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BrennanThePaleoDude

I embarked on a two day excavation trip in an attempt to find the raptorial appendage of Anomalocaris but only came home with about 300 Olenellus schucherti heads, some worm burrows, Wanneria bodies and heads, three Tuzoia, an inarticulate Brachiopod and some possible hyoliths, sponges and cyanobacteria. I am hoping to head back soon and do a paper on the locality!

Here are a handful of my coolest finds!

 

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Wrangellian

Very nice! I was there in Aug 2019 and we only had a couple hours so I did not find nearly as good/much stuff as you did. I did find one of those brachs (probably smaller than yours) and the thorax of a smaller trilo, I don't think it was an Olenellud. Was hoping for a Tuzoia but knew it was a long shot. Good to hear the site is still accessible.

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Tidgy's Dad

Very nice trilobites.

Is this the Eager Formation? 

And the brachiopod is undescribed?

Yummy. :b_love1:

 

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fossilhunter21

Those are some awesome finds! :)

 

congrats!

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BrennanThePaleoDude
17 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Very nice trilobites.

Is this the Eager Formation? 

And the brachiopod is undescribed?

Yummy. :b_love1:

 

This is the Eager formation, though I am unsure if the brachiopod is described. I was hoping to do some digging into that or ask the locals! 

It may make for a good paper :b_idea:

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Wrangellian

Keep me apprised on that ID/new description, I have a label that needs to be made. :tiphat:

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35 minutes ago, Wrangellian said:

Very nice! I was there in Aug 2019 and we only had a couple hours so I did not find nearly as good/much stuff as you did. I did find one of those brachs (probably smaller than yours) and the thorax of a smaller trilo, I don't think it was an Olenellud. Was hoping for a Tuzoia but knew it was a long shot. Good to hear the site is still accessible.

Thank you! I was always in the same boat with a few hours at the site at a time. Now that I live closer I've found even long grinds have low luck on the rare stuff :blink:

There is one other small trilo at the site, was the thorax long?

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2 minutes ago, Wrangellian said:

Keep me apprised on that ID/new description, I have a label that needs to be made. :tiphat:

Will do! :D 

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BrennanThePaleoDude
24 minutes ago, fossilhunter21 said:

Those are some awesome finds! :)

 

congrats!

Thank you so much! :D 

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Tidgy's Dad
1 hour ago, BrennanThePaleoDude said:

This is the Eager formation, though I am unsure if the brachiopod is described. I was hoping to do some digging into that or ask the locals! 

It may make for a good paper :b_idea:

I think I read somewhere that there are three species known from the formation, but none of them described. 

I'll see if I can find the reference tomorrow. 

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Wrangellian
41 minutes ago, BrennanThePaleoDude said:

There is one other small trilo at the site, was the thorax long?

It's an average-proportioned thorax, sort of like an Elrathia (but no idea what it really is).

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Just now, Wrangellian said:

It's an average-proportioned thorax, sort of like an Elrathia (but no idea what it really is).

Very interesting!! If you have a photo handy I would love to see! The trilos at the site lucky have very distinct bodies as well 

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Wrangellian

I hope this is good enough, but can try more shots. I have the part and counterpart. The scale cube is 2cm, so as you can see it's about 1cm long.

 

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Jeffrey P

Really nice finds. Congrats. Love the preservation of those cephalons and that little brach. Good show!!!!

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FranzBernhard

Thanks for sharing your finds! Any chance for site or in-situ pics ;)?

 

6 hours ago, BrennanThePaleoDude said:

Now that I live closer I've found even long grinds have low luck on the rare stuff :blink:

Isn´t that the reason why they are rare ;)?

Good luck on your further diggings!
Franz Bernhard

 

 

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IsaacTheFossilMan

Super :envy:, those are some gorgeous finds! 

 

Say, do you wanna trade places for a few days? Weeks? Years?

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IsaacTheFossilMan
12 hours ago, BrennanThePaleoDude said:

This is the Eager formation, though I am unsure if the brachiopod is described. I was hoping to do some digging into that or ask the locals! 

It may make for a good paper :b_idea:

 

Keep us updated! Tidgyus sp. is a pretty good name... ;)

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On 11/6/2021 at 8:25 PM, Wrangellian said:

I hope this is good enough, but can try more shots. I have the part and counterpart. The scale cube is 2cm, so as you can see it's about 1cm long.

 

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Very interesting!!! I know exactly what it is! That is an immature Wanneria, which is pretty rare at the site! Their bodies are quite different from the adults which stumped me for a second but the plural spines gave it away!

Here is a resource to verify that as well :) 

Living Landscapes (royalbcmuseum.bc.ca) 

There is a pretty cool comparison of the two life stages mid way down the page!

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On 11/6/2021 at 11:56 PM, FranzBernhard said:

Thanks for sharing your finds! Any chance for site or in-situ pics ;)?

 

Isn´t that the reason why they are rare ;)?

Good luck on your further diggings!
Franz Bernhard

 

 

Oh yeah for sure!!! :D

Here are a few I have on hand!

 

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19 hours ago, IsaacTheFossilMan said:

 

Keep us updated! Tidgyus sp. is a pretty good name... ;)

Definitely! Haha that has a good ring to it, I will keep it in mind :Wink1:

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19 hours ago, IsaacTheFossilMan said:

Super :envy:, those are some gorgeous finds! 

 

Say, do you wanna trade places for a few days? Weeks? Years?

I mean I am always looking for help on these big endeavors :zzzzscratchchin:

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FranzBernhard
18 minutes ago, BrennanThePaleoDude said:

Here are a few I have on hand!

Thanks so much! I love to see the context of the specimens. So as you have already said, this seems to be an already heavily worked area.

Franz Bernhard

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IsaacTheFossilMan
13 hours ago, BrennanThePaleoDude said:

I mean I am always looking for help on these big endeavors :zzzzscratchchin:

 

I would be more than obliged! I've never hunted outside of the UK :notworthy:

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Wrangellian
16 hours ago, BrennanThePaleoDude said:

Very interesting!!! I know exactly what it is! That is an immature Wanneria, which is pretty rare at the site! Their bodies are quite different from the adults which stumped me for a second but the plural spines gave it away!

Here is a resource to verify that as well :) 

Living Landscapes (royalbcmuseum.bc.ca) 

There is a pretty cool comparison of the two life stages mid way down the page!

Aha, thanks. Nothing new then, but new in my collection (as of 2 years ago).

Are you digging into the bedrock there? We didn't have much time to do that when we were there so we were all mainly flipping over loose pieces and splitting some of them, and still found stuff. I guess other collectors before us were only looking for complete trilos and other rare things so they would leave the partials such as cephalons.

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21 hours ago, Wrangellian said:

Aha, thanks. Nothing new then, but new in my collection (as of 2 years ago).

Are you digging into the bedrock there? We didn't have much time to do that when we were there so we were all mainly flipping over loose pieces and splitting some of them, and still found stuff. I guess other collectors before us were only looking for complete trilos and other rare things so they would leave the partials such as cephalons.

I was getting down to bedrock, but found more from surface collecting/splitting! Pretty strange how much is always leftover on the surface each time anyone visits! 

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