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Found 12 results

  1. Two Decorah Shale Specimens to ID

    My last excursion to the Decorah Shale was meant to be a collection of specimens for @Tidgy's Dad, who helps me with identifications in this material. Unfortunately, the postage to Morocco has gone up exponentially (hundreds of dollars for a SMALL package) so that he will go empty handed. Here are a few things I am grappling with from that trip and hope to receive some incite from those more knowledgeable than me (so anyone!!). 1. This seems to be a cross section of a coral 3 cm in diameter. The corals frequent to the Decorah Shale are small solitary rugosa coral, having a rust color to them. Have looked for other types of coral and come up empty handed. 2. A hash plate full of crinoidal material. What are the linear objects scattered throughout the plate? Hyoliths or crinoidal? I guess while you are looking at this, any opinions on the owner to the genial spine (lower left)?
  2. Totally Odd Fossil? or Burrow????

    I picked up this rock while exploring a few weeks ago and noticed what looked to be an imprint of a crinoid stem in the rock. For whatever reason, I threw it in my bucket. At home, upon further examination, I came to a conclusion that this was not a crinoid imprint and was perplexed as to what it was. As you can see above, there was a big crack in the rock, self induced in order for me to see deeper into this. Here is the specimen after the rock was chipped away. The "lines" fade away as one goes deeper into the matrix until the surface becomes smooth. Next are views of the piece removed showing a tubular structure that is ribbon like, twisting and turning. Finally a few close ups of the ribbing in the initial picture. Leech like is how I would describe this, though I am aware, this is NOT a possibility, only mentioned to provide a mental thought while the images are examined.
  3. Unknown Ordovician Tube

    Here is a tubular structure that I am unaccustomed to finding in the Galena, Ordovician rocks of SE Minnesota. All thoughts are welcomed!!!
  4. Stromatolite???

    I had the pleasure of visiting a well known collector in SW Wisconsin a few weeks ago. His home is almost as nice as any museum I have ever visited. He showed us some beautifully crystalized stromatolites that were collected in SE Minnesota. Hints were given as to where to find such specimens. So naturally, I had to find myself an example. I am just not sure if these are just geological and not biological. I hate to question a very knowledgeable man, but obviously I am. Opinions are welcomed. Mike
  5. Farmer in the Dell finds Teeth

    Two nights ago, a local farmer called me all excited and wanted to show me the fossils he found in the cow pasture. The local TV station had already aired a segment on his finds. This is a view of his farm. The location of finds were behind the buildings up on the hill This is what it looked like as we approached. I explained the geology to Bill. The upper rock layers were Platteville/ Ordovician underlain by sandstone. I told him there was nothing with "teeth" way back then. Everything was covered in a sea. We live in a driftless area, meaning the glacial advancement did not touch this area. So the teeth would likely be ice age to present. We then went in to look at his findings.
  6. Crinoid cup or not???

    My last excursion into the fossiliferous rocks of SE Minnesota turned up this small plate of crinoidal material. I kept it because the one center piece looks a bit like a small crinoid cup to an uneducated eye (mine). This is TINY, about 3 mm in width. Cup?? If so, any genus/species to attach to it. Thanks for looking. @crinus Mike
  7. Ordovician Unknown

    On my Sunday exploration, I came across a cliff that exposed something I had never seen before. These specimens were in a very narrow band (4 inches thick) and the hard limestone reminded me of Maquoketa as opposed to Galena. They have a spongish look to it but they also remind me of a recepticulite, similar to Tetragonis sulcata. I forgot my size marker. These are about thumb size if you have short stubby thumbs like me!!
  8. Crinoid stem but is there a Calyx?

    I have looked at this piece for about 1 week and my opinion changes from a crinoid stem and calyx to a crinoid stem and broken gastropod and back. So I will now defer to anyone visiting this post to leave their opinion seeing I can't make up my mind. I have both specimens marked.
  9. @Raggedy Man and his "phantom" wife, Laura, came up to fossil hunt for her 31st Birthday and what a hunt it was! I was busy the first day they were here with my little Airbnb Whispering Winds checking people in and out but they had a wonderful day hunting and Paul found a Bumastis trilobite - they are trilobite hunters. He will have to post his pictures. :-) On Saturday I had invited new fossil friend, Todd, from the Twin Cities to hunt with us. He had come on a paid hunt earlier (he left with 2 5 gallon pails of fossils that very long fossil hunting day) and we had bonded and this was a good opportunity for him to get some real fossil hunting done. I had heard about the "mythical" Seven Springs down a favorite sometimes dry wash and was on a mission. So off we went to hunt Orodovician fossils and Seven Springs! It was a lovely fall day in Minnesota in the 60s with leaves slowly turning brilliant colors and falling to cover the floor of the wash. The first part of the wash was not particularly fossiliferous but we had perhaps a mile or two to go to Seven Springs, so I was warning Todd not to pick up too many fossils. And yes that big plate was beautiful, but too heavy to carry out - that is what hammers are for... :-) The day was beautiful and each corner drew us around another. Paul and Laura had gone up the wash. And there were plates that just weren't going to come back with us. But the siren's call of more fossils to be found just kept us going... But this worn Fisherite showing the side structure was one I just had to have! We rounded one bend to see wild morning glories blooming against the gleaming white rocks of the Galena Formation. We were back in pretty far and hit a very fossilierous wall. I was on a mission and just had to keep going to find Seven Springs - was it real or not? Todd was happy to be left there. :-) The next corner of the wash called to me, and the next, and the next... I ran across the tracks of a large white tail and knew I must be near water. Finally! The first of Seven Springs! My mission had paid off! Seven Springs! So serene and beautiful! I had dropped my backpack back by Todd and so fossil hunting my way back was only what I could stuff into my fly fishing vest. When I finally got back, Paul and Laura had hiked down the wash to see what the old folks were up too. :-) Continued...
  10. Two Trilobites for ID Please

    Ordovician Stewartville member of the Galena Formation Southeast Minnesota And the gal who found it! Would love some IDs on these. I could take a stab at it from this page of Robert Sloan's book, but would like other eyes on these. I believe both are complete, what do you think? Thanks for looking! :-D
  11. BONE SE MN

    What is this bone? Found in sand pit SW of Rochester MN
  12. Howdy All Nov. 4, 5, 6 2016 Any who would like to hunt fossils in Southeast Minnesota are welcome to come meet at my place - Whispering Winds, 505 W. Park St., Spring Valley, MN. Spring Valley is 10 miles north of the Iowa line on Hwy. 63/16. Raggedy Man (trilobite hunter) is coming from Wisconsin and the more the merrier! We've had two torrential downfalls with major flooding in the last 30 days, so lots of fresh fossils out there. Go to my fossil blog (link below) and take a look at the category "Fillmore County Hunts". A map of Spring Valley which pinpoints my place is in the Educational Tours tab on the bar. Weather forecast is for highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s with SUNSHINE! We've had two hard frosts so the bugs and snakes are down and so are many of the weeds! FREE CAMPING! Parking in the pasture. My upstairs is currently empty but suited for guests with a queen size memory foam bed - first come first serve. :-D I have fossil hunting maps for Fillmore County and Winona County in my fossil barn. I have fossil prep areas in that barn open to TFF members. This is FREE, FUN, Fossil Hunting!!!