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  1. From a long abandoned bluestone quarry in NE Pennsylvania. Devonian, Catskill formation. Found by my sister-in-law, who was really looking for live birds! Ideas?
  2. Found this piece of float in a place where there is a mix of native scree and fill from God knows where. Due to circumstances I was not able to climb the slope to try to find a source layer. Exposed bedrock I think is Mifflintown Formation. The slab of hash shows three reasonably clear specimens without any prep. Each has a ring with triangle segments pointing toward the center, and one pair of dominant rays running from the center to the perimeter. Someone on the FB group pabe suggested "Cyclosystoid" which I had never heard of, and there is only a little available on google that isn't paywalled. Eventually I'll focus on the other species in the hash to try to verify its Mifflintown and not trucked in fill from who knows where. What do you thiink? (PS thanks for the lead so far, Greg)
  3. Casselman Formation

    This boundary shows where you can find Ames Limestone. Before, all I had was a 1980 map. Now I've taken their digital data, converted this formation into KML, and created a custom Google map. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1I3uxksnlKUHcGqqAE9fbIUPIkMzWk6cq&usp=sharing I can do others, but for now, this one was the one I wanted the most.
  4. Metacoceras?

    Found this in what I call limestone locally, but it is more of a sandstone/shale mix. Very hard, black and cement like. Squares are 1 inch. I air scribed it out of the rock, where 50% was showing. My layer specifically is Woods Run Marine Zone, a hundred or so feet below Ames Limestone. It is the Glenshaw Formation. I am in Western PA. Also, this is my first forum post. I have several other types to post, but I figured I would start with this.
  5. Beltzville State Park

    The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society got a permit to explore the restricted area at Beltaville Dam in Lehighton, PA today. The spillway for the dam is immense! The 20-50ish foot walls of the spillway are covered with rubble in swaths of hard blue-black and red stone, soft colorful clay stone, and the occasional bit of tan sandstone. All are from the Upper Devonian Mahantango Formation. The sun was shining, the air was warm and the wind was still. Perfect day for prospecting! Everybody spread out along the walls. There was more than ample room for everybody to claim a big spot to explore. I walked along the north wall until the smooth, flat stones started showing texture. I had expected to find very little in the harder material and lots of things in the colorful clay. That’s been my experience on the beach in the adjacent state park*, anyway. Quite the opposite! As soon as I found a promising spot in the hard matrix, I sat down and examined every rock. The trilobites were lurking watching me from all directions. I found eyes from at least 8 animals. Most I kept, just for the sake of counting. A couple I tossed because this was getting silly. One I gave to someone nearby, “So he can keep an eye out for you.” The best was this 2-inch Phacops sp. cephalon. I now officially claim to have the PA State Fossil. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to figure out if it’s P. rana, but the right genus is close enough for me. Such a cute little froggie face! I found one tiny brachiopod or bivalve among the buggies that still had the whole shell intact, albeit a might smoothed during its time under water. It's not silicified. It's not pyritized. It's still CaCO3 after all these ages. I tested it. I showed it to our trip leader who said that there was coral preserved like this shell further down the wall. Nifty. There were also some very nice, red-stained bryozoa and hash plates. Unfortunately, the hash plates were mostly at the narrow ends of long rocks, arranged 90 degrees from the plane of the layers in the splitting stone. Most I admired and left behind. There are only so many big, mostly-featureless rocks I can store in the house. After a couple hours, I appeared to exhaust my trilobite supply. People had walked past me with some pretty horn corals molds, so I headed towards the clay to see if I could find any. No luck. There was plenty of colorful stone, buy almost nothing as far as fossils, so I kept picking my way across the wall where I could get footing. I kept getting higher and higher until eventually I needed all 4s to navigate in any direction and abandoned my collection bucket. Another quarter mile or so down the wall, I found a good spot to slid tom the spillway floor. And there they were. In a space covering maybe 5 horizontal feet of the wall were rocks littered with preserved coral bodies. Jackpot! I spent at least an hour at the top. I tried to slide down a little and slid all the way to the bottom, unable to climb back up the steep pile of flat pebbles. There was definitely more at the bottom, but the middle eluded me. While poking around for corals, I found a couple of ½” brachiopods with both sides intact and a preserved crinoid stem. I walked across the spillway and back up the other side but found nothing. I somehow totally missed that the rest of the group had left, with just Rick and Steve watching me from a distance. Typical for me to be the last one out. I'll post a link in the comments to my Beltzville album when I finish sorting through my finds and photographing them. *Yes, I know it is illegal to collect fossils in most states' parks. Pennsylvania is an exception.
  6. Hey everyone, where can I find some good fossils in Eastern Pennsylvania/New Jersey/New York? I'm relatively new, but I'm looking for anything animal related-preferably dinosaurs. The land is mountainous here, but there's a major river that cuts through a water gap. The terrain slopes down to sea level as you get to the Atlantic coast or down to Philadelphia, and there's at least one major river along the way. Apparently the mountains are poor spots for hunting, but what do you guys know? Happy Hunting
  7. Hello everyone. I have been a collector for a long time, but I think it is pretty sad that there is a very limited amount of fossils in my collection I have found myself. I want to start fossil hunting more often!! I often take my fossil collection to schools, and I think it would be special to be able to share things I've found myself. Right now I am visiting family in the Canonsburg area, which is outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I am going to try to get some geologic maps for the area. But in the meantime, I was wondering if anyone has any other resources for me or any favorite spots around there? Thank you all! (Not sure if this was the right section for this post, if not please move)
  8. Anyone know what this is?

    Found this is Pennsylvania, I think it's a wasp nest or honeycomb but not sure.
  9. Brachiopod?

    ID please, I think I found a brachiopod.
  10. My first fossil

    Hi everyone! I'm new here and I found this in a freshly tilled cornfield in Northampton, Pennsylvania a few days ago. I have no experience, but am very excited to get some info on this and maybe start hunting and get a collection. Any idea of what the shells are or the approximate age? Thanks for any info!
  11. Fossiling on the Ides of March

    It’s been quite some time since my last post here on the forum – more than two years! I missed the forum and it’s good to be back. This last week was spring break for some colleges in Pennsylvania, mine included. Thursday we saw beautiful sunny weather, warm enough to shed the heavy winter coats we’ve been wearing for months. Checking weather forecasts, I was pleased to find that Friday would be similarly warm – sunny and mid sixties to seventies! Perfect fossiling weather! I seized the opportunity. I knew these unseasonably warm temps could be gone as soon as they had arrived and didn’t want to miss a chance like this. I drove out with my little brother to a couple of sites I’d visited before. The first was an Ordovician roadcut. I’d been told the rock here was from the Salona formation, but Coburn formation limestone is also known from the area and apparently has similar fossils so I’m not entirely certain on this site’s stratigraphy. After about an hour’s drive we arrived at the site – only to be greeted by two nasty pieces of roadkill at the base of the cut! Agh! Thankfully they weren’t near the collecting area and didn’t have a noticeable odor yet. We immediately set to work, crawling carefully up the gentle slope of the cut and checking each irregular chunk of tan limestone. It didn’t take me long to score several fine Cryptolithus trilobites, as well as some neat mushroom-shaped bryozoan colonies and a handful of brachiopods. The trilobites here are usually found with either the horseshoe shaped ventral side or the noselike glabella poking out of the surface of the stone. They will take some prep work to expose fully – I’m hopeful at least one or two of them are complete under all that stone. Most of them are just isolated cephalons or chunks of Cryptolithus collar. After about 45 minutes on the cut we took a break for lunch, stashing our finds in the trunk. Our sandwiches finished, we walked back out for round two! Scrambling over fallen stone, I managed to score two big blocks with multiple trilobites each. The crown jewel was a block with at least 15 Cryptolithus showing! I probably won’t even attempt prepping that one until I’m a little more confident in my abilities. I’d hate to ruin such a great multi-block of trilobites. After another hour or two at the cut, we’d found enough. Some of our finds: Bryozoans: More trilobites: Brachiopods: Continued in next post…
  12. Hi Folks, Usually during spring break I am at work making maple syrup but this coming week it will be too cold for the sap to flow. I am planning a trip south from CT and would like to check out fossils in PA, MD, and WV. I'll probably leave March 6th and return March 10th or 11th. Certainly want to check out the Calvert Cliffs and see what I can find in PA and WV. Any tips or advice on location would be really appreciated, or, if you want to meet-up that would be even better. It is so great to meet other fossil enthusiasts. I don't mind the cold and could help out with gas money or buy lunch. Thanks, Dom
  13. Plant fossil from Pennsylvania

    I recently acquired this multi species fern fossil from a friend who said it came from Pennsylvania. I wonder if anyone knows the age and species of the plants here? Thanks for looking.
  14. Hello to everyone, I was trying to put together a plan for a spring or summer trip hunting fossils. I am particularly interested in the animals of mahantango formation and would like to know if anyone is familiar with some public locations that allow people to hunt for the fossils from that formation, or at least do not prohibit this. If anyone can point me in the right direction that would be greatly appreciated, Thank you.
  15. Virtual Fossil Hunt

    For all of us that are feeling the the effects of crystallized hydrogen dioxide here's a photo of a Silurian-Bloomsburg Formation shale bed (this frame of view is about 3 sq/ft). The hillside road cut site is few miles from me and a great place to sit on a sunny afternoon. Here's the fun part this spot is loaded with weathering out brachipods, coiled & spiraled gastropods, straight shelled cephalopods, corals, crinoids etc. I collected over 15 different fossils from this one site. Most (except the cephalopods & some corals) are small enough to sit on a fingernail with room to spare! Have fun on a virtual (photo) fossil hunt.
  16. Hello! New to the forum and plan to introduce myself properly later- I've spent a lot of time hunting in Southern Indiana near Bloomington and at the St. Leon cut- going to Indiana Caverns tomorrow and wondering if there's any spots nearby to hunt for fossils. Spatial reasoning is not my forte- if anyone has specific directions to a great spot I'd be so grateful! On break from teaching art to my high school students- would love to make some great finds over my break to show my kids
  17. Pennsylvanian Flora

    It was about a month ago that I attended a wedding in Ohio. There was a free afternoon for me to do a little exploring. So I took a short one hour road trip to Ambridge, Pa. I had no tools to use other than a carpenter's hammer that I borrowed. Had I been prepared to split shale with the proper equipment, my results would have been much better. Pennsylvanian, Dutch Creek Formation flora exists in the shale cliffs across the Ohio River from Ambridge, along Route 51( a 4 lane highway) as you cross the bridge. It is a very safe area to collect since barriers are in place to prevent rock slides onto the road. This keeps you separated from the heavy traffic on the road. Here are typical fossils found at this site.
  18. Hello everyone! I found this specimen also in a creek on a walk through a local park north of Pittsburgh. Thinking it may be a burrow fossil, but if it is, was wondering if there is an actual scientific name for it, so I know how to file it away accordingly under the proper name. Found the term Cruziana online, and wondering if this would qualify. Does anyone have any opinions? Or, if it is a burrow, is there any way of narrowing down what might have made it i.e. trilobites/arthropods etc? Details: 1) Found in isolation/there were no other similar pieces nearby. 2) Measures about 8-12 inches long. Burrow notches are about the width of a penny. 3) Again, found in Carboniferous territory in Western Pennsylvania found in a creek. Thanks everyone!
  19. Hello everyone! I am a total noob to all of this and just joined today! I've been on this website before and everyone seems very knowledgeable and helpful. Having said that, can someone help me out with this specimen? I tried to look this up online and ended up confusing myself. Initially I thought it may be referred to as Diplichnites left behind by a millipede, but another Google search led me in the direction of possibly Protichnites left behind by trilobites. Is there any way to tell (if any) what this is or what could have made it? I believe this to be from the Carboniferous, being as this was found in Beaver Pennsylvania just north of Pittsburgh in a shallow creek. I can also say from studying it that one track seems to be more like flat rectangles (trackway on the left), while the other two are more like little dots(trackway on the right. Could it be from two separate animals? Thank you all for your help!
  20. Is this a coprolite?

    Hello! I'm relatively new to this forum (joined 12 minutes ago (haha)) and was following this thread. I attached three images of a rock I found in a creek in Western Pennsylvania. Any chance that it could be a coprolite? I thought it looked similar to the images I saw on this thread. If it's not, does anyone have any guesses?? Thanks!
  21. One or two fossils?

    Is this a fossil (like a bryzoa) on a shell, or one fossil, or a fossil shell with a crack? Found in the shale in PA near the Delaware Water Gap NRA - Devonian ?
  22. Cephalopod id

    Can anyone give me for information about this Cephalopod? Found in Pike County PA near the Delaware Water Gap National Rec. Area. Devonian shale. The wide end is 3/4", the visible part is 1 1/4" long.
  23. Carbondale PA

    Hello everyone! I am in the process of investigating the fossil site in Carbondale PA but can't seem to find the exact place where to go or any directions, there were some things I saw on the forum but they look like they are on private property. If anybody knows about it new insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  24. Fossil sites around CT

    Hi everyone, I am new to this form and would like to know if there are any fossil sites in the general area around Connecticut. I myself live around Danbury CT and am not sure what places I could visit that are at most 4 hours of driving away from here. I have read about sites in PA like St.Clair and Carbondale but I believe both are closed now. Red Hill is also around that area but I don't know how I would get permission to go there. Also I don't really have a preference on type of fossil plants, fish, invertebrates, everything is welcome. Thank you
  25. Fossil hunters dig into prehistoric past in Snyder County By Joe Sylvester The Daily Item, Central Pennsylvania, Oct 1, 2018 http://www.dailyitem.com/news/snyder_county/fossil-hunters-dig-into-prehistoric-past-in-snyder-county/article_5beaff9c-f49e-5b63-a078-458ee9fefaa1.html Yours, Paul H.