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Archaeopteris tailgate party Oct.15,2016

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This last Saturday was a repeat of the previous collecting day I had on Oct. 8 at Red Hill, PA. Once again a tailgate of specimens was found. The most of my digging is in the Green Shale layer. That is where I find the most plants. For the most part, the fossils were all Archaeopteris with one nice macilenta species. A species I don't find much of. The last close up pic is a textbook example of spore cases found on fertile branches of Archaeopteris.

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fossilcrazy

This the Archaeopteris macilenta with it's finely split leaf pattern. I reminds me of a modern day Asparagus fern or even a Maidenhair fern. 

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Fossildude19

Exquisite! :wub:

Thanks for showing these to us, John!

 

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Plax

any vertebrate fossils the site is famous for?

 

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Jeffrey P
1 hour ago, Plax said:

any vertebrate fossils the site is famous for?

 

I would trade a complete hyneria tooth (if I had one) for any of those fabulous fern plates. Congratulations, John on another spectacular day of Red Hill finds. Thanks for sharing. Those are just AMAZING!!!!

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fossilcrazy

The top left corner of the tailgate has a Hyneria tooth. It was cut out but not prepped yet.

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Fossildude19
9 hours ago, Plax said:

any vertebrate fossils the site is famous for?

 

 

 

Hey Plax,

 

The Red Hill site in PA is famous for the Devonian era fish and tetrapods. :) 

Regards,

 

 

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Plax

Yes, the DVPS Newsletter has some great information on the site in recent newsletters. An amazing site for vert and plant material though I didn't know how well the plant material was preserved.

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fossilcrazy
On 10/19/2016 at 8:13 PM, fossilcrazy said:

The top left corner of the tailgate has a Hyneria tooth. It was cut out but not prepped yet.

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This tooth has since been prepared and submitted for the Fossil of the Month of October 2016. Not much prepping was involved. I needed to air abrade the Cyanoacrylic glue coating off that

I used to consolidate the fractured tooth and matrix. A trick I learned after ruining too many while out in the field.

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Plantguy

Hey John, tooth is darn sweet..plants aint too shabby either! dang--congrats! Regards, Chris 

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fossilcrazy
1 hour ago, Plantguy said:

Hey John, tooth is darn sweet..plants aint too shabby either! dang--congrats! Regards, Chris 

 

Plantguy,  I'm there for the plants, the fish parts are just a bonus. I really like Paleozoic plants, but you know I won't discard the other stuff.

 

To quote Paleobotanist Walt Cressler III:  "Always remember, in the ecological theater and evolutionary play, the plants are more than just the background scenery."

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