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  1. Owen Ridgen

    A few Fossils from recently

    Hello everyone, thanks for letting me join the site! I'm an amateur fossil hunter from Toronto who has made a few expeditions in the past months. I've found a few fossils of interest that I'd like some help identifying. Below are links to photos of the fossils in question on my iNaturalist page, along with some additional details. Thanks all in advance! The following were all found along the Don River in Toronto. 1. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68570190 2. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68573964 3. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/685701
  2. Taking advantage of my time spent home, I finally got a couple of glass display cases to showcase fossil specimens from my collection. Finding ones that were affordable and blended with the style of our home, was challenge, and I took my time choosing. Despite a bit of criticism I receive from some of my fossil collecting friends, I am a generalist collector who doesn't specialize in anything. Having said that, my collection does feature some rare faunas; Devonian and Cretaceous bivalves, Lower and Middle Devonian brachiopods and gastropods, Cretaceous vertebrates, etc. The focus is largely on
  3. Sid James

    Please Help Identify these fossils

    I have lived on this property in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee for over 35 years. I have been noticing these fossils while working in a shade garden on the property. I believe they are some form of fossilized coral. I tried to find help in the Audubon Society Field Guide and by searching on line, but did not find anything that completely matched my samples. I have selected several pieces that I hope my help identify the fossils. The pieces I have found are usually 1-1 1/2" inches in diameter, and somewhat spherical. Many of the colonies are shaped like a 5 pointed star and appear in somewhat
  4. I propose to show us your Cenozoic corals. It is not necessary that it are identified although it would be better. What is necessary is that it are dated. Ok? Come on, I'll start. Cyathoseris castroi (Mallada, 1887) Lutetian South Pyrenean basin
  5. I found this in a sand pit near Kalkaska Michigan as a kid. It was in the vally wall around lake Skegamog. Next to it were a number of sand stones containing shell fossils. I don't know if it matters, but the pit wall I dug into was about 75 feet below the undisturbed grade. The stone I believe to be a sponge is approximately nine inches tall and weighs approximately 9.5 pounds. The chamber's are not uniform in size so I doubt it's being coral. The fact that there were no igneous rocks present makes me doubt pumice. I apologize that I could put up more pictures and close ups, but there was a
  6. Jeffrey P

    Back to the Ohio Valley

    Hi Everyone, I took a 2 week trip to the Ohio Valley, arriving back in New York about a week ago. It was primarily a family visit since many of my relatives now reside in the Elizabethtown, KY area. However, the Ohio Valley, as some of you know, is very rich in Paleozoic fossils and I just had to make a few stops on my way there and back as well as between family engagements. I will try to share enough to give you all a gist of it: It was a long day's drive from the northern suburbs of New York City to Richmond, Indiana where I spent the first night. The next day I was headed down State R
  7. Corals Fossil found in a base camo when I climbed mountain at an elevation of 3200 metres, to ID~ The corals looks like Liangshanophyllum or waagenophyllum but not quick match the character of Tetracoralla~ Also some Mollusks, maybe Amphineura?
  8. Nautiloid

    Rugose corals from the Kalkberg formation

    From the album: Lower Devonian Helderberg Group in Eastern NY

    Enterolasma strictum rugose corals from the Lower Devonian Kalkberg formation. Collected 5/31/20 Rickard Hill Rd. Schoharie, NY
  9. doushantuo

    devonian(syn)ecology

    New data on the intergrowth of Rugosa-Bryozoa in the Lower Devonian of North Gondwana Yves PLUSQUELLEC ,Françoise P. BIGEY Carnets Geol. 19 (18) Creative Commons License DOI 10.4267/2042/70538 PDF LINK
  10. Spring of 2020 We took advantage of the time off and the break in weather to hunt one of our favorite streams here in Western New York. This was just a spring scouting mission to see what was exposed after the ice and snow has melted. Some of the more interesting finds were a crinoid crown (very rare for this locality) possibly Logocrinus, Spinocyrtia granulosa open with both valves, Orthospirifer marcyi, a large Megastrophia concava cleaned by nature with epibionts, and 3 small nearly complete Greenops. We also found many small Favosites coral colonies, large Heliophyllum corals, and 8 d
  11. A new study shows that stony corals, which provide food and shelter for almost a quarter of all ocean species, are preparing for a major extinction event. Researchers identified an increased prevalence of certain traits found with previous extinction-survival characteristics among corals. By studying the fossil record of coral skeletons, they were able to determine that corals are showing some survival traits that match the last major extinction event 66mya. These traits include an increase in deep water residence, cosmopolitan distributions, smaller colonies, non-symbiotic relati
  12. Hello! Finally, I have some time to post this fossil hunting trip from a warm and sunny day in October, 2019. Introduction The Miocene Styrian basin in Austria is mostly filled with various clastic sediments, e.g. fossil-rich “Florianer Schichten” around St. Josef. The “Mittelsteirische Schwelle”, a north-south trending high-zone of palaeozoic, slightly metamorphic rocks, however, is, in a very literal sense, the base of various biogenic carbonate rocks (“Leithakalk”). The individual carbonate bodies are of slightly different age – spanning the whole Badenian (about three
  13. I bought a new old cabinet last winter and spent several months filling it with newly labeled specimens, most of them now stored in jewelry boxes. I took photos of it to show Tim, Fossildude19 and he suggested I post them in the Members Collections section. I followed his suggestion. The collection started in 2011 with a few fossil purchases off a well known public auction site. By the early spring of 2012 I was collecting in the field and the vast majority of my collection was self collected in that manner from sites, primarily in the Northeast and Ohio Valley as well as ones collected on tri
  14. Jackson g

    Coral crazy

    Today I was pretty stressed out, but it was also my day off work so I figured what better to do than go out for a hike. Usually around this time of the year Truman Lake's water level drops, and more spots are accessible to hunt for treasures or to journey and site see. I wasn't looking for fossils but instead I was looking for fishing lures, (You'd be amazed how many you can find when the water drops) but I always keep an eye out for fossils as well. I ended up finding a nice little exposure that is usually underwater, and boy it was worth the search. It was about a hour and a half walk to whe
  15. I am back from my trip to morocco. It is a 14 days trip and I got 4 days for fossil hunting. It was so imagine, fossils are everywhere and even though I won't be able to dig, I still get plenty to bring home. Since my guide doesn't speak good English, I am not be able to ask him must so I need help to identify the fossil. On the first day, my guide took me to a place near Erfoud to search for dinosaur teeth. It is very close to the highway. We found a well that the local people dig to get Spinosaur teeth and bone. My husband went down to one but couldn't find anything because
  16. Hello, I have summarized my hunting trips to St. Bartholomä from July 2019 to September 2019. Its in German and located at an external site: Rudists St. Bartholomä - July-Sept 2019 (external site) (pdf, ca. 4.2 MB) Fell free to delete this post if you find it inappropriate. Thanks! Franz Bernhard
  17. gerardo gonzalez

    Help to ID

  18. Quer

    Cretaceous corals

    Hi everyone. Here are some specimens from an Upper Campanian - Lower Maastrichtian reef in the Catalan Pyrenees, which species’ diversity amazes me. In fact, they are collected in a 30 meter-radius point. I’ve only been able to approximate their genus (thanks to @Pachy, mostly) . So, I’ll strongly appreciate any help. Well, let’s start with the tiniest ones: Heliopora sp. (=Polytremacis), an Octocorallian: Columactinastrea sp.: Synastrea ? (Only my guess)
  19. Hello there! I was inspired by @markjw to check out the Credit River here in Mississauga, Ontario (Georgian Bay Formation, Upper Ordovician) because where I normally hunt there are typically no corals and I'd love to add a couple to my collection. Consequently, I went out for about an hour this morning before the family got up in order to try my luck, and I'm happy to say that I was successful!!! Based on information provided by @FossilDAWG in other threads here on TFF, I think all of my colonial rugose corals are Favistina calcina - here are photos of three of my spec
  20. I visited Etobicoke Creek, and, as usual, the place was packed with fossils. Then I went to Credit River...a park near "The Riverwood Conservancy". At first I was disappointed, but in one place I found 3 little corals that had been packed into a mud path by hiker's boots. Here they are; all approximately 4 cm across.
  21. JUAN EMMANUEL

    Paleofavosites asper

    From the album: Hamilton, Ontario Fossils

    Paleofavosites asper (d’Orbigny, 1850). Coral squashed on grey shale. Found in the Manitoulin Formation of the Cataract Group on the Niagara Escarpment. Locality is the Devil’s Punchbowl, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Ontario. Early Silurian.
  22. July 23,2019 Its been so hot working outside all week that today's fossil hunt in 70 degree temps felt cool. It was quiet in the stream (besides the sound of wildlife) when I got there in the AM and stayed that way all day. I didnt want to disturb the scene with me pounding on rocks so I surface collected and covered a large area of the stream. Along the sides of the stream are glacial erratic boulders, stones, and gravel. The tabulate corals (Chonostegites clappi, Favosites winchelli, Favosites sp.) I pictured in this post were found among these glacial rocks. In one gully off the stre
  23. Hi! Here is a trip report on visiting a locality near Carlin, Nevada (one of our early videos). I'm not sure if what we decided to call "octopus beaks" (see 1:44 and image attached) are the real thing and not just fragments of brachiopods. Perhaps, somebody more knowledgeable can weigh in with the right answer. Thanks in advance!
  24. Yesterday the weather in my area hit above the 20 degrees Celsius so I dared myself to go to Streetsville in Mississauga to visit a fossil site I have not been to in 2 years. I now live in Hamilton, Ontario so travelling to Streetsville was intimidating for me using public transit from Hamilton to Streetsville. I have not been to Streetsville by the Credit River ever since I moved from Etobicoke to Hamilton, Ontario and I miss collecting in this vicinity. But I made it. :)) I took pics of exposure sites as these sites are mentioned in one of the literatures describ
  25. JUAN EMMANUEL

    Predation Marks on Hebertella?

    Hi guys so I have this Hebertella occidentalis specimen I collected yesterday from the Credit River at Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario, which belongs to the Upper Member of the Georgian Bay Formation. Do these look like predation marks? There are also what appears to some crystallized grains inside these marks and I think they could be some sort of calcite. Sorry for the noisy grain of the image, but I hope this will help.
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