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  1. Fern? (Update: Triarthrus beckii)

    Found this on a Lake Champlain beach, looks like a fern but any info would be great!
  2. Eusphenopteris?

    I was hiking in Berkeley county WV and last week and came across this fern fossil? I'm a neophyte when it comes to fossil ID but wanted to know if anyone could give me some idea of what I found? Thanks, Matt Orsie - Hedgesville, WV
  3. Can't help with the initial question but when checking the seller's offerings I just had to spontaneously buy a fern fossil as it looked so amazing and the price seemed also very ok! I've never bought a plant fossil before but also never seen a Carboniferous fossil which looked so well preserved and colorful to me. Oddly I can't find any of these anywhere else on the web and hardly any information about the locality. Does anyone have any information about the locality or the formation? Greetings from Germany
  4. Plant material?

    This is obviously not a seed fern fossil, but the "fossil guy" at the flea market across the river in Jersey told me that it is a fern. My understanding was that it is petrified plant material, a petrified fern. I'm not confident in his identification as he, I now know, missed several identifiable pieces (crinoid columnals and a chunk of perfect rose quartz, for example) or simply wasn't as into looking as he said he was. So, I need another ID! Again, as usual, it was found under the bridge behind my house in Bucks County, PA along the creek not far from the Delaware river.
  5. Carboniferous tree fern

    Two days ago I bought this nice fossil for a very convenient price at a local shop. Unfortunately, the seller could not remember key informations about this specimen, but he told me that it probably was Pecopteris and came from Germany. I want to identify it for a proper display alongside my other Carboniferous fossils, but I need again some help from a more experienced collector. In my opinion it is very similar, if not identical, to an other Acitheca (Pecopteris) polymorpha specimen I previously identified on an old topic thanks to this wonderful community. It may be the same plant, but I'm not sure. I am also skeptical about its German origin, is it reliable? Here is the upper side of the fossil: Pinnules detail from the other side (not exceptional quality, but I tried to make them more clear with a flashlight) Thanks in advance for your help!
  6. Here are a couple of "old" pieces from St. Clair that I found. The first one is a faint trace that I think is Pectopteris but I find it so rarely at St. Clair I can't tell for sure. What is throwing me off is that the leaflets are getting longer as they progress along the rachis whereas I have always thought that Pectopteris had a consistent leaflet length along the whole leaf. Then the second piece is a cluster of leaves/leaflets that don't match anything I've seen before. The tips of the leaves are not pointed enough for Alethopteris and not wide enough for Neuropteris. Any suggestions are appreciated.
  7. Mazon Creek Ferns

    I was looking over the Smithsonian collection of Mazon Creek ferns tonight (http://paleobiology.si.edu/mazoncreek/mazonGroups.html). It seems like most ferns are labeled as Pecopteris species, but that there are a number of very similar fern species. Is there a good reference that breaks down the different species and how to identify them? I have Richardson's guide, but that is just for the fauna. Thanks!
  8. Carbondale Pa

    An enjoyable and productive outing with Jeffrey P, my first to the carboniferous. Id's welcome. Gordon See pattern to right of coin
  9. Large Pecopteris sp. Section

    From the album Cory's Lane Fossil Locality

    Large imprint of Pecopteris sp. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  10. eastern PA

    I'd like to go out to look for some decent fern fossils before the end of September. Can anyone suggest a spot or mind if I tag along with them?
  11. I started collecting fossils with vertebrates, sometimes my friend and me we found fossil plants. But the plant fossils have less importance than the fish and amphibians, acanthodians and sharks ........ years later I became a gardener, graduated from the master school and asked me only the question ... how did it all start? When did the first plants keep the head out of the water and populate the still inanimate land? I rummaged through the internet, which I found first - Rhynia ..... and similar plants as Psilophyton ... now had suddenly the first finds of the Perm meaning, the puzzle grew, still growing ... every fossil is a Wonders how fragile plants can be, how wonderful, if we can find them as fossils. ..... Then I moved, now in the middle of the Devon and have a famous place of reference before the door ... Plants of Alken on the Moselle! I found some plants like Psilophyton and saw some collectors hunting for Trilobites...the plants had been thrown away,....perhaps they didnĀ“t know about it!!! Pity for them - what a blessing for me !
  12. Unidentified Fern

    Hi All, I'm having a hard time nailing down an exact ID for this large fern imprint I found earlier this month. This imprint is from the Pennsylvanian time period and was found in the Rhode Island Formation. below I've included a list of the possible suspects/known flora from the Rhode Island Formation. It doesn't help that fossils from the Rhode Island Formation are often distorted. This distortion can be seen in the close up image of the pinnules below. The red arrows are pointing to pinnules I believe are the way they should look versus distorted. Anyone have any ideas as to an ID?? Thanks as always!
  13. The Ferns are Growing!

    Well... I seem to be turning into a Rhode Island native at this point. This past weekend I was able to head down to Cory's Lane for an afternoon of digging. Here's my latest find from the Carboniferous period. This fern still needs to be cleaned up a bit and I'm still trying to nail down an exact ID. At just over 3 feet long this is now my biggest and most complete find to date (1-upped myself again). More pics to come once I finish cleaning this guy up. P.S. This was definitely not fun to carry back to the car . I couldn't save the entire second half of this fern as it was partially destroyed when I ripped up the 8 foot slab of rock this fossil was on. I did manage to save the middle section at least!
  14. German plant fossil?

    Calling all plant enthusiasts (especially of the Central Europe variety). I purchased this plate from a tailgate sale a few years back and it has been sitting in my cabinet awaiting some sort of ID. The only information the seller could remember was it was from Germany. I have tried to search images online and can never quite come up with shale that looks the same. The matrix is a pale grey with plant impressions that are a pinkish color. For size reference, the plate is approximately 24cm x 13cm. Any ideas on this? Do you think it is even from Germany?
  15. Large Pecopteris arborescens

    From the album Cory's Lane Fossil Locality

    Large Negative imprint of Pecopteris arborescens. Found in 2017 at Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  16. Some impressions from my private collection of permian fossils, some of them I digged myself, some I changed with other collectors, most of them I prepared myself the permian fossils had been found in Germany, Rhineland - Pallatinate niederkirchen , pdernheim and other locations
  17. Fern

    "Silcrete plant fossils from Lightning Ridge, New South Wales: new evidence for climate change and monsoon elements in the Australian Cenozoic", Carpenter Raymond J., Goodwin Matthew P., Hill Robert S., Kanold Karola, Australian Journal of Botany. 2011 59(5). p.399. Specimen donated to the Australian Museum.
  18. In between all of the 4th of July weekend barbecues I was able to make it down to Cory's Lane, Rhode Island for a few hours of shale splitting. The day started out slow with only a few small plant imprints found, but I eventually managed to rip up a 5 foot slab of rock with a larger fern section on one end of it. After cutting the slab down to a little over a foot and a half in length this Pecopteris arborescens manages to go down as the largest fern I've found at this locality! It was a nice start to the long weekend, but the real win was the awesome weather .
  19. Carboniferous fossils

    Is there anyone places to hunt for carboniferous fossils in the eastern US? I live in georgia and heard that there are some but they're in private property.
  20. Mariopetris

    From the album Cory's Lane Fossil Locality

    Positive and negative imprint of Mariopteris. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.s lane
  21. Pecopteris

    From the album Cory's Lane Fossil Locality

    Small positive and negative imprint of a Pecopterid. Likely Pecopteris arborescens. Found in 2016 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  22. Pecopteris arborescens and Cyperites

    From the album Cory's Lane Fossil Locality

    Positive and negative imprint of Pecopteris arborescens pinnules and Cyperites. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  23. Pecopteris arborescens

    From the album Cory's Lane Fossil Locality

    Positive and negative imprint of Pecopteris arborescens. All that was left of the negative imprint was a small mid section of the fern. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  24. Pecopteris arborescens

    From the album Cory's Lane Fossil Locality

    Large positive imprint of Pecopteris arborescens. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  25. Pecopteris arborescens

    From the album Cory's Lane Fossil Locality

    Negative imprint of Pecopteris arborescens. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.