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Found 25 results

  1. How to unbury this little guy

    I have this piece I found at Beltzville State Park pretty recently and really want to try to get it more exposed without destroying it. I have no experience at all with fossil prep, therefore I have no tools aside from basic chisels/hammers. I’m just wondering if there’s any suggestions as to what I could do to try to expose it, or anything I might acquire to do so.
  2. Beltzville State Park

    The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society got a permit to explore the restricted area at Beltaville Dam in Lehighton, PA today. The spillway for the dam is immense! The 20-50ish foot walls of the spillway are covered with rubble in swaths of hard blue-black and red stone, soft colorful clay stone, and the occasional bit of tan sandstone. All are from the Upper Devonian Mahantango Formation. The sun was shining, the air was warm and the wind was still. Perfect day for prospecting! Everybody spread out along the walls. There was more than ample room for everybody to claim a big spot to explore. I walked along the north wall until the smooth, flat stones started showing texture. I had expected to find very little in the harder material and lots of things in the colorful clay. That’s been my experience on the beach in the adjacent state park*, anyway. Quite the opposite! As soon as I found a promising spot in the hard matrix, I sat down and examined every rock. The trilobites were lurking watching me from all directions. I found eyes from at least 8 animals. Most I kept, just for the sake of counting. A couple I tossed because this was getting silly. One I gave to someone nearby, “So he can keep an eye out for you.” The best was this 2-inch Phacops sp. cephalon. I now officially claim to have the PA State Fossil. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to figure out if it’s P. rana, but the right genus is close enough for me. Such a cute little froggie face! I found one tiny brachiopod or bivalve among the buggies that still had the whole shell intact, albeit a might smoothed during its time under water. It's not silicified. It's not pyritized. It's still CaCO3 after all these ages. I tested it. I showed it to our trip leader who said that there was coral preserved like this shell further down the wall. Nifty. There were also some very nice, red-stained bryozoa and hash plates. Unfortunately, the hash plates were mostly at the narrow ends of long rocks, arranged 90 degrees from the plane of the layers in the splitting stone. Most I admired and left behind. There are only so many big, mostly-featureless rocks I can store in the house. After a couple hours, I appeared to exhaust my trilobite supply. People had walked past me with some pretty horn corals molds, so I headed towards the clay to see if I could find any. No luck. There was plenty of colorful stone, buy almost nothing as far as fossils, so I kept picking my way across the wall where I could get footing. I kept getting higher and higher until eventually I needed all 4s to navigate in any direction and abandoned my collection bucket. Another quarter mile or so down the wall, I found a good spot to slid tom the spillway floor. And there they were. In a space covering maybe 5 horizontal feet of the wall were rocks littered with preserved coral bodies. Jackpot! I spent at least an hour at the top. I tried to slide down a little and slid all the way to the bottom, unable to climb back up the steep pile of flat pebbles. There was definitely more at the bottom, but the middle eluded me. While poking around for corals, I found a couple of ½” brachiopods with both sides intact and a preserved crinoid stem. I walked across the spillway and back up the other side but found nothing. I somehow totally missed that the rest of the group had left, with just Rick and Steve watching me from a distance. Typical for me to be the last one out. I'll post a link in the comments to my Beltzville album when I finish sorting through my finds and photographing them. *Yes, I know it is illegal to collect fossils in most states' parks. Pennsylvania is an exception.
  3. I am looking to trade some of the fossils I’ve collected at Beltzville State Park and Montour Preserve for fossil shark or crocodile teeth. I pictured the fossils I’m looking to trade. Bivalves, coral, and some rocks with multiple specimens. If someone is interested in anything and has something other than what I’m looking for don’t be shy throw an offer my way, I’m interested in just about everything and would love to help expand others collections. Thanks all If anybody needs any other pictures of anything let me know
  4. Hi All, My wife and I have recently started visiting some of the Devonian Mahantango fossil collecting areas in central and northeast Pennsylvania. Yesterday we made a trip to Beltzville State Park to do some casual collecting. After a couple of hours of collecting I came across what may be the face and eyes of an unknown trilobite. This was chiseled from a much larger piece and almost went into the waste bin! Anyway, any help with a proper ID would be much appricated. Thanks!
  5. Was going past beltzville and decided to take a stop. We (me and my father who came along) happened upon a stretch of ungraveled lake side and took a look for twenty minutes. The fruits of our labor were the normal Mahantango mix, Brachiopods, bryozoans, crinoids, but my father (who is unexperienced in fossil hunting and doesn't really know what a trilobite looks like) picked up a trilo cephalon (Eldredgeops rana i think). I would have been happy, watching the sunset on the lake knowing that I possessed a trilobite, when I noticed another one right under my nose! Well, on the ground. I felt pretty good for twenty minutes,and after finding a trilobite I think my dads starting to get the fossil collecting itch.... heres the finds, might be posted here over a few days because I'm a bit busy. first trilobite
  6. Trilobites!

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Trilobite segments found just below the water line in the lake at Beltzville State Park, PA Devonian Manhatango Formation
  7. Crinoid Stem

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Crinoid Stem The first fossil I found at the park. It was sitting on the bottom of the swimming area in waist-deep, crystal-clear water! Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Pennsylvania
  8. Beltzville Beauties!

    I made a gallery of this weekend's collecting adventure. Enjoy!
  9. Tabulate Coral

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Pleurodictyum americanum Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA Thank you to @fossildude19 for the ID!
  10. From the album Beltzville State Park

    Brachiopod internal mold with crinoid impression Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  11. Brachiopod

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Brachiopod Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  12. Bryozoan

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Bryozoan Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  13. Rugose Coral

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Solitary Rugose Coral Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  14. Bryozoa

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Bryozoa Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  15. Crinoid Stem Pieces

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Crinoid Stem Pieces Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  16. Coral External Mold

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Rugose Coral External Mold Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  17. Hash Plate

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Death Assemblage crinoids, brachiopod Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  18. Bryozoan

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Bryozoan Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  19. Brachiopod

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Brachiopod Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  20. From the album Beltzville State Park

    Crinoid Plate Devonian Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  21. Rugose Coral

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Rugose Coral Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  22. Tiny critter among the crinoids

    Hi everyone! I recently took a middle/high school group to Beltzville State Park to collect fossils from the Devonian Mahantango Fm. We found the usual plethora of crinoids, bryozoa, trilobites and corals, etc. Upon looking under the microscope, one student found a large amount of these tiny (like 3mm across) star-like creatures in one rock - superimposed upon bivalves and coral. She'd love to know what they are for her assignment. Thanks!
  23. Looking to take a trip to Beltsville SP

    Just a New Jersey guy looking to head out to Beltzville State Park this Sunday with my girl for some fossil hunting. Anyone have any specifics on the park, where to look, what to look for? Any and all info will be greatly appreciated. Mike
  24. Yesterday was a gorgeous day for a fossil hunting trip, and also the last day of summer before my SO had to go back to school to teach little ones. So the clan of three gathered up our bathing suits, towels, sunscreen and a bag for holding fossil finds, and we drove out to Beltzville, PA, which has a little something for everyone! At first, we were at the swimming beach, playing around and looking for fossils there... well, the pickings were little to none. I think we found a small pebble that had some bryozoans in it. That was about it. I was wondering where all the fossils were? Did we arrive just after they had all been found? I stopped looking at this point (sigh of disappointment) and swam around with my daughter in the warm lake water. We went up for lunch, dried off, and my sweetie got on his phone and did some research on the park. Turns out there are other places around the lake better suited for fossil hunting! Yay! After we ate, and the little one played on the children's playground, we piled back into the car and headed to the other side... Way fewer people, and completely fossilicious!!
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