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JUAN EMMANUEL

The first major event to wash the creek was the nasty February winter we had in the city. Let's recall the ice that melted and went down the creek back in March.

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Then fast forward to June. I believe the city had rain during the first 2 straight weeks of June in which I remember seeing many creeks being flooded continuously for several days. Then gradually the rain stopped, I waited for some time to give the creek's water level to drop low again, and that's when I set off to visit the ravines of Mimico Creek.

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JUAN EMMANUEL

I made small but frequent visits to the creek, because the exposures were small and scattered throughout the map.

One of my trips this year began back in March. I ended up collecting these two fossils when the snow melted.

The first is a cluster of Whiteavesia pholadiformis pelycopods on limestone.

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The other thing was a small but complete juvenile Treptoceras that I uncovered from the shale.

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JUAN EMMANUEL

I went back to the same location when it got warmer in June and I ended up finding the first complete Flexicalymene granulosa of the year :wub:

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I had to be careful with extracting this fella out of the shale.

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Raggedy Man

:goodjob:

It's always a good day when you find a trilobite!

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JUAN EMMANUEL

Finally!

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I remember seeing a couple hunt at this very exact same spot at the same day but I cant believe they`d missed this.

I also found another complete Flexicalymene granulosa at the same location but on an another separate date.

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Yay for trilos!

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JUAN EMMANUEL

Thanks Raggedy Man!

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Fossildude19

Apparently they don't have the eye for trilobites yet.

Good for you, not so much for them. :)

Great finds and nice report ...but please,... let's NOT rehash last winter.... .Bbbbrrrrrrrr! :blink:

Regards,

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JUAN EMMANUEL

I also found other fossils throughout other locations. I found these through separate and quick trips at different dates.

These are clams I found in shale.

Unknown clam (a juvenile modiolopsis species perhaps?)

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Another Whiteavesia pholadiformis specimen on shale.

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JUAN EMMANUEL

Thanks so much Fossildude19!

More clams.

Modiolopsis ovata.

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I also found these Cincinnaticrinus stems on limestone. This just fell off from the top of a cliff when the rains occured.

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Ludwigia

Great to be able to make such nice finds in the middle of the big city. Timing was good too. The early bird gets the trilobite.

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JUAN EMMANUEL

Thanks Ludwigia!

Then i found some more cephalopods too. I ended up finding two Endoceras speciemens, one I took and kept. i found them both at separate locations and dates.

The first one was small, the one I kept.

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JUAN EMMANUEL

The other one that I found was just too huge.... and it was troubling trying to figure out how to extract it, since the phragmocone is shale and would flake and crumble the moment I lift it off with my tool. I ended up abandoning it after all the excavations. I put a nickel on top of it for scale.

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JUAN EMMANUEL

There were also other Flexicalymene granulosas to be found in the shale at different locations, but the moment I uncovered them it turned out that they were incomplete partials. How heartbreaking.

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This one crumbled into pieces right after I carefully took it out of the shale. At first impression I thought it would be a nice complete and stable one, but it crumbled beyond the hope of being repaired.

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JUAN EMMANUEL

I cant wait for the next flood at the creek this summer. Oh wait, it already is on again from last night`s sudden thunderstorm. I also should mention that this year, due to the erosions that happen, new sites are in the process of being exposed again at the creek. I remember, this early April, seeing a wall of shale being exposed again after it was developed over and buried a long time ago. I cant wait to uncover more fossils as time progresses at this creek.

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ZiggieCie

Great Fossils. Great photos. Great story. Great trip.

THX for sharing. :yay-smiley-1:

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Malcolmt

Your doing good.... never managed to get there to hunt and I live pretty close. Hope you got all the flexi and can prep it up ........ Looks pretty complete and very prepable.....

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FossilDAWG

Looks like you have a great site there. If you take some consolidant such as Butvar with you in the field you may be able to save some of those fragmenting trilobites too. How are you prepping your finds?

Did you ever get a chance to look for that Streetsville site I told you about a long time ago?

Don

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grandpa

Love the bivalves.

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Paul1719

Those are some great 3d fossils! And right where you live! I just took my 16 year old son, Ian to Ridgemount Quarry, ON, 7.5 hour trip. We were chased out Sat. by the rain but outran it enough to stop at Little Creek, Little Falls, NY for some Ordovician fossils (Triarthus) and what appears to be a similar orthocone cephalopod but very 2d.

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JUAN EMMANUEL

Those are some great 3d fossils! And right where you live! I just took my 16 year old son, Ian to Ridgemount Quarry, ON, 7.5 hour trip. We were chased out Sat. by the rain but outran it enough to stop at Little Creek, Little Falls, NY for some Ordovician fossils (Triarthus) and what appears to be a similar orthocone cephalopod but very 2d.

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Oooh nice cephalopod! Yeah, I don't know why but it's been raining too much lately here in the GTA and as a result the creeks flood too often, which means that no exploration can carried out. Perhaps this is the result of global warming??.....

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JUAN EMMANUEL

Some more fossils from Mimico! Because this week we had some heavy rainfall and the creek flooded yesterday. I quickly rushed to see what new stuff has surfaced.

The first rainfall occurred back in Tuesday but it wasn't as heavy as what fell yesterday and I found these nice specimens.

A nice calcited Treptoceras crebiseptum with a nice colour.

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I also found this partial Isotelus maximus where the shale got washed out by the water. Its approximately 14.5 cm long.

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I also found some nice complete Flexicalymene granulosa specimens. Here is one of them in situ.

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And today, after yesterday's heavy rainfall and flood at the creek, I found a Conularia specimen on formation's limestone. I've never found one before at Mimico creek and red that they are quite uncommon here. The Conularia is about 6 cm long.

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I also found an inarticulate brachiopod, Schizocrania sp. , and a bunch of other pelycopods common to the formation.

Schizocrania sp.

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JUAN EMMANUEL

One of the common pelycopods all over the place, a Modiolopsis concentrica

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Ridgehiker

All great finds....however, the Conularia is even more special. I've only ever found a few and always from younger Carboniferous formations. The detail of your specimen is exceptional for Ordovician.

It's amazing what one can find in a city. I went to University in Montreal and would poke around ravines, road cuts, building sites, etc. Found Silurian brachiopods, corals and tiny cystoids.

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ZiggieCie

Love your finds. Keep sharing. :popcorn:

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