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  1. Good morning! I have been puzzling over this piece of what I believe to be a type of rugose coral, a little over an inch across at its widest, 1.5 inches tall but a fragment of a whole. The closest thing I could find might be ketophyllum perhaps? It was found on the western edge of the Otisco Valley in central/western NY state, between Skaneateles and Otisco lakes. The layers if the area I am know of are is Ordovician/Silurian/Devonian, i am not certain as to its original bedding plane location as it was a post thunderstorm erosion find, all sorts of fresh material came down the gorge, but i think it came from above the “famous” layer of Staghorn coral that emerges on the east side of Skaneateles lake. It popped right out of the shale I split and is almost graphite in appearance, the "stump" nodes that look like broken off appendages and the vertical pattern (vs the typical horizontal growth bands in the common staghorn corals) make it very different from anything I have found in the area, it almost looks soft-bodied, realizing how unlikely that is. I love the detail in this piece, it looks like there may be preserved damage/healing that occurred in life but I may be reading too much into that thought. Additional angles attached, just quick ipad shots but they may be helpful. No visible septa on either end, nothing radial or even patterned, although it looks like there may have been an internal, central structure. Thank you! It may have come down from the Devonian Otisco Member of the Ludlowville Formations (Upper Hamilton Group)?
  2. Found this that I believe is a cephalopod today at a devonian spot with imported material, I haven't seen a cephalopod with a bulbed tip before so I am not sure if it's some sort of pathology of a species or it's own species.
  3. Went out for a few days with the family and did some fossil hunting at Schoharie Creek with some pleasant surprises. I searched mostly in some eroded cliffs and had the best luck by using weathered shells to find a productive layer. I then carefully started splitting. I found a lot of marine life that is very similar to what is found at the Deep Springs rd. quarry in NY. Greenops pygidiums were common and I found what I think are crinoid stems. Also present were what I think are some Cephalopod Orthoconic forms and some cool bivalves.
  4. order trilobite

    I found this specimen near Millens Bay on the St. Lawrence River.I was wondering if it could be of the order Asaphida?
  5. 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
  6. Hello everyone, I found this large trilobite pygidium today which is the largest piece of trilobite I have ever found in the area, the pygidium measuring nearly 2 inches long. Judging by the trilobits I usually find I think the area is Devonian as I have trilobits I've previously found I believe are from eldregops and greenops. The problem with this site is it's imported material from somewhere in upstate new york so I'm not 100% percent sure. Though I believe it's devonian I don't know of any species with a pygidium this size personally so would anymore with more expertise help me find an ID of what species this can belong to, I'd love to know since I can't see myself coming across another one of these in the tiny area I get to look in.
  7. Goniatite ID

    I found these two when I was a child in Orange County, NY. Does anyone have an ID? From what I can tell, they're Goniatites. I can post more pictures if these aren't clear enough. Thanks! Here are the pictures. For some reason, it's not letting me upload them here. https://imgur.com/a/tRRAfi1#BtnFMPp
  8. Starfish

    I found this behind my house in Hartwick NY in Otsego county. I can tell it is starfish, but looking for any information about it. We are on shale bed so we find fossils all the time. Mostly small shells and ferns. This is a first for our family. It measures 2.5 inches from tip to tip of star fish.
  9. Modern or Fossil Vertebra

    Hello, my brother found this vertebra on Plumb Beach in New York. Can you please identify if it is a fossil or not, and if possible, the spieces. Thank you.
  10. I had been looking forward to a multi-day, multi-site trip since even before the semester ended. There's nothing like breaking rock to relieve the stress of grading papers. Deb and I made the drive down to Penn Dixie to meet up with Jay (DevonianDigger), Malcolm, Greg, and James. As we arrived at the Peace Bridge at around 11 am, we were delayed by construction on the bridge, a long lineup at the border, and a less than courteous border guard. And then construction in Buffalo with all its confusing signage meant taking detours upon detours. But eventually we made it by a little after 12:20. As Malcom alluded to in another thread, hardly any of us thought to take any pictures on the Friday as we were just too busy breaking rock. Jay had the excavator on site to test out some new areas on the site where we could dig into some fresh material, leaving the material for the Dig with the Experts alone. The site is vastly changed since last season, and it looks like it will be a productive one for those who go. I am still in the process of going through field finds, but I can at least for now share some pictures of the process and method when we crazy canucks come down to PD. Deb has snapped a picture of us at work in the newly excavated area. From left to right: James, Greg, Jay, and me. Malcolm is represented on the far left by his dolly that carries his trademark rock saw.
  11. Stromatolite encrustation

    Side view of stromatolite piece (~10") and view of partial encrustation for ID please. Thanks, Gordon
  12. Dipleura dekayi

    From the album Trilobites

    Partially enrolled, 90% complete. Collected and kindly gifted by Darktooth.
  13. I looked at the weather and my schedule and realized that today was really the only good day in a while to get out. It was very foggy until I drove into the valley area and then the sun came out at about 10:45 am when I pulled in. The water was really low and I think they are working on the dam again. Anyway, I walked for a bit splitting rocks and did not find much but plant hash and seafloor hash. I switched sides of the river by jumping on rocks ( the water was really low) and then found this really cool Eospermatopteris branch. I've never seen anything that large before and, no joke, I heard something in the air behind me and saw a Bald Eagle fly over me head right after I found it. Luckily, I was able to chip it out complete and take it home. It was a really nice day and I wandered around splitting rock but not finding anything else of note. I was also being pretty picky and only looking for identifiable new fossils. So there you have it. The first pic is in situ, next one at home in crappy light and lastly the area I was in
  14. Is This New York Trilobite Id'able?

    Hello, this trilobite was found in rock from somewhere upstate new york. It was an interesting shape different from what I have found before but it is very worn to tell exactly what it is to my knowledge, is it to broken up to id? If not I'll let the new york trilobite experts here take this one. The trilo measures a little over an inch.
  15. Fossil sites NJ?

    Anyone know of good fossil sites near central New Jersey? I know of Big Brook, does anyone know what kind of fossils can be found there? I would like to eventually go on a trip to Utah or the Dakotas for a spring break or something, but I might as well start locally. Thanks for the help
  16. Hello everyone, I was patrolling my odd Devonian location that has rocks I'm guessing from Upstate New York that are littered with Devonian fossils and came across this on one of the large rocks (unfortunately I can't extract). I'm unsure if its maybe a seas scorpion, trilobite, or something else. My guess leaning towards sea scorpion of sorts but I'd like to hear what you guys think, its the only of it I've seen in the area wish there was more or the rock it was on wasn't a unliftable boulder haha.
  17. Hi, Im sorry to be back on this topic again but the suspicion is bothering my way to much after spending even more time looking at this piece and comparing it that resembles a very worn, broken up trilobite head from a possibly large one, the location (New York) I found this in I also found other more clearer trilobites but also a few that are 100%trilobite but worn to point that they nearly blend in right with the rock and have minimal features, my guts bothering the hell out of me so I provided a final set of even better photos below from an angle that I haven't posted on the original thread Hoping for someone to lay me to rest once again and tell me its a rock one more time , the texture though barely visible in the photo makes me believe its something, if not trilobite it doesn't share the same consistency as the surrounding rock and shale in certain areas and upon very close examination has very minimal fractions of pieces with a celluloid trilobitey or living thing texture.
  18. Hello, I live in one of those unlucky places that has the bare minimum of natural fossil bearing formation to the point there is pretty much none, I've found an odd location that has rocks I'm guessing from Upstate New York that are littered with Devonian fossils. I have very little knowledge of Devonian trilobites after searching this location I've found a few worn trilobites, but then I stumbled upon this worn monster with a head that seems to measure around 3.2 inches from eye to eye (since lucky they are still preserved enough to see the texture. I'm looking for any help if possible to help identifying this, I treasure this though its extremely broken and worn because I found them in a place that shouldn't have fossil material. Anything will be greatly appreciated, thank you and I'll provide some photos below (it maybe tough due to their condition) From personal research I can only compare it to a Trimerus delphinocephalus cause of the massive size but I am no trilobite expert, and I can only dream. Here is the scale compared to some of my hand, broken head shape begins towards the bottom of the picture.
  19. Fossil ID help

    Fossil ID help. Daughter found near a beach in Buffalo, NY on Lake Erie. Thank you.
  20. NY Sites Sought

    Hi All, I have a friend looking for sites no more than 2 hours from Ogdensburg, NY. Any suggestions? Thanks for any help at all!
  21. Site ideas

    I am likely headed to Western New York and Canada to do some fossil hunting 6/9 to 6/11. Originally I was leaving on 6/6. The first half of the trip has been cancelled by my club so I am looking for fun and interesting locations to hunt. I plan to leave Cincinnati Ohio really early on 6/6. I am looking for places heading east then I can turn north on 6/8 to hit the reminder of the scheduled trip. Anyone have some good ideas? Anyone want to join me and show me around your favorite locations? I would be interested in hitting sites in OH, PA, WV, MD or North of there heading towards Western New York. For a really good location I would be willing to venture further east. Thank you.
  22. Are these Graptolites?

    Hi Folks, I found this rock and I think they are Graptolites but I am not sure. They were found in New York state but I do not know the formation or age since the rock was part of an erosion control barrier in another site. Under magnification, some have a definite serrated edge. Thanks for your help, Dom
  23. So I went out to the Gilboa area yesterday and found some stuff. I looked along the creek and then to another spot I found near Conesville NY on a part of the watershed. The main issues with these type of rocks is that they split in weird ways and it is tough at first to figure what rocks are holding fossils. That being said, some of the best specimens I have found gave no hints they held fossils at all. One of the tricky parts is learning to id really weathered fossils while walking around and then looking for naturally created stress fractures in them. The new spot I found was really productive compared to where I was going in Gilboa. I left a ton of fossils where I found them because they were mostly plant hash or not really identifiable. So here is some of what I took home. this large curved branching piece that is half weathered:
  24. need help with a Devonian plant ID

    Hi Folks, I was hoping for some help with this plant fossil. It is middle or lower Devonian from, I believe the Moscow fm. as it was found near Gilboa NY. Is has a very distinctive offset pattern of 1 and 2 little indents going up it and the general shape does not make me think moss or bryozoa but rather plant stem or tree shoot. Hopefully the pattern will make it easy to ID. Thanks in advance, Dom
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