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Work and weather have kept me from doing much fossil collecting these last couple of months. :angry:  But I was finally able to photograph finds from my last outing. I found some interesting stuff I think.

We'll start with my favorite find..

 

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This is the large blastoid Xyeleblastus magnificus. They're always found crushed to some extent (even the holotype.) This is only the second blastoid I've found in the Fort Payne!

 

 

Did well with the crinoids that day

 

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A very nice Agaricocrinus sp. with the stem attachment point exposed (they usually have that area filled with matrix.) Also shows an unusual texture that I havent seen on other specimen in my collection.

 

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Another Agaricocrinus sp. calyx slightly damaged and with calcite coming out from between the plates. Agaricocrinus is one of the three most common genus from that formation. Another being.....

 

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Alloprosallocrinus conicus. I never find one with the anal tube intact, most likely from them being transported and deposited.

 

Heres a slightly rarer one...

 

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Gaulocrinus veryi

 

I normally don't collect stem sections anymore, but I did decide to grab this large section....

 

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Its a Platycrinites sp. stem. They are distinctively twisted.

 

This is my second favorite find of that trip..

 

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Its and Auloporid coral (most likely Cladochonus sp.) wrapped around a crinoid stem section!

 

 

More later...

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Fossildude19

These are awesome finds, Jim!  :envy:

So different than what I can find in my hunts!

Congratulations on the great variety.  :) 

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Nautiloid

Those are some nice looking crinoids!! Congrats on the successful hunt :)

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16 hours ago, Fossildude19 said:

These are awesome finds, Jim!  :envy:

So different than what I can find in my hunts!

Congratulations on the great variety.  :) 

 

Thanks Tim! Its still mostly echinoderms that I find, but the little coral was nice too! ;)

15 hours ago, Nautiloid said:

Those are some nice looking crinoids!! Congrats on the successful hunt :)

 

Thank you!

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Ludwigia

Great finds, Jim! I just wish we had some descent crinoids in my area.

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minnbuckeye

Love the crinoid finds!! Makes me want to take a road trip south to look for some crinoids and get out of the snow. 

 

Mike

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FossilDAWG

I'm envious of your crinoid finds! :wub: :wub: :wub:  very very nice!

 

Don

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21 hours ago, Ludwigia said:

Great finds, Jim! I just wish we had some descent crinoids in my area.

 

Thanks Roger! You do! Those free floating ones from Solnhofen are very nice! :) 

18 hours ago, minnbuckeye said:

Love the crinoid finds!! Makes me want to take a road trip south to look for some crinoids and get out of the snow. 

 

Mike

 

Me too! Come on down, be glad to have ya! :D

18 hours ago, FossilDAWG said:

I'm envious of your crinoid finds! :wub: :wub: :wub:  very very nice!

 

Don

Thanks! I just wish I could find some complete crowns, but the calyxes are neat too!

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Ludwigia
2 hours ago, JimB88 said:

Thanks Roger! You do! Those free floating ones from Solnhofen are very nice! 

Yes, Jim, I know about those, and also the Devonian ones from Bundenbach and of course the famous Encrinus liliformis, which are anyway hard to get at these days. I just meant in my immediate area.

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8 hours ago, JimB88 said:

 

Thanks Roger! You do! Those free floating ones from Solnhofen are very nice! :) 

 

Me too! Come on down, be glad to have ya! :D

Thanks! I just wish I could find some complete crowns, but the calyxes are neat too!

I was thinking southern Iowa, but maybe I should rethink! Thanks for the offer.

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Jeffrey P

Fort Payne has been very good to you Jim. Congratulations. Love to sample those someday. Thanks for sharing your joy. 

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8 hours ago, Jeffrey P said:

Fort Payne has been very good to you Jim. Congratulations. Love to sample those someday. Thanks for sharing your joy. 

 

Thanks Jeff! Next time your in Kentucky let me know, we can collect some Fort Payne goodies. :thumbsu:

8 hours ago, Misha said:

Amazing finds!

Thanks!

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