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  1. July 5th Western NY Hunt

    Hello fossil friends, Once again, I was in western New York for my annual 4th of July family get together. I was able to get out for a short hunt on July 5th, thanks to my wife and my cousin and her kids. I got up at 5:45 am, got on the road by 6:00 am, and traveled the hour to my usual spot of choice. I arrived to the site around 7:00 am. I have been coming here for many years, and I don't think I've ever not found something interesting there. I only hunted from 7:10 am til 11:20 am. I took a break to meet up with my cousin and her kids for a guided fossil hunt. Can't really hunt when being called hither and yon to check out the latest find. All in all, though, I didn't do too bad, for the short time I put in. First, few shots of the creek: I noticed some recent digging in this spot - I knew my friend JeffreyP had been here within the past few days. Unfortunately, I was not able to meet up with him this year at this site. I hoped he had left me some things to find! This is my total haul: Some brachiopods, some partial trilobites, a few gastropods, and some complete/mostly complete trilobites. Close ups to follow ...
  2. Is This Normal for a Trilobite

    So I’m a newb at the fossil stuff. I mean I have fossils and like Jurassic Park as much as the next guy... well a little more maybe. But anyway I was looking through my collection the other day and came across this trilobite I got from my friend a long time ago and it has always anoyed me for some reason. I just don’t know if it’s normal and he broke it or what is going on with it. I thought I’d ask the experts here. Also it’s from a cliff on a beach on Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. Thanks
  3. From the album Middle Devonian

    Dipleura dekayi (coiled trilobite) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road Quarry Lebanon, N.Y.
  4. From the album Middle Devonian

    Greenops sp. (partial trilobite cephalon preserved in pyrite) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Pyrite Bed Hamilton Group Penn Dixie Quarry Blasdell, N.Y.
  5. Just got back from a trip to New York. Started off at Penn Dixie in the mid-Devonian, then to the Hamilton group, and ended in the mid-Ordovician Trenton group in the Mohawk valley. My main goals were to find some nice complete trilobite specimens, especially the Dipleura dekayi. Special thanks to @Darktooth for hunting advice at DSR. Here are some of my finds: Eldergeops rana, from Penn Dixie. cephalon is a little dinged up but I kind of like the imperfection. Partial Dipleura cephalon found loose in talus at DSR Here's another one found by splitting the shales. It had been raining hard for about two days and stopped when I arrived early morning. After prep: Greenops boothi in situ After prep: Another Greenops, positive negative from CHR. Had to glue it back together, broke when split, but it still looks good to me. Grammysia bisculata, a nice bivalve A surprise enrolled juvenile Dipleura dekayi, mostly complete , just missing an eye And last , but not least, some Ordovician fossils found in the Mohawk valley region. Hindia parva (I think?) sponge Straight shelled nautiloid, measures about 5 inches across Triarthrus parts Thanks for looking!
  6. Trilobites WV

    Thinking about going to gore WV for trilobites. It is about a 2 hour drive from where I am now, richmond, and wondering if anyone knew if it would be worth the drive or knew a closer area from trilobites. Any information is much appreciated
  7. Hello TFF! As my fossil collection continues to further expand, I'm finding it harder to store my finds, especially since my room is tiny and my garage is full (of non-fossil related stuff). For my smaller finds I've considered buying some riker boxes. My problem is I have no idea how wide, long, or deep they should be in regards to my finds. I have a nice large enrolled silica shale trilobite from my state of Ohio, a 3D starfish on a "mound" from Pennsylvania that's taller than most of my finds (despite being small, kind of like a tall enchinoid), some marine reptile teeth, 3D brachiopods, etc. I don't really have the room to display stuff on my walls. What sizes should I be looking for, and how deep/wide/long should they be? Where can I purchase these display cases. If there are better alternatives that will hold the fossils in place but not put too much pressure on them. The starfish in particular is fragile. Thanks in advance, Vraptor
  8. A group of us spent several days at a spot near Thedford, Ontario working an exposure in the Widder Formation. Rather than roll out a long backstory, I thought I would go straight for showing the finds. I'll kick it off with the trilobites. 1. A coveted multi-plate containing three Greenops widderensis. The picture is blurry because it was starting to rain that day and we had to move fast. As one of them had its lappets hovering precariously outside the matrix, I had to coat them in cyanoacrylate fast so that it would survive the trip home. This one is in the hands of a preparator friend as it may be a bit more advanced than my current skills could handle.
  9. Hi! My 8 y/o son and I are visiting Nashville, TN to look for fossils. We found lots of brachyopods today. Where should we look for Trilobites and Gastropods? I’ve read some posts, but it’s hard to pinpoint specific areas. Any tips?
  10. Hi! My name is Alexandra. I live in St. Petersburg, looking for and preparing trilobites. As you know, we have near St. Petersburg very good places to search for fossils known all over the world. If someone from trilobite lovers wants to come and find good specimens here or if you are traveling through Russia and you will be interested to come in search of trilobites, then I can easily show you the best places to search near St. Petersburg without problems. You do not need anything for this-it will be absolutely free for you. I can explain it by the fact that I am the same person as you, and I have the same disease that can be called "paleontology" Is this interesting for you, write to this topic or search for me in Skype: Alexandra Kalinina (with bird on skateboard on avatar :-) ) and ask any questions. P.S. sorry for my English
  11. St. Petersburg's area is a is famous for its trilobites. I traveled in this city in last year. Today I show some photos of St. Petersburg city, paleo site and my finds. This is the most famous view of St. Petersburg - drawbridges. All tourists are watching on this bridge in white nights. White nigths are begining in June and it does not get dark at night because Petersburg is a northern city Sightseeing - the sphinx of Egypt stands on the embankment of the river Neva. This sphinx was bought in 19 century by the Russian Tsar I'm looking for fossils My findings. А lot of trilobites. I found whole trilobites too I prep trilobite Asaphus lepidurus
  12. Hello, all. I am putting out the word that I am looking for basically any material that is not already on this list. If you have partials or completes, or even recognizable bits of any trilobite not on this list, I'm hoping to help clear out some space for you by taking them off your hands, lol! Just shoot me a message if you have something you're looking to part with and we will figure something out if possible! If there is just a genus listed with no specific species, then I can't ID what it is based off of what is present and wouldn't mind having a better representation anyway. Thank you all in advance! Amphyxina bellatula Ampyx priscus Arctinurus boltoni Asaphellus sp. Asaphus cornutus Asaphus expansus Bellacartwrightia sp. Bolaspidellus housensis Brachyaspis microps Breviscutellum sp. Bristola harringtoni Bumastus sp. Calymene celebra Calymene niagarensis Colpocoryphe cf. rouaulti Colpocoryphe grandis Coltraenia oufatenensis Cornuproetus cornutus Coronocephalus sp. Cyphaspis carrolli Cyphaspis sp. Dalmanites limulurus Dechenella burmeisteri Declivolithus titan Diacalymene sp. Dicranurus hamatus Dipleura dekayi Drotops armatus Ectillaenus giganteus Eldredgeia venustus Eldredgeops rana Elrathia kingi Encrinurus punctatus Estoniops exilis Flexicalymene meeki Flexicalymene ouzregui Flexicalymene retrorsa Gerastos marocensis Glyptambon sp. Greenops barberi Greenops widderensis Harpidae sp. Harpes sp. Homoteuls sp. Hoplolichoides conicotuberculatus Huntoniatonia huntonensis Huntoniatonia lingulifer Isotelus maximus Itagnostus interstricta Kainops invius Kainops raymondi Kettneraspis williamsi Koneprusites sp. Leonaspis sp. Lochovella deckeri Lonchodomas mcgheehei Megapalaeolenus deprati Ogygopis typicalis Olenellus gilberti Onnia superba Paciphacops campbelli Paralejurus dormitzieri Paralejurus sp. Protolenus sp. Pseudodechenella rowi Pseudogygites latimarginatus Reraspis plautini Symphysops sp. Termierella sp. Thysanopeltis sp. Trimerus delphinocephalus Walliserops trifurcatus
  13. Devonian Interuptus

    Hi, Monday I visited a new site highly recommended by another TFF member. It was a roadcut on an interstate highway near Schoharie, NY. The roadcut exposed what I believe (based on fauna and preservation) the Lower Devonian Kalkberg Formation, part of the Helderberg Group (410 million years old). The day was gorgeous. Temp was in the low 70s. Fossils were plentiful in particular layers and the preservation was often excellent. Many were found loose from the matrix lying in the rubble. As with other exposures of the Kalkberg in Schoharie County, the biodiversity was awesome. I collected for two and a half hours, exploring only about half of the exposure when a state trooper pulled up and informed me that this highway allowed emergency stopping only and recommended I move along. I had time to gather all of my finds and my tools. I am a bit sad knowing I can't return to this very productive site and that there were likely more magnificent specimens still sitting there waiting to be picked up. However, I'm glad that I had the opportunity to collect there once. Here is an overview of my finds and a pair of Diaphorostoma ventricosum gastropods on matrix.
  14. I have been reading through the threads about dolomite powder as a blasting medium for cleaning trilobites. Am I correct in my understanding that to get the range consistenty around 40 microns you need to run the powder through a 325 mesh sieve? I am assuming the dolomite powder available from places like the pottery supply house is not consistently in range of 40 microns, and will need to be sifted. Is there a place to buy 40 micron dolomite than anyone can recommend. (Someplace along the London to Toronto corridor would be ideal) Thanks in advance!
  15. I found all these specimens on the west side of the road cut. I believe those are eyes in the middle. All these specimens were found in Trammel Fossil Park in Sharonville, Ohio, with the exception of the two in the column on the right. They were from the St. Leon road cut. This tear-dropped shape bryozoan is, I believe, Homotrypella.
  16. This past Saturday I only had time for a quick hunt due to things that needed to get done around the house. Also it was raining and I had the boys with me. I almost wasn't going to go but the siren song of sweet treasures were calling me, beckoning me to come and find them. I decided to hit up both Briggs road and Deep Springs. I hunted both sites in under an hour and a half. I didn't find much and was mostly surface collecting. The boys found a few things. I did manage to find a my first decent size Dipleura cephalon from Briggs. The past few hunts there I have been finding more and more Dipleura kibbles -n- bits. It is raising my hopes of finding a complete one there. When I got to Deep Springs it looked almost exactly as it was when I left there from the TFF group hunt. It looks like an asteroid hit it! There are plenty off slabs and hash plates laying everywhere. I found a decent Dipleura cephalon from here too, that I think I will try prepping. There wasnt anything else that I really wanted to bring home so I was getting ready to leave but decided to take one last look. It seems that everytime I do this here I find a greenops. Sure enough, I spot one just lying on top of the debris. I really can't believe I spotted it. Even though it was a short hunt and nothing spectacular was found it was nice to be out there.
  17. From the album Middle Devonian

    Dipleura dekayi (partly disarticulated trilobite thorax and pygidium) Middle devonian Skaneateles Formation Delphi Member Hamilton Group Cole Hill Road North Brookfield, N.Y. A gift from Darktooth Dave. Thanks Dave.
  18. I went on a short, 2 hour hunt today after work. I decided to hit the trilo layer at Briggs Road once again. I found a fair amount of trilo parts and a few which may be whole. Here are some of the finds.
  19. Trilobite parts?

    Hi, I went to St Paul, Indiana a couple weeks ago and was wondering what these two parts are? One is two inches across, the other is about an inch across. Trilobite parts? If so, what species? Thanks for any help.
  20. Floyd County Cambrian: Any clues?

    As you are all probably aware, I have been to the Chatsworth Conasauga exposure multiple times, and have gotten some stellar stuff from the formation. Recently, I have been seeing a lot about another exposure of the Conasauga in Floyd County near Rome somewhere along the Coosa river that produces a different trilo species (Elrathria Antiquata), as well as a species of primitive sponge, Brooksella (which I have yet to get, or any sponge material for that matter). Any tips on Floyd's Conasauga material? Brooksella, my primary interest: Elrathria antiquata, another objective:
  21. Despite the foreboding weather prediction, the conditions for the spring gathering of TFF members at Deep Springs Road quarry was nearly ideal; sunny and pleasantly cool in the morning and when the rain finally did arrive in early afternoon it was only light and intermittent. Kane had announced to us he was traveling across the border from Ontario, accompanied by his wife, Deb, and member of the month, Jay (Devonian Digger). Members from New York, PA., Connecticut, and Massachusetts wanting to meet them and collect at a great spot gathered there. Deep Springs Road is the easternmost exposure of the Middle Devonian Hamilton Group's Moscow Formation's Windom Shale, the same formation exposed at Penn Dixie where Jay work and collects. But the fauna at Deep Springs Road is entirely different. Corals are nearly absent. Bivalves are extremely abundant. Species such as the large trilobite Dipleura dekayi which are very rare at Penn Dixie are common here. Every rock has the potential to reveal the gems of this rich and diverse fauna. Oh, and by the way, thanks largely to Kane and Jay's and Darktooth Dave's prodigious efforts a massive amount of rock was moved. In the picture, left to right-Kane's wife Deb, Jay, Mike (Pagurus) and his wife, Leila. Above them- Jay. On the far right, Tim (Fossildude19).
  22. Every once in a while you find an amazing website that you never new existed. This is one from the American Museum of Natural History. They are short articles with great photos about natural history including many about paleontology, including the Trilobite Tuesday posts. ENJOY http://tumblr.amnh.org/?amnhnyc Trilobite Tuesday posts: https://www.tumblr.com/search/trilobite tuesday
  23. Norway Trilobox

    Maximo Alfonso https://roykenbibliotek.no/trilobox/ took us to a local foundation excavation in Slemmestad and we collected these two, above and below, which apparently have potential to be prepped, if someone can do it. The Trilobox just had its grand opening, here are some specimens. Cheers, Gordon Asaphus expansus
  24. Toronto creek and river finds

    Hello there! I'm still in the process of deciding which fossils to put in my new display cabinets, so I'm looking for some identification help, if possible. All of the items pictured were found in the Toronto area (Georgian Bay Formation, Upper Ordovician) along creeks or rivers - please help me identify them if you can! Thanks in advance! Monica Picture #1: A trace fossil, but of what? Someone suggested trilobite tracks, but I don't know - what do you think? Perhaps @piranha can have a look... Picture #2: This may or may not be a trace fossil - I only just noticed it today. It vaguely resembles trilobite tracks to me (cruziana), but I'm definitely not sure...
  25. On Sunday, my family and I decided to head out for a fossil excursion to spend out day.@Uncle Siphuncle pointed out a good fossil site for me to find trilobites at a road cut in St. Leon, Indiana. Thanks a ton!! Unfortunately, as it had rained for quite a while that day, we had to wait until well after noon to reassure ourselves that we would not need to fossil hunt in the rain. Luckily, this also meant we got fresh picks before the other collectors! Here is the haul from the day: (I hope to bring back more over the course of the week!) Top to bottom: (1) Random pieces of the trilobite Isotelus (sp.). (2) The largest piece of trilobite that was found that day at the site. Although the piece is large, this is just a tiny, tiny fragment of the real trilobite! It is included at the bottom of image #1. (3) The best find of the day. It is a piece of the rear-half of the trilobite Flexicalymene (sp.). I do not know the specific specie, but the most abundant trilobite found at the site is Flexicalymene meeki, so it is safe to assume that the trilobite is F. meeki. After staring at the trilobite piece for some time, I extrapolate that it is approximately ~2/5ths of the trilobite which it once was. It is indeed very small! (4) Fossilized gastropods: (5) Fragments of orthoceras. These tend to be larger! ( (6) A handful of associated crinoid stem segments. The 2.4 cm one is quite long for a piece found detached from a matrix. I like it! —————————————— Overall, I think that our trip to the site had not met its maximum potential. We thoroughly examined every foot of ground that we covered- but this was only a short strip of land roughly 20 * 60 feet. Time was not available for a longer hunt. I estimate that we covered less than 5% (!) of the total fossiliferous area available to us that day— next time, I hope to find more than just ~1/3rd of a trilobite! -FS