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Since Saturday was my only day off (Yes, the hottest real-feel <temp +humidity> day of the year so far!) I went fossil/mineral collecting, yard-sailing, thrift shopping, i.e. out for the day. I came across a new to me spot in a borrow pit in Sinking Valley outside of Altoona PA. I believe that this is Ordovican, Coburn Formation. This limey shale falls apart in your hands. I'd really like to know what the curved pointy thing is (both sides shown in 1st pic). Thanks for any help.
Today I drove the great distance of 10 whole miles to collect along a creek. I have known about this location for many, many years but did not know the exact location. I first read about it in the old 1964 Edition of "Fossils in America" written by Jay Ellis Ransom. Though i was only 3 years old when this book came out, it must have been a great edition for any fossil collector in the United States. It does it's best to give the location of fossil collecting sites in every state by County. For the fossils that I was after today, Tentaculities oswegoensis, it mentioned that they were found in Kendall County, and this area is the only location that this species is found at. As luck would have it, I received an e-mail from a fossil buddy who mentioned that he had been out there collecting some and he was able to pin point the location for me. It was along a nice creek, but due to the constant rain that we have been receiving, the creek was high and running fast, but I was able to collect a few examples. I do not know if this is a location that I will visit again, maybe when the creek is down, but it was very close to home and I did have fun. These fossils are supposed to be Upper Ordovician in age and from the Maquoketa Group (446-440 MYO) @Peat Burns / @Tidgy's Dad / @Monica you might enjoy this post. Here are some pictures of the creek and the exposure- Here are some pictures of my finds, first as I picked them up and later with a 1 cm scale cube. With Scale Cube- There are also brachiopods to be found there, here are a couple examples.