Just a post on a very brief (2 hour) trip out near my house on a sunny, Sunday morning.
This time around, I'll be keeping to the hills as it is pretty clear that the pit area has a bit too much snow still. I started off while the ground was frozen, and ended when it thawed and got muddy.
A small gathering of Colt's Foot (Tussilago farfara), which resemble dandelions, and are usually the first plants around here to sprout before spring begins in earnest. I only found a few clusters on the hills, but by the end of the week they will have spread all over.
Fairly typical brachiopod hash, including strophomenids, spirifers, and Leptaena sp. These rocks are a mix of three low-mid Devonian formations.
More (shiny) brachs. On my hammer is a fully inflated brach.
My real goal was to find my first trilobite of the season. Fragments are really all that is on offer at this location, but here is one a few Anchiopsis anchiops pieces that I found.
On the left is a phacopid cephalon fragment (E. rana, possibly), but it appeared on the same rock as an impression of an Anchiopsis pygidium. Geologically a bit confusing! On the right is a tucked in pygidium fragment of a Pseudodechenella.
This is a new one for me. Under magnification, the glabella of a calymenid, about 3 mm long. I know Calymene is reported in the Bois Blanc Formation, but I'm going to have to double check my literature to pinpoint this much better.
Lots of other little finds I didn't take pictures of, but not a bad little first almost-spring outing.