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  1. Crazy Squirrel

    Plant ID?

    Can anyone identify this plant from Pennsylvania?
  2. I went back to Beltzville recently and found a few more fossils with which I would like help identifying. Last time I found what may have been a partial trilobite, and this time I found another that seems more likely. I also found a fossil that I originally picked up for the crinoid stem, but later noticed a dome with an almost honeycomb-like pattern on it. I am very curious as to what it is. And lastly, what appears almost like a large ring. Any help is very much appreciated. Thanks as always!
  3. ArtsyAxolotl

    Seeking Eastern PA sites?

    I'd really like to get more into fossil hunting and rock hounding after how much fun I had at the beach. Are there any good sites I can access around Eastern PA? Specifically up to an hour or two of driving distance from Berks County. When I search for sites in PA I usually see suggestions for Central and West PA. I'm not looking to join any groups atm for personal reasons, but I'll take suggestions for when I feel up to it (there's a group in Reading I'm keeping an eye on). Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks!
  4. I_gotta_rock

    Beltzville State Park

    The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society got a permit to explore the restricted area at Beltaville Dam in Lehighton, PA today. The spillway for the dam is immense! The 20-50ish foot walls of the spillway are covered with rubble in swaths of hard blue-black and red stone, soft colorful clay stone, and the occasional bit of tan sandstone. All are from the Upper Devonian Mahantango Formation. The sun was shining, the air was warm and the wind was still. Perfect day for prospecting! Everybody spread out along the walls. There was more than ample room for everybody to claim
  5. This Missourian is headed out to the Late Devonian of western New York state and Pennsylvania this coming week and hoping for a little help from y'all on localities for eurypterids and the sponge Hydnoceras. Are Clarke's (1920) Hydnoceras localities at Brown Hill (near Cohocton, NY) and Irish Hill (near Bath, NY) still productive and accessible? Are Ehlers' (1935) eurypterid localities at Bush Hill (near Smethport, PA)? Or are there other spots I should be checking out? I understand that the Trimmers Rock Formation in the vicinity of Bloomsburg, PA, is also worth a look for eurypterids, but I
  6. jpblood

    Reptile Skin Fossil?

    Hi all! I have this fossil (at least I'm fairly certain it's a fossil lol) that I've had for a very long time now but I haven't been able to figure out what it is. It came into my possession through some weird means, long story short a classmate of mine from first grade found it out in the middle of our elementary school field (this was about 12-13 years ago) and gave it to me because I was known as the "dinosaur kid". Because it was just sitting in the middle of a grassy field I suspect that it was moved from its original location, possibly by a kid or a construction worker when the school wa
  7. I found this in Casselman River in Rockwood Pennsylvania a few years back just laying in the middle of the river as I was walking through it trying not to slip on the rocks haha! Always thought it was an intriguing & unique find but still to this day I have no idea what it is. No one whom I've showed it to over the years could identify it either. Needless to say, we're not expirenced in fossils none the less! I just stumbled upon this site and thought to myself how great it would be to have it finally identified after all these years (found it in 2014) so I figured I'd post some photos a
  8. Misha

    Ordovician fossils in PA

    Hi everyone, I recently remembered the location of swatara Gap in Pennsylvania, I remember reading about it but the problem is that the site was covered up way before I was even in the United States, there is the swatara state park nearby but that has younger Devonian rocks of the mahantango. My question is are there any similar sites with Ordovician rocks anywhere in PA? I am especially interested in the Cryptolithus trilobites and if those can be found anywhere else around here as that would be a wonderful fossil to add to the collection and have the experience of uncovering.
  9. Late Start Fossil Girl

    Placoderm Thoracic Plate?

    My first question as a new member to the forum. Are these two placoderm plates? The serrated edge caught my attention, as well as the hard, bone like feel and color to the fossil. They are very different from the brachiopods, coral, or other Devonian fossils I have found. This came from the Deer Lake area north of Cabelas as was suggested by another fossil forum member.
  10. 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!
  11. Hello, the other day I found this on a hiking trail in Wissahickon park in Philadelphia, pa. it looks like a footprint, but the age of the Wissahickon formation is Paleozoic, not Mesozoic. The rock is roughly brick shaped, and there are stone structures/ ruins around the park. It may be a possibility that an old structure was built with Triassic rock, which can be found a short drive west. I am having trouble identifying the type of rock. Is this a Grallator track, or a Grallator shaped coincidence? thanks!
  12. 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
  13. NancyPiper

    Scale tree?

    I found this in a spoils area of a strip area. Someone said it's from a scale tree. Can anyone confirm this. I clear coated it, that's why it's shiny.
  14. Bonehunter

    Pennsylvania microurchin?

    I put this on the general forum as well, but this is probably more appropriate!! In my search for conodonts in Pennsylvanian stark shale (between Winterset and Bethany falls limestone) I routinely find concretions/nodules-most are powdery but sometimes i find teeth and other microfossils. Well much to my surprise, upon splitting my thousanth shale, I found a 1cm nodule, and within it, this apparent micro sea urchin-one of two in the nodule. From spine to spine (7:00-1:00) it measures just under 2mm in diameter I am refining my photog techniques with a newly purchased leica M420,
  15. KalebE

    Egg, Nodule, or Other?

    After having discovered more than a few "dinosaur eggs" throughout my life, this is the first that has prompted me to overcome my cynicism and ask for help in identification. I am assuming that it is very possibly a nodule of some sort - but looking at the details has me curious. Thanks in advance for your patience with my limited knowledge. I found it in a ravine near my house in Pittsburgh, PA, USA that has exposed layers of coal, shale, slate, and sandstone. I found it "as-is" and I have not removed any material. It is approximately 8.5cms x 5 cms. There appear to
  16. Stephen Tirone

    Is this a fossil?

    Another "is this a fossil" question. Found in Slippery Rock Creek, in McConnell's Mill State Park, Pennsylvania. Looks to me like one of those old very old trees with the cross-hatched bark like a pineapple that I recall from my early childhood books. Am I way off? Hoping the links below work. -Steve img 1 img 2
  17. I found these Rhynchosauroides trace fossil trackways well-defined in the Triassic red bed sedimentary deposits in the Newark Basin in southeastern Pennsylvania. Lincoln cent shows scale.
  18. Took a few college friends out to the Deer Lake region today. Was the first time fossil hunting for one of them and the first time finding non shark teeth for another. Checked out a couple different outcroppings, everyone took a few things they enjoyed. Here is my haul from the day (feel free to correct if I miss IDed)... 1x Eldregeops 3x Mucrospirifer 1x Leptodesma
  19. This display contains 100+ specimens of the best petrified wood that I found, during more than a decade of fossil-hunting, in the Triassic age Newark Basin of southeastern Pennsylvania. The material is scarce. I have plenty more smaller pieces. The shelves dimensions are 6 feet x 5 feet x 1 foot.
  20. historianmichael

    Annularia stellata

    From the album: Llewellyn Formation Plants of Pennsylvania

    Annularia stellata Late Pennsylvanian Llewellyn Formation Schuylkill Co., PA
  21. Hello everyone So recently I’ve been studying up on Catskill formation sites in Pennsylvania. Many of these sites are exposures along highways, and I was wondering how I should go about collecting at them. Is it legal to collect along highways in PA? Can I park on the highway if there’s plenty of room or should I find an off ramp/side road to park along? Thanks for the help! Owen
  22. Fossilvania

    Petrified wood in this conglomerate?

    Any ideas as to what this might be? Thinking could be wood remnants, maybe petrified or partially so? Northwest PA, lots of glacial debris in area.
  23. I found these, endocast impressions of dorsal shields of the jawless fish Americaspis americana, in the Silurian of Pennsylvania. There are 2 1/3 dorsal shields shown. A complete shield measures approximately 2.4 x 1.0 inches (6.10 x 2.54 cm).
  24. This is continuing the first post. The Tioga site is a near shore exposure of the entire Catskill formation. So besides the general Holoptychius and bothriolepis fauna, lungfish have been described from a skull table and tooth plates. Here is a tooth plate from Dipterous fliescheri. A similar plate was described from the Troy, PA area.
  25. Shark255

    Iron Hill Museum Fossils

    I recently took a trip to the Iron Hill Museum in Newark, Delaware. (Which has amazing displays by the way. Its small, but fascinating.) There, I bought a small bag of about 10 fossils. I knew what most of them were, but there are a few I am unsure of what they actually are. I was wondering if anyone on the Forum could help me. All I know is that all of the Fossils were found in either Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania. 1. This one I was told that this is some kind of bone fragment. 2. This is also another bone fragment. 3. I think this is a bone fragment.
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