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  1. I went up to the UP this week doing mostly sightseeing with my friends. They were aware of my predilection for rockhounding so we often made stops to areas that might bear good fossils/agates. In particular I knew there were some 'lagerstatten' in the Stonington Peninsula region of the UP. The most important formation I know of is the 'Big Hill formation' (correct me if I'm wrong). Some links about it here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308005515_A_new_Lagerstatte_from_the_Late_Ordovician_Big_Hill_Formation_Upper_Peninsula_Michigan https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6325806/ Now, I didn't have enough time to bother my friends into finding these exposures (and as far as I know, rock collecting in a national forest is not allowed)... However, while we were driving south on County Road 513 T on the west side of the Stonington Peninsula, headed for the lighthouse, I spied a small hillcut on the east side of the road. The hillcut was directly across from a large cemetery-- we pulled over and I had a quick look at some of the rocks there. The hillcut itself was about 20 feet tall, and maybe 600 feet long. I could see near the top of the cut a few feet of limestone bedding planes jutting out from the escarpment. Weathering had amassed a slopped pile of clay and fossils that nearly filled the ditch at the base of the hillcut. On the surface, I saw many brachiopods (different kinds of Platystrophia, possibly?) some of whom were larger than 2 inches across. I also found some small bryozoan colonies and possibly pieces of isotelus gigas molts. The pieces were too small to tell, I am unsure if this particular roadcut could yield anything fully articulated. The rock was very weak and almost clay like. Does anyone know about this roadcut? What formations might be there? I took a few small samples with me but I didn't want to start excavating, obviously. If anyone is interested I could post some pictures of what I picked up, or I could send more detailed directions. Best, Foss
  2. Looking for a well know site, believe it's a road cut, in Maysville KY. The site cuts through several formations of the Cincinnatian. From bottom to top, it exposes the Kope, Fairview and Bellevue Formations. Any idea where this is exactly (I.e road intersection, etc?)
  3. Indiana roadcut legality

    I'm looking to visit a few road cuts in Indiana this month, including St. Leon and a few around Bloomington. I've read differing accounts here about the legality of collecting on roadcuts in Indiana. Would anyone be able to clear it up?
  4. Hi all! Now that I'm finally getting around to organizing my fossils into cabinets, I'm looking to get a bit more information on some of them. As I'm currently finishing up the Ordovician shelves of my cabinets, I was hoping to get some help with identifying brachiopods from the St. Leon roadcut in Indiana that I acquired through winning some past auctions benefiting the forum. Photo #1: Mainly strophomenids, I think - does anyone have a more precise ID? Photo #2: Dalmanellids perhaps? Any specific IDs out there? Photo #3: These are really tiny and adorable More to come...
  5. Within the last 7 days I collected fossils from following time periods- Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian and Mississippian. I figured that I would go out today for a little road side Pennsylvanian collecting on IL 71. I did not find much, but it was fun and cold, about 30 degrees and a light flurries. Pics of the road cut- My finds- The most abundant fossil at this site is the brachiopod Composita argentia. Here are a couple of what I believe are Juresania nebrascensis. Here is a small crinoid hash plate. All cleaned up-
  6. Indiana Road Cuts

    Hello FF, I'm planning on making a trip down to Indianapolis in a few weeks and was hoping to get acquainted with some of the road cuts nearby (maybe near St. Leon IN or Crawfordsville IN, I'll probably go all over the place). I know that one should stick to the State Highway road cuts if they don't want to get in trouble; but I'm a bit confused on when it is OK and when it isn't... Do I just pull over on the side of the road and start picking up rocks? Are there any other localities by St. Leon or even into Ohio where it would be okay to do this? I don't wanna give fossil hunters a bad name! Best, Brian
  7. St leon

    I had mentioned recently iwas going to stop at the highway 1 roadcut north of st leon. Ive stopped before, but never fou d a trilobite there. Well a few hours ago it happened. I found a nice little one rolled up, about 1/2 inch. When i get it and the other things cleaned ill post them. However, i am showing what i think is a partial rolled trilobite, but compared to half incher, it is huge. I only had a quarter to put next to it for size, if it were whole it would be 3 inches wide. Ive never heard of one that large from that location. Am i wrong, i think the left eye is showing, and part of tbe rolled pigidium, but the right half of the face is crushed, and the left portion beyond the eye is broken off. Neverthess i am reall excited
  8. Fall Break in Sulphur

    Hi! This teacher is spending the last day of Fall Break Christmas shopping - fossils for my students! Found a few beauties for teacher, too... I think this may be part of a trilobite... thoughts? More pics in comments of other mystery finds as I find them! Thanks in advance!
  9. So you've been tipped off on a locality that is said to contain good fossils. You get there, and find it's bullet-hard limestone cliffs and rocks. What do you actually do to find the fossils? Do you scout around and only look at the surface of the cliffs, hoping to see fossils sticking out? Or do you just indiscriminately start smashing up rocks, hoping to find fossils inside? This is the situation I found myself in yesterday. I'm a complete beginner fossil hunter, and have been to several sites that are supposed to have fossils, but every time I go to one, I'm just not sure what exactly the next step is. I also visited a roadcut that is known for fossils. Do I just start indiscriminately hacking away at the road cut until I see something?
  10. Brachiopods or Bivalves...

    I found this over the weekend, and am having trouble identifying it. Part of some brachiopod or bivalve, I'm sure, but not sure which. Thanks in advance!
  11. From the album Fluvanna, Texas Road Cut

    Carapace 32mm Long and 25mm Wide Claw 13mm Long, 10mm Wide Found in road cut near Fluvanna
  12. From the album West Texas Fossils

    Fossil Assemblage from the Walnut/Comanche Facies in the Fluvanna, Tx Road Cut 26 Miles N. of Snyder
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