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  1. Bob Saunders

    micro fossils

    Pieces chipped off of a block. S. W. Michigan. last two are with a different camera.
  2. Taking advantage of my time spent home, I finally got a couple of glass display cases to showcase fossil specimens from my collection. Finding ones that were affordable and blended with the style of our home, was challenge, and I took my time choosing. Despite a bit of criticism I receive from some of my fossil collecting friends, I am a generalist collector who doesn't specialize in anything. Having said that, my collection does feature some rare faunas; Devonian and Cretaceous bivalves, Lower and Middle Devonian brachiopods and gastropods, Cretaceous vertebrates, etc. The focus is largely on
  3. Jeffrey P

    Back to the Ohio Valley

    Hi Everyone, I took a 2 week trip to the Ohio Valley, arriving back in New York about a week ago. It was primarily a family visit since many of my relatives now reside in the Elizabethtown, KY area. However, the Ohio Valley, as some of you know, is very rich in Paleozoic fossils and I just had to make a few stops on my way there and back as well as between family engagements. I will try to share enough to give you all a gist of it: It was a long day's drive from the northern suburbs of New York City to Richmond, Indiana where I spent the first night. The next day I was headed down State R
  4. Went to Joshua Creek near Mississauga and got bitten by Mosquitoes! This creek yields its treasures very reluctantly. I looked at hundreds of rocks and brought back only six. One is an 'X' shaped burrow. Another has a bunch of wavy ridges through several layers which I presume are either geological or maybe fossil algae that is new to me. Also got a few 'bumpy' bryozoans, which I have taken to calling 'Parvohallopora' until I can figure out what they really are in Georgian Bay formation. Much of the area was packed with trace fossils...intensely detailed, but boring and
  5. Lots of ordinary things lately at Etobicoke Creek and Joshua Creek. Of course, when I began hunting in April 2019, I couldn't imagine finding such treasures, but there you have it. At the former location, we seem to have fun finding "How many decent-size orthocone nautiloids can fit on one rock," and the number appears to be 10 or 12 in some cases ! We also seem to be able to find snakes when we lift rocks, which can be disconcerting. Recently I noticed some unpromising "wavy surface" rocks, but they had a layer underneath with branching bryozoan fragments. Turns out, there are lot
  6. DE&i

    Bryozoan i.d. help please

    Could someone identify if these are bryozoans attached to this bivalve from the Faringdon sponge gravels UK please. Scale bar millimetres.
  7. Sinosauropteryx prima

    Brachiopod ID, + Bryozoan?

    Hello all. I'm an amateur fossil hunter, so this might not seem that exciting, but I was really happy to find these four rocks with what I assume are brachiopods in them. These were found on a small, rocky beach in western Michigan (so rocky that most people would probably prefer not to swim). The specimens vary in size quite a bit, with the largest one being about 2 cm (this one is also one of the most well-preserved). In one of the rocks I see some lacy-looking material which I believe is probably a bryozoan frond, but I'm not too sure, so if anyone could confirm that too, I'd appreciate it.
  8. Bob Saunders

    hash plate plus

    2 inch by 1/2 inch with Crinoids, Bryozoans, more and did not expect to see the 3/8th inch 0.9 cm pyrite on it. Allegan County, Michigan From my dig site Yesterday. I believe it is limestone. Would like the approximate age for the fossils and about when did the pyrite form on it?
  9. Last week I made my third annual pilgrimage back to the Chicago area to visit family, do a little fossil hunting, gorge myself on great ethnic foods and treat myself to some Chicago-style deep-dish stuffed pizza for my birthday--yum! I had hoped to pick up some more Pit 2 (Braidwood Biota) Mazon Creek nodules from Fossil Rock campground in Wilmington but sadly it is now closed and up for auction with the distinct possibility that it will never again allow fossil hunters to gather nodules from the spoil piles at the back of the campground. Instead, I figured on focusing back on the Pit 11 (Es
  10. Dear Guys, During the last several years i detected unknown truth talking about Lithuanian boulders- the Carboniferous and Permian marine rocks are very numerous and their age is various- there can be found almost each stage of Carboniferous and Permian. The main rock types are three- dolomite and limestone with masses of brachiopods that is various in color, stromatolite limestone with mollusks and unidentified cephalon like fossils, and the last- lacustrine limestone with coelacanth scales and possible plant remains (Carboniferous rhabdodermatids are very numerous). Carbon
  11. Another from my fossil dig. S.W.Michigan. 1st this side shown wet is very dull, not sure if it can be improved. 2 other side shown wet. # 3 showing a zooecia. all image taken with my cell phone. last four with a clip on micro lens and dry. The zooecia Bryozoan is 1/8th inch .4 cm
  12. Bob Saunders

    Shell type?

    Hi all, this fossil hash plate is like a super hard gray mud with cracks. Even using a wood rasp to smooth much off. Mostly a trial or training piece. The shell was broken and in layers, with much covered. I have removed a lot of the cover, can I get an I'd, and is it worth continuing? I also see two Brachiapods, and they still some material stuck on the surface. I do not know of a way to dissolve the matrix, to recover the fossils. ultrasonic does nothing.
  13. Bob Saunders

    Michigan Brownstone

    I Found this last week on what I believe some call Lake Michigan Brownstone ? 3 5/8th in x 4 inch. Has Bryozoans and one I believe is a brachiopod 15 mm wide attached to the side. Bob
  14. With fall just around the corner, I was able to get in a hunting trip with my friend Jeffrey P, to the wilds of upstate NY: Specifically, the Deep Springs Road Site, in Earlville. I met up with Jeff at our usual meet up place, and time, (6:00 am at a park and ride near Jeff - about an hour away from my home.) and loaded his gear into my vehicle. Off we went. We enjoyed some very nice scenery, once the morning fog lifted. Hills, streams, farms, and wildlife. We both saw a bald eagle flying by, and some turkeys, chickens, and a deer or two. After a stop for gas a
  15. Jeffrey P

    Branching Bryozoa from Brechin, Ontario

    From the album: Ordovician

    Parvolhallopora sp. (branching bryozoans) Upper Ordovician Verulam Formation James Dick Quarry Brechin, Ontario
  16. markjw

    Bryozoan blobs

    Lately I've encountered quite a few blobs, and I'm not sure what types I have, or if some of them may be just weathered rocks. I get the impression that twisted blobs with smooth surfaces are Stigmatella Vulgaris, pictured in lower right of a 1921 Dept of Mines publication. I'll soon gain a sense of how to tell one from the other.
  17. sLast weekend I took a four day trip to Kentucky to see family; parents, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. While there arranged to get together with Herb from the Forum to collect Mississippian Age fossils which I hadn't done before. There are no fossiliferous Mississippian Age deposits in New York and the nearest are in Western Pennsylvania hours away, so this looked like a good opportunity to add some marine fossils from that age to my collection. Fortunately where my family lives is in an area of marine Mississippian deposits. On the way to our rendezvous with Herb in E-Town (Elizabethto
  18. Not a huge piece of my collection but still neat. The fine details of these marine animals are often lost to the ages but every once in awhile you find a few pieces that catch your eye. I was digging through my collections curious about those fossils I found when I first started collecting. Came across this little invertebrate nugget. It is worn but the color and how it hugged the matrix was attractive. Taxonomy: Animalia; Bryozoa; Ectoprocta; Gymnolaemata; Trepostomata; Amalgamata; Monticuliporidae
  19. From the album: Middle Devonian

    Taeniopora exigua (branching bryozoan) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road Quarry Lebanon, N.Y.
  20. From the album: Middle Devonian

    Bivalves, a gastropod, a bryozoan (Fenestella sp.), and a brachiopod (Mediospirifer) Middle Devonian Mount Marion Formation Marcellus Shale Hamilton Group Route 209 road cut Wurtsboro, N.Y.
  21. From the album: Middle Devonian

    Gastropod Encrusted with Bryozoan Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road Quarry Lebanon, N.Y.
  22. Rocky Stoner

    Bryozoans

    Here are a few pics of the bryozoans I cracked into today. Experimenting with the camera, hope they come out OK. (will delete some if necessary) You may see more detail by saving and zooming in ..... not sure. Thanks for looking, Enjoy.
  23. Hi Folks. Anxious for the rain to quit so I can start digging again. Took a walk through the garden patches and picked these up today after several nice "rinsing" rains". I hope to find more of the bryozoan plates, maybe more larger ones. Maybe you can see more than one variety in the attached pics. More to come .... I'm hoping. Kind regards,
  24. Quer

    Well-preserved bryozoans

    Hi everyone, I find this tiny but well-preserved encrusting bryozoan sheet: Same piece includes not so well-preserved branching bryozoans: I understand species ID is likely impossible without more magnification, but I will be very thankful for any guesses about their order, family or genus. Maastrichtian strata, Catalan Pyrenees.
  25. From the album: Middle Devonian

    Taeniopora exigua (branching bryozoan) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road Quarry Lebanon, N.Y.
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