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Found 43 results

  1. Another classic trip

    Another decent haul over the last few days. Bunch of nautiloids and whatnot, a couple mussels. These were my favourites from the last 2 days in the river. This was a biiiiig nautiloid, and after cleaning it I realized there were two of them! wowowowo! (Sorry the picture didn't turn out quite that nice) This is probably one of my highest quality specimen so far, although it did break near the end when extracting it from the matrix.
  2. Help in ID of unusual shaped fossil

    Hello, I recently cracked open a rock to find one the most pristine and unusually shaped fossils I've seen in a looong time. I predict it might be the edge of a bivalve shell poking out, but I wanted to know what others might have to say about this. It was found in the rock deposits of the rivers in Toronto, Canada, and is part of the Georgian bay formation. Also, only the bottom half seems to be completely crystallized and is translucent, whereas the top is relatively opaque: I am somewhat worried about totally ruining the fossil if I try to further crack into the matrix, as it is Ordovician era rock which is very hard and often results in the destruction of the specimen when trying to clean up the fossils. Sorry for not providing much to go off of . Thanks in advanced for the help! -Em
  3. Hello to all! Its been a very long time since I've been on here, but my recent trips around the creeks in Toronto, Canada (in the Etobicoke area) have yielded some of my largest and most defined finds of all time, here are some of the nicest Orthoconic Nautiloids I had found yet: Probably the nicest one in my collection at this moment, found almost completely by fluke when I hit a rock with my pick and this bad boy showed up Imprint made by the previous one These last couple would be way nicer, if only I could find a way to get it out of the rock matrix without completely destroying the specimen :/ ... Anyways, it good to be back and hunting this summer after a somewhat stressful finals season. I also have wayyyyyy more stuff that I found such as some unusually large and defined bivalves and tentaculites (maybe?), but I might save those for another time as they definitely weren't as cool as these ones. All were found along river rock deposits In the west side of Toronto (Etobicoke, Humber and Mimico creek) - Georgian Bay formation, excavated using rock pick and chisel.
  4. Hello, I d like to know if someone would trade unpreped crab nodules. I mostly have french trilobites to trade. Some echinoid also . Some albian minicrabs carapaces. I post those 2 first. Ill post more later . The roller is Colpocoryphe rouaulti, the other one is a small Ectillaenus giganteus. Regards
  5. I have spent a really long time looking for this fossils name, I know it's from the Ordivician period I just don't even know where to begin to classify it. Pls help!
  6. Back in April 2017 I posted pics of what I thought was a unique bryozoan encrusted horn coral.... Since then I have come across more while collecting in SW Ohio that I'd like to share. And, yes, the prep can be extensive. The first one, there is no real top/bottom or side view. It is 7 cm across x 10 cm "tall" This one is 4.5 cm across x 4.5 cm "tall". I believe the bryozoan on the following is Constellaria florida This one is 5.5 cm across and 6 cm "tall" This last one is my favorite. I finished prepping it in early March. I think the layering of the bryozoan is amazing. It is 7 cm across x 9 cm "tall" x 4 cm "deep". The horn coral is broken.
  7. If you are a fossil collector in an Ordivician area, the Rafinesquina is a pretty common find. Here are pics of some typical pieces from my collection. The R. ponderosa (middle) are typically 4 to 5 cms wide. Below is the view of them from the side, showing their basic difference in appearance. Late last summer I came across 3 brachiopods on a maybe 30 degree roadcut south of Dayton, OH that are similar to the Rafinesquina. All three were within 2 feet of each other and broken "from the middle out" as if they had been stepped on...or maybe run over by a tractor mowing the roadcut? They were huge. I've never seen any so big. Not even pieces. Although they were mostly missing the tips of their hinge line they were still 7.5 to 9 cms wide. Here they are above and below my initial trio. But they aren't just wider, they're just flat out bigger. Here are a side and a front view of one alongside a R. ponderosa. I have found the "typical" Rafinesquina in other sites both north, south, east and west of this site. Within miles and up to 20 miles of this site and at higher and lower elevations. I've gone back to the site and there were no others, nor any on the other side of the road. Have any other Ordivician collectors come across these before? I haven't seen any mentioned anywhere. Although the literature disagrees, are these actually what the Ponderosa looks like?
  8. I haven't seen hardly any Ordivician-related posts for a while so here's my input. I was out collecting yesterday off Interstate 75. Nothing all that good had occurred until I found this flexy... Nearly 5 years ago I found the chunk of rock (in the middle of my hand) that appeared to contain some amount of trilobite I never expected much so it was ignored until this past Feb when I finally prepped it. I was happily surprised at what finally appeared. It has a few blemishes and is nearly 100% complete.
  9. ID on a fossil from Decorah Formation, MN

    I found this plate near in the upper decorah formation Minnesota (Ordovician period limestone). These chunks are frequently littered with trilobite bits and fragments but this lookk a little odd to me. It has a "knob" or bump structur on one side and a gradual bend on the other. Its still partially covered by coral and debris but most of it is exposed. Any ideas?
  10. Fossil Sites

    Look for places to hunt on hwy 2 from Rockford to Dixo as I'm in area for a day and want to kill time looking for fossils. Any helps would be appreciated. Thanks! Mike. P.s. I'm fine with you want to tag up with me. It'll be nice to have a partner to show me around.
  11. Shale fossil print

    Hello! I found this odd looking fossil the other day on a river bank in Toronto after splitting the shale. It seems to be possibly be a coal imprint of some sort. Not too sure what it might be. Let me know what you guys think: Thanks for the help!! -Em
  12. Trilobite burrows?

    Here's a specimen I picked up last year from the St. Leon, Indiana, road cut. The site is late Ordovician in the Waynesville formation. My guess is that it's a trace fossil that shows the convex hyporelief of two trilobite burrows. Each borrow is approximately 4 mm long, and is 2 mm of the other edge of one burrow to the outer edge of the other. In the second image, you'll also see what I believe could be pygidium or cephalon impressions on the left side, about two thirds down.
  13. Hi all! I managed to go on 3 large fossil hunting trips this weekend and pulled in easily the BIGGEST haul so far with the most variety as well! The first two pictures were from Mimico creek and the rest were a mix of Humber river and a separate section of Mimico creek. I managed to pull in my second trilobite from the area so that was very exciting! Also pulled a bunch of stuff that I was not able to identify: /\ This was the haul from last Friday night /\ This is the trilobite I found!!! Very excited to have a second one - its been a while since the last one I found /\ This was the full haul for the weekend trip at Mimico and Humber /\ Some Orthoconic Nautiloids as usual. Although it seems that this isn't just the same species I usually find as some of the patterns were much smoother than what I usually find A couple decent looking Crinoid stalks /\ /\ Lots of different shells this time, with a nice range of lined shells as well as 'mussel' looking shells (don't know the scientific names for these ones yet - sorry :/) /\ A close-up of the real nicely defined deathbed of TONS of shells! Unfortunately the hammer I used for cracking bounced off this rock and mashed my thumb in so that wasn't very fun. But its healing up nicely so I'd say it was worth it haha /\ Variety different sizes of coral (if you guys could help me identify which type that would be sweet!) /\ These were the weird ones. I'm not even sure if these are even fossils but I figured I might as well take em just in case - better safe than sorry!! (I am posting these two in identification later!) I was very proud of this haul! Lots of diversity compared to the usual hunt which is nice because I'm kind of getting a little tired of the mountains of Nautiloids we have piling up in the collection Let me know what you guys think of these ones!!! -Em
  14. Toronto creek - big haul

    Location: Etobicoke creek, Toronto, CA Date collected: July 27th, 2019 Hello! I pulled in a whole bunch of fossils along the Etobicoke creek (a little bit further north compared to my last trip - almost same location though). LOTS of Orthoconic Nautiloids (as usual), a couple different bivalves and a few crinoid fragments. This is the nautiloid haul. The top right one doesn't look like much but there are about 5 or 6 nautiloids embedded in the matrix! I'm considering learning how to clean up the fossils so that I can show it off in all its glory! These are the bivalves and other stuff collected. These are two separate MASSIVE chunks of monster Nautiloids (~5cm in diameter) - hopefully I can clean this one up as it would make a veryyy nice shelf piece! Closeup on the full bivalve, I've never really found a complete bivalve with both shells in one clump like this before (correct me if its actually just a lame rock - I could be wrong). I thought this one was really interesting: notice the dark brown, lined layer just under the rocky outer layer? I've seen a good lot of Orthoconic Nautiloids but I haven't seen a layer like this before. Maybe its nothing but I thought it might be worth looking into - let me know if you guys have any info, or what you think! Anyways thats what I pulled in this past weekend! I'd say its a decent haul, not my nicest stuff but still a good lot. -Em
  15. I have been looking for places to find Paleozoic fossil nearby and New York seems to have a great amount of them, including the trilobites mentioned above, eurypterids, cephalopods brachiopods and all of those lovely invertebrates. I wanted to visit Penn Dixie later this month but got a good opportunity to do so this week, so now I have some time opened up that I would like to spend exploring other sites in NY. The only problem with this is that I have not found many places where I could do so, I have heard of Deep Springs road and another site that has a lot of triarthrus trilobites but these are private and would likely not be accessible to me. Are there any sites our members here would recommend? I would love some Dipleuras and Triarthrus but am interested in many other Paleozoic invertebrates as well. Thank you very much, Misha.
  16. Ord Perm Triassic Ammonite or ?

    In a recent trip to the Candelaria Mining district of west central Nevada some rocks that suggest fossil forms where found. Is this a fossil? How big where coiled Nautiloids in the Ordivician? Is this more likely Permo-Triassic? I have more pics but the file size limit. Maybe another post later. The rock formations in the area per Mineral, Deposita 29, 318-329 (1994) MINERALIUM DEPOSITA O Springer-Verlag 1994 The Candelaria silver deposit, Nevada - preliminary sulphur, oxygen and hydrogen isotope geochemistry the basement consists of Ordovician cherts of the Palmetto complex; this is overlain unconformably by Permo-Triassic marine clastic sediments (Diablo and Candelaria Formations); these are structurally overlain by a serpentinitehosted tectonic melange (Pickhandle/Golconda allochthon); all these units are cut by three Mesozoic felsic dike systems. The local rock descriptions are obviously simplified. Palmetto Basin Assemblage - Shale, chert, quartzite, greenstone, and limestone Nolan Belt - Shale, chert, phyllite, quartzite, and limestone Diablo Siliciclastic Overlap Assemblage - Sandstone, siltstone, limestone, conglomerate, and carbonaceous limestone Siliciclastic Overlap Assemblage - Shale, sandstone, and limestone Candearia FM Golconda Terrane - Basinal, volcanogenic, terrigenous clastic, and minor carbonate rocks Siliciclastic Overlap Assemblage - Conglomerate, sandstone, siltstone, and limestone Siliciclastic Overlap Assemblage - Shale, sandstone, and limestone Shale with interbedded sandstone and minor limestone characterize the Lower Triassic Candelaria Formation (Ferguson, Muller, and Cathcart, 1954).
  17. KY trilobite

    Alrighty. Havent been around much as I havent been doing a lot of fossil stuff of late. But, I was going through stuff I piled up on the porch from my KY/OH trip last year and came across this. I honestly dont remember finding it. You would think I would as it is only the second trilobite anything from that trip. Its not marked from OH, so I am presuming I got in KY. What particular bug would this be?
  18. Peninsula point

    Think about go camp near Peninsula Point and I'm little confused on where is that road cut located in one of Paleo Joe's video.... can anyone help me out? Thanks!
  19. Just prepped this

    I've had this for several years but just got around to prepping it. I believe I've seen similar on the site in the past few years but don't remember what it is.
  20. Orthocone find

    Wanted to take advantage of the good weather and went to the creek on my farm to see if I could find anything good. The creek is located on a farm in Northern Kentucky, located in a small valley amongst the hills. As soon as I reached the creek and knelt down, I spotted this beautiful specimen and instantly recognized the shape and tapering. I can’t find any septa on it though. I find an abundance of bryozoans, brachiopods and crinoid stems. Few weeks ago, found a fragment of orthocone and had it verified on here. This is only my second and so are pretty rare on our land. Just wanted to show you all, make sure 100% it’s the real deal since you all know much, much more than I. Don’t want to keep a rock or petrified ice cream cone around.
  21. Possible orthocone?

    Found this while searching the creeks located around my farm. I find a lot of bryozoans, brachiopods, crinoid stems and that’s about it. Never have found a fossil like this around here before, though I know Northern Kentucky has found orthocone fossils before. Interested in what you all think!
  22. Arkansas and NW Missouri

    Took a road trip today and although it was only 28 degrees found a few interesting items. Any help identifying, even a rough direction to look would be appreciated. 1 and 2 were found at Beaver Lake in Arkansas. If I read the map correctly, which is always iffy, they should be Ordovician in age. Wondering if I should break into the squarish looking piece (#1) to see what it contains. 3 and 4 were found just across the Missouri line from Grove Oklahoma. I believe the area is Late Pennsylvanian. The limestone (3) looks like it contains traces of water worn chrinoids(?). #4 May just be a water worn rock but maybe a man made fetish? The hole goes all the way through and would make a great hanging piece.
  23. Decorah Shale rolled fossil ID request

    Found these rolled fossils in the Decorah Shale, St. Paul, MN. Tan colored and measures 2.0 cm long by 1.2 cm wide. The broken piece looks to have piece of Trilobite with it. Thanks for your help.
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