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  1. Hello everyone! I’ll be doing a few posts here and there named “rediscovering New York”. Ive been doing a lot of research recently and I had massive geologic maps printed out from office max a couple months back. They are a very valuable tool. I’ve been finding a lot of potential sites from them and I may post what I find but not necessarily post the actual locality for reasons that anyone can stroll onto the forum and extract information. Since I’m in central New York...Utica, New York to be exact I started doing some searching in my own hometown. Triarthrus is known to many collectors in New York. The Utica shale has some nice exposures in the Little Falls, NY area that collectors have posted about many times on the forum. I had a feeling I could find some to the west in my hometown. Before I went to school for geology me and some friends were wandering around in the woods behind his backyard he took us to the “gorge”. All I really remember were sequences of black shale. This was at least 15 years ago. Somehow the memory came flying back to me while doing research. I had forgotten this memory for years and years. Last Friday night (day before I found that Eurypterid!! Lol) I was determined to have a look. I went to a local park adjacent to the stream in question and took a walk. It wasn’t long before I saw another hiker...... and promise The Utica shale!! This must be a different sequence than what’s found in Little Falls cause this shale seemed different from my samples to the east. I found this not long into the hike!! This was really exciting. First confirmed local trilobite in some time I presume. I don’t even know if these have ever been documented here. I have a handful of papers on the Ordovician sequences and even some specific to the Utica shale and I haven’t seen this locality reported. I also have a limited access to scholarly articles so that may be a reason too. Seeing this in a weathered block I assumed I needed to keep going up stream. I sadly destroyed this trilobite trying to reduce the block....it was heartbreaking but I knew I could find more if I found that. The march continued! I decided to try and find something “in situ”. In my past experience the Utica shales can be barren then you start seeing bits sometimes. I had to assume something was around in these shales. Then I found this negative of a complete Triarthrus. The actual trilobite washed away ugh...This was in situ and also proved they came from the local bedrock found under my feet. This was still a very exciting find for me. I took it home as proof of concept. Got it out in 2 clean pieces luckily. further down stream I found this 3/4 specimen in a block. This time I didn’t destroy the prize. This made up for the first blunder. cephalopod. Poor preservation. Found a decent cephalon in a weathered block. Got it out clean. heres a close up. In conclusion....I really need to go back and hike further. Upstream the sequence appears to open up again into some vertical walls but it’s far upstream. I need more than a Friday night to do the hike! This area is weird and appears to be used by snowmobilers and 4 wheelers depending on the season. There are trails all around so I have no clue what the land status is. It appears locals see it as a little known, little used parcel of land sandwiched between dozens of backyards. One of my other fiends that used to live in that area had a snowmobile trail going right to his own backyard. Anyway, this was a very interesting development for me. A milestone for sure. I hope I can go back and find a decent specimen. Just need to find the time to make the hike. I have so many places on my list to visit! Thanks for reading, Al
  2. Conulariid

    I found this conulariid in a stormbed of the Utica Shale. I am not very familiar with conulariids, and was wondering if a more specific ID was possible. Unfortunately because of how the rock broke I was unable to recover the rest of the fossil.
  3. Marcellus.pdf An article that I stumbled across while researching the Beecher Trilo beds. It is interesting as written, but if you are not interested in oil and gas deposits in the NE, it also contains a lot of info about the stratigraphy of New Yorkand the North East.
  4. I made two trips to Little Falls NY recently, one alone, and one with my 10 year old that I took to Penn-Dixie last year. Both trips were successful. The fossils are abundant, relatively easy to find and extract, and the site is kid-friendly. It is slippery on the slimy shale in the water, so be careful. The shale can be sharp and cuts fingers easily if you use ungloved hands to brush bits away from a site you are excavating. The shale is also very oily, can will stain fingernails, so consider gloves with covered fingers. Rare pyritized fossils can be found. I also found two cephalopods.
  5. Hyolith?

    This is from Little Falls, NY. I noticed it on a small chip of shale. The first thing that came to my mind is a hyolith because of the cone shaped top and the small semicircle that is just in front of it but looks detached. The fossil site I found this in seems to be relatively deep water due to the presence of Triarthrus trilobites and large, straight-shelled cephalopods. Is this consistent with habitats hyoliths have been found in before? Sorry for the blurry photo, it's the best I could get. The camera doesn't want to focus on it.
  6. From the album Ordovician

    Gastropod or coiled nautiloid sp.? (imprint) Upper Ordovician Utica Shale Nowadaga Creek Little Falls, NY.
  7. From the album Ordovician

    Unidentified bivalve shell Upper Ordovician Utica Shale Nowadaga Creek Little Falls, NY.
  8. From the album Ordovician

    Unidentified orthocone nautiloid Upper Ordovician Utica Shale Nowadaga Creek Little Falls, NY
  9. From the album Ordovician

    Unidentified orthocone nautiloid Upper Ordovician Utica Shale Nowadaga Creek Little Falls, NY
  10. Triarthrus thorax and pygidium

    From the album Ordovician

    Triarthrus becki (thorax and pygidium) Upper Ordovician Utica Shale Nowadaga Creek Little Falls, NY
  11. Triarthrus trilobite

    From the album Ordovician

    Triarthrus becki (Trilobite) Upper Ordovician Utica Shale Nowadaga Creek Little Falls, NY
  12. A number of Forum members; Dave, (Shamalama), Carmine (xonemine), Mike (Pagurus), and Tim (Fossildude 19) and Tim's son, Aiden, met up Saturday at Nowadaga Creek near Little Falls, NY, in Herkimer County. Tim organized it. It was a wonderfuland successful gathering: Dave showed off some recent finds from Madison County, NY he collected the day before. Tim brought the complete fish fossil he found the week before. We collected fossils in outcroppings along the stream, (Utica Shale- Upper Ordovician). The graptolite, Didymograptus and cephalons of the trilobite, Triarthrus becki were prolific in the rock. Bodies (thorax/pygidium pieces) were far less abundant. Carmine arrived late (GPS failed and he got lost) but found by far the most trilo bodies of anyone. In addition to graptolites and trilobites, a few small straight-shelled nautiloids, a few bivalves and a couple coiled shells (gastropods/coiled nautiloids?) were also found. Everyone did well and a great time was had by all. Aiden's bivalve find and his coiled shell, were perhaps the highlights of the day, but getting the opportunity collect with other Forum members was definitely the highlight and made it all so worthwhile. This is Mike and Dave in this shot and some of Carmine's finds.
  13. Trilobite Cephalon?

    Had a nice ride over to Canajoharie last Sunday and finally made it to the park that over looks the Canajoharie falls. Wintergreen Park. Nice place and I loved the disclaimer posted at the trail head. Paraphrased: "It Happens" .. Found these in the shale and thought of trilobite cephalons. Google indicates they may be Triarthrus. based on the formation age (Ordovician) but would like some feed back. Any help would be appreciated