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  1. BeforeDinosaurs

    Getting Started In Southeast Wisconsin

    I'm excited to get into fossil collecting, but before I spend money on gear, I'd like to be able to make an informed decision. The fossils I'd be collecting are from the Silurian age Racine Dolomite. I know that Estwing tools are generally considered the best, but other than that, I am completely unsure as to which hammers and chisels would be most appropriate for breaking these apparently very hard rocks, or even how to go about using them. I know a spot on a friend's property (by the Milwaukee River) where there are a bunch of Silurian rocks piled up, so I don't think access will be a huge p
  2. citrine.colubrid

    Fragment of something

    I spotted this thing in a hash plate and I'm wondering what it could be. I'm assuming it's a fragment of something like everything else it is jumbled with, but I don't really recognize it as anything. Found in SW Wisconsin in the platteville formation.
  3. citrine.colubrid

    Fossil Algae?

    I've got this big hash plate that I collected last year and I somehow didn't notice this thing poking out until now. It looks like an algae to me. Found in SW Wisconsin in the platteville formation.
  4. I graduated college back in May, and since my graduate program did not start until September, I was fortunate to have quite a bit of time this summer to explore further away from home. I've been slowly prepping and cataloging over the past couple months, and figured I would share some of my favorite finds that I haven't shared yet. First up is dump piles of Silica Shale (Middle Devonian) in Paulding, OH. My university was not far from here, so this is really where I started fossil hunting. I've been here quite a few times, so most of what I found I already had in
  5. Jim K

    Brachiopod

    Last week we took a ride to Lake Michigan to do a short search before the weather turned bad. The previous day had strong winds with large waves and I thought we might find some interesting things. We found plenty of Favosites, Halysites, and Rugose corrals as well as some of the other usual finds. The one unusual find was what I believe to be an internal mold of a Pentamerus oblongus brachiopod. I don't find many brachiopods and as such I'm not 100% sure on my ID. Please confirm or correct. Thanks in advance. Jim
  6. I'm slowly making my way through finds from the summer and have come across a couple specimens I don't recognize. The first one is from the Platteville Formation of SW Wisconsin (Middle Ordovician). The second one is from the Maquoketa Formation of NE Iowa (Upper Ordovician).
  7. I found these 2 specimens (molds unprepped) of the trilobite Calymene celebra, the official Wisconsin state fossil, in the Silurian of Wisconsin.
  8. citrine.colubrid

    What is this?

    Just came back from a short trip to the driftless region of SW Wisconsin and we found a strange fossil in a road cut. I thought it was an algae at first, but I can't find any similar images. Sort of just looks like the rims of a rugose coral, but tiny? Found in Platteville formation.
  9. Here are 2 more Halysites 'chain coral' that I found in the Silurian of Wisconsin. The rocks were soaked in diluted muriatic acid for several hours, to partially dissolve the matrix and reveal the chain corals.
  10. My wife and I went on a 7500+ mile ramble to break out of our COVID doldrums. Due to the virus we had to change up many of our original plans... which conversely added a number of additional fossil hunting locals as they allowed us to mostly avoid our fellow humans and maintain social distancing by many many miles. As part of our trip preparations my wife sewed us a number of masks, including a whole series of fossil hunting masks for me. Originally we were supposed to stay in Chicago, but we elected to avoid staying in the city, so we only got to do a drive by
  11. minnbuckeye

    Stromatolite? Sponge? UNKNOWN!!!

    I had attempted to ID similar fossils awhile ago but feel they were lost in the trilobite photos. So today, I will only present these new unknown "blobs" from the Cambrian , Eau Claire Formation of western Wisconsin in hopes to definitively ID these. Maybe they are even geologic. Good Luck!!!!! Mike
  12. I found this rock containing a Halysites 'chain coral' in the Silurian of Wisconsin. I soaked it in diluted muriatic acid for a few hours to partially dissolve the matrix and reveal the silicified coral fossil. Photos are before and after acid treatment.
  13. aek

    Ordovician trilobite

    Going through old stuff and found this. Measures 1cm.Platteville formation(?), WI. Any ideas?
  14. Lducharme842

    Please help what is this?

    Found in southern wisconsin about a mile away from the Mississippi River.
  15. This weekend, I have to drive up to Michigan to finish moving out of my apartment since I graduated, so I thought I would hit up a couple spots along the way. I'll hopefully have plenty of pictures to post here, but my fossil-filled week began earlier than expected so I'll start with that. I couldn't sleep much yesterday and ended up getting up way too early, so I figured I would go check out a Middle Devonian spot (Milwaukee Formation) in SE Wisconsin. I think this spot is pretty well known, so I wasn't expecting to find much. The fauna is pretty similar to what I find in the Silica Shale in
  16. Mschaecer81

    More Id please

    Found in grant county SW Wisconsin. Ordovician period... Need help ID
  17. Mschaecer81

    Trilobite Id please

    Found in grant county SW Wisconsin. Ordovician period... not sure what formation is. Need help ID
  18. Mschaecer81

    Planning trip

    Hey everyone, was thinking about traveling to southwestern Wisconsin for some fossil hunting. I want to learn how to looking for trilobites.... but I have no experience over there. I prefer get together with someone for fun! Let me know. Send me message. Mike P.S. is midwestpaleo.com down for good?
  19. Fossils of the Milwaukee Formation: A Diverse Middle Devonian Biota from Wisconsin, USA GSA abstract and video https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020NC/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/342396 https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020NC/meetingapp.cgi/Session/50685 PDF file https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335831201_Fossils_of_the_Milwaukee_Formation_A_Diverse_Middle_Devonian_Biota_from_Wisconsin_USA
  20. Kirst

    Found in Wisconsin - Help ID?

    I found this in our yard years ago while digging for landscaping. Does anyone know what this might be?
  21. Daniplus2

    WI fossils NOT boring!

    During this fine pandemic, I thought I'd post some of my sweet fossils for your enjoyment! Besides basic corals, arrowhead (NICE), petosky stone before ocean tumbling and one after, chain coral, hexagon coral, weird exploded "rock", shells and crinnoidy things, I don't know their names (and I'm okay with that!). If you want to tell me, cool, if not, tell me if you like them! Beside being sick, raking, having the kids at home, I'm going cuckoo. I've always loved pretty sparkly rocks and nature, and the naturally occurring structures of nature. Plus, they're cool.
  22. fernwood

    Shark in Wisconsin, USA?

    Location: SE Portage County, Central Wisconsin, USA. Geology: South Western advance of Green Bay Glacial Lobe. Former Glacial Lake Oshkosh. Niagara Escarpment Debris. My land. Ordovician onward. I am still shaking. Went on first walk of the year in my fields. Found these, along with a few other fossils. Have never found any teeth, other than modern ones here before. My questions are: What are they? Look like shark to me. What era, species? Is this a significant find for my location? These look way too clean compared to my other fossil finds here. Is someone m
  23. Normally Winter in Wisconsin isn't the prime time to look for fossils. Today we had record high temps. and decided to take the chance and drive 2 hours to the lake. My concern was ice piles on the shore line and they were well founded as many areas were not accessible. We found a spot which was accessible but the waves were washing up to the ice piles. Good enough. We were wearing knee high boots but still left a bit wet from some of the larger rollers. Our efforts were rewarded with numerous corals and a few other possible fossils as well as many interesting rocks. Here are some of those we f
  24. I found all of these (possible?)fossils in a trout stream in an old patch of forest in waupaca county Wisconsin. Any ID help would be appreciated. Thank you
  25. Does anyone have experience with the Middle Ordovician brachiopod faunas of the upper Mississippi Valley? I came across this odd fragment in rocks from a quarry in south-central Wisconsin. To my knowledge they are known in North America only from the Appalachian Basin (Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Newfoundland), not the interior basins like the Illinois basin. Has anybody else seen this critter or similar in the Platteville? As far as I am aware, the only species documented from the Platteville that looks anything like this is Megamyonia unicostata, but that h
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