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  1. I found all these specimens on the west side of the road cut. I believe those are eyes in the middle. All these specimens were found in Trammel Fossil Park in Sharonville, Ohio, with the exception of the two in the column on the right. They were from the St. Leon road cut. This tear-dropped shape bryozoan is, I believe, Homotrypella.
  2. This past Saturday I only had time for a quick hunt due to things that needed to get done around the house. Also it was raining and I had the boys with me. I almost wasn't going to go but the siren song of sweet treasures were calling me, beckoning me to come and find them. I decided to hit up both Briggs road and Deep Springs. I hunted both sites in under an hour and a half. I didn't find much and was mostly surface collecting. The boys found a few things. I did manage to find a my first decent size Dipleura cephalon from Briggs. The past few hunts there I have been finding more and more Dipleura kibbles -n- bits. It is raising my hopes of finding a complete one there. When I got to Deep Springs it looked almost exactly as it was when I left there from the TFF group hunt. It looks like an asteroid hit it! There are plenty off slabs and hash plates laying everywhere. I found a decent Dipleura cephalon from here too, that I think I will try prepping. There wasnt anything else that I really wanted to bring home so I was getting ready to leave but decided to take one last look. It seems that everytime I do this here I find a greenops. Sure enough, I spot one just lying on top of the debris. I really can't believe I spotted it. Even though it was a short hunt and nothing spectacular was found it was nice to be out there.
  3. From the album Middle Devonian

    Dipleura dekayi (partly disarticulated trilobite thorax and pygidium) Middle devonian Skaneateles Formation Delphi Member Hamilton Group Cole Hill Road North Brookfield, N.Y. A gift from Darktooth Dave. Thanks Dave.
  4. I went on a short, 2 hour hunt today after work. I decided to hit the trilo layer at Briggs Road once again. I found a fair amount of trilo parts and a few which may be whole. Here are some of the finds.
  5. Trilobite parts?

    Hi, I went to St Paul, Indiana a couple weeks ago and was wondering what these two parts are? One is two inches across, the other is about an inch across. Trilobite parts? If so, what species? Thanks for any help.
  6. Floyd County Cambrian: Any clues?

    As you are all probably aware, I have been to the Chatsworth Conasauga exposure multiple times, and have gotten some stellar stuff from the formation. Recently, I have been seeing a lot about another exposure of the Conasauga in Floyd County near Rome somewhere along the Coosa river that produces a different trilo species (Elrathria Antiquata), as well as a species of primitive sponge, Brooksella (which I have yet to get, or any sponge material for that matter). Any tips on Floyd's Conasauga material? Brooksella, my primary interest: Elrathria antiquata, another objective:
  7. Despite the foreboding weather prediction, the conditions for the spring gathering of TFF members at Deep Springs Road quarry was nearly ideal; sunny and pleasantly cool in the morning and when the rain finally did arrive in early afternoon it was only light and intermittent. Kane had announced to us he was traveling across the border from Ontario, accompanied by his wife, Deb, and member of the month, Jay (Devonian Digger). Members from New York, PA., Connecticut, and Massachusetts wanting to meet them and collect at a great spot gathered there. Deep Springs Road is the easternmost exposure of the Middle Devonian Hamilton Group's Moscow Formation's Windom Shale, the same formation exposed at Penn Dixie where Jay work and collects. But the fauna at Deep Springs Road is entirely different. Corals are nearly absent. Bivalves are extremely abundant. Species such as the large trilobite Dipleura dekayi which are very rare at Penn Dixie are common here. Every rock has the potential to reveal the gems of this rich and diverse fauna. Oh, and by the way, thanks largely to Kane and Jay's and Darktooth Dave's prodigious efforts a massive amount of rock was moved. In the picture, left to right-Kane's wife Deb, Jay, Mike (Pagurus) and his wife, Leila. Above them- Jay. On the far right, Tim (Fossildude19).
  8. Every once in a while you find an amazing website that you never new existed. This is one from the American Museum of Natural History. They are short articles with great photos about natural history including many about paleontology, including the Trilobite Tuesday posts. ENJOY http://tumblr.amnh.org/?amnhnyc Trilobite Tuesday posts: https://www.tumblr.com/search/trilobite tuesday
  9. Norway Trilobox

    Maximo Alfonso https://roykenbibliotek.no/trilobox/ took us to a local foundation excavation in Slemmestad and we collected these two, above and below, which apparently have potential to be prepped, if someone can do it. The Trilobox just had its grand opening, here are some specimens. Cheers, Gordon Asaphus expansus
  10. Toronto creek and river finds

    Hello there! I'm still in the process of deciding which fossils to put in my new display cabinets, so I'm looking for some identification help, if possible. All of the items pictured were found in the Toronto area (Georgian Bay Formation, Upper Ordovician) along creeks or rivers - please help me identify them if you can! Thanks in advance! Monica Picture #1: A trace fossil, but of what? Someone suggested trilobite tracks, but I don't know - what do you think? Perhaps @piranha can have a look... Picture #2: This may or may not be a trace fossil - I only just noticed it today. It vaguely resembles trilobite tracks to me (cruziana), but I'm definitely not sure...
  11. On Sunday, my family and I decided to head out for a fossil excursion to spend out day.@Uncle Siphuncle pointed out a good fossil site for me to find trilobites at a road cut in St. Leon, Indiana. Thanks a ton!! Unfortunately, as it had rained for quite a while that day, we had to wait until well after noon to reassure ourselves that we would not need to fossil hunt in the rain. Luckily, this also meant we got fresh picks before the other collectors! Here is the haul from the day: (I hope to bring back more over the course of the week!) Top to bottom: (1) Random pieces of the trilobite Isotelus (sp.). (2) The largest piece of trilobite that was found that day at the site. Although the piece is large, this is just a tiny, tiny fragment of the real trilobite! It is included at the bottom of image #1. (3) The best find of the day. It is a piece of the rear-half of the trilobite Flexicalymene (sp.). I do not know the specific specie, but the most abundant trilobite found at the site is Flexicalymene meeki, so it is safe to assume that the trilobite is F. meeki. After staring at the trilobite piece for some time, I extrapolate that it is approximately ~2/5ths of the trilobite which it once was. It is indeed very small! (4) Fossilized gastropods: (5) Fragments of orthoceras. These tend to be larger! ( (6) A handful of associated crinoid stem segments. The 2.4 cm one is quite long for a piece found detached from a matrix. I like it! —————————————— Overall, I think that our trip to the site had not met its maximum potential. We thoroughly examined every foot of ground that we covered- but this was only a short strip of land roughly 20 * 60 feet. Time was not available for a longer hunt. I estimate that we covered less than 5% (!) of the total fossiliferous area available to us that day— next time, I hope to find more than just ~1/3rd of a trilobite! -FS
  12. Gold Spondylus?

    I picked this little shell from the bottom of a tribolite fossil. It appears to have a layer of gold in or on it. It doesn't look like pyrite. But I'm no expert.... Any help would be great. Please excuse the photos...this speciman is very small. I took the pics on top of a penny.
  13. My collection

    Hello all, I recently saw a whole lot of collections on this forum, and they were all beautifel. Now I cleaned up my room (what's a hell of a task to me, I spended 8 hours) and I deceided to take pictures of the nicest part of my fossil and mineral collection. It's by far not as nice as most members here, but I still have decades to get a nice collection . It's a bunch of everything older then the cenozoicum, because I find it hard to choose what group of fossils I want to collect, trilobites or dinosaurs/ reptiles. Dinosaurs are pretty hard to get here without paying high import and shipping costs. So let's start then. The trilobites are the firsts. Selenopeltis longispinus. Upper: Flexicalymene ouzregui 2 X Elrathia kingi Flexicalymene ouzregui Lower: Minicryphaeus sarirus Cyphaspis agayuara Crotalocephalina gibbus Upper: Cyphaspis walteri Boeckops boecki Combination of Cyphaspis sp., a very tiny kettneraspis sp. and two phacops sp. Coltraneia oufatenensis Lower: Kettneraspis pigra Cornuproetus sp. Gerastos tuberculatus Stapeleyella inconstans Trinueleus fimbriatus Elrathia kingi Phacops latifrons Foulonia sp. Right upper corner: Phacops sp. with bite mark A whole block with partials of Stenarocalymene celebra (I don't find much about this species so I'm still not 100 % sure if this is correct) and a ventral prepped Ogygiocarella debuchi The personal high-light of my trilobites (pictures don't do it justice). A Kettneraspis williamsi with a couple of free-standing spines. Personally the best I have ever seen. So far my trilobites. Next my Khouribga fossils: Lytoloma elegans ( a bit of restoration but most is real) A roothed Mosasaurus globidens tooth. Enchodus fang (there is a jaw in the stone also) Pretty big Mosasaurus sp. tooth Two verts of Otodus obliquus. Partial Mosasaurus globidens jaw Mosasaurus sp. partial jaw. 3 Weltonia ancistrodon teeth Otodus obliquus tooth Roothed Prognathodon tooth a box with misc fossils from Khouribga My two only teeth that are not from Morocco or Europe Denversaurus schlessmani Indet. Croc from Patagonia More to follow
  14. Good Spots in West Central PA?

    I'm going to take a trip from Miami to Pennsylvania to see some family. I was also considering to fossil hunt myself for something to do. I've only hunted in the Peace River, however, and I don't have much experience of actual digging. I'm trying to find some good spots that I can almost definitely find something interesting like a well preserved trilobite or something. I'm also interested in places like Red Hill to find some teeth and bone, or places with diverse ferns and lycopods. I only have a day to do it, so I probably wouldn't be too intrusive. I'd probably be staying in Indiana or Dubois (which me and my mother could significantly raise the population) but I don't want to be too far east from there. I just want to know some good spots and some tips to find the best fossils. thank you!
  15. This summer my wife and I will be traveling to Wisconsin, near Green Bay for our 50th wedding celebration. I often hunt the Makoqueta formation north of Green Bay, and also a couple of quarry pits near Shawano and Gresham. After my trip to that area, we will be staying at my sisters for a few days (july 14-18) which is near Madison. I told her I would gladly visit her there, if she would allow me a day for some fossil hunting. But I don't know that area at all. I do know fossils have been found west of there. I am asking that someone point me in the right direction, or suggest a couple of spots. I don't mind traveling for a couple of hours to get at the location, so that would allow me to almost hit the Mississippi...So, does anyone know of anything available for a one day hunt from Madison. Thanks.
  16. Hi all I can see an optical illusion when looking at these trilobite photographs but you will need to come back to the post a couple of time for it to work. So is it positive or negative?
  17. I wanted to complete drawings of all the reported Silurian Trilobites from Caleb's Quarry in Middleport, NY. I started late in December and finish today April 5th. Drawing was enjoyable, but got to be work towards the end. Top left to right: Arctinurus boltoni, Bumastus ioxus, Dicalymene sp., Calymene niagarensis,Decoroproetus corycoeus. Bottom left to right: Dalmanites limulurus, Dicranopeltis nereus, Illaenus insignis, Radnoria bretti and Trimerus delphinocephalus.
  18. Deep Springs 3-30-18

    I am currently getting over the flu so I decided to put off my trip to New Jersey till I am more ready for a long roadtrip. With that being said, I needed to get my fossil fix and decided to hit up my favorite local site. I left the house at 5:30 am, during which it was lightly raining. I got to Deep Springs by 6:40 and was surprised by how much snow was still lying around even though it hasn't snowed for around 2 weeks. Luckily the snow was melted on a good portion of the site, particularly the ledge that I wanted to work. I managed to find a nice piece of fossil wood around 14 inches long. While I did not find any complete trilos, I did find a dis-articulated Dipleura thorax and pygidium around 4 inches wide, a Small Dipleura thoraxand pygidium, and a Small but decent Dipleura cephalon that popped off the matrix. There was many other things that I found which I left behind. I plan on going back tomorrow with the boys to get what is left and hopefully get some new material.
  19. I was searching around the Internet today and I came across a recent video on YouTube called "Trilobite Takedown". It was a seminar given by Melanie Hopkins (Assistant Curator- Division of Paleontolgy- AMNH) and posted on 2-27-18. I am not positive if it is the complete seminar, but the 19 minutes that were posted, was very informative to a mostly non-trilobite collector and Ms. Hopkins is a very good speaker. @Kane and @piranha I think you would enjoy this video. BTW- I do not know how to add links to posts like this, I am lucky I can turn on my computer.
  20. Anyone been to the Marble Mountains in Southern California recently to search for trilobites? I know how to get to the dirt access road out of Cadiz but I was wondering about the condition of the road to the site, and also whether anyone has had much luck there in the recent past. I might head out there sometime in April if conditions are good.
  21. Hello Everyone, Tragedy from an outing this past weekend and I'd much rather a TFF member who enjoys the educational aspect of fossils get a chance to benefit from my misfortune rather than a picker looking to collect and sell. It's been years since I've posted here but I've known and loved all the interactions I've had in the past and hope to give back a little good Karma here. I was traveling to the famous St. Leon IN road cut with a student of mine and I know I left behind a bag of amazing trilobites. For those who live in the area, you know where I'm talking about. I had a small 2x3 inch bag with at least 5 really nice Flexicalymene wrapped in bits of aluminum foil in it and a bunch of Zygospira (I'm a serious brachiopod fan). I'm fairly certain it either fell out of my bag, or I may have set it down and left it on the blue shale bed at the top of the Waynesville Formation (Blanchester Member) likely on the East side of the road cut. I've been finding I have some memory issues lately and I'm paying dearly for this one. I don't want to put too much detail as I tend to be rather protective of sites, even if they are fairly well known. I have basically given up hope of being able to get back down there soon (I'm from Milwaukee) but I would love for someone to find them and at least keep them and enjoy them. It's also possible that they may have fallen out of my truck while parked at the outcrop. If so, look on the curb on the East side of the road, just about one man-made cut tier below where the blue shale meets the road. (maybe about 100 yards North (downhill) of where this shale later meets the road. The trilobites are all wrapped in little bits of aluminum foil. Some are prone, others enrolled. Of course, I would be ecstatic if someone were kind enough to actually find them and send them to me, but I'd still prefer that at least someone finds them and keep them for themselves rather than have them survive 450 million years in the ground, just to get picked up, carefully wrapped and then run over on the curb and destroyed, or crushed on the outcrop. If someone can make it there sooner than later, I wish you luck and hope you recover them! If you do it is entirely up to you to choose to keep them, but I'd LOVE to see or hear that someone from TFF actually found them. I feel there could be a good chance since It was just last Sunday (March 17th) and people usually collect more during the weekends. If you can get there I hope you find them, love them, and above all learn from them! Kindest regards. Scott
  22. As it is a sunny day, this morning I decided to take a walk out back beyond my house to my little reliable spot of imported lower to mid Devonian fill. I wanted to see how much had weathered out since last season, and to try out a few more rocks that span from Bois Blanc Formation up through the Dundee Formation. As always, I was on the look-out for trilobites. The scene from near the base of the hills: The pit still has a bit too much snow to bother with, so I stuck with probing the hills and its gullies. A lot of the rocks were still frozen into the ground, so hammering a few out was necessary. A sure sign that spring is imminent. Here in southwestern Ontario, usually the first plants to come out (even before crocuses) is this dandelion mimic, Colt's Foot (Tussilago farfara). Only a few isolated clusters were appearing today, but by a week these hills and many other locations with scrabble will be full of these. (continued)
  23. Gallery updates

    After a long idle period, I finally did a good sized update to my galleries here on the forum. Most of the new images went into my invert gallery, but the trilobite and shark teeth galleries got a few as well. There are a few rarities in there and a few things I've never seen for sale elsewhere. Enjoy.
  24. Hello, I saw these 4 trilobites online. I was wondering if they were fake because they look really good. First pic: Cyphaspis boutscharafinense Second: Cyphaspis Agayuara Third: Leonaspis Williamsi Fourth: Harpes Perradiatus All the trilobites are from Morocco.What do you think? I have more pictures if you need them. Thank you for all help. Regards
  25. A few weeks ago I complained about a fossil trip that ended with few finds. But after washing the fossils and examining them closely, I actually had a few interesting specimens. The first are these trilobites -- tiny -- but trilobites, nonetheless. The trip was in Paulding, Ohio, Devonian silica shale.
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