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  1. 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!
  2. ScottBlooded

    Early to mid Devonian pygidium ID

    Finally got back out to my site (Needmore formation outside of Winchester VA, early to mid Devonian) for the first time this year, very good feeling. Found, among other things, these 3 partial pygidium imprints. Two appear to be the same species, and I’ve found several other partials like these out here before. I know (or am fairly sure) I’ve seen this species before online but can’t place it. The third specimen I can’t place at all and as far as I’m aware, haven’t found out at this site previously. All specimens are a centimeter and change at most, can provide more precise measurements later
  3. ScottBlooded

    Mystery lumps

    These are each less than a millimeter long and I have no guesses. Needmore formation outside of Winchester VA. Shale containing several trilobite species, brachiopods, crinoids, typical mid Devonian marine stuff. Seem vaguely porous but they’re tiiiiiny so it’s hard for me to say.
  4. ScottBlooded

    Four Devonian scraps

    Four separate specimens, all partials. Found in the needmore formation (mid Devonian) near Winchester Virginia. First specimen- first 2 pictures- 1.6 cm: I’m guessing some sort of orthocone nautiloid but the evenly spaced squigly patterns threw me off (I find a lot of them but they don’t have that pattern). Also the fact that it bends a bit (second photo is taken at an angle to give an idea how the cast bends) although this could be from geologic forces. Second specimen- second two pictures- 3 mm: I honestly have no clue. Seemingly has spines? Seemingly thin bodied? Body seems like i
  5. Working in the needmore formation outside of Winchester VA, mid Devonian gray shales where I find mostly trilobites, crinoid, brachiopods and some shelled cephalopods. These two little bits caught my eye. First, bifurcated spine (or looks like a spine? It’s preserved the way trilobite spines do in this formation). About 4 mm long. I’ve never noticed a species of trilobite out here that has bifurcated spines and now I’m curious. Second, cephalon next to a separate (I assume not associated?) pygidium. The pygidium I figu
  6. So I find a lot of eldredgeops parts in this particular spot I’ve been digging for a few months (needmore formation outside Winchester VA). Particularly find a lot of cephalons. Some of them have been a bit warped/bent and I chalked it up to geologic forces doing the distorting. Came across this one the other day though that has a very focused dent in the glabella, like a piercing dent. I can’t for the life of me find the mold I split it from (it’s somewhere!) but it also has the corresponding dent, so I know it’s not damage done by me. Is there any way to know if the dent was pre fossilizatio
  7. ScottBlooded

    Mid Devonian tiny trilo ID

    It looks to me like another eldredgeops, although the glabella looks slightly longer if I look hard enough. I find a lot of those out digging here (outside Winchester VA in the needmore formation) so that wasn’t what stood out so much as it’s size, and I do apologize for not including a ruler I just honestly don’t have one small enough. If it’s bigger than 5mm I’d be surprised. So I guess my main question is, would this have been a juvenile of the species? My understanding was that they gained segments as they age, but this guy looks exactly like the other much larger specimens like him that I
  8. ScottBlooded

    Middle Devonian trilobite ID

    Found in the needmore formation just outside Winchester, VA puts him at mid Devonian. Only his pygidium visible but the rest of him (presumably) is still in the rock that contains the cast. The third photo here is the cast, taken at a slight sideways angle to get an idea of how it broke off from the rest of the rock. Hard to tell in the photos but the segments have alternating gold coloration, along with small spine nubs on the tops of the colored segments. I know it’s hard to determine from just his butt. Figure the order is Odontopleurida, closest match I could find was acidaspis calicera, b
  9. Found this guy today in the needmore formation near Winchester VA. It’s a very productive site but I’ve never found such a well preserved crazy spinous boy like this out there. I’m self taught on all of this and happy to hone my prep skills on standard fair like phacops Eldredgeops rana that I find out there all the time, but this guy is special and rare. At least for me. And delicate. Anyone here do professional fossil prep, and willing to give me a quote? PLEASE SEND ME A PM. The third pic is the mold that the pygidium came from and contains (presumably) the rest o
  10. ScottBlooded

    A complete mid Devonian mystery

    Split this slab of needmore shale I found near Winchester Virginia and found this. I am by absolutely no means an expert, but I’ve worked in this formation a lot and I’ve never seen anything shaped/sized quite like this. The way the rock split, it seems to have laterally bisected the specimen. The fossil itself is 3 dimensional and the shell of either side of whatever this is was left on both sides of the split, along with some interior matter. As to the shell, it LOOKS like it’s segmented into quarter inch segments, also has the impression of what LOOK like eyes but can’t be sure. As to the i
  11. Found near Winchester Virginia in the needmore formation, having a hard time figuring out the species. Still have to clean up his right side, but there’s at least one genal spine preserved, can’t tell yet if there’s any spines along the ends of each thorax segment. Had a good tip on reddit that it might be a Reedops but the librigena area seems not as substantial on mine. Likewise the attached genal spine seems much finer and arcs further away from the thorax. Has a smooth glabella (with the exception of the furrows) which I also don’t see any examples of when I search Reedops either. Eyes are
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