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After Christmas morning everyone was preoccupied with their new gifts, so I slipped out of the house for a couple of hours to visit the Cole Hill Road site in hopes of finding a nice Christmas dipleura. The site was covered in snow and I had to hack away a large amount of frozen overburden. Overall, the rock was fairly barren until the last slab I turned over. Underneath that slab was a complete, prone D. dekayi! Unfortunately it turned into a bit of a jigsaw puzzle upon extraction despite my best efforts and I believe a couple fragments of the pygidium were lost in the slush and mud.

 

L --> R In situ, fossil with scale, the fossil in full view, Cole Hill Rd. site covered with snow- I was digging on the shelf between the two cliffs

 

I'll post more pictures once the jigsaw puzzle is reassembled and the fossil is prepped.

 

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Congratulations on a Great Christmas find! I Love Cole Hill but don't you feel just a wee bit guilty for leaving your family to fossilhunt on Christmas? Lol:P

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That is some hardcore fossil hunting.

Great find. Thanks for posting.

 

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Wow, you’re starting to make me get cabin-fever. :ighappy: that’s a great find!

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Awesome piece! Congrats

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And here I am discouraged by rain from going out to my local site this time of year.

Nice find!

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Extreme fossil hunting at its best and a very nice Christmas gift ta boot! Congratulations on a great find. You can be sure I'll be there too when the snow melts in the spring. Thanks for sharing.

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What a beautiful Dipleura!  Congrats, and merry Christmas!

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Dude no way!!!!! What a find I’m so jelly! :envy:Now your gonna make me have to go hunt there ASAP!! I just went there the beginning of November for the first time. I found a little baby dipleura. Were you working the shelf half way up the exposure? 

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5 hours ago, Al Tahan said:

Dude no way!!!!! What a find I’m so jelly! :envy:Now your gonna make me have to go hunt there ASAP!! I just went there the beginning of November for the first time. I found a little baby dipleura. Were you working the shelf half way up the exposure? 

Yep! I was digging on the shelf about halfway between the first and second cliffs

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What a great find! Pity that a few of the pygidium pieces were lost, but it is still effectively complete (Dipleura prones are quite lovely). I admire your dedication to go out collecting in the snow... Are you sure you're not Canadian? :P 

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@Calico Jack it's always that last piece isn't it. Wish I could have went out on Christmas, my Grandmothers house is half an hour from Calvert but I can't drive yet legally so i'm out of luck.

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