UPDATE: Finally got all the rocks cleaned and the total for trilobites on this one hunt along Hwy. 52 is now 14 – FOURTEEN TRILOBITES! Eight in One Rock! Yeah! All pygidiums and all Eomonorachus or is that a crus? Hmmm… Pterygometopid trilobites anyways.
After the Cty. 11 hunt, I stopped over at Hwy. 52 just south of Fountain. Wow, I ended up gathering 3 trilobites (So far, as I haven’t washed all the rocks yet.) a really neat little Bryozoan,
probably a Praspora, and some Receptaculitids!
Such a shame, if I had harvested either of these before winter, they may have been perfect! Shows you what a Minnesota winter and flooding can do to fossils.
Another Receptaculitis caught in a rock, but rather pretty so I dragged it home.
I picked up lots of hash plates in the dry wash.
This one may be whole with only the pygidium showing.
Pygidiums = tails.
And another, check out the arrows, one for sure and???
Bryozoan Praspora? Worn by the dry wash.
This is my final haul of the day going home. That big one, I had to roll up the embankment! Barely could lift it onto the tailgate! Most are hash plates that I haven’t had a chance to clean yet.
And of ticks… Yes, I also came home with 5 wood ticks that later crawled out of my hair! And yes I had a hat on.
TICK PREVENTATIVE: I have used a generic dandruff shampoo for years as a tick embedding preventative. I don’t think they like the stuff. 😀 Neither do gnats or mosquitoes. I use it both in my hair and as a body wash and it may not make them jump off you, but they almost never embed before you can feel them crawling around and remove them.
So, I had a very happy day fossil hunting!