April 30, 2011
Red Hill Fossil Trip Report
North Bend, Pa
May 30, 2011
Red Hill is a road cut that exposes late Devonian
mudstone and is world-famous for many unique amphibians and fish, and
plant material is abundant. The site is controlled by the
Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences and managed by Doug Rowe.
Four of us, Karissa, Bob, Joe and Tom, started collecting about 10am.
Karissa and Bob had previously freed a rather large boulder and spent
much of the day taking it apart layer by layer. Joe and I
collected at various locations along the cut. Doug was helpful in
describing the features of the site, and showing where to search and
what to look for. Midday Doug showed us the museum/lab in
North Bend and for me this was the most interesting part of the day as
many specimens collected over the years are nicely displayed there.
We collected until mid-afternoon, but I’m not sure any exciting
specimens were found. I know I didn’t find any, though I
think Joe ‘donated’ an insect to the Academy.
[Tom Pankratz, Vice-President of Fieldtrips]
October 16, 2010, Saturday:
Red Hill, Hyner, Clinton Co., PA.
DMS and DVPS members will visit the Red Hill Field Station in
the vicinity of North Bend about 30 miles north of
PA. Red Hill is one of the premier
sites in the world in terms of early plant and vertebrate fossil
remains. Fossils found at this site are Devonian in age and
include vertebrate (shark, fish, and amphibian) material and
plant fossils from Red Hill. Fossil collection is by
hammer and chisel almost exclusively. For more information
go to the Red Hill website
Note: Red Hill site is a VERY steep outcrop along the shoulder
of a moderately travelled roadway, and footing is somewhat
precarious. Children must be at least 13 years
old and supervised by an adult at all times in order to collect
here. Scientifically significant specimens
may be retained by curators for the
Natural Science collection. Although this is about a 4-hour drive from
I personally think it is well worth the drive! We will meet at Red
Hill at 10:30 AM. Please sign up for the trip by October 13th.
Fieldtrip Report, April 24, 2010:
On Saturday April 24th, 8 adult and 4 junior members of the DMS
visited the world famous Red Hill Devonian Site in North Bend, PA.
Rowe, the Site Manager and our field trip guide, helped everyone locate
collecting areas with good potential, and provided pointers on how to collect.
Doug also provided identification for the specimens that were found. Everyone found some nice fish, and plant material from the
Duncannon Member of the Catskill Formation, which is of Upper Devonian age (~363-365 million years old) and represents an array of fluvial facies from floodplain to channel deposits, in addition to floodplain paleosols.
The weather was perfect for collecting and everyone seemed to have a very enjoyable time.
Some dates of past fieldtrips there are:
April 24, 2010
April 25, 2009
October 18, 2008
April 19, 2008
September 22, 2007
June 30, 2007
June 3, 2006
Here are some photos of the Red Hill site and museum taken by our
The first three are by James Hare. The remaining images were taken by
Beth and Rob Simpkins. Enjoy!
Click on image to enlarge: