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  1. Hello everyone! I went to Turkey Run State Park in Indiana to do some geode hunting. We had some pretty decent luck, although we still have a lot to crack open. This was the edge of a shallow creek that was rocky with a little bit of sand/mud. I also found some interesting crinoids, much larger than I typically find at Lake Michigan or St. Leon. One of them even seems to be crystallized (I included a photo of this just because of think its pretty cool). I picked up one rock that I couldn't seem to identify. My guess is either a shell, coral, or bone. Any clues or identification would be appreciated since unknown fossils drive me crazy. Thanks and hopefully I'll get some photos of my Mazon Creek and St Leon trilos up soon.
  2. I found this 65 lbs. complete hemispherical Favosites colonial coral head in the Ordovician in southern Indiana. Photos are specimen top and bottom.
  3. I found this 65 lbs. complete hemispherical colonial Coral Head in the Ordovician in southern Indiana. Photos are base and top.
  4. Devonian Identification Dilemma

    Recently I have taken interest in fossil hunting after discovering a plethora of fossils from some farmland in Southern Indiana. It is my understanding the fossils are from the Devonian period. My grandsons (5 and 6 years old) and I have collected several specimens I’ve the last couple of months. I have been searching the Internet for weeks trying to correctly identify our finds and just when I think I have something identified —I find other possibilities. I would like to make displays for the grandkids and label our other collections appropriately. I am in hopes this community would help identify the specimens, and provide advice on how best to label the fossils. I appreciate any assistance that can be provided. Thanks. —Bill Shingleton PS: All the fossils depicted are from Jeffersonville, IN.
  5. Shark Tooth ID Mississippian?

    Hello, please help ID this shark tooth that I found years ago in a road cut on SR 37, close to Oolitic, Indiana, south of Bloomington, IN. from tip to tip about 7mm and size of the root from side to side also about 7 mm. The other fossils we found on that road cut were the crinoids, blastoid, brachiopods, etc., Missiissippian ear? You can see the crinoids, etc embedded next to the shark tooth. What kind of shark tooth is it? Thank you.
  6. Hello! I was wondering if you guys could help me ID this fossil. I found it in the Waldron Shale (Middle Silurian) collecting piles that the Falls of the Ohio State Park (SE Indiana) sets out for guests to rummage through (they get their shale piles from the Sellersburg Quarry, Sellersburg IN, Clark Co). I wasn't sure if it is part of a crinoid, burrows, or some sort of frond-type bryozoan or coral. I have August F. Foerste's Silurian Fauna of KY document but didn't see anything in his figures that caught my eye. The ruler in my photo shows the centimeter side. The true color of the shale is more blue-gray but I have a desk lamp with a warm white bulb on it which is giving the pic a false yellowish hue. Thanks in advance for your help and expertise.
  7. Hi everyone! Hoping you can help me with a mystery. We've lived in our house for 5 years now, but with nothing else to do considering this pandemic, we've been exploring our front stone path a LOT more closely than we did before (especially considering 5 year old daughter's interest in fossils). We have noticed three trilobites (don't know how I missed these in the past - they are clear as daylight) and a couple other interesting things (maybe bryozoans, coral or echinoderms - I admit i can't tell them apart well). All of these new discoveries have me REALLY wondering now about something big that i have been wondering about for 5 years - the very last picture. I previously thought it was man-made - maybe result of some rebar or something, but now with these other discoveries, i'm really wondering. Anyone have any ideas for us? Thank you! We live in Northwest Indiana. That may or may not say anything at all about where the stone was sourced. I suspect it's limestone? But I really don't know for sure. We do have a giant quarry nearby (Thornton Quarry - fossil-rich limestone and on my bucket list to get a tour there one day). But really, this stone could be from anywhere. Lastly, each of these fossils (or mineralizations, or whatever they are) is in a different piece of stone. Anyway - here are the pictures - seven "fossils" and one of the path so you can see what we're dealing with. Thank you again!
  8. Fossilized bone?

    Hi! I found what looks like a fossil of a bone. It looks to me to actually be the ball that would go in the socket. If it is a bone, would there be any way of identifying what animal it came from? I live in Northwest Indiana. Thank you.
  9. Help with ID

    I picked this up at Salamonie State Park in Huntington County, IN. Someone suggested it might be an icno fossil? 4.5 cm x 1.5 cm. Thx!
  10. Need help to id!

    I found this while searching for geodes and crinoids in a southern Indiana lake.
  11. Hello. I was wondering if you guys could assist me with identifying these corals. I've been trying to ID them myself using the William Davis "Kentucky fossil corals : a monograph of the fossil corals of the Silurian and Devonian rocks of Kentucky" from 1885 but there are no scale bars in the images which makes it difficult. These are each about a foot long. My friends and I found them while clearing brush and digging up their land in Clark County IN (near Ohio River and Louisville KY area). The geologic map of Indiana has them at ~Devonian, possibly Silurian. No idea on the strata but the rock was loose and limestone-y, and these were all found loose and pretty close to the surface. If it helps, we found others I've identified so far as Hexagonaria sp, Fenestella sp, Favosites turbinatus, misc bryozoan hash plates,and then a nice chunk of calcite. None of the fossils were small brachiopod or trilobite type but guessing they're there and have just plinko'd their way deeper down through the loose rock over the years. There are four fossils total, and I'll post a wide shot followed by a closeup of their side and a closeup of their end. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide and I'm happy to take additional photos as needed. I'd like to get better at corals and learn your processes for figuring them out. Thanks in advance! 1. Wide shot of first 3 fossils together; fossil 1 at left, fossil 2 at middle, and fossil 3 at right. 2. Fossil 1 side 3. Fossil 1 end 4. Fossil 2 side 5. Fossil 2 end 6. Fossil 3 side 7. Fossil 3 end 8. Fossil 4 wide shot / side 9. Fossil 4 end
  12. Identify please

    Found this petrified seed of some kind in South Bend, Indiana underneathe a recently fallen tree.
  13. Unknown maybe Mega Fauna

    Found in the creek of the Barsch property(Parents) in Parke County Indiana. The ravine is about 60-80 ft deep. Not sure I know one of the Ice ages only got as far south as our neck of the woods. You should see the neolithic stone tools I found in the same area. Thomas Barsch
  14. Help with fern ID’s please

    Sorry to throw all of these at you guys, but my knowledge on plants is pretty nonexistent. If anyone can help with ID’s, I would really appreciate it. I bought them online (there are 14 pairs) and the seller told me they were collected in Vigo county, Indiana. I tried to do a little research on the area and it seems that maybe they came from Chieftain No. 20 mine, but I’m not 100% certain on that. I’ve numbered the photos to help make replies a little easier.
  15. 2 unknowns from SE Indiana

    Hello! Amateur and fossil noob here. I was wondering if you could help me to identify these two fossils from SE Indiana. The first I found at the railroad rock cut in Madison Indiana* (corrected location below) loose on the hillside as is. Crudely it looks like a twisted up starfish. The second I found in the Waldron Shale piles that the Falls of the Ohio State Park (Clarksville Indiana) sets out for guests like me to dig through. For the second, I wasn't sure if it was a small coral or part of a crinoid. Thanks in advance - I really appreciate your help. *EDIT - my mistake. The first I found in Crawford County IN (Sulfur/English/I-64 rock cut). I had visited a bunch of fossil sites in the area within a few days and mixed them up. Results in millions of years difference!
  16. Hello, My 6 year old son found this in a remote central Indiana creek yesterday. We looked a little online and it looks similar to a bison tooth but was hoping for some expert advice. We love the colors and were surprised how well it was preserved. We came across this site and wanted to see if anyone had any information. He was wading in the creek looking for shells and just pulled it out of the water. Thanks for any information you may have along possible age. He is so excited and can’t wait to show his teacher on their next video call.
  17. Indiana Mammal Tooth

    I found this tooth in my backyard creek along with several deer teeth and fossil bone fragments. This tooth was the odd one out and I just think it's not a deer.
  18. Lafayette, IN: New interest in fossils

    Hello! I am new to the forum and this is my first time posting. I am totally out of my element. I have 3 elementary school aged children and I want to incorporate fossil hunting and identification into our activities. We are all very interested! Can anyone give me any input on what resources I can look into? Any clubs, classes, recommended literature, what to do with found fossils (even display) etc. I am simply using google right now. I believe we found some horn coral and possibly crinoids, but there are others that I cannot find similar photos of. Also, should we clean fossils? Any help or advice is greatly appreciated! Note: bottle cap for size.
  19. Indiana fossil ID

    Found this in a wet creek bed near the Wabash River in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. Tippecanoe county mostly hosts crinoids, but I wondered if this hash plate also held a tooth. Many thanks in advance!
  20. Waldron Dalmanitids

    I have two Dalmanitid species from the Waldron shale. I know the three on right side are Glyptambon verrucosus. What species is on the left?
  21. what species of clam is this?

    I found this in Jefferson county, Indiana while walking on the hillside about 200 ft up. There are many creeks and brooks with limestone beds in the valleys around the area that are full of fossil clams like this. The fossils on the hillside are less eroded since they are not in water-filled creeks. Most of the fossils found on the hills are in big limestone plates, and are all smashed together and on top of one another, but sometimes I'll find some individual clams like this one and some coral too. This clam is 2.7 cm wide, 2.1 cm tall, and 1.7 cm thick but I usually find smaller ones and occasionally some larger ones, but this is one of the best preserved ones. They have a very distinct M or W shape on the front. Does anyone know what species this is and if its still around today?
  22. Animal or mineral?

    I thought this was coral when I plucked it from the creek, but I'm not so sure now. 8 cm x 8 cm Kosciusko Co., northcentral IN.
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