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  1. mikeymig

    Fossil Seed - Nut - Fruit

    In a collection I recently acquired, some of the fossils in the collection had no ID with them. This fossil looks real familiar to me but I cant remember where or when I saw it. 27mm or a little over an inch long. Any help is appreciated.
  2. I recently acquired some amazing specimens from my good friends collection. These pieces were part of the William Pinch (8/15/1940-4/01/2017) collection. Bill is well known in the mineral community for his incredible collection of one-of-a-kind and rare minerals from around the world. Bill also collected other natural history specimens including these two wonderful fossil teeth. These fossil teeth were available in the 80s and 90s and are now very hard to acquire. I'm very proud to own these teeth from the Pinch Collection. Happy Collecting
  3. I have some new additions to my collection and a few of them are missing labels. The minerals are well labeled in this collection but the fossils are not. Most are classic specimens from well known localities so no problems there. This bone however has me thinking. Its short, thick, and stocky (115mm x 76mm x 58mm). My first thought was sloth/glypto. ?? Any help as always is appreciated.
  4. mikeymig

    Mystery Jaw from the Badlands

    I bought this large jaw section at MAPS a couple years ago. It was labeled fossil jaw Badlands and that's it. I've collected the Badlands of Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota many times and built a large collection of fossils from these localities. However this jaw has stumped me. My thought was the large Miocene Oreodont Promerycochoerus. Any input will be appreciate. The size of the jaw is 153mm or a little over 6 inches long. The rear molar is 50 mm or 2 inches long. Thank You.
  5. Our recently discovered Devonian Phyllocarid is back from our preparator. Found on Collecting trip 4/9/2021 in New York state (#3 Phyllocarids we have with complete mandibles). This rare specimen has the classic pyritized Roemerella brachiopods attached to its carapace and the detail of the carapace itself is well preserved. What I was hoping and had very little chance of being antenna are serrated hinge lines. I never seen this on other specimens and the detail is amazing under magnification. The pincher like mandibles look to have color or pattern markings near the tips. I'm pretty sur
  6. Atactotoechus fruticosus (Bryozoa) Kashong member, Moscow formation, Middle Devonian, New York Found 4/09/2021. Size - 6"x 4.2" This turned out better than I thought it would. When I find these bryozoa colonies, I have no idea how complete they are or what they will look like until I start piecing them back together. This colony is missing some pieces but a lot of it was saved from erosion/oblivion. The base of the colony was uneven so I used some modeling clay to help display it in its upright position. The last photo was my attempt to bring the colony
  7. I just took my Phyllocarids out of storage and put them back on display in the collection room. All of these extinct crustaceans were found in New York State. Two of the specimens have their complete mandibles (jaws) and all three Devonian Phyllocarids have their telsons (tails). The Silurian Phyllocarid from the Pittsford Black Shale is extremely rare. These are rare fossils and complete specimens are absent in most collections. They have been in boxes for a few years now and it didnt feel right keeping them in the dark. Most people that view my collection don't understand or find them intere
  8. Phyllocarid Collecting trip 4/9/2021 Devonian N.Y. A beautiful Echinocaris punctata (Hall) with mandibles and antenna. This is as found unprepped and awesome. You can see the complete mandibles under the carapace, attached pyritized brachiopods, and a first for me, pyritized antenna. Happy collecting!
  9. Fossil shells from Florida loaded (natural) with more fossil shells. Many collectors like to clean out the fossil shells they find so they look like a shell found on the beach (recent). I like to keep them as natural as possible and preserve their history. Some of these fossil shells have other smaller shells that are cemented inside and would harm the shell if removed. Hours of careful cleaning is the only way to preserve and expose what's inside. I love them! The largest shell was entered in fossil of the month for Novembers and was a thread named My Fossil Cornucopia http://www.thefos
  10. I made this a few years ago and I'm not sure if I shared it with the group or not. Its something I came up with and thought it would be cool to frame and hang near my desk. Its not fancy and the verbiage might not be precise but I think you get the Idea Besides fossils, I collect specimen grade seashells, minerals, skulls, and artifacts (I include artifacts into Natural History). I made/printed one off for each collection. Happy Collecting!
  11. mikeymig

    My Fossil Cornucopia

    A large, well preserved, fossil Lightning Whelk (Sinistrofulgur roseae, Belle Glade Member of the Bermont Formation, 800,000 years old) that I dug up recently 11/16/2020 in Florida full of bivalve shells (Chione elevata). The bleached spot on the back of this large (185mm) whelk is the only part of the shell that was protruding from the ground. I cleaned the sand away from the clam shells with a toothpick and small brush then added a little glue in strategic spots. I posted my shell on social media and received great news from Dr.Edward Petuch (Oceanographer and Paleontologist) -
  12. I know I know its not real. The Meg teeth are real and that's a real fossil Stegodon jaw but..... I found it on Facebook and as luck would have it, its for sale. Location, Indonesia of course. A lot of very cool fossils have been coming out of that area and onto the market recently and then there's this
  13. mikeymig

    Creek Bug

    Creek Bug Eldredgeops rana (Trilobite) Middle Devonian, Moscow formation New York I found this trilobite in Sept. 2019 and never shared it. Or did I Anyway, I was hiking in a stream going from one location to another and found this trilobite after my girlfriend stepped on it Not her fault really. She's busy looking out for spiders, webs to spiders, and giant web wrapping people up spiders. I saw the telltale black of the trilobites exo and knew what it was (note the algae staining on the matrix). This site isn't a place where we go to collect bugs. This is o
  14. Parkinsonia parkinsoni (ammonite) Jurassic, Upper inferior Oolite Bridport Dorset. UK 6.5" The first photos I took a few years ago did nothing for this unique specimen. I found it difficult capturing the details and still think they could be better. The ammonite has many chambers preserved in calcite that glow when backlit. Calcite crystals can be seen growing inside some of the empty chambers. Fossil, mineral, crystals, art, science, love Happy collecting.
  15. Upper Devonian Skull? Cashaqua Shale Member, Sonyea Group Western New York size - matrix block is 8" x 8" I found this fossil around 12 years ago. The locality it was found at is a nodule layer with well preserved coiled/straight shelled nautiloids, petrified wood (some very large), small gastropods, small pelecypods and that's about it. I have found one other weathered piece of bone before at this locality but this nodule, I knew when found it, that it was special. It needs to be prepared and would love to get it done. That is the reason I took it out of the
  16. mikeymig

    Thats new to me.

    Nassoviocrinus costatus (Goldring 1954) I posted recently about our latest fossil hunt in the Devonian of NY and showed you all the little crinoid we found. Whenever I find one of these ancient echinoderms that Im not familiar with, I show it to my friend George McIntosh of the RMSC. I sent some pics to George and he told me that it looks like Nassoviocrinus costatus. I never heard of that crinoid before so I had to look it up and learn a little. However, Index Fossils of NA was published in 1944 and this crinoid was described in 1954 and the internet shows very little about it (m
  17. Spring of 2020 We took advantage of the time off and the break in weather to hunt one of our favorite streams here in Western New York. This was just a spring scouting mission to see what was exposed after the ice and snow has melted. Some of the more interesting finds were a crinoid crown (very rare for this locality) possibly Logocrinus, Spinocyrtia granulosa open with both valves, Orthospirifer marcyi, a large Megastrophia concava cleaned by nature with epibionts, and 3 small nearly complete Greenops. We also found many small Favosites coral colonies, large Heliophyllum corals, and 8 d
  18. Leicester Pyrite Member. This layer between the Windom and the Geneseo black shale represents a sea of death. I find very few types of fossils in this hard to process layer of solid pyrite. Well preserved cephalopods and Placoderm armor (Placodermi is a class of armored prehistoric fish) are the most common fossils found. This very thin horizon can be easily found in the outcrop if you just look for rust dripping down and staining the grey shales below this pyrite layer. Every year or two, a piece of Leicester Pyrite will fall from its position high up in the outcrop and slide dow
  19. mikeymig

    September Hunt NY 2019

    September Hunt NY 2019 I cleaned our Devonian aged fossils from the other day and assembled a group photo of our favorite finds. The brachs are rare (Elythe, Meristina) and several rare and uncommon corals (Botryllopora, Heliophyllum delicatum, large Pleurodictyums) were found. The large orange Heliophyllum (4.5") is covered in epibionts. A large enrolled Eldredgeops found in a creek stone, needs more prepping and would have been over 3" long if prone. All finds were surface collected in NY. Thanks, Mikeymig
  20. I dug up a Devonian Favosites coral recently with a group of corallites on the bottom of the colony that looked like tiny cliff dwellings
  21. mikeymig

    Huge Colony Found

    Atactotoechus fruticosus Took me about 12 hours to reassemble this Bryozoan colony. Found Tuesday 8/27. The majority of the colony is very nice with all the fronds complete to tips. Its getting heavy with every new piece added. I was lucky that most of the colony was in shale and preserved from weathering. Thank you and Happy Collecting. Moscow fm., Kashong member, New York. 11" x 8" and 5+ lbs.
  22. mikeymig

    Bryozoa Horta

    Bryozoa Horta Found - July 23, 2019 Name - Atactotoechus fruticosus Age - Middle Devonian Formation - Moscow, Kashong mbr. Locality - Livingston County, New York, USA Size - 8" x 5" Complete and unprepared. I find these colonies at only one locality here in NY. The majority of the Bryozoa colonies are branching and I have reassembled many over the years (pic included of a typical branching specimen). This is the first unbranching Atactotoechus specimen I found lying on the seafloor like a blob or a Star Trek Horta (in my eye anyway
  23. July 23,2019 Its been so hot working outside all week that today's fossil hunt in 70 degree temps felt cool. It was quiet in the stream (besides the sound of wildlife) when I got there in the AM and stayed that way all day. I didnt want to disturb the scene with me pounding on rocks so I surface collected and covered a large area of the stream. Along the sides of the stream are glacial erratic boulders, stones, and gravel. The tabulate corals (Chonostegites clappi, Favosites winchelli, Favosites sp.) I pictured in this post were found among these glacial rocks. In one gully off the stre
  24. Attached to a large Megastrophia brachiopd, this is one of the best Aulopora coral colony I have ever found. A before and after prep photo from 2014 - 7/2019.
  25. mikeymig

    I Love Devonian Corals

    I Love Devonian Corals Favosities, Moscow formation, Livingston County, NY.
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