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  1. It was a pretty good week fossil collecting I managed to make it to Penn Dixie Tuesday and Friday. A few of us Canadians had the place to ourselves both days Tuesday was an interesting day, three of us went Mike, Greg and myself and we all ended up with heat stroke. The temperature topped out at 39 Celsius and then you add in the humidity factor and it was low 40's. Stupid weather for collecting but we all found some very good stuff. Greg found a huge plate that I cut down in the field for him to about 12 inches by 12 inches. It would appear to have 4 complete prone E. rana on it . It currently sits in my basement waiting to be prepped. I do not have a picture as of yet but if I get his permission I will post one. Mike as usual is the greenops whisperer and he found 2 or 3 relatively complete and large greenops at the top of the blocks in the main Penn trilobite layer. I was having a reasonable day I probably had 20 to 30 enrolled or partially enrolled trilobites in the bucket along with a very nice Pleurodictyum americanum (a tabulate coral) . I only find a few of these each year at Penn and always take them home because they prep up quite nicely. I was getting a bit frustrated that both Mike and Greg were finding prone rana's including Greg's spectacular plate, when my fortunes changed with one split of the rock. For those of you that have been collecting with me you know that my style is to spend the morning breaking out huge blocks from the main trilobite layer with big prybars, wedges and chisels and then I split for the whole afternoon. We were working a large bench and had gotten to the state where all the blocks were locked in because of convoluted dome structures and the lack of natural cracks. The blocks that day were coming out about 200 to 300 pounds and about 12 to 18 inches thick. Eventually I would resort to the diamond gas saw and create some weak areas that we could exploit, but back to this story. In frustration with the heat and three guys not being able to get the next block out I just took a chisel and a 5 pound mini sledge and took my frustration out on the rock. Well to my pleasant surprise off popped a piece of matrix that clearly had 2 nice bugs in it. Wow one strike of the sledge and the fortunes of the day are totally changed. I always tell people who are collecting with me to keep at it, your are only one strike of the hammer away from having an amazing day. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures in the field my phone would not let me it said the battery was over heated. Here is ta picture of the shard about 1/2 hour into prepping. What you cant notice in this picture is that there is a 3rd bug buried to the left, I was just able to see the edge of a pygidium from the side. For once I got lucky and it was not just an isolated pygidium. Here it is probably an hour into the prep Prep was pretty standard using a COMCO air abrasion unit at about 30 PSI with 40 micron previously used dolomite, utilizing .025. .015 and .010 tips. Very little scribing was used on the piece because was quite thin and looked to have weak spots that were stabilized with cyanoacrylate and dilute vinac in acetone .Anyway for your viewing pleasure here is a series of pictures of the completed bugs. The plate has no repairs or restoration and the bugs are lying in their original positions. Going into my collection besides the "Perfect Bug" I found earlier this season.
  2. Hey everyone! New here. I have a lovely collection of trilobites and have recently purchased a large Devonian Phacops (according to description). He's over 14cm long as you can see by the photo on my hand so I wanted to check its authenticity. I've noted the nice eye detail which I know can be hard to fake. It's a VERY smelly fossil though (actually making me sneeze). Almost a cross between plaster and laundry detergent. Is there anything that could cause this if it's genuine? I will assume it's had small cosmetic enhancements but I cannot find any cracks on the matrix etc. Not even sure what the matrix is made of but it's a glittery beige. Also, would this be a phacops or would it be classed as a drotops? Thanks in advance!
  3. Alrighty folks, I know the trilobite "fake versus real" is almost a cliché around here, but I thought I would ask any how. I bought this several years ago online...and it was advertised as a "phacops trilobite from Morocco". (Oh, I can hear the groans). LOL. So after the fact, I did some research: It has the detailed eyes and nose, it has the supposed common fracture through the "trilobite" and the matrix, and as far I can tell, I don't see any casting "bubbles". Sooooo, a probability of real, fake...or inconclusive? If it's real...cool, if fake...oh well I learned my lesson. Henry
  4. Hi, I spotted this trilobite,pretty sure its a phacops, online for a relatively cheap price. I was wondering If it was real because it looks really good and large. He put a lighter for scale on the picture (guessing its 10 to 15cm) What do you think? Regards
  5. Phacops Trilobite Fossil, Morocco a.jpg

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Phacops Trilobite Fossil Morocco Middle Devonian 393-383 million years ago Phacops is a genus of trilobites in the order Phacopida, family Phacopidae, that lived in Europe, northwestern Africa, North and South America and China from the Early until the very end of the Devonian, with a broader time range described from the Late Ordovician. It was a rounded animal, with a globose head and large eyes, and probably fed on detritus. Phacops is often found rolled up, a biological defense mechanism that is widespread among smaller trilobites but further perfected in this genus. Like in all sighted Phacopina, the eyes of Phacops are compounded of very large, separately set lenses without a common cornea (so called schizochroal eyes), and like almost all other Phacopina, the articulate mid-length part of the body (or thorax) in Phacops has 11 segments. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: †Trilobita Order: †Phacopida Family: †Phacopidae Genus: †Phacops
  6. Phacops Trilobite Fossil, Morocco a.jpg

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Phacops Trilobite Fossil Morocco Middle Devonian 393-383 million years ago Phacops is a genus of trilobites in the order Phacopida, family Phacopidae, that lived in Europe, northwestern Africa, North and South America and China from the Early until the very end of the Devonian, with a broader time range described from the Late Ordovician. It was a rounded animal, with a globose head and large eyes, and probably fed on detritus. Phacops is often found rolled up, a biological defense mechanism that is widespread among smaller trilobites but further perfected in this genus. Like in all sighted Phacopina, the eyes of Phacops are compounded of very large, separately set lenses without a common cornea (so called schizochroal eyes), and like almost all other Phacopina, the articulate mid-length part of the body (or thorax) in Phacops has 11 segments. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: †Trilobita Order: †Phacopida Family: †Phacopidae Genus: †Phacops
  7. when i was surfing over the internet i found this beautifull phacops. but i don't know a lot about these things. so does anyone know if this is real. i saw this other trilobite, it's from the same seller, but the tail looks a bit fishy. thats why i just wanted to know if the other one is real too. this is the fishy one, the tail doesn't look right.
  8. Drotops Megalomanicus

    Drotops Megalomanicus found it mislabeled and under priced at the mall today at a random booth, was a very unexpected pleasure measures somewhere around 5.3-5.4 inches, the condition is not to bad.
  9. HI guys, I know Morocco fossils are a general no no for entry level folks like me. However this particular piece caught my eye and I quite like how it looks. It has 2 Phacops and 1 Paralejurus on the same matrix Would be great if I can get some more insight from the experts on this forum. Thank you.
  10. Hello all- I recently acquired another "fossil" from a guy that lives in Texas who supposedly bought this piece from a reputable dealer who claimed to have done all the work on it. This is my first time collecting trilobites, and I know that so many fakes come out of Morocco. I have read the sites about how to identify the fakes, and this piece has a couple of "red flags" but if it is a fake it's very well done, and even worth what I paid simply for being a piece of "art." I can see the shiny glued areas on the phacops, and some strange coloration changes. Like I said in posts before, I am a novice, especially with trilobites, and just doing research I thought it was odd these two varieties are on the same matrix and the smaller Gerastos is darker than the Phacops. The matrix is lighter than it probably should be, but I cannot see any bubble marks on it or the specimens which would indicate resin. I've also done the "tooth test" as well as examined the piece under UV light and both seem to indicate it is not a cast. Then again, people are getting much more clever these days with the fakes. The seller said I could have it checked out and return it if I wish within 30 days. Even if it is a fake piece, or that they are real, and the Gerastos was just added to the matrix, I"ll probably keep it. Please let me know what you think. Thanks! Here is more info. Phacops and a Gerastos on the same piece of matrix. Great preservation and preparation. Facets all visible on the Phacops and the Gerastos' head is near perfect. A few chips on the Phacops but nothing major or distracting. The Gerastos has some chips on the center lobe as shown in photos. Phacops is about 5 cm (2 inches) long. Devonian from the Mt. Issoumour area in Morocco. Piece is nicely prepped and needs no stand to display.
  11. Found a nice little spot nearby, I only spent a couple hours and if it's not too hot I'll be heading back tomorrow!
  12. 20170705_082825.jpg

    From the album Canandaigua trilobites

    Several thoraces, two cephalons of Eldregeops Rana from what is probably the Smoke Creek Trilobite Bed of the Windom Shale. This sample comes from a creek on private land on the West shore of Canandaigua Lake in New York State Finger Lakes region
  13. Hello Does these trilobites looks real? It's a ceratarges and a Phacops from Merakib, Morocco. The seller said there are 27 hours of work in this piece. What are your opinions? Thanks for looking
  14. Preparing Phacops PD

    I have by good fortune acquired a few decent Devonian Phacops trilobite specimens from the Penn Dixie Quarry in Hamburg, NY. One particular rock has a few decent Phacops embedded directly in the rock. I wanted to know what the steps are for preparing these fossils, or if I should just send them to a preparer. Please provide any advice you can. Thank you. I have a bunch of fossils and am new to the preparing process.
  15. I have a decent collection of trilobites (Phacops, Elrathia Kingi, Perenopsis) along with a new Eoredlichia that's being shipped directly from China. I also have a large assortment of sharks teeth (Bull, Sand Tiger, Tiger, Snaggletooth) from the Calvert Cliffs Maryland area, a pristine condition Ecphora (Maryland state fossil), a saltwater crocodile tooth, turritella's, quartz horned corals (W New York), porpoise teeth, shark vertebrae, dolphins bones and vertebrae fragments, and numerous other fossils.
  16. Phacops?

    I purchased this trilobite from Colorado, I was told it is a Phacops but from what I read it seems a bit on the large side. Since I was told its from Morocco I questioned its authenticity but due to the damage I think it is real but crudely excavated. Any thoughts on this specimen would be appreciated.
  17. E. rana 9/2016

    I was posting these pictures in a previous thread from my first cephalon that I prepped myself. I started this little guy as a practice piece until I suddenly discovered he had a complete body hiding in the rock. I've been uploading pictures step-by-step as I work on it. Figured I would share them as a separate topic.
  18. First Prepped Trilo-bit

    Have a nice ~2cm wide E. rana cephalon from the Penn Dixie site (~42.778860, ~-78.832180) that I collected earlier this summer. I have been practicing prepping trilo-bits and wanted to share my first "finished" result. There are still a few tiny places where I could've probably gotten a little more of the matrix out, but I went for 'better safe than sorry' given my low-grade equipment. Open to advice and/or suggestions!
  19. I was perusing trilobites on e-bay and came across this gem: the seller makes no bones about the fact that it is a resin cast of a Phacops mortality plate. What is interesting is the level of detail of the cast, including individual lenses on the schizochroal eyes. Most of the websites discussing trilobite fakes indicate that if you see details like terrace lines and individual eye facets, there is a very good chance that it is not a fake (at least those parts of the trilobite). This cast changes those rules, it seems. In the close-up views, you can see bubbles from the setting resin (another tell-tale sign of a resin cast). So, in conclusion...be watchful...the level of detail in resin casts has just gone up a notch. ---Prem
  20. From the album Gifts and boughten!

    An other add to my collection from the Rocks, Gems and fossils expo in Montreal this weekend!
  21. Phacops #2 From Buffalo, New York, USA picture #2

    From the album Gifts and boughten!

    An other add to my collection from the Rocks, Gems and fossils expo in Montreal this weekend!
  22. Phacops #2 From Buffalo, New York, USA picture #1

    From the album Gifts and boughten!

    An other add to my collection from the Rocks, Gems and fossils expo in Montreal this weekend!
  23. Phacops from Bufalo, New york, USA , picture #2

    From the album Gifts and boughten!

    An other add to my collection from the Rocks, Gems and fossils expo in Montreal this weekend!
  24. Phacops from Bufalo, New York, USA

    From the album Gifts and boughten!

    An other add to my collection from the Rocks, Gems and fossils expo in Montreal this weekend!
  25. These are the best of the bugs I found at Penn Dixie. Highly recommend this site, especially for families!
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