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Well, I went back to photograph a 'worm' that I saw in April when I started this hobby. A few weeks of experience tell me that it is simply a crinoid stem! Alas. No other fossils in Oakville stream bed. Only a little coral-type thing in a rock in somebody's front lawn. Then it started pouring and I got soaked to the skin. It was a long, cold walk home in the deluge. It is outings like this that you need to have to balance the spectacular ones.
This is bigger than a softball and heavy. I found it in the mud alongside 16 Mile Creek in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, an area that has few fossils. I presume it is a petrified marine animal, with some kind of holdfast portion at the upper part in the photos. Can anyone help with a more detailed guess?
Oakville bedrock seems to have poor bedrock for fossil-hunting. However, between the glaciers and the city fathers, there has been a conspiracy to scatter all kinds of fossil bearing rocks around the joint. A walk at Dingle Park was disappointing until I saw this interesting pattern, about 50cm across. Maybe it is a "branching bryozoan"? I loved it.
On the west side of the harbour in Oakville, Ontario, they have set up a waterfront with hundreds of big stones from Orillia. They are covered with fossils...many thousands of them, and some quite striking. Last I saw, it wasn't officially open, but it's accessible.