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  1. Rexofspades

    Lost river trip 08/29/2021

    Hi all! Went on an expedition to Wardensville this weekend to try out some new equipment, decided to go to the Lost river quarry and try my hand at shale splitting. The drive was nice and uneventful. but eventually I made it to the spot. The scree was more treacherous than I expected, has to use my new rockhammer as a pick of sorts to help anchor myself. this was my very first time to this locality, doing anything like this for that matter, so I had no idea what I would find if anything. after scrambling up to the rock wall and looking over the texture my eyes were met with the fir
  2. Need help identifying these. Found all of them in or directly around the same shale pile in a creek bank in Logan ,WV. Only About 2.5 hours of looking and there’s still plenty I haven’t gotten to yet! I’d definitely love to know if I have any rare finds so far!
  3. My first time in a long time past the Allegheny front up onto the Appalachian plateau in Tucker County West Va. I’d never been to Dolly Sods wilderness, so this was a real treat.
  4. found this is WV can you identify it? I thought it could be a clam but it looks a little strange.
  5. gdsfossil

    Gastropod or something else?

    Freshly found. Found in/very close to Needmore Formation near Petersburg WV. More sandstone than shale, but shale was just above. Lots of brachiopods nearby. Would love someone to tell me it's a rare ammonite or similar. Thoughts? ID help? Thank you.
  6. Michael B.

    West Virginia fossils

    While backpacking in the Cranberry Wilderness I found this soccer size rock with what appears to be carbonized plant material encased in a sandstone matrix. Can anyone shed further light on this specimen? Thank you
  7. After some awesome advice from FF members, my family made it out to the Lost River quarry in WV (Devonian shale). We found a bunch of bivalve and trilobite partial fossils and two fossils that we can't ID (pics below). The first was found in a split piece of shale so one part mirrors the other (pieces are ~3x3in). Unsure if this is a fossil but any insight is appreciated! The second is a very small (1/4in) circular, striated fossil. Thanks!
  8. ChicagolandFossilGuy

    Tucker County, West Virginia fossil

    I have an Annularia stellata fossil (pennsylvanian age) from Tucker County, West Virginia. This is on the backside of the piece and I'm wondering what it is? Tucker County is in northeastern West Virginia, south of Pittsburgh, PA. It's approximately 2 1/2 to 3 inches long. Thanks for your time.
  9. Found this ammonite or gastropod this afternoon between Capon Bridge and Wardensville. The formation is supposed to be Oriskany Sandstone, but it looked like siltstone not sandstone. Is this an ammonite or a gastropod? It seems too big to be a gastropod to me, but wanted to check, as I've never found an ammonite in the area before. Thanks! Matt
  10. ScottBlooded

    Mystery lumps

    These are each less than a millimeter long and I have no guesses. Needmore formation outside of Winchester VA. Shale containing several trilobite species, brachiopods, crinoids, typical mid Devonian marine stuff. Seem vaguely porous but they’re tiiiiiny so it’s hard for me to say.
  11. Reese the Rockhound

    South Hills Site

    I moved up to South Hills, a suburb of Charleston, a few years ago and started hunting for fossils in the nearby creeks. The Charleston area is generally not great fossil territory, but I struck gold in Lick Branch. The creek is chock full of sandstone-replaced coal plants, mainly Stigmaria and Lepidodendron. I have pulled about 40 specimens out, the best one being the Stigmaria shown below.
  12. Casper Voogt

    What on earth is this?

    I have a regular collecting spot in Capon Bridge, WV, which is my go-to spot for Eldredgeops Rana trilobites. On my most recent outing I picked up this odd thing, and I have no idea what to make of it. There is a pencil just to the left of the fossil, for scale. The fossil is fairly flat, hardly three-dimensional, so no need for side photos. It appears to be three-pronged and pyritized.. pyritized in the same way that the trilobites often are at this location. The local shale is early to middle Devonian, I *think* Needmore Formation. Any thoughts welcome!
  13. So I found this fossil skull... Kidding! Anyway, back digging in the needmore formation outside Winchester VA and I’ve started finding a lot (like in one small part of the exposure, a whole lot) of these sorts of shells. Initial thought was some kind of ammonite. Searched for mid Devonian and got agoniatites vanuxemi but I don’t get any hits in this formation/location. Still looks right though, although I guess it could be some kind of gastropod? Mostly a little over 5 cm at the largest. Also, they’re generally the same color/consistency, save for this one very colorful specimen (very dis
  14. ScottBlooded

    Trilobite partials, mid Devonian

    Cephalon partial from the needmore near winchester VA, middle Devonian. Looked familiar so I looked it up in the book I remembered it from and it lists it as unidentified, but resembling Lichas. As I was looking at it I noticed below it an illustration that looked just like a couple of tiny partials (pygidiums) I had saved from the same spot. Book lists these as unidentified too, but was published in 1991 so I was wondering if anyone here had any ideas. I’ve found a lot of damaged cephalon partials like this out there so if I know what the rest of the bug looks like, I can maybe keep myself fr
  15. Found this trilobite this afternoon between Capon Bridge and Wardensville. The formation is supposed to be Oriskany Sandstone, but it looked like siltstone not sandstone. Any help on identification? I haven't seen any with these spines in this area. Thanks! Matt
  16. I enjoyed an autumn drive through the rusty-red-colored oak forests that blanket the scenic mountains of northeast West Virginia. Two inactive quarries enticed me to prospect a bit. In the first quarry of Ordovician age shaly limestone was this graptolites plate .... perhaps Climacograptus? In the second quarry of early Devonian age massive limestone was this crinoid column base with the attached holdfast. Both specimen photos are as found.
  17. ScottBlooded

    A complete mid Devonian mystery

    Split this slab of needmore shale I found near Winchester Virginia and found this. I am by absolutely no means an expert, but I’ve worked in this formation a lot and I’ve never seen anything shaped/sized quite like this. The way the rock split, it seems to have laterally bisected the specimen. The fossil itself is 3 dimensional and the shell of either side of whatever this is was left on both sides of the split, along with some interior matter. As to the shell, it LOOKS like it’s segmented into quarter inch segments, also has the impression of what LOOK like eyes but can’t be sure. As to the i
  18. SharkySarah

    Morgantown Ferns

    Could someone put a name to the type of fern in this fossil? Found in Morgantown WV
  19. Does anyone have tips for visiting Lost River, WV? I looked at fossil guy's website for tips and decided I wanted more. Is it still accessible? I heard that there were some exposures along the way. Are there any worth my time?
  20. StarPaw007

    Possible coral fossil?

    Hello! I unfortunately can't remember the exact location I found this rock but I'm pretty sure it was somewhere in West Virginia. It looks like a type of coral fossil, but the circles are very very small. Sorry for lack of information and thank you in advance!
  21. Hi fellow fossil enthusiasts! My family is taking a trip to West Virginia in early August and I was hoping to get some advice on fossil hunting in the area (I promise I'm not trying to get anyone's specific spots, just some general areas or tips). We will be near Snowshoe, WV (Pocahontas county) but are willing to drive around for fossils. We all love fossils but are total amateurs and have never visited this area before so any and all advice is appreciated! Thanks so much!
  22. I'm confident that I found this fossil in a Mississippian age layer. I used the book, "Plant Fossils of West Virginia" by the WVGES to identify this fossil. The example that I found in the book is small and in grayscale, and visual representations of this plant are lacking online. Any help in confirming or identifying this fossil would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  23. I hope this is the right place. I am hoping to find some spots in these areas. I'd prefer Carboniferous as opposed to Devonian, or Miocene/Eocene. Would any of you know any spots? Maybe road cuts, or abandoned quarries those sorts of places? I'd be willing to pay for access if need be. If you don't feel comfortable outing it, please PM me. Thank you!
  24. cameronsfossilcollection

    Devonian Trilobite Pygidium

    Was looking through some small fossils that I’ve found, and I decided to take a closer look at this pygidium, and the smooth outline and small bumps lead me to believe that this may not be an Eldredgeops rana - what I usually find. It’s from the lost river, Mahantango formation. Thanks!
  25. frederic

    ? fossil

    I found this imprint on a rock in my backyard. I live on the Potomac River in Shepherdstown West Virginia USA
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