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I was taking a walk with the family on the lakefront, we notice tons of quarry rock they dropped along areas of the shoreline. Crawled over a few looking at tons of coral and shell fossils and came across a nice chunk of limestone with tons of Crinoid stems. We also found a few other pieces, looks to be Calamites or Cordaites principalis... Any ideas?

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digit

Nice! I remember finding similar pieces when I was a young lad and lived up there. Still have some in a box somewhere in the back of a closet.

 

Welcome to the forum!

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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JoeySRT8

Hey Ken,

 

Its Joe, you may not remember me but we Hunt Mazon together a few years back... I do a lot of lurking and not to much posting lol..

 

Joe

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digit

Indeed we did--it was on my birthday as I remember and I dug myself into quite the whole.

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

 

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Innocentx
1 hour ago, digit said:

I dug myself into quite the whole.

Was there anything in there?

 

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caldigger
38 minutes ago, Innocentx said:

Was there anything in there?

 

Just some dirty guy in a white hat. I threw him out in the tailings pile.

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JoeySRT8
2 hours ago, digit said:

Indeed we did--it was on my birthday as I remember and I dug myself into quite the whole.

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

 

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Haha that was great!!!

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FossilDAWG

The "Calamites" or "Cordaites" are straight-shelled nautiloid fragments.

 

Don

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digit
37 minutes ago, caldigger said:

Just some dirty guy in a white hat.

I beg to differ--dirty AND SWEATY guy. :P

 

I started digging on top of one of the tipple piles and decided to go "Dig Dug" on it to get down to layers where the nodules were less likely to be weathered.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig_Dug

 

Found a number of nice seed fern pinnules and a nice Euphoberia sp. "Spiny Millipede" that split out in a winter month of lesser competition enough to actually win IPFOTM (though there were some awesome entries that month).

 

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/16623-find-of-the-month-winners-gallery/&do=findComment&comment=555210

 

Those finds ended up in a nice set of wall displays just off my kitchen that I walk by several times a day to remind me of that fun sweaty day.

 

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/53704-my-mazon-creek-wall-display/

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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digit
3 minutes ago, FossilDAWG said:

The "Calamites" or "Cordaites" are straight-shelled nautiloid fragments.

Makes more sense and would fit in with the time period of the crinoid pieces.

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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caldigger
1 hour ago, digit said:

I beg to differ--dirty AND SWEATY guy. :P

Well I was going to comment on the sweat, but didn't want to offend you too much. :wacko:

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digit

I have thick skin--thick AND sweaty. :blink:

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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JoeySRT8
16 hours ago, digit said:

Makes more sense and would fit in with the time period of the crinoid pieces.

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

Unfortunately this is all "dump rock" from multiple quarry's around Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin so I was told. I can see why in some cases the age can be a bit different and confusing to ID, even tho these are pretty common fossils.

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JoeySRT8
16 hours ago, FossilDAWG said:

The "Calamites" or "Cordaites" are straight-shelled nautiloid fragments.

 

Don

Thanks Don,

 

You don't get a leafy / wood type vibe from the last 2 pictures? Here's some photos off this site of Calamites and Cordaites.

 

Joe

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