On October 15, we travelled to several different locations near Pakenham where we discovered an amazing variety of well-preserved fossils from the Ordovician Period, under the very capable leadership of Dave Forsyth. Dave provided us with a handout so that we could learn to identify the fossils we were finding. After the morning of fossil hunting we had a well-deserved lunch at the Centennial Restaurant in Pakenham before we headed out to three more places in the afternoon.
Dave Forsyth getting the group started at our first site
Telsing and Elan with his finds
Several different fossils, cephalopods and corals
Siphuncle structure in a cephalopod
Very well preserved receptaculities
Maureen checking rocks on the alvar
Several fossils, including some crinoid stems, “algal” mats
Cephalopod showing siphuncle
Cathy checking the shore of the Mississippi
Under the Pakenham bridge
Looking for coral fossils in the road cut.
Luna holds a live specimen!