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  1. Conasauga Compromise comprehensive thread

    As you all may or may not have heard, there have been legality issues revolving around the Murray County trilobite site, namely that the bridge has recently been posted due to some issues occurring with nearby property owners regarding some of the people visiting the site as well as apparent over-collecting at the site causing increased erosion and possible structural integrity issues with the bridge itself. As a result, news has it that the site is now posted with signs. (For more information, check tab 3+ of: OR check: As I and a number of us TFF regulars very attached to this specific site and know that there have been scientifically important finds here as of late (check: https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/sepm/palaios/article-abstract/34/5/254/570737/A-CAMBRIAN-MERASPID-CLUSTER-EVIDENCE-OF-TRILOBITE?redirectedFrom=fulltext or https://www.georgiasfossils.com/2b-a-trilobite-nest-in-georgia.html), I didn't want to let it simply be barred off from everyone, scientist or not. In an effort to try and get things sorted out, I'm starting this thread as a comprehensive platform to start a compromise between us fossil collectors, the county and the property owners whom all have legitimate grievances and concerns. We all need to come together and come up with a certain set of guidelines for healthy use and maintenance of this site in order to make sure this site can remain accessible. Let us use this thread to make that happen. I invite any and all Murray County officials and residents to participate in this conversation, as this affects everyone involved.
  2. 9th trip to Chatsworth: A last hurrah

    As my life in college is imminent (I head to Milledgeville Thursday), I wanted to fit in one last pre-college trip to my favorite bug spot (An idea that was really given life when I heard about a Schwimmer paper that got into PALAIOS about what may be the oldest nesting behavior ever discovered (https://www.georgiasfossils.com/new-2b-a-trilobite-nest-in-georgia.html)). I can say with confidence that yesterday scored in the upper tier of my trip list to the site. I arrived later in the day than I usually would (got there around 6:00 or something), and the river was once again quite low. As a matter of fact, I think it was as low today as I've ever seen it: I went to work right away splitting some slabs from one of the lower layers that seems to give me the best results, and before long, I was getting quality split after quality split. By the end of my relatively brief 1 hour stay, I had quite a few nice pieces to take with me: Cont.
  3. Tibbs Bridge still viable?

    Hey everyone I'm pretty new to fossil hunting and have seen Tibbs Bridge on the Conasauga river mentioned for having trilobites under it anyone know if it's still viable? The mentions I've been seeing are older. Also anyone know sites around the Columbus area?
  4. I just went to the Floyd county Conasauga at a roadside site mentioned in https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264495630_Taxonomy_and_biostratigraphic_significance_of_some_Middle_Cambrian_Trilobites_from_the_Conasauga_Formation_in_western_Georgia (partly guided by a few locals). After searching, we found tons of nodules, and only a few exposed Trilo parts. It was only near the end of the trip that I realized that at this site, I might need to split the nodules open to find much in them. So I took a few decent sized ones with me to figure out what to do with them after I attempted to split a few, and only getting one open relaitively cleanly (nothing inside). My immediate assumption is perhaps to use the freeze/thaw method I've heard people use for mazon creek nodules (instructions?). Any other tips for splitting these nodules? They're much tougher that I personally thought they'd be (at least it was harder to actively split them on site, given their round shape makes it hard to keep the chisel going in one spot). The site: Some of the numerous nodules present:
  5. Conasauga Crusade #7: Jackpot

    Well, It's been a while. After a hiatus that has seemed like forever, my friend Barrett and I decided to head to the Conasauga to find us some bugs as neither of us really had anything to do this weekend and we both wanted to do something. This was Barrett's first time, so I was effectively his mentor for the day. First stop however, breakfast of southern hospitality at a local biscuit place! After that, we went right to the site, getting into the nitty gritty. The river wasn't flooding over, but it was pretty decently high. Of course, that wasn't stopping us. We got into our big water-proof boots and jumped right in. Barrett quickly got into the groove, finding a certain section of the formation that was producing very large and complete Aphelaspis Brachyphasis with just about every swing of the hammer and chisel. Then late into the day, I found THIS beauty: I was stunned. I had never seen an exoskeleton on a positive that complete from the formation before like this, and for a second I thought it was fake. (sidenote, while transporting it to the car not long after this picture, a portion of the tailshield's exoskeleton unfortunately got peeled off by a very light breeze into the wind. At least I got a picture! Very fragile!) There was also a negative, though honestly it was completely outshown. In the end, we didn't take a whole lot, but we definitely took a number of really good ones, including some of the largest complete Aphelaspis I've seen.
  6. Well I did not have much luck opening Mazon Creek concretions today, so I figured that I would try something about 190 Million years older, so tonight I was whacking Conasauga shale matrix from Murray County, Georgia, looking for Cambrian Aphelaspis brachyphasis trilobites. I did not go through much matrix tonight, but I did find a few trilobites, but the ones that I found do not represent the quality of trilobites that come from that location. As I continue to go through this matrix, I guarantee that I will find some pretty specimens and I will post my finds. Here is what I found tonight-
  7. Floyd County Cambrian: Any clues?

    As you are all probably aware, I have been to the Chatsworth Conasauga exposure multiple times, and have gotten some stellar stuff from the formation. Recently, I have been seeing a lot about another exposure of the Conasauga in Floyd County near Rome somewhere along the Coosa river that produces a different trilo species (Elrathria Antiquata), as well as a species of primitive sponge, Brooksella (which I have yet to get, or any sponge material for that matter). Any tips on Floyd's Conasauga material? Brooksella, my primary interest: Elrathria antiquata, another objective:
  8. Chlorophyte or Chloud Faces?

    Hello, all. After my last wonderfully successful Id effort on here, i thought I'd try again. This specimen was boshed free of some matrix that was sent to me by the unrivalled Ralph @Nimravisin a batch of matrix from the Conasauga Formation, Upper Cambrian, Georgia, USA and home to a multitude of the trilobite Aphelaspis brachyphasis as well as rarer agnostids and other even rarer trilos. I was looking at this paper https://www.researchgate.net/publication/250083071_Exceptional_fossil_preservation_in_the_Conasauga_Formation_Cambrian_Northwestern_Georgia_USA and thought my specimen below looks rather like the example D in Figure 3 (sorry, I don't know how to just post that image. It's a chlorophyte, so is mine ? They appear to be sort of tiny strings of sausages, the longest string being about 2 mm long, so each individual 'cell' is very tiny indeed. Thank you for any comments, ideas or suggestions. Adam.