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Found 6 results

  1. Crinoid and Petalodus Tooth Help

    I am looking for some help on a couple small pieces that I just happened to buy today when I stopped in a small store. I normally would not buy things without proper id’s, but the prices were right. Scale is in inches- The first piece has what I believe are two different Crinoid calyx- the tag stated that it came from Grantsburg, Indiana and it also had “Haney Fm.” Written on the tag. This was on the back of the plate.
  2. Cen Tex Family hunt

    We are finally having a little winter weather and the kids and grandkids were here over the last week so the house was getting crowded. We got the kids out for a couple hours to let them run off some energy, at least that was my excuse for a short hunt at a spot near Lake Brownwood here in cen Texas. Kids found a lot of stuff mostly gastropods, crinoids, etc. but my son found a good petalodus. My wife was there so we got a few pictures. It was about 32 degrees with some wind so we only stayed about an hour and a half but I would have stayed longer of course.
  3. Well my family was delayed for a couple days so Christmas day was about 50 degrees and sunny and I was tired of being in the house. I went out to the pit in Coleman County to see what I could see. I don't know if yall have had those days where your fossil radar is broken but I was having one of those days. Had been looking for a couple hours and had not found anything to speak of. Was just about to walk back to the truck but decided to crawl up under some brush that was kind of off the beaten path and got lucky. Its missing some enamel but complete otherwise. Better to be lucky than good.
  4. Cen Tex, Petalodus

    Went out for a short hunt Sunday after church and found one big broken up Petalodus. I thought I was one rainstorm to late on this one when I saw it because I did not think all the pieces would be there. Got home and was pleasantly surprised that it came out pretty complete. This was found in Brown County, "Penn" near lake Brownwood. Kind of ugly but its big and from a site that I have not found complete ones before.
  5. A surprise find a few days ago in a Brigantian (middle-upper Mississippian) marine shale, Co. Durham, UK. I've been collecting at this locality for years and it's the first tooth I've found there. It's fragile, the left hand side and ridge at the base of the enamel was broken into small blocks and flakes, mixed up with a load of shale fragments. I bagged it all up and spent a happy afternoon gluing it and prepping out the rest. Some knowledgeable friends have helped out with the ID and it's probably Ctenopetalus/Petalodus serratus Owen, depending on which genus is currently in use - I've been told that it may be Owen's original Petalodus again. (It has also been called Ctenoptychius). 42mm across and satisfyingly chunky. (I read that they can be more than 100mm...) Awkward to photograph, it mostly looks black against the black matrix and doesn't show up well but with certain light the enamel reflects brown. Finished,: As found:
  6. With the rain earlier this week and the sunny, clear, and cool weather yesterday, I decided to take off a day from work and go rock hunting. I decided to head to the Sulphur, IN road cut. A few days before, I reviewed the paper linked from the Falls of the Ohio web page. I had been to Sulphur once before, so I had a small collection of blastoids, some small brachiopods, and some crinoid stems. After rereading the paper, I really wanted to find some of the less common fossils at this site: a shark tooth and a trilobite. Secondary goal was to find a crinoid stem and calyx on a plate. I arrived a little after 10am. Pulled on my jacket, backpack, and hat and climbed up the rocks to the shale layer. Found some little blastoids, bits and pieces of crinoids. Then, to my amazement, I found this: Can you guys confirm that this is a trilobite piece? I've only found them at St. Leon before, and this looks different from those. I carefully deposited that in my tacklebox and moved on. Just a few minutes later, I found my largest blastoid (the one on the left): I kept hunting the shale layer, then moved up and investigated the upper limestone a bit, but it was not productive. Took a break, ate a Clif bar, drank some water, and walked around the bend to hunt the other end of the road cut. Eventually the shale layer reappeared and I found some more small blastoids and a small plate with a crinoid stem and crumbled calyx. I stuffed the plate in my backpack, hence no photo yet. Kept hunting the shale and something weird caught my eye. At first glance, I thought it was a large bryozoan, but for some reason it was very black. I picked it up for a closer look, that looks like a...holy cow!! I found a Mississippian shark tooth!!! Best I can tell, this is Petalodus? I was already tired and hungry, and now I was scared my tacklebox would get dumped accidentally, so I called it a day. I was am really happy with the tooth and what I think is a trilo piece. Both uncommon fossils for this site. I never thought I would actually find a Mississippian shark tooth. Especially one that appears to be complete, no breakage. Is it safe to say that Petalodus is a fairly uncommon fossil? I only saw 4 listed on Ebay and a small number on private seller sites. Not interested in selling, just trying to assess how common/rare it is.
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