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Red Hill Road Cut in PA
Devonian

Hunting for Hyneria
November 2011



view of the Red Hill road cut
They don't call this fossil hunting site "Red Hill" for nothing.


Red Hill Fossil Trip Report - November 2011


Although I have never had much luck at Red Hill and the fragmentary fossils it contains, the thirst for a nice shark fin spine or a large Hyneria tooth makes me return.

Where else can one find these types of Devonian vertebrates? Usually the Devonian Time period is synonymous with Trilobites and other invertebrate fossils. Itís rare to find a place that contains a plethora of vertebrate remains from this time period.

This time I had my sites set high... It was all or nothing. Armed with a huge breaker bar and some pretty big sledges, I planned to give the road cut a full out assault. After meeting up with fellow collector Larry, I scaled the wall and found a large section to pry out. After about an hour, the all out assault ended in failure, as the section would not budge. I then set my sights a little lower, and tried to pry out a smaller section... After this one wouldnít budge, I hunkered down and started excavating an even smaller section. Needless to say, I didnít find much in the way of fossils. I now however, have a greater respect for this road cut and have better plans for it when I return.

Some day I will find something nice from this place! Itís just a matter of time...



looking for Devonian fossils at Red Hill.
I'm looking for those Devonian fossils at Red Hill. Actually, at that moment I was thinking about bringing a sled next time, so I can sled ride down the hill.


This is a view from the road of a section of the formidable Red Hill road cut.
This is a view from the road of a section of the formidable Red Hill road cut.



Fossils Found

This is a fossil scale of the giant fish Hyneria
This was my best find. A scale from the giant Hyneria fish. A devonian monster at Red Hill.


Larry found this outstanding fossil Hyneria tooth.  It has a nice black color, unlike the more common red color.
Larry found this outstanding fossil Hyneria tooth. It has a nice black color, unlike the more common red color.










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