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I finally found the Pennsylvanian era roadcut (thanks to a little help from the Paleonotogy Society of Austin) that eluded me a few weeks ago . I talked my mom into going with me on the 5 hour round trip to pick up some Pennsylvanian goodies, so very different from my Cretaceous backyard hunting. We had a lovely lunch at Dairy Queen (as you do in Texas) and then found the spot. It was exactly ONE MILE off the road I was originally searching on. Yeesh. But it was so worth it!! Even thought the PSoA had been out there the month before, there is SO much there it was astounding. We stayed for almost two hours and only hit a small part of it. My mom got completley intrigued by the hash plates so she just sat in a spot and looked close. I climbed up ravines and traipsed around, so we found a wide variety of stuff. Here are our best finds: (I tried to ID everything, but if I got anything wrong, please let me know. And there are a few things I don't know what they are, so if you recognized something, let me know!) Crinoid Cup pieces Graffhamicrinus A spine from Atocrunis murospinus Gastropod Euphimites Gastropod Dondaldina: Echinoid Spine: Very worn Echinoid Cidarid plate: Orthocone Mooroceras possibly Gastropod Pharkodonotus Brachiopod Enteletes Brachiopod Derbiya Coral Lophophylidium spinosum A variety of Crinoids Bryzoan Synocladia Unknown Crinoid Cup segement: Mollusc Orhomyalina (We found HUNDREDS of these busted up, mostly the pointy end and this was the only one I found whole. It was tiny compared to the busted ones) And of course, lots of bryzoan branches:
So in late June early July my wife, 2 boys (8 & 2.5), my father in-law and mother-in-law and I are going to take a 2 week road trip around the US. We'll be leaving Maryland and heading down to Memphis, Tennessee followed by Nashville then on to Texas and ending up in Albuquerque, New Mexico at my brother-in-law's for a few days, then off to the Grand Canyon, up to Dinosaur National monument, over to Hot Springs, South Dakota to the Mammoth site, Mt Rushmore, and Crazy Horse Monument, then to the Badlands in South Dakota, and then start making our way back to home. We're taking some new paths and going back over some previous ones. I am interested in doing 1-2 hour fossil and/or rock and mineral collecting leg stretches not terribly far off US 40 between Memphis and Albuquerque. Honestly anywhere else near the places I listed and anywhere along US 90 back to Chicago and down to Indianapolis, then US 70 the rest of the way east towards home. I'm hoping if I ask on here I can get a handful of options for the trip, we may only do two or three depending on time, weather and general feedback from the rest of the family. I have messaged PFooley about the Albuquerque/Rio Puerco area. After we get back I will have to make a write up of the adventure, it should be a great trip full of geologic and paleontological fun. Thanks for any information, Adam