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  1. WIComberDad

    Hello from WI

    Avid amateur fossil hunter on the WI side of Lake Michigan here and the occasional find in the woods or even in parking lot gravel. 40 year old dad and 7 year old daughter team. Love the hunt, the find, the research, the aesthetic. Recent find attached. Nice size honeycomb coral. Basic, but a nice specimen for a weekly walk.
  2. Pamela k

    I need help identifying this

    Does anyone know what thus fossil is
  3. trilobites_are_awesome

    Trilobite pygidium from Rockport quarry Alpena.

    I went to Rockport quarry in Michigan several times this year. And found this trilobite. A friend says it looks like Crassiproetus but i am not sure.... Thanks! In advance
  4. jugglerguy

    Trilobite from Michigan

    My neighbor found this trilobite (at least that's what we think it is) in a large, quarried piece of limestone in Alpena, Michigan. The exposed part is about 1.5 inches long. The bedrock here is from the Devonian period. Questions: Is it a trilobite? Can you tell if it's curled up in a ball? He thinks that might be its head on top, curled up around its tail. Thanks for any help you can give us!
  5. Michigander

    Bedrock specimen

    Found this beauty washed onto the shoreline
  6. Michigander

    Miscellaneous fossils

    Miscellaneous fossils along the Michigan shoreline of Lake Huron this summer
  7. Is this a part of a Trilobite - or …?
  8. Michigander

    Little Dino - or what?

    Found this dinosaur looking fossil along the shores of Lake Huron north of Lexington.
  9. PaleoBri

    Michigan Devonian Bony Fish Plate

    At the beginning of the summer @Cris and I took a trip up to Michigan and stopped at Alpena while there. I ended up finding a bony armor fish plate there, you can see in the top center where it had fallen to rest on a coral that dented and crushed it. We painstakingly glued it together before lifting it from its host rock to reveal beautiful blue vivianite and small white druzy crystals on it. It’s about 8 inches long and 3.5 inches tall. I believe it’s from the Devonian Rockport Quarry Limestone Formation. I’m not sure what species it belongs to, I would gladly accept any input! It currently needs repairing, but I can get more photos of it once that is done if needed. Thanks!
  10. connorp

    Michigan Eldredgeops

    I first became interested in fossil collecting while living in Michigan, so any fossils I find in the state are somewhat special to me. Last summer I took a quick trip up to Alpena, MI to collect the Devonian in the area. Lots of interesting things were found, including two Eldredgeops. Neither is complete, but I was still quite happy to find bugs in a state that does not give them up easily.
  11. I found this fossil in Alpena, Michigan, in the USA. It looks like a colonial rugose coral to me, but I’m not sure of the genus or species. It would have to be Devonian or Silurian, and native to Michigan. Does anybody know what this is? Also, is it a petrified or cast fossil? I attached four photos below.
  12. Daisbea

    Lake Michigan finds!

    AAAAAA OKAY OKAY!!! This was my first ever fossil hunt, and it was so fun and so worth it! We hiked about three miles to get to the beach where only a few people were at. I immediately started finding crinoids in rocks, as well as some rocks that seem to look like some form of coral! I later started finding individual crinoid stems! Coolest experience ever. I can’t believe I held 400 million year old organisms!! if you have any ideas on what the red outlined things are feel free to comment! The orange highlighted specimens are stuff i picked up that looked a lot like something other than a rock but im not positive. The green circle is some cool coral! (I think) <3 10/10 experience. I got a little sunburned on one part of my back but it was so worth it!! Might make one of the crinoids into a necklace for my mom and I. She really loves crinoids and nature and was upset she couldn't find any. My brothers didn’t believe it when i found my first one and one said “are you sure thats not just shells stuck in a rock?” LOL!!!
  13. Daisbea

    Is this a fossil?

    Found this in Indiana Dunes National park! I left it there of course because you aren’t allowed to take anything. I was wondering if this could be some sort of stem indentation or just a silly looking rock? thanks!!
  14. Noahking

    Lake Huron MI fossil

    Hello! My 10 yr old son found this cool fossil while stone hunting on the shores of Lake Huron, MI (the shore on the lower peninsula side near the bridge to the Upper Peninsula.) We are interested to find out any info and haven’t been able to find any online pictures that look similar. There appears to be another fossil on the opposite side as well. Any insight, including where we might do additional research, would be helpful. Thank you all! Matt and Noah
  15. Mastodon skeleton discovered by accident in Grand Rapids, Michigan 13 on Your Side, Youtube, May 19, 2023 Mastodon bones unearthed by Michigan work crew go on display in museum Mike Householder, Associated Press, Detroit Free Press, May 19, 2023 Mastodon unearthed in Kent County considered a ‘pretty rare’ find WOOD TV-8, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 13. 2022 An older Mastodon Dig That Mastodon, Calvin University, June 18, 1999 Yours, Paul H.
  16. bockryan


    Hi everyone - found an interesting rock in the deck gravel at my parent's house in Michigan, fossils turn up there pretty often and from the outside this one had an interesting look, I gave it a cut and a quick polish and wonder if it's a stromatolite? They do appear in MI fairly commonly across a bunch of different formations from what I understand, what do we think? We are in the lower portion of the state where most of the fossils are Devonian, but the gravel could be from far away so not certain
  17. Crooper

    Can anyone ID?

    Found this in my back yard a few weeks ago. I live in Michigans LP.
  18. jugglerguy

    Is this Devonian fossil Syringopora?

    A friend of mine found this fossil on South Point of Thunder Bay near Alpena, Michigan. The fossils here are from the Devonian Period. My best guess is that it's syringopora. Any identification help is appreciated. Thanks!
  19. TRM

    Fish fin?

    Found this by Southfield Road, Lathrup Village, Michigan more than 50 years ago, so it could have come in limestone used for road construction. Is it a fish fin (as I assumed at the time) or perhaps a crinoid crown?
  20. Here is a comprehensive list of most of the blastoids personally found by me at PP. This is roughly 80 hours worth of collecting the site from 4 total trips. Placoblastus obovatus: Specimen 2 Specimen 3 Hyperoblastus bassleri: Heteroschisma subtruncatum: Nucleocrinus meloniformis: Specimen 2 Specimen 3 Unknown blastoids: Specimen 2 Going to post one massive topic about Partridge Point tomorrow, still working out how to shrink photos so it isn't a mile long.
  21. Misha

    Strophodonta crassa

    From the album: Misha's Middle Devonian Fossils

    Strophodonta crassa brachiopods + 1 Atrypids in the top center. Covered with epibionts like microconchids, hederellids, coral. Givetian Potter Farm Fm. Alpena MI Gifted to my be @connorp
  22. SilurianSalamander

    Port Huron, Michigan trip

    I drive 8 hours with a friend to a location he remembers from his childhood as yielding a lot. Oh boy it did. 100% worth the drive. Lake Huron, among the agates, pyrite, yooperlite, has some extraordinary Devonian fossils. All fossils were collected from the beach of his family’s property except for the fenestelid bryozoan, which was found at a gas station on the way there. please enjoy this collection of gastropods, petoskey stones, various tabulate corals, crinoids, stromatoporoids, bivalves, Brachiopods, tenteculites, horn corals, an unidentified agatized fossil in jasper matrix, and a pudding stone I felt like showing off too. Thanks! I highly recommend the area.
  23. Cassandra Tiensivu

    Spiked Gastropod from Alpena, Michigan

    Sorry I don’t have clearer photos or anything in here for scale. This is freshly pulled from a ditch in Alpena, Michigan and we’re still out in the field. I had no idea Michigan had spiked gastropods. Any help on an ID would be most appreciated.
  24. A couple weeks ago I took a road trip along the entire border of the lower peninsula of Michigan. One of the days was spent collecting Devonian fossils around Alpena. I visited four sites and had a lot of luck, finding dozens of crinoid calyxes, a couple trilobites, and many other interesting things. It will take me a while to sort through everything, but I did finish cleaning up finds from one of the sites and wanted to share. Nothing groundbreaking, but all good finds for me as I rarely get to collect in the Devonian. The coral Trachypora sp. A partial Dolatocrinus calyx encrusted by a bryozoan A partial crinoid holdfast A partial Dolatocrinus calyx (top left) and some plates from a Megistocrinus calyx (center)
  25. MichiganMan

    Alpena Michigan fossil finds

    Some finds from our most recent fossil finding expedition to Alpena Michigan. Anyone know species possibly of these two? One with spikes and one without?
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