I’ve been busy writing elsewhere, so the posts portion of this website is starting to age. Nevertheless, I have discovered several new things over the past few months, and I wanted to share at least one. I found a large specimen of a member of the Bellerophontidae, but in theRead More →

In the past, this gastropod was known as Bellerophon (Pharkidonotus). The name in parenthesis is due to subgenera naming. In modern gastropod taxonomy, several sub and super-names are used, including unranked groups that don’t fall into a classic hierarchy. McCoy named the family Bellerophontidae in 1852 in the publication “DescriptionRead More →

Strobeus primigenius

In doing broader research on three species of Strobeus that occur within the Glenshaw Formation in Western Pennsylvania, I have discovered many excellent plates by former authors. These plates are miniature works of art, capturing details of these fossil gastropods that may not be available in photographs. The art canRead More →

An excellent specimen of Trepospira sphaerulata was recovered in late December 2021. It is a much better example of this species of Paleozoic gastropod, so I am replacing the content of this article with photos of it. New images should help future researchers search for an excellent example of thisRead More →

Timothy Conrad’s description of the Paleozoic gastropod Turbo insectus in 1835 was an open and shut case. In his historic, single sentence description, he described and figured a new species of the genus Turbo. His was the first report of North American marine fossils of the Pennsylvanian age. Unfortunately, thisRead More →

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 aRead More →

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 isRead More →

Worthenia tabulata specimen CG-0110

The gastropod Worthenia tabulata is a more popular species than some that I have written about. A quick search online reveals more pages than average compared to others. This genus of gastropod existed for 216 million years in the fossil record, surviving the Permian-Triassic extinction that many local genera diedRead More →

The genus Bellerophon is chock full of different species. This particular specimen was found in the soft punky later over top of the limestone, right after I found a specimen of Pulchratia. I often find pieces of these, however nothing with detailed ornamentation like this example. Next I will haveRead More →