Dry Dredgers Field Trip

April 29, 2000

North-Eastern Kentucky Site

Kope and Fairmount Formations

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Here are some photos of the fossils found that day.

A VERY NICE and large Conularia.

Many large bryozoans that look like potatos.

A beautiful Glyptocrinus Crinoid cup and stem. It is hard to see in this picture because much cleaning is needed. The cup is on the right and the stem on the left.

Of course, some Flexicalymene trilobites were found. This one is the species meeki and has more pronounced genal spines.


Here is a beautiful pair of Carneyella pilea Edrioasteroids on a Rafinesquina ponderosa Brachiopod. Yes, they looked this good when they were found.

These two Crinoid stems are of the genus Anomalocrinus and are of unusually large size. Note the incredible ornamentation found on the one stem shown in the closeup.

This rock was found to have two nicely articulated specimens of the Edrioasteroid Streptaster. The specimens are pictured below.

Here are the two Streptaster specimens found on the rock above. The shale in these the specimens may be removed with some work.

And here are the same two Edrios after Dan Cooper worked his magic cleaning them with tools. Nice job Dan!

Several large specimens of an unusual Bryozoan named Escharopora were found.

Minerals Found

Many examples of calcite crystals were found, such as this one shown inside a clam mold. One beautiful calcite crystal was found more than a couple inches square. (not pictured)

Pyrite crystals were also found in abundance. Many of them form nodules that glimmer in the sun, as shown above.

Of particular note, these Killdear eggs were found. These birds, I call "Parking Lot Sandpipers", lay their eggs amongst the fossils and are hard to see unless you are looking for fossils. They are well camouflaged, as they appear to be speckled with black graptolites and Sphenothallus.

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