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  1. Finding a complete specimen is my white whale. Usually only find small fragments, these three are my most complete. Am able to use a few bits to get a “reconstruction” cannot figure out what these are. thanks in advance!
  2. Brachiopod or Ptychodus

    Anyone please tell me what the heck this is at first I thought it was a brachiopod then I was like it might be a Ptychodus tooth what do you think I don’t not know where it came from. About 2 cm in length
  3. Meristina maria, HallIMG_9339.jpg

    From the album The Waldron Shale

    Wonderful specimen of the brachiopod Meristina maria, Hall. Conspicuous in the Waldron, specimens retaining all the shell material an fully inflated are not commonly collected. Specimen measures 1.25" in length.
  4. From the album Brachiopodes, Shells, corals, sponges......

    Diedrothyris johnstoniana (Tate, 1880)Middle Miocene.Batesford Limestone.‘Batesford Lime’ limestone quarry.Batesford. Victoria.Australia
  5. Simple marine fossil ID assistance please

    Hello! These aren't my pictures but I was given permission to post them to hopefully get an ID. I think #1 is crinoid stem, and #3 I was thinking some kind of brachiopod possibly? Thanks in advance!
  6. This nice brachiopod came from my first trip to the Lake Jacksboro site about four months ago. When I first found it, the only parts of the shell that were actually visible were the posterior hinges. I purchased a Dremel engraver not too long after to help me with some echinoids from Central Texas, and after working on them for a couple of days finally took the time to sit down and start prepping this guy. As far as I know, a brachiopod of this size (and species - I believe it's a Neospirifer or something similar) are not exactly common finds for the area, so I wanted to be as cautious as possible. After several hours worth of engraving, I managed to get most of the brachiopod revealed, but one or two attempts at getting the matrix off of the actual shell itself resulted in chips that exposed the shinier layers underneath. I'm still not sure if I should keep the brachiopod in the matrix as is for display purposes (once I get the matrix clinging to the shell off of course) or if I should remove it entirely. Let me know what you think. Here's some pictures of what it looks like now after I went after it with the engraver: The Jacksboro site is in the Graham formation and contains a lot of shale, but I believe that this particular piece is the limestone that is supposed to also be present in the locality. Does that mean vinegar would be a good choice to remove the matrix from the brachiopod without damaging it? As the title of this post suggests, I need advice for how to continue - I'm still just a newbie prepper after all! I think I've been spoiled this year by the quantity of large surface finds I've picked up here in Houston at the Brazos River and up north at the North Sulphur.
  7. Close PAC of Brachiopods

    Sand like Close PAC of Brachiopods pieces and a few crinoids. Matrix is unknown., but likely calcified clay? Allegan County, Michigan. Coldwater shale zone. Likely Devonian. Your thoughts on what all is in this. Thanks. 240 grams 1 3/8th 35 mm thick x 3 inch wide 76 mm
  8. Hi guys! I am not sure if anyone has encountered such fossils before but when collecting fossils at the Salons Formation in PA this summer I found this brachiopod: This brachiopod is nicely inflated and has great detail, one problem is that the surface of it is covered in this layer of limestone with patches of calcite. I would love to get rid of it but I am really not sure how to go about doing so. Here is an extra picture of how it looks up close: Any help would be appreciated, Thank you!
  9. Sparrow foot creek

    I ended up going out yesterday for a good portion of the day to my favorite creek. I've collected so many treasures here now that I don't mind sharing my favorite creek now, and figured I would show how a normal stream can have more than meets the eye. Of course these fossils are by no means easy pickings, as it requires splitting large slabs of chert. This is the more risky way to collect the fossils as they are delicate steinkerns that can easily break. The chert can also fracture in dangerous ways so I always wear glasses when I split chert, and would be a blind man if I didn't! Well heres a shot of favorite creek, pretty boring looking right? It's a real treat this time, because the water level has never been so low when I've come here. Usually the water is about 4-5 foot high when I walk through this stream, but currently there is only a few inches of water in certain spots of the creek. That means there is a lot of rock I can look at that I've never layed my eyes on. You can see on the bottom left of the photo where I started work on the first chunk of chert. Taking photos is not my forte! It's hard to see (I thought it was a better photo when I was out fossil hunting) but this chunk has a nice brachiopod in the dead center I worked out. While it was nice to see so much exposed rock this time, the timing wasn't. The leaves falling from the trees ended up making my job more difficult as the leaf litter covered many rocks. As I was splitting chunks off the large slab to get to my brachiopod, I was very delighted to see a small associated sliver that had some coral and brach pieces embedded. From much experience, I used my pocket knife to removed some of the terebratulid brach's delicate (paper thin) steinkern, revealing it's small loop support. I can't express how fragile these things are, they usually pop off or just break into countless pieces. I set that nice piece to the side, and continued to split away. Right before I got to my big brachiopod, this little spirifer popped out and landed in my lap, I kid you not. It was pretty dirty, but it did have a nice noticeable bit of it's spiralia intact. Should clean up nicely. Anyway, heres the nice bigger brachiopod I had my eyes set on, freed of the chert. I like this one very much, and considered prepping it off the chert. I ended up working the chert so it will set up by itself during display. I didn't see much wildlife while I was out this time. I did see this cute caterpillar though. I've always had a soft spot for bugs. I think this guy is a Yellow Bear Caterpillar, Spilosoma virginica. I was fortunate, and took a lot of goodies home this trip. Here is what I find worth sharing. Yet to ID this brachiopod. Terebratulid brachiopods with small support loop intact. Spirifer brachiopod with partial internal spiralia Platyceras gastropod (needs cleaning) Actinocrinitidae (I think) crinoid calyxs, I left one embedded inside the chert and again worked this chert so it sits upright during display. Blastoid calyx, removable from its chert home
  10. bryozoa or brachiopod?

    This is an odd little rock that I found at my son's land in Franklin County today, near Lost Creek (Alabama). I am seeing what I think is an area of bryozoan fossils of some sort on it, but then I saw this tiny little shape that is encased inside of something else. I thought it was a brachiopod at first until I looked up closed with my trusty macro lens and saw teensy dots along the edges. Is this another type of bryozoa? And, if so, why is it encased inside of something? Thanks!! Ramona
  11. So, I tried out my new air scribes and media blaster today. Finally, time to play with real fossils for a change! I’m starting to enjoy all the half days I’m working due to the pandemic. First up a bug from Warren County, Ohio that I found as a Boy Scout over 30 years ago. For years thought this was a partial hidden in the matrix. Next is a brachiopod from Cass County, Nebraska It was fractured, but I reconstructed it.
  12. For the Columbus Day weekend my girlfriend planned a three-day trip down to Southwestern Virginia as a birthday present to me. The plan was to do a little sightseeing, go on some hikes, enjoy the fall foliage, and, most importantly, collect some fossils. Unfortunately Hurricane Delta had other plans for us. As the weekend approached it looked like the entire weekend would be soaked with rain. We tried to change our reservations, but we were not allowed to postpone. Not knowing what to expect for the weekend, we made our trip. Sunday was to be my big day of fossil collecting. It was also the day that Hurricane Delta was expected to pass through Southwestern Virginia... Lucky for me, luck turned out to be on my side (at least in part). I had an all-day fossil trip planned, but due to the weather, I had to cut the trip in half. After a later start to the day than I had hoped for, we headed towards two sites that I had identified for the day. Both were exposures of the Middle Ordovician Benbolt Formation. A few showers on the drive but for the most part the rain held off while we collected. Our first stop was a large, open road cut. The limestone there is just covered with brachiopods, trilobite pieces and bryozoa I thought the number and orientation of all of the bryozoa in this hash plate were very cool There were a lot of bryozoa at this site. Some small and some large, like these pieces of Mesotrypa sp. and Batostoma sevieri My favorite bryozoan found here though was Ceramoporella sp. This piece of Corynotrypa inflata comes in a close second. This bryozoan is encrusting and was often found on the inside of loose valves of Strophomena sp. I am still trying to identify all of the brachiopods. I believe the left and bottom center ones in the second photo are Rafinesquina champlainensis while the right most one is Multicostella platys Another really interesting fossil was this undetermined sponge One of the unfortunate things about this site is that because it is so exposed, the fossils there weather very quickly. This is most apparent on all of the trilobite pieces. Here are two cephalons and a pygidium of Illaenus fieldi I think this is a right cheek and eye of Eoharpes sp. Here is an additional mystery trilobite piece
  13. Lyme Regis Brachiopods

    While looking at one of the shells in my collection that i had originally thought was a bivalve, from the stretch of beach between Lyme Regis and Charmouth, in Dorset (UK), another glance made me realize it is in fact a brachiopod: symmetry in plan view, asymmetrically sized valves in lateral view. So i dug out my British Mesozoic Fossils book and have identified it confidently as Cincta numismalis, which the book lists as occurring within the "Jamesoni Zone" of the Lower Lias at Radstock in Somerset. I am not familiar with the brachiopods of the Lower Lias at Lyme Regis in Dorset, but a quick search online using Fossilworks and plain google failed to show any other occurrences of this species from Lyme Regis. Do any of the Lias collecters here know if this is a common/widespread brachiopod taxon in both Somerset and Dorset?
  14. 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
  15. A bunch of fossils from Eifel

    Hello everyone! A bit ago traded some fossils with @Max-fossils and received some really cool stuff. I have only now gotten around to photographing them and would like to ask for your help with getting accurate IDs. These are all from the Givetian/ Eifelian of Eifel, Germany. I would appreciate any help with these IDs First some corals: 1. This piece was labelled as Favosites sp.
  16. Indiana Brachiopod ID

    Here's a sweet Brachiopod I found yesterday, it's quite interesting and I've only found one other like it, I am unfamiliar with the specific species but I am very interested if anyone could tell me more about it!
  17. Fossils in own backyard!

    So, I was bored one day and decided to head into my woods behind my house. It is an area named possibly after the squaw Indians. I obviously have ventured into my backyard woods many times and have found unusual things. I have been metal detecting and other things. So on this day I was looking for rocks to bust open or just anything cool. All in this day I found everything in the pictures, a rock with really rough garnet, and a 1900s bottle dump. What a weird day, I didnt know this area had so much history. I assume a glacial process carved out the valley as it is shaped like a V with the tips of the top of the V being the backyards of peoples houses. So I found this rock and bust it open after seeing shell imprints. Boom, brachiopods galore. I just think its really cool how you never know where a fossil may be hiding. I have many other chunks of this fossil aswell. I have not found much else other then the other quartz rock I believe to be coral that I'm waiting to have ID'd currently. I did find another rock that was like a sandstone possibly that also had shells and brachs but it was smaller and not as nice. I have misplaced it at the moment so no pic. For reference on where these were found check this Squaw Brook Rd, North Haledon, New Jersey. I wouldnt come looking for fossils as this is the only one I have found after hours of searching.
  18. The Day of The Echinoderm

    Firstly, a big THANK YOU to @Jeffrey P for hanging out with me for the day! What a knowledgeable, generous, and all around swell guy! If you ever get the opportunity to hunt with Jeff, I highly encourage you to. Jeff and I met at around 8:30 am, and after a quick transfer of his gear to my truck, we were off. We first drove about 45 minutes south to the small town of Wax, to hunt the Upper Mississippian. Specifically to look for blastoids and crinoid calyxes that were known to be found in the area. As it happens, luck was with us! Unfortunately, I didn't take the field pictures that I typically do. Due to the fact that I went swimming with my phone a month or so ago . I am down to using my wife's old phone that I found in the junk drawer (Yes Jeff, it's pink... ). I didn't take it out much to avoid the inevitable drop down the hill side. Especially since it doesn't even have a protective case... Jeff snapped a few pictures. Maybe he will chime in and add them when he is able. For the first few minutes we didn't find much besides crinoid stems, bryozoans, and the deflated or crushed brachiopods common to the site. The main species of brach found in the area doesn't seem to have fared well during the fossilization process. Finding a nice inflated one is a rarity. After a few minutes of adjusting our eyes to spot the small finds located here, we started to pick out the blastoids. Jeff was the first to find one, and gifted it to me as he had already collected a few on his previous trips here. Thanks Jeff for gifting me my first blastoid! Most of the blastoids, while small, were whole and nicely preserved. Here are a few examples. I did happen to find the largest blastoid from the site, and one of the larger ones Jeff had seen from here. Super pumped about this one! Crinoid calyx were also to be found here. We only found a few, but being that these were also a first for me, I was extremely excited to find them! The brachiopods I previously mentioned were abundant, and besides crinoid stems, were the most abundant fossil to be found here. Again, they are almost always deflated. Finding a nice inflated one would be a real treat. These other little Spirifer(?) brachiopods could also be found. Although they were more uncommon that the previous ones. They are very small and delicate. Often crumbling when trying to pick them up. Bivalves could be found here also, but were extremely rare. Jeff was excited to find a couple, but I struck out. Other things that could be found were crinoid stems, the odd solitary rugose coral, and of course the ever present bryozoans. We then headed to a site a few miles down the road in Leitchfield. Stay tuned!
  19. Mississippian Brachiopod ID Help

    On a recent trip to collect Carboniferous marine life I came across these brachiopods at an exposure of the Late Mississippian Wymps Gap Limestone/Mauch Chunk Formation. I have read several articles now about the fauna of the Wymps Gap Limestone but have not been able to find an identification that matches. They look a little bit like Leptaena but of course Leptaena had already gone extinct by the Late Mississippian. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  20. More specific brachiopod

    I found this brachiopod imprint in some landscaping rocks in Colorado. It’s about 1.3 cm wide and I was wondering if anything else could be said about it other than brachiopod. Maybe get it to genus and possibly the period it’s from.
  21. Ordovician brachiopods from PA

    Hello everyone, I recently went on a trip to Pennsylvania and stopped to do some collecting in the Salona formation, I found some decent Cryptolithus parts which I am currently preparing, but most of the fossils were brachiopods. There were two types from what I could tell, smaller strophomenids and larger ones. The smaller ones I have not been able to get any ID info for but the larger ones may be Rafinesquina. Here are some of the small ones:
  22. I went up to the UP this week doing mostly sightseeing with my friends. They were aware of my predilection for rockhounding so we often made stops to areas that might bear good fossils/agates. In particular I knew there were some 'lagerstatten' in the Stonington Peninsula region of the UP. The most important formation I know of is the 'Big Hill formation' (correct me if I'm wrong). Some links about it here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308005515_A_new_Lagerstatte_from_the_Late_Ordovician_Big_Hill_Formation_Upper_Peninsula_Michigan https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6325806/ Now, I didn't have enough time to bother my friends into finding these exposures (and as far as I know, rock collecting in a national forest is not allowed)... However, while we were driving south on County Road 513 T on the west side of the Stonington Peninsula, headed for the lighthouse, I spied a small hillcut on the east side of the road. The hillcut was directly across from a large cemetery-- we pulled over and I had a quick look at some of the rocks there. The hillcut itself was about 20 feet tall, and maybe 600 feet long. I could see near the top of the cut a few feet of limestone bedding planes jutting out from the escarpment. Weathering had amassed a slopped pile of clay and fossils that nearly filled the ditch at the base of the hillcut. On the surface, I saw many brachiopods (different kinds of Platystrophia, possibly?) some of whom were larger than 2 inches across. I also found some small bryozoan colonies and possibly pieces of isotelus gigas molts. The pieces were too small to tell, I am unsure if this particular roadcut could yield anything fully articulated. The rock was very weak and almost clay like. Does anyone know about this roadcut? What formations might be there? I took a few small samples with me but I didn't want to start excavating, obviously. If anyone is interested I could post some pictures of what I picked up, or I could send more detailed directions. Best, Foss
  23. Looking for ID help on the last 3 fossils of my childhood collection. From Northern Arizona near Snowflake, AZ. I would appreciate any information so I can share it with my 10 year-old grandson!
  24. Hey everyone. I thought I'd share some of the things I found on my last fossil hunt. So.. Many.. Fossils! One might even say that there were a plethora of fossils. If I could, I would've taken them all with me, but sadly my backpack can only carry so many rocks. I was literally examining each rock I had, trying to decide which to carry back and which to leave behind and how many I could fit in my pants pockets before they started to fall down. Eventually I decided to just stop looking for fossils and hike back to the jeep. This lasted all of 3 seconds before I found another a beautiful byrozoan and was trying to figure out how to fit it in my pack. The byrozoan and the sponge below are my favorites since i don't see many of them and the brachipod in the matrix just looks cool. lol Its fascinating to look at these fossils and think about how Arizona used to be completely underwater long, long ago.
  25. What do you think?

    Hey guys, I'm back with another ID question. The fossil I'm trying to identify is in the 1st picture. I think that what I have is a fossilized brachiopod WITHOUT the shell. What do you guys think? It's the same general shape, but the color and textures of this fossil look different than others I've found in the area. The symmetrical textured part in between the two humps, I've never seen before. Pictures 1,2, and 5 show the fossil in question and pictures 3 and 4 show examples of other brachiopods that I've found. The last picture is an example of a brachiopod that was broken in half, exposing the animal inside. (when I uploaded the post the pictures got out of order) So anyways, that's what I think I have but I'd really appreciate your thoughts on this. Ya'll have a lot more experience with these thing than I do so I welcome your opinions. Thanks!