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Ordovician Collecting Day 2- Wilder, Melbourne, Alexandria, Kentucky and Lawrenceburg, Indiana


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I tried to post this last night, but my phone was not cooperating. Yesterday was a hot day and I spent about 9 hours outside collecting and going through a lot of water. I first stop and my first location on Monday located in Wilder, Kentucky. This site is very productive and I wanted to stop back and check out another portion of it.

 

Here is a picture of the location-

 

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Here are some of my finds-

 

Cryptolithus tessellatus-

 

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Flexicalymene meeki-

 

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Flexi / Crypto and Isotelus Parts-

 

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Graptolites:  Geniculogratus typicalis

 

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Gastropods-

 

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Cephalopod-

 

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Bi-Valves

 

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Brachiopods-

 

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Bryozoan-

 

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Crinoid Hash Plates- I have always loved hash plates.

 

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Trace-

 

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Next Up will be Site 5- Melbourne, Kentucky

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I next stopped at a road cut in Melbourne, Kentucky.

 

Here are a couple shots of the area.

 

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Trilobites-

 

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Isotelus-

 

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Cephalopods-

 

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Site 5 Continued -

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Trace-

 

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I did not take any pictures of the brachiopods that I collected here, but by far the most common fossil found is Bryozoan, that was the case at all locations visited, with the exception of St. Leon-m I will post that info in a separate Post for today.

 

Next I stopped at another site in Alexandria, Kentucky- here are some pics of the area.

 

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Here are some of my finds- as usual, I do not take every fossil that I take pictures of. I was really upset when I was leaving this site because I left my favorite 1 cm photo cube, besides being my favorite, it was my only 1 cm one. I do have a 1 inch cube, but that is a little too big for most of my pictures.

 

Trilo- Bit

 

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Brachiopods-

 

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Bryozoan-

 

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Cephalopods-

 

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Trace-

 

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Next I went to Site 7 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. 

 

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Here are some of my finds-

 

Trilo-Bits of Flexi and Isotelus-

 

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Site 6 Continued-

 

 

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Brachiopods-

 

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Bryozoan-

 

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Cephalopod-

 

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Trace-

 

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What do you feel created the trace fossils?

Huge variety of stuff you are finding Ralph. :thumbsu:

This plate looks just like what much of my cousins back forty ( actually 500 ) looked like.

 

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36 minutes ago, caldigger said:

What do you feel created the trace fossils?

Huge variety of stuff you are finding Ralph. :thumbsu:

This plate looks just like what much of my cousins back forty ( actually 500 ) looked like.

 

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Doren, these are individual crinoid disks from a couple different species, there are also a couple Trilo-Bits there.

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Wow, Ralph - what productive sites!!!  I am amazed at all of the graptolites congregated together on some of the rocks in Wilder, Kentucky - WOW!!! :default_faint:  But I think my favourites fossil in this thread is the gastropod hash plate - very nice! :wub:

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Thanks for all of your reports from this epic Ordovician road trip! The teeny trilobites and the cephalopods are great, but I agree with @Monica, the gastropod hash plate is my favorite too- it's so distinctive and different from the rest of your finds. 

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2 hours ago, Monica said:

Wow, Ralph - what productive sites!!!  I am amazed at all of the graptolites congregated together on some of the rocks in Wilder, Kentucky - WOW!!! :default_faint:  But I think my favourites fossil in this thread is the gastropod hash plate - very nice! :wub:

Thanks Monica- the funny story with the graptolites is that after I found the piece the day before, I was not positive on its id, so rather than carrying it to the car I left it on the guardrail. When I got back to the hotel, I did some checking and determined they were graptolites and posted the picture and I was going to go back in the morning to recover it. So in the morning I drove the short distance to the site and after parking I walked and found a rock on the guardrail, but after looking at the rock I did not see any graptolites. I was thinking that someone switched rocks on me, being from Chicago I can see that happening- lol, but I really think that leaving it exposed to the sun might have done something to them. As luck would have it I found this block which was way to big to take, but I was able to get some nice pieces off of it.

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Cool site thanks for the photos its a beautiful area with lots of variety.   

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1 hour ago, Troodon said:

Cool site thanks for the photos its a beautiful area with lots of variety.   

Thanks Frank- it does have variety and quantity.

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You are having waaaaaayyyyyy too much fun and finding waaaaaaayyyyyyy too many fossils. And that's the waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy I like it, uh-huh, uh-huh. Keep the trip posts and photos coming -- I got lots more popcorn left. :default_clap2:

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Nice varieties at those sites. Thanks for sharing!

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Ralph, I admire your productivity.  Love the graptolites, mollusks, and ichnofossil.

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1 hour ago, Peat Burns said:

Ralph, I admire your productivity.  Love the graptolites, mollusks, and ichnofossil.

Thanks Tony

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Those sites look even richer than St. Leon!  Thanks for posting!

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

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7 minutes ago, stats said:

Those sites look even richer than St. Leon!  Thanks for posting!

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

That first site in Wilder is crazy, I could have stayed all day there, but I wanted to hit a couple other road cuts- there are so many and so close.

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Looks like You been having a whole lot of fun and fine finds.

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On ‎7‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 9:30 AM, Nimravis said:

I was thinking that someone switched rocks on me, being from Chicago I can see that happening- lol, but I really think that leaving it exposed to the sun might have done something to them. As luck would have it I found this block which was way to big to take, but I was able to get some nice pieces off of it.

 

I am not surprised your graptolites faded. When I first expose them, the black color beautifully contrasts the light rock. They look great. But I take the samples home and let the rock dry out, I can hardly see them. Application of a consolidate (dilute) brings back the lovely contrast. So I wish you had harvested that rock. Which guardrail is it sitting on. Maybe I will take a road trip. LOL. Great trip report!!

 

Mike

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11 minutes ago, minnbuckeye said:

Maybe I will take a road trip. LOL.

Lol Mike- I threw it back onto the hill, so it is waiting for you.

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WOW! ! ! ! :drool:

I dream of visiting these sites. 

Love the brachiopods, of course, and all the hash plates and cephalopods, but I adore those graptolites. 

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3 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

WOW! ! ! ! :drool:

I dream of visiting these sites. 

Love the brachiopods, of course, and all the hash plates and cephalopods, but I adore those graptolites. 

These are great sites Adam.

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4 minutes ago, nala said:

Stunning hash plates! :drool:Thanks for sharing!!

Thanks, there are so many to choose from.

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