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"The appearance of these sharks are largely unknown. However, author and illustrator Ray Troll mentions in his book, Sharkabet, about how paleontologist Rainer Zangerl once discovered a large shale slab containing a long, eel-like fish covered in long, spine-like denticles, only to have it dry out and crumble into dust. As such, according to Zangerl's account, Troll reconstructs Listracanthus as resembling a tremendous, fiercely-bristled frill shark." http://fossil.wikia.com/wiki/Listracanthus Oh my GOD!!!!!!! How frustrating!!!! To actually have uncovered an imprint of an extinct shark, one of the many holy grails of collecting, but it being destroyed, and before anyone else could even see it(and i guess before he took a picture of it:/ ). Brings a whole new aspect into the sad idea of discoveries that could, or even HAVE been made, but haven't, won't, or can't be actually discovered to science:( I wonder how many paleontologists have nightmares about that? Maybe even a common nightmare thread for the career? *by the way, these are in the edestus/helicoprion family, so maybe this is a clue as to what those guys looked like? (simultaneous to all of helicoprion's and to most of edestus' known spans...I don't know what, if anything, that might point to as far as likelyhoods of potential similarities)
Hello Everyone, Tragedy from an outing this past weekend and I'd much rather a TFF member who enjoys the educational aspect of fossils get a chance to benefit from my misfortune rather than a picker looking to collect and sell. It's been years since I've posted here but I've known and loved all the interactions I've had in the past and hope to give back a little good Karma here. I was traveling to the famous St. Leon IN road cut with a student of mine and I know I left behind a bag of amazing trilobites. For those who live in the area, you know where I'm talking about. I had a small 2x3 inch bag with at least 5 really nice Flexicalymene wrapped in bits of aluminum foil in it and a bunch of Zygospira (I'm a serious brachiopod fan). I'm fairly certain it either fell out of my bag, or I may have set it down and left it on the blue shale bed at the top of the Waynesville Formation (Blanchester Member) likely on the East side of the road cut. I've been finding I have some memory issues lately and I'm paying dearly for this one. I don't want to put too much detail as I tend to be rather protective of sites, even if they are fairly well known. I have basically given up hope of being able to get back down there soon (I'm from Milwaukee) but I would love for someone to find them and at least keep them and enjoy them. It's also possible that they may have fallen out of my truck while parked at the outcrop. If so, look on the curb on the East side of the road, just about one man-made cut tier below where the blue shale meets the road. (maybe about 100 yards North (downhill) of where this shale later meets the road. The trilobites are all wrapped in little bits of aluminum foil. Some are prone, others enrolled. Of course, I would be ecstatic if someone were kind enough to actually find them and send them to me, but I'd still prefer that at least someone finds them and keep them for themselves rather than have them survive 450 million years in the ground, just to get picked up, carefully wrapped and then run over on the curb and destroyed, or crushed on the outcrop. If someone can make it there sooner than later, I wish you luck and hope you recover them! If you do it is entirely up to you to choose to keep them, but I'd LOVE to see or hear that someone from TFF actually found them. I feel there could be a good chance since It was just last Sunday (March 17th) and people usually collect more during the weekends. If you can get there I hope you find them, love them, and above all learn from them! Kindest regards. Scott
There was a professor Dutch who had a great webpage on the uwgb site, but it appears to be gone. Every time I try to access it, I get an error. I've tried different links to different sections and all give errors. Does anyone know if it's gone for good? I'm guessing he's retiring or retired and they cleaned up his webspace? It stinks because there was so much good information on there.