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Al Tahan

Another exciting day in the Devonian

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Scylla

Nice finds Al. That phylocarid really takes the cake!:default_clap2:

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Tidgy's Dad

Some lovely trilobits but that phyllocarid! :envy:

Thanks for sharing.

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Pagurus

My oh my! That phyllocarid is simply awesome! 

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Fossildude19

Great finds, Al. 

Awesome Phyllocarid! Just FYI, I left that there for you. ;)  :P 

I'm jealous of your proximity to those sites! 

Looking forward to the next time I can get up that way. 

 

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Monica

WOW!  Amazing phyllocarid!!!  Like Adam, I am :envy:

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Manticocerasman

Great finds, congrats with the phyllocarid :)

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Al Tahan

Thanks! @Monica @Tidgy's Dad @Manticocerasman @Pagurus @Scylla I’m so pumped about the phyllocarid 

 

 

 @Fossildude19 I do feel pretty fortunate I won’t lie. For being so into fossil my whole life it’s sure a bonus living within reason to such great places :trilo:

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UtahFossilHunter

Dang those are some beautiful finds! Thanks for showing us:wub:

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Al Tahan
3 hours ago, UtahFossilHunter said:

Dang those are some beautiful finds! Thanks for showing us:wub:

And thanks for reading! :ighappy:

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Jeffrey P

That Phyllocarid is incredible. Big congratulations! I was told the best place to hunt for those is in the spoil piles of other collectors. Looks like you came up big. 

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Mark Kmiecik

Great finds. I like them all.

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Ludwigia

A lot of people have said this already, but it's worth repeating: Phantastic Phyllocarid!

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Al Tahan
1 hour ago, Jeffrey P said:

That Phyllocarid is incredible. Big congratulations! I was told the best place to hunt for those is in the spoil piles of other collectors. Looks like you came up big. 

I almost thought it was a funky bivalve on first glance but since I know what to look for I realized real quick what it was!! I would really like to find a nice rhinocaris phyllocarid next...I just have partials. The hunt continues!

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Peto Lithos

That phyllocarid is amazing! And those trilobites ain't bad either.

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Wrangellian
On 5/12/2019 at 3:29 PM, Al Tahan said:

I almost thought it was a funky bivalve on first glance but since I know what to look for I realized real quick what it was!! I would really like to find a nice rhinocaris phyllocarid next...I just have partials. The hunt continues!

This is why you don't just collect the "ooh, aah" stuff and leave the bivalves behind! Collect everything!

I like the 'other stuff' from those sites (and from any site, probably) as much as I like the trilobites, so if I were there and saw that, I like to think I would have put it in my box even if I didn't recognize what it was, but it did catch my eye as soon as I saw your overall box shot, before I saw the closeups.  :rolleyes:

I did find a flower that way once, here in my local Cretaceous years ago when I was a beginner - I found 'something' that I couldn't tell what it was, but took it home anyway, and later examined it closely to discover that it had 5 petals!

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Sjfriend

Great finds. Wouldn't doubt I passed some nice stuff on my visit due to lack of knowledge and space / weight on plane but I too live the "if its weird, keep it" philosophy ;) Found out years later that I had 4 pieces to a fish head that I had found as bits on a talus slope. Didn't realize they actually fit together til I spotted a tiny pattern only seen with lens.

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Al Tahan

@Wrangellian @Sjfriend

 

sometimes it pays to grab those odd specimens :). Thanks for sharing your similar experiences finding hidden gems! I guess I’m not alone in the “grabbed it and got lucky” club lol. 

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Kane

Good work, Al. :dinothumb:

 

And, as others have said, when in doubt, chuck it in the bucket. I do the same thing, but also set aside nice examples of stuff I don't need as it seems about two-thirds of what I end up collecting is for other people. :D 

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JUAN EMMANUEL

Very impressive finds! Having a trained eyes takes time to develop and I can relate to that. Congrats on finding the Phyllocarid. It shows that you’ve gone far with knowing what to look for. 

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Al Tahan

Thanks @Kane ....I’m starting to thin my collection through gifting as well...kids love fossils lol....and @JUAN EMMANUEL sadly I didn’t know sooner about phyllocarids. I collected a mandible back in 2010 in buffalo and most likely passed up other specimens due to my lack of experience.....live and learn! 

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Sjfriend

If I ever get back there again I'm gonna have to do some serious study of the local fauna ahead of time. Don't want to throw anything good / unusual away again (pretty sure I threw that phyllocarid aside for you ;) lol )

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Al Tahan
10 hours ago, Sjfriend said:

If I ever get back there again I'm gonna have to do some serious study of the local fauna ahead of time. Don't want to throw anything good / unusual away again (pretty sure I threw that phyllocarid aside for you ;) lol )

:P how courteous of you ;) heheh 

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Fossildude19
11 hours ago, Sjfriend said:

If I ever get back there again I'm gonna have to do some serious study of the local fauna ahead of time. Don't want to throw anything good / unusual away again (pretty sure I threw that phyllocarid aside for you ;) lol )

This is a good website to get you going on that, Steve.  :) 

 

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