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Jeffrey P

Last week I drove out to Kentucky to spend a week with my family. Of course I also hit the fossil beds. The first day I visited the two Mississippian sites- Wax and Leitchfield that I visited last year. 

Here are some of the highlight finds of that day. First- Wax:

 

Blastoids and bryozoans:

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And the brachiopod- Punctospirifer:

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Next I visited Leitchfield. Some Archimedes bryozoans.

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ynot

Looks good so far!

:popcorn:

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More Archimedes and a piece of a branching bryozoan and crinoid stems: 

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A very tiny brachiopod::

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Also some rugose corals coated with bryozoans and a partial crinoid head:

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And calyxes of the crinoid, Agassizocrinus:

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Nimravis

Wow some really nice finds

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The next I met up with TFF member, Herb. He showed me some Upper Ordovician roadcut sites southeast of Louisville. Brachiopods such as these Vinlanostrophia and Hebertella wer practically leaping out of the rocks. 

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ynot

Still looking good!

:popcorn::popcorn:

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There were also Rafinesquina, a bivalve; Ambonychia robusta, and colonial corals:

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WhodamanHD

NIce! Especially the crinoid head!

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Two days later, Herb me to some roadcut sites north of Frankfort. More Ordovician brachiopods. These are Zygospira and Retrorsirosta:

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There were also bryozoans:

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And this Constellaria: Isotelus trilobite parts were extremely plentiful  in a certain layer. I found this thorax: 

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There were also pieces of straight-shelled nautiloids: The second one was a gift from Herb: 

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We also stopped briefly at a roadcut outside Versailles and picked up these Ordovician brachiopods replaced with silica:

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My favorite finds of the day were the gastropods, Cyclonema bilix. Here are two examples: 

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On the last day I visited two more Mississippian sites near Elizabethtown. One site which was right near my parents' had abundant rugose corals: 

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The last site had numerous very fat crinoid stems:

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I would like to thank Herb for his tremendous help and great companionship. Another wonderful visit to the Ohio Valley. 

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ynot

Sounds like a wonderful trip with some very nice finds!

Thanks for sharing.

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Ludwigia

You sure do get around, Jeffrey! Nice finds! I guess you must have been able to squeeze in a bit of time for your parents in between trips :P

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snakebite6769

Great finds Jeffrey. Love the isotelus thoracic segments..my favorite trilobite. Thanks for sharing

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Monica

WOW!!!!!  What an amazing mixture of fossils you've found!!!  I especially like that partial crinoid head - amazing!!!

 

Thanks for sharing!

 

Monica

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