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First trip of the year today to the "Fossil Gardens" at Paulding, Ohio.  This is quarry spoil of mid-Devonian age, Silica Formation.  There was not a cloud in the sky, and temps were relatively warm at 43 deg. F.  I was the only one there for most of the day, and it was extremely peaceful.  What a great day.  Here are pics of some of the finds.  These are "farm fresh" and haven't even been washed yet, but I did take time to polish some horn corals and get some acetate peels (couldn't wait).

 

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A large Cystiphylloides rugose coral.

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Peat Burns

Acetate peels of Cystiphylloides rugose coral collected today.

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Another Cystiphylloides  (also found were Heterophrentes sp. (Not pictured)

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Peat Burns

Unidentified Ectoprocta 

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Stropheodonta spp.

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Pseudoatrypa

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Peat Burns

Brachiopod with the inarticulate brachiopod Philhedra and a "spirorbis" as epizoans.

 

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Athyris

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Cyrtina

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Peat Burns

Orthospirifer cooperi

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Mucrospirifer

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Peat Burns

More brachiopods

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Peat Burns

A nice, big enrolled Eldredgeops  (rock enroll :)).  There is a slight disarticulation of the cephalon and a bit of diagenesis, but this will prep out to be a fine specimen.

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Whelp, that's all folks.  Enjoy.

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Heteromorph

Great finds! That trilobite eye is exquisitely preserved.

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Jeffrey P

That is a great day. Congratulations on some wonderful finds. Love to see the prepped results. Thanks for sharing.

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Nimravis

Wow- nice productive day, congrats.

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Wrangellian

Nice spot...

The Philhedra is interesting - never seen a brachiopod with a radial pattern like that before.

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Pemphix

Congratulations - seems that it was a lucky day !

 

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Kane

Well done! What more could you ask for? Big, clear sky above and all those rich Devonian quarry tailings lined up below. :) 

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Peat Burns

Thank you @Heteromorph, @Jeffrey P, @Nimravis, @Kane@Wrangellian, and @Pemphix!

 

It's nice having a place to share finds where there are people who appreciate them.  I have no friends who give a rats patoot about fossil hunting / collecting, so TFF is the only outlet I have.

 

I just realized I forgot to include the mollusks.  The gastropod steinkern is the first conispiral gastropod I have ever found in the Devonian (unless one considers Platystoma and Platyceras conispiral.  I guess in the strict sense they are).  This one reminds my of the Ordovician Loxoplocus.

 

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I also found this nice bivalve.  I've found it and identified it before, but I can't remember the taxon off hand.  Will have to check my collections record.

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Wrangellian
1 hour ago, Peat Burns said:

It's nice having a place to share finds where there are people who appreciate them.  I have no friends who give a rats patoot about fossil hunting / collecting, so TFF is the only outlet I have.

 

I'm in the same boat.

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Tidgy's Dad

Lovely days collecting! 

What a nice bunch of fossils, lots of different things. 

I adore the little inarticulate brachiopod. :wub:

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Peat Burns

Thanks @Darktooth and@Tidgy's Dad

 

Hey Tidgy's Dad, do you ever go on collecting trips in Morocco?  I'd love to see some pics of the exposures and finds from there! 

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Tidgy's Dad
5 minutes ago, Peat Burns said:

Thanks @Darktooth and@Tidgy's Dad

 

Hey Tidgy's Dad, do you ever go on collecting trips in Morocco?  I'd love to see some pics of the exposures and finds from there! 

My health has rarely been up to it and I have never owned a camera. 

Plenty of finds will be seen soon under my members collections series, but most of the Moroccan stuff I have I haven't posted yet. wifey's camera phone is most useful.

I'm hoping to go on a trip in the next two or three weeks and if wifey comes i should get some nice photos for you all.

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Just now, Tidgy's Dad said:

My health has rarely been up to it and I have never owned a camera. 

Plenty of finds will be seen soon under my members collections series, but most of the Moroccan stuff I have I haven't posted yet. wifey's camera phone is most useful.

I'm hoping to go on a trip in the next two or three weeks and if wifey comes i should get some nice photos for you all.

:popcorn::)

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TNGray

Most excellent adventure!

 

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Ludwigia

Great finds! @Peat Burns If you don't mind me asking, how do you go about making your acetate peels? What materials do you use?

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5 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

Great finds! @Peat Burns If you don't mind me asking, how do you go about making your acetate peels? What materials do you use?

Thanks Ludwigia.  I use the method outlined here:

 

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The only thing I did differently is that I used a belt sander rather than a lapidary grinder for the first stage in polishing after cutting.  I then use a series of wet sandpapers starting at 1500 grit and ending at 8000.  Takes about 15 - 20 minutes.  It's actually a lot of fun!

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21 minutes ago, Peat Burns said:

Thanks Ludwigia.  I use the method outlined here:

 

Acetate peels

 

The only thing I did differently is that I used a belt sander rather than a lapidary grinder for the first stage in polishing after cutting.  I then use a series of wet sandpapers starting at 1500 grit and ending at 8000.  Takes about 15 - 20 minutes.  It's actually a lot of fun!

Thanks for the link. Just a question of semantics for you: When they say "polishing", then they actually mean technically "grinding/sanding", right? I do a lot of "polishing" myself and call only the last step with the polishing powder "polishing". If I understand rightly, this last step is not taken here before the peel procedure is done. Correct?

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Correct, the last stage of "polishing" with powder or paste is not included.  However, by the time I get to the last grit of sandpaper, the coral has a glossy surface which resembles something "polished" :)

 

It loses it's luster, of course, after the acid dip, but the smoother it is prior to etching, the better the detail of the peel (within reason :)).  

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Monica
8 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Lovely days collecting! 

What a nice bunch of fossils, lots of different things. 

I adore the little inarticulate brachiopod. :wub:

 

I, too, love that little brachiopod - epibionts are the best!!!

Adam, I've noticed that you and I seem to have similar "tastes" in fossils... :fistbump:

 

 

10 hours ago, Peat Burns said:

It's nice having a place to share finds where there are people who appreciate them.  I have no friends who give a rats patoot about fossil hunting / collecting, so TFF is the only outlet I have.

 

I'm a lucky gal, then, because (a) my daughter is very interested in fossils, and (b) so many of my students seem to be interested in them that I've begun a tradition - every Friday I bring in a fossil to show to my students (funny piece of info: this-coming Friday is the day before March Break, and it's a day that many high school kids don't come to school for, but I think that many of them may come just to see which fossil I bring in :P).

 

Thanks for sharing all of your finds!!!

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