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  1. Back to the Ohio Valley

    Hi Everyone, I took a 2 week trip to the Ohio Valley, arriving back in New York about a week ago. It was primarily a family visit since many of my relatives now reside in the Elizabethtown, KY area. However, the Ohio Valley, as some of you know, is very rich in Paleozoic fossils and I just had to make a few stops on my way there and back as well as between family engagements. I will try to share enough to give you all a gist of it: It was a long day's drive from the northern suburbs of New York City to Richmond, Indiana where I spent the first night. The next day I was headed down State Road 101 to Garr Hill, to collect in the Upper Ordovician Liberty Formation. It was my first time at the site and everything I found was collected from loose rocks at or near the base of the outcrop. A couple of pictures:
  2. Hey there, I hope today was as nice for you as it was for me outside here in Henry County, Missouri. On my day off today, I decided to go on another fossil hunt. Today's location is a little arm off of Truman Lake, and is one of my favorite spots to look for crinoids. The water was relatively low right now at this location today also. I decided to take advantage of that fact and look along the bottom by the water line where scraps and eroding peices fall down, and get covered back by water for most of the year. Often times I'll find complete crinoids and blastoids down here if the water is low enough, and one's luck is high. Today was a decent day for this picky fellow. The morning started off a bit cloudy, which was nice because I have a bit of a walk before I can start scouring for fossils on the ground. Soon after starting my trek, this cute little bug landed on my hand. I think it is a mayfly. Bugs can be annoying, though this little guy wasn't. Today was particularly bad with mosquitoes though. Lazy me forgot to bring bug spray. Be prepared for ticks, mosquitoes, and other creepy crawlies when coming out here. After getting to the fossiliferous limestones, I started off by going towards the bottom of the exposure. I tend to squat down sumo style, or look like I'm doing toe touches with my butt sticking in the air a good portion of the day while looking. One's success is often due to experience here, but alot of things are small, dirty, weathered, or just easy to overlook here. It definitely pays to take your time and go low when you look. There is always at least one fisherman or kayaker usually baffled by what I'm doing, today was no different. The first find was an easy to spot crinoid, which was perfect and required no preparation at all. Sometimes its as easy as just picking it off the floor. Very lucky to say the least. All that was needed was cleaning with warm soapy water. Can you spot the crinoid in situ? The second find was just as easy! A hundred feet away or so, this blastoid was just sitting there. Again, this only needed very simple cleaning up. Here is another photo, showing how I found it next to my trusty old Estwing. There are some cherts in the Burlington Formation, as well as the crinoidal limestones already shown. I didn't find too much in the cherty sections today. It always takes scribe and abrasives to prep this material. Sometimes you can whack the chert and the fossil will pop out, but depending how it's situated in the rock and also just dumb luck depends on weather that extraction method is successful. It usually isn't, and it can be dangerous as the chert can splinter out and shoot at high speeds if you hit the rock wrong. I did find a nice Pentremites sp. blastoid though, as well as a nice Composita sp. brachiopod in cherts. It is likely complete, but not one I can just whack. Heres another blastoid, though a different type from the crinoidal limestones that needs prep. It will be much easier to finish. After a good 5 hours out, I decided to return back to my car and head for home. I won't have many opportunities to hunt my beloved Burlington much longer, so I'm trying to make the best of this and go out as often as I can. I tend to be at peace most when I'm out in nature, and finding fossils has taught me more than just about these ancient creatures. It has taught me about my current surrounding environment, the current living creatures here, patience, and more that I probably don't need to ramble off about. Anywho, here's everything I managed to clean up today. Preparation on the blastoids will have to wait until I have more time. Composita sp. brachiopod Azygocrinus rotundus and Globoblastus norwoodi Other crinoidal bits. Another Globoblastus norwoodi (needs abbraided still) Crinoid (probably Aorocrinus parvus, still needs prep) And that ends today's trip, thanks for reading. Enjoy your summer while you still can!
  3. This is getting to be a regular visit of mine, but this may be the last time for this garage sale that was being held by the daughter of two older ESCONI members who collected rocks and fossils all over the US and Canada. They had so much stuff, it could not be put out at one time, thus the weekly Saturday visits to see what was new. But before i put up the multiple picture heavy posts that will follow, I want to show a couple pictures of how some of the stuff was arranged. Today I was again got to meet the great Fossil Forum and ESCONI member Rich @stats, we spent time talking and revisiting items to make sure that we did not miss anything. Here are a picture of Rich searching for something good. Here are a couple pictures of the sale. Now before I post the items that I picked up today I want to show a couple pieces of Mazon Creek (MC) fossils that I picked up from the daughter after I went for an arrange showing of MC fossils on Tuesday. I wanted to see what they had since the were never put out before and I knew that others had set up similar visits in the past with her. I picked up the following pieces for $40.00 and though I do not generally buy MC fossils, I do love Annularia, and fertile ferns and I did get some. I also picked up Neuropteris, Alethopteris, Pecopteris and the Leech Coprinoscolex ellogimus. Now to my surprise, I picked you a couple pieces that struck my fancy and I sent a PM to Jack Witry @fiddlehead who gave me some surprising ID's to plants that I did not have in my collection. This piece I did not know the ID of this piece, but I did like the way it looked and I got it for $2.00. Jack stated that it "is a rare sterile example of Myriotheca scaberrima. He stated that an example of this species will be in his new Mazon Creek Flora book that will be coming out soon. This other piece I thought was a fertile Pecopteris and I just happened to send him a picture of it and my ID was wrong. Jack stated that it is an exceptional example of a fertile Diplazites unita. He stated that one of the interesting mysteries of the Mazon Creek flora is why 2 out of 3 examples of this taxon fertile. He further stated that no other fern except for some very rare taxa is anywhere near that ratio. Jack thanks again for your expertise and I can't wait to get your new book. Starting with the next post I will show some of the great stuff that I picked up today.
  4. I got of Chicago a couple hours before the snow came today- This has been such a bad winter / spring in Chicago - last weekend it was 80. I digressed, back to fossils. Today with a nice temperature of 72 degrees, I did about 3 hours of collecting at the Anna and Vienna road cuts in southern Illinois. These Mississippian road cuts are conveniently located off of I-57 and 146 (Anna) and I-24 and 146 (Vienna). I first stopped at Anna- you can collect on each side of the road, but like many sites, you need to look closely to find fossils. Here are a couple pictures of how the fossils were found. Here are a couple pictures of the fossils that I found at Anna. Pentremities spicatus Blastoids/ I do not have my scale cube handy, so I used a standard pen. Horn Coral- Archimedes screw- Crinoid stems- (I only pick up these to show that they are present) Brachiopods- Vienna finds will be next-
  5. are these blastoids???

    first item first three photos second item next three I can see they are not the same type but what are they? found in gravel load west of Houston Texas from Brazos River
  6. Today I stopped at a favorite roadcut near Vienna, Illinois at the intersection of I-24 & 146. This site contains Mississippian Fauna of the Chester Series / Upper Chester Group / Menard Limestone. Here are some of my finds- Pentremites spicatus Blastoids- (the larger 2) Archimedes screw and Crinoid Stem- Crinoid Basal Plates- Agassizocrinus (?) Brachiopods- Horn Coral- Fenestella Bryozoan- Hash Plates-
  7. The first is from the Menard formation the last two are from the Golconda fromation. https://imgur.com/a/8g5R86m I've been away for some time (life keeping me busy). I have a brand new prep room soon I will have other photos of my room and various fossils and rocks. Members that have been around awhile might remember me and to all you new folk I want to say hello (maybe I should have started with all that). Anyway I hope to be able to get back to posting again since things are starting to settle in.
  8. As I was heading home from Georgia, I made two quick stops in the pouring rain to collect some Mississippian fossils at Anna and Vienna, Illinois. I must state that these are not destination sites, the area are okay to stop at if you are passing by these areas. First up was a stop at Vienna, Illinois ( I-24 and Rt. 146 Exit 16). I picked up every fossil so you can see what is available. Blastoids Brachiopods Archimedes screw Crinoid Stems Horn Coral Fenestella Bryozoan Hash plate with Archimedes screw and Fenestella Bryozoan. About 15 minutes away is the road cut in Anna, Illinois. ( I-57 and Rt 146). Crinoid basal plates Blastoids- Archimedes screw Horn coral- Fenestella bryozoan- Crinoid stems Hash Plate-
  9. Vienna, Illinois Roadcut

    After making a stop at the Anna Roadcut, I drove about 15 minutes to Vienna, Illinois where there is a roadcut at the entrance to Interstate 24. This rock is supposed to Be Mississippian Menard Limestone. At this location I also found some nice hash plates, my biggest blastoid of the day, Horn coral, Archimedes’ screw, bryozoan and brachiopods.
  10. Anna, Illinois Roadcut

    Today I was in Southern Illinois and made a Quick stop at a road cut near Anna, Illinois, just off of Interstate 57. This exposure is: Upper Mississippian Middle Chesterian Series Golconda Formation Harvey Member I found a few nice hash plates and some blastoids, Archimedes’ screw, brachiopods, Horn coral, Bryozoan, crinoid stems and one trilobite pygidium.
  11. Blastoid and crinoid mix up

    I while back I acquired a collection of fossils,minerals, and rocks. They were apparently found at an estate sale before being bought and sold online, hence the prices on the labels (not what I paid for them). It was rather large and confusing, but I managed to figure a lot of it out. One bag, however, has crinoid and blastoid stems and calyxs (calyxi? Calyxese?) and six labels, none attached to the specimens. I was wonder if y'all could help me sort them out, because I'm confused. A few of the labels are just "crinoid stems", is it possible to get a better ID on them? I can take more pictures if needed.
  12. Chesterian Trip 3/18/17

    Since I was on spring break and finally had a Saturday off, I decided to drive a few hours south to a couple of the best Mississippian exposures in my area. I've been to these spots in the past and have always had a pretty decent haul. Here are some of my finds from my most recent trip, enjoy! Blastoids (complete with in situ shots) Brachiopods
  13. Blastoid id needed please

    Can someone help me read this beautifully hand written note to describe these Blastiods please.
  14. sLast weekend I took a four day trip to Kentucky to see family; parents, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. While there arranged to get together with Herb from the Forum to collect Mississippian Age fossils which I hadn't done before. There are no fossiliferous Mississippian Age deposits in New York and the nearest are in Western Pennsylvania hours away, so this looked like a good opportunity to add some marine fossils from that age to my collection. Fortunately where my family lives is in an area of marine Mississippian deposits. On the way to our rendezvous with Herb in E-Town (Elizabethtown) my nephew and I stopped at a road cut in Leitchfield that he knew about and had seen other collectors collecting at. Fossils were eroding out of the hillside by the score and could be picked up right off the ground free of the matrix. Collected a number crinoid stems, bryozoans, and small brachiopods. After an hour, we continued on to our meet up with Herb. My nephew had already met Herb at a collecting site. We continued on to another road cut collecting site about forty minutes away. Again, fossils were eroding out of the hillside and could be picked right up free of the matrix. Prior to this I had no blastoids in my collection but in just an hour and a half I'd collected fifteen plus more brachiopods, crinoid stems, and some more bryozoan specimens. We then returned to the first place in Leitchfield where my nephew and I visited earlier. Found more specimens including a number of crinoid calyxes, a couple blastoids, and a few more brachiopods and bryozoans. I'll have to study to learn the IDs of these specimens. All in all a great day and Herb was wonderful to collect with and very generous and knowledgeable besides. Hope we get to do this again next year. Oh, and by the way, the family visit went well too.
  15. Blastoids

    From the album Silurian Fossils - Giles County Tennessee

    Blastoids are extinct echinoderms, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and crinoids) that are quite common fossils.
  16. E4 M.Jur Psephechinus serratus

    From the album Echinoderms through the Ages

    Psephehinnus serratus M.Jurassic Degre,Sarthe,France

    © copyright by Herb Miracle

  17. Indiana/kentuky Road Cuts

    Hay I am trying to re-plan a second day of a hunting trip because our first choice became state property about a year ago I was wondering if any one had any experience at any of these road cuts. I am just wondering how the collecting was at the sites? Quality and frequency typical of fossils found at each locality? If any one knows the layers to look in too for any specific fossil would be awesome Thanks for the help! -CQ http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/collecting.html Looking at #'s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10
  18. Close up section of Side 1

    From the album Western Ky Fossil Hunt

    "Where's Waldo" (lol)
  19. fossil shelf section (Side 1)

    From the album Western Ky Fossil Hunt

    Side 1 of a sea-shelf fossil piece.
  20. Various Fossils 3

    From the album Western Ky Fossil Hunt

  21. Various fossils 1

    From the album Western Ky Fossil Hunt

  22. Variety of all my treasures

    From the album Western Ky Fossil Hunt

    Just a variety of some of the fossils that I have collected the last few months. If you would like any of the individual fossils enlarged, just let me know.