Nathan Newell

  • 1 week ago
    Nathan Newell posted a new activity comment

    This looks great! How about a trilobite like Phacops? 😁

  • 1 week, 4 days ago
    Nathan Newell posted a new activity comment

    Cool claw! I think somebody had something similar a while back and it turned out to be a crab claw. Maybe that’s what this is?

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    Nathan Newell posted a new activity comment

    Too cool! Great job!

  • 1 week, 5 days ago
    Nathan Newell posted an image in the group Virginia and West Virginia Fossil Collecting from the myFOSSIL app

    This site at Mint Spring, VA, is interesting in that it proves you can find fossils in the most incongruous of places. It’s actually in the parking lot of a hotel, which means it’s safer and more accessible than many of the road cut sites. I’ve only found graptolites here, and why only graptolites are preserved and nothing else, I have no idea. The strata are nearly vertical, forming a wall of sedimentary rock. Some of the best specimens are readily visible on the left side of the exposure, but I doubt they can be easily extracted. It’s probably more fruitful to look along the base of the wall to find loose specimens. The rock tends to break off in extremely fragile plates, so be careful. Check out my fossils to see more detailed pics of the graptolites I found here.

    Location: Mint Spring, VA.

    Coordinates: 38.07666, -79.08472.

    Age: Ordovician.

    Formation: Edinburg Formation, Lincholnshire and New Market Limestones.

    Fossil Types: Graptolites. #fossil #collection_site

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    Nathan Newell posted an image in the group Eclectic Echinodermata from the myFOSSIL app

    Here’s a close up of an interesting fossil I posted earlier this week. It’s a bed of crinoid segments, presumably from different individuals of different ages, considering the various sizes that are evident. Some of them are stacked too, with smaller segments overlapping larger ones. #fossil

  • 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    Nathan Newell posted a new activity comment

    Cool! Thanks for letting me know!

  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    Nathan Newell posted a new activity comment

    Cool! It’s probably a bit over my head, but I love reading the more technical books every now and then.

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    Nathan Newell posted a new activity comment

    Whoa, that one on the right is huge!

  • 3 weeks, 3 days ago
    Nathan Newell posted a new activity comment

    @jbauer Cool, I love collecting in the Appalachians. Stay tuned, I’ll post more locations that you might want to visit next time you’re up here. 🙂

  • 3 weeks, 3 days ago
    Nathan Newell posted an image in the group Virginia and West Virginia Fossil Collecting from the myFOSSIL app

    This is my go-to book for fossil collecting in Virginia and West Virginia: Fossil Collecting in the Mid-Atlantic States, by Jasper Burns. The majority of the sites I visit come from this book. This and Google Maps make it easy to pin-point exactly where to go to find fossils.

  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
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    @jbauer Yeah, I see lots of crinoid stems (at least, I think that’s what they are) but they’re all in pretty rough shape. They tend to look decayed and rusty.

    • @nathan-newell – that’s sad but not surprising. Echinoderms like to fall apart into many pieces. I’d really like to get back up into the Appalachians. I did some mapping in the WV area but not much collecting. I’ll *never* find peace with the Tuscarora Sandstone, that unit does some weird things!!!

      • @jbauer Cool, I love collecting in the Appalachians. Stay tuned, I’ll post more locations that you might want to visit next time you’re up here. 🙂

  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    Let’s start this group with the first location that I went fossil hunting, which is a road cut along Lost River in West Virginia. I found this site on FossilGuy.com and it can be a good place to get some cool (if headless) trilobites. The road cut has a big mound of scree with a substantial flat area that you can use for parking. Be sure to wear gloves; the scree consists of millions of sharp little shards of shale. (Fun with alliteration!) The site sometimes yields some nice trilobites and brachiopods, and the occasional horn coral, but it seems pretty picked over sometimes. I suspect that since it’s not only shown on FossilGuy but also published in a couple of books, it’s one of the more popular fossil sites in the area. 

    • Site: Lost River, WV
    • Coordinates: 39.064757, -78.660888
    • Age: early to middle Devonian
    • Formation: Marcellus Formation and Needmore Shale
    • Fossil Types: Trilobites, Brachiopods, Corals











    • Whoa, very cool!! Any echinoderm pieces from this area?

      • @jbauer Yeah, I see lots of crinoid stems (at least, I think that’s what they are) but they’re all in pretty rough shape. They tend to look decayed and rusty.

        • @nathan-newell – that’s sad but not surprising. Echinoderms like to fall apart into many pieces. I’d really like to get back up into the Appalachians. I did some mapping in the WV area but not much collecting. I’ll *never* find peace with the Tuscarora Sandstone, that unit does some weird things!!!

          • @jbauer Cool, I love collecting in the Appalachians. Stay tuned, I’ll post more locations that you might want to visit next time you’re up here. 🙂

  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
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    Nathan Newell commented on their own Fossil #046747

    A good-sized group of crinoid stem segments. See the Images tab for more detailed pictures of the rest of the fossilized rock face. The measurements refer to the largest complete individual segment.

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    Nathan Newell commented on their own Fossil #046730

    A group of crinoid stem segments. The measurements refer to the largest complete individual segment.

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    A new fossil has been added. Thank you for contributing!

  • 1 month ago
    Nathan Newell posted a new activity comment

    @samantha-ocon I didn’t think so at first, but now that you mention it, I do see some art nouveau in it. It’s mainly fantasy-style art though.

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