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Fossils From Cooperstown, Ny. What Are They?

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hartwickfossil

Found in Phinney's Creek in Upstate NY. Just outside of Cooperstown (Baseball Hall of Fame). Shells and other fossils in limestone.

Can someone identify starting left to right? THANKS!!

Mark

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sixgill pete

While I cannot help you with your ID, I will say they are very very nice. Makes me want to make a trip to the Hall of Fame even more now.

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Fossildude19

Hello, and welcome to the Forum. :)

The one on the left is an imprint of a brachiopod, Mucrospirifer mucronatus.

The stone in the middle has multiple impressions and molds of some type of Rhynchonellid brachiopods.

The third stone, on the right is full of impressions of crinoid stems, and individual crinoid columnals, which together make up the stems.

Neat finds.

Regards,

EDIT: The area around Cooperstown is great for fossils.

Right up there along Rte. 28 , heading towards Fly Creek there are a few spots for good fossils.

And the Fly Creek Cider Mill has outstanding apples, cider, and baked goods! :wub:

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hartwickfossil

Thank you again. Can I bug you for one more today? This one is about the size and roundness of a quarter. Found in Phinney's creek as well. Looks like a little shell in embedded in the bigger round fossil. Looks like nostrils in there! Thanks!

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Fossildude19

Hartwickfossil,

You are more than welcome. ;)

That one looks like an impression of the internal structures of a brachiopod, maybe something like Tropidoleptus sp.

Regards,

EDIT: This website is a good one for looking at to familiarize yourself with the fossils in your area.

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Ptychodus04

Tim said it all, excellent identifications of fossils and food.

Caution: Don't get the two mixed up!

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Carl

Behind Tim all the way. And thanks for posting such gorgeous fossils!

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hartwickfossil

Ok. So I found this at the lower part of Phinney's creek last year. I thought it looked like petrified honeycomb?? Quartz or calcite. Very excited to hear. Thank you!

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Fossildude19

These look like corals,... maybe a Favosites sp. coral.

More Pics HERE.

Regards,

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Auspex

...I thought it looked like petrified honeycomb??...

So it does; that's why a lot of folks call it "honeycomb coral" :)

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hartwickfossil

Amazing. Thank you!

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Herb

Favosites looks good for an ID on the coral.

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kwilson

Mark, I would agree with the above IDs, and would suggest that your fossils are from the Panther Mountain Formation of the Hamilton (Middle Devonian) Group. See: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~kwilson/Devonian/DevSites/FlyCreek_Cooperstown/FlyCreek.htm for some fossil very similar to yours from the Rte. 28 site.

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hartwickfossil

Not sure if these are fossils? The porous rock is actually quite heavier than it looks. Both found around Phinney's Creek not far from Route 28.

Thanks ya'll. Best, Mark

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Fossildude19

Mark,

I'm not getting a fossil vibe on these at all.

Looks like some kind of volcanic/metamorphic rocks to me? :unsure:

Hard to tell from the pictures, - they could be limestone or sandstone as well.

Sorry, geology is not my strong point.

Regards,

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hartwickfossil

Thanks Tim. I've done a little googling and it does look like a volcanic rock. especially porous one.

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Auspex

Thanks Tim. I've done a little googling and it does look like a volcanic rock. especially porous one.

Maybe a cinder/clinker?

Plenty of iron foundries up there, way back when.

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Plax

looks flinty to me, could be chert after limestone Poorly preserving some fossil structure (bryozoan or coral?)

Could still be clinker though as Auspex has said

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