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Found 234 results

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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 ?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Confirmation of Id

    Found this today, I used to call these coral but I think they're actually bryozoa. Am I correct? Sorry I forgot scale its about 1.5 by 2 inches.
  13. Formation Id help

    I'm having a hard time figuring out the formation of the fossils I found today. The layer is about 4 feet wide. Fresh it appears to be a gray shale. It weathers quickly to a buff very soft siltstone with pale purple swirls. Some fractures show a colorful (red, orange, yellow, black, brown) iron staining. The PA geologic survey map for Altoona marks this as a Brailler formation area but that formation's description doesn't seem to fit what I found. Does this description sound familiar to anyone? If pics would help I can take some tommorow.
  14. Unknown shell

    Found this this morning. As near as I can tell its from a siltstone layer of the Brallier formation. I know that there's not a lot of contrast or detail but any ID suggestions are appreciated. Its about 1 inch long. Second item showed up when I was trimming prior to prep (Its .25 inch).
  15. Fossil Coating

    This is a gastropod from the Old Port Frm (ridgely sandstone). I know the fossil is a chert cast coated with Beekite rings. Any ideas as to what the black "crinkled/wavy/ridged" coating between the Beekite & the chert might be? The pattern is different from the rings above it. It is shiny black in sunlight. Fun fact: this came from a public park inside my city limits and was perched on a little pillar of dirt after the rain from the weekend!
  16. History Hunter02's Collection

    Hey everyone! This is my collection of fossils! I have too many collections of stretched from Boy Scout memorabilia to American coins. Most of my fossils are from Pennsylvania and South Carolina. The ones from South Carolina are mostly from the Pleistocene Epoc, while the ones from up north are from the Pennsylvanian period. Mammalian fossils are my favorite especially when I find some awesome teeth! Pictures will be coming over time! All of these are ones that I have found. None have been bought.
  17. help with pelvis bone

    Hello! I have found this bone along the road near a creek after a flood in Lancaster County, PA. I think it is a pelvis bone, but not sure from who. It is 15 inches across. Thank you for any help.
  18. Devonian fish scales

    With not a lot of new material to obsess with (broken arm) I have been going through old specimens to see if there are unfinished prepping and ID needed. Here is a set of scales/scale impressions collected in 2014 at Red Hill, late devonian (Famennian) site in Pennsylvania. Found in the shallow channel margin (red sediments) with what has been ID'd as a couple scapulocoracoids of the acanthodian, Gyracanthus (plus a fin spine). They are almost certainly sarcopterygian but not sure what clade. Has anyone, Archie? seen similar scales. Thought they might be Holoptychius but they don't look like the classic Holoptychius scales and they were not at all common in this upriver environment. Doug Rowe who oversees the site and runs the outstanding museum there, suggested they might be Rhizodont but nothing I've seen of Rhizodont scales looks anything like these. Thanks for any help.
  19. Fossil ID needed

    Any information about this fossil or what kind it is would be greatly appreciated.
  20. Iron Hill Museum Fossils

    I recently took a trip to the Iron Hill Museum in Newark, Delaware. (Which has amazing displays by the way. Its small, but fascinating.) There, I bought a small bag of about 10 fossils. I knew what most of them were, but there are a few I am unsure of what they actually are. I was wondering if anyone on the Forum could help me. All I know is that all of the Fossils were found in either Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania. 1. This one I was told that this is some kind of bone fragment. 2. This is also another bone fragment. 3. I think this is a bone fragment. 4. I know this is a vertebra but I am not sure what kind. I am pretty sure it is marine. 5. This is some kind of tooth. 6. No idea.
  21. Hello. My name is dobare and I used to do a decent amount of fossil hunting on beaches around Maryland. I still do, just not as much. And I've split some rocks a few times also. I'm gong up to Hershey for the weekend and I was hoping to look for a couple of fern fossils and/or trilobites. Are there any in the Hershey/Harrisburg area or surrounding vicinity? Thanks! Feel free to message me. I understand that some sites should remain low-key.. thanks again.
  22. My son and I found both sides of this split rock on a steeply wooded slope in southwestern PA (near Wexford PA). I think it is a fossil but not certain. It looks like a segmented worm or possibly plant structure. If straightened out, it would measure 4-5 inches, depending on which surface. 0.25 inch wide. Looking for any information or ideas. First find in this area.
  23. Fossil?

    Found this in Pennsylvania.
  24. What is it?

  25. Found while kayaking

    I found this while kayaking in Lancaster County and am not sure what this might be.
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