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  1. This is getting to be a regular visit of mine, but this may be the last time for this garage sale that was being held by the daughter of two older ESCONI members who collected rocks and fossils all over the US and Canada. They had so much stuff, it could not be put out at one time, thus the weekly Saturday visits to see what was new. But before i put up the multiple picture heavy posts that will follow, I want to show a couple pictures of how some of the stuff was arranged. Today I was again got to meet the great Fossil Forum and ESCONI member Rich @stats, we spent time talking and revisiting items to make sure that we did not miss anything. Here are a picture of Rich searching for something good. Here are a couple pictures of the sale. Now before I post the items that I picked up today I want to show a couple pieces of Mazon Creek (MC) fossils that I picked up from the daughter after I went for an arrange showing of MC fossils on Tuesday. I wanted to see what they had since the were never put out before and I knew that others had set up similar visits in the past with her. I picked up the following pieces for $40.00 and though I do not generally buy MC fossils, I do love Annularia, and fertile ferns and I did get some. I also picked up Neuropteris, Alethopteris, Pecopteris and the Leech Coprinoscolex ellogimus. Now to my surprise, I picked you a couple pieces that struck my fancy and I sent a PM to Jack Witry @fiddlehead who gave me some surprising ID's to plants that I did not have in my collection. This piece I did not know the ID of this piece, but I did like the way it looked and I got it for $2.00. Jack stated that it "is a rare sterile example of Myriotheca scaberrima. He stated that an example of this species will be in his new Mazon Creek Flora book that will be coming out soon. This other piece I thought was a fertile Pecopteris and I just happened to send him a picture of it and my ID was wrong. Jack stated that it is an exceptional example of a fertile Diplazites unita. He stated that one of the interesting mysteries of the Mazon Creek flora is why 2 out of 3 examples of this taxon fertile. He further stated that no other fern except for some very rare taxa is anywhere near that ratio. Jack thanks again for your expertise and I can't wait to get your new book. Starting with the next post I will show some of the great stuff that I picked up today.
  2. I got of Chicago a couple hours before the snow came today- This has been such a bad winter / spring in Chicago - last weekend it was 80. I digressed, back to fossils. Today with a nice temperature of 72 degrees, I did about 3 hours of collecting at the Anna and Vienna road cuts in southern Illinois. These Mississippian road cuts are conveniently located off of I-57 and 146 (Anna) and I-24 and 146 (Vienna). I first stopped at Anna- you can collect on each side of the road, but like many sites, you need to look closely to find fossils. Here are a couple pictures of how the fossils were found. Here are a couple pictures of the fossils that I found at Anna. Pentremities spicatus Blastoids/ I do not have my scale cube handy, so I used a standard pen. Horn Coral- Archimedes screw- Crinoid stems- (I only pick up these to show that they are present) Brachiopods- Vienna finds will be next-
  3. are these blastoids???

    first item first three photos second item next three I can see they are not the same type but what are they? found in gravel load west of Houston Texas from Brazos River
  4. Today I stopped at a favorite roadcut near Vienna, Illinois at the intersection of I-24 & 146. This site contains Mississippian Fauna of the Chester Series / Upper Chester Group / Menard Limestone. Here are some of my finds- Pentremites spicatus Blastoids- (the larger 2) Archimedes screw and Crinoid Stem- Crinoid Basal Plates- Agassizocrinus (?) Brachiopods- Horn Coral- Fenestella Bryozoan- Hash Plates-
  5. The first is from the Menard formation the last two are from the Golconda fromation. https://imgur.com/a/8g5R86m I've been away for some time (life keeping me busy). I have a brand new prep room soon I will have other photos of my room and various fossils and rocks. Members that have been around awhile might remember me and to all you new folk I want to say hello (maybe I should have started with all that). Anyway I hope to be able to get back to posting again since things are starting to settle in.
  6. As I was heading home from Georgia, I made two quick stops in the pouring rain to collect some Mississippian fossils at Anna and Vienna, Illinois. I must state that these are not destination sites, the area are okay to stop at if you are passing by these areas. First up was a stop at Vienna, Illinois ( I-24 and Rt. 146 Exit 16). I picked up every fossil so you can see what is available. Blastoids Brachiopods Archimedes screw Crinoid Stems Horn Coral Fenestella Bryozoan Hash plate with Archimedes screw and Fenestella Bryozoan. About 15 minutes away is the road cut in Anna, Illinois. ( I-57 and Rt 146). Crinoid basal plates Blastoids- Archimedes screw Horn coral- Fenestella bryozoan- Crinoid stems Hash Plate-
  7. Vienna, Illinois Roadcut

    After making a stop at the Anna Roadcut, I drove about 15 minutes to Vienna, Illinois where there is a roadcut at the entrance to Interstate 24. This rock is supposed to Be Mississippian Menard Limestone. At this location I also found some nice hash plates, my biggest blastoid of the day, Horn coral, Archimedes’ screw, bryozoan and brachiopods.
  8. Anna, Illinois Roadcut

    Today I was in Southern Illinois and made a Quick stop at a road cut near Anna, Illinois, just off of Interstate 57. This exposure is: Upper Mississippian Middle Chesterian Series Golconda Formation Harvey Member I found a few nice hash plates and some blastoids, Archimedes’ screw, brachiopods, Horn coral, Bryozoan, crinoid stems and one trilobite pygidium.
  9. Blastoid and crinoid mix up

    I while back I acquired a collection of fossils,minerals, and rocks. They were apparently found at an estate sale before being bought and sold online, hence the prices on the labels (not what I paid for them). It was rather large and confusing, but I managed to figure a lot of it out. One bag, however, has crinoid and blastoid stems and calyxs (calyxi? Calyxese?) and six labels, none attached to the specimens. I was wonder if y'all could help me sort them out, because I'm confused. A few of the labels are just "crinoid stems", is it possible to get a better ID on them? I can take more pictures if needed.
  10. Chesterian Trip 3/18/17

    Since I was on spring break and finally had a Saturday off, I decided to drive a few hours south to a couple of the best Mississippian exposures in my area. I've been to these spots in the past and have always had a pretty decent haul. Here are some of my finds from my most recent trip, enjoy! Blastoids (complete with in situ shots) Brachiopods
  11. Blastoid id needed please

    Can someone help me read this beautifully hand written note to describe these Blastiods please.
  12. sLast weekend I took a four day trip to Kentucky to see family; parents, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. While there arranged to get together with Herb from the Forum to collect Mississippian Age fossils which I hadn't done before. There are no fossiliferous Mississippian Age deposits in New York and the nearest are in Western Pennsylvania hours away, so this looked like a good opportunity to add some marine fossils from that age to my collection. Fortunately where my family lives is in an area of marine Mississippian deposits. On the way to our rendezvous with Herb in E-Town (Elizabethtown) my nephew and I stopped at a road cut in Leitchfield that he knew about and had seen other collectors collecting at. Fossils were eroding out of the hillside by the score and could be picked up right off the ground free of the matrix. Collected a number crinoid stems, bryozoans, and small brachiopods. After an hour, we continued on to our meet up with Herb. My nephew had already met Herb at a collecting site. We continued on to another road cut collecting site about forty minutes away. Again, fossils were eroding out of the hillside and could be picked right up free of the matrix. Prior to this I had no blastoids in my collection but in just an hour and a half I'd collected fifteen plus more brachiopods, crinoid stems, and some more bryozoan specimens. We then returned to the first place in Leitchfield where my nephew and I visited earlier. Found more specimens including a number of crinoid calyxes, a couple blastoids, and a few more brachiopods and bryozoans. I'll have to study to learn the IDs of these specimens. All in all a great day and Herb was wonderful to collect with and very generous and knowledgeable besides. Hope we get to do this again next year. Oh, and by the way, the family visit went well too.
  13. Blastoids

    From the album Silurian Fossils - Giles County Tennessee

    Blastoids are extinct echinoderms, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and crinoids) that are quite common fossils.
  14. E4 M.Jur Psephechinus serratus

    From the album Echinoderms through the Ages

    Psephehinnus serratus M.Jurassic Degre,Sarthe,France

    © copyright by Herb Miracle

  15. Indiana/kentuky Road Cuts

    Hay I am trying to re-plan a second day of a hunting trip because our first choice became state property about a year ago I was wondering if any one had any experience at any of these road cuts. I am just wondering how the collecting was at the sites? Quality and frequency typical of fossils found at each locality? If any one knows the layers to look in too for any specific fossil would be awesome Thanks for the help! -CQ http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/collecting.html Looking at #'s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10
  16. Close up section of Side 1

    From the album Western Ky Fossil Hunt

    "Where's Waldo" (lol)
  17. fossil shelf section (Side 1)

    From the album Western Ky Fossil Hunt

    Side 1 of a sea-shelf fossil piece.
  18. Various Fossils 3

    From the album Western Ky Fossil Hunt

  19. Various fossils 1

    From the album Western Ky Fossil Hunt

  20. Variety of all my treasures

    From the album Western Ky Fossil Hunt

    Just a variety of some of the fossils that I have collected the last few months. If you would like any of the individual fossils enlarged, just let me know.