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    Posted 5 years ago

    SpiritBear
    (813 items)

    I was kicking rocks along an old railroad (one side has obviously not been used in years as it's mainly under sand, the center is obviously never used as it's a bunch of rust, and the one nearest the factory is still used as it's silvery with white streaks) one day as my mom was visiting friends, and I found this among the rocks.

    I used to imagine that it was the spine to some small dinosaur-lizard, but as a budding paleontologist I could tell you it was obviously from the sea-- mudstone, perhaps (for 14 years, I wanted to be a paleontologist, so I know a bit about fossils.)
    Even though I was only like 7, I was pretty sure the stones came from a non-local quarry as this type of rock is not native to my area of Michigan, although we were once a sea.
    All I knew was, "It's a fish." And that's how it remained for years till one day a woman who is a part-time paleontologist (teacher) got to see it and pointed out that there's actually the very poor remains of a trilobite in it as well.

    Still, I know pretty much nothing on it and have forgotten when she estimated it all to be from (been a few years.)

    Anyone able to identify anything else in it? I'm mostly familiar with shells and corals, as that's what Michigan has.

    Currently it resides as decoration in my lizard's cage.

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    Comments

    1. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Cool! I want to know what this is, too!
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      You find some of the most interesting stuff while simply taking a walk!
    3. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      I lived in Negaunee and spent alot of time tripping over iron....
    4. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Interesting
    5. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      i think it's some kind of crinoid. crinoids and trilobites are amongst the oldest organisms known, so this is a very, very, very old fossil!
    6. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Celiene, thank you.

      Efesgirl, you bet.
      LOL. Still have iron over there?

      Martika, thanks. :)

      Ho2cultcha, I don't think it's a Crinoid. I have dozens of those.
    7. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      SpiritBear - I'm in the Netherlands now. I only lived in Michigan for about 6 months - 9/1995 to 5/1996. I moved to the Netherlands in 1990, then took a 6 month break and went to Michigan. In winter. LOL! Icicles from the roof to the ground.
    8. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Nice.
      The icicles are no longer so bad in my part. I recall walls of ice from roof to ground. Currently there's hardly snow on the ground (like 3 inches.)
    9. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      stumped!
    10. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Fun, huh? :P
    11. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Here I was thinking it is the skeletal remains of an alien from Gamma Quadrant who slipped through the stratosphere but died on impact.
    12. mrcolorz mrcolorz, 5 years ago
      Spirit Bear...Can you read native symbolism?
    13. Gillian, 5 years ago
      Everyone leaves the room when I ask "would anyone like to see my fossils." When I was younger (in England) I would sit for hours on my parents wide and long gravel driveway, turning pieces over and over to see if anything was there. I never thought to photo them for here.
      I have two complete fossilized sea urchins and too many sea lilies. See - everyone is bored all ready.
      Great stuff Spirit.
    14. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Gillian, I think fossils are very fascinating. Why you don't post them here? Many of us are interested in them. You never know you might have a fossil of a not recognised creature .
    15. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Mr. Colorz, I can do some with Native (Algonquin) Sign Language and know a little of the language, but that's it. I've not studied or used any in years.
      I'm only fluent in English and Spanish.

      Gillian, you really should post them here. I'd love to see them. :)
      At recess in Elementary School, the teachers always told me I couldn't play with the big kids-- that I had to play with people in my grade. I refused and ended up just sitting under the equipment, spending the time to go through rocks. I found a very nice fosilised clam that way. Sadly, it is lost now.

      Martika has a good idea and good tastes in rocks.
      Albeit if it's a carbon impression, it's not technically rock per se, but the physical remains of the organism on a rock. My dragonfly fossil is as such.

    16. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      trilobites can be excellent resources for dating rock. try to figure out what kind of trilobite it is and that should really narrow down what else was out there during that period.
    17. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Thank you. :)

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