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  1. Can anyone tell me? Looks like crinoline to me.
  2. Florissant I.Ds

    At Florissant Colorado (dated to the Eocene) my family and I found these fossils and I would like to I D them to know what I found. I didn’t have a 12 inch/30 centimeter ruler so I used my six inch to make a ruler on a piece of paper it is accurate I promise. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
  3. Yesterday (Saturday, Aug. 22nd), I went fossil hunting in Ellsworth County, Kansas again for elusive Dakota Sandstone leaves and unfortunately it's mostly a bust, just like the previous trip. Despite that, I enjoyed the scenery and found some odd rocks and few fossils from new sites. A new site produced a few small plates containing woody and plant material fragments. I decided not to keep them. Closer views... Remember that interesting sandstone from the previous trip? I regretted for not taking it home so I took another opportunity and revisited the old site to get that rock! The back of this rock is quite smooth and flat, I think it would be great to have it hang up on the wall, but I'm actually not sure how I will display it. Looking at it is like reading a 3D map! It's the only object I brought home from this trip. It's peaceful out there and the views of the Smoky Hills never gets old. ...continued on the next post.
  4. Finding the fossilized leaves from Dakota formation (also known as Dakota Sandstone) has been one of my goals for a long time. Today I headed to Ellsworth County, Kansas, where the Dakota Sandstone are located and hunt for the fossilized leaves. Unfortunately it's mostly a bust, but I did find a couple possible wood fossils and a few interesting rocks. I didn't take anything home this time except some pictures and memories. Notice the trees following along the small stream. Interesting sandstone! Interesting ironstone concretion! ...Continued on the next post.
  5. Flora of the Clarno Formation

    Hello fossil friends! I'm a bit late getting to this, I've had some personal complications. Late last month I had the absolute pleasure of going on my first fossil hunt! I'm calling on your assistance for some IDs as I'm extremely new to this part of the fossil world. From my research I was hunting in the oligocene/eocene volcanic deposits of the Clarno Formation. Here are some of our finds, curious if any of you recognize these or can point me to some good literature. Unfortunately I have very little knowledge of fossil flora in general. One of our common finds were these robust orange fern pinna, which from my research I believe may be Dioon sp, or saccoloma Gardneri We also found a few of these, which seem to also be fern pinna, they are lighter in coloration and seem to have a higher density of pinnules so I believe it's a different species. Not sure about this one
  6. Tree limb? Bamboo? Reed?

    Like what title said: is it a tree limb, bamboo, reed, or is it even something geological? Dakota formation, also known as Dakota Sandstone. Dakota formation is known to produce variety of flora fossils, such as leaves and seeds. The patterns on these fossils strike me as 'flora-ish'; like these that seem be nodes and also 'bark-like' and fibrous textures. ...Continued on the next post.
  7. All, Where are the best places to find different types of fossils with in 75 miles of Colorado Springs?
  8. Very large seed?

    This is an un-associated surface find from Brushy Basin so no context to draw on. No discernible internal structure when looking at the fractured end. Obvious symmetry and taper to a flat point. I have not found anything seed-like on the internet that is this large or shaped quite like this. So I am excited to hear back from the forum. I am new to the Fossil Forum and look forward to sharing in the bigger brain of paleontology.
  9. For the last 4 years I have been collecting plant fossils from sites in East Central Illinois. These fossils were all brought to the surface by underground coal mining in the first half of the 20th century. Most of the spoil piles in the area have been graded or flattened out, but a few still remain, standing tall above the flatland. One particular pile is, I believe, the source of most or all of the fossils I find. The shale that makes up the spoil has been fired by the internal heat of the pile, resulting in the hard, reddish material known as "red dog". This shale is then crushed and used as paving material, on trails, parking lots, and construction sites in the area. It's at these secondary locations that I am able to search the material for the impressions of ancient plants and collect them. The shale is pretty smashed up, so complete or large fossils are rare, but the preservation of detail is generally quite good. Geologically, the fossils come from the Energy Shale Member of the late Pennsylvanian Carbondale Formation.
  10. Carboniferous Flora

    A few pieces of my favourite flora fossils from the Derybshire UK Coal Measures. Lepidostrobophyllum sporophylls, Lepidostrobus and Alethoptreris there are a lot more in my collection but the Mazon Creek flora...... ie Neuropteris nodules and a lot of others are much better. Cheers John
  11. searching for your roots

    The rhizome layer of Posidonia oceanica: an important habitat for Mediterranean brachiopods Marine Biodiversity (2019) 49:2467–2472 Paolo G. Albano & Martina Stockinger Albano-Stockinger2019habitecolbrachioprecentticle_TheRhizomeLayerOfPosidoniaOcea.pdf
  12. bo5_Manchester.pdf FOSSIL IMPRINT • vol. 75 • 2019 • no. 2 • pp. 281–288 BONANZACARPUM SPRUNGERORUM SP. NOV. – A BIZARRE FRUIT FROM THE EOCENE GREEN RIVER FORMATION IN UTAH, USA
  13. Pit spoil 2020

    My first hunt of 2020 was to the pit spoil in the Derbyshire UK coal measures that is local to me. If you have ever seen the film "Holes" that is me ! I am digging lots of holes in a big spoil heap looking for my gold (fossils) . Most of the time the holes draw a blank with just a glimpse of what i'm looking for and I dig till I feel the twinges in my back ( my back is older now ) these are the bits from my first hunt of the year. and this small find that has a jagged calcite look but shows segments ( all nodules whacked on site ) I used a black light for the last photo. The black light seems to show up the segments (this black light is something that is new and i'm trying out) . Happy New Year John
  14. Unidentified fossilized wood

    Hello, I came across what seems to be a fossilized branch of an unidentified plant or tree, it looks similar in texture to my other fossilized wood so i recognized it and picked it up at a riverbank in Puerto Rico. What type of wood is it? Any answer would be highly appreciated
  15. Pit spoil flora

    These are a few pieces from the British coal measures of Derbyshire UK , in all the coal measure spoils and opencasts i have looked for fossils in i have not found many examples of Pecopteris and this is a first for me from this spoil site, the detail on it is poor as the nodule was open and in a wet area. Asterophyllites Cheers John
  16. Pit spoil finds

    These came from the same spot in a old British coal measures spoil heap that i have been visiting , each time i go i dig lots of holes looking for sweet spots but often with little success.This time i was rewarded with these 2 finds. Flora .....Calamostachys sp. spore cone This bit of fauna is about 18mm long x 2mm wide possible Palaeocaris ? Crustacea . Cheers John
  17. Fossil plant or animal?

    Hello all. I haven't been active here for awhile, too much tragic events the past couple of months, unfortunately. Anyway, I have been helping my buddy out again, sorting through a huge collection of minerals and fossils that he purchased earlier this year. I went through a unopened box today and there were so many plant fossils, many are quite stunning! This piece I am not quite sure about. If it is plant the leaves were quite thick and dense. The gloss is wild looking, and I thought bone at first. Only about 1/4 of the fossils in this collection had labels on them and most had fallen off in the boxes and are all scrambled up. It's been a chore, but snarge fun regardless, as you can imagine. I need help on this one. Sorry some of the photos aren't focused well. I should have worn my glasses today! KP
  18. Hey Gang, Was going thru another box and found a small piece that I acquired awhile back that I dont have a name for and looking for some help....if anyone has any ideas...much appreciated... Did some preliminary review of some of the Eocene pubs but nothing screamed yep thats it... From a quarry near Fossil Lake, Kemmerer, Wyoming. Green River Formation. Got some interesting fish bits in the plate as well... @piranha Thanks! Regards, Chris
  19. Plant fossil?

    I was wondering if this might be a plant fossil, or is it an imposter? Found in Kosciusko County, Indiana. Silurian? Devonian?
  20. Pit spoil finds

    Some spoil finds from a few outings into the British Coal measures of Derbyshire. Sphenophyllum Emarginatum Mariopteris more finds too follow.........
  21. I spent a few hours fossil hunting on two separate trips on Forest Service land in Montana. The first trip was this past spring looking for Late Oligocene - Early Micoene flora about 90 minutes outside of Missoula. The second trip was during at stint over the summer at a fire lookout tower in the Flathead where I spent just a few hours one morning looking at Devonian and Mississippian marine layers. Besides the obvious, the trips were quite different. The spring trip was a drive to a road cut on a Forest Service road while the summer trip was a seven mile hike in. Additionally the medium is completely different; flakey, brittle shale compared with big, blocky limestone. You can keep non-vertebrate fossils as long as you don't plan to sell them. Prior to heading to an area, I look through publicly available research, lectures, field trips, etc. to find possible localities. I only found limited information on possible identification of the Late Oligocene - Early Micoene flora and most of if was unpublished graduate work from a nearby site with only some overlap on species. Please feel free to correct any id's or throw new ones out! I believe these are cercocarpus, a mahogany.
  22. Pennsylvanian Flora

    It was about a month ago that I attended a wedding in Ohio. There was a free afternoon for me to do a little exploring. So I took a short one hour road trip to Ambridge, Pa. I had no tools to use other than a carpenter's hammer that I borrowed. Had I been prepared to split shale with the proper equipment, my results would have been much better. Pennsylvanian, Dutch Creek Formation flora exists in the shale cliffs across the Ohio River from Ambridge, along Route 51( a 4 lane highway) as you cross the bridge. It is a very safe area to collect since barriers are in place to prevent rock slides onto the road. This keeps you separated from the heavy traffic on the road. Here are typical fossils found at this site.
  23. Herein I plan to post pics of my modest collection of Mazon Creek fossils, but first a question. I found this nice little map in a paper by LoBue (2010) of the general Mazon Creek area, showing the location of the numbered mines/pits. Could any of you who know the area and the fossils explain in a nutshell which areas produce the Essex Fauna and which produce the Braidwood Fauna (or flora - maybe I should say 'Biota')? I know Pit 11 is the main source of Essex fauna (Essexella etc.), but is it the only place Essex fauna occur, and those other pits produce only Braidwood biota? Are they relatively exclusive of one another or is there some crossover? I work best with maps, so if anyone can annotate the map to make things clearer, please do. Also I'd like to know where the county lines are on this map. In the following fossil pics, I have incomplete info as they all came from dealers, auctions and such, I've never been able to collect the site myself, so the info I receive is typically incomplete and sometimes wrong. If anyone could narrow down any of the location info for any of the fossils, I'd appreciate it, and please correct anything that is incorrect!
  24. Mazon Creek ID

    Last night I was looking through a bucket of concretions that I want to open and I found this piece on the bottom, it is the only piece I have and would have picked it up about 15 years ago. I washed it off and I am stumped by this one. I have sent pics to other FFM who known Mazon stuff, but no definitive ID. So, I thought that I would throw it out to the masses and see what you think. I cannot tell if it Flora or Fauna. The ridges on this thing are very pronounced. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.
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