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Found 72 results

  1. Plant? Sea bed?

    I purchased this fossil about 15 years ago because of the low cost. But the low cost came with a complete lack of information, except "found in either NY or VT in the late 60s to early 70s". I originally bought it for the sea floor side but when I received it I was intrigued with the reverse side. So...….. I removed some matrix and found what looks like a plant. Is this a plant? Can it be identified? Is it a portion of sea bed?Puzzled.....
  2. Last summer, I took a trip to North and South Lake campgrounds for a casual camping trip. While there, I snooped around my camp site and found these nodules filled with shells. What I was wondering was if these fossils actually came from the site I was at or if the rocks were imported to outline the camping grounds. North and South Lake campgrounds is here: The fossils look like this: Thank you for your time.
  3. Deep Springs Road (first trip)

    I made my first trip out to DSR today and, with some helpful tips from some kind people on the forum, I was able to find the site and know what to look for. Its a nice little spot. Near the road, easy to get to, and quiet. I didn't find anything exceptional, but I thought I would post pics of my favorites for anyone looking up the spot. Thank you to the owners of the site for let everyone come and enjoy it.
  4. I've been tardy on making a report on a three-day dig at Penn Dixie with @Malcolmt. We had a real hoot. It all began when Malcolm picked me up from the train station and we sailed through the border as we were lucky to have a Homeland Sec official who recognized Malcolm from the May Dig with the Experts. A border guard who collects fossils? Awesome! We definitely put in our efforts. We joined up with @JamesAndTheFossilPeach and @DevonianDigger to start slabbing out rocks. I can say that our area was not the best as the matrix was brutally hard and not yet subjected to any weathering, which meant slabs would shatter more than split. That aside, it is amazing they still let us crazy canucks in as we carted out about two buckets each of trilobites. Malcolm found a lovely Bellacartwrightia, and I found a double Greenops. We loaded up on the usual complete Eldredgeops rana, prone, enrolled, and semi-prone.
  5. Hi! I'm planning a trip to Briggs road earlville soon. As a result, I would really appreciate advice on where and how to dig at the site. Am I allowed to take off slabs of material or do I have to go through the material on the ground? If so, is there a specific spot I should dig? Thank you for your time.
  6. fossil from upstate ny

    a friend of mine found this fossil in upstate ny. my best guess is that it’s some sort of coral, but i’d love to hear other opinions! it’s about 10 inches by 7 inches by 6 inches. thanks in advance!!
  7. Penn Dixie this weekend

    This weekend we're taking a long weekend up to the Niagara Falls NY area. We're going to be doing the typical tourist stops plus a visit to Penn Dixie. . Based on the weather forecast I would assume to be there at opening time to avoid the afternoon heat and possibility of thunderstorms. I don't know yet if we're going to be there on Saturday or Sunday. Is there any tips or suggestions for first timers to Penn Dixie? We have a rock hammer, mason's hammer, an engineer hammer and several cold chisels. Also on a totally unrelated note any restaurants in the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area that anyone would recommend for the family. Thanks for any information and I will post a field report early next week.
  8. Hi all! I'm a hobby hunter who normally visits Penn Dixie near Buffalo NY for my fossils where they tell me what everything is if I can't ID it myself. But my mom went for a hike recently in our creek (Groveland, Livingston County, NY, USA) and came back with these three fossils. At least, we're pretty sure they're fossils! I'm sorry that the measurements are in inches, my mom doesn't have anything with metric measurements on it. Each square is 1inch (~2.5cm) I tried to give her the best instructions to take pictures like the pinned post, and this is what I got lol. I'm going to attach them each to separate messages so they don't get all jumbled. Here's the first one:
  9. My wife and I made our 2nd trip up to Deep Springs Rd on Saturday. Nothing spectacular but figured I would share our finds. Also posted a couple items in the identification forum. Grids are quarter inch. Starting with a mortality plate. I like this one because its a nice flat plate and easy display piece with several different shell types represented:
  10. Couple unknowns from DSR

    Got up to DSR for the 2nd time yesterday. Didn't have anything spectacular but will post some finds over in the trip forum. (Deep Springs Rd, Devonian, NY) Had 2 items I can't identify. First up is a 3/4 inch long piece: Second is a rather undefined semi-oval blob. I have both dry and wet views:
  11. Helderberg Marine Fossil ID

    I collected today in an exposure of the Helderberg Group in NY. The Helderberg Group is Lower Devonian, and rich in marine fossils. We found this in the mine and could not come up with any kind of ID. It is possibly part of a horned coral? Or a brachiopod? Please let me know your thoughts. I can also provide more photos if necessary, I tried to capture the different angles. It is an interesting thing.
  12. Alien footprint lol??

    What is that impression? Coral?
  13. Possible crinoid?

    This was another interesting thing I found as a kid in my backyard. There are a few of these on the rock. And theyre definitely not bolts. It is not threading. They are layered rings.
  14. Need help identifying.

    I have multiple finds just like this one. Walking on stone walls as a kid I would see these often. But never as heavily concentrated as this one. I have no idea about this other than my area is known for devonian period fossils. I've ordered a rock pick and hammer online so I can start cracking more rocks open
  15. future trip to port jervis NY

    I'm looking to get a group hunt. I have family in the address but never hunted it before. Anyone want to go?
  16. 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)?
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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