Thursday, January 23, 2020

Neuropteris Plant Fossil from Kentucky


This fossil appears to be a Neuropteris plant fossil. It was found in Perry County Kentucky, USA. The fossil dates to the Pennsylvanian Period. Scale is in centimeters.

Thanks to Kenny for the image.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Unidentified Carboniferous Period Plant Fossil


Picture shown is of an unidentified plant fossil. It was found in Perry County Kentucky, USA. The fossil dates to the Pennsylvanian Period. Scale shown is cm increments.

Thanks to Kenny for the image.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Bowmanites-a-sphenopsid Fossil


This fossil appears to be a Bowmanites-a-sphenopsid plant fossil. It was found in Perry County Kentucky, USA. The fossil dates to the Pennsylvanian Period.

Thanks to Kenny for the image.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Asterophyllites Plant Fossil


This fossil appears to be an Asterophyllites sp. plant fossil. It was found in Hazard County Kentucky, USA. The fossil dates to the Pennsylvanian Period.

Thanks to Kenny for the image.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Really Nice Spiny Snail Fossil


The other day I was sent a picture of a spiny fossil. It is a Platyceras dumosum gastropod fossil. The fossil was found in Devonian Period's Jeffersonville Limestone.

Thanks to Rusty for sending me this picture.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Inspired Fossil Hunt for the New Year


On the first day of the year 2020, I decided to go look for fossils in a nearby outcrop of Ordovician Period rock. My inspiration for this trip came after reading the year end post at the blog Fossils and Other Living Things. Such a well researched post about Flexicalymene meeki named by August Frederic Foreste (1862-1936) who he named the species after Fielding Bradford Meek (1817-1876).

I encourage you to visit the website and read this lengthy entry. It was fascinated to learn about the person who the trilobite is named after and somewhat sad that his only family was a cat and he lived in a tiny room under some stairs at the Smithsonian from 1858 till he died in 1876. In addition, it was interesting to learn more about Foreste who I assume the Ordovician coral genus Foerstephyllum is named after. I find a lot of this coral on the eastern side of Louisville.

After reading the blog post, I decided to try and find a piece of one of these trilobites. It was a pleasant collecting trip as I like to look for fossils in the winter months free of snakes, insects and poison ivy.

The weather in the Louisville area was sunny on January 1st with a high of 50°F (10°C). I photographed the fossil shown above in Bullitt County, Kentucky USA. It appears to be a pygidium of Flexicalymene meeki? trilobite. The fossil was about a 1 cm wide which I left where I found it. The place I visited mostly has Platystropia brachiopod fossils though I found number pelocypod molds, segments of straight cepholopod fossils, a few whirled gastropods and broken bryozoans. Trilobites are very rare to find at this locality though I did find my first mostly intact trilobite there on my initial visit just over 10 years ago. I also found the largest scolecodont fossil to date at the same locale.

Again check out: http://fossilsandotherlivingthings.blogspot.com/2019/12/assume-enrolled-position.html