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  1. help with identifying

    I've had this fossil for 20 years and I have not been able to identify these structures. Does anyone recognize them? The matrix is a hard, grey green shale(?) and the structures are dark brown. I believe it's age is Devonian. Other fossils found at the same spot are brachiopods and horn coral. I have looked all over to find something similar with no luck. Sorry for the poor picture quality. I only have the camera on my phone which is pretty old. Thank you in advance for any help or suggestions.
  2. Came across this specimen on an Ohio Fossils group. It was apparently found in south-central Ohio (Serpent Mound area) in 1958. What’s bothering me is that it seems to be a marine pelecypod with aragonitic preservation. All of Ohio’s exposed rocks are either Paleozoic or Pleistocene, and with vanishingly few exceptions, Paleozoic aragonite is simply not preserved. I know there are mollusks in pleistocene marine concretions, notably from Newfoundland, but not in the sediments representing Pleistocene Ohio’s terrestrial&freshwater environments. This is a marine clam, and there was no marine environment in pleistocene Ohio. Nor were there marine environments producing concretionary fossils in any nearby source area for glacial debris that ended up in Ohio, as far as I am aware. Nor in any of the Ohio River’s past source areas to the south during the Pleistocene. So....is this concretion then an object moved long distances by ancient humans? Does anyone recognize the concretion as similar to ones they’ve seen in some particular Formation? Or am I way off in terms of my preservational logic? Original post: “I collected this 60+ years ago from a tributary stream to the Miami River in SW Ohio - what is it and how old? Opinions please!”
  3. Unidentified Fossil - Maybe a Tooth?

    Below are pictures of a fossil we can't identify. My father gave this to me in the 1990's, and the only story he told was that he found the fossil as a child, which would have been around Ohio. We've never been able to identify what it is.
  4. Lake Erie Fossil

    Found in Lake Erie , Sandusky Ohio. Looks like a snail shape to me. It’s not very big - smaller than a penny. Just thought I’d gather some information on it. Thanks for any information.
  5. Wayne County Trilobite?

    A couple years ago I was on vacation in Wayne county Ohio, and I stepped on something in a lake I picked it up and found this. Originally, I thought it was a shell piece, but when I looked again it looked like a trilobite because of the three lines. I know it’s partial so I’m unsure if I’ll get an ID but I hope I do. Ignore the scratch marks, I tried uncovering more but the rock is very hard and impossible to clear with a small tool.
  6. Not sure about this one?

    Hi there, this is was found on rock wall at a private residence. The rocks came from a farm in north east Ohio. Haven't found anything that looks like it....thankyou!
  7. Hi there, this was found on a rock wall at a private residence. The rocks came from a farm in north east ohio. It looks like a dragon fly, but I haven't found a pic of one or a fossil that looks similar. Would the other stuff be plant debris? Thanks heaps for your time..
  8. Unknown item

    I found something but I have no clue. Can someone help me out? It’s a hard rock.
  9. Hi all, First of all, I am not a big fossil hunter, so please forgive me if this is a rookie mistake! This summer I started going for walks along creeks and rivers in central Ohio to get out of the house during all of this COVID-19 craziness! I usually try to look at my feet just in case I’ll stumble on a cool fossil or an arrowhead! So far, I haven’t found much! Tonight though, I noticed something odd in between two large rocks, and when I pulled it out, it was a tooth! The bottom feels and looks exactly like rock, and the top looks like enamel. The tooth is about the size of a dime. I’ve had some people online tell me it’s a modern deer and others say it is an ice age deer (both said Odocoileus virginianus), so I thought I would get additional opinions to try and get to the bottom of things! Thanks so much for your expertise, and apologies if the photos aren’t the best! I can try to take better ones in the morning when it isn’t dark out.
  10. Tooth vs Horn Coral

    Hello. I'm a new member and wondering if anyone can help me identify this item. From my research, I believe it's a tooth vs horn coral, but I've had very little luck identifying otherwise. I discovered this a few days ago in a creek bed in southwestern Ohio. It measures about an inch (or 2.5 cm). In profile, on the backside is a pretty pronounced barb toward the tip. Any ideas??
  11. 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 Ohio but not as well preserved, so I didn't collect that much as I will be hunting the Silica Shale this weekend. The location is quite scenic, and I spent a lot of my time hiking the trails. Along the trails are a few outcrops, including one that appeared to only have been recently exposed from a tree falling. Unfortunately, most were poorly fossiliferous at best. It seemed like a lot of fossils were concentrated in what are perhaps storm deposits, but these were in the middle of massive dolomite beds and were not worth the effort. I only found one outcrop that was really worth exploring. I think only surface collecting is allowed, not that I would want to bust out a sledge next to hikers and fishermen anyways. The best collecting seemed to be from the more fossiliferous Lindwurm member. The underlying Berthelet is much more thickly bedded and formed a natural ledge for the Lindwurm to collapse onto.
  12. Found this in the bank of a old river system which is now dry. About 8' down on the bank same layer as the fossil I'm finding some coal/coal tar deposits. This stream (Dry Ripple Run, Blue Rock, Ohio) has also produced petrified wood and mastodon teeth. The fossil below looks like a large tooth or bone? Fibrous bone structures very close up if you zoom in. Charteristics: Dense and heavy Location details: soil layer contained decaying plant matter some coal noticed in same layer Size: Width 5.5 by length 5 inches
  13. Fossil ID: Mahoning County Ohio

    Hello, I came across this while collecting some rocks to test. I did not take it for a fossil at first, but I am at a loss concerning what could have formed the pattern of the rock. The raised lines which I can only describe as “veiny” are really well defined and contoured. The dimensions are 4cm x 1.75cm x .75cm. I believe the rock is shale and it was found in Northern Mahoning County near Youngstown, Ohio alongside a river. The geologic map suggest that the rocks in the area may be from the Pennsylvanian period. Any help you guys can offer would be appreciated.
  14. Lake Erie “fossil”?

    Was walking the shore this morning and came across this specimen. It’s hard like petrified wood. It seems like a mushroom cap... any ideas what it actually is?
  15. Is this a Cephlapod?

    I live in Maineville, Ohio and have been collecting fossils since childhood. I can easily ID bryozoans, crinoids, brachiopods, trilobites, and cephlapods as I've seen many throughout my life. However, this one has me stumped. It was found in our neighborhood, and I was told by the Ohio Fossils Facebook page that it's a cephlapod. However, no one seems to recognize the rows of circles along the side and top, so they suggested I come here. Does anyone know what this could be? If it's a cephlapod, what kind is it?
  16. Coral? Bryozoan?

    Found these Midwest, likely Iowa, from either Carboniferous or Devonian rocks. Any help in IDing them would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  17. Hey everyone! Happy to finally be making another entry. Over the last couple of weeks I've been reading Richard Fortey's "Trilobite" and thus itching to get back into the field and see some for myself. Driving from New York to Chicago I decided to make a pit stop at Ohio's Paulding Community Fossil Garden and try my luck at finding some eldredgeops fossils. Here's what the garden looks like when you arrive: You're basically wading through fossils step after step. Here's the best of what I found, excluding some nice surface-collected brachiopods I've been handing out to friends here in Chicago. I have a few questions about what I've found, if anybody could give me their input it would be very much appreciated!! A lot of little bits. Crushed Eldredgeops rana cephalon about 1.75" wide. What I assume is a juvenile Eldredgeops rana? Size is about that of a dime. Tried to get to the surrounding shale using a pin vise but yielded scarce results. I'd be really grateful for any suggestions from more experienced preppers! Small, nickel sized brachiopod with something that looks to be stuck onto it! Anybody encounter this before?? I would attempt to prep off some of this muck but I don't want to risk damaging anything. Is a pin vise enough? A brush and some sort of solution maybe? Thanks for looking! I'm in Chicago as I write this, and just this morning paid a visit to the legendary Dave's Down To Earth Rock Shop in Evanston. There are walls littered with incredible stones, ancient tools and fossils. Everywhere. Imagine my surprise when encountering a familiar face.
  18. Ohio Seashell fossil

    Amateur here; turned over a rock in our landscape for 20+ years, to find this. Obtained at Duff’s Quarry in Huntsville Ohio. What kind of seashell is this - strange circular arc on hinge side?
  19. Taxonomy

    Hi, I was just wondering if anyone could help me out with the taxonomy of Mediopirifer audaculus please?
  20. Hey everyone!! I'm writing in to see if anybody has a preference between Paulding fossil garden and Sylvania fossil park for finding trilobites. There is a spot at the header of this entry which nobody else has talked about that might yield some gems. Posts about Paulding seem like hit or miss trilobite presence. Which site would be more "picked over" do you think, if you do at all? I'm driving through Ohio soon and can only stop at one spot. Trilobites and microfossils are my priority and all else would be a great bonus. If anyone cares to weigh in I would greatly appreciate it - I don't know where to start! Thanks, Justin
  21. A fun article, from the good old, pre-COVID-19 epoch, that I could not find previously posted. I have to apologize somehow to 2019 for all of the bad things that said about it. Mammoth tooth discovered at Holmes County’s Inn at Honey Run (Millersburg, Ohio) Times Reporter, Aug 18, 2019 https://www.timesreporter.com/news/20190818/mammoth-tooth-discovered-at-holmes-countys-inn-at-honey-run Rare Mammoth Tooth found on the grounds of The Inn The inn at Honey Run, Millersburg, Ohio, August 7, 2019 https://www.innathoneyrun.com/rare-mammoth-tooth-grounds-inn/ yours, Paul H.
  22. In my backyard, I found this rock that was uncovered by recent rainstorms. It has strange "zig-zag" marks along some of the sides, and looks to be porous. I cleaned it off and did a tongue test, and the majority stuck to my tongue. The part that didn't was the noticeably smooth part shown in what I believe to be the 6th photo. My question: Is this just a rock, or could it be something else?
  23. Fossil?

    Could this be a fossil or just a concretion?
  24. ID help

    Hello, I'm new to fossil hunting and I was hoping someone could help me identify these. I found both by Lake Erie. Thanks!
  25. A Novice Asks: Is This a Fossil?

    Hello everyone! My name is Patrick, I am new to these forums, and have next to no knowledge about fossils. I just found an interesting item today on my farm in Wayne County, Ohio, and was wondering if you could please help me. If it is not a fossil, please forgive me, I would like to learn more about the subject, and figured this would be a good way to start. Anyways, I was walking the bed of my creek, and I noticed what I thought to be a large bee hive stuck in the clay embankment. Upon further inspection, I noticed that it was solidified and made of rock, and the “combs” were more cylindrical than hexagonal or octagonal. I wondered if this is a fossil, and whether or not it might be coral? Any help would be greatly appreciated! I did my best to follow the photo guidelines, and the bottom of my tape measurer is in cm, for those of you whom may be outside of the U.S.