Here are some stacked views taken through a microscope of a crinoid column with two side stems. Crinoid columns are very common in the local limestone, however ones with side branches are more rare. These are some close ups and microscopic views of the surfaces. Other Crinoid Posts Crinoid StemRead More →

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 →


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 →

It’s been a little while since a new Petalodus ohioensis tooth has been found locally. As luck would have it, a new one showed up. This will be a short post, as the tooth is currently missing it’s cusp. While breaking apart the rock, I happened to split this oneRead 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 →

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 →