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Resources for identifying Devonian Period corals?

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Austen

Hey guys, new collector looking for some wisdom. Over the past year, I've collected over 150 Fossil specimens from the Chatham-Kent Area. The Majority of my collection is Middle-Devonian Corals and Brachiopods, but I've also found some Petrified Wood and Fossilized Bone. I'm at the point where I can't keep track of my collection and want to start labeling and identifying my fossils for documentation and display purposes. What resources do you guys use to identify fossils you've collected in the field? How accurate can I realistically date things?

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DPS Ammonite

Some general info for searching for fossil references. First look for a geology map of the area. Then find out what formations you are collecting from. Then search for “fossils from xyz formation”. You can also do a key word search for a formations and fossils on Google Scholar: 

https://scholar.google.com/

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Kane

Given your location, this reference may be handy as there is a good deal of faunal overlap between parts of Michigan and southwestern Ontario: http://michiganbasinfossils.org/aboutus

 

Although dated, Kesling and Chilman’s book may also prove useful: https://lsa.umich.edu/paleontology/publications/papers-on-paleontology/8-Strata-and-Megafossils-of-the-Middle-Devonian-Silica-Formation-Reprint-2012-.html

 

And this is a must-have; the bedrock map of our area: http://www.geologyontario.mndmf.gov.on.ca/mndmfiles/pub/data/imaging/M2544/M2544.pdf

 

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Austen
8 hours ago, Kane said:

Given your location, this reference may be handy as there is a good deal of faunal overlap between parts of Michigan and southwestern Ontario: http://michiganbasinfossils.org/aboutus

 

Although dated, Kesling and Chilman’s book may also prove useful: https://lsa.umich.edu/paleontology/publications/papers-on-paleontology/8-Strata-and-Megafossils-of-the-Middle-Devonian-Silica-Formation-Reprint-2012-.html

 

And this is a must-have; the bedrock map of our area: http://www.geologyontario.mndmf.gov.on.ca/mndmfiles/pub/data/imaging/M2544/M2544.pdf

 

Thanks Kane! Always appreciated man

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Peat Burns

U. of Michigan's "Deep Blue" database has free .pdf s of journal articles.  There are a number of excellent papers on Devonian corals with detailed descriptions in there. Just type in key words in the search box.

 

https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/documents

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