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  1. Cheesestraw4

    Any ideas?

    Anyone any ideas on this? I picked this up because the multiple ridges and shape was interesting. Now I’m home I’m more and more intrigued by it. Was laying at the cliff base.
  2. RuMert

    Pyritized echinoid spine

    From the album: Late Jurassic echinoderms of European Russia

    Ulyanovsk Oblast, Kimmeridgian, 2 cm
  3. hrguy54

    Sylvania brachs

    I was in Sylvania OH this weekend and among many other pieces, I found these. I finished prepping them as soon as I could. The first is a pyrite paraspirifer bownockeri.....it is perfect, not a blemish or chip. This one is a paraspirifer (I think) but different. About 2 inches across. Has a few flaws. Then there is another pyrite bownockeri, same size as the first one, nearly perfect but for a chipped "wing" and a hole. But the hole exposes that it is also a geode....containing calcite I believe. I've never seen or heard of a geodized pyri
  4. minnbuckeye

    Pyrite disease

    Simple question. Would the application of Butvar B-76 prevent pyrite disease??????? I hope so. I just applied some to the pyrite I collected from the Pella beds, Pennsylvanian of Iowa.
  5. pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

    From Westbury-on-Severn with pyrite

    Hi all, I recently acquired the below fossil, a pair of articulated jaws, purportedly from Pachystropheus rhaeticus, still with teeth, found at Garden Cliff/Westbury-on-Severn. Whether I wasn't paying proper attention when I bought it or just hoping there wouldn't be any pyrite on the piece, when I received the specimen it turned out that there are quite numerous pyrite-crystals growing to the side of the fossil. As it's quite an unusual piece that I'd rather like to keep, I'm now looking for people with experience with pyrite from the Garden Cliff location. In essence, I'd like to
  6. Hey everyone, So this summer, like most summers, my family went to my grandpa's holiday house in southern France. Seeing that we had many days with nothing planned, I managed to convince them to go fossil hunting one day. At first, I wanted to go to Lacoste, a place known for its echinoids and gorgeous white scallops, but it turns out these quarries are no longer accessible. So instead we went to Carniol, which was a little further away. After only a few hours in the car we arrived at the village of Carniol. "Village" would still be considered being generous: there are no more tha
  7. Chris finner

    Pyrite

    Hi, I was going to bin this but then started poking at it and started to find a lair of pyrite just under the surface... when I’ve seen pyrite before it’s never been so “solid” as this.. do you think it’s works further work???
  8. Calli99

    Yorkshire Ammonite ID

    Hi guys, I’ve done a bit of prepping of this ammonite I found in Salwick Bay, Yorkshire a few weeks ago and have no idea what it is. There are two obvious tubercles and there may have been more but as you can see it isn’t in great shape..
  9. Rubykicks

    What is going on here?

    Found this at the Monroe Reservoir in Indiana on Monday. Looks like a brachiopod made of pyrite? Or is it more likely a cast?
  10. Back in Oct. the Dayton Gem and Mineral Society had a field trip to the St Paul Stone Quarry in IN. Waldron shale. I've been slowly prepping my finds (along with other stuff) and finally completed my task. By far the most different piece I've found in a long time....a Rafinesquina-type brach covered in a bryozoan, with a Calymene face sitting on top, surrounded by pyrite. Size = 1.5" W x 1" D x 1" T. A complete, 3/4 prone Calymene. About 1.25" long. Some complete gastropods, all whose brown "shell" is pyrite. Some gastropods that are
  11. I’ve been slightly obsessed for a long time now with finding a Whitby cannonball nodule good enough to put the hours of prep work into. I have given up while trying to split many, I have split a lot of empty ones, I have chipped a load while trying to split them. I do have a nice eliganticeras nodule that could potentially polish up but the shape just doesn’t lend itself. I found this at the weekend at Runswick Bay and while it would have been nice to have a split nodule with the positive and negative, I could see the potential in this. The actual ammonite is just a crushed up pyritey me
  12. Hi all, I recently decided to buy the below plesiosaur vertebra after having seen it for a long, long time. It dates to the Callovian of the Oxford Clay and was found at Peterborough. I suspect it may be attributed to Muraenosaurus leedsi, as it comes from a cryptoclidid plesiosaur, but is both larger and more elongate that the typical Oxford Clay Cryptoclidus vertebrae I'm familiar with. Supposedly coming from an old collection, it has a blackened exterior that doesn't cover the entire piece, with the more common buff colour visible underneath. As such, I expecte
  13. Hello everybody! In continuation of the Frozen Fossils and Frozen Fossils II topics this report covers fossil hunting in real winter, with excavating fossils from under the snow (@JamieLynn might be interested). The trips took place this week when we had a thaw with temperatures raising to +1-2 Celsius after a long period of frost (so that digging became possible). This time I visited the same site as in FF2, which is MUCH poorer than the one covered in FF1, but MIGHT yield more diverse fossils (which was unfortunately not the case).
  14. These are two of my favourites, which I have been working on with my dremel to remove matrix. Parts of both show a fantastic golden pyrite. Sorry the pics don’t show it too well. I suspect the gold is fading however. A few questions: 1. Can I do anything to bring out the gold? Would polishing with a wire dremel head help? 2. What can I do to preserve the gold? Should I coat/seal them? Thanks in advance!
  15. Top Trilo

    pyritized ammonite

    Ive seen pyritized plueroceras ammonites that look golden, like this one, but there is also this one that is the same species from same location with same pyrite but not as shiny, is the difference just one is polished and one is not? Thanks for the help
  16. Kev

    Coprolite?

    Found on limestone river bank in Alabama. There were fossils nearby (shark teeth, shells, some kind of vertebrae) but not exactly where these were found. Can’t see in the photo but there are tiny gold looking flakes in it.
  17. Neanderthal Shaman

    Grandma's Brachiopod

    My grandmother (rest her soul) was a high school science teacher way back in the day. She was also a SERIOUS rockhound. These days her extensive collection of odds and ends lives in the family attic. I was going through some of the boxes when I stumbled on this gorgeous pyrite encrusted brachiopod. Unfortunately many of the tags and labels for her pieces haven't survived into the present day, so I've been curious about what species this is and where it might be from. I've heard that Ohio has a deposit with lots of pyrite fossils and brachiopods. Anyone know of any other places where such a fos
  18. Hi there, I found this specimen on a hike outside of Denver, Colorado. It was laying in the middle of the trail. It’s about 10cm long. It has grain that looks like wood or layers like mica. It’s also gold and shiny like pyrite or mica. It’s layers are wavy and it leaves a gold dust behind when handled. It’s stunning when the light hits it. Hoping to identify what it is. Thank you! Lisa
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