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Massie Shale Calymene

I have previously written about the rare trilobite Spathacalymene on this blog site. It is found in the Silurian Massie (formerly Osgood) Shale of Southeast Indiana. Yet an even rarer trilobite from that formation is Calymene. I’ll describe one of them here. In my experience, most of the trilobites found in the Massie are ventrally exposed.  But the

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The Story Behind My Favorite Find: A Maysvillian Conularia

Many fossil collectors will tell you that there’s a story behind each of their finds. They also have one or two specimens in their collection that are their favorite. I would like to share my story on my favorite fossil find. It was April 2001, the second year in a row that the Dry Dredgers

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Mississippian starfish

A couple decades ago, the historic Lowell Laudon collection appeared on the fossil market.  Lowell Laudon was a geologist who taught for 45 years at universities in Kansas and Wisconsin in the 1900s.  He also was an avid field geologist, discovering and publishing on several classic Midwest crinoid sites.  And in the process, he accumulated a mass of

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Walcott-Rust Starfish

The Walcott-Rust quarry (a creek exposure in New York) is a classic Ordovician site.  Much has been written about it and the famous Charles Doolittle Walcott who made major discoveries based on the specimens he collected there in the mid-to-late 1800s.  His work focused on the fossils that the locality has long been famous for:

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