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Fossils Rock 2016

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

Dave Forsyth getting the group started at our first site

Telsing and Elan with his finds

Telsing and Elan with his finds

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Several different fossils

Several different fossils, cephalopods and corals

Cephalopod

Cephalopod

Siphuncle structure in a cephalopod

Siphuncle structure in a cephalopod

Coral

Coral

Snail-like gastropod

Snail-like gastropod

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Very well preserved receptaculities

Very well preserved receptaculities

Maureen checking  rocks on the alvar

Maureen checking rocks on the alvar

Cephalopod

Several fossils, including some crinoid stems, “algal” mats

Cephalopod showing siphuncle

Cephalopod showing siphuncle

Cathy checking the shore of the Mississippi

Cathy checking the shore of the Mississippi

Under the Pakenham bridge

Under the Pakenham bridge

horn coral

Horn coral

Looking for coral fossils in the road cut.

Looking for coral fossils in the road cut.

Luna holds a live specimen!

Luna holds a live specimen!