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  1. Fossildude19

    Small Mid-Devonian Hash Plate

    From the album: Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Small plate with an Eldredgeops rana cephalon, crinoid stem/columnals, ostracods, and a Platyceras sp gastropod. Middle Devonian Hamilton Group, Smoke Creek, near West Seneca, NY.
  2. mikeymig

    Creek Bug

    Creek Bug Eldredgeops rana (Trilobite) Middle Devonian, Moscow formation New York I found this trilobite in Sept. 2019 and never shared it. Or did I Anyway, I was hiking in a stream going from one location to another and found this trilobite after my girlfriend stepped on it Not her fault really. She's busy looking out for spiders, webs to spiders, and giant web wrapping people up spiders. I saw the telltale black of the trilobites exo and knew what it was (note the algae staining on the matrix). This site isn't a place where we go to collect bugs. This is o
  3. Kanopus

    USA trilobite ID (Eldredgeops?)

    Hello from Moscow, Russia I bought this trilobite years ago on that auction site. I dont have clear info about it. Probably Eldredgeops rana from Sylvania?
  4. Fossildude19

    Prep Practice

    From the album: Fossildude's Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils

    Eldredgeops rana from the Devonian Windom Shale, Orchard Park, NY. This is probably an enrolled molt. Techniques used: Air abrasion with Harbor Freight Central Pneumatics air eraser. Needle work with scriber.

    © © 2013 Tim Jones

  5. Nautiloid

    Eldredgeops cephalon from DSR

    From the album: Middle Devonian in Central New York

    Eldredgeops rana Windom Shale Moscow Formation Hamilton Group Middle Devonian Deep Springs Road Lebanon, New York Collected 7/18/20
  6. As indicated in an earlier post, I found lots of trilobites while on the field trip with the NYPS on Saturday. At DSR I found lots of greenops cephalons and pygidiums and even a few 60 percenters. I also found a few Eldredgeops pygidiums and one well preserved cephalon at DSR. (And a couple random Dipleura pieces). At the second spot, which was brand new to the NYPS, I found tons of greenops. I found 30+ greenops. Mostly cephalons, pygidiums or thoracic segments. I managed to find 3 or 4 60% completes and 5 or 6 fully completes. No Eldredgeops at the second spot. The layer I wa
  7. Hey everyone! Happy to finally be making another entry. Over the last couple of weeks I've been reading Richard Fortey's "Trilobite" and thus itching to get back into the field and see some for myself. Driving from New York to Chicago I decided to make a pit stop at Ohio's Paulding Community Fossil Garden and try my luck at finding some eldredgeops fossils. Here's what the garden looks like when you arrive: You're basically wading through fossils step after step. Here's the best of what I found, excluding some nice surface-collected brachiopods I've b
  8. I picked up this nice Eldredgeops rana trilobite mortality plate couple days ago. From the Middle Devonian windom shale western NY. so much going on in this plate it’s hard to capture it all and pictures don’t do it justice.
  9. aek

    Iowa trip

    Just thought I'd share some finds from a club trip to the Devonian of Iowa last Sunday. It was a good trip. A nice clam. This Greenops disintegrated shortly after exposure. Crassiproetus sp. Before After. Enrolled Greenops sp. and Eldredgeops noorwoodensis Group shot
  10. Hello forum folks I went to DSR again yesterday 10/05/19 as I had another free day to go collecting. I may not being able to fossil hunt until the end of the month so I had to take advantage! I have been noticing the phyllocarids are coming from certain intervals lower in the quarry...could be nothing....could be somthing....before I assumed I figured I should test it. I knew the exact bedding plane my last Echinocaris came from so I planned on opening a shelf on that bedding plane. My thought was if I could find another phyllocarid on that bedding plane maybe it coul
  11. Well I'm on my way to Utah for a new career opportunity and looked up the LaFarge quarry in Paulding Co. last night. This quarry is supplied with dump trucks worth of shale from the LaFarge quarry that pulls directly from the Silica Shale formation Devonian era. The location is in the middle of nowhere and my wife gave me one hour to look around. Soon I had my five month old daughter, Clara, strapped to my chest in a baby carrier and I was quickly scrounging around looking for fossils. I can tell you that I was not disappointed though I did not locate a complete Eldredgeops roller I did walk a
  12. Reese the Rockhound

    Penn Dixie Trilobite Preparation

    I have several good Eldredgeops rana specimens from Penn Dixie Fossil Park, and they were fairly clean when I hacked them out. Unfortunately, there is a lot of shale stubbornly stuck in the groves and crevasses of the trilobites. I have access to a dental sandblaster, but I'm not sure if it's safe to use. Any thoughts?
  13. The popular collected trilobite Phacops rana is well embedded in literature for over a hundred years. Then in 1990 it was renamed Eldredgeops rana. A lot of collectors did not understand why the name change and I would like to attempt to clarify why the change. The purpose of this post is to point out the differences I have observed between Phacops and Eldredgeops and explain why "rana" is an Eldredgeops and not a Phacops. The literature on phacopid systematics is in a mild state of disarray. Authors have built on the errors of previous authors. There is no good English diagnostic descrip
  14. Hey everyone, I had an entire free afternoon yesterday so made my way out to DSR and Briggs rd. I haven’t been out there since the group hunt and I was curious to see if I could find pickings to split. I did a good amount of slab tossing and I know others did as well. People also got some newer areas going also and I was curious if I could work off those too. I started the day at Briggs rd because I did so well last time I was there. I was drooling for a 2nd shot! I didn’t find anything top shelf worthy but I did seem to stumble on more dipleura than
  15. Hey everyone! I am about to be on a business trip for the next week so I made sure to try out a new location this past weekend. I went fossil hunting on Saturday and Sunday. Both days! I doubt I’ll get to do a double header like that for a while. Once summer hits I’ll have to figure out a way to fit in all these outdoor activities lol. I went to DSR to play for a little on Saturday morning. I only had until 11:30am to hunt, I had to help wedding planning with the fiancé. I only stayed at DSR for a little and gave myself enough time to go to Briggs rd for a first time
  16. I have up for offer this little fella. He's not perfect, but he's a cute little ~2cm prone Eldredgeops rana with a nice little coral in association. He's got something weird going on on the right portion of his cephalon into the first few pleurae, but has really nice color and a great personality. I prepped him out to a degree, but I don't want to risk losing any more of his already damaged glabella. I'm offering him up in trade for another equally disrupted trilobite. Message me with any interest!
  17. JamesAndTheFossilPeach

    3/27/2019 trilobite dig at Penndixie

    Great day overall found all of these plus a triple with 2 eldredgeops and 1 greenops which I gave to Devoniandigger to prepp
  18. PA Fossil Finder

    Fossiling on the Ides of March

    It’s been quite some time since my last post here on the forum – more than two years! I missed the forum and it’s good to be back. This last week was spring break for some colleges in Pennsylvania, mine included. Thursday we saw beautiful sunny weather, warm enough to shed the heavy winter coats we’ve been wearing for months. Checking weather forecasts, I was pleased to find that Friday would be similarly warm – sunny and mid sixties to seventies! Perfect fossiling weather! I seized the opportunity. I knew these unseasonably warm temps could be gone as soon as they had arrived and didn’t
  19. Darktooth

    2 hour Briggs Road Hunt

    Today was a cold one here in Central New York. I wasn't really planning on doing much today but then I got the fossil itch. I decided to take a quick trip to Briggs Road and try my luck at some trilos. Got to the site around 3:15 pm. On the ride out I saw remnants of snow that probably came down the night before. There wasnt much, but that's not a good sign this early in the season. Anyways when I got there I could see that someone else had been out there recently and had opened up a couple spots. I immediately got to work and was surprised how many partials I was finding. Now I have to mentio
  20. Malcolmt

    The Perfect Bug

    Some of my collecting friends often ask why do you keep going back to Penn Dixie its really not a place for hard core collectors. I have no clue how many times I have been to Penn over the years but I never get tired of going. If someone says lets go to Penn Dixie.. my answer is "I'm In". Penn is a spot to go to meet great people who actually get it when it comes to this crazy passion of ours. If you have never been to Penn figure out whats stopping you from going .........and get there.....( tell me or Devonian Digger you are going and we will try to get there as well)
  21. Darktooth

    Briggs Road 7/29/18

    I have finally got a chance to get back to do a hunt, in the Devonian of New York. It seems like it has been forever since the last time I hunted for trilos. Aleast a month or two I think? Today I went out with only my youngest child Devin. We only stayed for 2 hours, but this trip certainly got the blood flowing. I went back to Briggs road and hit up the same spot that I have been working on all year. I have to say I am getting very excited buy the size of the specimens that I found today. First thing I found was a Eldredgeops cephalon laying on the ground. Doesn't sound very impressive does
  22. Rocky Stoner

    Greenops with a hitchiker ?

    The high axial lobe of this pygidium reminds me of the Greenops. Should I put it in that collection camp ? Also, he has a little hitchiker riding piggyback. I assume it is an Eldredgeops that's been a bit distorted. Or is it something different ? Cheers,
  23. You know I am very fortunate to be able to collect in a lot of special places and with a lot of great fossil friends. Over the years I have had the good fortune to meet many of you and even prep a few fossils for some of you that are patient enough and brave enough to trust your gem to what is for the first time a stranger. Arkona, Bowmanville , Brechin, Ridgemount are all special places that I collect....... but equally special is New York States very own Penn Dixie Fossil Park. A real gem. Now some of you might think that Penn Dixie is not for the serious collector ......... but
  24. Peat Burns

    Trilobit, Silica Shale

    This might be a job for @piranha This trilobit looks a little different to me than the typical Eldredgeops. Maybe Dechenella lucasensis? I didn't realize how poor the photo quality was until I cropped it. I can take more photos under the scope if necessary. Silica Shale, middle Devonian (Givetian), Paulding, Ohio. Scale in cm/mm. This one seemed different as well.
  25. Today I took a trip to a much underrated fossil site, Briggs Road, in Earlville New York. For those who don't know Briggs is only a couple miles North from the much talked about Deep Springs site. I had been wanting to get back to the trilo layer here as this is a great spot for Eldredgeops rana But this road is a seasonal use road so when it snows they only plow until the last house before the site and leave a big pile of snow blocking the road. Finally after a few days of warmth the snow pile was gone. The rock here is quite weathered right now and all I used was a small pry bar to help brea
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