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  1. So I was rooting again around in the garage and found a couple plates I had bought a few years back and never tracked down an ID for. Tentative provenance was Paleocene from Montana. I found this article recently and was wondering if it could be one of the genera/sp described or one of the other genera mentioned in the discussion section. Trapa, Trapago, Fortuna, Quereuxia. STOCKEY, R. A., AND G. W. ROTHWELL. 1997. The aquatic angiosperm Trapago angulata from the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) St. Mary River Formation of southern Alberta. Int. J. Pl. Sci. 158: 83-94. Can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/240563741_The_Aquatic_Angiosperm_Trapago_angulata_from_the_Upper_Cretaceous_Maastrichtian_St_Mary_River_Formation_of_Southern_Alberta I also was looking at the USGS pub 375 https://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/0375/report.pdf My plates have a number of leaflets and fragments with very little venation visible and in a pale gray and a light pink color in a very fine matrix.....Many of the leaflets have small teeth... Plates: Crenulations Leaflets and partial venation Anyone have any expertise in these? Looks like the authors were indicating more study is needed in this area of aquatic plants--that was 20 years ago. Any help is appreciated. Thanks! Regards, Chris
  2. From a long abandoned bluestone quarry in NE Pennsylvania. Devonian, Catskill formation. Found by my sister-in-law, who was really looking for live birds! Ideas?
  3. I have recently obtained this Pennsylvanian Fossil Fern - Schuylkill County. Leaves on both sides of the plate. I have read that some plants on slate can peel. Is that something that tends to happen with this material? If so, what would I use to prevent this from happening? Thanks
  4. Impression in amber

    Yes, you read that right. I have a piece of amber with an impression, not an inclusion. I got a small order of Indonesian amber in on Monday & 1 piece had an interesting impression. The size of the impression is 2.5 cm wide x 3 cm tall & curved in an almost 1/2 circle as you will see by the pics. I'm seeing what appears to be a leaf of some sort, veins & all. I've never heard of an impression in amber before, not saying they don't exist, just that I had never heard of one. Indonesian amber is Early Miocene @ 10 to 23 MYO if that helps any. Pics 1 & 2 show the impression, 3 & 4 show the curvature. This particular amber type tends to be called zebra or cloudy amber for obvious reasons. The white areas are who knows how many tiny air bubbles trapped in the resin. This is (obviously) one piece I'm not going to be doing anything with. It's staying as is. I'm now going to search for impressions in amber on the web (this should be fun)..
  5. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends May 9th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE 1. Angiospirifer sp. brachiopod - Tournaisian, Lowermost Carboniferous - Juodikiai Quarry, Klaipeda District, Western Lithuania 2. Angiospirifer sp. brachiopod - Tournaisian, Lowermost Carboniferous - Juodikiai Quarry, Klaipeda District, Western Lithuania 3. Petrified wood with pyrite - Gault Clay Formation, Lower Cretaceous - Compton Bay, Isle of Wight, England 4. Pachydiscus ammonite (with bonus inoceramid) - Ozan Formation, Cretaceous (84-71 Ma) - North Sulphur River, Texas 5. Nahecaris frankei (phyllocarid) - Emsian (Early Devonian) - Burg-Reuland, Belgium 6. cf. Bethanyphullum sp. rugose (horn) coral - Silica Shale Formation, Middle Devonian: Erian - Paulding, Ohio 7. (likely) Titanites sp ammonite - Kimmeridge Clay, Jurassic - West We are, Isle of Portland, UK 8. Sinespinaspis markhami trilobite - Cotton Formation, 435 Ma - Cotton Hill Quarry, NSW, Australia 9. Undescribed Calymenid trilobite - Gunningbland Formation, 450 Ma - Gunningbland, NSW, Australia 10. Crinoid cluster matrix - Carboniferous, Tournaisian - Kitab Geological Reserve, Uzbekistan 11. Tabulate coral - Devonian, Fammenian - Kitab Geological Reserve, Uzbekistan 12. Aphelaspis brachyphasis trilobite - Late Cambrian Conasauga Formation (~500 Ma) - Chatsworth, Georgia
  6. Hello all. I had recently made a post needing to repair a fossil of ferns (Lygenopteris hoeninghousi) and an unknown branch. It is now repaired and I wanted to get a proper ID on the branch specifically and see what you all think it is from. Do you believe it is also from Lygenopteris hoeninghousi? I think the preserved hair like spines along the branch are particularly interesting. It was found in a coal mine in Alabama and is in shale. Thank you all.
  7. Hello all. I recently received a fossil branch in delicate shale. It wasn't packaged well and arrived broken. It is a shame. I want to know what the best way is to repair it and hide the cracks. The first picture is what it looked like before it was sent to me. Thank you! ps: if anyone knows what it is an ID would be appreciated as well, but my primary concern is the best way to repair it.
  8. Ancient Dino Skull???

    This was given to me by my father in law 7 years ago which he had found around 20 years before next to a creek on their property here in Lawrence County Tennessee. It had set in their garden for years before they decided to sell and I had asked for it along with several other oddly shaped rocks and boulders for our garden. Recently, had a friend suggest that it could be a fossil of either a plant or some kind of reptile? Either way I have no clue as to what it is. The pictures were taken on our deck, the deck boards are 5-1/2" wide to draw your scale from. It's fairly heavy and could probably use some kind of cleaning? Thanks!
  9. I found this today in the Durham coal field, UK (upper Carboniferous). I usually collect in the Yorkshire coal field, and although this one site is obviously not representative of the whole of the Durham coal field, the Durham coal field seems notably different to the Yorkshire coal field, with some rocks similar to ones at a site where I have collected in the Fife coal field, and some of the nodules similar to the nodules found at some sites in the Lancashire coal field. Interestingly, there were some fish fossils in the same blocks as plants, and there were some large fish fragments in the same layers as foraminifera. In the Yorkshire coal field, layers containing foraminifera usually only contain very small fish fossils. My best finds today were a Rhizodont scale in a block containing plant fossils, a small fish tooth, an Elonichthys scale, a Megalichthys scale and some well preserved plant fossils. Does anyone know what this is? I’m 99% sure it’s a plant fossil. I think I have seen a similar example before, but I don’t recall where I saw it. My first thought was that it’s an arthropod fragment, though I think this is very unlikely. Thanks, Daniel
  10. The winner of the March 2019 IPFOTM goes to... Calamites sp horsetail tree trunk segment - Pennsylvanian - Southeast Oklahoma Congrats to @MSirmon!!!
  11. Plant fossil?

    This is from Xingyi of Guizhou in which Keichousaurus is found. It looks like a plant fossil and at the back is fossil of crinoids. Any idea if it is a plant fossil and what plant is that?
  12. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends April 9th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE 1. Calamites sp horsetail tree trunk segment - Pennsylvanian - Southeast Oklahoma 2. Stigmaria ficoides lycopsid tree rooting structure - Pennsylvanian - Southeast Oklahoma 3. Cryptaulax sp. gastropod - Bathonian-Callowian, Middle Jurassic - Juodikiai quarry, Klaipeda district, Western Lithuania 4. Pleurotomaria sp. gastropod - Bathonian-Callowian, Middle Jurassic - Juodikiai quarry, Klaipeda district, Western Lithuania 5. Orthocerid cephalopod - Fairview Formation, Late Ordovician - Northern Kentucky 6. Triplophyllum cliffordanum rugose corals - Fort Payne Chert, Early Missisipian - Ooltewah, Tennessee 7. Colonial coral (Cycloria?) - St. Bartholomä-formation, Gosau-group, Campanian, Late Cretaceous - St. Bartholomä, Styria, Austria 8. Cyclus americanus cycloid arthropod - Francis Creek Shale, Upper Carboniferous - Chowder Flats, Grundy County, Illinois 9. Mantelliceras mantelli ammonite - Cenomanian, Late Cretaceous - Cap Blanc Nez, France 10. Eldredgeops rana trilobite - Middle Devonian (Givetian), Upper Ludlowville, Hamilton Group - Madison county, New York
  13. The Twig

    This piece was picked up by the road side infront of my house. Age unknown quary unknown. Some bits of quartz crystals.I'm thinking this is maybe a cast as the stem stands out the leaves do a little. Thank you for any help in identifying this twig.;)y
  14. So a bit of newbie advice please I keep my fossil collection on an bookshelf. Exposed to the indoor elements (heating etc) as it was. Mainly fish and plants with a few Trilobites and Ammonites Am thinking mainly in terms of the fish and plants. Is there any chance that part of the fossil will flake off the matrix? Would some sort of lacquer spray offer better protection? If so, any suggestions?
  15. I have found plant fossils in three different spots but only the last spot I check had the most satisfying fossils. I will share only a few that I found but I did find tons more.
  16. Hi Folks, Would appreciate any ideas on this one. My first thought is trace fossil since it branches in so many different ways. It is, however, black and the rest of the rock is brown which makes me think plant or vine type material. Was found near Schoharie Creek in Gilboa NY. Middle Devonian, Gilboa Fm and where I was is full of both seafloor fossil hash (with brachiopods, crinoids, and trilobites) and Wattieza stem hash. What do you think?
  17. The winner of the February 2019 IPFOTM goes to... Lepidostrobus sp. lepidodendron cone (strobile) - Westphalien B, Upper Carboniferous - near Lens, Northern France Congrats to @nala!!!
  18. Eocene Tiny fern like plant ID

    This plant is very small and I have found about 6 specimen. However I can't identify it. It came from the Renton formation in western Washington around 38 million years ago.
  19. split rocks

    I found this rock many many years ago. I called in my California baked potato due to it's shape and color. It had a natural "thumbprint" indentation so I placed my thumb on it and banged it on the bottom side of it and it broke open rather easily in two parts. Inside each half was a mirror image of the other... when I placed them back together in it's original form I lined them up, and curled it open I thought "Oh, it's a fossil butterfly, how cool!" I remember taking it to a local rock shop where I was told "No, it's nothing just the inside of a rock - that's it " I was somewhat discouraged but still thought it to be unique. I have used the rock (untruthfully) to explain what a fossil looks like to my nephew to explain fossils (yikes) - but it does serve to get a picture in his mind. It serves as a reminder as to the "kindness" of the numerous educated members here who are asked to ID something (which could be "nothing:) - by never undermining or embarrassing those who come here for information on what they have found to be something "special" THEY have found - I know this from experiences and Kudos to you all!! Anyway I do know this is NOT a butterfly, perhaps a leaf, or maybe just the inside of a rock - let me know what you think!
  20. Plant trunk cortex for ID

    I want to submit for identification the specimen below. It came from the Carboniferous of Leon, Spain, labeled as tree trunk cortex. There are no other informations available. Any thought of what might be exactly, or a more precise ID will be welcomed. Thank you.
  21. Unknown bone or fossil plant?

    Hello all- I may have posted asking about this piece before but cannot find the post here, so maybe it was another forum. Can someone help identify. I bought this along with another similar looking bone that was from a Mosasaurus here in Texas, though this smaller piece is darker in color and not from the same specimen. Hope someone can help. Thanks! KP
  22. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends March 9th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE 1. Divarilima sp. file clam fossil - Early Cretaceous - Kursenai town, Siauliai district, Northern Lithuania 2. Kogulanychia sp. bivalve (Ambonychiidae) - Ludlow, Late Silurian - Nikanciai village, Siauliai district, Northern Lithuania 3. Lepidostrobus sp. lepidodendron cone (strobile) - Westphalien B, Upper Carboniferous - near Lens, Northern France 4. Poterioceras cf. nautiloid - Late Devonian, Matagne Shales - Chimay, Belgium 5. Brachiopod and Crinoid columnal hash plate - Early Silurian/Red Mountain Formation - Dalton, GA 6. Allocrioceras hazzardi heteromorph ammonite - Boquillas formation, Late Cretaceous - Brewster County, TX 7. Neithea irregularis bivalve mollusk - Comanche Peak formation, Cretaceous - Bosque County, TX 8. Graptocarcinus texanus crab carapace - Buda formation, Cretaceous - Bexar county, TX
  23. Carboniferous plant suggestions

    This should be an easy one for the plant people here. I'm looking for some suggested id's for this Pennsylvanian/Bashkirian/Namurian plant fragment. Length is 10cm or 4 inches. I find lots of fragments of these which I usually ignore but haven't seen the bifurcating pattern in the lower part of the picture before. I hope that will make id easier.
  24. Currently I am fascinated with prehistoric plants from Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous specifically. However Eocene, Oligocene and Miocene are also awesome. I heard coal mines were great places to find plant fossils. Where should I look? Inside the coal mine, in siltstone or shale around the coal mine? Along the river? I have never found plant fossils before and was wondering where other people find them. I've scrolled through the forums and seen peoples finds but have no idea what it looks like to find plants. Finding brachiopods or gastropods is easy, the shell pops out usually no matter where you hit it. But plants are near 2 dimensional and you could go through a ton of plants vertically and have no idea. So if you have any advice you'd like to share, please let me know.