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  1. I bought this from a box of unlabelled stuff that a dealer friend in the UK is gradually going through. Another friend IDd the coral as a Heliophyllum halli, perhaps from Hungry Hollow, which seems a good bet - I'm not very familiar with stuff from there though. Middle Devonian anyway. It was the epifauna that really interested me, especially this nice patch of the bryozoan Botryllopora socialis. (It also has other bryozoans, hederellids and cornulitids.) Scale in mm.
  2. For the better part of a year I have been meaning to meet up with Tony @Peat Burns and do some fossil collecting. I have never met him before but we have PM’d on numerous occasions and he has helped me with ID help on a few items. Here is Tony- Well today worked out well for a couple of reasons, first we set the clocks back one hour which made leaving a 5 am for the 4 hour drive not to bad. Second, I crossed into the Eastern time zone so when I drove back, I felt 1 hour younger. Third reason was that I had a trunk full of various fossils that I wanted to give him. The forth reason is that it was sunny and 37 degrees- good fossiling weather. And the last reason was that my wife was coming home from a 3 day trip to Puerto Rico to check on her father who is not doing good and it also allowed me to drive to the Hinsdale Oasis on I-294 and wait until her plane lands at O’Hare Airport, rather than heading home and driving back which would add another 90 miles onto the 450 that I already drove today. I am typing this report at the Oasis, these are great for travelers on our toll roads, you can get gas, all types of food and rest. So after 4 hours and 230 miles of driving I made it to the Paulding County Community Fossil Garden In Cecil, Ohio to do about 3 hours of collecting in piles of Middle Devonian Silica Shale that the LaFarge Quarry, which is right next to this area, dumps here from time to time for collectors and school groups to search thru. Here are some pics of the area and some of my finds that I took pictures of in the field. Here is a pic of Tony looking at something cool find. I found various brachiopods, corals and trilo-bits. More finds in next post.
  3. Middle Devonian Fauna

    Here’s some fossils I’m working on from 18 mile creek in Hamburg,NY. They’re in pretty dense hard silica shale. Any ideas on identifying them?
  4. With fall just around the corner, I was able to get in a hunting trip with my friend Jeffrey P, to the wilds of upstate NY: Specifically, the Deep Springs Road Site, in Earlville. I met up with Jeff at our usual meet up place, and time, (6:00 am at a park and ride near Jeff - about an hour away from my home.) and loaded his gear into my vehicle. Off we went. We enjoyed some very nice scenery, once the morning fog lifted. Hills, streams, farms, and wildlife. We both saw a bald eagle flying by, and some turkeys, chickens, and a deer or two. After a stop for gas and some food in Roscoe, NY, we headed up to Earlville. It was, as usual, a good ride, punctuated with some great conversation, and some interesting music. We arrived at the site around 9:50 AM. The place looked like it had be worked quite a bit, with large areas of rubble from other people's digging. The weather cooperated nicely, - it was beautiful, with temps in the low 70's, and we enjoyed sun and some cool breezes. We got to work quickly, and finds came in drips and drabs. We both made some decent finds, (pics to follow.) Jeff getting ready to start the day. We hunted until about 5 pm. With a 4.5 hour drive ahead, (for me) we got on the road. A brief stop at everyone's favorite Scottish Restaurant, and a quick stop for gas, we finished the day out with more good conversation and music. Traffic was great until after I dropped Jeff off. I spent about 25 minutes in stop and go traffic on I-84 through Southbury. I got home at around 9:45 PM. Jeff is such a great guy to hunt with. Informative, supportive, knowledgeable, and often quite funny. I always enjoy hunting trips with him. Thanks again for another great trip, Jeff. Please feel free to add your finds here, Jeff. Hope you enjoyed the report and finds. Until next time, Kind regards,
  5. Penn Dixie Crinoid

    Does anyone know what part of the crinoid this element is? Is there enough there to assign a genus? It is 6-sided, and each side has a concavity. Pictured are top, bottom, and one side view. Scale in mm. Location & geological context in tags.
  6. Unidentified Phylllocarid telson

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Unidentified Phyllocarid telson either Rhinocaris columbina or Echinocaris punctata Middle Devonian Windom Shale. Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road Quarry, Lebanon, NY. Found on April 27, 2019

    © 2019 T. Jones

  7. Middle Devonian Goniatite Tornoceras

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Tornoceras uniangulare Middle Devonian Windom Shale. Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road Quarry, Lebanon, NY. Found on April 27, 2019. The goniatite is nearly 2 inches in diameter.

    © 2019 T. Jones

  8. Rhinocaris phyllocarid

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Phyllocarid Rhinocaris columbina . Single valve. Middle Devonian Windom Shale. Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road Quarry, Lebanon, NY. Found on April 27, 2019 by Kane Faucher. Gifted to this author.

    © 2019 T. Jones

  9. Rhinocaris columbina

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Phyllocarid Rhinocaris columbina . Single valve. Middle Devonian Windom Shale. Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road Quarry, Lebanon, NY. Found on April 27, 2019 by Kane Faucher. Gifted to this author.

    © 2019 T. Jones

  10. I went back to Deep Springs rd last weekend. It was my 2nd time there. I couldn’t sit around on my Saturday off and do nothing lol. Fishing season doesn’t start till April 1st so March puts me in this odd limbo of waiting for the fun to begin. Now that I know how to get to DSR no problem and I live so close I will probably visit several times this year. It’s a really fun site for diversity. I want to see how much I can find and catalogue. Perhaps in the future I will make a little personal reference guide for DSR. Anyway. Pretty sure I found my first phyllocarid carapace this past weekend. It’s not much but I find it to be pretty cool. I have a phyllocarid mandible I found in the wanakah shale in Buffalo so it’s fun to try and find more of the animal. This is the part and counterpart of the larger specimen. I only have a scale on 1 but they are the same specimen. This is the smaller one I found with a scale. Im a big fan of these goniatites that come from DSR. I got a decent one last trip.
  11. Big snail

    Someone brought in this nice steinkern of a large gastropod found last week in the Middle Devonian Columbus Limestone near Columbus, Ohio. It is likely Pleuronotus decewi. Because I don't yet have this taxon (nor any palaeozoic gastropod taxa of that size), I took the opportunity to mold and cast it. Here is the fossil: Here is the fossil (lower) and two casts I made (above). These have a base-color that was added to the casting medium, but no color matching paint treatment has yet been applied (these are hot off the "press").
  12. Silica Shale

    Date: Jan. 5, 2019 Location: Paulding, OH Formation: Silica Shale Time Period: Middle Devonian (Givetian) Species collected: *Bethanyphyllum or Heliophyllum *Cystiphylloides americanum *Aulopora microbuccinata *Stropheodonta demissa *Stropheodonta sp. *Megastrophia concava *Pseudoatrypa devoniana *Athyris sp. *Orthospirifer cooper *Mucrospirifer sp. *Limoptera macroptera *Eldredgeops rana @Nimravis
  13. Mahantango Star

    These found yesterday on a fossil hike near Sparrowbush NY. Mahantango Formation, Middle Devonian. ID or literature reference appreciated. Gordon
  14. Middle Devonian Goniatite

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Middle Devonian Goniatite, Tornoceras uniangulare. Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road, Lebanon, NY. Collected on 10/14/2018
  15. Silica Formation Clam

    I've been finding some interesting clam fragments at Paulding, Ohio (Silica Fm., Middle Devonian) with original shell and a conspicuous sharp angle along the dorsal side of the shells. They are coming from the limestone layers of the formation (not the shale). Finally, I got one complete enough that I might be able to get an ID. It's about 3/4 complete, but unfortunately it's missing the anterior end, including the umbo. I've tried to illustrate the shape via some photos with reconstructions (red line) of what's missing. It's hard to illustrate the 3D qualities with photos. I'm thinking this is Mytilarca cordata. Looking for confirmation from those familiar with clams of Silica Formation or other Devonian formations of same age. The shell (what remains of it) is about 6cm in length. @crinus
  16. Hello Forum, I was vacationing in Kingston NY last weekend and went collecting along the Middle Devonian road cuts along route 209 and 9w. Hope the experts here can help me identify what I saw and collected! The first image is a fossil, too fragile to remove, in the 9w road cut that stood out from the masses of shells surrounding it. The rest are bulb like forms (corals?) collected from the loose shale of the Route 209 roadcut. Any ideas? Many thanks to the NY enthusiasts posting here that inspired my search. - Ben
  17. Orbiculoidea truncata

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Inarticulate brachiopod, Orbiculoidea truncata. Also on the slab is a solitary Ambocoelia umbonata, and a few ostracod hitchhikers. Middle Devonian, Smoke Creek Trilobite Bed, Windom Shale, Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group, Blasdell NY

    © 2018 T.Jones

  18. E. rana

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Another E. rana. Found on 7/5/2018 Middle Devonian, Smoke Creek Trilobite Bed, Windom Shale, Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group, Blasdell, NY.

    © 2018 T.Jones

  19. Small Eldredgeops

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    A small Eldredgeops rana, Found on 7/5/2018 Middle Devonian, Smoke Creek Trilobite bed, Windom Shale, Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group, Blasdel, NY.

    © 2018 T.Jones

  20. Large Rhinocaris

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Phyllocarid Rhinocaris columbina Middle Devonian, Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road, Lebanon, NY. Collected on 7/16/2018

    © 2018 T.Jones

  21. Echinocaris partial

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Large partial specimen of Echinocaris punctata. Middle Devonian, Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road, Lebanon, NY. Found on 7/16/2018

    © 2018 T.Jones

  22. Middle Devonian phyllocarid

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Echinocaris punctata, phyllocarid Middle Devonian, Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road, Lebanon, NY.

    © © 2018 T. Jones

  23. The missus and I spent a good part of the day at our spot in the middle Devonian. I chopped out several large slabs while Deb split some of the smaller chunks and managed some overburden duty. The split in the wall may seem promising, but there are a lot of interlocking pieces that have to be removed in sequence, something like taking apart a jigsaw puzzle, but needing to locate the key stones first.
  24. July 5th Western NY Hunt

    Hello fossil friends, Once again, I was in western New York for my annual 4th of July family get together. I was able to get out for a short hunt on July 5th, thanks to my wife and my cousin and her kids. I got up at 5:45 am, got on the road by 6:00 am, and traveled the hour to my usual spot of choice. I arrived to the site around 7:00 am. I have been coming here for many years, and I don't think I've ever not found something interesting there. I only hunted from 7:10 am til 11:20 am. I took a break to meet up with my cousin and her kids for a guided fossil hunt. Can't really hunt when being called hither and yon to check out the latest find. All in all, though, I didn't do too bad, for the short time I put in. First, few shots of the creek: I noticed some recent digging in this spot - I knew my friend JeffreyP had been here within the past few days. Unfortunately, I was not able to meet up with him this year at this site. I hoped he had left me some things to find! This is my total haul: Some brachiopods, some partial trilobites, a few gastropods, and some complete/mostly complete trilobites. Close ups to follow ...
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