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  1. Bone piece from Penn Dixie

    I had a chance to visit Penn-Dixie today and one of my first finds stumped me. It has the signature porous inside of a bone. It’s black. It has radiating lines down one side. Folks running the place thought it was likely a piece a placoderm armor, making it a rare find. Apologies for the pictures. Once again I find myself in a hotel with my phone. Thickness is a bit over a quarter inch. Length is around 1.75”. Couldn’t make the phone focus well on the marrow. Does placoderm armor have marrow?
  2. Cen Tex Penn, Odd need opinion

    Ok I went out to the Wilson Claypit for a couple hours Sunday after church. Did not find much but a nice day. I found the two items below which have me stumped. I thought maybe interior structure of something maybe like Brachiopod or I don't know? Thought maybe interior structure from Crinoid or Urchin? Found the one with the two sides together then a 100 yards away found the other single. When I first noticed the one I thought it was interior of an old walnut but it is a fossil.
  3. Last Sunday after church I decided to get outside for a little while. It was 38 degrees and windy but we had bought the grandkids some coveralls for Christmas so away we went. So my son and his two kids age 7 and ten loaded up and went out to a spot near Lake Brownwood to hunt some. This is an area we usually find lots of crinoid, gastropods etc but only occasionally find shark material. My son had his brain and eyes tuned in because he found 3 of the four petalodus pictured below. I just found the one small one. We did not find all the pieces but they went back together pretty good. He also found the hunk of cartilage. Of course the kids filled up a bag each of other fossils before deciding to start throwing them in the water was more fun.
  4. Pennsylvanian unknowns

    Pittsburgh county Oklahoma USA, Pennsylvanian period , found in association with shark denticles and small ammonites. About 8mm across.Asking for a friend.
  5. Went out last Sunday for a few hours to a site north of Lake Brownwood here in Central Texas. We have had like 14 inches of rain over the last month so I have been wanting to go but this is the first time I have had. Found a couple of broken Petalodus and some echinoid plates to add to my reconstruction. Found lots of other stuff but left it for the next hunter.
  6. The Perfect Bug

    Some of my collecting friends often ask why do you keep going back to Penn Dixie its really not a place for hard core collectors. I have no clue how many times I have been to Penn over the years but I never get tired of going. If someone says lets go to Penn Dixie.. my answer is "I'm In". Penn is a spot to go to meet great people who actually get it when it comes to this crazy passion of ours. If you have never been to Penn figure out whats stopping you from going .........and get there.....( tell me or Devonian Digger you are going and we will try to get there as well) When I go to to Penn I am on a quest for that perfect plate of multiple E. rana , or that prone greenops or the even more elusive Bela. But I am always hoping to find that perfect bug, the common E. rana that just screams out to you I am perfect. I am going to make your day. To me the lowly phacopids are just beautiful when professionally prepped. They may not have the monetary value of a dicranurus or some other spiny Moroccan bug but they are every bit as beautiful and deserving of a spot at the center of your collection. As I indicated in another post last week I had an amazing day at Penn last Sunday. 45 potentially complete enrolled and at least 8 complete prone. For some reason this particular bug screamed out to me Prep me first. Generally I am prepping bugs for other people and it is getting to be rare that I am actually working on something of my own. So here is the bug that I just could not resist getting into the blast box. Does not look like much but the qualities I am looking for in a specimen to prep are there. Most of the bug is buried in the matrix so if it is there it will be undamaged The part that I can see is flawless The cephalon has the first pleural segment attached The matrix is not so large as to be hard to work with in the blast box There were others on the pool table that looked promising but this was the one that got chosen First a bit about the actual prep. Two scribes were used, an Aro for the rough matrix removal and a German Pferd MST31 for the fine close in scribe work. My goal is to expose as much of the bug as possible using scribes before starting any abrasive blasting. The less abrasion that is used on the bug the better the end result. The more you use the blaster the less detail you will get in the finished product regardless of the blasting media you use. With the Penn E. rana's you can generally get a bug 90% clean with just scribe work. In fact I will often scribe out bugs for an afternoon and then only final prep the absolute best ones. If a plera is missing or some skin is gone then the bug goes into a box to be prepped on a rainy day when I have nothing better available. The actual abrasive blasting for this bug was done on a COMCO MB1000 using previously used (this is a little gentler than unused) 40 micron dolomite. This powder was sieved through a 325 mesh sieve and dried in an oven a 225 F. (just over 100 C.) for 30 minutes. As most of the matrix was removed using the German scribe only two of my smallest nozzles where used in this prep .015 and .010 (smallest I own). The prep for this was done under an Olympus zoom scope at between 10x and 20x magnification. At the conclusion of the prep no visible matrix remained on the fossil down to 20x magnification. End result a "Perfect Bug" , that ever so elusive beast that we all aspire to be blessed with. So what make the perfect bug (In my humble opinion) Flawless exoskeleton Nice positioning on matrix Prone with no undulations 100% Complete No toolmarks No burnthroughs or overblasted areas No glue, consolidants or coatings Symmetrical bug Zero twisting or distortion No repairs or restoration No coloration Provinence known So without any further delay (I know you are all waiting with baited breath to see what I call the perfect bug) Here is the bug that made my morning today. It measures 34mm from edge of pygidium to tip of the cephalons nose and is 20 mm at its widest point. It was excavated on Sunday July 8. 2018 out of a block (one of about 25)that Jim and me excavated at the north east end of the drainage ditch that runs below the section that was dug for the dig with the Experts weekend this year. Yes J. this is the spot you were excavating and having little luck with....... unfortunately thems the breaks.....
  7. Sudden Excursion to Penn

    This year has not had the volume of fossil outings that I would like to see. The weather here in Southern Ontario, Canada has been horrible. Rain, heat and unbearable humidity. Some of my fossil buddies have a big excursion and BBQ to follow planned for today but I could not join in due to plans from "The One Who Must Be Obeyed" otherwise known as "The Wife". So on the spur of the moment since the weather Sunday is going to be awesome I am going to Penn Dixie tomorrow Sunday July 8th with my buddy Jim. Jim is another Canadian Human Backhoe like Kane. If any of you forum people are in the vicinity and want to join in you are more than welcome. Devonian Digger Cannot make it as he is off doing family stuff so my limited expertise will have to suffice. I have been known to have reasonable success at the site ...lol Seriously though if you can join us what I can guarantee you is that you will work hard but you will go home with complete trilobites perhaps even multiples. It makes a world of difference to go with someone that sort of knows what they are doing and that brings the right equipment. Better yet if you find something really special (not a Brach Kane) and treat me nice I might even prep it for you. Hope to see some of you there.. I will be the Homeless looking old geezer in the fossil forum Tee Shirt and Jurassic Park hat struggling to move blocks that are far too big for me.... Regardless I will try to post some pics in this thread of the excursion.
  8. I went out yesterday for about 3 hours to the Clay Pit in Coleman County. Although this is a good place to hunt it seems to be getting more and more picked over during the last several years. We don't get a bunch of rain and it dose not erode very fast. That said I found several fragments that I left for the next group of hunters and I found one decent broken tooth and a crinoid calyx. Also found one interesting itty bitty tooth.
  9. Yesterday it was a nice winter day here in Brown County TX, 30 degree in the morning up to 70 by early afternoon. Took the kids out for a while to a friends ranch for a little fossil and artifact hunting and some rock throwing. Found a few interesting pieces and a couple artifacts. One decent point and a "hoe" digging tool (probably) based on the usage chips on the wide edge. Also my son found a neat bryozoan ball and a brachiopod that has lolophores preserved and showing. Crinoid calix. Red stone is Fuslinids and worm tubes. And I keep a couple of horn corals that had defined growth rings just because the looked neat.
  10. I went out to a site near Lake Brownwood here in Cen Texas Penn last spring. To my disappointment the land owner had decided to cover the exposure with dirt so he could grow grass?! I have hunted this spot in the past and it yields very well preserved fossils but he had not quit cover a small wash so I was able to find some he had not buried. The next time I try this spot there will probably only be grass. "Bulldozer giveth and bulldozer takes away" as someone said one time.
  11. I went out to a site near Lake Brownwood here in Cen Texas Penn for a little while this last Saturday. Found one Brachiopod that has some spins preserved which is very unusual for this part of the world. Also found a neat grouping of Brachiopods that cleaned up nice.
  12. Cen Tex Family hunt

    We are finally having a little winter weather and the kids and grandkids were here over the last week so the house was getting crowded. We got the kids out for a couple hours to let them run off some energy, at least that was my excuse for a short hunt at a spot near Lake Brownwood here in cen Texas. Kids found a lot of stuff mostly gastropods, crinoids, etc. but my son found a good petalodus. My wife was there so we got a few pictures. It was about 32 degrees with some wind so we only stayed about an hour and a half but I would have stayed longer of course.
  13. Well my family was delayed for a couple days so Christmas day was about 50 degrees and sunny and I was tired of being in the house. I went out to the pit in Coleman County to see what I could see. I don't know if yall have had those days where your fossil radar is broken but I was having one of those days. Had been looking for a couple hours and had not found anything to speak of. Was just about to walk back to the truck but decided to crawl up under some brush that was kind of off the beaten path and got lucky. Its missing some enamel but complete otherwise. Better to be lucky than good.
  14. Cen Tex Cephalopod

    I found this a couple weeks ago the same day as the Petalodus that I already posted. It was in Brown County near Lake Brownwood in the Penn deposits. These are pretty common around here but usually about half this long or smaller. Found this before to much of it had eroded away.
  15. Cen Tex, Petalodus

    Went out for a short hunt Sunday after church and found one big broken up Petalodus. I thought I was one rainstorm to late on this one when I saw it because I did not think all the pieces would be there. Got home and was pleasantly surprised that it came out pretty complete. This was found in Brown County, "Penn" near lake Brownwood. Kind of ugly but its big and from a site that I have not found complete ones before.
  16. I found this associated cartilage on one of my outings a couple years ago near Lake Brownwood here in central Texas. It is Pennsylvanian age like most of my stuff. I have been removing matrix and gluing together pieces off and on for over a year but I am about as far as I can go on this puzzle. I was just to late in finding this before the weather had scattered it and softened the edges. As far as ID I am supposing parts of skull or jaw. Still the second most cartilage I have ever found together or at least almost together.
  17. Since it is finally cooling off around here I went out to Clay Pit and looked for stuff while I was baby sitting my grandson. I show these pictures when ever someone wants me to keep their kids so I don't have to baby sit to often. Found several broken ones and two pretty good and complete ones although they are small. This was in about 2.5 hours of hunting and rolling rocks down the hill for my grandson. I also put a couple pictures of some of my collection.
  18. Penn Dixie August 26th

    For the past decade, my eyes have been fixed on going to Penn Dixie. After moving to Ottawa with my wife, a trip down to the home of the bugs became a possibility. This past Monday, we finally had the opportunity to visit. It was a 6 hour drive and we only had a couple of hours to spare, but we found a couple of good pieces. @DevonianDigger was an amazing host and guide showing us around to the most productive layers. I may have caught the Penn Dixie Bug (pun intended) . Came away with a couple of rollers and a 95% complete Greenops! I'm already itching to go back next spring! Here are a few pictures.
  19. Prepping For Apartment Living

    Hey all! I will be posting an update soon, but I recently took a quick trip to Penn Dixie to find a few bugs. Came home with quite a few little specimens. I have a question for the prep masters among us. I live in a very clean apartment (due to my wife) and have very little options for prepping the trilos I found there. What tools or techniques would you recommend that don't involve sand blasting or compressors?
  20. Planning A Trip to Penn Dixie

    Hey friends! Work is taking my wife and I to Burlington, CA at the end of August. Penn Dixie has ALWAYS been on my bucket list. Therefore, we've decided that we will take a day trip down there! I'd love to organize a trip with other fossil enthusiasts! We are thinking around August 28th or so. Let us know if you'd like to form a little band of troops to head down there!
  21. Penn Dixie and Brechin

    If anyone is interested I will be taking / meeting some people from the Fossil Forum to go to Penn Dixie (Hamburg NY) on Friday June 2 and Brechen (about 1/12 hours north east of Toronto) on Saturday June 2. Please PM me if you are interested in joining us. Expect to work hard but come away with some nice goodies. Both localities are good for trilobites, Brechin also adds crinoids and cystoids to the mix as well as brachs and all those other things that I don't collect.
  22. Penn Dixie Crazy Canucks

    In case anyone is interested in getting together, Quarryman Dave and myself will be at Penn Dixie this Saturday August 27th. We have been known to be a bit crazy and hard core in our collecting but generally we come away well rewarded. We'd love to see any of you that are in the area.
  23. Spent a wonderful day on Sunday with my Fossil Forum Buddy Dave (Quarryman Dave) at Penn Dixie just west of Buffalo New York. After the normal hassle of getting fingerprinted at the border. We made an uneventful trip to the fossil site, although Dave did get lost at least three times trying to find the place. He only got lost once on the way back. Overall we arrived at 9:30 and left at 6:00. After a long day of splitting rock non stop we were very tired after the walk out to the car (which was past the closed gates) with buckets full of rock and equipment in hand. Met some great new people from New Jersey, you know who you are. Here's hoping we get to hunt eurypterids with you in the near future. Here is our work area for the day we created that bench and excavated about 50 square feet of surface area down about 24 inches. My estimate is that we were seeing about 4 to 5 trilos mostly partials per cubit foot we split. I suspect by the end of the day we found 50 to 60 trilobites with the potential to be complete (all but 2 phacops, I know they changed the name but I am old school) We found two that might end up being reasonably complete greenops but they are by no means perfect. The greenops tend to be in the more crumbly layer. Here is the overall group photo of what we found Here is a challenge to you , how many trilos can you see in this picture I gave up when I got to 50 A couple in here will prep up real nice. I will post pics once they are prepped. I put a few more pictures in my gallery as they don't fit here because of size restictions.