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  1. I graduated college back in May, and since my graduate program did not start until September, I was fortunate to have quite a bit of time this summer to explore further away from home. I've been slowly prepping and cataloging over the past couple months, and figured I would share some of my favorite finds that I haven't shared yet. First up is dump piles of Silica Shale (Middle Devonian) in Paulding, OH. My university was not far from here, so this is really where I started fossil hunting. I've been here quite a few times, so most of what I found I already had in my collection. A new find for me, and my favorite, is a nice chunk of Protitanichthys placoderm armor. I visited family near Indianapolis in August, and headed out a day early to visit some classic sites. This is the view from a roadcut in Sulphur, IN that exposes the Indian Springs Shale (Mississippian). My first blastoid and first shark tooth of the day. Can you spot them? A small portion of the haul. Lots of blastoids (the main attraction), horn corals, and some brachiopods, plus a crinoid I have yet to identify. Next up was the famous St. Leon roadcut (Upper Ordovician). This was my second visit to this site. You need to get on your hands and knees to spot the tiny Flexicalymene rollers.
  2. Flowrock with a fossil

    I think I finally found a fossil within a piece of flowrock!?!?!? Found in the same area as the other flowrock pieces in N central Ohio, in a river. Nothing superb but I’m excited! Looks like a shell to me- right? Thanks!
  3. What in the world?

    Found in N central Ohio- it’s so oddly shaped and full of weird pieces. Maybe a conglomerate?? The bottom right area has a different, small dotted look. Could it consist of a fossil? Thanks for your help!
  4. Hi- this is such a large piece and it looks like tree bark or wood , but it’s a rock. Could it be petrified wood or plant root? ( I keep finding small pieces like this as well.) Found in N central Ohio, river. If the location wasn’t known would you think it may be one of those ? Just curious. I guess I’m asking what to look for because I drag tooooo many “ rocks” home, Thanks again for all help .
  5. Oyster or rock?

    Probably just another rock but sure has the shape of an oyster, in my opinion. Thought I’d ask....thanks for your help.
  6. Anything?

    Is this possibly a plant fossil or something else? Found in Ohio river, north central area. The small dot like marks on this rock are similar to other marks I’ve found on other rocks in the same area. Just wondering what it could be or how it was formed? Thanks for your help.
  7. Rock or something else?

    Hi- found in the same area as others I’ve been asking about. This seems to have something of interest on it. Anything ? Or just rock ? Thanks for your help. The area is north central Ohio ( river/bank area).
  8. Here are some finds from a late August to early September long loop road trip, fossil hunting through Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky. I'll appreciate detailed specimen identification help. First photo shows brachiopods & a trilobite from the Devonian Silica Shale Formation near Sylvania, northwestern Ohio.
  9. Help identify

    Found in Miamisburg ohio. In a dried up creek bed. Please help me identify these teeth please
  10. I found a variety of brachiopods in the Devonian Silica Shale Formation near Sylvania, Ohio, in mid-August. A few are a bit pyritized.
  11. Colvin, G., 2011, The Presence, Source and Use of Fossil Shark Teeth from Ohio Archaeological Sites. Ohio Archaeologist 61, no. 4, pp. 26-46. https://kb.osu.edu/handle/1811/56970 https://www.academia.edu/9539090/The_Presence_Source_and_Use_of_Fossil_Shark_Teeth_from_Ohio_Archaeological_Sites Colvin, G., 2014. Shark Teeth from Ohio Archaeological Sites: An Update Based on Newly Discovered Teeth. Ohio Archaeologist 64, no. 4, pp. 55-60. https://www.academia.edu/11497086/Shark_Teeth_from_Ohio_Archaeological_Sites_An_Update_Based_on_Newly_Discovered_Teeth https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330521653_SHARK_TEETH_FROM_OHIO_ARCHAEOLOGICAL_SITES_An_Update_Based_on_Newly_Discovered_Teeth Colvin, G., 2018. Fossil Shark Tooth From the Adena Westenhaver Mound and a Call for Assistance. Ohio Archaeologist, Vol. 68, No. 1, pp. 5-7. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330521579_Fossil_Shark_Tooth_From_the_Adena_Westenhaver_Mound_and_a_Call_for_Assistance https://www.researchgate.net/profile/George_Colvin https://www.academia.edu/38186487/Fossil_Shark_Tooth_From_the_Adena_Westenhaver_Mound_and_a_Call_for_Assistance_GColvin_Ohio_Archaeologist_Vol68No1_2018_pdf Murphy, J.L., 1975. Shark Tooth Caches in Wayne County, Ohio. Ohio Archaeolgist 25, no. 4, pp. 26-27. https://kb.osu.edu/handle/1811/37207 Other papers are: Lowery, D., Godfrey, S.J., and Eshelman, R., 2011. Integrated geology, paleontology, and archaeology: Native American use of fossil shark teeth in the Chesapeake Bay Region. Archaeology of Eastern North America, 39, pp.93-108. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318817806_INTEGRATED_GEOLOGY_PALEONTOLOGY_AND_ARCHAEOLOGY_NATIVE_AMERICAN_USE_OF_FOSSIL_SHARK_TEETH_IN_THE_CHESAPEAKE_BAY_REGION https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ralph_Eshelman Cione, A.L., and Bonomo, M., 2003. Great white shark teeth used as pendants and possible tools by early‐middle Holocene terrestrial mammal hunter‐ gatherers in the Eastern Pampas (Southern South America) International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 13, no. 4, pp. 222 - 231 https://www.academia.edu/888618/Great_white_shark_teeth_used_as_pendants_and_possible_tools_by_early_middle_Holocene_terrestrial_mammal_hunter_gatherers_in_the_Eastern_Pampas_Southern_South_ https://www.researchgate.net/publication/229958565_Great_white_shark_teeth_used_as_pendants_and_possible_tools_by_Early-Middle_Holocene_terrestrial_mammal_hunter-gatherers_in_the_Eastern_Pampas_Southern_South_America Yours, Paul H.
  12. To break up or not

    OK, so I picked this rather large hash plate up in Ohio just across the river from KY. Ordivician. Dead center and under the tape measure in this pic, is a nice trilo butt. Might be rolled, not sure. But as you can see, its a LARGE chunk. Its about 5 inches thick. And its heavy. I have been contemplating having at it and seeing whats hiding in its depths. Could end up with some nice smaller pieces I am thinking. What would you all do?
  13. 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.
  14. 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!”
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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..
  20. Unknown item

    I found something but I have no clue. Can someone help me out? It’s a hard rock.
  21. 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.
  22. 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??
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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