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  1. 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!
  2. 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!!
  3. 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?
  4. 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!!!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. yardrockpaleo

    Strange leaf/stick from Florissant

    Hello everyone, This fossil really has really puzzled me, when I first found it, I assumed it was just a stick. (A cool stick, nonetheless.) On closer examination, however, it appears to have a 'vein' running through each of the three prongs and none of the typical woody texture you see on most wood specimens. Could it be a leaf?? Can someone help me figure this out? Thanks! The longest projection measures 2.5 inches. @piranha @Top Trilo @Rockwood
  12. Went to creek I frequent but went down to a part I haven't been to for awhile, had several good floods since. Much to my surprise I rounded a corner and the bottom of the creek was pale yellow as far as I could see down. As you see in the picture there was shapes carved out by water, and it was very thick in places, but it was soft enough to break of pieces and it was grey underneath. So is this a layer of shale? If so why is it yellow? This may be natural in Eagle Ford and I've just never seen it in this form, just looking around I spotted this ammonite and just plucked it out. So now wonder
  13. I found this in our backyard in a rock pile. I find many Devonian fossils in the shale lined creeks around Erie, PA. This rock appears to be similar but is extremely heavy and different colored. I can make out fossils but don’t recognize some of the imprints abs it appears folded and is SUPER heavy. For comparison, the rock I found with it, also pictured here is about 3-4x the size but the smaller one weighs 3x as much. No magnetism, but has a burnt spot. Was it perhaps originally a large piece of the lighter fossil plate that someone burned (possibly in a fire pit?) and that is how i
  14. sdelano

    Chapman, KS find...

    Hello. I recently visited Chapman, KS looking for calcite geodes and I did find several. I also found these. I have no idea what they are. They were found in a layer of shale. They almost remind me of tubes of fossilized clay? The end shots are not very good, but they show beige layers. Is it possible that that clay was forced into voids in the shale maybe and then they hardened or fossilized? I cut the ends on a tile saw and the material was very hard. In one of the photo's, you can see where one of them was bisected by a thin layer of calcium carbonate (calcite) hot liquid at some p
  15. I found this broken nodule in an outcrop of Pennsylvanian shale in Northeast Oklahoma. I’m wondering if the fossil could be the upper part of a skull? Other common fossils from this site include fragmentary fish remains (e.g., teeth, spines, dermal denticles, and coprolites from sharks and other fishes), as well as invertebrate remains from ammonites, gastropods, bivalves, brachiopods, corals, and conularia. If this is a skull, would you guess it to be from a fish, amphibian, or reptile? I don’t see any traces of teeth in the nodule, but I can provide closer views of areas that might be o
  16. Lone Hunter

    Tiny Chinese fossil needs ID

    I got this little tile over 10 yrs ago when I didn't know anything about fossils and didn't have a loop. All I saw was clams I thought, now I see something but can't remember what it was supposed to be, and brachiopods I think. Appreciate any help on ID and approximate age.
  17. Sorry if this isn't the right subforum, I'm a newbie to this forum and fossil hunting. I picked up a couple pieces of shale in the Mount Carmel, PA coal mine dump (would recommend; there's a thread with a picture of the location here and any given rock you pick up off the ground will likely contain fossils) a little while back and am finally getting around to splitting them. What's the best way to do so without damaging/splitting the surface? The one in the linked pic has distinct layers but is still quite cohesive(?), and the other doesn't have nearly as distinguished layers, but
  18. Location is in Missouri The area is dated to the Pennsylvanian Formation: ???? Hello! it is I once again I was curious on what this might be as it looks different from what I usually see in this type shale I have found Pyrite Calamites in shale but they usually don't have this texture so I was unsure of what exactly it may be. Zoomed in picture of the texture: Other side of this shale: Not Sure if these will help with the ID but here is the picture with the end pieces visible
  19. OhioHeather

    NE Ohio Fossil ID Help Needed

    I recently found this fossil while walking in a shale creek bed in Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Northeast Ohio just south of Cleveland). The area is late Devonian - early Mississippian. The piece is approximately 11cm x 7cm (4.25in x 2.75in). Any help in identifying it would be greatly appreciated.
  20. yardrockpaleo

    Weird Florissant Shale thing

    Hey everyone, Asking about a piece of shale I just opened, there appears to be a little soft-bodied creature on it, however, it could just be an insect. The small piece measures exactly 1 and 3/8 of an inch. Is it a badly preserved beetle? Notice the small oval-shaped things lining the back. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
  21. After some awesome advice from FF members, my family made it out to the Lost River quarry in WV (Devonian shale). We found a bunch of bivalve and trilobite partial fossils and two fossils that we can't ID (pics below). The first was found in a split piece of shale so one part mirrors the other (pieces are ~3x3in). Unsure if this is a fossil but any insight is appreciated! The second is a very small (1/4in) circular, striated fossil. Thanks!
  22. Greetings guys/gals. I have recently received some leaf imprints in shale stone. These are from the Minkin site in Northern Alabama. These are from the Carboniferous period and are imbedded in shale rock. That's a bit soft.. I am asking how would you guys suggest that I clean up and preserve them. That is with the lease amount of equipment. So basic wash technique and would you suggest using paranoid on these things? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Joe
  23. Hi guys! I am looking for new areas to hunt for rocks and fossils around the KC area. I have been to the Blue river, Kansas river, Cedar creek, Tuttle creek, Perry Lake, Mill creek, and abandoned quarry areas. Anyone have any general locations of where I can find some stuff? I am an avid hunter for all sorts of fossils and rocks (rockhounding is my favorite past time)! I've had the most luck at the Kansas river and Perry lake. Some of my finds include cow skulls, cone coral, shells, agates, vertebrae, and a bunch of druzy quartz geodes and chalcedony. I ha
  24. 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
  25. yardrockpaleo

    Plant? from Florissant Fossil Quarry

    Hello everyone, I was chipping through my bag of shale I brought back from Florissant Fossil Quarry (highly recommend!) and this fossil caught my eye. It's probably from some plant, could you give me an idea of what it is roughly?
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