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  1. Dictyoclostus?

    I’ve found a few of these neat brachiopods which look to be dictyoclostus sp. or maybe linoproductus. Thoughts? (Edit: oh yeah pretty certain they are from the Pennsylvanian of east Kansas)
  2. Spirifer with lophophore

    I was cleaning up my drawer with spiriferids from the Ardennes and I found a weathered one that I picked up for a particular reason. The suport of the lophophore of the spiriferid is partially visible. this lophophore is the feeding apparatus of the brachiopods and looks like a ring with tentacles. On spiriferids the lophophore suport is a typical spiral on both sides of the shell. The “spiral” is also the reason for the name of the fossil “Spirifer “= “Spiral-bearers” I'd love to se some more brachiopods in tff-members collections with preserved lophophores
  3. Fossil Models

    Hello to everyone. I am studying Geology in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and I am facing difficulties in passing the subject of Invertebrate Paleontology. This subject requires Identification of fossils both in power point but also live. Because of this I am interested in buying models (paper models, plastic models , whatever) of fossils. I have been told by my professor that some of the samples exhibited during classes were sold to the University a very long time ago by a well known shop which I will not name that sells such products. Sadly though I have not been able to find what I need. Since public advertising of such shops is against the forum's rules I would like to be informed by Personal message if necessary of anywhere I can purchase the fossils I need. Also I would be much obliged if someone could point me in the right direction without violating the forum's rules. Thank you in advance
  4. It’s winter and time to explore as many canyons as possible before it gets hot here. As always; in search of exercise, fossils and other items of interest. A visual summary of the ascent of one side canyon and the descent of the another. The entrance to the two canyon loop Today I had to share the trail Ordovician formations with small cave Ordovician staircase walkway in canyon bottom, Silurian cliffs at top of pic As the main canyon ascends, the hiking eventually meets where Ordovician contacts Silurian At the top of this Silurian dry falls is the Devonian but not much of it. This Devonian area is just before the canyon splits into two canyons
  5. On a short schedule for searching so it was a mad dash. I have very few ways to easily reach the Pennsylvanian Formations. Ordovician-Silurian-Devonian-Mississippian no problem. Anyway, I've found some interesting ferns in the Pennsylvanian Gobbler and wanted to see what I could find in another location about 3 miles as the crow flies away. About 1.5 miles into the site and a fairly productive morning for an initial search. Not the best of specimens but holds promise. Found this interesting brachiopod panel presenting itself with some glints. It was easily opened up by dragging my long chisel into it Some of the brachs. Not cleaned up yet.. A brach hash plate and the layer the brachs deposited on showing trace fossil depressions. Not cleaned yet A couple of phylloid algal limestone specimens
  6. Hi, I have a good selection of self-found Devonian aged marine fossils from Ontario, Canada that I am offereing to trade for shark teeth. I have; -several species of brachiopods -a few species of gastropods -ammonites -corals -Bryozoa -trilobites -and more All of my specimens are self-found and many are identified to genus or species. I can provide detailed location and age data with the specimens. Also, I have lots of photos available upon request, but here are a few to give you and idea. i am looking for shark teeth, especially; -interesting Cretaceous teeth -Carcharocles -Carcharodon and/or cospopolitodus -Cretoxyrhina, Cardabiodon, Dwardius -Palaeocarcharodon -Leptostyrax -Ctetodus -interesting locations -anything else interesting Thanks for looking!
  7. Though I just visited this site a few days ago and posted a trip report of that session, I decided to go back yesterday for three reasons: #1- My lower back was back to being 100%, that's a good thing. #2- It was supposed to snow today, and it is. I think the Olgesby area might have about 3" on the ground now and you can't collect on a steep scree field covered in snow. And #3, I just like collecting fossils. This area contains fossils from this formation- La Salle Limestone member of the Bond Formation (Missourian, Pennsylvanian) Unit 3. I am pretty sure that a portion of the Gray Shale (Unit 2) also came down. So yesterday I headed off to the road cut to collect in the balmy winter weather of Illinois. I was alone except for the Bald Eagles that were soaring high over head, from time to time you could hear their screech. With my back being a 100% I was able to maneuver along the loose rocks without a problem and was able to spend some time looking a the rocks a found a number of beautiful plates and large loose brachiopods. This site will continue to produce as the weathering process takes affect. As I stated in my last post, if you are ever in that area, you should stop and take a look, there are some beautiful fossils there. Here are some pics that I took in the field and I will end with pics of some of the same fossils, but hopefully in better light. Here a chunks of rocks that are just loaded with brachiopods. Composita argentia- I did find a number of fossils filled with crystals, this one is a favorite. Bryozoan- CONTINUED---------Next Post
  8. How I Found Fossils in the Snow

    The cabin fever I’ve had the last couple months finally drove me mad. Inspired by the posts of @KimTexan, @FranzBernhard, @Al Tahan, and @Calico Jack. I decided to brave the snow and cold and attempt a new place that I had been contemplating visiting for several months now. This was not the easiest time to be hunting and probably not the safest thing to do as I haven’t seen a lot of the fossils in the formation, the entire outcrop may be under a foot of snow, and adding snow to any fossil trip is inherently more dangerous. But I tried to insure the highest chance of success and safety and I will now share my experience with this. I don’t claim to be a professional and I don’t claim this is safe, if you attempt to hike and hunt fossils in the snow you do so at your own risk. Since, I didn’t know what exactly the fossils looked like, I had only glimpsed at a couple specimens in a couple local museums. I took to the internet for any pictures I could find. I found this thread This website http://www.ammonoid.com/Manning.html This paper https://emp.byui.edu/STRICKLAND/fossil.pdf And various examples for sale that I won’t link here. I just basically looked at anything and everything from the formation to get a sense of what the fossils looked like. To make sure I was going to the right location I looked at geologic maps via the apps I have listed here I looked land ownership maps like this one https://platmap.trustlands.utah.gov/ and this one https://blm-egis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6f0da4c7931440a8a80bfe20eddd7550 And a couple other more site specific maps to double check. I also looked at a topographic map of the area with geologic maps overlaid https://geology.utah.gov/apps/intgeomap/index.html# Sattelite images from https://www.google.com/earth/ and roadmaps like this one https://www.google.com/maps I knew I may not have cellular reception so I brought a Garmin eTrex GPS as my field instrument along with extra batteries. I also brought a rugged Brunton compass in case my batteries all died. Some tips: Research how the area generally is during winter. Look up depths of snow in the area if available, any road closures, if available, where snow plows will plow in the event of a snow storm, take a look at the weather forecast, look up roads or trails you will use as escape routes during snow storms, etc. Having camped in the snow and have done a decent amount of winter sports like ice fishing, I know how to dress warm. Remember more layers is better. It’s better to have to remove layers than add some because you may not have any extra clothes to add. On the other hand, try not to break a sweat as that sweat will cool you down very quickly and may put you at risk of hypothermia. Make sure to bring And ALWAYS notify someone where you are going, when you are going, how long you will probably be, what you will be doing there, and if needed how you are getting there. FOR MORE TIPS refer to this handy guide by the Boy Scouts http://www.boyscouttrail.com/library/wintercampingtips.asp This article from Backpacker https://www.backpacker.com/skills/beginner/winter-camping And this article from Backcountry https://www.backcountry.com/explore/winter-camping-101-gear-tips-for-staying-warm
  9. Brachiopods or leaves?

    How’s everybody doing? I’ve got some fossils I need ID’d. They are from the Manning Canyon Shale in Utah. They are Late Mississippian/Early Pennsylvanian in age. Thanks!
  10. Very small outcrops northwest of Graz are perhaps the richest site of Silurian fossils in Styria. There may be other sites with somewhat older macrofossils in Styria, but not as rich. The outcrops are part of the Palaeozoic of Graz, a thrust sheet within the Eastern Alps, composed or Silurian to Pennsylvanian sediments. It consists of three separate nappes, the outcrop and fossils presented here belong to the Eggenfeld-member of the Kötschberg-formation within the Rannach nappe. Geological map of Styria with the Palaeozoic of Graz situated north of Graz. The red X is the location of the fossil site. Geological and structural map of the Palaeozoic of Graz. Note that the colors of the Rannach facies and Hochlantsch facies have been accidentally interchanged, the red X is the location of the fossil site. From Gasser et al. (2009). Stratigraphy and facies distribution of the Palaeozoic of Graz. Kötschberg-formation is Nr. 10 (red X), thicknesses of formations are not to scale. From Gasser et al. (2009). The age of the Eggenfeld-member is, based on conodont data, upper Silurian (Ludlow, Pridoli) to lowermost Devonian (Lochkovian). What´s special about this site is the abundance of orthocerids in some only a few dm thick layers of grey to brown dolomite and dolomitic limestone that are intercalated with tuffitic rocks. And also somewhat special is the number of papers dealing with these very small and poor outcrops. The occurrence of orthocerids is known since the 1950ies, a good up-to-date (2010) summary is this paper, it mentions 16(!) nautiloid taxa, most of them orthocerids. Its in English and includes pics of fossils and a stratigraphic section: GPZ_Eggenfeld_Histon_2010.pdf These are the seven nautiloid genera figured in this paper, no species assignment was made.
  11. Within the last 7 days I collected fossils from following time periods- Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian and Mississippian. I figured that I would go out today for a little road side Pennsylvanian collecting on IL 71. I did not find much, but it was fun and cold, about 30 degrees and a light flurries. Pics of the road cut- My finds- The most abundant fossil at this site is the brachiopod Composita argentia. Here are a couple of what I believe are Juresania nebrascensis. Here is a small crinoid hash plate. All cleaned up-
  12. Dictyoclostus

    On a walkabout before another wintry event here in Alamogordo, chanced across two brachiopods. Are these dictyoclostus variants?
  13. Today I stopped to stretch my back and did about 10 minutes of collecting near Whites Creek, Tennessee- I believe that this might be Richmond Group Ordovician. I would be looking for a little help on some IDs, I believe @Peat Burns, @Herb And @Tidgy's Dad might be able to help out. Here are some of my finds- Brachiopods- Gastropods- Bryozoan- I believe that the smaller pieces are Constellatia Florida. Hash Plates-
  14. Fossils Right Under My Nose

    While @UtahFossilHunter was out for a quick bike ride yesterday, he stumbled across a wash that's been cut by a road. The upper part of the wash above the road is on private land that we do not have permission to be on yet. We had looked at the downstream part of the wash area for fossils before but had not found anything. After some melting of snow and construction, that happened over the last couple days some rocks had been pushed downstream. We decided to look at this wash once again and found these! This is a significant find because it is within 5 miles of my home. Our usual spot is 50 miles from my home so this is great news.
  15. Longtime lurker here. As my first post, this will be a trip report about mine and @UtahFossilHunter 's attempt to find the rumored fossils on Stansbury Island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake. The island isn't quite known for having fossils but the rocks are the right ages for this area. First, we consulted a geologic map of the area we wanted to look through. We used this map from a dissertation of a student at the University of Utah. We decided to go to the undifferentiated Mississippian this time. We had gone out to the area a few times. We had gotten skunked on the Ordovician Garden City Formation and undifferentiated Cambrian in early February. Although, it had a nice view so the hike wasn't for nothing. Both of those formations were empty of macrofossils. (Microfossil analysis coming soon!) So we went to an adjacent valley where a grassy hill sat where the undifferentiated Mississippian would outcrop. We saw a outcrop of phyllite but staying hopeful, we hiked to it looking for any fossils. At the outcrop, I flipped over a rock from one of the beds. Lo and behold, at last, some fossils, albeit slightly metamorphosed. This layer and only this layer is filled with bivalves and brachiopods. We grabbed some sizeable chunks and made are way out. Stay tuned for more progress on research here.
  16. Here is another rock which I found in a middle Tennessee creek. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) This one also has a lot going on within it. There are several fossils I’d like to have identified, but am most curious about the area I circled in red. This rock had a lot of algae (or moss?) growing on it. Is the area which I circled even a fossil?
  17. Identification Request

    Here is another rock from a middle Tennessee creek. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) It is full of tiny brachiopods, bryozoan bits and maybe a few other fossils. I would like to have the area circled in red identified.
  18. This all started over a year ago. I was selected as Member of the Month and a couple of TFF members from Texas invited me down to the big state to collect. I primarily collect in my home region, the northeast, but I've taken fossil forays to New Mexico, Kentucky, and Germany and was willing to consider a trip to Texas and the opportunity to visit some classic fossil sites and collect fossils that are outside my usual focus. I began planning this about ten months ago, contacted potential fossil collecting partners and did my own research on fossil sites, geology, and the types of fossils I would likely encounter. I had never been to Texas let alone fossil collected there. From the Forum I knew there was a lot of great hunting. Then there was all of the logistics, what to stay, what to bring. Since I wanted to bring back a lot driving appeared to be my best option, but I hadn't driven that far solo in over thirty years. Timing of my trip; mid-late September, came right after my daughter went away to college and I was in the middle of moving to a new place. So things couldn't have been more hectic. Finally, early in the morning on September 8th I set out. Things went okay until I was in Kentucky. Just as it was turning nightfall, torrential rain hit, traffic was stopped on the interstate for two and a half hours, and the last two hours of the trip I struggled with wet conditions and poor visibility. I finally arrived at my parents' house just after one in the morning. The next day on my way over to my sister's I took a small detour and stopped at an outcrop I was well familiar with in Leitchfield, the Upper Mississippian Glen Dean Formation.
  19. Is This A Cephalopod?

    I found this rock in a creek in middle Tennessee. (Mississippian, St. Louis Limestone & Warsaw Limestone) It has several fossil imprints and I’m wondering if the circled one is a cephalopod. If not, can anyone tell me what is it?
  20. Dear Guys, When I was in Varena town I was doing research of one erratic kind- grey and greenish spongiolites and collected many mollusc, foraminiferan and also brachiopod, vertebrate remains. I probably found Diovarilima, Barbatia, Ciliatocardium and other bivalves, cerithimorph Tarebia, brachiopods like Terebratulina, sawshark and fish remains. If anyone is able to identify these fossils, it would be very helpful. I would like to know the age of rock pieces and from The first impression I guess these erratics belong to Miocene or something similar. There were shallow marine conditions I think. Any help will be appreciated! Kind Regards Domas Picture 1. Anadara? bivalve
  21. Has anyone visited Mazourka Canyon Road East of Independence? YouTube videos in the last year show a reasonable road and Donald Kenney [http://donaldkenney.x10.mx/SITES/CAMAZOURKA/CAMAZOURKA.HTM] lists a number of sites and the possible fossils. BFLADY
  22. Any Brachiopod Experts Out There?

    Hello everyone! As my family was making its way through northern UT this summer on my way to Dinosaur National Monument I realized that there would be some extra time in the afternoon between when we would arrive in Vernal and when we would check into the hotel, so I decided to do the only logical thing and find a place to go fossil hunting for a few hours in the surrounding area. One of the sites I found only talked about finding belemnites, ammonoids and oyster shells on BLM land off of the highway going into vernal. It was supposed to be middle Jurassic Curtis formation (according to the geologic road signs, an interesting feature of this area's highways). I followed the directions given on the website and we reached the area that we believed to be the one mentioned (The Rockhounder: Belmemnite Fossils Near Vernal Utah) we met a young couple and their toddler out hunting for fossils (always nice to see). What we found somewhat disappointed me (however any afternoon spent fossil hunting is automatically better than any not doing so), only brachiopods and not one cephalopod fossil to be found. The main point of posting this in ID is to figure out if these brachiopods are jurassic species or older, as no belemnites were found they couldn't be used as indicators to the true age.
  23. Brachiopods or Scallops?

    I have a number of pieces of fossil parts collected at Peace river in Florida. I do not have the complete fossil. How do I differentiate between scallops and Branchiopods?
  24. Nice haul of brachs from Georgetown todày. The Bellevue and Corryville are exposed are this this road cut. Rafinesquina sp., Hebertella occidentalis ,Vinlandostrophia ponderosa, Vinlandostrophia laticosta and V. cypha. Ordovician about 445m years old. They are all available for trade.
  25. I found these fossils beneath a steel rail bridge in Maryland near the 4 locks of the C & O. You can find it. I think they may be Silurian, and are mostly brachiopods, including an adult brachiopod. Observe the fleshy muscle material in the center. Observe the 3 parasite wormy animals at the upper left. I think this was an old Brachiopod near death: It was infected with wormy parasites. Its muscle flesh was infected with a fungus that brought in sulfur in to react with the Iron in the water, creating pyrite which is yellow in the fossil. 400mya, the only yellow mineral was pyrite, Iron + Sulfur. This is how a senior paleozoic brachiopod dies. Observe. Out of respect, I am giving this animal the name Jesse, after my Grandfather. Jesse died of old age and we salute him.
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