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  1. historianmichael

    Calamites or Cordaites?

    Many years ago my dad and I visited St. Clair, PA to collect its famed Late Pennsylvanian plant material. With the closure of St. Clair to public collecting, several years ago, we went to the next best place: Centralia, PA. In going back through our finds to ascribe a proper classification to them, I have come across several finds that I believe could either be Calamites stems or Cordaites leaves. The issue is that these fossils preserved without much detail to go on. In doing some research online and on here, I think I have figured it out, but I am not completely sure. Any help is greatly app
  2. historianmichael

    St. Clair Lycopod Leaves

    I found these two pieces many years ago during a visit to St. Clair, PA (Llewellyn Formation; Late Pennsylvanian). I initially identified them as Cyperites but now I am starting to confuse myself because, as you can see in the third photo, these leaves are much wider than what I would normally attribute to a lycopod, which I have always understood to be long thin wispy leaves. The fourth photo is meant to provide a more close-up image of the leaves. Should I stick with the Cyperites identification or is there a more accurate identification? Any help is greatly appreciated The two p
  3. cameronsfossilcollection

    Stigmaria or Young Lycopsid?

    From my collection of St Clair plant material - any ideas? Less than half a centimeter thick, about two inches long.
  4. I read @rachelgardner01 's trip report* recently on the fossil forum telling about St. Clair-style white fern fossils and how the ghost town was once again being visited by more than just the most reckless of thrill seekers. Not long ago, extremely few people dared to go beyond the new bypass for fear of falling into flaming sink holes. The place has become unregulated like the Wild West, with tourists coming from all over to see the “Highway to Hell” and ride their ATVs. The fire was reported to have burned out in town and moved down the coal vein. Clearly, no one is worried about sink holes.
  5. I was interested in driving up to Pottsville, PA to look for some fern fossils around St Clair. From reading: and then: It seems that the sites around St Clair are now owned by Reading Anthracite a coal company and that digging or collecting of the ground is strictly prohibited. I also found this: http://readinganthracite.com/access-permits/ That implies a $125 permit for going onto their property to do things such as ATV and bike. Nowhere on there do I see anything that mentions digging or collecting fossils but from the previous post I gather
  6. Fossil seed ferns (Alethopteris sp.). 300 m.y.o. St. Clair, PA. 185mm. One of the coolest fossil hunting experiences I’ve had. The amount of detail preserved in these fossils is incredible—some appear as if the leaves had just fallen! Exploring this area was like being transported back in time. Looking at a fossil like the one pictured here, it is not difficult to imagine the ancient carboniferous swamp coming back to life. For me, fossils are all about stress relief; a sobering—yet comforting—reminder of how briefly we are here, and where our priorities should lie. When I feel o
  7. Fossil seed ferns (Alethopteris sp.). 300 m.y.o. St. Clair, PA. 185mm. One of the coolest fossil hunting experiences I’ve had. The amount of detail preserved in these fossils is incredible—some appear as if the leaves had just fallen! Exploring this area was like being transported back in time. Looking at a fossil like the one pictured here, it is not difficult to imagine the ancient carboniferous swamp coming back to life. For me, fossils are all about stress relief; a sobering—yet comforting—reminder of how briefly we are here, and where our priorities should lie. When I feel o
  8. Fossil seed ferns (Alethopteris sp.). 300 m.y.o. St. Clair, PA. 185mm. One of the coolest fossil hunting experiences I’ve had. The amount of detail preserved in these fossils is incredible—some appear as if the leaves had just fallen! Exploring this area was like being transported back in time. Looking at a fossil like the one pictured here, it is not difficult to imagine the ancient carboniferous swamp coming back to life. For me, fossils are all about stress relief; a sobering—yet comforting—reminder of how briefly we are here, and where our priorities should lie. When I feel o
  9. Family vacations include just my wife and I now that the "kids" are grown and married, and these days the two of us are happy to plan our trips around fossil sites. A couple of weeks ago we drove down to New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania, stopping at Big Brook, coastal New Jersey, Calvert Cliffs, St. Clair, Beltzville Park region and Carbondale. It was a great trip. We didn't make any startling discoveries, and the scientific community won't have to rethink any evolutionary theories after our expedition, but we enjoyed ourselves immensely. On our drive south we stopped for only an hour at
  10. As I learn more and more about this hobby of fossil collecting and study I'm unfortunately also finding out more about those once great fossil collecting sites that have been destroyed or we no longer have access to; ones like Swatara Gap, Linton, Ohio, Eighteen Mile Creek, Centerfield, just to name a few. There are also others like Inversand, NJ and St Clair, PA which are threatened with closure. I would like to invite the membership to share their thoughts and (feelings) about what could possibly be done to possibly reopen some of the closed sites and to keep those that are endangered open.
  11. I went to St. Clair PA today for the first time to look around and look for some of the white fern fossils. When I got there I met a fellow member, Hitekmastr and his wife Nancy. They were getting their equipment out of their SUV when I pulled up and parked. I asked if this spot was the right place to hunt for fern fossils. He said yes and then we made introductions and realized we all are members here. It's always great to meet fellow fossil hunters out on the trail. I'll post my trip and pics tomorrow when I have more time.
  12. squalicorax

    Plant Fossil Consolidation

    Hey everyone. After collecting at St clair this week I was wondering what methods people use to preserve the mineralization of the specimens after they have brought them home. I'm looking for some sort of good solution to keep them from oxidizing. Elmers in water?
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