March 2, 2019 - Mississippian, Morgan County

On Saturday, March 2, 2019, numerous BPS members and guests traveled through the pouring rain to a fairly close limestone quarry to look for fossils.  The rain stopped by the time we reached the rendezvous location but the temperature began to rapidly drop.  That did not deter any of the fossil enthusiasts nor did it deter our hosts, thankfully!

April 11, 2009 - Mississippian Fossils, Morgan Co, AL

On 11 April, BPS visited a quarry in Morgan county.  After signing in and filling out all the release forms we were escorted to the dig site.  The quarry contains limestone, and the fossils found were primarily from the Mississippian Period of the Paleozoic Era. 


Slab with crinoid, bryozoan, blastoid, archimedes

Excellent specimen showing a very long crinoid stem, numerous tiny pieces of crinoid stem, a blastoid, bryozoan, and archimedes stem.



trilobite, coral, bryozoan, blastoid

Trilobite in center, two kinds of coral on left, bryozoan, blastoid


bryozoan fenestrate

Probably part of an archimedes, a bryozoan.

November 17, 2007 - Mississippian Fossils, St. Clair Co, AL

This month 14 people showed up for the BPS trip and collected in Mississippian age fossils in St. Clair county, Alabama. Along with the perfect brachopods and horned coral, quite a few trilobite parts were found in the Ft. Payne chert.

Photos courtesy Martha Ivey and Vicki Lais.

December 16, 2006 - Mississippian & Ordovician Fossils, Jefferson Co, AL

A visit to the quarry at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center and a chance to check on our “pet rock” was the highlight for this December trip. This was a service trip (photos only - no collecting) to Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, and BPS had been asked to make some

December 2, 2006 - Mississippian Fossils, St. Clair Co, AL

A roadcut in St. Clair County was a real bonanza for BPS on this trip. A smaller crowd than usual came along but found a very wide variety of fossils. Excitement all around as we spread out along the road cut. This is a Mississippian age site where geologic uplift is obvious. Several varieties of coral,

September 30, 2006 - Paleozoic Fossils and Rocks, Jefferson Co, AL, Part 2

Page 1 - General trip photos
Page 2 - Fossils and minerals (this page)

The Red Mountain road cut rocks were formed million of years ago when North America was covered by a shallow sea. Fossils from the Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, and Mississippian ages are found at this site. Members found a good selection of fossils, including numerous brachiapods, the pygidium of a Llandovacaste birminghamensis trilobite (used in the BPS logo), graptolites, unidentified plant


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