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Hello for all. It has been a while to leave a post here!

I am currently in Burlington, VT as a UVM student.

Before the end of the summer recess (August 18), I traveled to northern Vermont consulting some articles about Cambrian and Ordovician formation located in Highgate Falls and South Hero.

 

In this post, I will just talk about one trip to Highgate.

 

I left my dorm around 11 a.m., and I get the Higate Falls near 1 p.m. After straying about 3 hours, I finally realized that the outcrops described as fossiliferous in the article are located in the private land. Thanks to my student ID card, the landowners welcomed me:D

I could not hunt fossil around the Ordovician formation (Highgate Formation; Upper Ordovician) because the cliff was really steep and seemed very dangerous. It is on the left side of the picture (Red line). So, I just focused on the right side (Yellow line) that is Gorge Formation (Upper Cambrian, Upper Sunwaptan Stage, 492-491 MYA). 

 

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Below is a photo of the Gorge Formation

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I found some trilobites and brachiopods (not on this post), but I have no clue about their scientific name even though I checked my article... I would appreciate if you correct the wrong scientific name:)

 

 

 

1. Lotagnotus americanus Billings, 1860

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2. Geragnostus  ( Micragnostus bisectus  (Matthew, 1892) (Shaw, A. B. (1951). The Paleontology of Northwestern Vermont. 1. New Late Cambrian Trilobites.  Journal of Paleontology,  Vol.25, No.1, pp.97-114.)

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3. Librigena. 

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4. Acheilus limbatus Rasetti, 1944   (Rasetti, F. (1944). Upper Cambrian Trilobites From the Levis Conglomerate.  Journal of Paleontology . Vol 18.)

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5. Symphysurina (Symphysuroides minima  Shaw, 1951 (Shaw, A. B. (1951). The Paleontology of Northwestern Vermont. 1. New Late Cambrian Trilobites.  Journal of Paleontology,  Vol.25, No.1, pp.97-114.)

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6. Acheilus marcoui  (Raymond, 1924) (Rasetti, F. (1944). Upper Cambrian Trilobites From the Levis Conglomerate.  Journal of Paleontology . Vol 18)

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7. Cephalon?

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8. Agnostidae 

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9. Hypostome ?

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10. Litagnostus levisensis  Rasetti, 1944 (Rasetti, F. (1944). Upper Cambrian Trilobites From the Levis Conglomerate.  Journal of Paleontology . Vol 18.)

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11. Pygidium

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Thanks for sharing! Nice locality with nice fossils, congrats!

But can not help with taxonomy...

Franz Bernhard

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Congratulations on getting out there and finding some trilobites - well done!!! :dinothumb::trilo:

 

(Sorry I can't help with identifications - perhaps @piranha can be of assistance...)

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32 minutes ago, FranzBernhard said:

Thanks for sharing! Nice locality with nice fossils, congrats!

But can not help with taxonomy...

Franz Bernhard

Thank you, Franz!

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2 hours ago, FranzBernhard said:

Thanks for sharing! Nice locality with nice fossils, congrats!

But can not help with taxonomy...

Franz Bernhard

 

54 minutes ago, Monica said:

Congratulations on getting out there and finding some trilobites - well done!!! :dinothumb::trilo:

 

(Sorry I can't help with identifications - perhaps @piranha can be of assistance...)

 

Thank you again!:D

 

As for the taxonomy, it would be great if I can hear from some experts, but it's fine. I hope my classification is correct. Otherwise, I can send an email to geology profs at the UVM. So, please do not worry about it so much...:blush:

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Great report! :) 

Thank you for posting it. 

 

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Looks like a neat site. And, good to see you around here again. :) Will we see you up here in Canada again this October?

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4 hours ago, Fossildude19 said:

Great report! :) 

Thank you for posting it. 

 

 

Thank you :D

 

3 hours ago, Kane said:

Looks like a neat site. And, good to see you around here again. :) Will we see you up here in Canada again this October?

 

It's been a while to talk to you! How have you been?

 

I really hope to visit there again, but I have no clue when it will be. I need to check my course schedule and assignment. I may can go there if it is on weekends!  :dinothumb:

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3 hours ago, Kane said:

Looks like a neat site. And, good to see you around here again. :) Will we see you up here in Canada again this October?

 

 

I can finish my assignments faster than usual to get to there, but it would be the best between 7 to 8 since I have no lab report to hand in! :D

 

 

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Nice finds!

Looks like You did well with the research and finding a good location.

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1 minute ago, ynot said:

Nice finds!

Looks like You did well with the research and finding a good location.

 

Thank you! :D 

 

I delved into many articles to find a good fossil site in Vermont! Unfortunately, many famous fossil sites are restricted to collect fossils... 

 

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13 minutes ago, HoJoon said:

Unfortunately, many famous fossil sites are restricted to collect fossils... 

Yea, they are trying to take away all the fun.

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