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Found 188 results

  1. Penn Dixie Invertebrate Identification

    I found this specimen at Penn Dixie last spring and I thought it would be good practice for prepping since I'm new to it. I at first assumed it was a piece of broken shell, but as I chipped away at it with a pin vice, I found that it was much bigger in size than I thought. I am having trouble figuring out what it actually is even though I've removed a substantial amount of material at this point. There are striations that are similar to a lot of bivalves in the area but the general shape appears more coral-like in my opinion. What does everyone else think?
  2. Hello all! We are planning a trip (with a stop in Pennsylvania) to New York this May to hunt for Trilobites and could use lots of advice. We live in North Carolina, so it is a bit of a haul and we are new to trilobite hunting and to rock splitting fossil hunting generally. I'll lay out the tentative itinerary first and then ask a few specific questions. Any recommendations on the itinerary (additions or places to skip on a limited trip) are, of course, more than welcome! Tuesday Day 0: Drive to Danville, PA and check into a hotel Wednesday Day 1: Visit the Montour Preserve fossil pit ; drive to Buffalo, NY Thursday Day 2: Visit 18 Mile Creek Friday. Day 3: Visit Penn Dixie Quarry (1) Saturday Day 4: Visit Penn Dixie Quarry (2) Sunday Day 5: Drive back to NC The big questions we have (apart from whether this itinerary seems like a good first trip for ambitious new trilobite hunters) are: What tools should we bring? I know safety glasses, chisel and geologic hammer, but what about larger picks, prybars, hammers, shovels, gloves, etc? I've read about people "digging out" an area at Penn Dixie; what is required for that? And what is involved? Is there any rhyme or reason to the pieces you choose to split? What do you look for in a spot? Is there anywhere else "nearby" (within a few hours of anywhere on the route) that we should check out? What am I forgetting to ask? Thank you so much in advance for your help! This forum has been a great planning resource for me and I find more great threads to lurk on every day! Philip
  3. From the album Trilobites

    Pygidium 15mm. A gift from Secret Santas Monica and Viola. Moscow Formation Windom Shale Member Smoke Creek Trilobite Bed Givetian Middle Devon Penn Dixie, Hamburg, NY, USA
  4. Hi guys! Haven't made any posts in a while but as I was going through some finds from Penn Dixie recently I have come across a few more fossils I would like to ID. The first few are what I believe to be Pelycopods but I have no further info on them. 1. Part and Counterpart 2. Part and Counterpart, found in the same piece of shale very close to number 1 3. Smaller one among some horn corals 4. A larger one, this one is thicker than the rest and is very different in texture. I have a few more pictures but I don't have space so I will include them below, Thank you guys for any help, Misha.
  5. Penn dixie never disappoints!

    Penn Dixie never disappoints Hubby and I went last Saturday and I got loads of goodies. I find it rather interesting how all of these trilobites came from the same small area but the way they sit is so different. I would be curious to find out About the conditions that cause the "hugging" trilobites. It's hard to see because I need to be cleaned but each little group has a couple of them , mostly belly to belly. I'm trying to clean them useing an etching pen and a soft brush but pieces keep breaking off and I'm not sure how to do it without them crumbling.
  6. Did I bring home poo?

    So I went and had a great day out at Penn Dixie ( Devonian) this weekend. I brought home a lot of fossils I'll be happy to clean up and put on the shelf. Thankfully, My level of incompetence is quite apparent to anyone that sees me struggle, young man took pity on me and helped me ( I don't know if I'm allowed to tag him in the post). After a long day of fossil collecting, Walking back carrying back a bag that was far too heavy for me, Sweaty ,tired and dehydrated. I wander from the path to look at something that has caught my eye. It shines, it calls to me. What is it?! I pick it up and put it in my pocket. In my car it goes and to a safe little spot where all my top fossil of the day go. And there it sits in its place of honor for the 3 hour drive home. When I get home the nice little Box comes inside where open it to find all my beautiful little trilobites sitting and this, this fossil, rock , poo? Do I pick up and drive home 151 miles with a bit of sun dried poo?
  7. I've been tardy on making a report on a three-day dig at Penn Dixie with @Malcolmt. We had a real hoot. It all began when Malcolm picked me up from the train station and we sailed through the border as we were lucky to have a Homeland Sec official who recognized Malcolm from the May Dig with the Experts. A border guard who collects fossils? Awesome! We definitely put in our efforts. We joined up with @JamesAndTheFossilPeach and @DevonianDigger to start slabbing out rocks. I can say that our area was not the best as the matrix was brutally hard and not yet subjected to any weathering, which meant slabs would shatter more than split. That aside, it is amazing they still let us crazy canucks in as we carted out about two buckets each of trilobites. Malcolm found a lovely Bellacartwrightia, and I found a double Greenops. We loaded up on the usual complete Eldredgeops rana, prone, enrolled, and semi-prone.
  8. Penn Dixie Greenops

    Decided to tackle prepping this greenops today that I found at Penn Dixie a few weeks back. Part of the cephalon broke off in the negative, but the glue job worked OK. There is still some digging needed to expose the right cheek and pleural tips but they should (hopefully) be there. A fold along that side buried them deep in the matrix. Not a perfect bug but my best greenops found so far
  9. Penn Dixie, Disappointed

    I recently became a member of the HNHS (Hamburg Natural History Society), and took my first trip out there since the spring. I had some success there, and came away with a couple complete specimens, although they are very rare. This time, the grounds were so picked over and depleted that I considered it a waste of time. The only exposed beds were completely monopolized, and the people were quite rude when I tried to set up nearby, asking me to find somewhere else to dig. On top of this, one of my favorite places to go, has been cordoned off now. (The small tributary that feeds into Rush Creek) This has always been my favorite spot to dig, and all of the complete specimens I have came from that area. When I asked the staff about this, they stated safety concerns, saying that the layers of limestone that overlay the shale might fall. (Isn't this always a risk when hunting in a cliff?) The piles of scree that were dug earlier in the year are nothing but rubble now. I guess what I'm seeking is somewhere where fresh rockfalls are accessible, and I know that with the privatization of the lakeshore, anywhere, there is precious little left to us. Thanks for any help you can offer, Derek
  10. Penn Dixie E. rana injury?

    Not exactly an ID but I can't think of a better place to post this. Here is an E. rana I found this week at Penn Dixie. Prep started on the right lobe which was exposed on the side of a block (fourth pleura is damaged due to being exposed). It was looking like a near perfect bug, nicely inflated and complete aside from the small chip. When I made my way around to the other side I found more damaged pleura. This was a surprise as the entire middle and left lobes were buried under significant matrix. Could this be an injury that killed/happened during the trilobite's lifetime?
  11. Michelenoceras & Tornoceras

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Michelenoceras ssp. and portion of Tornoceras uniangulare Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  12. From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Assorted Brachiopods, Horn Corals and Crinoid Stem Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  13. Small Eldredgeops rana

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  14. Eldredgeops rana

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  15. Eldredgeops rana Molts

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Various Eldredgeops rana Molts Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  16. Eldredgeops rana Rollers

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana trilobites (Rollers) Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  17. Eldredgeops rana Roller

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana Roller (After Prep). Credit @Malcolmt for the prep work. Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  18. From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana trilobite with Stereolasma rectum horn coral (After prep). Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  19. Eldredgeops Rana

    From the album Western NY Fossil Hunts

    Eldredgeops rana trilobite with Stereolasma rectum horn coral (Before prep). Devonian Hamburg, NY Found 2019
  20. Penn Dixie stuff

    Hello everyone! I'm here once again to ask for some identification help as I continue to work on my fossil area display. Today I have a few items from Penn Dixie (Hamburg, NY, mid-Devonian) for you to look at. But before I show the photos, I was wondering about the formation that we find fossils in at Penn Dixie - is it all Moscow Formation? Okay, now on to the photos... Specimen #1: A Platyceras gastropod, but I'm not sure of the species: Specimen #2: A horn coral on the same rock as the Platyceras - is it Stereolasma rectum or Amplexiphylum hamiltoniae? Specimen #3: I've posted this one before, asking if it was a goniatite or a gastropod, but I'm starting to think it's a gastropod with some of the middle missing - perhaps Naticonema lineata or Euomphalus laxus? Specimen #4: A brachiopod and horn coral on the same rock as the goniatite/gastropod specimen - is the brachiopod Athyris spiriferoides? And is the horn coral Stereolasma rectum or Amplexiphylum hamiltoniae? Specimen #5: An unknown piece of something on the same rock as the goniatite/gastropod and the brachiopod - any ideas? Thanks in advance! Monica
  21. Unknown from Penn Dixie

    Hi all, here is another find from Penn Dixie not sure what it is maybe a bivalve or brachiopod. Also the outer layer used to be a very thin calcite, most flaked off but a bit is still left. Thank you.
  22. Unknown from Penn Dixie

    I found this on a plate of trilobites and pelycopods, it is around 8mm in diameter and I have no Idea about what it could be. Any help is appreciated, Thank you.
  23. Penn Dixie Crinoid

    Does anyone know what part of the crinoid this element is? Is there enough there to assign a genus? It is 6-sided, and each side has a concavity. Pictured are top, bottom, and one side view. Scale in mm. Location & geological context in tags.
  24. Penn Dixie this weekend

    This weekend we're taking a long weekend up to the Niagara Falls NY area. We're going to be doing the typical tourist stops plus a visit to Penn Dixie. . Based on the weather forecast I would assume to be there at opening time to avoid the afternoon heat and possibility of thunderstorms. I don't know yet if we're going to be there on Saturday or Sunday. Is there any tips or suggestions for first timers to Penn Dixie? We have a rock hammer, mason's hammer, an engineer hammer and several cold chisels. Also on a totally unrelated note any restaurants in the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area that anyone would recommend for the family. Thanks for any information and I will post a field report early next week.
  25. Devonian finds

    Here are a few finds from my first trip to Penn Dixie not sure exactly what these are. The first is a spiriferid brachiopod but I would like to confirm that what is on it is a crinoid holdfast or is it something else?
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