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  1. Crinoids

    Silurian starfish?

    I found this earlier in the Louisville limestone, was wondering if it could be a starfish? Or maybe more likely a peclypod
  2. Papa Rick

    Kentucky Rock

    I found this in Western Kentucky in Lyon County and it was ID'd as petrified wood. Comments
  3. LoneRanger

    Kentucky fossil -- sponge?

    I bought a number of invertebrate fossils from a Kentucky agate collector. These came without identification or info on specific site where found. I'm not familiar with Kentucky fossils but I believe this is a sponge (Porifera). Any confirming or alternative identification is appreciated. First and last photos are side views, second and third are top and bottom.
  4. Hi all! I was referred to this forum by the fossilID subreddit. I picked up this hefty specimen from a rock shop last week. The seller had it labelled as a Stigmaria and also a "palm tree root". I'm no expert but I don't believe that it's either of those -- the closest thing I could find to it is the pith of a Cordaites (Artisia), but I haven't seen any quite this large, and the texture is different. It's got a vein of coal running through the middle of it too. The whole specimen is 26 in (66 cm) long, and has a diameter of ~2 in (5 cm). Up close pics of the texture: There are very faint, offset lines of raised ridges, which do remind me of the texture of a Stigmaria a little bit. Here's a section of the first image with those ridges highlighted: Any ideas? /r/fossilID seemed to think it was an Artisia specimen too, but I'm curious to hear other opinions. Thanks!
  5. ntloux


    From the album: Pennsylvanian seed fern fossils

    This Pennsylvanian specimen is from an abandoned coal mine on a private farm in eastern Kentucky
  6. ntloux

    SF Sphenopteris spinosa (?)

    From the album: Pennsylvanian seed fern fossils

    This specimen is from an abandoned coal mine on a private farm in eastern Kentucky. The species ID is less certain.
  7. ntloux

    Mariopteris nervosa(?)

    From the album: Pennsylvanian seed fern fossils

    This specimen is from an abandoned coal mine on a private farm in eastern Kentucky. The species ID is less certain
  8. ntloux

    Laveineopteris rarinervis(?)

    From the album: Pennsylvanian seed fern fossils

    This Pennsylvanian seed fern is from an abandoned coal mine on a local farm in eastern Kentucky. There was some debate as to its ID.
  9. ntloux

    Eusphenopteris rotundiloba (?)

    From the album: Pennsylvanian seed fern fossils

    This Pennsylvanian specimen is from an abandoned coal mine on a farm in eastern Kentucky. The species is less certain.
  10. From the album: Pennsylvanian seed fern fossils

    Obtained from an abandoned coal mine on a private farm in eastern Kentucky. The genus is solid but the species ID is less certain
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. Hello, I am new to the forum and trying to educate myself on my home state's paleontology and geology. I am wondering if anyone knows of a site that contains a list of all fossil species that have been found in Kentucky. I read on University of Kentucky's website that 4,000 species identified in the state, but cannot find a list. If anyone could help me out or point me in the right direction, that would be amazing. Thank you!
  14. 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.
  15. Fullux

    Coal Fossils

    Howdy all, Found some plant fossils inside some coal plates eroding out if a creek in Edmonson County. This one is pretty clearly a stigmaria and I've labeled it as Lepidodendrales indet. This next one I'm pretty sure is a wood fragment from a cordaites, though, I could be wrong. To my knowledge, cordaites is the only woody plant in the area. I compared the grain to that of some cordaites petrified wood and it looks pretty similar. this next one is on the same plate as the previous one. I'm not entirely sure what it is but it looks similar to the grain of palm or bamboo wood. I want to say this is pith from a Calamites but I'm unsure. . This appears to be a leaf impression, I'm guessing a species of calamites, though possibly some sort of pteridosperm. I also found some large calamites stems in the same site in a coal plate but I was unable to take them with me, as they were very brittle and falling apart. I unfortunately do not have any pictures, but they did have visible nodes.
  16. Fullux


    Howdy all, I've got quite a few fossils I found in McNeely Lake Park and I'm curious if the age is correct and if any of these could be given an ID.
  17. Fullux

    Edmonson Kentucky

    Howdy all, Does anyone know the names of any formations in Edmonson? I recently found fossils from two in the same area, being Nolin Lake. One was Pennsylvanian, and one was Mississippian.
  18. Turdpeterson

    Possible fossil's im not sure

    I found these about 35 years ago when i was kid in a cave near frenchburg kentucky, one kinda looks like a acorn the other im not sure, its smooth on one side and bumpy on inside, it has a thin dark layer and a thicker light brown layer, its slighty curved and it has weight to it and it solid
  19. I have some fossil grass-like leaves from a specimen that was associated with other Pennsylvanian fossils collected from near Middlesboro, Kentucky. The specimen is somewhat problematic for display purposes because it has a very nice mesocalamite fossil on the opposite side. The 1st and 2nd images are of the leaflike fossils with a closeup. The white spots are apparently where reactive iron sulfides have been exposed to atmospheric humidity and were oxidized to some type of iron sulfate. The grasslike leaves do not appear to have a strong central vein which might suggest that these are cordaites leaves. The 3rd image is of the very nice mesocalamite fossil on the opposite side. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  20. Hi all! At last Friday’s Dry Dredgers meeting, I handed over the two Ordovician fossils below to Dr. Carl Brett for the Cincinnati Museum Center! Standard business card for scale. This coral, which I have wrongly been identifying as Favosites sp., is from the campus of Hanover College in Indiana, in their Dr. Daryl Karns trail system. This was donated with permission from the Hanover College Geology Faculty. This Treptoceras sp. comes from the US-68 road cut in Maysville, KY, Kope Formation.
  21. Fullux


    Howdy all, Found this Vinlandostrophia last year near the end of the warm season and decided to make it into a necklace without first identifying the exact species. I'm guessing it's a rarer flavor as this is one of two angel-winged vinlandostrophias I've found in my four years of hunting the Drakes Formation and out of the hundreds of vinlandostrophias I've found.
  22. Fullux

    Carboniferous gastropod?

    Howdy all, Was taking a walk around EP. Tom Sawyer here in Louisville, and I found this little fossilized gastropod in a creek bed. I had originally thought that it was of the Silurian, but then I found some coal right next to it, which makes me think this may be Carboniferous. A species ID would also be helpful.
  23. jimmyradio

    My first trilobite Northern Ky Kope

    I found my first trilobite. It appears to be ventral and it is concave.. The roadcut is in Northern Kentucky and labeled Kope on Ky geologic map. I would like to prep it, but don't want to ruin it. Any advice is appreciated.
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