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Found 8 results

  1. Mineral or fossil?

    Found this on a gravel bar just below boundary to Permian but not sure about source. I had some trouble getting focused photo of edges. I'm thinking possibly algae.
  2. The Blob!

    I found this in creek below Permian/Carboniferous boundary. I've not seen anything like it before and was wondering if it might be an algae.
  3. I would like to better understand conchoidal fracturing of chert/flint. I have many pieces where the fracturing is obviously conchoidal, but some others where this isn't obvious. I'll post photos in hopes that knowledgeable folks can point out circular characteristics that I'm not seeing. In this first one I can see small conchoidal divots. It's the larger seemingly straight(long lines) fractures where I don't see conchoidal characteristics.
  4. Hexacorallia, 2 in 1?

    I found this by the side of gravel road so difficult to say formation, but I'll go with upper Pennsylvanian. I think I'm seeing syringopora in the majority of this rock. There's also a small area that looks like aulopora growing on net-like bryozoan. If you can verify any of this, please do. Thanks.
  5. Upper Pennsylvanian Possible Burrow

    I found this a couple of years ago and have periodically taken it out to examine it as I've found the accumulation of fauna adhering to it's surface as very interesting. For awhile I affectionately referred to it as an accretion (as opposed to a concretion), envisioning a clump of mud rolling around in the wave action of a shoreline picking up bits of dead fauna. But now, with the fairly recent posts that have come up about crustacean burrows, I'm second guessing. On the exterior of this piece are brachiopod shell bits and molds, possible pectinid shell molds, crinoid columnals, and tiny gastropod steinkerns and exterior molds with decoration. The dark clumps appear to be pyrite. There are two depression areas, one on the large end, and a smaller one that is offset of the smaller end. These I speculate to be the exposed chamber, should this be a burrow. Notably within these depressions are oval shaped pellets and an interesting fibrous texture. So, I now defer to your opinions! Thank you for looking!
  6. The Carboniferous of the USA

    for those with catholic tastes in stratigraphy Do NOT expect pictorial exuberancy,it's more of a tabulation of lithologies and their stratigraphic interpretation than anything else
  7. Texas Pennsylvanian Coprolite?

    On my last visit to the Wilson Clay Pit in central Texas I stumbled across this curious piece. It is approximately 6 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. The surface is irregular and rounded. Near one end, an object about 5 millimeters in length, that looks like a brachiopod or pelecypod is attached. The object looks partially buried in the surface of the piece. The piece is below. The scale is in centimeters. Below is a close-up of the attached object... I can see three possibilities. Its geological (matrix) with an attached bivalve (if it is a bivalve). Its an infilled burrow of a bivalve. Or, most enticingly, its a coprolite of a rather large aquatic animal. The Wilson Clay Pit is a well known Paleozoic shark tooth site. I have tried to look up shark coprolites from the Paleozoic, but they seem to have a more regular shape. The 'bivalve' on the side is unlike any of the shells from the locality that I'm familiar with. Could it be undigested remains of something else? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
  8. This is from the Wabaunsee Group (Phanerozoic | Paleozoic | Carboniferous Pennsylvanian-Late [Virgilian]) Includes: Wood Siding FM, Root Shale, Stotler Limestone (base ST), Pillsbury Shale, Zeandale Limestone (base Z), Willard Shale, Emporia Limestone (base E), Auburn Shale, Bern Limestone (base BR), Scranton Shale, Howard Limestone (base H), and Severy Shale. Found these unknown objects attached to the interior of a myalina clam shell. This is a marine environment but I'm not sure which layer of the Wabaunsee Group this is from. I've never seen this before so would appreciate any help with ID. I'd be happy to furnish more photos of layer and fossil. Thanks
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