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  1. Hi. I went fossil hunting today in an old coal mining tip in South Yorkshire, UK. Almost all of it is overgrown and there is very little rock which contains good fossils but it is possible to find some nice fossils. Years ago, the tip caught fire, which changed the colour of the rocks. Most of the rock is now red or pink. The fossils at the site are from the Pennine Middle Coal Measures formation, which is around 312 million years old. Good quality fossils in West or South Yorkshire are very rare, mainly because the rocks which contain the best fossils are rarely exposed. When they are exposed, it is usually in places which are very steep and difficult to get to. The Coal mining tips like the site I went to today are quickly becoming overgrown and most of them don't contain any good fossils. The rock layers which contain the best fossils in the British Coal Measures seem to be very thin. The marine bands, for example are usually only a few inches or a foot thick, so finding them is very difficult. In the sites where I find plant fossils, the layers which contain the good plants are all very thin, and usually there are unfossiliferous rocks above and below the layer. West and South Yorkshire are therefore not very good for fossils, but rare fossils can be found. I have found Shark teeth, fish teeth, scales and bones, a millipede, coprolites, a shrimp, goniatites, bivalves, plants, ostracods, burrows and tracks in West and South Yorkshire. Overall, the most important thing is to know the geology of the area well, and then with a lot of research it is possible to find sites which have fossiliferous layers. Today, I didn't find much, however I did find this plant fossil. It seems to be a part of a large Cyclopteris sp which is covering what I think is an Asterophyllites sp. Daniel
  2. Hi Folks, Was wondering if you could help me ID these two fossils. Both were found in Schoharie creek and are Devonian from, I think, the Gilboa formation. The first I think is a bryozoa but someone mentioned it could be a gyracanth fin spine due to the bone-like texture. I could the best photos I could using a tripod and a nikon 3300D
  3. Schoharie Creek 2/05/17

    Went out to Schoharie creek today. It is about a two hour drive and I left at 8:15. Arrived at the site at 10:15 and parked at the road closed barrier on Stryker rd. It was about twenty degrees and windy and I walked down the road to get my bearings and scope out the site since I had never been there before. I figured out a good way down and it was much warmer down in the river valley. I saw some really eroded fossils and decided to try and split some rocks to find some fresh stuff. Right away I found some broken and jumbled black stems and other unidentifiable stuff. I kept going and found some cool stuff. There was snow on the ground and that made things much more difficult. So I did what I could and here is what I found. this branching stem:
  4. Finds from today's trip

    Couple Jurassic plants we found today from the shuttle meadow formation. Extra thanks to Tim for the company and expertise. Had a great time splitting rocks and finding stuff.
  5. I find the time to make a hunt today and was rewarded by a real unexpected find,a big grey rock with a strange round shape,i split it to see further(the rock is very hard)an when it open i saw a orthoceras! i split more and find two others ,and brachiopods various tracks,other shells,i never found sea fossils in the carboniferous before only very little shells one time(in more than 20 hunts!)! a real surprise for me
  6. Plant Fossil from West Virginia

    Found this on a roadcut in West Virginia near Lost River. My first plant fossil. ID help, please. Thank you.
  7. Mesozoic paleobotany

    kunzmanbotanyaraucari1-sreview!!main.pdf Krassilov: Krassilovcarpology Barinova 2014 - Carpel-fruitaraucaria us.pdf
  8. TKTW0126

    For identification see: Holmes, W.B.K. (2001) The Middle Triassic megafossil flora of the Basin Creek Formation, Nymboida Coal Measures, New South Wales, Australia. Part 2. Filicophyta. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 123, 39-87.
  9. TKTW0420

    The following classification scheme was adopted: Anderson, J.M., Anderson, H.M., and Cleal, C.J. (2007), Brief history of the gymnosperms: classification, biodiversity, phytogeography and ecology, Strelitzia 20, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria (LINK). For identification see: Holmes, W.B.K., and Anderson, H.M. (2005) The Middle Triassic megafossil flora of the Basin Creek Formation, Nymboida Coal Measures, New South Wales, Australia. Part 5. The genera Lepidopteris, Kurtziana, Rochipteris and Walkomopteris. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 126, 39-79.
  10. TKTW0097

    The following classification scheme was adopted: Anderson, J.M., Anderson, H.M., and Cleal, C.J. (2007), Brief history of the gymnosperms: classification, biodiversity, phytogeography and ecology, Strelitzia 20, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria (LINK).
  11. Hello, I have been trying to identify this fossil/rock for my daughter for some time now with no luck. She finds it fascinating and would like to be a Geologist when she grows up. We've been searching through books and online. Asking for your expert help on this one! Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Origin is unknown it's been a part of my collection for decades at this point. Thank you kindly, LLVB
  12. After a long time i have some time to post the third part of my trip finds from Bavaria: Here are the other parts ... http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/68791-fossils-from-bavaria-part-1/ http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/68806-fossils-from-bavaria-part-2/ On a afternoon I visited a sandpit near Bayreuth. The idea came from this post: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/68415-bavarian-plants/ Ludwigia was so friendly to tell me where he found those nice plants ... Shadefully it was also very rainy (yes i have no stamina ) ... Because of that i cant search that long but i found some nice things (although not that good things as Ludwigia) ... Here are some of my finds: I think the first and the second specimens are Podozamites distans, but i am not sure ... Size: 10 cm One of the best and the biggest piece : Size: 22 cm And this one is far the most interesting one ... Its very small but the details on it are awesome !! The piece is 5 cm long and any help regarding ID are desirable
  13. The Fossil Plants of the Green River Formation of Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. Benjamin Burger, Utah State University, Uintah Basin Campus in Vernal, Utah. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir65sPGdEkM Eocene Green River Formation - The Rocks of Utah Benjamin Burger, Utah State University, Uintah Basin Campus in Vernal, Utah. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YttMIYgNPA8 Announcing a New Series May 2016 The Rocks of Utah Benjamin Burger, Utah State University, Uintah Basin Campus in Vernal, Utah https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6IxWv14YRWhd07XOMdraRA https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9o6KRlci4eD0xeEgcIUKjoCYUgOvtpSo Yours, Paul H.
  14. TKTW0228

    The following classification scheme was adopted: Anderson, J.M., Anderson, H.M., and Cleal, C.J. (2007) Brief history of the gymnosperms: classification, biodiversity, phytogeography and ecology, Strelitzia 20, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria (LINK). Some relevant literature where Hermitia germanica is mentioned: Vischer, H., Kerp, J.H.F., and Clement-Westerhof, J.A. (1986), Aspects of Permian Palaeobotany and Palynology. VI. Towards a flexible system of naming palaeozoic Conifers, Acta botanica neerlandica 35-2, pp. 87–100 (LINK). Lausberg, S., and Kerp, J.H.F. (2000), Eine Coniferen-dominierte Flora aus dem Unterrotliegend von Alsenz, Saar-Nahe-Becken, Deutschland, Feddes Repertorium 111-7/8, pp. 399–426 (LINK).
  15. Huguenot NY Plants

    A few days ago searched for a quarry north of Cuddybackville but not found. On the way home stopped near Rose's Point where a very large rock pile did indicate a quarrying operation. These from loose rock at the cut. FOV 6-8" Gordon
  16. Green River Botanicals?

    I have a couple of interesting fossils collected in green river formation. The first is from just below 18" layer and I have been thinking it was a leave, but the form is odd with large dark center section and now I am wondering if it some type of seed or fruit? It is about 3/4" long. Any thoughts? The third photo is of a fossil collected from split fish quarry and it looks like a seed or nut to me (almost similar to a pistachio nut), but perhaps just my imagination and it is some collection of fish parts or other. It does like there is the start of another similar shape just to the right of this. It is about 3/8" long. Thought I would also add photo of an insect collected with the first fossil . It is a Plecia Pealei and just looks nice with the wing structure visible.
  17. Can someone help me with an ID for these? Thank you!
  18. Had a very productive couple of hours at the site today. Not sure what these are? Pennsylvaanian
  19. Small specimen, but I think this is what we are calling Danaeites right now. Just really happy to find one on my first day out!
  20. Found today at the site by my daughter
  21. Hi, I would like to show you some plants that I found in the (middle probably) Bathonian of the soutwestern France, near the edge of the "Massif Central". So, I will describe the context of the find quicly : We can find some vegetals in micritic layers intercalated in sublitographic-limestone layers, very often they're fragments of lignitized wood (sometimes with a wonderful conservation and visible tracheids) but it can be reddish wood not lignitized or fragments of leaves. The first mention that I found is Monteil (1977) who indicates the discovery in a neighboring township of two leaf imprints of Otozamites sp. But this source isn't necessarily the most reliable because there are many inaccuracies or errors, but this is the only mention found this period and this area. So, for my own samples, this would be a flora from "wetlands", unusual for the french Jurassic (I believe that only one was found but a little younger, from the upper Oxfordian) and, more interesting, one (at least) of them was supposed to be Sagenopteris sp., a species of Caytoniales ("seed ferns"), never found in France. So here are the leaf imprints (or leaves) of some samples (normally the scales are correct but it is possible that I made a mistake). If someone has an identification idea or a suggestion I would be very grateful to him. 1a : Fern ? 1b 2 Fern with sporangia 3 ? 4 Fern with sporangia 5 Fern with sporangia 6 7 8 9 Fern with sporangia ? 10 Fern with sporangium 11 12 13 14 Fern ? 15
  22. As I mentioned in my last post, the Cincinnati Dry Dredgers now have a members blog to record our fossil hunting trips. Last time, I blogged about the fossils in the Ordovician tri-state area (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana), and this time I start the first of a two-part series about the Triassic fossils of the Solite Quarry. Read about our favorite Triassic Lagerstätte here.
  23. Devonian Plant Fossil from Orange Co., NY.

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Plant twig/stem (unidentified species) Middle Devonian Mount Marion Formation Hamilton Group Huguenot, NY.
  24. Devonian Plant Fossil from Orange Co., NY.

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Tree Branch Cast (possible lycopod?) Middle Devonian Mount Marion Formation Hamilton Group Huguenot, NY.
  25. U.Devonian Plants

    A plate of stems and branches from the "Red Hill" U.Devonian site near Hyner, Pennsylvania. Catskill formation I believe.