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  1. Hello everyone So recently I’ve been studying up on Catskill formation sites in Pennsylvania. Many of these sites are exposures along highways, and I was wondering how I should go about collecting at them. Is it legal to collect along highways in PA? Can I park on the highway if there’s plenty of room or should I find an off ramp/side road to park along? Thanks for the help! Owen
  2. Hey everyone, I love collecting, however, I noticed that (like many people, to be fair), I have really only stuck to Big Brook, Shark River, Ramanessin, etc. While I love those places I am trying to expand my horizons a bit. I have heard about Devonian fossils being found in Northern NJ but have yet to find a recent post regarding whether such areas are still accessible and where to go. I did read somewhere (maybe this forum?) suggesting that Trilobite Ridge is probably no more. With that being said, has anyone been up to North Jersey in search for fossils recently? If so, would yo
  3. MainefossilRocks

    Northern Maine find - coral?

    I have two fossil rocks like this one, around the same size. I find these in the Telos Lake to Frost Pond range in Northern Maine, around the Chesuncook Dome. Brachiopods everywhere, but this one is odd. Coral or something? It has a little depth to it, and graduates deeper towards the center.
  4. grg1109

    another stranger

    I thought I saw one of these yesterday when I posted a different request...but, perhaps not. I was given a two boxes of rocks...this one came from Cole Hill Rd., in Central NY, and I imagine it's probably middle Devonian. The animal is located on a Horn Coral. This rock is very different from what I'm used to...so, I stopped working on it after I came across this little creature (approx. 3/16" from one tip of an "arm" to the opposite side, and stands approx. 3/32" high). In reality it looks like a very tiny Octopus. The microscope tends to make everything look flat. Thanks in advanc
  5. Bradley Flynn

    Fossil fish armour?

    I photographed this fossil this morning, not sure what it could be. It seems fishy. though. Witteberg group Witpoort formation Late Devonian I did measure the specimen at 20mm x 20mm
  6. TheShrifter

    Some Brachiopod/Bivalves and Coral

    Hello, I have personally collected these far from perfect samples on some hiking trips and from around the field I work in. I have included a Die in each picture that is 2cm³, and have the corresponding number on the die to each specimen/picture. Any help with ID would be cool! Thanks in advance! 1. Stromatolites? Devonian - Palliser FM. 2. Bryozoan? Devonian - Palliser FM 3. ?Buchia? Cretaceous - FM unknown could be Three possibilities and I am not familiar enough with how the formations lay for the
  7. Finally getting around to posting some of my New York Devonian Penn Dixie matrix finds! So much neat crinoid stuff, the occasional trilo bit and some other goodies! Someday, I hope to visit and maybe find some "Big" stuff! The CRINOIDS.....so many amazing shapes. I love Crinoid Geometry: (all are around 2-5 mm) The Trilo Bits: (2-5mm) probably Eldredgeops A friend was trying to type in Pygidium and it auto corrected to Pudgy Idiom.....so yeah. That's what they are now. Plus this nice sized one (5mm) in situ with a crinoid!
  8. Misha

    Kalkberg formation Proetid?

    Hello everyone! I have been recently going over some of the matrix I collected over the summer, more specifically, stuff from the Lower Devonian Kalkberg Formation in NY. I have found many nice new brachiopods which is what I was looking for, like a fairly nice preserved Leptaena which I was really excited about as I didn't get any initially and they are really beautiful. While cleaning out that brachiopod this fossil also popped out of the rock, I saw its cross-section and initially didn't think much of it but when I got it in hand it appeared to be a trilobite cephalon, it is
  9. T. nepaeolicus

    Trilobite or Brachiopod Impression?

    Wondering whether this is a trilobite or brachiopod impression. (Hoping its a trilobite.) Found it in a spoil heap at a small outcrop across from Gore Grocery Store, Gore, VA. Outcrop is Devonian in age. Anybody know what formation it is?
  10. Hey there, This is literally my first fossil purchase and I know very little. Got this little dude off an auction site from a fossil seller who had a 100% out of several thousand reviews and I feel like something is off about it. I have a Mosasaurus tooth coming from this same seller so I'm a bit nervous if this does turn out to be a fake. What do you all think? Thanks!
  11. Max10

    ID German Trilobite

    Hi everybody! This time i kindly ask your help to identify a little gift a friend of mine give to me last weekend. I really know nothing about german trilobites...i have no idea! Here are the info: Origin: Eifel, Germany Age: Devonian (probably Middle...Eifelian? Givetian?) Lenght: 8.5 cm / 3.35 inches Cephalon Width (max): 4.8 cm / 1.9 inches I'm thankful to everyone who wants to participate at the topic Have a wonderful weekend!
  12. Hollie Bird

    Devonian Fish

    Hello everyone I bought this fossil fish online recently. It appears to have disarticulated insitu (which really spoke to me about how I feel about 2020 :-D). It was advertised as Osteolepis panderi originating from the Sandwick Beds. However I know that this cannot be right as Osteolepis Panderi is a mid devonian fish but the Sandwick Beds are early devonian. I figured there are several options. Either this fish is an osteolepis panderi but not from the Sandwick Beds. Or this fish is not an osteolepis panderi (perhaps osteolepis macrolepidotus) and from the Sandw
  13. I found another Ensiferites brandenburgi sponge that is now currently the largest ever found at 7 cm x 7.5 cm across. Part of the top displays lots of 1 mm spicules. Unfortunately the top of the calcareous sponge is mostly covered with caliche and possibly the limestone matrix. Is there any hope to prep this to expose all the spicules on the top? How? This could become a near museum piece thus I don’t want to practice my prepping skills in it. Help @Ptychodus04.
  14. Bradley Flynn

    Upper Devonian trace fossil ID

    Hi all So I took some pictures of some very interesting trace fossils. They are found in the upper Devonian, frasnian, Witteberg group, Swartruggens formation. Is it possible to get an identification on these?
  15. It's been a long time since I've written a trip report. Not that I wasn't hiking, I was hiking like mad and finding stuff. Just didn't get around to documenting in the latter part of 2020. Too much craziness. A couple of days ago, I went in search of an extremely elusive shale formation, that contains some of the loveliest ferns I have seen. My records show I specifically planned 13 hikes last year trying to find another exposure. That was over 100 miles of fruitless searching. Zero. Zilch. Well, two days ago I found another small exposure. Scenic photos of the journey
  16. Found this fossil recently while visiting the Fossil Park near Rockford, Iowa. The fossils here are Devonian in age, and belong to the Hackberry Group/Lime Creek Formation. Have found numerous varieties of brachiopods, horn and colony coral, gastropods, bryozoa, and pieces of crinoid stems, but have never seen anything quite like this. Since it was such a crappy day, I had the whole park to myself except for one guy from Minnesota. Thinking he might be more knowledgeable than myself, I asked for his opinion on what he thought this was. He suggested it was definitely a crinoid calyx. I am not s
  17. McLean, G., 2017. A ‘mystery fossil’ is evidence for massive Devonian trees in Australia. Records of the Australian Museum, 69, pp.101-118. https://journals.australian.museum/mclean-2017-rec-aust-mus-692-101118/ https://media.australian.museum/media/Uploads/Journals/37694/1661_complete.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  18. Walking in the hills and chanced upon an exposure of early Devonian here (at least I think it is). About 3 feet above the rock slab is a 2 foot thick formation bearing either trace fossils or nodules. They seem more like mineralized nodules to me. For some reason, yesterday, perhaps due to intense morning light angle on the rock surface, I could just not get a good focus. Note the markings in the brownish trace or nodule. Nothing continuously longer than 4" found. Most exposures either broken or seeming to recede into the formation.
  19. Thomas.Dodson

    Unidentified Brachiopods

    I've had some difficulty narrowing down the identity on some assorted brachiopods. The diagnostic features may not be preserved but I figured I'd post them here to see if anyone knew. @Tidgy's Dad Any ideas? The first is a single large valve from the Warsaw Formation in Fenton, Missouri (The old Meramec Bridge site). I've been able to track down most species reported from here and identify everything else but this one is harder. The wear doesn't help. The second are a couple o Echinoconchidae valve casts in chert from a creek in Lincoln County, Missouri. It
  20. 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 ventu
  21. Hello everyone! I recently received this cool fossil from the Devonian in Scotland, it is a Palaeospondylus gunni: I have seen fossils of this enigmatic organism prepared in really wonderful ways to expose more of the animal and I was wondering: would this be possible to do here? I am not exactly sure of the process used on the others, possibly just really fine air abrasion? The fossil seems to be rather thin against the rock but it isn't completely flat, here are some pictures I took under the digital microscope, hopefully they might show it a bit better.
  22. Wayan Man

    Morocco Devonian Proetid ID

    Hello All. I must request help for an ID on this trilobite. It measures 1.9 cm in length. It is some sort of Proetid trilobite from Morocco, but that is as far as I can take it. Is anyone aware of a genus/species/location for this cute little fellow? Thanks for the help :-)
  23. 10313horn

    devonian sponge or not

    this was found in deer lake pa on a large piece of shale. whatever these things are they are over 12 inches long, branching and 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter. occasionally they appear to have straight vertical lines on the surface. I could see this pattern in only one or two places and could not get a clear photo. Help would be appreciated.
  24. Found this ammonite or gastropod this afternoon between Capon Bridge and Wardensville. The formation is supposed to be Oriskany Sandstone, but it looked like siltstone not sandstone. Is this an ammonite or a gastropod? It seems too big to be a gastropod to me, but wanted to check, as I've never found an ammonite in the area before. Thanks! Matt
  25. Good evening to all participants! I offer for exchange 10 fragments of fish shells of the Devonian period. Everything in the photos is one lot. What is interesting to me: first of all, marine reptiles and dinosaurs, and also I am interested in the teeth of megalodon, Crinoids and ammonites. Surely I missed something - I ask you, do not hesitate to write to me in private messages - i will glad to talk. Best regards, Svetlana
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