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Found 16 results

  1. 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 with @jdp about this and will most likely be donating the most important ones to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. If any of my IDs seem strange or wrong please let me know, I am always learning and value new info. I guess I’ll start with the marine invertebrates. To start out we can start small, with brachiopods, cephalopods and horn corals. The first is a Linoproductus from the Ames Limestone, a classic Pittsburgh marine zone.
  2. Something strange and possibly...

    New here and think i have something... exausted. will check back in am. Thanks all. This might be some magic!
  3. Something strange and possibly...

    Hi there... very new here (minutes) and I think I have something... well, just look and let's go from there. Thanks in advance. Shaking as I type... North of Pittsburgh, Hilltop Outcrop, Ames below...
  4. Conditions in Western PA have been unusually warm recently, with highs in the 40s and 50s. I decided to take advantage of this warm spell by getting a little bit of fossil hunting in. I decided to do a hunt focused on plants as I’ve been hunting for vertebrates for the better part of the last year and a half and, although I could never get tired of vertebrates I thought some variety was well overdue. So I headed to one of my favorite plant localities in the area. It is located in the Connellsville Sandstone of the Casselman Formation, which is in turn the upper half of the Conemaugh Group. The sandstone is around 305 million years old. The Casselman Formation holds the record of the tail end of one of the largest plant extinctions in our earths history. The prolonged wetness that had existed for much of the Pennsylvanian gave way to dryer conditions, and, as a result, the lycopsid forests fragmented. Many of these lycopsids went extinct during this event, which is known as the Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse. Conifers took advantage of these newly opened ecological niches. Their fossils have been found in this area, although I have never personally found them. Anyway, on to the fossils. Today I mostly found partial Pecopteris fronds, Neuropteris pinnules and Annularia leaflets. I’m going to include some of my better finds from other trips as well, as this trip was rather unproductive. Pictured below is the best Annularia I found today. Or Asterophyllites. I’m not sure. We’ll just go with Calamites leaves for now.
  5. Possible Insect wing from Carboniferous

    Hi all. I was wondering if I could get some sort of specific ID on a possible insect wing that I found in the roof shales of a thin coal that is dated to the Late Pennsylvanian or Kasimovian. Fossil plants and some vertebrate material can be found in the same shale. Stratigraphic information: From a roof shale of a thin coal roughly 30 feet below the Brush Creek Limestone of the Glenshaw Formation in the Conemaugh Group. Discovered in the suburbs outside of Pittsburgh.
  6. Possible Paleoniscoid Skull Roof

    Hi all, This specimen was found in a black shale layer that lays directly and uncomfortably upon the Duquesne Limestone, which is Late Pennsylvanian age. It was found in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Both the shale and limestone are filled with vertebrate fossils, especially the scales, teeth and spines of paleoniscoid fish. As far as I know there is no species list from the shale but Elonichthys has been reported. I know skull roofs can be very diagnostic so any rough estimates of genus would be very helpful! I apologize for the picture quality, my phone is a brick.
  7. Carboniferous of Pittsburgh, PA

    Hello everybody, In my forst post, I'm asking you to identify this fossil that I found this summer in a public park of Pittsburgh, Pennsilvanya. I found it alongside rocks dating to the Carboniferous bearing marine fossils (mostly crinoids stems). I have not removed the matrix yet, but the exposed surface of the fossil is less than 1 cm (0,40") long. The magnified pics were taken at 20x. I can't think of anything that I know of. Can you help me? Thank you, Fabio
  8. Hello, I have two strange objects that my wife and I found in Pittsburgh in Carboniferous territory. The triangular shape one is a little larger that a quarter while the spherical rock is about the size of a baseball. I haven't seen anything like these two rocks in any of my fossil trips, so any help would be terrific. Thanks everyone!
  9. Hello everyone. I have been a collector for a long time, but I think it is pretty sad that there is a very limited amount of fossils in my collection I have found myself. I want to start fossil hunting more often!! I often take my fossil collection to schools, and I think it would be special to be able to share things I've found myself. Right now I am visiting family in the Canonsburg area, which is outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I am going to try to get some geologic maps for the area. But in the meantime, I was wondering if anyone has any other resources for me or any favorite spots around there? Thank you all! (Not sure if this was the right section for this post, if not please move)
  10. Fossils? Help Appreciated!

    Hi everyone! I’m not a collector or even a hobbiest (yet!) but I came across this forum looking for a way to start learning and to help me ID some interesting things I found the other day. I was walking with my dog in Cranberry Township PA (20miles north of Pittsburgh) and noticed a number of darker, reddish, oddly shaped stones that stood out against the hillside of crumbled gray shale that had been pulled out (possibly from as far as 50 feet down or so) in digging a drainage pit for a new development. Most of what I saw just looked like concretions formed around river stones or something like that (some were split in half so they almost resembled clams) but in one area there were pieces that looked different, some with fairly conspicuous tooth or bonelike shapes. I rinsed mud off of them with warm water and started scrubbing a bit with a brush but I noticed that the lightest areas on a couple pieces are fairly soft (I can scrape them with my fingernail) so I thought I'd better stop until I figured out what was what. I don’t really know anything about this stuff yet, but I loved looking for ferns, etc and even found a trilobyte once as a kid and so I was kinda thrilled to have maybe found something interesting. Of course, they could just be a pile of neat rocks too, haha... So what do you think I have here? Just organic looking concretions or something cooler? Thanks! (note: I embedded the images instead of directly attaching them, so if you click on them you'll be able to see higher-resolution versions)
  11. Fedexia Striegeli

    Obviously, the tetrapod is from the Carboniferous Missippian...out by the old airport...does anyone know where that Casselman formation/Conemaugh Group is? Even though the Fedexia was found in 2004, it would be nice to resume some work and see what else is there...any ideas, any interest?
  12. Linopteris in handmade display box

    From the album Pittsburgh Fossils in Handmade Museum Boxes

    I believe this one is linopteris. Collected in Rennerdale, PA. About 1.5 inches acorss. It is housed in "museum" box I made with two modern fern fronds which were preserved with a special oxidization-inhibiting sealant.
  13. Alethopteris in handmade display box

    From the album Pittsburgh Fossils in Handmade Museum Boxes

    This is what I believe to be an alethopteris in shale collected in Rennerdale, PA. About 3 inches across. It is housed in "museum" box I made with two modern fern fronds which were preserved with a special oxidization-inhibiting sealant.
  14. Fern Fossil in handmade Display Box

    From the album Pittsburgh Fossils in Handmade Museum Boxes

    This fossil, not sure if it is pecopteris or linopteris. It's about 4 inches across. It is housed in "museum" box I made with two modern fern fronds which were preserved with a special oxidization-inhibiting sealant.
  15. Pecopteris in handmade display box

    From the album Pittsburgh Fossils in Handmade Museum Boxes

    I believe this specimen would be pecopteris? approximately 300 mya. Collected in Rennerdale, PA. Approximately 3 inches in length. It is housed in "museum" box I made with two modern fern fronds which were preserved with a special oxidization-inhibiting sealant.
  16. OK. My mom moved and when visited today started checking out her new garden. Found these and others.... Thinking lake stones? Am I pathetic???? lol! http://www.thefossilforum.com/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/wink.png I'm pretty excited. Lots of split concretions too... http://www.thefossilforum.com/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/smile.png ID's? Please something.... http://www.thefossilforum.com/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/wink.png
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