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Found 68 results

  1. 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,
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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,
  10. 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
  11. Dipleura dekayi

    Hey folks, good day. I found two more of the Dipleura dekayi in the same spot as the other smaller cephalon found earlier. These are MUCH larger, I need to find a whole one ! There was also a pygidium (?) and a small eldredgeops cephalon all of these were within 2' of each other. Might be a "hot spot" ! Still a' chippin', one of these days ................. Kind regards,
  12. 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.
  13. Trilobite cephalon, Eldredgeops ? or ?

    Hi folks. Unlucky break, I hate it when that happens ! This chunk broke out in a bad way. I'm pretty sure it is a portion of a trilobite cephalon but it doesn't look like the other eldredgeops that I've found here. Not certain which is fwd or rwd, but the taper of the "center section" appears to be in the wrong direction compared to my other specimens. Perhaps it is squashed/deformed a bit ? Something just doesn't look right about it to me. Any clarification would be appreciated. Thanks.
  14. Crinoid ? Holdfast ?

    The symmetry in this little feature really is amazing to me. Its about 8mm dia. I'll go out on the limb and guess that it is the mold of a small crinoid holdfast. (its a very slender, shaky limb though) Do you recognize it ? Thanks again
  15. Plant or animal ?

    Hi folks, me again ... Went back to the shale pit to "crack a few" in search of something new, well, you know what I mean. There were several fossils like the one pictured. Some appeared to be straight across the bottom like a brachiopod but could have looked that way due to the break in the split. Can you tell if this is plant or animal ? I searched the regular sources and found little (no) relatively info. Next time there, I'll try to get better examples. Thanks again,
  16. Crinoid ? or Coral ?

    Hello friends, I found another calyx ....or coral. This one was deep in a split and was not exposed like the others. I lightly brushed the residue away. I left it like this for the pic to maybe aid with ID. I think it would look much like the others if it were cleaned up. If any other views, or exposure would help, just let me know. Its 1.5 inches diameter. Thanks !
  17. Crinoid ? good condition ?

    Hey friends I took a little walk at lunchtime today cracking shale along the way. Found this in the split of a piece of the harder gray/black/blue shale that doesn't have many fossils in it .... that I have found, anyway. Is it a crinoid ? from the calyx up ? Very interesting tentacles ... or whatever they're called. Its quite small. The calyx (if that's what it is) is about 5mm diameter. Could this be prepped out ? Looks like it would all be there, but quite delicate and tricky to expose. Thanks for looking
  18. Coral ? which is which ?

    Hi again friends, I recently broke up some larger chunks of shale that were full of some of the nicest examples of coral that I've seen here. Sort of a shame as I was looking for trilobites, but I saved these pieces. I'm wondering if the 3 samples are of the same coral ? or are they different ? Thanks again, kind regards.
  19. Cephalopods, Orthoceras

    Hi folks, due to my recent infatuation with the trilobites, I've neglected the other plowed area where the orthoceras are found (and virtually nothing else, btw). It has rained a few times so I walked through the patch and picked these up this morning. Have a great weekend ALL !
  20. MF2

    From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    Posibile trilobite fragment found by myself near McCoys ferry, Maryland.
  21. Zoophycos

    From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    A large zoophycos outside of McCoys ferry. To my knowledge it's still there. It's not really in my collection because I didn't have the tools to remove it at the time but since it's my icon I will consider it part of my collection.
  22. Tiny critter among the crinoids

    Hi everyone! I recently took a middle/high school group to Beltzville State Park to collect fossils from the Devonian Mahantango Fm. We found the usual plethora of crinoids, bryozoa, trilobites and corals, etc. Upon looking under the microscope, one student found a large amount of these tiny (like 3mm across) star-like creatures in one rock - superimposed upon bivalves and coral. She'd love to know what they are for her assignment. Thanks!
  23. This is #8 and #9. Both were in the same split of shale. The larger one was barely visible, just 1/2 of the fwd center ridge. Took quite a bit of digging to expose it. I was pretty sure what it was, getting used to the little clues. Thanks again !
  24. Two dotted objects

    Two more weird things from @Rocky Stoner's rocks (thanks again to you). Middle Devonian, mahantango formation. Weird bulb with dots popping out the top, and another perforated shiny thing. Positive and negative shown.
  25. Shell ridges or animal scales ?

    Hi folks, another discovery in my garden. I haven't seen this size or type of segmented surface before. It doesn't really look like a shell as it has a wavy contour that I hope you can see in the pics. Thanks,
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