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Found 106 results

  1. small CP fern pinnae

    It is found in the same supposedly delta setting, together with plant branches, sphenophyllums, crinoids, and marine and non-marine shells. any idea what it could be? I am just guessing it is fall-off from some fern plant. The finest mark is 1mm.
  2. Hi everyone, i will bE going to corys lane around 10 or 11 am tomorrow if anyone is interested in joining. I will also be free to go any other time for the next week plus if anyone is interested in joining.
  3. Mazon Creek Insect Wing or Leaf?

    This concretion from the Mazon Creek area Chowder Flats site split earlier this week but I just had a chance to examine it today. It preserves a narrow ~10 mm long veined object, unfortunately with a portion missing from the middle. The shape and venation makes me think of an insect wing, but it could certainly be a partial leaf of some sort instead. I would love to hear thoughts from anyone with more experience. I had to take the pictures through my loupe since it is so small- the first two are of the part and the third is the counterpart.
  4. Coprolite? Fern? Bone? Wood?

    Good morning folks. I have an item that I picked up listed as "dino poo" about ten years ago. The seller knew nothing about it except that he thought it was poo by sliced it and now thinks it "could be" a fern or poo. Help please. It's very heavy an measures about 6" in length. I was thinking petrified fern or wood. It's a beautiful specimen that really needs a name so I can display it.
  5. Mazon Concretion

    Hey all! Just bought this piece at a rock shop here in Chicago. It was sold to me as a shrimp, the shop owner was pretty confident in this, but I'm pretty sure it's a fern instead. Not disappointed since I just appreciate the composition here, it's a super pretty one, kind of off-beat. Can anybody help ID the exact fauna? Thanks so much!
  6. Plant fossil???

    I’ve found other fern/plant fossils in this area. Is this one as well? If so, what’s on it? I have others to show as well. Found in Ohio in a river, north central area. Thanks for all information!
  7. Odontopteris perhaps? Fern / Plant

    I think this is Odontopteris. The flat leaf tips are what have me thinking that. I have lots of local shale that I can pull these from readily, but maybe once or twice over an hour I can pull one this size out. Any fern experts here able to validate? Attaching a couple fossil plates that I use to identify local ferns.
  8. Centralia's Bright White Ferns

    Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania's coal country runs the Carboniferous Lewellyn Formation. Once a vast tract of swampland, the area was home to 100 ft. tall Calamites (an extinct relative of modern herbaceous horsetails), giant tree ferns and other enormous plants, plus proportionally large insects. The conditions during the intervening millennia were just right for the plants to break down into iron-based minerals, including pyrophyllite and kaolinite, leaving a coating of white powder over the impressions in the rock. In rare spots, the iron minerals come in yellow, orange or red, too. All this makes the fossils stand out in sharp contrast to the dark, gray shale matrix. This is not a place for the timid. The shale is on a steep, slick slope covered in loose scree. The trees that look like good hand-holds are dead and rotten. Below the surface, fires burn in the coal veins, creating a sinkhole hazard all over the ghost town and on to the neighboring towns. However, the place I was hunting is definitely a beaten path these days, so there is probably a low risk of invisible disaster. I always say that no rock is worth your life, but that doesn't stop me from living a little dangerously. I went there for the first time last month. It was a short stop close to dusk. The fog was thick and the rocks were wet. The white powder was hard to make out in the gloom. Today, the light was good, the rocks were dry and the hunting was good!
  9. Should I Consolidate?

    I recently purchased this Alethopteris sp. at a local fossil show. It is typical of shale found in St. Clair Pennsylvania being beautiful, but also very fragile. It’s my first plant fossil that isn’t petrified wood so I’m very excited about it! My question to all you experienced preppers out there is... Should I consolidate it? It has the characteristic layering associated with shale, which tend to split and come apart easily. I don’t plan on the piece being handled much, if at all, but don’t want it falling to pieces in a few years as it sits in my display case. If best practice is to consolidate, what consolidant would you recommend?
  10. Fern ID

    So I got this Fern nodule yesterday. It came with no info. Approx 6 cm Any ideas?
  11. Plant Fossil: Alethopteris Ferns?

    Good day, I'm looking at this fossil fern plate from the Llewellyn Formation in St. Clair Pennsylvania. I suspect that these are Alethopteris ferns. I'd like some help to verify their species name. Age: Pennsylvanian Formation: Llewellyn Location: Near St. Clair, Pennsylvania
  12. Hello I'm a newbie fossil collector (and newly active member) who happens to several interesting fossils for a decent price from our favorite auctions sites 1st is are Knightia. The seller claims that they are not restored or enhanced 2nd set are 4 Spinosaurus teeth. The seller claims that cracks have been repaired, but no restoration or composition has been made (Pictures 2-9 of teeth in pairs) 3rd is a Lycoptera which the seller claims is not restored or enhanced 4th are plates of Elrathia Trilobites from Wheeler Formation 5th are Fossil Ferns from Llewellyn Formation 6th is a Hyracodon jaw fragment I would like to ask if the sellers' description of the items are accurate and/or if they are restored, enhanced or composites. Cheers!
  13. ID help: Illinois Fossil Plants

    Does anyone know what these are? The previous owner forgot where they were found but thinks they are from the Fox river in Illinois. Can anyone confirm this? They look like plant fossils similar to those found at Mazon creek. Thanks.
  14. Need help identifying "Fossil"

    I recently stumbled across a piece of shale and it looked like there might be a carboniferous fern fossilized in it. I am not sure so I would like someone with a more trained eye to weigh in and let me know if this is actually a fern or just a mark in the shale.
  15. Pecopteris sp.

    From the album Cory's Lane, Rhode Island Fossils

    Pecopteris sp. Found in 2019 at Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  16. Mazon Creek Fossils - ID Help

    Hi everyone - I need some help identifying a few of the Mazon Creek fossils my father and I found over the last two years. I will first apologize for the blurriness of the images, I must have had something on my lens. But, I can take more if necessary (just not today!). Here's the link to the images: https://imgur.com/a/yRaND6K I have three plants, something that's just parallel lines, and something that looks like a shrimp. Any help would be appreciated!
  17. Hello, Someone says Cyathea, I think it looks like Neuropteris Flexuosa. Input?
  18. Found in coal seam

    I work in the coal mine in South western pa. Northern wv. I find petrified wood mostly fern tree piece but can't find much about them online. I also find what I think is pyrite.I know that they are mostly fern. They are out of the Pittsburgh seam and are around 330 million years old. Any other info would be appreciated.
  19. Plant Fossil

    I found this nice plant fossil at the base of the cliff last year. I think it's my best plant so far I'm sure my usual pen would be way too strong and easily damage this delicate fossil. I think removing some of the rock at the right hand side of the fern could make it look better. I'm tempted to try and just split it off but i know it could damage fern. What are your thoughts?
  20. Here’s the first fossils I’ve ever found! Found in Webster County, West Virginia. Where they hollow out a road. The stone is shale from my knowledge..... I’d love to know it’s age and name? And, how to prep them.
  21. ferns and urchin

    Hi everybody, i recently made an exchange and so i received those ferns, all i know is that they come from Colorado, i have no other clue about them. I also received an unknown urchin and have no clue about it. Could you help me know a bit more about them ? The longest diagonal of that piece is a little less than 15 cm, the base is about 13 cm and it is about 11 cm hight. @Plantguy @paleoflor ?
  22. Plant fossil from Pennsylvania

    I recently acquired this multi species fern fossil from a friend who said it came from Pennsylvania. I wonder if anyone knows the age and species of the plants here? Thanks for looking.
  23. Seed Fern

    I see a fair amount mentioned online about seed ferns. How did these differ from modern day spore bearing ferns? Where these seed ferns true ferns?
  24. Fern Prep

    My dad and I collected this large fern several months ago in PA and have since contemplated how best to prepare it in order for the fossil to be visible. When the material is dampened, the fossil is visible; but, when the shale dries, the fern kinda disappears back into the material. We read somewhere that coating the material in Butvar may darken the material and may make the fossil more visible; however, we would love to hear the thoughts and suggestions on this group. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  25. Here is a sample of a fern and Cordaites along the bottom (my guess) I've been finding. Pennsylvanian formation in an area with igneous intrusions. I would enjoy being able to identify and label different fern types in the future so any help naming these now and a good source for learning more would be my ideal goal. Lastly; what induces the coloration? Is it some form of pyritization? High iron mineral content of water and ground it grew in at the time? I have additional specimen photos that appear to be of other types but I just realized my file sizes are limiting how many I can post at a time...need to learn how to do better in future posts.
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