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Found 8 results

  1. To continue discussion on the specimen listed here, with renewed focus on it being a Cephalopod. As of right now, I'm deciding between Solenocheilus and Ephippioceras. Going directly by the book: Index Fossils of North America (1944, 1980 printing), I can see positives for both. Solenocheilus (Lower Mississippian to Lower Permian, IN, IL, MO, KS, TX and Europe) Recommended by a local expert, but doesn't specialize in Cephalopods. Ephippioceras (Mississippian in Europe, Pennsylvanian, Ohio to Kentucky, Nebraska to Texas) The raised line along the midline of the plate photo is what is selling me on this one. My specimen is much larger than the plate, but not quite double the size. So, two new photos of the specimen. First, looking at the line: (After seeing it this way, I was looking at it 90 degrees in the wrong direction) Flipped, End over end. So, any opinions? I was thinking of removing more matrix from the matrix heavy size, but it will certainly remove the shell material and leave the steinkern.
  2. Late Carboniferous Oyster or Clam II

    A second large Clam or Oyster? I dug a huge piece of limestone out of the hill and split it into three with a sledge hammer so that I could actually pick pieces up. After the heat this weekend, they were easy to pick apart once I got them home. Yesterday, I found the first piece. This is the one I found today. When it came out of the rock I was a bit shocked at how large it was. I carefully tapped around the specimen and was able to remove most of the surrounding rock carefully. This is the larger of the two pieces I found this weekend. I have less confidence in identifying it as has less features than the first piece. You can see shell material flaking off in the 3rd and 4th photos below. The fossil after I found it: Then, once I removed it from the rock:
  3. Late Carboniferous Oyster or Clam

    I love and hate finding large fossils. They are really interesting and striking to look at, but I have a hard time getting an ID on them. I dug a huge piece of limestone out of the hill and split it into three with a sledge hammer. After the heat this weekend, they were easy to pick apart. Yesterday, out popped this piece. There is another one I found today that I will be posting after this one. This piece has several wavy ridges. The shell material looks pearly, and perhaps some calcite replacement has happened. There was a piece of shell stuck on the mold portion as well. I'm seeing about 6 distinct ridges. Anyone know what it might be? Before I removed it from the rock: Several views after removing, trying to show the ridges:
  4. Long shot micro fossils

    Two mystery mini fossils. I’ll include scale photos, with marks at 1/2 mm. I’m on the lookout for Carboniferous Trilobites, and examples I’ve seen are very tiny in this formation, no more than 1/2 inch long.
  5. Brachiopod, but which one?

    By far the most detailed Brachiopod I’ve found to date. The top impression, which isn’t shown, appeared to have two larger bands running down the center. The small piece in attachment 3 was somewhat of a steinkern or impression below it. Scale line is 1cm. Photos taken with a DSL through a microscope. This came from eroded Limestone.
  6. Brachiopod?

    This one showed up after a rock split. The steinkern was really shiny and smooth. Usually the shell is hard to save, but I was able to when air chiseling away at this one. There are noticeable grooves on one side.
  7. I am going to start adding some images of my favorite finds which I call Collection Pieces. Identifications range from maybe, probably to most likely. I've only started to seriously collect over the past year. I've spent a great deal of time studying and learning Geology, as a hobby. I am located in Western Pennsylvania. At first, a map of the area. Anything in bright yellow is the Glenshaw Formation. The Ames Limestone layer exists between the Glenshaw and the Casselman Formations, which is the Orange color on the map. I have yet to explore the Ames Limestone, so I've only found fossils that exist in the marine zones below the Ames. Second and Third, are Metacoceras. The Fourth photo is of another Metacoceras. The id is slightly less likely as I can only see a few of the rounded spines. But I'm pretty sure it is one. Coming up next is a Mooreoceras that I found just this past weekend. I maintain everything on a website, that is listed in my profile. Thank you! Clint
  8. Pennsylvanian Clam?

    Found this one in the eroded limestone. It came out in two pieces. I believe it to be a clam. You can see it dimensionaly through the top. I'm still going to clean it up further.
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