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Found 66 results

  1. Mid Devonian cephalopods...or gastropods?

    So I found this fossil skull... Kidding! Anyway, back digging in the needmore formation outside Winchester VA and I’ve started finding a lot (like in one small part of the exposure, a whole lot) of these sorts of shells. Initial thought was some kind of ammonite. Searched for mid Devonian and got agoniatites vanuxemi but I don’t get any hits in this formation/location. Still looks right though, although I guess it could be some kind of gastropod? Mostly a little over 5 cm at the largest. Also, they’re generally the same color/consistency, save for this one very colorful specimen (very distinct blue, pink, orange) and I was wondering if anyone knows why it would have preserved that way. Surely the shell wasn’t that color
  2. Trilobite partials, mid Devonian

    Cephalon partial from the needmore near winchester VA, middle Devonian. Looked familiar so I looked it up in the book I remembered it from and it lists it as unidentified, but resembling Lichas. As I was looking at it I noticed below it an illustration that looked just like a couple of tiny partials (pygidiums) I had saved from the same spot. Book lists these as unidentified too, but was published in 1991 so I was wondering if anyone here had any ideas. I’ve found a lot of damaged cephalon partials like this out there so if I know what the rest of the bug looks like, I can maybe keep myself from getting confused if I run into it while looking for something else out there.
  3. Found this trilobite this afternoon between Capon Bridge and Wardensville. The formation is supposed to be Oriskany Sandstone, but it looked like siltstone not sandstone. Any help on identification? I haven't seen any with these spines in this area. Thanks! Matt
  4. I enjoyed an autumn drive through the rusty-red-colored oak forests that blanket the scenic mountains of northeast West Virginia. Two inactive quarries enticed me to prospect a bit. In the first quarry of Ordovician age shaly limestone was this graptolites plate .... perhaps Climacograptus? In the second quarry of early Devonian age massive limestone was this crinoid column base with the attached holdfast. Both specimen photos are as found.
  5. A complete mid Devonian mystery

    Split this slab of needmore shale I found near Winchester Virginia and found this. I am by absolutely no means an expert, but I’ve worked in this formation a lot and I’ve never seen anything shaped/sized quite like this. The way the rock split, it seems to have laterally bisected the specimen. The fossil itself is 3 dimensional and the shell of either side of whatever this is was left on both sides of the split, along with some interior matter. As to the shell, it LOOKS like it’s segmented into quarter inch segments, also has the impression of what LOOK like eyes but can’t be sure. As to the interior matter, the most striking of it is the white chalky material, located on only one side of the specimen. I’ve never seen rock of that consistency anywhere in this formation myself, so again, no clue. Lastly there’s the smaller fossils immediately surrounding the largest fossil. They look to me (at least a couple of them) to be trilobites that just got preserved next to whatever this is, but again...
  6. Morgantown Ferns

    Could someone put a name to the type of fern in this fossil? Found in Morgantown WV
  7. Does anyone have tips for visiting Lost River, WV? I looked at fossil guy's website for tips and decided I wanted more. Is it still accessible? I heard that there were some exposures along the way. Are there any worth my time?
  8. Possible coral fossil?

    Hello! I unfortunately can't remember the exact location I found this rock but I'm pretty sure it was somewhere in West Virginia. It looks like a type of coral fossil, but the circles are very very small. Sorry for lack of information and thank you in advance!
  9. After some awesome advice from FF members, my family made it out to the Lost River quarry in WV (Devonian shale). We found a bunch of bivalve and trilobite partial fossils and two fossils that we can't ID (pics below). The first was found in a split piece of shale so one part mirrors the other (pieces are ~3x3in). Unsure if this is a fossil but any insight is appreciated! The second is a very small (1/4in) circular, striated fossil. Thanks!
  10. Hi fellow fossil enthusiasts! My family is taking a trip to West Virginia in early August and I was hoping to get some advice on fossil hunting in the area (I promise I'm not trying to get anyone's specific spots, just some general areas or tips). We will be near Snowshoe, WV (Pocahontas county) but are willing to drive around for fossils. We all love fossils but are total amateurs and have never visited this area before so any and all advice is appreciated! Thanks so much!
  11. I'm confident that I found this fossil in a Mississippian age layer. I used the book, "Plant Fossils of West Virginia" by the WVGES to identify this fossil. The example that I found in the book is small and in grayscale, and visual representations of this plant are lacking online. Any help in confirming or identifying this fossil would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  12. I hope this is the right place. I am hoping to find some spots in these areas. I'd prefer Carboniferous as opposed to Devonian, or Miocene/Eocene. Would any of you know any spots? Maybe road cuts, or abandoned quarries those sorts of places? I'd be willing to pay for access if need be. If you don't feel comfortable outing it, please PM me. Thank you!
  13. Devonian Trilobite Pygidium

    Was looking through some small fossils that I’ve found, and I decided to take a closer look at this pygidium, and the smooth outline and small bumps lead me to believe that this may not be an Eldredgeops rana - what I usually find. It’s from the lost river, Mahantango formation. Thanks!
  14. ? fossil

    I found this imprint on a rock in my backyard. I live on the Potomac River in Shepherdstown West Virginia USA
  15. Devonian Marine Plant/ Bryozoan?

    Found at the Lost River roadcut site, never found anything like it since. My initial assumption was that I’d found a marine plant, but the world of fossils is a broad and mysterious place, so I wanted to know what you guys think. Let me know if you need anymore info, and thanks!
  16. Mystery Fossil from the Lost River - no idea!

    Here with another fossil, and I’m pretty sure this time it’s actually a fossil Distinct striations on a smooth impression in the shale. Just half an inch longways and about .4 inches tall. Found at the regular Lost River cut, Middle Devonian age. Thanks guys!
  17. Middle Devonian Conulariid

    Hello again. Today I have what may be a conulariid from the Lost River. General consensus on my Instagram was that this was a conulariid, but I’m wondering if anyone here has anything else they might be able to tell me about this thing it’s exactly one inch across, and the small circle on it is a little Brachiopod I hope the pictures are good enough - let me know if i need to post something else. ‘Also for future reference, should I do individual IDs or do them all on one big thread? Thanks!
  18. Another Lost River Mystery Fossil

    This one is very strange guys. I was cleaning my fossils off and had noticed this strange shape - I thought it was dirt until it didn’t wash off. I found this in the Middle-Devonian aged Lost River roadcut near Wardensville. It’s got a thick outline that comes off the shale a little bit, but it shows up pretty bizarre on the camera. Let me know if I need to upload different images. Thanks everyone.
  19. Possible fish scale from the Lost River?

    First post, long lurker! I found this fossil a while back at the well known Lost River outcrop on old Route 55 near Wardensville. It’s about an inch tall and across, and has an intricate, almost web-like pattern when you look close enough (my camera has a hard time picking it up!) I thought it may have been some kind of coral or bryozoan - but someone mentioned it may be a Hyneria scale or scale of some similar fashion, and that I should ask here. Any ideas guys? Thanks!
  20. Is this bone

    Found in building that got tore down. 20200421_210347.heic 20200421_210323.heic
  21. Looks like something

    Hello all. I am no expert, just curious. I visited Greenbrier County West Virginia last July and picked up a few rocks along the banks of the Greenbrier River. After inspecting this one, I found what appears to be scales along its surface and a foot (arrow pointing). I have a lepidodendron root my uncle gave me the 1980s and it made me interested in fossils, just wondering if anyone can tell me what I’m looking at. Either way it’s a pretty neat find for me. If I should post more pictures, let me know. Thanks for any and all help!
  22. New location, still in Eastern Panhandle WV. One picture has the tip of a pencil so you can see size. The circled part...I am not sure. Are the shells brachiopods? I see some crinoid stem in there. Thank you for your insights.
  23. Are these Crinoid Stem?

    These were found in the same place, in black shale, in West Virginia. Are these both crinoid stem? Thank you for your help!
  24. We split open this rock yesterday and it has a mirror image of two things I am not sure of. #1 I see some shell... #2 Vegetation?
  25. Here are a few things I would love to know what they are: #1 Black shale that we used years ago to make a decorative siding for the barn, what are those shallow pits? This rock is about 7 inches long. #2 This came from a different area in the Eastern Panhandle that was near a large creek. #3 Same thing as #2? Thank you for your help!
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