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  1. It has been about 20 years since I last drew anything. Back in my teens, I had designs on being a professional illustrator and even had some modest commission work. But then I left it all aside to pursue academia and writing. Today I decided to see if I still remembered how to draw, and decided on testing that out with a quick 15 minute sketch using a 9B pencil. So it's a bit rough and sloppy... It's like having to relearn how to cursive write after decades of typing. Pencil strokes are not as controlled or elegant as they once were, but at least I seemed to have got it approximat
  2. My question is this: Is it too late to enter for the FOTM? Just in case, I'll go ahead and write up my entry: Here are my October Fossil of the Month entries. These were found between Oct 5-8 1st: A complete (well, 98%) Olenellus clarki with both positive and negative. In 8 days of digging and splitting this is the only complete trilobite to split out cleanly and there may be only 3 others (partially buried) 2nd: A larger slab with 31 cephalons (compete and partials) and 1 possible complete trilobite (partially buried). This is by far the largest coll
  3. DevinWatson

    Legality of Tibbs Bridge Site?

    Hey y'all! I found the Tibbs Bridge site on this forum earlier this week. I took my family out to do some fossil hunting today and had a great time. However when we were leaving the owner across the road from the trail down approached us and asked if we we're "down digging in the rocks". I told him yes we were out fossil hunting. He said that we were trespassing and that he was going to prosecute us for trespassing on his land. I tried to tell him we were on county land but he wasn't having any of it. Now my assumption is that if we're on county land and we're just hobbyists collec
  4. GeorgiaMegteeth1299

    Trilobite sites other than Tibbs Bridge in NW GA

    Fairly new to fossil hunting but have become obsessed as of late. Have heard about trilobites in NW GA so did some searching and decided to give it a go. Went up to the Chatsworth area a few days ago and really the only spot I know is Tibbs Bridge, but I was disheartened to see 5 big red signs indicating it is illegal to collect fossils there. After looking at some FF discussions I understand there is a homeowner who kept contacting the police and they eventually put up signs. I ended up just walking around down there and pocketing a few trilobites I found on the ground, but I was pretty disap
  5. Used a sewing needle and acid (water and 45% vinegar mix) to prep this due to size. Never used to technique before and finished it off with Paleobond. Did it come out ok? I had no choice but to Paleobond as I loosened a part of the cheek spike while prepping. The pygidium is 8mm long and 10 mm wide. Mississippian Golconda formation.
  6. In October of 2021 I made a 4 day trip to the Marble Mountains of Southern California to look for trilobites. The order of note is Redlichiida. The biggest percentage is Olenellus followed by Bristolia then Mesonacis. The vast majority of finds are just cephalons followed by thorax pieces. Last year I hunted here about 8 days. I probably found over 400 cephalons (could be a way higher) but only 2 completes with 3 maybe's as there are buried. With all that I've only found 1 pygidium on its own. There are a few other fossils to be found at the site. A couple brachiopods, a hyolith, and a few oth
  7. Sjfriend

    Latham Shale Slab Repair

    Found on my last trip to the Marble Mountains Latham Shale. I found this when just a little bit was sticking out of the hillside surface. Took me most of a day to extract. As you can see, it didn't as they say "come quietly" I used a couple little tubes of super glue to hold it together as much as possible before extracting it but it still came out in more then a few pieces I spent about a week getting it back together as much as possible (I mean really, who doesn't have some bolts and screws left over when putting their car back together ) I have a lot more advanced prep to loo
  8. Sjfriend

    Latham Shale unknowns

    OK, on my few trips to the Latham Shale in the Marble Mountains of Southern California I have found a few things that I'm just not sure of. I will include any info before each photo. Scale: little marks are 2mm, bigger numbered marks are cm 1: Ok, first I will include 2 photos of what I question as maybe trilobite hypostome. I haven't found any good illustrations of Olenellus hypostome. I've found probably 10 of these. They all look the same shape though many different sizes. 2: Next, I find a few of these each day. The cephalons from the trilobi
  9. bmasur

    Trilobite pygidium?

    Hi everyone, I am very new to fossil hunting and am hoping to find some trilobites. I am located in along Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada on a rock formation from the middle Devonian period. I broke open a rock on my second trip and found this but I am not positive what it is. I think it could be a fossilized pygidium from a trilobite but i am really just guessing. I have attached to photos of the fossil, if anybody could help me identify it or steer me in the right direction that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  10. Visiting family in Kentucky and went to the Maysville Cut for 2 hours yesterday. Found some neat things. I wanted to find a trilobite, but no real luck. I think I may have found a piece of one.
  11. Hey all, Decided to hit the Mahantango today. This spot has historically produced a complete trilobite during my hunting. While my collecting has become more selective as I have to try to keep storage in mind, I did pick up a few examples that I wanted to share. This I believe is a Platyceras? While I am getting more selective on keeping heads, I particularly liked this association of a head and pygidium. I do not believe these are the same specimen as the size and angles would be off but it did make me think of the rough sediments and po
  12. A.C.

    Eldredgeops rana

    From the album: A.C.'s Devonian Pennsylvania

    Mahantango Formation, PA
  13. ScottBlooded

    Devonian mystery pygidium

    Found digging in the needmore formation of WV making him early to mid Devonian. Closest matches I could find were trypaulites erinus and coronura aspectans but neither look quite right. Photos of the positive and negative imprint, you can see the margins much clearer in the negative (seemingly no spines). Also ignore that small shard of pygidium to the left of the positive imprint, it is unrelated (was stacked right on top of this one and was unfortunately destroyed). As always I’m deeply grateful for your time.
  14. I got this trilobite fossil from my mom on Christmas. Something about it doesn't seem right to me. It doesn't look like other specimens I see online. What is up with the eye-like bumps on top of its head? Why is the head so smooth? I'm just a person casually interested in paleontology, so I am by no means an expert. I would appreciate it very much if I could get some insight from people who are knowledgeable in this field. Thank you. (I didn't realize my photos needed a ruler for scale until after I took the pictures. Since I don't want to retake the photos, the fossil is about th
  15. I bought this today, and just want to know if it’s real or not. I’m new to rock and fossil collection. thanks!
  16. Looking for a well know site, believe it's a road cut, in Maysville KY. The site cuts through several formations of the Cincinnatian. From bottom to top, it exposes the Kope, Fairview and Bellevue Formations. Any idea where this is exactly (I.e road intersection, etc?)
  17. Sorry for a lot of posts recently Cleaning house and have found some in storage Here are all the ones that were found. Any that can be identified + age, and are any fakes? I'm suspicious of the black trilobite I can retake photos if needed, any information would help
  18. historianmichael

    Trip to the Texas Permian

    I have been incredibly bad about writing this trip report, so I am glad that I have finally gotten a rainy day to put it together. Back in September, I joined the Paleontological Society of Austin on a field trip to two sites in the "Heart of Texas," one in the Pennsylvanian and one in the Permian. I had never before had the chance to collect in the Permian so I was really excited to go on this trip. @erose did a great job explaining the stratigraphy of the sites and what we should look for. Erich explained that the Permian site was an exposure of the very early Permian Moran Formation. The hi
  19. aek

    Unknown pygidium

    At first I thought this was the Trochurus pygidium. I've been looking for for a few years now, but since it appears to have 6 spines instead of 4, not so sure. Maybe Ceratocephala? Sugar Run. @piranha
  20. Hi. I was wondering if anyone could tell me the name of this type of Trilobite that I've been finding in the Shriver Formation in Central Pennsylvania? The one picture is of a Cephalon and the rest are mostly the tail ends. Thank you.
  21. From the album: Arthropods

    Chotecops ferdinandi (Kayser 1880) lower devonian Bundenbach, Germany
  22. Fossildude19

    Crushed Pseudodechenella cephalon?

    From the album: Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Crushed cephalon of what I am assuming is a Pseudodechenella trilobite. Found in July, 2020. Smoke Creek, West Seneca, NY. Hamilton Group Middle Devonian

    © 2021 Tim Jones

  23. Trilobite, is it real and an ID I can't see much eye detail but I do not see any air bubbles or anything It's small about 0.75 inches
  24. I have what I believe to be a small elrathia kingii (please correct me if I’m wrong). But it has a small, curious ”horn” of sorts. Can someone help me identify what I am looking at?
  25. Monica

    Lower Cambrian trilobite help!

    Hi there! In my excitement to open a box of fossils gifted to me, I mixed up a couple of labels - hopefully someone out there can help me fix my mix-up @piranha The labels are Paleolenus lanlenoisi and Yunnanocephalus yunnanensis - both from the Lower Cambrian of Yunnan, China. Photo #1: Photo #2: Thanks in advance for your help!!!
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