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  1. Hello friends! Thix summer, after visiting the Orton Geological Museum (you can find my post about it), I paid a brief visit to another museum in Columbus, Ohio. It was the Ohio History Center, that featured an extensive history of Ohio from the geological past to present. Focusing on the fossil exhibits, they are predominantly educational, for children I'd say and sadly most of the label lack specific informations (scientific names, origin). Nevertheless, there are some very peculiar fossils, that I'm going to show you now. Let's start with one of the highlights of the whole museum, the Conway Mastodon, a complete skeleton found in 1887 in the Ohio countryside. The Ice age exhibit features three other bone remains: those of a stag moose, a flat-head peccary and a woodland muskox skull. The other cases display fossils from the Palaeozoic. the Ordovician section consists of an Isotelus trilobite (state fossil of Ohio), a large crinoid slab and other fossil taxa (like bryozoans and nautiloids). From the Devonian you can see large colonial corals, nautiloids and a huge trunk (or branch, I'm not sure) from a tree of the genus "Callixylon". The Carbonferous section features fossil plants, like the well-known calamites, sigillaria and the fern "Pecopteris". Finally a huge fossil tree stump of the genus "Lepidodendron" concludes the exhibition. Overall I was satisfied, for you have an overview of all the kinds of fossils that you can find throughout Ohio, from the Ordovician trilobites to the Pleistocene proboscideans. the exhibition is rather small and labels and boards are far from being techincal, but fossil enthusiasts won't be disappointed, at least I was not! So tha's it, Let me know your impressions!
  2. Hello everybody! This summer I spent a couple weeks in the U.S. and besides the famous museums (Smithsonian, Carnegie), I enjoyed a few less knwon destinations. I want to start with the Orton Geological Museum, that exhibits the geological collections of The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio. In the hall you are welcomed by a reconstruction of "Cryolophosaurus ellioti", a Jurassic Theropod found in Antarctica by a geologist of the O.S.U. you can see a reconstruction of the skull in the museum itself. Fossils are given the most space. I found very interesting the cases exhibiting the local fossils of Ohio, ranging from the Ordovician to the Pleistocene. the Ordovician case featured trilobites, brachiopods, nautiloids, bryozoans and other clades. the carboniferous featured also plant fossils. the Pleistocene specimens were Mastodon teeth and other bones. Besides this, a case showing the latest acquisitions kept a very large and well preserved Isotelus trilobite, the state fossil of Ohio. another case displayed fossils from the notorious Jurassic lagerstatten of Solnhofen, Germany. Other highlights were a reconstructed skeleton of a Megalonyx found in Ohio and of a Glyptodon from Argentina. Overall I found the museum really intriguing, because it displayed both fossils from nearby location and from all over the world. the museum layout is a bit aged, but it does not prevent having fun! Don't forget to visit the adjoining library, where a few large specimens are kept (including a slab with two set of prints made by a Carboniferous amphibian). I hope I was clear enough. let me know if any of you has already paid a visit here of you are now intrigued to! Thanks, Fabio
  3. What kind of fossil is this?

  4. I’m brand new at this. Please help.

    I found these on the shore of Lake Erie, on Catawba island (west of Cleveland, Ohio). Any help identifying would be greatly appreciated. Pic 1, the creature is about the size of a fly or ladybug. Pic 2 &3 are the same fossil and the rock is about the size of a baseball. Pic 4 & 5, the rock is about the size of a golf ball or an egg.
  5. Possible agatized dinosaur bone

    I found this today in a stream bed. It doesn’t look like just a rock to me. Seems to resemble bone with tissue. Any help in identification would be greatly appreciated
  6. Two More Paulding Ohio Finds

    I found these at the Paulding Fossil Park. I originally dismissed one as a horn coral as they are plentiful there. On closer examination it doesn't fit the typical growth pattern of a horn coral, no cone shape, no growth rings around the circumference. It is 1-3/4" in length. Could it possibly be a tooth? The spike shaped item is 2" long.
  7. Trammel Fossil Park

    Anyone here familiar with Trammel Fossil Park? I am in Dayton and I am going to be hitting a few places tomorrow. I want to go to Trammel first thing in the AM, but I can't find a ton of information on it online. My main question is what type of collecting is allowed? I have all my gear with me, 8lb. sledge, 5' & 3' prybars, chisels, etc. I don't have any power tools. Am I allowed to go to town there, or is that frowned upon? Thanks in advance for any info! -J
  8. Not sure what this is

    Found this guy in a creek in Cincinnati Ohio. Not sure what to think of it, we have a plethora of Ordovician fossils in our area, maybe it’s one of them. Kind of resembles a section of vertebrae to me but I can’t tell for sure. Would appreciate any help. Sample is roughly 3 inches long by 1.75 inches wide.
  9. Why Does the U.S. Army Own So Many Fossils?

    Why Does the U.S. Army Own So Many Fossils? Turns out massive flood control projects are a great way to find dinosaurs. by Sabrina Imbler, Atlas Obscura, August 7, 2019 https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-does-the-army-own-dinosaurs Yours, Paul H.
  10. Unearthing prehistoric prizes at Sylvania's Fossil Park By Dan Smith, Channel 13 News, Jul 29, 2019 https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Unearthing-prehistoric-prizes-at-Sylvanias-Fossil-Park-513352581.html Yours, Paul H.
  11. Paulding, OH (Dev.) 7/28/19

    Found the usual goodies at Paulding today. But I'll only show this photo of a nice, thick chunk of Placoderm armor. This is embedded in hard limestone, so I think it's from the underlying Dundee Limestone Fm., rather than the Silica Shale Fm. (For those unfamiliar with the Paulding Locality, these are quarry dump piles). This is one of two placoderm pieces I found today. The color alone makes this a desirable find, let alone the cool factor of what it is.
  12. Not a huge piece of my collection but still neat. The fine details of these marine animals are often lost to the ages but every once in awhile you find a few pieces that catch your eye. I was digging through my collections curious about those fossils I found when I first started collecting. Came across this little invertebrate nugget. It is worn but the color and how it hugged the matrix was attractive. Taxonomy: Animalia; Bryozoa; Ectoprocta; Gymnolaemata; Trepostomata; Amalgamata; Monticuliporidae
  13. I have found what I believe could be a fossilized bone. Can I get confirmation on this? It was found in a creek in Holmes county Ohio. A book of my buddies says bison fossils are in the county.
  14. Beach fiindings

    Found these on the beach in Lorain OH. Not sure what they can be. Any help?
  15. Hello,

    Not sure what this is? Some type of fossilized coral?found on beach of Lake Erie, Lorain OH.
  16. I've bought fossils, and I've found them myself! Here are some of my greatest finds in my collection!
  17. Rostroconchia or Brachiopod?

    Howdy! I have a neat puzzle for the experts today! I know that rostrochonchia are not super easy to find... so I submit the follow picture. Most of the "shelled" creatures I unearth are brachiopods; cincinnetina meeki, Lepidocyclus, Rafinesquina...etc... HOWEVER! this specimen is unique to my collection. Found in northern Cincinnati - Upper Ordovician - The pronounced ridges are different than anything else found. Posted to an Ohio Fossil group, someone with a keen eye made the possibility of Rostroconchia. From my understanding these are not found often. Looking for help in identification. I do not have the tools at hand to remove anymore of the matrix without damage to the remaining fossils in the hash plate... (I have a dremel tools and dental pics...I'm lame) which are neat too. Rostrochonchia or Plaesiomys subquadratus (I compared to these specimens I had) As always, looking for education and conversation.
  18. Fossil ID Mammoth Molar Fragment

    I found and odd rock that from what I see online seems similar to a mammoth Molar perhaps. Or maybe I just want it to be lol. Either way would appreciate any help identifying it or just telling me I found a rock.
  19. Some of my collection

    Hello gang, As promised this is where I will share specimens from my personal collection, my grandfather's collection, and the collection that was donated to the university I work for. The latter is interesting as it is literally boxes of rock and fossils, with no information and my university does not have a geology or paleontology department. I'll be updating it every so often. Enjoy! NOTE: Some of the donated items have old school "labels" on them. If you see initials or such that you recognize, please PM me, as I am doing my best to properly catalog them properly as part of my job!
  20. This head spine has just reappeared in my collection - I must have found it about 20 years ago in Linton. Is that an Orthacanthus or Xenacanthus head spine? The length is about 8 cm / 3". Thanks Thomas
  21. Trilobites near NE Ohio

    Hello everyone, I have looked back at some previous posts on the subject but figured I would bring it up again in case anything has changed. What would be my best bet for finding trilobites in NE Ohio or surrounding areas? I am located in Cleveland and wouldnt mind a drive. I have recently joined the North Coast Fossil Club, but haven’t had a chance to attend a meeting yet. Thanks!
  22. Paulding OH proetid pygidium

    I was working out a trade with a fellow member and they very graciously pointed out that this is not an Eldredgeops pygidium as I thought, but instead a proetid pygidium. From the Silica Shale in Paulding, OH. The only proetid from Paulding my searches turned up is Pseudodechenella. Any thoughts?
  23. Sites in Ohio

    Hey everyone, I'm touring colleges in Ohio from tomorrow to Tuesday and I wanted to know if there would be any opportunities to go fossil hunting in areas nearby the colleges I'm looking at. I'll be touring them in this order- -Wittenburg University in Springfield, OH -Denison University in Granville, OH -Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH -The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH Let me know if there are any good sites that would be accessible in these areas. Thanks, PN
  24. Paulding OH unknown

    I found this thing when I was sorting through the haul from a recent trip to Paulding (Silica Shale, Devonian). I have no idea what it is. Only thing I thought of is some kind of fish bit, really just because it doesn't look like anything else from Paulding that I'm familiar with. Any ideas?
  25. Ordovician Creepy Crawler???

    Hey everyone! I was digging through a hash plate today and came across this figure within. I have yet to see anything with this shape yet. It may be nothing, and by all means call me a noob and idiot but I thought I would ask the experts On your thoughts. Plus I haven’t posted in awhile and I miss all of you! Hahaha