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  1. Seed or something else?

    Hi, was on a road trip a few weeks ago for work and stopped at a spot where rocks had been excavated along the road. These rocks where full of partial leaf imprints and stems, alongside Trilobites and bivalves. The first pic is of a few partials I found, second pic has the fossil in question and a stem or leaf of sorts. I am not sure of the age as I'm still trying to piece together how there are leaves with the devonian fossilsI'm guessing that the the rocks are from different layers, the fauna bieng middle to late devonian while the Flora is permian in age. Anyway, will not be getting a chance to go out there anytime soon again. What do you think the spherical fossil could be? Thanks
  2. Hi everyone! Today I went on another fossil hunting trip with the fossil club the BVP. https://www.paleontica.org/sites/fossil_site.php?plaats=3&language=en We visited the "La Couvinoise" quarry in Couvin, Belgium. The rocks in this quarry are part of the Hanonet Formation which lies at the boundry of the Eifelian & Givetian. But the layers we searched in today where all Givetian in age (387,7 - 382,7 mya), I mainly searched in the Crinoïd & Brachiopod layer. Although I have to admit that we probably visited the quarry at a bad moment, as the yield was quite poor in the quarry this time according to members who've been there before. Which was quite obvious as I think we only found our first fossil rich rocks after 50 minutes of searching and even then the first hour of finds where few and poor in quality. But after a while of searching I found some good and rich blocks and managed to get some decent Crinoïd stems, Brachiopods and some rugose coral pieces. But the best 3 finds we did during the last 30 minutes of being in the quarry. The 1st one was the only Trilobite I found during the hunt! Trilos are very rare from this quarry and I believe only 1 other member found one before me on this trip. I found a pygidium which is still partially enbedded in rock. At first I wasn't sure whether I was a trilo or a brachiopod but after having a couple of other members checking it out, they all believed it to be trilobite. The excursion leader time was quite amazed by the find as this trilo came from the Crinoïd layer, which is a layer where he believed no trilobite had ever been found. The trilobites are usually found in another part and layer a bit further in the quarry. So yeah I am very pleased with that find! The 2nd best find, was one I didn't find myself but recieved from our Excursion leader Tom, which was a piece of very nice Stromatoporoidea which I wasn't lucky enough to find. The 3rd best find an perhaps my favorite was something that Tom told me to check out. He had discovered the remains of a cave that collapsed during some excavations in the quarry. You could clearly see the remains of dripping stones on the walls and luckily for us, some pieces of those dripping stones where also laying on the ground. So I managed to take a nice piece of them home with me They are encrusted with a layer of dried mud but I am sure they will look gorgeous once they are cleaned! The rings are already clearly visable in some areas. Here are some pictures from inside the quarry. This was the way to the newly excavated plateau which unfortunatly was a complete was of time as not a single fossil could be found in those rocks. After that we went to the other lower parts of the quarry where I mainly worked in a single piece of wall in the Crinoïd layer. I was lucky enough to find a few good fallen blocks and some good places in the wall with some decent Crinoïds and Brachiopods. One of the nice Crinoïds stems I found in the layer. And here is the piece of wall that has some of the dripping stones in it.
  3. Hi everyone! Yesterday my girlfriend & I went on a fossil hunting trip to an abandoned quarry in Resteigne in Belgium. https://www.paleontica.org/sites/fossil_site.php?plaats=10&language=en I am currently at home for some time due to mental health issues. I am currently dealing with despression and severe anxiety attacks all related to COVID-19, I am in a risk group and work in an essential store and the stress and way that people threat you finally became too much and I simply snapped. I finally decided to go see a doctor and a psychologist to help out of it all. Since besides going to work I hadn't left the house for the past 6 months and I really needed to get out to help me get rid of the stress and fear, so both the psychologist and doctor encouraged my to go on some fossilhunts as I needed to come out of the house and do some outdoor activities to help with my healing process. So yesterday I went on my first hunt to help me recover! The quarry we visited was an abandoned quarry in Resteigne and the rocks found there are Devonian in age. Most of the fossils found here are from the Eifelian (393.3 - 387.7 mya) and are part of the Jemelle formation. We arrived quite early at the quarry and spent almost 5 and a half hours searching for fossils here. Since we went on a normal week day, we were lucky enough the have the quarry all to our self! Since it was our first time in the quarry we didn't really find anything too spectacular, but I am very happy with the things we found and most important of all, we had a great and fun day! The surrounding environment was stunning and the weather was prefect, sunny but not too hot and not too cold! Ruguse coral in the rocks Only 15 minutes after we arrived we already found our first trilobite! Unfortunatly it was enbedded in a big boulder of very though rock at an impossible angle to remove. We did try to remove it, but when we noticed it would be near impossible and removing it would probably destroy the trilo we eventually decided to leave it. There where multiple other fossils in the same boulder, among them these nice Brachiopods
  4. First Greenops Prep

    I've recently attempted to start preparing the fossils I collected in upstate NY. With a lot of trial and error and some nicked specimens, I have started to get used to my primitive preparation set-up consisting of a nail, a sewing needle and a hammer. Here's a disarticulated greenops which was great practice: On a side note, I've noticed that freshly exposed shell is a nice black. Would anyone know how to get that back?
  5. My son and I got our first trip looking for fossils in! We checked out a road cut exposing some Lower Devionian rocks and found a chunk of rock that looked like it came loose with the recent rains we had. There were a ton of Brachiopods in it. We didn't really dig around in the rocks or split anything. We really were just looking on the surface, but I want to learn more about actually finding fossils that are not just loose. We also checked out the rock formations in our backyard, which we only found 1 really tiny Brachiopod in it, despite a lot of searching what was visible on the surface! Lots to learn and we are looking forward to it! The formation in the photo is the one in our backyard. I am not sure how to search it yet thoughtfully though. I am also not sure of the geology of this area yet and we are searching for more information on it. Overall, we had a blast!
  6. Sorry, the quarter was all I could find for a scale reference. My 8 year old spotted this in an area with lots of small Devonian fossils (crinoids, etc.). I thought this looked a bit like a portion of a eurypterid, but I am very inexperienced, and would not be surprised to find that I am waaaaaay off base. Any help with an ID would be very much appreciated! Thanks!
  7. Hi everyone. I was hoping some of our European members might be able to help me out a little. I am currently at home due to depression, burn-out and severe anxiety attacks all related due to the COVID-19 situation (I work in a essential store and I belong to the risk groups, so after 6 months the stress finally became too much). Long story short, I haven’t left the house since march (except for work), the only 4 times I left was because I had to go to the doctor. But now I am at home and I am currently in therapy with a psychologist and the natural next step is to finally venture outside for the first time since march. So one of the idea’s I had was to go out and pick up fossil hunting again as a way to deal with the anxiety, stress and trauma. I started in august last year and managed to go on 3 hunts since then. 2 with the fossil club (the hunt to Eben-Emael & to Rumst) and 1 hunt one my own in close proximity to home. But since I am new to hunting I don’t know that many good spots to start, I have some idea’s but I have no clue where to start. I already have 1 hunt planned with the club on september 19 to the Devonion of Couvin, but I would like to have been out there again before I go on a group hunt. So I am looking for good fossil locations in Belgium (Normally the Netherlands of Germany would be fine too, but I am not quite mentally ready to leave my country at the moment), I don’t really care about the age of the fossils, I am interested in pretty much everything. But I am looking for places that are easy to access, places where you can hunt without permission. I also asked on the dutch forum, but I know there are a lot of Dutch, Belgian, French & German members here as well who might be able to help. So any locations, suggestions and tips are welcome, if anyone knows some fun places to hunt, I’d love to hear your experiences from there. Some places I had in mind where: The Ardennes: I have heart many great things about people hunt in the Ardennes, but I don’t really know where to start and which are good and easy spots to visit. I was thinking to maybe visit Barvaux, as I have heard it is legendary for it’s brachiopods. But any suggestions are welcome or if any one has some experiences of their own in Barvaux or other places in the Ardennes. Resteigne: This location really sparked my attention as I heard many great things about it. If I read correctly it is a closed quarry that is free to access and which is easy to hunt where some cool Devonian finds can be done. If anyone has been to this quarry I would love to hear your experiences! Antwerp: I know the Antwerp region is world renowned with fossil lovers all over the world because of it’s richness in Miocene & Pliocene shark teeth. And I know that many people hunt there, but I have no idea where these locations are and if they are free to access? Is anyone here on the forum active there? And do you recommend going there as a beginning fossil hunter? And while I don’t know a location to start looking for them, but I am very interested in searching for Carboniferous plant material, preferably in some coal quarry dump site. I know that we had many coal mines in the past, but I don’t know if there are any dumps left that are accessible. I looking for one that are preferable in Limburg or near Liège as that is quite close to where I live. The Schneeberg in Aachen: this is the last place I have in mind and while it isn’t located in Belgium, it is located very close to home. This hill lies on the Dutch/German border the Maastrichtian limestone there is part of the same formations that can be found at Eben-Emael, ENCI in Maastricht and all the other Dutch Limestone quarries that are part of the Maastrichtian type locality. Since those quarries are one of my main interests, but most are closed, the Schneeberg is quite high on the list. So I was wondering whether anyone has hunted there yet and what are your experiences there. I know I ask a lot about a lot of very different localities, but I really need to get back out there to help me put my mind at ease. And I would really appreciate any help and tips and suggestions that I can get. My goal is to trying to visit a different location every week. Maybe @Manticocerasman, @Natalie81, @Indagator, @gigantoraptor & @Joeri_R know some good places to start and have some tips or suggestions? Thank you all in advance! Yours sincerely, Ziggy
  8. Unknown something

    Really not sure what I have here, it definitely stands out from the surrounding matrix. I found this chunk at the Rockville Quarry site north of Harrisburg PA. There are some brachiopods in the surrounding matrix.
  9. What the...? What is this?

    This “fossil?” Confuses me. Is it even a fossil? The shape throws me off makes me think its artificial but i found it in the middle of nowhere on rocky river shore. Geological?
  10. Central New York

    I’ve been out hunting three times since my first trip a few weeks ago. Today my whole family spent a few hours at DSR. It took a long time, but I finally found my first complete trilobite!
  11. Fossil hunted with my college roommate today towards the deer lake region. Here is about 1/2 of my haul, will be excited to clean them and remove some matrix eventually and uncover them more!
  12. New York Devonian Trip

    Hey everyone, Just last week I took a camping trip to Watkins Glenn with my family. While there, I took advantage of the wonderful exposures prevalent in central NY and took to collect a plethora of Devonian age fossils. The first two days of the trip were solely dedicated took hiking and camping activities such as visiting the deep gorges present in the finger lakes area. You can see the steep walls of shale exposed along the gorge.
  13. Recent Article About Penn Dixie Fossil Park

    Digging up fun and fossils at Penn Dixie Fossil Park by Toni Ruberto, Buffalo News, August 24, 2020. Digging up fun and fossils at Penn Dixie Fossil Park News Break, Buffalo News, August 24, 2020. Yours, Paul H.
  14. I finally got some microfossil slides and I got some additional Devonian matrix from New York. I decided to go back to the Genundewa Limestone matrix primarily because I failed to find shark related matrix from other locations that are of the same age. Each of the three searches in this matrix has produced different results which make it fun to search. This search was a lot of Phoebodus teeth and some were close to 75% complete. Easily the best Phoebodus teeth I’ve found in this formation yet. I found a fair amount of Omalodus teeth and some nice ones. I also found two incomplete mystery teeth again. Fewer denticles but a piece of fin spine. The shark remains are in the bottom slide in the picture. The top slide are awesome little fish remains including various Conodont elements, fish teeth, fish scales and what I think might be bits of Placoderm. These are not going in a display. They are just going to be study specimens for me. I think I can find or make microfossil slides that will hold the fossils in place better but these work now.
  15. Fish bone or sponge?

    Another driveway find. Is this a sponge of some kind or possibly and bone from dorsal fin? Kind of looks in the shape of the ulna i cant find any reference on what an isolated one looks like. Can bones be calcified like this? i have no idea.
  16. My new Huntonia trilobite

    This is my new Huntonia huntonensis. The trilobite is 1.65 inch long. One repaired crack but no restoration.
  17. A few Mahantango finds

    I recently visited a few formations around PA, The Montour preserve pit happened to be on the way and I stopped by, The location was quite picked over as @historianmichael told me, but we did manage to get some nice finds. I will post a trip report later but for now, I want to get some IDs for some of my finds from here and another location. First, is what I thought in the field was a brachiopod but upon closer inspection, I realized that this is probably my first pteriomorph mollusk which is very exciting for me, my question is: Which? I looked through Linsley and multiple look similar, I just don't have enough experience with these to really be able to tell.
  18. Devonian coral

    Ahoi, I have been lucky to find some real fossils out in nature today! That is not as often the case for me as for some of you lucky rockhounds, I often have to resort to hunting online or building replicas. But this time I went out and found something. There is a famous devonian reef preserved in grauwacke some 50 kilometers from where I live. the Quarry itself is protected, but there are some piles of overburden rock in the vicinity. Here is a sample of what I found: To the right (1) I think is a badly preserved solitary rugose "horn"coral. To the left (5) a "ball" of favosites? The closest match I find for the big piece in the middle (3) is disphyllum quadrigeminum (No idea about species level, but it seems there are also solitary species of Disphyllum) The remaining two (2&4) may be one species, but I have no idea. I would appreciate clues on the ID as much as on where to find more information on identification of devonian corals in general. Its getting dark, so I will try to take better fotos tomorrow. Best Regards, J
  19. Fishing in the Devonian 2nd trip

    After our succes last time to look for Devonian fishes, we went back to te same spot to look for more fish remains. Although the finds were less frequent we did get a couple of realy nice specimens. All the specimens are from the famennian deposits in Belgium. Natalie found a nice Holoptychius scale: And I found a large fragment of fish bone, possible Holoptychius or Tristichopterid. but the find that made my day was a big lungfish toothplate, after a litle bit of preppwork it reveald a stunning specimen: the cleaned up toothplate from the lungfish Dipterus cf. nelsoni :
  20. Exploding stars may have caused mass extinction on Earth, study shows, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 18, 2020 "Killer cosmic rays from nearby supernovae could be the culprit behind at least one mass extinction event, researchers said, and finding certain radioactive isotopes in Earth's rock record could confirm this scenario." The open access paper is: Brian D. Fields, Adrian L. Melott, John Ellis, Adrienne F. Ertel, Brian J. Fry, Bruce S. Lieberman, Zhenghai Liu, Jesse A. Miller, Brian C. Thomas. Supernova triggers for end-Devonian extinctions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2020; 202013774 Yours Paul H.
  21. Looking to trade these fossils from the Kalkberg Formation of NY for some other Palaeozoic fossils especially from the Ordovician-Devonian. These fossils are mostly brachiopods and can be very well preserved, they are however all in pretty hard limestone and may be challenging to prep. Orthid, somewhat hard to see, it is in the top right: Meristella: Atrypa? Looks like the shell is complete just obscured by matrix Another orthid:
  22. Cyrtospirifer?

    Gravel find so a bit worn. First of these seen in rocks from this pit. Could it be cyrtospirifer?
  23. Conularia?

    This is first and only one of these i have ever found only thing i found in my books remotely like it is conularia? It seems like a small one? Very gold/pyrite in colour.
  24. Possible placoderm armor?

    I recently discovered this tiny fossil on a piece of shale from a site in Brookfield, NY that I visited with the NYPS last month. I believe this site is Upper Ludlowville Formation, based on the species I found there. I was wondering if this could possibly be a piece of placoderm armor? I dont recognize the detail on it so I’m having some trouble ID’ing it.
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