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Found 311 results

  1. Sinosaukia distincta Zhou, 1977

    From the album Invertebrates

    Sinosaukia distincta Zhou, 1977 Late Cambrian Sandu Formation Guole Guangxi PRC
  2. Asaphiscus Wheeleri

    From the album Trilobites

    Here's what I believe to be a nice example of a Asaphiscus Wheeleri. Most have a darker black preservation, I like the caramel colour this one displays. This trilobite is a Cambrian trilo, and was found in the wheeler shale in the House Range, Millard County, Utah.
  3. Today, I decided to stop and see what @MeargleSchmeargl left behind at the Conasauga River trilobite location. I do like collecting at this Cambrian site. It is not a matter of finding trilobites, it is deciding which pieces you want to keep. I only spent about 1 hour there and did not collect any matrix, I just felt like splitting some pieces and finding a few trilobites. Nothing special was found and they we’re all Aphelaspis brachyphasis. As stated in @MeargleSchmeargl post, the River was low and the matrix was dry, thus making it very easy to split. I have only seen the River lower than today on one other occasion. When it is low, it is easier to maneuver and find a place to get comfortable. Here are my finds from today- this is the least amount of trilobites that I have found, but it because it was just a quick stop and I was taking my time. Here is my favorite find of the day- Here are some others-
  4. I purchased this trilobite fossil a while back. It was sold as Yinites sp. from the Early Cambrian Hongjingshao formation in China. I tried to both verify the genus and close in a species, but have been unable to do so. All the references to Yinites that I could find were old (circa 1940’s), and therefore I wasn’t able to find any actual literature online. Does anyone have any ideas?
  5. Marble Mountain trilobite id

    Many years ago I found this trilobite on Marble Mountain in California. It is roughly 1 cm across at it's narrowest and 2cm acrossat it's widest.. It is probably cambrian age without much detail preserved. I am unsure of what layer it came from exactly, as it was found loose as is. Any general ideas would be appreciated.
  6. What is this?

    So I found this little dude sitting pretty as could be in a rock pile up in Grand Isle Vermont. I am new to fossils and haven't learned about all the critters in my area yet. I think it's head armor? The area is dated to the mid Cambrian and the matrix is black shale. You can even see one little flipper thing on the left. (don't laugh at me I'm new! lol) So what is it?
  7. Redlichia mansuyi (Reese & Endo, 1937)

    From the album Trilobites

    Redlichia mansuyi (Reese & Endo, 1937) Cambrian Chengjiang biota, Yannan Province, China
  8. Palaeolenus lantenoisi (Mansuyi 1912)

    From the album Trilobites

    Palaeolenus lantenoisi (Mansuyi 1912) Chengjiang Biota, Yunnan Province, China
  9. I was on a hike on top of a hill (about 700 feet in elevation) in Chino Hills (roughly 50 miles inland from the Southern California coast line) and I picked up a few loose sedimentary slabs and looked under them. I found this clear fossil of a seashell. I’m wondering how old it could be? What period was a sea covering Southern California and this high up from sea level?
  10. Marjum Formation Dig

    Went out on a dig near Utah for Modocia typicalis with Gene Boardman one of the site managers at U-Dig. Gene is a really nice guy. He gifted the first trilobite of the day to me (I asked if he was sure and he said he had a few more). We split a lot of rock. A lot of work for a few beautiful bugs. Each image is captioned. Some are out of order. This is the great Gene Boardman. What I admire the most besides his genuine personality and big grin, is that he's a tenacious fossil digger. He kept reminding me to check every rock and to keep splitting it down as far as it would go. Here he has a thin slab of Marjum shale but he was able to find the first trilobite of the day with this fine split method. Really nice guy. The Marjum was not easy to split. It kept fracturing in multiple spots. The overburden was very brittle so we had to get down into the good, red layers. Here we are letting the rock "sweat" as Gene calls it. That means you set your chisels in the rock and let it naturally split and come back later to open up the bench. Lots of hard work. Gene helps run the U-Dig site and is known around the area for his enthusiasm for hunting trilobites and other fossils. The first Modocia typicalis was recovered 2.5 hrs. into the dig. It's small but complete and has some decent features. This is Gene's finest Modocia typicalus in his shop. He did an excellent preparation job. This big Modocia (over an inch) probably isn't a full specimen but has some great features. This smaller Modocia popped out of the same slab as the larger one. You can see it's impression on the left side. Another of Gene's Modocias. Gene gifted this M. typicalis after our days labors. Boy was I happy!
  11. Modocia typicalis

    From the album Delta Utah

    Modocia typicalis from the Marjum formation. Gifted from Gene Boardman.
  12. Modocia typicalis

    From the album Delta Utah

    Modocia typicalis from the Marjum formation. Gifted from Gene Boardman.
  13. Modocia typicalis

    From the album Delta Utah

    Modocia typicalis from the Marjum formation. Gifted from Gene Boardman.
  14. Modocia typicalis

    From the album Delta Utah

    Modocia typicalis from the Marjum formation. Gifted from Gene Boardman.
  15. Modocia typicalis

  16. Modocia typicalis

  17. New treasure trove of Cambrian soft-bodied fossils found in China

    News just got published of a spectacular discovery of soft-bodied fossils from the Early Cambrian of China (518Ma). BBC article: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-47667880 Publication in Science: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6433/1338
  18. Half the species in a new Cambrian fossil site are completely new to us John Timmer, Ars Technica, March 21, 2019 https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/spectacular-trove-of-cambrian-fossils-uncovered-in-china/ Unknown species found in new treasure trove of fossils found in China Ashley Strickland, CNN News, March 21, 2018 https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/21/world/china-new-fossils-qingjiang-scn/index.html Scientists Find Huge Trove of Marine Fossils from the 'Cambrian Explosion' in China, Ryan F. Mandelbaum, Gizmodo, March 21, 2019 https://gizmodo.com/scientists-find-huge-trove-of-marine-fossils-from-the-c-1833469727 The paper is; Fu, D, Tong, G., et al., 2019, The Qingjiang biota—A Burgess Shale–type fossil Lagerstätte from the early Cambrian of South China Science 22 Mar 2019: Vol. 363, Issue 6433, pp. 1338-1342 DOI: 10.1126/science.aau8800 http://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6433/1338.full Yours, Paul H.
  19. I’m looking for a complete high quality Elrathia kingii still in matrix. If there are multiple on the same plate even better. I have a variety of fossils from the Chengjiang biota and several Devonian trilobites (Penn Dixie and Morocco) available for trade. PM if you’re interested! Thanks.
  20. Pre/Cambrian Collection

    I have always been quite fascinated with the early stages of development of life on Earth. My interest really picked up when I first discovered the Ediacaran biota, and who can blame me. Those creatures are so enigmatic and fascinating. I was able to pick up a few specimens, but quickly realized that my desire for fossils greatly outweighed the supply and cost of Ediacaran fossils, and I soon discovered the equally fascinating and enigmatic Lower Cambrian Chengjiang biota. I was, and still am, blown away at the quality of preservation of these soft bodied critters. A lot of specimens come very shoddily or incompletely prepared, and while it's been a steep learning curve, I feel that I'm starting to get the hang of prepping them. I've decided to start posting my latest acquisitions as these fossils are too amazing not to share. First up is Cricocosmia jinningensis, a fairly common palaeoscolecid worm from the Chengjiang biota. I have several specimens but this one is the best. It came partially prepped and I am just now satisfied with the result. You can see remnants of the gut preserved as darker regions in the center of the body. Next up is a small hash plate of Bohemiella romingeri brachiopods from the Middle Cambrian of the Czech Republic. Not my usual purchase, but I felt the specimen was too beautiful to pass up.
  21. I recently got a nice deal on this Leanchoilia illecebrosa specimen from the Chengjiang biota. It looked like a dorsally compressed specimen which rarely have appendages preserved, so I was just expecting to clean up all the tool marks. However, while cleaning it up, I realized that it is in fact laterally compressed, and actually quite well preserved at that! The legs are starting to come out, and part of me is hoping that other appendages might be preserved as well. All prep is done with a needle under a magnifying light. It's going slow since I need to be very careful, but it's getting there.
  22. Bored? Read a book! here you can download books about fossils for free. On this web site https://epdf.tips/ you can download many interesting books about fossils.Search for "fossils", "cambrian" or other keywords and you can get a whole bunch of pdfs (just as an example these titles): Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems Paleogene Fossil Birds Fossil Atlas Fishes Chinese Fossil Vertebrates Discovering Fossil Fishes Fossil Behavior Compendium Trace Fossil Analysis Fossil Sharks, a pictorial review Paleobiology and the Fossil record Paleobotany Dinosaur Tracks and other Fossil Fossil Horses, Systematics Jehol Fossils The Crato Fossil Beds of Brazil The Cambrian Fossils of Chengjiang China Oregon Fossils …….. and many more! Have fun Thomas
  23. Burgess shale-like deposit reveals cryptic fossils with implications for early sea floor oxygen availability. https://phys.org/news/2019-02-million-year-old-worm-superhighway-canada.amp
  24. Chinese Cambrian Hyoliths

    I just received these small Cambrian hyoliths from China. The seller was unable to provide any specific ID, and does not know what formation they come from. All he knew was that they come from near Woniu Mountain, Linyi City, Shandong Province. They are about a quarter inch long each. Any thoughts?
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