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  1. Last week, after checking the weather wunderground numerous times, I decided to drive 3.5 hours from Chicago to St. Paul Stone Quarry. It was the last "open house" day according to the ESCONI website. I arrived at 7:45, the first and only person there. Shortly thereafter, after a brief safety instruction, I followed the manager to the collecting site, heaps and heaps of Waldron shale. Even though I dressed in layers, I still had to take breaks and warm up in the car for a few minutes, but I much rather prefer collecting in cold weather as opposed to hot summer sun with mosquitoes, any day. It didn't take too long to start finding fossils. Here are just a few of my finds: Eospirifer Platystrophia brachiopods with pyrite Platyceras niagarense encrusted with strophomenid, bryozoa and pyrite. front: back: Partial Dalmanitid Trilobite in matrix When prepping, it's really wonderful how the waldron "butter" shale just crumbles apart around the predictable morphology of an enrolled trilobite. The trip just wouldn't seem complete without a short drive east to the Cincinnati Arch roadcuts. I first went to South Gate and found a flexicalymene eroding right out of the cut. It is interesting to see the comparisons here. The trilobite on the left is from St Paul (Silurian) and has beautiful pyritized eyes. The one on the right is from South Gate (Ordovician). Both trilobites have 21 articulated segments; does this make them both the same age as "adults"? Interesting to note the difference in size, being 40 million years apart, same species.. Thanks for looking!
  2. The St.Paul stone quarry in Indiana will be allowing open collection on the following days. Be sure to wear pants, hard hat, and steel toe boots, however regular work boots are acceptable. Please arrive before 8am to sign liability wavers. Monday November. 21st Monday, November 28th Tuesday, November 29th Wednesday November 30th Best regards, Paul
  3. This report is of my first trip into the St. Paul, IN quarry and my first time to collect (extensively) from the Waldron Shale. Previously I have collected the Waldron Shale at the Tunnel Mill site a little farther south but that is not very easy to collect from and the exposure is not as extensive as at the St. Paul Quarry. It was a 9 1/2 hour drive from my house near Philadelphia, PA to Greensburg, IN where I was staying so I had driven out the day before the quarry was to open. I stopped at the St. Leon (South Gate Hill) roadcut, as I got into Indiana, and did have some luck finding some small roller Flexicalymene trilobites. "This is a good sign" I told myself! The morning dawned when my alarm went off around 6am. The Quarry would start letting people in around 7:30 so I wanted to be there early to avoid any crowds or lines. Also, collectors were only allowed in the quarry until noon and I was going to make the most of my time! I arrived at the scale house around 6:45 and there was one car already waiting near the entrance. Before long a few more showed up and then a couple of Quarry employees opened the gate. After signing in, I was in the first group of cars to drive into the quarry. After a quick orientation and explanation of where we could and could not collect, there were four possible areas, we set off towards an area that had experienced some extensive weathering. As I had never collected this quarry before I was not sure what to expect so I wanted to look through rock that was weathered and maybe had some loose fossils. We got to the area after a short drive, it was at the top of the quarry and overlooked the pit itself. We were allowed to collect along the berm edge but we could not climb on or over the berm itself. It was for our safety and seemed reasonable as there was quite a lot of rock to look at along the base of the berm and the ground. The rock was already broken up and had been removed as a byproduct of the quarry operations. They wanted the limestone, not the softer shale.
  4. Bryozoa?

    I split some blocks of shale from St.Paul Indiana I collected last October and I found this. I was thinking bryozoa. It is 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Waldron shale- silurian
  5. IMI's Sellersburg Quarry ( do not call them, this is a one time a year event) fossil collecting day was today. About 35 collectors from far and wide showed up. MAFIC (Louisville, KY), Kentucky Paleo Society (Lexington,KY), Bluegrass Gem and Minerals ( Lexington, KY), Dayton (OH) Gem and Mineral Club. This quarry features mainly the Silurian Waldron shale. The Waldron contains brachiopods, corals, cystoids, rarely blastoids, crinoids, pelecypods, trilobites, bryozoans, cephalopods, gastropods and others. The plant in the lower left corner is from the Devonian New Albany shale overlying the Silurian in the quarry. It was a beautiful day to collect; 60 and sunny with a breeze. Lots of fossils were found and everyone had a fine day. The pix below is a sample of our finds of the day.
  6. St Paul Indiana

    Got a chance to collect in the St Paul Stone Quarry in St. Paul Indiana. The quarry is silurian aged waldron shale here we are waiting at the gates The quarry is mined for dolomite and the uneconomical waldron shale needs to be cleared away. We were driven to a particular area to collect at. They had dumped piles and piles of shale on the ground with fossils weathering out everywhere. Heres me after the long day of collecting I forgot to take in situ pics because I was so overwhelmed with the fossils. here are some of my finds My best Eucalyptocrinus crassus calyx A Eucalyptocrinites elrodi calyx Unknown Calyx Calymene Trilobites Dalmanities Brachiopods Leptaena Unicinulus stricklandi Fardenia subplana Eospirifer radiatus Platyostoma Decachisma blastoid which made the regulars very upset because it was my first time collecting there. Sponges Favosite coral balls. bigger ones around an inch or two
  7. Eucalyptocrinites Calyx

    This is a Crania sp. inarticulate brachiopod attached to a Eucalyptocrinites sp. calyx from the Silurian Waldron Shale from central Indiana. The calyx is 2 1/4" (5 cm) across. The brachiopod is about 3/4" across.(2cm). The blue circled item is a single element bryozoan, like the ones found in the lower Devonian Birdsong formation of central Tennessee.
  8. St Paul Indiana Round 2

    Morning everyone. I finally got around to my trip report from my trip to the Waldron shale in south central indiana. The quarry we get into is extremely generous to the collectors of the site and we always have incredible luck and I find and see new things everytime from this extremely well preserved fauna of the Middle Silurian aged shale. If you want a look around at the site look here http://www.thefossil...__fromsearch__1 On wards to the fossils. Trilobites Calymene breviceps an unknown object. conulariid or ceph or bivalve The amazing brachiopod Eodictyonella Crinoid Crowns. Eucalyptocrinites Unknown Calyx Another unknown calyx Reptaculid >? Id like to shout out to Crinoid Queen, Platecarpus, and Rob Russel for going along to the quarry with me and having the best time. The diversity of this quarry always surprises me. Thanks everyone for looking and thanks to St Paul Stone for letting the club get access. In my next post ill briefly post about my trip to St Leon and in the coming weeks ill post my Crawfordsville crinoids i found with Crinoid queen.
  9. Silurian Unknown

    Here is a weird echinoderm looking object. Looks almost like crinoid arms. It does not look to be composed of plates under magnification
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