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  1. I'm off today not feeling well and was walking my dog. I happened to look down at the rocks in my yard and found this nice thorax and pygidium of a trilobite. I only know the rocks exposed are in the Mahantango. This is the first recognizable fossil I've found aside from small brachs.
  2. cameronsfossilcollection

    Possible fish scale from the Lost River?

    First post, long lurker! I found this fossil a while back at the well known Lost River outcrop on old Route 55 near Wardensville. It’s about an inch tall and across, and has an intricate, almost web-like pattern when you look close enough (my camera has a hard time picking it up!) I thought it may have been some kind of coral or bryozoan - but someone mentioned it may be a Hyneria scale or scale of some similar fashion, and that I should ask here. Any ideas guys? Thanks!
  3. Tom D

    West Viginia petrified wood

    I was visiting a friend in West Virginia who is preparing his property for building his home. It's just south of Charleston. I noticed what I think is a layer of petrified wood. Not sure though. Any information would help. There were also petrified nuts.
  4. Can't drill a hole in it or break it. Found it in my pas old war stuff he left me. Someone said it was a fossilized dinosaur egg but who knows. Never been on a site like this before so I'm just winggin it with this post. Anyone have a suggestion on what I found? Thanks!
  5. ScottBlooded

    Mid Devonian…well it’s a shape

    I just honestly don’t know. 3D shape in matrix, hopefully the pictures illustrate its dimensions/general shape because I’d have a hard time describing it. Definitely seems to have symmetry though. Some layers have a mottled texture to it. Roughly 6.5 x 2.5 x 2 cm. Mid Devonian, Needmore formation of West Virginia. As always thank you for your time!
  6. I’ve been trying to ID this huge cephalopod I found from the Glenshaw Formation in Brooke County, West Virginia. So far, I’ve considered the following: Millkoninckioceras Kummel, 1963 Mahoningoceras Murphy, 1974 I was all in on the latter name until I noticed the sutures were fairly straight compared to the deep convex flank sutures. Whitney (1882) called the sutures deeply concave on the holotype of Mahoningoceras (original description in photos below). The umbilicus is open. The specimen appears to be flattened. I believe the ventrolateral shoulder is about the middle of the bottom whorl in the second photo with a scale. The largest coiled nautaloid I've found in this formation could fit within the center whorl of this specimen. It seems that the body chamber would add another 1/4 whorl length. With metric scale: Coated with paraloid:
  7. This is an unusual question but I am putting together a little workshop on regional fossils, such as showing examples of common fossils and how to identify them. I would like to prepare some handouts to help my attendees in their fossil hunting. Some things I thought about- 1. Handout with the state geologic map and timescales. 2. A list of fossil hunting spots in the area which are still viable from Jasper Burns' "Fossil Hunting in the Mid Atlantic" along with some good fossil hunting sites that I am open to sharing. 3. Some public domain or CC licensed images of common fossils to the area to aid identification (including partially preserved examples where possible). 4. A list of tools and ethics in field collecting/fossil hunting. 5. A short bibliography of fossil hunting related resources in print and on the web related to the area. I then planned to make a library guide online with all of these resources also available as a PDF. Is there anything else that would be very useful? Has anyone attended similar workshops and there were things that especially stood out for them as good or bad?
  8. I have been collecting for about three years now in various parts of West Virginia. I was thinking it might be nice to meet some others in the area that are interested in fossils and maybe do a couple trips to different localities. I would be happy to travel anywhere in WV and locations in neighboring states as well. I have included a picture of a nice Archimedes I recently found in Mercer County because we all love fossil pictures!
  9. Dusty82


    I found this on the Elk River West Virginia. It weighs about 8 lbs. Any particular info would be awesome. Thanks!
  10. ScottBlooded

    Mystery Devonian pygidium

    Back again in need of a Devonian diagnosis. A Devonagnosis. Whose butt is this? First thought was Kettneraspis except that it has those three vertical spines lined up at the anterior edge, broken off in the mold when the rock was opened. Also the multitude of tiny spines around the edge appear to be intact and much shorter. It’s maybe 5mm across, not very big. Needmore formation of West Virginia, middle Devonian. First photos are interior mold, last few are exterior mold. As always, thanks for you times.
  11. ScottBlooded

    Acanthopyge contusa?

    So I posted one of these here a few years back (albeit in not as good condition) and had @piranha tell me that it belonged to Acanthopyge contusa. The match does seem good but for one thing, and I lack the vocabulary for lichid anatomy to describe the specific part so I’ve circled the area in question on my fossil and a provided A contusa partial (that one should be the last image). It’s a raised line that runs from the termination of the axial lobe to the posterior edge of the pygidium. My guy doesn’t have it, A contusa does. Is this significant? Another question, is it still true that a fully articulated specimen of Acanthopyge contusa has yet to be collected? A final question, why on earth is it so hard to find complete lichids? By far the rarest trilobite I find out here in this part of the Needmore in West Virginia and that’s just for little pieces here and there. Thanks for your time as always, hope everyone’s doing well.
  12. Andúril Flame of the West

    Adventures in the Needmore Shale

    Hello everyone, A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to visit a more distant fossil locality - an opportunity that I took to collect some Paleozoic fossils among the scenic Appalachians of eastern West Virginia. Heading out west, I planned to visit a new exposure of the Needmore Shale that I suspected had the potential to produce some nice trilobite specimens. Unfortunately, upon arriving at the locality rain was coming down in droves, effectively ending any chance of prospecting the locality. Hoping to escape the rain, I made my way farther south toward the well known Lost River road cut in the vicinity of Wardensville, West Virginia. As I had hoped I did manage to escape the rain, and I was left with a few hours to search for some Devonian fossils among the fissile green shale. I had only been to the Lost River locality once before late last year, and I had managed to secure the trilobites which had proven rather elusive in the more fossiliferous rocks of the Mahantango. The rain, which did seem to have swept through the area shortly before I arrived, had turned the fine rock dust that coated the talus piles into slippery mud. Above the treacherous talus piles, a large vertical exposure of the Needmore Shale held trilobites and a variety of other shallow marine fauna that had once inhabited a Devonian reef. Here are the finds from both trips I have taken to the Lost River locality: A few small brachiopods from the locality. Unlike other Paleozoic localities I have had the opportunity to visit, brachiopods do not seem to be extremely common at the road cut. I only came across them occasionally, with most being so small they were hard to identify without the aid of a magnifiying glass. A spiral gastropod preserved in iron oxide that contrasts quite nicely with the dark green matrix. On the most recent trip I found the two above specimens exposed on the surface of the shale. They seem like they could be the central lobe of trilobite pygidiums with the other two sections having weathered away. Any insight into what these might be would be greatly appreciated . Rugose coral The specimen above is intriguing. The roundish shape seems to suggest a fossil, though it could very well have a geological origin. I apologize for the poor photographs of the above specimen, but it was incredibly difficult to get the camera to focus on it properly. When I came across this fossil whilst splitting shale, I was quite confident that I had come across a trilobite due to the black calcitic appearance and the 'ribbing' that seemed to define the fossil. Yet after extracting and cleaning the fossil, it does not resemble a trilobite and is very faint even after the shale dust was removed. Any suggestions as to what it might be would be very welcome . Some assorted Dipleura ribs. Some trilobite ribs, likely either belonging to Dipleura or Eldredgeops rana. Eldredgeops rana pygidium preserved in a light yellow color. Enrolled Eldredgeops rana consisting of the body with a partial cephalon (first two images) and the pygidium on the reverse side (last image). The trilobite is flattened, which may be a result of the tectonic forces acting on the rock during the uplift of the Appalachian mountains. Another Eldredgeops rana specimen with considerable relief from the surrounding matrix. This specimen was found in association with a few others, though if it possessed a cephalon it was lost among the chips of shale. A prone Eldredgeops rana molt found on the first outing to the road cut. Positive and negative of an Eldredgeops rana molt. Thanks for taking a look!
  13. micheleh

    Bone or petrified wood?

    Found these in a creek in West Virginia.
  14. Michael Marinelli

    West Virginia Mammal Teeth

    Hello everyone, I went to visit family this past week in Gilmer County, West Virginia and found these mammal teeth in a creek. They were found pretty close to each other, which makes me wonder if they were from the same animal. They appear to be old, but I don’t think they are completely mineralized. They remind me a lot of the bison teeth I find down in Peace River, FL, but this is weird considering there are no cow or buffalo farms very close to the area I found these (that I know of). Anyone have any idea what these are, why they’re here, and how old they could be?
  15. Found a few impressions similar to this one during a hike near Davis, WV. Geology is Pennsylvanian sandstone. Could this be Calamites or am I way off? Rock in photo is ~ 5"x4" in size Thanks!
  16. ScottBlooded

    Small Devonian shard. Honestly no clue.

    Devonian, Needmore formation (so mid Devonian), West Virginia. Usually if I’m asking I can say “it’s a trilobite part, but whose?” Or at least “I feel like it has to be a bryozoan but I’m not sure” but for this piece I have literally no clue. This is both the interior and exterior mold pieces and some got torn off from one to the next when I split the shale. However, you can tell it has six raised dots in kind of a dice pattern (like the 6 side of a six sided die). The texture/shape reminds me of the way trilobite bits present out here but that very even six dot ornamentation is…bizarre. Anyhow, something like 3mm at the widest. As always thanks for your time.
  17. ScottBlooded

    Name that Devonian trilobite noggin

    Alright you know the drill (because clearly you follow all of my posts here [sarcasm]): this dude is from the Needmore formation in West Virginia which makes him Devonian, specifically emsian to eifelian. I know I’ve found more pieces of this guy before but I can’t find the photos just now, if they become necessary I’ll dig them up. He’s the rarest type of trilobite I find out here though and have yet to get a good diagnosis, even when working with a professional (something along the lines of Coronura was the closest guess I think, but that was with just a glabella to work with). This piece is by far the most I’ve ever found of one specimen but I also recognize that it’s not much to go on. 2cm long and around 1.4cm wide and the widest point. As always, thank you for your time.
  18. Hello, I am the executive director of the West Virginia Botanic Garden in Morgantown. Since my undergraduate paleobotany class I took long ago, I've had an interest in local fossils and the natural history story they tell. Of course, West Virginia is known for coal, but I've long wanted to tell a richer story of the state's underground forests at the state's flagship public garden. We do not have an indoor space for an exhibit, which makes development more difficult. It has to be designed to face the elements and secure fossil artifacts so they don't get stolen. Thanks to a small grant, I'm finally able to get moving on production of a custom panel with locked shadow boxes. I couldn't be more excited! The panel will be 6' wide by about 3' tall mounted to posts. As I said, there will be 8x8" shadow boxes made of aluminum attached to the back. An acrylic window at the front and on the top will allow light in. Each box will be lockable. All fossils will come from my personal collection. Even though a couple of the specimens are not ideal, I can easily replace them when I find better pieces. Now, here is where you all come in! As I said, I only had one undergrad course. With that and a handful of books, I know enough to seem like I know what I'm talking about. But I'm humble and am nervous about putting my draft into production where tens of thousands of visitors will see potentially incorrect information. I have sent the draft panel to public agency officials and some local university folks, but have not heard anything back. In trying to get this thing done sooner rather than later, I could really use some critical editing help!!! You won't hurt my feelings. I'm a little reluctant to just post the draft panel image up here for fear of a mountain of possibly conflicting advice, but perhaps that's the best way to do this. My education director helped with the draft since she has expertise in interpretive signage, but she can't help with the substantive content. The gray areas are where the windows will be. I have something that will represent each of the areas. My Sigillaria fossils are pretty awful and I'm not 100% certain any of them are actually of that, but I'll augment it by putting one of my good Stigmaria pieces in with it instead of over with Lepidodendron. My only trilobyte is like 1/2" big, so the animal display will probably have a nice crinoid and a really nice Lithostrotionella piece. (Note: images were purchased legally) Fire away!
  19. 01Dawn1986

    Please help to identify this...

    Hi! I am a new member of the fossil forum! And I would really appreciate it if anyone could please help me to identify this object. I spend alot of time in the woods and tend to stumble across VERY NEAT (neat to me anyway) stones and rocks. This one I found on top of a huge rock formation that sits on top of the hill that is my "back yard." The opinion of others is highly appreciated and I thank you in advance for any thoughts provided.
  20. ScottBlooded


    Hope everyone is doing well. Found this in the Needmore Formation so earlyish Devonian in age. My guess was some kind of bryozoan but looking at the texture up close I wasn’t sure. I’m not necessarily a bryozoan guy so I don’t have any frame of reference. If that is what it ends up being, does anyone know the genus/species? As always, I’m very grateful for your time.
  21. Andúril Flame of the West

    Localities in the Virginia Area

    Hello everyone, This is my first posting on TFF (although I've been lurking on the forum for a while) and I am excited to be joining a community centered around one of my main interests. I have seen that this forum houses a very kind and helpful community, and I was hoping that some may be interested in helping a - very new and inexperienced - fossil hunter. I will be in the Charlottesville area for Labor Day weekend and I am in search of any tips for finding fossils in that area or general locations where they might be. I am willing to drive up to 3 hours to other locations in Virginia or locations in West Virginia, North Carolina, or Maryland. I have heard that there are some fossils in parts of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Virginia and I would be very glad to hear where I can find fossils there and if a permit is necessary to hunt for invertebrate fossils in that location. I am most interested in hunting for fossils from the Ordovician, Devonian, and Carboniferous periods, but any fossils would be great. I greatly appreciate any tips or information!
  22. Would like help identifying what appears to be fossilized bone. Could not get accurate measurements in photos but joint piece is approx. 1.5 inches wide. Overall size is approx. 6 inches width X 4.5 inches length. Thickness is about .5 inches and flairs into a flat bottom approx. 1 inch wide. Piece was discovered by friend along Potomac River between Maryland and West Virginia, USA. Any help in identifying type of bone or possible species/type of animal would be great. Any information or guesses is appreciated.
  23. ScottBlooded

    Great grandfathers rocks

    So I’ve got a few questions all at once. Over the years I’ve inherited a number of my great grandfathers rocks (he was also into paleontology and geology) but I’m not sure what they all are. I’m guessing 1 is some sort of mineral, not a fossil. It, along with 2 and 4, were found digging the foundation of his home in south Charleston, WV. I feel like 2 might be petrified wood, but if it is I’m very curious about the side that’s black and very crystallized. 3 is from Seneca rocks in WV and I feel like must be a fossil but I really don’t know what. 4 again looks like petrified wood to me, and 5 for a complete change of geography, is from Washington state, somewhere at the beach (as vague as that is). I imagine it’s just some sort of mineral inclusion in an ocean tumbled rock, but thought I’d ask. My last question is geology related so apologies but I don’t wanna have to go make a bunch of new friends on some geology board so I had hoped one of you would be able to help me. Great grandfather hand made this board of rocks and minerals but it’s missing alabaster and lepidolite. Anyone have any idea where I might acquire single, small samples of both of these minerals so that I might complete the set? As always many thanks for taking the time.
  24. ScottBlooded


    Found in the needmore formation of WV so early to mid Devonian. Thought these were crinoids cups for the longest time but I’ve looked and have yet to see an example that matches. I’ve found them a number of times out at this site and they always present exactly like this, down to size and placement of that center “seam”. As always, thank you for your time.
  25. Found digging out in the needmore shale of WV so early to mid Devonian. It’s broken but I believe the full thing to be shaped kind of like the bendy part of a bendy straw when stretched out. So a crinkled tube that’s been squashed a bit by geological forces. Texture on it is a three dimensional crosshatch, kind of textile-like. My first guess was some kind of bryozoan, but I honestly don’t know
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