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  1. These are Carboniferous fossils preserved within sideritic concretions found near Terre Haute Indiana.They were collected from the Busseron Sandstone Member of the Shelburn Formation, in shales above the coal seam Coal (No. 7) and are dated from the Middle Pennsylvanian, which correlates with the Westphalian D. Macroneuroptis are common at the location that I collect but this is the first Trifolate Macroneuropteris that I've found.When it first split only one of the ovoid shaped basal pinnules was exposed. A tap of the hammer exposed the second basal pinnule and I secured it with a little glue. Unfortunately the apex of this leaf is missing but I was still happy to have found it.
  2. Here are a couple of small nodules that I photographed last weekend.Even after observing the photos I’m still stumped.They were found near Terre Haute Indiana.They were collected from the Busseron Sandstone Member of the Shelburn Formation, in shales above the coal seams of the Dugger Formation and are dated from the Middle Pennsylvanian, which correlates with the Westphalian D. The first one looks a little sphenophyllumish. The second may be an isolated sporangium from a cone bract,a seed or maybe just a pyrite deposit Just thought I’d let the collective brain of the Fossil Forum have a look.Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  3. Does anyone know what this is? To me it resembles a tooth of some sort. I found it in Indiana years ago and have just been going through some old finds.
  4. This is a fragment of shark tooth (?) I collected yesterday. Hoping someone will recognize the unique texture and be able to associate it with a known taxon. This is from the Big Clifty Formation in Indiana (Mississippian: Chesterian). Ruler increments in photo are 0.5 mm.
  5. 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!
  6. This past Sunday I finally made my way down to Fowler Park, a county park located just south of Terre Haute, Indiana. I had found about it from some older posts on this site and had been trying to find time to get down there this whole summer. Fowler Park is a Vigo County Park created in the late 1960s from a portion of the Chieftain No.20 strip mine, and offers camping, hiking, fishing and, although not well-advertised, the chance to hunt for fossils exposed on the surface. This locality produces ironstone concretions from the Pennsylvanian Shelburn Formation, known to contain fossils similar to the flora-heavy Braidwood biota of Mazon Creek. Unfortunately, the days of fossil collecting at this site may be numbered. I spoke to a county park official on the phone before the trip and she said that proposals to close the park to collecting had come up at recent board meetings. She mentioned that there were concerns about over-collecting at the park. Another potential reason is that the portion of the park where most of the fossils are found, the 300 acre Wilderness Park, is in the process of being converted to the Griffin Bike Park , with all kinds of specialized mountain bike trails. I don't mountain bike, but it looks extremely ambitious and well-designed, and I'm sure it will be very popular. However, speeding bikes and fossil collectors with their nose to the ground seems like it might be a dangerous combination, and clearly the bike park is going to be the primary function going forward. All that being said, now is an excellent time to go if you are interested in collecting! The construction of the trails has exposed lots of sediment by the parking area, and despite the concerns about over-collecting there was no shortage of nodules to be found even with a short walk. The Bike Park is scheduled for a grand opening in mid-October, although cyclists are already using it. Here is the informative sign at the entrance.
  7. Found near Richmond IN. 2-1/4" long, 1-1/2" wide. I know it's rough, but it's definitely something. (The pictures don't do it justice) Any ideas?
  8. This is Pennsylvanian age Mazon Creek type material found in Indiana.I have a lot of raw material that has been left outside soaking in water to freeze this winter.I've recently sorted through a lot of this material after Indiana's first extended freezing temperatures.These are some of the pieces that have questionable ID’s. 1.Segment of cone bract? 2.Seed or base of a Cyperites leaf or some form of bract?
  9. Last week, after checking the weather wunderground numerous times, I decided to drive 3.5 hours from Chicago to St. Paul Stone Quarry. It was the last "open house" day according to the ESCONI website. I arrived at 7:45, the first and only person there. Shortly thereafter, after a brief safety instruction, I followed the manager to the collecting site, heaps and heaps of Waldron shale. Even though I dressed in layers, I still had to take breaks and warm up in the car for a few minutes, but I much rather prefer collecting in cold weather as opposed to hot summer sun with mosquitoes, any day. It didn't take too long to start finding fossils. Here are just a few of my finds: Eospirifer Platystrophia brachiopods with pyrite Platyceras niagarense encrusted with strophomenid, bryozoa and pyrite. front: back: Partial Dalmanitid Trilobite in matrix When prepping, it's really wonderful how the waldron "butter" shale just crumbles apart around the predictable morphology of an enrolled trilobite. The trip just wouldn't seem complete without a short drive east to the Cincinnati Arch roadcuts. I first went to South Gate and found a flexicalymene eroding right out of the cut. It is interesting to see the comparisons here. The trilobite on the left is from St Paul (Silurian) and has beautiful pyritized eyes. The one on the right is from South Gate (Ordovician). Both trilobites have 21 articulated segments; does this make them both the same age as "adults"? Interesting to note the difference in size, being 40 million years apart, same species.. Thanks for looking!
  10. This is a Pennsylvanian age Mazon Creek type nodule found in Indiana.It may be plant material that is decomposed beyond recognition but thought I’d post it to see if anybody thought otherwise.I haven’t found any fish scales in this location but wondered if this might possibly be a scale.
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  16. The St.Paul stone quarry in Indiana will be allowing open collection on the following days. Be sure to wear pants, hard hat, and steel toe boots, however regular work boots are acceptable. Please arrive before 8am to sign liability wavers. Monday November. 21st Monday, November 28th Tuesday, November 29th Wednesday November 30th Best regards, Paul
  17. My kid and I headed north to see my family and friends in Cincinnati over TG weekend. And as they all have come to expect, I have a habit of slipping away at some point each trip to conduct sorties and surgical strikes on various fossiliferous exposures. This time, I was able to talk my friend Joe into getting up early and coming with me. Joe and I have been through a lot over the years. We've been friends since I let him cheat off my homework in 3rd grade, circa 1978. I stepped in a few times when kids tried to mess with him in grade school. We conspired to torment substitute teachers together. We've served as best man for each other over the years, and I was a pallbearer at his dad's funeral. The decades have a way of binding buddies together through thick and thin. In that spirit, I endeavored to take Joe to a slam dunk site, help him get acclimated to the presentation of fossils, and then turn him loose on the sweetest stretch of the exposure. So at 5 a.m. I kicked his door in and whisked him off to the Mississippian aged Indian Creek Shale of southern Indiana a little west of Louisville. With a bit of a car ride ahead of us, we had fun recounting the various misdeeds of our misspent youth, throwing around horribly inappropriate humor, and somehow, in the end, solving the world's problems. OK, we are there now. Time to grab some tools and start climbing.
  18. I recently was able to stop at the well known ordovician roadcut just north of St Leon in Indiana. What a wonder. I was able to be there only an hour, but it was fascinating. I was able to find these nice brachipods, but would like to label them correctly and so far books haven't helped me...I thought perhaps someone would be familiar with the brachiapods from that road cut and help me out. thanks. the people on this site are always helpful, and knowledgeable and so it is exciting to be a part of it all. The Brachiapod labeled 6, a,b,c are obviously three different views of the little guy. the coin for size in the edge of the photos is a dime. This brachiapod is so cool, one can see the opening edge between the two cool.
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  24. Farlow, J. O., Steinmetz, J. C., and DeChurch, D. A., 2010, Geology of the Late Neogene Pipe Creek Sinkhole (Grant County, Indiana): Indiana Geological Survey Special Report 69, 93 p. Czaplewski, N. J., Farlow, J. O., and Argast, A., 2012, A Fossil Shrew (Mammalia, Soricidae) from the Pipe Creek Sinkhole (Late Neogene: Hemphillian), Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. vol. 121, npo. 11, pp. 79-86. Yours, Paul H.
  25. Those of you with keener memories may remember that I posted about a trip to Sulphur, IN earlier this year. After that trip, I've been wanting to get back pretty badly, dreaming of finding another shark tooth. Columbus day and the cool weather got me back down there on Monday. Like a trained dog, I headed right back to where I found the tooth before, knowing that it was improbable that I would find another. Within 30 minutes, I came up with this: This appears to be a mostly present disarticulated trilobite. Any ideas as to species? My previous trilo tail was thought to be Paladins Chesterensis. This matches pretty closely to photos I can find of Paladins online. I proceeded to find a couple more trilo tail fragments. One was clearly just a small piece, so I left it. Another might have more of the trilo embedded in the rock, so I brought it home. It's tiny. My next significant find was the biggest blastoid I've ever seen. It outclasses my previous biggest by 1/4" in width. As you can see, the part showing out of the rock is an inch wide point-to-point. The rock it is embedded in is a bit thin, so it's possible that it's crushed/squashed out flat and wide, but the exposed portion doesn't show any breakage. It may also just have the back side broken off. I didn't find anything else real exciting. I picked up some more of the dime sized blastoids, I just can't help myself. (I'm also thinking of sending them in to my son's kindergarten class.) I also picked up a few 3d brachiopods, which you don't see a lot of at Sulphur. I did see where someone else had slid down the slope from the shale layer...quite a ways. The Sulphur site is not for the faint of heart.