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  1. Michigan rest stop

    Just beforehand my exit on the highway, I really needed to use the restroom, and pulled off at a rest area. This was quite lucky, since there was a very large piece of shale sitting in front. The whole thing was a giant hash plate. It was heavily weathered though and there were a bunch of fragments strewn around. I ended up finding quite a few nice pieces in the debris on the ground. Here's the rock and a closeup.
  2. How I Found Fossils in the Snow

    The cabin fever I’ve had the last couple months finally drove me mad. Inspired by the posts of @KimTexan, @FranzBernhard, @Al Tahan, and @Calico Jack. I decided to brave the snow and cold and attempt a new place that I had been contemplating visiting for several months now. This was not the easiest time to be hunting and probably not the safest thing to do as I haven’t seen a lot of the fossils in the formation, the entire outcrop may be under a foot of snow, and adding snow to any fossil trip is inherently more dangerous. But I tried to insure the highest chance of success and safety and I will now share my experience with this. I don’t claim to be a professional and I don’t claim this is safe, if you attempt to hike and hunt fossils in the snow you do so at your own risk. Since, I didn’t know what exactly the fossils looked like, I had only glimpsed at a couple specimens in a couple local museums. I took to the internet for any pictures I could find. I found this thread This website http://www.ammonoid.com/Manning.html This paper https://emp.byui.edu/STRICKLAND/fossil.pdf And various examples for sale that I won’t link here. I just basically looked at anything and everything from the formation to get a sense of what the fossils looked like. To make sure I was going to the right location I looked at geologic maps via the apps I have listed here I looked land ownership maps like this one https://platmap.trustlands.utah.gov/ and this one https://blm-egis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6f0da4c7931440a8a80bfe20eddd7550 And a couple other more site specific maps to double check. I also looked at a topographic map of the area with geologic maps overlaid https://geology.utah.gov/apps/intgeomap/index.html# Sattelite images from https://www.google.com/earth/ and roadmaps like this one https://www.google.com/maps I knew I may not have cellular reception so I brought a Garmin eTrex GPS as my field instrument along with extra batteries. I also brought a rugged Brunton compass in case my batteries all died. Some tips: Research how the area generally is during winter. Look up depths of snow in the area if available, any road closures, if available, where snow plows will plow in the event of a snow storm, take a look at the weather forecast, look up roads or trails you will use as escape routes during snow storms, etc. Having camped in the snow and have done a decent amount of winter sports like ice fishing, I know how to dress warm. Remember more layers is better. It’s better to have to remove layers than add some because you may not have any extra clothes to add. On the other hand, try not to break a sweat as that sweat will cool you down very quickly and may put you at risk of hypothermia. Make sure to bring And ALWAYS notify someone where you are going, when you are going, how long you will probably be, what you will be doing there, and if needed how you are getting there. FOR MORE TIPS refer to this handy guide by the Boy Scouts http://www.boyscouttrail.com/library/wintercampingtips.asp This article from Backpacker https://www.backpacker.com/skills/beginner/winter-camping And this article from Backcountry https://www.backcountry.com/explore/winter-camping-101-gear-tips-for-staying-warm
  3. Brachiopods or leaves?

    How’s everybody doing? I’ve got some fossils I need ID’d. They are from the Manning Canyon Shale in Utah. They are Late Mississippian/Early Pennsylvanian in age. Thanks!
  4. Sometimes the name just fits

    I made another day at my favorite hunting site. A cold and wet day. Didnt score anything really noticable, but this fat boy : Ectillaenus giganteus, who is actually "giganteus", complete and not that streched !
  5. The Republic of Washington

    PALEOALLIUM BILLGENSELI GEN. ET SP. NOV.: FOSSIL MONOCOT REMAINS FROM THE LATEST EARLY EOCENE REPUBLIC FLORA, NORTHEASTERN WASHINGTON STATE, USA Kathleen B. Pigg,1,* Finley A. Bryan,† and Melanie L. DeVore‡ Int. J. Plant Sci. 179(6):477–486. 2018. Pigg-Bryan-DeVore-lagerstUSAcenozoi2018-Paleoallium.pdf IMHO a nice marriage of paleontology and neontology,and pretty well illustrated,too RECOMMENDED
  6. Double Ectillaenus Giganteus

    From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Double Ectillaenus Giganteus from the ordovician shale south of Rennes France, found in spring 2018
  7. Finished this summer score

    Took some time to be done, but it was more about alot of small operations, than endless hours of pneumatic pen. All in all, the more time spent was with the dremel polishing the matrix. Before : Only operation before the picture was an emergency glueing on the field. Some time it s better to do this on the field, sometimes you better packed the different part of the puzzle home, clean them and glue them home. This time it was on the field. Then a bit of small chisel and a bit of pneumatic pen. Then a lot of dremel that will give the grey aspect to the matrix Then a bit of scalpel to remove a bit of matrix from the caudal spine. Then a bit of cutter to save one of the eodal' eyes from the counterpart. Then a bit of glue to set the said eye. And here we are :
  8. From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Association of Ectillaenus giganteus and Eodalmanitina Sp - before preparation (except it has been glued on the field.
  9. From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Eodalmanitina sp and Ectillaenus Giganteus association - detail : eodalmanitina : caudal spine has been cleaned a bit and an eyes reglued from the counterpart.
  10. From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Eodalmanitina sp and Ectillaenus Giganteus association from the ordovician shale south of Rennes/ France, collected in august 2018, finished in december 2018
  11.  Acrocoelites gracilis

    From the album Holzmaden

    A 12 cm long Acrocoelites gracilis from the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden (Lower Jurassic, Posidonia Shale).
  12. Selenopeltis sp

    From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Selenopeltis sp, a very rare trilobite found in the ordovician of La Dominelais during autumn 2018.
  13. Salterocoryphe salteri salteri

    From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Salterocoryphe salteri salteri, a trilobite found in the ordovician of La Dominelais during autumn 2018.
  14. Pennsylvanian Flora

    It was about a month ago that I attended a wedding in Ohio. There was a free afternoon for me to do a little exploring. So I took a short one hour road trip to Ambridge, Pa. I had no tools to use other than a carpenter's hammer that I borrowed. Had I been prepared to split shale with the proper equipment, my results would have been much better. Pennsylvanian, Dutch Creek Formation flora exists in the shale cliffs across the Ohio River from Ambridge, along Route 51( a 4 lane highway) as you cross the bridge. It is a very safe area to collect since barriers are in place to prevent rock slides onto the road. This keeps you separated from the heavy traffic on the road. Here are typical fossils found at this site.
  15. Hello there, Since the start of summer i had te opportunity to pay a few visit to 2 ordovician trilo sites. All in all, the hunts had been snarge good in both places. The faunas are about the same. I had a few days off work lately so i could spend some time cleaning them. To start with a few Colpocoryphe rouaulti from both sites : I hope you en joy those littel guys. More to come.
  16. Prep project 1 Neseuretus tristani

    From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Prep project 1 Neseuretus tristani, a trilobite as it was discovered in the ordovician of La Dominelais during autumn 2018. Circled one of the cheek poping out the nodule.
  17. Prep project 1 Neseuretus tristani

    From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Prep project 1 Neseuretus tristani, a trilobite as it was discovered in the ordovician of La Dominelais during autumn 2018. Circled the pygidium poping out the nodule
  18. Rolled up Neseuretus tristani - view 2

    From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Rolled up Neseuretus tristani - view 2, a trilobite found in the ordovician of La Dominelais during autumn 2018.
  19. Rolled up Neseuretus tristani - view 1

    From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Rolled up Neseuretus tristani - view 1, a trilobite found in the ordovician of La Dominelais during autumn 2018.
  20. Neseuretus tristani - 7

    From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Neseuretus tristani, a trilobite found in the ordovician of La Dominelais during autumn 2018.
  21. From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Neseuretus tristani lying on a belerophon gastropod, a trilobite found in the ordovician of La Noe Blanche during summer 2018.
  22. Neseuretus tristani - 5

    From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Neseuretus tristani, a trilobite found in the ordovician of La Dominelais during autumn 2018.
  23. Neseuretus tristani - 4

    From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Neseuretus tristani, a trilobite found in the ordovician of La Noe Blanche during summer 2018.
  24. Neseuretus tristani - 3

    From the album La Dominelais / La Noe Blanche - automnal prep - a few more to join the trilo army

    Neseuretus tristani, a trilobite found in the ordovician of La Noe Blanche during summer 2018.
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