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  1. Over the last year I have made a few trips to explore an abandoned, partially reclaimed spoil pile in East Central Illinois. Coal was mined from underground at this site until the 1940s, and it was largely graded and replanted in the early 2000s. However, a ridge adjacent to the main pile still exposes the overburden from the mine, including the fossiliferous Pennsylvanian Energy Shale. Although not anywhere near as productive as Mazon Creek or the Fowler Park site in Indiana, I have found a small variety of plant fossils at this site. This weekend I made a quick trip to see what had been exposed by weathering over the past few months. The first picture shows the main spoil pile in the background with exposures on the ridge in the foreground. The sparse vegetation on the right is the result of a coal fire still burning in places inside the smaller pile- you can feel the heat close to the ground and see smoke rising in the winter, which means caution is required. On this trip I found a handful of nodules, including a few already split. The first open one is a small fern pinnule, while the second is my first Lycopodites or Lepidodendron branch tip.
  2. Here are a few bits that I have found local to me, there is loads of fossil bearing rock and it produces some nice pieces. I will put a photo up at a later date of a large plant fossil that was found here. The strata is Carboniferous in age and is accessible via a stream cutting. I have also found a nice piece of brach with the leaf scars. thanks Alex
  3. From the album Cory's Lane Fossil Locality

    Imprint of two calamites stems. Found in 2017 at the Cory's Lane fossil locality, Rhode Island.
  4. Had a good excuse to explore the Falling Creek formation which I think is upper Triassic ( Carnian?) ...a nice walk in the woods and some plants to boot! Haven't had a chance to make ID's yet...
  5. From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    A large block of anthracite coal with no visible plant impressions. I found this near a abandoned railroad track in Mount Airy, Maryland.
  6. If anyone has any material/links on West Virginian fossils and/or localities feel free to add to this page- I am going to continue to gather up resources on the state and post on here. LINK: <> https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/User:Abyssal/Paleontology_in_West_Virginia - Very brief explanations for localities in Eastern WV <> http://donaldkenney.x10.mx/STATES/WV.HTM - Largest collection of localities for WV I've seen to date, however, some that are listed are just locations that have only been known to contain one fossil. (^ Links I've found so far ^) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (V Links posted by other members V) Looking on the western end of West Virginia, but everything is useful. (Links will be credited.) Thanks.
  7. Hi I just come back from offerton (Stockport uk) found some Carboniferous plants
  8. Nilssoniopteris,Pterophyllum and assorted Bennettitales from a famous European locality Might be useful to some of you polunzl.pdf
  9. any idea what this one is?
  10. Hi, I'm studying some Upper Devonian conglomerates in SW New York (Rock City State Forest) with very interesting x-bedding and channel deposits, likely a high-energy macro-tidal environment. Rare bedding plane exposures have show some strange elongate structures (up to 12" long, replaced by hematite, fossil/organic or inorganic?) in close association with large clasts (2-3" ellipsoidal milky vein quartz); both parallel with bedding but with some linear alignment (possible transgressive lag deposit?). Any ideas on the photos below? Thanks for any input. - Jim
  11. Hi Folks, Was wondering if you could help me ID these two fossils. Both were found in Schoharie creek and are Devonian from, I think, the Gilboa formation. The first I think is a bryozoa but someone mentioned it could be a gyracanth fin spine due to the bone-like texture. I could the best photos I could using a tripod and a nikon 3300D
  12. Hi, does anyone know a good book on Devonian paleontology, especially the flora? Thanks, Dom
  13. So I went out to the Gilboa area yesterday and found some stuff. I looked along the creek and then to another spot I found near Conesville NY on a part of the watershed. The main issues with these type of rocks is that they split in weird ways and it is tough at first to figure what rocks are holding fossils. That being said, some of the best specimens I have found gave no hints they held fossils at all. One of the tricky parts is learning to id really weathered fossils while walking around and then looking for naturally created stress fractures in them. The new spot I found was really productive compared to where I was going in Gilboa. I left a ton of fossils where I found them because they were mostly plant hash or not really identifiable. So here is some of what I took home. this large curved branching piece that is half weathered:
  14. Was able to get back out to Schoharie Creek in Gilboa on Sunday. The weather was pretty good, not too windy and there was not any snow on the ground. I water was higher than last time so I looked mostly on the banks. There is a big flat area that I want to check out sometime as well as the roadcut on the closed road. Found some nice stuff but nothing spectacular. This big rock with branching stems. The rest of the rock is covered with them in different layers.
  15. From the album My Collection

    I use the bottom of my case to house a M3 mammoth molar and a number of Pennsylvanian aged plants that I found at Corys Lane, Rhode Island.
  16. Im really a rock and mineral collector, but gone on fossil trips when i get a chance, and pick up some here n there i find. Im finally getting around to picturing my rocks and cataloging them, and fossils im less an expert. So i would like more information to properly name and catalog them. So any help would be greatful. All of these i have found myslelf. TRILOBITES The first 2 pictures im sure is a trilobite, i found it at Deer Lake, Pa. im thinking a Hollardops or Greenops type? Third picture a trilobite, but probally not enough to identify what type? 4th picture maybe a trilobite head of some kind? PLANTS First picture, i found this in Wilkes Barre, Pa. which is a very high coal producing area. I believe this is a Lepidodendron Tree Casting? 2nd picture some type of tree bark? (Deer Lake, Pa.). 3rd plant picture, maybe lepidodendron leaves? 4th picture, a fern, but what kind of fern is this? these fern leaves look really full and big, and alot i have seen are skinnier and not as full? Any help naming all would be appriciated, give it a shot for me, I will call this round one. Thanks Paul.
  17. This is my round 2, of things i found, and helping me properly name and catalog them. First picture, i think is some kind of coral? 2nd picture - Coral also maybe? kinda looks like little suction cup suckers? 3rd picture - Some kinda spiral shell? 4th picture - Another type of shell 5th picture - probally some type of clam shell, i was excited at first and thought it was a crab top shell. 6th picture - I find alot of these types, a shell of some kind? 7-8-9 - This one is weird, looks like some kind of shell, but then looks almost like it has teeth or little legs. Really want to know what this is? (Deer Lake, Pa.) 10th picture - I found this in a secret spot in St Clair, Pa., looks to me like a segment of a fossilized tree, its round, totally flat on top n bottom, and looks like striations lines in bark? if im right anyway knowing type of tree? Thanks in advance to anyone who helps out, i'll just list round one and two for now, till i get some answers, and if i get anywhere with answers i will post some more, thanks all. Paul.
  18. Hi. I went fossil hunting today in an old coal mining tip in South Yorkshire, UK. Almost all of it is overgrown and there is very little rock which contains good fossils but it is possible to find some nice fossils. Years ago, the tip caught fire, which changed the colour of the rocks. Most of the rock is now red or pink. The fossils at the site are from the Pennine Middle Coal Measures formation, which is around 312 million years old. Good quality fossils in West or South Yorkshire are very rare, mainly because the rocks which contain the best fossils are rarely exposed. When they are exposed, it is usually in places which are very steep and difficult to get to. The Coal mining tips like the site I went to today are quickly becoming overgrown and most of them don't contain any good fossils. The rock layers which contain the best fossils in the British Coal Measures seem to be very thin. The marine bands, for example are usually only a few inches or a foot thick, so finding them is very difficult. In the sites where I find plant fossils, the layers which contain the good plants are all very thin, and usually there are unfossiliferous rocks above and below the layer. West and South Yorkshire are therefore not very good for fossils, but rare fossils can be found. I have found Shark teeth, fish teeth, scales and bones, a millipede, coprolites, a shrimp, goniatites, bivalves, plants, ostracods, burrows and tracks in West and South Yorkshire. Overall, the most important thing is to know the geology of the area well, and then with a lot of research it is possible to find sites which have fossiliferous layers. Today, I didn't find much, however I did find this plant fossil. It seems to be a part of a large Cyclopteris sp which is covering what I think is an Asterophyllites sp. Daniel
  19. Went out to Schoharie creek today. It is about a two hour drive and I left at 8:15. Arrived at the site at 10:15 and parked at the road closed barrier on Stryker rd. It was about twenty degrees and windy and I walked down the road to get my bearings and scope out the site since I had never been there before. I figured out a good way down and it was much warmer down in the river valley. I saw some really eroded fossils and decided to try and split some rocks to find some fresh stuff. Right away I found some broken and jumbled black stems and other unidentifiable stuff. I kept going and found some cool stuff. There was snow on the ground and that made things much more difficult. So I did what I could and here is what I found. this branching stem:
  20. Couple Jurassic plants we found today from the shuttle meadow formation. Extra thanks to Tim for the company and expertise. Had a great time splitting rocks and finding stuff.
  21. I find the time to make a hunt today and was rewarded by a real unexpected find,a big grey rock with a strange round shape,i split it to see further(the rock is very hard)an when it open i saw a orthoceras! i split more and find two others ,and brachiopods various tracks,other shells,i never found sea fossils in the carboniferous before only very little shells one time(in more than 20 hunts!)! a real surprise for me
  22. kunzmanbotanyaraucari1-sreview!!main.pdf Krassilov: Krassilovcarpology Barinova 2014 - Carpel-fruitaraucaria us.pdf
  23. Found this on a roadcut in West Virginia near Lost River. My first plant fossil. ID help, please. Thank you.
  24. The following classification scheme was adopted: Anderson, J.M., Anderson, H.M., and Cleal, C.J. (2007) Brief history of the gymnosperms: classification, biodiversity, phytogeography and ecology, Strelitzia 20, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria (LINK). Some relevant literature where Hermitia germanica is mentioned: Vischer, H., Kerp, J.H.F., and Clement-Westerhof, J.A. (1986), Aspects of Permian Palaeobotany and Palynology. VI. Towards a flexible system of naming palaeozoic Conifers, Acta botanica neerlandica 35-2, pp. 87–100 (LINK). Lausberg, S., and Kerp, J.H.F. (2000), Eine Coniferen-dominierte Flora aus dem Unterrotliegend von Alsenz, Saar-Nahe-Becken, Deutschland, Feddes Repertorium 111-7/8, pp. 399–426 (LINK).
  25. For identification see: Holmes, W.B.K. (2001) The Middle Triassic megafossil flora of the Basin Creek Formation, Nymboida Coal Measures, New South Wales, Australia. Part 2. Filicophyta. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 123, 39-87.