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Yesterday I visited Etobicoke creek (west end of Toronto) which exposes the ordovician Georgian Bay formation. The creek was abundant with trace fossils and plates of preserved ripples, as well as small orthocone nautiloids.  

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fossilzz

Here is a ripple plateIMG_2193.thumb.jpg.93c296dfa93a6c897bf30b7ac6c9a477.jpg

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fossilzz

I also found an Isotelus Maximus pygdium!

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fossilzz

Here's another pygdium, unfortunately deformed on the left side, probably from geological pressureIMG_2255.thumb.jpg.b37ca39b9ef7f74f5693e1b7ab52d68c.jpgIMG_2254.thumb.jpg.7e7342c3afaad9eacdb51015a1517e0d.jpg

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fossilzz

And here is a fairly representative Treptoceras. ( I think) There were a lot of these, but most were under 20 cm.

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fossilzz

Overall I'd say it was a good trip, although I had trouble finding good exposures. the wall on the one side of the creek should the layers well, however some of the rocks seemed ready to fall, so I didn't get to close.

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Monica

Congrats on your finds, especially the nice, intact Isotelus pygidium - that's not a very common find around these parts! :dinothumb::trilo:

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K-boy Cachers

Nice finds and nice pictures! Thank you for being safe and reminding us all to do the same. Sometimes we get so fixed on the hunt that we don't pay attention to the heavy boulders that are one vibration away from falling on our heads!

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fossilzz
9 minutes ago, Monica said:

Congrats on your finds, especially the nice, intact Isotelus pygidium - that's not a very common find around these parts! :dinothumb::trilo:

Thanks! There is actually an awesome intact Isotelus Maximus on display at the ROM, I believe it was also found in Etobicoke creek as well which is one of the reasons I wanted to go there.

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fossilzz
1 minute ago, K-boy Cachers said:

Nice finds and nice pictures! Thank you for being safe and reminding us all to do the same. Sometimes we get so fixed on the hunt that we don't pay attention to the heavy boulders that are one vibration away from falling on our heads!

When I was there a few rocks came down from around the top of the wall. Not much more than gravel, but it reminds you the area isn't stable.

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markjw

Wonderful report and great photos.

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Fossildude19

Thanks for posting!  :) 

Good report. 

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fossilzz

Thanks!

 

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FossilNerd

Nice report! I actually carry a hard hat in my truck for situations like this. Most of the places I collect have a backward slope to them, but if their is rock above my head and it looks like it might fall or if I’ll be collecting under an overhang or something I’ll wear it. Of course, if they are large rocks, the hard hat isn’t going to help much and I’ll avoid the area completely. Definitely better to be safe than sorry! 

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FossilDAWG
15 hours ago, fossilzz said:

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A great reminder to always look up!

 

Don

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FossilDAWG
4 hours ago, FossilNerd said:

Nice report! I actually carry a hard hat in my truck for situations like this. Most of the places I collect have a backward slope to them, but if their is rock above my head and it looks like it might fall or if I’ll be collecting under an overhang or something I’ll wear it. Of course, if they are large rocks, the hard hat isn’t going to help much and I’ll avoid the area completely. Definitely better to be safe than sorry! 

It's easy to overestimate the protection you'll get from a hard hat.  It would be pretty much useless against rocks like the ones in fossilzz's photos.

 

Don

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Auspex
2 hours ago, FossilDAWG said:

It's easy to overestimate the protection you'll get from a hard hat.  It would be pretty much useless against rocks like the ones in fossilzz's photos.

It would be the difference between open or closed casket...

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FossilDAWG
3 minutes ago, Auspex said:

It would be the difference between open or closed casket...

Or perhaps worse the difference between a casket and life as a quadriplegic.  No fossil is worth either of those possibilities.

 

Don

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FossilNerd
23 minutes ago, FossilDAWG said:

Or perhaps worse the difference between a casket and life as a quadriplegic.  No fossil is worth either of those possibilities.

 

Don

Definitely true Don! Neither one of these possibilities is worth any fossil!

 

I mainly wear one when I feel it will help with lessening my bumps and bruises by falling debris from above.  As I said earlier, a hard hat is useless against large (and not as large as you might think) rocks. Better to be safe than sorry and avoid those areas completely! The rocks pictured are undoubtedly widow makers! 

 

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