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Found 8 results

  1. Pyrite & Fossils

    Brought home and broke up a small boulder from an area the town used as a rock dump. This is either Marcellus or Harrel/Brallier Shale. Very sparkly. I know that they'll rot eventually but I'll enjoy them in the meantime! I think that the 4th photo shows a trilo bit or maybe another brach.
  2. I've been trying my hand at prepping this hash plate that I found on the Whitewater River in Southeast Indiana. Gotta do something when the river is high and the weather sucks!! There is a lot of bits and pieces going on in this one and the color of the fossils are odd compared to the matrix they are in which is really soft. Thought I'd share, what caused this jumble of fossils, and what do you see?
  3. Around Salt Lake City in 3 Days

    So I’m still snowed in so here’s a trip from warm Early June. My friends and I wanted to hit all the closest rock locations around Salt Lake City and search for fossils and cool sedimentary geology (a couple of them being sedimentary geologists). We visited the Southern Oquirrh Mountains and a few canyons over on the east side of the valley at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. Here are the stratigraphy columns for both provided by Geolgic History of Utah by Lehi F. Hintze and Bart J. Kowallis. I did not lead this trip so I am not certain which rock layers the fossils were each from (I’ll point out the ones I do know) but I’ll say we went through the Cambrian and Mississippian in the Oquirrh Mountains and basically everywhere on the Salt Lake City column.
  4. Hunting on a Bike

    A bit of a weird trip yesterday. I combined two hobbies at the same time. You may have seen me wondering what fossil hunting was like on a boat. So I tried the desert version of a canoe: a mountain bike. This is part of the ongoing research on Fossils of Stansbury Island that @Earth Chemistry is conducting there (See thread here). I packed my bike and back pack and drove to the southern tip of the island. We had these layers down before my trip. Red is no fossils, green is fossils.
  5. Virtual Fossil Hunt

    For all of us that are feeling the the effects of crystallized hydrogen dioxide here's a photo of a Silurian-Bloomsburg Formation shale bed (this frame of view is about 3 sq/ft). The hillside road cut site is few miles from me and a great place to sit on a sunny afternoon. Here's the fun part this spot is loaded with weathering out brachipods, coiled & spiraled gastropods, straight shelled cephalopods, corals, crinoids etc. I collected over 15 different fossils from this one site. Most (except the cephalopods & some corals) are small enough to sit on a fingernail with room to spare! Have fun on a virtual (photo) fossil hunt.
  6. The Confusion Range and the House Range sit in Western Utah. The House Range is farther east closer to Delta, Utah than the Confusion Range. Parts of the Confusion Range are basically on the Utah-Nevada border. Both mountain ranges though have spectacular fossils. The House Range is basically all unfaulted Cambrian age layers and fossils pop up in several of the rock layers there. The Confusion Range, though, is broken up by many faults and everything from the Cambrian to the Triassic is present. Here's a short stratigraphy section marked with the layers we visited. We went to three different sites. A Cambrian site next to U-Dig fossils to sample the Cambrian explosion, and Ordivician site at Fossil Mountain (what better place to find fossils then a mountain named "fossil" mountain) to sample the Great Ordivician Biodiversification Event, and finally a time where 90% of all marine was wiped out, the Permian Period and the Gerster Limestone.
  7. Last week, after checking the weather wunderground numerous times, I decided to drive 3.5 hours from Chicago to St. Paul Stone Quarry. It was the last "open house" day according to the ESCONI website. I arrived at 7:45, the first and only person there. Shortly thereafter, after a brief safety instruction, I followed the manager to the collecting site, heaps and heaps of Waldron shale. Even though I dressed in layers, I still had to take breaks and warm up in the car for a few minutes, but I much rather prefer collecting in cold weather as opposed to hot summer sun with mosquitoes, any day. It didn't take too long to start finding fossils. Here are just a few of my finds: Eospirifer Platystrophia brachiopods with pyrite Platyceras niagarense encrusted with strophomenid, bryozoa and pyrite. front: back: Partial Dalmanitid Trilobite in matrix When prepping, it's really wonderful how the waldron "butter" shale just crumbles apart around the predictable morphology of an enrolled trilobite. The trip just wouldn't seem complete without a short drive east to the Cincinnati Arch roadcuts. I first went to South Gate and found a flexicalymene eroding right out of the cut. It is interesting to see the comparisons here. The trilobite on the left is from St Paul (Silurian) and has beautiful pyritized eyes. The one on the right is from South Gate (Ordovician). Both trilobites have 21 articulated segments; does this make them both the same age as "adults"? Interesting to note the difference in size, being 40 million years apart, same species.. Thanks for looking!
  8. Penn Dixie Site - May 2016

    Here is a smattering of my finds from May 2016 up until last week! Good season already! I don't own an air eraser yet so I haven't done any detail prep work on anything yet. Small enrolled Eldredgeops
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