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Alabama Ichno/Trace Fossils

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Innocentx

These are beauties, Ric.

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Monica

I agree - those are stunning - wow!!! :wub:

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thair

Those are neat finds

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Plantguy

Hey Ric, more very cool traces!

 

I especially like these: 

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So instead of hopping did the arthropod somehow glide in with landing gear down and do a very low level landing/appendage drag before resting? Pardon my imagination. Mighty neat!

 

 And what is going on with these markings/impressions bordering the cool trackway? Almost looks like mudcracks? Or is that some other crazy being's impression?

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Continued hunting success!

Regards, Chris 

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Rockin' Ric
On 11/11/2018 at 8:41 AM, Plantguy said:

Hey Ric, more very cool traces!

 

I especially like these: 

5be83dbe0f0e9_Ricktrack2.jpg.545fbfdfba1bfc3e2b614a43f08a9fdb.jpg

So instead of hopping did the arthropod somehow glide in with landing gear down and do a very low level landing/appendage drag before resting? Pardon my imagination. Mighty neat!

 

 And what is going on with these markings/impressions bordering the cool trackway? Almost looks like mudcracks? Or is that some other crazy being's impression?

5be83dbd906b7_Rictrack1.jpg.d601e20ac32d15861f9ca04b5f6bdca2.jpg

Continued hunting success!

Regards, Chris 

 

Hey Chris! Your theory sounds just as good as any...I checked with the local Ichnologist, he told me that the organism "dragged its heels" across the mud? I seem to think that the mud and water beneath it slowly receded beneath it??? As for the second picture, the Ichnologist said that the patterns are "load casts", pretty common for the Parkwood formation.

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Fossildude19

Awesome stuff, Ric!

Always enjoy seeing your cool carboniferous finds.  :) 

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Plantguy
9 hours ago, Rockin' Ric said:

 

Hey Chris! Your theory sounds just as good as any...I checked with the local Ichnologist, he told me that the organism "dragged its heels" across the mud? I seem to think that the mud and water beneath it slowly receded beneath it??? As for the second picture, the Ichnologist said that the patterns are "load casts", pretty common for the Parkwood formation.

Thanks Ric, I can see the water receding as those traces do seem to pinch out which is really interesting. As for the load casts its been a long while since I've seen any for sure. seems in one section we had some turbid flows which slumped into some softer sediments and disturbed the bedding and created some really crazy sedimentary structure/forms. My old soft rock geology professor would be shaking his head at me now for forgetting that stuff. ..wish I would have kept some of those examples and remembered have of the stuff they taught/showed us. I miss being in the field.  Thanks for clarifying! 

Hoping you snag a critter eventually. 

Continued hunting success. 

Regards, Chris 

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corporateidentity

Ric,

 

Your finds are awesome!

 

I am a novice fossil hunter from Pittsburgh, and also in a Carboniferous area.  I was reading this thread and saw your images.  Do you have any idea what exactly made those impressions in your middle image? Reason why I ask, I found these impressions on a rock today in a creek, and thought they looked very similar, so maybe they are from the same animal. 

 

To me, based on the images I've found on google, a lot of your fossils look like either trilobite or millipede impressions!

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Rockin' Ric
1 hour ago, corporateidentity said:

Ric,

 

Your finds are awesome!

 

I am a novice fossil hunter from Pittsburgh, and also in a Carboniferous area.  I was reading this thread and saw your images.  Do you have any idea what exactly made those impressions in your middle image? Reason why I ask, I found these impressions on a rock today in a creek, and thought they looked very similar, so maybe they are from the same animal. 

 

To me, based on the images I've found on google, a lot of your fossils look like either trilobite or millipede impressions!

trackway1.JPG

trackway2.JPG

 

Thanks for the kind words corporateidentity! I'm not an authority on ichno fossils but have learned a lot from the ones who do. Trace fossils are fascinating and love hunting them. The answer to your question, what made the impressions will remain a mystery until I find impression of the track maker. Ichnologists assign a scientific name to a different track and possible track makers. I've been told my finds were made by insects, shrimp, trilobite or horseshoe crabs? If you are on FB, I encourage you to look up "Ichnology" and post your pics there. There are several professional ichnologist including the local fella who created the page. I've learned quite a bit from those guys and gals, perhaps they can help you with your finds. Your finds look quite interesting and would love to hear their thoughts on them.

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corporateidentity

Thank you Ric!

 

I will definitely do that! I was definitely thinking your finds looked like trilobite! You seem to find a lot of them.  Trace fossils are a new interest of mine and Im gonna keep an eye out for them when I do out next.  Would love to find a temnospondlyi trace fossil! 

 

If I find more of them I'll try to share them with you since we are both near Carboniferous areas!

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