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  1. Due to an upcoming order from our Governor to stay at home, I took the opportunity to fossil hunt last Sunday afternoon before it begins. The ground was white with an unexpected snowfall overnight when I left the house but soon melted. My goal was to look at road cuts for rock slides from the winter's freeze thaw cycle. Digging and splitting would be tough with frost still in the ground. The first spots searched were Ordovician, Galena. Here are a few representative fossils from the Galena of SE Minnesota: From there, I slipped over the border into Iowa to look at Ordovician, Maquoketa. A sluffed hillside provided me with some rock that I wasn't that familiar with. Here are some finds: The first picture is almost clay like, different than the normal Maquoketa that I am used to.
  2. Just starting

    A ny insight?this is the only rock I found today that look like it could be fossil related trying to learn and grow thanks guys
  3. Fossil question

    I was wondering if anyone knew any good places to hunt fossils or rocks in Minnesota where I live or Wisconsin
  4. ID on a fossil from Decorah Formation, MN

    I found this plate near in the upper decorah formation Minnesota (Ordovician period limestone). These chunks are frequently littered with trilobite bits and fragments but this lookk a little odd to me. It has a "knob" or bump structur on one side and a gradual bend on the other. Its still partially covered by coral and debris but most of it is exposed. Any ideas?
  5. Trilobite Plate Fragment from MN Decorah?

    I found this chunk of shale poking around a bluff side a while back near Lilydale Park in Minneapolis, MN. The fragment pictured is translucent and is slightly concave, it reminds me of a cheek plate but Im not sure. I'm new at this so I'm pretty clueless, I appreciate any help.
  6. Does anyone have experience with the Middle Ordovician brachiopod faunas of the upper Mississippi Valley? I came across this odd fragment in rocks from a quarry in south-central Wisconsin. To my knowledge they are known in North America only from the Appalachian Basin (Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Newfoundland), not the interior basins like the Illinois basin. Has anybody else seen this critter or similar in the Platteville? As far as I am aware, the only species documented from the Platteville that looks anything like this is Megamyonia unicostata, but that has a single costa rather than the several apparent here and in the types of Ptychoglyptus. Platteville Fm, probably in P. undatus biozone = Upper Ordovician, Sandbian stage (old North American Turinian Stage)
  7. Graptolite?

    Locally, graptolites are very common in the Maquoketa/ Ordovician rock. They present themselves as 2 dimensional creatures on certain bedding planes. Below the Maquoketa is our Galena. It has graptolites but uncommon. Again, they present themselves as 2 dimensional. The "unknown" specimen from the Galena, presented today, is obviously 3 dimensional and I venture a guess that it is a Graptolite. But I thought I would seek opinions in that I have seen thousands of local graptolites but never one that is 3 dimensional. Could it be something else??
  8. Partial Skull Needs ID

    Hello found this damaged skull on a rock bar in southern Minnesota. Thoughts on what it could be from? Insert existing attachment
  9. Cervid or Bovid bone?

    Hello - found this damaged bone on a rock bar in southern Minnesota. A triangular piece is broke off the the proximal end. However looking at the other end, which seems intact, it does not look like bovid which is what I usually find...
  10. Hog Wild

    There are no wild hogs, supposedly, in Minnesota. Could this be from a domestic hog or something else all together? Found on river gravel bar in southern Minnesota.
  11. Mammoth Tooth?

    More river finds in Minnesota. I'm fairly certain this is a mammoth tooth fragment. My buddy, (again!) see my previous post, found this on a gravel bar. I have to say this has me very excited to go hunt with him. The size is 6.5” X 3.75” X 1.5” and the layers fluoresce under UV light
  12. Coprolite?

    Could this be coprolite? I found it near Mankato, MN.
  13. Hi everyone! I am new here & new to fossil hunting. I recently gravitated towards this & threw it in my backpack on a hike near the Vermillion River in Hastings MN. Upon cleaning it up, I immediately thought it was part of a vertebra due to the shape but I thought it could also be some type of coral. Would love some feedback! Thanks!!
  14. Bone ID

    his was found in a creek in the twin city area in Minnesota. Looks old to me but maybe just discolored from being in the water? Thanks in advance T
  15. Is this a dinosaur bone?

    I found this black bone in the St. Croix River just south (downstream) of Interstate Park in Taylor's Falls, Minnesota. It was underwater half buried on a sandbar. It may have been washed loose from nearby cliffs by strong rains a couple days before. It is about six inches long and an inch in diameter.
  16. Large Bone Fragment?

    Hello, this was found on a southern Minnesota river rock/sand bar. I have a guess what it is but wanted to see what your unbiased opinion is by not divulging my suspicion. It dense but pretty light like a piece of very hard plywood. This was found by a friend who loves hunting river banks and rock bars...
  17. I am posting this because fossil hunting is one of my favorite activities and I enjoy sharing it with others. In that spirit, other fossil hunting enthusiasts may wish to share their love of fossils with others, but do not know how to do that and/or the potential to promote fossil hunting as an outdoor activity. @GeschWhat and @minnbuckeye GeschWhat, minnbuckeye, Todd, a friend and fossil enthusiast, and Emily, friend and geologist, all joined together to do just that in May of 2018 when the Minnesota outdoor adventures tv show came to my place, Whispering Winds, Spring Valley, MN to film a segment for their show - Minnesota Bound. Fishing, hunting, skiing are the staples of this show. This is their FIRST, I hope more will come, segment (this half hour show is like a TV show magazine featuring 4-5 segments per episode) on fossil/rock hunting! Link here: http://mnbound.com/watch-mn-bound Cops 'N Kids | Minnesota Bound #903 June 20, 2019 Please COMMENT on the site, after the video, and mention TFF - thefossilforum.com! The more comments, the more likely they are to find someone else in Minnesota for a rock hunting adventure! We are featured in the second segment in, at about the 4 min. 30 second mark. :-) This all started about 4 years ago when I was asked to set up a booth about fossil hunting at the "Glacier Stops Here" conference in Rochester, MN. Ron Schara was next to me and asked if he could someday come down and do a segment of his show on fossil hunting. Ron has since retired, but his daughter, Laura, continues with the show. If you have an outdoor adventure TV show in your state, please contact them! I have a website: Bluffcountryfossils.net and a fossil adventure blog, so that is how I got known for my fossil adventures. The site/blog (which I need to figure out how to update!), was originally just a record of my personal fossil hunts, but then I found others were interested as well and found TFF and off I went into fossil fantasy land! LOL :-D People can find you, as a fossil enthusiast, with a website and blog. I also do fossil hunts through Eagle Bluff Environmental Center Skills School and private hunts for families and other fossil enthusiasts. And I have developed 3 maps of the area, so that people can hunt themselves at proven sites. I am disabled, after having had two strokes, and credit fossil hunting with a lot of my mental and physical comeback from the strokes. It certainly exercises your brain and body! So, I thought I would share a few behind the scenes pictures! We gathered together the day before and of course went fossil hunting as this is the most prolific part of Minnesota for that particular adventure. This photo is at the famous, in 1800s Minnnesota paleontology literature, Wubbles Ravine with GeschWhat, minnbuckeye, and Todd. Mike, minnbuckeye, is holding Lori's, GeschWhat's coprolite book. I believe that was a trilobite find. :-D Continued... Admin please move if this is the wrong forum. :-)
  18. ID help please

    My son found this on the beach of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota. Sorry I don’t have a more accurate way to measure. Any ideas? Thank you!
  19. Help with possible fossil

    I found this today while walking the shoreline of the, St Croix River in Stillwater, MN. Is this anything?
  20. Is this a fossil

    Greetings! My lady friend and I are beginner rock collectors, and occasionally find something that seems fossil-like to our untrained eyes. This is one we felt seemed like a tooth; are we even in the ballpark? We found it in a gravel parking lot in central Minnesota. It isn't magnetically reactive, but that's about all we know!
  21. Collection of a new member

    Hello everyone, New member from Minnesota, post my intro in the member introduction forum. The first is my Minnesota fossils. From the Cannon Falls and Rochester area from Ordivician period. The first is a Cephalopod from Rochester. One other from Minneapolis area from Ordivician. Apologies but most of it is unprepped at the moment Will have to post images in multiple posts. The Second will be my collection from Iowa. I have stuff from Montana that I will post in a different thread.
  22. Advice on Prepping Limestone

    Hello everyone, I'm New to the fossil forum. I'm from Minnesota and I've got some nice sized Ordovician fossil from the Platteville formation in Rochester, Minnesota. They're in Limestone sediment. One is a slab that is a filled on both side with crinoid stems (hoping for other rarer parts under the sediment on this slab). The other two are large section on cephalopods. I'm looking for some advice/tips on how I should go about prepping them. Like what kind of tools should I be using and if I should use any chemicals. Any advice/tips would be appreciated. Still fairly new to fossil preparation. Also if better pics are needed I can get them Thank you
  23. Hello, I was wondering if anyone can help identify this bone my family found while digging a foundation for a new home? It was found 13 feet down in a glacial drif in Northern Minnesota. We are quite confident the land has never been touched or altered prior to our digging. Thank you in advance for any help! Happy Thanksgiving!
  24. Decorah Shale rolled fossil ID request

    Found these rolled fossils in the Decorah Shale, St. Paul, MN. Tan colored and measures 2.0 cm long by 1.2 cm wide. The broken piece looks to have piece of Trilobite with it. Thanks for your help.
  25. A couple of rough trilobites for ID

    I am down to my last few trilobites to label from this summer yet. Am open to suggestions on these less than perfect finds: 1. Found in the Galena/ Ordovician of Iowa. Isotelus? If so, is the species obvious? 2. Found in the Platteville formation/ Ordovician of SW Wisconsin. Flexi? 3. Another Galena/ Ordovician but from Minnesota
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