtained permission to enter quarries on account of connections and complying by safety rules. They do not let casual collectors in, so it was on account of those connections that we gained access. These quarries specialize in flagstone. Much of it is blank. Our focus was on the rubbly upper portion of the Silurian. As stated, fossils are ver
  8. I tend to buy a copy of every issue of Natural History magazine to encourage the local Barnes & Noble to continue carrying it. Sometimes, it's already gone when I get there, and last year, the magazine suspended publication for a few months due to COVID. In the current (May) issue, the cover story is "The Story of the Rose." It reviews the known fossil history of the flower against the background of paleogeographic and climatic changes across the Cenozoic Era. It also addresses how humans have valued roses going back as far as a few thousand years and how we have found uses
  9. My first time in a long time past the Allegheny front up onto the Appalachian plateau in Tucker County West Va. I’d never been to Dolly Sods wilderness, so this was a real treat.
  10. Here are a few recent plant finds from the Early Jurassic East Berlin Formation in Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Possible plant ID's include a possible Selaginella (club moss), Brachyphyllum/Pagiophyllum, Equisetum w/strobilus detached (?). Comments, identifications, or corrections are greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  11. patrick plesiosaurus

    ballagan formation plant fossils??

    There were found in the Ballagan formation in southern Scotland. Are they all plants? What type of plants? I am assuming they are pteridophytes, pre angiosperms.
  12. aper

    Plant or mineral?

    Hello friends, I found this odd rock while looking in petrified wood areas near east Denver. I'm still not sure of the exact formation. The texture is very smooth, almost creamy. Its coloration is like marbled beef. Close inspection shows it is densely packed with very tiny white spires that seem to have some kind of hollow structure. Grass? Coral? Minerals? The hollows look almost vascular but I might be imaging things. The width of each white streak is <1mm so I couldn't get a measuring tool in the zoomed pic. Hope these are of some interest. Thank you for any thoughts.
  13. Here are a few recent plant finds from the Early Jurassic East Berlin Formation in Hartford County, Connecticut. Possible plant ID's include Brachyphyllum/Pagiophyllum, Loperia simplex, possible leaf?? (circled red), Equisetum, Cheirolepidaceae. Comments, identifications, or corrections are greatly appreciated.
  14. spinoking27

    One of a kind fossil from MA

    Last week on Fossil Friday, the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Roger Williams Park added the fossil I found from my post last time and still proud about it because they said on their Facebook page that its only one they have in the collection . Because its the first of its kind I discovered around New England until I find more fossils around that site in North Atteborough just waiting to be discovered with a story to tell. Museum Page Last Week
  15. I made today a new hunt in the Carboniferous of Northern France before the new lockdown . Nice Eusphenopteris Cordaites seeds Neuropteris Calamites stem A nice Pecopteris I Found also a Devonian Rock with a lot of Pelecypods But my target was Carboniferous plants ,a big Lepidodendron Nice Sigillaria NICE EUSPHENOPTERIS
  16. L.S., Hope someone here may have seen something similar before. The photographs below (apologies for the poor quality, made with phone) show about 18 mm-long structures, roughly oblong in outline and with a "dent" (in lieu of a better description). Their surface is quite shiny. The specimens come from the Pennsylvanian (probably Westphalian B or C) of Northern France. Anyone an idea what these might be? I have looked in the literature for similar seeds or cone bracts perhaps, but without success. Kind regards, Tim
  17. paleoflor

    unidentified neuropterid foliage

    From the album: Steinbruch Piesberg (Osnabrück, Germany)

    © T.K.T. Wolterbeek

  18. Chingazzin1

    Unknown Fossil Please Help Identify

    Hi I have a fossil I found while exploring an area near Dubbo NSW australia. I taught it was just petrified wood until I cleaned it and notice on one end has colour and looks like it could have fish fins on the side. The length is 300mm and width is at its widest point 180mm. It was just sitting on side of a dirt track and also has another part to it which I will pick up next time I'm out that way again. Any help in identifying what I have here would be much appreciated as I wouldn't have a clue other than what I think it is. Thanks
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