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  1. Dipleura dekayi

    Hey folks, good day. I found two more of the Dipleura dekayi in the same spot as the other smaller cephalon found earlier. These are MUCH larger, I need to find a whole one ! There was also a pygidium (?) and a small eldredgeops cephalon all of these were within 2' of each other. Might be a "hot spot" ! Still a' chippin', one of these days ................. Kind regards,
  2. Last year Kevin H. gave me some information about a good location for fossils near Barvaux (Thanks @Kevin H. ) Its a construction site where you can find many devonian fossils. The most common fossils are brachiopods but you can also find corals and gastropods ! Too bad that it seems that they not work there anymore ... despite of that you can still find many brachiopods. Firstly some pictures of the site: And there they are ! Its a pity that they are often damaged ! I spent there about 3 hours and found more than 300 brachiopods ! I think more or less all are Cyrtospirifer verneuili ... And here are the biggest ones: The biggest one is about 8 cm long and very massive. Its difficult to find such big ones in a good condition ! This one is a very nice one becuase of the good preservation. Its about 4.5 cm long. Some more brachiopods from other angles: + These three brachiopods look a bit different ... can somebody determine them? I found also some brachiopods where you can see the spiral shaped lophophores ("skeleton") of them... I can post brachiopods the whole day But I also found some corals
  3. Trilobite Trio

    Hi group, I think this is another greenops pygidium. If it is, this make a Trilo-Trio, all three species found within inches of one another. The Eldredgeops was peeking out of a natural fracture and looked like it might possibly be more than just a cephalon ..... but, no luck. Only had about ten minutes to look today, hope to get a chance to look more tomorrow. Devonian, Mahantango from eastern WV. Kind regards.
  4. Our Fossilicious Summer

    WHAT WE LEARNED IN OUR FIRST FOSSIL HUNTING SUMMER This is a short recap of what we learned on our fossil trips this summer, in our first 3 months as very new fossil collectors. This week, Nancy and I gave a slide presentation on our summer fossil hunting experiences, to the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society. We didn't realize it ourselves but in 3 months we visited 8 sites in Pennsylvania and New York including: Antes Creek, Deer Lake, Red Hill, Juniata County, McIntyre Mountain, Montour and St. Clair in Pennsylvania, and a very productive trip to Tully, NY. We visited St. Clair 4 times, which has become our home site. At St. Clair, we were astonished by the diversity of species - we collected well articulated samples of more than a dozen species including: Alethopteris, Annularia, Asterophyllites, Cordaites, Cyclopteris, Eusphenopteris, Lepidophylloides, Neuropteris, Odontopteris, Pecopteris, Sphenophyllum, Sphenopteris, and numerous Seeds, Bark, Roots. Most notably - I learned to pronounce all of these without stuttering! At St. Clair, we spent one trip looking exclusively for seeds trigonocarpus), and one trip looking just for roots (stigmaria). Our most significant finds have included very large (2 foot long) display pieces covered with well articulated orange ferns, an alethopteris seed attached to a leaf stem, and many Carboniferous leaves that have different shapes from traditional ferns. What we learned this summer has really helped us find some interesting fossils - here are a few things we did that helped a lot: 1. DOING OUR HOMEWORK. It helped to study each site in advance using Internet websites and books on fossils (Dave's "Views of the Mahantango" and "Louisville Fossils" are among the best, imho). Several universities also have great educational sites that bring each era to life in very creative and interesting ways, with lots of illustrations and photos. I like the UC-Berkeleyand University of West Virginia websites. 2. LEARNING FROM TRIP REPORTS. We read trip reports from other groups and individuals to see what they reported - sometimes this helps us stumble across new places to visit such as the site at Tully, NY and Deer Lake. 3. SETTING GOALS AND TARGETS FOR EACH TRIP. For each trip, we establish specific goals - for example we may look for seeds, or roots at St. Clair, or trilobites or shell assemblages at a Devonian site. Our interest right now is in looking for things that are scarce or rare, and fossils that are extremely well articulated (which is also rare!). We also like solving puzzles so eventually we would like to find things that help add to the fossil record in areas where there are still questions or missing links. 4. DISPLAYING WHAT WE FIND. Personally, Nancy and I like collecting larger fossils that we can display in mounts and frames, and we are also looking for larger pieces that we can display like sculptures - we have a few pieces that we drilled holes in, inserted wooden dowels that we stained, and then drilled/inserted the dowels in wooden trophy bases - all available from a craft store. This allows us to display thicker fossils esp. assemblages, like sculptures, and you can turn them around and look at all sides when they are mounted like this. 5. WE AVOID FOSSIL HORDING. We both agreed that we would NOT become "fossil horders" putting hundreds of rocks in boxes and sticking them away in the basement or garage - instead, we focus on finding display-quality items, and rare or scarce finds which we are slowly putting in frames. 6. DOCUMENTING OUR FINDS WITH CLOSEUP PHOTOS. We photograph everything we find as soon as possible after returning from a trip, using a digital camera with a closeup attachment - many times we find new discoveries while taking closeup photos and some of our best finds came AFTER we returned from the trip and inspected our fossils. I usually put the finds on a white background on an ironing board and use window light, nothing fancy, but it works. 7. FOSSIL ID. We post anything we can't identify on the Fossil Forum and are EXTREMELY grateful for the terrific response from our friends on the site! We are also accumulating a growing library of fossil books (some modern, some from the 19th and early 20th century) so we can identify more fossils ourselves without having to post on Fossil ID. 8. WRITING ABOUT OUR EXPERIENCES GIVES US NEW INSIGHTS. We report everything that interests and excites us about fossil hunting on Fossil Forum to share our experiences - and we find that writing about what we're doing helps us learn more and gain insights, just from writing about it. We have also started videotaping some of our adventures and are thinking about the best place to post some of these. 9. WINTER PLANS: COPING WITH CABIN FEVER. Our winter plans are to visit one or two more sites, then go into "fossil hibernation" and organize, identify and label fossils we haven't processed yet. We have a Dremel to do some light preservation work where needed. We are not planning to become "chemical conservators" - using chemicals to dissolve limestone and so forth - that's a bit too ambitious for us at this point. We may get involved in some interesting activities by local universities that are using 3D printing to process and replicate large dinosaur bones. We are also planning to provide an exhibit (on Carboniferous plants and trees/coal swamps) at a fossil fair in April. 10. RECOMMENDED READING: I enjoy reading fossil books - I'm currently reading with great interest a small book entitled "Leaves and Stems from Fossil Forests" by Raymond E. Janssen (1939) which I bought last night at the DVPS meeting, and a textbook entitled Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record by Benton and Harper (2008) (excellent book). The book that has been the most useful to me so far is the classic book "Fossil Collecting in Pennsylvania" by Hoskins et. al. (3rd ed. 1983). I am constantly re-reading the Hoskins book and find something new each time as my knowledge grows. A book that impressed Nancy and me is a large beautifully illustrated book entitled "Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth" (published by Dorling Kindersley, 2012) UPDATE (Oct 11): Nancy is taking some college courses which are prerequisites to enter grad school, so I am doing most of the fossil reading and ID. I read several books at the same time and other books I purchased that I am currently reading are: Paleobotany: The Biology and Evolution of Fossil Plants (second edition) by Thomas Taylor; and Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record by Benton and Harper. I guess you can tell from this that I'm reading up on fossil plants - my main interest is not just to understand the evolution and fossil record, identification tips, etc. - but also to try to figure out where the missing links and gaps are so if we come across something that adds to the fossil record, we will be able to recognize the value. What is most surprising is that there is a lot missing from the Carboniferous record - partly because after this period, many of the oceans and swamps apparently dried up and there were ice ages and other factors that caused mass extinctions. Here are some interesting things I have learned this summer about Fossil Plants and Trees: 1. More Carboniferous insect fossils and evidence of insects are needed (by the way, there are some GREAT current discussions about insects on this forum!). 2. Many categories of lycopsids and other Carboniferous trees and plants do not have verified associations between the leaves and seeds, or leaves and trunks/stems. Many trigonocarpus (fossilized seeds and "fruits") are found with leaves, but examples of seeds actually ATTACHED to leaf sprigs are rare (we have found one example of a seed attached to Alethopteris). 3. More Leaf and Bark Verifications are Needed. Another interesting thing I learned is that there are more than 30 different types of "scale tree" patterns but only half a dozen leaves for these trees - suggesting that a lot of different species had the same leaves - or - there are a lot of missing leaf types or the existing leaf types have not been matched to the bark patterns yet. 4. Another peculiar revelation is that most Carboniferous leaves that do not fall neatly into classic fern shapes seem to be lumped together as "sphenopteris" - we have many "non-traditional fern" leaf fossils that are VERY different from each other and obviously different species, but when we go online to ID them, they all seem to be grouped as "sphenopteris!" Maybe some of these leaf types match up with the bark patterns I mentioned. 5. Last but certainly not least is the insight that fern trees could have 2 or 3 different types of leaves on the same tree! This was really interesting. Also, some leaf types can come in different shapes - for example, Neuropteris can be round at the base of a stem and elongated along the stem and at the tip...AND...some paleobotanists now classify cyclopteris - the round fan shaped leaf - as a form of Neuropteris. This definitely adds to the confusion. I'm still reading and trying to understand all of this and these are only my initial impressions, which are still forming and there may be explanations for some of these questions that I haven't discovered yet but these are the questions that I am trying to answer by reading, and of course, by fossil collecting. I hope that many of our new friend (and I should add, VERY COOL new friends!) on the fossil forum will help clarify some of these interesting questions. Hope this is helpful.
  5. Devonian oddity

    Just got back and am beat from a day at Arkona. This one is a bit strange. Just when I think I've seen every odd pattern, ichnofossil, mineralization, and concretion type in the Widder shale, I get a curveball. Or should I say a snowflake?. specs: Mid Devonian (Widder Fm). Arkona, Ontario. About an inch. I can't seem to find it, so this pic was taken in the field. I might have lost it.
  6. Trilobiten Rupachtal (14).jpg

    From the album Trilobit 3

    3 - D Trilobite Location Steinsberg, Taunus - Heckelmamm- Mühle- Quarry Gutenacker- Steinbruch, Rupachtal Trilobite: Phacops Kettneraspis Leonaspis Diademaproteus CAvetia Acastoides ....
  7. Trilobiten Rupachtal (14).jpg

    From the album Trilobit 3

    3 - D Trilobite Location Steinsberg, Taunus - Heckelmamm- Mühle- Quarry Gutenacker- Steinbruch, Rupachtal Trilobite: Phacops Kettneraspis Leonaspis Diademaproteus CAvetia Acastoides ....
  8. Trilobiten Rupachtal (14).jpg

    From the album Trilobit 3

    3 - D Trilobite Location Steinsberg, Taunus - Heckelmamm- Mühle- Quarry Gutenacker- Steinbruch, Rupachtal Trilobite: Phacops Kettneraspis Leonaspis Diademaproteus CAvetia Acastoides ....
  9. Trilobiten Rupachtal (14).jpg

    From the album Trilobit 3

    3 - D Trilobite Location Steinsberg, Taunus - Heckelmamm- Mühle- Quarry Gutenacker- Steinbruch, Rupachtal Trilobite: Phacops Kettneraspis Leonaspis Diademaproteus CAvetia Acastoides ....
  10. Trilobiten Rupachtal (14).jpg

    From the album Trilobit 3

    3 - D Trilobite Location Steinsberg, Taunus - Heckelmamm- Mühle- Quarry Gutenacker- Steinbruch, Rupachtal Trilobite: Phacops Kettneraspis Leonaspis Diademaproteus CAvetia Acastoides ....
  11. Trilobiten Rupachtal (14).jpg

    From the album Trilobit 3

    3 - D Trilobite Location Steinsberg, Taunus - Heckelmamm- Mühle- Quarry Gutenacker- Steinbruch, Rupachtal Trilobite: Phacops Kettneraspis Leonaspis Diademaproteus CAvetia Acastoides ....
  12. Trilobiten Rupachtal (14).jpg

    From the album Trilobit 3

    3 - D Trilobite Location Steinsberg, Taunus - Heckelmamm- Mühle- Quarry Gutenacker- Steinbruch, Rupachtal Trilobite: Phacops Kettneraspis Leonaspis Diademaproteus CAvetia Acastoides ....
  13. Trilobiten Rupachtal (14).jpg

    From the album Trilobit 3

    3 - D Trilobite Location Steinsberg, Taunus - Heckelmamm- Mühle- Quarry Gutenacker- Steinbruch, Rupachtal Trilobite: Phacops Kettneraspis Leonaspis Diademaproteus CAvetia Acastoides ....
  14. Trilobiten Rupachtal (14).jpg

    From the album Trilobit 3

    3 - D Trilobite Location Steinsberg, Taunus - Heckelmamm- Mühle- Quarry Gutenacker- Steinbruch, Rupachtal Trilobite: Phacops Kettneraspis Leonaspis Diademaproteus CAvetia Acastoides ....
  15. Trilobiten Rupachtal (14).jpg

    From the album Trilobit 3

    3 - D Trilobite Location Steinsberg, Taunus - Heckelmamm- Mühle- Quarry Gutenacker- Steinbruch, Rupachtal Trilobite: Phacops Kettneraspis Leonaspis Diademaproteus CAvetia Acastoides ....
  16. Trilobiten Rupachtal (22).jpg

    From the album Trilobit 2

    Trilobite for example Cavetia sp Phacops Acastoides Leonaspis Kettneraspis Diademaproteus....
  17. Trilobiten Bolivia (2).jpg

    From the album Trilobit 1

    From Bolivia
  18. Lit.: Babcock, et al. 1987. Congresso Latinoamericano De Paleontologia, Bolivia Iv. 208, f.1.8.
  19. Paraconularia ulrichana (Clarke, 1913)

    From the album Invertebrates

    Paraconularia ulrichana (Clarke, 1913) Middle Devonian Icla Formation Patacamaya La Paz Bolivia
  20. Hello everyone, I was patrolling my odd Devonian location that has rocks I'm guessing from Upstate New York that are littered with Devonian fossils and came across this on one of the large rocks (unfortunately I can't extract). I'm unsure if its maybe a seas scorpion, trilobite, or something else. My guess leaning towards sea scorpion of sorts but I'd like to hear what you guys think, its the only of it I've seen in the area wish there was more or the rock it was on wasn't a unliftable boulder haha.
  21. Trilobite cephalon, Eldredgeops ? or ?

    Hi folks. Unlucky break, I hate it when that happens ! This chunk broke out in a bad way. I'm pretty sure it is a portion of a trilobite cephalon but it doesn't look like the other eldredgeops that I've found here. Not certain which is fwd or rwd, but the taper of the "center section" appears to be in the wrong direction compared to my other specimens. Perhaps it is squashed/deformed a bit ? Something just doesn't look right about it to me. Any clarification would be appreciated. Thanks.
  22. From the album Middle Devonian

    Tabulate corals (left) Pleurodictyum americanum (right) Favosites hamiltoniae Middle Devonian Lower Ludlowville Formation Wanakah Shale Hamilton Group Darien Lakes State Park Darien Center, N.Y.
  23. From the album Middle Devonian

    Heliophyllum halli (solitary rugose coral) Middle Devonian Lower Ludlowville Formation Wanakah Shale Hamilton Group Darien Lakes State Park Darien Center, NY.
  24. From the album Middle Devonian

    Heliophyllum halli (rugose coral) Middle Devonian Lower Ludlowville Formation Wanakah Shale Hamilton Group Darien Lakes State Park Darien Center, NY.
  25. Greenops Trilobite in pyrite nodule

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Greenops sp. (enrolled trilobite preserved in pyrite in pyrite nodule- missing part of cephalon) Middle Devonian Lower Ludlowville Formation Hamilton Group Spring Creek Alden, NY.
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