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  1. patrick plesiosaurus

    unknown fossil ballagan formation

    Unknown fossils, they were found in the ballagan formation in southern Scotland, it is in mudstone, it shows fine laminations on the side. I do not think they are flute casts as they seam to have something infilling them such as the "creature" They will be carboniferous.
  2. patrick plesiosaurus

    Carboniferous limestone fossils??

    I am wondering what fossils you can see in these rocks. they are all carboniferous limestone (prehaps not the red/brown one). I can see Bivalves, coral, crinoids, brachiopods (I think), And nothing else. Why aren't there other carboniferous life. (I understand soft parts go) These rocks are packed with fossils, what can a real paleotologist see?
  3. amateursaboteur

    Irish Waulsortian Limestone Fossil

    Complete newbie with a bunch of new fossils so brace yourselves. The fossil was found in east Clare (Ireland) Waulsotian limestone. This rock is dated Tournaisian - Lower Visean, and is a mix of solid limestone & a brittle lime mud. (Id'd using geological survey maps) "Waulsortian limestone is extensively developed in Ireland, and it represents a phase of submarine bank development during the Tournaisian (Mississippian, Carboniferous). These carbonate buildups are rich in (now lithified) lime mud, contain a shelly marine fossil fauna and generally lack any sign
  4. I am going to start adding some images of my favorite finds which I call Collection Pieces. Identifications range from maybe, probably to most likely. I've only started to seriously collect over the past year. I've spent a great deal of time studying and learning Geology, as a hobby. I am located in Western Pennsylvania. At first, a map of the area. Anything in bright yellow is the Glenshaw Formation. The Ames Limestone layer exists between the Glenshaw and the Casselman Formations, which is the Orange color on the map. I have yet to explore the Ames Limestone, so I've only found f
  5. Over the past year, I've become fascinated with the often bizarre fish and sharks of the Pennsylvanian. Fortunately, my home state of Illinois is a great place to hunt for such fossils. I've shared several of these in other posts before, but wanted to put everything together in one thread. Probably won't have much to post for a few months after this, but once summer rolls around, I should hopefully have plenty of new finds to share. I would say there are three major settings in which you can find fish fossils in Illinois: Mazon Creek, black shales, and limestone. I have not had luc
  6. FossilNerd

    Wayne's Carboniferous

    When it comes to fossils, I am a generalist by nature. I haven't met a fossil that I didn't like! However, in an attempt to narrow my focus a bit, I have decided to take a cue from Adam ( @Tidgy's Dad ) and start this thread. I hope to showcase some of my collection, but more importantly have a central place to post IDed specimens, information I have found regarding them, and/or ask for help with IDs. Hopefully other's will get enjoyment from seeing the specimens and potentially learn a thing or two. So come along on my journey through the Carboniferous! If you haven't had the plea
  7. patrick plesiosaurus

    Unknown fossil carboniferous

    Here is a fossil I found in some carboniferous limestone. Does anyone know what it is. It was found in the limestone of the berwick upon tweed area N england.
  8. patrick plesiosaurus

    unknown ballagan formation fossils

    Unknown fossils in mudstone from the ballagan formation Southern Scotland. I do not think they are flute casts as they seam to be infilled with the "creature". Carboniferous.
  9. Indagator

    Collection

    Hi all, after seeing all these nice collections from other members I also want to share the collection of my father and I with you. The collections is of various time periods and sites. We started collecting in 2009 close to home in a quarry nearby Maastricht called 't Rooth (sadly this quarry is close for visitors since 2016). From there on we started visiting other quarries and the collection started too grew massively. We frequently visited the ENCI, Winterswijk and Solnhofen. I will start off with some of the display cabinets
  10. Leena Nevalainen-Smith

    Devonian, Carboniferous, quartz, limestone

    I have this big and heavy chunk of rock, found lying on the riverbed of lots of loose rocks, with almost every rock having some sort of fossil in them. My rock stands out from the general rock population. It has lots of quartz, some kind of shells, yellow sand in holes and crevises, and some articulated small bone looking things. At close look you see interesting textures. At first I imagined I was seeing some starfish and coral, but I can't make it out. I am a total amateur with just a pile of books and the internet. Anyone?
  11. I found this oddity today while examining some fine grained finds. This is basically soft limestone, where the rock is pretty soft and most of the calcite has been dissolved. I forgot to include a scale, but if I were to guess, it's about 1/2" across the structure (12.7mm). I plan on measuring again. There were several of these throughout the piece, but this was the most prominent. My guess is some sort of Bryozoan.
  12. I have another one for Id. If there is one. Pareidolia? Lol Def looks like something to me but I have no idea! Can't find anything like it other than possibly a Trilobite? Also a Centipede Arthropleura? Maybe a stretch but it's the closest thing I can find to it. I found it in Centralia Pa. and was not in the shale, was in the ground. It's about 2" long and the areas are raised and the pattern seems intentional if that makes sense. Thanks for any help!
  13. spinoking27

    One of a kind fossil from MA

    Last week on Fossil Friday, the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Roger Williams Park added the fossil I found from my post last time and still proud about it because they said on their Facebook page that its only one they have in the collection . Because its the first of its kind I discovered around New England until I find more fossils around that site in North Atteborough just waiting to be discovered with a story to tell. Museum Page Last Week
  14. Petalodus12

    My Best Carboniferous Finds

    Hi all, I’ve posted a few topics on the forum but have yet to show my entire collection, or my best finds. So here goes. A little background on me. I’ve been fossil hunting since I was very young, probably since I was 4 when I found a plant fossil in my backyard. Over the past few years as I have ventured into adulthood I have gotten very interested in the fossils of the Pittsburgh area. I will display my best finds here and periodically update the thread with new finds. As a note, many of the vertebrate fossils I have found are rare and may be important to science. I have been in contact
  15. Last summer I posted a trip report about finding some Pennsylvanian black shale in a river bed in East Central Illinois http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/106753-628-illinois-black-shale-trip-w-listracanthus/. I was able to visit the site again once more in the fall last year when the river was running much lower and collect more and larger pieces of the finely bedded and fissile shale. Since then I have been slowly splitting and going through the rocks I brought home, and finding many interesting fish parts- that is definitely the dominant fauna presen
  16. Hello everyone! I've been inspired by so many good Mazon Creek topics in this forum, I thought I would start my own. I'll post my own finds, which so far don't include anything as exotic as a Tully Monster, but maybe I'll get lucky on page 134 or so... I have to credit my kids with getting me interested in fossil collecting. I was always interested in rocks and fossils but when my 10 year old son had his dinosaur phase it really sparked my interest again. I wondered if an ordinary person like me could go out and find fossils? So I Googled fossil collecting and found out that not on
  17. Runner64

    Mazon Creek Collection

    I'll update this thread with my Mazon Collection over the next few weeks. With some good weather out yesterday, I managed to get my first fossil hunt in for the season and will post a report in this topic. I will be moving this upcoming summer which will put me even further from Mazon Creek so I have purchased a few pieces to fill in the genus/species I haven't found yet and will mention if I purchased a fossil. I still hold out hope to find some of these pieces I purchased eventually but will realistically be difficult if I only can make 1 trip a year. Fauna Tullimo
  18. paleoflor

    unidentified foliage

    From the album: Steinbruch Piesberg (Osnabrück, Germany)

    © T.K.T. Wolterbeek

  19. L.S., Hope someone here may have seen something similar before. The photographs below (apologies for the poor quality, made with phone) show about 18 mm-long structures, roughly oblong in outline and with a "dent" (in lieu of a better description). Their surface is quite shiny. The specimens come from the Pennsylvanian (probably Westphalian B or C) of Northern France. Anyone an idea what these might be? I have looked in the literature for similar seeds or cone bracts perhaps, but without success. Kind regards, Tim
  20. Hollie Bird

    Mazon creek purchase (again)

    Hi everyone I recently spied this mazon creek nodule on an online auction site and stuck in a cheeky bid as I thought it looked interesting. Listed as "unidentified worm from Mason creek" Perhaps preservation is too poor for a positive ID however if anyone has any thoughts as to ID please mention. Total length of feature around 3cm.
  21. paleoflor

    Oligocarpia sp.

    From the album: Steinbruch Piesberg (Osnabrück, Germany)

    © T.K.T. Wolterbeek

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