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  1. Hi folks. Nothing spectacular, but wanted to share a first ... for me. Wet ground and high winds toppled many trees in my area last summer. I investigated an uprooted pine and noticed the shale was packed with fossils. I carried a couple of chunks home and cracked them open. The first one revealed something I haven't encountered before. A Dipleura Dekai and an Eldredge ops in the same chunk. I hope to do some more digging in the spring. Any corrections are welcomed. Thanks,
  2. Hi folks. This is the first I've seen a line this straight in the shale matrix here. I did not want to break into it until I shared it here for comments. Almost looks like a flattened something, but I have no clue what. Could it just be geological ? Thanks ... as always
  3. Rocky Stoner

    Trilobite part for ID

    Hi folks ! While on a walk to my mailbox, at a quick glance, I noticed the unmistakable shape of this little guy halfway protruding from the shale bank along the road. There is a very thin vein of highly populated matrix that is on my list for future investigatory excavation. Anyone care to provide a positive ID ? (see tags for pertinent info) Thanks so much,
  4. Rocky Stoner

    Crinoid ? good condition ?

    Hey friends I took a little walk at lunchtime today cracking shale along the way. Found this in the split of a piece of the harder gray/black/blue shale that doesn't have many fossils in it .... that I have found, anyway. Is it a crinoid ? from the calyx up ? Very interesting tentacles ... or whatever they're called. Its quite small. The calyx (if that's what it is) is about 5mm diameter. Could this be prepped out ? Looks like it would all be there, but quite delicate and tricky to expose. Thanks for looking
  5. Rocky Stoner

    Trilobite thorax ?

    Hello folks ! Tis the season to go digging. fa la la la ................. I haven't posted for a spell, but have checked in on occasion. There is a small area of my yard where grass won't grow, just weeds with bare ground in between. This item was lying on the surface. I've ridden the mower over it for 26 years now and finally looked down at the right moment. Looks like it might be the thorax of a trilobite, but am not sure. Is it recognizable to any of you ? Thanks.
  6. Rocky Stoner

    Trilobite thorax ?

    Hi again ! This broke out in a difficult way. Maybe the next one will split in a more desirable fashion. Both of these pieces are from the same chunk of matrix, but are 2 different animals. Almost certain of this because they will not "plug" into one another. Could be the same one tho I guess. Anyway, is there enough of it there to ID it ? (them ? ) Thanks for looking,
  7. 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,
  8. Rocky Stoner

    Mahantango Bryozoan

    Hi folks. Still searching for a complete trilobite. The "Bit" count is over 80 now .... still hopeful though. Anyway, I cracked open this densely populated plate of bryozoans. Several species were throughout this chunk. I saved this split as it is probably the best (size) example of this particular species that I have found here so far. Kind regards,
  9. Rocky Stoner

    Trilobite cephalon and pygidium

    Hi folks. At first glance, I labeled this cephalon an Eldredgeops but it doesn't compare well with other examples in the area behind the eye where the "dimples" are. There is also a sort of "horn" projecting from the upper rear portion of the eye. Just not certain about this one. Could just be deformation ? Then the nice size greenops pygidium. Wow, I'd love to find a complete one this size ! Thanks, Regards.
  10. So I had a chore this evening. Check the wooded area behind the house for downed or dead trees to work up for the woodstove this coming winter. Well, there was this oak that had blown over in the spring. The uprooted root ball was full of shale chunks. There I was .... nothing to dig or split with so I just pulled a few chunks out of the upended roots and broke the open by hand as they were quite fragile being exposed all summer. SUPER rich in fossils throughout, especially the bryozoans ! The first pic looks almost like an enrolled specimen. I just happened to notice the other
  11. Hi again fellow chippers. I broke one of my cardinal rules and did not wash / scrub the chunks before busting them up. This shale is very near the surface so it is covered with a layer of silty mud, dirt and small roots which hides some of the fossils that are on the surface of the natural fissures. I did not notice these calyx's until after I had busted the chunks up looking for my ever elusive complete trilobite. The one has a very interesting pattern within each polygon that I have never seen here before. The other is very similar to the others I've found here. Amazing,
  12. Rocky Stoner

    Trilobite cephalon - Stranger

    Hi folks Had a chance to crack a few chunks of shale today and found a new trilobite cephalon that I haven't seen here before. The extended "ear" was in perfect condition initially but was very fragile. It got fractured a bit so I halted the prep to get a pic while it was relatively intact. The eye looks a lot like the eldredgeops. My favorite reference, "Views of the Mahantango" lists 4 species but the list does not include this one (best I can tell). I found a few other familiar specimens and attached pics of them as well. All from the same spot as the dipleura found earl
  13. Rocky Stoner

    Dipleura dekayi

    Hey folks, good day. I found two more of the Dipleura dekayi in the same spot as the other smaller cephalon found earlier. These are MUCH larger, I need to find a whole one ! There was also a pygidium (?) and a small eldredgeops cephalon all of these were within 2' of each other. Might be a "hot spot" ! Still a' chippin', one of these days ................. Kind regards,
  14. Rocky Stoner

    Trilobite Trio

    Hi group, I think this is another greenops pygidium. If it is, this make a Trilo-Trio, all three species found within inches of one another. The Eldredgeops was peeking out of a natural fracture and looked like it might possibly be more than just a cephalon ..... but, no luck. Only had about ten minutes to look today, hope to get a chance to look more tomorrow. Devonian, Mahantango from eastern WV. Kind regards.
  15. Rocky Stoner

    Trilobite cephalon, Eldredgeops ? or ?

    Hi folks. Unlucky break, I hate it when that happens ! This chunk broke out in a bad way. I'm pretty sure it is a portion of a trilobite cephalon but it doesn't look like the other eldredgeops that I've found here. Not certain which is fwd or rwd, but the taper of the "center section" appears to be in the wrong direction compared to my other specimens. Perhaps it is squashed/deformed a bit ? Something just doesn't look right about it to me. Any clarification would be appreciated. Thanks.
  16. Rocky Stoner

    Crinoid ? Holdfast ?

    The symmetry in this little feature really is amazing to me. Its about 8mm dia. I'll go out on the limb and guess that it is the mold of a small crinoid holdfast. (its a very slender, shaky limb though) Do you recognize it ? Thanks again
  17. Rocky Stoner

    Crinoid ? or Coral ?

    Hello friends, I found another calyx ....or coral. This one was deep in a split and was not exposed like the others. I lightly brushed the residue away. I left it like this for the pic to maybe aid with ID. I think it would look much like the others if it were cleaned up. If any other views, or exposure would help, just let me know. Its 1.5 inches diameter. Thanks !
  18. Rocky Stoner

    Coral ? which is which ?

    Hi again friends, I recently broke up some larger chunks of shale that were full of some of the nicest examples of coral that I've seen here. Sort of a shame as I was looking for trilobites, but I saved these pieces. I'm wondering if the 3 samples are of the same coral ? or are they different ? Thanks again, kind regards.
  19. Rocky Stoner

    Cephalopods, Orthoceras

    Hi folks, due to my recent infatuation with the trilobites, I've neglected the other plowed area where the orthoceras are found (and virtually nothing else, btw). It has rained a few times so I walked through the patch and picked these up this morning. Have a great weekend ALL !
  20. Rocky Stoner

    Another crinoid calyx

    Good day folks, I found another crinoid calyx similar to the ones found earlier but with a little bit more definition. I exposed this one with a split, the others were on the exposed surface of a piece of shale that was loose in the plowed up rubble. I was hoping to find more of these, this one was just a few feet from where I found the other two. The gastropod was a bonus. And of course, two more trilobite pygidia along with this small cephalon ... # 29.
  21. Rocky Stoner

    Trilobite cephalon # 7

    Beginning to recognize more of the minor details. A small portion of the eye was protruding from the surface a fresh split. A bit of scratching under the microscope revealed my favorite so far. I call it #7. OK, ...... I'm hooked ! Thanks again folks.
  22. New finds in the "extended" berry patch. This is the best example I have so far of the Pleurodictyum styloporum coral. Comparing with this link: http://viewsofthemahantango.blogspot.com/2010/05/i-thought-id-start-my-blog-with-post-on.html and previous post id's. These were right at the surface under 3" of topsoil. The link does not list the rugos coral, which I've seen illustrated elsewhere. Please help verify that what I have here is the rugos. Thanks again. .......more.....
  23. Rocky Stoner

    Found in garden

    Here is another oddity (to me) that I found in my garden. Any ideas about this one ? Thanks.
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