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  1. found this in a stream in Bowling Green, Kentucky along with plenty of plant fossils that were in clay like rocks
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Was hunting for trace fossils at the Walmart excavation site and came across this among the zoophycos. Do not know what it is.
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. What is this fossil

  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Alethopteris fern.jpg

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Alethopteris fern Eastern Kentucky, USA Pennsylvanian Period (~ 330 million years ago) Alethopteris is a prehistoric plant genus of fossil Pteridospermatophyta (seed ferns) that existed in the Carboniferous period (around 360 to 300 million years ago). It is in the family Alethopteridaceae. Kingdom: Plantae Phylum: †Pteridospermatophyta Order: †Medullosales Family: †Alethopteridaceae Genus: †Alethopteris
  18. Palaeozoic Shark Tooth

    @TNCollector et al. This one seems rather non-descript. Any ideas? Helodus? Chomatodus? Psephodus? I have no idea... Location and age info in tags.
  19. From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Hebertella occidentalis Brachiopod SITE LOCATION: Trimble County, Kentucky TIME PERIOD: Ordovician Period (445-485 Million Years ago) Data: Moderate to large Hebertella species with a subquadrate outline and a moderate to highly pronounced sulcus. Shell wider than long; shell depth variable, convexoconcave to unequally biconvex; cardinal extremities angular; sulcus wide with moderate to very high depth, typically well developed in larger specimins; ventral muscle scars of variable width; dorsal and ventral umbonal angles low (<135 degrees). Articulate brachiopod. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Brachiopoda Class: Rhynchonellata Order: †Orthida Family: †Plectorthidae Genus: †Herbertella Species: †occidentalis
  20. From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Hebertella occidentalis Brachiopod SITE LOCATION: Trimble County, Kentucky TIME PERIOD: Ordovician Period (445-485 Million Years ago) Data: Moderate to large Hebertella species with a subquadrate outline and a moderate to highly pronounced sulcus. Shell wider than long; shell depth variable, convexoconcave to unequally biconvex; cardinal extremities angular; sulcus wide with moderate to very high depth, typically well developed in larger specimins; ventral muscle scars of variable width; dorsal and ventral umbonal angles low (<135 degrees). Articulate brachiopod. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Brachiopoda Class: Rhynchonellata Order: †Orthida Family: †Plectorthidae Genus: †Herbertella Species: †occidentalis
  21. From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Hebertella occidentalis Brachiopod SITE LOCATION: Trimble County, Kentucky TIME PERIOD: Ordovician Period (445-485 Million Years ago) Data: Moderate to large Hebertella species with a subquadrate outline and a moderate to highly pronounced sulcus. Shell wider than long; shell depth variable, convexoconcave to unequally biconvex; cardinal extremities angular; sulcus wide with moderate to very high depth, typically well developed in larger specimins; ventral muscle scars of variable width; dorsal and ventral umbonal angles low (<135 degrees). Articulate brachiopod. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Brachiopoda Class: Rhynchonellata Order: †Orthida Family: †Plectorthidae Genus: †Herbertella Species: †occidentalis
  22. Smilodon

    Hello, I'm new to the site. Recently, I found what I thought was a petrified banana in a creek bed. However, someone told me this is a Smilodon tooth, but it measures about 6 inches in length, and not quite two inches at the widest. I'm still betting on a banana:) Any assistance is greatly appreciated!
  23. Dinosaur egg?????

    I really have no idea what this is, but I'm hoping Kentucky's first dinosaur egg. Lol. None the less, it is really cool. I came across these two pieces embedded in bedrock in a gorge. I'm not a serious collector, but I am always looking for cool things in nature. It appears that they belonged together, like an eggshell. The outer portion is probably 3/4". The diameter is approximately 9" for the large piece. Depth is about 9" of the larger piece. 1 1/2" for the smaller. Any ideas?
  24. Lepidodendron (Scale Tree) Fossil 1.jpg

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Lepidodendron (Scale Tree) Fossil SITE LOCATION: Kentucky, USA TIME PERIOD: Carboniferous, Pennsylvanian Period (307-331 Million Yeas Ago) Data: Lepidodendron — also known as scale tree — is an extinct genus of primitive, vascular, arborescent (tree-like) plant related to the lycopsids (club mosses). They were part of the coal forest flora. They sometimes reached heights of over 30 metres (100 ft), and the trunks were often over 1 m (3.3 ft) in diameter. They thrived during the Carboniferous Period (about 359.2 ± 2.5 Mya (million years ago) to about 299.0 ± 0.8 Mya) before going extinct. Sometimes erroneously called "giant club mosses", they were actually more closely related to today's quillworts than to modern club mosses. The name Lepidodendron comes from the Greek lepido, scale, and dendron, tree. By the Mesozoic era, the giant lycopsids had died out and were replaced by conifers as well as smaller Quillworts. This may have been the result of competition from the emerging woody gymnosperms. Lepidodendron is one of the more common plant fossils found in Pennsylvanian (Late Carboniferous) age rocks. They are closely related to other extinct Lycopsid genera, Sigillaria and Lepidendropsis. Kingdom: Plantae Phylum: Lycopodiophyta Class: Isoetopsida Order: †Lepidodendrales Family: †Lepidodendraceae Genus: †Lepidodendron Family: Lepidodendraceae Genus: †Lepidodendron
  25. Lepidodendron (Scale Tree) Fossil 1.jpg

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Lepidodendron (Scale Tree) Fossil SITE LOCATION: Kentucky, USA TIME PERIOD: Carboniferous, Pennsylvanian Period (307-331 Million Yeas Ago) Data: Lepidodendron — also known as scale tree — is an extinct genus of primitive, vascular, arborescent (tree-like) plant related to the lycopsids (club mosses). They were part of the coal forest flora. They sometimes reached heights of over 30 metres (100 ft), and the trunks were often over 1 m (3.3 ft) in diameter. They thrived during the Carboniferous Period (about 359.2 ± 2.5 Mya (million years ago) to about 299.0 ± 0.8 Mya) before going extinct. Sometimes erroneously called "giant club mosses", they were actually more closely related to today's quillworts than to modern club mosses. The name Lepidodendron comes from the Greek lepido, scale, and dendron, tree. By the Mesozoic era, the giant lycopsids had died out and were replaced by conifers as well as smaller Quillworts. This may have been the result of competition from the emerging woody gymnosperms. Lepidodendron is one of the more common plant fossils found in Pennsylvanian (Late Carboniferous) age rocks. They are closely related to other extinct Lycopsid genera, Sigillaria and Lepidendropsis. Kingdom: Plantae Phylum: Lycopodiophyta Class: Isoetopsida Order: †Lepidodendrales Family: †Lepidodendraceae Genus: †Lepidodendron Family: Lepidodendraceae Genus: †Lepidodendron
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