Fort Wright


Late Ordovician






Specimen is uncompressed and free of matrix
  • Jack Kallmeyer posted a new specimen. 8 years, 8 months ago

    8 years, 8 months ago
    8 years, 8 months ago

    Jack Kallmeyer has contributed specimen mFeM 49470 to myFOSSIL!

    • Hi, @jkallmeyer, would you be able to add a scale bar to this image? The classification I found on iDigBio is as follows: Phylum Hemichordata, Class Graptolithina (I think it’s a subclass now but it’s okay), Order Graptoloidea, Family Diplograptidae.

      Where did you find…[Read more]

      • Jen,

        I apparently deleted the image that has no scale but am unable to figure out how to add the new one with a scale. As you know the upload image tab does nothing and I can’t remember how to get the photo on the page. I tried copy and paste and drag and drop but nothing works. The taxonomy, at least the genus name, came from Rich Fuchs our…[Read more]

        • Hm, that’s weird that the drag and drop didn’t work. What web browser are you using? Definitely email it to me and I can try for you. I think the generic assignment is correct, was just trying to confirm the higher order classification.

          • Jen, I am using Chrome. This is the same set-up I used to upload that clam photo right before NAPC. You may recall that the drag and drop did not work for me then either but I was able to copy/paste it. That’s not working for me now. I sent the photo to you via email yesterday so let me know if you didn’t get it.

            • Hm. Okay, please send a feedback snapshot to Max with a description of what is happening because that is unusual. I did not receive the photo from you. Could you try sending it to my gmail? [email protected] my UFL account has been having some trouble.

            • @jbauer Well in trying to figure out how to message Max I tried again. It appears there is a sweet spot of where the mouse has to be to make this work. You can’t just click anywhere and to me this is not clear. I tried a new entry and the box says “drag and drop here” so that is clear. On my existing page the box said “upload image” and the…[Read more]


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