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DirtDetector

I found this in the mid-2000's but never really had it checked out, I'm having a paleontologist look at it soon, but I wanted to get your guys opinions. I can only post 1 photo because there is a size limit.

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DirtDetector

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GeschWhat

Welcome to the forum. It has a little bit of a trilobite feel, but not my area of expertise. Best wait for the smart people! :D

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ynot
1 minute ago, DirtDetector said:

. I can only post 1 photo because there is a size limit.

Welcome to TFF!

I see You figured out how to add pictures. If You get an oversize notice while uploading try refreshing the page. (but it will erase any writing in the reply box.)

Can You post pictures of it dry?

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DirtDetector
6 minutes ago, ynot said:

Welcome to TFF!

I see You figured out how to add pictures. If You get an oversize notice while uploading try refreshing the page. (but it will erase any writing in the reply box.)

Can You post pictures of it dry?

 

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DPS Ammonite

I think that you may have a brachiopod or bivalve with prominent ribs. In the bottom center of the second photo I think that I see the zig zag edge of a shell with ribs.

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ynot

Thanks for the additional picture.

It is hard to be sure because the piece is worn and part is still hidden by matrix.

My impression is a shell of a clam or brachiopod.

Wait for more opinions.

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abyssunder

It looks like a brachiopod (spiriferid) remnant, to me.

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Tidgy's Dad

I also think it is the shell ornamentation of a brachiopod or bivalve mollusc. 

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DirtDetector

Thank you guys, great to have an idea of what it could be. I never even knew they had ribs. I think the ones on the right appear to have "joints" possibly because they just cracked or something at some point. Thanks for the insight! If I find anything else I'll be sure to post it here. I live in Niagara Falls, and we have gorges that go down 900 million years, and there is just a great amount of fossils that will definitely need identifying.

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KimTexan

I don’t know the typical fossils from that area, but I believe it is marine environment. It is most likely a brachiopod there by looking at the last pic posted.

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Auspex

I can't decide whether the 'ribs' are a feature poking through the matrix, or an epibiont on it.
Kinda' feral lookin' for ribs on a shell. Just sayin'.

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ynot
22 minutes ago, DirtDetector said:

great to have an idea of what it could be.

It would help if You can post pictures from all sides.

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WhodamanHD

I’m getting a spiriferid feel as well.

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Rockwood
21 minutes ago, Auspex said:

I can't decide whether the 'ribs' are a feature poking through the matrix, or an epibiont on it.
Kinda' feral lookin' for ribs on a shell. Just sayin'.

Aulopora ?

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Auspex
59 minutes ago, Rockwood said:

Aulopora ?

Well, I don't see any corallites, but irregular like that; maybe something like Rhombopora?

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Wrangellian
2 hours ago, DirtDetector said:

Thank you guys, great to have an idea of what it could be. I never even knew they had ribs. I think the ones on the right appear to have "joints" possibly because they just cracked or something at some point. Thanks for the insight! If I find anything else I'll be sure to post it here. I live in Niagara Falls, and we have gorges that go down 900 million years, and there is just a great amount of fossils that will definitely need identifying.

Ha - we tend to forget how fossil jargon might sound to the uninitiated... What we cal 'ribs' or 'ribbing' is just a corrugated shell surface, not ribs as in a skeleton, though brachiopods also have an internal structure that is sometimes preserved, called a lophophore, which better fits the average person's conception of ribs. I don't think that's what you've got, but it does look like some kind of shell (brachiopod or clam)..

You found it in the Niagara area?

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Ludwigia

Lots of possibilities now. Curious to hear what the paleontologist has to say. I'm in the bivalve or brachiopod camp.

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Max-fossils

I'm in the bivalve camp.

I have no clue what the age is in the area you found it, but to me this fossil looks a lot like a Lopha sp / Rastellum gregareum

Here is a fossil of mine very similar to yours. Mine was found on the Vaches Noires cliffs in Normandy, France, and it is from the Jurassic. 

 

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Quer

It reminds me a Rastellum as well, like this one I collected from the upper cretaceous Pyrenees:

 

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abyssunder

I doubt there are fossil Rastellum like oysters in Lake Erie.

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Max-fossils
22 hours ago, abyssunder said:

I doubt there are fossil Rastellum like oysters in Lake Erie.

How old are the sediments there?

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Max-fossils
On 4/14/2018 at 7:48 PM, Quer said:

It reminds me a Rastellum as well, like this one I collected from the upper cretaceous Pyrenees:

 

 

 

Nice specimen!

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abyssunder
27 minutes ago, Max-fossils said:

How old are the sediments there?

As far as I know, the Lake Erie shoreline fossils are Devonian.

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DevonianDigger

Yes, Lake Erie is Devonian.

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