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Found 62 results

  1. sketchy traces

    Found this on my last trip to the quarry just northeast of Rockwood. Barring an unexpected snow melt it will be the last for the season at least. It's thought (by me) to represent a marine delta environment. The quarry is likely to be in the Tomhegan formation. Seeing the photos makes me think the shapes are probably all trace fossils. But what would explain all the variation ?
  2. Maine Fossil Trip

    I am the president of the Oxford County Mineral and Gem Association, but I am at least as interested in fossils as minerals. Maine is of course not known for fossils but there are some in the north. After living here nearly eight years, my wife and I finally ventured in that direction to see what we could find. The attached file was prepared for the OCM&GA newsletter. Hope you enjoy. Tom Hoffelder A FALL FOSSIL TRIP TO THE RIP.pdf
  3. fossil or not

    Found in a gravel pit on the west side of Moosehead lake, Maine. Likely Devonian (some lower) marine. Conularid congregation ? Concretion ?
  4. Mastodon tooth fragment ?

    I have been spreading's and shaping some gravel on a road lately. This morning I noticed a few stray stones that needed to be raked away. Seeing that I had just roped down a load of brush over the rake, I decided to just pick the largest few by hand. This caught my eye as I reached for the first one. Am I crazy, or is this a piece of a mastodon tooth ?
  5. Paleozoic marine

    In a piece of suspected turbidite from a local, Moosehead Lake, Maine gravel pit, I found this small fossil. Most of the formations in the area that have this look seem to be Silurian, but there are also Devonian rocks around. There were pockets of crinoid pieces in the same rock. I guess it could be a tabulate coral, but somehow the look is just wrong. Conularid maybe ?
  6. Brachiopod ID help

    This fossil was found by an old friend of mine in maine, and I need some help with the ID on it. All i know is that it is from maine and that it is a brachiopod (the largest fossil present)
  7. possible graptolite

    This was found in Maine, but was likely brought in as crushed rock from Quebec by a Canadian railroad company. Dendroid graptolite is my opening guess.
  8. Calyx ?

    Found on the icy shore of Moosehead Lake, at the end of a rope dropped over an unstable ledge of The Forks formation turbidite. It's in rough shape, but would it be reasonable to call it a crinoid calyx ?
  9. Interesting gravel pit find in Monticello, Maine (Aroostook county, slightly north of Houlton - NE Maine). This specific area is identified as “Ordoclavian-Silurian marine sandstone and slate“ on the FEMA Simplified Bedrock Geologic Map Of Maine, and the north branch of the Meduxnekeag River passes through this small town. I’d be very appreciative for ANY information anyone can glean about this find from the photos and information I’ve provided. Thanks always for your time and consideration. ~caroline
  10. My first fossil encounters began here, on a little Maine beach, more than a few years ago. My grandparents lived only a hundred yards away and I lived here every summer as a child. Five generations of my family have cherished these rocks ever since. I don't live here now, at the edge of the sea, but I am still fortunate enough to visit my childhood playground often. I was here this week, wrestling with plumbing and storm windows, and enjoying the opportunity to wander on the sand, explore the tidepools and search among the tumbled cobbles for an increasingly infrequent brachiopod or two. Most of the exposed bedrock is a wonderfully swirly and deformed metamorphic tale of shifting sands, tectonic plates and molten magma. The cobbles on the beach are mostly an Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian potpourri. The dark mudstones which occasionally reveal a few worn brachiopods are probably Silurian. While fossils were fairly common when I first began looking, I now can wander an hour with not a find. I was happy, then, when I uncovered this 7-inch plate. Not too impressive in another setting, but the best I've found here in quite awhile. I was lucky to find this as well. I'll add a few more photos, now, and maybe I'll add to this thread as time goes by. Thanks for looking.
  11. From my Maine back yard

    While clearing rocks out of my garden I found two - this is one. I took these pictures with my phone - I have others taken with a high-end camera, but as I see things in these pictures I don't see in those, I'm going with these to start. They're from Moosebec Reach I think, between Jonesport and Beals Island. Since there were two together, I imagine someone found them and eventually dumped them "out back". That is all I know ... anyone???????
  12. Devonian thin

    Found in what I believe to be Emsian marine deposits here in Maine. The most common fossils found there are horn corals, but I've collected a number of other things there. Phosphate nodules are fairly common there as well.
  13. Found on the coast of Maine

    Hoping someone could provide me with information on this lovely “find” that I came across on the beach of an island in Maine. What is the classification of this type of fossil? Very rare? Anything would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  14. Tiny

    This was found in glacial material near Presque Isle, Maine. I believe it to be an internal mold of a brachiopod shell. What was it that lived in, on, or with it ? Scale in mm.
  15. Fossil ?

    This is Carrabassett slate from Mayfeild, Maine. Can anyone read what these features are ?
  16. Siphuncle ?

    From the Pragian Tarratine formation of Maine. I collected it as a trace fossil, but as I was unloading it the light hit it at a shallow angle highlighting the unstained portion of what I think is a nautiloid shell.
  17. Sponge ?

    Found in glacial esker near Bingham, Maine. I think there is a rugose coral, and a crinoid fragment near it, but is one of these a sponge or just unidentifiable pieces of mush ?
  18. Trilobite cephalon ?

    This was found in an esker near Bingham, Maine. Most of the rocks in the line of glacial scour are mid Devonian and below, marine formations. It looks like the left side of a cephalon, labeled as a librigenea in the morphology section on Wiki .
  19. Red algae ?

    Had to bring this one home from the gravel pit just in case. Typical finds are Devonian marine, but volcanics are in the mix too. Any chance it's red algae ?
  20. Unknown unknown

    I noticed this in my garage recently, and was diverted from the task at hand by the need to blow the dust out of it and have a look. About all I know is that it's from Maine. Most of the rocks are mid Devonian or lower marine formations. There is a chance it's from up in the county (Aroostook) where I've collected terrestrial plants. Scale in mm
  21. Crinoid

    From an outcropping of The Forks formation (Maine), a Silurian aged turbidite. I'm thinking the base of a calyx. The top of the photo is being rotated toward the camera.
  22. Syringopora ?

    This is from northern Maine. Devonian marine rocks in the Seboomook group of formations I believe. When I collected it my best guess was that it was a bryozoan, but somehow it didn't seem to fit right. I cleaned some of the dust off it recently for another look. The tube shapes and configuration of the molds have me thinking maybe syringopora ? It's all the same colony, just broken up.
  23. Found vertebra(?)

    Hi guys, I joined so I could identify what I found! I was walking on the beach in southern Maine when I stumbled upon this circular disk. I think it’s a vertebra, but I was wondering if someone could tell me the difference between shark and fish vertebra. Any info is helpful!! It’s so interesting. thumb nail for size!
  24. Sebago Lake Maine

    We will be doing any family vacation trip for couple weeks to Sebago Lake in Maine. Are there any forum members that live near there if you give me any tips on locations and types of fossils that can be found Near Cumberland county? I am introducing my kids to the fun of fossil hunting and would like to make that part of our vacation. We're planing to also stop at Penn Dixie in New York on the way up to Maine. Thank you
  25. Algae ?

    This rock was found in association with blasted rock that was used as rail bed fill. I have reason to believe that it is Ordovician in age based on the distinctive appearance shared with rocks that members have identified a different type of algae in. The strand of honey comb like shapes is about 2 mm long. I suspect it may be part of the net like structure in the rock whose morphology happened to be better preserved.