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Found 263 results

  1. Mystery Star

    I am a mineral and fossil collector and an amateur astronomer and my email is rocksnstars, so rocks collected that include a star shape are special. Most of the ones I have are the crinoid stems with star-shaped centers. This is the first time I've seen anything like this. I believe I have met the requirements of providing a good photo with a scale, and I know the period is Late Ordivician. I tagged Ohio because I think that is where it is from, but it is possibly Indiana, however BOTH sites are the SAME period and well known. I collected the two places the same day, and unfortunately during the drive home to Maine and the unloading, some of the specimens got mixed up and this was one of them. The Ohio location is the spillway at Caesar Creek State Park, Waynesville, Ohio, US. The Indiana one is Whitewater River Gorge, Richmond, Indiana, US. (Each mark is 1 mm, so the "1" on the scale is 10 mm, perhaps standard.)
  2. until
    Featured Speaker: Our speaker will be Dr. Rodney Feldmann. Although retired from the Kent State University faculty, Dr. Feldmann continues to teach graduate-level courses in paleontology, directs graduate students in that area, and conducts grant-funded research. The title of his talk will be "What the heck are cyclids?" https://www.kent.edu/geology/profile/rodney-feldmann
  3. Found in the woods in Fairborn Ohio.
  4. Fun in Southern Ohio!

    Howdy All! Been a couple of months since I have posted anything. Work has kept me more than busy with travel. BUT, I wanted to share a quick day trip to my dig site yesterday in northern Cincinnati. I explored far left into the hillside I am excavating to see on the surface what Gastropods, Brachiopods and Bryzoa I could see and I was happily surprised that I found the mother-load! This area of my site was covered by a lot of growth and the runoff of water was less than in other areas I have been digging. I have attached a couple of pics and some real quick finds I cleaned up last night... sorry about the pic quality, I do not own a fancy camera. I love when I am lined up with conference calls and I can enjoy my hobby why listening to statistical analysis (actually mostly ignoring). I will try to save more pics in the comment sections. One specimen has me confused. I found a number of trilobite pieces throughout my day and collected around 25 hash plates with several in them. I have yet to clean them up. But pictured below (if it lets me) is what appears to be the bottom portion of a trilobite but I'm unsure.
  5. Is this Ohio creek find a fossil?

    I found this in a creek, and would like to know if it is even a fossil. The creek is in southern Ohio, in the mountains on the glacial boundary. The river Teays ran through this location. I usually just have a look if passing creeks and don't know a lot about fossils yet, though I've found crinoids and brachipods in the same spot, and other fossils. There are a lot of interesting geofacts. I couldn't find any pictures online that look like this for anything mississipian. This one is 145 grams. (I guess the ruler is all inches, I thought one side was centi as I didn't pay close attention until I added them, sorry.)
  6. John S. Peel Department of Earth Sciences (Palaeobiology), Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden GFF ,2018, Vol. 140, No. 3, 249–253 A new look at Pleurotomaria perlata Hall, 1852 (Gastropoda) from the Silurian of Laurentia peelgastropmollusilurpaleozoic at Pleurotomaria perlata Hall 1852 Gastropodan of Laurentia.pdf about 1,1 MB HIGHLY RECOMMENDED brief discusions on /comparisons with : Liospira,Pycnotrochus
  7. A very interesting article on the discovery of Dunkleosteus and other placoderms and marine sharks of the Devonian recovered from the Cleveland Metro parks and Chagrin Valley of Ohio: https://clevelandhistorical.org/items/show/728
  8. I found these today in a box of fossils from my collection that I had in the 1970's. Other fossils in the box were mainly trilobites, crinoids and brachiopods. At one time, I had several thousand fossils, primarily from Ohio, Alaska and Utah. I personally collected 100% of the collection, so these fossils most likely came from oneof these states. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
  9. Nice haul of brachs from Georgetown todày. The Bellevue and Corryville are exposed are this this road cut. Rafinesquina sp., Hebertella occidentalis ,Vinlandostrophia ponderosa, Vinlandostrophia laticosta and V. cypha. Ordovician about 445m years old. They are all available for trade.
  10. This was the first plate I actually discovered from my dig site two years ago. Recently, I brought it back out of storage for review. The dry view or the wet view is pretty neat. Let me know your thoughts.
  11. Matrix Identifcation

    Howdy! I'm having a heck of a time identifying the matrix surrounding the fossils I'm finding in my dig site. I'm using vinegar but it is weak. I'm considering using CLR on some practice stone plates but I could use some guidance.
  12. Hi everyone, It has been a while since I've posted here as Family matters require changes in Priorities. I spend my fossil time at the Ohio Fossil Collector site on FB. A Friend has posted a recent find of hers from North Canton Ohio. This would be a Pennsylvanian age if it is not a Glacial Erratic from the North. The Central Fern/Fan like piece is the troublemaker. I have checked and not found anything close to this Fossil. I have checked Fossils of Ohio; nothing. I have google searched Fossil Corals of Ohio, Fan type corals but I do not think they were around yet. Searched the Bryozoa's, nothing. The stem area of this resembles an Aulopora, but none that I know of resemble the Fern like growth of this Fossil. It is covering a Coral under it. I don't see any patterns that would suggest a Crinoid. The growth pattern is interesting. It has a central core stem. Then branches out forming the fern-like pattern. The one photo enlarges well and shows all of it. Any ideas would be appreciated.
  13. Silica Formation Clam

    I've been finding some interesting clam fragments at Paulding, Ohio (Silica Fm., Middle Devonian) with original shell and a conspicuous sharp angle along the dorsal side of the shells. They are coming from the limestone layers of the formation (not the shale). Finally, I got one complete enough that I might be able to get an ID. It's about 3/4 complete, but unfortunately it's missing the anterior end, including the umbo. I've tried to illustrate the shape via some photos with reconstructions (red line) of what's missing. It's hard to illustrate the 3D qualities with photos. I'm thinking this is Mytilarca cordata. Looking for confirmation from those familiar with clams of Silica Formation or other Devonian formations of same age. The shell (what remains of it) is about 6cm in length. @crinus
  14. Caesar Creek Spillway

    So I plan on going to the Caesar Creek Spillway (hope I spelled it right) in the next coming weeks, any tips on where to find trilobites there? should I go a little farther than people usually go and hope for luck or anything? Thanks -Forest
  15. any good beginner spots near central ohio?

    Hey guys forest here Im a very new fossil hunter i always find shells in my grandmas driveway and i wanna know if there is anywhere i could find some shark teeth, trilobites or mosasaur teeth (one of my fav) or even skeletons of stuff if you guys could help i would be very thankful! Thanks, Forest
  16. Can someone please help me out here? I'm new to all of this and my friend is asking me about this fossil he stumbled upon today in Ohio. I've been researching other posts but I'm not 100% on what I'm looking at here. Thank you!
  17. ordovician hash plate help

    On a recent trip I hunted the Jersey Road cut by the Harsha bridge over the Ohio river. I hoped to find edrioasteroids, but the site was way too large for me to even know where to begin. I did pick up a couple of hashplates I found interesting. I have collected several different Ordovician sites, and this one had all the usual types...brachiapods, bryozoans, crinoid pieces, and a few others. These needle like, triangular cross sectioned pieces were abundant. I hadn't seen them before, and couldn't i.d. them, so I brought back a hashplate of them knowing that someone on the forum would I.d. them for me. Thanks. Al;so, if someone could explain the biology of the crinoid stem piece, I would appreciate it as well. Usually I just find the "buttons" in the center, this one appears to have a disk around it, it looks rather thin, almost like flower petals around the outside edge, with a distinctive cell pattern inbetween. i tried to get the best , clearest photo I could with my camera. If you blow it up a bit, you'll see what I am talking about. I have included a side view to show its thin edge. The crinoid stem is about 1/2 " across. Center button is perhaps 3/16" or so. Thanks. And i have included another interesting crinoid section, simply because it is a form I haven't seen before...the circle, with little bead like bumps in the underlying area. Forgot to add, I was curious about the little ball with bumps all over it...It was by itself in the top of a hashplate, and popped out when I cracked the plate apart. I don't recognize it either.
  18. This summer has been great for me. After learning so much about fossils on the forum I decided to convince my wife to make a few side trips on our way from Ft Myers to Shawano, Wisconsin for our 50th anniversary celebration...she has no interest in fossils, but indulges me, so you can see why our marriage would last 50 years. At anyrate, our first stop was the little Conasauga formation near Dalton, Ga...north of Atlanta. I've been there before, and so decided to simply fill a box with pieces of mudstone to take back for door prizes over the year at my local fossil club meetings. That was fun because I know almost every little chunk will produce some nice trilobite fossil. From there I had convinced my wife to stop at the Jersey Road cut by the Harsha bridge over the Ohio River. That road cut is even larger than the well known one I hunt near St Leon, Indiana. I had stopped there because I had read there were edrioasteroids there, it having been part of the sea floor....oops...The road cut , like many, cuts through lots of differernt layers...and is terraced. From the images I had found on line, I decided to hunt the very top section. The formation I was looking for was the Bellevue Formation, but I have no idea where it was. The site was overwhelming...no, that is a wrong word, awe inspiring is better. I didn't have alot of time, so I looked and carried out a backpack of 70 # or so....of layered sections so I could crack them at home. (And that pattern of operation would serve me the rest of the trip as well. ) I will post a few of my interesting pieces for this site on this note, nothing great, but interesting to me. From there, we drove to New Salem Illinois to avoid the Chicago corrider. On our way from New Salem north, I realized we were close to the site of the famous Mazon Creek nodules. Once again, my lovely wife, agreed to stop, but on our way home. We had rented a house on a lake near where we both grew up, and had our children's families come stay with us for a week of fishing, and visiting. Great time. My children live in Michigan and Maine, and my grandchildren rarely get to see their cousins unless we arrange things like this. So it was gratiying to have them all so thoroughly enjoy each other. We had a great time. After the cottage, we decided to head through the middle of the state for a 4 day visit to my sister near Madison. ( me checking out possible future fossil sites and my son-in-law who is an avid bird watcher, hoping to see the endangered Whooping Crane. I had hoped to be able to fossil hunt near Madison and had asked on the forum for help...being told to look along highway J. There wasn't time. Though we did underetake a trip to Cave of the Mounds near Dodgeville, and lucky me, on the way back to Madison, I noticed a quarry by the side of the road. We stopped and I was able to look for a half hour, picked up three stones from a discard pile for inspection and cracking later, and headed on. Leaving Madison the next day, I was excited to be able to visit the Mazon Creek site...I had been told , nodules are hard to find in summer with all the overgrowth, but wanted to make this bucket list stop anyway. Again, as on the Ohio, the site can be overwhelming. Having asked for a good place at the reception desk, and following the advice I had received from the Forum associates, I headed out. Once again, I wish I had someone along who knew what to look for...I mean, when you are picking up rocks to open later, you don't want to pick up and carry a bunch of things that are rocks, and not nodules. To hedge my bet a bit, I decided to crack a few rocks I thought promishing, they looked somewhat like they had layers. If I found something, I'd be ahead of the game in knowing what type of rock to pick up....Success....I cracked a rock along a seam and there inside is "something"....LOL, I know, I know. Can't tell what it is , but it is something, so I picked up a bag of similarly looking rocks and headed back to car to add yet another collection to my growing car rockpile for searching later. By the way, many of you suggested the best time to hunt is in early spring or fall, and that sometimes the workers plow areas to upturn nodules at the Mazon site. Where I hunted was a washout from rain. And the receptionist said the rangers sometimes burn the vegetation along the edges of the ravines at these wash outs so they don't get so overgrown as to prohibit collecting....I came across one such ravine, and could have stayed all day. Well, I am back home safely, now planning my annual trip to the Apalachicola and Chipola rivers to search for Miocene shells. I am back on my home turf and somewhat know what I am doing here. I believe that is one great advantage for the forum as well....that is, to be able to meet someone in another part of the country who is familiar with an area to hunt, and then hunt together. We often see such trips happen, and I am so proud to be a part of a group that accomplishes such service to one another. Now that i am familiar with the areas, I too , may well arrange a trip with a buddy, when I have more time to explore. The few images attached are from the Jersey cut. I thought the crinoid stem, with little bumps around the outside was interested...and the crinoid stem center with stalk material around it was really interesting to me. While it doesn't show in the photo, under my loop, the material around the core is made up of a pattern like that of a sunflower seed head...intricate, and wonderful to contemplate. The other hashplate has those little triangular cross-sectioned needle like pieces...and I don't know what they are. I am hoping someone lets me know. Thanks. (oh, and one Whooper)
  19. This may not be the correct place to ask about the crystal I found in this rock , but since I found it near the other coral piece ( I’m guessing it’s coral- Lol) I thought I’d add it. What makes it so neatly created in a PERFECT square?? I know the rock isn’t that pretty but the crystal is cool! Do you think the other one could be a piece of coral? Thanks! Both found in central Ohio river area.
  20. Hi I found these in a river in central Ohio. Was wondering if anyone could tell me more about the fossil and if the other is teeth perhaps? If so who they may had belonged to? I know pics are poor on teeth pic I don’t really want to touch them too much ha!
  21. Unplanned hunt

    I'm driving through Fairfield Ohio today install a small hill that have been cut open to expand a sidewalk. It looked promising so I stopped. I found a surprisingly large number of brachiopods for how small the road cut was. If I wanted to pick up half brachiopods instead of complete ones I probably could have easily filled a 5 gallon bucket. The biggest brachiopods are about golf ball-sized. If they allow the site to weather out it looks like it could be promising for other fossils although mostly so far it's brachiopods that are exposed. I only had about 30 minutes to lock so I plan to go back in a few weeks to see if the site is still there.
  22. I believe the same “super silver” material (that I found from another trip here)may have once been present in the round areas on this piece of slate. But not sure as I didn’t see any anywhere this time. Do you have any ideas what may have caused them? I think the rock is slate. Right? It was found near a river in Ohio. Thanks!
  23. What type of trilobite

    I had recently bought this trilobite for $10 in a fossil shop in Ohio. Could anybody tell me the species and what time period it would have came from, and also if it was even worth buying. It was approximately 2 inches long.
  24. Dinosaur skull- finally found one!

    I finally found one! Haha! I thought I’d show you what gave my heart an extra THUMP but turned out to be just another rock...
  25. I spent the Holiday weekend in Port Clinton, Ohio visiting my relatives. On my drive to there, I made a slight detour so that I could visit the fossil site north of Paulding, Ohio. I must commend La Farge Quarry for their creation and upkeep of the park!!!!! They must, unlike most quarries, realize the treasures that lurk within their rock. The park consists of about 10 rows, 100 feet long of fossiliferous rock they provide for the public's enjoyment. Some of the piles are weathered and some are fresh. Certain species are better found in the weathered rock, others in the fresh. Look at both!! Here is a sampling of what can be found in a few hours of collecting: Brachiopods abound from small to large.
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