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  1. SilurianSalamander

    Foram or snail?

    Been finding a lot of these tiny spiral shells. While some are definitely gastropods this one looks similar to some forams I’ve seen. Would love to know which this one is! Thanks
  2. Kolya

    Foraminifera ID

    Hello! Help please to identify. Ukraine, Middle Miocene. Size ~ 6 mm. Thanks in advance!
  3. Kolya

    Foraminifera for ID

    Hello! Help please to identify genera or species? Middle Miocene, Badenian. Western Ukraine. Max size ~ 2 mm. Thanks in advance!
  4. terminatordiego

    Microfossils? from Chile in thin section

    Hello again my good friends. I did a petrographic thin section in a marine consolidated sediment, and i found some elements that seems to be microfossils. It is worth noting that these sediments are in a mandatory-way marine since in all of them are marine bivalves fragments. I also was unsure if put this here or either in the microfossil zone of the forum, leaving it here because it is an ID question. For each I'll leave a views in PPL and XPL. Hopefully someone may be able to recognize them at least broadly, and tell apart them from being forams, big diatoms or even algae. Greetings from Chile !!!!! PD: Sediment age may range from middle Eocene into the Miocene Fossil 1: Fossil 2: Fossil 3:
  5. Hi! I’m still trying to identify one fossil from a particular unit of Pleistocene/Early Holocene lacustrine silt from my hometown of Saskatoon, but I figured I would look away from it for a bit to try and identify another fossil from the same unit I’ve been unable to classify. I have two specimens, both apparently of the same species. They are both approximately 0.5 millimetres across. They are perfectly circular, with lines radiating from the centre and rings of alternating colours (possibly representing growth lines). One specimen is photographed dorsally, showing its circular shape, the other in profile, showing its umbrella-like, protruding outline. All photos are taken through a microscope with my best camera currently available, an iPhone! My main areas of middling expertise are arthropod and vertebrate fossils, so I have no idea what this is! I have briefly studied fossil foraminifera and diatoms in the past, but it looks like nothing I’ve seen in those areas as well. It reminded me of a small limpet, some type of seed or spore, or perhaps even a strange fish scale, but I have no formal suggestions. I’d highly appreciate any help! I will try to supply any additional information you may need. Thank you!
  6. historianmichael

    Citharina sp.

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  7. historianmichael

    Frondicularia sp.

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  8. historianmichael

    Lenticulina sp.

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  9. historianmichael

    Dentalina sp.

    From the album: C&D Canal Micro Fossils

  10. I collected this brachiopod showing part of the brachidium yesterday - quite rare to see in this area. It's partially silicified and I was thinking of perhaps etching it out a little further. It's also a good geopetal example, with sediment in the bottom (graded if you look closely), the remaining void above being filled with calcite that has helped preserve the brachidium. On checking my photos, I realised that there were some nice clear foraminifera, about 1mm across, which I haven't really noticed much before from this limestone. These photos are just of the rough surface, taken just submerged which reduces the surface bumpiness and allows better contrast (much better than just wetting it). I think I've managed to identify the two(?) types shown here though I'm very happy to be corrected! There are many more in there and I'm going to cut and polish some of it. Great Limestone, Pendleian, upper Mississippian. Weardale, Co. Durham, England. Scale in mm. (The first Endothyranopsis is at the top near the rule, and another is halfway between the 10 and the rock edge. See blowups below.) ?Endothyranopsis sp. The white blob to the left of the obvious specimen may be the same species seen at right angles to it. Palaeotextulariid - I looked at a few genera of these and they're hard to distinguish from each other in a random section. More palaeotextulariids - at least two specimens Another ?Endothyranopsis sp. (actually on the reverse of the rock). General view - it might be zoomable to see various forams and bits - this is how I was looking for them and it seemed to be easier than with my x20 binocular microscope. Some good burrows showing up as well, especially in the bottom half. Finally, a view under water of the brachiopod - shows some quite jazzy calcite around the brachidium. I'm not sure if there's more than one loop here or just crystals growing out from a loop axis. Sparry calcite in the middle.
  11. This is my first "new topic" post to the FF, so I hope I'm doing this correctly. If you have a microscope or equivalent and a current or potential interest in micro-fossils, you might enjoy collecting at the following historic locality: Mississippian Salem Limestone, about 5 miles east of Salem, Indiana off Rt. 160; Spergen (Spurgeon) Hill, railroad cut (Manon RR) paralleling S. Harristown Rd, 0.75 mi north of Rt. 160; south end of Trackside Road; approximately 140 meters S of Harristown, Washington Co., Indiana; diminuitive fauna; Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates: 16S 585024.04 4272332.25. My first introduction to micro-fossils was in a paleontology lab I took during the 70’s with the focus of study on the foraminiferid, Endothyra baileyi (now called Globoendothyra baileyi). These tiny specimens were labeled “Spergen Hill” on their container without further description. A few years later, I was able to locate the source of the specimens as the type locality for the Salem Limestone (formerly, Spergen or Spergen Hill Limestone) of Middle Mississippian or Meramecean (Valmeyerian) age. Sratigraphically, it sits above the Harrodsburg Limestone and beneath the St. Louis Limestone. The locality is a railroad cut at Spergen Hill, just south of Harristown, Washington County, Indiana. The cut is relatively narrow and much caution is advised upon the advent of trains entering the cut. The rock at this locality is a medium to coarse grained, tan to gray, crossbedded calcarenite containing mostly microfossils. Macrofossils (somewhat sparse) are present in the formation but nowhere near the quantity of the microfossils (G. baileyi has been estimated at 1,000 / in3 in some portions of the strata). Besides single-celled eukaryotes (e.g., Globoendothyra), representatives of most of the major phyla are present in diminuitive form or as tiny fragments of the macro fauna (spines, plates, columnals, etc.) I’ve visited the location at least three times in the past and besides collecting macrofossils on these visits, I have also accumulated a quantity of the rock containing the microfossils. On arriving home, I pulverize the collected rock with a sledge to a fine granular size and wash and strain the residue through a porous cloth to remove any extra fine material (rock dust) The washed residue is then dried and placed in labeled plastic bags. Then, in the dead of winter when collecting is not possible for me and the “urge” to collect is compelling, I drag out a bag, place some of the residue in a shallow container under my scope and go fossil collecting and identifying! I use a very fine-pointed forceps, which I periodically ground to a piece of rubber (to avoid static electricity buildup) to pick out fossils from the residue. I find it a bit better for collecting the micros from this locality than using a wetted fine paintbrush. This location has been estimated to contain over 100 species of invertebrates on a micro level. More information can be found at http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/SalemMicrofossils.html. The attached photos were taken for a program I was giving on Indiana fossils to illustrate single-celled eukaryotes (Protozoa). The first photo shows a random selection of micro-specimens of various phyla collected from the residue with an emphasis on the G. baileyi. The second and third show sorted G. baileyi specimens and G. baileyi specimens with matrix, respectively. Two free texts with plates are available on some of the Spergen Hill microfauna at the following websites: Whitfield, R.P. On the fauna of the Lower Carboniferous limestones of Spergen Hill, Ind., with a revision of the descriptions of its fossils hitherto published, and illustrations of the species from the original type series. Bulletin of the AMNH; v. 1, article 5. (free download) https://books.google.com/books?id=ebYPAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA241&lpg=PA241&dq=whitfield,+R.P.+On+the+fauna+of+the+limestones+of+Spergen+Hill&source=bl&ots=iFhHvpc7qf&sig=XNpUBo45hKPRICv5fLdb0AlJktA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pO8_Ve70G-vlsATq-4EQ&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAg Cumings, E.R. et al. Fauna of the Salem Limestone of Indiana. (free download). https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB4QFjAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fscholarworks.iu.edu%2Fdspace%2Fhandle%2F2022%2F12889&ei=G_o_Va3_CveasQSCu4HADA&usg=AFQjCNGsTNbr2RKBBebd6bnuISOcqvMsPw
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