Catalog Number: CG-0100

This specimen was found today (Late August, 2020) after splitting a piece of float limestone half buried in mud at creek level upstream in Guffy Run. The rock was three inches thick and had a long rectangular shape. A heavy blow to the center of the rock revealed roughly a third of the Solenochilus specimen, as it’s steinkern separated from the shell.

The plan is to prep this further. Hopefully I will have more to write about it at that time.

Mid-prep photos

I’ve put a couple hours into this. The shell is chipping away slowly. At times I get larger areas of shell, but it’s very dry and brittle and eventually shatters. The steinkern will likely be very good looking, so I’m aiming to expose that fully. I am using a combination of the CP-9361 air scribe and a grinder with a concrete wheel to remove matrix.

Near final prep photos

After lots of work, this is where I landed a few days later. The back still needs worked on. There is still shell material that can be worked on and more of the body chamber can be exposed. I’m not sure about the underside of the specimen, I may give it a shot. These seem to end up on the sea floor and get ground down, perhaps with water motion. You can tell that the shell itself is tilted perhaps 10 degrees off center compared to the layers within the limestone.

Solenochilus Specimens collected locally

IDPostUnique Feature
CG-0019SolenochilusFirst Found
CG-0025Solenochilus, probablyLargest Found
CG-0043Solenochilus II, with bite marksShark Bite Marks
CG-0046Solenochilus III, with lateral spinePreserved Lateral Spine
CG-0056Solenochilus IVLarge with several other specimens
CG-0066Solenochilus VClear inner whorl preservation
CG-0081Small SolenochilusSmallest Found