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Found 199 results

  1. Calamites?

    This was given to me from a third hand source. I’m only assuming it’s from Illinois—I really don’t know. I supposed it was a calamites horsetail, but I’m seeking confirmation before I catalogue it. Anyone?
  2. Trilobite? and other oddities

    Found these two pieces of rock in a parking lot in Illinois. I would not have expected to see any in these sort of rock, and they seem rather miniralized. One piece looks like hadrosaur skin impressions to my inner 10-year old self, and I figure it’s from some sort of coral. The other looks like a fragment of a calymene trilobite head and thorax. I should that alongside a trilobite for comparison. Thoughts?
  3. Last Monday, February 5th I had the privilege of touring the New York State Museum's enormous fossil collection with the state paleontologist, Lisa Amati. The collection is stored in three rooms on the third floor of the State Education Building in Albany in the same building that contains the New York State Museum. Right now, only a few fossils are displayed in the State Museum which is primarily historical and social in focus. In the lobby is this slab which contains dozens of Middle Devonian starfish- Devonaster.
  4. Museum Basement

    I was asked if I would be willing to help a local history museum by going through their basement and sorting/identifying their fossils so that they may be displayed. I simply do not have the time nor resources to do all of this myself, so I thought I might try to get a little help I will be having a series of posts here, so even if today's is not your forte, you still may have a chance to help out! Today's post is a series of plant fossils that were glued to the inside of a box. When I visited, I neglected to bring a scale or ruler or anything, so for size comparison we have a standard Sharpie. There is nothing identifying where they came from.
  5. Coal mountain

    I went back today to my fav coal mountain (not after war but before Christmas ;)) Santa was very generous before time have a Merry Christmas!
  6. Hello all. New to this forum. I recently found these rocks in the side of a hill that appears to have many layers of shale. About half way up I began to remove pieces of rock and when I flipped on over I noticed the patterns you see in the images I attached. They look like plants but I have zero experience in paleontology. Thank you for checking these out and I apologize for the lack of additional info. If there is any further info that would help determine what these may be, let me know and I will try to add it. Thanks in advance and have a great day!
  7. Hello, This is my first post of this forum and I would like to show you some of my unidentified macro plant spores and vertebrate remains found in residue from fallen bits of plant debris bed picked up at Yaverland IOW, photos were taken under AmScope USB microscope, hope you like them. Still to experiment with the Toupview stacking software, watch this space. The Albaneretontid jaw holds nine teeth, this is the one I hope to get my stacking software working on. I have thrown in a close up of a termite coprolite apparently they have not changed in shape (hexagonal) for 75 million years. These are so abundant in the plant debris bed residue you end up ignoring them after a while. The rest I have not identified yet and are actually mega spores I believe. Also I found a tiny insect wing on the surface of some Bembridge limestone and a section of reed from a different piece. This is why the Isle of Wight is such a special place for me.
  8. Plants in Kansas?

    Hi all, I've been collecting a lot of late Pennsylvanian invertebrates (mostly from the Virgilian Series) in the area surrounding where I live (Manhattan, KS), which is in the NE part of the state. I was wondering if any of you have found plant fossils in Eastern Kansas, as I want to start collecting some of those as well. I read that Clinton Reservoir's outlet does have some shale and limestone layers that have insect and plant fossils, but I am sure that area has been picked through thoroughly. Do any of you all have suggestions? Thanks a ton!!!
  9. Fossil root (?)

    From the album Collection

    Not 100% this is Surprise Cyn Fm.

    © fruitoftheZOOM

  10. Nice leaf fossils

    Not sure when I found these, but my wife today wanted to clean out a shed that I didnt know I had fossils in? Anyways, these have been sittin in the shed since we moved here to Montana. 11 years. So I did a bit of prep on two of them. Came out purty dang nice. One is a kind of Willow and the other I have no idea, but it was nice to find a stem and a tip! These are from Colorado and are Eocene in age. Ive still got to cut off about 50 freakin pounds of rock to square them up, but my tile saw isnt workiing at the moment. RB
  11. Fossil Plants 3 Permian 1

    I started collecting fossils with vertebrates, sometimes my friend and me we found fossil plants. But the plant fossils have less importance than the fish and amphibians, acanthodians and sharks ........ years later I became a gardener, graduated from the master school and asked me only the question ... how did it all start? When did the first plants keep the head out of the water and populate the still inanimate land? I rummaged through the internet, which I found first - Rhynia ..... and similar plants as Psilophyton ... now had suddenly the first finds of the Perm meaning, the puzzle grew, still growing ... every fossil is a Wonders how fragile plants can be, how wonderful, if we can find them as fossils. ..... Then I moved, now in the middle of the Devon and have a famous place of reference before the door ... Plants of Alken on the Moselle! I found some plants like Psilophyton and saw some collectors hunting for Trilobites...the plants had been thrown away,....perhaps they didn´t know about it!!! Pity for them - what a blessing for me !
  12. I started collecting fossils with vertebrates, sometimes my friend and me we found fossil plants. But the plant fossils have less importance than the fish and amphibians, acanthodians and sharks ........ years later I became a gardener, graduated from the master school and asked me only the question ... how did it all start? When did the first plants keep the head out of the water and populate the still inanimate land? I rummaged through the internet, which I found first - Rhynia ..... and similar plants as Psilophyton ... now had suddenly the first finds of the Perm meaning, the puzzle grew, still growing ... every fossil is a Wonders how fragile plants can be, how wonderful, if we can find them as fossils. ..... Then I moved, now in the middle of the Devon and have a famous place of reference before the door ... Plants of Alken on the Moselle! I found some plants like Psilophyton and saw some collectors hunting for Trilobites...the plants had been thrown away,....perhaps they didn´t know about it!!! Pity for them - what a blessing for me !
  13. Where are the best fossil hunting grounds in southern Illinois, preferably with fossils from non-sea creatures?
  14. Beach rock

    Hi guys i have this rock in my collection. I don't remember where or when i pick it up. Any idea of what it is? Kay
  15. Over the last year I have made a few trips to explore an abandoned, partially reclaimed spoil pile in East Central Illinois. Coal was mined from underground at this site until the 1940s, and it was largely graded and replanted in the early 2000s. However, a ridge adjacent to the main pile still exposes the overburden from the mine, including the fossiliferous Pennsylvanian Energy Shale. Although not anywhere near as productive as Mazon Creek or the Fowler Park site in Indiana, I have found a small variety of plant fossils at this site. This weekend I made a quick trip to see what had been exposed by weathering over the past few months. The first picture shows the main spoil pile in the background with exposures on the ridge in the foreground. The sparse vegetation on the right is the result of a coal fire still burning in places inside the smaller pile- you can feel the heat close to the ground and see smoke rising in the winter, which means caution is required. On this trip I found a handful of nodules, including a few already split. The first open one is a small fern pinnule, while the second is my first Lycopodites or Lepidodendron branch tip.
  16. Calamites

    From the album Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Imprint of two calamites stems. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  17. Carboniferous plants

    Here are a few bits that I have found local to me, there is loads of fossil bearing rock and it produces some nice pieces. I will put a photo up at a later date of a large plant fossil that was found here. The strata is Carboniferous in age and is accessible via a stream cutting. I have also found a nice piece of brach with the leaf scars. thanks Alex
  18. Had a good excuse to explore the Falling Creek formation which I think is upper Triassic ( Carnian?) ...a nice walk in the woods and some plants to boot! Haven't had a chance to make ID's yet...
  19. Anthracite coal

    From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    A large block of anthracite coal with no visible plant impressions. I found this near a abandoned railroad track in Mount Airy, Maryland.
  20. Hi I just come back from offerton (Stockport uk) found some Carboniferous plants
  21. WV Localities

    If anyone has any material/links on West Virginian fossils and/or localities feel free to add to this page- I am going to continue to gather up resources on the state and post on here. LINK: <> https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/User:Abyssal/Paleontology_in_West_Virginia - Very brief explanations for localities in Eastern WV <> http://donaldkenney.x10.mx/STATES/WV.HTM - Largest collection of localities for WV I've seen to date, however, some that are listed are just locations that have only been known to contain one fossil. (^ Links I've found so far ^) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (V Links posted by other members V) Looking on the western end of West Virginia, but everything is useful. (Links will be credited.) Thanks.
  22. turning over an old leaf

    Nilssoniopteris,Pterophyllum and assorted Bennettitales from a famous European locality Might be useful to some of you polunzl.pdf
  23. Hi, I'm studying some Upper Devonian conglomerates in SW New York (Rock City State Forest) with very interesting x-bedding and channel deposits, likely a high-energy macro-tidal environment. Rare bedding plane exposures have show some strange elongate structures (up to 12" long, replaced by hematite, fossil/organic or inorganic?) in close association with large clasts (2-3" ellipsoidal milky vein quartz); both parallel with bedding but with some linear alignment (possible transgressive lag deposit?). Any ideas on the photos below? Thanks for any input. - Jim
  24. Hi, does anyone know a good book on Devonian paleontology, especially the flora? Thanks, Dom
  25. So I went out to the Gilboa area yesterday and found some stuff. I looked along the creek and then to another spot I found near Conesville NY on a part of the watershed. The main issues with these type of rocks is that they split in weird ways and it is tough at first to figure what rocks are holding fossils. That being said, some of the best specimens I have found gave no hints they held fossils at all. One of the tricky parts is learning to id really weathered fossils while walking around and then looking for naturally created stress fractures in them. The new spot I found was really productive compared to where I was going in Gilboa. I left a ton of fossils where I found them because they were mostly plant hash or not really identifiable. So here is some of what I took home. this large curved branching piece that is half weathered:
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