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#1 squalicorax

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:19 PM

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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Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:25 PM

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

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:42 PM

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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Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:44 PM

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

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:50 PM

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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Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:52 PM

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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Posted 14 November 2011 - 01:24 PM

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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Posted 14 November 2011 - 01:55 PM

düd killer trip! i've dabbled just slightly in the waldron and you did quite well.
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 04:14 PM

Great day out,how far from Indy central is the quarry?
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 04:53 PM

Nice report !

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 05:16 PM

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,

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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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Posted 14 November 2011 - 05:29 PM

For what I know,yes!

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 07:31 PM

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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Posted 14 November 2011 - 07:59 PM

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

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:05 PM

Good report and pics! :)
Thanks for sharing with us!
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 06:30 AM

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

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 09:45 AM

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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Posted 15 November 2011 - 12:40 PM

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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Posted 15 November 2011 - 07:15 PM

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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Posted 15 November 2011 - 11:16 PM

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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