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  1. Hello, I am brand new to this forum and would like to start things off with a fossil I found yesterday in North Central Pa. It was found in a side cut along a highway amongst shale and siltstone. I have no idea what it is but am leaning towards some type or coral maybe?? Let me know your thoughts. And the fossil was found in the hole of the rock that I had split open. Thanks!
  2. Okay on my recent and probably last visit to Waynesboro, I found two more possible fossils. The first one I believe to be a burrow just like the last one. The second I think is either the same or just a sediment filled crack, as it seems another younger deposit is over it (it looks like a river from the conglomerate which has pebbles of this maroon shale in it). I think it's waynesboro formation chewsville member, Cambrian in age. The site is pretty unfossiliferous. If anyone wants to check it's by the McDonald's.
  3. Just a New Jersey guy looking to head out to Beltzville State Park this Sunday with my girl for some fossil hunting. Anyone have any specifics on the park, where to look, what to look for? Any and all info will be greatly appreciated. Mike
  4. Hello! So I just got my hands on an old (34-year old) fossil guide for Pennsylvania. I found a couple nearby and somewhat promising fossil sites, but I don't know if their accessible nowadays. Does anybody know the status of these sites: -Blue Mountain roadcut on PA 641 in Roxbury, Franklin County -The Lesh Borrow Pit a mile southwest of Newport, Perry County I'm also curious if more fossil sites have popped up around sputh central PA since the 80's, so any info on that would be much appreciated. Thanks
  5. Found today by a friend in PA. Someone suggested it might be a sponge but I can't find any images that resemble it. Thanks, and as always, much appreciated.
  6. So I found myself in waynesboro, Pennsylvania one fine evening, and along a side walk I saw some rock outcrops that had been cut for the road and I saw a rock that caught my eye. I decided to take a look, and the rock looked large strange, white, and bumpy. I didn't take it though because I thought I may look a little strange caring a large slab of rock, plus it was behind some construction stuff, so I left it be. But however, I did also see this red slab that appears to be shale with some other types of rock around it. I don't know if it is still Gettysburg shale up there, I couldn't find a geological map for franklin county. There were lots of rock types in the cut. Anyway, this rocks got two lines, of concave and one convex which look to be something, and I hope I have not found another burrow as they seem to haunt me at every turn. If this is a fossil, it will be the first one found in waynesboro that I could find refrence to. Tell me what you guys think. By the way the multitude of faint black diagonal lines are because of the window the light is shine through.
  7. This was published in my local paper. I visited this site when I was in third grade, almost 40 years ago. It's about a 30 minute drive from my home. I'll have to visit some time again and take my kids. Looks like fun! http://www.pressenterpriseonline.com/daily/051017/page/1/story/fossil-pit-makes-impression
  8. Hello, These plates are from the Catskill Formation (Upper Devonian) of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. I am not very familiar with Devonian fishes, so I have made my guesses based on abundant forms in the area / formation. I am hoping that some of the Devonian fish experts might be able to verify or otherwise identify them. The first composite photo are scales of what I am calling the lobe-fin Holoptychius sp. The second composite photo is armor of what I am tentatively calling Bothriolepis sp. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  9. Found in Perry County Pennsylvania.
  10. This week we found ourselves headed for Carbon County, PA and looked up some places to go hunting. St. Clair was out, but there were some references to Carbondale here and there. As the name suggests, Carbondale was a coal mining town. There are active and inactive areas all over town, much of it fossiliferous. The most popular spot seems to be the one we went to, a tailings pile next to an apartment complex off of Westside Rd. The land status is unknown, but there were was nothing posted, so we ventured in as many have done before us. Our directions said to follow the gravel path between the third and fourth buildings on the right, then bear left and continue to the en of the ravel road, where you'd see a "mountain of tailings." When we parked, I looked from side to side for a pile I expected to be maybe the size of a van. From behind me, I hear my husband say, "Oh, that mountain of tailings." I looked from side to side. No, her told me, look straight ahead and up. Oh! It was indeed a mountain! The pile loomed above the rich grove. How did I miss that? (On a return trip a couple days later, I noticed it also loomed over the apartments!) A narrow trail leads through the woods to a meadow and a bare section of wall just asking to be explored. April was the perfect time to go as all the weeds were down from the winter snows and not yet regrowing much. The trees growing from the wall itself provided just enough footing for me to climb without sliding back down - until I wanted to. Whee! Once I reached the wall, it took me only seconds to spot my first bit of Calamities bark, and then another, and then a complete, 3D stalk section! After about an hour of searching I spotted a limb sticking put of the fine slate crumbs and pulled it out. It was a chunk of Calamites stalk as big as my outstretched hand. I spent a total of about 5 hours over two days scrabbling across a sheer wall of loose shale. Ferns! Leaves! Roots! Seeds! Bark of all different textures! Some of the ferns were incredibly detailed. One had all the miniscule veins outlined in red (pyrite?), while others were just extremely fine impressions in the grey rock. As it turns out, the gravel road itself runs across an overgrown tailings pile. Here and there you can find exposed rock, including bark plates bigger than dinner dishes! After spending what felt like an hour on day 2 (It turned out to be three hours!!!) I decided it was time for lunch and slid down the hill like a little kid. There at the base of the hill, was mu find for the week: a whole section of tree(?) trunk with bark all the way around the specimen. It was lying alone in the woods on some leaves, just waiting for someone to wander off the beaten path. I debated about bringing it home. It was so big! Hubby was snoozing on a nearby rock. Rocks are not his thing and bringing home piles of them doubly so, but he is so sweet that he picked that heavy thing up before I could blink and carried it to the car himself. He's a keeper! It will take quite some time to photograph all my treasures, but I will post in the comments here when I have an album together.
  11. Found in a small creek that runs behind my house. Northern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. My first thought was it looks like a crab leg. I was told it is just water wear. Move ahead 3 years and I show it to someone else. I'm told it could be an Eurypterid. Any help on ID'ing this? Thanks!
  12. From the album Carbondale, PA

    I found a whole plate of these, but somehow only the one example made it home. 13mm long Carbondale, PA Lewellyn Formation Pennsylvanian period 299-323 myo
  13. From the album Carbondale, PA

    Unidentified species of petrified wood Carbondale, PA Lewellyn Formation Pennsylvanian period 299-323 myo
  14. From the album Carbondale, PA

    Calamities sp., a tree-like plant with hollow, woody stem that grew more than 100 ft high (30m). Found in a tailings pile in Carbondale, PA.
  15. From the album Carbondale, PA

    Syringodendron sp. (Sigillaria family) Carbondale, PA Lewellyn Formation Pennsylvanian period
  16. Friday I returned to one of my favorite spots that soon will be developed over. Its for sale and I wish I could buy it. These are from the [Silurian] Clinton Group, Keefer Formation - locally called the Upper Frankstown Ore Bed. The white is calcite material. The red "iron ore" is somewhat pisolitic and some fossils are filled/replaced with specular Hematite. (which doesn't photograph well.) If anyone has any idea what the big flat "Scallop like shell"{414C. 414D} is I'd be interested in hearing. I enjoy the level of detail that is sometimes preserved.
  17. I spent the afternoon fossiling. I've always called these turnitella. Is this correct/are they even identifiable? They're from the Surilian - Wills Creek Formation. I did no prep except a quick rinse. I'm looking forward to working on these. I've also posted in the Pennsylvania section 3 different "forms" of Favosites that I found in the same formation.
  18. From the album Carboniferous from PA.

    Ditomopyge decurtata (trilobite pygidium on Trepospira gastropod) Pennsylvanian Period Ames Limestone Mundys Corner, PA.
  19. I went out last week on a nice day and walked through a nearby road cut. While there is never an abundance of fossils every once in a while one will weather out of the shale. This is a Devonian- Brailler Formation. There is some Pyritization and some layers have iron concretions that have fossils on the outside and spark and stink like sulfur when hit with an iron hammer! This fossil is about 3" long and about 2" thick. It shows no internal structure and appears to be a cast.
  20. I was cleaning up this small Trepospira gastropod I found in 2015 in an exposure of the Ames Limestone in Western Pennsylvania and discovered attached to it is this very, very tiny trilobite pygidium- my first trilobite find of the Pennsylvanian Age.
  21. Well it seems that St. Clair is closed for fossil fern digging but I wanted to know if anyone had a status on Carbondale. I found this: The website that @Fossildude19 appears to be outdated. I also found: Sue used to live in PA and her specialty was ferns. I sent her a message about her discoveries and locations. Hopefully Carbondale isn't closed to the public. There has to be some place in eastern PA that is open to the public that has some decent ferns.
  22. I was interested in driving up to Pottsville, PA to look for some fern fossils around St Clair. From reading: and then: It seems that the sites around St Clair are now owned by Reading Anthracite a coal company and that digging or collecting of the ground is strictly prohibited. I also found this: http://readinganthracite.com/access-permits/ That implies a $125 permit for going onto their property to do things such as ATV and bike. Nowhere on there do I see anything that mentions digging or collecting fossils but from the previous post I gather that such activities are prohibited. My question is two-fold: 1. There has to be somewhere close to St Clair that is full of fern fossils. Would someone mind sharing the location? I would be willing to mail this individual some of the finds and some of these finds would be going to a university. None of them would be for sale. 2. Would anyone be willing to make the trip with me? I could even pick you up and cover gas as I do have a Prius. My current location is Washington DC. Thanks everyone. I know there has to be some ferns still out there.
  23. Just picked this and a similar one up this morning. This is a Devonian , Brallier/Harrell formation, raod cut a few blocks from my house. Is this a preserved track and (I know its indistinct) and if so from what kind of critter? Any help is appreciated.
  24. My son is turning 7 soon and want to take him on a weekend trip to fossil hunt. We've been to Calvert Cliffs, Brownies Beach, and Swatara State Park. Ideally in a 200 mile or so radius from central Maryland (Frederick area). I had thought about going to Big Brook in New Jersey and anything else in that area since Big Brook is only 5 per person a day and maybe on the way home detouring to the C&D canal dredging piles. I would like to be able to hunt both Saturday and Sunday morning before heading home in the afternoon. I also thought of doing Purse State Park one day and then over to the Calvert Cliffs or nearby beaches. The downfall of that could be the tide not being in our favor. I am also not opposed to the idea of heading into the hills and busting rocks. It would be cool to go somewhere with Trilobites. As far as my son is concerned, he enjoys getting to look for fossils either way. My biggest criteria is somewhere that is without a doubt legal to be fossil hunting and safe...not a road cut on a busy interstate. Thanks Adam
  25. Found this yesterday near Delaware Water Gap. At first I thought maybe a moth. However the shape and texture appears to be more feather like. Could this be from a small bird?