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Last weekends snowy NY Devonian teaser!

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Tidgy's Dad

Excellent finds. :)

Some of those molluscs are really splendid and it's always nice to see trilobits. 

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Al Tahan

Thanks! @Tidgy's Dad I really can’t wait for the snow to finally be gone 

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Fossildude19

Great finds, Al. 

The one you thought was a cephalopod is just that. Probably Michelinoceras.

The bivalve is Orthonota undulata.

Nice introductory visit for you.  :)  

Much better hunting, without the snow! ;) 

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Al Tahan
10 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

Great finds, Al. 

The one you thought was a cephalopod is just that. Probably Michelinoceras.

The bivalve is Orthonota undulata.

Nice introductory visit for you.  :)  

Much better hunting, without the snow! ;) 

Thanks Tim!! I wasn’t sure if the markings on the cephalopod were predation marks or worm burrows....what do you suspect? Those “scratches” were what I was unsure of it wasn’t all that clear after reading it back to myself lol. Ops

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Fossildude19
2 minutes ago, Al Tahan said:

Thanks Tim!! I wasn’t sure if the markings on the cephalopod were predation marks or worm burrows....what do you suspect? Those “scratches” were what I was unsure of

Ooops. Sorry, missed that. 

They look a bit like possible borings, or predation marks.  :headscratch:

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Al Tahan

@Fossildude19 I’m kinda undecided myself on what it may be...I’ve been going back and forth....predation marks sounds cooler but I’ll have to say I don’t know until I see more! I’ll have to do more collecting :P

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Wrangellian

I like that Orthonota with 2 valves intact. Also the snail looks interesting... any more detail on that if you took a closer pic?

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ynot

Nice finds for a cold hunt.

Don't get frost bite out there.

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Monica

That Orthonota is gorgeous!!!  :drool:  Congrats!!! 

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Scylla

The temps stayed in the 20's all day, but it just diddn't feel cold. Two other TFF members were there with us. 

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Grant is in the foreground, Al is hidden in the black rocky area in the back by the trees and Gary is at the bottom of the hill near the orange bucket. If anyone finds a big Dipleura pygidium where Grant is in this picture, please PM me. He would like to add it to the rest of the fossil.

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Scylla

Some fossils just seemed to jump out at you like this bivalve in a patch of snowmelt5c960eb69fcf8_20190317_105724_HDR2.thumb.jpg.a2adb87d47111f725c250d2ecfcbca8d.jpg

The counterpart can be seen in the nearby gravel. Once I lifted my hammer to find a Brachiopod had frozen itself to the tip!

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Scylla

After a death defying romp on the ice covered cliffs of Cole Hill we sadly had to say goodbye to Al who was really fun to collect with. A very late lunch of blueberry pancakes with bacon and maple syrup at the D&D diner in Shelburne got us refueled for the 5 hour drive home.

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Kane

You did well - and particularly under snowy conditions. :dinothumb:

And once the snow is clear, and the chain gang of us descends on the spot, we can start ripping out the slabs!

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RJB

 Some interesting stuff.  Love the Orthonota.  Makes me wonder what your going to find with the weather gets warmer and things dry up.  Good luck

 

RB

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Darktooth

Nice report Al and Gus! Proves that you can still manage to score fossils in the worst of conditions. I have done it enough times in the past, but for now I will wait just a bit longer!:D

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Al Tahan
2 hours ago, Kane said:

You did well - and particularly under snowy conditions. :dinothumb:

And once the snow is clear, and the chain gang of us descends on the spot, we can start ripping out the slabs!

Oh yea I can’t wait! 

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Al Tahan

Haha Dave @Darktooth as tempting as it was to go again this weekend I can only justify it so many times to my fiancé before I start to sound crazy lol 

 

@RJB I hear it’s a very diverse site! 

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Pagurus
3 hours ago, Al Tahan said:

Also looking forward to finding one without me putting a nic in the fossil trying to reduce the rock lol.

 

A lot of that shale tends to crumble in the worst possible places. I would have been happy with your finds any time of the year, snow or not. Great finds, all of you. I have some partial Orthonatas (orthonotae?) from the site but none as nice as yours. It's such an enjoyable place to collect, especially with other TFF members. It looks like I won't be able to get there this spring, though one never knows, do one.

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Wrangellian
11 hours ago, Al Tahan said:

@Wrangellian That gastropods I think you are referring to is Bembexia sulcomarginata.

 

The one I have is decent but it seems there is room for more detail!!

This was an interesting find for me. It’s a very different looking gastropod from anything else I have found. Looking forward to finding a more detailed specimen! Also looking forward to finding one without me putting a nic in the fossil trying to reduce the rock lol.

It looks pretty good to me but then I don't know the site. The drawing might be idealized.

Yes, you have to be careful with shale everywhere. I think I've got some of the worst over here! I learned the hard way not to try to trim matrix in the field when I shattered a shark tooth that way (to mention just one).

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Jeffrey P

Really nice finds guys. Congratulations. Hitting those sites with that much snow was definitely hardcore. And despite the adverse conditions you scored some excellent finds: The orthonata and cornelites bivalves, and the nautiloid were particularly sweet.

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DevonianDigger

Very cool stuff! Now I'm itching to get back out there!

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