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Muddy Devonian Hunt

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Caleb

On Sunday, October 14th, I joined in on a field trip to the Devonian of Eastern Iowa. As usual, trilobites were my goal, but I do enjoy finding other surprises. The forecast started out great earlier in the week, and by Friday it looked like it was going to be a rather pleasant day with a slight chance of rain in the morning. However that changed drastically on Saturday. They were forecasting 1-2inches of rain, possibility of severe thunderstorms, and 20-30mph winds. A little rain wasn't going to scare me off, so I was at the gates of the quarry shortly after 8am. The rain broke for a short while during check-in and for the drive into the quarry but resumed with a vengeance.

The goal of this trip was to find trilobites, specifically Proetids and Greenops, but Eldredgeops are always welcome to take a ride back to Wisconsin. Fish material, nautaloids, and echinoderms are always a possibility as well and are also more than welcome in my collection.

Once we got into the quarry, I spotted a bunch of promising material from the car. I geared up and made a beeline to one of the large slabs I saw and to my surprise and delight were 2 Eldredgeops. I didn't want to waste any time breaking them out as I found them, so I marked them with red duct tape and continued my search. While walking to assist another collector, I spotted my best to date Proetid lying on a piece of shale between some boulders. This made the trip a great one. Toward the end of the day I was walking the bedding plane of one of the benches and found a little rolled Greenops, this made the trip an exceptional one. Greenops are quite rare in this formation and it's always exciting to find one in any condition.

The rain stopped around 1pm and at 4:30 it was time to go home. The tally for the trip was: around 20 Eldredgeops, a Proetid and Greenops, Crinoid calyx, and a couple fish parts that I gave away. I also found some Millerite that I gave to one of my collecting cohorts who like minerals.

Little Cedar Formation

Middle Devonian

Johnson County, Iowa

Double Eldredgeops norwoodensis

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Rolled Eldredgeops norwoodensis and a large horn coral

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Rolled Greenops sp.

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Crassiproetus sp.

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Crinoid calyx

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zachj

nice trilos man!

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Northern Sharks

That was quite a haul and you should have some gems once they're prepped. Makes me anxious to get back out hunting -3 weeks is too long a break

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mikeymig

Man I love the Devonian! Would like to see them again after your prep. The Proetus is your prize for the day I would assume.

mikey

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Caleb

Thanks guys, even though it was rainy windy and cold it was a great trip! The proetus was certainly the find of the day for me. The rough prep has been done, now just need to hit it with the air abrasive, should be finished early next week. I have to wait because I'm not that great with the equipment yet to do it myself.

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Missourian

Nice pieces all.

It is always a thrill to come out with the not-so-common along with the common.

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squalicorax

cant wait on the Crassiproetus!

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Malcolmt

Excellent!!!!!.... you are having a very good year.

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Fossildude19

Well Done indeed, Caleb!

Congratulations, and thanks for posting them.

Regards,

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Ludwigia

Great finds, Caleb! Your eagle-eye is developing. Keep up the good search.

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fishguy

I really wanted to go on that trip only get in that quarry once or twice a year. Wife had other plans for me. Looks like you had a good day.

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trilobiteruss

Awesome finds!

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Caleb

Here's the Crassiproetus before and after photos and a little blurb about the bug. My father did the prep on this guy.

Crassiproetus arietinus

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squalicorax

It turned out excellent caleb. Good work finding it and good prep by your father.

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Ludwigia

Well done!

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Caleb

Thanks, I'm very pleased with how it turned out. Now I just need to make some space for it in my display.

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