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Today I got into the city (Chicago) a little earlier than I wanted for a family party, so I drove a couple miles North to Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop in Evanston, to see if they had anything that I was interested in and also to see if he had a display of echinoids in the museum.

 

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I did not buy anything today and they did not have a display of echinoids in the museum.

 

Here are a couple pictures of what they had for sale, without the price tags. This is just a sampling of things. After I post those pics, I will add pics of a couple fossils from the museum. You may have seen some of them from before, but I forget what fossils I take pics of.

 

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Now these next pieces were really cool and I have never seen them before, I should have asked the price.

 

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Now here are a few of the fossils in the downstairs museum- fyi, I did not take any pics of Mazon Creek fossils this time, the are on other posts that I did of Dave’s in the past.

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The trilobites are always a delight (although many of them are incorrectly labeled in terms of taxonomy and locations -- thus spake the trilo-nerd :D). 

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His museum is something else.  Those Russian belemnites with pyrite are cool.

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flipper559

Very cool place !!

My wife and I took a ride up there about a month ago !!

Love it !!

 

Thanks for sharing all the nice photos Ralph !!

 

Rock On !!

 

Phil

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Just looking at the pictures I posted of these pieces and they do not do them justice- they are really beautiful.

 

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Wrangellian

A lot of amazing stuff in there. Thanks for the tour (again)!

I'm surprised how many people can't spell 'Ordovician', even while pretty much everything else is spelled correctly.

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1 hour ago, Wrangellian said:

A lot of amazing stuff in there. Thanks for the tour (again)!

I'm surprised how many people can't spell 'Ordovician', even while pretty much everything else is spelled correctly.

Well on one of the tags Canada was spelled incorrectly.

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Wrangellian

Huh!  I notice spelling mistakes all the time but 'Ordivician' is so common I had to comment. (I believe the 'Ordoviciam' was a typo... but on a label?)  :s_confused:

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16 hours ago, Nimravis said:

Now these next pieces were really cool and I have never seen them before, I should have asked the price.

These are from Karachay-Cherkessia, Albian (not sure why 175 mya). They are not expensive (at least here)

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7 hours ago, RuMert said:

These are from Karachay-Cherkessia, Albian (not sure why 175 mya). They are not expensive (at least here)

Thanks for posting the pics, until yesterday, I have never seen them before. I was reading that the belemnites are replaced by flint and that if they are back lit, they are cool looking. 

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Hi,

 

Very nice fossils ! Does pyrite represent the organic part of belemnites ?

 

On 2/20/2022 at 8:20 AM, RuMert said:

 

 

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The 1st pic is marvelous ! And the crystallization form on the 2nd one resembles what is called "sperkise" in the north of France (Cap Blanc Nez) about marcasites.

 

Coco

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4 hours ago, Coco said:

Very nice fossils ! Does pyrite represent the organic part of belemnites ?

 

Thank you! Honestly no idea as I haven't worked with such belemnites, just saw them in fossil shows (pics are from the local forum)

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FranzBernhard

Some years ago, I came across a paper describing pyrite or marcasite nodules at the opening of fossil gastropds preserved in life position. It was an Austrian occurrence, but I don´t know the name of the site, age or language any longer. Maybe someone is able to google it up? I was unsuccessful...

Meanwhile, I have found a brand new paper about an old Austrian fossil site of Triassic age. See literature.
Franz Bernhard

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MarandaP

I love Dave's! I recently left Chicago for New Orleans, but this place got lots of my money over the years. My favorite part is of course the basement museum, and the fact that they were playing Pink Floyd every time I went down there! :)

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Tidgy's Dad

Wow! 

Can't believe I missed this thread. 

Amazing stuff. :default_faint:

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I need to swing by there sometime. I actually was parked in front of them when running up to Evanston to mail my taxes the other day, but I didn't have time to stick my head in. Next time, maybe!

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On 2/19/2022 at 1:40 PM, Kane said:

The trilobites are always a delight (although many of them are incorrectly labeled in terms of taxonomy and locations -- thus spake the trilo-nerd :D). 

 

Yeah, well, Daphoenus isn't actually a "dog" and Archaeotherium isn't really a "hog" either but you got to give the kids a reference point.  Gyroptychius is misspelled too. 

 

That Eohippus skull is cool - rare peice (usually only teeth and jaw sections are found).

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I actually stick my head in here yesterday and there's some really great stuff. I was really impressed by the Mazon Creek fossils; some of those fish and arthropods are just fantastic! 

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