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Found 19 results

  1. From the album Nautiloid’s Eurypterids and other Silurian fossils

    Unknown sp. of brachiopod on a partial Eurypterus remipes prosoma Upper Silurian Bertie Group Fiddlers Green Formation Phelps Member Herkimer County, New York Collected 8/22/20
  2. Hey how’s it going, just have two small things I’m curious about and figured someone would be able to put me on the right track. I’m not very familiar with this sliver of time and it’s a bit of a mystery to me. Both of these were found at different locations, but are Fiddler’s Green Upper Silurian “waterlime”. The first was found near some Eurypterid bits (on different plates) but it was surface collection effectively, and found in a large pile (little chance of recovering the rest of it and couldn’t find any at the time). The second is from the same strata but in a location a decent distance away. I did find that with some elbow grease, but found nothing else besides plenty of salt hoppers. Both localities are in western NY. The first measures out at ~6cm/2.25in and the second is a bit under 2cm/~0.5in. I can provide anything else that is needed (scale, better quality pictures, etc.) and would really appreciate any help I could be given. Even some reference material that I could use would be really helpful. Thanks! Here is the first: Here is the second: Edit: had to fix my pictures and formatting, accidentally uploaded too many pictures.
  3. The authors have just informed me, that a tiny Phyllocarid I sent them for study, was included in a recent publication of the Journal of Paleontology. (Collette and Plotnick, 2020 JP Gonatocaris) Part of growing from hobbyist to citizen paleontologist is helping our knowledge of fossils grow. It is always fun finding a fossil and then finding exactly what you found. The picture I included is one I took soon after finding it at Ridgemount Quarry. It is Late Silurian in age and found in the very same layers that Eurypterids are found.
  4. ID references for Eurypterids

    Hello all! I'm looking for recommendations on good resources to help me identify a ton of material that I recently acquired from the Sojka eurypterid collection. I believe it is all from the Bertie Waterlime, but I can't be entirely sure. Some of the pieces have collection numbers, but I don't have access to the collection records. I am guessing that any of the collection records went with the rest of the collection to the Yale Peabody, but I can't imagine that I would honestly be able to match up the information without a lot of time and access. There's a lot of assorted material and lots of bits and pieces to ID. I figure that this will give me a good opportunity to learn a ton about a new subject! Thanks! - J
  5. New Eurypterid fossils

    I went again to Lang's Quarry for the day to look for Eurypterids and associated fauna and had a very successful day with Mr Lang.
  6. Amazing preservation, see closeup images for detail of ornamentation. This near complete specimen is large; about 20 cm in cranial-caudal dimension. At the end of the search, I was sitting in the ATV drinking water, and happen to glance out to the right, when to my shock there was a complete scorpion (Proscorpius Osborni) sitting within easy reach in plain sight!! Mr Lang kept the scorpion in order to try to find the mirror image fossil counterpart, and said he'll let me know if/when he might make it available for sale. I have right of first refusal, at least. On plate I took had both a small Pterygotus claw and the coxa of a giant Pterygotus. 5 cm make sure you click on the image and zoom in to see the detail of the carapace surface
  7. From the album Eurypterid Fossils

    When the Eurypterid bearing strata weather and crack conchoidally, two nearly identical fossils are produced when the rock splits through the fossil itself.
  8. Proscorpius Osborni complete individual

    From the album Eurypterid Fossils

    I found this at Lang's quarry. I have bragging rights at least -- Mr Lang said maybe 20 specimens of Proscorpius have been found at his quarry in the last 30 years. The specimen was displaced from it's original location, and Mr Lang kept the specimen in an effort to find the counterpart mirror image fossil, but may yet make it available to me to buy.

    © Can forward this image to academic institutions with my permission only

  9. Eurypterid hunt in NY

    My daughters and I went on what I thought would be a once in a lifetime hunt for Eurypterids over Memorial Day weekend this year. I wanted to share the bounty...18cm long 20 cm closeup of telson cool to get dorsal and ventral aspects of the prosoma, thanks to the plane of the conchoidal fracture
  10. Close-up of coiled E remipes

    From the album Eurypterid Fossils

    14 cm complete specimen. Fortunate fracture plane allows seeing both the dorsal prosoma with the eye, as well as the ventral chelicerae
  11. Eurypterus Remipes

    From the album Eurypterid Fossils

    20 cm specimen. The stone was removed from strata mechanically two or three seasons ago, and left to weather in order to accelerate conchoidal fracturing through the stone to more easily expose the fossil.
  12. Eurypterus Remipes

    From the album Eurypterid Fossils

    18 cm specimen
  13. eurypterus lacustris May 24, 2013

    From the album Pictures for sharing

    Museum Quality eurypterus lacustris found May 24, 2013. This is the positive and negative that came out in single unbroken plates. Williamsville A formation ; Stevensville, Ontario
  14. Its Not A Eurypterid

    I was at my usual site near Niagara Falls hunting eurypterids on Friday with two other collecting friends from the USA and although it was not a great day for eurypterids, the day turned out pretty good. As far as eurypterids go all I found was the following specimen but it has excelent paddle preservation that is folded over the body like an egyptian mummy. The coxa from the underside are also folded over and visible which is very unusual for a dorsally preserved specimen. What turned out to be the find of the day was that I found a horseshoe crab. As a pleasant surprise Peter from the forum( Pleecan) showed up just as I found this. Which was fortunate for me as after he ate his lunch he got out his rock and cut both of these out for me. I also have the counterpart to the crab but have not got a picture of it at this point, it is still in the trunk of my car. This is an order of magnitude rarer than the eurypterids at this site. I am aware of about 50 eurypterids collected this year that were over 80% complete. I am only aware of this and one other horseshoe crab being found this year. The following pictures were taken in situ by a well known and respected collector at this site Sam and are quite hard to see. (Perhaps Peter will do some magic and post an enhanced version.) I was actually quite surprised to have noticed it. It was about 1 foot from the partial eurypterid that is shown above. It was on the same bedding plane as the eurypterid about 1 foot to the southwest. . This was found in the Williamsville A formation of the Bertie waterlime. So the age is Upper Silurian At about 35 millimeters in length I am told that it is very large for this location where they are more normally 10 to 15 millimeters in size. My assumption at this point is that it is a Pseudoniscus clarkie Technically it is probably not correct to call it a horseshoue crab. Any other thoughts...... I have also heard of these called bunaia woodwardi but some believe these to be the same species. They are listed as separate in my book Fossil Ecosystems of North America.
  15. Possible Pterygotid

    I had a very good day collecting last Friday just going through some of the material now. I think I may have found the head and first two somites of a pterygotid. This was found in Bertie Dolestone of the Williamsville formation. This is late Silurian in age. I had to back the matrix with epoxy as it was literally paper thin in spots and ther was a hole besides the head that is filled with epoxy I was thinking it is a pterygytus because the head and body are much smaller (thinner) than the other eurypterids lacustris that I found. Any expert out there want to take a guess. Only time will tell if it continues back under the matrix. The reverse of the slab it is on is just covered with bits of Eurypterids.