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  1. Hi all, As well as being a great fossil enthusiast, I also love finding modern remains of life and nature. Like a few of you already know, I am also quite fond of seashells (fossil seashells are one of my favorite things). Minerals also interest me, though I don't know much about them. And anything else to do with nature will get me interested. I just came back yesterday from some fantastic holidays in Greece, and didn't come back empty-handed! At first, we stayed for a few days at one of our friend's house on the Greek island Paros. Then, we spent one night in Athens to visit the famous Acropolis, before spending a few days at Gerolimenas, a small village at the tip of the Mani peninsula (Peloponnese). Finally we stayed two nights in Nafplio, in the north of the Peloponnese, and then returned to the cold and rainy Netherlands. Surely holidays to remember! Of course, I was constantly looking around for fossils, seashells, and other things, enjoying the slightly nerdy activities we all here enjoy so much. Though no fossils were found, I did find a few other things. Here are my different hauls! Chapter 1: Paros Paros is a lovely, typically Greek island, in the Aegean sea. The first few days here, having visited several different beaches, I found nearly nothing. Then one day, after having eaten a delicious grilled squid, I strolled on the beach, and bingo! Seashells everywhere! I quickly grabbed a plastic bag and filled it up with little treasures. I was really stunned by the beautiful Noah's Ark shells. That was the only beach where I made finds, but the finds were so great that it was enough to leave the place with good memories and happy hands. Total haul (things on top are not seashells, but other miscellaneous things): Some of my favorites: A small Diodora graeca: A very nice Haliotis mykonosensis: A beautiful Neverita josephina: A touch-looking crab claw: Some cool pink-red urchin spines: A small but stunning Arca noae:
  2. The weekend of June 24th and 25th I participated in an outing with the New York Paleontological Society led by my friend, Ray McKinney to Brechin, Ontario. TFF Member Malcolm led our group into the James Dick quarry where both Bobycaygeon and Verulam Formations are exposed. These are Middle Ordovician from the Trenton Group and contain a wide variety of invertebrate fossil fauna. Also met other TFF members Kevin (Northern Sharks) and Joe (crinus). Most of the quarry is the Bobycaygeon and the very top is the Verulam- only accessible near the entrance, but I got some excellent well preserved matrix plates from there. I spent the second day combing the spoil piles. This first picture is Lake Simco by Beaverton where we stayed. Malcolm in the middle, explaining the quarry geology to NY Paleontological Society members.
  3. My girlfriend, Valerie and I were visiting my aunt in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is 90 and lives in a senior residence. I wasn't planning to go fossil hunting or even thinking about fossils. However, on our last night there, we were walking in the neighborhood to burn off a few calories when I spotted a number of fossil shells in front of an apartment complex. We spent about half an hour searching the shells for complete ones in good condition- found over twenty species. Valerie got into it too and found some excellent specimens. After that we began spotting fossil shells everywhere. It's amazing how much you don't see unless you're really looking. Since this isn't our usual stomping ground- could use some ID help with these:
  4. Well after my Peace River trip from yesterday, I again decided to leave Sanibel Island and venture on to the little island on the causeway heading to Ft. Meyers since I had noticed fresh piles of what believe to have come from a shell put- I was not disappointed. With this post I will show the Gastropods that I collected, from what I believe came from a pit with Pliocene- Pleistocene material from the Caloosahatchee formation (1.8-2.5 MYO). First up is a pic of the island and one of the piles- after that I will posts the fossils.
  5. Well, this is my first post in the Hunting Trips section. The week of Thanksgiving, my wife, my daughters and I headed off to Waco, Texas for a three day getaway. It was not supposed to be a fossil trip, but I managed to squeeze in a few stops... Our first stop, on a cold November 22nd afternoon, was the Waco Mammoth Site. It was absolutely spectacular! My kids loved it. It was so amazing to see these huge animals still laying in the spots where they fell, instead of mounted in a museum hall... The next day, I managed to convince my wife to let me scope out the Waco Research Pit. I told her it would only take a few minutes to see what might be there...yeah right. We stopped off at the Corps of Engineers building to sign in and get a parking tag for the car. They were extremely helpful. We drove to the parking area and I left my wife and two year old in the van, while I led my 9 and 5 year olds down the trail to the pit. In the first few minutes, I stumbled across the first ammonite. My kids marveled at the beautiful spiraled shell. A few minutes later I found another. I believe they are Engonoceras serpentinum, but I'm not 100% sure. I also found some what I believe to be Mariella sp. These are the better specimens...
  6. Hello all! Well, I finally hammered into the matrix that @joshuajbelanger sent me as part of my recent "rolling auction" win. The two chunks that were easier to separate didn't yield much - a couple of small shark teeth and a ray tooth plate (I did save the leftover material so I can look through it again just in case I missed something), but the harder, white chunk gave up quite a few invertebrates! Here are a few pictures: Picture #1: The circular object reminds me of a foram - is this possible? Picture #2: Bivalves at the top and gastropods on the bottom Picture #3: The largest specimen I found - a pretty valve from a bivalve Thanks for looking, and thanks for any help you can offer re: identification! (Although Viola will probably end up keeping all of these items since she loves shells, so if the specimens are too small/worn to identify, then no worries at all - Viola doesn't really care yet about identifying her fossils beyond "shell" and "snail" ) Monica
  7. Yesterday was a planned get together of TFF member friends at one of my favorite Middle Devonian localities- Deep Springs Road in Madison County southwest of Hamilton. It is the easternmost exposure of the Moscow Formation and the Windom Shale- the same formation exposed at Penn Dixie- but a very different faunal content. Biodiversity is the primary feature of this site and this outing added to an already long species list. This trip was actually a long time in planning. Frank (frank8147), a long time collector in New Jersey's Cretaceous streams, had been expressing to me a desire to visit Upstate New York and try his hand at Paleozoic collecting. He told me he and his girlfriend were planning a trip and once we were able to set a date- which was right on the heels of my own trip to Germany, I decided to invite a few other TFF friends. Tim (fossildude19), Dave (Darktooth), Diane (Mediospirifer), Dom (Dsailor), and Tony (njfossilhunter) were able to make it. Tony and I drove up together. Thanks Tony for all of that driving. Dom and Frank were new to the site. Tim and Dave brought family members and a good time was had by all. A rain shower in the middle of the afternoon drove some away, Diane and her husband, Tony, and I remained and I made most of my best finds late in the day. Here's a few pics: Here is (left to right) Dave, Tim, Tony, and Dave's older son.
  8. Just got back from a weeklong trip to Southern Germany in pursuit of ammonites and other Jurassic marine fossil fauna. Accompanied by my fellow collector, Ralph and his friend, Aza we arrived at the Zurich airport and headed straight to Lake Constance and the home of TFF member Roger (Ludwigia) to observe his incredible collection and receive advice about collecting spots in southern Germany. Fortunately, I'm fluent in Canadian. This is Aza, Roger, and Ralph at Roger's home:
  9. Hi all, Today at a flea market I purchased a small handful of shells found on the Kaloot (NL), where you can find fossil sharkteeth as well as fossil seashells (and other fossils). He assured me that at least some (if not all) are fossils, which is true: the Pliothyrina in the middle is extinct, so it has to be a fossil; and many of the astartes on the bottom seem to be fossilized too. But I'm not sure that all the shells are fossilized. Therefore I was wondering, does anyone know how to separate fossil shells from modern ones? Best regards, Max
  10. Need some ID help. These were part of a collection I acquired. I am not very knowledgeable about invertebrates, so I was hoping the experts in here could help me ID some of these. A couple are still in the matrix.
  11. Three Mondays in April and May, 4/25, 5/9, and 5/16/16 this writer explored a small privately owned quarry north of Morrisville, NY., Madison County. Exposed was the Mottsville Member of the Oatkacreek Formation which represents the uppermost part of the Marcellus Shale which is the lowermost part of the Hamilton Group (Middle Devonian). A pic of the site showing an area excavated by this writer:
  12. From the album New Jersey Cretaceous

  13. From the album Carboniferous from PA.

    Ditomopyge decurtata (trilobite pygidium on Trepospira gastropod) Pennsylvanian Period Ames Limestone Mundys Corner, PA.
  14. I got to Willow Brook around one o'clock pm and met with someone who lives alongside the stream to get permission to hunt the area. All the gravel bars had snow on them and the water was freezing. The temperature fluctuated from around 32 degrees Fahrenheit to around 18 degrees, not including wind chill. The fossils keep freezing in my bin and the water on my waders formed into little icicles. I stayed there for about 2 hours and then decided to go to Ramamessin. Ram was less productive than the sparse finds from Willow. I stayed there also for 2 hours and felt defeated so I left. Willow Brook finds Gastropods Ghost Crab Claw Internal Belemite Molds Ramamessin Finds Ray Vertebrae Bone
  15. Hello everyone! I recently won a "rolling auction" lot that was put up by @digit. Ken sent me a very heavy box that contained the fossils that I won, as well as some additional specimens. This afternoon, while my son was napping, I tried to identify the molluscs that were collected by Ken at Cookiecutter Creek in Florida. What follows are pictures of the specimens that Ken sent me, as well as my guesses regarding their identity (fyi - I searched the online image gallery of the Florida Museum/University of Florida website in order to come up with my guesses). I appreciate any input/guidance that fellow TFF members can give me - thanks in advance!!! Monica Specimens #1 and #2: Bivalves I think that the specimen on top in each picture is Phacoides pectinatus and the specimen on the bottom is Chione chipolana. Please compare with the following images from the Florida Museum: Phacoides pectinatus: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/invertpaleo/display.asp?catalog_number=25110&gallery_type=Florida Mollusca-Bivalvia Chione chipolana: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/invertpaleo/display.asp?catalog_number=73007&gallery_type=Florida Mollusca-Bivalvia
  16. If anyone interesting for these shells from photo, please contact me. There ia also posible to get big collection of shells ( pliocen-miocen) USA,Europe
  17. I'need to remove some internal moulds/casts of small Ammonites and Gastropods for identification purposes. The Fossils consist of the same material as the matrix, namely Liassic mud/limestones of lower Jurassic age; they're coated with a brown pyritical stain/shell remains. Any advice would be most welcome. I have managed to remove one or two but with not very satisfactory results. Thanks Trog
  18. Last week, after checking the weather wunderground numerous times, I decided to drive 3.5 hours from Chicago to St. Paul Stone Quarry. It was the last "open house" day according to the ESCONI website. I arrived at 7:45, the first and only person there. Shortly thereafter, after a brief safety instruction, I followed the manager to the collecting site, heaps and heaps of Waldron shale. Even though I dressed in layers, I still had to take breaks and warm up in the car for a few minutes, but I much rather prefer collecting in cold weather as opposed to hot summer sun with mosquitoes, any day. It didn't take too long to start finding fossils. Here are just a few of my finds: Eospirifer Platystrophia brachiopods with pyrite Platyceras niagarense encrusted with strophomenid, bryozoa and pyrite. front: back: Partial Dalmanitid Trilobite in matrix When prepping, it's really wonderful how the waldron "butter" shale just crumbles apart around the predictable morphology of an enrolled trilobite. The trip just wouldn't seem complete without a short drive east to the Cincinnati Arch roadcuts. I first went to South Gate and found a flexicalymene eroding right out of the cut. It is interesting to see the comparisons here. The trilobite on the left is from St Paul (Silurian) and has beautiful pyritized eyes. The one on the right is from South Gate (Ordovician). Both trilobites have 21 articulated segments; does this make them both the same age as "adults"? Interesting to note the difference in size, being 40 million years apart, same species.. Thanks for looking!
  19. From the album Brachiopods, Gastropods and shells worldwide

    A nice 6 cm big stone with many Gyraulus snails in it. They come from the Miocene of Steinheim and are all about 0.5 cm long.
  20. I want to show you some fossils from one of my favourite locations. Its a small quarry near Steinheim am Albuch where you can find gastropods from the middle Miocene. They are very small with a length of about 0.5 cm but very interesting .... The name of the specimen is Gyraulus but there you can find them in different forms. Here you see them: https://smnstuttgart.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/02_figure_1.jpg This time i dont really search for single examples .... Some of them: I looked more after bigger stones with many of this gastropods .... And i found some nice ones They are all about 3-8 cm long .... Some closer views ...
  21. Hello! I'm back after a long posting absence and I would like to share my recent finds with you (December was a very "fossiliferous" month for me). My new fantastic collecting spot is located near Vila Nova de Ourém. However I can't tell you precisely the age of the layers (even after a very exaustive research).That's why I would like to ask for specific paleobiological/stratigraphic documentation or information about this region. I collected fossils from two layers and I noticed the fauna was quite different, so I suppose they are not the same age. As I don't know their age, I will call them "Layer1" and "Layer2" (wich was stratigraphically above "Layer1"). Layer1 (Jurassic or Cretaceous) In this layer I found lots of oysters, the most abundant fossil. I also found: -Crocodylomorph tooth (???)
  22. This is my first trip report on the forum, an attempt to organize my finds and hopefully get some help with identification. The quarry was located near Rockford, Illinois, Ordovician period. Recepticulites, in the field. Not sure what this impression is. Any ideas? An assortment of brachiopods and gastropods in beautiful bone-white chert. Not sure what this is...sorry for the blurriness, my phone doesn't have the best camera. Gastropod and recepticulites chunk Top and bottom halves of recepticulites. Not sure what these tentacles are... Bryozoans perhaps? Here they are under the microscope. They appear golden only because I naively used a brass brush to clean them (oops!)... a nice effect nonetheless.. Thanks for looking!
  23. Found a complete two inch both valves attached Glycymeris perilis (Bittersweet Clam) on Wednesday at Bayfront Park (Chesapeake Beach, MD)- a fairly common find. I have several. Brought it home and while cleaning dirt away from the crack where the shell was slightly opened, it came apart exposing a multitude of these very tiny Turritella plebian shells in both halves. I've been hand dipping them in Elmers glue solution to harden the fragile shells and otherwise very soft matrix. Prep is partially completed. Out of curiosity I split one of my other Glycymeris shells and there nothing in it but dirt.
  24. From the album Tertiary

    Glycymeris perilis (Bittersweet Clam) Turritella plebia (gastropods) Miocene Calvert/Choptank Formations Calvert Cliffs/Chesapeake Bay Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
  25. From the album Ordovician Fossils from Tennessee

    Various Brachiopods, Gastropods, Bryozoans - Chickamauga Group / Ordovician - from East Tennessee