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  1. Something caught my eye at the cheap table of trilobites at a Moroccan vender at a past fossil show. There were several Scabriscutellum of mediocre quality but I bought two. You can see them here. I am pretty certain these fossils are legit. One seems to have to have a clear cleft in the pygidium. There is even a small overlap of one pygidial "lobe" over the other. This is the first time I have seen such a "dramatic" mutation. I would guess that it is far more likely to be a developmental issue rather then a genetic mutation. The cleft trilobite obviously survived to its current size just fine
  2. Top Trilo

    Top Trilo’s drawings

    Decided I would make a thread with my drawings, recently I decided to draw trilobites that are not necessarily proportional and I didn’t spend too much time on these just wanted them to be life size and recognizable, so far I have 19, I took ideas from @Kane trilobite drawings and @rew trilobite collection. I will add to this thread as I draw more fossils not only trilobites. You may not be able to read the labels partly from camera quality and mostly from my handwriting.
  3. While heading to visit family in southern Indiana, I decided to leave a day early to do a bit of collecting in the Cincinnatian. The first stop was, as usual, St. Leon, to look for the famous Flexicalymene rollers. In the past, I've usually found 2-4 per visit, but was quite lucky this time, walking away with 10 rollers and my first prone. Here are a couple in situ shots. After a couple hours at St. Leon, I headed towards my hotel. As it turned out, it was just down the road from Trammel Fossil Park. I had not been here before. It ex
  4. ScottBlooded

    Whose head is this? Trilobite, Devonian

    Found this in the needmore formation of WV, he’s about 3 or 4mm at his widest. Also note that it’s pretty evenly pustulate, hard to get the right lighting to convey that. Ignore the crude tool marks on the left of the specimen, popped a few pieces of shale off him to expose more. Any help as always is greatly appreciated.
  5. Malcolmt

    Madonna and Child

    As promised here is another of the specimens that I prepared that will be included in the new "Dawn of Life" gallery at the ROM. Not sure it belongs in the Preparation topic as I only have the single picture. Moderator feel free to move. Those that know me realize that I hate taking pictures. There are occasions when you get to work on a specimen that you absolutely do not want to return at the end of preparation. That was certainly the case with this one. Of all the specimens I have ever prepared for someone else, this plate is probably the one that I most wanted to keep for my o
  6. Nichet1122

    Korea's trilobite

    This trilobite is Dolerobasilicus yokusensis. It's the only trilobite found in South Korea, Jik-un Mountain Formation. It's really hard to find a completely preserved. Unfortunately, Most Korea's fossil sites are being destroyed, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to obtain and scarce...
  7. I've been looking for a Andalusiana trilobite, but I know most of them are fake or heavily restored. Anyone know if this is real or not?
  8. Misstrillybilly


    Hello everyone I'm a newbie. I don't have much knowledge about fossils, Can anyone tell me what the names are for these?... Found in Dudley UK. Thanks in advance
  9. I'm new to fossil hunting but am having fun with what I've done so far. To date, I've mostly gotten stuff from the shores of the Mississippi, so original location and period aren't possible. I want to do some day trips to find better specimins. I've found crinoid stems, a brachiopod, and some that I haven't identified yet. I really want to find some intact specimins, particularly trilobites, ammonites, and blastoids. What are locations within maybe 3 hours of the Quad Cities? If anyone wants to join, I'd be glad for the company and newbie tips. TIA
  10. I am bidding on a few items right now and two I am not 100 percent sure on. The first bug, I am hoping not to win, and then I won't have to retract the bid. The second one, I already was outbid, but it is still cheap.
  11. Kane

    Kane's Bug Preps

    UPDATE: Consolidated all my loose preparation threads into one topic. Four hours so far into this big bug, and maybe another two to go. Found at Penn Dixie this past weekend, the visible area measures 6 cm. With the pygidium, it likely measured about 8+ cm. Judging by its size and pustular sculpture, this was likely a long-lived specimen prior to burial. This is how it looked fresh in the field:
  12. a) Agerina ? If yes, whats the Fezouata species?
  13. I prefer to find my own fossils, but over the years I've been given a handful of things by friends and family. Most of these were given with no accompanying information about the location where they were found or the geological age. I'd be very appreciative of any information people here can give.
  14. Plokmijn

    Unknown Trilobite

    I bought this at the Smithsonian a while back and I'm not even sure its real. If it is real any help identifying it would be much appreciated! Any tips on how to identify trilobites would also be great. I'll answer any questions about the fossil although I know next to nothing about it. Thanks in advance!
  15. I've been looking at some Russian bugs, but all of them have anywhere from 2-8% restoration. I'm still new to collecting, so I'm not sure how much restoration is too much.
  16. Tidgy's Dad

    Adam's Cambrian

    A rangeomorph holdfast trace fossil from the Ediacara formation, Rawnsley quartzite of the Flinders Range, South Australia. This specimen is Medusina mawsoni, so called because it was until recently thought to be a jellyfish, but is now believed to be the attachment point of a fractal rangeomorph as Charniodiscus is the point of anchorage for Charnia sp. This one may have been the holdfast point for some species of Rangea. The diameter of the outer circle is 1.5 cm and the fossil is estimated to be 555 million years old.
  17. Hello everyone, I was reorganizing my trilobites and found this Acadoparadoxides briareus trilobite that I received from friend as a gift awhile ago. I was wondering if its even real or had anything major done to it, I was told the edge of it may have been touched up to make it more aesthetically pleasing but that's all I know. I would appreciate any opinions you have. Name: Acadoparadoxides briareus Location found: Atlas, Morocco Size: approximately 8 inch's long Age: Cambrian Period 515MYO
  18. Finally I can share an incredible piece with you all!!!!!!!! I have been very fortunate to be able to do invertebrate fossil preparation for The Royal Ontario Museum (The ROM). I have recently been given permission to share pictures of some of the work that I have done for them. Thank you Dr. J.B. Caron. In the coming weeks I will share some pictures of other pieces I did for them. In total I prepared about 12 pieces for them out of their collection and I donated 7 pieces for the new gallery. In case you are not already aware they will be opening a major new fossil gall
  19. Hiya everyone some help with this trilobite would be great
  20. Two days ago some workmen laid some stone by the side of a road near a pond in Sharon CT and I found two fossils one that appears to be the back of a Trilobite or a Chiton and another that looks to me like scallops or some other bivalve (I know that scallops and trilobites never existed at the same time). Does anyone have any ideas as to what these could be. Also I know this rock is not from where I found it, it was probably sourced from a local quarry so I would have to check with the highway department of Sharon to figure out where these come from.
  21. Hello everyone, It's been a while since I've started a topic on the forum; but over time, it has occurred to me how many of our forum members have spectacular specimens of Chinese trilobites. I hope to start this thread to showcase and celebrate the amazing trilobite fossils that come from China, contributed by no other than our very own. Chinese trilobites have been relatively underlaid in the trilobite collection world by the Moroccan material and Russian material. But with a jaw-dropping diversity and rarity of trilobites, China's trilobites may make up for the incr
  22. This weekend I had the opportunity to spend a couple hours hunting in the Galena Group (Upper Ordovician) in northern Illinois. The Galena around here is mostly massive dolomite, so most fossils are preserved as molds. Mollusks dominate the fauna, especially gastropods, although other interesting specimens crop up from time to time. Burrows A large orthoconic nautiloid Fisherites are fairly common in some beds, although extracting complete specimens is challenging. Thaleops sp. Some better gastropod examples
  23. fifbrindacier

    Looking for trilobites

    Hi everybody. This year i decided to try new sites to find trilobites. I firstly decided to try a site in the Pyrénées, maybe those who love cyclism and the Tour de France will have heard about the Col d'Aspin and Col du Tourmalet. At the Col d'Aspin, altitude 1489 meters, the landscape is fantastic, green with great trees. The landscape is fantastic, but the trilos didn't show up. Maybe the next time will i be more successful. The only fossil i found is that tiny item, less than a centimeter at the widest. So we decided to head up here, at th
  24. Dblackston

    Kansas Trilobite

    We found this near Eureka Kansas in association with Americus Limestone. It is my first time finding more than a fragment. We were wondering if a genus could be narrowed down. I don't have any items for scale yet to put in the picture but it is approx 3/8" across. At its widest.
  25. I purchased this beautiful pile of poo pellets, and the matrix contained this little hitchhiker. Since I know next to nothing about trilobites, I was hoping for an assist. He dates from the Middle Ordivician (Llandeilian), and was found in the Traveusot Group (Angers), in La Meignanne, Maine-et-Loire, France. I don't know if the second photo is more of Jaques or just another trilo-bit. Thanks for indulging me. Yeah, I'm digressing.....
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