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  1. I got out of work early so stopped by a spot to take a look and found these. Anyone know what type of trilobite this is, and what the other thing is? Thank you!
  2. Hello all, I am back with another St. Leon hunt. This took place the next day after my previous post. All started well, I took the roughly 2 hour trip to St. Leon and arrived right around noon. The sun was already beating down and I was bound and determined to find a trilobite after looking at @Newbie_1971's finds from the same day. What I didn't except though, was the battle it would take to find one. Once I arrived, I gathered my stuff and tracked up the side of the readout to reach the Liberty formation. Once I was up there, I wanted to go to the very end of the shelf and work my way down, so I had to navigate around a few trees. No sooner than I get up there, I lose my footing and take a hit to my knee. Afterwards I decided to put on my knee pads in case I tripped on air again. Attached is also a picture of the surroundings. So, it was off to a rough start. But, no sooner than I sat down, I found this fella. I sat down, looked to my left, and lo and behold, he was sitting there waiting to be found. Now, I could have SWORE me and my wife checked this exact spot yesterday. He might have just been a little shy is all. At the very end of my trip, I found a teeny one as well, affectionally named Timmy. Beyond the two trilobites I found, which were definitely the highlights of my trip, I found some other goodies as well. Plenty of Zygospira were found. There was several spots you couldn't look down and not seem them littered about. Other notable brachiopods included Plaesiomys Subquadratus and Strophomena. All specimens were in pretty good condition, although there were some that looked like they had went through it, including half of the fossil being nearly flat, and others being curled over themselves. P.S. if the names I am using are incorrect, please let me know. I am still learning! Beyond the brachiopods were plenty of various bryozoans of various sizes, some may be corals, I am really not sure of the difference between the two yet. What I do know is there were fragments of them everywhere you looked. All specimens were very well preserved on this front. Other than the brachiopods and bryozoans, were the gastropods. I am not even going to attempt to identify any of them, but if anyone wants to drop names feel free to! Although my knowledge is limited, the fossils I found were not. Some crinoid fragments were also found, but not as many as other places I have searched. A few other cool finds I am across was a brachiopod on the tip of a bryozoan and another brachiopod attached to the side of a horn coral, and a brachiopod covered in bryozoan. always enjoy finding fossils that show interactions between each other. Lastly, here are a few finds that I'm not sure what they are, if anything. Thought I would include them to look at.
  3. Newbie_1971

    What is this?

    I found this the other day? Have no clue what it is ...
  4. Hello all, This is my first post like this, and hopefully will improve through time, so bear with me! This was a trip I made out to St. Leon, IN on SR-1. I have been here previously, but it was before I joined the forum, so I will only post what I found this time around. Among the finds I have, there was one, big for me, horn coral in pretty good condition. There were some other smaller horn corals as well. I also found an assortment of brachiopods, some of them obviously went through some trauma before being fossilized haha. One thing I found this time around that I did not found on my previous trips were crinoid stems and segments. The longest one was maybe 3 inches long. I also found some gastropods I believe them to be in picture #7. Can anyone tell me what the top one is? I think it's some part of a crinoid but I'm not 100% sure. Also, does anyone has any idea what mineral is in #6? There was several fossils covered in it and I have no idea what it would be. Other than these finds, there were several hash plates that I forgot to take pictures of, including a good share of trilo-bits. Overall it was a beautiful day outside and I look forward to making the trip again.
  5. CaroleAnn

    Can anyone identify this coral?

    Does anyone know what type of fossilized coral this is? Someone in my family found it long ago and gave it to me. They found it before there were regulations in place against the removal of fossils. The back is smooth and the front is ridged with crystals. I would like to display it for a project and I need to know what type of coral it is.
  6. MelodyB24

    Horse shoe fossil

    Please help us identify this fossil. It is located in a flat gray stone originally found in a creek bed in southern Indiana. The fossils are shaped like little hoof prints about 4 inches diameter. Most of the stones are 3 to 4 foot in size.
  7. Newbie_1971

    I need help once again! (trilobite).

    Ok, so today I got off work and ran to a spot to check it out. Instead of searching lower I went higher up and found these. I have never found these and no clue what they are, other than trilobites. Help, please? Also no clue what structure I was in ..... also I have one more that I am unsure of, will add soon!
  8. The007Fossil

    Indiana Road Cuts

    Hello FF, I'm planning on making a trip down to Indianapolis in a few weeks and was hoping to get acquainted with some of the road cuts nearby (maybe near St. Leon IN or Crawfordsville IN, I'll probably go all over the place). I know that one should stick to the State Highway road cuts if they don't want to get in trouble; but I'm a bit confused on when it is OK and when it isn't... Do I just pull over on the side of the road and start picking up rocks? Are there any other localities by St. Leon or even into Ohio where it would be okay to do this? I don't wanna give fossil hunters a bad name! Best, Brian
  9. Hello! I just wanted to double check to make sure that my IDs are fairly accurate. These are all roughly the same size (2-3 mm), and I am of the impression that they are Cladodus spp. teeth and cartilage. I found them in southern Indiana’s Mississippian bedrock, and have magnified them 45x for the zoomed in pictures. Thank you!
  10. During a trip to Newton County Stone Quarry I collected several interesting peices of shatter cones with my local geology club. After our tour we also saw a 1200 lbs shatter cone that was found at the quarry! It was found in the same time frame a much large specimen was found that was donated to the Indiana state museum.
  11. Kaden

    Trilobite Burrow?

    During a trip to southeastern Indiana a month or so ago I found what seems to be a trilobite burrow but I'm not 100% sure it is. It seems to have a peice of isotelus in it but it doesn't have the usual texture of previous ones I've found. I'd love to hear some feed back on it.
  12. So I got bored and wanted to purchase something. I ended up buying this! I also have another in route that I will share when it is delivered.
  13. Crinoids

    Mississippian plant?

    I apologize my tape measure is currently being used in a different project, added currency for Europe, US and Canada for size. I was curious if this may be some sort of leaf fossil, I have found quite a few that all have the same similar 'design' I was thinking maybe they also could be dendrites but not sure.
  14. Rosemary

    syringopora or organ pipe coral

    I had thought syringopora and organ pipe coral were synonymous. However, I just read otherwise. How do I tell the difference? See attached photo of a fossil that's about 1 in./2.5 cm. I presumed it to be organ pipe coral. Is it? Thx!
  15. Newbie_1971

    new fossil (trilobite-bought)

    So I just opened this up and I am stoked to receive it! I just wish I could find one myself!
  16. I found multiple pieces of this rock which each vary in size but the shape and structure is the same. There is banding and in the middle of each is a cellular structure looking material. Is this some sort of plant? I am in Mississippian strata Indiana USA
  17. Hello, i am new to this forum and collecting fossils near terre haute indiana. The pictures are just a small portion of my collection. Take a look at them and let me know your thoughts or opinions on these select few fossils. Im excited to learn more about my collection and maybe found a rare or valuable.
  18. Kaden

    Shale splitting

    As I have learned more about fossil collecting I have been limited to surface collecting. But I have wanted to learn how to split shale and what to look for when searching for various cross sections of trilobites, crinoids, etc... in my area. Are there any books or articles I should look through and read, about shale splitting for the Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky area.
  19. FossilNerd

    A Couple of New Additions

    Here are a couple of new additions to my collection. I’ve been fascinated with crinoids lately, and am seriously considering them as an area of focus for my collecting and study. Here is a Macrocrinus mundulus from the Edwardsville Formation (Mississippian) of Indiana. The prescence of most of the arms, cirri, and anal sac are what drew me to the piece. There is an arm curled up to the right of the stem; presumably broken away from the main specimen. As well as a very small calyx in the upper right corner. I also picked up this specimen of Glossopteris browniana. It’s from the Illawarra Coal Measures (Permian) from Australia. I’m a sucker for plant fossils. This one was a decent specimen that I picked up at a good price.
  20. I am fortunate enough to have such a huge amount of Middle Devonian Givetian material that I thought it best to put the older Middle Devonian stage, the Eifelian, in its own thread. There are some spectacular fossils here as well though! I thought a good place to start would be in the Formosa Reef, which I believe is quite early Eifelian. This tabulate coral and stromatoporoid reef continues similar complexes found from the Middle Silurian, see my: https://www.thefossilforum.com/topic/84678-adams-silurian/page/3/ thread from page three onwards for details. All these Formosa Reef specimens come from a delightful gift from my good friend @Monica who is a tad busy with life at the moment but is fine and still thinking of the forum. This outcrop can be found on Route 12 near Formosa/Amherstburg, Bruce County, Ontario, Canada. This beautiful-looking specimen came to me with only a third of it revealed but I managed to get it this far after nine days of painful pin prepping. Monica found another one and posted it for ID here: https://www.thefossilforum.com/topic/105528-weird-circular-imprints-formosa-reef-lower-devonian/#comment-1172285 The specimen was identified by another Canny Canadian @Kane to be the little stromatoporoid sponge Syringostroma cylindricum. Hardly a reef-builder, but gorgeous nonetheless. It does have a little thickness to it, but not much. Beautiful! Pretty thin, actually. I love this Monica, thank you!
  21. crosstimber

    Need help with the ID of this bivalve.

    This fossil was collected by a nephew at Brookfield Reservoir in New Fairfield, Indiana. I'm from Oklahoma and I'm not familiar with Indiana geology. After some cursory research, I think it may be Strophomena? Any help with ID would be appreciated.
  22. JDW

    Indiana Hike

    I've had some great hikes this month with such a variety of finds. I walked several miles rock hounding and my legs were tired. I sat down to hydrate and debate if I should continue when I looked down and right in front of me was the cutest little fern. I was lucky enough to find the matching halves in the same spot! Just the energy I needed to keep going!
  23. I found several fossil while hunting in Vigo County, Indiana, USA. I've identified many fossils I've found in this creek, but I've never found anything like this one. Any ideas out there as to what this is? It's definitely raised off the yellowish rock underneath. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks everyone!
  24. JDW


    Had a beautiful day hunting in southern Indiana. Found this large Cordaites and quite a few Calamites of all sizes.
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