• Jennifer Bauer and Profile picture of Jeff NolderJeff Nolder are now friends 1 year, 6 months ago

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    Hi, Jen – I donated this specimen to the Virginia Museum of Natural History last year, so I can’t get another pic of it. IIRC the top of the cups were heavily oxidized, but my contact at VMNH is a myFossil member, Alex Hastings – he may be able to help.  It’s a pretty specimen, fer sure.

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  • Jeff Nolder replied to the topic Ordovician, southwestern Wisconsin, in the forum What Is It? 2 years, 9 months ago

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    Hi again, Julie -I think the pygidium is Flexicalymene meeki.  The cephalon could be, as well, but there  isn’t enough exposed for me to be sure.  I’m glad you liked SW WI; hard to get good exposures here in the drifted area of SE WI.

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    Thank you, Julie.  On the other hand, her twin brother bought me a lawnmower…

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    She’s always had artistic talent but she chose teaching high school English/literature instead.  Now all she has to do is find an appropriate position.

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    As an undergrad I took a paleo course from Steve Stanley. He was very much into structure-function, and our first assignment was drawing a live clam’s descent into sediment. He had informal debates with Bob Bakker that were legendary. Of course, Bakker loved debates, and would hold hallway discussions with anyone.
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    This isn’t a field photo, but my younger daughter figured fossil 022464 for me as a Fathers’ Day present.  To me it is beautiful….

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    Hi, Eleanor – Must be a backdoor glitch, but it’s timely.  I plan to show off a beautiful figure my younger daughter drew (Fathers’ Day present) of the Domatoceras specimen.  What better venue, right?  As soon as the conditions are good I’ll take a picture and pass it on.

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    • Indeed, you are correct! Before @rleder returned to Germany, he often espoused the need for artistic skills as a paleontologist. (Especially for the all-important field notes!)

      • As an undergrad I took a paleo course from Steve Stanley. He was very much into structure-function, and our first assignment was drawing a live clam’s descent into sediment. He had informal debates with Bob Bakker that were legendary. Of course, Bakker loved debates, and would hold hallway discussions with anyone.
        Geez, reminiscing is…[Read more]

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    Hi, Sally – not familiar with this provenance, but it’s very likely a piece of coral. Most coral broken from its framework is bumpy, irregular and sharp; it gets smoothed out by movement along the bottom by currents.

  • Jeff Nolder commented on Wayne Davey‘s Fossil #023120 2 years, 10 months ago

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    Hi, Wayne – I checked “Fossils of Ohio” (OGS Bulletin 70, 1996) and saw nothing similar. I’m surprised they’re not in Kraft. Of course, I’m mostly into Pennsylvanian inverts.

  • Jeff Nolder replied to the topic On the Rocks in the forum Paleontology Field Stories 2 years, 10 months ago

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    Early spring is a really sweet time to wander through the western Virginia countryside.  A friend and coworker had invited me on a field trip run by the geoscience department of George Washington University as an “experienced field hand” (I was a marine geophysicist but didn’t see any ships around).  We were to depart at 7 AM; we finally left DC a…[Read more]

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    Howdy, Eleanor.  I’d be happy to moderate a forum that will likely require little moderation but generate lots of hoots.  I have a few stories that may be of some interest.  Right now I’m waiting to see if @alexander-hastings got the Archie specimen; it was supposed to arrive in Martinsville today.  Story tonight…

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    I suggest a topic involving our favorite (or least favorite) experiences in the field.  This may be more appropriate to the “photos” forum, but I have some great tales to tell, as I suspect many other fossilphiles do.  Whaddya think, Eleanor?

  • Jeff Nolder posted a new activity comment 2 years, 11 months ago

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    I got tired of the neat stuff sitting in my basement. Some of it is going to Carnegie, but this one os from VA, and @nathan-newell told me about VMNH. I contacted them and Alex was interested. Lotsa Archies in the Virginia Cambrian, but they’re not often this well-preserved. I’d like this stuff to be available.

    • Thanks again, Jeff, we’ll be glad to have it! As you say, it’s a really nice example, and unlike a lot of donations you have a pretty good idea where it came from, so it will definitely be useful. Slight correction, I’m the Curator for Paleontology here at the VMNH, not the director, but thanks for the “promotion”!

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    To all you Gators ot there – I’ll be sending an Archaeocyathid specimen (pictured in the fossil list) to the Virginia Museum of Natural History.  Alex Hastings, director of VMNH, is a Gator, too.  If email is any indication, he’s a good guy.

    • Go Gators! @alexander-hastings, looks like you’re getting a nice specimen for the museum! @jeff-nolder what interested you in sending it off to the museum?

      • I got tired of the neat stuff sitting in my basement. Some of it is going to Carnegie, but this one os from VA, and @nathan-newell told me about VMNH. I contacted them and Alex was interested. Lotsa Archies in the Virginia Cambrian, but they’re not often this well-preserved. I’d like this stuff to be available.

        • Thanks again, Jeff, we’ll be glad to have it! As you say, it’s a really nice example, and unlike a lot of donations you have a pretty good idea where it came from, so it will definitely be useful. Slight correction, I’m the Curator for Paleontology here at the VMNH, not the director, but thanks for the “promotion”!

  • Jeff Nolder posted a new specimen. 2 years, 11 months ago

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    Jeff Nolder has contributed specimen mFeM 52297 to myFOSSIL!

    • I’ll tag in our plant-y expert to see if he has any ideas on narrowing in the classification @mackenzie-smith

    • @jbauer Wood is good. It’d be hard to get any further in classification without doing sections or peels. Especially in the Carboniferous where we have club mosses, horsetails, seed ferns and conifers all producing wood. From the Jurassic forward you can at least say they are all seed plants but wood was in a bunch of different groups in the Late Paleozoic.

  • Jeff Nolder commented on their own Fossil #022772 2 years, 11 months ago

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    These are pretty pieces of “petrified” (permineralized) wood. The smaller piece is mineralized with siderite, the larger appears to have more silica.

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