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  1. Hi I'll pre-face this by saying that I collect fairly cheap fossils as a little hobby and am very far from an expert! So I bought a fairly inexpensive moroccan cornuproetus cornutus trilobite fossil which has just arrived today. I opened it and immediately was was taken aback by how clean the fossil looks compared with any other trilobite fossils I own (although most of these I have picked up from market stalls for cheap or found myself). I'd expect to see little dints, fade, discolourations etc. but the whole thing just looks a little too good to be true to my admittingly untrained eye. Pics here; When looking closely as edges, it kinda looks like it's been painted at points. Almost jade black colour. Underside Description on the site was Cornuproetus cornutus Mid Devonian, Eifelian Jbel Issoumour, Near Alnif, Morocco So is it real? Has it been painted? Or is this just a very nicely detailed model?! Thoughts much appreciated Thanks Thomas
  2. Hello to all! Hope everyone is doing well, cause after my recent finds I am definitely doing well . So a little backstory: 10 years ago in grade school when I used to collect fossils with my father, we would never find any good fossils in shale. Always layer upon layer of the bland gray rocks with nothing even close to a fossil. For the longest time I never even bothered glancing at the large sections of shale dotting the many rivers of Toronto. jump ahead to the beginning of the month when I read some posts from @JUAN EMMANUEL showing some very nice nautiloids from shale. At first I didn't think anything of it and figured I'd never find anything THAT nice in shale. But, jump to a week later: While exploring a new location, I happen across a large section of layered shale on the riverbank and figured I'd try my luck - and started doing some digging. I pretty quickly came across a shell. A second shell. Then a third, fourth, fifth, and after chipping back the layer I found dozens of very tightly knit shells to my surprise. I was shocked to find anything after thinking for years that Toronto shale held almost nothing of interest. But still - they were ambonychia shells which I already have plenty of in my collection. So I keep looking around and chipping away at other layers, thinking maybe I'll find something a little more exciting. An hour goes by while digging in a somewhat awkward position, and my legs start to fall asleep so I readjusted my legs and out of the corner of my eye I noticed something right near my knee. My heart absolutely skipped a beat as I realized what I had found: A perfect and complete trilobite in the shale. After taking a closer look I realized there was in fact TWO of them right near each other! I hadn't found a trilobyte of this quality since grade school when I used to go with my father - let alone two. I just sat there for about 2 minutes staring at them, thinking they were going to shatter as soon as my pick got anywhere near them. Ultimately, luck played in my favour and the trilobites came out perfectly! But, the story doesn't end there, oh no! So now I'm going back to all these old places, primed with the fresh new knowledge of how to hunt shale. Although the work is pretty messy and uncomfortable, it seems to pay off quite nicely. And before I know it, a couple days later I end up finding yet another trilobite. But the crown jewel of the month came last weekend when I found two different nautiloids - one being an absolute MONSTER specimen, and the other being my most complete nautiloid ever (it even included the tip at the very end!). I just gotta give a big thanks to the people on this forum. Without the knowledge shared on this forum, I would likely have still been stuck in my ways avoiding any piece of shale in sight. I also have also included some other fossils that I found this month. [All fossils found in Humber, Etobicoke and Mimico river/creeks riverbanks - located in Toronto ON, Canada // Georgian Bay Formation // Ordovician (485.4 - 443.8Ma)] The first set of trilobites In Situ from humber river. The first two trilobites on the left and the later one on the right. The many pieces of nautiloid that came out during extraction. They unfortunately broke VERY easily so I figured there was no point stressing about it coming out in less than a dozen pieces. Here is what it looked like when all the pieces were assembled together (with the help of a little super glue of course). It even seems to have the very tip of the nautiloid as well (which would be a first for me)! here are a couple other decent pieces I found as well:
  3. Russian Trilobite

    Just bought some fossils from someone who stopped collecting. There are some trilobites but one is without a label. Can anyone id this one? Thanks
  4. Walk near a shopping mall

    Went for a walk in a non-fossil area but got distracted by rocks under a bridge. Lots of unfamiliar corals were there! I figured out which types of rocks were most prolific and started hunting. I think I found the rear portion of a trilobite and a big chunk of a partially intact horn coral. I suppose these are Devonian or Silurian, brought in from elsewhere. I can't really recognize many of the shapes.
  5. I'm just....wow.

    I'm still in shock after finding this Trilobite in DeRuyter, NY. Biggest I've ever found. Took 4 hours to dig out.
  6. Hello all, I have a few fossils that do not fit into the ID categories of topics I have already created so I will post them here. This first one I have no idea what it is, it has an asymmetrical shape with a beak-like portion to the shell that curves to one side. It is somewhat similar to a modern slipper limpet. I don't know if this is a gastropod, pelycopod, or something else. I am not expecting to get a genus or species for this thing since all of the shell is missing but being able to identify it to some extent would be great.
  7. Hello everyone, Yesterday I was able to go to an exposure of the Kalkberg formation to do some fossil hunting. It was a great trip and I was able to bring back some neat fossils. Most I have been able to ID, although I will post them later for confirmation. But I cannot say the same thing for a few of them as I am really confused as to what they may be. Here is the first, after looking through the Linsley PDF the only thing I found that was somewhat similar is the trilobite Oinochoe pustulosus but I am not sure that this is it. As always, any help is appreciated. Thank you.
  8. Today I joined a local club on a trip to a dolomite quarry (Ordovician, Galena Group) in northern Illinois. This was the first trip of the year as the rest have been cancelled. The quarry was quite massive, so social distancing was not a problem. We hunted in rock piles in the middle of the quarry (very far from the high walls) that were scheduled for crushing. It was quite a beautiful place. Besides some hammering, all I heard were large birds that were circling above. The fossils found here are pretty standard for the Ordovician rocks in the area. The Galena Group here seems to be a lot more dolomized than further north in say Minnesota, so most of what is found are molds. Fisherites were somewhat common. They were quite massive so I only took home a small chunk of one I broke up. The most abundant fossils were these gastropods, I think Maclurites. They were everywhere but rarely came out complete. Hormotoma gastropods were also present. I believe this is a cranidia of the trilobite Thaleops.
  9. My favourite trilobite site

    Hi, today i went to my favourite trilobite site in my favourite mountains. When i arrived that morning, i discovered under my feet a nice white sea of clouds, making the peaks looking like islands on a sugar sea. The weather was bright and hot Fossils were at the rendez-vous : corals and brachiopods, but also, for the first time, pyrite : And, of course, trilobites
  10. My favourite trilobite site

    Hi, today i went to my favourite trilobite site in my favourite mountains. When i arrived that morning, i discovered under my feet a nice white sea of clouds, making the peaks looking like islands on a sugar sea. The weather was bright and hot Fossils were at the rendez-vous : corals and brachiopods, but also, for the first time, pyrite :
  11. Ordovician trilobite

    Going through old stuff and found this. Measures 1cm.Platteville formation(?), WI. Any ideas?
  12. Just got back from New York with some trilobite specimens we found at Penn Dixie. I especially love the two faces (with those compound eyes) staring out of the matrix. Kind of cute, I think. These are my first trilobites, so I know nothing about species.
  13. Help with some trilobite IDs

    Hi. I was wondering if anyone could help me identify these trilobites. Thanks for your help. The first two are Moroccan trilobites. I think they belong to the genus Calymene, but I am not sure. I have an ID card that says they are from the Ktaoua Group, Anti-Atlas Region, Morocco, Upper Ordovician. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks. This is another trilobite from Morocco. I think it is Proteus sp., but would like confirmation. My ID card says its from Ofaten, Morocco and is Middle Devonian in age. Is it correct? Last, I have some trilobites that I think are from the Wheeler Shale. I think they are Elrathia. Unfortunately, I don't have more information on them. I received them as a gift from my dad when I was around 5. I didn't think to take down notes on location, formation, and age at the time.
  14. A huge Hungaiidae trilobite from Hunan Fenxiang Formation, Lower Ordovician. Part of gut is preserved due to infilled sediment.
  15. I found this last Saturday in Brookfield, Madison County, New York. It’s pretty beat up but there are some features that can still be made out. I was wondering if it might be a bellacartwrightia rather than a greenops, which was my original thought. According to Karl A. Wilson’s Field Guide to the Devonian Fossils of New York, one way to tell the difference is the number of lenses in the eye in a vertical row. For greenops there is maximum of 6. This trilobite has 7 in some places. A picture of the eye, showing a vertical row of 7 lenses. A top view of the trilobite A side view A view of the pygidium Thanks for looking
  16. Tiny enrolled complete greenops

    From the album Middle Devonian in Central New York

    Greenops barberi Upper Ludlowville Formation Hamilton Group Middle Devonian Brookfield, New York Collected 7/18/20
  17. Nearly complete greenops missing one eye

    From the album Middle Devonian in Central New York

    Greenops barberi Upper Ludlowville Formation Hamilton Group Middle Devonian Brookfield, New York Collected 7/18/20
  18. Greenops cephalon with one eye

    From the album Middle Devonian in Central New York

    Greenops barberi Windom Shale Moscow Formation Hamilton Group Middle Devonian Deep Springs Road Lebanon, New York Collected 7/18/20
  19. Well preserved greenops pygidium

    From the album Middle Devonian in Central New York

    Greenops barberi Windom Shale Moscow Formation Hamilton Group Middle Devonian Deep Springs Road Lebanon, New York Collected 7/18/20
  20. Complete greenops from Madison County

    From the album Middle Devonian in Central New York

    Greenops barberi Upper Ludlowville Formation Hamilton Group Middle Devonian Brookfield, New York Collected 7/18/20
  21. Eldredgeops cephalon from DSR

    From the album Middle Devonian in Central New York

    Eldredgeops rana Windom Shale Moscow Formation Hamilton Group Middle Devonian Deep Springs Road Lebanon, New York Collected 7/18/20
  22. Just got back from a 5 day trip to western NSW where we visited a number of sites, some of which we had not visited before. Will post more photos and information over the next few days as I have a lot to photograph, but here are some field shots from day two (our first collecting day)... Our first site was located near Grenfell and is known for its excellent Devonian fish fauna, including placoderms and sarcopterygians. While not as well preserved as the nearby Canowindra site, these are collectable which is a start . We were only given a vague site on a hillside located on private property, so once we had permission to access the site the next issue was finding where the fossil bearing layers were. This involved climbing a very steep hill and breaking open any rocks we saw, and after finding evidence of placoderm plates the next task was to figure out where they originated. A number of fossil bearing layers were found and it seems the material is very extensively distributed, presumably occurring throughout the surrounding hills as well. Here are some photos of one rock face we worked and the terrain - There were a number of rocks with exposed fossils on them, for example this one which is covered in ornamentation from placoderm plates. And here is a field photo of a partial Sarcopterygian(?) jaw, my thumb is on the left for scale.
  23. Silurian Trilobite Help

    I recently collected in the Rose Hill Formation in West Virginia. I found a lot of small trilobite pieces and a couple brachiopod and pelecypod fossils. I am having some trouble figuring out what these two fossils are. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you need any additional photos. #1- the piece at the bottom of the photo measures about 0.5 cm tall and 1 cm wide. I found a similar looking fossil below. No clue what it could be... #2- the pygidium measures about 1 cm tall and 1.3 cm wide.
  24. Hiya bought this a couple days ago from a fossil and gem store wanted to know if it was legit
  25. Trilobite plate from the Onondaga Limestone

    From the album Middle Devonian in Central New York

    A plate containing 2 cephalons and 2 pygidiums of the species Odontocephalus selenurus. Middle Devonian Onondaga Limestone Manlius, NY Collected 4/18/20