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Found 23 results

  1. Large Rock Found in Creek Bed

    I found a large rock (about the length of a cinderblock and probably the same weight) with an indentation of something. Anyone know what this could be? Just curious.
  2. New spot

    Tried a spot on the side of road suppositly devonion. Looking for trilobites or anything I could find. Never searched for them before. A little disappointed I did not see more fossils, even broken ones. I found a few very small possible fossils and an interesting rock that sparkled in the sun. Pic first not do justice.
  3. Strange Formation On Road Cut

    This on a high wall on a road cut along side of the end of rt 34 in Hamlin Lincoln CO WV, its about 20 ft above the road about 625ft above see level and about 60ft above the mud river am i correct in assuming that this hole was caused by a torrent of water whipping that boulder around inside there its about the size of a medicine ball. Ive seen these on the bottoms of creeks but never up on hillside like that. What kind of flow would it take to do this as far as feet per second i know theres a formula just cant think of it
  4. Eusphenopteris?

    I was hiking in Berkeley county WV and last week and came across this fern fossil? I'm a neophyte when it comes to fossil ID but wanted to know if anyone could give me some idea of what I found? Thanks, Matt Orsie - Hedgesville, WV
  5. I found this fossil around 4 years ago in a creek in West Virginia. I'm curious to know if it is possible to determine the time period when this fossil might have formed, the possible creature it might have been, and just more about it in general. The fossil is composed of a very deeply embedded scale pattern that is about 2.5 inches in diameter. Only about 1/2 of the fossil is very visible, and the fossil is in a layered black rock. The fossil appears as though it is long, like a snake would have been, but unfortunately I only have a small portion of the original fossil, so it's hard to tell. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  6. Gastropod? Nautiloid?

    I was looking through some older finds and I found this guy from West Virginia, wardensville site. Needmore shale, middle Devonian in age. Any one have a possible ID? I'm not familiar with the gastropods (or nautiloids) of this formation, because I've only been to the site once. Thanks!
  7. Should I/ how do I prep this?

    I recently took a trip to the lost river site in West Virginia (Devonian, needmore fm) and I found a few partial trilos. Here is a plate that has at least three ( I assume Eldredgeops, but I have to see the cephalon first), and I'm wondering how I can tease them out. The shale is delicate (already had to glue a little just in case), and the three trilobites lay under about 1/2 an inch of stone, which is just a painful amount to go through with a manual scribe (which I lost, so I need to get a new one). I don't really wanna take my chances with a split, so what should I do? Is it worth sending to a pro? thanks!
  8. Heading to WV This Weekend

    We are heading down to Athens, WV this weekend to visit some friends who just moved there from the midwest. None of the four of us knows the area. Anyone have any suggestions for a reasonably short road trip to do some hunting in their vicinity?
  9. Spots in Southern WV

    Hey guys, I was looking for some fossil sites in the southern WV area. Google doesn't seem to be of much help. I did find the Lost River area and I plan on visiting that soon. If anyone knows of a place that would be awesome!
  10. Hi folks, My area in eastern WV is primarily devonian but the map shows some areas along the river as quaternary. The next time I go there, I plan to investigate some of the high banks, small cliffs and generally keep an eye peeled for anything out of the ordinary. What, if anything could I expect to find in this area ? Just wondering what features to focus on and what might be there ....... if anything. Thanks for any guidance.
  11. Fossil Bird? Hatchling perhaps

    A friend of mine own 30 acres along the ridge of North Mountain near Martinsburg. He uses an excavator to find stones for stone masonry. Walking the site the other day I noticed this laying in a cut. Thought it was fossil plant, closer look seemed to show feathers and long neck head with beak? Most of fossils I've seen there have been marine life. Could this be a bird?
  12. More Mahantango oddities

    More rocks I split (again thank you to @Rocky Stoner for them) and I found a few of the first one, a type of bryzoan? Next I have two things I notice do on a rock that has a trilo cephalon on it. . The thinner bar I'm guessing is a burrow, but I don't know what the thick bar could be. Lastly a bivalve? Any ideas on its identity? I have a few of them.
  13. Trilobite pygidium

    Found #6 last night. Only a small portion was exposed, I scratched the matrix away to expose the rest. I wish I had learned earlier what to look for more specifically. I am certain that I have overlooked more of what I am looking for than what I have found. Thanks again to all for you guidance, experience and willingness to contribute. Kindest regards.
  14. A few more confusing bits...

    I'm still splitting some of the West Virginia mahantango rocks @Rocky Stonergave to me, and I found these too things. One broke as it fell out, so I'm hoping very hard it's not a trilo that I broke the next one also has horizontal lines on it, and a ridge in the middle, which reminds me of a pygidium. I'm not gonna get my hopes up though, what do y'all think?
  15. Two dotted objects

    Two more weird things from @Rocky Stoner's rocks (thanks again to you). Middle Devonian, mahantango formation. Weird bulb with dots popping out the top, and another perforated shiny thing. Positive and negative shown.
  16. Here is the largest brachiopod that I have found here yet. I could see the very end of it in the matrix and it was loose. The chunk didn't break exactly where I wanted it to, never does, but it came out OK. It was cracked into a few pieces so I glued it back together. Finally found one "eatin' size". Cheers.
  17. Lost River - Spring 2017

    From my first true fossil excursion, Lost River WV. Most of the finds were shells and such, but a few anomalies turned up. So this is a part 'Fossil Hunting Trips' part 'Identify Help'. Sorry for the long thread, but the file sizes are too large. (One of the weirdest and most diverse of all of the finds was this.) ID Help... (These things were everywhere, but this was the most profound of them.)
  18. Plant Fossil Prep

    Have a box-ful's worth of fragile plant fossils. I've heard of a glue-water-mix preparation trick but don't know exactly how to do it or if it is the best way to go at it. The fossils are in a sandy-black shale and some are fragile enough to break just by holding them. If this has been posted before just send me a link to the original. Thanks;
  19. Tree Bark? Coal Mine Exposure

    Might be a case of pareidolia but these oddly shaped rocks resemble something... First to me looks like tree bark. (is it real?) Second i have no idea what it looks like (most likely just a weird way the rock broke) [Found in Kanawha County WV, Dunkard Group]
  20. WV Localities

    If anyone has any material/links on West Virginian fossils and/or localities feel free to add to this page- I am going to continue to gather up resources on the state and post on here. LINK: <> https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/User:Abyssal/Paleontology_in_West_Virginia - Very brief explanations for localities in Eastern WV <> http://donaldkenney.x10.mx/STATES/WV.HTM - Largest collection of localities for WV I've seen to date, however, some that are listed are just locations that have only been known to contain one fossil. (^ Links I've found so far ^) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (V Links posted by other members V) Looking on the western end of West Virginia, but everything is useful. (Links will be credited.) Thanks.
  21. After some research on the geological structure of my home state - West Virginia, It has come to my attention that what I once thought to be a land barren of fossils is actually very large plethora of different age rocks being oldest - extreme east, and newest rocks - to the west. But something odd turned up on some of the maps and papers in my scavenging through records of professors in paleontology or geological surveys: Quaternary rocks are riddled all throughout the state, almost as if a large region was once covered but now is reduced and weathered away into small outcrops in random places. I have known for a long time that the state fossil, Megalonyx Jeffersoni, is from the obvious newer rocks. However, the discovery of this skeleton was not dug up but rather found in a sealed cave away from the forces of nature. If I were to visit an area where these rocks are present, could I expect any turn-ups or just expect to find rocks that are of the age but contain absolutely nothing. Cenozoic fauna are definitely not my specialty (far from it, Cambrian) but I'd be willing to check it out after some research by me and input from others. PS, I certainly do not expect to go to an area like this and find fossil of a mammoth or saber-toothed tiger or any such animal (<-- I believe these aren't native to the area), but even the impression of anything could lead me on a journey that, again, I'd be willing to take. Here's the photo that is the reason I am typing this right now-
  22. Devonian Fossil Hunting Trip

    Hi all! So I am a new member here, but I've been a lurker for about 3 months or so, trying to take in as much information as I can! My sister and I are looking to go on a fossil hunting trip in northwestern VA/WV and I was wondering what we'd need? We're at hunting outside of Lost River Park in WV(known as The Needmore Formation, Roadside quarry is the part we're looking into going). I've heard it's a pretty popular area, and that most people leave with at least something. Anyway, I figure for that area, I'd be bringing a stone hammer, chisel, screwdriver, and maybe a brush for basic tools. Is there anything else you'd recommend us to bring? Also, I've seen a lot of general tips for fossil hunting, but is there any tips/advice you'd be willing to offer us as first time fossil hunters? I've always been into geology and dinosaurs, but this is the first time I've ever done anything like this, so we're super excited! Any secret spots you'd be willing to share would be awesome too Thanks! Amber
  23. Stigmaria?

    This fossil was found in the scree at the base of a road cut in Nicholas county, WV at an elevation of about 2000 feet. I suspect it is stigmaria. Any insights?..
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