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  1. Fossilized identification help

    My wife and I found this and have no idea if this is a tooth looks like a gum line to me but my knowledge is basically nothing please help
  2. Horn Coral Cross Section?

    Since this large rock is filled with Bryozoan fossils, I went off in a search to study Bryozoans. I ended up back on this group, reading a post where Rockwood identified a photo as a Horn Coral cross section, and it looked very similar to what I have, LOL! So, I am sticking my neck out there and asking if this might be a cross section of Horn Coral? This is an edge of the large rock, so you are seeing two sides of it. (first shots are looking at it from the side, third photo is looking down from the top) I have photographed it from many angles and have studied it a lot. There seem to be some kind of sections in the center, which is what went "ding, ding, ding" in the previous post that I read on the forum regarding horn coral. If I am wrong, at least I tried to figure it out, and I have learned quite a bit about Bryozoans in the meantime, LOL! This fossil is on a large rock that was found in Pulaski, TN, at the base of a hill/small mountain (rock weighs about 50 pounds or so). I can share (many!) more photos if needed. I will post scaled photos in the comments. Thanks! Ramona
  3. Rugose Coral #1

    From the album Rugose Coral

    Fun Fact: This was the first fossil I had found as a kid and unfortunately the first fossil I mined out of limestone!
  4. The Day of The Echinoderm

    Firstly, a big THANK YOU to @Jeffrey P for hanging out with me for the day! What a knowledgeable, generous, and all around swell guy! If you ever get the opportunity to hunt with Jeff, I highly encourage you to. Jeff and I met at around 8:30 am, and after a quick transfer of his gear to my truck, we were off. We first drove about 45 minutes south to the small town of Wax, to hunt the Upper Mississippian. Specifically to look for blastoids and crinoid calyxes that were known to be found in the area. As it happens, luck was with us! Unfortunately, I didn't take the field pictures that I typically do. Due to the fact that I went swimming with my phone a month or so ago . I am down to using my wife's old phone that I found in the junk drawer (Yes Jeff, it's pink... ). I didn't take it out much to avoid the inevitable drop down the hill side. Especially since it doesn't even have a protective case... Jeff snapped a few pictures. Maybe he will chime in and add them when he is able. For the first few minutes we didn't find much besides crinoid stems, bryozoans, and the deflated or crushed brachiopods common to the site. The main species of brach found in the area doesn't seem to have fared well during the fossilization process. Finding a nice inflated one is a rarity. After a few minutes of adjusting our eyes to spot the small finds located here, we started to pick out the blastoids. Jeff was the first to find one, and gifted it to me as he had already collected a few on his previous trips here. Thanks Jeff for gifting me my first blastoid! Most of the blastoids, while small, were whole and nicely preserved. Here are a few examples. I did happen to find the largest blastoid from the site, and one of the larger ones Jeff had seen from here. Super pumped about this one! Crinoid calyx were also to be found here. We only found a few, but being that these were also a first for me, I was extremely excited to find them! The brachiopods I previously mentioned were abundant, and besides crinoid stems, were the most abundant fossil to be found here. Again, they are almost always deflated. Finding a nice inflated one would be a real treat. These other little Spirifer(?) brachiopods could also be found. Although they were more uncommon that the previous ones. They are very small and delicate. Often crumbling when trying to pick them up. Bivalves could be found here also, but were extremely rare. Jeff was excited to find a couple, but I struck out. Other things that could be found were crinoid stems, the odd solitary rugose coral, and of course the ever present bryozoans. We then headed to a site a few miles down the road in Leitchfield. Stay tuned!
  5. Help ID this for my 7 year old?

    Hi everyone! My son found this at the Gardiner boat ramp beach (a very rocky beach) near Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. From a quick google search he thinks it might be horn coral. What do you think? And can he sell it for $799.99 and earn enough money to buy the LEGO UCS Millennium Falcon? Whole rock is about 70mm across. Please let me know if you have any other questions that would help you hazard a guess. Thank you so much! Beth Stucky
  6. More fun fossils from rocks brought into Oakville.
  7. Walk near a shopping mall

    Went for a walk in a non-fossil area but got distracted by rocks under a bridge. Lots of unfamiliar corals were there! I figured out which types of rocks were most prolific and started hunting. I think I found the rear portion of a trilobite and a big chunk of a partially intact horn coral. I suppose these are Devonian or Silurian, brought in from elsewhere. I can't really recognize many of the shapes.
  8. Tooth vs Horn Coral

    Hello. I'm a new member and wondering if anyone can help me identify this item. From my research, I believe it's a tooth vs horn coral, but I've had very little luck identifying otherwise. I discovered this a few days ago in a creek bed in southwestern Ohio. It measures about an inch (or 2.5 cm). In profile, on the backside is a pretty pronounced barb toward the tip. Any ideas??
  9. Bryozoan and Horn coral IDs

    Hello everyone, This will be my final ID topic for a while as I am trying to get some labels for a few fossils in my collection. Here are two fossils of marine animals, the first I believe is a bryozoan, I have no idea of the location or age of either but this piece has a strong resemblance to the devonian Fistuliramus and Eridotrypella from Morocco. The second is a very white and chalky horn coral, I am guessing that it is from somewhere in the US as the person I got it from mostly has US fossils. Does anyone recognize the fossilization on this piece? I am trying to identify where it is from.
  10. Horn coral revisited

    Good morning all! Well, I couldn't find my Unklesbay fossils of MIssouri, so bought another on online. In it, the object I thought was a horn coral ( I posted this earlier) looks pretty similar to what he depicts as Cystophyllum. Thoughts? Does this seem more reasonable? Thanks! Bone
  11. Back in April 2017 I posted pics of what I thought was a unique bryozoan encrusted horn coral.... Since then I have come across more while collecting in SW Ohio that I'd like to share. And, yes, the prep can be extensive. The first one, there is no real top/bottom or side view. It is 7 cm across x 10 cm "tall" This one is 4.5 cm across x 4.5 cm "tall". I believe the bryozoan on the following is Constellaria florida This one is 5.5 cm across and 6 cm "tall" This last one is my favorite. I finished prepping it in early March. I think the layering of the bryozoan is amazing. It is 7 cm across x 9 cm "tall" x 4 cm "deep". The horn coral is broken.
  12. fossil museum(kids), horn coral?

    Here is my next one that, as best I can tell is mineralized/geode-type horn coral? Also found in the St. Louis area when I was a kid. Am I correct? thanks!! Bone
  13. Hello everyone. As usual, I need your help with one of my finds. It seems this small rugose coral has a buddy. At first I thought the the tiny "bump" was just a bit of debris sitting on top of the coral. But now that it's enlarged, it looks to me somewhat similar to a crinoid. I'm not really sure though, I've never seen a crinoid preserved anything like this. Surely it's not part of the horn coral itself, or is it? Thanks to all for your input. Detail:
  14. I picked up this jasper for its banding. Only later, when checking the rock through my hand lense did I discover what I think are a bunch of little rugose colonial corallites at the top and bottom of this rock. If these are indeed corals, all but one lack most detail in the center. If septa are faintly visible, they look differently preserved than on any of my other coral specimens. Mostly it's just circle after circle here, and areas full of "pores". Now that I'm looking at them on my larger screen, the "pores" themselves seem to be corallites - microscopic ones. The black dots are in the center of honeycomb like shapes. I'm confused now, are these the fossilized remains of one or two type of corals, or maybe a colonial coral and a bryozoan? Sorry about the bad quality and distortion of the pictures taken through a microscope lens on my phone. Please help me ID these tiny hurricane look-alikes. As always, thanks in advance. Here a couple of them in various states of preservation. Lots of them have a vug where the center of the corallite would be. Here the circles look like growth rings and in some areas the "pores" are clearly visible. #1: This one is the only one with detail in the center. Septa? #2: a vug at the center seems all that's left here. #3: Just pores in the center, and in between the circles, maybe the faintest lines that could have been septa? #4: Area in between corals, with faintly visible honeycomb shapes: Detail of the above: Another area in between, looking somewhat different again:
  15. cleaning a Brachiopod

    Removing matrix from the Brachiopod. "Boring!" plus Crinoids. X-acto knife and fiberglass brush. 5.0 cm x 4.7 cm. Brachiopod. 2.3 cm was thick and covered most of it.
  16. Limpet looking fossil

    Hello everyone, requesting help with a fossil ID. New member and very new to fossils, daughter has shown lots of interest in fossils and wants to be a paleontologist for about a year. I try and continue to encourage it and we go to different creek beds here in Kentucky along the Tennessee boarder. We typically find lots of brachiopods but nothing like these. I think it looks like limpets, but I can’t find anything similar to it online. The University of Kentucky website had some similar sketches of horn coral, but I am not sure. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Info: small, about the size of a quarter found on the banks a larger sized stream in southern Kentucky usually find lots of brachiopods in the area
  17. Hello. These two specimens were discovered in Southern Indiana in a wooded area with a nearby spring. A tentative ID was given as a Rugosa (horn) coral but someone else thought it could be petrified wood. If it is a horn coral then are these two pieces from a mid-section hence whey the conical property is not apparent? I appreciate any and all feedback.
  18. From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Assorted Brachiopods, Horn Corals and Crinoid Stem Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  19. From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana trilobite with Stereolasma rectum horn coral (After prep). Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  20. Eldredgeops Rana

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana trilobite with Stereolasma rectum horn coral (Before prep). Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  21. 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
  22. I took my family across the river to Clarksville Indiana today to visit The Falls of the Ohio State Park. It was very hot with a high in the 90s, but we had a good time walking the Devonian fossil beds and visiting the Interpretive Center . The river was down enough to get onto the upper limestone beds, but the lower beds were still underwater. They are typically exposed during the months of September and October and occasionally in the summer when there is little rain (not this year!). The river is at 20 ft right now. The lower beds become dry around the 13.5 ft mark. Their official website has a page that monitors the river levels and tells you when certain areas and strata are exposed. I suggest checking that out before making the trip to visit the park. https://www.fallsoftheohio.org/current-ohio-river-conditions/ The Interpretive Center houses the main indoor exhibit, gift shop, a river viewing room, and bird/wildlife viewing room, along with friendly staff. The main exhibit has fossils and interactive areas for the kids. Not only are there fossil on display, but also sections regarding the Native Americans that lived in the area, the current wildlife, and information regarding the Lewis and Clark expedition. A piece of fossilized wood just outside of the center on the backside by the parking lot. It is roughly 4 feet in length and 2 feet wide. When you walk into the main foyer of the Interpretive Center this boulder is on display. It is about a meter across and half as thick. I don't want to spoil the trip for everyone so I'm just going to post some pictures of a few of my favorite pieces. I thought this was interesting. It's labeled as orange chert, which I assume it is, but it also has a horn coral right in the middle of it. A sampling of the fauna found in the fossil record here. There was also a small exhibit on mammoths as evidence of a few have been found in the surrounding area. Presumably crossing the Falls to get to the salt licks in Kentucky. This was a comparison of a mammoth and mastadon tooth. The interior exhibit is nice, but for me the best part of the Falls of the Ohio is outside. Its the fossil beds that you can walk on and explore. I've been here a few times and find something new each time I come. Remember folks, it's against the law to collect here. Leave the fossils alone for others to enjoy! No matter how tempting... . If you just have to collect something, the park usually has a couple of dump truck loads of material near the back of the parking lot that they allow you to search through. Seriously. Here are some of the fossils that me and the family found while walking around the fossil beds. A word of caution, if you want to get to certain areas there is some climbing that you must do. A lot of the strata has fissures or large boulders that must be climbed, or walked around to move farther down the coast. This is on the fossil beds themselves. You can stay higher on the slope and circumvent a lot of the really strenuous stuff, but the fossils are not as good the higher up you go. Here are a some of the more impressive horn coral that I found. They actually call these larger ones "tusk coral" because the are so large. I'm not certain what these coral are, but Siphonophrentis and Cystiphylloides are common here. I know a hand isn't the best for scale, but it's all I had at the time. lol From the tip of my index finger to where my thumb connects is just over 5 inches. Some mainly brachiopod hash plates. A large favosites. Crinoids Lace Bryozoan This was my favorite find. A large colonial coral. It is over a meter in diameter. What is commonly called a Pipe Organ Coral. Eridophyllum I think that is all for now. It was a great day of discovery and fun with the family. If you are in the area and have a couple of extra hours, I highly recommend you stop by and check out the sights for yourself. You won't be disappointed. Just remember to check the river water levels and be ready for a little exercise!
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