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  1. Insane Brachiopod

    Hi all, I recently saw this very cool, but also very expensive fossil brachiopod. And well it may be a little out of my price range I would still like to know if it is legit. The seller states it is an undescribed brachiopod that has affinities to the genius Echinaurus. It is from a layer several meters above the Drotops couche at Mrakib, Morocco. This area is Middle Devonian. The seller states that it is about 3.33 inches wide and that the white mineral on the brachiopod itself is natural, not glue or anything like that.
  2. Hey, all! I’m planning a trip to England’s Jurassic Coast next summer. I’ve researched areas like Dorset, Charmouth, and Lyme Regis. I plan to hit all these in my time there. Any other recommendations or information I should know? I’m excited to explore the area and collect some new fossils!
  3. Part three to my safekeeping series. These are some of my finds from the middle Devonian Mahantango Formation of Maryland. Unlike the other formations I posted about, this one is pretty well known for it's fossil contents, so I will keep the introduction and background brief. For those who don't know the Mahantango is a middle Devonian aged marine shale that's part of the Hamilton Group in Maryland. For the most part it's fauna is dominated by brachiopods, but occasional gastropods, tentaculitids, and other animals show up as well. It was deposited in a shallow inland sea with the depth of the sea varying over time. This is only a small fraction of what I have, but it's some of the best. Image 1: Spiriferid brachiopod, Mucrospirifer mucronatus? Image 2: Some odd fragment (possibly trilobite related?) with a M. mucronatus. Image 3: M. mucronatus.
  4. From the album Middle Devonian

    Bivalves, a gastropod, a bryozoan (Fenestella sp.), and a brachiopod (Mediospirifer) Middle Devonian Mount Marion Formation Marcellus Shale Hamilton Group Route 209 road cut Wurtsboro, N.Y.
  5. Hey, all! I've reached 1000 posts of the Fossil Forum, and thought I should share one of my small but very cool finds. This is a Vinlandostrophia brachiopod (species unknown), from southern Indiana. It's Upper Ordovician in age, from the Cincinnati Group. I'm not sure which formation it's from, as there are three exposed at the site, and I found it as surface float near the bottom of the slope. It could be either Waynesville, Liberty, or Arnheim. While I have a handful of Vinlandostrophia in my collection, this one is pariticularly cool. Something took a large (relative to the size of the brach) bite out of it, but it survived and healed. This was not a small or simple notch; this was a large part of the shell margin removed. And yet, the critter survived, probably for several more years. There are several growth lines on the healed scar, at any rate. Enjoy! Brachial and Pedicle Valve views Hinge and Aperture views Normal and Pathological side views
  6. Hello there! Since the kids are in day camps this week, and my husband was going to see a movie with his friend this afternoon, I took advantage of the available me-time and went for a little fossil hunt at Etobicoke Creek in Mississauga, Ontario (Georgian Bay Formation, Upper Ordovician). I have some ideas about what I've found, but I'd like your opinions, too: Specimen #1: trilobite resting place (Rusophycus, probably made by a Flexicalymene) Specimen #2: I think this is the monoplacophoran Cyrtolites ornatus - it was very flaky and some pieces fell off, but I tried to glue together the larger pieces Specimen #3: brachiopod positive and negative, but the question is which brachiopod? Thanks in advance for your help! Monica
  7. Possible brachiopod

    Not looking for a full ID, but needing some help. My nephew brought me this piece of gravel containing some flint he found in his driveway, and it looks like on the bottom is a tiny bit of a brachiopod fossil, but I’m not 100% so I wanted to get an opinion here before I told him. Eastern Kentucky region, driveway gravel so I’m not sure of the age/strata or even where it was quarried. Thanks for your time.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. Kingena elegans group

    From the album Haute normandie - April 2018

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

    From the album Haute normandie - April 2018

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

    From the album Haute normandie - April 2018

    Cyclothyris difformis : a brachiopod from Normandy cretaceous
  19. 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:
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. 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.