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  1. Possible Huge Bryozoan/Anthozoan

    Hello all! I was hunting for fossils in Owingsville, KY on a road cut that contains the Drakes Formation (Late Ordovician). Plenty of brachiopods, small bryozoans, cephalopods and other common Ordovician fossils found. I happened upon this piece, at first just thinking it was geologic with some bryozoan encrusting/deposited within the rock. I almost left it behind but couldn't help but wonder if it was all one piece and that it may truly be an example of large bryozoan or coral. I was curious as to what you all think, whether it be one of the two, mostly geologic or what have you.
  2. Orthocone find

    Wanted to take advantage of the good weather and went to the creek on my farm to see if I could find anything good. The creek is located on a farm in Northern Kentucky, located in a small valley amongst the hills. As soon as I reached the creek and knelt down, I spotted this beautiful specimen and instantly recognized the shape and tapering. I can’t find any septa on it though. I find an abundance of bryozoans, brachiopods and crinoid stems. Few weeks ago, found a fragment of orthocone and had it verified on here. This is only my second and so are pretty rare on our land. Just wanted to show you all, make sure 100% it’s the real deal since you all know much, much more than I. Don’t want to keep a rock or petrified ice cream cone around.
  3. Creek bed fossil

    I found this fossil a few weeks ago. It was in a creek bed that flows during the wet season but has pools in the dry. I know the creek has sandstone, but it also looks like it has limestone and possibly slate. There is also a lot of rocks containing rust. This fossil appears to be stained with it. I am located in Western Kentucky near Hopkinsville. One side looks like it is ribs. The other side is smooth and one part is unusually round. There are pockets that appear to be filled with sediment that has solidified into rock. I've added pictures from all sides and others with measurements. I will add them as replies since the files are too large. I wish I had more, but this is all I have.
  4. Kentucky Teeth Fossils

    Can anyone help me identify all these fossilized teeth and other fossils I have?
  5. screw-shaped, chamberless cephalopod?

    Hey! I was looking for native artifacts in a neighbourhood creek when I came across what I thought was a somewhat large cephalopod fossil. The creek is in Louisville Kentucky, leading to Floyd’s Fork. From the USGS Mapview, it looks like it’s Ordovician of the Drake’s formation. Either Bardstown member or Saluda Dolomite member. Upon further examination, I saw that the ridges on the sides were angled very steeply. It was very covered by matrix, so I decided to get to work on it with a dremel tool. After getting a significant amount of material off the fossil, I found that the ridges along the side were not in fact bilaterally symmetrical, and rather that these ridges went down the length of it, spiraling like they would on a screw. It is hollow, partially filled in with some softer, red stone and crystallized on the inside. From what I can tell, it has a curve to it reminding me of cyrtoconic(?) cephalopods. I read somewhere that cephalopods are bilaterally symmetrical, so I decided to post this here since I now don’t have any better guesses on what it is. My only other thoughts are that shark coprolites can be spiral shaped, and that it seems too smooth and hollowed to be a horn coral. My heads buzzing about this. Mum said it could be a unicorn horn . Due to upload limits, I will be adding a couple more photos below. I could not find any other fragments of the fossil besides this one section.
  6. A Devonian coral site in Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  7. With the mild December weather, I decided to squeeze in one more collecting trip before the end of the year. I contacted a few friends and we hopped in the car and made a six hour trek from the Chicagoland area down to Northern Kentucky. We decided to collect a huge roadcut outside of Maysville Kentucky. The cut is well known to collectors of Cincinnatian aged fossils. Many beautiful crinoids, edrioasteroids and other rare Ordovician fauna have been found at this site. The cut is enormous and is quite overwhelming to a first time collector. I have not done much collecting in the Cincinnatian but had had a chance to briefly visit this site once before and it looked promising. The site cuts through several formations of the Cincinnatian. From bottom to top, it exposes the Kope, Fairview and Bellevue Formations. My main goal was to hopefully find a rare edrioasteroid. We initially concentrated on the upper layers in the Bellevue. We had already had some luck earlier in the day with echinoderms. We had stopped at a smaller cut on our way to the site that exposed the Kope Formation. My friend found 2 nice slabs with well preserved examples of the Crinoid Ectenocaris with stems and calyx’s preserved. Unfortunately, we did not have much luck locating any Edrioasteroids. I decided to head down the cut and do a little prospecting in the Fairview. Almost immediately, I stumbled upon my best find ever in the Cincinnatian! I was looking at pieces of shale when I was stunned to see a slab covered in trilobites! For those who have not collected in the Cincinnatian, finding any trilobites other then Flexicalymene and Isotelus is a rare occurrence. A collector is likely to only find isolated parts of some of the rarer types. The trilobites that you do find are normally individuals and likely enrolled. After closer inspection, I was amazed to see that the trilobites that were preserved on this slab appeared to be examples of Ceraurus milleranus! All appear to be prone and some are even piled on top of each other. Finding one complete Ceraurus in the Cincinnatian would be considered an amazing and very rare find. In all, we collected over twenty in various stages of growth ranging from a tiny 1/4 inch example to one nearly two inches in length. The slabs need to be cleaned and prepped but I am attaching a picture of one of the unfinished pieces. I will add more pictures to this post once everything is prepped. We found some other nice fossils that day that I will post as well.
  8. Fossils in Kentucky

    Hi, I'm visiting my niece who just had a baby, in campbellsville KY. I noticed there are a lot of very ancient fossils in Kentucky. Does anyone have any sites or road cuts to explore? Thanks alot, this is my first post. Stuart
  9. Good spots for finding fossils in Kentucky

    Okay so I am a noob basically in fossil hunting. I am more of a living animal guy but minerals and especially fossils are a side passion that I would absolutely love to get more into. I have my own mediocre collection. My proudest piece is a trilobite which I bought for $5. I can’t really afford to buy all my fossils plus finding them is always fun. I have a decent collection of corals. Anyways now that I got the background out of the way. I need advice on where to look in Ky. Mainly the Jackson Purchase area as that’s where I’m located and currently limited to. I find most of my corals at the beach at Kentucky Dam. So where else should I lool? Creeks, cornfields, etc.? And what do I look for? I have a basic understanding but not really at the same time. And lastly I would love to find arthropods. That is my passion and fossilized arthropods are my favorite. So like trilobites, where can I find those? Anyone have any locations? Any help is greatly appreciated
  10. found this in a stream in Bowling Green, Kentucky along with plenty of plant fossils that were in clay like rocks
  11. Strange - Centipede or Plant? Need help!

    Hello, I am brand new to the forum - I hunt for fossils often, but I am completely stumped here! I found this a few years ago in Slade, KY - inside of the Red River Gorge - in the Red River. I think it looks like a giant centipede, with some sort of antennae at the top, but one experienced fossil friend thinks it might be a cycad cross section. I see legs, a critter.. but he sees a plant. Hopefully one of you experts here can solve this mystery!
  12. Something coiled

    Is this an ammonite? It's not exactly round, and I don't know if an ammonite would compress like this. It would be cool if my daughter had found one, though!
  13. Is this horn coral?

    Today I have some more playground finds. I think these fossils are agatized? They are very shiny and have a striated, yet bumpy texture. The only thing I can think is that they're some kind of inside cast of horn coral, but they almost seem to have had branches due to the knot-hole appearance on two of them. Two of them have hollowed-out ends.
  14. Two tiny fossils for ID

    Hello again, Fossil Forum. I have some actual fossils for you now. My seven-year-old daughter finds these tiny things mixed in with the gravel on her school playground. I don't know if the gravel is local to us in Kentucky, but it might be. The first one has so much contrast it looks like someone painted the white parts of it! I assume it's some kind of coral, but I don't know what kind. The second item is one of the best she's found as it seems to be in very good shape. I don't know if it's plant matter or again, coral. I'd love to be able to label it in her little fossil box.
  15. I found what looks like a tree cast fossil in black shale layer but it does not look like what I have seen on display. It to me made of a very fine grain sediment and peel off in layers. I could see a complete log imbedded in the shale on one of the upper layers appears to be less than a foot in diameter.
  16. Was hunting for trace fossils at the Walmart excavation site and came across this among the zoophycos. Do not know what it is.
  17. Hi everyone. So I've an old HS fb friend who found this doing tractor mowing in an area called Sand Knob. Ky is littered with these knobs, similar to a mountain range. My question is, could this possibly be an 85 million yr old fossil from the Cretaceous Period? (The last time oceans were in Western ky) It appears to be a whale vertebrae to me and others but they insist it was "dropped" or "planted". This 100% was not randomly buried by a trickster in a remote area of Casey Co. This sandy Knob region could be the banks of the Mississippian range. They are actually. Similar to how beached whales wash up on the beach, this creature, with a rise in sea levels, could very well have been deposited here. It's approximately 200mls away to the western region that known Cretaceous fossils have been found. Could this change the map in terms of Period location? Do the sandy knobs represent the banks of a past, epic event in sea levels rising? What catastrophic event would send sea levels 200mls East? Meteor? Ice caps melting? Mosasaur was known to crawl to land to give birth could this have been the leftovers of a takeaway dinner? Lol
  18. Vinlandostrophia laticosta?

    Hi guys, new to fossil hunting so I thought I'd ask for some help identifying a few fossils my girlfriend and I found at a park near Louisville, Kentucky. We found a ton of brachiopods among the creek gravel, almost completely without context, but this was the only one intact and in decent condition. Is this what I think it is, a Vinlandostrophia laticosta? According to this resource we're only about 30 miles or so out of its documented range. http://www.ordovicianatlas.org/atlas/brachiopoda/rhynchonellata/orthida/platystrophiidae/vinlandostrophia/vinlandostrophia-laticosta/ Thanks!
  19. Upper Ordovician, Corryville member. Dry Dredgers field trip 4/28/18. Rt. 11, near Flemingsburg, KY. Vinlandostrophia ponderosa and "Solenopora" My shark teeth I won in the annual auction at the Dry Dredgers meeting the night before.
  20. Kentucky invertebrates

    Couple of fossils found in the fort Knox region. Not too impressive but pretty cool none the less. Let know what you think.
  21. Fossil hunting Kentucky

    I'm currently at Fort Knox Kentucky for about 6 weeks and am interested in doing some fossil hunting while I am here. Does anyone know where I can find some cool stuff? Hoping for trilobites! Any info would be awesome!
  22. Cordaites w/ Artisia

    From the album icycatelf's Backyard Fossils

    Cordaites with Artisia Hyden Formation Middle Pennsylvanian Eastern Kentucky 5.6cm (length) Fossil from a Cordaites tree with pith (Artisia) exposed
  23. Sphenopteris fern A.jpg

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Sphenopteris fern Sphenopteris fern Eastern Kentucky, USA Pennsylvanian Period (~ 330 million years ago) Sphenopteris is a genus of seed ferns containing the foliage of various extinct plants, ranging from the Devonian to Late Cretaceous. The frond of Sphenopteris could be up to 20 inches (51 cm) long. Kingdom: Plantae Division: †Pteridospermatophyta Class: †Lyginopteridopsida Order: †Lyginopteridales Family: †Lyginopteridaceae Genus: †Sphenopteris
  24. Mariopteris fern

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Mariopteris fern Eastern Kentucky, USA Pennsylvanian Period (~ 330 million years ago) The Medullosales is an order of pteridospermous seed plants characterised by large ovules with circular cross-section, with a vascularised nucellus, complex pollen-organs, stems and rachides with a dissected stele, and frond-like leaves. Their nearest still-living relatives are the cycads. Most medullosaleans were small to medium-sized trees. The largest were probably the trees with Alethopteris fronds - these fronds could be at least 7 metres long and the trees were perhaps up to 10 metres tall. Especially in Moscovian times, many medullosaleans were rather smaller trees with fronds only about 2 metres long, and apparently growing in dense, mutually supporting stands. During Kasimovian and Gzhelian times there were also non-arboreal forms with smaller fronds (e.g. Odontopteris) that were probably scrambling or possibly climbing plants. Kingdom: Plantae Phylum: Superphylum:†Tracheophyta Subphylum: †Euphyllophytina Class: unranked clade: †Radiatopses Family: Family: †Medullosaceae Genus: Genus: †Mariopteris