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Where to source unprepared fossils for kids
PerthBloke556 posted a topic in Questions & AnswersHello hello all. My kids have come of age when it comes to being able to understand things and have become hooked on fossils. It's pretty tough to find places where I'm from theres limited information on sites / locations. We dont really have any fossil clubs or official sites etc, everything we've ever found are shells. Fossils online seem to all be prepared. Can anyone point me in the direction of unprepared fossils that the kids can work on, they don't have to be anything fancy. Thanks in advance!
Another fun day at the beach
6ix posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsFirst time back at the beach in a month or two.... was a little foggy. I've never seen a crab on the "turtleshell" rocks before, man I wish I could drag these back and put them in the garden. Help wanted - this bugger is HUGE... if you want it, I think we need a chopper or boat to extract it. Anytime out with the family is great! Pretty sure I've seen these in someone's youtube before!!
Creating Dinosaur footprints for kids
Hollie Bird posted a topic in Paleo Re-creationsIf this is too unrelated to the forum please let me know but I'm hoping to create a 'dinosaur' themed area of the garden for my son or any other kids who visit. Planning on installed more dinosaur nests with eggs (rounded chalk cobbles) and also some dinosaur footprints. It's the creation of the footprints I'm looking some advice on. I'm hoping to create a series of small paving slabs with a Dino footprint on each one. Wondering the best way to go about it. Perhaps a postcrete or a concrete mix into a mould of some type? It would have to withstand the elements but doesn
Kids found at beach
boomershouse posted a topic in Fossil IDMy kids found these at the beach posting for kidos. Feel free to reply so I can share with them. They named them drumstick, hand or mitten and chicken foot
Back in 1992 0r 93 and then some!!!
RJB posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsBack in about 1992 or 93and for many years later and still to this day I took the whole family fossil hunting. I always made it a priority to take the family on a fossil vacation. I use to do 7 out of state trips for fossil hunting every year with one of those for the family and always in the last week of june or first week of July. Always had to wait for the kids to get out of school. Used to do trips that last up to 3 weeks. Ha! Now a 4 or 5 day trip is about all I can do. The misses doesn't go with me nowadays but I cant help it, I need to get out even if I cant do much because of t
Paleontology for 5th and 6th Graders
khepp001 posted a topic in Questions & AnswersHi. This fall I will be teaching a paleontology class for 5th and 6th graders. We will meet once a week for 55 minutes. My plan is to teach up front for about ten minutes and then for the remainder of the class to be hands on activities. I have come up with some ideas, but would love some feedback on them and any other ideas that you all might have. The first session will be an introduction to paleontology, possibly including fieldwork methods, fossil prep, ichnology and trace fossils, adaptations, cladistics, plate tectonics, etc, while the second session will be more focused on the actual o
Fossils for Kids - DIY Dig Kits, Books, etc
RobinM posted a topic in Questions & AnswersHi, I've just struck up a new interest in fossils (thanks Thermopolis, WY!) and I want to share it with my nephews (6 of them!). I know the fossil sorting kits you buy don't have the most exciting of specimens (Ammonite, brachiopod, clam, coprolite, coral, crinoid stem, crinoid star, dinosaur bone, gastropod, orthoceras, petrified wood, sea urchin, shark teeth, stingray teeth, and fish vertebrae), but I thought it would be a fun start if I bought a pack of them to make some DIY dig kits. The recipe I found for it is 1 part plaster of paris, 1 part water, 2 parts sand, though I'm open to other
South Carolina shark teeth hunting for kids?
Stephymoo posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsHi friends! I'm new, I just stumbled across this forum and it's awesome content while searching for fossil localities near Charleston, South Carolina. I was hoping to get some tips on looking for shark teeth anywhere between Columbia and Charleston. I am taking a road trip from AZ with my family and thought it would be really great to stop and search for fossils along the way. I just can't seem to really pin down any nice spots to find some. I know fossil hunting grounds are a very hush-hush type of thing, but I was hoping that I could be pointed in the direction of somewhere where I might be
Water Level at Whiskey Bridge
PapaWhisky posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsHi, The USGS water gauge for the Brazos River at Highway 21 (Whiskey Bridge) shows the water level at 35 ft. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=08108700 Will any of the fossil beds be accessible with the water this high?
Teaching old things to young things :)-
Steve D. posted a topic in General Fossil DiscussionI'd like to make an announcement that a new species of stegosaure has been found in Indiana... A young grad student has uncovered what appears to be a baby stegosaure that can glow in the dark! I'm sure this find will be published in all the big name magazines and that National Geographic Channel will cover down on this scientific discovery. It's great when you can share your hobby and teach your children
In Bend thinking of fossil digging with kids
DLB posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsI'm in Bend for the weekend looking for destanations to look for fossils please HELP!!!
Advice choosing a paleontology dig
Digdibs posted a topic in Questions & AnswersI am planning a trip with my 12-year-old grandson (and future paleontologist) to a dinosaur dig this summer, and would like to get some first hand advice on choosing a good outfit. We can go about anywhere in the U.S., several days to a week, but since we'll likely be flying we can't easily bring along much gear of our own. I've researched dozens of dig sites. Some sites were outdated, some sketchy on details, some had age limits or are already filled. PaleoAdventures and Hell Creek Fossils, Dinosaurs of the Western Slopes are possibilities, but I would welcome any comments on organization
October hunting in Central Texas
madness posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsJust thought I'd log my rank beginner fossil hunting expeditions I'm taking with my kids this month! It'll help me be better at note taking, and taking pictures, too. My 5 and 7 year old girls are becoming pretty good little fossil hunters. Sometime in the last few months, it become more of a dedicated hobby rather than an accidental one ("oh look, a fossil!" while on a hike). They've always been interested in them (7 year old wants to be a paleontologist) but hikes specifically to find them have just begun. We are now going out about once a week, sometimes more. The kids spent muc
Many trips to fossil exhibits in TX, CO and UT - indoors and out!
madness posted a topic in A Trip to the MuseumI figured I'd share a little bit of information here. Since April of 2017, I've made a concerted effort to quench the insatiable fossil/dinosaur curiosity of my kids. Many of these field trips were actual fossil hunts themselves, but we've also gone to museums and other fossil displays. Here's a short description of some of them we've visited. I don't have a ton of pictures for the purpose of really illustrating what is available at each location...more pictures of my kiddos enjoying themselves! Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas I cannot recommend this plac
A trip to the school
JohnBrewer posted a topic in General Fossil DiscussionA couple of months ago I was asked by Violet's teacher if I could do a presentation on fossils. In the uk a basic lesson on palaeontology is a part of the school curriculum. I took a range of fossils, both in type and era. Of course anything dinosaur was the most popular, in particular teeth. The kids were really interested and when it came to question time everyone's hands were raised. I was really surprised how much knowledge these 7 and 8 year olds had. Sadly time ran out too soon but I've been asked to return later in the year. I'm REALLY looking forward to going back.
Dlsmith posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsGood Morning! Newbie here, I am bringing my 4 and 5 year old grand sons down to Florida over Christmas break. I would like to take them to the Peace River for fossil hunting. Is there any kind of guided tour that could help. I have never been and honestly have no clue where to start.If anyone could point me in the right direction, I would be very grateful. Thanks in advance! Darlene
Question about etiquette
smt126 posted a topic in General Fossil DiscussionWhen I go fossil hunting it is always with my 4 kids who are 7 years old and younger. I've been trying to find books and read posts on here about fossil hunting etiquette to make sure that we are following the rules of the land. I recently read the one post about people digging out massive holes on a creek bed, leading to people falling as well as devastation to the wildlife in the area. When I'm with my kids I always try to get them to hunt in a way that leaves the slope of the area natural so that one doesn't create unstable areas where people can get hurt. I understand sometimes that fossil
Great Plains Dinosaur Museum - Dig Programs
Opisthotriton posted a topic in General Fossil DiscussionHello everyone, If you will be traveling through Montana this summer, you are invited to visit the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, Montana, part of the Montana Dinosaur Trail. The museum has many great dinosaur exhibits including a real articulated Brachylophosaurus duck-billed dinosaur skeleton and the skull and neck of a new species of sauropod. We are also the home of the famous "Leonardo" dinosaur mummy specimen (currently on tour at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, but we have an impressive 3-D printed replica and lots of informational displays). The Great Plains Dinosaur M
Little Sister's First Fossil Hunt
Dinictis posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsRecently, I found myself visiting my family because they were camping not too far down the road at Edgar Evins State Park in DeKalb County, TN. I had heard that Center Hill Lake is a great place for fossils, so I was eager to see what I could find. My youngest sister who is ten years old (15 years age difference between us) was THRILLED to be A ) hanging out with big sister, and B ) going fossil hunting! I made sure she knew ahead of time that we could not actually *take* anything we found since we were in a state park. Honestly, I did invite everyone else come along too, but all the other gr
Dinictis posted a gallery image in Members Gallery
From the album: Fossils in the WildSharing the joy of fossil hunting in ordovician limestone with the next generation. "So this area used to be under the sea?" Leipers-Catheys limestone
Skippy's Free Kids Fossil Hunt
skippythefossilfreak posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsTHIS WAS A GREAT DAY FEB 15 AT NOON IN THE COMOX VALLEY SKIPPY THE FOSSIL FREAK GAVE AWAY OVER 1000 BAGS WITH FOSSILS and over 500 local fossils to the freaky cool kids of V[attachm