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  1. Hi everyone! Yesterday, Viola and I traveled across the border to join in on the fun for the "Dig with the Experts" program at Penn Dixie in New York State. It was sunny and hot, but we had a fantastic time collecting a bunch of Devonian fossils! Enjoy the pictures! Monica Picture #1: Viola showing off a chunk of rock with a rugose coral in it - we didn't keep this piece since it's was pretty big, and we opted to keep only the loose horn corals that we found. Picture #2: Viola showing off a pyritized brachiopod in another chunk of rock - so pretty! Picture #3: Viola trying her hand at using the rock hammer. Picture #4: Viola found a friend to hammer rocks with! Picture #5: The non-trilobite fossils that I collected and kept. I really like the orthoconic nautiloid in the upper left-hand corner of the picture - it was completely hidden within a rock that I split so it was a very nice surprise! Picture #6: The trilobites that I found and kept, including an enrolled little guy that popped out of the side of a rock that I was hammering - he was very cooperative. PS - I'll post pictures of the fossils that Viola decided to keep as soon as she washes them - stay tuned for that...
  2. I was able to get out twice in one week to Hungry Hollow - the first with Roger, and the second with my missus. A few neat things were found on both outings, but nothing particularly “wow” for the site. I’ll let Roger speak to the first trip and focus here on the second outing. Deb and I concentrated on the south pit as the prospect of biting flies in the north was not exactly how she wanted to spend a Sunday afternoon. We mostly worked two new benches that were made by someone else in the dense coral layer of the Hungry Hollow member. Attempts to extend the bench were a bit messy given the amount of wet overburden, and the rock itself was tough to work with as it was wet and tended to be very crumbly. And the stuff was pretty much dominated by so much coral that it seemed there was more of that than matrix. However, with a bit of persistence you can find other things in that layer. If you went in too far, it became far too dense to break off in anything but shards; if you went too low, it became a kind of mush. The best spot was a thin band just above the mush, but it involved hacking through a lot of coral at the top to access it. No full trilobites were found. I chopped out some matrix that had a full prone Eldredgeops rana, but it was missing its one side. Unlike Penn Dixie, you have to work that much harder at this site for a lot less trilobites beyond a litany of bits and pieces. On the other hand, they are a bit bigger here than at PD. The Favosite corals were impressive in both size and number. We mostly left those behind for other collectors, piling them up so that they would be readily visible. They ranged from muffin-sized to pie-sized. As we were not having great luck, we shifted our collecting to picking up stuff for gifting purposes. There were a few oddities in the mix, and these were picked up from a bit of surface collecting. I think the next time I go, I’ll be heading back to my spot in the north. I’m just waiting for some stuff to weather a bit more before going on the attack with the strata I was able to expose through some bench-work. The goal will be to find three full Greenops that are currently spoken for. I can average one for every four hours of work if I hustle in moving a lot of shale, and if the bugs will kindly leave me be! Depending on how many more trips I make up there this year, I hope to put together some Arkona sample bags for those who don’t have the opportunity to collect here. I seem to have accumulated a lot of the same material from there over the years, and it would be good to spread it around. Anyway, a few pictures of typical rather than remarkable finds: First up is the heartbreaker. Almost two inches long but missing his better half. Next up is a coral Deb wanted to split to see the structure inside: A typical hash plate from the HH member where the corals do NOT dominate for a change.
  3. Hi again folks, In the freshly plowed garden this morning, found this very interesting, very busy chunk of shale along with several others. I tried to break some open but did more damage than good, I think. The big piece has what looks like a worm lying in an arc with holes radiating from the body of it. Is this an animal or maybe a plant root ? The other question is: What are the features that have the appearance/texture of a strawberry ? Plant ? or ? Thanks again folks, its amazing what you'll find ...... once you start looking. more pics ........ Thanks
  4. Hello, I am brand new to this forum and would like to start things off with a fossil I found yesterday in North Central Pa. It was found in a side cut along a highway amongst shale and siltstone. I have no idea what it is but am leaning towards some type or coral maybe?? Let me know your thoughts. And the fossil was found in the hole of the rock that I had split open. Thanks!
  5. A couple weeks ago, I made a trip to Penn Dixie for the,"dig with the experts" event and had a blast! Found lots of great stuff, too numerous to post. Here is one of my favorites finds, a complete Eldredgeops rana with what looks to be a cephalopod(?). On the other side is/was a pyritized worm tube coming out of the bugs eye. Unfortunately, half the tube flew off while prepping. .
  6. Please help me put a name on my collection label for these little guys. Found about 2 miles from my other finds in a shale pit we dug for road material. Much harder dark blue shale. One looks sort of like the group of ??? might have been the nucleus of a concretion of sorts. Thanks much !
  7. Acquired from @PaleoPat during a recent trade. This trilobite is originally from Arkona and is uncommon.
  8. About 57 years ago I found this fossil in Monroe, NY when I was 12 yrs old at summer camp. I brought it into the NYC Museum of Natural History, and a paleontologist told me it was a Brachiopod internal mold, about 365 million years old, putting it into the Devonian period. I have since examined photos of Brachiopods taken from every angle, and have noticed some similarities, but other things don't seem to match up. I'm hoping someone on this Forum has any additional info. Thanks!!!
  9. On my first visit to the Montour Preserve Fossil Pit in Danville, Pennslyvania I found this. Devonian Shale. Fossil is 1" across at it's base. Bottom of a coral? The two holes/tubes have me puzzled. Thanks in advance for any feedback. Robert
  10. I collected these silicified stromatoporoids from the Devonian, Frasnian Age, Martin Formation north of Payson, Arizona. The spires are 2-4 mm high and have bases 1 to 1.5 mm wide. Hexagoneria and Pachyphyllum corals occur with these. The first photo may be a difference species from the last photos since the spires are lower. Any idea what species these stromatoporoids might be?
  11. Specimen collected from the north exposure of the Ausable river, westbound from the northern pit of Hungry Hollow owned and operated by Brampton Brick. Specimen (prone) complete and intact save for some minor pleural damage on the right side. Specimen retrieved whole with matrix. Preliminary preparation by K. Faucher to remove bulk matrix cover. Second preparation by Malcolm Thornley using a Comco abrasion unit at 7 PSI, with dolomite as the abrasion substance through a 320 mesh screen, 0.15 nozzle and subsequently 0.10 nozzle for more intricate matrix removal. Prepared by: Malcolm Thornley in June, 2017. Photo Credits: Malcolm Thornley.
  12. A recent trip to Coralville, Iowa provided me with these coral specimens, each unique in their own way: 1. I posted this a few weeks ago prior to removing most of the matrix from it This rugosa coral was huge!! Check out the scale. 2. The next coral might be mistaken for a mushroom: Oops, I meant this one:
  13. Found this horn coral on Trilobite Ridge in the NW corner of NJ this past weekend. The 2nd picture is the back side of rock. Is it possible to identify the species with these pictures? Thanks, Mike
  14. After my wonderful introduction yesterday, my research on chert discussed fossiliferrous chert. All indications in this chert lead to that. Could this have devonian fossils? Seems to have the same repeating pattern.
  15. Doing a little diagnostic work to better determine this phacopid species. In recent trips to one of my collecting sites, which typically is composed of imported Bois Blanc Fm fill (and just recently evidence of some Amherstberg Fm mixed in), I have had to reassess some of the specimens I've been pulling from there - and that includes several examples of what I wrote off as simply Eldredgeops rana. Consulting both Stumm (1954) and Ludvigsen (1979), E. rana is not reported in either of those formations. I've also paid particular attention to the comparative table in Whitely, Kloc and Brett's Trilobites of New York. I'm including here my most "clean" specimen for closer analysis. First up is a comparison of the eye between a typical E. rana and the phacopid from my nearby pit. And now a closeup of the glabellar pustules. First up is E. rana, and the second is the unspecified one from the pit. Of note here is the regularity of the pustules on the E. rana while the specimen below are somewhat irregular in size and distribution.
  16. From the album Middle Devonian

    Palaeozygopleura hamiltoniae (gastropod partially encrusted with a bryozoan) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road quarry Lebanon, NY. Usually these are completely enveloped by the bryozoan. First time I've seen one only partly encrusted.
  17. From the album Trilobites

    Taxonomy: Basidechenella sp (partial cephalon and pygidium) Age: Lower Devonian (Bois Blanc Fm) Location: London, Canada (imported fill from Niagara escarpment) Source: Field Collection
  18. From the album Trilobites

    Taxonomy: Crassiproetus canadensis (pygidium only) Age: Middle Devonian (Widder Formation) Location: Arkona, Canada Source: Field Collection
  19. From the album Middle Devonian

    Cimitaria recurva (complete bivalve-both valves) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road quarry Lebanon, NY. This is by far my largest and best specimen to date.
  20. Beyond being able to pick out a fenestellate bryozoan, my knowledge of bryozoans is quite poor. I was hoping for an ID on this one (bryozoan? sponge?), which is among the most peculiar I've found around these parts (these parts being fill deposited from Bois Blanc / Amherstburg Fms). Those large, circular pores were what persuaded me to take it home. Is it even a bryozoan? It is about an inch (though no saying how large it might have spread).
  21. From the album Middle Devonian

    Crinoid species? (5 inch stem piece) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road quarry Lebanon, NY. By far the longest crinoid stem I've seen and collected from central New York. Matrix was weathered and unstable. Fossil was removed in eight pieces and reassembled.
  22. A trip this morning to my hill out back amidst the usual Bois Blanc Fm spoils. I acquired a few more Anchiopsis anchiops pygidia and a few interesting oddities. One of those was this pictured pygidium. Going through my Ludvigsen text, it looks remarkably similar to Mystrocephala stummi (see the black and white picture for reference, drawn from Ludvigsen). These are reported in the Amherstburg Formation, and not the Bois Blanc (but they are pretty contiguous as one overlies the other). I was hoping to get confirmation if this is the correct taxonomic name, or if it has since been updated. The only other reference I've located so far is older than Ludvigsen's 1979 text: Fagerstrom, J.A.. 1961. The fauna of the Middle Devonian Formosa Reef Limestone of southwestern Ontario. Journal of Paleontology 35(1):1-48. Of course, I could be dead wrong with my tentative ID - but the specimen looks remarkably similar to the one pictured in the Ludvigsen volume. Image from Ludvigsen, Rolf. 1979. Fossils of Ontario. Part 1: The Trilobites. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum.
  23. 4th Annual Falls Fossil Symposium: Devonian Fossils August 12 and 13, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Speakers) Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Field Trip) Falls of the Ohio State Park, Clarksville, Indiana http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/special_events.html http://www.fallsoftheohio.org Cost: $20 per person Related web pages: Falls of the Ohio State Park http://www.fallsoftheohio.org Identifying Fossils on the Fossil Beds http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/fossils.html http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/fossil_id.html Fossil Brochures http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/PaleoSocietyBrochures.html Yours, Paul H.
  24. Collected the same place as the others, my guess is worm burrow but it's a little strange, I am referring to the black line with two yellow globes on either side. It branches out a little as the pictures show
  25. From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    Crinoids