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  1. From the album The Waldron Shale

    Eucalyptocrinites elrodi Middle Silurian, Waldron Shale Formation, Shelby County, Indiana. Slab measures 10" x 7", specimen with stem and holdfast measures 6" and single crown 2.75" Collected and prepared by Ken Karns
  2. Hunting with kids

    I've got a couple days off of work in mid June and asked my 4 and 8 year old if they want to do a mini fossil trip and they both of course said yes. I have the book Midwest gems, minerals, and fossils, but based on all the searches I've done on here, I'm guessing most of that is quite outdated. We live in Wisconsin and have done the mazon creek hunting as well as some roadcuts in Illinois, iowa, and minnesota. I was thinking indiana might be something new and fun and not too far away since I only have about 2 days. The st Leon roadcut is what got me interested, but I'm not sure what else is out there that's kid friendly and isn't going to get us in trouble. Crawfordsville would be cool, but sounds impossible for access? Are there says to get into some of these creeks in Indiana legally from the roads? I've read about giant geodes in some as well. We have waders but the little guy is only a little over 3 feet tall. I'm wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction or if I should consider somewhere else? Thanks in advance for any info.
  3. Possible bone??

    Hi! I found this about a month ago and have kept it on my night stand ever since. I have a tendency to do that with new finds that I am unsure about. I found this on my property in Indiana. I live in a geologically interesting place as this is where the glacier did not reach but the melt created hills and hollers. Also this was shallow sea at one time. I am not in the limestone area but I find alot of limestone fossils. This area has native sand stone which is why the glacier melt left the hills and hollers. The best part is this area became the resting point of what ever the glacier brought with from the north so there is plenty of non native finds. This item I found was near my seasonal creek (it's running when it's raining). I did have to scrub it a while because it is very porous which is not normal for my fossil finds. It is a little over 4cm long and rounded. It also is narrower on one end than the other. The larger end is about 3cm and the smaller end is about 2.5 cm in diameter. It does have a "knob" on one side. Also the larger end seems to have a white interior or at least it is more pronounced on that end. It's weight is 2.1 oz. I did do the lick test and it was successful and did not taste like a rock (lol sorry I saw a member wrote that some where kiddingly about testing bone and it is sooo funny I nearly fell of my chair). Ok now some photos and thank you for any and all help. I have now snooped this forum enough to know help is on the way!!! Picts are Knob side Larger diameter side Smaller diameter side Side opposite knob
  4. Unknown tube, Richmond, Indiana

    On Dec. 31st, I had the opportunity to stop in Richmond, Indiana on my drive from Columbus, Ohio to Plainview, Mn. It was pouring rain with occasional claps of thunder when I arrived so I had to pull into Wal-Mart and purchase an umbrella before stepping out to look at the rock hillside. The finds were many, but I am not good at IDing this tubular "thing". There was one on each side of the rock. I did not see any more at this site. It was found in what I think is Whitewater Formation, upper Ordovician. Scaphite? Tentaculite? Tiny Cephalopod? Worm Borrow? Can anyone help to give it a name?? Thanks!! Mike
  5. Holy Rollers

    I sneaked one more trip under the wire for 2018. Last minute finds include 5 whole and 2 half Flexicalamene trilobites, Ordovician, St. Leon, Indiana. This popular site was hit hard recently as evidenced by the stampede of foot and knee pad prints. Last night’s rain wasn’t enough to really shuffle the deck, but a couple diligent hours allowed me to scratch out ample paydirt. No complaints.
  6. Clarksville Indiana Crinoid Like Fossil

    I was collecting fossils in Clarksville, Indiana today at a site I typically find a large amount of Devonian fossils. Some recent rain had washed out a number of small fossils to easily collect. I collected this fossil without thinking twice, but since cleaning it up I realized it doesn't match any in my identification guide. I originally thought it was part of a crinoid stem, but I can't find any documentation to support that. I've spent the last several hours researching and cannot find a match for it. Now I'm at a bit of a loss and would love some input. Thank you!
  7. I found this one on a small piece of matrix with Blastoid also on it. Found in sulphur Indiana today
  8. Coffee and Crinoids

    While visiting family and high school buddies over Christmas time, I was able to schedule a long awaited meet and greet with Tri State native Dom (Fossil Claw) and made a hop over to Indiana for some Mississippian action at dawn. Fortunately the first morning rays revealed undisturbed, fertile ground free from the scratchings of eager collectors. The ground was frozen and frosted over in the 27F air, so we donned gloves and knee pads for a low and slow peek into the long shadows. A couple Pentremites blastoids surrendered their crowns right away. When Dom asked if I was moving along too fast, “Holy smokes!”, or thereabout, was my response as I pointed in disbelief at a nice crinoid crown poking out of the clay at me. The crown looked fragile, and after a short conference, Dom offered up the best idea to free it from the frozen clay: hot coffee from his thermos. The stream of joe melted the mud away like butter, and I carefully wrapped it up in my knit hat for safe handling and travel. A steady stream of blastoids punctuated the hour of so we spent canvassing the outcrop. Then I dropped to a lower level bench for a fresh crawl. I was shocked to lay hands quickly on a second crinoid crown, then a limestone slab with 2 shark teeth, or fragments thereof, poking through. With a continued parade of blastoids, including some multislabs, we decided to leave some for the next guy and headed home to check out Dom’s collection. This was a great first get together with a fellow collector.
  9. Fossil bone?

    Hi! I have what I believe to be a fossil bone. I'm guessing it's a bone due to its structure, and not just a rock, and I'm guessing it's a fossil and not modern because it appears to have mineralized. Location of find is Parke County, Indiana just outside of Rockville. Whatever its back story, unfortunately when I found it, it was resting alone in topsoil, and I found it while walking in my horse pasture (which I understand is a huge red flag, but it is not, as far as I can tell, a rock or modern bone). It's possible we unearthed it, because we had spent a couple years uprooting a pasture full of multiflora rose, so its resting state had already been disturbed before I found it. It's been on a shelf for the last 15-20 years, so my recollection of how rocky the soil was where I found it may be hazy. I have several photos to post. Please let me know if you need more or better ones. Anyway, thanks for your help in advance. David Kite
  10. I was poking around at the Whitewater River here in Indiana. Found a few nice coral pieces but I'm not sure what the fossils are on the upper and lower left. Any ideas? I appreciate it so much. Linda
  11. Hello! New to the forum and plan to introduce myself properly later- I've spent a lot of time hunting in Southern Indiana near Bloomington and at the St. Leon cut- going to Indiana Caverns tomorrow and wondering if there's any spots nearby to hunt for fossils. Spatial reasoning is not my forte- if anyone has specific directions to a great spot I'd be so grateful! On break from teaching art to my high school students- would love to make some great finds over my break to show my kids
  12. Indiana Road Cuts

    Hello FF, I'm planning on making a trip down to Indianapolis in a few weeks and was hoping to get acquainted with some of the road cuts nearby (maybe near St. Leon IN or Crawfordsville IN, I'll probably go all over the place). I know that one should stick to the State Highway road cuts if they don't want to get in trouble; but I'm a bit confused on when it is OK and when it isn't... Do I just pull over on the side of the road and start picking up rocks? Are there any other localities by St. Leon or even into Ohio where it would be okay to do this? I don't wanna give fossil hunters a bad name! Best, Brian
  13. Looking to trade paleozoic invertebrates from North America for good Waldron Shale material. I have a good selection of prepared trilobites, crinoids, brachiopods, etc..specimens for exchange. species@columbus.rr.com.
  14. Until I am able to start a Gallery Page I am going to fetaure some of my Waldron Shale specimens. Featured here is one of only a few known specimens of a complete Eucalyptocrinites crassus complete with root system. I collected this specimen near the type locality in Shelby County, Indiana. I prepared 90 percent of this specimen with some final matrix work being done by Scott Vergiels. Specimen measures 8 inches high.
  15. Today I spent a few hours collecting at the Lawrenceburg, Indiana Road Cut. Here are a couple of finds- cephalopods, gastropods, brachiopods and trilo-bits.
  16. Hello fellow fossil enthusiasts

    Found this in a southern Indiana creek. Its not a rock, kinda stumped yet excited. Thank you gentlemen for you're time.
  17. Hello. I am have little to no experience in collecting, but have always been fascinated by the beauty and the story of "nature" that exists and existed on our planet. Yesterday, I found this little beauty in my back yard while weeding our landscaping areas that are lined with river rock. We live in Indiana and we had this rock delivered about 17 years ago. Hoping to get some insight other than what my novice research is turning up. Thank you in advance for any input.
  18. Crawfordsville

    Does anyone here have any experience with Crawfordsville, IN? I am making a XC trip in a few weeks, and I might be able to reach that general area. I wouldn't mind finding a couple of nice crinoids. I know nothing about the area. Any info would be greatly appreciated. (Accessibility of sites, best sites, etc.) Thanks in advance! -J
  19. Southern Indiana Ordovician ID

    I was in the St. Leon and Lawrenceburg areas of Southern Indiana over the weekend doing some collecting and I came across this little concave thing - I am at a loss on what it is, any help would be appreciated.
  20. Over the winter I was freezing and thawing nodules found in reclaimed coal mine spoils from the Pennsylvanian Shelburn Formation, Busseron Sandstone from Vigo County Indiana. These contain flora and rare fauna similar to the Braidwood Biota from Mazon Creek. This nodule split off a tiny bit on one end and I set aside for further investigation after a quick glance revealed an interesting pattern. Then I forgot about until I was recently unpacking from a move, and re-examined it under magnification. Unfortunately, the piece that split off the end was lost, so I only have the one side, but it shows a small rectangular patch of texture, about 10 mm wide. The piece preserved shows folds and wrinkles, as well as what looks like a tear in the center, and looking under magnification reveals the entire piece is covered with tiny pebbly bumps. My first assumption would be plant material, but it doesn't match the texture of any of the other plants I have found at this site. A much less likely option would be a patch of skin from some sort of animal or egg casing. I would like to get it under greater magnification and will try to find an expert to look at it, but I wanted to put the best pictures I was able to take here for y'all's thoughts. Thanks!
  21. About a month ago, I headed out on two fossil trips to the well-known St. Leon roadcut in Indiana. I was hunting in the Liberty formation (late Ordovician) with the sole goal of finding some nice trilobites (which I definitely achieved!). Along with multiple rare trilobites, I was able to find some excellent examples of other fossils. The spoils were totally awesome, and I am itching to go back. I hope you enjoy. Best for last.
  22. Ohioan Oddities

    Whenever I find a new fossil, I usually put effort into identifying it. Usually, I can turn off my computer with a label for the fossil, and I'll go to bed happy with the new item on my display shelf. However, these guys have always been at the back of my mind for years, and it really nags at me when I have to explain what they are to someone else. Not anymore, I guess! ----------------------------- These were found in the Liberty Formation of the well-known St. Leon roadcut in Indiana. I am thinking they are some kind of internal clam mold, but consider it very unlikely due to an inwards impression that is identical in both fossils.
  23. Trilobite parts?

    Hi, I went to St Paul, Indiana a couple weeks ago and was wondering what these two parts are? One is two inches across, the other is about an inch across. Trilobite parts? If so, what species? Thanks for any help.
  24. What is this fossil?

    My son found this unique fossil in our creek bed. Anyone know what this is? Thanks for your help!
  25. Holocystites scutellatus Blastoid 2.jpg

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Holocystites scutellatus Cystoid Osgood shale of Napoleon, Indiana Silurian Age (443 - 416 million years ago) The Holocystites Fauna is an enigmatic group of North American diploporitans that presents a rare window into unusual middle Silurian echinoderm communities. Multiple systematic revisions have subdivided holocystitids on the basis of presumed differences in oral area plating and respiratory structures. However, these differences were based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the homologous elements of the oral area and the taphonomic process; taphonomic disarticulation of the oral area formed the basis for the erection of Pentacystis and Osgoodicystis as separate genera, and Osgoodicystis is interpreted as the junior synonym of Pentacystis . Holocystitids show a conservative peristomial bordering plate pattern that is shared among all described genera. The peristome is bordered by seven interradially positioned oral plates as is typical for oral plate–bearing blastozoans. A second open circlet of facetal plates lies distal to the oral plates; five of these facetal plates bear facets for feeding appendages (lost on the A ambulacrum in some taxa), while two lateral facets (present in all taxa except Pustulocystis ) do not. Holocystitid taxa show minor modifications to this basic peristomial bordering plate pattern. As thecal morphologies are highly variable within populations, taxonomic revision of holocystitids is based on modifications of the plating of the oral area. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Echinodermata Subphylum: †Blastozoa Class: †Diploporita Superfamily: †Sphaeronitida Family: †Holocystitidae Genus: †Holocystites Species: †scutellatus