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  1. Clam Shrimp This primitive crustacean is rarer to find than complete trilobites. Found by my gf Paula today (8/19). When alive 380 million years ago,this shell contained a shrimp looking animal. A rare find and large for the species. A pic of a closely related Asmussia (Devonian) shows the anatomy with eyes and antennae. Paula found the fossil exposed in the shale at the streams edge. She called me over to look at it and she of course thought it was a brachiopod. That's understandable. She found a killer Orthospirifer a week earlier at this same locality. It looks like a brachiopod so you can imagine her confusion when I told her it was a branchiopod Some of you like Paula may have never heard of clam shrimp before. But you may have seen or heard of fairy shrimp (Sea Monkeys) and Triops that are alive today. They are all in the same class - Branchiopoda. Thanks, Mikeymig
  2. partial trilobite?

    I was fossil hunting in Tully NY and came across this. At first glance, it’s a pretty meat plate, but when I took a second look, I saw something that reminded me of a partial trilobite. It’s in the bottom left corner. This very well could be me being hopeful, but there’s no harm in asking!! Any insights are greatly appreciated!
  3. Hey guys, new collector looking for some wisdom. Over the past year, I've collected over 150 Fossil specimens from the Chatham-Kent Area. The Majority of my collection is Middle-Devonian Corals and Brachiopods, but I've also found some Petrified Wood and Fossilized Bone. I'm at the point where I can't keep track of my collection and want to start labeling and identifying my fossils for documentation and display purposes. What resources do you guys use to identify fossils you've collected in the field? How accurate can I realistically date things?
  4. coral?

    Today I went down to fossil hunt in Tully, New York. I stumbled across this and thought it was a horn coral, but I hadn’t been finding any corals. I had been finding a bunch of crinoids so I was considering a crinoid calyx, but I still had no clue. Any insights are greatly appreciated!!!
  5. Hey everyone! It’s been a crazy busy June, July and beginning of August for me! I just finished moving into my house and I just got married on August 9th so my life has been a tornado. As a result I haven’t been able to comment, participate and keep up with all you fine folks on the forum like I usually do. I was still able to get out collecting here and there and I met up with fellow forum member @DrDave and did some exploring for the lower Devonian eurypterid Erieopterus. I won’t report on that until I have something to share. I think me and Dave found the right horizon now I just gotta search till I find something. Anyway I’m just gonna share the highlights from 3 trips to Briggs rd and 3 trips to DSR and a bonus day at Penn Dixie. Ill do the highlights from Trips on 6/30 7/06 and 7/28 to Briggs rd first. I found some pretty important specimens. Briggs rd is a very interesting site and you can find 3 different species of trilobites here. The Eldredgeops is the most common by far but the greenops and dipleura have made some appearances. This has got to be my most impressive greenops in a long time. This is actually a complete specimen!! The pygidium is tucked underneath. I have the right eye safe in a small ziplock bag. It came off in the counterpart and I saved it to try and glue back when I get the nerve. here’s a picture of the back. I have the counterpart for the pygidium and I’ll need to glue and prep if I want it perfect. Some of the material is attached to the counterpart. Im really excited about this specimen because the quality is good enough to compare with the greenops from DSR and Buffalo area. These eastern New York greenops are considered an undescribed species so I’m glad I have something quality I can use to really eye out the differences. After @Darktooth and his rock club went to Briggs I happened to be there the next day and found this awesome half specimen of a large dipleura! When I got there I found the body segments in 2 pieces and they looked like they went together. After awhile I came across the counterpart in rubble and realized “where is the cephalon?!” I went nuts looking for it with no luck then decided to try and pry a pieces of the wall off and BOOM! The cephalon was still in the outcrop lol. Super lucky. This was my best dipleura from Briggs so far. I’ve found some nice partials but this is the best I’ve found so far. @DrDave was kind enough to gift me this perfect un weathered cephalon. This specimen came from very fresh rock and is nearly perfect. I told Dave I’ve been trying to collect some quality cephalons from Briggs for comparison. I’ve noticed most specimens are usually missing a well preserved exoskeleton. This makes it hard to really compare with the western New York Eldredgeops that grow much much smaller. It’s interesting to me that the greenops are considered a different species and the Eldredgeops are not as you go east across New York State. I’m not here claiming everything is a new species only pointing out the discrepancies in species distribution across the state. Somehow the greenops change species as you go east while the Eldredgeops rana stays the same across the state. It’s not like the Eldredgeops from the east and west are identical either. The eastern New York Eldredgeops can grow to 3 inches! Just food for thought. I think about weird stuff like this a lot ha. anyway...here’s a close up of the undamaged cephalon. A tiny amount of with with an air abrasive and the eye detail will be perfect. here’s and example of a typical Briggs rd cephalon. The eye lenses are very 3D and preserve well even when the exoskeleton is weathered away. It’s hard getting a fresh specimen. just a couple nice cephalopods courtesy of Briggs rd. I love trilobites but I appreciate a quality cephalopod should a complete on present itself lol. Next is DSR highlights! Phyllocarids on the menu
  6. mystery fossil from NNY

    I was looking through some old family videos and I stumbled across this one with a pretty cool fossil— my family and I were never able to figure out what it was. It was about a foot long (that was my small hand in the first photo— for scale.) Any insights are greatly appreciated!!
  7. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/researchers-discover-oldest-fossil-forest-in-asia-38386990.html https://www.newsweek.com/400-million-year-old-fossilized-forest-size-grand-central-station-discovered-china-1453211?piano_t=1
  8. Preventing pyrite rot

    Not sure if this belongs here or the minerals topic, but I would like help with preserving pyrite. I have a fossil from Penn Dixie that has some nice pyrite on it, don't know if the stuff from this location falls victim to pyrite disease but I am looking for a way to prevent it. Any tips are appreciated, Thank you.
  9. Spent some time earlier poking around at the Devonian aged Mahantango formation at Seven stars and came across some items, the first three pics are the same rock, the tube formation of the first three pics were about twice the size but crumbled away but was able to preserve this much, any help at ids would be great
  10. Possible fossil, need help!

    I found this rock while fossil hunting a devonian era stream. It looks symmetric, so i kept it. I just have no idea if its a fossil or not. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  11. Shell fossil found

    We were looking for Herkimer diamonds on Mount Tzouhalem on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada again today. The area we were in had been blasted to make a golf course which never happened, about 10 years ago. It exposed basalt reportedly from the Devonian period, and there's lots of shale exposed. We were digging in the shale and dug out this piece of rock with a possible shell fossil in it. Any further info or identification of what it might be would be appreciated. Thanks.
  12. Michelenoceras & Tornoceras

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Michelenoceras ssp. and portion of Tornoceras uniangulare Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  13. From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Assorted Brachiopods, Horn Corals and Crinoid Stem Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  14. Small Eldredgeops rana

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  15. Eldredgeops rana

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  16. Eldredgeops rana Molts

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Various Eldredgeops rana Molts Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  17. Eldredgeops rana Rollers

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana trilobites (Rollers) Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  18. Eldredgeops rana Roller

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana Roller (After Prep). Credit @Malcolmt for the prep work. Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  19. From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana trilobite with Stereolasma rectum horn coral (After prep). Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  20. Eldredgeops Rana

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana trilobite with Stereolasma rectum horn coral (Before prep). Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  21. Unearthing prehistoric prizes at Sylvania's Fossil Park By Dan Smith, Channel 13 News, Jul 29, 2019 https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Unearthing-prehistoric-prizes-at-Sylvanias-Fossil-Park-513352581.html Yours, Paul H.
  22. Tribolite fossil or impression on rock?

    Ok guys! Have taken your advice, stopped looking for bones and focused on sea related shapes, found this guy yesterday, looks like it might be animal rather than plant? Help please! Have a SMALL Bic lighter for scale.
  23. Yesterday I had the pleasure of leading my local club on a visit to Deep Springs Road and Biggs Road. There was a total of 19 members, which included myself and my 2 youngest boys. We met up at our club house at 8 am. I was surprised by the turnout as not many individuals actually got in touch with me to confirm wether they were coming or not, as I had asked. We drove our caravan of 10 vechles to the site without any members getting separated from the herd! we arrived at DSR about 9:30. I was surprised to see someone there. There was a gentleman who I asked if he happened to be a forum member. He said no, but he has been on the forum browsing. He introduced himself and showed me some Greenops bits and pieces that he had found. He didnt stay very long after we got there even though he stated that he hoped others would be there as he had never hunted this site before. Anyways, after I gave a brief overview of my experience with this site, everyone for a spot, and settled in for some hunting. This group consisted of a few oldtimers, some with intermediate skills, and some newbies. I went into this with the notion that I wouldnt be keeping my finds unless it was something spectacular. So I gave away just about everything I found. One almost complete Greenops, and an nearly complete cephalopod were my finds of the day. The cephalopod was poorly preserved but approximately 7 inches long. Unfortunately I didnt think about pics before I gave them away. Pics were the last thing on my mind as the heat was intense. That was the only downfall of this hunt. Everyone was trying to find any scrap of shade they could find to get a reprieve from the heat. That being said, it did seem that most everybody was enjoying finding the various. Brachs, bivalves, gastros, etc...that DSR has to offer. After a couple hours I made the suggestion of heading over to Briggs. The group all seemed ok with hunting another spot that none had been to before. I told them that the prospect of finding plenty of Eldregeops parts and pieces was high there so they were more than happy to try it out. Once we arrived at Briggs I set up a canopy that I had brought in case we needed shade. DSR atleast has some, Briggs none at all. Just about everyone found trilo bits there. We stayed until about 2 and then decided to call it a Day. I will try to get some pics of the few items that my and my boys brought back but I am having trouble with my phones camera. It seems that my pic files are always too big and most times resizing or cropping still does not bring the file size down to the proper size limit. Anyhow, it was a great day despite the heat. It was also nice to help out my club by showing them a couple new sites. Somebody asked if I would become the new fieldtrip coordinator for the club. I dont know, we'll have to see.......
  24. I’ve got quite a handful of Devonian fossils that I’ve found this past week on the shore of Seneca lake in Upstate NY. This post is more of a confirmation of my original thoughts and a hope for a more definitive and exact identification of some of these finds. Thanks for any help in advance! 1– horn coral
  25. Here is a piece of shale(?) that I believe is from a locality near Bardstown Kentucky and either Devonian or Ordovician deposits. There is nifty-looking trilobite with detailed eyes popping out of the rock matrix. Can anyone verify what type/species of trilobite this is? Thanks!
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