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  1. Central Missouri

    Im new to Missouri and live on the ordovician exposures of central Missouri. Anyone want to discuss useful information and educate me on my journey of fossil hunting here? Ive been finding a lot of gastropod and a few other things but im having a hard time learning to spot things other than shells.
  2. Gastropod shell fossil hoping for info

    So these aren’t my photos and I have haven’t had any interaction with this. All I have is the photos and the assumption that they were found in South Texas (lower Rio Grande Valley) unfortunately. One of my dad’s students found this and is hoping to go into paleontology so showed it to him wondering if it was a fossil. I’m pretty certain it is at this point. I’m sure something like this is pretty hard to ID but estimates about time periods or anything I’m sure would be appreciated by this kid. https://m.imgur.com/a/IUR5GjZ
  3. First, I finally found an "intact" specimen of this gastropod that I find lots and lots of little chunks of. It's very different than any of the gastropods you usually find in Central Texas. I'd only found the broken sections until just yesterday. As you can see, the whorls are not attached to each other and you can see clear down the center! The only remotely matching ID I can find is in the HGMS book is for Siliquaria with only one partial specimen found in the Glen Rose formation in Comal County. I found this in Hays County which is about 15 miles north of Comal but I think the formation I found this in is Walnut (I am not at all positive about that, but some of my other finds from there lead me to believe it is) but most of the area is Glen Rose. I also know it is almost impossible to ID someting like this which is just a steinkern, but if anyone has any information, I'd greatly appreciate it. Second is another series of Gastros that I have now found three of, in different areas of Glen Rose and I think I have it postively ID'd as Turbo cuyleri. Anyone able to confirm my ID? Thanks for any help!!
  4. Fossil gastropod from Portugal

    Can u please identify this gastopode found in portugal?
  5. unknown

    Hi, Found this rock containing bivalves in Algarve (Portugal), somewhere between de beaches of 'Praia de Cacela Velha' and 'Praia de Manta Rota'. I broke that rock, and inside is this. Can you please identify it? Thank you.
  6. 4 large Florida fossil shells!

    Hello all! Last October, Ken @digit gifted me and Viola some large Florida fossil shells. I took ownership of 4 shells and Viola took the rest. Now that I'm almost done labeling all of my fossils, I would like to put a genus and perhaps even a species for each of my specimens - any and all help is much appreciated - perhaps @MikeR can provide some assistance? And, Ken, are these from "Cookiecutter Creek"? And what age should I put to them? Specimen #1: A bivalve - perhaps Mercenaria sp.? Specimen #2: Another bivalve - perhaps Dinocardium sp.? Specimen #3: A gastropod with the opening on the left, so I think it might be Sinistrofulgur contrarium - is this correct? Specimen #4: Another gastropod - perhaps Melongena corona? Thanks in advance! Monica
  7. Gastropod from Portugal, help!

    Hello! i've found this gastropod in the Rio Tejo in "Alverca" (near to Lisbon), can someone help me to know what is this with more precision? and how old can it be (period)? extra question: how do i clean it? Thanks!
  8. Hello everyone! I found myself in Vermont today, and through much cajoling I convinced my parents to allow a detour to a fossil site a forum member let me know about a year ago. It is from the Crown Point Formation, Ordovician in age. The first time time I was there, about a year ago, I collected a ton of trilobite cross sections. While those are cool, this time I wanted to focus on finding ones worn in a slightly more favorable fashion, and perhaps one worthy of prep. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any worthy of prep, but I did find some decent trilo-bits. Also came home with a Gastropod and a funny piece of pareidolia (450 million year old Mr. Bill?). I didn’t have much space in the car reserved for fossils, so I was sparing in what I picked up. ‘Twas a fun hour or so indeed.
  9. ID gastropods

    These are 2 of the largest gastropods that I have come across while digging fossils out of these sandstone boulders. I'm not sure but I think the first one is maybe a solariella maculate. I can find photos of what looks like the second one but I can't seem to place a name to it. Location, near Palmdale, Ca., most likely from the Pliocene period.
  10. St. Leon IDs

    Here are a few small bits from the Cincinnatian (Upper Ordovician) roadcut near St Leon, IN, that I’m not sure of the IDs. They were all collected from the butter shale trilobite layer of the Liberty Formation. First is what I think may be part of a crinoid? Not positive. Next, I have no idea. Maybe part of a crinoid. A fragment of a conulariid also crossed my mind. Here is a small brachiopod that I picked up thinking it was Zygospira but is definitely not. I’m guessing this trilobit is Flexicalymene, but I know a few other species of trilobites are found here so I wanted to check.
  11. Gastropod?

    I realize that this is very weathered and would be extremely difficult (and most likely impossible) to put any sort of specific ID on, but I was wondering if anyone thought it might be a gastropod? What is left of one anyway. I picked up the rock because it has a couple of brachiopods on the other side, and only noticed this after I got it home for a closer look. It’s Ordovician from the Drakes Formation near Bardstown Kentucky. Sorry for the lack of scale, but it’s about 1 inch (2.54cm) across.
  12. Penn Dixie stuff

    Hello everyone! I'm here once again to ask for some identification help as I continue to work on my fossil area display. Today I have a few items from Penn Dixie (Hamburg, NY, mid-Devonian) for you to look at. But before I show the photos, I was wondering about the formation that we find fossils in at Penn Dixie - is it all Moscow Formation? Okay, now on to the photos... Specimen #1: A Platyceras gastropod, but I'm not sure of the species: Specimen #2: A horn coral on the same rock as the Platyceras - is it Stereolasma rectum or Amplexiphylum hamiltoniae? Specimen #3: I've posted this one before, asking if it was a goniatite or a gastropod, but I'm starting to think it's a gastropod with some of the middle missing - perhaps Naticonema lineata or Euomphalus laxus? Specimen #4: A brachiopod and horn coral on the same rock as the goniatite/gastropod specimen - is the brachiopod Athyris spiriferoides? And is the horn coral Stereolasma rectum or Amplexiphylum hamiltoniae? Specimen #5: An unknown piece of something on the same rock as the goniatite/gastropod and the brachiopod - any ideas? Thanks in advance! Monica
  13. I am putting together some educational displays and I am need of an example of a Cambrian age Pelecypod and Gastropod. Thank You
  14. Gastropod

  15. Cole Hill Invertebrates

    I went with the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society to a few spots in Central New York last month. Cole Hill Rd. in Hubbardsville has several outcrops on private land where the owners are willing to share with fossil hunters. We scrabbled up and down the scree - Whee- and found our fill of trilo-bits, including one Dipleura cephalon covered with druse calcite, plus oodles of brachiopods, nautiloids, straight-shelled cephalopods, gastropods of all different shapes, and bivalves. I learned a tough lesson that afternoon. Always wrap your specimens as you go. Not only will they keep from breaking, but they are easier to find when your bucket tips and tumbles down the hillside across countless tons of scree There were lots of pained faces around me as I hunted down the things I'd already found.. It took me half an hour to recover everything I could, but the best ones managed to make it home. Dilpeura trilobite cephalon Another trilobite cephalon, found by someone else in the group. This one is covered in sparkling calcite. Crinoid holdfast? with Ptomatis rudis gastropod unknown, probably nautiloid Cornellites fasculata bivalve Palaeozygopleura sp. misc. unknown brachiopods If anyone has any ideas, I'd like to hear them. This spine-shaped object is about 6 inches long. I'd discount it as variations in the rock color, but the left end is curved outward from the matrix. Worm trace fossil. They made carpets of these on the sea floor.
  16. Unknown find

    Hi all, I hope everyone's out enjoying their summer. I know I am, as Ive finished and mapped out a couple more spots to hunt with all this high water Missouri has. I found this recently at a new location, and I believe it to be from the Burlington Formation. It looks to me kind of like a Straparolus gastropod. If anyone else could help confirm or deny that, I thank you ahead of time! Found in Henry County, Missouri.
  17. Fossils in rock

    Hello, So, I've mentioned several times a rock that I found at my old house and found fossils in. Today, I can now tell you that I'm finally done looking at and going through the Rock. In total, inside the rock, I found two gastropod shells, seven bones that were most likely from a fish, and a whole lot of petrified wood. It's amazing that all this was inside a small 3 to 5 pound rock! Pictures will be coming shortly. I can't really do it from my phone, and my laptop went missing. I'm trying to find it. As soon as I get the pictures, I will post them. Jared
  18. Arkona 07/06/2019

    As usual I had the urge to go fossil hunting this weekend so I decided to take a trip to Arkona and have a relaxing day of surface collecting. It was calling for rain all week but turned out to be a nice day (aside from the brutal heat and swarming deer flies). Things were looking a little different this year. Spring hit this roadway to one of the pits pretty hard. Critters everywhere so you have to watch your step. There were loads of tiny toads that must have just grown up and left the water. Also found this poor strawberry plant struggling on top of a hill in poor soil but somehow managed to fruit And now for the fossils... I didn't have any luck finding the blastoid or crinoid I was after but I did take a few things home. Some corals Aulocystis ramosa, Platyaxum frondosum Favosites sp. A brach species I didnt have yet and a large Callipleura Nucleospira concinna, Callipleura nobilis An interesting bryozoan and a cluster of tube worms unknown bryozoan, Spirorbis sp. Gastropods Platyceras bucculentum, Naticonema lineata Possible arthropod trackway? And a new trilo species for me. Beaten up but I'll take it. The cephalon+partial thorax look like Basidechenella Pseudodechenella arkonensis. The pygidium looks like Crassiproetus crassimarginatus (top one was found last year).
  19. It's taken me a while to post this, but my boyfriend and I took another trip to Penn Dixie on the Fourth of July! For those who have been to Penn Dixie I'm sure you know it's impossible even for a total newbie to leave empty handed. I didn't get anything super amazing like some of the full trilos th at I've seen other people post, but I did get what I went in hoping to find - gastropods!!! I THOUGHT that I found 2 - the large one and the good spiral one. But when I started washing the mud off them last night I discovered two others on the other side of some chunks that we had kept for their trilo fragments! They aren't perfect, but I'm so happy because all I've wanted to find since I started going to Penn Dixie was a snail It has a little bit to do with my love for David Attenborough shows and learning that we are currently in the Golden Age of the Snail which makes me unreasonably happy. I'll try to get some more pictures tonight of everything we found to help illustrate how many fossils you can leave Penn Dixie with - even when your boyfriend is making you be more selective and says you can't keep everything! I took a picture right after I found the third gastropod (the smaller not spirally one - I know the name is in the Penn Dixie guidebook but I can't think of it right now) Realized I jumped the gun by taking a picture of the three when I found this guy! He's definitely not as great as the other spirally one, but I might try to extract him better at some point! Not even the best trilobite pieces we found, but the only ones I have pictures of at the moment!
  20. Worthenia perhaps

    While working on a specimen, this little gastropod fell out. Its measures about 7mm wide. Is it a Worthenia or something else? Being so small, I'm not sure it looks like the classic examples I find on fossil plates. Ruler is in mm. Found in the Glenshaw Formation. Pennsylvanian in age.
  21. Carboniferous Gastropod

    Found this piece in the same piece of limestone that my last questionable piece was in. It's a Gastropod for sure. It was split within two separate planes of rock. There wasn't any detail within the split, so I just glued the two pieces back together. I've found lots of gastropods in limestone, but they are usually really tiny. This one was a full size for once. Glued back together using Paraloid B-72. As close as I can say, this limestone is approximately 305 million years old. I've considered both Donaldina and Meekospira. Last Questionable Piece:
  22. Opalized gastropod?

    I've seen a lot of opalized fossils but none exactly like this so I was wondering if anybody could help me pinpoint exactly what it is and if it holds any value? The specimen is roughly 25 mm, semi translucent and has a fair amount of color.
  23. From the album Eastern NY Fossil Hunts

    Platystoma ventricosa Leptocoelia flabellites Devonian Found in 2018 from Glenerie, NY
  24. Penn Dixie Round 1

    This year I pulled the trigger on heading to Penn Dixie for the Dig With the Experts weekend! Definitely would highly recommend . I drove up from Boston to the Buffalo area on Thursday and spent the day Friday digging with @Malcolmt and @JamesAndTheFossilPeach. It was a blast! Thanks again guys for giving me a lay of the land. Credit to @JamesAndTheFossilPeach for the find of the day with a giant Eldredgeops (pic below). Saturday and Sunday were spent looking for trilobites in the roped off Dig With the Experts section of excavated shale with some success. Monday I drove back to Boston, and stopped to stretch my legs in Glenerie, NY to walk a stretch of road looking for Devonian brachiopods and gastropods. Got a couple! All in all, a great trip... although I'm nice and sore . Here are my takeaways from the weekend. I tried to get a bit of the entire Penn Dixie Ecosystem keeping at least one of everything and as many trilobites as I could find. I wish I took more pictures Saturday and Sunday, but I was too busy splitting shale . Cheers, Barret
  25. ID request round items on rock

    Good morning, this item is cross posted on Facebook. This cool rock was found in the surf at Onslow Beach in Jacksonville NC. There are Gastropods, unidentified shell and mystery circles/ovals by the hundreds if not thousands. My question is what are these little round areas? The rock is shown wet in order to bring out the features listed. Size 1.5” x 1”. The rock is smooth to touch despite seeing texture in photo. Thank you in advance!
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