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  1. Community on the Half-Shell

    I love finding multiple fossils. I don't just mean multiple specimens in a single rock, I mean fossils that show evidence of more than one life-form. Shells with burrow traces, for one example. Dung beetle balls. Predation marks. And particularly, epibionts. Here I have a fairly ordinary specimen of the brachiopod Tropidoleptus carinatus. Ordinary, that is, until a closer look is taken.... This specimen supported an variety of other critters on its pedicle valve. Whether the epibionts took hold while the brachiopod was alive, or colonized the dead shell, I don't know; I would speculate the former, as the brachiopod is articulated. I think it is likely that the whole living community was buried together by mud. So who's here? Let's take a closer look. We have several examples of Cornulites hamiltoniae. Some are (relatively) large, while others are very small: Two more Cornulites pictures, then we'll see who else lived here!
  2. What's inside this rock?

    My brother found this rock in a small area full of rocks near Miry Run in Hamilton NO. The rocck in this area is mostly form the Triassic and Cretacious with a small bit of rock from the Cambrian. Inside the rock, there is a circle that has 2 "prongs" coming of of it. My brother thinks that it is a vertebra. Here is a picture. The 2 prongs are on the bottom. I hope you can identify this. Thank you in advance.
  3. Fossil Locations Hamilton

    Hello, are there any fossil hunting locations in Hamilton, NJ? It doesn't matter what time period, only the fact that it has fossils. I don't mind what condition they're in too. Thanks in advance.
  4. Roadcut in Hamilton

    Today I decided to go and visit a roadcut that I red on one of the Silurian literatures I got my hands on (a big thank you to those that led me to those PDFs relating to the geology of the Niagara Escarpment). It turns out the roadcut on the Niagara Escarpment is near my home which is a pleasant suprise to me, considering that I have been disappointed by the Queenston formation. This roadcut is actually several exposures that run on an access road that can lead one to the upper part of Hamilton, Ontario. Here is the exposure I decided to explore. I chose this exposure as the access is a busy boulevard with cars driving by with no sidewalks and pedestrians. I had several people honk and call out to me as I was exploring the site. Maybe I should have worn a safety vest of some sort? Is that even necessary?
  5. Today I managed to explore and observe an exposure of the Queenston formation up close here in Hamilton, Ontario. I chose a site along the Red Hill Valley Expressway that was easy to access and get down to for a close look. The creek is right next to the highway. I have always passed by this exposure and anticipated the day I'll be able to observe it. The Queenston formation is the last Ordovician formation in south-western Ontario before the rocks hit the Silurian age. The Queenston is what overlains the Georgian Bay formation, the formation I use to hunt in frequently in Toronto, Ontario. This is Red Hill Creek as it passes by next to the Highway.
  6. Fossil Hunting in Hamilton?

    Hi guys Im thinking of fossil hunting at some of Hamilton, Ontario waterfall areas like Albion Falls and Webster's Falls and does anyone have any pdf papers relating to the geology of the area? I heard there are various Silurian formations that can be found at Hamilton.
  7. I'll be heading up to Syracuse this weekend for the Science Olympiad Middle School State finals. That means I'll be able to hunt Sunday anywhere in the area from Syracuse south. Who wants to join? The plan is to hit one or more of the quarries about an hour south of Syracuse, but I could be convinced to head towards Herkimer, Little Falls, or one of the Catskill quarries instead.
  8. Acanthodes bridgei ZIDEK, 1976

    Lit.: CHRISTOPHER R.CUNNINGHAM, HOWARD R. FELDMAN, EVAN K. FRANSEEN, ROBERT A. GASTALDO, GENE MAF’ES, CHRISTOPHER G. MAPLES AND HANS-PETER SCHULTZE (2007) The Upper Carboniferous Hamilton Fossil-Lagerstatte in Kansas: a valley-fill, tidally influenced deposit. Lethaia 26(3):225 - 236 · October 2007 Surficial Geology of the Hamilton Quarry Area, Greenwood County, Kansas
  9. Penn Dixie Devonian

    Haven't been posting lately, life has thrown me a few curve-balls this summer, but I was taking a closer look at my Penn Dixie crinoids and came across these two pieces I found on the surface of a dry pyrite bed, (Middle Devonian.) I had always thought they were crinoids—and may very well be, but they don't match up with anything that I've come across so far, especially for the area. Also, it's tough to tell in the picture but those protrusions are definitely spiny—that is to say pointed. Thank you in advance!
  10. Penn Dixie Site - May 2016

    Here is a smattering of my finds from May 2016 up until last week! Good season already! I don't own an air eraser yet so I haven't done any detail prep work on anything yet. Small enrolled Eldredgeops
  11. Pleurodictyum coral

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Pleurodictyum americanum (coral) Middle Devonian Upper Ludlowville Formation Hamilton Group Geer Road Quarry Lebanon, NY First ever Pleurodictyum I've found from Madison County, NY and a monster compared the very tiny Pleurodictyum I found last year along Lake Erie south of Buffalo.
  12. Cimitaria bivalve

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Cimitaria recurva (bivalve) Middle Devonian Skaneateles Formation Hamilton Group Cole Hill Quarry North Brookfield, NY
  13. Goniatite

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Goniatite Middle Devonian Upper Ludlowville Formation Hamilton Group Geer Road quarry Lebanon, NY Found by my friend, Steve and generously donated to the author.
  14. Rhipidomella Brachiopods

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Rhipidomella penelope Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road quarry Lebanon, NY
  15. Bellerophon Gastropods

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Retispira leta (Bellerophon gastropods) Middle Devonian Upper Ludlowville Formation Hamilton Group Geer Road Quarry Lebanon, NY
  16. Tornoceras Goniatite

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Tornoceras mosopleuron (goniatite with bivalve imprint) Middle Devonian Mount Marion Formation Dave Elliot Bed Hamilton Group Route 209 Roadcut Kingston, NY
  17. Tornoceras Goniatite

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Tornoceras mosopleuron (goniatite) Middle Devonian Mount Marion Formation Dave Elliot Bed Hamilton Group Route 209 Roadcut Kingston, NY
  18. Tornoceras Goniatite

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Tornoceras mosopleuron (goniatite) Middle Devonian Mount Marion Formation Dave Elliot Bed Hamilton Group Route 209 Roadcut Kingston, NY
  19. Greenops Trilobite

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Greenops sp. (trilobite- cephalon, partial thorax) Middle Devonian Upper Ludlowville Formation Hamilton Group Briggs Road Quarry Lebanon, NY
  20. Greenops Trilobite

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Greenops sp. (trilobite-complete: pygidium folded under) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road Quarry Lebanon, NY
  21. Greenops Trilobite

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Greenops sp. (trilobite cephalon/thorax) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road Quarry Lebanon, NY
  22. Grammysioidea Bivalves

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Grammysioidea arcuata (bivalves) Middle Devonian Upper Ludlowville Formation Hamilton Group Geer Road Quarry Lebanon, NY
  23. Eoschuchertella Brachiopod

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Eoschuchertella sp. Middle Devonian Upper Ludlowville Formation Hamilton Group Geer Road Quarry Lebanon, NY
  24. Mucrospirifer brachiopod

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Mucrospirifer mucronatus Middle Devonian Upper Ludlowville Formation Hamilton Group Geer Road Quarry Lebanon, NY
  25. TRIP REPORT - TULLY, NY Finds included Orthocone Cephalopods, Trilobites, Nautiloids, Devonian Assemblages We didn't have much time for fossil site visits this year so our 4th of July weekend had to be special. We decided to combine fossils and fishing which gave us 2 days at Tully NY for fossils, and 3 days at Lake Cayuga for boating/fishing and fossiling. This report covers the Tully site visit. I'll post a separate trip report for Lake Cayuga. As our friends on the Forum know, Nan and I try to set specific goals and targets for each fossil site visit and that's what we did for our 4th of July fossil and fishing vacation. Our goal for the Tully visit was to find Devonian fossils that were unique and collectible. We also wanted to find larger Devonian fossils if possible. I called and got permission in advance from the land owner to collect at our favorite Devonian site but when we got there, we were disappointed to find that our best spot had been picked clean and a lot of fossil rich rubble had been removed. Last year we found many large brachiopods, crinoids and several species of trilobites but this year there were no large specimens, only "baby fossils." Also, it was raining both days so we didn't do our customary cracking and fracking of shale which yields our best finds and this was a factor. I immediately found 1) a large well-worn nautiloid shaped fossil, and 2) a smaller nautiloid shaped impression in shale. These are not well articulated but I haven't seen a lot of large nautiloids from Tully. I also noticed some very large diameter cephalopod segments about 2 inches in diameter. Often we find these flattened in shale but these pieces were fully articulated cylinder shaped segments. This clue suggested we might find more complete specimens, so we started looking for more complete specimens. Nan was looking at a vertical face exposed by the construction work and suddenly started screaming that she found something cool. I ran over and sure enough, there was a large tube shaped fossil with segments and a smooth skin...standing upright exactly where it was preserved. In the first image below you can see the position of the tube in the formation and the relationship to the horizontal layers which suggests that this is NOT a concretion or geological anomaly, but a real fossil. The second image shows a closeup of the fossil in situ. Closer inspection shows a center stele at the tip of the top rounded segment which you can see in the image below. It took me about an hour to carefully extract the tube (Nan is better at finding fossils and I'm probably better at excavating them). Excited by the find, I kept excavating along the seam and soon discovered another fossil with the same shape, configuration and positioning. Later, I found another partial specimen about 300 yards away - ironically, at the same place we thought was devoid of fossils. All 3 fossils were the same relative size, shape and positioned vertically in the formation. As I excavated the fossils from the formation, I kept thinking about RomanK who has found tree and plant fossils embedded vertically and I was "channeling Roman" as I removed these finds. As it turns out, these were not orthocones, but turned out to be Devonian tree fossils (Wattieza). I started a separate thread in the Fossil ID section.