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  1. Community on the Half-Shell

    I love finding multiple fossils. I don't just mean multiple specimens in a single rock, I mean fossils that show evidence of more than one life-form. Shells with burrow traces, for one example. Dung beetle balls. Predation marks. And particularly, epibionts. Here I have a fairly ordinary specimen of the brachiopod Tropidoleptus carinatus. Ordinary, that is, until a closer look is taken.... This specimen supported an variety of other critters on its pedicle valve. Whether the epibionts took hold while the brachiopod was alive, or colonized the dead shell, I don't know; I would speculate the former, as the brachiopod is articulated. I think it is likely that the whole living community was buried together by mud. So who's here? Let's take a closer look. We have several examples of Cornulites hamiltoniae. Some are (relatively) large, while others are very small: Two more Cornulites pictures, then we'll see who else lived here!
  2. Fossils And Football

    Two weeks ago my wife and I experienced a wonderful a trip to Iowa for fossils and football. We started the weekend off great by attending the Iowa /Ohio State football game. We are buckeye through and through and being a visitor at sporting event such as this just adds to the ambiance. In preparation for our game, I created 10 necklaces out of buckeyes interspersed with scarlet and grey beads. They were heavy on my neck as I enter the stadium. But each was created for the purpose of finding 10 special individuals to place them on. So by games end, my neck feels the lightened load. My favorite recipient was a rabid Iowa fan whose wife insisted on getting a picture of him with the buckeye beads draped around his neck. This gentleman and I decided to make this necklace a traveling trophy. He keeps it if Iowa wins the next time. If OSU wins, he must find a buckeye fan to carry on our new started tradition of passing the necklace to the victor. Hopefully future recipients can enjoy the camaraderie that the two of us did. I do want to congratulate all Iowa fans for a game well played! The better team (Iowa) won that day. Here is a view of the buckeye trees on my farm in Minnesota that donated their nuts for the necklaces. Spruce trees outline the buckeyes spelling "Go OSU". The primary purpose for putting my football report in with my fossil excursion is to publicize what Iowa does during the time out between first and second quarter. A children's hospital was recently built next to the stadium and a Hawkeye student, through social media, has gotten the fans to take the time during this "intermission" to turn and wave to all of the children pressed against the glass on the 15th story of the hospital. It brought tears to my eyes seeing 78,000 fans providing such pleasure to the many who peared down upon us. Even the Buckeye football players, who are supposed to be discussing football strategy, got caught up in it!!! I am proud of them. My plan initially was to stay in town and participate in our fossil club's trip to a local quarry the next day. But motel rooms that my wife would accept staying at were all booked. As a replacement for some good old Devonian hunting, we elected instead to head to Burlington in search of Mississippian crinoids the next morning. Lodging was not a problem there. Up early, I headed to a quarry site mentioned in some of the research I had done the previous night. It sounded promising on paper. But upon arrival at the quarry , it became apparent visitors were NOT welcomed, unlike what my research said. A sign saying "No Trespassing, Violators will be Prosecuted" greeted me. A sign a little further up the access was visible so I strolled up to see what it said. "You are now on video surveillance" gave me some butterflies in my stomach. I looked further down the lane and a third sign was present just before the gate into the quarry. Of coarse I had to see what it said. To my surprise, the final sign said Take Another Step, The Bead of My Shotgun is on You. Wow!!! I pity anyone that took that next step. My steps were backwards, and I retreated to the truck. As I sat there deciding where to go instead, a smaller sign was peaking out of the weeds next to me and it had the owner's name (Puc) and phone number on it. Do I dare call this owner very early on a Sunday morning? Of coarse!! I think I made the call just to talk to the creator of these unique no trespassing signs. After 4 or 5 rings, long enough for me to second guess my decision to call, someone in a deep baritone voice picked up. I explained who I was and why I was interrupting his weekend. After a long pause he replied that "the government" would stick me with a $20,000 fine if I allowed you into the quarry. Then for the next 10 minutes, he entertained me with what he meant by "the government" and it wasn't good. Quite suddenly, he quit his rampage and exclaimed, give me 5 minutes and I will be down there. I was going to target practice with my pistol anyways. That was a long 10 minutes as I sat in my truck wondering am I going to get to fossil hunt or is he coming to put the bead of his pistol on me. You must know the outcome since I am here to tell the story. A beat up pickup arrived slightly later than expected and a tall strong shouldered weathered man stepped out without pointing a gun though he carried it in his hand. That was a good sign. He reminded me of Jed Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies Show pictured here for you young bucks who may not recognize him. I was invited into the scale house as he told me about the quarry's history and his gun collection and a little more about politics. No exaggeration, an hour later, Puc finally said I will show you the quarry's rocks. And away we went. My own private hunting grounds with a guide!! Here are some of my finds: After 2 hours, I was enjoying myself tremendously but needed to take a break. Leaning against a 6x6x10 ft rock, I took a swig of cold coffee and as I sat the cup down, I noticed something on the underside of this large boulder. It was a nice crinoid!!! I just had to extract it from its matrix. I thought this will be easy, as I tried to fire up my ancient cement saw. No go! I anxiously waited 10 minutes and tried to fire it up again. No such luck. So out came my chisels and hammer. After 30 minutes of banging away, Puc came over (he was target practicing) to see what the commotion was. I showed him the specimen I was attempting to release from this boulder. My suspicions were that he had no idea what it was, but he sensed how important it must have been to me. I was instructed to quit pounding and he will be back in a bit. A few minutes later, I hear the roar of an engine and then a LARGE yellow piece of equipment came towards me. It was a jackhammer on wheels, dwarfing my pickup as it approached!! Puc asked me to point out the location on the boulder again and then had me step back. With precision, he whittled that rock down, eventually breaking the fossil free without a bit of damage. What a day!! What a find for me. And most importantly, what a new friendship was made. One lonely man and one fossil freak! I promised him that I would be back.
  3. Crinoid and Trilo.jpg

    From the album Snakebite6769's Finds

    The trilobite is super small relative to the crinoid arms. Do you see it?

    © Robert Phillips Collection

  4. Illinois crinoid with trilobite before prep

    From the album Snakebite6769's Finds

    hard to se but there's a tiny trilobite on the arm of this crinoid. I will have a post minor prep picture added soon.

    © Robert Phillips Collection

  5. I have found a large rock containing a crinoid calyx. I am deciding whether or not to extract the fossil from the rock it is in and if I do extract it, how should I go about doing that? If you have any additional information you can tell me about this fossil please do so!
  6. Crinoind Calyx Extraction

    I have found a large rock containing a crinoid calyx. I am deciding whether or not to extract the fossil from the rock it is in and if I do extract it, how should I go about doing that? If you have any additional information you can tell me about this fossil please do so!
  7. Looks like a shrimp to me, lol.

    Here is an easy one for most of you. Easy for you but I can't figure it out. Came from Ordovician period. You can see some of the stem from a Crinoid sitting next to it. I am clueless. Also looking to clean another Crinoid in grey, hard, limestone. Should I start from half an inch out and work towards the subject or start at the crevice of the Crinoid and work out?
  8. My story will be a bit(could be too much) long, so I put this report separately from @Kane's report. I'm not sure I can do this or not 'cause this is my first time to write same topic from others'. If I should not do this, I apologize administrator for making bothersome Before I start my story, I convey my profound and huge gratitude to @crinus for taking me quarries(these travels were my very first visiting to not only quarries, but also Ontario's fossil site!) and giving a lot of nice fossils to me what he found, and to @Northern Sharks for giving a nice specimen to me what he found as well from Brechin quarry and organizing Bowmanville journey(I didn't know that until seeing from @Kane's report. I'm not sure that you set the all plans), and to @Malcolmt for giving a complete crinoid to me, which is my first complete crinoid possessing arms and stems, and finally to everyone that I've met on this travel for welcoming me *Plus - My report will be incomplete 'cause I don't know that much about Ontario's geological information and some species' scientific names. So, I'll appreciate greatly if you guys tell me about right information and help me to correct it I revised this post a loooot of times 'cause I realized that it was not report, but a proper diary(Too Much Information.. and still, it's like a diary..) Well.. Now then, I'll begin my long story with some pictures though I couldn't make to take that many pictures of quarries and people. As for the Brechin quarry, I forgot to take my phone and there was no time to take DSLR out from my bag. And as for the Bowmanville quarry, I was so concentrating to find fossils that I forgot to take pictures *Date : Oct.21&22.2017 *Location : Brechin quarry & Bowmanville quarry *Records of formation : Brechin quarry - D -----> Upper Verulam Formation(There was a "cluster" of fauna that I think it's different from below one. Color was bright grey and somewhat yellowish) DD -----> Middle Verulam Formation(Bluish and grey rocks with vurnerable condition) DDD -----> Lower Verulam Formation(Brown and grey rocks) DDDD -----> Upper Bobcaygeon Formation(Alternates between sublithogenic and medium calcarenitic limestone, but also includes some brown lithographic limestone and bluish fine-grained limestone in minor thicknesses)[*] [Buried under the ground] Middle Bobcaygeon Formation(Grey and brown, very fine grained to sublithogenic, sparsely fossiliferous limestone, with some fine-grained limestone in the upper part)[*] [Buried under the ground] Lower Bobcaygeon Formation(Brownish grey, fine- and medium-grained limestone)[*] (Reference - [*] Bobcaygeon formation - Weblex Canada. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://weblex.nrcan.gc.ca/html/001000/GSCC00053001579.html @Northern Sharks informed me! Thank you! ) Bowmanville quarry - D -----> Blue Mountain Formation (I couldn't get there.) DD Upper Lindsay formation DDD Level 2 (?) DDDD Level 3(?) - Lower Lindsay formation (Below as well. The quarry was so biiiiiig!!) - - *Geological Age - Middle Ordovician These all rocks are what I took. Maybe I took a lot of fossils even if it is only a small part of trilobites. I just so excited that I found Ontario's trilobites directly, not through internet store or pictures! Well.. Now I'm worried the weight.. Could I take these whole fossils?... I should have considered about it, not just collect unnecessary things by my instinct. It was not a clever move.. That crinoid(at 11 O'clock-wise) is not what I found these quarries. I found it from Scarbourough bluffers park before. To begin, the beginning of the day(Oct.21) I've met @crinus first at the very early morning of the day(For me. 'cause I'm not the early bird type). Actually, we met from Ebay. I won his two auction and I asked him that would you wait for me until I get to Canada in order to reduce shipping cost. Then, he offered me to go to quarries with him! Anyway, we arrived there around at 8:30 AM and there were 4 or more people had already arrived. I've met @Malcolmt and two other people(Sorry, I can't remember the name. My poor memory..) on near the greenish and bluish pond in the quarry. After handshaking, @crinus and I went to the piles of rocks, which is near the pond. We climbed up the piles of rocks and met @Northern Sharks on there. He found one complete Calyptaulax sp. and dropped it from his hand while we were greeting each other(yet, fortunately, the trilobite was alive with small crack on the pygidium(if my memory is correct)) After the greeting, @crinus and @Northern Sharks went to another place and I remained there, which was that @Northern Sharks found a trilobite, and looked for trilobites with hammering big rocks. I found a horn coral, which is Lambeophyllum profundum Conrad, 1843, the cephalon part of Ceraurus sp. , and a loooot of brachiopods and so on It came from lower Verulam formation. This one is Lambeophyllum profundum Conrad, 1843( @Northern Sharks and @FossilDAWG informed me! Thank you! ) Ceraurus globulobatus? I don't know the exact name of this specimen.. This one maybe came from the middle Verulam formation because of its color. Though I found this from the lower Verulam formation area.
  9. Crinoid?

  10. Milwaukee

    What spots in Milwaukee would be good for hunting fossils? I'm taking 2 older boys with me as my lil son and wife will have to stay at hospital overnight.... any spots? My oldest son is interested in try to find trilobites.... thank you.
  11. I need a crinoid or blastoid expert

    I recently went on a trip with the Eastern Missouri Society for Paleontology (which I highly recommend checking into if you're in the St. Louis area). Anyway, I found a number of echinoderm parts I'm not used to seeing and I just want some info as to what they might be. I found a number of the these oval shaped stems that I can't find out about just by searching the internet.
  12. Fall Break in Sulphur

    Hi! This teacher is spending the last day of Fall Break Christmas shopping - fossils for my students! Found a few beauties for teacher, too... I think this may be part of a trilobite... thoughts? More pics in comments of other mystery finds as I find them! Thanks in advance!
  13. Trilobite and Crinoid Purchase

    Hello Fossil Forum! First time post but been a reader for a while now. I just got back from my honeymoon in Morocco and of course along the way stopped in Erfoud to look at fossils. We went specifically to Macro Fossiles Kasbah where they had a huge selection of fossils and fossils-turned-into-home-goods (sinks, table-tops, etc.). There were huge sheets of fossils, a cutting and polishing area, etc. It seemed legit and I was walking around with the owner for an hour, Raffa, whose dad had owned the place since the 70s. He was very enthusiastic when I showed interest and had a (very rough compared to this forum) knowledge of what we were looking at. At any rate, I picked up two pieces that I would love your opinions on. Both from a specific-identification perspective and a quality / validity perspective. Obviously we have one trilobite and one crinoid. From my eyes I can tell the Crinoid is a composite of what seems to be a few pieces with a bit of filler in there. Not ideal but I love that it's one animal in focus for a smaller piece like this. The stone you see is 14" tall. The spiny trilobite he kept in his office and only showed me after a longer conversation. I believe it to be real and a fairly good example considering its age. The stone you see is 10" tall. Would love opinions on specific species and thoughts on the prep quality. Plan on mounting these vertically in custom frames for a larger specimen wall and hope I made a couple wise purchases! Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
  14. I have a number of mortality plates that I collected from the middle/upper Devonian Hamilton formation near Ithaca New York. In case the photos aren't clear, it's mostly brachiopod and crinoid hash. Would be interested in trading for any vertebrate material. Or invertebrate that lies outside the Devonian (maybe a similar mortality plate from the Ordovician or Silurian, so I could compare). Anyone interested? Make me an offer. Matt
  15. Here is some of the more interesting miscellaneous material from the little Devonian spot in my area I thought I'd share, I'm not sure of any of the specific IDs of any of these specimens I can only guess brachiopods, a possible crinoid stem, and horn corals?
  16. classical observations

    Thought it would be nice to post an oldie(1922)** yakowecolinteractgastropcrinoidZoolAnzc1922_0291-0294.pdf The author "leans towards" Simroth's theory that commensalism (and/ or mutualism)evolved from "parabiosis*",because the gastropod can sometimes be found attached to the crinoid stele . *apparently:the simple phenomenon of attachment,without connotations about causes or substrate preference . The frequent (obligatory,almost?)co-occurence of the fossils is explained by the life-long interaction itself: when the crinoid dies,the gastropod dies. (probable naticid gastropod boreholes can be found on some "infested" crinoids) The attachment scar of the gastropod are concentric,the gastropod aperture has an excentric location,to keep the aperture covering the anal aperture of the crinoid. The erosion/(resorption?) of the anal proboscis may be due to the gastopod Small circular depressions are tentativel attributed to early ontogenetic failed predation attempts by juvenile gastropod **and I am aware of the more recent literature on this subject havent read yet
  17. Crinoid (pyritized)

    This silvery gray crown of a fossil Crinoid is quite impressive for its vascular arrangement of arms and protruding aboral cup. However, it is the nature of its preservation that makes this piece very special. The fossil is pyritized as the metallic mineral Pyrite replaced the organic matter during mineralization.
  18. Crinoid fossil

    This rather amazing Crinoid fossil I did not find myself, sadly enough. It's from Sylvania, Lucas County, Ohio. I bought it at a local auction, probably for too much, but it caught my eye and I had to have it. I have found plenty of Crinoid stems in Texas when I was a kid. The "sea lily" stem segments were everywhere in the Dallas suburbs creek beds, and gravel parking lots even. My friend and I filled plastic bags full, sometimes they were around .5" wide. I lost most of my collection of local fossils I found back then from moving a lot and having a storage unit broken into and robbed (lost an old lamp, crummy futon, and a really dresser that just happened to have old concert shirts and fossils in it!) Anyway, I have always loved Crinoid fossils, and this one is small but really stunning, detailed, pyritized and sparkly! Crinoid Fossil Arthroacantha carpenteri Devonian Silica Shale Sylvania, Lucas County, Ohio, USA 2.48 x 2.17 x 1.60 inches (6.30 x 5.52
  19. Crinoid Stem

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Crinoid Stem The first fossil I found at the park. It was sitting on the bottom of the swimming area in waist-deep, crystal-clear water! Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Pennsylvania
  20. Crinoid stem?

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Crinoid some or maybe cephalopod? Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  21. Crinoid Stem Pieces

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Crinoid Stem Pieces Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  22. Hash Plate

    From the album Beltzville State Park

    Death Assemblage crinoids, brachiopod Devonian Manhatango Formation Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  23. From the album Beltzville State Park

    Crinoid Plate Devonian Beltzville State Park, Beltzville, PA
  24. Hunting at the riverside

    Fossilienfundstellen am Wasser......ich habe meine eigene Fundstelle.......direkt vor der Haustür. Mein Sohn ist jetzt 4 Jahre alt, seit er laufen kann, werfen wir mit viel Spaß Steine in den großen Fluß, den deutschen Fluß - ´Der Rhein`. Alles was er greifen kann fliegt ins Wasser, manchmal muß ich rufen: Stop! Das ist ein Papa- Stein! Farblose durchscheinende Quarze, selten Achat und das halbe Alphabet habe ich schon so vor den Wasserfluten retten können und so manches Fossil. Der Rhein zerteilt ein mächtiges devonisches Schichtpaket in 2 Mittelgebirge, den Hunsrück und auf der anderen Seite den Westerwald und Taunus. In seinen Flußschottern transportiert er die erodierten fossil- führenden Schichten und lagert sie ....vor meiner Haustüre ab. So kann mein Junge schon von klein an die Wunder der Stein- Welt erleben und begreifen. In meiner Fossiliensammlungen hat der Junge natürlich auch seine Vitrinenplätze und sammelt da fleißig... hier sind ein paar Steine vom gestrigen Steine-Werfen: Rhein- Stein. Fossil sites at the water ...... I have my own reference ....... directly in front of the front door. My son is now 4 years old, since he can run, we throw stones with a lot of fun into the big river, the German river - 'the Rhine'. All he can take is flying into the water, sometimes I have to call: Stop! This is a Papa stone! Colorless translucent quartz, rarely agate and half the alphabet, I have already been able to save myself from the floods and many fossils. The Rhine divides a mighty Devonian stratagem in the middle range, the Hunsrück and on the other the Westerwald and Taunus. In his river gravel he transports the eroded fossil-bearing beds and stores them at my doorstep. This is how my boy can experience and understand the wonders of the stone world from a very early age. In my fossil collections, the boy naturally also has his showcases and collects diligently ... Here are a few stones from yesterday's stones throwing: Rheinstein. What about you? How did you start with fossil - hunting?
  25. Crinoid ? Holdfast ?

    The symmetry in this little feature really is amazing to me. Its about 8mm dia. I'll go out on the limb and guess that it is the mold of a small crinoid holdfast. (its a very slender, shaky limb though) Do you recognize it ? Thanks again