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  1. Help with ?Fossil Identification

    Hello All! My husband and I are building a home in Central Kentucky (Frankfort) and have been finding a plethora of agate, jasper and geodes. I found some odd looking "rock" that I was puzzled about. It looks a lot like a scapula maybe, is very porous looking under the microscope and is very heavy. When I put my tongue to it, it sticks. The specimen is about 5 inches by 3 inches. Here are the photos: I would greatly appreciate any input anyone has for me. Thank you, Annette
  2. Gastropod?

    I realize that this is very weathered and would be extremely difficult (and most likely impossible) to put any sort of specific ID on, but I was wondering if anyone thought it might be a gastropod? What is left of one anyway. I picked up the rock because it has a couple of brachiopods on the other side, and only noticed this after I got it home for a closer look. It’s Ordovician from the Drakes Formation near Bardstown Kentucky. Sorry for the lack of scale, but it’s about 1 inch (2.54cm) across.
  3. Hello All, I was able to scrounge up a few hours of free time a couple of days ago. I decided to head towards the Bardstown Kentucky area to scout out a couple of spots I had on my list of possible collecting sites. The first 4 stops proved to be fossil barren. Feeling a little bummed I decided to get some lunch and regroup. After the quick bite to eat, I realized I was running out of time, but I figured I had enough for one more stop. I headed to a road cut that exposed Ordovician rock. More specifically the Drakes Formation. I'm not sure which Member of the Drakes Formation yet. Still working that out. It took a little longer than I anticipated to get to the road cut that exposed the formation, so I ended up with only 30-45 minutes of collecting time. After about 5 minutes of looking, I realized that my perseverance had paid off! I quickly collected what I could in the limited time that I had left to me. The site is definitely on my list now and I will be paying a visit again when I can stay longer. Below are some of my finds. Here are some in situ pics... A couple of nice brachiopods. I haven't had a chance to try and identify them yet, and I am not as good with brachs as I would like to be, so if anyone has a suggestion feel free to chime in. This little guy is hiding. Can you spot him? Sorry for the lack of scale ( I was in a hurry ) This colonial coral is about 6 inches across and not the largest that I found! (Favosites sp.) Possibly Foerstephyllum sp. Here are a few more pics after I got to the house... Here is the little guy that was hiding. Both valves were together. With a little clean up he should look nice. This one is nice, but very delicate as it has completely weathered out of the matrix. Another one of the nicer brachiopods that I picked up. It too had both valves. I picked up this hash plate. A lot of brachiopods, but there is also a layer of iron just below them. You can see it rusting a little in the top left of the photo. I'm fairly certain that this is a stromatoporoid. It is heavily crystalized and has a thin layer of matrix over the top, but I think with a little prep it will reveal its secrets. Last, but certainly not least, is a very large coral. Favosites sp. Foerestophyllum sp? It measures around 9 inches long x 7 inches wide x 5 inches thick.
  4. Unknown Kentucky Coral. Ordovician?

    I have this coral and I *think* it came from a batch of material from the Bardstown locality in Kentucky. I think it's Ordovician. It is a ball shape and one side shows a lot more detail than the other. Does anyone know what species this is?
  5. Here is a piece of shale(?) that I believe is from a locality near Bardstown Kentucky and either Devonian or Ordovician deposits. There is nifty-looking trilobite with detailed eyes popping out of the rock matrix. Can anyone verify what type/species of trilobite this is? Thanks!
  6. Does anyone know what this is?

    Does anyone know what this is? I'll send some info with this post. It looks like an animal as well as a bone. found on a shore of Kentucky Lake It looks like a rodent fossil It looks as if it had an eye socket as well as a body and head. Here are some pics (There's more soon)
  7. Trilobite Pygdium ID Help

    I've been racking my brain trying to identify these trilobite pygidium. Its my understanding that these all came from a quarry in the Bardstown KY, USA area. Its also my understanding that the site has New Albany Shale and Beechwood Limestone which are members of the Sellersburg Limestone Formation and is Devonian in age. These don't look like anything that I know of that has been found in the area/age of rock. To me they look more like Griffithides Bufo , but that trilobite is found in Mississippian age rock. Any input would be welcome! Far Left: Middle: Far Right:
  8. I found this fossil a couple of years ago while collecting in the Bardstown,. KY area with TFF member Herb. The bedrock was Devonian, I believe Sellersburg Limestone, Beechwood Member. The specimen is just under an inch and a half long. It appears to be some type of crinoid-arms/stem pieces. I am in the process of organizing my specimens and having this properly labeled would great. Any help with the ID would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  9. Fossil ID Mammoth Molar Fragment

    I found and odd rock that from what I see online seems similar to a mammoth Molar perhaps. Or maybe I just want it to be lol. Either way would appreciate any help identifying it or just telling me I found a rock.
  10. I tried to post this last night, but my phone was not cooperating. Yesterday was a hot day and I spent about 9 hours outside collecting and going through a lot of water. I first stop and my first location on Monday located in Wilder, Kentucky. This site is very productive and I wanted to stop back and check out another portion of it. Here is a picture of the location- Here are some of my finds- Cryptolithus tessellatus- Flexicalymene meeki- Flexi / Crypto and Isotelus Parts- Graptolites: Geniculogratus typicalis
  11. Kentuckian fossils that sorta resemble teeth?

    I found three of these fossils in a small area at my local creek where I collect fossils. Two of them were found by themselves but one of them is still inside the matrix accompanied by bryozoans and crinoid segments. I have no idea what they are or could be but they resemble teeth. They were found in Crittenden County Kentucky if that helps any.
  12. Tabulate Coral, Ordovician?

    I scored a couple of big chunks of fossilized coral, and I am curious to learn more about it. It appears to be some form of tabulate coral and I think it comes from Ordovician deposits in Kentucky. That's about all I know about it. Does anyone know what species this is, or if the Ordovician age range is correct? Would something like this be found in or around Bardstown Kentucky? Thanks in advance for any help!
  13. Silicified crinoid

    I believe i know what this is, though not the species. But it is unusual enough for me to think others might like to see it. It is a silicified crinoid column found in a road cut near wax,ky. I was looking for blastoids, but was very happy finding this.
  14. Flexicalymene Mineus

    From the album Trilobites

    A nice little trilobite in a defense posture all rolled up. This Flexicalymene Mineus is a smaller but pretty cute little trilobite. Trilo is upper Ordovician in age, from Maysville, Kentucky. I will have to add in the measurement later on as I have forgotten.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Kentucky Teeth Fossils

    Can anyone help me identify all these fossilized teeth and other fossils I have?
  19. 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.
  20. A Devonian coral site in Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. found this in a stream in Bowling Green, Kentucky along with plenty of plant fossils that were in clay like rocks
  25. 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!
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