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  1. yardrockpaleo

    Strange leaf/stick from Florissant

    Hello everyone, This fossil really has really puzzled me, when I first found it, I assumed it was just a stick. (A cool stick, nonetheless.) On closer examination, however, it appears to have a 'vein' running through each of the three prongs and none of the typical woody texture you see on most wood specimens. Could it be a leaf?? Can someone help me figure this out? Thanks! The longest projection measures 2.5 inches. @piranha @Top Trilo @Rockwood
  2. I found this in our backyard in a rock pile. I find many Devonian fossils in the shale lined creeks around Erie, PA. This rock appears to be similar but is extremely heavy and different colored. I can make out fossils but don’t recognize some of the imprints abs it appears folded and is SUPER heavy. For comparison, the rock I found with it, also pictured here is about 3-4x the size but the smaller one weighs 3x as much. No magnetism, but has a burnt spot. Was it perhaps originally a large piece of the lighter fossil plate that someone burned (possibly in a fire pit?) and that is how i
  3. sdelano

    Chapman, KS find...

    Hello. I recently visited Chapman, KS looking for calcite geodes and I did find several. I also found these. I have no idea what they are. They were found in a layer of shale. They almost remind me of tubes of fossilized clay? The end shots are not very good, but they show beige layers. Is it possible that that clay was forced into voids in the shale maybe and then they hardened or fossilized? I cut the ends on a tile saw and the material was very hard. In one of the photo's, you can see where one of them was bisected by a thin layer of calcium carbonate (calcite) hot liquid at some p
  4. Rob Russell

    Pennsylvanian unknown

    Hey folks. Here’s a fossil I found this past weekend while hunting in the black Mecca Quarry Shale in NC Illinois. Ive gotten some suggestions, but the one person with great knowledge of the site wasn’t positive what it was. I do believe he was going to forward pics to fiddlehead. Anyway, I thought I’d throw it out here for you all to have a crack at it. It’s 5 1/2” long. The “points” are both exactly 1 5/8”; or 40 mm, apart. Thanks for the look, and any potential ID’s.
  5. I found this broken nodule in an outcrop of Pennsylvanian shale in Northeast Oklahoma. I’m wondering if the fossil could be the upper part of a skull? Other common fossils from this site include fragmentary fish remains (e.g., teeth, spines, dermal denticles, and coprolites from sharks and other fishes), as well as invertebrate remains from ammonites, gastropods, bivalves, brachiopods, corals, and conularia. If this is a skull, would you guess it to be from a fish, amphibian, or reptile? I don’t see any traces of teeth in the nodule, but I can provide closer views of areas that might be o
  6. Lone Hunter

    Tiny Chinese fossil needs ID

    I got this little tile over 10 yrs ago when I didn't know anything about fossils and didn't have a loop. All I saw was clams I thought, now I see something but can't remember what it was supposed to be, and brachiopods I think. Appreciate any help on ID and approximate age.
  7. Sorry if this isn't the right subforum, I'm a newbie to this forum and fossil hunting. I picked up a couple pieces of shale in the Mount Carmel, PA coal mine dump (would recommend; there's a thread with a picture of the location here and any given rock you pick up off the ground will likely contain fossils) a little while back and am finally getting around to splitting them. What's the best way to do so without damaging/splitting the surface? The one in the linked pic has distinct layers but is still quite cohesive(?), and the other doesn't have nearly as distinguished layers, but
  8. Location is in Missouri The area is dated to the Pennsylvanian Formation: ???? Hello! it is I once again I was curious on what this might be as it looks different from what I usually see in this type shale I have found Pyrite Calamites in shale but they usually don't have this texture so I was unsure of what exactly it may be. Zoomed in picture of the texture: Other side of this shale: Not Sure if these will help with the ID but here is the picture with the end pieces visible
  9. OhioHeather

    NE Ohio Fossil ID Help Needed

    I recently found this fossil while walking in a shale creek bed in Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Northeast Ohio just south of Cleveland). The area is late Devonian - early Mississippian. The piece is approximately 11cm x 7cm (4.25in x 2.75in). Any help in identifying it would be greatly appreciated.
  10. yardrockpaleo

    Weird Florissant Shale thing

    Hey everyone, Asking about a piece of shale I just opened, there appears to be a little soft-bodied creature on it, however, it could just be an insect. The small piece measures exactly 1 and 3/8 of an inch. Is it a badly preserved beetle? Notice the small oval-shaped things lining the back. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
  11. 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!
  12. Greetings guys/gals. I have recently received some leaf imprints in shale stone. These are from the Minkin site in Northern Alabama. These are from the Carboniferous period and are imbedded in shale rock. That's a bit soft.. I am asking how would you guys suggest that I clean up and preserve them. That is with the lease amount of equipment. So basic wash technique and would you suggest using paranoid on these things? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Joe
  13. Hi guys! I am looking for new areas to hunt for rocks and fossils around the KC area. I have been to the Blue river, Kansas river, Cedar creek, Tuttle creek, Perry Lake, Mill creek, and abandoned quarry areas. Anyone have any general locations of where I can find some stuff? I am an avid hunter for all sorts of fossils and rocks (rockhounding is my favorite past time)! I've had the most luck at the Kansas river and Perry lake. Some of my finds include cow skulls, cone coral, shells, agates, vertebrae, and a bunch of druzy quartz geodes and chalcedony. I ha
  14. yardrockpaleo

    Florissant leaves

    Hello everyone, sorry to be posting so much Florissant fossil quarry material, but I'm going through my collection of foliage and still need these ID'd. Most of these leaves are obviously pretty common, but I can't find some of them in the book Fossils of Florissant. So here they are: 1. Think it's a Fagopsis, but just double checking. 2. Don't really know, feeding traces around the edges.
  15. cngodles

    Home Conodont Extraction

    So, in trying to identify my local limestone for sure, I've gotten the need to try to extract conodonts, and I'd for sure like to see other microfossils. I know this has been discussed here before, but I was wondering what might be the correct or tried and tested method for home, using obtainable chemicals. The last thread I found was talking about lab processes and clouds of white smoke. I've heard different things from using acids (Vinegar), Hydrogen Peroxide (3% limit at Walmart), to Kerosene. Also a need for sieves, filters, etc. Curious for a guide or advice for ef
  16. yardrockpaleo

    Plant? from Florissant Fossil Quarry

    Hello everyone, I was chipping through my bag of shale I brought back from Florissant Fossil Quarry (highly recommend!) and this fossil caught my eye. It's probably from some plant, could you give me an idea of what it is roughly?
  17. Location: Missouri Time period: Pennsylvanian Formation: Muncie Creek Shale Hello! I found this quite some time ago and did not know what sort of fish material it could be. I am fairly certain it's something fishy as I have found plenty of chondrichthyan teeth, body parts, bones and a few fish coprolites during my nodule cracking adventures. More images: https://imgur.com/a/s9NIiRy
  18. kiki1980

    Need Help Identifying

    Hey everyone! Amateur fossil hunter here! Can someone help me out with what this is? Found in Nanaimo in a shale deposit, not sure what the vertical lighter section is. Was surround by fossilized shells. Thanks for your help!
  19. Bonehunter

    What is it and what do I do next?

    So building up my conodont collection and getting a scope to get better pics, but I found a 6-8' Pennsylvania shale shelf with huge intact pieces. I found this 2 x 2 1/2' piece with this central fossil fish? Under magnification (photo 4 and 5) there are scales/skin along the "spines"-that picture is at the central aspect of photo 2. I found the positive impression piece several yards away, though there are positive and negative pieces in both. Off one of the "spines". Off the end of one it a short, pointed spine? I can try to get a photo of that. My questions are 1. What is it?- fish? Lis
  20. So, with the help and astute observations of LabRatKing and JDP, my "what is it" this may be an individual of Iniopterygiformes a chondricthyes/cartilagenous shark which resembles a modern day flying fish WAY COOL!!!!!!!! SO EXCITED!!!.. I am contacting pros who would have a much better idea and may be able to reveal more of the animal. I have radiographed it this morning, and maaayybbee I am seeing one of the "horns" depicted in paleo artist Ray Troll's painting?? at 12:00? There are other interesting "items" in the shale at 11:00, 2:00 NS 4:00 as well. I've contacted the KU field museum to g
  21. I wonder if anyone may be able to help determine whether this is a bone, and whether it might be from a fish or a tetrapod? It was found in the Middle Pennsylvanian Wewoka Formation of northeastern Oklahoma. It may take me 3-4 postings to upload all 7 images. Best wishes.
  22. Gramps

    ID help: Deltodus tooth?

    I know very little about shark teeth. I found this one a while back in Pennsylvanian (Desmoinesian) shale in northeastern Oklahoma. I am speculating this may be deltodus only because I see a nearly identical tooth labeled as deltodus on another website. The fossil is very thin (too thin to photograph the edges). Besides confirming the taxonomy, can anyone tell me which surface of the tooth is shown in Side A? Finally, would you say Side B is mainly matrix (other than the edges)? I think matrix is showing through the cracks on Side A, and that may be the only thing holding the fossil together.
  23. Gramps

    Deltodus Tooth.JPG

    From the album: Pennsylvanian Fossils of Northeast Oklahoma

    This is one of the crushing teeth of Deltodus, from Pennsylvanian (Desmoinesian) shale in northeastern Oklahoma. This tooth is only about 4 mm thick. Deltodus comprised a genus of cartilaginous fishes in the class Chondrichthyes, subclass Holocephali. Modern day holocephalans include chimaeras.
  24. Astrohog

    My son wants to know...

    My son (9 years old) collects rocks and found this "rock" in a stream near our house. We are located in the Tug Hill Region of New York State. The area has shale starting about 45 cm below the sod layer. I have looked and cannot determine what they are, but there seems to be some Ordovician fossils. Thanks for the info!! Levi and Logan (son)
  25. Casper Voogt

    What on earth is this?

    I have a regular collecting spot in Capon Bridge, WV, which is my go-to spot for Eldredgeops Rana trilobites. On my most recent outing I picked up this odd thing, and I have no idea what to make of it. There is a pencil just to the left of the fossil, for scale. The fossil is fairly flat, hardly three-dimensional, so no need for side photos. It appears to be three-pronged and pyritized.. pyritized in the same way that the trilobites often are at this location. The local shale is early to middle Devonian, I *think* Needmore Formation. Any thoughts welcome!
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