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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. tzdoss

    Is this some kind of coral?

    Hi, found this near Capon Bridge, WV, where I typically come across a whole lot of trilo-bits and crinoid. This one stands out and I thought I'd ask for any insight as to what this may be. It looks like plant (tiny leaves?) but the cylindrical shape of the imprint implies otherwise. Some coral perhaps? It appears this is Marcellus Formation.
  4. Hello Fossil Forum members! I am planning to drive over to Wardensville, WV, to go fossil hunting! I have previously hunted for shark teeth and bones at Calvert Cliffs, but I have always wanted to find a trilobite since I was a kid, and I am wondering if anyone has any advice for finding trilobites in the area. So far I am planning on bringing a hammer, chisel, gloves, newspaper, and plenty of water. I am planning on going to the roadcut location listed on fossil guy.com. I am wondering if anyone has suggestions such as which parts of the cliff to dig, how to recognize
  5. historianmichael

    Chasing Cryptolithus

    One of the biggest regrets in my years of fossil collecting is never getting the chance to collect from the piles of Ordovician Martinsburg fm. material placed in the Swatara Gap Park by PennDOT. I had only just begun to collect fossils when that happened and by the time I was old enough to do proper research and learn about it the piles had pretty much been depleted. We still did end up visiting the Park, collecting from the Devonian layers there. After learning about the Swatara Gap site though I have been fascinated by the blind trilobite Cryptolithus. With its long genal spines and lace co
  6. historianmichael

    Ordovician Trilobite Cephalon?

    I posted yesterday about a trip I recently made to West Virginia to collect Ordovician trilobites. At the site I also found this piece. It measures approximately 1.25 cm. My initial thought is that it is some type of trilobite cephalon but it doesn't seem to match the trilobites that are listed in literature as being found at this site. Maybe a deformed a buried Isotelus? As you can see in the second photo there is this kind of nub that juts up and out that could be an eye, but I am not sure. I am baffled. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  7. I found this fossil around 4 years ago in a creek in West Virginia. I'm curious to know if it is possible to determine the time period when this fossil might have formed, the possible creature it might have been, and just more about it in general. The fossil is composed of a very deeply embedded scale pattern that is about 2.5 inches in diameter. Only about 1/2 of the fossil is very visible, and the fossil is in a layered black rock. The fossil appears as though it is long, like a snake would have been, but unfortunately I only have a small portion of the original fossil, so it's hard to
  8. I found a large rock (about the length of a cinderblock and probably the same weight) with an indentation of something. Anyone know what this could be? Just curious.
  9. Ted37

    New spot

    Tried a spot on the side of road suppositly devonion. Looking for trilobites or anything I could find. Never searched for them before. A little disappointed I did not see more fossils, even broken ones. I found a few very small possible fossils and an interesting rock that sparkled in the sun. Pic first not do justice.
  10. ethnfreeman

    Strange Formation On Road Cut

    This on a high wall on a road cut along side of the end of rt 34 in Hamlin Lincoln CO WV, its about 20 ft above the road about 625ft above see level and about 60ft above the mud river am i correct in assuming that this hole was caused by a torrent of water whipping that boulder around inside there its about the size of a medicine ball. Ive seen these on the bottoms of creeks but never up on hillside like that. What kind of flow would it take to do this as far as feet per second i know theres a formula just cant think of it
  11. wvbirder


    I was hiking in Berkeley county WV and last week and came across this fern fossil? I'm a neophyte when it comes to fossil ID but wanted to know if anyone could give me some idea of what I found? Thanks, Matt Orsie - Hedgesville, WV
  12. WhodamanHD

    Gastropod? Nautiloid?

    I was looking through some older finds and I found this guy from West Virginia, wardensville site. Needmore shale, middle Devonian in age. Any one have a possible ID? I'm not familiar with the gastropods (or nautiloids) of this formation, because I've only been to the site once. Thanks!
  13. I recently took a trip to the lost river site in West Virginia (Devonian, needmore fm) and I found a few partial trilos. Here is a plate that has at least three ( I assume Eldredgeops, but I have to see the cephalon first), and I'm wondering how I can tease them out. The shale is delicate (already had to glue a little just in case), and the three trilobites lay under about 1/2 an inch of stone, which is just a painful amount to go through with a manual scribe (which I lost, so I need to get a new one). I don't really wanna take my chances with a split, so what should I do? Is it worth sending
  14. I_gotta_rock

    Heading to WV This Weekend

    We are heading down to Athens, WV this weekend to visit some friends who just moved there from the midwest. None of the four of us knows the area. Anyone have any suggestions for a reasonably short road trip to do some hunting in their vicinity?
  15. GoingOnATrip

    Spots in Southern WV

    Hey guys, I was looking for some fossil sites in the southern WV area. Google doesn't seem to be of much help. I did find the Lost River area and I plan on visiting that soon. If anyone knows of a place that would be awesome!
  16. Hi folks, My area in eastern WV is primarily devonian but the map shows some areas along the river as quaternary. The next time I go there, I plan to investigate some of the high banks, small cliffs and generally keep an eye peeled for anything out of the ordinary. What, if anything could I expect to find in this area ? Just wondering what features to focus on and what might be there ....... if anything. Thanks for any guidance.
  17. WayneH

    Fossil Bird? Hatchling perhaps

    A friend of mine own 30 acres along the ridge of North Mountain near Martinsburg. He uses an excavator to find stones for stone masonry. Walking the site the other day I noticed this laying in a cut. Thought it was fossil plant, closer look seemed to show feathers and long neck head with beak? Most of fossils I've seen there have been marine life. Could this be a bird?
  18. WhodamanHD

    More Mahantango oddities

    More rocks I split (again thank you to @Rocky Stoner for them) and I found a few of the first one, a type of bryzoan? Next I have two things I notice do on a rock that has a trilo cephalon on it. . The thinner bar I'm guessing is a burrow, but I don't know what the thick bar could be. Lastly a bivalve? Any ideas on its identity? I have a few of them.
  19. Rocky Stoner

    Trilobite pygidium

    Found #6 last night. Only a small portion was exposed, I scratched the matrix away to expose the rest. I wish I had learned earlier what to look for more specifically. I am certain that I have overlooked more of what I am looking for than what I have found. Thanks again to all for you guidance, experience and willingness to contribute. Kindest regards.
  20. WhodamanHD

    A few more confusing bits...

    I'm still splitting some of the West Virginia mahantango rocks @Rocky Stonergave to me, and I found these too things. One broke as it fell out, so I'm hoping very hard it's not a trilo that I broke the next one also has horizontal lines on it, and a ridge in the middle, which reminds me of a pygidium. I'm not gonna get my hopes up though, what do y'all think?
  21. WhodamanHD

    Two dotted objects

    Two more weird things from @Rocky Stoner's rocks (thanks again to you). Middle Devonian, mahantango formation. Weird bulb with dots popping out the top, and another perforated shiny thing. Positive and negative shown.
  22. From my first true fossil excursion, Lost River WV. Most of the finds were shells and such, but a few anomalies turned up. So this is a part 'Fossil Hunting Trips' part 'Identify Help'. Sorry for the long thread, but the file sizes are too large. (One of the weirdest and most diverse of all of the finds was this.) ID Help... (These things were everywhere, but this was the most profound of them.)
  23. Here is the largest brachiopod that I have found here yet. I could see the very end of it in the matrix and it was loose. The chunk didn't break exactly where I wanted it to, never does, but it came out OK. It was cracked into a few pieces so I glued it back together. Finally found one "eatin' size". Cheers.
  24. opabinia

    Plant Fossil Prep

    Have a box-ful's worth of fragile plant fossils. I've heard of a glue-water-mix preparation trick but don't know exactly how to do it or if it is the best way to go at it. The fossils are in a sandy-black shale and some are fragile enough to break just by holding them. If this has been posted before just send me a link to the original. Thanks;
  25. opabinia

    WV Localities

    If anyone has any material/links on West Virginian fossils and/or localities feel free to add to this page- I am going to continue to gather up resources on the state and post on here. LINK: <> https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/User:Abyssal/Paleontology_in_West_Virginia - Very brief explanations for localities in Eastern WV <> http://donaldkenney.x10.mx/STATES/WV.HTM - Largest collection of localities for WV I've seen to date, however, some that are listed are just locations that have only been known to contain one fossil. (^ Links I've
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