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    Thank you, @jbauer! As Jen said, I am a high school-aged geologist-in-training with a great interest in sedimentology and paleontology, which I have studied to graduate-level readings. While most of the time I am studying Quaternary geology, my ‘specialties’ in paleontology would be ichnology, diapsids, and cephalopods, although I investigate oth…[Read more]

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    Thanks to MacKenzie Smith (@mackenzie-smith) and his advisor Dr. Stephen Manchester for assistance with identification!

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    Isaac E. Pope has contributed specimen mFeM 58527 to myFOSSIL!

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    Hello @jbauer, thank you for your comment! I was just about to ask you about this specimen’s identity. Actually, I found this in a fairground parking lot and off the top of my head I thought it resembled some Oligocene brachiopods here in Washington State, but after looking more into it I doubt that it is local. I will update it and if you have…[Read more]

    • Let me tag in @mackenzie-smith who is more familiar with PNW fossils to chime in on the potential origin. I’ve collected similar looking fossils from the Ordovician – but certainly they extend beyond that time period. Oligocene just seems a bit too far – but I’m not super familiar with brachiopods outside of the Paleozoic.

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    Thank you for pointing this out, @jbauer! I have updated the specimen as you requested.

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    Hello @jbauer, thank you for the clarification! It is unfortunate that such an interesting field lacks a comprehensive yet simple specimen classification yet, although perhaps that complexity is what makes it so interesting!

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    Isaac E. Pope has contributed specimen mFeM 58455 to myFOSSIL!

    • Hi, @i-edwards – are you sure this was found in Oligocene rocks? It looks very similar to other brachiopods I have found that went extinct in the Permian, namely Lepidocyclus and Hiscobeccus. PBDB is suggesting maybe there are some Oligocene occurrences: http://fossilworks.org/bridge.pl?a=taxonInfo&taxon_no=86574 but it jumps from the Devonian to…[Read more]

      • Hello @jbauer, thank you for your comment! I was just about to ask you about this specimen’s identity. Actually, I found this in a fairground parking lot and off the top of my head I thought it resembled some Oligocene brachiopods here in Washington State, but after looking more into it I doubt that it is local. I will update it and if you have…[Read more]

        • Let me tag in @mackenzie-smith who is more familiar with PNW fossils to chime in on the potential origin. I’ve collected similar looking fossils from the Ordovician – but certainly they extend beyond that time period. Oligocene just seems a bit too far – but I’m not super familiar with brachiopods outside of the Paleozoic.

      • @jbauer and @i-edwards Get ready for a long answer! WA has rocks from almost every period in the Phanerozoic. The PBDB also has a lot of omissions from PNW fossils since many of the original collections were USGS, have been lost or were never cataloged into PBDB. So it would not surprise me if this was an Oligocene occurrence that is not it PBDB.…[Read more]

        • Yay! I love long answers! Thanks, @mackenzie-smith. I figured there was a lot of information ‘missing’ from all the online databases in terms of specimens & lithologic information.

          From what I remember the strong ribbing decreases through time – which was the first big trigger for me that maybe something was a bit off. I can try to track down an…[Read more]

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    Thank you, @sadie-mills and @jbauer for your comments! Unfortunately, classifying ichnossils simply can be so difficult because of the different system it uses! It emphasizes ethology over bauplan because rarely do we exactly know what the producer is (one of the founding principles of ichnology). I think that Kingdon Animalia > Phylum…[Read more]

    • Hi, @i-edwards – I have taken a few ichnology courses and appreciate your sentiment but the issue is with the underlying structure of the data – which is a global standard. We can add fields as we like but I’m not sure a separate standard exists for ichnotaxa. I can chat with some colleagues about it at GSA.

      We *do* have a Field Notes section…[Read more]

      • Hello @jbauer, thank you for the clarification! It is unfortunate that such an interesting field lacks a comprehensive yet simple specimen classification yet, although perhaps that complexity is what makes it so interesting!

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    Isaac E. Pope has contributed specimen mFeM 58448 to myFOSSIL!

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    @mackenzie-smith, here are some photographs from differing angles. A thin veneer of the original white matrix remains cemented on the specimen; the final image is a cross section across the radius.Thank you for your help!









    • Hi @i-edwards! My advisor and I were talking about your fossil. Because there appears to be one type of cell we think it’s conifer wood. Conifers just have tracheids cells but the vast majority of flowering plants have tracheids and vessels which are round and larger. Sadly, conifer is the best we could do. We also think that it’s possible that if…[Read more]

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    I agree, the more we learn of graptolites, the more marvelous they become! I look forward to seeing your own identification of the specimens; I am still just learning but I am attempting to become more active on here to help grow my general paleontological knowledge

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    Thank you for your help, @mackenzie-smith! I will certainly post pictures from alternative positions.

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    Glendive, Montana, has so much petrified wood that they use it as yard decoration!



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