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  1. Tidgy's Dad

    St. Leon Brachiopod

    I recently required this lovely little brachiopod from the kindly @connorp It was found in the 'Butter Shale" layer of the Liberty Formation at the Southgate Hill road cut, St. Leon, Dearborn County, Indiana. This is the layer that is famous for the multitude of tiny, usually enrolled, Flexicalymene retrorsa minuens trilobites. But it doesn't contain many brachiopods apart from the occasional lingulid as far as I can ascertain . So this specimen has likely come from a higher level of the Liberty, or possibly from the Lower Whitewater overlying that. Or, conceivably, it comes from th
  2. Tidgy's Dad

    St. Leon Trilobite Bits

    Hello, my friends, tis I once more with queries regarding odds and ends found in matrix from Southgate Hill road cutting, St. Leon, Indiana. Late Ordovician from the Upper Arnheim, Waynesville, Liberty and Lower Whitewater formations. Is this first one a bit of free cheek with a spine base? The piece is 1.5 mm wide and the big brachiopod bottom left is the edge of a Strophomena planumbona. I am pretty certain that this next one is a hypostome. It looks like some of the Isotelus ones I have seen but is very small. 2.5 mm. A small Isotelus? Another trilo? Or the Millennium Falc
  3. Tidgy's Dad

    St.Leon Bryozoan

    Hello, friends! This bryozoan is tiny, about a mm wide. It seems to be made up of overlapping tubes arranges diagonally across the zooarium. It come from the Southgate Hill road cutting, St. Leon, Indiana and I think is from the Liberty Formation, Cincinnatian, Late Ordovician due to other species found in the same piece of rock. The other species include Xenocrinus baeri, Hebertella occidentalis, Zygospira modesta, Graptodictya perelegans, Bythopora deliculata, Batostoma sp. and Stictopora emacerata. I think. Thank you for looking.
  4. flirtymango

    Trip to St. Leon, IN

    Finally made it out to St. Leon, IN while visiting my girlfriend's family in rural Indiana. Here are some cool specimens I found (lots of brachiopods):
  5. Here is my trip report to South Gate Hill, also known as St.Leon, this is the town that the roadcut is located. This is a very large and pretty road cut that has exposures on both sides. You could have 75 people out here collecting and you would not feel crowded. The exposed formations at this location, starting from the top down are as follows: Lower Whitewater The entire Liberty The entire Waynesville Upper Arnheim As with the trip report that I made yesterday on the Garr Hill location in Brookville, Indiana, it will take me multiple posts to show this area,
  6. Last week I made my third annual pilgrimage back to the Chicago area to visit family, do a little fossil hunting, gorge myself on great ethnic foods and treat myself to some Chicago-style deep-dish stuffed pizza for my birthday--yum! I had hoped to pick up some more Pit 2 (Braidwood Biota) Mazon Creek nodules from Fossil Rock campground in Wilmington but sadly it is now closed and up for auction with the distinct possibility that it will never again allow fossil hunters to gather nodules from the spoil piles at the back of the campground. Instead, I figured on focusing back on the Pit 11 (Es
  7. This morning I got up early so I could hit the St. Leon, Indiana road cut before I did my 5 hour drive home. Like all of the other areas that I visited these past couple days, I was the only one collecting. I thought yesterday was hot, but today I spent 5 1/2 hours in 93 degree heat. I only hit a small portion of the roadcut and only on one side. This location is one of my favorite to collect and I could spend 1 week there and not check out the whole area. Unlike the other locations from this week that are mostly made up of bryozoan, this place is mainly made up of different species of brachio
  8. Eastonian

    Trilobite burrows?

    Here's a specimen I picked up last year from the St. Leon, Indiana, road cut. The site is late Ordovician in the Waynesville formation. My guess is that it's a trace fossil that shows the convex hyporelief of two trilobite burrows. Each borrow is approximately 4 mm long, and is 2 mm of the other edge of one burrow to the outer edge of the other. In the second image, you'll also see what I believe could be pygidium or cephalon impressions on the left side, about two thirds down.
  9. Hi all! Now that I'm finally getting around to organizing my fossils into cabinets, I'm looking to get a bit more information on some of them. As I'm currently finishing up the Ordovician shelves of my cabinets, I was hoping to get some help with identifying brachiopods from the St. Leon roadcut in Indiana that I acquired through winning some past auctions benefiting the forum. Photo #1: Mainly strophomenids, I think - does anyone have a more precise ID? Photo #2: Dalmanellids perhaps? Any specific IDs out there? Photo #
  10. I was bored this last weekend and decided that I would take a quick 4 1/2 hour drive to Southern Indiana to collect Ordovician fossils at St. Leon and areas around Lawrenceburg. Despite some rain, it was a good couple days of collecting. I found numerous horn corals, various species of brachiopods and bryozoan, Isotelus and Flexi trilobite parts and some really nice hash plates containing all of the previous mention fossils, plus other finds. Here are some pics of some of my finds-
  11. About a month ago, I headed out on two fossil trips to the well-known St. Leon roadcut in Indiana. I was hunting in the Liberty formation (late Ordovician) with the sole goal of finding some nice trilobites (which I definitely achieved!). Along with multiple rare trilobites, I was able to find some excellent examples of other fossils. The spoils were totally awesome, and I am itching to go back. I hope you enjoy. Best for last.
  12. I returned last night from three days of fossil hunting in southern Indiana and southern Ohio. (My specimens are soaking in water, so no pictures yet.) I hunted in two spots: the road cut along Route 1 north of St. Leon, Indiana, and the Trammel Fossil Park in Sharonville, Ohio. Both are Ordovician formations. The first day I hunted on the east side of the cut for about six hours, and found lots of brachiopods, bryozoa, a couple of gastropods (my first) and a lot of shell on shell on shell. The next day I switched sides, and in addition to the above examples, I found trilobite pieces. I just s
  13. Hello Everyone, Tragedy from an outing this past weekend and I'd much rather a TFF member who enjoys the educational aspect of fossils get a chance to benefit from my misfortune rather than a picker looking to collect and sell. It's been years since I've posted here but I've known and loved all the interactions I've had in the past and hope to give back a little good Karma here. I was traveling to the famous St. Leon IN road cut with a student of mine and I know I left behind a bag of amazing trilobites. For those who live in the area, you know where I'm talking about. I had a smal
  14. Nimravis

    Possible Rusophycus

    After reviewing @aek post "Mystery Fossil of the Upper Cambrian" I saw a response by @doushantuo in regards to a rusophycus and it reminded me of a recent plate that I picked up while collecting at St. Leon, Indiana. The reason I picked it up was that it did remind me of a trilobite resting track that I had seen in the past, but thought it might be too large for trilobites found there. Any ideas or info would be appreciated.
  15. Nimravis

    Quick Stop At St. Leon

    After I was unable to visit the St. Leon roadcut yesterday, I decided to see if my non-fossil collecting wife would let me stop for a few minutes on our way home. She agreed, so I made a very quick trip up one gully picking up loose brachiopods, horn coral, bryozoan and some hasp plates- no trilobites. After reviewing @Peat Burns trip report, I believe that I also found the bivalve Ambonychia, but he may be able to confirm. Here are a couple pictures of some of my finds. My wife is in the car checking the time- LOL. Possible Ambonychia Bi-Valve
  16. Does anyone know the genus (species, even?) of this coiled cephalopod found at the famous roadcut in Southern Indiana? We found this last spring.
  17. We're just about to take the kids on a big road trip for their 10th birthday, and one of the main focuses will be on fossil hunting (their new interest). We'll be stopping at: 1) St. Leon, Indiana - (1 hour?) Roadside cut 2) Kemmerer, WY - (full day) Fish dig (http://www.fishdig.com/) 3) Glendive, MT - (4-8 hours?) Dino dig (www.dailydinosaurdigs.com) 4) Belle Fourche, SD - (full day) Dino dig (www.paleoadventures.com) Any last minute tips or advice for novices heading out? I think we've got the attire figured out, and the kids have a tool pack that
  18. Peat Burns


    I had an hour to spare today and decided to do a quick prep on a partially enrolled Flexicalymene retrorsa minuens that I got last month from St. Leon, Indiana. I have a number of these packed away as specimens for science, so I convinced myself it was ethically okay to go Moroccan on this one and build a fake pedestal on some matrix from the site to make it easier to handle and more aesthetic to display (as you can see, it was loose from the matrix when found). I used a pin vice, air abrasion, and a light coat of Butvar (to help prevent the exoskeleton from popping off). I didn't take great
  19. Short trip to St. Leon Indiana yielded 5 trilobites. 3 complete enrolled including one that is fairly but for St. Leon and probably the largest one I have found complete at at. Leon.1 complete prone trilo and 1 mostly complete prone. 4 of the 5 were typical tiny St. Leon Trilobites.
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