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KompsFossilsNMinerals

Hi everyone, recently I took a trip out to upstate New York in search for eurypterid and trilobite fossils. The first spot I took a look at was in Herkimer, where lots of Eurypterids and Stromatolites can be found. Whilst there, I made my best fossil find to date. A partial Eurypterid! 

 

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After this spectacular find, I made my way up to Utica to check out a spot that I had found multiple Triarthrus beckii heads and pieces, along with a ton of marcasite-diseased cephalopods. Unfortunately when I reached the spot it was completely flooded with water. Oh well... 

 

After this, I headed to another spot I Herkimer that a friend of mine recommended that I check out. One area near this spot is completely covered in posted signs, however I managed to find a spot that had no signs. Once there, I was finding T. beckii heads and bodies all over the place! 

 

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The first T. beckii I found at this spot ^

 

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2 very nice T. beckii body segments

 

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Lots of graptolites at this spot!

 

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Another T. beckii head

 

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A huge multi plate of T. beckii heads and bodies

 

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A partial T. beckii body20210501_183812.thumb.jpg.d682416a8f440a7b3fd4487a5c661b61.jpg

A possibly enrolled T. beckii? Not sure if it really is enrolled.

 

This spot is insanely good, but unfortunately I didn't find any completes. After spending a couple hours in that area, I headed back to Herkimer to check out the eurypterid spot again. The best find I made from the second stop there was this plate with multiple attached segments, along with some stromatolites.

 

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3 eurypterid segments

 

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Multiple stromatolites

 

That concludes my post for this trip, hopefully I can head back out there soon!

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Ludwigia

Nice to see that you had a successful hunt.

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2 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

Nice to see that you had a successful hunt.

Thanks! 

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Fossildude19

Good report and nice finds! 

Thanks for posting it.  :)

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FossilNerd

Awesome finds and great report. Thanks for sharing! :thumbsu:

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Myrmica

Nice.  A eurypterid is on my 'carry it home in a' bucket list.

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3 hours ago, Myrmica said:

Nice.  A eurypterid is on my 'carry it home in a' bucket list.

That eurypterid piece got a first class seat hidden in the cars console, just incase something happened :Wink1:

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Sjfriend

Great trip. Love any spot that has trilobites!

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FossilJen

My neck of the woods! I’ve never seen T. beckii before. Those are cool.

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Jeffrey P

Nice going with the old arthropods. Thanks for sharing your successes. That double Triarthrus mold piece (thoraxes and pygidiums) is especially cool!

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15 hours ago, Jeffrey P said:

Nice going with the old arthropods. Thanks for sharing your successes. That double Triarthrus mold piece (thoraxes and pygidiums) is especially cool!

I forgot to include a photo of the triple molt piece I found, here it is!

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