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  1. Here are some finds from a late August to early September long loop road trip, fossil hunting through Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky. I'll appreciate detailed specimen identification help. First photo shows brachiopods & a trilobite from the Devonian Silica Shale Formation near Sylvania, northwestern Ohio.
  2. For an extreme example of a wayward marine mammal, look at the below open access paper. Valenzuela-Toro, A.M., Zicos, M.H. and Pyenson, N.D., 2020. Extreme dispersal or human-transport? The enigmatic case of an extralimital freshwater occurrence of a Southern elephant seal from Indiana. PeerJ, 8, p.e9665 Yours, Paul H.
  3. I recently found several fossil plant impressions inside nodules from Indiana coal mine spoil dumps. It is Pennsylvanian age approximately 300 mya. Please help identify the specimens to genus, and species if possible. Thanks!
  4. Many roots of the Lepidodendron have been found here cast in fine grained, very hard sandstone. One specimen of bark has been found that is in a repetitive diamond pattern reminiscent of scales on a tropical palm type tree. Another one off specimen is of the interior trunk or wood of the tree--(presumably). All of these specimens are the same type of sandstone. This is definitely Lepidodendron country as no other fossils have been found here to date. Pics of individual specimens will be gladly posted upon request.
  5. Back to the Ohio Valley

    Hi Everyone, I took a 2 week trip to the Ohio Valley, arriving back in New York about a week ago. It was primarily a family visit since many of my relatives now reside in the Elizabethtown, KY area. However, the Ohio Valley, as some of you know, is very rich in Paleozoic fossils and I just had to make a few stops on my way there and back as well as between family engagements. I will try to share enough to give you all a gist of it: It was a long day's drive from the northern suburbs of New York City to Richmond, Indiana where I spent the first night. The next day I was headed down State Road 101 to Garr Hill, to collect in the Upper Ordovician Liberty Formation. It was my first time at the site and everything I found was collected from loose rocks at or near the base of the outcrop. A couple of pictures:
  6. Indiana Brachiopod ID

    Here's a sweet Brachiopod I found yesterday, it's quite interesting and I've only found one other like it, I am unfamiliar with the specific species but I am very interested if anyone could tell me more about it!
  7. I found these several geodized Mississippian marine fossils in southern Indiana. They may not all be hollow with quartz crystals inside, but many are. The fossils usually balloon in size in the geode-forming process. Here's 2 sides of a crinoid calyx...
  8. I found this section of colonial coral in the Silurian of southern Indiana. I believe it is Arachnophyllum. Specimen is approxately 9x5x3 inches. Photos views are oblique, top & side cross-section showing laminae.
  9. Nautiloid?

    Hi guys. Looking for help on this one. Found it this weekend in a west central Indiana creek. Largely glacial till although this was found not far from an outcrop of bedrock (Early carb.) and the matrix of this specimen appears similar to the bedrock matrix. I’m thinking nautiloid. If so, thoughts on genus? Was thinking vestinautilus, but there appears to be more suture lines on this specimen then on the picture in my field guide. A few of the pieces are “removable” thanks to me not realizing what I had when I first picked it up. In the end though, helps with seeing the various aspects a bit more clearly. Can’t see umbilicus. Blue line in one of the pics is pointing to what I think is the siphuncle. Measurement marks are In cm. Thanks for your help
  10. North Vernon Creek Fossils Finds

    Made my way from NY to IN to visit my girlfriend's family for the week in the small town of North Vernon. Her parent's backyard has a creek running through it and it's full of fossils! Here are some that I found while splashing around a bit:
  11. Trip to St. Leon, IN

    Finally made it out to St. Leon, IN while visiting my girlfriend's family in rural Indiana. Here are some cool specimens I found (lots of brachiopods):
  12. What type of coral is this?

    Hi there, new member here, what an incredible forum this is! I'm learning so much. Living in NE Indiana, USA, we are quite aware of a number of types of coral fossils. My five-year-old son has found hundreds of types of coral fossils in our landscaping rock alone. We also found all manner of fossilized shells and even a few trilobites! This weekend we stumbled across a fossil in a nearby creek bed and aren't sure what to make of it. Any help is appreciated!
  13. Mississippian fish bit

    I found while going over some hash plates from the Late Mississippian (Chesterian) of Indiana. Looks like some kind of scale/denticle perhaps. I feel like I've seen one before but can't put my finger on it. Any thoughts?
  14. Isotelus bits?

    One lives in hope. From one of my favourite hash plates, sent to me by my wonderful friend Ralph @Nimravis Southgate Hill road cut, St. Leon, Indiana, USA. Cincinnatian (Late Ordovician) Waynesville or Liberty Formation. Is this part of an Isotelus thoracic segment? Thank you so much for looking and any help is very gratefully appreciated. 11 mm across. And is this a bit of Isotelus? 2.2 cm long.
  15. 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.
  16. I found this 65 lbs. complete hemispherical Favosites colonial coral head in the Ordovician in southern Indiana. Photos are specimen top and bottom.
  17. I found this 65 lbs. complete hemispherical colonial Coral Head in the Ordovician in southern Indiana. Photos are base and top.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. Need help to id!

    I found this while searching for geodes and crinoids in a southern Indiana lake.
  25. 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
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