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  1. Well I was going to add on to my post from 2 days ago, but I just decided to do a new one since it is a second visit to Murray County, Georgia to collect Cambrian trilobites from the Conasauga Formation. Today was another great days in the 80’s and it is nice to collect underneath the bridge, since you are in shade the whole time. Since my brother had to work today, I collected by myself, as I usually do. If members have not seen the area from previous posts, I will add some below that I took today. Here is a view from on top, prior heading to the collecting site. The next view is looking up at steep climb to get back to the top. Here is the collecting area. And a view of the Conasauga River, it is very low. Here are a few of my finds from today, I like to take more pics, but since I do it in the field, and cutting pieces down to size, it takes away time from collecting. Aphelaspis brachyphasis Here is a a great piece with 7 trilobites. Some of the really little ones ones are preserved very nicely. I also collected matrix to take home so I can work on it in the winter.
  2. Conasauga Shale

    Made it down to the Conasauga Shale as the last of 10 sites on a 4-state, 6-time-period collecting expedition in mid-august. I'll post reports on the other sites (as well as other trips earlier in the summer) later. I elected not to split shale on-site and just collected shale for splitting in a controlled environment. I'm only interested in trilobites that still have the exoskeleton (rather than just impressions). I gently tap the shale until I see a fine crack in a bedding plane and then carefully pry it apart with an Xacto knife. The exoskeletons usually have a hollow space above and below them and are terribly fragile. One must hope that all the exoskeleton ends up on one side of the split. Any still unexposed require tedious removal of matrix under a scope with a fine needle while trying to avoid poking through the exoskeleton into the hollow space underneath. I wick consolidant under the exoskeleton to prevent it from flaking off. Even blowing on it can knock it off. Here are the keepers.
  3. While visiting family in Georgia, I decided to take my older brother on a Cambrian Bug Hunt. There is no better place to go than a little exposure in Murray County, Georgia that lies under a bridge and next to the beautiful Conasauga River. The Upper Cambrian (Aphelaspis Zone) trilobites found here include Aphelaspis brachyphasis, and Agnostoids, among others. This is a relatively small exposure and depending on the height of the river, it can make the exposure that much smaller or not accessible at all. I was down her in May on my way back from Sanibel Island and I was not able to collect due to river conditions. The other thing that is small with this site is parking, if cars are parked correctly, you can fit 2, but no more that that. I also collect early and leave as much room as possible for any other collectors. Here are a couple pictures of the collecting area and the steep and often slippery descent. We were were only able to stay for two hours due to the fact that my brother got injured, but I will touch on that at the end. Here are some of my finds, I also collected matrix to work on later. Aphlelaspis brachyphasis Aphelaspis brachyphasis and a Agnostoid portion. Besides the mudstone, trilobites are also found in a harder grey shale. Here is a very large portion I found on the ground ( 35 pounds) and I will work on this piece at home. As you can see, there are trilobites found in it and many times they have excellent preservation. One handy tool to have there is this folding hacksaw, it allows me to trim pieces in the field for easier storage. As I stated above, my brother had an accident, really a slip and fall. Besides watching how you go up and down to your car, you have to watch the loose matrix. He went to adjust how he was sitting and the loose matrix caused him to slip. It appears he broke or dislocated his left pinky finger and we left so he could go to Urgent Care. Be careful collecting anywhere.
  4. Clermont l'Hérault

    Hi everybody, today is a sunny day here and all the past week was sunny. I was in holidays on the boarders of the lake Salagou, which means in occitan (spoken in the south of France) salted taste. This lake is artificial and represent a good reserve of water for the cultures and for the fight against fires. It's soil is from the Permian and composed of red ruffes : clays very rich in oxides of iron.
  5. Hello, I have been a long time member of the fossil forum, but I have never posted before. I live in south Florida and I am planning on making a trip up to northwestern Georgia, northeastern Alabama, and southeastern Tennessee for two or three days and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on fossil hunting sites in the region. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  6. A nice article about the history and evolution of the Moroccan trilobite industry. Don't miss the links at the bottom of the column that list Moroccan trilobites by geologic age. https://www.amnh.org/our-research/paleontology/paleontology-faq/trilobite-website/trilobite-localities/a-moroccan-trilobite-sojourn/ (Thanks to @Tidgy's Dad for kindly proofing the article and verifying that, overall, it is a fair representation of Morocco's trilobite industry. )
  7. Great Basin Museum

    If you've ever been through Delta, UT, on your way to the UDig site, you probably weren't too impressed with the town. It's a sleepy, almost catatonic, town of about 5,000 if memory serves. Just big enough to provide the basics of food, lodging, and gas as well as some community activities for the predominately farming families. (And a place I have seriously considered retiring too ) But, turns out they have a pretty cool little museum there. I have not visited said museum in person (didn't know it existed the handful of times I passed through) but stumbled across it on the internet. You may find something there you like, but I am mainly posting this for the Harris Fossil Collection they have. They have a very nice photo gallery which is what the link is to. But don't stop there. I also suggest you take a look at their "Articles" section. The area has connections to C.D. Walcott and "Dinosaur" Jim Jensen and also has articles about local history. http://greatbasinmuseum.com/index.php/photo-galleries/gallery/5-harris-collection-fossils#fwgallerytop
  8. Planning a fossil hunting trip to the Gold Point, Nevada. Anyone have specific fossil locations? Dan
  9. Hello, I have a box with trilobites from Czech Republic, cambrium .Here are some pictures, if anyone is in for a trade, send me a pm please Postage from Belgium
  10. Quick VT trilobite hunt!

    I’ve been on vacation in the northeast, and I pestered my parents till I got to fossil hunt a few times. All those years of honing my complaining skills payed off! Anyway, I’m doing these reports out of order, but I’ll start with my last one. I went to a site suggested by the amazingly generous and knowledgeable @Cluros . It is crown point formation, and is one of the many islands. The site had a dark shale that was mainly unfossiliferous that I searched through a bit confused for twenty minutes or so. Then I found my first trilobite cross section in a hard limestone or dolomite. After that, the hunt was on! for about fourth five minutes(I was only permitted an hour to hunt) I searched an eroding bank and the stones which were pouring off it. Strangely enough, whereas many Paleozoic sites are full of brachiopods with the occasional trilobite, the trend is reversed here with trilobite pieces being one of the more common fossils. I ended up not finding any beautiful or even prep worthy specimens, not because they aren’t there but because of my limited time and unkeen eyes. I did find some sizable fragments though, including my largest trilobite to date! Here are my finds, please correct me on any incorrect IDs. This might take a while: monster partial trilo! For me this things massive, I love this guy
  11. Trilobites!

    I washed up another plate from my dig site in southern Ohio and found two extremely visible trilobites encased. Upon closer review I found nine other smaller trilobites within the plates in varying positions. Along with some smaller impressions. Plate is 25 cm in length and 14.5 cm wide. I'm not sure abrasion is the way to get them out or just leaving them in there is a better way to appreciate the awesomeness. I've never found this many in one sampling. This is the fourth time I've found them at a certain segment of my site. I have one whole one as well that was loose in the soil. I tested the CLR on another plate with nothing but Bryzoa and Brachiopods and as long as the exposure was time controlled I was able to breakdown much of the matrix to and then use abrasion to remove much of the rock.... I'm a little skeptical to do that with this set of fossils. Thoughts?! I get jazzed when I find Trilobites.
  12. Nice video about Scandinavian trilobites which contain well preserved features. Good images and lecture in video including trilobite which died molting and a baby trilobite.
  13. Went out for a few days with the family and did some fossil hunting at Schoharie Creek with some pleasant surprises. I searched mostly in some eroded cliffs and had the best luck by using weathered shells to find a productive layer. I then carefully started splitting. I found a lot of marine life that is very similar to what is found at the Deep Springs rd. quarry in NY. Greenops pygidiums were common and I found what I think are crinoid stems. Also present were what I think are some Cephalopod Orthoconic forms and some cool bivalves.
  14. Hi, I'm concerned that these four trilobites may be fakes. I bought them a long time ago by a guy, who claimed they were genuine. Some of them, especially the Psychopyge, almost looks too good to be real. But I wanna know what other people think. Thanks.
  15. Briggs Road 7/29/18

    I have finally got a chance to get back to do a hunt, in the Devonian of New York. It seems like it has been forever since the last time I hunted for trilos. Aleast a month or two I think? Today I went out with only my youngest child Devin. We only stayed for 2 hours, but this trip certainly got the blood flowing. I went back to Briggs road and hit up the same spot that I have been working on all year. I have to say I am getting very excited buy the size of the specimens that I found today. First thing I found was a Eldredgeops cephalon laying on the ground. Doesn't sound very impressive does it? Well the fact that it measured 4 cm or 1 1/2 inches wide should. Most whole trilos barely reach that size! I found other bigger, then normal partials with a few possible whole ones. The size really gives me an idea that there may be some bigger bugs hiding there than what I had previouly thought. I also found a large partial Greenops Cephalon and partial Greenops thorax and pygidium. Plus two Dipleura cephalons unfortunately they all ended up crumbling from just the short time they sat in the sun. I should of gotten them to the car sooner. Here are pics of just what I brought home. A lot of partials were left behind.
  16. Recently I've been revisiting some local Silurian outcrops. I have a love/hate relationship with these outcrops as they are incredibly difficult to work with, however I secretly enjoy that aspect as well. The fossils represent the Homerian stage just before the Mulde Event, so roughly 422 - 426mya (if I'm not mistaken). For whatever reason, in the Racine formation, Gravicalymene celebra are almost always complete in the molting position and other species usually found disarticulated. The trick is extracting them without destroying them. Sometimes they are found enrolled, though much less common. I have only found two enrolled from this location over the past few years. 1) enrolled Calymene 2) Gravicalymene celebra 3) " 4) " 5) " 6) Sphaerexochus romingeri 7) Pentamerid brachiopod 8) favosites blastoid? 9) Dalmanitid pygidium 10) partial Dalmanites cephalon Close up snaps Sphaerexochus romingeri I believe this is a crinoid cup judging by the shape, but not sure. If anyone has any ideas... and the drum roll... Three species on one plate, Encrinurus pygidium, Dalmanites cephalon and a Calymene on the bottom . Unfortunately, due to the nature of the rock and my lowly prep skills, the only survivor is the Dalmanites. I somehow managed to restore both eyes with the original pieces for a nice "eye-popping" specimen. Thanks for looking . Also, in case you're curious, this entire collection is the result of four trips, not one. About 4-5hours per trip , so about 18-20 hours of collecting. and many more prepping. Cheers
  17. Anyone with knowledge of Northern NY Ordovician trilobites within 2-3 hour radius of Lowville, NY, I would appreciate any advice on sites to search. Please PM any replies, which will be kept confidential. Interested in soft tissue pyritization. Will share success stories with anyone with specific suggestions. Thanks!
  18. Hello. My name is dobare and I used to do a decent amount of fossil hunting on beaches around Maryland. I still do, just not as much. And I've split some rocks a few times also. I'm gong up to Hershey for the weekend and I was hoping to look for a couple of fern fossils and/or trilobites. Are there any in the Hershey/Harrisburg area or surrounding vicinity? Thanks! Feel free to message me. I understand that some sites should remain low-key.. thanks again.
  19. Penn Dixie in the news

  20. Hello everyone, I found this large trilobite pygidium today which is the largest piece of trilobite I have ever found in the area, the pygidium measuring nearly 2 inches long. Judging by the trilobits I usually find I think the area is Devonian as I have trilobits I've previously found I believe are from eldregops and greenops. The problem with this site is it's imported material from somewhere in upstate new york so I'm not 100% percent sure. Though I believe it's devonian I don't know of any species with a pygidium this size personally so would anymore with more expertise help me find an ID of what species this can belong to, I'd love to know since I can't see myself coming across another one of these in the tiny area I get to look in.
  21. From the album Middle Devonian

    Dipleura dekayi trilobite thorax and pygidium) Middle Devonian Skaneateles Formation Delphi Member Hamilton Group Cole Hill Quarry North Brookfield, N.Y.
  22. Penn Dixie

    A number of us are planning on meeting up at Penn Dixie on Saturday and Sunday, if you are in the neighborhood come pay us a visit Malcolmt Quarryman Dave DevonianDigger
  23. July 5th Western NY Hunt

    Hello fossil friends, Once again, I was in western New York for my annual 4th of July family get together. I was able to get out for a short hunt on July 5th, thanks to my wife and my cousin and her kids. I got up at 5:45 am, got on the road by 6:00 am, and traveled the hour to my usual spot of choice. I arrived to the site around 7:00 am. I have been coming here for many years, and I don't think I've ever not found something interesting there. I only hunted from 7:10 am til 11:20 am. I took a break to meet up with my cousin and her kids for a guided fossil hunt. Can't really hunt when being called hither and yon to check out the latest find. All in all, though, I didn't do too bad, for the short time I put in. First, few shots of the creek: I noticed some recent digging in this spot - I knew my friend JeffreyP had been here within the past few days. Unfortunately, I was not able to meet up with him this year at this site. I hoped he had left me some things to find! This is my total haul: Some brachiopods, some partial trilobites, a few gastropods, and some complete/mostly complete trilobites. Close ups to follow ...
  24. Is This Normal for a Trilobite

    So I’m a newb at the fossil stuff. I mean I have fossils and like Jurassic Park as much as the next guy... well a little more maybe. But anyway I was looking through my collection the other day and came across this trilobite I got from my friend a long time ago and it has always anoyed me for some reason. I just don’t know if it’s normal and he broke it or what is going on with it. I thought I’d ask the experts here. Also it’s from a cliff on a beach on Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. Thanks
  25. From the album Middle Devonian

    Dipleura dekayi (coiled trilobite) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road Quarry Lebanon, N.Y.