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Found 7 results

  1. This head spine has just reappeared in my collection - I must have found it about 20 years ago in Linton. Is that an Orthacanthus or Xenacanthus head spine? The length is about 8 cm / 3". Thanks Thomas
  2. Today turned out to be a good day to go through Linton Cannel Coal. I haven't searched the fossil coal in a while. Just for fun, I was looking through some blocks when I spotted a shark spine buried in a thin layer of spore cannel. Usually when I split the coal, I use a knife, but this piece was so thin and fragile I decided to blow of the layer with an air nozzle. When I did this, not only did I see a spine, but nearly a complete Shark was there. Typically the size of the coal block limits the fossil size. Today's fossil Orthacanthus compressus was missing the head and the tip of the tail. Sigh. This shark is from a coal mine in SE Ohio. The coal is Upper Pennsylvanian in age (300 myo). I have included a sketch of what an Orthacanthus may have looked like.
  3. Searching in Cannel Coal, I previously thought unproductive, yielded a rare Tremnospodyl Amphibian called Erpetosaurus radiatus. I have never found one of these before and consider myself lucky to have found this one. The very bottom layer of the Linton Cannel coal is very tough and just made of Sporite. Seldom do I ever look in the layer, there is just nothing there to see; or so I thought. Back in September, I knew I had a nice skull, I just didn't know what it was. Well thanks to Fossil Forum member Dave ( you know who you are ) the skull has been identified. My skull is more complete than the drawing. I'm hoping the researcher finds it helpful. The color drawing is the closest amphibian I could find to what an Erpetosaurus looked like. Credits for this drawing go to Russian artist Dmitry Bogdanov. After Googling the name Erpetosaurus, I found there is precious little information on this Amphibian. Enjoy my newest Linton find.
  4. I've been going through my Pennsylvanian Cannel Coal and have identified a few partial finds. The jaws of a Fish, Amphibian and possible Reptile. Click on the pictures to enlarge for detail. The fish jaw is that of Rhabdoderma elegans with a neat "fingerprint" pattern on the exterior side. The next is an amphibian jaw of Sauropleura pectinata. Last is the jaw of a possible Microsaur. To this day, I'm still amazed at the detail the coal can save of these ancient creatures of over 300 million years ago.
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