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  1. Hello everyone So recently I’ve been studying up on Catskill formation sites in Pennsylvania. Many of these sites are exposures along highways, and I was wondering how I should go about collecting at them. Is it legal to collect along highways in PA? Can I park on the highway if there’s plenty of room or should I find an off ramp/side road to park along? Thanks for the help! Owen
  2. Bonehunter

    Pennsylvania microurchin?

    I put this on the general forum as well, but this is probably more appropriate!! In my search for conodonts in Pennsylvanian stark shale (between Winterset and Bethany falls limestone) I routinely find concretions/nodules-most are powdery but sometimes i find teeth and other microfossils. Well much to my surprise, upon splitting my thousanth shale, I found a 1cm nodule, and within it, this apparent micro sea urchin-one of two in the nodule. From spine to spine (7:00-1:00) it measures just under 2mm in diameter I am refining my photog techniques with a newly purchased leica M420,
  3. Fossilvania

    Petrified wood in this conglomerate?

    Any ideas as to what this might be? Thinking could be wood remnants, maybe petrified or partially so? Northwest PA, lots of glacial debris in area.
  4. 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).
  5. This is continuing the first post. The Tioga site is a near shore exposure of the entire Catskill formation. So besides the general Holoptychius and bothriolepis fauna, lungfish have been described from a skull table and tooth plates. Here is a tooth plate from Dipterous fliescheri. A similar plate was described from the Troy, PA area.
  6. Shark255

    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.
  7. Staycie07

    What is this?

    Found this in St. Clair, Pennsylvania in slate quarry on private property. Each piece is 2.5 inches width by 9 inches length. I love it but don't know anything about it. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
  8. Petalodus12

    My Best Carboniferous Finds

    Hi all, I’ve posted a few topics on the forum but have yet to show my entire collection, or my best finds. So here goes. A little background on me. I’ve been fossil hunting since I was very young, probably since I was 4 when I found a plant fossil in my backyard. Over the past few years as I have ventured into adulthood I have gotten very interested in the fossils of the Pittsburgh area. I will display my best finds here and periodically update the thread with new finds. As a note, many of the vertebrate fossils I have found are rare and may be important to science. I have been in contact
  9. Jeffrey P

    Worthenia (gastropod) from Pennsylvania

    From the album: Carboniferous from PA.

    Worthenia sp. (spiral gastropod) Pennsylvanian Ames Limestone Mundys Corner, P.A.
  10. Jeffrey P

    Shansiella (gastropod) from Pennsylvania

    From the album: Carboniferous from PA.

    Shansiella sp. (gastropod) Pennsylvanian Ames Limestone Mundys Corner, P.A.
  11. GreatWhiteAmmonite

    Rugose Coral? New species?

    Here's some of the odd specimens I've collected and cant identify...please help me, its maddening to have so many of the same thing yet can not ID it...14+yes and counting
  12. Dear Members, three years ago I found a small fossil in the Ames Limestone Formation (Pennsylvanian in age) exposed in Frick Park, Pittsburgh, PA. The Ames Limestone preserves a rich assemblage of marine invertebrate fossils (crinoids, corals, etc.). On the other hand vertebrates are much more rare (as far as I know). Originally only the tip was exposed, then I had a fossil preparator work on it, so that the whole specimen is now visible. Close up of the tip at 20X It is definetely fragmentary, but I don't know what it is. I wo
  13. My family and I are on short end of season camping trip in Southeastern Pennsylvania and decided to head over to Gettysburg. These have probably been covered here before but I got some pictures of the famous Dinosaur Footprints on the Bridge! My son loved it (I’m gonna pretend more than me ). Anyone know of anywhere I can go searching for some fossils while I’m in the area that’s around the Gettysburg area??
  14. LabRatKing

    Unknown coral? Likely Devonian

    This one has had me stumped since 1985. Found it while I was supposed to be harvesting potatoes. Not sure of exact member as was kicked up by the plow. Collected October 1985 by yours truly. Erie County Pennsylvania Summit Township Upper Devonian - Chadakoin Formation (?) Found as is...red is from a wax marking crayon I didn’t realize I had in my pocket when I brought it to work today. Detail photos of conspecifics included.
  15. Found this piece on a walk near a Triassic outcrop in Pennsylvania, has a pretty exact visual similiarity to the wing rib of a Triassic reptile but is likely just some form of sedimentary trace. It would be great to get some more opinions on this piece to see if its worth holding onto or I would label it to be definitely sedimentary and rid of it, which I feel is the case.
  16. Hi all, I’m not sure if I’ve posted this find before, but I figured I would anyway because I believe it warrants it’s own thread. I found this find a few years back at one of the localities I most consistently collect at, which is a shaly exposure of the Connelsville Sandstone in western PA. It usually preserves plants quite well, and was described by W.C. Darrah back in the 60s. It has also produced some very early examples of Walchia, an early conifer. However, it is not well known for vertebrate fossils, as sandstones don’t seem to be the preferred type of rock where vertebrates a
  17. FossilBaron

    My Fossil Collection

    I've been collecting fossils since 2011 and have since acquired a substantial number of specimens. The focus of my collection is mostly on fossils from the United States, including from my home state of Pennsylvania. To start things off, I'll show the highlights of my collection of fossils from the Kinzers formation, which runs through Lancaster and York counties in Pennsylvania, not far from where I live. It's known for trilobite and echinoderm fossils and dates back to 512ma, older than the Burgess Shale. I remember seeing trilobites from the Kinzers at a local museum when I was younger, wh
  18. Good afternoon, I have submitted photos of this fossil to multiple local groups in hopes of a possible identification to no avail, therefore I have turned to this forum and home to figure this out! I hope it to be a calamite cone fossil but I have been wrong before, so I am asking for a second opinion. Thank you very much! Important information: This fossil was pulled off a shale cliff that is abundant in calamite and fern fossils. The cliff is located near Carnegie, Pennsylvania (Western PA). The specific fossil has both calamite and ferns on the reverse side. Edit 1: Th
  19. Saturday dawned a bit chilly, but the sun peeped out from lingering clouds to brighten a stellar day of fossil prospecting in the Ordovician bedrock of central Pennsylvania. We strolled along the limestone ground, like beachcombers peering in shallow shore waters, when my relatively newbie friend exclaimed, "That looks like a starfish!" Bingo...Indeed it was an Asteroidea. I'm guessing it's genus Urasterella, and I wonder how rare is this find. The specimen's longest ray is 1.75 inches (4.45 cm). Photos are the rock slab and a closeup of the mostly complete starfish, as f
  20. I_gotta_rock

    Stigmaria

    From the album: Plants of the Lewellyn Formation

    Root of a Lepidodendron (scale tree) with rootlets radiating out at right angles along both sides. The white powder highlighting the imprint is iron oxide, most likely pyrophyllite, left over from the actual plant. Lewellyn Formation (same formation that runs through St. Claire) Lackawanna County, PA Pennsylvanian age
  21. I_gotta_rock

    October Ghost Town Hunting

    Last fall, I drove out to Centralia, PA, the famous burning town. The coal vein below the town caught fire, creating random sinkholes filled with toxic gasses. The town was abandoned. The buildings were bulldozed. Only the most foolish set foot in the town limits. Today, however, the fires have mostly followed the coal vein out of town. I was out once in September, just to check the lay of the place, then returned in October to find fresh "No Trespassing" signs. Darn! Six weeks ago, I got a report that the signs were down. The person making the report said they double-checked with
  22. Allodon

    Pennsylvanian Fossil?

    I found this near a small creek in the Casselman Formation right outside of Pittsburgh. It was originally covered in some sort of black matrix, most of which I scraped off. It really looks like a piece of bone (maybe a tibia or a radius?) to me, but I might just be crazy. Thanks!
  23. A.C.

    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 ti
  24. 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.
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