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Found 13 results

  1. Hi Folks, Would appreciate any ideas on this one. My first thought is trace fossil since it branches in so many different ways. It is, however, black and the rest of the rock is brown which makes me think plant or vine type material. Was found near Schoharie Creek in Gilboa NY. Middle Devonian, Gilboa Fm and where I was is full of both seafloor fossil hash (with brachiopods, crinoids, and trilobites) and Wattieza stem hash. What do you think?
  2. New York Catskills Trip

    My wife and I are on a short trip through south eastern New York State, in the Catskill Mountain region. We had a more adventurous trip in mind but after some recent car trouble we didn't feel quite as adventurous as we did a week ago. We stopped today at a site on Schoharie Creek, a bit south of Gilboa. The heat and humidity kept us from spending more than a half hour at the site today, but we plan on going back tomorrow morning when it will be somewhat cooler. The river tumbled stones were mostly eroded, and I didn't bring my hammer down to the beach crowded with swimmers, but we did make one find worthy of bringing back to the motel. Leila usually makes the best finds when we're just scanning the ground, and she came up with this worn but still attractive horn coral. I love the way it's still attached to the matrix. It almost looks like it's been prepped: The same rock also shows off some nice specimens of what appear to be tube worms. Despite the heat we're enjoying our trip so far, and we're very happy with our motel except for one disturbing problem. Clinging to the door inside our lovely room is a five-foot-long mirror, and I am periodically startled by the strange old man peering at me. What's he doing in my room?! Mike
  3. Went out for a few days with the family and did some fossil hunting at Schoharie Creek with some pleasant surprises. I searched mostly in some eroded cliffs and had the best luck by using weathered shells to find a productive layer. I then carefully started splitting. I found a lot of marine life that is very similar to what is found at the Deep Springs rd. quarry in NY. Greenops pygidiums were common and I found what I think are crinoid stems. Also present were what I think are some Cephalopod Orthoconic forms and some cool bivalves.
  4. I looked at the weather and my schedule and realized that today was really the only good day in a while to get out. It was very foggy until I drove into the valley area and then the sun came out at about 10:45 am when I pulled in. The water was really low and I think they are working on the dam again. Anyway, I walked for a bit splitting rocks and did not find much but plant hash and seafloor hash. I switched sides of the river by jumping on rocks ( the water was really low) and then found this really cool Eospermatopteris branch. I've never seen anything that large before and, no joke, I heard something in the air behind me and saw a Bald Eagle fly over me head right after I found it. Luckily, I was able to chip it out complete and take it home. It was a really nice day and I wandered around splitting rock but not finding anything else of note. I was also being pretty picky and only looking for identifiable new fossils. So there you have it. The first pic is in situ, next one at home in crappy light and lastly the area I was in
  5. trace fossil, squished plant?

    Hi Folks, Found this fossil yesterday. It is Devonian from the Gilboa formation in New York. It might not even be a fossil but I was thinking a trace fossil or a squished plant. Any insight would be appreciated.
  6. Hi Folks, I did not take a true before picture so I am sorry, but here is my work on a branching stem. The sandstone matrix is very hard and breaks very randomly. In this case, I think due to winter freezing and thawing with moisture, there was a natural crack where the rock split and another that can't be seen in the photo that greatly aided the prep. I used a dremel with a carbide burr to ensure the crack would end where I wanted to and not spread into the already exposed fossil. I also have the counterpart to this fossil so I wanted to see what I could get. The first photo is the fossil with the removed pieces put back on. Second is the revealed branch, and third is a close up of the other fossil that showed up in the split. Some kind of textured bark impression or larger branch.
  7. Hi Folks, Was wondering if you could help me ID these two fossils. Both were found in Schoharie creek and are Devonian from, I think, the Gilboa formation. The first I think is a bryozoa but someone mentioned it could be a gyracanth fin spine due to the bone-like texture. I could the best photos I could using a tripod and a nikon 3300D
  8. Imprint of Wattieza stump

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Wattieza sp. (imprint of stump) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Gilboa, NY Collected from the shore of Gilboa Reservoir in the 1970's, long before regulations restricted access and collecting.
  9. Please Help Id Devonian (Plant?) Fossil

    Hi everyone, I found this strange fossil in the 385 million year old scoharie formation. I was wondering if any fossil plant experts could give a more precise ID on this thing (genera would be nice. Could it be Wattieza?) I used a penny for scale. The fossil is quite large... Thanks in advance, Regards
  10. Wattieza Or Early Tree Frond?

    Hi Everyone, During a recent trip to Giboa NY, i found this unusually large leaf-like fossils. Giboa fossils are from the Mid-Devonian, 380-385 million years old. Any ideas as to what it is? Thanks in advance, Regards
  11. Hi Everyone, I recently spent some time in New York, and being the fossil fanatic I am, couldn't resist visiting the Gilboa area to see what I could find. Gilboa is famous for its 380-385 million year old fossil forest. During the short hike, I collected various specimens, none of which I could identify (not being an expert or anything even close). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Regards P.S many photo so may have to post them in comments.
  12. Fossils In New York

    Hi everyone, I'm going to by heading down to New York in a few weeks, and I was wondering if there were any places I could go to do some fossil hunting. I don't care much for mollusc/brachiopod fossils, but would love to find devonian plant fossils in the Gilboa area of Scoharie County. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  13. Gilboa Film Documentary?

    Was just wondering if there were any film documentaries done on Gilboa, NY and the fossils around that area? After a recent trip there I started to google video info on the area but came up with only one short youtube video. I've seen some of the Discovery and History Channel docs but nothing strictly on Gilboa, at least in the length of a feature. If not specifically Gilboa, are there any that specifically focus on NY state/surrounding states? - Mike
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