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  1. cameronsfossilcollection

    Possible fish scale from the Lost River?

    First post, long lurker! I found this fossil a while back at the well known Lost River outcrop on old Route 55 near Wardensville. It’s about an inch tall and across, and has an intricate, almost web-like pattern when you look close enough (my camera has a hard time picking it up!) I thought it may have been some kind of coral or bryozoan - but someone mentioned it may be a Hyneria scale or scale of some similar fashion, and that I should ask here. Any ideas guys? Thanks!
  2. I was searching around the Lost River Quarry in West Virginia when my dad found this weird looking fossil. It has little bulbs and stuff can anybody tell me what this is?
  3. bockryan


    From the album: Fossil Collection: DC Area and Beyond

    Gastropoda Lost River Quarry, WV Needmore Formation Middle Devonian
  4. bockryan


    From the album: Fossil Collection: DC Area and Beyond

    Crinoidea Lost River Quarry, WV Needmore Formation Middle Devonian
  5. 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!
  6. Rexofspades

    Lost River Easter egg hunt

    Went on a little "Easter Egg Hunt" with my folks, found some excellent fossils. day was hot but I enjoyed it. I have provided my best ID, but please feel free to correct if you can identify it further! it helps with my labeling system for sure. this lizard was good luck right next to where my mom was standing i noticed this beauty sticking out of the rock further excavation revealed this possible horn coral? eldredgeops rana heads trilobite glabellar fold ( possibly Odontocephalus?) Dipleura rib impression (Very exciting to have found 3 species in one trip!) amonoid Cephalopod Agoniatites vaxunemi (note the preservation of the sutre lines). and here is a conularid i found as well Possible pelecypod? brachiopods and lastly a couple of crinoid buttons dug out of the rock
  7. So I took my folks out to West VA to see the Lost river site, had a splendid time of it just picking through the shale, but I found some absolutely mysterious specimens that I could use some help in identifying. This one I had thought was a colonial organism, but it doesnt match the bryzoan or corals ive seen in the area This one I believe is a brachiopod of some sort, any idea the Genus? I picked up this rock and noticed that there was a glabella furrow of a trilobite species in it. I dont know what species it is, all I know is that its Not an Eldredgeops. lastly a gentleman said that this looked like a sand dollar, however I am not certain its not just a formation. oh and theres this thing, I think its the tippy tip of a cephalopod. but a crinoid stem is just as likely. let me know if theres anything to look out for.
  8. Megalodoodle

    Stuff from Lost River, WV

    So I went to Lost River, WV (Needmore formation) during the fall. I just recently found time to go through the material some more, set up photos, edit, etc. Brachiopod impression? As with the other brachiopods, I’m hoping for genus-level identification. Brachiopod. Any ID’s on its genus? This… Thing. I’m guessing its a brachiopod. But I could also see it being the eye of a trilobite. This brachiopod flaked right off the matrix! Any ideas as to what genus it belongs to? Hmmmm this was clearer before I uploaded it. Any idea how to fix it? Not like its too important because it looks like its just some brachiopod hash. I’m guessing this is the glabella of a Phacops rana. Trilobite pygidium. Hoping for a species-level identification, but genus is probably the best I’m going to get.
  9. Megalodoodle

    Lost River, WV Clinton Group Fossils

    Here are some fossils from Lost River, WV. They were found near the Needmore formation roadside quarry. These fossils are not from the Needmore formation, instead they are from the Clinton Group. The Clinton Group, from what I found during my research, is composed of the Keefer and Rose Hill formations.
  10. Hello, As a follow up to my previous post, I wanted to see if anyone can help me Identify some of the things I found or confirm my suspicions. all material was found in Wardensville, part of the needmore formation in the Lost River quarry. #1 lets start with the biggest stumper, I have absolutely no Idea what this thing is or even if it is a fossil. my best guess is a possible trilobite feeler, but even then I am not familiar enough with their anatomy to make that call. failing that, some sort of soft bodied invertebrate perhaps? #2 I believe this to be a small branch of Trachypora coral. the fossil was longer than is pictured, but it unfortunately broke off as I extracted it. I have heard that you can restore this coral to its truer color by using a very weak acid, is that true? #3 some crinoid stems with what I believe to be a fossil of something on the top right rock. the formation was littered with these rust colored veins of sorts, I dont know if it is simply a concretion, or a type of life. nothing on the ID pages I used seem to reference this. #4 I'm reasonably confident now that this is in fact a trilobite head sticking out of the matrix, if anybody has worked in or knows any resources on preparing fossils from this WVA formation please let me know.
  11. After some awesome advice from FF members, my family made it out to the Lost River quarry in WV (Devonian shale). We found a bunch of bivalve and trilobite partial fossils and two fossils that we can't ID (pics below). The first was found in a split piece of shale so one part mirrors the other (pieces are ~3x3in). Unsure if this is a fossil but any insight is appreciated! The second is a very small (1/4in) circular, striated fossil. Thanks!
  12. Does anyone have tips for visiting Lost River, WV? I looked at fossil guy's website for tips and decided I wanted more. Is it still accessible? I heard that there were some exposures along the way. Are there any worth my time?
  13. MedicineHat

    Lost river coulee

    I found the lost river coulee south of manyberries. I hiked for about 5 hours and it was a great landscape to explore. However, I found next to no vertebrate fossils.
  14. cameronsfossilcollection

    Gastropod or something similar?

    Hey again, this is a very tiny ~.5cm shell that I found some time ago at the regular road cut at the Lost River exposure of the Mahantango Formation. I would guess it’s a Gastropod or something similar but if it could be narrowed down any further I would be elated. Thanks guys!
  15. cameronsfossilcollection

    Devonian Trilobite Pygidium

    Was looking through some small fossils that I’ve found, and I decided to take a closer look at this pygidium, and the smooth outline and small bumps lead me to believe that this may not be an Eldredgeops rana - what I usually find. It’s from the lost river, Mahantango formation. Thanks!
  16. cameronsfossilcollection

    Devonian Marine Plant/ Bryozoan?

    Found at the Lost River roadcut site, never found anything like it since. My initial assumption was that I’d found a marine plant, but the world of fossils is a broad and mysterious place, so I wanted to know what you guys think. Let me know if you need anymore info, and thanks!
  17. cameronsfossilcollection

    Mystery Fossil from the Lost River - no idea!

    Here with another fossil, and I’m pretty sure this time it’s actually a fossil Distinct striations on a smooth impression in the shale. Just half an inch longways and about .4 inches tall. Found at the regular Lost River cut, Middle Devonian age. Thanks guys!
  18. cameronsfossilcollection

    Middle Devonian Conulariid

    Hello again. Today I have what may be a conulariid from the Lost River. General consensus on my Instagram was that this was a conulariid, but I’m wondering if anyone here has anything else they might be able to tell me about this thing it’s exactly one inch across, and the small circle on it is a little Brachiopod I hope the pictures are good enough - let me know if i need to post something else. ‘Also for future reference, should I do individual IDs or do them all on one big thread? Thanks!
  19. cameronsfossilcollection

    Another Lost River Mystery Fossil

    This one is very strange guys. I was cleaning my fossils off and had noticed this strange shape - I thought it was dirt until it didn’t wash off. I found this in the Middle-Devonian aged Lost River roadcut near Wardensville. It’s got a thick outline that comes off the shale a little bit, but it shows up pretty bizarre on the camera. Let me know if I need to upload different images. Thanks everyone.
  20. Doug Jena

    Gastropod or Cephalopod?

    Found this (Needmore Formation) at Lost River Site near Wardensville, WV. Size is 40mm, 1.5 inches. Anyone know what this might be? Thank you.
  21. From my first true fossil excursion, Lost River WV. Most of the finds were shells and such, but a few anomalies turned up. So this is a part 'Fossil Hunting Trips' part 'Identify Help'. Sorry for the long thread, but the file sizes are too large. (One of the weirdest and most diverse of all of the finds was this.) ID Help... (These things were everywhere, but this was the most profound of them.)
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