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  1. Another trip to Etobicoke Creek, this time near Sherway Drive. There were lots of nice things, but quite the same as usual, so I concentrated on looking through the gravel for smaller pieces and ended up with a box of knick-knacks to explore. As usual, my wife found all the interesting items. At one point I picked up a rock and got surprised by a little snake. He was really steamed. We had a delightfully relaxing outing.
  2. A trip to Etobicoke Creek

    Yesterday I visited Etobicoke creek (west end of Toronto) which exposes the ordovician Georgian Bay formation. The creek was abundant with trace fossils and plates of preserved ripples, as well as small orthocone nautiloids.
  3. Shale fossil print

    Hello! I found this odd looking fossil the other day on a river bank in Toronto after splitting the shale. It seems to be possibly be a coal imprint of some sort. Not too sure what it might be. Let me know what you guys think: Thanks for the help!! -Em
  4. Hello fine fossil folks, I will be in Toronto this weekend (Friday night, Saturday night, leave Sunday) with my wife Visiting her aunts, uncles and cousins for a baby shower. Now that we are married they are my family too!! We go to Toronto pretty often now so I figured I’d better get used to some of the local geology/paleontology. Ive seen a few people post some nice Toronto trips. Anyone interested in getting out in the field this weekend? I don’t know when but I imagine my wife will tell me I can get lost for a few hours fossil hunting if I ask nicely . Hope to hear back! I’ll keep this thread going and add to it should I get out there collecting and decide to post the trip. Al
  5. ID for possible coral cross section

    Heyo! I had one more fossil I was looking to get an ID for and it looks to me like it might be a cross section of some kind of coral. It is rather faint so it might actually be nothing but I figured id give it a shot here as you guys are much better at ID than I am (until I catch up!) /\ Main pciture. /\ Here is a little closer showing the details. /\ Cross-section in case its needed. Thanks for help as usual, you guys are always great!! -Em
  6. Heyo! Found on the river banks of Humber river in Toronto, Canada I came across this rock this weekend and I was not sure if it was anything special or just a peculiar shaped rock. After some hesitation I decided to pick it up just in case. It has a very distinct wave looking shape to it and the texture on the 'wavy' surface seems rather fossil-esque but I wasn't sure as the cross section doesn't seem to show much of anything. If I had to take a guess I would say its either a coral or maybe its an imprint of some-kind? Let me know what you think If its anything worth keeping or just random rocks: /\ These two pictures show the general shape and size of the piece. /\ These two pictures show the close-up texture on the surface of both sides. /\ This is the side/cross section. Thanks for the help! -Em
  7. Hi all! I managed to go on 3 large fossil hunting trips this weekend and pulled in easily the BIGGEST haul so far with the most variety as well! The first two pictures were from Mimico creek and the rest were a mix of Humber river and a separate section of Mimico creek. I managed to pull in my second trilobite from the area so that was very exciting! Also pulled a bunch of stuff that I was not able to identify: /\ This was the haul from last Friday night /\ This is the trilobite I found!!! Very excited to have a second one - its been a while since the last one I found /\ This was the full haul for the weekend trip at Mimico and Humber /\ Some Orthoconic Nautiloids as usual. Although it seems that this isn't just the same species I usually find as some of the patterns were much smoother than what I usually find A couple decent looking Crinoid stalks /\ /\ Lots of different shells this time, with a nice range of lined shells as well as 'mussel' looking shells (don't know the scientific names for these ones yet - sorry :/) /\ A close-up of the real nicely defined deathbed of TONS of shells! Unfortunately the hammer I used for cracking bounced off this rock and mashed my thumb in so that wasn't very fun. But its healing up nicely so I'd say it was worth it haha /\ Variety different sizes of coral (if you guys could help me identify which type that would be sweet!) /\ These were the weird ones. I'm not even sure if these are even fossils but I figured I might as well take em just in case - better safe than sorry!! (I am posting these two in identification later!) I was very proud of this haul! Lots of diversity compared to the usual hunt which is nice because I'm kind of getting a little tired of the mountains of Nautiloids we have piling up in the collection Let me know what you guys think of these ones!!! -Em
  8. Toronto creek - big haul

    Location: Etobicoke creek, Toronto, CA Date collected: July 27th, 2019 Hello! I pulled in a whole bunch of fossils along the Etobicoke creek (a little bit further north compared to my last trip - almost same location though). LOTS of Orthoconic Nautiloids (as usual), a couple different bivalves and a few crinoid fragments. This is the nautiloid haul. The top right one doesn't look like much but there are about 5 or 6 nautiloids embedded in the matrix! I'm considering learning how to clean up the fossils so that I can show it off in all its glory! These are the bivalves and other stuff collected. These are two separate MASSIVE chunks of monster Nautiloids (~5cm in diameter) - hopefully I can clean this one up as it would make a veryyy nice shelf piece! Closeup on the full bivalve, I've never really found a complete bivalve with both shells in one clump like this before (correct me if its actually just a lame rock - I could be wrong). I thought this one was really interesting: notice the dark brown, lined layer just under the rocky outer layer? I've seen a good lot of Orthoconic Nautiloids but I haven't seen a layer like this before. Maybe its nothing but I thought it might be worth looking into - let me know if you guys have any info, or what you think! Anyways thats what I pulled in this past weekend! I'd say its a decent haul, not my nicest stuff but still a good lot. -Em
  9. Hello everyone! On Monday, I found a beautiful Treptoceras crebriseptum orthoconic nautiloid in a huge rock at Mimico Creek in the Etobicoke/Toronto area (Georgian Bay Formation, Upper Ordovician). It has been suggested that I might have a complete specimen, so I was hoping that someone out there might be able to let me know if this is the case or not. Here are some pictures... Whole specimen: Close-up of the base of the specimen (specimen has been turned over) - note that it is smoothly rounded and shows no septa - is this the fossilized living chamber of the animal? Close up of the tip of the specimen - note that it seems to end before the rock edge - is this the very tip of the animal? Close up of the piece that shattered off the tip of the specimen - note that it also seems to end before the rock edge: Thanks for your help!!! Monica
  10. Identifying lined protrusions fossil

    Hello! (Sorry in advanced for posting so much in the last few days, just discovered this community and I have so many unidentified fossils accumulated over the years!) We found some rocks on the side of a river in Toronto with weird looking protrusions and I honestly don't even know where to start with these ones, take a look: Thanks in advanced for your time (and paleontology skill)! -Em
  11. Hello! Just wanted to show off some VERY nice fossils (by our standards) I found this past weekend in Etobicoke creek right around the border of Mississauga/Toronto! Me and my dad decided to get back in the groove for some fossil hunting and spent a while biking off road until we came across the mother-of-all rock deposits (by Toronto standards). I posted a couple pictures of the big/best finds below, sorry I didn't have a ruler on me for reference so Canadian currency will have to do for those not from Canada: *To make the lives of those outside of Canada slightly easier: 2$ (multi-tone) coin is 2.8cm, 1$ (loon) coin is 2.65cm and quarter (horse) coin is 2.381cm* For the very last one, we were not able to carry them home on our bikes so they were left there - maybe someone from the forums could pick it up for themselves? Let me know what you think of these finds! We were pretty proud for not having done a dig in a very long time. -Em
  12. Hi everyone!!! I had the afternoon to myself today because William and Viola are at day camps this week and my husband was busy, so I decided to check out Mimico Creek (Georgian Bay Formation, Upper Ordovician) by myself for a couple of hours. I didn't make many finds, but the finds I did make were super-amazing (by my standards, anyway ). As I was walking along the creek when I first arrived, I was checking out the wall of rock when I noticed a pattern: After gently prying out the rock, this is what I found: Hooray!!!!!!!!!! My first Flexicalymene granulosa!!!!!!!!!! For those of you who have read my trip reports and ID requests in the past, especially when I first started fossil-hunting in 2016, I always went out hoping to find a trilobite, and today I succeeded!!!!!!!!!! I then spent about an hour mucking about, not finding much, when I decided to hammer a big slab of rock that had some worn bivalves on the surface. Lo and behold, hidden underneath that layer of rock was the most beautiful Treptoceras crebriseptum orthoconic nautiloid that I had ever seen!!!!!!!!!! The bottom part of the fossil doesn't appear to have septal divisions, and it's a little flatter than the rest of the fossil - could it be the living chamber?!?!?! I cannot believe my luck today - this has been my best day of fossil-hunting in the Toronto area in the past 3 years!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!! I do have to play it cool at home, though - I don't want Viola to be disappointed that she missed out (I haven't yet told her what I did today - it'll be a secret for a while). @JUAN EMMANUEL @Wrangellian @Ludwigia @Malcolmt - I thought you might like to see
  13. Hello! I have been fossil hunting on and off for the last 10 years, although I would consider myself rather inexperienced in terms of fossil names and general knowledge. Anyways my dad and I found a very odd looking fossil on the river banks of Humber river in Toronto, Ontario, CA. We had no clue what it was and decide to bring it to the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) to see if one of the fossil guides could identify it - they surprisingly had no clue what it was either. Anyways, I was wondering if someone could help me identify what it might be? I attached a couple pictures below showing scale and some of the details of the specimen: (last picture is underside) *measurements are in centimeters* Thanks in advance for the help! -Em
  14. Predation Marks on Hebertella?

    Hi guys so I have this Hebertella occidentalis specimen I collected yesterday from the Credit River at Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario, which belongs to the Upper Member of the Georgian Bay Formation. Do these look like predation marks? There are also what appears to some crystallized grains inside these marks and I think they could be some sort of calcite. Sorry for the noisy grain of the image, but I hope this will help.
  15. A 15cm fossil from "Nautiloid Alley" alongside the creek in Long Branch, Ontario. Also separate images from a "two-fer". For some reason, one sometimes encounters 2 or 3 close together in the same medium sized rock.
  16. Hi everyone, I found some interesting fossils/stones today, its around 8 cm each in length. Can anyone identify them? Thanks a lot!
  17. Fossil ID please

    Hi everyone, I found an interesting piece of stone today at a road construction site. May I ask if someone can tell me more about the possible species and age of this stone? Thank you very much!
  18. Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum and fossil hunt. I found a fossil in Toronto area near a road construction site. It looks like some kind of insect. May I ask if someone could identify the ID of this fossil for me please? Thank you very much!
  19. Ontario Ordovician conular items

    I've received a couple nice Upper Ordovician additions to my collection courtesy of @JUAN EMMANUEL and I'm finally posting them now... (Thanks Juan!) First, is this Tentaculites or Cornulites? I wish I could get better pics. Manitoulin Fm, Hamilton, ON.
  20. Hi guys, I visited Mimico Creek 2 days after the Canadian Thanksgiving this October which also happened to be a really hot day, which was perfect for exploring. During my time hunting the Georgian Bay Formation of Toronto I would come across these exposures that look “folded”. Does anyone happen to know as to what this really is? Here is a pic I took on that trip I mentioned to show as an example. I would find the same distortion in other parts of Toronto, not just in Mimico Creek, but also in places like along the Humber River and Etobicoke Creek.
  21. Rusophycus osgoodii

    From the album Urban Fossils of Toronto (Georgian Bay Formation, Lower Member)

    Rusophycus osgoodii (author unknown). Found in the Humber River area, Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario. Georgian Bay formation, Lower Member. Late Ordovician. Trilobite burrow on a limestone with other trace fossils. Dime shown to show approximate size.
  22. Hello there! Yesterday, Roger @Ludwigia dropped by for a visit, and we spent the day together checking out my local haunts with Viola. The day started with some coffee and brownies, as well as lovely German gifts from Roger: a Macrocephalites sp. ammonite for Viola (I don't have a picture of it because it's up in her room) and a Brasilia bradfordensis ammonite with a hitchhiking bivalve on the back of the matrix for me!!! See pictures below: We then piled into my car and drove to our first spot: Mimico Creek in Toronto. The fossils here are from the Georgian Bay Formation (Upper Ordovician). Here's a picture of Roger and Viola checking out the site... And one of Roger wielding his hammer... Since I'm still nursing my "fossil elbow", I didn't want to hammer anything; instead, I scraped into the wall of rock and I'm happy to say that I found a couple of sweet little bivalves: one with its two valves partly open (too bad that it's not complete) and another one with some nice ornamentation visible on its shell... @Wrangellian - what do you think? Roger did a little exploring and found some fossiliferous rock further up the wall - I collected two fairly big pieces of this type of rock and, lo and behold, they contained a bunch of brachiopods and their imprints (along with some other goodies)... @Tidgy's Dad - I thought you might like to see them
  23. I found the first two of these pictures in the river bed of Etobicoke creek, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the final picture is of one I found at the lakefront of marie curtis beach park. I have tried looking online and read they might be from ordivican? but I really have no idea! new to fossiling -- but definitely interested in learning more!
  24. Ordovician bryozoan

    I pulled this one out of a creek bed a couple weeks ago but cant narrow it down. Any ideas? Its from the Georgian Bay fm (Upper Ordovician) Forgot to add: the specimen is ~5cm/2 inches in length
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