This is a nicer than usual specimen of Metacoceras I wanted to share today. The matrix that preserves the shell is softer and was exposed at the end of the boulder. I may clean it up further, however being fragile I may not be able to get much closer withoutRead More →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →