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Found 21 results

  1. Tristate Trilobite Hunt

    Hi all, This week I'm heading to the tristate area (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky) for a trilobite hunting trip. It's unusual for me insofar as it's being run by my university. Usually I do my own recon, but since I don't really know where I'll be going (I assume we'll be visiting fairly well known localities), I was wondering if ya'll could help me out. I'm trying to figure which sites are famous in the area, and which layers to look in at those sites etc. I'd appreciate any info or advice! I'll be sure to return the favor by posting a full trip report when I get back.
  2. Trammel Fossil Park

    Anyone here familiar with Trammel Fossil Park? I am in Dayton and I am going to be hitting a few places tomorrow. I want to go to Trammel first thing in the AM, but I can't find a ton of information on it online. My main question is what type of collecting is allowed? I have all my gear with me, 8lb. sledge, 5' & 3' prybars, chisels, etc. I don't have any power tools. Am I allowed to go to town there, or is that frowned upon? Thanks in advance for any info! -J
  3. Rostroconchia or Brachiopod?

    Howdy! I have a neat puzzle for the experts today! I know that rostrochonchia are not super easy to find... so I submit the follow picture. Most of the "shelled" creatures I unearth are brachiopods; cincinnetina meeki, Lepidocyclus, Rafinesquina...etc... HOWEVER! this specimen is unique to my collection. Found in northern Cincinnati - Upper Ordovician - The pronounced ridges are different than anything else found. Posted to an Ohio Fossil group, someone with a keen eye made the possibility of Rostroconchia. From my understanding these are not found often. Looking for help in identification. I do not have the tools at hand to remove anymore of the matrix without damage to the remaining fossils in the hash plate... (I have a dremel tools and dental pics...I'm lame) which are neat too. Rostrochonchia or Plaesiomys subquadratus (I compared to these specimens I had) As always, looking for education and conversation.
  4. These are not the largest specimens of this broad flat smooth dark fragment, but you can see some fragments in this sample collected from 9 mile creek just east of Cincinnati. Yes, that is a gorgeous pygidium, presumably from Flexicalimenes?
  5. Help identifying cool fossil

    Hey! I found this fossil in southwestern Ohio, I don't know which period it is from but as you can tell there are quite a few shells and coral embedded around it. I don't know much about fossils but my guess is it's part of the head or rear of a trilobite? I estimate it's about 3/4 inch in length. I also noticed there's another one embedded deeper to the right of it. I honestly have no idea about this one, can any of you help me out? Thanks
  6. Cincinnati Brachiopoda

    Dear USA Brachiopoda enthusiasts, Could you see these images please? What is your expert idea about ID? I know that could be difficult from images. Thank you for any help you can offer.
  7. Museum Center Fossil Unboxing Excites UC Professors By Ann Thompson, Cincinnati Public Radio, January 14, 2019 http://www.wvxu.org/post/museum-center-fossil-unboxing-excites-uc-professors#stream/ Transfer of the orphaned University of Minnesota Paleontology Collection to the Cincinnati Museum Center https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1756169&HistoricalAwards=false Invertebrate Paleontology collection, Cincinnati Museum Center https://www.cincymuseum.org/invertebrate-paleontology/ Orphaned Fossil collections: its a hard rock life for them. By Jeff Person, State Historical Society of North Dakota http://blog.statemuseum.nd.gov/blog/orphaned-fossil-collections Yours, Paul H.
  8. Hash Plate Identification

    Howdy all, I cleaned up a small hash plate and found this curious formation.... I believe this is the cephalon portion of a trilobite. If it is, this is the largest T-bizzle I have found! Let me know your thoughts. I'm finding some really packed hash plates from my recent dig. Sorry again for the poor picture. I really need to get a camera. Anyone know how to sneak one of those by the wife? ;p
  9. Unknown Fossil

    Hey so I recently went on a school trip to Caesar Creek to look for fossils. Most of what we we were looking for were small trilobites and ancient coral, but I found this long spine like thing in the ground and have no idea what it is... it was about the width of a fist.
  10. Matrix Identifcation

    Howdy! I'm having a heck of a time identifying the matrix surrounding the fossils I'm finding in my dig site. I'm using vinegar but it is weak. I'm considering using CLR on some practice stone plates but I could use some guidance.
  11. 15 minute Ordovician Hunt

    I attended my 30 year high school reunion last weekend in Cincinnati, and brought my wife and son along for a family weekend. But when my wife rolled in on a later flight, I seized a tiny break in the schedule to survey a wildcat site near the airport. I grabbed one ventral Flexicalamene molt, not a bad grab for the time available at a random stop.
  12. Found this trilobite Saturday in northern Kentucky. Is it Acidaspis cincinnatiensis or Primaspis crosotus. looks like it might be complete. nervus about trying to prep it since either one is really rare.
  13. score-thocone nautiloid

    While at the ABQ Gem and Mineral show on Sunday, I spotted this cool little Nautiloid... ...I could not help myself. The information: Does anyone recognize the matrix/fossils and perhaps some guidance on literature? Thanks for your help.
  14. Possible Algae Fossil?

    Found this in a creek bed behind my house. It's a piece of shale I found about 6-8 inches deep in sediment. It was about to open up on its own so I sprayed some water into it with the garden hose and it popped right open. That's when I noticed the black spot towards the center of it. I didn't think anything of it until I wiped it off and noticed what looked like fibrous ends jutting off along the edges. I know it's possible to find plant material in the area but I didn't notice any obvious stems. That's when I thought it could be an algae of some sort. It practically disappears when dry so I have to wet it to take photographs of it. I don't want to keep messing with it since it seems very fragile. If it is in fact algae, I figured the darker area towards the bottom and center would be more of the "matted" area, while the fibrous sprouts would be the edges. If it wasn't for the perfect symmetry, it's in shale, and the fibrous ends I wouldn't have given it a second look. It's nothing spectacular but it would definitely be a very unexpected find if it turns out to be plant material. It is 5cm tall at it's longest and 3cm at its widest. There is some more randomly placed black areas and what appears to be more fibrous ends. Some of it totally disappears when its dry. I was hoping someone here could either confirm or deny if it is algae or at least plant material. I live in the Waynesville/Anheim Formation if that helps. Thanks! P.S. It was very hard to get decent images of the specimen since it is practically only visible while wet which caused glare. The fibers are very, very small. Some of the images are at 250x magnification. Because of this, some debris may be visible in the images.
  15. Possible partial edrioasteroid?

    Do you think this could be a partial edrioasteroid on a Hebritela brachiopo Found it today in Cincinnati. Ordovician period It looks like it could be one where the arms disarticulated
  16. Caeser Creek Lake Brachiopod

    This brachiopod is from Caesar Creek Lake, Waynesville Ohio, so Ordovician in age. I have tentatively identified it as Plaesiomys subquadratus, but knowledge of brachs is quite poor and many do look very similar to me. Can anyone verify my ID or provide better? Thanks
  17. Cincinnati Geo fair buys

    And you all know me by now. I didn't pay the asking price. I got deals on all three items.
  18. Isotelus gigas

    From the album Isotelus gigas

    Isotelus gigas found in the Eden Formation near Frankfort, Kentucky, USA
  19. Unknown Fossil Near Cincinnati

    Hi, I'm a new user, and I was looking for fossils at a road cut between Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati yesterday. Most of them were fossilized shells and various types of bryozoa, but we found one larger piece that we couldn't figure out. It's not visible from the back of the rock. Does anyone have any ideas?
  20. My wife and I "hunted" at a few locations in Ohio today. We found a few enrolled flexis but are both wondering if anyone could ID these three fossils? We are still fairly new to rock hounding and appreciate any help. The first three photos are of a fossil I found at a road cut on US RT 42 near Waynesville, Ohio (near Cincinnati). The fourth photo is of a fossil I found at Caesars Creek spillway The fossil in the fifth picture was found at the same roadcut in Waynesville.
  21. Cincinnati Crinoids

    I was wondering, what are the top ten or top five rarest/best to find Crinoids in Cincinnati area rocks? I know there are some extremely rare echinoderms but I was hoping to find out what kinds of stemmed crinoids are the best to find( and that I should look back through my collection for). I have some experience in Cincinnati rocks but I was hoping for some advice from the experts(or what ever you want to call yourself) out there. Thanks in advance, Mark Guilliams