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Monica

As usual, I love the Leptaena brachs and the calcite-encrusted nautiloid :wub::wub:

 

Congratulations on all of the trilo-bits, too - amazing stuff! :dinothumb:

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Kane

A nice 4 hour dig in the Bois Blanc in search of Terataspis

Deb found this fragment where a lot more is buried under the matrix.

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Kane

It is tricky stuff to work with. Whatever is visible on a surface has likely been eroded or chipped. Splitting the rocks does not abide by nice and neat planes. 

 

Some big, although sadly eroded, pieces. What appears to be part of a thorax, and half a pygidium.

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Kane

These may not look like much, but two of these continue into the rock. The one pygidial spine does not likely continue. This will be a prep job to uncover a lot more.

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Tidgy's Dad

Interesting.:)

I look forward to seeing the results, we know what good work you're capable of producing. 

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Malcolmt

Looks like you had a good day. Weather was great today got the garden turned

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Kane
15 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Interesting.:)

I look forward to seeing the results, we know what good work you're capable of producing. 

Thank you, Adam. :) I know those results may take some time even with some of the right tools. I hope it will be night and day compared to what appear to be just little bumps and stains!

15 hours ago, Malcolmt said:

Looks like you had a good day. Weather was great today got the garden turned

It was definitely warm and sunny. It was the first time this season I was grateful for lugging water to the site. I'm still hoping phase one of reopening also includes hoboes with oboes. :P 

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Kane

Haven't been able to get out for a while. Apart from a few Ordovician fragments just to say I bumped into a few of the species this year, nothing eye-popping. 

 

Just for continuity's sake, a Rusophycus from the Georgian Bay Fm. 

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Monica

That's a very nice Rusophycus, Kane! :wub::trilo:

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Kane

Just keeping the thread warm before (hopefully) some new spots to check out in the weeks to come.

 

Haven't been out much at all since June for a number of reasons: the heat, tapping out sites, some sites that have become permanently or temporarily inaccessible, and work (the need to pre-record all my lectures for the next academic year due to the pandemic).

 

I've been out... twice since June 13. First visit to a local spot on July 26 was a bust. Some Bois Blanc Fm bits: ventral fragment of Calymene platys, and a beat-up Burtonops butt. Not worth taking home.

 

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Kane

Not long after sunrise today, made my way out back to my Amherstburg/Lucas Fms material. A photo of the area I would be focusing on:

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Kane

I managed to dig up some of the buried bigger boulders for some splitting. There are probably at least 10-15 distinct types of bryozoan in this material, but this one occupied a lot of room. Other photo is a Crassiproetus glabella.

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Kane

Speaking of Crassis, fairly numerous pygidia today: 

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Kane

Curiously more numerous than usual, some Mystrocephala and Trypaulites.

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Kane

Pseudodechenalla bits are far too common in this material, but here is an obligatory specimen. Also pictured here is a nice shell fossil I don't see as often, and not commonly complete.

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Kane

At one point, I needed to relocate as a hive of hornets did not take kindly to my coming uninvited to their rock party. 

 

A good pair of eyes is needed to make some sense of the occasionally very busy chopped up hash layers. There is a lichid fragment in the first piece. The second photo is more Crassi, or possibly fossilized Devonian Doppler effect. :P 

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Tidgy's Dad

It's interesting how sometimes one runs into pockets of more unusual species. 

I guess in that exact time, at that precise location, conditions were perfect for them. 

Or they all took their holidays together and there was a disaster, of course. 

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Kane

And finally a much more clear example of lichid, Acanthopyge contusa.

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