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  1. G'day TFF, I thought i'd share with you all the results of my recent trilobite hunting trip in country NSW, Australia. This is only the second time i have been able to collect trilobites and i am very pleased with the results! My family and i went out to a spot near Forbes that is part of the Silurian-aged Cotton Formation. The rocks are marine and date back about 435 million years old! It's crazy to think that at the time these animals were alive in the sea, there was very little life yet on land at all! The most common find here is the trilobite Odontopleura markhami, but you can
  2. The_bro87

    Upstate NY Trilobites

    Hi! My friends and I are part of our Universities geology club and we were hoping to plan a spring break day trip to look for some trilobites. We go to Binghamton University in the southern Tier. I've been to the site in Tully NY behind the hotel and gas station and found some great partials (especially of greenops), but this time around we were hoping to find some more complete fossils. We've heard that there are some good places to look in Madison County, and also in Little Falls, but were hoping for advice on the best spots to look that are also public property to collect on. Sites closer t
  3. DatFossilBoy

    Trilobites from Wales ID required

    Hello all, Today I found many trilobites from a locality called Gilwern quarry in Wales They are from the Ordovician period. Here are 2 of my best finds. I would love to get an ID on them! The complete one (~2cm) I don’t know what it could be , the second one (just the head) ~1cm is probably Trinucleid? Kind regards Thomas
  4. From the album: Silurian

    Dalmanites limulurus Dalmanitid Trilobite cephalon and partial thorax Middle Silurian Rochester Shale Burleigh Hill Member Upper Clinton Group Erie Canal Greece, N.Y.
  5. Jeffrey P

    Trilobite Cephalon and Brachiopods

    From the album: Silurian

    Dalmanites lumulus (Damanitid trilobite cephalon) Leptaena rhomboidalis (Strophomenid Brachiopod) Other Strophomenid Brachiopods Middle Silurian Rochester Shale Burleigh Hill Member Upper Clinton Group Erie Canal Greece, N.Y.
  6. Jeffrey P

    Dalmanites Cephalon from Rochester Shale

    From the album: Silurian

    Damanites limulurus Damanitid Trilobite Cephalon Middle Silurian Rochester Shale Burleigh Hill Member Upper Clinton Group Erie Canal Greece, N.Y.
  7. Darktooth

    Back to the Silurian

    Yesterday I was fortunate enough to get back to the Silurian site were I found a complete Dalmanites last month. I met up with @Jeffrey P, @Scylla and his son Grant, as well as their friend Chris who is a member of the New York Paleontological Society. I met up with them around 8:30am. They had gotten there about a half hour or so before me and were already finding things. I spent more time exploring the site then I did the last time as the fossil exposure covers a very large area. I would check out various spots, and it took awhile before I found a good spot to get settled in and do some seri
  8. PetrosTrilobite

    Your "wish list"

    What is your "wish list"? My wish list, i think is this: 1) Morrison fm Sauropod tooth 2) Acrocanthosaurus (I know that is very, very rare and i will never get one) 3) Troodon tooth 4) Suchomimus 5) Ceratosaur tooth 6) Morrison theropod 7) Dimetrodon tooth 8) Tyrannosaurid tooth 9) Acheroraptor 10) Pliosaur tooth I write only about dinosaurs, reptiles and synapsid because if i will add more clade, is very hard to make the list.
  9. Bobby Rico

    The Daily Fossil Record

    Inspired to act by Jamie‘s @JamieLynn and their “fossil a day” thread. I been thinking about creating a digital visual catalogue of my collection for a long time now . Been very dyslexic this is a difficult task to undertake. After seeing Jamie’s thread I thought one fossil a day will just take a sort time to photograph, collate and post, making this more achievable task . I will also keep a digital copies for my records. Posting on the forum means that other members can see my small collection and help me if needed with incorrect IDs or names that have changed . The forum has been really
  10. Hello fellow Trilobite fossils collectors. I have 2 specimens in my collection that were specifically prepared 'with microfossils'. So, instead of blasting away everything around the specimen, the preparator took extra efforts to maintain the surrounding 'environment' that the specimen was contained within. I really like this preparation style, and am wondering why the Trilobite fossils I see for sale on the web, etc are much more likely to be just the specimen itself carved out of the matrix and leaving only scrapes, scratches or smoothed rock nearby. Does anyone know why there aren't mor
  11. Rock Hound

    Some New Acquisitions

    It's been a long time, since I have posted anything. I'll try to contribute, now. Best pictures I can get with a cheap phone, and not being able to be very still, myself. I took many duplicate photos. Sorry. I acquired these 6 fossils today. The Theropod tooth has visible serrations, when viewed with a common magnifying glass.
  12. What an adventure! I was on a trip to southern California with my partner. He does not like fossil hunting – yes I know what you are thinking but he is a very nice guy. You can’t have every thing! I wanted to go to the Marble Mountain Trilobite site in the Mohave desert. I did my research and knew exactly where I wanted to go. As I would be by myself I decided to be very clear about where I was going and how long I expected to be there. Off I went on a bright warm sunny day armed with gallons of water, a sunhat, fossil hunting backpack, many snacks, and a brand new Lexus. Yes I know you are th
  13. Hello, Could someone explain the specific distinctions between the Pennsylvanian-aged proetid trilobites Ameura vs. Ditomopyge vs. Paladin? They all seem quite similar-looking trilobites so I often have a hard time distinguishing them. Thankfully @piranha has already outlined Paladin vs. Ditomopyge in a PM, but I would like to know a comparison with Ameura as well. Thank you.
  14. Why doesn't anyone seem to prep the undersides of trilobites? We see innumerable examples of the "pretty" carapaces, but I should think the undersides would be at least as instructive.
  15. Today I enjoyed a wonderful fossilhunt, searching the Silurian age Rochester shale. Our trip was led by an actual Paleontologist who works at a local museum. The main focus of today's hunt were the trilobites Trimerus delphinocephalus,and Dalmanites limulurus. Other known fossils from the site included Leplaena rhomboidalis brachiopods, tiny rugose corals, and rare graptolites. We were informed that while there were plenty of trilo bits and pieces to be found, finding whole ones were a rare occurrence. When we got to the sight some club members started finding things immediately.
  16. I have a collection of at least 50 fossils, and at this point, I have something from every major time period and major life group. I've been collecting for a couple of years now, with a focus on trilobites but I have lots of other things too. But I am being to be concerned that through collecting, I am taking away material that could be studied by scientists to learn more about prehistoric life. Of course things like Elrathia Kingii are so numerous and well studied that I think pretty much anyone could or should be able to own one, but sometimes I will purchase a fossil and there will be littl
  17. From the album: Silurian

    Trimerus delpninocephalus Juvenile Partial Homolontidid Trilobite Cephalon Middle Silurian Rochester Shale Burleigh Hill Member Upper Clinton Group Erie Canal Greece, N.Y.
  18. From the album: Silurian

    Trimerus delpninocephalus Partial Homolontidid Trilobite Thorax Middle Silurian Rochester Shale Burleigh Hill Member Upper Clinton Group Erie Canal Greece, N.Y.
  19. From the album: Silurian

    Dalmanites limulurus Partial Dalmanitid Trilobite Cephalons Middle Silurian Rochester Shale Burleigh Hill Member Upper Clinton Group Erie Canal Greece, N.Y.
  20. From the album: Silurian

    Dalmanites limulurus Partial Dalmanitid Trilobite Pygidiums Middle Silurian Rochester Shale Burleigh Hill Member Upper Clinton Group Erie Canal Greece, N.Y.
  21. DanKurek

    Trilobite Hunt in NSW

    G'day everyone! I have reccently come back from a three day trip to Forbes with the Australian Fossil Club where we looked for Ordovician and Silurian trilobites. We checked out the Silurian Cotton Hill Quarry as well as some new Ordovician sites around the town of Gunningbland. Fellow forum member @Foozil was also apart of the trip. Over the three days I ended up with many beautiful trilobite fossils and my first whole specimens! @piranha could possibly help with IDs? DAY 1 - Cotton Hill Quarry Friday morning my dad and I left home at 3:30 AM and began the 7 and
  22. Hello and Happy New Year to all of my Fossil Friends! Yesterday and today I put in my first 2 hunts of the year. The weather here has been mild and I almost went fishing instead. But the fossil gods were calling to me and I couldn't resist their siren song. I decided to visit a site that I haven't been to for awhile. I am sorry but a have made a New Years resolution to no longer name locations for the world to see. This is a site that I have gone a few times with minimal results. Mainly it is a rather large site and the rock is hard to work. But I knew the potential for nice finds were there.
  23. On Friday I made a visit to an Atlanta area gem/mineral/fossil show. Generally I have poor luck at these shows, in large part because there are only a couple of dealers with fossils. This trip was different. One of the dealers was selling some items from an old collection. Most of what I bought was exciting to me because they are species I have wanted for a long time, for one reason or another. First up is a nice (to me at least) New Jersey Tiassic coelocanth, Diplurus newarki (I think the genus might have changed but Diplurus is OK for now). The dealer thought it
  24. On Monday I went on a little trip to one of my top secret places to fossil hunt on the shores of Lake Michigan. It's a small beach in Northeastern Cook County, Illinois which I've always found lots of Silurian aged fossils. (1) This trip was no different!! https://silurian-reef.fieldmuseum.org/narrative/392 I found a large amount of small but pretty interesting Silurian fossils which demonstrate the diversity of reef supported aquatic life in the Chicago land area 444 to 419 million year ago during the Silurian era! (2)
  25. This important new paper from Allart Van Viersen and Gerry Kloc @GerryK should cause an indeterminable number of revised labels around the globe! Hollardops mesocristatus (Le Maître, 1952) has been restricted to the holotype from the Chefar el Ahmar Formation, Algeria. "The replacement of the unidentifiable name-bearing type of H. mesocristatus with the poorly preserved paratype of evenly imprecise geographic and stratigraphic provenance would be pointless. Therefore, we prefer to restrict H. mesocristatus to the holotype. This is a rigorous measure but one that enabl
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