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  1. Hi all, So after learning of the inaccessibility of the location Lacoste, I was wondering if there was maybe another location nearby. On Fossiel.NET I found the location Carniol, which looks very promising! https://www.fossiel.net/sites/fossil_site.php?plaats=148 Anyone got any tips on how to best find fossils and bring them home? How to look, how to take the fossils out, etc? Any tips or comments would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance, Max
  2. I bought this ammonite online, found in the gault clay of Folkestone, Kent, and it has some unusual markings on it. I can't tell if they're from before or after death or if they might be bite marks. There is what looks like a pyrite deposit in the dent and I was wondering if anyone could tell me more! Below are some pictures.
  3. Non Silica Fossil Wood

    Here is a very recent paper about wood replaced/fossilized with non silica minerals such as zeolites, pyrite, dolomite, fluorite, copper pyrites, apatite and more. The numerous color photographs make this paper a winner. @Fruitbat A good one to add to your great collection. http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/8/3/85/pdf
  4. coprolite or only pyrite?

    I have found this pyrite piece With a very strange shape,is it only pyrite or ? coprolite?or?
  5. Can someone explain a process...thanks.

    I have been watching comments about pyrite for awhile, and have shown my sample, in situ, along with two orthocones that would be nice to identify. they are from a Northern Wisconsin quarry about 15 miles due east of Green Bay. When I first started looking for fossils around my home town, I was told there weren't any because the glacier scraped away the material...since then, i have learned there are fairly large swathes of geology that do contain wonderful fossils...most often found from quarries, where the Glaciers didnt scrap deeply enough to affect them, or from areas possibly missed as in the makoqueta shale near Green Bay. At any rate, what I am interested in is the process by which the pyrite is formed. Does iron seep into the crevice for a fossil was formed, or is the iron actually from the body of the animal itself. For example, in the conesauga shale trilobites ( which are all wonderful by the way) many impressions are surrounded by a circle detail left from gasses that leached into the surrounding area...are these iron oxides from the body of the animal also...and are they therefore considered some form of fossil as well? Thanks for the knowledge, in advance. (the pyrite is about 2 inches across, the deep ridged impression about 6 inch long, and the orthocone about 18". It was my first fossil trip in the area and I had no measuring tools along. The large orthocone was in a block of about 600 pounds or it would have been coming home with me...LOL>
  6. Pyrite

    I have a sand dollar that is mostly covered by pyrite. It still has most of it's luster. I have read about pyrite disease and am wondering what I should do to help preserve it. I have also read that having pyrite in the fossil showcases my affect other fossils. Is this true? What should I do to bring back some of the luster? And how would be a good way to seal it to prevent the turning or ruining of the fossil and others?
  7. Ammonite layer... Harpoceras ?

    Found this pyrite concretion, looked like a crushed section at first, tapped it and exposed a nice Ammonite, got it home and wanted to expose more, must have had a hairline crack as ended up in half straight away (not intended) but... revealed a larger Ammonite inside which was now in half glued back together and will prep at a later date, wanted to show and check if Harpoceras, thanks.
  8. I have a batch of fossils, mostly small gastropods, from the Waco shale pit. Most of them look pyritized to some degree, so I want to treat them to be sure they don't fall apart. Thing is, they're really small- most under 1cm, some as small as 1mm square, and one ammonite that's something like 3mm across. My original plan was to soak them in Iron Out overnight, wash them with dish soap and a toothbrush, and then coat them in butvar. Is this still the best way to go? Should I soak them for less time since they're so tiny? And any tips on bushing butvar onto such tiny fossils?
  9. Unknown Kimmeridge clay fossil

    Sorry about posting to many photos and continued post Picked up a couple of suggestive shaped rock forms found in the Kimmeridge clay, which if I can sufficiently remove some of the finest pyrite cubic crystals I’ve ever seen. May contain some bone material underneath. But for the time being I’ve noticed these fossils protruding through some of the pyrite matrix and loose in washed matrix. Continued: I have done some homework searching for coral / echinoid spines from the Kimmeridge clay but have not found any reference to such a fossil so far. As I think they have that tell-tale appearance about them. All suggestions and help would be most welcome. Scale bar is in millimetre sections.
  10. Prepped by hand outwards in (minor) until I had the centre resdy, thought a few little taps with a small cold chisel would pop the centre up, nope, just chipping away, my ST pen will just bounce of this for sure, any other methods ? Nice sized specimen and hoping to view it in all it's glory.
  11. Trilobite Prep Help

    I found this trilobite in Little Falls, NY. It's about an inch long. I love the color and the fairly good preservation caused by the pyrite. It looks like there is some very thin shale covering parts of it and I want to remove these pieces. The problem is that I don't know how to do this without scratching or ruining the fossil. I only have a small set of dental picks available to use. Any help or recommendations on what tools to get if I need anything would be appreciated.
  12. Sun Pyrite?

    I went on my first ever fossil hunting trip at Mazonia Lakes last week. I found a few fossils in what I think is limestone and chert (?) and a few possible concretions. I hit this one with a hammer and it opened easily. I have been trying to identify what it is by looking online. Thanks for your help.
  13. Another pyritized ammonite

    From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    At this so oxidized, limonite is almost more proper. Don't know where it came from or the species.
  14. Pyritized Keichousaurus

    Just finished prepping this juvenile keichousaurus and thought it was worth a view as all the bones are totally pyritized. I've never seen this on any keichousaurus before. All the bones have a burnished gold patina. Mother Nature is awesome!
  15. Last week, after checking the weather wunderground numerous times, I decided to drive 3.5 hours from Chicago to St. Paul Stone Quarry. It was the last "open house" day according to the ESCONI website. I arrived at 7:45, the first and only person there. Shortly thereafter, after a brief safety instruction, I followed the manager to the collecting site, heaps and heaps of Waldron shale. Even though I dressed in layers, I still had to take breaks and warm up in the car for a few minutes, but I much rather prefer collecting in cold weather as opposed to hot summer sun with mosquitoes, any day. It didn't take too long to start finding fossils. Here are just a few of my finds: Eospirifer Platystrophia brachiopods with pyrite Platyceras niagarense encrusted with strophomenid, bryozoa and pyrite. front: back: Partial Dalmanitid Trilobite in matrix When prepping, it's really wonderful how the waldron "butter" shale just crumbles apart around the predictable morphology of an enrolled trilobite. The trip just wouldn't seem complete without a short drive east to the Cincinnati Arch roadcuts. I first went to South Gate and found a flexicalymene eroding right out of the cut. It is interesting to see the comparisons here. The trilobite on the left is from St Paul (Silurian) and has beautiful pyritized eyes. The one on the right is from South Gate (Ordovician). Both trilobites have 21 articulated segments; does this make them both the same age as "adults"? Interesting to note the difference in size, being 40 million years apart, same species.. Thanks for looking!
  16. I found this piece about a month ago while hiking near Starved Rock, IL with my girlfriend. It is so strange that i thought TFF may enjoy it. I've never seen anything like it and it is my biggest piece of pyrite to date. It is a large 18cm x 5cm piece of pyrite encapsulating a piece of Lepidodendron fossil from the Carboniferous period. Unfortunately when i collected it the piece was in a shale wall and when extracting it some of the lepidodendron had broken off and was too shattered to save. But here she is. Continued....
  17. Prepping Pyrite

    Is there a way to clean pyrite? I have a Athyris spiriferiodes that is trimmed in pyrite that looks better to the eye than the photo shows. I think it will be better if there is a way to clean it
  18. Brachiopod

    From the album Ischua

    A nice brachiopod with pyrite trim
  19. Hello I went on a trip to Hungry Hollow this summer and found some fossils I am uncertain of. Except for the piece of fish bone they were all found in the south pit and are pyratised. 1: Is a piece of a fish? -27mm in length 2: I think this might be a starfish arm? It measures 14mm in length. 3: Fish earbone? Never seen anything like it -10mm in length 4: I really have no idea.. -12mm in length If anyone could confirm or come up with some ideas for the ID's I would appreciate it Phevo
  20. I was fossil hunting in France on some hill a few years ago and found this interesting rock. I brought it home with me to Canada and remembered about it now. I have no idea what this could be. The only thing that gives it away is the smooth surface on the so called fossil. There seems to be two clams facing each other, but of completely different shapes. They are on opposite sides of the rock and don't seem likely to be a brachiopod.
  21. Penn Dixie Pyrite

    So I have a few pieces of pyritized concretion that I found at Penn Dixie last week. One of them has a really odd shape though and weighs substantially more than other pieces it's size and seems to be almost entirely pyrite. Thoughts as to why this might be? You can see a penny-sized piece of Fenestella to the right of my thumb in this pic and the one below.
  22. Pyritised crab

    From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    Lovely undeside detail on a pyritised crab from the london clay on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, Uk.
  23. When the wheels of industry grind to a halt, one looks for ways to occupy their time while on the clock. I was recently trained on using a scanning electron microscope, but I felt like I needed more practice . I've been wanting to see how some of my fossils might look at high magnification, soooooooooo...... First, I tried an Engonoceras serpentinum (the one on the right) that I recently found in the Waco Research Pit. Under the microscope, it looks like this... I also checked out a pyritized ammonite that my wife found. Under the microscope, it looked like this... This was fun, but it got me thinking. The more highly damaged, pyritized ammonite seems to have a different crystal structure than the better preserved Engonoceras. Could it be that one is pyrite and the other marcasite? Or has the more damaged specimen simply oxidized from pyrite to a different mineral form? Or are the crystals simply more tightly packed on the Engonoceras and therefore I'm just unable to tell that the minerals have the same general shape? Thanks for enduring my stream of consciousness...
  24. Tooth From Midlothian, Tx?

    Found this in the TXI Cement Quarry in Midlothian, TX. It is 1.25 inches tall and about .5 inch at the base of the fossil. This is the ATCO contact between the Eagle Ford Shale and the Austin Chalk formations. Other finds in the area are Cretodus, Pytchodus, Squalicorax and other shark teeth, as well as fish verts. It has pyrite crystals up the middle of the fossil. Thanks for any help with ID