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  1. Hey TFF Members! Here's something a little different! Cris and I wanted to change the pace a bit, so we decided to try our hand at finding fossil sea grass here in Florida! We read some old geologic publications from the 1960's with information about where to find this fossil sea grass. Not only are plant fossils very rare from Florida, but these particular fossils are in the oldest exposed formation here in Florida! The middle Eocene Avon Park Formation. We had an awesome time searching for this stuff, and finding it! They might not be the "coolest" looking fossils, but holding some of the oldest fossils that can be found in Florida is such a cool feeling! Hope you can check out the video of our adventure when you get a chance!
  2. Dear TFF Members, I would like to ask your help with identification of my recent Carboniferous finds: 1 2 3 4 5
  3. https://www.novinite.com/articles/194887/Bulgarian+Researchers+Discover+Five+New+Plant+Fossils+on+Antarctica
  4. From the album Carboniferous Plant Fossils in My Collection

    This shale piece is 14 inches wide and 8.5 inches tall. It contains at least 3 species of fossil plant leaves as shown.

    © Copyright (c) 2019 by Michael Tomczyk. All rights reserved.

  5. 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 didn´t know about it!!! Pity for them - what a blessing for me !
  6. 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 didn´t know about it!!! Pity for them - what a blessing for me !
  7. Northwest georgia

    A friend and I plan on making a fossil and rock hunting trip into Georgia after watching the solar eclipse in aAugust.We will be driving from the Charleston area towards the northwest corner of Georgia before heading home to Florida. The Georgia part of our trip will last from August 23 to 25. Can anyone suggest some places where we will have a good chance of finding fossils of any sort but preferably something we are unlikely to find in Florida? And if anyone is familiar with northwest Georgia and would be interested in joining we'd enjoy meeting up. Kara
  8. This last Saturday was a repeat of the previous collecting day I had on Oct. 8 at Red Hill, PA. Once again a tailgate of specimens was found. The most of my digging is in the Green Shale layer. That is where I find the most plants. For the most part, the fossils were all Archaeopteris with one nice macilenta species. A species I don't find much of. The last close up pic is a textbook example of spore cases found on fertile branches of Archaeopteris.
  9. Some of us fossil collectors believe there is no such thing as a bad day fossil collecting. Well, yesterday at Red Hill, PA it was muddy, rainy and cold. I'll will have to admit it was still a good day fossil collecting. One of my objectives to collecting at this Upper Devonian site is to find fossil plants, namely Archaeopteris. Well it happened big time. A picture of my truck tailgate tells the whole story of my catch of the day. What was found were 3 species of Archaeopteris, fertile and infertile leaves, large plates and small pieces that I liked too much to discard.
  10. Last Wednesday was a sweltering 94 degree high humidity day. I had an appointment in the area and couldn't help checking out a favorite site; the Dave Elliot bed on Route 209 just west of Kingston, NY. The bed is highly fossiliferous silty sandstone, just a few inches thick in an exposure that's 30 to 40 feet high. The bed is Middle Devonian age with tiny bivalves and cephalopods dominant. I spent a total of three hours chipping away hunks of rock from the crumbly cliff and had my best day there so far: seven complete or nearly complete goniatite ammonoids, Tornoceras mesopleuron. a three and a half inch nearly complete straight-shelled nautiloid, Michelinoceras sp.?, five Eumetabolotoechia brachiopods (normally I just find one or two per day), a tiny spiriferoid brachiopod (unidentified) I've never found at this site before, bivalves, Nuculites sp.?, the twig of a fossil plant, and two other unidentified fossils. The day was well worth it, despite the heat. The unidentified fossils I'll show Dr. Bartholomew, professor of paleontology and stratigraphy at the State University near where I live. Dr. Bartholomew is doing an extensive study of the Dave Elliot Bed in eastern New York. The Dave Elliot fauna here in Kingston is similar to the fossils from Hannacroix Ravine except that brachiopods are rarer at Hannacroix. The presence of well preserved fossil plants in marine sediments would suggest the presence of a nearby river that carried their remains from some terrestrial habitat. The absence of corals and relatively low species diversity also suggests the water contained a large ammount of sediment making it hospitable to only those creatures who could adapt to this cloudy environment. Finding fossils, especially cephalopods, and speculating on what the prehistoric environment was like is a great source of fascination for me. I try to get there whenever I have a chance. Less than a mile north of here, also on Route 209 is another even older Middle Devonian fossil bed that produces abundant spiriferoid brachiopods and rugose corals, and about a mile and half west is a site where spirifers and occasional bivales and cephalopods can be found.
  11. Asolanus camptotaenia Wood, 1860 Calamites goepperti Calamites (Crucicalamites) multiramis Palaeostachia Devonian petrified wood Lepidophloios laricinus
  12. Hi, I am looking for where I might find serious scientific research about the geology of Mount Baigong and Lake Toson in the Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China. They are both located about 40 km southwest of the city of Delingha. I have seen all sorts of lurid, fanciful, fringe material about natural geological ironstone formations, which are called "Baigong Pipes," in newspapers and fringe web sites. However, I not been able to find anything about them published in serious scientific literature about them. For example, a Chinese newspaper stated that geologists had studied them and found them to be either fossil trees or tree roots. However, I have not been able to find anything that discusses this research in the formally published scientific literature. As a geologist, I am curious what they are. Personally, I am skeptical of the idea that they are fossil trees or roots. They look more like pipe-like concretions and other concretionary masses that occur in the Navajo and other Jurassic sandstones of Utah. Also, some of the people in the gem and mineral society, to which I belong, are also curious and it be nice if could find a few publications from which I could prepare a short article for the newsletter. Any citations, which anyone can recommend for papers that either discuss the geology of Mount Baigong and Lake Toson or the origin of the "Baigong Pipes" would be well appreciated. Best wishes, Paul H.
  13. Manning Canyon Shale - Fossil Plants - Utah

    Hi all, new to the group. I have had these fossil plants for about 4 years and we at first thought that this first one was a Cordaite, but now I am not so sure. Sorry that there is noting in the pictures to give a size reference, but the entire slab is approx. 8" x 9", with the fossil plant itself being approx. 7 3/4" long and 1/2" wide. The reason I am questioning the cordaite is that being as it is as long as it is, shouldn't there be some joint nodes? The examples I saw at the local museum show joint nodes (as they refer to them) every couple inches, sort of like one would see in bamboo, but my fossil shows nothing like that. The first picture shows the entire slab, and you can see the fossil plant running the length of the slab top to bottom. The second picture shows a close up of the texture of the fossil. The paleobotonist is retired and comes in once a week, and it is hard for me to get into the museum when he is there due to my having to be at work, so any help you can give would be great. I have 2 other fossil plants to identify also, so will post them seperate.
  14. Fossil Fern Cupule - Archaeopteris?

    I've been pondering this fossil from St. Clair and it looks like a "cupule" that encloses a seed or spore and I'm thinking that it might be cupules at the end of a node - maybe archaeopteris. Is anyone familiar with these fossil plant cupules who might shed some light on this? One of the very surprising things we're learning about fossil plants (Pennsylvanian) is that many of the ferns and horsetails had different shaped leaves or leaf configurations on the same plant, such as the microphylls on the trunk, cupules that enclosed seeds, and young round leaves versus older elongated leaves (neuropteris for example). Still learning about paleobotany at St. Clair where we've been collecting - fascinating.
  15. Sticks And Stones...stems?

    We're taking a closer look at our finds from St. Clair and one of the more interesting fossils is a well articulated stem of some sort - about 7 cm long - broken into two sections. It's in a 3D form attached to the shale so it can be seen from several views. There is a smaller stem fragment associated with it, lying close to the main stem. The last image shows the broken off portion of the main stem. One of the closeups seems to suggest this had a sheath. Also, there is a very thin fossil fragment protruding from the edge of the shale close to the stem that has some texture. There are no closely associated leaves. Not sure there is any way to identify what this might be but interested in ideas, insights, observations.
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