If there is a common theme for discovery posts here, it is for the genera Metacoceras and Petalodus. In the past, I’ve numbered each specimen using roman numerals. As I’ve gained specimens, I may continue the sub numbering but will make fewer individual posts about particular specimens. Two new specimens
The Paleozoic gastropod (snail) Shansiella carbonaria (Yin 1932) is a common find in the Pine Creek limestone locality I search in Armstrong County. Specimens are easy to come by, and each is unique and visually pleasing to examine. Norwood & Pratten first described this medium-sized snail more than 160 years
This tiny late Paleozoic gastropod is most likely identified as Strobeus brevis. Measuring somewhere between four and five millimeters, this snail would be difficult to spot if you were not looking for it. This makes identifying it slightly more difficult, with small morphology to compare. Its spire does have a
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 continuing new specimen photography, I have completed the photography for all Wilkingia terminale in the catalog. I have described some specimens in the text below. CG-0012, Wilkingia terminale The specimen is nearly 7 cm in length, from posterior to anterior, and 2 cm between margins. Growth lines are visible
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
Yet again, I need to reverse the identification of the specimens below. I will be altering the article, but the specimen referenced found in the Brush Creek limestone is not E. longispinus, but Kozlowskia splendens. L. longispinus is found in the late Mississippian of European and U.K. rocks. Eomarginifera longispinus
Kozlowskia splendens is a species of brachiopod described in the Brachiopods of Ohio book. The species is reported from the Brush Creek limestone. I originally wrote this post about specimen CG-0008, but it turned out to be Eomarginifera longispinus. The difference? The so-called ears of the shell. This is the