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  1. Robert Rankin

    What do I have here.

    I have more photos but limited to only 3.95 MB. Egg?
  2. mcwal10

    Picked up at a rock shop

    Hello all, I'm not even sure if this is a fossil to begin with, as I'm an amateur fossil hunter. I found this piece in a rock shop called 'Prospector's Paradise', near the center of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan. After talking to the shop owner, it sounds like it could have been found in the Northern part of the Keweenaw. It is possible that he did not find the piece himself, and could come from a different location. I apologize in advance, because it is not much to go on, and it's not a big deal if it can't be solved. The reason I thought it might be a fossil is because one side is
  3. These are so-called Petoskey Stones, as I found them along Lake Michigan shoreline. These Devonian age Hexagonaria coral pieces should polish finely.
  4. Here are some finds from a late August to early September long loop road trip, fossil hunting through Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky. I'll appreciate detailed specimen identification help. First photo shows brachiopods & a trilobite from the Devonian Silica Shale Formation near Sylvania, northwestern Ohio.
  5. We found the following in Harbor Springs, MI in July. Initially thought it might be petosky, but it’s a lot lighter in color and smaller markings. Thanks in advance!
  6. LisaL

    Halysites (?) specimen

    I found this pretty little chain coral in southwest Michigan glacial drift a couple of days ago. I'm interested in whether it's possible to narrow the ID down between a Halysites species or another genus, like Quepora. My simplistic understanding is that coenenchymal tubules would indicate a Halysites species, so that's what I've been focusing on, although I know there are many other indicators, like size and shape of corallites. size of ranks, shape of luminae, structure of longitudinal tabulae, etc. This piece is probably too silicified to tell without thin sections, anyway, but I thought I'
  7. I went up to the UP this week doing mostly sightseeing with my friends. They were aware of my predilection for rockhounding so we often made stops to areas that might bear good fossils/agates. In particular I knew there were some 'lagerstatten' in the Stonington Peninsula region of the UP. The most important formation I know of is the 'Big Hill formation' (correct me if I'm wrong). Some links about it here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308005515_A_new_Lagerstatte_from_the_Late_Ordovician_Big_Hill_Formation_Upper_Peninsula_Michigan https://www.ncbi.
  8. MagicPlants

    Various Fossils from Lake Michigan

    Hey everyone, New user here, very minor experience with fossils. I was curious if anyone would be interested in possibly identifying some specimens from Lake Michigan, from North Shore Beach in Ferrysburg, Michigan. It's on the West Coast of Michigan, but it would be the Eastern side of the Lake. Hope that isn't too confusing and I hope that I find you all well during these trying times. I have a couple more as well, if it's cool. Thanks for reading. Here are my humble hypotheses: 1: Some sort of Petoskey/Charlevoix stone or similar perhaps.
  9. MadeinMichigan

    Another Northern Haul

    Greetings! Each summer I visit a small, secluded town in the Northern lower peninsula of Michigan. This beach in particular is just loaded with fossilized corals and shells, and I always come home with some beautiful finds. The area is known for horn corals, petoskey stones, and a related coral fossil known as the Charlevoix stone. Take a look! *Note: the last jpeg is two pictures of the same stone.*
  10. For the purpose of this discussion I will refer to my find as an egg. Even though it may not be. I found this “egg” at a quarry in Southeast Michigan. I have done as much research as google will allow and still am not confident on its identity. On a side note I found another fossil in the same area that I am pretty sure is a type of brachiopod. Not sure if that would help with the identity of my “egg”.
  11. Brianp

    is this a fossil?

    I was cleaning out my desk drawer here at work and I found this. i forgot i had it. anything worth while? found it on a construction site, in Zilwaukee, MI. if you need more photos or close ups, i'll try, this was the best my phone could do.
  12. Sinosauropteryx prima

    Is This a Nautiloid Cephalopod?

    Hi everyone. The other day I found this interesting impression in a rock. When I first saw it, I noticed that it looked similar to the sutures inside a cephalopod shell, but I thought it may have been wishful thinking and was probably something else. I took it home and asked on Reddit, and another user also said that they believed it was probably a nautiloid shell. So, I'm coming here for final verification. Is this a nautiloid shell? The fossil was found in northwest Michigan, along Lake Michigan. Thanks in advance!
  13. AstroRaptor56

    I need help with a scale like fossil!

    Hello! I recently went to Grand Ledge, Michigan. This area is part of the Carboniferous, and more specifically the Pennsylvanian period. I found this fossil that appears to be scales. It’s not an imprint either, the scales are elevated. In the surrounding rock there are cordiate fossils and some kind of clam, I found ferns in the area as well. I believe that it was a swamp land way back when these were all alive. An ID on what kind of plant or maybe even fish scales would be awesome! Thank you!
  14. AstroRaptor56

    Coral ID from Michigan needed

    I found these pieces over past year and half and have just gotten around to IDing them. I can’t find anything on the internet or my book on what these are. They are from the Mississippian as I’m from west Michigan. It seems they attach to things as oneI found on a horn coral. One in the picture seems to have shell on the bottom as well. An ID would be awesome because these have been a headache for me! Thank you!
  15. This weekend, I have to drive up to Michigan to finish moving out of my apartment since I graduated, so I thought I would hit up a couple spots along the way. I'll hopefully have plenty of pictures to post here, but my fossil-filled week began earlier than expected so I'll start with that. I couldn't sleep much yesterday and ended up getting up way too early, so I figured I would go check out a Middle Devonian spot (Milwaukee Formation) in SE Wisconsin. I think this spot is pretty well known, so I wasn't expecting to find much. The fauna is pretty similar to what I find in the Silica Shale in
  16. Hello fossil experts! I have a background in geosciences but know very little about fossils. I found the below fossils along the Rouge River near Detroit (Michigan). Doing some quick research, I think these are from the Mucrospirifer order, probably of the Thedfordensis species. Do you agree? (longest is about 1.5 inch / 4 cm) The thing I'm most puzzled about is from what strata they are from. The interweb tells me these Mucrospirifer here are mostly from the Middle Devonian (Antrim shale, Traverse Group), while the location where I found these (as well as all of the upstream
  17. Mschaecer81

    Trilobite?

    Found near Escabana, Michigan... is it isoleus fragment?
  18. JurassicParkCarnotaurus

    Mackinac Island Fossil

    Hi there everyone, I found this piece a couple of years ago in Mackinac Island, Michigan and just realized I do not actually know for sure what it is. Thanks for helping to I.D.
  19. ClayMonkey71

    Unknown Coral

    Found in SE Michigan, but likely moved there by man as it was in my mothers new condo flower garden. Approximately the size of a grapefruit. Spheroid with a mushroom shape with the bottom "stem" area not having any of the corallite tubes. Originally thought it was a Petoskey stone, but after cleaning it up (hosing the mud off it) I cannot see any separation between the tubes, and I have never seen a Petoskey with such far separation of the openings and without a very clear hex shape. Matter of fact, I cannot see any joint between the openings at all. The other types of
  20. AstroRaptor56

    What kind of cephalopod is this?

    So I found both of these specimens a while back and just assumed it was some sort of cephalopod, but I’m not sure what kind. They were both found in the same area in west Michigan. Any information on these would be really helpful, thank you!
  21. AstroRaptor56

    Any information on conulariids?

    Hello everyone! I’m looking for any information on conulariids while showing the one I found! I found this specimen in west Michigan while fossil hunting recently. I used my microscope to get very zoomed in details of the ridges as this conulariid is very well preserved. The two very close up pictures are a 1000X while the last picture that isn’t as zoomed in is 50X, both are the same spot of the specimen. I know that these are thought to be some type of jellyfish/coral but that’s all I know of these fossils. Any more information would be really awesome, and I hope that you enjoy this find!
  22. Peat Burns

    Silurian (Niagaran Series) 2 items

    I have two items on which I am requesting opinions. These are from a dolomitic nodule from the Schoolcraft Fm. in the upper peninsula of Michigan. The first one I think is a pygidium of the trilobite Scutellum. (note there appear to be some other trilo"bits" surrounding it). @piranha, what do you think? Here is an image from Ehlers (1973) Stratigraphy of the Niagaran Series of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan that he has as Scutellum laphami.
  23. aps13034

    Why is this red

    I found this fossil in Ossineke Michigan in a field and I’m curious to know what it is and why it is red. It seems kind of like incomplete horn coral but the red color and texture of the red part is strange. Most of the fossils in our area are Devonian.
  24. Sinosauropteryx prima

    Unknown Michigan Fossil - Coral??

    Hello everyone, back again with another request for fossil ID. I found this rock on a small rocky beach in western Michigan, the same location I find a lot of my fossils in. At first glance I thought it may have been a Petoskey stone (Hexagonaria percarinata), but upon closer examination it doesn't really look anything like one. In fact, it doesn't really even look like a coral to me, though I could be wrong. That is my only guess, so it might actually be one. I'm also curious as to the reddish bands that are visible on the side of the rock. If anyone could shed some light, it'd be
  25. BirdyD

    Any ideas?

    Picked up this stone a few years back while visiting the area north of Traverse City on Lake Michigan. Lots of Petosky stones on this beach, but this really looked unusual. I’ve had some time to look at it while at home lately and wondered if anyone had any ideas? So curious because of the triangular shapes and line patterns.
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