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  1. I enjoyed a productive weekend hunting petrified wood in the Triassic age, approximately 210 mya, Newark Supergroup of Pennsylvania. The first 2 photos show a single specimen's 2 sides, illustrating profuse checking in the wood, and a likely rotten dead limb knot at top. Specimen weighs 19 pounds.
  2. Unknown something

    Really not sure what I have here, it definitely stands out from the surrounding matrix. I found this chunk at the Rockville Quarry site north of Harrisburg PA. There are some brachiopods in the surrounding matrix.
  3. Fossil imprint

    Hi! First time posting here. Curious about a rock that looks like a fossil imprint. Can anyone help me identify what it could be an imprint of? Found many years ago in North East, Pa. thanks in advance for any help!!
  4. Fossil hunted with my college roommate today towards the deer lake region. Here is about 1/2 of my haul, will be excited to clean them and remove some matrix eventually and uncover them more!
  5. Central PA Tips?

    I'm currently planning out some sites to check out in the Central PA area... I'm trying to stay within 1-1.5 hours of Harrisburg if possible. Right now I am considering trying my luck at exploring the Rockville Quarry or what was left of it, as well as just taking a shot in the dark and checking out a few streams in the area. My first official fossil hunt was last Friday (Aug 28) at the Swatara fossil pit. Found a few shells and what I believe to be a partial trilobite exoskeleton or imprint. Definitely going to check that site out again though. Does anyone have any tips/locations for the Central PA area? Right now my holy grail is a complete trilobite but I'm so new to the game that I get excited at any remnant of a previous life.
  6. A few Mahantango finds

    I recently visited a few formations around PA, The Montour preserve pit happened to be on the way and I stopped by, The location was quite picked over as @historianmichael told me, but we did manage to get some nice finds. I will post a trip report later but for now, I want to get some IDs for some of my finds from here and another location. First, is what I thought in the field was a brachiopod but upon closer inspection, I realized that this is probably my first pteriomorph mollusk which is very exciting for me, my question is: Which? I looked through Linsley and multiple look similar, I just don't have enough experience with these to really be able to tell.
  7. Fossil Wood in Southeastern PA?

    Hello again Fossil Forum, Last week I posted a few pictures of what I thought might be fossil wood that I found on my property in Southeastern PA (Montgomery County, just over the Philadelphia County line). It seemed that it was possible that my rocks were fossils, but also maybe not... One helpful user suggested that I might polish some of the ends (hopefully crossections) of a few pieces. So below and in the next few replies I will post some pictures of a few pieces, for the polished parts I used a cabbing machine. I live at the bottom of a relatively steep hill and these pieces were all found within about 50ft of each other. If there seems to be some variety, that is in keeping with what I found after consulting several geological maps of my area: my property appears to lie at the precise intersection of precambrian, lower paleozoic, and cambrian regions and includes both sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. If not fossil wood, possibly stromatolites? ...or just more interesting rocks?? For discussion purposes I'll number the pieces and put them in separate replies. Thank you again for any thoughts, information, and opinions!
  8. Is this a fern?

    Found this back in April on a mountain, still amazed by the detail. Not sure what species it is, the area is mostly Carboniferous.
  9. I found these, endocast impressions of dorsal shields of the jawless fish Americaspis americana, in the Silurian of Pennsylvania. There are 2 1/3 dorsal shields shown. A complete shield measures approximately 2.4 x 1.0 inches (6.10 x 2.54 cm).
  10. petrified wood?

    Hello Fossil Forum! I love rocks and rock hounding (but very amateur) and I look at the ground wherever I go. I picked up these rocks from a few locations in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Most collected over the past year, found in hillsides (not streams). I think that they all look somewhat like petrified wood and was curious if anyone else has found similar samples from this area and/or knows anything at all about them. Thank you in advance for any thoughts, information, and opinions!
  11. 19cm long tooth?

    I inherited my grandfather's modest fossil collection, and in it was this 8 cm wide by 19cm long fossil that I need help identifying. It is pointed at one end, has external ridges and an internal hollow at the other--features that look tooth-like to me, but I'm a newbie at this. Unfortunately I have no information on location of discovery or likely age. My hope is that fossils like this are common enough that one of the more educated and experienced here will recognize it right away. I'd be grateful even for best guesses that help me direct further research.
  12. I found these Rhynchosauroides trace fossil trackways well-defined in the Triassic red bed sedimentary deposits in the Newark Basin in southeastern Pennsylvania. Lincoln cent shows scale.
  13. Hello everyone, These were all found in St. Claire, PA. Mahantango Formation. Anybody know what these are? #1. Looks like octopus suckers in brown outline. Is it a coral? #2. Crinoid star stems? #3. Cylindrical molds, what are these?
  14. Llewellyn Formation Plant ID

    Hello everyone, All of these were found in St. Claire, PA. Llewellyn Formation. Any idea what they are? #1. Plant leaf of some sort? #2. Scaley looking fossil?
  15. Petrified Wood from Triassic in Pennsylvania

    Here are 3 medium size specimens of petrified wood that I found in the Newark Basin Triassic sedimentary deposits in southeastern Pennsylvania. They show a variety of color. Quarter coin is for scale. This material is rather scarce.
  16. I found 4 nice good-size specimens of petrified wood, from the Newark Basin Triassic sedimentary deposits, in southeastern Pennsylvania. Photo shows that all pieces are a light chocolate brown color. There is a quarter coin for scale. These are from the same location where I previously found two large specimens, which I posted a few years ago. This material seems to be rather scarce.
  17. 3Day Mini Vacation

    My family and I just enjoyed a whirlwind, 3 day mini vacation. Tuesday we got up around 5am and left the house by 6 and headed to New Jersey. We arrived at Big Brook by 10:30. The day started off very slow. We weren't finding much and needed to move around a bit. Finally the last gravel bar that we hit started paying off pretty good. My family wasnt into it as much as me so the boys only found a few items ,but better then nothing. I scored a nice amount, of mainly sharkteeth. (Which is fine by me). Here is my haul.
  18. Zeilleria Fern (?)

    From the album Plants of the Lewellyn Formation

    Peek a boo! A Carboniferous Zeilleria fern from northern Pennsylvania is exposed through a chip in the shale. Normally I'd just chip it out, but I'm thinking I might just leave this as is. It appeals to the artist in me. Lewellyn Formation Pottstown Member
  19. Pecopteris sp.

    From the album Plants of the Lewellyn Formation

    Fern leaf Columbia County, Pennsylvania Carboniferous Lewellyn Formation
  20. Neuropteris ovata

    From the album Plants of the Lewellyn Formation

    Fern leaf with colorful iron oxide coating left by the plant itself Columbia County, Pennsylvania Carboniferous Lewellyn Formation
  21. Neuropteris ovata

    From the album Plants of the Lewellyn Formation

    Fern pinnae Columbia County, Pennsylvania Carboniferous Lewellyn Formation
  22. Cordaites sp.

    From the album Plants of the Lewellyn Formation

    Leaf cast with iron oxide coating left by the plant itself Columbia County, Pennsylvania Carboniferous Lewellyn Formation
  23. Calamites

    From the album Plants of the Lewellyn Formation

    Giant horsetail plant Columbia County, Pennsylvania Carboniferous Lewellyn Formation
  24. Alethopteris2.JPG

    From the album Plants of the Lewellyn Formation

    Tree Fern leaf impression Columbia County, Pennsylvania Carboniferous Lewellyn Formation
  25. Alethopteris fern with Cordaites leaf

    From the album Plants of the Lewellyn Formation

    Tree Fern Leaflet The white highlights are most likely kaolinite left from the plant itself. Columbia County, Pennsylvania Carboniferous Lewellyn Formation
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