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Found 10 results

  1. Semionotus sp. Part and Counterpart

    Partial Semionotus sp. - part and counterpart. Nearly complete - missing caudal fin. Species indeterminate - possibly S. micropterus? Early Jurassic, Shuttle Meadow Formation. Connecticut.
  2. Complete Semionotus

    A complete specimen of the Early Jurassic holostean fish, Semionotus sp. - Species indeterminate - possibly S. micropterus? This was found on plate with 2 other partial individuals. East Berlin Formation of Connecticut. Unusually good preservation of the fish from this site. The skull is weathered and dephosphatized, due to previous exposure to the elements. I found this plate on 09/14/2014.
  3. They were out there somewhere, we knew they were. We knew from the start this wouldn't be easy. Or pleasant. We had seen them before, but this was different. Everything was different. These fish had been underground for longer than anyone could remember. It was our job to bring them out and we knew from experience they'd never come out alive. Tim aka Fossildude19 was the hardened sleuth. He'd been here many times. Mike aka Pagurus was newer to the game but just as determined. The day was dry and hot, but our search area centered around a mudhole in the ground. They say if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging, but we were on a mission. We couldn't go home empty-handed. While Tim applied his shovel several yards away, on a secret mission, Mike foolishly hopped into the mudhole. The mud was as thin as a can of turkey gravy watered down to feed a dozen unexpected guests. Mike searched the hole for the elusive shale and began expanding the hole. As the mudhole widened, it filled with overhanging dirt. More shale was exposed. A good thing. The mud got muddier. Not so good. Mike got closer and closer to his quarry and with the now sticky mud up to his elbows and dripping into his work boots he pried the shale loose from its lair. The mud-caked shale was piled on drier land and Mike crawled out of his hole. Tim, an accomplished shale-splitter, was invited to help with the splitting. There's always a fellow fisherman, with the same bait and tackle as his buddies, who catches twice as many fish. While Mike split his share of the shale and found a few scales, a few plant pinules and a few coprolites, Tim the fossildude found this fish: Tim the Generous handed the fish to Mike to work on at home and to add to his collection. Thank you Tim! Here are the results, an almost complete Semionotus. Success! It's a small fish, about 3 1/4 inches long. Oh, and Tim also decided to hop into the hole, wisely covering the mud with a drop cloth first. It helped a little. Edit: I forgot some important details. Found in Connecticut, Early Jurassic, Shuttle Meadow Formation, Newark Supergroup.
  4. Semionotus tail and fins

    From the album Fossildude's Jurassic Fish Fossils

    Partial back end of a Semionotus sp. Caudal, dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins are present. Early Jurassic, (Hettangian) Shuttle Meadow Formation. Connecticut. Also, note the Otozamites brevifolis pinnule, and the Diplurus longicaudatus coprolite just above the tail.

    © © 2014 Tim Jones

  5. Bookended Semionotus sp.

    From the album Fossildude's Jurassic Fish Fossils

    Partial Semionotus sp. part and counterpart. Early Jurassic, Shuttle Meadow Formation. Connecticut.

    © © 2014 Tim Jones

  6. A Few Recent Finds

    Hello all. Haven't had much time to hunt, as life has been getting in the way. I have only been out 5 or 6 times so far this year, and only 3 times to my regular fishing hole. (Early Jurassic, Shuttle Meadow Formation, Connecticut.) My hole in the ground had caved in/slumped down over the winter, and with the spring rains, I have not had a lot of opportunity to get out to this spot. Each time I found a few things, while spending the majority of my time removing dirt from the cave-ins. The most notable find from the previous two trips was from the beginning of June. A Semionotus sp., missing the tail and the lower third of it's skull and body. Well, I had a chance to get out for a few hours this past Sunday, to hunt my Shuttle Meadow formation stomping grounds, with Pagurus. I arrived slightly earlier than Mike did, as he had a long drive, and I am much closer. I arrived around 7:20 am, and commenced to digging some of the rubble from the winter/spring cave-ins.It was a pleasant day, but the digging induced much sweating, as the temperature climbed with the humidity. Within about 15-20 minutes of digging, I uncovered a likely looking piece of shale, that must have been in the slumped material. I split it on the side, but it broke down the middle as I struck the shale with my trusty Estwing rock hammer. I commenced to splitting the 1st half - nothing notable. Then, I split the second half, and was rewarded by the sight of a lovely fish,... another Semionotus sp. this time, nearly complete, and only missing it's tail. Continued...
  7. Counterpart to Semiontus sp.

    From the album Fossildude's Jurassic Fish Fossils

    Counterpart to Semionotus sp. Early Jurassic, Shuttle Meadow Formation. Connecticut. Found as is, on June 29, 2014.

    © © 2014 Tim Jones

  8. Semionotus sp

    From the album Fossildude's Jurassic Fish Fossils

    Semionotus sp. (possibly S. micropterus?) Early Jurassic, Shuttle Meadow Formation. Connecticut

    © © 2014 Tim Jones

  9. Fossil fish common to CT.

    From the album Fossildude's Jurassic Fish Fossils

    Composite of reconstructions of the fossil fish I commonly find. These are the most commonly found genera in the Shuttle Meadow Fm.

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