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  1. Favosites sp. from the Devonian Hungry Hollow member in Arkona, Canada. One of the more interesting corals I've collected, I'm trying to narrow down the species if possible. Any ideas?
  2. Unknown Widder formation cephalopod

    I found this orthocone a while back at Arkona (devonian) and I thought it was dolorthoceras, but now I am not so sure. It has a strange mark protruding from centre of each chamber. Any help would be appreciated! d!
  3. Hungry Hollow echinoderm

    Hello there! This past Saturday, I went on a "field trip" to Hungry Hollow near Arkona, Ontario (mid-Devonian in age), and I found one weird item. It's an echinoderm of some sort, but which sort? A crinoid holdfast? Something else? Please see the photos below and let me know what you think. (By the way - I didn't make it home from work in time to take photos in natural light today, so I apologize for the fairly poor photo quality - if it's sunny tomorrow I can get better pictures then. And I also apologize for my blue finger in the photos - my students and I were looking at cheek cells under the compound light microscope today and some methylene blue got on my fingers - oops!) One end showing the pentaradial symmetry: The other end not showing much: Side photos: Thanks for your help! Monica
  4. Hello, I was wondering if any kind of sealant was required to preserve shale fossils from Arkona?
  5. Arkona, Ontario

    These are some devonian finds from Arkona, Ontario, mainly from along the banks of the Ausable river. The formations exposed consist of the Arkona shale, the Hungry Hollow formation and the Widder formation.
  6. Found this one last week in the South pit at Hungry Hollow near Arkona, Ontario. I did a bunch of searching but couldn't narrow this one down. Devonian age Widder fm Hungry Hollow member Measures 2.25 x 2.0 x 1.5 cm
  7. Arkona Crinoid prep

    Here is a Corocrinus calypso I found in the south pit at Hungry Hollow last fall (southern Ontario, Canada, Devonian age). In the past these were a common find in the Arkona formation, but access to the productive outcrops is becoming rare. I stumbled upon this one on top of the northern end of the pit. Sitting there in ten pieces and eroding away, I was lucky to have found it before it turned to dust. The matrix is more solid than the usual clay which makes up the Arkona so I believe it was weathering out of a concretion. I glued the bits that obviously fit together and it ended up in a box with my other Arkona keepers. Two weeks ago I was looking through the collection and decided to prep one of the nicer chunks. After messing around for an hour or so I realized that everything fit together into one piece. Cool! There are some gaps as the edges are worn but I'll take it. Most of my prep experience has been on E. rana from Penn Dixie which are usually quite sturdy and forgiving (I'm not very patient but luckily have not ruined a fossil yet). With this probably being my favourite find to date, it was time to turn down the psi and take my time. I think it is coming along nicely after seven or eight hours of work. Planning to spend another seven hours on it this week to finish it off. Not a lengthy prep for some, but certainly my longest so far.
  8. Arkona South Pit

    Spent Sunday with two Forum friends on a dig at the south pit of Arkona. My focus was on the Hungry Hollow Member. We didn't come away with any showstoppers, but it was a nice, sunny day and not too hot. We saw a deer and her fawn, dragonflies with either a bright blue or green metallic sheen, biting deer flies, and wild raspberry plants ripe for picking. Spent this morning doing some preliminary cleanup abrasion of my finds. Fresh HH stuff from the layer tends to be pretty mucky, and it takes careful examination not to miss something good as it is really hard to make out detail. And then, when you take it home, that muck has dried and you wonder "why did I take this chunk of dirty rock home again?" A selection of some of the stuff now that I've done some abrasion:
  9. Arkona 07/06/2019

    As usual I had the urge to go fossil hunting this weekend so I decided to take a trip to Arkona and have a relaxing day of surface collecting. It was calling for rain all week but turned out to be a nice day (aside from the brutal heat and swarming deer flies). Things were looking a little different this year. Spring hit this roadway to one of the pits pretty hard. Critters everywhere so you have to watch your step. There were loads of tiny toads that must have just grown up and left the water. Also found this poor strawberry plant struggling on top of a hill in poor soil but somehow managed to fruit And now for the fossils... I didn't have any luck finding the blastoid or crinoid I was after but I did take a few things home. Some corals Aulocystis ramosa, Platyaxum frondosum Favosites sp. A brach species I didnt have yet and a large Callipleura Nucleospira concinna, Callipleura nobilis An interesting bryozoan and a cluster of tube worms unknown bryozoan, Spirorbis sp. Gastropods Platyceras bucculentum, Naticonema lineata Possible arthropod trackway? And a new trilo species for me. Beaten up but I'll take it. The cephalon+partial thorax look like Basidechenella Pseudodechenella arkonensis. The pygidium looks like Crassiproetus crassimarginatus (top one was found last year).
  10. Heterophrentis sp. (Billings 1875)

    From the album Corals

    4.5cm. A nicely formed little sample with iron pyrites. Hungry Hollow Member Widder Formation Givetian Middle Devon From Hungry Hollow, Arkona, Ontario, Canada
  11. From the album Gastropods and Bivalves Worldwide

    5cm. long. On Matrix with a lot of bryozoan, crinoid, brachiopod, trilobite & coral detritus, particularly a nicely pyritized Heliophyllum(?) Hungry Hollow Member Widder Formation Givetian Middle Devon
  12. Naticonema lineata (Conrad 1842)

    From the album Gastropods and Bivalves Worldwide

    3cm. Hungry Hollow Member Widder Formation Givetian Middle Devon Found at the south pit at Hungry Hollow, Arkona, On., Canada
  13. From the album Gastropods and Bivalves Worldwide

    5cm. long Hungry Hollow Member Widder Formation Givetian Middle Devon Found at the south pit at Hungry Hollow, Arkona, On., Canada
  14. Pholidostrophia nacrea (Hall 1852)

    From the album Brachiopoda

    15mm. Hungry Hollow Member Widder Formation Givetian Middle Devon Found at the south pit at Hungry Hollow, Arkona, On., Canada
  15. Callipleura nobilis (Hall 1860)

    From the album Brachiopoda

    3cm. Hungry Hollow Member Widder Formation Givetian Middle Devon Found at the south pit at Hungry Hollow, Arkona, On., Canada
  16. Platyaxum frondosum (Nicholson 1874)

    From the album Corals

    10x5.5cm. Hungry Hollow Member Widder Formation Givetian Middle Devon Found at the south pit at Hungry Hollow, Arkona, On., Canada
  17. From the album Trilobites

    Pygidium. 3.5cm. Hungry Hollow Member Widder Formation Givetian Middle Devon Found at the south pit at Hungry Hollow, Arkona, On., Canada
  18. Back during an April trip to the Widder Formation (Mid-Devonian), I came upon a rather sizeable placoderm. It is very likely the arthrodire, Protitanichthys sp., although it is a bit of wastebasket taxon, but new research is underway. It was pretty much stuck in this rock, and it was only going to come out the hard way. I collected every little bit I could find from that dirty, messy bench, including the impression. Here is the in situ photo:
  19. Hello everyone! Viola and I spent about 2.5 hours in Hungry Hollow's South Pit (mid-Devonian in age) yesterday afternoon. The weather was actually the most pleasant it has ever been for us at this location, but it was so mucky from recent heavy rains that we couldn't explore the whole pit for fear of getting stuck. We did, however, come away with some nice finds. Most notably, it was my best day for finding the small pyritized goniatite Tornoceras - I collected 9, which is more than the sum total of what I've found in all of my visits prior to yesterday!!! I hope you enjoy the pictures Monica Two photos of the pit: Two photos of Viola collecting/playing in the mud: More to follow...
  20. Hi all! While I was looking through some of my fossils, I came across the specimen below, and I think it's a new little coral for me! Does anyone have an idea as to its identity? It appears to be a tabulate coral, but if anyone could let me know its genus and species then I'd be much obliged! It's from Hungry Hollow near Arkona, Ontario, Canada (mid-Devonian in age). Thanks in advance for your help! Monica
  21. [WARNING: As is my custom, this trip report is exceedingly long, verbosely worded, and copiously illustrated with photos.] (It may be a good idea to find a comfy chair and grab a drink and some popcorn.) Since Tammy's retirement earlier this year, we've been busier than ever. We finally made it to Iceland this summer and saw dozens (if not literally hundreds) of waterfalls in that geologically interesting country. While talking about waterfalls ("fossar" in Icelandic), Tammy had realized that I had somehow not yet seen Niagara Falls. Tammy did not do a lot of vacation traveling when she was younger but had visited Niagara several times in her youth. She decided it was high time I experienced the power of Niagara. It could have been a simple trip--a flight up to Buffalo, a day out on a boat getting drenched at the base of the falls, and home again with little more than a long weekend invested. Somehow though, I have a remarkable knack for constructing enormously detailed travel itineraries--and this trip was no exception. Our anniversary month is October and so with the prospect of some multi-chromatic autumn foliar displays we decided that we'd plan a roadtrip that included Niagara Falls as its underlying motivation. It didn't take me long to realize that there are a lot of great TFF members up in the New York and Ontario area. Additionally, some members from the Virginia/Maryland area suggested meeting up during our last roadtrip through the Carolinas but that trip was already lengthy and involved. Perhaps, I could combine visits with a number of TFF members along the way and do a roadtrip down the Eastern Seaboard? As I started contacting prospective members to get the idea kickstarted, the starting point of our trip changed and we tacked on several extra days to the start of our trip. My brother and his wife had just bought a new house in the north side of Chicago. He decided that since all of the family holidays (Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas) were already claimed by other family members that he would start the tradition of Oktoberfest at their house--first Saturday of October. The itinerary for our trip was still in its early stages so we were easily able to incorporate a trip up to Chicago and link it to the start of our roadtrip. We considered flying from Chicago to Buffalo and picking the rental car there but the cheaper airfares were (not surprisingly) at rather inconvenient times (who wants to check into a hotel in the wee hours of the morning?) but an alternative soon presented itself. Since one of the places we'd hoped to visit along the way was the Devonian Hungry Hollow site in Arkona, ON, we'd have to backtrack west if we started in Buffalo but it would be conveniently along the route if we simply picked up the rental car in Chicago and started the roadtrip from there. This also allowed us the opportunity of visiting the small town of La Porte, Indiana where Tammy lived at one time. Things were falling into place. Of course, that is not to imply that my roadtrips are in any way quickly improvised--I think I spend as much time planning them as I do driving them. Starting the trip in Chicago allowed us both to visit family and work our way through all of our favorite food groups (authentic Chinese, Indian, Middle-eastern, and deep-dish pizza ) before gorging ourselves on lots of tasty German food and Oktoberfest-themed adult beverages at my brother's new place. Finally, we were ready to start rolling some miles (and kilometers) onto our trip odometer and we picked up the rental car and got underway. We planned on making London, ON for our first night and since it turns out it is only a mere 6 or so hours driving from Chicago, we had a bit of time to drive through La Port. It had been nearly 40 years since Tammy lived there and (as expected) much of the area was barely recognizable and not much as she'd remembered it. There were a few landmarks still in place and it didn't take us long to find the house her parents owned in town. The main floor was the Chinese restaurant they owned and the second floor above is where they lived. It's always interesting indulging some nostalgia and visiting places from the past. After a bit of driving around town we picked up the highway and in time crossed the border into Canada at Port Huron. We got to bed late that night but we had one of the longer driving days behind us already. On the road again--and a stop at a childhood home in La Porte.
  22. Hello there! I was able to visit Hungry Hollow's South Pit (near Arkona, Ontario, Canada - age is mid-Devonian) yesterday - boy was it hot!!! Viola and I spent three hours surface-collecting before we decided to call it quits and head to our air-conditioned car. We found our usual stuff, but I'd like your input on the following two items: Item #1 front and back: a type of Favosites coral - perhaps placenta? It's a lot flatter than my other Favosites finds, and you can even see what I think are some crinoid holdfasts on top, and an echinoderm plate (perhaps from a crinoid calyx?) on the back!!! Item #2 front and back: I have NO idea whatsoever!!! It's smooth, and I can't see evidence of holes/pores, but it is kind of hilly - what do you think? Thanks in advance for your help!!! Monica
  23. Hello everyone! This past Saturday, July 28, 2018, Victoria @VTinNorthAB and I met up with our families in Arkona, Ontario in order to do a little fossil-hunting together. It was a wonderful day - it was warm with a mix of sun and clouds and we all came away with some great finds! Please enjoy the photos below! Viola (my 7-year-old daughter) and Aviva (Victoria's 7-year-old daughter) in front of the falls at Rock Glen Viola and Aviva climbing a wall of Hungry Hollow's South Pit, searching for button corals and other goodies Adina (Victoria's 4-year-old daughter - it was her birthday!) and Aviva climbing the same wall - Adina was a trooper! Adina and Aviva posing for a picture post-climb Victoria fossil-hunting high up in the South Pit More to come...
  24. Devonian bivalve (scallop?)

    Found in Arkona Ontario a couple weeks ago Devonian age Widder formation 38mm/1.5" across
  25. Greenops widderensis

    From the album Trilobites

    Widder Formation Arkona, Ontario, Canada

    © 2018 by Jay A. Wollin

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