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Trip to Arkona, Ontario

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Greg.Wood

I decided to mix things up last weekend and made the 2.5 hour drive from Mississauga over to Arkona, Ontario. The Hungry Hollow formation is quite different from what I am used to closer to home so I went a little crazy...Within 10 minutes I had a bucket full of horn corals, bryozoans and brachiopods. After washing most of the mud away here are some of my favorites.

 

Scale is in millimeters

 

Trilobite fragments

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Was really hoping for a complete specimen but I am pretty happy with this cephalon pair

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Brachiopods

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Gastropods

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Chrinoids

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Cephalopod - Probably came from the Arkona shale

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@Kane you were right, I spent about 5 hours in the south pit and had a great time. Also met a really interesting guy while I was there (I'm horrible with names I think he said it was Rick). He knew the area quite well and was nice enough to donate a few pieces to get me started (#4 trilo fragment on the right and a few cool bryozoans).

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ynot

Nice finds!

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Wrangellian

That first snail is interesting, with that ornamentation. Any idea what it is?

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Ludwigia

You're off to a good start. I remember on my first visit there I came out of the south pit with 2 cloth bags stuffed full of corals :P. I just realized later that I couldn't take them all with me on the plane back home, so my family and friends now have a lot of rocks in their garden.

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Shamalama

Nice finds! Can you post more angles of the crinoid in pic #11? It looks like you have some arms but at the base is just a stem piece. Did you find that in the Hungry Hollow or Arkona?

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Kane

Well done, Greg. :) You managed to find the "south pit sampler pack," and have a lot of representative specimens from the site. You managed very well on this trip, and I can only assume you will be making your way back at some point in the future.

 

As @Ludwigia noted, I think most of us coming to the site for the first time fill up on corals (they are - to engage in some understatement - somewhat abundant). After a trip or two, you start being more selective in collecting particular rarer coral species, if not also begin getting a bit annoyed that the corals are cluttering up the view of other fossils. Many have been the times when I wish I had the obscure superhero power of making all the coral invisible for a short time. :D 

 

And, yes, it is Rick. He is a very nice and interesting guy who usually spends time chopping out the Arkona mudshale. He tells some good stories, too. I haven't seen him since summer, and I know he usually makes it out there quite often. Glad to hear he is still in fit, fighting fossil form! :) 

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Malcolmt

You are off to a good start. I went there for my first time about 32 years ago. I think I still have a box in the back of the garage of all the corals and brachs I picked up on that first trip... First time there you tend to go nuts. Now when I go I end up walking out with 3 or 4 pieces and I call it a good day......

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JustPlainPetrified

Some really nice pieces!

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Greg.Wood
11 hours ago, Shamalama said:

Nice finds! Can you post more angles of the crinoid in pic #11? It looks like you have some arms but at the base is just a stem piece. Did you find that in the Hungry Hollow or Arkona?

Heres a slightly different angle and the opposite side. I'm 90% sure it came from the HH. I think it is a small calyx at the base but its coated in some tough matrix that is hard to scrape off.

 

Looks like Decadocrinus maybe? 

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smt126

Those are some great finds. Thanks for sharing.

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Monica

I love your pyritized cephalopod!!! :drool:

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Shamalama
On 11/29/2017 at 7:09 PM, Greg.Wood said:

Heres a slightly different angle and the opposite side. I'm 90% sure it came from the HH. I think it is a small calyx at the base but its coated in some tough matrix that is hard to scrape off.

 

Looks like Decadocrinus maybe? 

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Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. That is a nice caylx there but I can't help with ID. Rare to find them intact like that in the HH.

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