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  1. Nimravis

    Comfort for my Elbows

    Today was I was in a large Home Improvement store and in the flooring section I saw these cool little 8” by 8” pieces of carpet. Right when I saw them, I could see myself lying on the ground at St. Leon, Indiana, looking in the butter shale for trilobites and complaining about rocks digging into my elbows. I will place a couple of these in my pack when I collect. They don’t weigh anything, can be used for my elbows or knees and the best part is- they are FREE.
  2. I don´t know if I can find the time to prepare fossil hunting trip reports for TFF regularly. However, I will at least try to prepare them regularly for my personal website in pdf format. I would like to share them with you. They are in German, though: Fossil Hunting Trips 2021 (link to my personal website) Thanks! Franz Bernhard
  3. I am always looking for different cases to take with me when I am collecting fossils (Non Mazon Creek). I picked this nice little, thin (2”) plastic carrying case. This case will be perfect for collecting road cuts that contain different species of fossils. I can’t wait to try this one out. Purchased at a large box home improvement store for $5.99.
  4. This has come up a bit around the forums lately, and with the shopping holidays just around the corner, I figure it is a good time to open up this can of worms! Well that and I am buying up equipment for my new earth sciences students to use, so might as well dig two trilobites with one hammer... But first, a few disclaimers: I will use brand names for some items. This is not an endorsement, but a statement on quality/price/durability, etc. With tools, not all manufacturers are the same. Why buy junk ten times, when you can buy the pro-grade once the first time?
  5. Nimravis

    Collecting Case for the Car

    I love to use Plano plastic trays to store fossils at home or when I am in the field. Today I stopped at the Plano Outlet store in Plano, Illinois. I pass by Plano all of the time and never put it together that Plano, Illinois is where Plano Manufacturing was located- go figure, but enough about that. I stopped here last week to check it out and went back again today to get the below pictured item, I got it for $34.99, which is about 1/3 of the price on line, outlet stores are alright by me. I figure that I will keep the case in the car when I am out collecting and I will place fos
  6. Since I live so close to the famous Morrison Formation I thought I would start doing some research on what it's like to fossil collect in it because I'm seriously considering finding a way to gain access to some private land and do a little bit of collecting. I have heard it said once that the rock of the Morrison is hard and requires special tools to dig in, and that consequently it's impossible to prospect for fossils in the Morrison the same way you would in, say, the Hell Creek Formation. How true is this? Is the only way to fossil collect in the Morrison to be in a quarry? My
  7. Nimravis

    Field Collecting Container

    Today I picked up this cool, handled container at a local hardware store for I believe $16.00. This will be perfect for me when I collect in Southern Indiana. I can separate the fossils by species as I find them.
  8. T. nepaeolicus

    Some Virginia Collecting Localities

    http://fossilspot.com/STATES/VA.HTM Happy Hunting!
  9. You thought I was done? NOPE! Here are some localities in the US. Some of these are going to take some searching for. http://fossilspot.com/index.html
  10. I have had to move to different collecting localities due to coronavirus. I used to find new, promising, localities. I hope it will help you as much as it has helped me! https://paleobiodb.org/#/
  11. So I briefly spoke to a palaeontologist during a Q&A session he held a while ago on his Instagram page, and I asked him what his favourite fossil was that he had or currently owned. His responses were essentially that he believes that fossil collecting is unethical because it can hinder science by hiding important finds away in private collections and prevent the public from seeing some specimens because museums sometimes cannot pay the exorbitant prices that the market creates. I’d like to hear your opinions on this issue, since this forum is essentially full of collectors. A
  12. T. nepaeolicus

    How do I Begin Collecting?

    I’ve already bought a few specimens, but I haven’t really collected fossils personally. What do I collect first? Where to collect? What to look for? How do I identify a promising collecting spot? I want to collect fossils without having to travel beyond my state, Virginia, (obviously due to ‘rona.) Obviously this may not be the best time to leave the house, but I want to at least be prepared for when we are released from quarantine! Already have a the basic collecting tools I just need to know how to use them (any specific techniques, or is it basically the same as when your mineral collecting
  13. dinosaur man

    Punta Cana Fossils

    Hi in my post Varadero fossils By dinosaur man, December 29, 2019 in Questions & Answers i said that in February I will be going to Cuba. But since then plans have changed and March 6th I’m leaving to the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana. And i was wondering if there are any fossils that I would be able to find in that area, and if I can collect, or are the laws like Cuba too! Thank you!
  14. “@Monica Yes, there are just so many fossils here that now only the best material is actually collected. This usually means anything articulated or reasonably complete. Isolated bones like the ones in my pictures are all pretty much ignored, which is sad, as yes they will inevitably just erode away. I think there needs to be a better system personally. It doesn't make sense to just let these great fossils be destroyed by the elements. But if collecting was allowed how could it be regulated to make sure only expendable material was taken? And how would you stop people then selling those bones f
  15. Oxytropidoceras

    How to hunt for fossils in Ohio

    How to hunt for fossils in Ohio By Sara Welch, Farm and Dairy’s online, December 31, 2019 https://www.farmanddairy.com/top-stories/how-to-hunt-for-fossils-in-ohio/592400.html Yours, Paul H.
  16. Hi, I'm looking for advice as a fist time collector. I was thinking of taking a trip to Hell Creek Montana to look for T -rex teeth. I know it's a long shot in regards to finding one but it sounds like fun in my head anyways. I was wondering if anyway could give me advice (links etc) where I can pay to collect or look on public lands (if possible). I'm want to do this for fun but would like to get my hands dirty, no pun intended :-). I realize law enforcment take this stuff seriously so I don't want to get into trouble!
  17. Philosoraptor

    Totoket Mountain

    Anyone ever been up to Totoket Mountain/ Bluff Head? I am considering going there sometime this summer. Any stories or advice would be greatly appreciated. Also what gear to bring would be helpful. If anyone plans on collecting soon then good luck and have a nice day.
  18. Hi everyone, I will be in Phoenix for a conference next month and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for quick collecting trips. I have a day to spare prior to the meeting. Thanks for any thoughts Chris
  19. FossilPioneer93

    Fossil Collecting/Hunting laws

    I was wondering, especially being new to hunting and collecting fossils. Can you legally collect fossils, such as shark teeth on state and public land? My Geology profession told me that it is legal to go and collect fossils from state and public property without a permit. I just want to make absolute certain that what he said is true, before I go out and start collecting. There are a few rivers and creeks that I have passed that have really nice sedimentary layers, which scream fossils. I do live in Bedford, Texas, so I am not aware of the laws about legally collecting.
  20. Kane

    Bowmanville - Spring 2019

    From the album: Field Comrades

    The B-ville Wrecking Crew, Spring 2019.
  21. Is anyone here familiar with a company by the name of "Fossils: Nature's window on the fourth dimension"? Our collection has some specimens with this label, but nobody is familiar with the title's significance. I'm trying to determine when and by whom they were established, which regions their fossils were collected from, and when they dissolved (if no longer active). Thanks!
  22. CH Fossils

    Collecting trilobites

    Hey! This might be the wrong thread/topic but here it goes. I recently started collecting different species of trilobites. It would have been interesting to see what species others have collected and whether you can refer to some species in a medium price range that is worth collecting. I have a desire to compile a list for myself with different species that I can follow. Someone who has / knows about fine trilobites that are worth collecting? These are the species I have collected so far: - Flexicalymene sp (morocco) - Flexicalymene retrorsa - Coltraneia oufatensis -
  23. Hi all, I'm going to be in DC for 2 months this summer. Does anybody have any recommendations for collecting localities in the area? I'll be kinda limited in terms of where I can go bc I wont have a car.
  24. I was recently collecting down on the south fork of the nemaha river, looking through the glacial till gravel, and discovered this very well preserved jawbone. I am unsure of its age or species. Any information would be great to have. I can post other angles of it if needed
  25. Cyberdave

    Spanish Fork Canyon

    Has anyone been to the Spanish Fork Canyon near mill creek for collecting Eocene shells recently. Is this area still accessible off skyline drive?
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