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  1. Hey Y'all! Due to some technical issues with pictures on the first posting... I'm trying again.... It had been awhile since I got to go on a fossil hunt with the local Alabama Paleontological Society group. On 11/20/18, I got to go to a active surface coal mine not far from my home on a gorgeous, cold day considering we had rain all week. We checked in around 9:30 am and was guided to our destination through a lot of mud to a site away from the major activity of mine operations. We had the run of spoil piles that were created into berms that contained all sorts of plant fossils! My goal for the day was to find as many fern fossils that could fit into two 5.5 gallon buckets and those berms didn't disappoint. Most of what I found was disarticlulated Neuropteris fern fronds and lots of fern hash plates. The leaflets had a reddish tint of iron that had oxidized when exposed to the weather as the sample shows. I collected a number of hash plates that I found very interesting. I found numerous fern fronds ... ... and even several pieces of Sigillaria bark impressions that I don't have in my collection. (I think this one is the interior impression of the Sigillaria) I shot a picture of a young Mimosa, a modern day tree fern leaves and shadow cast upon a hash plate slab with the Neuropteris leaflets. After about and hour or two on that berm I think I tapped it out so another location was found and we all moved there where I found many more fern fossils including the find of the day, this fern frond! By the time we got ready to leave both of my buckets were full and of course we all wanted to stay longer but felt we didn't want to over stay our welcome. There were several slabs that I didn't have time to break down so I left them as well as the bigger ones that couldn't be taken out, so only a picture had to do! The last picture is that of a Stigmaria with visible rootlets! What an awesome day, I declare this site as one of my favorites and look forward to coming back again!
  2. Alabama Ichno/Trace Fossils

    Hello All! Ichnology has to be a fascinating field of study. I don't know bout you guys but as a citizen scientist/ fossil collector I definitely find them fascinating and when I post them on The Fossil Forum or the other social networks. I enjoy hearing the different discussions about them. Alabama is known for it's fossil diversity and these are no exception. The samples presented here are overshadowed by the specimens coming out of the Union Chapel Mine northwest of the my present location. http://kudzu.astr.ua.edu/apsmono1/paper19_APS_MONO_1_Hauboldetal.pdf Union Chapel produces all sorts of tracks from tetrapods, horseshoe crabs and a plethora of insects as well as plants specimens. Not to say the site I visit is the same because it's not but still provides a glimpse into an ancient mudflat during the Carboniferous Period teeming with life. Thanks to all the professionals who have help me identify some of these trace fossils. My goal and hope will be to eventually find impressions of the track makers. I have been visiting this site for over ten years and it still eludes me!
  3. Howdee y'all! It was a hot 91 degrees with humidity yesterday when I decided to get out of the home to do a little ichno fossil hunt. Life had been a tad bit rough for the past 3 months and needed some Fossil Therapy. Here are a few interesting samples. The second pic appear to be tadpole shaped resting traces. I thought they were small horseshoe crabs?? I placed these on the FB Ichnology page and have two experts having a dialog about them. From my observation, the tadpole like images and the maker are still a mystery?? This is a partial burrow that I find a lot. About half the finds are 3D tubes with texture on them. It appears that the organism created the texture from tracks inside the tubes? Definitely not a Ichnology expert, just a guess.
  4. Howdee Ya'll! Here are some recent Trace Fossil finds after all this rain we've gotten...Tropical Storm Alberto has brought more which means a lot of eroded rocks from the wall that keeps on giving! I find they are the most fascinating fossils and the least noticed especially the smaller specimens created by arthropods. The mystery with most trace fossils is what kind of ancient life form left behind its tracks eons ago. The first three pics are inconclusive so far...no body fossil have been found of the track maker, yet??? The fourth pic is a Conostichus, bioclast burrow. I have no idea what the last pic is? Anyone out there know? I did notice a faint resting trace, leg imprints on the plate of the mystery fossil?
  5. Hello all! Since it has gotten warmer I was able to venture out to my favorite sites to do some fossil hunting. Here are a few plant debris hash plates with ferns and assortment of other plant material on them. So much detail and preservation on the plant impressions especially the venation on the fern fronds. I really like the way the shale slabs are the color they are, the fossil impressions really stand out amongst the light gray. Does anyone know what the gold/yellow color in some of the shale slabs...could it be sulfur or something else? Lepidodendron Stem and 3D Calamite stem cast. Mariopteris, Nueropteris fern fronds with Lepidostrobus and Lycopodiates. Mariopteris Fern fronds and Lycopodiates. 3D Calamite stem cast and Nueropteris Fern frond and leaflets. Fern Rachis, Mariopteris Fern fronds and leaflets. Assortment of plant debris with Mariopteris Fern Fronds, Rachis and Lepidostrobus.
  6. Hello All! Here are some ichno fossils finds from several weeks ago after days of rain we got down here. I love hunting these things and find them fascinating since there is a mystery that surrounds the maker of the trace fossils. Finding the track maker has eluded me although one of these pics might shed some light on one possible track maker...I found an impression of what appears to be the underside of an arthropod? Either way, hopefully someone somewhere might take up the challenge of writing a paper about them in the near future.
  7. Hello all! It's good to get out hunting again now that warmer weather and more daylight is at hand. Here are the rest of the specimens from last weeks fossil hunt. Not as spectacular as previous finds but are keepers. I already posted the finds of the day... the last 3 pics, in case a few of you haven't seen them? Lepidodendron stem and Lycopodiates with carbon film 3D Calamite Stem with coal crystals and Mariopters/Nueropteris fern fronds, Lepidostrobus Cone and Fern Rachis hash plate Mariopteris fern fronds with carbon film Spiropteris (furled fern frond)... or fiddlehead Lepidodendron stem and virtual cornucopia of vegetation on the other side: Mariopteris fern frond, Fern Rachis, Lepidostrobus Cone, Lycopodiates and Peripteris Giagante leaflet with carbon film
  8. Furled Mariopteris Fern Frond

    Hello ya'll! Here is the find of the day from a recent fossil fern hunt. Slowly but surely getting them cleaned. While on site I debated on whether to toss this fossil since it had a partial impression of Lycopodiates on one side. There was about an inch of stone that could be split from the other side. Good thing I did! A Spiropteris appeared when I split the stone with both pos and neg plates. I guess the moral of the story is don't toss it, split it!
  9. Plant Fossil Aficionados!

    It had been December 2017 since I last did a fossil hunt. Unable to go on the weekends because of work and by the time I get off there is no daylight left to attempt a hunt. Now it's 2018 and the days are getting longer I went on a fossil fern hunt recently and found a bucket full of nicely preserved specimens! Unfortunately the ground was wet, the shale slabs were saturated with moisture and brittle making them impossible to wash so I'm having to let them dry out before washing the grit and dirt off my finds. I was able to get one or two washed now posting a cool find. On one side there is "y" shaped Lepidodendron stem with what looks like the leafy portion of the tree or Lycopodiates. Turn it over you have the several different varieties of plant fossils from Mariopteris Fern fronds, Peripteris leaf, Lepidostrobus cone, Lycopodiates and Fern Rachis. I will post the other when I get them washed and presentable.
  10. Hello All! I recently inquired if there were any threads discussing how to "highlight" fossils to make them stand out? I am all about keeping them NATURAL but I have finds where the impressions are so faint they can't be seen unless you pull them up close to your face. Some of you know I have been posting a lot of my Carboniferous plant finds with very good preservation already highlighted with carbon film but others not so much especially the negative impressions on the stone. I'm not always lucky to find both pos/neg images which complete the entire fossil, some of those finds are the negative images so I have to resort to finding ways to highlight some of them. It has been suggested that I use ground up carbon (coal) to powder and paint onto the image and then coat with glue/water mixture. I can see that working on larger fossil impressions like that of the lycopod fossils but when it comes to the ferns and smaller impressions other alternatives will have to do? I have been experimenting with using fine tip sharpies that have worked well. Here is the before and after shots of a fern fossil I recently did. The lone fern frond in the right was the only one that had the carbon film on it. What do you guys think?
  11. Carboniferous Brachiopods

    Hello All. Here are some Carboniferous Brachiopods found at a residential construction site in Central Alabama. #1 Nicely perserved Brach #2 Mermaid top #3 Small Brach hash #4 Small Brach hash with Lepidophylloide #5 Pyritized Brach with small Chonetids scattered about? #6 Brach with pieces of Mussel and Trilobutt. #7 Brach with piece of Bivalve.
  12. Here is one half of my latest active coal mine finds. There's not much contrast between the image and stone like the previous fossils I've posted on the lighter color shale that came from a construction site. The mine shale is a lot darker in color, some slabs found are almost close to coal consistency. Carboniferous Period, Pottsville Formation, Central Alabama. 3D Calamite Stems Calamite Stem with Trigoncarpus and large Calamite stem impression. Neuropteris leaf hash plates with rachis. Trigoncarpus seed pods with stems and rachis. Not sure what the first pic is...Calamites??? Fern leaf hash plate. Fern hash plate and Lyginopteris fern fronds.
  13. Here is one half of my latest active coal mine finds. There's not much contrast between the image and stone like the previous fossils I've posted on the lighter color shale that came from a construction site. The mine shale is a lot darker in color, some slabs found are almost close to coal consistency. Carboniferous Period, Pottsville Formation, Central Alabama. Panoramic view of the coal mine Stigmaria with rootlets and Cordaites leaves...there were lots of this in the spoil piles. Stigmaria with rootlets, rarely find stigmaria this small with the rootlet image attached...most I've had to photograph because the stone was too big to carry out. Lyginopteris fern fronds with fern rachis and what appears to be lepidodendron stems? Fern rachis and Lyginopteris ferns. I counted 5 Trigoncarpus on the first piece. Second pic with Fern rachis with Nueropteris fern fronds and leaves? Lyginopteris Fern fronds with stems and Stigmaria impression with nodes. Nueropteris fern fronds and leaves with rachis and Trigoncarpus with overlapping rootlets and other type of material? 3D Calamite stem.
  14. Not as spectacular as previous plant fossil finds. Here are a few specimens from last Tuesday's hunt, consisting of Maropteris and Neuropteris fern frond, Lepidostrobus, Trigoncarpus, Coal crusted Calamites Stem and Fern Rachis.
  15. Carboniferous Fossil

    Found these two fossils the same day at two different sites. The sites are 30 minutes east and west of each other. On both fossils there is a trigoncarpus seed pod. Could the images criss-crossing, overlapping each other be cyperite leaves or Lepidophylloides? ...Or some type of stems or root system?
  16. What Species of Calamite is this?

    I am aware of the different species of Calmites but don't know all of them. Can anyone identify this one? I'm curious as to what the vertical seam separating the ribbing?
  17. Hello Ya'll! Got to do some serious fossil hunting this month and was able to find some pretty good plant and ichno specimens! Here are some of the plant fossils found. Pic #1-2- 3D Calamite stem cast cleaned and in situ Pic #3- Mariopteris fern fronds with rachis and lepidodendron stem Pic #4- Nueropteris fern frond with large leaf fern fossil Pic #5- Mariopteris fern frond Pic #6- 3D Fern Rachis Pic #7-8- Fern Rachis/Fern hash plate
  18. We had a pretty good amount of rain fall last week. With that said, it's a sure bet I was gonna find Ichno fossils...that I did! Here are a few really nice specimens...I still haven't found the body impressions of the track makers...yet?
  19. Hello All! It's been awhile since I posted latest pics of trace fossil finds. I usually go to my favorite site once every two weeks and usually walk away with 1 to 3 finds but never have the time to post all of them. Here are a few and I hope I haven't posted any of these previously on TFF...they definitely have been posted on the Facebook sites. Probably need to go through my boxes and sort through the others and take pics and post soon? Pic #1- Have no idea what created this? Pic#2- Resting trace with another set of tracks to the right. Pic#3-6- Really cool tracks...Diplichnites, Protichnites? Pic#7- U-shaped burrow. Pic#8-10- Conostichus, side and top view Pic #11&12- I find a lot of these, unfortunately they've been all one side not a complete set. From the looks of them, I'm assuming they are the track/claw marks of an arthropod???
  20. Hello Ya'll from hot, steamy Bama! It had been over a month since I went on a fossil hunt. I got to go on Saturday and found a few nice specimens. Pictures 3-5 came from a stone I walked over numerous times not thinking that much about it until I picked it up and split it into and this is what I found, the pos and negative of a fern frond. It evidently had fallen from a section of the rock wall? Moral of the story, don't overlook stones just because they have nothing on it that is visible, it's what you find on the inside of one when it's split open... Central Alabama, Pottsville Formation, Carboniferous Period. Pics 1 & 2 - Alethopteris? Pics 3-7- Neuopteris Pics 8&9- Peripteris Pics 10- Lycopodites Pics 11&12- #11- 3D Calamite Stems in matrix which pops out. #12- 2D Calamite Stems with nice carbon preservation
  21. Framing Creations

    Hello All! I've collected a lot of plant fossils as well as others, most of them stored in boxes. Over time I've purchased and been given many pictures frames from regular to shadow box with plans of someday placing something in them. Now I've combined both my fossils and frames together, discovering new ways to be creative and getting the fossils out of the box and filling up wall space! Of course all of these are for personal use and not for sale. Here are a few samples... The third sample was created several years back and can be improved upon.
  22. Fossil Ferns From Bama

    Crazy is, crazy does when it comes to fossil hunting on a hot day! Went fossil hunting last Tuesday after work with the temp pushing 92 degrees with a real feel of 101 degrees! Gotta love the summer in Bama...not! Oh cold weather can't wait till you get here! Here are a few finds from that hot steamy day.
  23. Arthropluera Armana

    From the album Invertebrate Fossils

    A very small section of armor plating from the Arthropluera Armana...giant centipede that grew up to six feet in length?
  24. Spiropteris

    From the album Lycopod, Cordaite and Fern Fossils

    Fern fronds in the unfolding process.
  25. Asterophyllites

    From the album Lycopod, Cordaite and Fern Fossils

    My first Asterophyllites find!