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Hi all, me again.

 

Went on an expedition with my dad to show him what I do on my free time :) . Did some research into nearby formations and saw a promising one was in Gore VA. After casing the place in google maps dad and I arrived there at highway 50 we started on the road cut across from the meeting place.

The formation seemed promising from the road, but after finding only the same old brachiopod molds and crinoid stems I saw it as a bust.

Not deterred, I set on doing a little more follow up research and found that the Legendary store was nearby. After relocating we started to look and our luck turned around for the better. I bagged two of the biggest and best preserved Trilobites so far. And Dad found some weird things splitting shale that I had no idea what they could be.. Pictures below, any comments, corrections or ID's would be appreciated.

 

 

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This trilobite has a funny story attached to it. I spotted it laying fossil side up in the scree a foot away from my bag after slipping. After laughing at the sheer coincidence of it all I said that this is a lesson to check every rock you can when fossil hunting. 

 

on the cliff itself I found this one after splitting open the rock a bit revealing the tail of a trilobite. after careful Extraction, I wrapped the piece in tinfoil and  cleaned it up at home. 

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after some light prep work I was giddy to find out that this was a mostly intact enrolled trilobite. while the Cephalon was missing, the thorax and tail were present and folded onto each other. this is easily one of the better pieces I have found. 

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next come the mysteries I have no solid idea if these are anything good or not but I figured I would ask you folks.

 

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The trilobites are likely Eldredgeops rana.

Mystery items, cropped and brightened:

 

Brachiopod internal mold:

 

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Another, I think:

 

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Orthocone cephalopod, possibly something like Dolorthoceras sp. or Bactrites sp.

 

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49 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

The trilobites are likely Eldredgeops rana.

Mystery items, cropped and brightened:

 

Brachiopod internal mold:

 

20211025_140339.jpg.1141696bf64b862d8d994527455054d3.jpg

 

Another, I think:

 

20211025_140242.jpg.c744c1a109bff8da640d2c9951681eb3.jpg

 

 

Orthocone cephalopod, possibly something like Dolorthoceras sp. or Bactrites sp.

 

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Orthocone was what I was thinking as well, good to get some confirmation!

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KompsFossilsNMinerals

Great report, and even greater finds!!!

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On 10/25/2021 at 3:49 PM, Fossildude19 said:

Orthocone cephalopod, possibly something like Dolorthoceras sp. or Bactrites sp.

 

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Yeah it's Bactrites

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HynerpetonHunter

I have at least 10 from a old roadside shale & sandstone quarry near Seven Stars Pa. Also Mahantango Fm.

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