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  1. I had a rough work week last week with Central New York experiencing major flooding. It forced me to work the weekend and kinda ruined my fossil hunting thoughts. I only worked half a day Saturday 11/02/19 so I took advantage of what little sunlight I had. I had to be home before 5 to go to the mall with my wife to return some soccer shoes.......married life lol. With travel time I figured out I could go to DSR and get 70-80 minutes to fossil hunt! I needed this to de-stress so I went for it . I didn’t get much time but I tried to make it count. I knew I wasn’t going to be doing any major digging due to the lack of time. My plan was to try and keep working slabs I pulled from the interval I keep finding phyllocarids. When I got there I saw a large area to the left of where I worked that was ripped up with slabs around. It was the same interval and layers as the productive ones I worked 30 feet away. I wish I recorded the moment because I literally said out loud “I’m going to find a phyllocarid in these discards”.......walked 2 steps and found this in the discard pile.... here is a field shot....I was excited and terrified cause I realized I just found a Rhinocaris columbina phyllocarid with both carapaces and the telson but the telson is on the counterpart!! I thought I was going to have another fish that got away story but then I finally found the other half after an agonizing 40 minutes. Remember I didn’t have long haha. here is a field shot of the other half. Telson top left. I got a call from work and I was literally on the phone working and fossil hunting when I found the other half and silently cheered then continued my phone conversation here is a photo of the raw uncut slabs I collected from the field. I have a saw now so I’m not as concerned with reducing in the field as I used to be. Here are some photos of the finished product. This is a really exciting find because of the amazing association of both carapaces AND the telson. Really an informative specimen. It also came from the same interval I’m finding other phyllocarids. The very delicate disarticulation of the one carapace and slight spread of all the phyllocarid parts makes me very curious about the paleo setting. This is a photo of an artists recreation of a Silurian phyllocarid I found on google. This is not a Rhinocaris columbina but it does have some similarities that will help people visualize what a Rhinocaris may look like. this little something I circled had me wondering if it was possibly associated with this phyllocarid. Almost seems like a little appendage but there is really no way of knowing for sure I suppose. Interesting either way. thanks for reading! Not a whole lot just a single find that I think is really awesome . A quick little DSR trip (11/02/19) with a nice reward! Al
  2. Hey everyone! I finally had a day to go out and enjoy a Saturday fossil hunting with no time limit!! I decided to check 2 middle Devonian locations that have yielded nice dipleura specimens in the past. I’m still looking for “that one” specimen....eventually I’ll find one. I didn’t find the trilobite I tasked myself to find but I did find awesome stuff on Saturday . So here is a little trip report from Saturday September 28, 2019 plus some extra stuff I found earlier in the month. I’ll throw it in at the end. I got up really early so I could get to Cole Hill by sunrise. I had 2 sites in mind from the start. My new house is now only 30 minutes away from CHR which was a nice surprise! Early morning view I’ve had some tough outings at Cole Hill. This rock is so hard!!! I’ve tried clearing overburden just to get to more immovable rock. Anytime I get things moving I find something decent so that was the goal. Find rock that moves!! I ended up finding a spot way off the main outcrop and I got to work. I immediately found a plate with 5 cephalons!! It’s not being very photogenic so I took a picture after making them wet. the right shot shows 4 cephalons stacked in between the white scale bars....the left one shows the 5 hidden cephalon that Is under another cephalon. The bottom piece is just a cheek but could continue I’m not sure. Not very photogenic but rare to find an assemblage like that. I was able to find an area with more weathered rock and I found around a dozen cephalons!!! These are the better and bigger ones. I have a few nice juveniles but they are half covered in rock. I liked these 2 a lot. The left one is very 3D (also came in 10 pieces lol) and the right one has all the cephalon margins intact!! some nicer pygidiums I found. I found 7-10 total in various conditions. I found a lot of associated fauna as well!! The Gastropods came from mostly one bedding plane. The same spot I found the cephalon hash plate these were not far behind littered all over. I also found a bunch of bivalves! Way more than I usually do. I collected more on this trip than I have in the past. The rock kept moving and I kept finding!! After I worked the shelf back far enough I decided I wasn’t going to try and find a new spot. 4 hours of collecting and it was time to go to Deep Springs Rd. Even though I didn’t find exactly what I was after I found lots of amazing specimens compared to past trips . Kept my finder crossed that DSR would be as kind. DSR next post.....
  3. Hey everyone, I had an entire free afternoon yesterday so made my way out to DSR and Briggs rd. I haven’t been out there since the group hunt and I was curious to see if I could find pickings to split. I did a good amount of slab tossing and I know others did as well. People also got some newer areas going also and I was curious if I could work off those too. I started the day at Briggs rd because I did so well last time I was there. I was drooling for a 2nd shot! I didn’t find anything top shelf worthy but I did seem to stumble on more dipleura than I did the last couple visits. These are the total spoils from Briggs rd. I don’t know how common dipleura is at Briggs or if they ever come complete but these are my best dipleura so far from Briggs rd. They sure don’t show up like the Eldredgeops lol. I just liked this cephalon lol. All alone popping out it the rock with great detail!! Basically I got a bunch of stuff like this. I did a ton of labor moving over burden so that perhaps in the future I can keep expanding the shelf I started. Kinda rough on the back but this overburden doesn’t remove itself! After a few hours I moved onto DSR to see what was left behind for me to find . With all the action at DSR with the group hunt something was bound to get missed!! I forgot to take pictures of the site when I was at DSR so all I have are the final spoils and some close ups of my favorite finds. DSR spoils I wasn’t at DSR as long cause I was so tired and worn out from Briggs rd so I didn’t do much slab removal or excavating. I spent most my time scouring over others discard piles looking for hidden gems! And gems I did find!!! I found this dipleura looking through some blocks that were pulled off the upper layer of the quarry. Dipleura tends to show up more in the upper strata. It’s missing the pygidium and the cephalon is tucked over. With some minor prep I should be able to expose the rest of the cephalon. Super happy about this find. In general I have been coming up empty with dipleura at both Briggs rd and DSR so it was a bonus. Last but not least....... Echinocaris punctata phyllocarid!!!! I found this just sitting out in the open face up. Most likely mistaken for a bivalve. I couldn’t believe it. My best phyllocarid carapace so far. It’s nearly perfect!!! I have to say this beats all my other finds for the day. Just sitting face up for me to find . Well that wraps it up. Fun time at Briggs rd and DSR with a couple exciting finds for me. Seems like every time I go out I comeback with something totally unexpected!! It just keeps me coming back for more . Hope everyone has a great mother’s day! Thanks for reading, Al
  4. Unidentified Phylllocarid telson

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Unidentified Phyllocarid telson either Rhinocaris columbina or Echinocaris punctata Middle Devonian Windom Shale. Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road Quarry, Lebanon, NY. Found on April 27, 2019

    © 2019 T. Jones

  5. Rhinocaris phyllocarid

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Phyllocarid Rhinocaris columbina . Single valve. Middle Devonian Windom Shale. Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road Quarry, Lebanon, NY. Found on April 27, 2019 by Kane Faucher. Gifted to this author.

    © 2019 T. Jones

  6. Rhinocaris columbina

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Phyllocarid Rhinocaris columbina . Single valve. Middle Devonian Windom Shale. Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road Quarry, Lebanon, NY. Found on April 27, 2019 by Kane Faucher. Gifted to this author.

    © 2019 T. Jones

  7. It's been about five months since I've been able to get out and dig, so when my collecting comrade and I arranged it, off we went. The weather was perfect, although it was muddy going. Spent about a day and a half at our site. Finds were not the best for some species, but the focus was more on site preparation. Pictured here are some Greenops widderensis. Both are missing parts, so will likely be in the grafting pile:
  8. I went back to Deep Springs rd last weekend. It was my 2nd time there. I couldn’t sit around on my Saturday off and do nothing lol. Fishing season doesn’t start till April 1st so March puts me in this odd limbo of waiting for the fun to begin. Now that I know how to get to DSR no problem and I live so close I will probably visit several times this year. It’s a really fun site for diversity. I want to see how much I can find and catalogue. Perhaps in the future I will make a little personal reference guide for DSR. Anyway. Pretty sure I found my first phyllocarid carapace this past weekend. It’s not much but I find it to be pretty cool. I have a phyllocarid mandible I found in the wanakah shale in Buffalo so it’s fun to try and find more of the animal. This is the part and counterpart of the larger specimen. I only have a scale on 1 but they are the same specimen. This is the smaller one I found with a scale. Im a big fan of these goniatites that come from DSR. I got a decent one last trip.
  9. Large Rhinocaris

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Phyllocarid Rhinocaris columbina Middle Devonian, Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road, Lebanon, NY. Collected on 7/16/2018

    © 2018 T.Jones

  10. Echinocaris partial

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Large partial specimen of Echinocaris punctata. Middle Devonian, Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road, Lebanon, NY. Found on 7/16/2018

    © 2018 T.Jones

  11. Middle Devonian phyllocarid

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Echinocaris punctata, phyllocarid Middle Devonian, Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road, Lebanon, NY.

    © © 2018 T. Jones

  12. Phyllocarid Collection

    My phyllocarid collection to date. Includes Echinocaris sp. and Rhinocaris sp.
  13. Ceratiocaris papilio (2).jpg

    From the album Northern's inverts

  14. Ceratiocaris papilio.jpg

    From the album Northern's inverts

  15. Echinocaris punctata.jpg

    From the album Northern's inverts

  16. From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Phyllocarid Rhinocaris columbina . Single valve. Middle Devonian Windom Shale. Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road Quarry, Lebanon, NY. Found on 11/30/2017, on a trip with Jeffrey P.

    © © 2017 Tim Jones

  17. Yukon Phyllocarids

    Thanks for the comments ... Been trying to respond to some but having some difficulty using this website... The Phyllocarids I've found up there are, apparently, the world's largest. The most famous and complete specimens, from Germany's Hunsruck shale, are only an inch or two in length. Definitely no fish remains at this site. The second most common fossil at that place is Plumaria Plumalina, which used to be called feather coral, but is now generally considered to a hydroid type of creature. These are also unusually large with ind. fronds over a foot in length. Here's a pic of one. There are also more complex and varied forms of what appears to be basically the same thing.
  18. Yukon Phyllocarids

    Anyone intimately familiar with Phyllocarid morphology? This slab is from a lower Devonian formation in the northern Yukon Territory. These things were giants ... The well preserved Telson (tail-spike) piece is 10" long, the feeler/antennae assembly alone is 18" long ... In life the critter was likely a good meter in length. What I'm not certain about is the 8" long arm-like appendage at top, as well as a small armor like plate nearby. Over the years have found many complete trident shaped telsons and antennae but not much in the way of other body parts.
  19. Malongella bituberculata Lou & Hu, 2002

    From the album Invertebrates

    Malongella bituberculata Lou & Hu, 2002 Phyllocarid Lower Cambrian Series 2, stage 3 Heilinpu Formation Yu’anshan Member Malong Chengjiang County Yunnan China
  20. Rhinocaris columbina

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Small, single valve ot the Devonian phyllocarid, Rhinocaris columbina. Middle Devonian Windom Shale. Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road Quarry, Lebanon, NY. Found on 10/18/2015.

    © © 2015 Tim Jones

  21. Rhinocaris columbina ?

    From the album Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    I believe this might be a valve of the Phyllocarid Rhinocaris columbina . Middle Devonian Windom Shale. Moscow Formation, Hamilton Group. Deep Springs Road Quarry, Lebanon, NY. Found on 5/23/2015

    © © 2015 Tim Jones

  22. Phyllocarid from Madison Co., NY.

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Echinocaris punctate (phyllocarida) Middle Devonian Windom Shale Moscow Formation Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road quarry Lebanon, NY. collected 6/22/15
  23. Phyllocarid From The Pittsford Shale

    A very rare Phyllocarid from the Pittsford shale. You can see other Silurian arthropods (Ostracods) scattered on both halves of the Phyllocarid. How good are you with Phyllocarids? I collect Devonian Phyllocarids from New York but this is my first Silurian Phyllocarid. All the research I have done tells me that this is likely Ceratiocaris but I want to be sure. Please chime in. mikey
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