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Found 9 results

  1. Not counting lits bits and piece, finally found my first trilobite. It goes to show that you can find fossils in unexpected places, too. I was waiting to meet a friend and was just kicking over rocks in a misc (man made) rubble heap on the edge of town. Then this fragile soft siltstone broke apart badly, right across this beauty. I have no idea what formation it's from, and since its a junk pile along an abandoned RR I can't say for sure that's even from the county (Hollidaysburg, Blair County, PA, USA). About all I can say is it failed the fizz test, and there is a lot of parallel coloration running perpindicular to the bedding plane. For the fossil, there is a mold and cast. and part of me sees parts of more than one animal. I'm all new to trilos though. I think the closeup is a trilo eye, and was struck by the repeating details along the.... eye ridge maybe? What ID features leap out at you? Any advice on removing more material? That flake with the eye in the closeup just looked like waste, and I pried it off with my fingernail only to be surprised! (You might say my eye popped)
  2. Ichthyosaur sp. sclerotic ring section

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    Sclerotic ring section of large unspecified ichthyosaur species, from a Somerset Jurassic site(aprx 205 mya)
  3. This Bird 'Eyeball' Survived 120 Million Years By Laura Geggel, Live Science, January 11, 2018 https://www.livescience.com/61405-dinosaur-age-birds-saw-in-color.html An Amazing Fossilized Eye Reveals How an Ancient Bird Saw Feast your eyes on this. By Natasha Frost, January 12, 2018 https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/amazing-fossilized-ancient-bird-eye-color-rods-cones The paper is: Tanaka, G., Zhou, B., Zhang, Y., Siveter, D.J. and Parker, A.R., 2017. Rods and cones in an enantiornithine bird eye from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota. Heliyon, 3(12), p.e00479. http://www.heliyon.com/article/e00479/ Yours, Paul H.
  4. Good afternoon all, I'm currently at the Field Museum in Chicago. Can anyone tell me what the boney structure which seems to be co-located with the eyeball of a number of specimens is? I assume that it isn't actually the eye for obvious reasons, but maybe a supporting or protecting structure? Thanks for the help. Steve
  5. Courtesy of Dan Cooper from the Facebook Trilobites group, a rare Isotelus eye with lenses preserved. The claim for this specimen is ~1000 eye lenses, but with all due respect, much closer to ~5000 lenses. Do the math! table from: Rose, J.N. (1968) The eyes of Isotelus and Nileus. Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 74:178-185
  6. Bought a used microscope for prep work. What is the best way to develop hand eye coordination when looking through the microscope? is it just a matter of practice or is there a method to getting used to it? It is really awkward!!!!!
  7. I found this in a Mississippian limestone roadcut. It looks like the cephalon and compound eye of a trilobite, but I think it's probably a brachiopod of some sort. I took the best pictures I could. Any ideas?
  8. question about UK location

    hi guys, anyone know if the Crock hey mine in wigan (lancashire) it's still ok for fossil hunting? heard about this place but i found just few old news on the web.
  9. Eye Fossil?

    Hey my grandfather found decades ago,deep in a quarry where he did worked,a big fossil of an eye,i have never seen such thing before.Could somebody explain what i have?
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