This is the largest Solenochilus I have found to date. It was found as part of an interesting array of fossils that included Metacoceras, Petalodus and a Trilobite pygidium all in close proximity. As I was removing the Petalodus, I noticed the shell curve, but it was buried in limestone.Read More →

Petalodus ohioensis

Petalodus ohioensis tooth number 10 is a beautiful specimen. It’s well-shaped, well colored, and has a solid root. I worked the specimen with an air scribe for some time, removing the matrix from a perimeter slowly, before uncovering the tooth itself. Air scribes are useful but troublesome to work with.Read More →


Wilsome described the genus Wilkingia in 1959. Hoare named the species W. terminale in 1961. A very common bivalve, I have collected a few dozen specimens of Wilkingia over the past year. I have collected ten different specimens that were complete as far as length goes. Unfortunately, many specimens areRead More →

Petalodus tooth cutting edge

A quick accidental find tonight. I stack fossil pieces all over the place. This particular piece has been out in the weather all Winter. The tip of a Petalodus Tooth blade attached to the rock. Upon examining the specimen under the microscope, it found it to be removable. With aRead More →

Petalodus Tooth

One large piece of limestone needed broken into two or three pieces to haul back. With one crack of the 16lb sledge hammer, a chunk of limestone separated and exposed this very nice Petalodus tooth. This particular tooth specimen sets a few firsts. It’s the widest tooth I’ve found atRead More →

Petalodus Tooth in Brush Creek Limestone

Yesterday I discovered a first local Petalodus tooth that was removable from the matrix. It’s the first time I’ve been able to examine one in three dimensions easily. I was not aware of how flat one side is compared to the other. There is a root, however it became detachedRead More →