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Found 82 results

  1. Possible squid from Montour Fossil Pit

    I found this yesterday in my searches at the Montour fossil pit in Danville pa. I think it is a squid but wouldn’t mind help identifying it. The third picture is the opposite side of the rock. Thanks everyone!
  2. Had another successful trip yesterday to Montour. It’s only my second time going but I really enjoy this place. Figured I’d share my finds with all of you! Partial stem? Clam that was still in the rock, this one actually was nice compared to what I normally find 4 small Pleurodictyum I found, top right is still pretty well encased A really nice shell, possibly oyster?
  3. Fossil ID request

    Wondering what these might be not exactly certain. Poking around in an outcrop of the Mahantango. Thanks!
  4. More trilo-bits

    Still just finding bits. Two pygidia in one piece, and a small cephalon. This entire area must have been a shell pile like you see at the beach today. You know, the ones you have to walk around when bare footed. Nothing but shells, bits n' pieces. Cheers.
  5. orthoceras, goniatite and ? ? ? ?

    Hi everyone. Picked these up yesterday in my garden. The orthoceras orthocone are familiar as is the piece of a goniatite (3rd one here so far) but am wondering what the larger piece is ? It is very smooth, and has the same color, texture and symmetry as the goniatites but is much thinner in proportion. Pictured is both sides and a longitudinal view to hopefully show the symmetry and relatively thin profile. Does it look familiar to any of you ? Thanks.
  6. Bryozoans

    Here are a few pics of the bryozoans I cracked into today. Experimenting with the camera, hope they come out OK. (will delete some if necessary) You may see more detail by saving and zooming in ..... not sure. Thanks for looking, Enjoy.
  7. Dipleura Cephalon ?

    Hi folks. I cracked into some very nice bryozoans today. Mostly the fenestella (?) and also see this item that looks like the upturned nose of a dipleura. Do you see the same ? Will post some pics of the bryozoans in the general section. Thanks.
  8. Trilobite thorax ?

    Hi again ! This broke out in a difficult way. Maybe the next one will split in a more desirable fashion. Both of these pieces are from the same chunk of matrix, but are 2 different animals. Almost certain of this because they will not "plug" into one another. Could be the same one tho I guess. Anyway, is there enough of it there to ID it ? (them ? ) Thanks for looking,
  9. Horn Coral

    Hi folks. I cleaned up the horn coral that I posted a pic of earlier. (was wondering if I could find it easily, then realized all I had to do was look for my watch. The missing Timex was much easier to spot. ) Here is pics of it. It is the largest of the many I have found here. Regards,
  10. Fossil rich matrix

    Just a post to show what this garden patch is made of. This is a typical bucket full of chunks turned up by the plow last year. This patch will be finally tilled this year and seeded over. (might come back later, tho) I guess this is called mudstone as it is just a solid glob of fossils. Here are some pics of one of the chunks before, and after splitting. Very busy in there and quite difficult to get it to split where you want, partly due to being exposed (partially) for a year. Working on the new plow, hope to bust up a new patch in the coming week. Regards.
  11. Hi Folks. Anxious for the rain to quit so I can start digging again. Took a walk through the garden patches and picked these up today after several nice "rinsing" rains". I hope to find more of the bryozoan plates, maybe more larger ones. Maybe you can see more than one variety in the attached pics. More to come .... I'm hoping. Kind regards,
  12. Trilobite thorax ?

    Hello folks ! Tis the season to go digging. fa la la la ................. I haven't posted for a spell, but have checked in on occasion. There is a small area of my yard where grass won't grow, just weeds with bare ground in between. This item was lying on the surface. I've ridden the mower over it for 26 years now and finally looked down at the right moment. Looks like it might be the thorax of a trilobite, but am not sure. Is it recognizable to any of you ? Thanks.
  13. Trilobite ID Help

    Hey everyone, found this trilobite today and was wondering if an ID on the species level is possible. Just some background information, this was found at Beltzville Lake in Carbon Co PA. I believe this to be the Devonian Mahantango Formation. Thanks in advance for all the advice!
  14. Nautiloid? Mahantango

    My first guess is straight nautiloid. What do you all think?
  15. Trilobite cephalon and pygidium

    Hi folks. At first glance, I labeled this cephalon an Eldredgeops but it doesn't compare well with other examples in the area behind the eye where the "dimples" are. There is also a sort of "horn" projecting from the upper rear portion of the eye. Just not certain about this one. Could just be deformation ? Then the nice size greenops pygidium. Wow, I'd love to find a complete one this size ! Thanks, Regards.
  16. Mahantango Bryozoan

    Hi folks. Still searching for a complete trilobite. The "Bit" count is over 80 now .... still hopeful though. Anyway, I cracked open this densely populated plate of bryozoans. Several species were throughout this chunk. I saved this split as it is probably the best (size) example of this particular species that I have found here so far. Kind regards,
  17. More from Montour trip

    My 6 year old son and I found lots of fossils just looking through the rubble on the surface yesterday during our first ever trip to the site yesterday. We've identified many of the bivalves we found, and found both crinoid stem cross sections and profiles. We're stumped by a few, however, and would like some help.
  18. Trilobite pygidium, Greenops ?

    Hi folks, This looks like a Greenops pygidium but has slightly different spikes than images searched for ref. This was in my typical dig area. Devonian, mahantango, eastern WV. It is quite fragile and was very difficult to expose without totally destroying it. Can you verify / determine the species ? Thanks ! Cheers.
  19. Pleura ? Eldredgeops ?

    Devonian, Mahantango fm., Eastern WV. (average size thumb) Not much here to go on. I barely saw the edge of it so I dug it out ... just to see that it went nowhere. By comparing photos, it looks like a single pleura from an eldredgeops trilobite. Am I close ? If it is, its the first one I've seen here among quite a number of cephalons and pygidia. Been very busy with work, hope to get a chance to look around a bit toward the weekend. Cheers.
  20. So I had a chore this evening. Check the wooded area behind the house for downed or dead trees to work up for the woodstove this coming winter. Well, there was this oak that had blown over in the spring. The uprooted root ball was full of shale chunks. There I was .... nothing to dig or split with so I just pulled a few chunks out of the upended roots and broke the open by hand as they were quite fragile being exposed all summer. SUPER rich in fossils throughout, especially the bryozoans ! The first pic looks almost like an enrolled specimen. I just happened to notice the other guy peeking out, like he was hiding. I'll dig him out soon as the glue dries holding him to the board. Should be a fine cephalon, species to be determined. (bet eldredgeops). The firewood will have to wait a day ...... or more
  21. Plant leaf ? or ? ? ?

    Greetings again friends. This was found in the same spot as most of the other recent finds here. Eastern WV, Mahantango fm., Devonian as usual. This looks like a plant leaf but is very deeply textured, more-so than I would expect for a leaf this small and under the evident pressures. I thought maybe a pygidium but the ridges / veins / valleys do not exhibit the symmetry I'd expect for a trilobite. Does it look familiar to any of you ? A small remnant, but that is all I recovered. As always, Thanks much ! Regards,
  22. Pike Co. Pa Mahantango

    N.E. Pike Co has a few lovely waterfalls as the streams cut through the Mahantango Formation en route to the Delaware River: : Dingmans Falls, Pinchot Falls, Raymondskill Falls. This looks like a nautiloid portion, the other has a small spiriferid and a crinoid bit. Specimens from that neck of the woods. Gordon
  23. Calyx - Interestingly intricate features

    Hi again fellow chippers. I broke one of my cardinal rules and did not wash / scrub the chunks before busting them up. This shale is very near the surface so it is covered with a layer of silty mud, dirt and small roots which hides some of the fossils that are on the surface of the natural fissures. I did not notice these calyx's until after I had busted the chunks up looking for my ever elusive complete trilobite. The one has a very interesting pattern within each polygon that I have never seen here before. The other is very similar to the others I've found here. Amazing, the geometry of nature .... just amazing. Thanks
  24. Trilobite cephalon - Stranger

    Hi folks Had a chance to crack a few chunks of shale today and found a new trilobite cephalon that I haven't seen here before. The extended "ear" was in perfect condition initially but was very fragile. It got fractured a bit so I halted the prep to get a pic while it was relatively intact. The eye looks a lot like the eldredgeops. My favorite reference, "Views of the Mahantango" lists 4 species but the list does not include this one (best I can tell). I found a few other familiar specimens and attached pics of them as well. All from the same spot as the dipleura found earlier. Thanks for looking. Regards
  25. Trilobite Trio

    Hi group, I think this is another greenops pygidium. If it is, this make a Trilo-Trio, all three species found within inches of one another. The Eldredgeops was peeking out of a natural fracture and looked like it might possibly be more than just a cephalon ..... but, no luck. Only had about ten minutes to look today, hope to get a chance to look more tomorrow. Devonian, Mahantango from eastern WV. Kind regards.