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  1. still learning

    Sorry I haven't been on the forum in a while since I've been working like crazy. After a 71 hour week last week I took a day off. My new job is a driving job around my local area so I make notes of places to revisit to rockhound ( I also do some while on layover time but its hard not to get dirty!). I went back to one today, It is a Bralier Shale (Devonian) exposure. Here's where I need some help. Are the tube things #3 corals or bryozoans? Any id's on the other things would be appreciated. Scale on all is centimeter.
  2. Daring to Hunt Centralia Ferns

    I read @rachelgardner01 's trip report* recently on the fossil forum telling about St. Clair-style white fern fossils and how the ghost town was once again being visited by more than just the most reckless of thrill seekers. Not long ago, extremely few people dared to go beyond the new bypass for fear of falling into flaming sink holes. The place has become unregulated like the Wild West, with tourists coming from all over to see the “Highway to Hell” and ride their ATVs. The fire was reported to have burned out in town and moved down the coal vein. Clearly, no one is worried about sink holes. After a couple hours enjoying every ride with no lines at Knoebels Amusement Park on a very foggy, soggy day, we drove to Centralia for a little fun. What could be cooler than a ghost town on a foggy October day? And, by the way, after enjoying the romantic setting, maybe we could find the quarry. Rachel's trip report included a handy aerial map with the slope marked in red. It was a short walk from on of three cemeteries that are still maintained in town. All we had to do was follow the ATV tracks. We met a microbiologist while we walked. She was looking at the bacteria, comparing soil samples from places where the fire was out with samples from some hot spots above a fire that still exists deep below town (with surface soil temps around 80F). The bacteria present in the hot spots are out of balance. There is an overabundance of the wrong sort. However, in the spots that have cooled down, the balance has returned surprisingly quickly. And, by the way, she had a permit to be there. The town is still considered too unsafe for the general public, but it isn’t patrolled. Two lessons should be learned from this: 1. Nature always finds a way. 2. If the rocks I’m examining seem kind of warm, find someplace else to prospect! We found the quarry about an hour before sunset. We found ourselves at the top of steeply sloping walls covered in scree over smooth, slick, carbon shale. I watched my step, kept my center of gravity close to the ground, and tread carefully. I like sliding down scree-covered slopes, but not when I do it unintentionally. The fossils were plentiful! I saw calamites and lepidodendron all over the place. Some were bright white while others were gleaming gray on matte gray shale. Some had a single fern frond and others were a riot of plant textures. A few were coated pale yellow. The hard part was picking out the nicest ones to take home. I have been to this formation before. I made several trips to Carbondale, to the NE, over the last couple years. I missed my chance to go prospecting at St Clair ( a few miles to the SE ) as they closed the site to all but school groups a few years ago, but I do have some pieces that others collected before they closed. St Clair and Centralia both have the white ferns. Carbondale has the most detailed preservation. The ones there that are colored are yellow to deep red with a few that have iridescent spots. Centralia’s stone is the most crumbly and delicate, especially when damp. Although Centralia, St. Clair and Carbondale are all part of the Lewellen Formation and reasonably close to one another, there is a distinct difference in the stone at each locale. St Clair and Carbondale have firmer shales. I wanted to find things that I did not already have represented from Carbondale. That proved tricky in the short time I had, but I did find some nice white ferns to take home. Plus, I have a plan for another trip at some point with more time – maybe with some simple rappelling gear? Coincidentally, this month’s speaker for the Delaware Mineralogical Society was a geologist who participated in a study of the mineralization of St Clair plants. Here, then, are some of the highlights after I thought to take notes. Time period: Pennsylvanian Sub-period, 320-290 million years old The environment was a swampy area where the sediments settled slowly. The plants were minimally compressed during preservation, so the impressions are more or less the same size as the original biomatter. The silvery-gray material coating some of the plant impressions is graphite while the white is a combination of pyrophyllite and kaolinite after pyrite. When the swamp was buried, the thicker parts of the plants pyritized. Heat and pressure then transformed the pyrite into the white minerals, which settled to the bottom. The upper surfaces retained the carbon and became coated in glossy graphite. So, what one sees loose on the ground are a mix of upper and lower surfaces. *
  3. Possible Insect wing from Carboniferous

    Hi all. I was wondering if I could get some sort of specific ID on a possible insect wing that I found in the roof shales of a thin coal that is dated to the Late Pennsylvanian or Kasimovian. Fossil plants and some vertebrate material can be found in the same shale. Stratigraphic information: From a roof shale of a thin coal roughly 30 feet below the Brush Creek Limestone of the Glenshaw Formation in the Conemaugh Group. Discovered in the suburbs outside of Pittsburgh.
  4. I found this chunk of tan siltstone recently at a roadcut along Rte 443/Rte 72 near Green Point, west of Swatara Gap, Pennsylvania. It's mapped as Devonian, Upper Mahantango formation. There are a lot of detrital bits in the rock -- bryozoans, etc. But the stuff I can't identify are the bumpy, wrinkled imprints. In some places the bumps seem to coat the inside of a tube. The bumps are 1/16th inch or less in size. At first I thought bryzoans, but there's no detail on the bumps, like living chambers. I think it's the external mold of some stalked animal -- corals, sponge, starfish arms? Any help is appreciated! Bob
  5. Plant Fossil: Alethopteris Ferns?

    Good day, I'm looking at this fossil fern plate from the Llewellyn Formation in St. Clair Pennsylvania. I suspect that these are Alethopteris ferns. I'd like some help to verify their species name. Age: Pennsylvanian Formation: Llewellyn Location: Near St. Clair, Pennsylvania
  6. Road cuts question.

    I have a question on laws and rules on road cuts with nice shale beds. Am I aloud to dig there? What permission is needed?
  7. This is continuing the first post. The Tioga site is a near shore exposure of the entire Catskill formation. So besides the general Holoptychius and bothriolepis fauna, lungfish have been described from a skull table and tooth plates. Here is a tooth plate from Dipterous fliescheri. A similar plate was described from the Troy, PA area.
  8. So an interesting summer. As some of you might know, Parks and Recreation came down hard on the Red Hill site while I was working there. At some point, the site had been transferred to Forestry, ya go figure. So there has not been an active permit for some time. But I was homeless and in need of a project so I was able to connect with Prof. Dave Broussard of Lycoming College and shift my focus to the sites along Rt 15 north of Williamsport. Still Catskill although the exposures at Powys Curve are Sherman Creek (Frasian) member instead of the Duncannon (Fammenian). I had collected there with my son Ian a while ago but was at one of the less productive sites I've been visiting this summer. This is the find of the summer (maybe lifetime). It is a Tristichopterid, like Hyneria. Its at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philly and just being described now for a publication by Ted Daeschler.
  9. My wife and I went for an afternoon drive Saturday to see if we could find a few places I had been reading about a couple hours away. The first stop was Mcintyre Mountain, a Pennsylvanian plant fossil location looking through the tailings from a large but long abandoned mine town, like 150 years abandoned. The drive in was a 4 mile dirt road up the mountain. Luckily for us the majority of it was well maintained and the scenery was beautiful.
  10. 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.
  11. I found this 2 years ago and couldn't believe detail on it. This is my best stigmaria root find to date. The root is 10 inches long and 5 inches wide.
  12. Hello, I have two strange objects that my wife and I found in Pittsburgh in Carboniferous territory. The triangular shape one is a little larger that a quarter while the spherical rock is about the size of a baseball. I haven't seen anything like these two rocks in any of my fossil trips, so any help would be terrific. Thanks everyone!
  13. Unusual fossil.

    I found this the other day. At first look it just looked like a normal rock. Then I found another one same detail, size, and all. Then this one was preserved with silica to make it even weirder. Any ideas as to what this is. It came from a rich Carboniferous period. The weird part is the 2 pieces didn't seem like they belonged with rest of shale fossils.
  14. Shark Tooth?

    I found this today on the bank of Penn's Creek, in a location that is called "Fossil Rock", or "Pulpit Rock" in Weichert, PA. I've found other sharks teeth in my life, but never any in the mountains. (I usually find brachiopods in my front yard, about 20 minutes away from where I found this.). The front looks like a shark tooth, but the back just looks like rock to me, or maybe a chip of bone or something. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
  15. Ordovican Unknowns

    Since Saturday was my only day off (Yes, the hottest real-feel <temp +humidity> day of the year so far!) I went fossil/mineral collecting, yard-sailing, thrift shopping, i.e. out for the day. I came across a new to me spot in a borrow pit in Sinking Valley outside of Altoona PA. I believe that this is Ordovican, Coburn Formation. This limey shale falls apart in your hands. I'd really like to know what the curved pointy thing is (both sides shown in 1st pic). Thanks for any help.
  16. Finally gave up and had to ask questions. These are from southeastern PA, found in a creek. There's quite a bit of chalcedony mixed with what looks like wood, do we have petrified wood here in PA? Some looks a lot like bark although a few seem to be just sedimentary rock ( not posted ). There's also a lot of conglomerate around here, not incredibly interesting then picked up a piece I've never come across before. It's around 4", the other only just over 1" There's no debris on it, the random pieces in the chalcedony are as solid as the rest. If it isn't wood is it something else with organic origins? Then there's this. Piece of pine cone, along the right bottom edge? What is the long piece at the top? Most conglomerate around here is composed of agate and quartz, these are brand new to me. There are quite a few more like the top images, only one like the third. If these don't qualify as fossils, sorry to have posted them in a fossil forum!
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. 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!!
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Wilkingia Sp.?

    Not my best photos, but a quick dimensional Wilkingia that I found over the weekend. Identification is likely but not solid.
  25. 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!
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