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  1. Darktooth

    Devonian Dig 7/7/2024

    I was able to get out for a hunt today with my friend Stephen spent about 8hours dealing with the heat and bugs. We found plenty of fossils including brachiopods, bivalves, gastropods, and Dipluera parts and pieces. We were digging in a highly weathered and fractured area and I found the highlight of the day. A weathered and somewhat beat up Dipluera. Not complete but I'm cool with that. Measures at 5 7/16 inches.
  2. Hi All, I took a trip a couple weeks ago (6/19) out to Orwigsburg, PA to Deer Lake to hunt for Middle-Devonian fossils. Interesting location as the exposed formation (Mahantango) is situated in the parking lot of a local restaurant. It was a hot one, but I managed to find some shade under a few small evergreens. Spent a few hours at the site and did fairly well overall. Found one Trilobite and a section of Cephalopod. Plenty of Crinoids, Brachiopod, Gastropod Steinkerns, Bryozoan and Bivalves.
  3. Andúril Flame of the West

    Adventures in the Needmore Shale

    Hello everyone, A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to visit a more distant fossil locality - an opportunity that I took to collect some Paleozoic fossils among the scenic Appalachians of eastern West Virginia. Heading out west, I planned to visit a new exposure of the Needmore Shale that I suspected had the potential to produce some nice trilobite specimens. Unfortunately, upon arriving at the locality rain was coming down in droves, effectively ending any chance of prospecting the locality. Hoping to escape the rain, I made my way farther south toward the well known Lost River road cut in the vicinity of Wardensville, West Virginia. As I had hoped I did manage to escape the rain, and I was left with a few hours to search for some Devonian fossils among the fissile green shale. I had only been to the Lost River locality once before late last year, and I had managed to secure the trilobites which had proven rather elusive in the more fossiliferous rocks of the Mahantango. The rain, which did seem to have swept through the area shortly before I arrived, had turned the fine rock dust that coated the talus piles into slippery mud. Above the treacherous talus piles, a large vertical exposure of the Needmore Shale held trilobites and a variety of other shallow marine fauna that had once inhabited a Devonian reef. Here are the finds from both trips I have taken to the Lost River locality: A few small brachiopods from the locality. Unlike other Paleozoic localities I have had the opportunity to visit, brachiopods do not seem to be extremely common at the road cut. I only came across them occasionally, with most being so small they were hard to identify without the aid of a magnifiying glass. A spiral gastropod preserved in iron oxide that contrasts quite nicely with the dark green matrix. On the most recent trip I found the two above specimens exposed on the surface of the shale. They seem like they could be the central lobe of trilobite pygidiums with the other two sections having weathered away. Any insight into what these might be would be greatly appreciated . Rugose coral The specimen above is intriguing. The roundish shape seems to suggest a fossil, though it could very well have a geological origin. I apologize for the poor photographs of the above specimen, but it was incredibly difficult to get the camera to focus on it properly. When I came across this fossil whilst splitting shale, I was quite confident that I had come across a trilobite due to the black calcitic appearance and the 'ribbing' that seemed to define the fossil. Yet after extracting and cleaning the fossil, it does not resemble a trilobite and is very faint even after the shale dust was removed. Any suggestions as to what it might be would be very welcome . Some assorted Dipleura ribs. Some trilobite ribs, likely either belonging to Dipleura or Eldredgeops rana. Eldredgeops rana pygidium preserved in a light yellow color. Enrolled Eldredgeops rana consisting of the body with a partial cephalon (first two images) and the pygidium on the reverse side (last image). The trilobite is flattened, which may be a result of the tectonic forces acting on the rock during the uplift of the Appalachian mountains. Another Eldredgeops rana specimen with considerable relief from the surrounding matrix. This specimen was found in association with a few others, though if it possessed a cephalon it was lost among the chips of shale. A prone Eldredgeops rana molt found on the first outing to the road cut. Positive and negative of an Eldredgeops rana molt. Thanks for taking a look!
  4. A recent trip to look at some Gastropods from the early Devonian. A pretty difficult and exposed spot that takes a bit of a hike in to get to. I would guess that this isn't often visited and scientific papers describing species from this spot are many decades old. Some fantastic specimens some of which are encrusted with pyrite.
  5. The past two weeks I've been able to go out collecting a couple of times- two different locations, both Lower Devonian. Where I live the bedrock is all metamorphic. Nice scenery, wooded hills, lakes and wetlands, but metamorphic rock, so I have to drive over an hour to get to the nearest sedimentary exposures that are fossil bearing. My favorite locality that's within an hour and a half is Glenerie, which is located between Kingston and Saugerties just west of the Hudson River. It represents the type locality for the Glenerie Limestone. New York's Lower Devonian is divided into two groups: the Helderberg and the Tristates. The Tristates is the younger of the two and that's where the Glenerie Limestone is placed. I first visited the Glenerie site when I was a teenager. When I resumed fossil collecting 12 years ago, it was one of the first sites I revisited and quickly became a favorite (I lived much closer to it then.) For a while, I was there almost every week and this site was the first one I built up a collection from. As I became acquainted with other fossil sites, I visited Glenerie less often, but in recent years, inspired in part by my fossil hunting comrades, I've been going more. The Glenerie site is very rich in brachiopods which probably make up over 95% of the marine fauna. The vast majority of those are single valve. which display amazing detail in ornamentation, muscle scars, etc. Gastropods, tentaculites, bryozoans, and trilobites make up most of the rest of the fauna. Corals have been found by some of my friends on very rare occasions. I have found a single small nautiloid there as well as a partial crinoid calyx. I saw another this time, but unfortunately, was unable to extract it. The fossils are usually preserved in silica which resists the weathering that dssolves the limestone. Some of the limestone is densely packed with fossil shells. However, the rock is so hard that extracting the fossils which are actually softer than the matrix, is impossible. There are areas of the outcrop, near the top and in crevices where shells weather out complete and can often be obtained intact surface collecting. It was a good day for finding gastropods. I was able to collect a half dozen, including this one, a Platystoma ventricosa- actually two shells side by side, two and a quarter inch across.
  6. Hello and happy New Year! I have visited this region a couple of times, earliest being around 2000 and last time just a few days before the NY Eve. My first visit was limited in Chaeronea, in order to visit the Marble Lion that was erected in honour of the fallen soldiers of Theba, who fought against Philip, father of Alexander the Great. The battle took place in 338BC, technically was a civil war between the city state of Athens and Macedonia. (The Lion) Following the road South of the lion, I found my first rudist on a dirt road. All I can say is that the site is Santonian. Years later, December of 2019 or 2nd of January 2020, I visited the mountain of Ptoo at the locality Marmeika. This is an abandoned nickel mine, more precisely, a pit. Middle Turonian possibly up to Coniacian This is an amazing outcrop for rudist lovers, because you can observe huge colonies in life form. I really regret it I did not take pictures last time.. Moreover, it is the place with the most diversified fauna. I will start with the finds of the first time. Nerinea sp vertical cut and steinker. Very typical find, usually away from the rudist zone. Radiolites sauvagesi, I think. Abundant in the lower greyish limestones. Finds of my last visit. A quite large sponge (Demospongiae?) which is completely silicified. I am not able to narrow down its species. Close-up showing its stracture An amazing Actaeonella sp, which has all of its shell, yet one end missing. My top find I think. The same Actaeonella next to a cross section of another Actaeonella. A nice gastropod that looks like Ampullina sp but did not find a reference. More Nerinea sp One more Nerinea sp as found And after 1h of cleaning. The limestone is very soft and easy to remove. Two interesting rudists. The left one must be Radiolites mamillaris. The one on the right side, no idea! Rudists collected in the area during my last trip to Greece, December 2021. Still in boxes in my car. Aghia Varvara section: The scientific research leads you at a small hill, near a chapel. Although it is described as rich in gastropods, the area has mostly badly preserved specimens and some fractured rudists. The most interesting find from this section, is a matrix free cross section of a rudist, replaced by calcite. It is just a slice. 1.5-2Kms SSW of the section mentioned above, we found another layer of the same formation which gave some nice fossils. Neoptyxis incavata or Neoptyxis symeonidisi, as per the references. Can't tell which one. The gastropod on right side, no idea. One Neoptyxis sp in situ. The layer that was found was tertiary so it must have been redeposited. Rudists are very underrated fossils. However, if exhibited with other species of the Cretaceous sea, will create a very artistic illustration of a reef. Maybe there is someone who might be able to help a little with identification @FranzBernhard Hope you enjoyed! References: Cretaceous Rudists of Boeotia by Thomas Steuber [1999]
  7. Bracklesham Bay, Sussex, UK Eocene, Bracklesham Group Sunday 12 May 2024 We were forecasted to a have a warm, sunny day in mid-May (rare as hen’s teeth), so we decided to head to the beach! I knew we wouldn’t hit the tides just right for any of the beaches on my list, so we went with the one which the internet had suggested would be the easiest to access with my daughter. It was the right choice – she loved it! I would certainly recommend Bracklesham Bay for anyone with young children who still wants to have some hope at finding fossils, regardless of the tidal conditions. Low tide was just after 8am and we arrived at the beach around 9:30, so did miss peak time for fossils, but there was a lot of soft sand still exposed for my daughter to dig up and run around in. I dug a bit just next to some of the wooden posts with my trowel and did some wet sieving in order to bag up some material to take home. That strategy worked quite well in terms of shells; we found tons of lovely seashells, both fossilized and modern, as well as plenty of foraminifera (Nummulites laevigatus). What we didn’t find were any shark teeth, ray plates, or bones, but I reckon this was due to the tidal conditions and the fact that we didn’t walk very far to the east to really get into the different fossil beds. Despite fossil hunting not really being today’s main goal, I was very pleased with the variety of shells and the fact that many were in excellent condition. Recommended Equipment: - trowel - sieve - water shoes as parts of the shore are quite pebbly and rough until you get down to where the tide covers - a large Ziploc bag for matrix - Tupperware or small Ziplocs for loose finds That’s really it for equipment, as had been indicated online. We also brought spare clothes, a large picnic blanket with stakes (absolutely need the stakes due to the winds) and plenty of snacks, so were well prepared! Summary of finds: Gastropods: - Belonidium gracile - Collonia sp. - Cossmannica emarginata - Elegantiscala acuta - Emarginula costata - Fissidentalium grandis - Mitreola sp. - Periaulax - Seila - Seila quadricingulata - Stenothyroides globulus - Turritella Bivalves: - Calpitaria sp. - Cubitostrea - Venericor ­Other: - Nummulites laevigatus - Turbinolia sp. Overall, a very productive and enjoyable area even when conditions are not absolutely ideal. All attempts at identification based on: <https://www.dmap.co.uk/fossils/bracklesham/gast/brackgast.htm> <http://www.discoveringfossils.co.uk/bracklesham-bay/> <https://ukfossils.co.uk/2012/01/24/bracklesham-bay/> Thanks for reading! one I couldn't figure out:
  8. brandon tibbetts


    Just wanted to see if this is Jasper or not. Thank you. About three to four inches and found in Tehachapi mountains
  9. Today I met up with some forum members for a group hunt in the Middle Devonian of Central New York. Members @Fossildude19 , his Son Aidan,@Jeffrey P, @Easwiecki, plus five of his friends, as well as @Bjohn170 and his girlfriend Amy. I think i can safely say we all had a very nice day. There were plenty of fossils, good people, and the weather was ok.ok. I was the first one to arrive, bright and early at 7am and i had a couple hoursbefore the others started pouring in. It was Bjohn170's first time doing this type of digging but he and Amy did great finding trilobites. I think they found more then anybody else. Today was a little bit of everything. Trilo's, gastro's, brach's, bivalves, cephalopod, etc... I myself found a few mostly complete Greenops sp. One was the most complete one I have ever found, and nice preservation. I am hoping that everyone who participated in todays hunt will, when they have time, respond and possibly post their finds. I will post my trilos and a few other things but I will start by posting a pic of Bjohn170 (Bryce), with his first ever Trilobite. It was the only pic I took on-site. By the way everyone,please wish Fossildude19 (Tim) Happy Birthday!
  10. Today was a totally awesome day for fossilhunting here in Central New York! The weather was great for March and I had great company. And I haven't even mentioned the fossils yet. I had made plans to get out on a Devonian dig with my friends Stephen( @Buffalopterus ), Trevor, and Gary. I got to the site around 8am and was delighted that it was nice and Sunny. I was surprised when another car showed up and it turned out to be Eric, ( I can't remember forum name). The other guys showed up around 10, followed by Eric's friend Cassie. I really enjoyed everyone's company we all were joking around and laughing the entire day. As the sun got higher it kept getting warmer. And it seemed that everyone was finding stuff. Trilobites were very abundant today. Everyone found multiples I think 5 mostly complete Dipluera's were found today even though they were all small. I lost track of how many Greenops were found, but it was alot, and there were a couple Eldredgeops in the mix. I will say the the Greenops that were found by Trevor were the biggest and nicest ones that I have ever seen from there. He probably found the most Trilos out of everyone today. Lots of nice Brachs, Bivalves, and Gastros, as well. Just a great day all around. Here are my finds. And yes I got another Dipluera!
  11. A little over a week ago I flew to Memphis and then drove down to Tupelo, Mississippi to spend two days collecting at the nearby Blue Springs fossil site, Upper Cretaceous, Ripley Formation, Coon Creek Member. It was my fourth trip there in the past two years. Weather was decent- 65 degrees the first day, 55 the second., a mix of sun and clouds both days. The site was very mucky the first day there, but it dried up for the most part by the second. The first time I visited there, the surface collecting was excellent. Not so much the last three times and this time was exceptionally poor. So, as you can see from the photo, I did a lot of digging. The softer material near the top did have fossils, but normally they crumpled as soon as they were exposed. One particular small nautiloid that was original shell material and mostly gold color was especially heart breaking. As I dug deeper, more intact fossils appeared in the now tougher marl, mostly mollusks with at least some shell material though much of it came off when the rock split.
  12. From the album: Lower Devonian

    Platystoma ventricosa Two Platycerid Gastropods (attached- 2 1/4 inches across) Lower Devonian Glenerie Limestone Tristates Group Glenerie, N.Y.
  13. Darktooth

    Devonian Dig 4/7/2024

    Today I was supposed to go Fossilhunting in the Silurian Rochester Shale, but plans got changed. All of the people I was supposed to go with came down with one of the many illnesses going around CNY. One of my friends, Tim, was going to my favorite Devonian site so I decided to go with him. My friend Tim is also a member of my local club and I have known him about 20 years. We met up at one of the thruway exits and he followed me to the site. The day was great, without a cloud in the sky. It was still a bit chilly until the sun got higher. Eventually i was able to take my long-sleeved shirts off and put on my t-shirt. Another club member named Sue, who lives only about 5 minutes from the site showed up unexpectedly after about an hour or so. So the 3 of us chatted it up for a couple hours. The finds were pretty typical of the site and many of the usual suspects showed up. I was very happy to find a complete Eldredgeops roller, which has a disarticulated pygidium, right of the bat. I was even more happy when just a short time later I found another Dipluera which looks so similar to the one I found last week. It was partially covered exactly like last week's that at first I thought it was the negative of that one. After a closer look I realized it was a different one all together. I also found a couple Greenops, that might turn out ok as well. All in all it was another great day with good company. I am really liking how 2024 is turning out for me fossil wise and I hope this streak continues. I hope everyone is doing well.
  14. Like the title says... it's a bit on the crammed agenda for only two days. But not if you don't sleep. lol! Old people don't need all that much sleep anyway, so I've found out. Tuesday the 2nd of April I was up in the foothills above Salt Lake City checking out the Anasibirites Bed in the Triassic Thaynes Formation. Wednesday, I'm packing up my camera gear for a session of astrophotography in The Last Chance Desert between Green River and Salina, Utah. Not only is Utah full fossils, it's also renowned for it's beautiful dark skies at night...but only way out in the desert. We have light pollution like anywhere else in the urban environment and just an hour or two we have Bortle Class 1 dark skies. The scale goes from 1 to 9, 9 being like Tokyo and1 being in a desert, ocean or unpopulated, unlit location. Fishing, Astrophotography and Fossils are my big three personal interests among many others. Wife and family are always first but balance in ones life is also a good thing. Enough rambling. Packed the gear for fossils and stars, food, drink, personal safety gear, eye drops ( gotta have it in a dusty desert ) gassed up the Element and I'm off. Never gets boring scenery. Heading over the summit pass @ 7500 feet. First stop was a previous site, Garley Canyon, which was barely thawing the ice and snow with plenty of mud. This time it was dry and I turned in to look for the orange outcrops containing ammonites. Had to visit one of my favorite cacti - Scelerocactus vivipara - the small flowered fishhook cactus. This is an exemplary specimen. Usually BLM land have so many open range cattle that they get squished before growing up. I drove around looking for those orange mounds of possibilities. All the way to the cliff. Not sure what this was besides guessing and worth a photo. Nice, HUGE, slab of inchnofossils, which I left in place. I drove around and did not quite hit the spots where the orange outcropping were to be found. The website I researched had been posted back in 2009 and with time the jeep trails were much rougher and washed away. I also had a timeline to catch a museum before its closure at 4 pm. This canyon and the orange outcroppings weren't going anywhere and miles to go before I don't sleep this night. Second stop is a rockhound mecca. Septarianville also known as the Dragon Egg Nest. Supposedly the only location with red interior septarian nodules. The more common variants are yellowish calcite interiors. We have a nice yellow one and my wife gave the green light for a nice red one to go with it. Here's the turnoff sign. I go down the gravel road a few miles and spot the sign...hmmm.. the sign is a little worse for wear than the online pic and the site is deserted. No tents, no big excavator, no tourists/visitors. I called the number - no answer. The web says open until 8 pm. I'll be following up on this later. They probably have a summer season only. IDK. The site courtesy the big eye in the sky. What the red ones look like. There is online a blogger's site where he drove one mile past this site to find large ammonites in concretions weathered out of the hills nearby. So I find said hills and start checking out the likely spots. It's a dead end road with hills...I couldn't miss it. And I didn't. However there are a lot of hills, ravines, climbing and hiking around and the concretions are few a far between. In fact, I'm not seeing any at all. So on to the next hill. Ahhh! I see a few which have been hammered open. The usual suspects inside. Bivalves, gastropods and some evidence of small ammos. I checked every broken concretion carefully, as I had found at other sites that more than a few keeper fossils were overlooked. Not this time. Just lots of crumbled concretions with many being calcite veined only and Inoceramus bivalves along with gastropods were all I found. Where were the reputed "large ammonites" ?!? Here's a sample of the few concretions found. In the center of this piece I noticed a olive shaped smooth fossil shell. With a little, lite taps I and put this & another into my empty bucket. I believe I found samples of Birgella subglobosa or B. burchi. Not sure. Daylight was waning and I had 50 miles to get deeper into the desert for the evening under the stars. Along the hike back to my car. I noticed a few surface finds of trace fossils. I collected the first one. The sun set in the west as it does and in the east a celestial phenomena occurred; The Belt of Venus appeared. It only lasts a short while so my image captures were spontaneous cell shots out of the window as I drove. On to the desert astrophotography destination. An early evening image before the Milky Way rose in the wee hours between 2 and 5 AM. Jupiter, Orion the Hunter and the Pleiades are heading south for the summer. And the Milky Way season is ON! A rare mud puddle added some interest in the reflection of the stars. A short nap between 12 and 2 and then between 230 and 5 I captured many images of the Milky Way galaxy. Afterwards, another short nap and back to the fossil hunting. First stop, the Castle Dale museum, second stop the Jurassic National Monument, third stop meeting new friends and sharing the excitement of finding amazing ammonites. I also have an interest in ancient American pottery and craft replicas of this type of pottery using locally found clay, slips, organic and mineral paints, primitive tools and outdoor firing techniques used by those original potters. This specimen is from the same location where I collected mine late last year on one of my earliest fossil hunts. And I'm going to post this now to not overload the thread with MB's of images. Next up is the Jurassic National Monument and a few pics of the ammonites found after visiting the Cleveland-Lloyd dinosaur quarry. Steve
  15. I was finally able to get out again this weekend to fossil hunt! I found 3 complete trilobites including a lage flexicalymene that was prone. 2 of the trilobites came from Maysville, Kentucky, and the other came from Ceasar's Creek on the way back. I'm not sure what is on the plate I have never seen something like it before. Any information would be appreciated.
  16. A couple weeks ago I was on a fossilunt with my friend Stephen to a Devonian locale near Canandaigua Lake. This was a new spot to me, but is a known spot located on private property. This area is known for crinoids and large Eldredgeops, some up to 3 inches. I went with Stephen and his friend Gary. We arrived shortly after 9am. We parked in the owner's drive way and had a fairly long walk across to cow pastures to get to a creek located in the treeline at the back of the 2nd pasture. This is a Hamilton Group Moscow Formation Middle Devonian site. Crinoid pieces were very abundant in certain layers as well as trilobites in other layers. I found a fewtrilos mostly complete but covered in matrix. Gary found a decent roller. Some rather large corals were found by Stephen. I enjoyed collecting some Naticocema lineata gastrops as these were new to me. I didn't bring a ton of finds home but I was happy with my haul. I am posting pics of my finds, but will post more when I have a chance to take other pics. Some of my finds do not photo well.
  17. I’m still stuck on my “deep dive” in the Tarrant formation lately, adding a few more small ammonites, some pet wood and some nice plates of turritella. Tarrant County TX
  18. Another hundred or so prestine hemiaster and heteraster echinoids, some foldy and rough shape oxytropidoceras of various sizes, and my first complete engonoceras ammonite. I almost forgot the hamite. I like the cylindrical shapes of the gastropods, too. Not bad for 1.5 hours on a cold day. South Tarrant County, Texas.
  19. Fullux

    Coon Creek Gastropod

    Howdy all, Here's another find I had in the Coon Creek Formation. Been trying to place it but I simply have no idea. Possibly Fasciolariidae?
  20. Some of the highlights from my last trip to Abbey Wood, an Early Eocene site on the border between London and Kent. Mostly sand tiger teeth, but a few angel shark teeth as well, along with some bivalves and gastropods. Some of the rarer stuff includes a sand tiger vertebra and a vertebra from an unidentified bony fish (the two items in the top left).
  21. I went to an “easy walking” spot to enact my own play called The Rockcracker while my daughter went to see The Nutcracker. This Goodland formation spot is a guaranteed echinoid grab every time. I have a bunch of flawless hemiaster whitei echinoids and a small number of heterasters, plus perhaps the smallest ammonite I have and a few nice gastropods.
  22. My annual excursion to visit my family which migrated to Kentucky years ago took place at the end of October into November, lasting two weeks. Of course, the planned trip took me in the vicinity of some excellent fossil bearing sediments and though quality time with family was the primary purpose, I did hope to add to my collection. All of the spots I visited were ones I've been to before; however, the first stop was a new one for me- Paulding, well known and documented on the Forum for its Middle Devonian marine fauna. I drove from the suburbs of New York City for almost eleven hours, raining most of the way, arriving at and spending the night at a hotel in Defiance, Ohio. Paulding was about fifteen minutes away. Drove there the following morning, It was a brisk forty degrees, mostly cloudy, but sunny at times. A TFF member I was supposed to hook up with there unfortunately had to bail last minute. A nearby quarry which exposes the famed Devonian Silica Shale had, years ago, stopped allowing collectors to hunt there. There was a big outcry and the quarry set up a fossil park dumping fossiliferous rock onto a property they owned which the public were free to collect from. Much of it is now overgrown and much of the rock has been reduced to gravel. However, there are still many fossiliferous chunks out there if one is willing to look.
  23. Creek - Don

    Central Texas Gastropods

    Spent Saturday looking for fossils in the Central Texas area. Came across huge chunks of rocks near the road. I decided to take a closer look. To my surprise saw loads of fist size gastropods embedded in huge stones. Interesting to see large size gastropods concentrated in a single spot like that. I usually see one or two at the most. I was also in the Walnut Formation, but these rocks may come from the Edwards formation or Austin Chalk formation. I'm leaning more toward the Edwards Formation.
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