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  1. Just found my first fossil this past weekend in Grand Isle, Vermont. I think it is a trilobite but I am not sure. I was hoping someone can comment on what they think it is and maybe a few tips for cleaning it would be much appreciated! The fossil is about 1.5" long and was sun baking for who knows how long. Any idea how old these things are? Thanks for the feedback!
  2. Hello everyone! I found myself in Vermont today, and through much cajoling I convinced my parents to allow a detour to a fossil site a forum member let me know about a year ago. It is from the Crown Point Formation, Ordovician in age. The first time time I was there, about a year ago, I collected a ton of trilobite cross sections. While those are cool, this time I wanted to focus on finding ones worn in a slightly more favorable fashion, and perhaps one worthy of prep. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any worthy of prep, but I did find some decent trilo-bits. Also came home with a Gastropod and a funny piece of pareidolia (450 million year old Mr. Bill?). I didn’t have much space in the car reserved for fossils, so I was sparing in what I picked up. ‘Twas a fun hour or so indeed.
  3. can you ID this fossil?

    Can anyone help me identify this fossil. It is in a piece of black marble quarried in southwest Vermont. The rock is 5" long, the fossil in it is 4.25" long, 1" wide at widest point.
  4. What is this?

    So I found this little dude sitting pretty as could be in a rock pile up in Grand Isle Vermont. I am new to fossils and haven't learned about all the critters in my area yet. I think it's head armor? The area is dated to the mid Cambrian and the matrix is black shale. You can even see one little flipper thing on the left. (don't laugh at me I'm new! lol) So what is it?
  5. My first fossil hunting trip was a success! I have a tone of amazing material from Grand Isle VT! I have no idea what most of it is though. LOL But it's going to be so much fun learning what I have. I even got one complete 1.5cm trilobite! and some kind of head thing! Here are some of the pics!
  6. So I just found out about two good fossil sites for trilobites only and hour away from my house! This is my first time going out looking for fossils ever and I am so excited! I gots me a spade, large flat head screw driver, thin pry bar, gloves and claw hammer. For prep tools I have an air scribe and compressor, steel dental/sculpting tools, mini files, polishing papers, and other small tools as I work with silver. The site is in Vermont and I am expecting wet, cool conditions. I wanted to get any tips or advice you may have for a first timer to help make my afternoon trip a success. Tri-Lo-Bites! (read as dine-o-mite!)
  7. Hello for all. It has been a while to leave a post here! I am currently in Burlington, VT as a UVM student. Before the end of the summer recess (August 18), I traveled to northern Vermont consulting some articles about Cambrian and Ordovician formation located in Highgate Falls and South Hero. In this post, I will just talk about one trip to Highgate. I left my dorm around 11 a.m., and I get the Higate Falls near 1 p.m. After straying about 3 hours, I finally realized that the outcrops described as fossiliferous in the article are located in the private land. Thanks to my student ID card, the landowners welcomed me I could not hunt fossil around the Ordovician formation (Highgate Formation; Upper Ordovician) because the cliff was really steep and seemed very dangerous. It is on the left side of the picture (Red line). So, I just focused on the right side (Yellow line) that is Gorge Formation (Upper Cambrian, Upper Sunwaptan Stage, 492-491 MYA). Below is a photo of the Gorge Formation I found some trilobites and brachiopods (not on this post), but I have no clue about their scientific name even though I checked my article... I would appreciate if you correct the wrong scientific name 1. Lotagnotus americanus Billings, 1860 2. Geragnostus ( Micragnostus ) bisectus (Matthew, 1892) (Shaw, A. B. (1951). The Paleontology of Northwestern Vermont. 1. New Late Cambrian Trilobites. Journal of Paleontology, Vol.25, No.1, pp.97-114.) 3. Librigena.
  8. Wood Fossil?

    So I found this stone at Lake Memphremagog on the Vermont side and it looks like wood and feels like wood on one half but on the other side it looks like fossilized wood and the stone/fossil itself is heavy like stone and cold to the touch like stone so it is definitely not entirely wood. I’m wondering if it is just partially fossilized or something but I’m also curious if 1. It actually is a wood fossil and 2. If there’s any chance anyone can tell how old it is by the looks of it. Thank you in advance even if it turns out to be just a very cool looking stone. I’m happy to provide any additional information of needed!
  9. 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
  10. Strange find from Vermont

    This was found by my father some years ago at a spot on lake Champlain. Oddly this bone is definitely mineralized or at least partially mineralized, though fossil bones and such are very VERY rare to find in Vermont, it can happen in specific conditions, as was the case with a mammoth tusk found in a peat bog in Brattleboro, VT. And whale bones found on the lake as well. Any clues on this would be greatly appreciated, he’s been wondering for years, and I must say I’m pretty interested by this find since fossilized bone is so rare in my area.
  11. Bryozoan, and trilo piece?

    Found at lake Champlain in Vermont, Ordovician-Iberville formation. I’m assuming the first bit is another type o bryozoan I’ve yet to have seen, and the second piece you can only faintly see the symmetrical counter part so I traced it to give a good idea of shape, is it some lining of a trilobite? Any information/ideas are welcome! 1.) 2.)
  12. Vt fossils

    Got out for the first time this year to one of my favorite spots on Lake Champlain. Came home with a grocery bag full of rocks. tons of crinoid bits and pieces as usual, some bryozoa pieces and some brachiopods. Any info on these would be much appreciated! (Iberville formation-Ordovician) these fossils are very small so I’ve tried taking pictures through a magnifying lense to show detail, if more are required of any given piece just ask! 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.)
  13. Bryozoa from VT?

    found at Lake Champlain, in Vermont, Iberville formation which is Ordovician in age. These two pieces don’t have a ton of detail left but is there enough to be sure these are Bryozoa?
  14. Crown Point Formation

    Recently, I have obtained a Wikipedia account so that I could update articles on some of Vermont’s geologic formations. The first of which I have made is the Ordovician age Crown Point Formation, in which I have collected many rocks completely covered in fossil invertebrates. Although I am unsure as to how far this formation goes (possibly extending into New York as well),localities known for having some of the most fossils from the formation include the towns of Panton and Isle La Motte. In creating the list, my main source of information was Paleontology of the Lake Champlain Basin in Vermont, as well as my own observations of what fossils were collected by myself and other members of the Burlington Gem & Mineral Club when we collected specimens from private quarries in Panton, VT last October. However, as my main source was written in 1962, the names and classification for some of the fauna included in the list may have names that are dubious, and the list itself if subject to change. If there is any further information that should be added to the article, please let me know, or edit the page responsibly (basing your facts/information with resources). Note: I have not added algae & porifera yet, so this post (and the Wikipedia article) will be edited. The Crown Point Formation Cephalopods Maclurites magnus Stereospyroceras champlainensis Vaginoceras oppletum Vaningenoceras sp. Proteoceras perkinsi Proteoceras pulchrum Plectoceras jason Nanno sp. Trilobites Bumastus erautusi Bumastus globosus Cryptolithus tesselatus Eoharpes antiquatus Flexicalymene senaria Isotelus gigas Pliomerops canadensis Vogdesia bearsi Echinoderms Dendrinocrinus alternatus Brachipods Atleasma multicostum Camerella varians Macrocoelia champlainensis Corals Streptelasma expansum Foerstephyllum wissleri Lambeophyllum profundum Bryozoans Praspora orientalis Rhinidictya fenestrata Stictopora ramosa
  15. ID

    Find a lot of this mostly unidentifiable stuff at the beaches of Lake Champlain in Vermont, I know that Ordovician material is found here. I’m curious about the small circular fossils, they appear on many of the rocks around the beach, any ideas? They are tiny, about 2 or 3mm
  16. Unknown

    Another find from a beach at Lake Champlain in Vermont that I originally thought to be just a cool rock but now I see it's a fossil of something, any ideas welcome!
  17. Triarthrus eatoni fossil from VT

    From the album Fossil Collection

  18. Graptolite Fossil Plate

    From the album Fossil Collection

  19. Triarthrus eatoni fossil from VT

    From the album Fossil Collection

  20. From the album Ordovician

    Flexicalymene sp. (distorted specimen) Ordovician South Hero Island Lake Champlain, Vermont
  21. A month ago I had the great idea of collecting fossils by canoe. I've walked out on lake ice in the winter to access cliffs normally unreacheable for collecting. Now I felt that I had another great idea to access places not collected from by using my old 16 foot canoe. My plans included taking my collecting partner, my wife. Let me start by saying that my wife does not like open water in a large boat. So getting her to portage a canoe to the lake and paddle along the shore for a half mile or more to look for fossils was impossible. That is until I pointed out that the lake was at a record low and we would be going where she found her 10 inch Isotelus gigas two winters ago. I checked the weather report and the wind was out of the south at 1-2 mph. The weather report noted that in the afternoon storms would roll in bringing winds of 20-25 mph with gusts of 30 mph. I felt confident that we would be back to our car by lunch time, well before the front came. That morning we loaded up our canoe and collecting equipment a little later than I planned and headed for the Champlain Islands. Portaging the 16 foot canoe down a steep embankment was a little tricky for us with all of our gear but we made it without any real difficulties. The lake surface was as flat as glass which was encouraging to my wife so we put in and started paddling north looking for favorable collecting spots. We rounded the point a half mile north of our car and pulled into the beach where my wife had found her Isotelus and we had found several nice Flexicalymene senaria. By the time we reached the beach it was 12:00 but I felt we had time to look around. Before I knew it we had found several nice trilobites for preparation and a large appendage or pleura. While we were after lunch I noticed that the wind was picking up and after 20 minutes of coaxing I convinced my wife that we needed to leave with our 50 pounds of fossils. As we paddled out to the point I noticed that the swells on the lake were getting bigger and that some had white caps. The wind started getting stronger and started to push us out towards the middle of the lake. After 45 minutes of intense paddling I decided that we weren't getting around the point of land. At this point every fifth wave curled over the sides of our canoe and put five gallons of water in it at a time. I told my wife we had to make for shore before we swamped so we turned the canoe around between two swells and surfed into the beach of a private campground. At this point the waves were breaking on the beach and they curled over the canoe as we made land. By the time we dragged our canoe onto shore it was full of water and we were thoroughly soaked. My wife stayed with the canoe while I went to find the campground owner and see if we could cross his property to get our canoe out. Fortunately the owner allowed me to cross his property. One of the campers took me in his car back to my own vehicle and a second camper offered to help me get my canoe to my car. The second gentleman had a hand trailer for moving sailboats which was fortunate as the beach was at the base of a cliff and the nearest egress was 500 yards away. On a side note, as we were dragging my canoe out, the trailer got stuck on a large rock. As I went to move the rock I realized that the rock had an 8-10 in Isotelus gigs enrolled on it. Unfortunately the trilobite was fairly water worn. Despite all of this adventure we came away with a number of very nice trilobites for me to prep this winter. My wife thought the trip was pretty extreme but based on the results said that she would go again provided there were no storms forcast for the afternoon.
  22. Island Hopping in Vermont

    This weekend, travelled up north to Plattsburg to visit my friend Ray I know from the New York Paleontological Society. The next day took the ferry across Lake Champlain to Grand isle, Vermont and met Andy (Cluros) and his father. Here are some pics of the ferry ride over:
  23. Hi fellow Fossil Forum members. I have been collecting Vermont trilobites in a location for awhile and am wondering if both of these trilobites are Flexicalymene senaria or do I have two different species. I keep getting conflicting opinions from my fellow collectors. I collected both trilobites from the same area. When I prepped them I thought that were some significant differences in the cephalons. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  24. A friend of mine asked to see if I could prep his Triarthrus beckii from North Hero, Vermont. I don't think it came out too bad considering the fossil and matrix are of equal hardness.