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Some rare finds (from Georgian bay formation - Toronto)


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I managed to get my hands on some very rare stuff (at least in terms of my local area) while hunting this last month in the Georgian Bay Formation in Toronto, Canada. Some of these fossils have been some of the nicest I've ever found, and will probably look even better with a little cleaning.

 

Let's start things off with the usual nautiloids with a side of bivalves:

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Treptoceras crebriseptum I love these plates so much - they are currently some of my favourite fossils in my whole collection at the moment :)

 

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Treptoceras crebriseptum for the first three, the one on the far right might be a different species as it has a unique spiralling pattern....

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Some MASSIVE nautiloid chambers, the biggest I've ever seen!!!

 

 

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A bunch of Rafinesquina brachiopods (I think). These are usually somewhat rare but I've found a lot recently so that is pretty cool

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A couple Ambonychia and what I believe are Pholadomorpha pholadiformis.

 

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A close up one the Pholadomorpha pholadiformis in the middle - one of the most exceptionally well preserved specimen I have ever seen!!!!

 

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Next up we have some corals and bryozoans from Credit River:

 

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A little scenery to kick things off.

 

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I don't have an exact ID on these at the moment though :/

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Now for the good stuff:

 

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My very first Conulariida that I've found ever!!! I was very excited about this. (sorry the photos didn't really turn out well due to the surface of the rock).

 

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This was a very bittersweet find. Although it was a gorgeous trilobite, the rock virtually disintegrated as soon as i tried to get the layer off, leading to a couple lost chunks :( But regardless of that I am very very happy about this! (makes up for the last trilobite I found which fell in long grass - never too be seen again)

 

And to tone things down a little here is avery large bryozoan chunk:

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Bottom side (does anyone know what these patterns are? I've seen them on a bunch of the bryozoans I find....

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Next I have some In Situ fossils that I decided to leave for others to chip away at:

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MASSIVE crinoid plate (was probably about 70 cm long in total) [I did take a small chunk of this one to go because it was very nice].

 

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A nice slightly weather nautiloid.

 

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A very pretty nautiloid split. I was going to try and extract them and then decided against it because they were just too pretty - I didn't want to risk ruining this beauty <3

 

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A whole plate full of some really good quality Pholadomorpha pholadiformis.

 

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And this was really interesting! I find what looks to be the  relics of an ancient civilisation. Civilisation IV to be exact :heartylaugh:

 

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And finally some nice scenery pictures from the trip back and the places I visited:

 

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Gorgeous car with loads of style despite being a little rusty and missing the whole front third

 

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Another car with a little less rust and a little more engine hahaa

 

 

 

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(Scenery continued)

 

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Kermit the frog, in situ

 

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A cute little snake (turns out they are venomous so I should be a little more careful next time) Turns out they are NOT venomous as this isn't a massasauga rattlesnake. 

 

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Orange skies from the cycle back home.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the post!

 

-Em

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Tidgy's Dad

Tremendous finds. :b_love1:

Congratulations on the conulariid. Conularia formosa, I think. 

The larger nautiloid bits may be Endoceras proteiforme. 

Coral - Favistella. 

The brachiopod is Rafinesquina alternata, if I recall correctly. 

And the massive crinoid is another orthoconic nautiloid. 

What a good days hunting! 

I think my good friend @Monicawould like to see these. 

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@Tidgy's Dad Adam, of course I'd like to see these! :fistbump:

 

I'm especially fond of the conulariid - very nice and not common at all in these parts!  Great job, Em! :dinothumb:

 

Re: the coral from the Credit River - I think it's Favistina calicina, although @FossilDAWG would know for sure. :)

 

Thanks for showing us your great finds, Em!

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Congratulations on the conularid. Very sweet!!! But when it comes to nautiloids, you're the man!

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4 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Tremendous finds. :b_love1:

Congratulations on the conulariid. Conularia formosa, I think. 

The larger nautiloid bits may be Endoceras proteiforme. 

Coral - Favistella. 

The brachiopod is Rafinesquina alternata, if I recall correctly. 

And the massive crinoid is another orthoconic nautiloid. 

What a good days hunting! 

I think my good friend @Monicawould like to see these. 

Thanks! I super appreciate the ID as well :)  I honestly can't tell if I'm learning how to properly hunt fossils, or if it's mostly just luck...hard to tell.

 

3 hours ago, Monica said:

@Tidgy's Dad Adam, of course I'd like to see these! :fistbump:

 

I'm especially fond of the conulariid - very nice and not common at all in these parts!  Great job, Em! :dinothumb:

 

Re: the coral from the Credit River - I think it's Favistina calicina, although @FossilDAWG would know for sure. :)

 

Thanks for showing us your great finds, Em!

Thanks! I thought you'd find the conulariid interesting, thanks for the ID to0! I'm accumulating all the ID info and making a big document so I can finally ID the rest of my collection (even if the ID's arent professionally done, it's still something to work work).

 

3 hours ago, Jeffrey P said:

Congratulations on the conularid. Very sweet!!! But when it comes to nautiloids, you're the man!

Aye thanks!!! I actually almost threw the hash plate back in the river until I noticed the conulariid right at the last second. I honestly have too many nautiloids at this point and I gotta find someone to trade with or donate, or else they are going to take over my entire room. It feels like a dollar-store museum in here haha

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Tidgy's Dad
1 hour ago, Emthegem said:

:)  I honestly can't tell if I'm learning how to properly hunt fossils, or if it's mostly just luck...hard to tell.

Bit of both, I should think. :)

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Nice Fossils! The conularid is an exceptional find.  
 

PS the snake was most definitely NOT VENOMOUS.  

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12 hours ago, erose said:

Nice Fossils! The conularid is an exceptional find.  
 

PS the snake was most definitely NOT VENOMOUS.  

There is only one venomous snake in Ontario, the Massasauga rattler. It is endangered and in a small portion of Ontario far from the delicate people of the GTA. :P :D Fear not! As Erich says, this snake is not venomous.  

 

Of course, plenty of garter and other snakes around. Just leave them be. They are an integral part of the ecosystem. :) 

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Great Report and I love the pictures and finds.

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Looks like a hognose...not poisonous

 

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6 hours ago, Emthegem said:

 

 

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This was a very bittersweet find. Although it was a gorgeous trilobyte, the rock virtually disintegrated as soon as i tried to get the layer off, leading to a couple lost chunks :( But regardless of that I am very very happy about this! (makes up for the last

Trilobite, not trilobyte! ;) With your rendering, remember that these asaphids have 8 segments, not 12+. Sorry to be pedantic, but I love trilobites! :D 

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Arizona Chris

The orthocones are awesome! and What a find, that conularid.   

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FossilNerd

Nice finds as usual Em! I see why your first two plates of Treptoceras crebriseptum are some of your favorite finds. Beautiful! :wub:
 

 

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@erose @Malcolmt @Kane Yes, sorry I thought it was a Massasauga at first, I'll edit it in the original post. Do you guys know what species it is then?

 

1 hour ago, Kane said:

Trilobite, not trilobyte! ;) With your rendering, remember that these asaphids have 8 segments, not 12+. Sorry to be pedantic, but I love trilobites! :D 

Oops, I keep accidentally writing that the wrong way :headscratch: And the picture was just a quick 10 second sketch for reference because the fossils is somewhat hard to see as it is (I'll make it more accurate next time :)

 

1 hour ago, Arizona Chris said:

The orthocones are awesome! and What a find, that conularid.   

Thanks :) !!

 

1 hour ago, Nimravis said:

Great Report and I love the pictures and finds.

Thanks! :)

 

1 hour ago, FossilNerd said:

Nice finds as usual Em! I see why your first two plates of Treptoceras crebriseptum are some of your favorite finds. Beautiful! :wub:
 

 

Thanks!! I want to display them in the house until I move out, but my mom HATES when I put my fossils around the house :shakehead:

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JUAN EMMANUEL

Hi Em, 

Congratz on your special finds. I've found Conularia formosa specimens in 2 of Etobicoke's running water bodies, and I have not heard of any being found in Etobicoke Creek yet (the creek didnt offer a lot when I hunted there).  

I hope your Isotelus molt on the shale is stable. They really do degrade fast and are unpredictable. 

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Also I have crystallized, calcite specimens of bivalves (Modiolopsis ovata and concentrica) just like your specimens. Im assuming you found them in shale? Those calcite fossils sometimes sporadically occur on the shale in my experience.  

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The snake looks like a immature Northern Water Snake.

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Wrangellian

You are finding some good stuff there, Em (everyone seems to agree!).

I'm glad you left that split orthocone piece as is, I think I would have as well. Nice one.

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9 hours ago, Emthegem said:

Thanks!! I want to display them in the house until I move out, but my mom HATES when I put my fossils around the house :shakehead:

I have a similar situation except it’s my wife that doesn’t want my fossils spread around everywhere. I’ve been confined to a fossil “room” (more of a corner in the open basement.) Which is fine by me. My own little sanctuary! 

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  That snake is the unknown Striped Pointed Bull Nose snake.  Deadly poisoness!!  :)   Just kidding.   Lots of good pictures.  You live in an good place to hunt for fossils.

 

RB

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