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  1. Studiorla

    Please help identify

    I found this at Root River Park about 7 miles S of Rochester, MN along the Root River. I'm new at fossil hunting and would like input on what you think it is. Limestone for sure.
  2. I had brought home a piece of Galena/ Ordovician matrix that had some unidentifiable critters hidden in the rock. Time was taken to extract what I am sure is a cephalopod from the matrix. Haven hunted this formation for years, I can honestly say this is the first cephalopod found exhibiting its curved features discovered by me. Attempts to ID the fossil have been fruitless, so I am asking for help! The fossil fractured during its prep revealing what I see as a siphuncle. Here is the repaired specimen:
  3. I was busting up a few rocks from the Ordovician/ Galena of SE Minnesota when I noticed this unknown peeking out at me. It would be nice to understand what it is so a decision as to whether to expose more of it can be made. Thanks! By the way, it is 6 mm in length. Mike
  4. An acquaintance asked me to post these pictures of what he believes is a hadrosaur jaw/head. Hadrosaur digits have been found in Minnesota. I do have to say that it is a very suggestive rock, enough so where I agreed to post it. :-) It was found in Mower county, SE Minnesota, among glacial drift near Austin, MN. For Scale I have to admit that it does look like teeth. :-) The bottom side of the "teeth". Bottom of rock. Side one. Side two. Thank you for your consideratio
  5. How much better does it get when you can have FUN and help others experience the JOY of FOSSIL HUNTING, especially the children! These hunts were both booked through Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. And I have a BIG THANK YOU to @minnbuckeye because MIKE made both of these hunts very special. A while back Mike stopped and was so generous and gave me three geodes he had found - he knows I love anything that sparkles. :-) After he left, I thought how selfish of me to keep them for myself and decided that the youngest on the hunt would be able to break one. WOW! Seeing the smiles on t
  6. minnbuckeye

    Two Decorah Shale Specimens to ID

    My last excursion to the Decorah Shale was meant to be a collection of specimens for @Tidgy's Dad, who helps me with identifications in this material. Unfortunately, the postage to Morocco has gone up exponentially (hundreds of dollars for a SMALL package) so that he will go empty handed. Here are a few things I am grappling with from that trip and hope to receive some incite from those more knowledgeable than me (so anyone!!). 1. This seems to be a cross section of a coral 3 cm in diameter. The corals frequent to the Decorah Shale are small solitary rugosa coral, having a rust co
  7. minnbuckeye

    Totally Odd Fossil? or Burrow????

    I picked up this rock while exploring a few weeks ago and noticed what looked to be an imprint of a crinoid stem in the rock. For whatever reason, I threw it in my bucket. At home, upon further examination, I came to a conclusion that this was not a crinoid imprint and was perplexed as to what it was. As you can see above, there was a big crack in the rock, self induced in order for me to see deeper into this. Here is the specimen after the rock was chipped away. The "lines" fade away as one goes deeper into the matrix until the surface becomes smooth.
  8. minnbuckeye

    Unknown Ordovician Tube

    Here is a tubular structure that I am unaccustomed to finding in the Galena, Ordovician rocks of SE Minnesota. All thoughts are welcomed!!!
  9. minnbuckeye


    I had the pleasure of visiting a well known collector in SW Wisconsin a few weeks ago. His home is almost as nice as any museum I have ever visited. He showed us some beautifully crystalized stromatolites that were collected in SE Minnesota. Hints were given as to where to find such specimens. So naturally, I had to find myself an example. I am just not sure if these are just geological and not biological. I hate to question a very knowledgeable man, but obviously I am. Opinions are welcomed. Mike
  10. minnbuckeye

    Farmer in the Dell finds Teeth

    Two nights ago, a local farmer called me all excited and wanted to show me the fossils he found in the cow pasture. The local TV station had already aired a segment on his finds. This is a view of his farm. The location of finds were behind the buildings up on the hill This is what it looked like as we approached. I explained the geology to Bill. The upper rock layers were Platteville/ Ordovician underlain by sandstone. I told him there was nothing with "teeth" way back then. Everything was covered in a sea. We live in a driftless area, meaning the glacial advancemen
  11. minnbuckeye

    Crinoid cup or not???

    My last excursion into the fossiliferous rocks of SE Minnesota turned up this small plate of crinoidal material. I kept it because the one center piece looks a bit like a small crinoid cup to an uneducated eye (mine). This is TINY, about 3 mm in width. Cup?? If so, any genus/species to attach to it. Thanks for looking. @crinus Mike
  12. minnbuckeye

    Ordovician Unknown

    On my Sunday exploration, I came across a cliff that exposed something I had never seen before. These specimens were in a very narrow band (4 inches thick) and the hard limestone reminded me of Maquoketa as opposed to Galena. They have a spongish look to it but they also remind me of a recepticulite, similar to Tetragonis sulcata. I forgot my size marker. These are about thumb size if you have short stubby thumbs like me!!
  13. minnbuckeye

    Crinoid stem but is there a Calyx?

    I have looked at this piece for about 1 week and my opinion changes from a crinoid stem and calyx to a crinoid stem and broken gastropod and back. So I will now defer to anyone visiting this post to leave their opinion seeing I can't make up my mind. I have both specimens marked.
  14. @Raggedy Man and his "phantom" wife, Laura, came up to fossil hunt for her 31st Birthday and what a hunt it was! I was busy the first day they were here with my little Airbnb Whispering Winds checking people in and out but they had a wonderful day hunting and Paul found a Bumastis trilobite - they are trilobite hunters. He will have to post his pictures. :-) On Saturday I had invited new fossil friend, Todd, from the Twin Cities to hunt with us. He had come on a paid hunt earlier (he left with 2 5 gallon pails of fossils that very long fossil hunting day) and we had bonded and this was a
  15. Ordovician Stewartville member of the Galena Formation Southeast Minnesota And the gal who found it! Would love some IDs on these. I could take a stab at it from this page of Robert Sloan's book, but would like other eyes on these. I believe both are complete, what do you think? Thanks for looking! :-D
  16. Roger DeCook


    What is this bone? Found in sand pit SW of Rochester MN
  17. Howdy All Nov. 4, 5, 6 2016 Any who would like to hunt fossils in Southeast Minnesota are welcome to come meet at my place - Whispering Winds, 505 W. Park St., Spring Valley, MN. Spring Valley is 10 miles north of the Iowa line on Hwy. 63/16. Raggedy Man (trilobite hunter) is coming from Wisconsin and the more the merrier! We've had two torrential downfalls with major flooding in the last 30 days, so lots of fresh fossils out there. Go to my fossil blog (link below) and take a look at the category "Fillmore County Hunts". A map of Spring Valley which pinpoin
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