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Bev    147
Bev

 

It all started with Raggedy Man coming over from Wisconsin to fossil hunt SE Minnesota Bluff Country on Labor Day weekend camping out by the trout stream in my yard.

 

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He was after the other parts of the rare trilobite he had found here on his last hunting trip. And he FOUND a large part of it! I will leave it to him to post the picture.  :-)

 

The next day Fossilized6s showed up to hunt and we had a blast hitting various sites, I got tired and they went out until dark. I am posting some of the highlights of the trip, the full trip and lots more pictures are here:

http://www.bluffcountryfossils.net/blog/labor-day-2016-with-tff-friends/

 

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I had salmon, rebaked potatoes, and garden beans on the grill for them when they got back as Charlie had set up his tent also.

 

The next day PapaDave joined us!

 

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R-L: Raggedy Man, PapaDave, and Fossilized6s comparing notes and where to go.

 

After pouring through some of Sloan's book (THE BEST for Minnesota) we decided to head out and hunt some sites off of my new Forestville Fossil Hunting sites map and see the famous Rifle Hill Quarry.

 

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All three of these guys were focused on trilobite hunting, so I set them up with the most likely trilobite sites.

 

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Rifle Hill Quarry is famous in the fossil literature from the 1800s, so we just had to see that.

 

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My thinking is that in the 1800s they were excavating through the shale layers at the top of the quarry which is very fossiliferous, not so much today.

 

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We over-viewed a couple of sites and then hit 3 sites, and that is when Charlie came up with a trilobite! "Finding this makes the trip worthwhile!" he said.  :-)

 

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Then we went to a site where I had found a trilobite last time Raggedy Man was here and had given it to him. PapaDave found this beauty!

 

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Old Bev was getting tired by then, so I convinced them to go to the premiere gastropod quarry in Minnesota - my personal favorite.

 

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I wish I had some pics of the finds, maybe they will post them in replies, but Raggedy Man came up with a nice big Maclurites sp. (an index fossil for the Ordovician) and PapaDave came up with some beautiful cephs and gastropods.

 

Here are several of PapaDave's finds from that hunt:

 

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Cephalopod

 

Continued...

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Bev    147
Bev

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A complete Fisherite.

 

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A beautiful gastropod.

 

Raggedy Man and Fossilized6s went out hunting again after they brought me home and PapaDave departed. They found a layer of trilobites at one of my favorite spots!  We just ordered pizza that night. They left the next morning, fossil hunting their way back to Wisconsin. But before they left, we chatted about them coming back later this month or early next month after a couple of hard frosts, to lay the weeds down and fewer insects and snakes, and even possibly having a TFF Meetup!

 

My personal favorite for this hunt was a beautiful Hormatoma sp. gastropod - I'm a gastropod girl!  LOL   :-D

 

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But my backpack was definitely heavy from two days of fossil hunting!

 

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I went out to explore some new spots and found FIVE what I believe to be virgin, not fossil hunted before, NEW fossil hunting spots! All within about 20 miles of Spring Valley on roads I hadn't driven before - yes, I got lost, so we'll see if I can find them back! They were all shale layers too.  :-)'C

 

On the way back I stopped at O'Connell's Excavating here in Spring Valley and found this awesome Maclurites' rock sitting on the pile.

 

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I wanted that! So the next day I went back when they were open, but it had already been spoken for. However, I did find this GREAT BIG cephalopod hanging out in their pile of monolithic rock.

 

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Wow, the living chamber is even showing on this one!

 

I had a fossil hunting class through Eagle Bluff Skills School coming up on Saturday, so I immersed myself into cleaning and rearranging the fossil barn which was loads of fun as I found fossils I hadn't seen in a couple of years! Plus we had some torrential downpours of rain which means a whole new crop of fossils for the class.

 

Continued...

 

 

 

 

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Bev    147
Bev

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As you enter.

 

For whatever reason I'm getting a over limit on MB flag, and this is only 164k so I don't get it, so hopefully I can tell the rest of this tale with  or without pics.

 

Anyways I spent the week immersed in my fossil barn and am still rearranging it.  :-)

 

We had a perfect day for fossil hunting for this class of nine and PapaDave was there as well!

 

Maybe I'll try a new reply...

 

Continued...

 

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Bev    147
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Well, even this one is refusing to allow me to upload more pictures! So, go here for the rest of the story...

 

http://www.bluffcountryfossils.net/blog/eagle-bluff-september-fossil-tour-2016/

 

And after all of this, I was so pumped that I decided to offer this!

 

http://www.bluffcountryfossils.net/blog/fossil-camp/

 

So, a wonderful week of being immersed in fossils and fossil hunting!

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doushantuo    1,480
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Wow,Bev,those days must've been among the toughest of your life:P:D

And the pedant in me ,in typical Jekyll&Hyde fashion,rears his ugly head: it's Fisherites.

 

 

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Raggedy Man    407
Raggedy Man

That was a fun weekend! Maybe next time Charlie will put the cover on his tent..ROFL. 

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Darktooth    404
Darktooth

Thanks for a great report and pics! And you have a trout stream in your back yard?!:envy:

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Bev    147
Bev
1 hour ago, darctooth said:

Thanks for a great report and pics! And you have a trout stream in your back yard?!:envy:

 

Yes and it's even stocked with trout!  :D

 

I'm going to see if it will let me post some more pics... Ah ha! It will now!

 

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I FINALLY got the trilobite cut out done and on the barn.  :-)

 

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Fossil prep area set up for multiple people to play around with.

 

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MinnBuckeye's wonderful display and my acid prep area.

 

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PapaDave inspired me to redo my trilobite garden and circle, some labeled, the trilo parts.

 

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I even weeded my Strom garden!

 

The day for the Eagle Bluff class was bright, beautiful and in the 60s, perfect for fossil hunting! PapaDave came along with the group and showed some of his fossils from out hunt the week before.

 

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Our first stop was at my favorite fossil park. We had a young budding geologist on the tour and she took a look at the hidden stream coming out from beneath the bluff before fossil hunting.

 

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Road side hunting. Then off to site 2 where we found this great Hormatoma sp. in the rock.

 

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PJ was with an Aunt, I believe, who is a prof at WSU in Winona and encouraging her interest in geology and fossils. Then off to site 3.

 

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Where Dave found a layer of FOUR Fisherites in one rock!

 

Let's hope I can continue!  :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bev    147
Bev

Nope, but maybe after a couple of more replies it may allow me too...  :-(

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JohnBrewer    412
JohnBrewer

Wow, looks like you had a fantastic time!

 

i had the same problem when uploading pictures which was solved by refreshing the page. 

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Bev    147
Bev
29 minutes ago, Twinlukers said:

Nice reading!! Very nice

 

Thanks! Now we'll see if it will let me finish...   :-)

 

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The group gathered will PapaDave worked on extraction.

 

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PJ with a complete Fisherites!

 

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PJ examining a hash plate of the Ordovician sea bed.

 

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Everyone had a GREAT time and found lots of fossils!

 

A wonderful end to a week of Fossil Fun!

 

The End  :yay-smiley-1:

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Bev    147
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6 minutes ago, JohnBrewer said:

Wow, looks like you had a fantastic time!

 

i had the same problem when uploading pictures which was solved by refreshing the page. 

 

Thanks John! Next time I will know what to do! If I remember...  :P

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Canadawest    760
Canadawest

What a great report!

 

I especially enjoy seeing some taxa  from another location  that we can find in our region.   This is the case with the Maclurites.  Ordovician makes up only a small percent of our Rockies but I know I'm in this age when I find graptolites in shale or Maclurites in limestone.

 

Re photo limits.   I only put about a quarter of the fossil photos in my last trip as I had the same issue.  Good to know there is the solution mentioned above. I also like that we can now use larger photos as the greater detail adds more sense of 'being there' ( as you captured in your report).

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Raggedy Man    407
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2 hours ago, doushantuo said:

Wow,Bev,those days must've been among the toughest of your life:P:D

And the pedant in me ,in typical Jekyll&Hyde fashion,rears his ugly head: it's Fisherites.

 

 

Actually, in its current context, Fisherites does not need to be italicized as its a generic descriptive term.

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piranha    2,011
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4 minutes ago, Raggedy Man said:

Actually, in its current context, Fisherites does not need to be italicized as its a generic descriptive term.

 

 

Not true.  The generic name is always supposed to be italicized.

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ynot    1,960
ynot

Very nice Bev! Thanks for sharing!

 

Tony

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Raggedy Man    407
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Really @piranha? Is this a recent change? I thought generic names used in the descriptive did not need to be italicized or underlined as in Bacillus vs bacillus. Though, I suppose confusion could happen between scientific communities in relation to context and intent. Thanks for the clarification.

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njfossilhunter    129
njfossilhunter

Great trip report....I enjoyed it very much....:)

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Bev    147
Bev
8 minutes ago, njfossilhunter said:

Great trip report....I enjoyed it very much....:)

 

1 hour ago, ynot said:

Very nice Bev! Thanks for sharing!

 

Tony

 

2 hours ago, Canadawest said:

What a great report!

 

I especially enjoy seeing some taxa  from another location  that we can find in our region.   This is the case with the Maclurites.  Ordovician makes up only a small percent of our Rockies but I know I'm in this age when I find graptolites in shale or Maclurites in limestone.

 

Re photo limits.   I only put about a quarter of the fossil photos in my last trip as I had the same issue.  Good to know there is the solution mentioned above. I also like that we can now use larger photos as the greater detail adds more sense of 'being there' ( as you captured in your report).

 

Thank you all very much for the nice comments.

 

But I'm still confused about "Fisherites"...

 

Maclurites means one or more, it just has the "s". I thought it was Fisherite for a single and Fisherites for more than one - right or wrong?

 

Also, Maclurites should be italicized? and Fisherite(s) should also?  So then, does "trilobite" get italicized then also or a specific like Anataphurus borreaus OR Anataphurus borreaus OR just Anataphurus sp.?  My spelling may be off, but you get the drift...

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piranha    2,011
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7 minutes ago, Bev said:

But I'm still confused about "Fisherites"...

 

Maclurites means one or more, it just has the "s". I thought it was Fisherite for a single and Fisherites for more than one - right or wrong?

 

Also, Maclurites should be italicized? and Fisherite(s) should also?  So then, does "trilobite" get italicized then also or a specific like Anataphurus borreaus OR Anataphurus borreaus OR just Anataphurus sp.?  My spelling may be off, but you get the drift...

 

 

Fisherites and Maclurites are the only correct names.  Dropping the letter 's' does not make a singular form.  

The word trilobite does not get italicized, it's not a formal scientific name.

 

 

 

 

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Raggedy Man    407
Raggedy Man
1 hour ago, piranha said:

 

 

Fisherites and Maclurites are the only correct names.  Dropping the letter 's' does not make a singular form.  

The word trilobite does not get italicized, it's not a formal scientific name.

 

 

 

 

So I went and looked up some rules and wow I'm a derp. My error wasn't with italics or underlining, but with my ignorance about Fisherites in general. Lol

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Bev    147
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2 hours ago, piranha said:

 

 

Fisherites and Maclurites are the only correct names.  Dropping the letter 's' does not make a singular form.  

The word trilobite does not get italicized, it's not a formal scientific name.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you So Much Piranha! I love TFF and fossil hunting because I always learn something new!

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smt126    30
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Wow what an exciting week. I wish I could have spent more time out there.

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