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Rockin' Ric

I got to go fossil hunting on Saturday for Carboniferous/Pennsylvanian fossils. When we got to the site we were greeted with frost covering everything! Some of the stone was frozen in the piles and we had to wait for a thaw before removing any that looked interesting. The first picture shows some of the frost crystals present on some of the stone. The first 4 hours on site I didn't find what I was looking for...fern fossils and a possible trackway? As we were wrapping up to leave I came across this slab of shale partially buried with a fern frond visible on the surface. Being the fern collector I dug the stone out to split thinking the entire 3' x 2' stone contained fern fossils. As I began to split not only did I find ferns but these Tetrapod Tracks! The stone didn't split evenly like most do, and this one was aggravating an example in in the 3rd picture where two different set of tracks can be seen on two different layers! The tracks and trackways were split as shown into many pieces instead of a continuous track across the slab. These are a few my favorites including other fossils found in that one slab, not including the partial Nautiloid in the last picture. I was told these tracks and trackways belong to the Cincosaurus cobbi and Nanopus reidiae? Love the first picture, if you see at the bottom there is a Alethopteris pinnue impression overlapping one of the tracks. Also the detailed pos/neg print of the Whittlseya...I did get my ferns as well as the tracks and other fossils to boot! 

 

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Those are so cool! I didn't know that plant fossils and tracks could be found together like this

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Wow! i would dream to find tracks!

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Fossildude19

Amazing finds, Ric! 

Awesome.  :footprint2:

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FossilDAWG

Looks like you had a great day!  I'm sorry I couldn't make it, looks like I missed out on a lot of fun.

 

Don

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historianmichael

That first trackway is really impressive! :envy: What is a Whittlseya? I have never heard of it before.

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PaleoNoel

Nice! Always love seeing these tracks.

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Wow, I didnt expect those when I opened up this post!  Quite nice indeed!

 

RB

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Jeffrey P

Congratulations Ric. Those tetrapod tracks are very impressive- museum worthy! Thanks for sharing them. 

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deutscheben

Holy mackerel, another great set of prints. These are so cool!

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Fossilis Willis

This such a cool find. I'm guessing the slab that these were found in wasn't in situ? It would be neat to "follow" them to see where they lead. One of my plant fossil localities turns up the occasional set of bird tracks, but have yet to find one.

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FossilNerd

Great finds! Love the trackway. :footprint1::b_love1:

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Those are great tracks, someday I have to get out to a location with trackways.

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A ++++! Those are seriously nice specimens...of everything.

 

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A++ for those trackways. Heck of a find!

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FossilsNS

Very impressive tracks! Your posts are making me eager to get back out into the field once the snow melts. 

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Those trackways are very nice!  Seeing those little fingers and toes is cool!

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

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Sjfriend

Excellent finds. Beautiful examples of tracks. As @Fossilis Willis stated, would be great to find in the bedding plane and see how far you could follow 

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Nautiloid

Great finds! Those tracks are quite interesting :Smiling:

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