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Found 258 results

  1. My wife's side of the family has a reunion at a different location every year. This year (next weekend), Harrisburg, Pa. I always need to sample the fossils local to the area I visit. My research has brought me to this pdf which I can not open. Does anyone have a copy?????? Thanks. Mike pittsburghgeologicalsociety.org/out_of_print/1990pghfossils.pdf
  2. Some of my collection

    Hello gang, As promised this is where I will share specimens from my personal collection, my grandfather's collection, and the collection that was donated to the university I work for. The latter is interesting as it is literally boxes of rock and fossils, with no information and my university does not have a geology or paleontology department. I'll be updating it every so often. Enjoy! NOTE: Some of the donated items have old school "labels" on them. If you see initials or such that you recognize, please PM me, as I am doing my best to properly catalog them properly as part of my job!
  3. Fossil ID Help Please

    Hi, I'm new to fossil hunting and found some of these at Beltzville State Park on the lake bank in Pennsylvania. They are from the Devonian Period. I've looked on the state website but can't seem to find anything specific that resembles this one. I found one picture by chance online of someone that had something resembling it and they said it was a Rugose Coral Mold. Does anyone know that to be? Thanks in advance for any help!!
  4. PA fossil sites

    Hello everyone! Thanks for taking a minute to read this. Heading over to Maryland this weekend for some fossil hunting. I was hoping to get some guidance on some spots in PA. Which we are planning on heading to on Tuesday (June 18th). Would like to know if there are any areas where we could find some plant fossils. I know from doing some research the areas may be limited. It's our first time collecting plant fossils so any tips would be appreciated as well! Thank you!
  5. Crinoid or Burrow

    Yesterday I broke up a small boulder from an area my town filled in with rock from a nearby road project. I believe that this is Marcellus or Harrell/Brailer Shale. The item pictured is about 2 inches long and completely filled with very pretty little pyrite cubes. Can anyone tell is this an in filled worm burrow or a a filled Crinoid stem? Both things were in other parts of the same boulder. The item in the third photo i cant decide if its a "brach" or a "trilo-bit"? Anyone want to hazzard a guess.
  6. Hello! I'm new here so, please be gentle. I found a bone in the middle of my yard, in the grass, that wasn't there a few days before. I have looked and asked everywhere for someone to tell me from what animal it came. The kicker, for me, is that, a few feet outside the edge of our yard is a huge coal dump. You can't see it in the pictures, but there are tiny pieces of coal inside the hollow parts of the bone. Plus, I'm wondering where all of the (possibly) tiny tooth marks in #2 came from, and the wearing down of the bone in #4. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you! ps. I did light it, with a Zippo, but I only smelled the lighter fluid.
  7. I am nearly sure the top piece is Metacoceras. The middle is a clam, but what species? Perhaps Astartella concentrica? The bottom, what is that thing? 6477/6478 show it in detail. I find these a lot. Are they brachiopods? Not shown, but there is a horn coral on the back of the piece in a cross section.
  8. Wilkingia Sp.?

    Not my best photos, but a quick dimensional Wilkingia that I found over the weekend. Identification is likely but not solid.
  9. Fossil id

    Does anyone know what this is? I found it in Beltzville State Park, Pa, Devonian period. I’ve been told it could be snake skin, a type of Bryozoan and a certain type of tree. It’s lightweight and the bumps are very pronounced. Thank you!
  10. Fossil id

    Hi! I’m new to this forum and also new to fossil hunting. I found these at Beltzville State Park in Pennsylvania and wanted to see if anyone could help me identify them. Thank you in advance, Ce Ce
  11. From a long abandoned bluestone quarry in NE Pennsylvania. Devonian, Catskill formation. Found by my sister-in-law, who was really looking for live birds! Ideas?
  12. Found this piece of float in a place where there is a mix of native scree and fill from God knows where. Due to circumstances I was not able to climb the slope to try to find a source layer. Exposed bedrock I think is Mifflintown Formation. The slab of hash shows three reasonably clear specimens without any prep. Each has a ring with triangle segments pointing toward the center, and one pair of dominant rays running from the center to the perimeter. Someone on the FB group pabe suggested "Cyclosystoid" which I had never heard of, and there is only a little available on google that isn't paywalled. Eventually I'll focus on the other species in the hash to try to verify its Mifflintown and not trucked in fill from who knows where. What do you thiink? (PS thanks for the lead so far, Greg)
  13. Casselman Formation

    This boundary shows where you can find Ames Limestone. Before, all I had was a 1980 map. Now I've taken their digital data, converted this formation into KML, and created a custom Google map. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1I3uxksnlKUHcGqqAE9fbIUPIkMzWk6cq&usp=sharing I can do others, but for now, this one was the one I wanted the most.
  14. Metacoceras?

    Found this in what I call limestone locally, but it is more of a sandstone/shale mix. Very hard, black and cement like. Squares are 1 inch. I air scribed it out of the rock, where 50% was showing. My layer specifically is Woods Run Marine Zone, a hundred or so feet below Ames Limestone. It is the Glenshaw Formation. I am in Western PA. Also, this is my first forum post. I have several other types to post, but I figured I would start with this.
  15. Beltzville State Park

    The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society got a permit to explore the restricted area at Beltaville Dam in Lehighton, PA today. The spillway for the dam is immense! The 20-50ish foot walls of the spillway are covered with rubble in swaths of hard blue-black and red stone, soft colorful clay stone, and the occasional bit of tan sandstone. All are from the Upper Devonian Mahantango Formation. The sun was shining, the air was warm and the wind was still. Perfect day for prospecting! Everybody spread out along the walls. There was more than ample room for everybody to claim a big spot to explore. I walked along the north wall until the smooth, flat stones started showing texture. I had expected to find very little in the harder material and lots of things in the colorful clay. That’s been my experience on the beach in the adjacent state park*, anyway. Quite the opposite! As soon as I found a promising spot in the hard matrix, I sat down and examined every rock. The trilobites were lurking watching me from all directions. I found eyes from at least 8 animals. Most I kept, just for the sake of counting. A couple I tossed because this was getting silly. One I gave to someone nearby, “So he can keep an eye out for you.” The best was this 2-inch Phacops sp. cephalon. I now officially claim to have the PA State Fossil. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to figure out if it’s P. rana, but the right genus is close enough for me. Such a cute little froggie face! I found one tiny brachiopod or bivalve among the buggies that still had the whole shell intact, albeit a might smoothed during its time under water. It's not silicified. It's not pyritized. It's still CaCO3 after all these ages. I tested it. I showed it to our trip leader who said that there was coral preserved like this shell further down the wall. Nifty. There were also some very nice, red-stained bryozoa and hash plates. Unfortunately, the hash plates were mostly at the narrow ends of long rocks, arranged 90 degrees from the plane of the layers in the splitting stone. Most I admired and left behind. There are only so many big, mostly-featureless rocks I can store in the house. After a couple hours, I appeared to exhaust my trilobite supply. People had walked past me with some pretty horn corals molds, so I headed towards the clay to see if I could find any. No luck. There was plenty of colorful stone, buy almost nothing as far as fossils, so I kept picking my way across the wall where I could get footing. I kept getting higher and higher until eventually I needed all 4s to navigate in any direction and abandoned my collection bucket. Another quarter mile or so down the wall, I found a good spot to slid tom the spillway floor. And there they were. In a space covering maybe 5 horizontal feet of the wall were rocks littered with preserved coral bodies. Jackpot! I spent at least an hour at the top. I tried to slide down a little and slid all the way to the bottom, unable to climb back up the steep pile of flat pebbles. There was definitely more at the bottom, but the middle eluded me. While poking around for corals, I found a couple of ½” brachiopods with both sides intact and a preserved crinoid stem. I walked across the spillway and back up the other side but found nothing. I somehow totally missed that the rest of the group had left, with just Rick and Steve watching me from a distance. Typical for me to be the last one out. I'll post a link in the comments to my Beltzville album when I finish sorting through my finds and photographing them. *Yes, I know it is illegal to collect fossils in most states' parks. Pennsylvania is an exception.
  16. Hey everyone, where can I find some good fossils in Eastern Pennsylvania/New Jersey/New York? I'm relatively new, but I'm looking for anything animal related-preferably dinosaurs. The land is mountainous here, but there's a major river that cuts through a water gap. The terrain slopes down to sea level as you get to the Atlantic coast or down to Philadelphia, and there's at least one major river along the way. Apparently the mountains are poor spots for hunting, but what do you guys know? Happy Hunting
  17. Hello everyone. I have been a collector for a long time, but I think it is pretty sad that there is a very limited amount of fossils in my collection I have found myself. I want to start fossil hunting more often!! I often take my fossil collection to schools, and I think it would be special to be able to share things I've found myself. Right now I am visiting family in the Canonsburg area, which is outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I am going to try to get some geologic maps for the area. But in the meantime, I was wondering if anyone has any other resources for me or any favorite spots around there? Thank you all! (Not sure if this was the right section for this post, if not please move)
  18. Anyone know what this is?

    Found this is Pennsylvania, I think it's a wasp nest or honeycomb but not sure.
  19. Brachiopod?

    ID please, I think I found a brachiopod.
  20. My first fossil

    Hi everyone! I'm new here and I found this in a freshly tilled cornfield in Northampton, Pennsylvania a few days ago. I have no experience, but am very excited to get some info on this and maybe start hunting and get a collection. Any idea of what the shells are or the approximate age? Thanks for any info!
  21. Fossiling on the Ides of March

    It’s been quite some time since my last post here on the forum – more than two years! I missed the forum and it’s good to be back. This last week was spring break for some colleges in Pennsylvania, mine included. Thursday we saw beautiful sunny weather, warm enough to shed the heavy winter coats we’ve been wearing for months. Checking weather forecasts, I was pleased to find that Friday would be similarly warm – sunny and mid sixties to seventies! Perfect fossiling weather! I seized the opportunity. I knew these unseasonably warm temps could be gone as soon as they had arrived and didn’t want to miss a chance like this. I drove out with my little brother to a couple of sites I’d visited before. The first was an Ordovician roadcut. I’d been told the rock here was from the Salona formation, but Coburn formation limestone is also known from the area and apparently has similar fossils so I’m not entirely certain on this site’s stratigraphy. After about an hour’s drive we arrived at the site – only to be greeted by two nasty pieces of roadkill at the base of the cut! Agh! Thankfully they weren’t near the collecting area and didn’t have a noticeable odor yet. We immediately set to work, crawling carefully up the gentle slope of the cut and checking each irregular chunk of tan limestone. It didn’t take me long to score several fine Cryptolithus trilobites, as well as some neat mushroom-shaped bryozoan colonies and a handful of brachiopods. The trilobites here are usually found with either the horseshoe shaped ventral side or the noselike glabella poking out of the surface of the stone. They will take some prep work to expose fully – I’m hopeful at least one or two of them are complete under all that stone. Most of them are just isolated cephalons or chunks of Cryptolithus collar. After about 45 minutes on the cut we took a break for lunch, stashing our finds in the trunk. Our sandwiches finished, we walked back out for round two! Scrambling over fallen stone, I managed to score two big blocks with multiple trilobites each. The crown jewel was a block with at least 15 Cryptolithus showing! I probably won’t even attempt prepping that one until I’m a little more confident in my abilities. I’d hate to ruin such a great multi-block of trilobites. After another hour or two at the cut, we’d found enough. Some of our finds: Bryozoans: More trilobites: Brachiopods: Continued in next post…
  22. Hi Folks, Usually during spring break I am at work making maple syrup but this coming week it will be too cold for the sap to flow. I am planning a trip south from CT and would like to check out fossils in PA, MD, and WV. I'll probably leave March 6th and return March 10th or 11th. Certainly want to check out the Calvert Cliffs and see what I can find in PA and WV. Any tips or advice on location would be really appreciated, or, if you want to meet-up that would be even better. It is so great to meet other fossil enthusiasts. I don't mind the cold and could help out with gas money or buy lunch. Thanks, Dom
  23. Plant fossil from Pennsylvania

    I recently acquired this multi species fern fossil from a friend who said it came from Pennsylvania. I wonder if anyone knows the age and species of the plants here? Thanks for looking.
  24. Hello to everyone, I was trying to put together a plan for a spring or summer trip hunting fossils. I am particularly interested in the animals of mahantango formation and would like to know if anyone is familiar with some public locations that allow people to hunt for the fossils from that formation, or at least do not prohibit this. If anyone can point me in the right direction that would be greatly appreciated, Thank you.
  25. Virtual Fossil Hunt

    For all of us that are feeling the the effects of crystallized hydrogen dioxide here's a photo of a Silurian-Bloomsburg Formation shale bed (this frame of view is about 3 sq/ft). The hillside road cut site is few miles from me and a great place to sit on a sunny afternoon. Here's the fun part this spot is loaded with weathering out brachipods, coiled & spiraled gastropods, straight shelled cephalopods, corals, crinoids etc. I collected over 15 different fossils from this one site. Most (except the cephalopods & some corals) are small enough to sit on a fingernail with room to spare! Have fun on a virtual (photo) fossil hunt.
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