The Brachiopod genus Composita was existent from 376 to 252 million years ago. Like a large majority of genus that I collect, the Permian-Triassic Extinction event caused them to go extinct. This specimen was collected in April of 2019 was identified early on by J. Harper, a trusted expert inRead More →

Solenochilus

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 →

Solenochilus

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 →

Petalodus ohioensis

This specimen is lower crowned than recent ones collected. It is also heavily covered in a white substance that may be mineral aragonite or something else. This being my 11th tooth specimen, I may start reporting on these in groups. The bottom right of the below photo has a pieceRead More →

Petalodus tooth cutting edge

A quick accidental find tonight. I stack fossil pieces all over the place. This particular piece has been out in the weather all Winter. The tip of a Petalodus Tooth blade attached to the rock. Upon examining the specimen under the microscope, it found it to be removable. With aRead More →

Petalodus Tooth

One large piece of limestone needed broken into two or three pieces to haul back. With one crack of the 16lb sledge hammer, a chunk of limestone separated and exposed this very nice Petalodus tooth. This particular tooth specimen sets a few firsts. It’s the widest tooth I’ve found atRead More →

Petalodus Tooth in Brush Creek Limestone

Yesterday I discovered first Petalodus tooth that was removable from the matrix. It’s the first time I’ve been able to examine one in three dimensions easily. I was not aware of how flat one side is compared to the other. There is a root, however it became detached when theRead More →