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Found 33 results

  1. We moved to Manhattan, Kansas two years ago but I never tried looking for fossils in the area until last week. This is in the Flint Hills area so lots of Permian shale and limestone everywhere. We visited a 20-foot cliff behind the Manhattan Aquarium Co building at the southeast edge of town, and picked up a lot of loose sheets and blocks of bearing lots of fusinilids and brachiopods. We found an interesting chunk resting halfway up the cliff with large curved pieces which I was pretty excited about since it looks like bone at a glance, but they might be bryozoan colonies since they're too evenly covered in tiny pores (we did find clam shells that had similar colonies on their surface but it was patchier). There's a small object (shown first by the quarter) in the same matrix almost completely exposed. It looks symmetrical along a center axis but has a strange indentation in the middle, with the sides actually folded in and what appear to be seams. It seems too complex to be a brachiopod shell. A nice find from lower down was an extremely rich matrix with a lot of shells, fusilinids, and crinoid bits. There's a dark object near the corner that looks like part of a trilobite? There's another object in this I can't identify, shown in the last two photos above the Y-shaped bryozoan piece. It consists of a straight stick with regularly spaced branches or openings on both sides. It could be a cross section of a spiral but I would expect the sides to be offset from each other more. I'm not sure if it's attached to the flat piece at one end.
  2. I found this over the weekend north of Milwaukee on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It looks to be in the Devonian or possible Silurian Period and what I am guessing is Bryozoans from the seafloor of what once was. I would appreciate anyone knowledgeable to confirm. I know these are pretty common finds, but wondering if it is somewhat rare to find this big (11" x 12" x 3" & weighs 24lbs). Also given the dense formation, I assume my guess of being from seafloor is correct?
  3. Last week, we went out to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for some wind-and-water sports. Only one problem: no wind. So, we combed the beach most days. It'd been a week since Hurricane Matthew tore through the Caribbean and Southern US. The Outer Banks are not generally considered a hot spot for fossils, though seekers of modern shells love the place. When we went out, I told myself I had enough modern seas shells. I wasn't taking anything home unless it was at least 10,000 years old. That should be enough self-restraint to send me home with empty pockets. As luck would have it, Matthew carved into the Pleistocene shelf on which the islands rest and churned up chunks of shell-laden sandstone off the coast of Avon, on Hatteras Island. Some of the ancient shells are so well-preserved that I'd not recognize them as any older than a few years -most of it while they were inhabited - if not for the sandstone firmly affixed to the shells. Some were conglomerates of identifiable shells. Some are agatized. One had grown a calcite (?) crystal lattice. No empty pockets for me! I am definitely no expert. Or local. My guess was that my finds were relatively recent. Digging around with the kind help of Abyssunder, I came up with Pleistocene era. A few other goodies from the day include: an echinoid sand dollar, probably Mellita sp. Argopecten gibbous cluster and another scallop Mercanaria sp. with a small, agatized bivalve embedded on on the inside clockwise from upper left: Astrangia lineata, an unidentifiable bivalve, Solenastea bella, and Septastrea marylandica
  4. My kids and I sorted through some gravel that had been given to us by a friend, from a creek that is south of the North Sulphur on private land. Here is a video of some of the finds: And here are some photos, verts first:
  5. Showing a lot of storm or flood debris, this is from the very top of the marine phase of a Brigantian cyclothem that apparently ended with a catastrophe. The mudstone that immediately overlies this is virtually unfossiliferous, eventually passing up into layers with burrows and plant fragments. From County Durham, UK. Photographed in a container of water to highlight the detail. Brass scale is 1cm.
  6. Here's my haul from the last Dallas Paleo Society field trip to an abandoned quarry in Gore, OK. The age of the site is Pennsylvanian, Morrowan stage. The hunting was a bit difficult, due to all the recent rains encouraging TONS of plant growth throughout the site. No telling what wonderful fossils were concealed by all of the weeds. Still & all, we all found some good stuff & no one ran afoul of any snakes. First up, the big draw of the site, a blastoid. I found this one lying on the path into the quarry. I think this might be a weathered horn coral. It wouldn't be a Pennsylvanian site without some crinoid stem pieces! A 'stick' of bryozoan! Brachiopod with a little bryozoan crust! Another brachiopod with a heavier coat of bryozoan (Continued... )
  7. From the album Carboniferous Fossils from Lawrence County, Missouri

    Burlington-Keokuk Formation Osagean Series, Lower Viséan (presumed) Lawrence County near Greene County border, Missouri, USA
  8. Does anyone have any good sources for identifying crinoids and bryozoans from the Pennsylvanian of central Texas. I've found fragmentary articles and papers on Google Books, but I would like to be able to key the specimens that I have collected. Books would be excellent! Unfortunately, I'm not affiliated with an institution that has access to the latest scholarly works on the subject.
  9. From the album Arkona material

    Fenestrate bryozoan on a piece of Favosites coral. Does anyone know what's the actual name of this bryozoan? Arkona, Ontario, Middle Devonain. A big thank you to TMNH for doing a trade with me for these Arkona fossils

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  10. From the album fenestrate bryozoan Septopora carbonaria

    Fenestrate, bryozoan, Septopora, carbonaria? Pennsylvanian, Upper Stage, Missourian Stage, Kansas City Group. Closeup.
  11. From the album fenestrate bryozoan Septopora carbonaria

    Fenestrate, bryozoan, Septopora, carbonaria? Pennsylvanian, Upper Stage, Missourian Stage, Kansas City Group. About 4 inches.
  12. From the album fenestrate bryozoan Septopora carbonaria

    Fenestrate, bryozoan, Septopora, carbonaria? Pennsylvanian, Upper Stage, Missourian Stage, Kansas City Group. About 4 inches.
  13. The snow is finally gone but the water is still freezing. It was 70 degrees out and rain was on the way. I got out to one of my favorite places and found a couple neat things that I think some of you might enjoy. Thanks! We found this brachiopod (Spinatrypa) during a collecting trip on 4/2 and when we got home and washed the mud off, we found a blastoid. We would have never found this rare fossil if we didn't pick up the brachiopod. A couple nice brachs I found last Thursday in NY. The Megastrophia is 2.5" x 2.5" and the Spinocyrtia is 2.8" long.
  14. From the album Ordovician

    Bryozoan sp.? Middle Ordovician Amsterdam Formation Rock City Falls Saratoga CO., NY
  15. Had the opportunity to go to my favorite Archimedes site after days of heavy rain. Turns out some good prospects had been washed to the surface and had not yet scattered everywhere. Anyone who has collected Mississippian shale where Archimedes are present knows that most archimedes segments you find are less than an inch long in fact most are much shorter and can literally be scattered every where you look. This first pic shows the typical segments. It was very enjoyable bringing these back to their glory! eseries shows the progression of putting back together Finally the last picture of most put back together with ruler for scale. The other two will require more work as mineral deposites have formed on each broken end making some cleaning required before glueing.
  16. From the album 2014 highlights

    Found near Lake Fort Gibson dam, Oklahoma

    © &copy 2014 Zach DuFran

  17. From the album 2014 highlights

    Found near Lake Fort Gibson dam, Oklahoma

    © &copy 2014 Zach DuFran

  18. From the album Middle Devonian

    Bryozoan or possible sponge Middle Devonian Mahantango Foramtion Deer Lake, Pennsylvania
  19. From the album Lower Devonian

    Bryozoan seen in cross section Lower Devonian New Scotland Limestone Helderberg Group Catskill, NY
  20. From the album Lower Devonian

    Fenestella sp. (bryozoan) Lower Devonian Kalkberg Formation Helderberg Group Schoharie, Ny
  21. I went collecting last Thursday and hit three sites in one day. At my crinoid site I found a bryozoan colony lying broken on the surface of the formation. I picked up all the pieces and puzzled them back together while watching TV for the next few nights. I love putting these colonies back together because you never know what they are going to look like when your done. This little 4" x 5" colony looks like a Bonsai tree to me. It's Middle Devonian from the Kashong member. Hamilton Group, Livingston County, New York. Thanks Mikey
  22. couldn't decide whether to post this to ID or general discussion. Would be curious to have an ID on this but the interesting thing is its position and growth habit. The bryozoan is growing on the inside of a baculite living chamber. No aragonitic preservation in the Peedee so the shell of the baculite is gone, leaving the bottom of the bryozoan colony exposed. The radial growth is also interesting. Can't say I've ever noticed that before but it may be common. Baculite fragment is 40x25mm. Fossil was found in the loose arenite of the Rocky Point Member of the Peedee Formation, late Cretaceous, Maastrichtian. Pender Co., NC, USA
  23. I found these fossils at the Kohl's Ranch site off AZ260, about 15 miles East of Payson AZ. I believe the fossils in that area are Cambrian in age, though I don't know the name of the formation they're from or anything else about them. Can anyone help me with an ID? Photo 1: on the far right is a lacy bryozoan of some sort (species anyone?) beside it is a brachiopod. and to the left of the brachiopod is something that looks coral-like but may be some kind of stick-like bryozoan. I've another rock literally covered in hundreds of these little guys, all of which are about 3-5mm in length, and none of which are branching. Can anyone help me ID what I'm seeing in this photo? Photo 2: a close-up with better focus on what I'm calling the stick-like bryozoan from photo number one. Photo 3: not sure what this is at all. the total length of the specimen is approx 2 inches, so the "sticks" in it are about 1 inch long. These appear to be branching, but without any of the "spores" i'd expect to see on bryozoa or coral. any idea as to what these might be? Thanks everybody. Any help sure is appreciated. I wish I'd had a LOT longer in Arizona - only managed to get out fossiling one afternoon with all the family/kid activities we had to do each day. I'd love to go back some time and see more of the dozen or so sites I'd picked out that I wanted to hit up. snarge AZ's beautiful Steve
  24. mikeymig started a thread a few weeks back that got me looking through my collection of bryozoan encrustings (does someone really have such a collection? I have a cabinet drawer devoted to them.) I posted several specimens. Looking further I came across an Ordivician speciman I'd had for several years and had never gotten around to cleaning, so I did. The further along I got the more fired up I got. Upon finishing I knew I had something special. There appears to be 2 different bryozoans on the horn coral. The process that took place for this to occur must have been amazing. [