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  1. So to start the month of May off, I decided to go out and spend my Saturday fossil hunting. The water has been really high lately, so that's put a delay on my usual weekly walks. I decided to go to my favorite creek that has exposed Burlington Formation chert. It doesn't look like much fun, but I sure enjoy walking it. The water was higher than I wanted, but it was searchable so I spent about 3 hours here, and didn't really find all that much today worth taking home here. Most of the good stuff I've found there requires splitting chert, which I didn't partake in today. I only
  2. Hi All, I found this specimen in northern Missouri many years ago around when I was eight - and recently rediscovered it while going through my childhood rock collection. The creek I found it in cuts through the Marmaton group. It's about 2 cm at it's widest (marks in mm). I guess my first question is if it's actually a trilobite pygidium and secondly if there's any chance of an identification with as much damage as it's received? 1: 2: 3: Thanks! - James
  3. DaredChance

    Strangely patterned fossil

    Found this while at work so unfortunately this was the only picture I could snap since rock was too large to carry back at the time. This is the first time I've seen this pattern and shape in a fossil around here so I'm hoping someone knows what it is. It's length was roughly 3-5 inches if thats of any help.
  4. Hey there, I cannot find anything in my literature/ books on Burlington Formation straparolus gastropod IDs. I can confirm this is from encrinite Burlington Formation limestone, Henry County, one of my sweet spots. It is the first complete one to date I've found there, and I would like to have a more precise label for my first complete straparolus sp. fossil if possible. I can glue/ prep the specimen if needed for an ID, but I would need probably 2 weeks time for that. Thanks for any leads- Jackson G
  5. Titan

    Pennsylvanian Beekite Ring?

    Over a year ago when I was just starting to hunt and collect fossils I came across this the ravine slope of a creek that cuts through the Winterset limestone at my old house. It could be washed from another formation. It looked interesting so I kept it and have been trying since then to identify it. I’m not sure if I’ve landed on the right thing – or even if it’s a fossil but I am thinking it might be a beekite ring similar to the one here https://lakeneosho.org/Paleolist/99/index.html only more 3D. It’s also quite possible it’s just quarts and I’ve just looked at it too long! However I’m curi
  6. charrisoni

    No clue on this one!

    Hey all! Sorry if the information provided isn’t sufficient, but I’m new here. I’m a wildlife biologist and I do a lot of surveying for snakes in rocky areas. A good friend of mine directed me here to help with a fossil ID, as I come across a lot of interesting fossils in the rocks I turn over and the road cuts I search. Attached is a photo of a fossil imprint in a dolomite outcrop. This would be western St Louis County. If more information is required, please don’t hesitate to ask. thanks!
  7. Hi all, I found this fossil in a creek near St. Louis. Any ideas?
  8. Kaylak

    Fossil ID help

    Found this lying on the side of a ridge in a forest in Wildwood, MO. Any ideas on what it could be?
  9. Shawna86

    Fossilized heart?

    Found in NORTH CENTRAL MISSOURI, USA My mom and my nephew found this "rock" a few years ago. I was telling my mom about this group, she asked me to post this here. She's wondered for years if it could potentially be a Petrified heart, it has what appears to be valves on it. She doesn't know who she would contact to find out if it is a Petrified heart, so if anyone knows who to contact about this, we'd appreciate it. It weighs 1.92lbs. Thought you guys would think it was cool.
  10. Location: Missouri Time period: Pennsylvanian Formation: Possibly Upper Winterset Limestone Hello! I happened to come across one odd fossil that I could not recognize Some close ups on the leaves The only thing I could certainly determine it is some sort of Fern but beyond that I am unfamiliar of what species it could belong to My next specimen is a Fern leaf of some sort but due to its poor preservation is hard for me to determine what it is from, any Ideas?
  11. From the album: Missouri Plant Fossils

    If I ever get a microscope ill see if I can post some close ups
  12. Samurai

    Calamite #4

    From the album: Missouri Plant Fossils

    roughly 3cm
  13. Samurai

    Calamite #3

    From the album: Missouri Plant Fossils

    roughly 2.8cm
  14. Samurai

    Neuropteris sp. Leaf

    From the album: Missouri Plant Fossils

    Roughly 2.3 cm Long
  15. Audiorij

    No idea what this is

    Found in warren county Missouri several years ago. I assume its s plant but have no idea.
  16. EPawsF15

    Partial Trilobite?

    I have no information about the origin of this fossil, except to say that it came from a large bag of pea pebbles purchased at a big box store in the St. Charles, Missouri area. The raised ridge in the center made me wonder if it's a trilobite. There's also an interesting "shift" about midway down the ridge that creates an offset of sorts. Maybe that's the result of settling over time? It measures about 0.75 inch long, as shown in one of the photos.
  17. Found in creek in Silex, MO. I find many formations like this around the area. Fossil or geological? Each hole is about 2cm in diameter.
  18. We've been finding these oddball puffy stars in the Late Ordovician (Sandbian) of eastern Missouri (Illinois Basin), in the uppermost part of the Plattin Group (a Platteville equivalent) or possibly the lowermost part of the Decorah Group (Katian). We've been finding a lot of weird fossils in that zone, including articulated cyclocystoids, but these I'm at a loss on. They seem to be calcite and preserve in the same texture and color as other echinoderm material in the same rock. They vary in convexity and in the presence of a central hump or divot, but there never seems to be a lumen that goes
  19. I had some spare time this past weekend, and a fossil hunt sounded nice. Bad weather had made that impossible the previous month. The weather was great out finally, so I went out Sunday (3/7/2021) to good old Truman Lake to look for Burlington Formation crinoids. I mainly just wanted to find and keep nicer, intact crinoids that day. It's a good walk to the crinoid hunting grounds from my car, and there is fossiliferous chert material along the way. I decided to split one chunk of chert, which contained only one single platyceras gastropod steinkern. After finishing work on it, I hi
  20. Ozarkia

    Missouri Ozarks fossil

    I found this fossil today in the Missouri Ozarks - we find fossils from the Mississippian period here. It is small: for scale I could probably just fit the tip of my pinky in it. We have lots of brachiopods, bryozoans and crinoid fossils around here but I have never seen this sort of interlocking "spine" (I know its not a spine). Does anybody know what this is a part of?
  21. John Corbet

    Smithville Snails

    I found this rock today in my favorite spot in southeast Missouri. I guess they are Smithville variety. There are several fossils in this rock. That spiral looking one is 4" long!
  22. Location is in Missouri The area is dated to the Pennsylvanian Formation: Iola limestone formation Subformation: Muncie Creek Shale Member Hello and happy valentines day ! I was re-examining my old collection of Muncie creek shale nodules and found these peculiar specimens Originally I posted an image of one of my larger heart shaped fossils in my member's albumwhere someone mentioned it could be some sort of bellerophontid gastropod but now that I found a second more complete specimen I think it was time to ask fossil ID to get more eyes and possible identifi
  23. Samurai

    Campodus Sp. Tooth

    From the album: Chondrichthyan Teeth From The Pennsylvanian Period

    One of my favorites as it has a variety of color, from dark blue to orange and a pale yellowish white
  24. Location is in Missouri The area is dated to the Pennsylvanian Formation: Iola limestone formation-) Raytown limestone Member I am certain this tooth belongs to some form of fish belonging to Eugeneodontida but I was unable to knock it down beyond that. From the area I have found various teeth from Petalodus, Deltodus, some from Orodus and a few others I however have no real id on this tooth as I plan to add it to my album as a refrence for the future if I find similar teeth like this one. Length of specimen is 16 mm
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