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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Location: Missouri Time period: Pennsylvanian Formation: Rockpile containing rocks from the Iola Limestone Formation Hello! I came across this specimen in the dirt surrounding a rockpile where I usually hunt for muncie creek phosphatic nodules and was wondering if anyone could help me get an exact ID on this specimen. I have found one tooth similar to this last year that I had assumed belong to Orodus. backside of this tooth I will note it has similarities to another tooth I have that might belong
  8. Location: Missouri Time period: Pennsylvanian Formation: Muncie Creek Shale I have been going through some old nodules I had collected from when I first found an area full of these nodules. I happened to find this and was unsure of what it was due to how it was sort of "Shiny" for lack of a better term. I also have some other different phosphatic nodules with similar features and would love to post them here if anyone is interested. I ultimately wish to have some sort of identification for these materials. Some sort of inclusion in thi
  9. Samurai

    Concretion #20: Brachiopod

    From the album: Muncie Creek Shale Phosphatic Nodules

    From time to time you can find these little guys in these phosphate concretions as well as some pretty cool stuff
  10. Location: Missouri Time period: Pennsylvanian Formation: Muncie Creek Shale At first i wanted to say some sort of skull material but I am unsure as I do not see many visible bony structures and I am inexperienced in such fields Here are the image links in larger file sizes and if you are on pc you can zoom into them and see hopefully better detail https://postimg.cc/GTvr5dD6 https://postimg.cc/sMTz8nBf https://postimg.cc/cK6WNQYR
  11. Location: Missouri Time period: Pennsylvanian Formation: Muncie Creek Shale From a collection of Muncie Creek Shale nodules Specimen #1: Starting with the best preserved specimen ( I think this is for sure a fish mandible) backside of the nodule Complete nodule More Images: https://imgur.com/a/3rhBqsR Specimen #2: had flash on in order to make it easier to see More images: https://imgur.com/a/7S3iJIA Specimen #3: This one I was not too sure about as it was only half a nodule
  12. Samurai

    Fish Spine Fossil? ( Missouri )

    Location is in Missouri The area is dated to the Pennsylvanian Formation: Muncie Creek Shale I was cracking Phosphatic concretions and this baby popped out! I was excited and thought I should share and ask what it is! I believe it is a cartilaginous fish spine, but I have little knowledge in such topics. Ps Information on good glue to glue together the cracked piece is welcomed!
  13. So I went to a big cave yesterday and the ceiling was about 40 to 50 high in most spots but I noticed what it think are crinoids embedder into the ceiling and look at the world a little differently now. First to get to the cave we had to climb a steep hill and the entrance was about 60 or so feet off the ground and anyway I just found it crazy that even though you could tell that huge layers of the cave had fallen in at different times it's just blows my mind to think that the water level used to be this high and also that must be a long time period right? I mean these things are from
  14. Thomas.Dodson

    Unidentified Brachiopods

    I've had some difficulty narrowing down the identity on some assorted brachiopods. The diagnostic features may not be preserved but I figured I'd post them here to see if anyone knew. @Tidgy's Dad Any ideas? The first is a single large valve from the Warsaw Formation in Fenton, Missouri (The old Meramec Bridge site). I've been able to track down most species reported from here and identify everything else but this one is harder. The wear doesn't help. The second are a couple o Echinoconchidae valve casts in chert from a creek in Lincoln County, Missouri. It
  15. Time Period: Pennsylvanian Location: Missouri Formation: Most likely Winterset limestone Hello! I am currently puzzled on weather or not this is a Conodont or some fragments from Brachiopod. I am thinking it could be broken parts of a shell or broken pieces of a Brachiopods fossilized lophophore supports from a very small specimen! I have not found any conodont specimens from this location yet as I usually do not hunt for them Images in natural file size: https://imgur.com/a/KNeq
  16. I found this nice vertebra on a sand bar north of Jefferson City MO. The foramina and spinal canal are clearly visible but packed with debris. My ruler is in inches. Any idea what animal this one is from? Thanks!
  17. Hi all! Very excited to find this crinoid on the very edge of a cliff and cleaned it just a little to reveal this tiny 4mm wide trilobite pygium right next to it. Using Missourian's key, I think the crinoid is Aglaocrinus ? The trilobite doesn't look exactly like the pygidiums I have of Ameura so not sure on that one - thoughts? Am I close? Should I try to clean more of the crinoid? The piece is only another inch or two thick. Thanks for any help!! Bone
  18. Hello! this is one of my weirdest things I have found at this location, I believe it might be a fragment from a fin spine? A piece from an Echinoid? Something else? I would love to know what it is and what species this came from! Some information on the area: Location: Missouri Time period: Pennsylvanian Formation: Most likely from a member of the Iola Limestone What makes this one of the most bizarre fossils I have found is the circular pattern on the fossil itself, as I have not seen anything like this in the area before.
  19. EPawsF15

    Spiny Fern Glen ID

    During my third trip to a Fern Glen outcropping, I came across this specimen. It doesn't really resemble anything else I've found there. Luckily the "spines" are pretty sturdy, and I didn't break any of them when digging it out. Any ideas?
  20. Hello, We found this small fossilized shark's tooth on the Missouri River near St. Louis, MO and were hoping to get some help on identifying the type of shark. Thank You!
  21. Jackson g

    Crinoid calyx cleaning

    Well I have been off of work this past week, and I start back this following Monday. With some of my extra time I've had, I've started work on prepping/ repairing some of my bulk Burlington crinoids that have just been sitting around. All of these calyxs are in different stages of completion, due to me always hoping from one to the other. Starting with one of my favorite species, Azygocrinus rotundus. This piece is mostly completed, I just need to finish working the matrix to however I'd like it. Next we have a mostly complete Uperocrinus pyriformis. When working
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