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  1. I spent Memorial Day morning fossil hunting the Carboniferous in the Salem Limestone (Formation) of Central Kentucky. Hunting the Salem at this particular road cut is a bit of a gamble. There are things to be found here, but good weather, timing, and a bit of luck are needed to have a chance at coming across anything worth writing home about. I have found almost complete Conulariids here, but also watched them crumble in my hands. I didn't bring home bucket loads of fossils this time out, but still, it was a good day. The sun on my face, flowers to smell, and plenty of rocks to break.
  2. This is my first "new topic" post to the FF, so I hope I'm doing this correctly. If you have a microscope or equivalent and a current or potential interest in micro-fossils, you might enjoy collecting at the following historic locality: Mississippian Salem Limestone, about 5 miles east of Salem, Indiana off Rt. 160; Spergen (Spurgeon) Hill, railroad cut (Manon RR) paralleling S. Harristown Rd, 0.75 mi north of Rt. 160; south end of Trackside Road; approximately 140 meters S of Harristown, Washington Co., Indiana; diminuitive fauna; Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates: 16S 585024.
  3. FossilNerd

    Ichnofossil?

    I stopped by a new road cut today to see if it would be a viable hunting spot. One of the things I found there was this interesting piece. Maybe an Ichnofossil? Some type of burrow or feeding trails? According to the USGS map, the cut is Salem Limestone which is Upper Mississippian in age. Any ideas? This small piece that I picked up came from a larger slab that was over a meter wide. The whole rock was covered in these and they are in between the layers. The big ones are only about 1cm across and most are half that. A photo from the field... This is
  4. FossilNerd

    First Trilobite From the Field

    I stopped by a prospective road cut today. Upper Mississippian (Salem Limestone). I didn't stay long so there is no trip report. Sorry... I promise a full report the next time I am there. I walked it for a few minutes and picked up a hand full of things. I mainly wanted to see if anything could be found and if it warranted spending more time there. I did split a couple of rocks to take a peek. To my amazement, on one of the splits, I found my first recognizable trilobite piece from out in the field! I have found a handful of trilo-bits in gravel drives, parking lots and the like,
  5. Could use some help on these 0.5cm - 1cm invertebrate(?) conical spines in the well known Salem Limestone, a marine limestone of the American Midcontinent. They appear to be solid calcite but do not quite match up with the shapes of crinoid spines and echinoid spines that I know from the Mississippian. I have looked at umpteen Salem Limestone samples but have seen these spines at only one small locality. Any insights appreciated! but please provide your reasoning or evidence.
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