With spring making its long delayed entrance, Deb and I made it out to Lambton County / Thedford area to do some collecting. This was mostly a run to fill up some buckets with fossil gifts for the US collecting comrades we'll be seeing this weekend, and also to get warmed up for that big trip, but we came away with a few nice things for ourselves, too. We even earned the classic "spring sunburn."
Within about 5-10 minutes at our site, I cracked open this full Greenops that is a medium size of 2.5 cm. It is complete, yet slightly buried in matrix. As I pulled this out from wet shale, I had to let it dry in the open for a bit before wrapping it up carefully so that it would survive the trip home. The cracks running through the rock may need to be stabilized before I take to preparing it.
The arrangement of these spirifers was worthy of bringing home, tesselated and lined up just so in a very busy brachiopod deposit. Some of them have the longer "wingtips" that often break off when these weather out.
Deb's find of the day was this complete Greenops, but as you can see it is on both faces of the rock. The left impression side has some of the shell sticking to it, and the rest of the anterior end of the bug hiding under the matrix. This will need to be carefully glued together, and then I'll have to prep down from the top.
We also managed to fill two buckets with gift fossils, and pocketed the usual other stuff including some larger partial trilobites and other odds and ends. This was a good outing in preparation for the weekend 3-site dig, which will be the focus of my next blog post. Until then!