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What’s my genus?

No, this isn’t a question on a TV game show.   The beast I refer to falls into the category of echinoderms. And for this recently found Silurian cystoid specimen, I’m hoping someone can provide an answer to What’s my genus?   On yet another one of my many trips to the Silurian Massie (formerly

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Silurian Massie Shale — Again?

Yup.   Admittedly, I do focus a lot of my blogs on a Silurian Massie Shale locality in Southeast Indiana. That’s because I collect there a lot. Many other collectors have visited the site a few times, but by far I am the most frequent repeat scavenger. In part, the lack of other frequent visitors

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Sea Stacks in Indiana?

Yes! For those not familiar with sea stacks, they are “humps” of rock formed by wave and/or wind erosion of the surrounding rock.  There are some excellent very large examples along the Oregon coast.     Back to Indiana.  Over the past few years, what we have informally called “sea stacks” have been exposed in

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Return to the Planet’s Massie Shale

I recently again returned to my all-time favorite site: the Silurian Massie Shale in Ripley County, Indiana. I’ve reported on this locality in previous Dry Dredger blogs, for example: http://www.drydredgers.org/blog/wp/2016/04/silurian-massie-shale-field-trip/ http://www.drydredgers.org/blog/wp/2016/03/collaboration-between-amateur-and-professional-paleontologists-4/]   The majority of the collectable Silurian shale is on the spoil piles. While there are no new shale exposures in the quarry and

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