Today has been all about sorting through the finds, snapping a few pictures, and some very light prep. Mostly, it's more about putting like with like: trilobites in one bucket, brachs in another; stuff to split, shards to dump, etc. Let's look at just a few of the several trilobite assemblages I'm still going through:
A specimen of Spyroceras. They don't always preserve well, but stay tuned when I clean up a much nicer one with some more detail.
Mostly moulted bits, but this assemblage of Eldredgeops rana should come out looking very nice when prepped.
These are monster Mediospirifer! Thanks to Jay for showing us a very little known spot at the site.
Spinatrypa spinosa. Assorted group with some just half shell, others with both halves.
Top first three are Rhipodomella sp. (with the first one being 4 cm wide), and the remainder Stropheodonata demissa.
Assortment of Eldredgeops rana rollers and bits that mostly popped out of the shale.
Look carefully here. I rarely ever see this, but here we have a Stropheodonta demissa with its umbilicus by which it would anchor itself on the sea floor.
I might be wrong, but this might be a crinoid calyx - not at all common in this shale.