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Catskill Formation, Pennsylvania 2

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Darktooth

Nice find!

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jdp

Very nice toothplate!

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Fossildude19

Is that a scale attached at the upper right, Paul? 

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Paul1719

Hey Tim! that is a little bivalve that attached itself to the toothplate. This is right near the shoreline and if you go to the Lock Haven formation you find only marine fossils. Here is a typical specimen from those sediments.

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sharkdoctor

:popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

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Paul1719

South of Tioga is the massive road cut between Blossburg and Covington. This also represents a near shore environment and exposes most of an undifferentiated Catskill. Holoptychius and Bothriolepis dominate the fauna but also includes a Tristichopterid recently redescribed and renamed from the Porolepiform, Holoptychius to Langleiria. 

So Holoptychius is very prevalent and here are a few exceptional fossils. The first is an example of a very young fish and kind of an example of freak 3d preservation. 

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This is a much older individual with beautiful preservation.

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Here is an impression of an articulated Bothriolepis. Preservation detail is spectacular with the lateral lines and seems between plates very clear. Plates when they are retained are fragile and mostly exposed viscerally.

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This is a head shield with well defined orbital foremen.

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Here are medial dorsal plates.

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Langlieria was present and these are scales (mostly visceral but one dermal exposed) and some head plates.

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This was an articulated Phyllolepis shield. Unfortunately, it flew apart before I could save it. Only a few plates are still there.

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PaleoNoel

Beautiful finds! Congratulations!

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ynot

Nice pieces! Congratulations on the successful hunt!

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Paul1719

Correction: My Bothriolepis with the orbital foramen was upside down so here is an image with labels.

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