The monospecific genus Pennoceras has a limited range, the Brush Creek and Pine Creek limestones in Pennsylvania and Ohio. These curious members of the Goniatitida have a maximum diameter of only 37 mm. Miller and Unklesbay named these from specimens in the Carnegie Museum. My own specimen below is from
Poterioceras curtum is a Pennsylvanian cephalopod first described by Meek & Worthen in 1860. I originally misidentified these as Ctenobactrites isogramma. This is not the first report of this species in Western Pennsylvania. A report from the Annals of the Carnegie Museum in 1947 features specimens from the Brush Creek
Finding specimens of the paleozoic cephalopod genus Domatoceras in local rocks is difficult. They exist, but the genera Metacoceras and Pseudorthoceras dominate the cephalopod fauna. They are large cephalopods with a narrow venter. The younger whorls are only slightly or not impressed into the umbilical walls. Big shells are hard
Fossilized Paleozoic Ammonoids are a rare find in the Glenshaw Formation. When recovered, these specimens can be challenging to identify. I have recovered a few ammonoids, but as far as volume goes, the nautiloids rule the available fauna. I found my first ammonoid early, but I could not identify it
The extinct cephalopod Metacoceras clinocostatum is a species commonly found in Brush Creek limestone. Compared to other examples of the genus Metacoceras, it is very small in size. I was apprehensive about identifying these. In the past, I believed they were the inner whorls of larger specimens. But, these are
This specimen of Solenochilus was an interesting find in softened Brush Creek limestone material. The limestone can often be bisected as discovered in the ground. This is likely from stress fracturing. In between the fractures, I have mostly found clay. But the margins on each boulder can be softened and
Without a doubt, the genus Metacoceras is one of the two most common cephalopod genera found locally. This particular specimen preserves inner chambers. It did split in half while I was recovering it, but to my surprise, everything remained intact. Individual septal wall/suture lines can be seen on close inspection.
In writing the most recent research article, Aviculopinna, I set up an area to photograph specimens. While having this setup available, I went ahead and re-photographed the first seven specimens in the fossil catalog. Specimen CG-0001 John Harper identified this specimen as possibly being Orthotetes, a brachiopod. The preservation is