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FIND MY LOST TRILOBITES!!!

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Scott S.

Hello Everyone,

 

Tragedy from an outing this past weekend and I'd much rather a TFF member who enjoys the educational aspect of fossils get a chance to benefit from my misfortune rather than a picker looking to collect and sell. It's been years since I've posted here but I've known and loved all the interactions I've had in the past and hope to give back a little good Karma here. I was traveling to the famous St. Leon IN road cut with a student of mine and I know I left behind a bag of amazing trilobites. For those who live in the area, you know where I'm talking about. I had a small 2x3 inch bag with at least 5 really nice Flexicalymene wrapped in bits of aluminum foil in it and a bunch of Zygospira (I'm a serious brachiopod fan). 

 

I'm fairly certain it either fell out of my bag, or I may have set it down and left it on the blue shale bed at the top of the Waynesville Formation (Blanchester Member) likely on the East side of the road cut. I've been finding I have some memory issues lately and I'm paying dearly for this one. I don't want to put too much detail as I tend to be rather protective of sites, even if they are fairly well known. I have basically given up hope of being able to get back down there soon (I'm from Milwaukee) but I would love for someone to find them and at least keep them and enjoy them. It's also possible that they may have fallen out of my truck while parked at the outcrop. If so, look on the curb on the East side of the road, just about one man-made cut tier below where the blue shale meets the road. (maybe about 100 yards North (downhill) of where this shale later meets the road. 

 

The trilobites are all wrapped in little bits of aluminum foil. Some are prone, others enrolled. Of course, I would be ecstatic if someone were kind enough to actually find them and send them to me, but I'd still prefer that at least someone finds them and keep them for themselves rather than have them survive 450 million years in the ground, just to get picked up, carefully wrapped and then run over on the curb and destroyed, or crushed on the outcrop. If someone can make it there sooner than later, I wish you luck and hope you recover them! If you do it is entirely up to you to choose to keep them, but I'd LOVE to see or hear that someone from TFF actually found them. I feel there could be a good chance since It was just last Sunday (March 17th) and people usually collect more during the weekends. If you can get there I hope you find them, love them, and above all learn from them!

 

Kindest regards. Scott

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erose

Pre-packaged bugs! Can't beat that. This will be an interesting thread to follow. 

 

I have come across bags of fossils, piles of fossils, tools, etc. that folks left behind but none of it was ever anything special.  

 

Wish I had time to drive up there and look myself. I'm long overdue for a trip home (Dayton, OH) and some quality time in the Cincinnatian strata.

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ynot

Geocaching by mistake.:doh!:

Hope You can get them returned to You.:thumbsu:

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Scott S.

The trip was definitely not a total loss. Over the two marathon days we visited 7 incredible localities (many of my favorites) in and around S.E. Indiana and the Louisville area. I'll add some pictures hopefully in the next day or so but here's a list of the highlights:

 

My student found a BEAUTIFUL large prone Flexicalymene  in the Grant Lake. Some pristine Vinlandostrophia (platystrophia) ponderosas, Hindia sponges, some exceptional Modiolopsis, AN INCREDIBLE Philhedra from the Clarksville Member, a Hiscobeccus capax that is articulated, and hollowed out without being geodized so you can perfectly see the internal articulation of the hinge. I also picked up a really nice Deceptrix bivalve which I believe is also with the trilobites.

 

Cheers!

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gwestbrook

So sorry that happened to you. I've had that happen to me as well. Hope someone finds them for you! 

 

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gwestbrook
1 hour ago, erose said:

Pre-packaged bugs! Can't beat that. This will be an interesting thread to follow. 

 

I have come across bags of fossils, piles of fossils, tools, etc. that folks left behind but none of it was ever anything special.  

 

Wish I had time to drive up there and look myself. I'm long overdue for a trip home (Dayton, OH) and some quality time in the Cincinnatian strata.

You didn't find my vintage leather handled rock hammer at Wilson's Clay Pit did you! :D 

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Tidgy's Dad

Bad luck, old chap. :)

But hopefully someone will read this, rescue them and pass them on to you or at the very least give them a loving home. 

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WhodamanHD

Reminds me of the time I was shooed off a beach by state park employees; they told me to drop my fossils and as soon as they left some people walked over there and were astonished by the pile of fossils they had happened upon:ank:

It happens, but hey, maybe someone will find it and give it back. If not, then you probably made someone’s day!

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JarrodB

I hope you get them back or at least someone who appreciates them finds them. 

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FossilDAWG

The Forum is populated by a lot of fine people so there is a chance they may come back to you.

 

Don

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Scott S.

Thank you all for your support. Again, Hope someone finds and appreciates the trilobites. In the meantime, here are a few really nice pics of the other things found on the trip. My student found this killer prone Flexicalymene within the first hour at the Grant Lake site. I was pretty content with my really nice little Hindia sponge sample. Evidently my images are pretty large so I'll have to add them one at a time.

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Scott S.

Here's the nice little Hindia. This one is also from the Grant Lake

Hindia.jpg

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Scott S.

The second (Cincinnatian) site we visited had Kope through the Fairview (I think maybe even Bellview). Anyway couldn't pass up the beautiful Constellaria florida. I did however pull out some Constellaria polystomella from the Clarksville from two sites in the Richmondian later on the second day. That was pretty exciting since Constellaria is considerably less common in the Richmondian.

Constellaria florida.jpg

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Scott S.

Also picked up a perfect internal of Modiolopsis, and found a nice scattering of ossicles from Pycnocrinus. These are from the Grant Lake and Fairview respectively.

Modiolopsis.jpg

Pycnocrinus.jpg

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Scott S.

Gotta head off to work. Still have some nice pictures of my Richmondian stuff and will post here later today. Cheers!

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Tidgy's Dad

Very nice so far. :)

:popcorn:

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Peat Burns
1 hour ago, Scott S. said:

Gotta head off to work. Still have some nice pictures of my Richmondian stuff and will post here later today. Cheers!

:popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

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matt2396

Sorry to hear about your bugs, I nabbed someone's rock hammer high up on the west side of the cut when I was there in June.

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Monica

Beautiful finds so far - can't wait to see the rest!!!

 

Oh, and I am also :envy: - I love inverts!!! :)

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TNCollector

That stinks. I had a similar thing happen to me. I left a nice Estwing rock hammer near a cut in Eastern Kentucky. Came back to look for it a few weeks later and someone had taken it. It was a nice hammer, hopefully they are using it to find some good fossils

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FossilSniper
On 3/20/2018 at 1:23 PM, Scott S. said:

 

Kindest regards. Scott

Hello!

I’m a hunter and I go to the roadcut whenever given the chance (I am usually in CT, but I travel to Ohio for weeks at a time).

 

Can we PM? I’d be happy to look for the bag!

I already have a handful of flexi trilobite rollers from the site, so I won’t keep the bag, (I usually prefer my own self-discovered fossils over other people’s fossils) assuming I find it. :)

 

I will I’ll be going to the cut very often this summer, so I can definitely spend some time looking for the bag containing all your goodies. Must really be sad to lose trilobites! 

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