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  1. Trilobite part for ID

    Hi folks ! While on a walk to my mailbox, at a quick glance, I noticed the unmistakable shape of this little guy halfway protruding from the shale bank along the road. There is a very thin vein of highly populated matrix that is on my list for future investigatory excavation. Anyone care to provide a positive ID ? (see tags for pertinent info) Thanks so much,
  2. Plant fossil.

    I found this last year in some river stone. There was a rock split in half and this popped out. It's a stick but not sure as to time frame or what type of tree. Thank you.
  3. I've been tardy on making a report on a three-day dig at Penn Dixie with @Malcolmt. We had a real hoot. It all began when Malcolm picked me up from the train station and we sailed through the border as we were lucky to have a Homeland Sec official who recognized Malcolm from the May Dig with the Experts. A border guard who collects fossils? Awesome! We definitely put in our efforts. We joined up with @JamesAndTheFossilPeach and @DevonianDigger to start slabbing out rocks. I can say that our area was not the best as the matrix was brutally hard and not yet subjected to any weathering, which meant slabs would shatter more than split. That aside, it is amazing they still let us crazy canucks in as we carted out about two buckets each of trilobites. Malcolm found a lovely Bellacartwrightia, and I found a double Greenops. We loaded up on the usual complete Eldredgeops rana, prone, enrolled, and semi-prone.
  4. Huge Colony Found

    Atactotoechus fruticosus Took me about 12 hours to reassemble this Bryozoan colony. Found Tuesday 8/27. The majority of the colony is very nice with all the fronds complete to tips. Its getting heavy with every new piece added. I was lucky that most of the colony was in shale and preserved from weathering. Thank you and Happy Collecting. Moscow fm., Kashong member, New York. 11" x 8" and 5+ lbs.
  5. Tiny

    This was found in glacial material near Presque Isle, Maine. I believe it to be an internal mold of a brachiopod shell. What was it that lived in, on, or with it ? Scale in mm.
  6. Paulding Ohio Find

    Found this at Paulding Ohio Fossil Park. This is the only one in 5-6 visits to this location. Is this a rare find?
  7. Everyone so far is stumped

    This was found in Cayuga Ontario (Devonian) in 1988 and is still marked in my collection as an unknown. I have had a number of suggestions over the years as to what it is but nothing that screams that's it for sure. I always thought that it was echinoderm of some type but others have suggested eurypterid. Any thoughts. It was found at surface level of an abandoned water filled quarry so there is no assurance that it actually originated at that quarry but it probably did as it looked like the same matrix as the surrounding rock. Please jump in with your thoughts... I would really like to figure out what it is as I have nothing else that remotely looks like this
  8. Penn Dixie Greenops

    Decided to tackle prepping this greenops today that I found at Penn Dixie a few weeks back. Part of the cephalon broke off in the negative, but the glue job worked OK. There is still some digging needed to expose the right cheek and pleural tips but they should (hopefully) be there. A fold along that side buried them deep in the matrix. Not a perfect bug but my best greenops found so far
  9. New Backyard Site

    Haven't posted any trips in a while, although I've been on quite a few in the last while. This trip occurred this morning, about 15 minutes' walk from my backyard. It started with low expectations and ended in high reward. There was an area I've been returning to for the last six years that I've pretty much tapped out. During that span, it has been generous to me, although it is now transitioning into forest. I decided to take a resigned poke at an area next door to it where a new housing development has been in progress for the last year, and like a lot of these new tracts there is a permanent adjoining drainage area that are sometimes spruced up into walking trails and ponds. It was in this area that they also trucked in a substantive amount of limestone, which I'll reasonably assume is Dundee Formation as that would be the cheapest to acquire. Or, it may be Lucas Fm from nearby Ingersoll. Poking around the brutally hard grey limestone riddled with corals, I figured it would be more of the same old, same old of the Dundee. I'm not a coral person, but I did find these ones neat. Some of these were bigger than basketballs. There were at least seven distinct types of coral I encountered. Here's a tiny sample of the ones I snapped pictures of:
  10. Clam Shrimp This primitive crustacean is rarer to find than complete trilobites. Found by my gf Paula today (8/19). When alive 380 million years ago,this shell contained a shrimp looking animal. A rare find and large for the species. A pic of a closely related Asmussia (Devonian) shows the anatomy with eyes and antennae. Paula found the fossil exposed in the shale at the streams edge. She called me over to look at it and she of course thought it was a brachiopod. That's understandable. She found a killer Orthospirifer a week earlier at this same locality. It looks like a brachiopod so you can imagine her confusion when I told her it was a branchiopod Some of you like Paula may have never heard of clam shrimp before. But you may have seen or heard of fairy shrimp (Sea Monkeys) and Triops that are alive today. They are all in the same class - Branchiopoda. Thanks, Mikeymig
  11. partial trilobite?

    I was fossil hunting in Tully NY and came across this. At first glance, it’s a pretty meat plate, but when I took a second look, I saw something that reminded me of a partial trilobite. It’s in the bottom left corner. This very well could be me being hopeful, but there’s no harm in asking!! Any insights are greatly appreciated!
  12. Hey guys, new collector looking for some wisdom. Over the past year, I've collected over 150 Fossil specimens from the Chatham-Kent Area. The Majority of my collection is Middle-Devonian Corals and Brachiopods, but I've also found some Petrified Wood and Fossilized Bone. I'm at the point where I can't keep track of my collection and want to start labeling and identifying my fossils for documentation and display purposes. What resources do you guys use to identify fossils you've collected in the field? How accurate can I realistically date things?
  13. coral?

    Today I went down to fossil hunt in Tully, New York. I stumbled across this and thought it was a horn coral, but I hadn’t been finding any corals. I had been finding a bunch of crinoids so I was considering a crinoid calyx, but I still had no clue. Any insights are greatly appreciated!!!
  14. Hey everyone! It’s been a crazy busy June, July and beginning of August for me! I just finished moving into my house and I just got married on August 9th so my life has been a tornado. As a result I haven’t been able to comment, participate and keep up with all you fine folks on the forum like I usually do. I was still able to get out collecting here and there and I met up with fellow forum member @DrDave and did some exploring for the lower Devonian eurypterid Erieopterus. I won’t report on that until I have something to share. I think me and Dave found the right horizon now I just gotta search till I find something. Anyway I’m just gonna share the highlights from 3 trips to Briggs rd and 3 trips to DSR and a bonus day at Penn Dixie. Ill do the highlights from Trips on 6/30 7/06 and 7/28 to Briggs rd first. I found some pretty important specimens. Briggs rd is a very interesting site and you can find 3 different species of trilobites here. The Eldredgeops is the most common by far but the greenops and dipleura have made some appearances. This has got to be my most impressive greenops in a long time. This is actually a complete specimen!! The pygidium is tucked underneath. I have the right eye safe in a small ziplock bag. It came off in the counterpart and I saved it to try and glue back when I get the nerve. here’s a picture of the back. I have the counterpart for the pygidium and I’ll need to glue and prep if I want it perfect. Some of the material is attached to the counterpart. Im really excited about this specimen because the quality is good enough to compare with the greenops from DSR and Buffalo area. These eastern New York greenops are considered an undescribed species so I’m glad I have something quality I can use to really eye out the differences. After @Darktooth and his rock club went to Briggs I happened to be there the next day and found this awesome half specimen of a large dipleura! When I got there I found the body segments in 2 pieces and they looked like they went together. After awhile I came across the counterpart in rubble and realized “where is the cephalon?!” I went nuts looking for it with no luck then decided to try and pry a pieces of the wall off and BOOM! The cephalon was still in the outcrop lol. Super lucky. This was my best dipleura from Briggs so far. I’ve found some nice partials but this is the best I’ve found so far. @DrDave was kind enough to gift me this perfect un weathered cephalon. This specimen came from very fresh rock and is nearly perfect. I told Dave I’ve been trying to collect some quality cephalons from Briggs for comparison. I’ve noticed most specimens are usually missing a well preserved exoskeleton. This makes it hard to really compare with the western New York Eldredgeops that grow much much smaller. It’s interesting to me that the greenops are considered a different species and the Eldredgeops are not as you go east across New York State. I’m not here claiming everything is a new species only pointing out the discrepancies in species distribution across the state. Somehow the greenops change species as you go east while the Eldredgeops rana stays the same across the state. It’s not like the Eldredgeops from the east and west are identical either. The eastern New York Eldredgeops can grow to 3 inches! Just food for thought. I think about weird stuff like this a lot ha. anyway...here’s a close up of the undamaged cephalon. A tiny amount of with with an air abrasive and the eye detail will be perfect. here’s and example of a typical Briggs rd cephalon. The eye lenses are very 3D and preserve well even when the exoskeleton is weathered away. It’s hard getting a fresh specimen. just a couple nice cephalopods courtesy of Briggs rd. I love trilobites but I appreciate a quality cephalopod should a complete on present itself lol. Next is DSR highlights! Phyllocarids on the menu
  15. mystery fossil from NNY

    I was looking through some old family videos and I stumbled across this one with a pretty cool fossil— my family and I were never able to figure out what it was. It was about a foot long (that was my small hand in the first photo— for scale.) Any insights are greatly appreciated!!
  16. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/researchers-discover-oldest-fossil-forest-in-asia-38386990.html https://www.newsweek.com/400-million-year-old-fossilized-forest-size-grand-central-station-discovered-china-1453211?piano_t=1
  17. Preventing pyrite rot

    Not sure if this belongs here or the minerals topic, but I would like help with preserving pyrite. I have a fossil from Penn Dixie that has some nice pyrite on it, don't know if the stuff from this location falls victim to pyrite disease but I am looking for a way to prevent it. Any tips are appreciated, Thank you.
  18. Spent some time earlier poking around at the Devonian aged Mahantango formation at Seven stars and came across some items, the first three pics are the same rock, the tube formation of the first three pics were about twice the size but crumbled away but was able to preserve this much, any help at ids would be great
  19. Possible fossil, need help!

    I found this rock while fossil hunting a devonian era stream. It looks symmetric, so i kept it. I just have no idea if its a fossil or not. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  20. Shell fossil found

    We were looking for Herkimer diamonds on Mount Tzouhalem on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada again today. The area we were in had been blasted to make a golf course which never happened, about 10 years ago. It exposed basalt reportedly from the Devonian period, and there's lots of shale exposed. We were digging in the shale and dug out this piece of rock with a possible shell fossil in it. Any further info or identification of what it might be would be appreciated. Thanks.
  21. Michelenoceras & Tornoceras

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Michelenoceras ssp. and portion of Tornoceras uniangulare Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  22. From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Assorted Brachiopods, Horn Corals and Crinoid Stem Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  23. Small Eldredgeops rana

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
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