Linoproductus was first described by Chao in 1927. It went extinct during the Permian / Triassic Extinction event 252 million years ago. More Reading About Linoproductus Online Taxon Page – FossilworksRead More →

Spines in Brachiopods rarely survive in the local rocks. While I believe I have found a few already separated, I rarely see one actually embedded on the shell. I found the 1mm long spine on this Brachiopod specimen I brought back this evening after freeing it from float limestone withinRead More →

Brachiopod Steinkern

Catalog Number: CG-0008 Update: This has been identified as Eomarginifera longispinus. This specimen came out with more detail than I’ve ever seen in a Brachiopod locally. I was knocking off eroded edges from a large piece of limestone when this showed up. Surprisingly, I was able to wiggle the specimenRead More →


This brachiopod is beautifully centered in what is likely a concretion circle. The specimen was found in the high-hill shale. This layer contains a shale that I call mud stone. It comes out in larger pieces than thinner shale. The rock still splits rather easily, and it contains many concretions.Read More →

Antiquatonia portlockiana

Antiquatonia portlockiana was first described by Norwood and Pratten in 1855. The genus Antiquatonia includes eight distinct species. It has a surprisingly short age range of about 20 million years. The species has yet to be found outside of the Carboniferous Period. When I first found this brachiopod, I wasn’tRead More →

Composita was a genus of brachiopod from the Late Devonian up until the Late Permian. There are a few pieces of the original shell attached to the fossilized inside. This form of fossil is also known as a Steinkern. This species is very common in the local marine zones. ThisRead More →