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  1. I found this today in the Durham coal field, UK (upper Carboniferous). I usually collect in the Yorkshire coal field, and although this one site is obviously not representative of the whole of the Durham coal field, the Durham coal field seems notably different to the Yorkshire coal field, with some rocks similar to ones at a site where I have collected in the Fife coal field, and some of the nodules similar to the nodules found at some sites in the Lancashire coal field. Interestingly, there were some fish fossils in the same blocks as plants, and there were some large fish fragments in the same layers as foraminifera. In the Yorkshire coal field, layers containing foraminifera usually only contain very small fish fossils. My best finds today were a Rhizodont scale in a block containing plant fossils, a small fish tooth, an Elonichthys scale, a Megalichthys scale and some well preserved plant fossils. Does anyone know what this is? I’m 99% sure it’s a plant fossil. I think I have seen a similar example before, but I don’t recall where I saw it. My first thought was that it’s an arthropod fragment, though I think this is very unlikely. Thanks, Daniel
  2. The winner of the March 2019 IPFOTM goes to... Calamites sp horsetail tree trunk segment - Pennsylvanian - Southeast Oklahoma Congrats to @MSirmon!!!
  3. Plant fossil?

    This is from Xingyi of Guizhou in which Keichousaurus is found. It looks like a plant fossil and at the back is fossil of crinoids. Any idea if it is a plant fossil and what plant is that?
  4. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends April 9th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE 1. Calamites sp horsetail tree trunk segment - Pennsylvanian - Southeast Oklahoma 2. Stigmaria ficoides lycopsid tree rooting structure - Pennsylvanian - Southeast Oklahoma 3. Cryptaulax sp. gastropod - Bathonian-Callowian, Middle Jurassic - Juodikiai quarry, Klaipeda district, Western Lithuania 4. Pleurotomaria sp. gastropod - Bathonian-Callowian, Middle Jurassic - Juodikiai quarry, Klaipeda district, Western Lithuania 5. Orthocerid cephalopod - Fairview Formation, Late Ordovician - Northern Kentucky 6. Triplophyllum cliffordanum rugose corals - Fort Payne Chert, Early Missisipian - Ooltewah, Tennessee 7. Colonial coral (Cycloria?) - St. Bartholomä-formation, Gosau-group, Campanian, Late Cretaceous - St. Bartholomä, Styria, Austria 8. Cyclus americanus cycloid arthropod - Francis Creek Shale, Upper Carboniferous - Chowder Flats, Grundy County, Illinois 9. Mantelliceras mantelli ammonite - Cenomanian, Late Cretaceous - Cap Blanc Nez, France 10. Eldredgeops rana trilobite - Middle Devonian (Givetian), Upper Ludlowville, Hamilton Group - Madison county, New York
  5. The Twig

    This piece was picked up by the road side infront of my house. Age unknown quary unknown. Some bits of quartz crystals.I'm thinking this is maybe a cast as the stem stands out the leaves do a little. Thank you for any help in identifying this twig.;)y
  6. So a bit of newbie advice please I keep my fossil collection on an bookshelf. Exposed to the indoor elements (heating etc) as it was. Mainly fish and plants with a few Trilobites and Ammonites Am thinking mainly in terms of the fish and plants. Is there any chance that part of the fossil will flake off the matrix? Would some sort of lacquer spray offer better protection? If so, any suggestions?
  7. I have found plant fossils in three different spots but only the last spot I check had the most satisfying fossils. I will share only a few that I found but I did find tons more.
  8. Hi Folks, Would appreciate any ideas on this one. My first thought is trace fossil since it branches in so many different ways. It is, however, black and the rest of the rock is brown which makes me think plant or vine type material. Was found near Schoharie Creek in Gilboa NY. Middle Devonian, Gilboa Fm and where I was is full of both seafloor fossil hash (with brachiopods, crinoids, and trilobites) and Wattieza stem hash. What do you think?
  9. The winner of the February 2019 IPFOTM goes to... Lepidostrobus sp. lepidodendron cone (strobile) - Westphalien B, Upper Carboniferous - near Lens, Northern France Congrats to @nala!!!
  10. Eocene Tiny fern like plant ID

    This plant is very small and I have found about 6 specimen. However I can't identify it. It came from the Renton formation in western Washington around 38 million years ago.
  11. split rocks

    I found this rock many many years ago. I called in my California baked potato due to it's shape and color. It had a natural "thumbprint" indentation so I placed my thumb on it and banged it on the bottom side of it and it broke open rather easily in two parts. Inside each half was a mirror image of the other... when I placed them back together in it's original form I lined them up, and curled it open I thought "Oh, it's a fossil butterfly, how cool!" I remember taking it to a local rock shop where I was told "No, it's nothing just the inside of a rock - that's it " I was somewhat discouraged but still thought it to be unique. I have used the rock (untruthfully) to explain what a fossil looks like to my nephew to explain fossils (yikes) - but it does serve to get a picture in his mind. It serves as a reminder as to the "kindness" of the numerous educated members here who are asked to ID something (which could be "nothing:) - by never undermining or embarrassing those who come here for information on what they have found to be something "special" THEY have found - I know this from experiences and Kudos to you all!! Anyway I do know this is NOT a butterfly, perhaps a leaf, or maybe just the inside of a rock - let me know what you think!
  12. Plant trunk cortex for ID

    I want to submit for identification the specimen below. It came from the Carboniferous of Leon, Spain, labeled as tree trunk cortex. There are no other informations available. Any thought of what might be exactly, or a more precise ID will be welcomed. Thank you.
  13. Unknown bone or fossil plant?

    Hello all- I may have posted asking about this piece before but cannot find the post here, so maybe it was another forum. Can someone help identify. I bought this along with another similar looking bone that was from a Mosasaurus here in Texas, though this smaller piece is darker in color and not from the same specimen. Hope someone can help. Thanks! KP
  14. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends March 9th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE 1. Divarilima sp. file clam fossil - Early Cretaceous - Kursenai town, Siauliai district, Northern Lithuania 2. Kogulanychia sp. bivalve (Ambonychiidae) - Ludlow, Late Silurian - Nikanciai village, Siauliai district, Northern Lithuania 3. Lepidostrobus sp. lepidodendron cone (strobile) - Westphalien B, Upper Carboniferous - near Lens, Northern France 4. Poterioceras cf. nautiloid - Late Devonian, Matagne Shales - Chimay, Belgium 5. Brachiopod and Crinoid columnal hash plate - Early Silurian/Red Mountain Formation - Dalton, GA 6. Allocrioceras hazzardi heteromorph ammonite - Boquillas formation, Late Cretaceous - Brewster County, TX 7. Neithea irregularis bivalve mollusk - Comanche Peak formation, Cretaceous - Bosque County, TX 8. Graptocarcinus texanus crab carapace - Buda formation, Cretaceous - Bexar county, TX
  15. Carboniferous plant suggestions

    This should be an easy one for the plant people here. I'm looking for some suggested id's for this Pennsylvanian/Bashkirian/Namurian plant fragment. Length is 10cm or 4 inches. I find lots of fragments of these which I usually ignore but haven't seen the bifurcating pattern in the lower part of the picture before. I hope that will make id easier.
  16. Currently I am fascinated with prehistoric plants from Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous specifically. However Eocene, Oligocene and Miocene are also awesome. I heard coal mines were great places to find plant fossils. Where should I look? Inside the coal mine, in siltstone or shale around the coal mine? Along the river? I have never found plant fossils before and was wondering where other people find them. I've scrolled through the forums and seen peoples finds but have no idea what it looks like to find plants. Finding brachiopods or gastropods is easy, the shell pops out usually no matter where you hit it. But plants are near 2 dimensional and you could go through a ton of plants vertically and have no idea. So if you have any advice you'd like to share, please let me know.
  17. Fortress of Solitude

    Found this in a parking lot gravel bed. Thoughts?
  18. Plant ID

    I recently purchased this nodule (about 5cm in length) with a Bothrodendron twig. There was also the cup shaped inclusion Any ideas?
  19. Plant Fossil

    I found this nice plant fossil at the base of the cliff last year. I think it's my best plant so far I'm sure my usual pen would be way too strong and easily damage this delicate fossil. I think removing some of the rock at the right hand side of the fern could make it look better. I'm tempted to try and just split it off but i know it could damage fern. What are your thoughts?
  20. Strange Markings on Rock?

    At Titlow Beach Washington state (Eocene) I found this weird pattern. probably just minerals or something strange but I still wanted to be sure. It came from under a rock we chipped the top off.
  21. Wispy Mazon Creek Plant?

    This fossil split a few weeks ago and it has me puzzled. It's from the Mazon River itself and consists of many wispy fibers, with some carbonization at the tips. The edges of a Neuropteris fimbriata leaf have a frayed look that is sort of similar, but the rest doesn't look right. Another possibility I considered was it being some sort of highly degraded non-specific fibrous plant material. But I have not been able to find anything that matches it exactly in my guidebooks. Any ideas?
  22. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends February 9th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE 1. Flexicalymene senaria association with gastropod steinkern Fusispira nobilis - Verulam Formation, Middle Ordovician (472-461 mya) - Brechin, Ontario, Canada 2. Lithophaga sp. (steinkern) in upper valve of radiolitid rudist - St. Bartholomä Formation (Campanian), Cretaceous (83-72 mya) - St. Bartholomä, Styria, Austria 3. Eucycloscala sp. gastropod - Middle Oxfordian, Late Jurassic (163-157 mya) - Juodikiai quarry, Klaipeda district, Northwestern Lithuania 4. Modiolopsis sp. bivalve mollusk - Ludlow Group, Late Silurian (427-423 mya) - Kursenai town, Siauliai district, Northern Lithuania 5. Eldredgeops rana trilobite with predation or scavenging marks - Silica Shale Formation, Middle Devonian (390 mya) - Paulding, OH, USA 6. Manticoceras sp. (goniatite) - Frasnian Matagne Formation, Late Devonian (382-372 mya) - Chimay area, Belgium 7. Mortoniceras sp. ammonite - Duck Creek Formation, Late Cretaceous (102-100 mya) - North TX, USA 8. Kainops invius trilobite - Bois D’Arc Formation, Lower Devonian (419-410 mya) - Clarita, Oklahoma (Theisons quarry) 9. Ogygiocarella sp. (debuchi?) trilobite - Llanvirn Series, Middle Ordovician (467-458 mya) - West Shropshire, UK 10. Nobiliasaphus nobilis trilobite - Dariwillian, Middle Ordovician (467-458 mya) - La Dominelais, France 11. Hash plate containing Fifeocrinus tielensis, Archaeocidaris sp., Orthoceras sp? Ureocrinus sp? Blackhall Limestone, Scottish Lower Limestone Formation, Visean, Lower Carboniferous (336-326 mya) - Seafield, Scotland
  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. Alabama fossil ID

    Hello! I'm new to the forum and have a fossil I need some help with. I am very familiar with crinoids, as I grew up in north-central Alabama and they're everywhere. However, I'm not sure what this one is. It was found in Blount County, AL in a creek. Here are photos of the entire piece with two areas circled, and a couple of closer-ups. The bit in the upper left of the first photo looks like plant material to me, but I'm not sure about the rest. I'm happy to provide more photos or info if it would help. Thanks for your help!
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