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  1. I had the opportunity to visit another Silurian site in the northern Georgia/southern Tennessee area. This is now the third such site I've visited, but the first in the Rockwood Formation as opposed to the Red Mountain Formation. As far as I can tell there's very little different between the two lithologically and paleontologically, with the Rockwood and Red Mountain occupying pretty much the same stratigraphic position. The difference seems to be that the TGS prefers to use the term "Rockwood" to describe it's Niagaran Silurian system and the GGS and AGS prefer the term "Red Mountain", mostly
  2. From the album: Middle Devonian

    Dipleura dekayi Disarticulated Homalontid Trilobite (Cephalon, pygidium, and partial thorax) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Windom Shale Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road Quarry Earlville, N.Y.
  3. PetrosTrilobite

    What does restoration means?

    When we see a fossil, for example a trilobite or a dinosaur tooth with restoration, what this mean? Is paint? Is a fake piece glued in the original fossi?
  4. I am planning on getting some U-dig shale and was wondering what to use to split it? Thanks in advance.
  5. This is the most recent complete list of trilobites described with appendages. Six trilobites have a complete record of the antennae and post-antennal limbs. table from: Zeng, H., Zhao, F., Yin, Z., & Zhu, M. (2017) Appendages of an Early Cambrian Metadoxidid Trilobite from Yunnan, SW China Support Mandibulate Affinities of Trilobites and Artiopods. Geological Magazine, 154(6):1306-1328 PDF LINK
  6. Foozil

    Australia's Largest Trilobite

    Thought I'd post this interesting new paper which describes Australia's largest species of trilobite so far documented. Described are 16 species of trilobite, including two new genera and five new species, all from the Amadeus Basin in the Northern Territory. One is even named in honour of my father and I, Iridis schoonorum LINK
  7. I am going to be in Missouri for a few days and I am looking for places to hunt for trilobites. Thanks in advance.
  8. Well, since moving to Ottawa, I haven't had the chance to go out fossil hunting. There wasn't a whole lot of info on the web about the geology here. So my wife and I decided to buckle up and find a spot ourselves (without any hammers or chisels). We tend to be very lucky people, but I was surprised by the THOUSANDS of trilobites we came across in a matter of 20 minutes. We were on the shoreline of the Ottawa river, we found a certain type of shale that was just crawling with them. If any lucky soul goes to the spot where we left all the remnants of our hunt, they will sure be having a good day
  9. Paleorunner

    Help with Chinese Trilobites

    Hello partners. I have received several Chinese trilobites, but these two the seller has not been able to identify. I have not found information about them, and I bring them here in case someone can recognize them. The first is from the lower cambric. It comes from the qiongzhusi formation. Kunming (Yunnan). China. with 6 millimeters long THE SECOND IS FROM THE ORDOVICIOUS. SHIHTIAN FORMATION. BAOSHAN. (YUNNAN). CHINA. WITH 1 CENTIMETER LONG. ps: the photos are screenshots of the purchase, my photos do not get better.
  10. This is(or are) awesome gigantic Cambropallas from Jbel Wawrmast Formation, Morocco. The largest trilobite measures 6.5 inches long. The smaller one may measure 4 inches if complete. I know that there are a lot of fakes and heavily restored specimens for this type of giant trilobite. I can say this is absolutely real, cause I was not able to find any evidence of restoration or carving, and there are a lot of incomplete trilobite pieces in the matrix. These are quite heavy and large pieces, so none of my stands can support these. I should get a pair of new stands to
  11. EDIT (Updated August 19): Current 2020 Running Tally of Ontario Bugs. New species for this year in bold Acanthopyge contusa Anchiopsis anchiops Bathyurus (Raymondites) longispinus Bufoceraurus bispinosus Bumastoides milleri Burtonops cristata Calymene platys Calyptaulax callicephalus Ceraurinella trentonensis (?) Ceraurinus marginatus Ceraurus sp. Coronura aspectans Crassiproetus crassimarginatus Crassiproetus canadensis Dolichoharpes dentoni Echinolichas sp. cf. eriopis Echinolichas sp. cf. hispidus Ecte
  12. I’m wondering if anyone has collected at the Spence Gulch site outside Liberty, Idaho, in the last year or so and would be kind enough to give me a status report. I have a chance to go before long, but random internet opinion seems pretty evenly divided between “great place, lots of fossils” and “bad quality rock, lots of work for little reward.” I’d be grateful for any help/info. Wendell
  13. Fish aren’t the only things I can prep (although recent posts may appear that way). I just wrapped up these trilobites for a fellow TFF member. All in, they took 5.5 hours. The larger one required significant consolidation as it was horribly cracked.
  14. I had the opportunity to collect in the Red Mountain Formation recently, and considering the seeming lack of accessible sites in the area (RIP Tibb's Bridge) I thought it'd be good to show some of my finds here and say there is some stuff out there. At first I thought the site was in the Mississippian Lavender or Floyd Shales, which was my initial reason for venturing out to it as I didn't have the opportunity to collect in marine Mississippian units closer to home. I can say now with almost 100% certainty it's actually within the Red Mountain Formation, an early Silurian unit that is also a p
  15. This all started over a year ago. I was selected as Member of the Month and a couple of TFF members from Texas invited me down to the big state to collect. I primarily collect in my home region, the northeast, but I've taken fossil forays to New Mexico, Kentucky, and Germany and was willing to consider a trip to Texas and the opportunity to visit some classic fossil sites and collect fossils that are outside my usual focus. I began planning this about ten months ago, contacted potential fossil collecting partners and did my own research on fossil sites, geology, and the types of fossils I woul
  16. May be a bit of an odd question, but I was wondering what horizons or layers are the most fossiliferous in the Conasauga Formation. I've heard about the Tibbs Bridge site (RIP), but that site exposed a calcareous, light-colored shale from the upper part of the Conasauga. From what I read online it seems that most of the trilobite beds are located in the upper shale layers of the formation, but I was wondering if anyone else knew if the other parts of the formation had anything?
  17. Paleostoric

    Trilobite ID Help

    Hi everyone, I have some trilobites I need help with identification on. I acquired these several years ago, so I am not entirely sure where these trilobites were found and can only suspect. The first is a trilobite that I believe is from Morocco. It is around 6 cm in length and 3 cm in width. The other two are Agnostid trilobites that I believe are from Utah. I was wondering if it was possible to limit each down to a genus. The darker one is 6 mm in length with a thorax around 3 mm wide. The lighter one is 7 mm in length with a thorax around 3.5 mm wide.
  18. aek

    New finds

    Some new finds from an exploratory trip to Southern Illinois and Missouri. Originally I was focusing on Silurian rocks, but wasn't having much luck. Mississippian fossils Kaskia chesterensis Richmondian stage fossils Missouri Conulariid impression. Very beautiful magnified. Haven't had much time yet to look up names. Not sure what this species is. Very small, just a few mm. Thanks for looking!
  19. Hello, I had some time to look at a few more of the rocks from my collection trip into Wisconsin Platteville Grant County 1,2,3 First is a flat creek rock I gave a scrub and I think it has a trilobite cephalon. 4,5,Is a rock that appears to have a trilobites or it coiled be a broken bivalve? It's in a flakey rock so I haven't picked at it much. I included a side picture of the sediments. 6,7 I am pretty sure these are Chondrites? Or something similar? There are also some other bits in it 8 is a bit of hash plate but it has what I assume must be pyrite bits that ar
  20. historianmichael

    Fossil Road Trip - Georgia, Texas

    Both my brother and I celebrated graduations this year - my brother graduated from college and I graduated from law school. In celebration of our graduations, we decided to take a 13-day road trip to see some of the United States after I had taken the bar exam but before I began work. Our journey ultimately took us through Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Dayton and Pittsburgh, before returning home. Our days were jam-packed, with us often not arriving at a hotel until 9/10pm, but along the way we did find some time to make a few quick stops to coll
  21. KompsFossilsNMinerals

    Elrathia?

    Hey all, I bought this trilobite from a seller today and was wondering if anyone could help me ID it. I'm pretty sure its from Utah, and I think it's an Elrathia, but I just want to get some other thoughts or opinions. In the bottom left there seems to be part of an agnostid, but I could be wrong. The seller said that they didn't know where it came from unfortunately.
  22. When I got home from work today one of my neighbors called and asked me to come over to his house, when I arrived I saw that he had 3 large containers of fossils, rocks, etc. He reminded me that several years ago I gave 2 of his kids some fossils and that they recently went through them and kept what they wanted and asked me if I wanted the others back, of course I said yes. I cannot tell you what they kept, but I think there were a couple Oreodont upper skulls and probably a couple other cool pieces. Here is the stuff I brought back home. Most of the trilobites I belie
  23. Owen Ridgen

    A few Fossils from recently

    Hello everyone, thanks for letting me join the site! I'm an amateur fossil hunter from Toronto who has made a few expeditions in the past months. I've found a few fossils of interest that I'd like some help identifying. Below are links to photos of the fossils in question on my iNaturalist page, along with some additional details. Thanks all in advance! The following were all found along the Don River in Toronto. 1. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68570190 2. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68573964 3. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/685701
  24. Jasperfossils

    Jince

    Does somebody know if the Jince quarry is still open? Greetings, Jasper
  25. Hey guys, I‘ve dug out some ’fossils‘ that I can't say for sure on a hill of Hubei Province,China. According to the local geological document,there’re exposed strata of middle Devonian and lower Permian around this area. There are some rocks with special patterns on it, which looks like trilobite and shellfish. On another rock, I can see a patch of dots, just like a tentacle of starfish. On this hillside, I also found some strange rocks in the shape of ’flat cylinder‘, with irregular patterns on them. I think it may be the remains of some kind of ancient creature.
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