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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. Penn Dixie in the news

  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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
  14. From the album Middle Devonian

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

    Greenops sp. (partial trilobite cephalon preserved in pyrite) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Pyrite Bed Hamilton Group Penn Dixie Quarry Blasdell, N.Y.
  16. Just got back from a trip to New York. Started off at Penn Dixie in the mid-Devonian, then to the Hamilton group, and ended in the mid-Ordovician Trenton group in the Mohawk valley. My main goals were to find some nice complete trilobite specimens, especially the Dipleura dekayi. Special thanks to @Darktooth for hunting advice at DSR. Here are some of my finds: Eldergeops rana, from Penn Dixie. cephalon is a little dinged up but I kind of like the imperfection. Partial Dipleura cephalon found loose in talus at DSR Here's another one found by splitting the shales. It had been raining hard for about two days and stopped when I arrived early morning. After prep: Greenops boothi in situ After prep: Another Greenops, positive negative from CHR. Had to glue it back together, broke when split, but it still looks good to me. Grammysia bisculata, a nice bivalve A surprise enrolled juvenile Dipleura dekayi, mostly complete , just missing an eye And last , but not least, some Ordovician fossils found in the Mohawk valley region. Hindia parva (I think?) sponge Straight shelled nautiloid, measures about 5 inches across Triarthrus parts Thanks for looking!
  17. Trilobites WV

    Thinking about going to gore WV for trilobites. It is about a 2 hour drive from where I am now, richmond, and wondering if anyone knew if it would be worth the drive or knew a closer area from trilobites. Any information is much appreciated
  18. Hello TFF! As my fossil collection continues to further expand, I'm finding it harder to store my finds, especially since my room is tiny and my garage is full (of non-fossil related stuff). For my smaller finds I've considered buying some riker boxes. My problem is I have no idea how wide, long, or deep they should be in regards to my finds. I have a nice large enrolled silica shale trilobite from my state of Ohio, a 3D starfish on a "mound" from Pennsylvania that's taller than most of my finds (despite being small, kind of like a tall enchinoid), some marine reptile teeth, 3D brachiopods, etc. I don't really have the room to display stuff on my walls. What sizes should I be looking for, and how deep/wide/long should they be? Where can I purchase these display cases. If there are better alternatives that will hold the fossils in place but not put too much pressure on them. The starfish in particular is fragile. Thanks in advance, Vraptor
  19. A group of us spent several days at a spot near Thedford, Ontario working an exposure in the Widder Formation. Rather than roll out a long backstory, I thought I would go straight for showing the finds. I'll kick it off with the trilobites. 1. A coveted multi-plate containing three Greenops widderensis. The picture is blurry because it was starting to rain that day and we had to move fast. As one of them had its lappets hovering precariously outside the matrix, I had to coat them in cyanoacrylate fast so that it would survive the trip home. This one is in the hands of a preparator friend as it may be a bit more advanced than my current skills could handle.
  20. Hi! My 8 y/o son and I are visiting Nashville, TN to look for fossils. We found lots of brachyopods today. Where should we look for Trilobites and Gastropods? I’ve read some posts, but it’s hard to pinpoint specific areas. Any tips?
  21. Hi! My name is Alexandra. I live in St. Petersburg, looking for and preparing trilobites. As you know, we have near St. Petersburg very good places to search for fossils known all over the world. If someone from trilobite lovers wants to come and find good specimens here or if you are traveling through Russia and you will be interested to come in search of trilobites, then I can easily show you the best places to search near St. Petersburg without problems. You do not need anything for this-it will be absolutely free for you. I can explain it by the fact that I am the same person as you, and I have the same disease that can be called "paleontology" Is this interesting for you, write to this topic or search for me in Skype: Alexandra Kalinina (with bird on skateboard on avatar :-) ) and ask any questions. P.S. sorry for my English
  22. St. Petersburg's area is a is famous for its trilobites. I traveled in this city in last year. Today I show some photos of St. Petersburg city, paleo site and my finds. This is the most famous view of St. Petersburg - drawbridges. All tourists are watching on this bridge in white nights. White nigths are begining in June and it does not get dark at night because Petersburg is a northern city Sightseeing - the sphinx of Egypt stands on the embankment of the river Neva. This sphinx was bought in 19 century by the Russian Tsar I'm looking for fossils My findings. А lot of trilobites. I found whole trilobites too I prep trilobite Asaphus lepidurus
  23. Hello, all. I am putting out the word that I am looking for basically any material that is not already on this list. If you have partials or completes, or even recognizable bits of any trilobite not on this list, I'm hoping to help clear out some space for you by taking them off your hands, lol! Just shoot me a message if you have something you're looking to part with and we will figure something out if possible! If there is just a genus listed with no specific species, then I can't ID what it is based off of what is present and wouldn't mind having a better representation anyway. Thank you all in advance! Amphyxina bellatula Ampyx priscus Arctinurus boltoni Asaphellus sp. Asaphus cornutus Asaphus expansus Bellacartwrightia sp. Bolaspidellus housensis Brachyaspis microps Breviscutellum sp. Bristola harringtoni Bumastus sp. Calymene celebra Calymene niagarensis Colpocoryphe cf. rouaulti Colpocoryphe grandis Coltraenia oufatenensis Cornuproetus cornutus Coronocephalus sp. Cyphaspis carrolli Cyphaspis sp. Dalmanites limulurus Dechenella burmeisteri Declivolithus titan Diacalymene sp. Dicranurus hamatus Dipleura dekayi Drotops armatus Ectillaenus giganteus Eldredgeia venustus Eldredgeops rana Elrathia kingi Encrinurus punctatus Estoniops exilis Flexicalymene meeki Flexicalymene ouzregui Flexicalymene retrorsa Gerastos marocensis Glyptambon sp. Greenops barberi Greenops widderensis Harpidae sp. Harpes sp. Homoteuls sp. Hoplolichoides conicotuberculatus Huntoniatonia huntonensis Huntoniatonia lingulifer Isotelus maximus Itagnostus interstricta Kainops invius Kainops raymondi Kettneraspis williamsi Koneprusites sp. Leonaspis sp. Lochovella deckeri Lonchodomas mcgheehei Megapalaeolenus deprati Ogygopis typicalis Olenellus gilberti Onnia superba Paciphacops campbelli Paralejurus dormitzieri Paralejurus sp. Protolenus sp. Pseudodechenella rowi Pseudogygites latimarginatus Reraspis plautini Symphysops sp. Termierella sp. Thysanopeltis sp. Trimerus delphinocephalus Walliserops trifurcatus
  24. Devonian Interuptus

    Hi, Monday I visited a new site highly recommended by another TFF member. It was a roadcut on an interstate highway near Schoharie, NY. The roadcut exposed what I believe (based on fauna and preservation) the Lower Devonian Kalkberg Formation, part of the Helderberg Group (410 million years old). The day was gorgeous. Temp was in the low 70s. Fossils were plentiful in particular layers and the preservation was often excellent. Many were found loose from the matrix lying in the rubble. As with other exposures of the Kalkberg in Schoharie County, the biodiversity was awesome. I collected for two and a half hours, exploring only about half of the exposure when a state trooper pulled up and informed me that this highway allowed emergency stopping only and recommended I move along. I had time to gather all of my finds and my tools. I am a bit sad knowing I can't return to this very productive site and that there were likely more magnificent specimens still sitting there waiting to be picked up. However, I'm glad that I had the opportunity to collect there once. Here is an overview of my finds and a pair of Diaphorostoma ventricosum gastropods on matrix.
  25. I have been reading through the threads about dolomite powder as a blasting medium for cleaning trilobites. Am I correct in my understanding that to get the range consistenty around 40 microns you need to run the powder through a 325 mesh sieve? I am assuming the dolomite powder available from places like the pottery supply house is not consistently in range of 40 microns, and will need to be sifted. Is there a place to buy 40 micron dolomite than anyone can recommend. (Someplace along the London to Toronto corridor would be ideal) Thanks in advance!