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  1. Hi, I found these while pulling apart loose shale eroding from the rockface at the Lady's Walk Shale, Scotland. Be interested for any thoughts...! Can upload better pics if needed.
  2. I arrived home last week and after few days of reorientation I managed to get down to prepping the few finds I had made there. There was lots to do with family and friends this time around, but I did manage to get out on 2 day trips. I also slipped out to the Georgian Bay shore at Big Bay for a couple of hours and found this 14cm. long orthocone nautiloid. Don't know what to call it yet, so I'd appreciate it if someone could give me an idea. The stratigraphy is upper Ordovician Queenston Formation. The first day trip was with @Monica and Viola. They took me to Etobicoke and Mimico Creeks in the Greater Metropolitan Toronto area, fed me well with such delicacies as smoked meat and brownies and provided me with enough to drink. I kept my finds down to a minimum, threw a bivalve and a brachiopod in the bag, but I was actually concentrating on finding a half decent nautilus, which I eventually did at Etobicoke Creek. Actually there are 3 of them in the block, one on one side and two on the other. Im calling them Treptoceras until someone teaches me better. This matrix is really tough to prep! I still have another one from MImico Creek which I may just end up sanding and polishing. Here are the two shellfish Byssonchia sp.? Not sure at all about that, but I think that the Brachiopod could be Strophomena sp. Uhoh. Running out of bytes. Looks like I'll have to turn the page to get to Kane.
  3. and a productive trip off on Kentucky 17 in Northern Kentucky any location that exposes the McMillan formation. Fossils fossils in this ordovician exposure are about 445 million years old
  4. My first Permian Fossils

    Hi all, I finally found my first Permian age fossils in southern Nevada, however I'm no expert on this age so perhaps some of you could help me out. In general I know what a brachipod looks like but it's really hard for me to tell when looking at these fossils. I'm not sure if the first one is one, or is just some sort of rock.
  5. Let's talk brachiopods!

    Hi all, I don't know much about brachiopods beyond general recognition. Since I found that little unidentified echinoid(?) I have decided to prep some of the loose brachs that I found on a recent trip to Fillmore Co., MN. The complete brachiopod here appears to have been attached to another brachiopod shell. So here are my questions. 1. Can anyone identify the brachiopod? (I am assuming they are the same species) 2. Would this be considered an unarticulated brachiopod? 3. I haven't finished prepping the interior of partial brachiopod. I wasn't sure what to call it so I referred to it as the host shell in the photo. It has what almost looks like an open crack. Any idea what might have caused this? There are little black specs surrounding it. Could this have been caused by another brach pedicle? When I was prepping it, it kind of reminded me of a burrow lined with tiny fecal pellets - but my imagination does tend to get the best of me. As always, thanks for your help! @minnbuckeye @Bev @Tidgy's Dad
  6. This past weekend I stopped by Glenerie, NY to look for some Devonian braciopods and gastropods. This was a very cool location as many of the shells, preserved in silica, weather out of the rock complete and ripe for the taking. Thanks @Jeffrey P for suggesting the location! I plan to spend much of this summer exploring the fossil localities of NY and this spot was certainly a great introduction. Here are some of my finds. Brachiopods
  7. Brachiopod Star Tattoo?

    While scanning some of the fossil plates I found hunting with @Bev and @minnbuckeye, I noticed this little star-shaped discoloration on one of the brachiopods. Anyone have any idea what could have produced this mark?
  8. Thedford Area Finds

    Spent a solid six hours in full sun and heat, with biting deer flies, moving rock at my secluded spot. Temps were about 30 C, but closer to 40 with humidity and heat off the rocks. Mostly splitting mid Devonian rock from the Widder Fm. Mostly looking for trilobites, which can be a game of inches... too far up or down in the strata, you get blanks or brachs. First up, a few brachs. These can cluster up in massive beds. The first one was fairly large but I left it there. I did keep the second one as the long tips are fragile and rarely come out whole.
  9. Kingena elegans group

    From the album Haute normandie - April 2018

    Kingena elegans : a cretaceous brachiopod from Senneville sur Fécamp
  10. Kingena elegans

    From the album Haute normandie - April 2018

    Kingena elegans : a cretaceous brachiopod from Senneville sur Fécamp
  11. Cyclothyris difformis - group view

    From the album Haute normandie - April 2018

    Cyclothyris difformis : a brachiopod from Normandy cretaceous
  12. CBN brachiopods

    Hi all, Found these two brachiopods by splitting rocks at Cap-Blanc-Nez in France. Most fossils there are Cretaceous in age, but these were found in greyer rocks that felt more like clay than chalk to me. I suppose that means they are from a different layer...? If so, what would the age be (stage)? Anyways, what species do you guys think they are? Thanks in advance! Max Brachiopod #1:
  13. Pink Cap-Blanc-Nez shell

    Hi all, Just wondering how I should go about with the prep of this one. It's from Cap-Blanc-Nez, France, and the matrix is Cretaceous chalk. Should I prep this using vinegar (and water)? If yes, how? Or is it better to go with the small metal picks? (The matrix is rather soft) Any other tips or things I should know before I tackle this one? Thanks in advance, Max
  14. From the album Lower Devonian

    Cryptonella exima (Terebratulid brachiopod preserved in silica) Lower Devonian Glenerie Limestone Tristates Group Route 9W Glenerie, N,Y.

    Hoooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here we are at last, into Adam's Silurian. Thanks for looking. First up is the Lower Silurian or Llandovery and I begin with a problem. I posted this one incorrectly in Adam's Ordovician as it had got it's label muddled up with an Ordovician Favosites I had that has vanished in the move here, but is being replaced by kind forum member @Herb Anyway, this, I remember now I've found the correct label, is from the greenish Browgill Formation, part of the Stockdale Group from a cutting near Skelgill (Skelghyll) in Cumbria, Northern England. It seems to be a tabulate coral, but I can't find any listed for this location, only mentions of small, rare, rugose corals. It has the star shaped corallites of a Heliolitidid, but seems to be tightly packed together like a Favositidid. A couple of species of Palaeofavosites seem to be close and are a bit star-shaped,, but anyone know any better? @TqB@piranha hmm who else? The coral bit, an external mold, is a maximum of 3.5 cm across and each corallite up to 2 mm.
  16. Brachiopod?

    I'm pretty sure it's a brachiopod. After that, I'm lost. I have a book that I'm using, and it matches a picture of a Torquirhynchia, but it says those are found only in Europe. This one was found at the Trammel Fossil Park. http://drydredgers.org/fieldtrips/trammel_fossil_park.htm I don't remember in what layer I found it. Side note, here's a close up of the tiny fossil next to it.
  17. Double Mystery Brachiopod

    Today I received a special surprise at work; our magazine editor found this fossil in her yard! A nice brachiopod, it seems! Here are the two mysteries: 1. WHAT TYPE of brachiopod? (I'd be happy with FAMILY). 2. FROM WHERE? I was excited that she had MARINE FOSSILS on her land... but she said this was in a bunch of rock THEY BOUGHT for landscaping purposes. ANY ideas? I have seen nodules like this from out west - Any opinions or guesses welcome!
  18. Brachiopod help

    Can anyone help ID this shell? It's from the Pennsylvanian Pottsville Formation near Cordova, Alabama. Size is about 3/4 to 1 inch across. Found in a layer of shale with lots of plant fossils.
  19. Brachiopod unknown

    I collect in Coralville Iowa frequently and always run across these brachiopods. Yet I am unsure of their name in spite of investigation on line. They are NOT uncommon so the ID should be easy but eludes me. So here I am asking for assistance! They are flat as a pancake if that helps.
  20. Hungry Hollow epibiont help

    Hello everyone! This past Saturday, Viola and I braved the cold to do some fossil collecting in the south pit of Hungry Hollow near Arkona, Ontario (Mid-Devonian). When I got home and washed up my specimens, I saw something interesting on one of the horn corals - I think it's a brachiopod - am I right? And does anyone know its identity? Thanks in advance for your help! Monica
  21. Sellithyris biplicata

    From the album Vaches Noires spring 2018 and a bit of 2016

    Sellithyris biplicata : brachiopod from the cenomanian of "les Vaches Noires" Cliffs - collected during april 2018.
  22. Vinlandostrophia laticosta?

    Hi guys, new to fossil hunting so I thought I'd ask for some help identifying a few fossils my girlfriend and I found at a park near Louisville, Kentucky. We found a ton of brachiopods among the creek gravel, almost completely without context, but this was the only one intact and in decent condition. Is this what I think it is, a Vinlandostrophia laticosta? According to this resource we're only about 30 miles or so out of its documented range. http://www.ordovicianatlas.org/atlas/brachiopoda/rhynchonellata/orthida/platystrophiidae/vinlandostrophia/vinlandostrophia-laticosta/ Thanks!
  23. Mississippian brachiopod?

    I did a long weekend of fossil hunting in Oklahoma and NW Arkansas. All of the formations, fossils and areas were completely new to me. I will have to post a trip report in the next few days. I found this specimen yesterday in a creek in NW Arkansas in the St. Joe Limestone Member of the Boone Formation, which is Carboniferous, Mississippian. I am totally new to the Mississippian. It was all marine stuff. I’d like to ID it before I start removing more matrix so I know what it looks like and don’t accidentally take off something I shouldn’t. I saw lots of brachiopods, but none came even close to the size of this one or was of this species. Most were under 1 inch. This is what it looked like when it was found. I think it is a steinkern. I just thought it was a maybe an inch wide or so from what I could see. It was in a fairly large rock conglomerate. So I attempted to split the rock so the thing could be popped out. Turns out it is 10 x 5 cm or 4 x 2 inches. It is still in the matrix after the first split. This is the negative (cavity) of where it split out of. As you can see part of it remained on the other half. It looks like there may be a little crinoid pice on it too. These are other shots of it. You can see the end where it broke off. I’m curious about the hinge part and what it is supposed to look like. Close up of the hinge parts. The one end appears to be fused with the matrix. The other end looks like it is basically free. Any help on the ID would be greatly appreciated. I wonder if @Ludwigia, @Herb or @fifbrindacier or anyone else might be able to help with the ID.
  24. Found this somewhat flattened Brach (Derbyia crassa) in the Pennsylvanian age Finis Shale formation at the Lost Creek Reservoir borrow pit near Jacksboro, in Jack County, Texas a couple of weeks ago. It's not perfect but I love fossils that are still in the matrix and that aren't pristine and show signs of predation and deformation from the weight of the overlying matrix.
  25. Nashville Brachiopod from long long ago.

    If everyone can remember this far back, it was roughly 2 years ago that I went to Nashville TN to hunt for Ordovician Brachiopods that I had never known of up until that point. One of the places we hit was a cliff that was right next to a Target supermarket parking lot (which is a very convenient spot for hunting). There, I found one of my best Brachiopods: I always like to look at this one whenever I go back to obsessively stare at my specimens (tells you how much of a life I have ). I didn't, however get its name...