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  1. Hello everyone! I found this specimen also in a creek on a walk through a local park north of Pittsburgh. Thinking it may be a burrow fossil, but if it is, was wondering if there is an actual scientific name for it, so I know how to file it away accordingly under the proper name. Found the term Cruziana online, and wondering if this would qualify. Does anyone have any opinions? Or, if it is a burrow, is there any way of narrowing down what might have made it i.e. trilobites/arthropods etc? Details: 1) Found in isolation/there were no other similar pieces nearby. 2) Measures about 8-12 inches long. Burrow notches are about the width of a penny. 3) Again, found in Carboniferous territory in Western Pennsylvania found in a creek. Thanks everyone!
  2. The Confusion Range and the House Range sit in Western Utah. The House Range is farther east closer to Delta, Utah than the Confusion Range. Parts of the Confusion Range are basically on the Utah-Nevada border. Both mountain ranges though have spectacular fossils. The House Range is basically all unfaulted Cambrian age layers and fossils pop up in several of the rock layers there. The Confusion Range, though, is broken up by many faults and everything from the Cambrian to the Triassic is present. Here's a short stratigraphy section marked with the layers we visited. We went to three different sites. A Cambrian site next to U-Dig fossils to sample the Cambrian explosion, and Ordivician site at Fossil Mountain (what better place to find fossils then a mountain named "fossil" mountain) to sample the Great Ordivician Biodiversification Event, and finally a time where 90% of all marine was wiped out, the Permian Period and the Gerster Limestone.
  3. Some very sad news today. It's with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Riccardo Levi-Setti (Physicist and Trilobite specialist) who passed away this morning at the age of 92. He will be missed. RIP Riccardo.
  4. Hi all, Saw this trilobite pair up on auction. Does it seem authentic? Maybe the spines have been added on (or sculpted on)? Also do you think that the two trilobites were found together like this, or is one of them added to the block? These are all the pictures given, and there is no way to contact the seller. Hopefully the pictures are good enough! Thanks in advance, Max
  5. The great looking trilobite @Greg.Wood prepped and posted has raised questions for me. Where did the hard, calcitic, exoskeleton end and the soft under body begin? How was this transition accomplished with a hard mineral? In the below picture of Greg's bug, you will see the segments appear quite flexible. I realize there has been some compression when it was buried, but if the exoskeleton is as rigid as presented in the literature, shouldn't it have broken off rather than bent? The circled area on the left shows a "rind" on the segment. Is this part harder than the rest of the segment? (circled area on the right) Hope someone can point me to some literature. Thanks! @piranha @Kane
  6. As some might have read in a previous topic, I went to visit my girlfriend in Finland. Unfortunatly Finland must be one of the worst places to find fossils in the world, I did manage to find some quartz vains and a few pieces that may or may not be amber (have to do the hot needle test on them first) Even urban fossil hunting is near impossible as pretty much all buildings are made from the fossil-lacking stones that can be found in Finland. The only urban fossils I found was in the Burger King in the Helsinki Central Station, the floor was littered with orthocones there. But Finland really isn't a good place to hunt fossils. But one thing that definitly is a worth a visit is the Finnish Museum of Natural History! It isn't a really big museum, the collection isn't that big, but the way it is presented is very awesome! One of the few musea that nails being modern and educative at the same time without overdoing it. Especially the Taxidermy diorama's were done amazingly. But I will ofcourse start this topic with what I think will interest you guys the most, the Paleontology part of the museum. A mural with Pikaia, Opabinia & Hallucigenia models Trilobites, most of which were found in Aland (Finland), Gotland (Sweden) and other neighboring countries of Finland Trilobites, most of which were found in Aland (Finland), Gotland (Sweden) and other neighboring countries of Finland Orthocone models Graptolites Eurypterid found in Saarermaa in Estonia (Silurian age) Eurypterid model Giant orthocone model
  7. From the album Middle Devonian

    Greenops sp. (trilobite) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton group Deep Springs Road Quarry Lebanon, N.Y.
  8. Roadtrip from NC to GA

    Hey! I might be going on a road trip, from the coast of NC to the Georgia mountains, in search of trilobites. Below is a pic of the fastest way to get there. I'm wondering if anyone could point out fossil spots around the where the Tennesee, Georgia and North Carolina border is as well as any along the rest of the route. Of course this route is not set in stone and I could move it around to accommodate fossil spots. Thanks, Tyler
  9. Mille lacs

    My wife and I will be visiting the Mille Lacs area and possibly the north shore of superior around Thanksgiving. Does anyone know of sites they are willing to share? I always love finding Pleistocene terrestrial teeth and bones, but would also be interested in trilobites. Thanks!
  10. Hello everyone! I'm sorry for the late reply in posting this, but I was busy on the weekend with a course I'm taking, so it took me a few days to get my act together. On Friday, October 12th, 2018, a bunch of TFF members met up at Penn Dixie Fossil Park in Hamburg, New York in order to do some group fossil-hunting for mid-Devonian trilobites and other critters. The members in the pictures that follow are Malcolm @Malcolmt (he's wearing the beige bucket hat), Greg @Greg.Wood (he's in the striped shirt), Ken @digit (he's in the red jacket), Ken's wife Tammy (she's in the blue jacket), my daughter Viola (she's the only child in the group, so she's easy to spot!), Kane @Kane (he's in the black shirt), Kane's partner Deb (she's in the black jacket), and Mike @ischua (he's in the blue touque and green jacket). Diane @Mediospirifer and her husband were there, but I didn't get any pictures with them - so sorry! - perhaps Ken got a few photos... I encourage the others members of the group to add pictures to this thread if they have any, especially pictures of the finds - thanks! Monica The group hard at work: Malcolm using one of his toys to clear off some dust and debris: Greg doing some heavy lifting: Malcolm splitting some rock: continued...
  11. Fossils in Helsinki Finland?

    Hi everyone! In a few days I am going to Helsinki in Finland to visit my girlfriend who is currently studying there. But now was my question, are there any fossils to be found in or around Helsinki? I suppose baltic amber might be found at beaches, but does anyone know of other things or specific places where one could find anything? I won't be taking any digging materials with me, so I am really looking at things you can just pick up like amber, shark teeth, fossilized bivalves or stray fossils in boulders (don't know if it is a proper translation but zwerfsteenfossielen as we call them in Dutch). If anyone known anything that would really be helpfull! Also does anyone know anything about the fossil laws in Finland and does anyone know any fossil or mineral shops in Helsinki? Thanks in advance!
  12. Hi all, i contacted a seller from morocco and he sent me these trilo photos. Watching fine details like eyes etc they seem real but i'm newby and i prefer to ask you. Can you also tell me the average price for that species? thank you
  13. trilobite evolution

    "It seems likely that trilobites were preceded by soft-bodied ancestors: at several localities, sedimentary rocks with trace fossils of trilobite activity underlie the oldest rocks with trilobite body fossils." From http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/arthropoda/trilobita/trilobitafr.html Hello all, I'm looking for papers that support or dispute the above standard line about trilobite ancestors likely having soft bodies. I searched the forum but tags such as "soft body" produces papers that refer to the soft bits of hard bodied trilobites; not true soft bodied trilobites. One or two papers, if you know of any, would be sufficient to get me on my way. Also, if anyone has thoughts about this subject, I would love to hear them. It is bothersome (at least to me) that these creatures seem to have no connection to the Proterozoic.
  14. This all started over a year ago. I was selected as Member of the Month and a couple of TFF members from Texas invited me down to the big state to collect. I primarily collect in my home region, the northeast, but I've taken fossil forays to New Mexico, Kentucky, and Germany and was willing to consider a trip to Texas and the opportunity to visit some classic fossil sites and collect fossils that are outside my usual focus. I began planning this about ten months ago, contacted potential fossil collecting partners and did my own research on fossil sites, geology, and the types of fossils I would likely encounter. I had never been to Texas let alone fossil collected there. From the Forum I knew there was a lot of great hunting. Then there was all of the logistics, what to stay, what to bring. Since I wanted to bring back a lot driving appeared to be my best option, but I hadn't driven that far solo in over thirty years. Timing of my trip; mid-late September, came right after my daughter went away to college and I was in the middle of moving to a new place. So things couldn't have been more hectic. Finally, early in the morning on September 8th I set out. Things went okay until I was in Kentucky. Just as it was turning nightfall, torrential rain hit, traffic was stopped on the interstate for two and a half hours, and the last two hours of the trip I struggled with wet conditions and poor visibility. I finally arrived at my parents' house just after one in the morning. The next day on my way over to my sister's I took a small detour and stopped at an outcrop I was well familiar with in Leitchfield, the Upper Mississippian Glen Dean Formation.
  15. Penn Dixie Annual Fundraiser

    Hello to all my TFF friends. I'm sorry I haven't been as regular a fixture on the site as I typically am. I am stretched very thin as of late with work. My collecting has been limited to fossils from the mailbox formation. As most of you are aware, in addition to being a teacher and theater professional, I am also one of the lead educators at the Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve in Hamburg, NY. For most fossil enthusiasts, PD represents a sometimes annual pilgrimage to one of the hottest fossil locations in the United States. There I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting many of you and helping you to find many a trilobite and certainly pounds of horn corals. Once again, the time of year has come where my executive director, Dr. Phil Stokes, has asked me to put out the request for help in raising funds to help us continue to serve collectors as well as the general public. Please find attached a copy of this year's invitation to join us for our annual fundraising event in Buffalo, NY, as well as our board's solicitation for donations to auction at this year's event. If you've enjoyed a visit to the site, or hope to in the future, please consider any fossil or paleontology-related item donation for our live and silent auctions. Your contributions, no matter how large or small, will help us to get that much closer to a permanent building, increased staffing, and future excavations at the site. Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve, a part of the Hamburg Natural History Society, is a non-for-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Interested parties can contact me directly by PM and I can put you in touch with Dr. Stokes or one of our board members. As always, thank you in advance for your consideration, friendship, and support! -Jay Wollin
  16. Just got back from a trip to Forbes, NSW a couple of days ago. Found some great stuff! But after that we checked out a site mentioned very vaguely in an old paper and were pretty successful! The site which is located near Parkes, NSW has Late Ordovician trilobites and other fauna. From what I can gather most of the species from the site are undescribed(?). Anyway, here are a few of my finds, maybe @piranha could help out with some ID's. Oh and I haven't finished prepping these specimens, but I'll post them when I have, although it may be a while since my airscribe has decided to break Crinoid Undescribed calymenid Unidentified trilobite cephalon Another no ID trilobite cephalon. Halfway through prep... continued...
  17. Hi everyone, I’m very much an amateur and late new starter. This is my first enquiry. I’ve booked a 1day session at Upper Gilwern quarry with an overnight stay. Daylight hours and check in / out times mean that I will only have a limited 1 day max regardless of the weather. I want to maximise productivity and finds as I’m travelling a long way to get there. Does anyone have any specific guidance or tips for this location? Research has only provided general access descriptions and the fact that the chance of finds is high. But exactly where do I go in this quarry. I have no real idea on how big it is. Any help or specific pointers / tips would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Bob
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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. )
  24. 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
  25. Planning a fossil hunting trip to the Gold Point, Nevada. Anyone have specific fossil locations? Dan
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