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  1. @DevonianDigger found this beauty before @Kane could get to it! @Kaneworked hard to dig this slab out but @DevonianDigger cracked the slab open before he could! Hence the new phrase (after his name) is: You've been Jayed! @DevonianDigger didn't even know it was from his pile. What a find!
  2. From the album Trilobites

    Taxonomy: Phalangocephalus dentatus (pygidia and one cranidium) Age: Devonian Location: DSR Source: gift; collected by Tim Jones.
  3. From the album Trilobites

    Taxonomy: Bellacartwrightia whiteleyi Age: Middle Devonian (Windom) Location: Blasdell, NY (Penn Dixie Quarry) Source: Field Collection
  4. Lit.: VICTOR VOICHYSHYN (2011): THE EARLY DEVONIAN ARMOURED AGNATHANS OF PODOLIA, UKRAINE. PALAEONTOLOGIA POLONICA, No. 66, 2011, pp 1-211. Voichyshyn V.K. (2015): Devonian Fish Fauna. – Lviv, 2015. – 310 p. (Scientific collections of the State Natural History Museum; Issue 5).
  5. From the album Trilobites

    Taxonomy: Eldredgeops rana (assortment - prone, semi-prone, enrolled) Age: Middle Devonian Location: (various: NY, Ontario) Source: Field collection Note: By far, the most abundantly common, and recognizable, trilobite of the Devonian. Over the years, I've probably amassed a ridiculous number of them.
  6. From the album Trilobites

    Taxonomy: Greenops widderensis (three specimens) Age: Middle Devonian Location: Arkona, Ontario, Canada Source: Field Collection
  7. From the album Trilobites

    Taxonomy: Greenops boothi Age: Middle Devonian (Windom) Location: Blasdell NY (Penn Dixie Quarry) Source: Field Collection
  8. From the album Trilobites

    Taxonomy: Anchiopsis anchiops (partial cephalon and pygidium) Age: Lower Devonian (Bois Blanc Fm) Location: London, Canada (imported fill from Niagara escarpment) Source: Field Collection
  9. Howdy folks! So took advantage of a beautiful friday afternoon with my girlfriend. Went for a hike on the river bed that I usually sport alone. She hasn't found any fossils/fragments before so I was more then willing to help her find her first. Came up with a couple finds, Pictures posted below. One coral and another a fragment of an Ammonite. I tried getting the best possible shot i could with my phone camera for the colours on this piece. Pictures do no justice when it comes to the array of colours this piece emits. Then for lunch we settled down for a little wiener roast by the stream. As she was finishing up her lunch, I walked to a near by eroded hill. I stumbled upon a ton of calcite crystals.. no fossils but still very unique to find around here.
  10. From the album Middle Devonian

    Cimitaria recurve (bivalve- both valves) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton group Deep Springs Road Quarry Lebanon, NY.
  11. From the album Middle Devonian

    Goniophora hamiltonensis (bivalve- both valves) Middle Devonian Oatkacreek Formation Mottville Sandstone Marcellus Shale Hamilton Group Morrisville, NY.
  12. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at joegallo1954@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since April 22, 2017. Phylum Arthropoda Subphylum Trilobitomorpha Devonian Trilobites Africa/Middle East Burton, C.J. and N. Eldredge (1974). Two New Subspecies of Phacops rana [Trilobita] from the Middle Devonian of North-West Africa. Palaeontology, Vol.17, Part 2. Cronier, C., et al. (2013). First occurrence of a phacopid trilobite faunule from the Upper Devonian of Saoura Valley, Algeria and biodiversity implications. Geol.Mag., 150(6). Feist, R. (2002). Trilobites from the latest Frasnian Kellwasser Crisis in North Africa (Mrirt, central Moroccan Meseta). Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 47(2). Hainaut, G. (2015). Study of the Taxonomy and the Inter and Intra Specific Variability of Phacopidae from the Lower Devonian of Algeria: Morphometric Approach and Meaning. Examensarbete vid Institutionen for geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 Nr 307. Klug, C., H. Schulz, and K. De Baets (2009). Red Devonian trilobites with green eyes from Morocco and the silicification of the trilobite exoskeleton. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 54(1). Lerosey-Aubril, R. and R. Feist (2005). Ontogeny of a new cyrtosymboline trilobite from the Famennian of Morocco. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 50(3). McKellar, R.C., et al. (2012). An unusual occurrence of Pedinopariops (Trilobita: Phacopidae) within siliclastic facies in the Devonian of Awaynat Wanin, Libya. Bulletin of Geosciences, 87(2). van Viersen, A.P. and D. Holland (2016). Morphological trends and new species of Cyphaspis (Trilobita, Otarioninae) in the Devonian of Morocco, Turkey, Germany and Belgium. Geologica Belgica, 19/3-4. van Viersen, A.P. and H. Heising (2015). Description of Kettneraspis? prescheri sp.nov. (Trilobita, Odontopleuridae) from the "couche rouge" (Pragian, Lower Devonian) in Morocco. Geologica Belgica, 18/1. van Viersen, A.P. and H. Prescher (2011). New Species of the Lichid Trilobite Ceratarges from the Middle Devonian in Morocco. Geologica Belgica, 14/3-4. Asia/Malaysia/Pacific Islands Jinliang, Y. and X. Liwen. Trilobite fauna at the Devonian-Carboniferous boundary in South China (S-Guizhou and N-Guangxi). National Museum of Natural Science, Special Publication Number 8. Kobayashi, T. (1988). 26. The Devonian Trilobites from the Fukuji and Other Formations in Japan. Proc. Japan Acad., 64, Ser. B. Okazaki, Y. (1974). Devonian Trilobites from the Fukuji Formation in the Hida Massif, Central Japan. Memoirs of the Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, Series of Geol. & Mineral., Vol.XL, Number 2. Australia/New Zealand Ebach, M.C. (2002). Lower Devonian trilobites from Cobar, New South Wales. Records of the Western Australian Museum, 20. Ebach, M.C. and G.D. Edgecombe (1999). The Devonian Trilobite Cordania from Australia. Journal of Paleontology, Vol.73, Number 3. Edgecombe, G.D. and A.J. Wright (2004). Silicified Early Devonian Trilobites from Brogans Creek, New South Wales. Proc.Linn.Soc. NSW, 125. Wright, A.J. and W. Haas (1990). A new Early Devonian spinose phacopid trilobite from Limekilns, New South Wales: morphology, affinities, taphonomy and palaeoenvironment. Records of the Australian Museum, 42(2). Europe (including Greenland and Siberia) Berkowski, B. (1991). A blind phacopid trilobite from the Famennian of the Holy Cross Mountains. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 36(3). Bignon, A. and C. Cronier (2015). Trilobite faunal dynamics on the Devonian continental shelves of the Ardenne Massif and Boulonnais (France, Belgium). Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 60(4). Budil, P. and F. Horbinger (2007). Exoskeletal structures and ultrastructures in Lower Devonian dalmanitid trilobites of the Prague Basin (Czech Republic). Bulletin of Geosciences, 82(1). Budil, P. and P. Kolar (2004). Kainops chlupaci sp.n. from the Lower Devonian (Zlichovian Stage) of the Prague Basin. Journal of the Czech Geological Society, 49/3-4. Budil, P., et al. (2014). Unusual occurrence of dalmanitid trilobites in the Lochkovian (Lower Devonian) of the Prague Basin, Czech Republic. Bulletin of Geosciences, 89(2). Chulpac, I. (1993). Trilobites from the Givetian and Frasnian of the Holy Cross Mountains. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 37(2-4). Feist, R. (2003). Biostratigraphy of Devonian tropidocoryphid trilobites from the Montagne Noire (Southern France). Bulletin of Geosciences, Vol.78, Number 4. Feist, R. (1999). First Mid-Devonian Trilobites from the Carnic Alps. Abh.Geol.B.-A., 54. Magrean, B. (2006). Revision of some Devonian trilobites from Belgium. The genera Astycoryphe, Tropidocoryphe, Eifliarges and Koneprusia. Bulletin De L'Institut Royal Des Sciences Naturelles De Belgique, Sciences De La Terre, 76. Osmolska, H. (1963). On Some Famennian Phacopinae (Trilobita) from the Holy Cross Mountains, Poland. Acta Paleontologica Polonica, Vol.VIII, Number 4. Radwanski, A., A. Kin, and U. Radwanska (2009). Queues of blind phacopid trilobites Trimerocephalus: A case of frozen behavior of Early Fammenian age from the Holy Cross Mountains, Central Poland. Acta Geologica Polonica, Vol.59, Number 4. Taghon, P.G., E. Bonino and B. Mottequin (2012). A new representative of the lichid genus Ohleum (Trilobita) from the Eifelian (Middle Devonian) of southern Belgium. Geologica Belgica, 15/3. Van Viersen, A.P. (2008). First Record of the Odontopleurid Trilobite Koneprusia from the Lower Eifelian of Vireux-Molhain (Northern France), With Remarks on the Associated Trilobite Fauna. Geologica Belgica, 11. Van Viersen, A.P. (2007). Kettneraspis, Radiaspis and Ceratarges (Trilobita) from the Middle Devonian of the Rochefort area (Ardennes, Belgium). Scripta Geologica, 134. Van Viersen, A.P. and D. Holland (2016). Morphological trends and new species of Cyphaspis (Trilobita, Otarioninae) in the Devonian of Morocco, Turkey, Germany and Belgium. Geologica Belgica, 19/3-4. Van Viersen, A.P. and H. Prescher (2014). "Devil horned" Cyphaspis (Trilobita, Otarioninae): examples from the Middle Devonian of the Ardennes (Belgium), Eifel (Germany) and Ma'der (Morocco). Geologica Belgica, 17/3-4. Van Viersen, A.P. and A. Bignon (2011). Late Devonian (Frasnian) Asteropygine Trilobites from the Frasnes Area, Southern Border of Dinant Synclinorium, Belgium. Geologica Belgica, 14/3-4. Van Viersen, A.P. and B. De Wilde (2010). Goldius angusticalix sp.nov. (Trilobita, Scutelluidae) from the Couvin Formation (Middle Devonian) in Belgium, With a preliminary list of Scutelluid species from the Ardennes. Geologica Belgica, 13/3. Van Viersen, A.P., H. Prescher and J. Savelsbergh (2009). Description of two new trilobites from the Ahrdorf Formation (Middle Devonian) at the "Trilobitenfelder" of Gees, Eifel, Rhenish Mountains. Bulletin De L'Institut Royal Des Sciences Naturelles De Belgique, Sciences De La Terre, 79. Vaněk, J., V. Vokáč and F. Hӧrbinger (1992). New trilobites from the Silurian and Devonian in the Prague Basin (Central Bohemia). Věstník Českého geologického ústavu, 67, 2. North America Adrain, J.M. and G.J. Kloc (1997). Lower Devonian Aulacopleuroidean Trilobites from Oklahoma. J.Paleont., 71(4). Campbell, K.S.W. (1977). Trilobites of the Haragan, Bois d'Arc and Frisco Formations (Early Devonian) Arbuckle Mountains Region, Oklahoma. Oklahoma Geological Society, Bulletin 123. Eldredge, N. (1973). Systematics of Lower and Lower Middle Devonian Species of the Trilobite Phacops Emmrich in North America. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, Vol.151, Article 4. (20.74MB download) Eldredge, N. (1972). Systematics and Evolution of Phacops rana (Green, 1832) and Phacops iowensis Delo, 1935 (Trilobita) from the Middle Devonian of North America. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, Vol.147, Article 2. Esker, G.C. (1968). Colour Markings in Phacops and Greenops from the Devonian of New York. Palaeontology, Vol.11, Part 4. Lieberman, B.S. (1994). Evolution of the Trilobite Subfamily Proetinae Salter, 1864, and the Origin, Diversification, Evolutionary Affinity and Extinction of the Middle Devonian Proetid Fauna of Eastern North America. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, Number 223. (180 pages, 50MB download) Roy, S.K. (1933). A New Devonian Trilobite from Southern Illinois. Geological Series of Field Museum of Natural History, Vol.VI. Stumm, E.C. (1968). Two Unusually Well-Preserved Trilobites from the Middle Devonian of Michigan and Ohio. Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology - The University of Michigan, Vol.22, Number 2. Stumm, E.C. (1967). Devonian Trilobites from Northwestern Ohio, Northern Michigan, and Western New York. Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology - University of Michigan, Vol. XXI, Number 6. Stumm, E.C. (1965). Two New Species of Trilobites from the Middle Devonian Silica Shale of Northwestern Ohio. Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology - University of Michigan, Vol. XIX, Number 13. Stumm, E.C.(1964). Silicified Trilobites from the Devonian Jeffersonville Limestone at the Falls of the Ohio. Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology - University of Michigan, Vol. XIX, Number 1. Stumm, E.C. (1954). Lower Middle Devonian Phacopid Trilobites from Michigan, Southwestern Ontario, and the Ohio Valley.Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology, The University of Michigan, Vol.XI, Number 11. Stumm, E.C. (1953). Lower Middle Devonian Proetid Trilobites from Michigan, Southwestern Ontario and Northern Ohio. Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology - University of Michigan, Vol.XI, Number 2. Stumm, E.C.(1952). Trilobites of the Devonian Traverse Group of Michigan. Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology - The University of Michigan, Vol.X, Number 6. South America/Central America/Caribbean Adrain, J.M. and G.D. Edgecombe (1996). Devonian Aulacopleurid Trilobites of the Malvinokaffric Realm. Geobios, 29(4). de Carvalho, M.d.G.P. and J. Moody (2000). A Middle Devonian Trilobite Assemblage from Venezuela. American Museum Novitates, Number 3292. de Carvalho, M.d.G.P. and G.D. Edgecombe (1991). Lower-Early Middle Devonian Calmoniid Trilobites from Mato Grosso, Brazil, and Related Species from Parana. American Museum Novitates, Number 3022. de Carvalho, M.d.G.P., G.D. Edgecombe and L. Smith (2003). New Calmoniid Trilobites (Phacopina: Acastoidea) from the Devonian of Bolivia. American Museum Novitates, Number 3407. de Carvalho, M.d.G.P., et al. (1997). Devonian Calmoniid Trilobites from the Parnaiba Basin, Piaui State, Brazil. American Museum Novitates, Number 3192. Eldredge, N. and L. Branisa (1980). Calmoniid Trilobites of the Lower Devonian Scaphiocoelia Zone of Bolivia, With Remarks on Related Species. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, Vol.165, Article 2. (31 MB download) Liebermann, B.S. (1993). Systematics and Biogeography of the "Metacryphaeus Group" Calmoniidae (Trilobita, Devonian), With Comments on Adaptive Radiations and the Geological History of the Malvinokaffric Realm. J. Paleont., 67(4). Morzadec, P., et al. (2015). Trilobites and inarticulate brachiopods from the Devonian Floresta Formation of Colombia: a review. Bulletin of Geosciences, 90(2). Rustán, J.J. and N.E. Vaccari (2012). A revision of the Devonian Malvinokaffric dalmanitid trilobite Dalmanitoides Delo, 1935, on the basis of new data from Argentina. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol.15, Issue 1. Rustán, J.J. and N.E. Vaccari (2012). The trilobite Maurotarion megacephalum sp.nov. (Aulacopleuridae) in the Lower Devonian of Argentina: phylogenetic and paleobiogeographic remarks. Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geológicas, Vol.29, Number 2. Simoes, M.G., J. De Moraes Leme, and S.P. Soares (2009). Systematics, Taphonomy and Paleoecology of Homalonotid Trilobites (Phacopida) from the Ponta Grossa Formation (Devonian), Parana Basin, Brazil. Rev.bras.paleontol., 12(1). General Devonian Trilobites Cronier, C. and A. Francois (2014). Distribution patterns of Upper Devonian phacopid trilobites: Paleobiogeographical and paleoenvironmental significance. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 404. (Author's personal copy) de Carvalho, M.d.G.P. and da Fonseca, V.M.M. (2007). The Trilobite "Dalmanites" maecurua Clarke, 1890 and the New Genus Amazonaspis (Synphoriidae). American Museum Novitates, Number 3591. Edgecombe, G.D. (1991). Morocconites Struve, 1989, a Devonian Acastine Trilobite (Calmoniidae: Acastinae). American Museum Novitates, Number 2998. Feist, R. and R. Lerosey-Aubril (2005). The type species of Cyrtosymbole and the oldest (Famennian) cyrtosymboline trilobites. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 50(3). Lieberman, B.S. and G.J. Kloc (1997). Evolutionary and Biogeographic Patterns in the Asteropyginae (Trilobita, Devonian) Delo, 1935. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, Number 232.
  13. Gettings, I was recently visiting the north coast of the Balearic Island of Menorca and what I found there was a moon like landscape formed apparently between the Cambrian and the Devonian period, the area of the island is called Favaritx in case someone feels interested and I saw this strange drawings at some rocks, which I suspect that may be ichnofossils or trace fossils from echinoids or molluscs... What do you think? Thank you very much.
  14. In "Open Access Trilobite Papers 2013-2017" by piranha at: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/34135-open-access-trilobite-papers-2013-2017/ It was written, Becker, M.A., Bartholomew, A.J., & Maisch IV, H.M. (2016) Pleistocene ice flow direction indicated by Terataspis grandis (trilobite)-bearing erratics from the Rickard Hill Facies of the Saugerties Member of the Schoharie Formation (Lower Devonian). Northeastern Geoscience, 34:7-11 http://northeasterngeoscience.org/34/34-2.pdf A related PDF file is: Becker, M.A. and Bartholomew, A., 2013. Lower Devonian glacial erratics from High Mountain, northern New Jersey, USA: Discovery, provenance, and significance. Atlantic Geology, 49, pp.194-203. https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/ag/article/viewFile/atlgeol.2013.011/24515 https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/ag/issue/view/1525 Trilobite-bearing glacial erratics are also common in the glacial deposits of Germany, Poland, and Scandinavia. For example: Weidner, T., Geyer, G., Ebbestad, J. and von Seckendorff, V., 2015. Glacial erratic boulders from Jutland, Denmark, feature an uppermost lower Cambrian fauna of the Lingulid Sandstone Member of Västergötland, Sweden. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark, 63, pp.59-86. https://2dgf.dk/xpdf/bull63-59-86.pdf https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thomas_Weidner/publication/285759938_Glacial_erratic_boulders_from_Jutland_Denmark_feature_an_uppermost_lower_Cambrian_fauna_of_the_Lingulid_Sandstone_Member_of_Vastergotland_Sweden/links/5665a1f808ae4931cd6246a6.pdf Weidner, T.R., Ahlberg, P., Axheimer, N.I.K.L.A.S. and Clarkson, E.N., 2004. The middle Cambrian Ptychagnostus punctuosus and Goniagnostus nathorsti zones in Västergötland, Sweden. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark, 50(1), pp.39-45. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Per_Ahlberg2/publication/237826583_The_middle_Cambrian_Ptychagnostus_punctuosus_and_Goniagnostus_nathorsti_zones_in_Vastergotland_Sweden/links/5500359b0cf28e4ac347ebef.pdf And the Falkland Islands: Stone, P., Thomson, M.R.A. and Rushton, A.W.A., 2011. An Early Cambrian archaeocyath–trilobite fauna in limestone erratics from the Upper Carboniferous Fitzroy Tillite Formation, Falkland Islands. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 102(04), pp.201-225. http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/500150/1/TR1005 - RevisedText-June2012.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  15. I just spent the past few days digging up some neat Devonian-era fossils from the Penn Dixie Hamburg, New York site and have two Greenops and 10 Eldredgeops that need prepped. Would anyone out there be willing to prepare these fossils for either a fee or for some of the spoils? I have a lot of high quality Eldredgeops, cephalopods, bryozoans, and crinoids that I could give up in exchange for the fossil preparations. I also have a bunch of shark teeth from Calvert Cliffs along with some neat shells (Turitella and Ecphora). Send me a personal message if you're up to the task or respond if you have any referrals.
  16. Hi brachiopod lovers I wonder, is someone in this forum interested in exchanging fossils? Maybe this is an interesting proposal for you: I have devonian brachiopods from France, Belgium and Germany and some nice ones from the jurassic of Spain to offer. There are a few miscellaneous fossils too, for example neogene and devonian gastropods, shark teeth from Germany and cretaceous echinoids from Spain. I´m looking for devonian brachiopods, without any preferences. (But any other devonian fossils are welcome too). If you´re interested, just send me a PM. The attached pictures show only some examples, there are 56 pictures with 43 different brachiopod-taxa. I prepared a small google-album and i will give you the link ;-) Cheers, Nils
  17. Found some amazing stuff today with @Kane @ischua @DevonianDigger @Fossildude19 and @drobare We hauled some serious rock and had somewhat of an assembly line going with splitting and processing the pieces. It was a really solid day all around and everyone walked away with some sweet finds. The following is a sample of some of the cool stuff I've found. The rest is packed away. The first is a large cephalon and will look good despite not having a body and then there's a Spyroceras cephalopod that might benefit from some very gentle prep work. I really like cephalopods because of all the neat chambers they contain.
  18. I've already posted a picture of this one in the fossil trips section, so my apologies for the duplication. I'm seeking confirmation that this is indeed a Bellacartwrightia whiteleyi. He's a bit beat up, missing eyes and a pygidium (or it may be hidden beneath the matrix), but what leads me to this conditional assumption is the (1) raised spines on the axial lobe, and (2) the longer and somewhat broader genal spines than what one finds on a Greenops. I just want to get the label on this one and put any uncertainty to bed. My thanks for ID assistance!
  19. Hi all. This is my first post to the ID forum. I'm stumped on this one. It was found near Kingston, NY. Comes from Middle Devonian Hamilton Group (probably Marcellus Fm). Matrix is a brownish-gray shale. It's a mold of something with small branching (or budding) tubes, dense transverse rings, terminating in cone-shaped depressions. My first guess is some form of branching rugose (horn) coral, where each terminal cone is a corallite. But I wonder if it might also be a sponge -- though sponges usually don't preserve like this, right? In the pictures below, the scale bar has divisions of 1 cm, and in the last photo there is a penny in the background for scale. Thanks for any ideas... Bob
  20. Hi, My family co-owns some property along the Cacapon River in West Virginia, and we often find small fossil shells in great numbers along the roads and creeks. Here are a couple pictures for reference, I think they're Brachiopods? https://i.imgur.com/C3D0QUU.jpg https://i.imgur.com/dWgZ617.jpg There are tons of rocks like this in the area, most of which are brittle shale. You can find them just about anywhere, but they're most common on the banks around small creeks. The shell impression on the bottom right of the second image was the largest fossil we'd ever found there, but within a few minutes we stumbled across something similarly sized that we've never seen before. https://i.imgur.com/NbYwr9R.jpg It's about four inches long, segmented, and tapers toward the end. Up close it has a very fine texture pattern that reminded me of coral. A volunteer at our local library seems confident it's the impression from an Orthocone shell, but I wanted to be certain. Can anyone give us an ID? Thanks very much!
  21. Found this in the scree of a road cut in what I think is the Ithaca Formation (early upper Devonian). It's a bunch of overlapping crinoid stems, right? There is a quarter sitting on top of the rock for scale. Thanks in advance, Matt
  22. Just another hike with some more finds! Another great day in my books
  23. Hello all. The other day I was sitting in my car for a day trip out of town, and with me I brought one of the fossil books I love to read. I spent the whole hour or so drive looking through the pictures of the book that gave identifications for various species of fossils, however looking at the pictures I started to think to myself how none of the fossils I've ever found in the field really looked like the pristine specimens pictured in the book. That got me thinking into starting this little thing, a (not yet complete) photo list or guide of different brachiopod species as I've found them in nature, without any prep other than a light washing in some cases. I don't know of how much help this will be to people who've been in the hobby for several years, but it's my hope that this will help new comers identify their finds and learn that more often then not that beautiful shell you see in a book is not what you'll find. In this I've compiled a variety of brachiopod species that I've encountered over the span of nine years hunting in Maryland, however these brachiopod species can also be found in neighboring Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere. For the most part these all come from Maryland or Pennsylvania and were personally collected by me, however for some of the Ordovician specimens I've had to resort to photos of brachiopods I've found in the Maquoketa Group of southeast Wisconsin a few summers ago (I've only photographed species I've seen recorded from the Ordovician of the region). This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of every species, but rather an introduction to some of the more common ones that collectors are most likely to encounter.
  24. I found this in the Devonian Mahantango Formation from a road cut in western Maryland. Is it a fish tooth, and if so, what genus or species?
  25. Three Mondays in April and May, 4/25, 5/9, and 5/16/16 this writer explored a small privately owned quarry north of Morrisville, NY., Madison County. Exposed was the Mottsville Member of the Oatkacreek Formation which represents the uppermost part of the Marcellus Shale which is the lowermost part of the Hamilton Group (Middle Devonian). A pic of the site showing an area excavated by this writer: