squalicorax

St Paul Indiana

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Got a chance to collect in the St Paul Stone Quarry in St. Paul Indiana.

The quarry is silurian aged waldron shale

here we are waiting at the gates

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The quarry is mined for dolomite and the uneconomical waldron shale needs to be cleared away.

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We were driven to a particular area to collect at. They had dumped piles and piles of shale on the ground with fossils weathering out everywhere.

Heres me after the long day of collecting

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I forgot to take in situ pics because I was so overwhelmed with the fossils.

here are some of my finds

My best Eucalyptocrinus crassus calyx

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A Eucalyptocrinites elrodi calyx

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Unknown Calyx

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Calymene Trilobites

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Dalmanities

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Brachiopods

Leptaena

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Unicinulus stricklandi

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Fardenia subplana

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Eospirifer radiatus

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Platyostoma

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Decachisma blastoid which made the regulars very upset because it was my first time collecting there.

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Sponges

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Favosite coral balls. bigger ones around an inch or two

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Great report was this a club trip?I have been wanting to go there myself.

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Yes it was with the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (esconi.org)

It was my first trip with them and everyone was so nice there and I hope to attend more trips with them.

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What a great trip! Excellent finds! The Waldron Shale has been on my "wish list" for a long time.

Don

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Thanks Don. You'll have to come up to Indiana to get some of the Waldron goodies. It defiantly was one of the best Paleozoic spots ive been to.

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Great trip, very nice finds. I was wondering before it was asked how you gained access... seems the only way anymore is with a club.

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Congrats on the finds, I have also found most of that stuff that day also. Except the trilos, and blastoid. I have some bigger stuff I need to have prepared, as seeing I believe there is stuff in them I just dont know how to go about it without ruining it. I also found a cephlapod section that day also. Ill try to post pics later. It was nice huntin with ya by the way dude.

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düd killer trip! i've dabbled just slightly in the waldron and you did quite well.

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Great day out,how far from Indy central is the quarry?

Love the finds and what afab looking quarryMeg%20Dance.gif

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Nice report !

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Great report and nice finds. The Waldron Shale is always in my dream.

Same question, do you have to be in a club in order to get access to the quarry?

Thanks,

Wei

Great trip, very nice finds. I was wondering before it was asked how you gained access... seems the only way anymore is with a club.

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For what I know,yes!

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What strikes me is the variety of fossils found there. :o I have never been to a place

where trilobites and blastoids could be found at the same place.. I love that

quarry! I enjoyed reading about your trip too.. :)

I have never seen Favosite coral balls before either.. Way cool!!

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Yea I'd be curious to find out if its open single collectors.

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Good report and pics! :)

Thanks for sharing with us!

Regards,

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Nice report. Love those shots of the quarry, and those trilos!

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Yea I'd be curious to find out if its open single collectors.

Not sure about single collectors. The insurance liability for these quarry's really drags down the access to them.

the quarry is about 40 minutes from Indianapolis.

thanks for looking everyone, it really was a great day.

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Dude, you made out well there despite the small collecting area. Congrats! I am especially drolling over the tiny blastoid. :) *drool*

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Thanks Shamalama, I did use your blog for identification of alot of my finds so thanks again.

Also that enrolled trilobite is actually an Otarion

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Great trip report! I was also on the trip and will post some pictures when I get things cleaned up. Congratulations on the blastoid. Those are tough to find.

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hey RCFossils. I probably talked to you on the trip but never introduced fossil forum name.

I remember one guy had a whip scorpion nodule at the quarry gates that was unreal.

Do you have air abrader to prep your finds?

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Hmm small world. I remember you were the guy that Tom and John were talking about the rest of the day for finding one of the few Blastoids known from that quarry. You had a very good day, way to go!

Mike

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Ha yup that was me. "That punk young kid finding all the good stuff on his first visit."

I fossil collect a lot so I hope it wasn't beginners luck...

Really fun with you guys on that trip, I hope to do another with you guys soon.

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I doubt it. I have done this for years and you have good trips and bad ones. You just had a really good one.

It was a wired year though in terms of finding good stuff and I pulled out four prone Calymene that were complete which is not usual. I tend to find perhaps one enrolled one if I'm lucky and perhaps one or two for the whole group per trip. This trip everyone was finding them. And then earlier this year in May a lot of unusual Crinoid material was found. So overall it was a good year there. You were with the Wisconsin group I assume?

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I air abraded some of the fossil from this site recently over break

Blastoid Decachisma

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Brachiopod Anastrophia or Unicinculus

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