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I have multiple finds just like this one. Walking on stone walls as a kid I would see these often. But never as heavily concentrated as this one. I have no idea about this other than my area is known for devonian period fossils. I've ordered a rock pick and hammer online so I can start cracking more rocks open

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Kane

Looks like you have a neat assemblage of brachiopod steinkerns. :) 

Some of our New York state folks will likely be able to say more. 

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caldigger

Just don't start breaking the walls apart in the neighborhood. ;)

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daves64
34 minutes ago, caldigger said:

Just don't start breaking the walls apart in the neighborhood. ;)

This coming from experience? :zzzzscratchchin:

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Tidgy's Dad

Lots of brachiopods! :)

Hello, and a very warm welcome to TFF from Morocco! 

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Rockwood
3 hours ago, FossilNoob6969 said:

so I can start cracking more rocks open

You will undoubtedly recover brachiopod steinkerns, the internal molds (casts) representing the living space of the animals. Lots of other little surprises are likely to be in the mix as well. 

Steinkerns of these often are overprinted by the external shape of the shell during fossilization so that it's appearance is more of a hybrid between the two.

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FossilNoob6969
2 hours ago, Rockwood said:

You will undoubtedly recover brachiopod steinkerns, the internal molds (casts) representing the living space of the animals. Lots of other little surprises are likely to be in the mix as well. 

Steinkerns of these often are overprinted by the external shape of the shell during fossilization so that it's appearance is more of a hybrid between the two.

Do I dare break this apart to see what could be inside? 

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DevonianDigger
3 minutes ago, FossilNoob6969 said:

Do I dare break this apart to see what could be inside? 

 

I wouldn't bother honestly. I think the exciting part is what's visible already.

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caldigger

This may be a good indication of what you may/ or may not find "inside".

It looks like this is a piece of shallow bedding and the shells might not go into it much deeper than those on the surface.

If I were you I would leave it as is and enjoy it for what it shows now.

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FossilNoob6969
30 minutes ago, caldigger said:

This may be a good indication of what you may/ or may not find "inside".

It looks like this is a piece of shallow bedding and the shells might not go into it much deeper than those on the surface.

If I were you I would leave it as is and enjoy it for what it shows now.

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Yea i was thinking that. That's what I'll do. 

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Rockwood
1 hour ago, FossilNoob6969 said:

Do I dare break this apart to see what could be inside? 

In this case if it's your only piece I would agree that it is unlikely that it would be improved.

Once you have plenty, breaking a piece like this may give you a look at (split open on) the brachiopod shell fossils themselves. They would be in the different (unweathered) layer shown on the right.

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