Pecopteris

Two examples of local fossil plant fauna, both specimens were found in Guffy Run. Calamites Calamites is common in the shale below the Brush Creek Limestone. Typically a wide, long and flat fossil, it’s difficult to find large specimens locally in-tact. This one was face up in the stream bedRead More →

The Brachiopod genus Composita was existent from 376 to 252 million years ago. Like a large majority of genus that I collect, the Permian-Triassic Extinction event caused them to go extinct. This specimen was collected in April of 2019 was identified early on by J. Harper, a trusted expert inRead More →

Solenochilus

This is now the smallest example of Solenochilus I’ve found locally to date. I have a large store of limestone boulders that are all collected within 1,000 feet. The boulder was surprisingly devoid of other macro fossils, such as brachiopods or clams. PhotosRead More →

Several Metacoceras Specimens

I have several specimens of Metacoceras piling up as I work on prepping them for display or storage. In prepping, I typically remove additional matrix, and I remove matrix covering details of the specimens. The white marks are a result of using an air-scribe to remove matrix. This tool strikesRead More →

The local limestone stratigraphy gives paleontologists ample opportunity to find specimens from the class Cephalopoda. These layers are all exposed as part of the Glenshaw formation, the dominant formation within Parks Township. The specimens below represent a few of the many different cephalopods genus that are available. Found Cephalopod GenusRead More →

Metacoceras

Largely complete, this specimen of Metacoceras, a Paleozoic Cephalopod, was found in a local stream. Face down in the water, the limestone surface had been eroded by moving water for a period of time. The familiar conch shape of the genus Metacoceras was immediately recognizable. I used a small sledgeRead More →

Fossil Cephalopod

This large cephalopod was found in Brush Creek Limestone locally. The body chamber is large, and is part of the demineralized layer that is a bit softer. I have spent a few bits of time working away the limestone while trying to preserve the fossilized shell layer. The shell appearsRead More →

Solenochilus

Since my last Solenochilus, it’s been a while since I’ve found something very interesting. This evening I picked up a large rock, drove the 6lb sledge into it on edge and this nice specimen popped off the limestone boulder. The shell detail is really nice, making it easy to identify.Read More →