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Today I spent a wonderful day fossilhunting with my 3 boys. The weather was really nice until about 2:30 when the clouds started to roll in and along with it, the rain. That's ok though as we spent about 3 1/2 hours fossilhunting the Devonian of New York. We started off at Cole Hill around 11 am. When we arrived I saw that they had bulldozed an area around one side of the roadcut and played down a drainage pipe. This bulldozing removed some of the talus pile while exposing large slabs that had been buried for years. I spent some time looking through the slabs. While there were some interesting pieces I only grabbed a few Dipleura pygidiums because they were in nice condition. I definately over dressed for the day as it was windy when we left the house so I wore extra layers that I didnt need. I started getting warm fast. We spent about an hour and a half there and I decided to drive over to DSR and see how things were over there. It takes about a half hour to get there from Cole Hill. When we arrived we saw a vehicle and 2 people. As I gathered my tools I yelled over " Hello" and asked how they were doing. As I approached I realized that the young lady was @rachelgardner01 and she was with her husband. So we chatted for awhile. Those 2 had opened up a pretty good area but she said that she wasnt finding much. I started looking around after awhile and picked up some brachiopods and bivalves. I was surprised that my boys were all looking together for a while and they seemed to actually be enjoying themselves. After about an hour Rachel and her husband left and then we left a half hour later. While there were no spectacular finds an had a great time with my kids and found enough goodies to keep me satisfied. Heck, I was happy just being able to get outside 2 days in a row. I will post pics shortly, I have to resize some of them first.

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Here are pics of my 2 oldest boys at Cole Hill.

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This area of the roadcut was the main focus of my attention.

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A Bembexia Gastropod.

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Unknown Brachiopod and 2 Dipluera pygidiums from Cole Hill.

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Unknown bivalves- Cole Hill

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My oldest son, David, found  these and gave them to me as an early Birthday gift. They appear to be mostly Mucrospirifers and Mediospirifers with maybe some Spinocyrtia and some other odds and ends?

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1st- Mesoleptostrophia junia?

2nd- Modiomorpha subalata?

Deep Springs Road

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Criniod stem-DSR

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Mostly Rhipidomelle sp.

and 1 Grammysioidea arcuata

DSR

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18 minutes ago, Darktooth said:

Unknown Brachiopod .

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Interesting. 

Spinulicosta would be my opening gambit. 

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Just now, Tidgy's Dad said:

Interesting. 

Spinulicosta would be my opening gambit. 

Thanks for the input Adam. The past few times I went to Cole Hill I worked a layer farther down than I normally do and these were quite abundant.

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Cypricardella bellistrata:                                                                              Modiomorpha concentrica

Bivalve

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Great finds, Dave! :) 

 

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4 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

Cypricardella bellistrata:                                                                              

Bivalve

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Great finds, Dave! :) 

Thank-you Tim! I am hoping the gang will be allowed to come out and play, sometime soon!

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Some super finds, Cap'n Dave. 

And the Spinulicosta and Mesoleptostrophia are to die for, even if that's not what they are! :wub:

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The specimens you did find are very nice quality.  Good show my man!

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1 hour ago, Darktooth said:

Criniod stem-DSR

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Well done ! Those crinoids stems are so frustrating.. Where is the calix ? Where on earth is the calix ? 

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22 minutes ago, taj said:

Well done ! Those crinoids stems are so frustrating.. Where is the calix ? Where on earth is the calix ? 

Haha, that is a very good question! I have never found a calyx!

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35 minutes ago, caldigger said:

The specimens you did find are very nice quality.  Good show my man!

Thanks Doren!

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1 hour ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Interesting. 

Spinulicosta would be my opening gambit. 

I agree. Spinulicosta. Cole Hill produces a lot of them. They are not found at DSR however. 

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27 minutes ago, taj said:

Well done ! Those crinoids stems are so frustrating.. Where is the calix ? Where on earth is the calix ? 

A friend of mine showed me a 3D calyx he said he found at DSR. On a trip with other TFF members one found a small partial crinoid that included part of the stem, calyx, arms.  So, they're there, but obviously quite rare. 

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Congrats Dave. Nice finds and glad you were able with your boys to take advantage. Haven't been to Cole Hill in almost two years. I'm guessing a return may be in order once this pandemic is over. 

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Looks like a good time was had by all. Glad you got to get out and about with the kids Dave! 

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21 minutes ago, Jeffrey P said:

Congrats Dave. Nice finds and glad you were able with your boys to take advantage. Haven't been to Cole Hill in almost two years. I'm guessing a return may be in order once this pandemic is over. 

Thanks Jeff! I'll be waiting for you!;)

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6 minutes ago, FossilNerd said:

Looks like a good time was had by all. Glad you got to get out and about with the kids Dave! 

Thanks, hanging with my boys made my day.

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