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DevonianDigger

Hello all!

 

I'm looking for recommendations on good resources to help me identify a ton of material that I recently acquired from the Sojka eurypterid collection. I believe it is all from the Bertie Waterlime, but I can't be entirely sure. Some of the pieces have collection numbers, but I don't have access to the collection records. I am guessing that any of the collection records went with the rest of the collection to the Yale Peabody, but I can't imagine that I would honestly be able to match up the information without a lot of time and access. There's a lot of assorted material and lots of bits and pieces to ID. I figure that this will give me a good opportunity to learn a ton about a new subject!

 

Thanks! - J

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Mark Kmiecik
2 minutes ago, DevonianDigger said:

Hello all!

 

I'm looking for recommendations on good resources to help me identify a ton of material that I recently acquired from the Sojka eurypterid collection. I believe it is all from the Bertie Waterlime, but I can't be entirely sure. Some of the pieces have collection numbers, but I don't have access to the collection records. I am guessing that any of the collection records went with the rest of the collection to the Yale Peabody, but I can't imagine that I would honestly be able to match up the information without a lot of time and access. There's a lot of assorted material and lots of bits and pieces to ID. I figure that this will give me a good opportunity to learn a ton about a new subject!

 

Thanks! - J

No numbers on the specimens? 

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DevonianDigger
2 minutes ago, Mark Kmiecik said:

No numbers on the specimens? 

 

As I mentioned, some of them have collection numbers, but there are thousands of them, and I don't have easy access to the collection records. I don't even know if they are at Yale Peabody. The problem is there were 4 brothers who collected them, I don't know which of the brothers collected the material in my possession. I also don't know if there was a unified collection record between them or if they all maintained separate records. So I figure I am better off just trying to ID the pieces myself. 

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Mark Kmiecik
2 minutes ago, DevonianDigger said:

 

As I mentioned, some of them have collection numbers, but there are thousands of them, and I don't have easy access to the collection records. I don't even know if they are at Yale Peabody. The problem is there were 4 brothers who collected them, I don't know which of the brothers collected the material in my possession. I also don't know if there was a unified collection record between them or if they all maintained separate records. So I figure I am better off just trying to ID the pieces myself. 

I hear you. That's why I am a true fan of cataloging one's collection, especially the scientifically significant pieces.

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DevonianDigger

Well, now the situation gets more confusing. I was told this was part of the collection that went to Yale, but theirs is the Samuel Ciurca collection, I have material from Tony and Michael Sojka. Somewhere lines got crossed. So now I'm really screwed, lol. I definitely don't have access to the collection records now! Ugh... 

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Fossildude19

 

Jay, 

You might try to contact Dave Rudkin at the R.O.M., or have @Al Tahan introduce you to  Alan Lang. 

 

 

0400_GC2010_Eurypterids_and_More.pdf

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piranha

The classic reference is "The Eurypterida of New York" Memoir 14 - vols. 1 & 2 - Clarke and Ruedemann: PDF LINK

 

The updated taxonomy can be found in this excellent paper:

 

Tetlie, O.E. 2007

Distribution and dispersal history of Eurypterida (Chelicerata).

Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 252:557-574  PDF LINK

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Al Tahan

Hey jay! Very jealous of your newly acquired collection. Are you unsure if your dealing with Phelps vs williamsville formation, remipes vs lacustrus? 

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Northern Sharks
13 hours ago, Fossildude19 said:

 

Jay, 

You might try to contact Dave Rudkin at the R.O.M., or have @Al Tahan introduce you to  Alan Lang. 

 

 

0400_GC2010_Eurypterids_and_More.pdf

Just as an FYI, Dave Rudkin has been retired for the last couple of years. I'm sure someone at the ROM could be of help, but I can't say who. The ROM did put out a book about the Eurypterids & Phyllocarids years ago (the same series of books as the classic green trilobite book). If you can find a copy online it may be worth checking out.

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