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  1. Thursday night I check the weather report for Lawrenceburg, Indiana and saw that on Friday it was going to be in the 50's. So I did what any other Fossil Collector would do, I called the Hilton Doubletree and made a reservation for Friday night (on a side note, this is a great hotel to stay at, and it is right on the Ohio river). I let work know that I was going to be off and put together my collecting gear. 4:30 am (Friday), I was on the road to Southern Indiana for a little Ordovician collecting. 5 hours and about 350 miles later, I was collecting in Lawrenceburg. The standard stuff was found, bryozoan, brachiopods, trilo-bits, multiple straight cephalopods and some cool Isotelus trilobite pieces (Genal spines, Hypostome, thorax segments and really big piece - if some one can ID that piece, it would be appreciated; I'm thinking that it is a thorax segment. Pieces of Trilobites: Isotelus Trilobite- Genal Spines / Hypostome Isotelus Trilobite- Thorax Segments Isotelus Trilobite- What Part ??????? Straight Cephalopods- Brachiopods- Bryozoan- UNKOWN-
  2. Before I headed back home from my trip to Lawrenceburg, I decided to stop for a few hours in the rain at St. Leon and see what I could find. Here are just a portion of the things that I found. Trilo-Bits Isotelus Trilobite Genal Spine and Thorax Segments Brachiopods- Horn Coral- Isotelus Thorax segment and Straight Cephalopod- Misc.
  3. Crinoid IDs

    Today while driving around I saw a coin store that also sold fossils, so I thought that I would stop in and look around. Whenever I go into a little store I don’t just like to browse around without out purchasing something to help the small business owner. So I decided to purchase this little piece that was ID’d as Sarcocrinus granilineus from Crawfordsvile, Indiana. The piece appears to be original and nothing added, but I am not sure of the name. I am not a real crinoid collector, but I could not find this species on the internet. In addition, to me the 2 caylx look different to each other.
  4. The Indiana State Museum has an impressive collection of Hoosier fossils, a lot of crinoids as one would expect, and it is worth your time if you are in Indianapolis. The museum is downtown and very pleasant, with other museums and restaurants nearby. I wrote a blog entry about it that includes photos: http://www.americangeode.com/blog/fossil-collection-indiana-state-museum/
  5. Last weekend, since the weather was supposed to be nice and my wife was out of town, I decided to get out and collect from three Pennsylvanian sites in Illinois and Indiana. On Friday, I took the day off work and headed down to the former Chieftain no.20 mine site south of Terre Haute, in what is now the Griffin Bike Park. It was an overcast day with a slight drizzle and I had the park all to myself. I found a nice assortment of nodules, including a few split ones with ferns- the one on the left, although preserved in three pieces, is my biggest one yet from this site. The best find didn't come until I cleaned them after I got home, though. What I thought was a slim fern pinnule turned out to be a millipede, my first! No Myriapoda have been reported from this site, and the preservation is not perfect, so I am not sure what the ID would be for this one. The next day I met up with my dad and enjoyed an outrageously beautiful day at Mazonia-Braidwood in northern Illinois collecting Mazon Creek nodules. I was glad I brought sunscreen! None of the split nodules I found had anything spectacular, just a few nice Essexella, but we found a good assortment of concretions and got to explore a portion of the park I had not been to before. I was also able to educate some folks we met in the parking lot who were visiting from Missouri about what to look for when collecting fossils in the park and shared some of my extra split nodules to make sure they didn't go home empty-handed. It's always a pleasure seeing other fossil collectors in the park.
  6. I just recently started collecting Ordovician fossils; I always intended to stay with Mazon Creek and Oligocene Mammals, but after seeing Indiana Ordovician hash plates on a couple trips to St. Leon and Lawrenceburg, I have fallen in love with these snapshots in time. When I am out collecting, it gets really hard for me to determine which ones I want to bring home, since they all have a different story. Below are a few of my favorites:
  7. Bryozoan ID

    I am wondering if someone can identify this Bryozoan that I found at the road cut in St. Leon, Indiana- I have not found a another one like it. @Peat Burns / @Herb possibly you could help.
  8. I am going through and sorting out fossils that I collected on a number of road trips that I did this year. I am looking to see if someone, maybe @Peat Burns or @Herb , with experience in the Ordovician from St. Leon, Indiana can confirm what I think may be a couple Edrioasteroid (Isorophus cincinnatiensis).
  9. As much as I've looked through books and the internet, I haven't run across any possible places to find ammonites in the midwest. Any suggestions of locations? I'm in Illinois. My wife's keen to hunt one of these down.
  10. Pecopteris Fern in Nodule.JPG

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Pecopteris Fern Fossil Nodule Indiana, USA Pennsylvanian - Carboniferous Period Fern leaves called Pecopteris grew abundantly in the coal swamps of the Carboniferous Period. These leaves dropped off of a 35 foot fern tree called “Psaronius“, one of the most common Paleozoic types. With its sparse and expansive branches, it resembled the modern day palm tree. It produced as many as 7000 spores on the underside of its leaves. These samples are well preserved in gray coal shale as many Carboniferous leaf fossils. Kingdom: Plantae Phylum: Pteridophtya (meaning vascular plant with transport system for nutrients and fluids) Class: Filicopsida (Ferns which reproduce with spores) Order: Marattiales (primitive ferns) Family: Marattiaceae Genus: Pecopteris
  11. I will be visiting The University of Notre Dame for a few days in May and would love to get a Quick Fossil trip or 2 in while in the area.. SO i am looking for recommendations of spots to go within about 1 hour of South Bend. Ill be traveling light so Heavy digging is out. Thanks!
  12. Student Search For Fossils in Indiana

    Given all of the trauma, paranoia, panic, and birdseed in the news, I though news fluff about fossils is in order. Students search for sea-creature fossils off roadcut in Indiana By Julie Havlak, The Collegain, April 6, 2017 http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2017/04/students-search-sea-creature-fossils-off-roadcut-indiana/ Also, some cute cat pictures are needed to rest the sole: Emergency Kittens https://twitter.com/EmrgencyKittens Yours, Paul H.
  13. Isotelus Trilobite Confirmation

    Just looking for further confirmation on some pieces of Isotelus trilobites that I found a couple days ago in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. These close-up pics are of cleaned specimens, there are 2 pics at the end that I am not sure about. Hypostome: Hypostome and Thorax Segment: Thorax Segments: Genal Spines:
  14. Indiana field find

    Found this walking a field in Indiana. Nothing to exciting, but curious if anyone can identify.
  15. Some ID help

    I'm a rank amateur so bear with me. This was found in gravel outwash material in northeastern Indiana, along the Wabash river. Any ID help is greatly appreciated. Underside of the previous post
  16. a bird, Beast, or maybe nothing?

    I found this inside a rock along with some other things I found in a nearby Creek. Have a lot of interesting things I found there but this one caught my eye because it seems to be the whole thing, both sides are the same.
  17. ID Indiana Fossil

    Hello All, I found this as a boy in southern Indiana in the 50's. It was a loose piece, possibly found on the banks of the Ohio River about 10 miles north of Louisville, KY. The darker stone appears to be a flint like material. Being a young boy, I naturally hit it with a hammer revealing the cross sections shown. The second photo is the upper piece from the first photo and the third photo is the lower piece. It is just so symmetric that I don't think it is a naturally occuring piece. I have been curious about what this is for decades. Any ideas? Thanks, Ed
  18. Need help identifying

    My friend recently began finding presumably Mammut bones in a ditch bank on the family's property here in northern Indiana. He also found this unidentified specimen at the same site. At first glance, it looked to me like one of the many horn corals I've found in southern Indiana, but that obviously didn't make sense given the context. The specimen measures 2-1/8" long by 1-1/4" in diameter. Any ideas? In case you're interested, I've also included a shot of some of the bone fragments found so far. Both bone fragments (which fit together) combined measure 14" long, 3" at its widest point (the joint), 2" at its thickest.
  19. Possible Rusophycus

    After reviewing @aek post "Mystery Fossil of the Upper Cambrian" I saw a response by @doushantuo in regards to a rusophycus and it reminded me of a recent plate that I picked up while collecting at St. Leon, Indiana. The reason I picked it up was that it did remind me of a trilobite resting track that I had seen in the past, but thought it might be too large for trilobites found there. Any ideas or info would be appreciated.
  20. Quick Stop At St. Leon

    After I was unable to visit the St. Leon roadcut yesterday, I decided to see if my non-fossil collecting wife would let me stop for a few minutes on our way home. She agreed, so I made a very quick trip up one gully picking up loose brachiopods, horn coral, bryozoan and some hasp plates- no trilobites. After reviewing @Peat Burns trip report, I believe that I also found the bivalve Ambonychia, but he may be able to confirm. Here are a couple pictures of some of my finds. My wife is in the car checking the time- LOL. Possible Ambonychia Bi-Valve
  21. Hello all! Hope your having a great weekend!!! My girlfriend and I will be in Madison, Indiana around 7:30 am. We will be checking out the old railroad bath and maybe places along the river. If anyone in the area knows any places I can check out please let me know!!
  22. Found this rock while hunting on the historic railroad trail in Madison, Indiana. Found a lot of coral and shell fossils in the area.
  23. Does anyone know the genus (species, even?) of this coiled cephalopod found at the famous roadcut in Southern Indiana? We found this last spring.
  24. Need Help Identifying

    So I found this the other day and I'm not sure if its a fossil or just a quartz.
  25. My prized fossil

    My girlfriend got me this for our anniversary! It is my prized piece! I just framed it!!