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Found 187 results

  1. I went today for a new carboniferous hunt,a lot of water but no rain,very nice day! A carboniferous heart?
  2. back from the future:end-Permian events

    VAIMCLOUH End-Permian (252 Mya) deforestation, wildfires and flooding—An ancient biotic crisis with lessons for the present Vivi Vajda,, StephenMcLoughlin, Chris Mays, Tracy D.Frank, Christopher R.Fielding, AllenTevyaw, Veiko Lehsten, Malcolm Bocking, Robert S.Nicoll Earth and Planetary Science Letters 529(2020)115875 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NB: 7,3 Mb editorial note: Having some pre-existing knowledge of organic petrology,palynology,geochemistry would be helpful
  3. Hi everyone, I haven't been able to post much lately as I've been ill for a few months so haven't been getting out hunting as much as I'd like but I've had some good luck when I have been able to get out so wanted to share some finds! All are from the Carboniferous of the Midland Valley of Scotland from several formations, I haven't gotten round to photographing everything yet so I'll post some more stuff over the next few days. First some finds from the Lower Carboniferous/Mississippian marine Blackhall Limestone. Undescribed jellyfish, Fife Coast, 3cm across. Apparently a paper describing these is about to be published very soon. I'm told this ones a male, the bumps in the center being the male reproductive organs. This is by far the more common form, there is a second spotty form known from this formation which I found a specimen of a few weeks back and will post shortly.
  4. Hello I'm a newbie fossil collector (and newly active member) who happens to several interesting fossils for a decent price from our favorite auctions sites 1st is are Knightia. The seller claims that they are not restored or enhanced 2nd set are 4 Spinosaurus teeth. The seller claims that cracks have been repaired, but no restoration or composition has been made (Pictures 2-9 of teeth in pairs) 3rd is a Lycoptera which the seller claims is not restored or enhanced 4th are plates of Elrathia Trilobites from Wheeler Formation 5th are Fossil Ferns from Llewellyn Formation 6th is a Hyracodon jaw fragment I would like to ask if the sellers' description of the items are accurate and/or if they are restored, enhanced or composites. Cheers!
  5. From the westphalian of Northern France,I would trade these large plates for other fossils i still not have:) A Lepidodendron trunk imprint and a stem
  6. 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
  7. My wife and I went for an afternoon drive Saturday to see if we could find a few places I had been reading about a couple hours away. The first stop was Mcintyre Mountain, a Pennsylvanian plant fossil location looking through the tailings from a large but long abandoned mine town, like 150 years abandoned. The drive in was a 4 mile dirt road up the mountain. Luckily for us the majority of it was well maintained and the scenery was beautiful.
  8. It was a very hot day today,but it was not the Sahara only Northern France!
  9. Fossil lichen?

    Saw this at a rock shop. Reminds me of lichen. Thoughts?
  10. How to ID Fossils

    So I've been collecting fossils for a few years now, i have a bunch of ammonites, sea urchins, mollusks and plants but I have no idea where can i learn what exact species they are. I'm wandering if there is any books or sites to which you can point me so I can gather some knowledge . I know there is an ID section in this site but I want to be able to tell what species I have found, myself. By the way I'm from Europe.
  11. I am originally from Black Forest just north of the Springs, but I've never really gone fossil hunting in the area. I've certainly done my share of hunting in road cuts and public lands as a kid on roadtrips and camping with my family, but that was years ago and I don't remember really where any of those places were (aside from Dotsero; that'd be difficult to forget). Regardless, I'll be heading there late this summer in August to visit family for maybe a week or week and a half. Reading strat columns and geologic maps is no problem; I have a pretty good idea of the rocks that could outcrop on the front range and the Denver-Julesberg Basin. I just don't know where to look exactly for fossils. Anyone know of some sites on public land in the region to do some hunting? I have plans for some rockhounding in the Pikes Peak Batholith but I'd be thrilled to have a fossil site or two to visit as well. I'd love to find some plant fossils or ammonites/other marine inverts. But I'm not picky about type or age. I'm really just starting to collect, so I'm not after anything in particular. I'm willing to drive a couple hours to somewhere. Also northern Colorado closer to Fort Collins into southeast Wyoming would be great, if anyone knows of something there. I live in Laramie, so sites near there are welcome, too.
  12. Prior to today, the sites I have checked out were from the Devonian in the Mahantango Formation, but had heard of a spot around Centralia (yikes) PA, and decided to venture out. Carboniferous, not sure what formation? These were the most interesting items I found and wasn’t there for a very long time. Any help at ID would be great, there is a lot of leaf patterns in the slabs but they, for the most part seem identical, and also what appears to be a stem or bark of some sort. Thanks!
  13. Hello again! I'm almost ready to label my Carboniferous fossils, and since I know pretty much nothing about plants fossils, I was hoping to get some help Specimen #1 from Pennsylvania, USA: Specimen #2 from Illinois, USA - each half of one nodule: Specimen #3 from New Brunswick, Canada: Specimen #4 from New Brunswick, Canada: Specimen #5 from Poland: Specimen #6 from England: Thanks in advance for your help! Monica
  14. June Fishing Trip

    My friend kris, Ptycodus4, and I planned a trip to the fish quarrys last september. Kris is very much like me and would rather prep out the fossil fish that in much harder rock than all the 'split fish' rock. I had to make a few phone calls but got us into a quarry that had some 18 inch material and some bottom cap stuff. The 18 inch where we were digging was in places a bit weathered and wanted to delaminate but we still got some very good stuff. The bottom cap was much more dense and in one place had some extraordinarily super duper preserved fish! We arrived at what is now 'In Stone Fossils' after a 7 1/2 hour drive and set up camp. Then the boys started lifting rock and in no time came across a very nice palm leaf! Dean, the quarry owner was quite happy. Had steaks over a fire with baked taters that had garlic onion and bacon all wrapped in tin foil and sat along the edges of the fire for 3 hours. Oh, the texas boys showed up that evening too. Put down a few drinks and had a blast just shootin the poop. Got up early the next morning and my middle son found a very nice Diplomystus right off the bat. Everyone was finding fish. The texas boys seemed a little slow and then realized they were not used to the altitude but they still gots lots of really nice fish. I think Kris was in heaven. he and I both are going to be quite busy preppin for a long time to come. My boys also uncovered a fossil that is extreamly rare and extreamly valuable but was asked by the quarry owner not to post anything about it till later. Once I get permission from him this mystery will be told. My youngest son is coming over today and we are going to go through these slabs and I will get a few more pictures to post here. I have to prep out some of the best of these for my sons and their freind, but then I get to keep all the rest. Woooooooop woooooooooop!!! RB Nice palm leaf. The missing stuff on the right is in another rock and will be saved and put back together. My youngest son either making a relief cut or cutting out a fish. My middle sons very firs fish of the trip and early in the morning too. A nice way to start the day. You can see the delaminating in this picture. A milk crate full of very nice fossil fish. Just need a lot of prep time. Back seat of my truck full of some very nice fish slabs!
  15. Entire collection of unknown fossils found

    I live in lexington ky. While filling in a pond for a lady i found a dino tooth, as i loojed aroynd it seemed lije it must have been a fossil bed they got the rock from. I have a small collection of about 150 fossils, ive notices alot of embedded teeth, complete heads (mainly reptile i belueve) to be honest im a gem and rock hound anyway so knowing we had to bury these again in the pond, has made me very ill. Where is a small overall photo. I will inquire individually. Thanks in advance
  16. Is this a fossil?

    Hello everyone, new member here My 8 year old son is very interested in fossils and is always looking for them even though I don't think there are many in our area. He dug this piece out of our yard in Spokane, Washington. I have my doubts but I can't tell what it is so thought I better ask. Appreciate your help!
  17. I've recently become aware that there has been Pennsylvanian plant material found in the vicinity of Lansing, MI (Saginaw Formation I believe). All academic papers I've found on the subject are quite old, and I've read conflicting reports from here and other websites as to whether these localities are productive at all. Has anyone had experience hunting these areas?
  18. Kelowna Fish Fossil

    Hi all, Found this fish fossil in some slate in Kelowna. Not sure of the rock member yet, as I'm unfamiliar with Okanagan geology (besides the White Lake member). The fossil is close to a foot long, and was found along side fossils of Metasequoia occidentalis leaves as well as an unidentified deciduous branch. I imagine this is probably a fossil of Eosalmo driftwoodensis. The fossil has preserved a somewhat squished 3d rendering of the spinal/head material that is extremely fragile. Is it valuable to maintain, and if so how?
  19. This report is long overdue, but I thought might be worth posting based on the response to the rolling auction items currently up for bid... In the early summer of 2017 my family and I set out on a 7000+ mile roadtrip through 21 states. The trip gave me the opportunity to collect at a couple of famous sites like the Kemmerer's green river formation and wheeler shale in Utah, but one stop combined fossil collecting with some of the most beautiful countryside I've had the opportunity to experience. Big Cedar Ridge is a late cretaceous deposit near Worland, WY. The plant fossils are plentiful but delicate in a light gray matrix, I say "in" rather than "on" because the fossils were the result of a large ash fall that buried the foliage where it stood so the fossils are often in 3 dimensions rather than simply found on horizontal planes. To say it's off the beaten path is an understatement, but it's well worth the effort. Make sure you pay attention to the weather, pack appropriately and make sure your spare tire is in good repair... just in case. We started out early from a bed and breakfast at the base of Devil's Tower (thanks to @minnbuckeye's recommendation). After a 3+ hour drive we got to a spot where I thought the road should be a little past Ten Sleep, but there were no road markers to be found. We went a little further before turning around and taking the unmarked dirt road we initially passed. We didn't see another car once we made the turn so make sure you have everything you need. The drive is 15 miles of dirt roads through BLM cattle grazing land.
  20. Last week took a short drive (11 miles of road and 3 on beach) to our local fossil area. 99.9% of our finds are plant parts. Mostly Alder and Willow leaves with some Meta Sequoia tossed in. Some times a birch leaf will find its way in. In the right rocks I've found a number of what I believe are alder cones as well.. After I get back home I'll start working on IDs. Unfortunately the literature is scant but was given one that has some local info. Some planes will have single leaves in good shape. While others are stacked on top of each other but the leaves are damaged. It looks like they preserved after they started to rot. There are other areas with a wider selection of leaves but you have to take a boat. And with our tide changes (between 7-25ft) it can take some planning. I will add more once back home and can work on more photos
  21. What is it?

    Hi. I’ve been going through and preparing some old fossils that I’ve had. I got these about 20 years ago at a rock show so sadly I don’t have much info. The seller said they were found near a fish skull I’ve also been working on. When I got them there was just a small patch showing. Any ideas? Thank you in advance. There was also what I believe to be a small amphibian jaw in the matrix also.about 1/2”-1” long that you can’t see in this pictures. But that’s for another post LOL!
  22. I went last weekend for a new carboniferous hunt with few nice finds
  23. Hope some of the UK members can be of assistance. I want to go on my first collecting trip this summer, and have been doing a bit of research. One of my main interests is plants. I live in Hertfordshire, and the nearest location I can find that has plant material is Betteshanger in Kent. It's over 200 miles round trip, so not that close to me. Has anyone collected there? Did you come away with a decent number of finds. Does anyone know of any plant locations nearer to me? Thanks
  24. Fern Seeds

    I was reading one of my textbooks and specifically a chapter about the Carboniferous. There was a photo of seeds next to ferns and I was surprised about how large they were compared to common fern leaves. Then I remembered when peeling up shale/slate in the local stream, I found a rock with several oval pebbles. I thought maybe these were rocks or concretions. After seeing the photo, are some of these perhaps seeds? They also have a line that seems to split them laterally.
  25. The Bad Bush

    Here is a 300lb slab of rock I chisled out of my back yard that has a bush on it from the carboniferous this is in Lincoln County WV, Iron pyrite and quarts sandstone medium sizes grains matrix
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