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  1. jrockhead

    Can anyone identify this?

    Is approximately 1.5" long, I found it on the river bank north of Belleville wv
  2. ScottBlooded

    Name that Devonian hypostome!

    Hey sorry to bug everyone again so soon but I wound up having time for an outing today to my usual site and found this trilobite hypostome. Needmore formation, Devonian (emsian-eifelian) in WV. When I discovered a new species out here, the only two parts I couldn’t get a good representation of were the hypostome and the eye (found many eyes but they’re always crushed, must be a very thin/delicate structure). So I’m always on the lookout for both, but I have no knowledge at all of whose hypostome looks like what. I feel like if I can narrow down the list a little it’ll make it easier (for insta
  3. Hey everyone, hope you’re all doing well. I was on a walk the other day in a local nature preserve with my son when I stumbled across some fossiliferous stones in a pile. These contained mostly brachiopods, but one in particular had crinoids stems and another structure I wasn’t certain on. I’m not familiar with this place, looking up the area puts it somewhere in the Ordovician (either the conococheague, Stonehenge or stoufferstown formations) but these stones had been deliberately placed in a pile so I can’t say for certain if they came from the location or were brought in. So I have 2 q
  4. Marsha

    Dinosaur bone??

    Found this while landscaping. Dinosaur bone?
  5. biolenvs

    Devonian starfish from WV

    This specimen was the find of the day today and came from Randolph Co. WV in what I believe to be the Brallier Formation. Any help with ID would be much appreciated.
  6. A recent trip to a Randolph Co., WV (Foreknobs Formation) locality was loaded with trace fossils including numerous Bifungites and Psammichnites biseriatus. There are several undetermined specimens as well. If anyone has any info about the undet. specimens or the species of Bifungites I would appreciate the extra information.
  7. Megalodoodle

    Stuff from Lost River, WV

    So I went to Lost River, WV (Needmore formation) during the fall. I just recently found time to go through the material some more, set up photos, edit, etc. Brachiopod impression? As with the other brachiopods, I’m hoping for genus-level identification. Brachiopod. Any ID’s on its genus? This… Thing. I’m guessing its a brachiopod. But I could also see it being the eye of a trilobite. This brachiopod flaked right off the matrix! Any ideas as to what genus it belongs to? Hmmmm this was clearer
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. 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
  19. 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?
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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?
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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