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  1. Tales From the Shale

    Alabama Graptolites

    Here are some of the fossils I acquired in a shale roadcut I was told about thanks to @prem. These are ordovician in age, and I have to say it was difficult to collect them due to the fragility of the surrounding material. Ive identified most of my finds, however there were these unusual pill like outlines I wasn't familar with.
  2. I was able to take another trip to the Leighton Formation today! It's been a while since I've been able to visit (months and months), but I've finally been able to. Unfortunately, during the winter the place is completely covered in snow and ice. Not really the best collecting conditions... My last trip there was in August of last year, and the spring has been very busy. Today it was time. It was supposed to be overcast with a chance of rain, but it came out sunny and bright. Absolutely beautiful day out. The collecting was very g
  3. Lucid_Bot

    Hidden Fossil

    Hi, I found this beautiful little asterophyllites yesterday and noticed that there seems to be some rock covering part of the fossil. I'd like to be able to remove the rock and expose the fossil. It's very solid and too thin for any of my chisels. Would an air-abrasive pen or dental equipment work? Perhaps professional help would be appropriate.
  4. Hi! I'm looking for advice. I found this fossil yesterday and like so many others I find it's on an unstable piece and has a major crack through it. I'd hate to coat it with anything as I prefer to keep things natural. Yet I'm also worried that it might just fall apart on its own or from handling. What's my best course of action? Any advice/help is appreciated.
  5. An article published today has identified evidence of mating claspers on trilobites from the Burgess Shale. The best analogy would be to current day horseshoe crabs. The significance the authors cited is that it shows sexual dimorphism (males and females of the same species look different) was already well developed in the Cambrian. Their conclusion was based on morphological analysis of the limbs under the 7th thoracic and 1st pygidial segments, which differ from the others and do not reflect feeding adaptations. The theory is that the only explanation is that they have been modified as clasp
  6. deutscheben

    Odd Pennsylvanian shale impressions

    This is probably an extremely long shot, but I wanted to post these interesting pics in case they ring a bell for anyone. These were all found in a Late Pennsylvanian shale associated with the Herrin Coal, which generally preserves plant fossils. I’m not sure if they are fossils or diagenetic artifacts- the shale is baked on the spoil pile which can introduce unusual shapes. The first one is a strange pattern- it appears to be asymmetrical and doesn’t immediately match any plant parts I’m familiar with, but there are so many possibilities I might be missing something. I
  7. Fischcrazy

    Devonian (Givetian) Ammonoid ID Help

    I collected these last weekend from the Millboro Shale (Devonian: Givetian) in Highland County, Virginia, USA. I cant seem to identify these and not familiar with Ammonoid taxobases, not sure where to start. I did go through House, M.R., 1962, Observations on the Ammonoid Succession of the North American Devonian. House does cover the Millboro Shale but only lists occurrences of Sobolewia virginiana, Tornoceras uniangulare, Maenioceras sp. I dont have access to the Treatise part K so any help IDing these would be amazing!
  8. cngodles

    Home Conodont Extraction

    So, in trying to identify my local limestone for sure, I've gotten the need to try to extract conodonts, and I'd for sure like to see other microfossils. I know this has been discussed here before, but I was wondering what might be the correct or tried and tested method for home, using obtainable chemicals. The last thread I found was talking about lab processes and clouds of white smoke. I've heard different things from using acids (Vinegar), Hydrogen Peroxide (3% limit at Walmart), to Kerosene. Also a need for sieves, filters, etc. Curious for a guide or advice for ef
  9. DardS8Br

    Yunnanozoon or something else?

    The longest one is roughly 2cm long. I’ve counted 12 on the rock, which itself is about 5cm long. All I know is that it’s from the Maotianshan shales in China. I was told it’s a Yunnanozoon, but I believe this is incorrect as the person I got it from is often wrong with their identifications.
  10. These are two specimens I have found that I can’t confidently identify. I don’t know exactly where they are from but the sedimentary rock they are preserved in is likely from the Mississippian. I live in Northeast Alabama where there are quarries that extract shale and limestone from the Mississippian. Since I don’t know the exact locality they came from I cannot provide an exact time period. One is a white, wedge shaped fossil that I speculate might be a leaf. The other I am unsure of if it is even a fossil but it appears to be a fish, but it could just be crystals that formed in
  11. Kurufossils

    Mystery Huge Anomalocaris Appendange?

    Hi, I have this mystery piece of what appears to be anomalocarid appendage of sorts. The problem is I did not receive any information with it and it came out of an old collection from Maine, Usa. I'm not to sure what else it could be from the appearance but I am also very uncertain of the exact species. The piece of a very laminated sparkly shale If I had to guess it could've came from either Burgess Shale, Utah, or Nevada but I not sure what locality it could be from so if anyone if familiar with these shales and can tell from the preservation it would be a huge help, thank you and looking fo
  12. Here is an odd-ball I found yesterday. Recently I found a new marine / brackish layer of dark gray shale. My first discovery was two root pieces, which I'll showcase at another time. I also found a tiny Glabrocingulum grayvillense (gastropod) there. This particular rock had a brachiopod on it, and I was getting a closer look. The matrix was soft enough to stab with my tweezers, so I was digging around the margins. This very tiny piece appeared that looked very interesting, and even more complex under the microscope. It's very small. The further out photo shows it with a 1 cm scale.
  13. I'm getting better with plants, but I haven't really found anything that says seed or spore pod to me. This one finally does. It's a small depression with texture. I wish I had the other side, but I didn't see it. This was from a layer with many ferns, Calamites, and Cordaites. Concretions are about non-existent here. In fact, there may be none at all. It's the texture in the depression that has me thinking seed pod mold.
  14. From the album: Lando’s Fossil Collection

    Triassic clam-shrimp compression fossils collected from Cumnock formation shale of Sanford, NC.

    © Lando_Cal_4tw

  15. From the album: Fossil Amber and Copal: Worldwide Localities

    Image of specimen from previous entry. The fracture is actually a very clean break with only a tiny portion of low-fractile material missing.

    © Kaegen Lau

  16. Lucid_Bot

    Unusual Carboniferous Plant Fossil

    Howdy! This specimen comes from the Pennsylvanian Period, Conemaugh Group, Glenshaw Formation, in the Mason Shales below Brush Creek Limestone. The area has a lot of Pecopteroids, Neuropteroids and Calamites. However, I've been informed that it is not Calamites. I should also note that this piece was part of a larger fossil cast that was crumbling apart when I found it, and unfortunately, I was unable to save the rest of it. The last picture is the back side. All help is appreciated and thanks in advance!
  17. Made another trip to the Triassic Cumnock formation of North Carolina. Split a LOT of shale, got what I believe are 3 nice plant fossils!!! (6 total since they split) One looks like a compression fossil of ginkgo leaves I think..the other 2 I think are plant vasculature. Can someone confirm this? I want to make sure these are actual fossils too, not pseudofossils... Also, I found some nodules as a part of one of the plant stems with odd bluish yellow minerals..not sure what that is. Thanks everyone!!
  18. Have some Mid Devonian brachiopod or bivalve shells that I am not sure about, tried to do some research on my own on what I found. Hoping to get some ID confirmation or help here. Greatly appreciate the help. 7 pictures below: 1. Bivalve Shell? Moscow Formation I believe 2. Brachiopod Shell, never found another like this one? Windom Shale from Livingston Co. Wondering the difference between these two spirifers: 3. 4. 5. Rhipidomella? 6. or is this Rhipidomella?
  19. So I just made a trip to a publicly accessible creek that cuts through the Triassic Cumnock formation of North Carolina. Made a couple of nice finds. An unknown plant fossil, it’s worn down a bit, but anyone think they can ID? Also found a TON of what I believe are Cyzicus fossils, the largest are just shy of 1cm. Can anyone confirm these are Cyzicus? Thanks for the help!!!
  20. I’m so new to identifying fossils it hurts, but I love finding & collecting them nonetheless! This one was found on a recent trip to Chippel Bay close to Seven Rock Point in Lyme. I’m not sure what it is though - maybe wood? It’s incredibly delicate and has already flaked quite badly due to transport (as seen in first photo). Black with several gray cracks in it, although there’s white flecks in the cross section. Seems to be barely stuck to some form of shale. Any ideas? Thanks!
  21. Rob Russell

    Pennsylvanian unknown

    Hey folks. Here’s a fossil I found this past weekend while hunting in the black Mecca Quarry Shale in NC Illinois. Ive gotten some suggestions, but the one person with great knowledge of the site wasn’t positive what it was. I do believe he was going to forward pics to fiddlehead. Anyway, I thought I’d throw it out here for you all to have a crack at it. It’s 5 1/2” long. The “points” are both exactly 1 5/8”; or 40 mm, apart. Thanks for the look, and any potential ID’s.
  22. Hi! My 6 year old is very interested in fossils so we took a trip to Rhode Island today to see if we could find anything at a shale beach. Might anyone be able to help ID the following? We aren’t sure and would love to be able to help him determine if he found something, and if so what it might be. My googling is coming up empty handed, and we just started our learning journey. Thanks so much!
  23. Minerva8918

    Small cluster of domes

    Hi everyone! This is from Needmore formation close to Wardensville, WV site. I think I've found something similar one other time long ago but have no idea what it is. I had actually seen the impression side first, which I thought was the cast of a Phacops Rana eye but when I went searching for the source I found that not to be the case. (On an unrelated side note, I swear the universe has something against me finding a trilobite with both eyes...I'm salty about the fact that all but one of my best trilobites are missing one eye!!!!) Any help w
  24. yardrockpaleo

    Interesting Florissant Fossil

    Hello, Another Unidentified Florissant Object, some sort of attachment on a monocot/reed/stick. Maybe the attachment is an insect egg, or a larva, or just a seed of some kind. You can definitely see they are connected. Maybe you guys can help figure this one out, if it's unidentifiable I totally understand. @piranha @Top Trilo @Rockwood @Tetradium @LabRatKing, y'all have helped me in previous topics. Thanks!
  25. yardrockpaleo

    Florissant leaves

    Hello everyone, sorry to be posting so much Florissant fossil quarry material, but I'm going through my collection of foliage and still need these ID'd. Most of these leaves are obviously pretty common, but I can't find some of them in the book Fossils of Florissant. So here they are: 1. Think it's a Fagopsis, but just double checking. 2. Don't really know, feeding traces around the edges.
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