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  1. I may have posted some of these before but never got answers, and now it's been a while and probably the pics were not very good anyway, so am trying again. They're still not very good, even tho' taken in the sunlight. I don't know what to do about that. Anyway, we acquired these thru old rockhounds years ago and either they or we failed to record the info, and now it's lost. Some of it is nice stuff at least from a lapidary or display-piece standpoint, but would be nice if someone recognized them and could tell me where they likely came from. All I am willing to bet on is Western states or provinces. There will be more when I get it dug out of the chaos and photo'd. We recently had to empty my 'rock shed'/water tank shed to have larger tanks put in. What a job... Possible maple: The small slab came with the word 'maple' on it, and it looks to be similar to the larger piece standing next to it, and possibly the smaller chunk beside that. It does look like maple..
  2. Tammy and I had to stop in Winnipeg on our way up to Churchill further north in the province (with hopes of seeing Polar Bears and the Aurora Borealis for our anniversary). While doing a little research on Churchill I discovered it is the type locality for the world's largest trilobite. Now I'm not talking something that is a little bit bigger than some of the really large Paradoxides or Cambropallas trilobites you see from Morocco (fake or otherwise). I'm talking taking trilobites to a whole new extreme (but more on that later). We flew from Miami to Winnipeg on a flight that connected through Toronto. I really don't know why the computerized reservation systems conjured up by these airlines let you make routes with tight connections--but they DO! We planned on spending an extra day in Winnipeg as the tight connection in Toronto seemed highly optimistic at best. We were late out of Miami when the first officer didn't show up and they had to call in a substitute. The pilots didn't even try to make up the delay in the air and we arrived well behind schedule. I doubt that we could have made the connection anyway (> 1 hour) having to go through customs/immigration and travel to the far reaches of the airport to catch the connecting flight. Our flight had left before we even cleared processing in Canada but we were able to book a follow-up flight a few hours later. It still took us over 2.5 hours to reach our gate for the connecting flight and so (without the aid of teleportation--or maybe a large canon) we were doomed from the start. We got in later but well in time to make our exceedingly expensive flight to Churchill. The rail line is down (washed out this spring) and there are no roads up to this isolated corner of Manitoba. I had heard that a truly enormous trilobite had been discovered in Churchill and that it currently resides in the Manitoba Museum so promptly after breakfast we grabbed a cab to the city center and arrived at the unassuming (from the outside) museum. We didn't even make it inside before my gaze was captured by the beautiful stone slabs that clad this building's exterior. Soon I was to learn that this was the locally famous Late Ordovician (~450 myo) Tyndall Stone. The interesting two-toned appearance of this dolomitic limestone is said to be ichnofossils from some sort of burrowing animal. It really makes the stone quite striking from far away with this unusual patterning. I can see why they have used this stone to face the surfaces of many prominent buildings in Canada (and abroad). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyndall_stone
  3. Shark teeth at Hungry Hollow

    Found the teeth today at Hungry Hollow. In decades of fossil hunting in the area, I have never seen evidence of sharks. The teeth seem modern and could have been left there. The stratum is Devonian based upon my simple understanding. Did sharks coexist with the coral, brachiopods, crinoids and occasional trilobite that are commonly found here?
  4. Sussex Field Work (2015)

    Sussex is an interesting region in terms of geology and paleobiology. An amalgamation of different formations crisscrossing the larger Moncton Basin, this area was the target of study by local and foreign interests. Sussex is known for its potash mines, but one shouldn't forget the importance of the rich fossil localities doting the region. One such discovery was probably evidence of Canada's oldest forest, which is of significance. Matt Stimson, along with other professionals in the field, did some work in the area. I've had the chance to assist on occasion in a few field trips. The work done in this region is still ongoing and soon to be published. This time around we decided to target an area I've never gone or attempted to go yet. I'm used to quarries, but this time we would be spending the day at a road cut. Me and my braids Matt getting ready It was a few days after the Christmas holidays so it was kinda cold. The wind was nippy but we were lucky that ice hadn't formed yet on the ledges and that snow hadn't blanketed the area. The day started kinda grey but by the afternoon, the Sun had come out. It was a welcome event as the wind was freakin' cold. We made our way to the center cut. Traffic wasn't much of a factor as you can see cars coming from miles away, and plenty of space to park my car off the road. Area of Research: The rocks here are comprised of several units of interbedding sandstones and mudstones. Within these units, some several meters thick, are shale layers. Within these layers are indications of both plant and aquatic biota. Traces of fish material, scales, teeth, bone, are contained in some of the layers, forming some small limestone lenses and strata. Other areas along the cut feature plants. In all this mix, there are trackways. The work in the area is ongoing so all the data hasn't surfaced yet until publication sees the day. The cut showed signs of faulting, backed by folding. This looked promising We found many invertebrate trackways such as diplichnites and rusophycus. Most were very well preserved, even though exposed to the elements. From traces to scales and teeth, the record showed a high level of activity, condensed. The work goes on. We reached a spot where we encountered plants. I don't remember if these were referenced or cataloged previously. The preservation was fair, and we were able to find a good number of specimens. The New Brunswick Museum lab will have new specimens to work on by the end of the day. One of many specimens Root system Plant specimen showing shoot/stem and leaves We've covered only a small portion of the area. Different zones have been targeted for future study. Having done work for the past Summers, I can see why Sussex and its surrounding localities have been visited. The amount of fossils in the around is astounding, especially when talking about trackways. The work continues... - Keenan
  5. Greenops widderensis

    Acquired from @PaleoPat during a recent trade. This trilobite is originally from Arkona and is uncommon.
  6. upper ordovician orthocone nautiloid?

    Hi, I found this fossil a few years ago on the shoreline of lake ontario right in the city of Kingston Ontario. I believe the exposures here are upper Ordovician age limestone (Gull River formation) however there may have been fill brought in from elsewhere to stabilize the shoreline so this fossil may not be exactly local. It looks to have a siphuncle (acentral) and sutures (relatively close together) so I thought it appeared to be some type of orthocone nautiloid of some type. Based on Bill Hessin's field guide "South Central Ontario Fossils" I thought i might be Gonioceras anceps or Actinoceras but I really don't know. The pics here are not great, but hopefully someone has some ideas. Thanks
  7. So today I was excited when this book came in. It is not in print anymore and I was lucky I managed to order this copy. It talks about the gastropods, cephalopods, and vermes of the Georgian Bay formation of Toronto, Ontario. It even has some nice detailed plates of what can be found in the formation. I never even knew vermes (worms?) can be found in the formation.
  8. Bison tooth

    This tooth was found at wasagaming beach in manitoba canada. National park staff have identified it as most likely from a bison but i am wonder what people think the age might be based on its looks
  9. Found this at the Ottawa River?

    Was checking out the riverfront in downtown Ottawa and came across this fossil. Any ideas on what I may be? It's Ordovician strata, could It be a headplate from a bony fish species?
  10. Scientists have uncovered fossils of a strange worm with spines jutting out of its head that helped it trap prey in the sea 500 million years ago. http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/04/scientists-id-spiny-prehistoric-sea-worm https://news.yale.edu/2017/08/03/capinatator-praetermissus-prehistoric-sea-creature-spines-spare Capinatator praetermissus Animation of swimming and feeding:
  11. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/nodosaur-dinosaur-fossil-study-borealopelta-coloration-science/ An amazingly well preserved specimen. Well done to the paleontologist who decided on the name!!!
  12. Fossil hunter with a taste for trilobites is foraging in the Rockies. University of Calgary paleontologist uses his tongue as a guide to finding specimens CBC News Jul y31, 2017 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/fossil-trilobite-rockies-banff-yoho-stanley-glacier-1.4229117 Yours, Paul H.
  13. Weird 'Rocks' at Robotics Test Site Turn Out to Be Dinosaur Fossils By Mindy Weisberger, Live Science, July 31, 2017 https://www.livescience.com/59986-rover-challenge-unearths-fossils.html Soil Survey of Midland Provincial Park and Interpretation for Recreational Use http://ags.aer.ca/publications/OFR_1984_37.html http://ags.aer.ca/document/OFR/OFR_1984_37.PDF Yours, Paul H.
  14. Fossil Hunting in Ottawa, ON

    Hey friends! It's been a while since I've posted. I've recently moved to Ottawa with my wife (we're expecting a little one). The other day I was out at Victoria Island and found a few trilobite frags. Does anyone know of any great fossil sites in the Ottawa area?? Cheers, Dylan
  15. Hello, New to the forum and collecting fossils in general. Went to my moms house and mentioned that I had been fossil hunting and she says "I have found some fossils before." and she pulls out this giant worm like thing. This was found in Port Hope Ontario possibly up to 25 years ago. I have included both a wet and dry picture. The fossil seems to have a dark red tinge to it. Also the back had a ton of fossils on it I have attached a picture of the back as well. Any help with an identification would be much appreciated. Thanks Folks and happy hunting:)
  16. About 71 million years ago, a feathered dinosaur that was too big to fly rambled through parts of North America, likely using its serrated teeth to gobble down meat and veggies, a new study finds. The newly named paleo-beast is a type of troodontid, a bird-like, bipedal dinosaur that's a close relation of Velociraptor. Researchers named it Albertavenator curriei, in honor of the Canadian province where it was found (Alberta), its stalking proclivity (venator is Latin for "hunter") and Philip Currie, a renowned Canadian paleontologist. https://www.livescience.com/59815-stalker-velociraptor-relative-discovered.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170717091023.htm
  17. Fossil site shows impact of early Jurassic's low oxygen oceans University at Austin, Austin, Texas https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uota-fss071017.php Rowan C. Martindale and MartinAberhan, 2017, Response of macrobenthic communities to the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event in northeastern Panthalassa (Ya Ha Tinda, Alberta, Canada) Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology Volume 478, 15 July 2017, Pages 103-120 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031018217300160 Yours, Paul H.
  18. Tyrannosaurid tooth

    Tooth of a Tyrannosaurid. This tooth belongs to either Albertosaurus, Gorgosaurus or Daspletosaurus. Note the wear facets on the top and medial side of the tooth.
  19. Single-celled eukaryote fossil with evidence of mineralizing found in Yukon by Bob Yirka, June 29, 2017 https://phys.org/news/2017-06-single-celled-eukaryote-fossil-evidence-mineralizing.html Precursor of teeth and bones discovered in 810-million-year old fossils. Single-celled fossils found in Canada show the earliest evidence of a tissue-hardening process known as biomineralisation, writes Andrew Masterson, Cosmos. https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/precursor-of-teeth-and-bones-discovered-in-810-million-year-old-fossils The paper is: Cohen, P. A., J. V. Strauss, A. D. Rooney, M. Sharma, and N. Tosca, 2017, Controlled hydroxyapatite biomineralization in an ~810 million-year-old unicellular eukaryote. Science Advances. Vol. 3, no. 6, e1700095. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700095 http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/6/e1700095.full Yours, Paul H.
  20. Hey everyone. So I am new to fossil hunting. Like completely new. I am taking a geology class and one of my assignments includes going fossil hunting! So fun. I have gone out twice and feel like I'm having no luck. However at the last minute I came across this. I am really not sure if it's just rock or something more. Since I am completely new at this hoping someone can help me. Thanks in advance for any insight.
  21. Limpet fossil?

    Hello! Someone I know found this rock close to his house. The rock is very hard, can't make no scratch on it. I though it could be a fossil, like a limpet track or I don't know...? Does someone know what it is? Thank you! Fossile patelle?.pdf
  22. I tried to ID a fossil I found, but I had no success. I found it along the coast of the Bay of Fundy, close to Moncton, Canada. It says online that the area where the fossil was found is in the late Devonian - late Carboniferous period. Anybody have any idea what this fossil is?
  23. As above. After the silly Alioramus(?) locality mistake I made, I have taken on the colossal and necessary task of auditing all my locality info. Here's an area that has me stumped. Does anyone know if there's any late Cretaceous dino-bearing formations in Drumheller besides Horseshoe Canyon?
  24. Help identify possible shark tooth

    Hey everyone, I was hoping I could get your help in identifying what I think is a shark tooth? Embarrassingly enough it could just be a shell, but it looks an awful lot like a tooth to me. It's about 2" in length, if that helps, and I found it on the beach in Brackley, PEI. If it's a shark tooth, what shark does it belong to? And if it's not, what is it? If you have any ideas, I would love to know! It's really for curiosity's sake. Thank you! Here is the back-
  25. Below is an open access paper about fossils from a Canadian subarctic kimberlite maar. Wolfe, A.P., Reyes, A.V., Royer, D.L., Greenwood, D.R., Doria, G., Gagen, M.H., Siver, P.A., and Westgate, J.A., 2017, Middle Eocene CO2 and climate reconstructed from the sediment fill of a subarctic kimberlite maar: Geology, v. 45, p. 619-622, http://geology.geoscienceworld.org.libezp.lib.lsu.edu/content/45/7/619 http://geology.geoscienceworld.org.libezp.lib.lsu.edu/content/45/7 Related papers: Doria, G., Royer, D.L., Wolfe, A.P., Fox, A., Westgate, J.A., and Beerling, D.J., 2011, Declining atmospheric CO2 during the late Middle Eocene climate transition: American Journal of Science, v. 311, p. 63–75, doi:10.2475/01.2011.03. https://www.eas.ualberta.ca/wolfe/eprints/Doria et al AJS 2011.pdf Wolfe, A.P., Edlund, M.B., Sweet, A.R., and Creighton, S.D., 2006, A first account of organelle preservation in Eocene nonmarine diatoms: observations and paleobiological implications: Palaios, v. 21, p. 298–304, doi:10.2110/palo.2005.p05-14e https://www.eas.ualberta.ca/wolfe/eprints/Wolfe_palaios2006.pdf Yours, Paul H.