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Hello everyone! My name is Jess. My aunts name is Carla. I got into this forum because I am trying to better educate myself so I can help my aunt learn about fossils and prehistoric life. She is paralyzed and is also deaf/mute. She got hooked on all things fossils when she started watching Cris on Youtube. I'm doing my best to help her grow her collection with limited funding. I did get her a PaleoPack and she loved it. Fossildude19 (Tim) mentioned that I should post on here to see if anyone had any fossils they could send her way.
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?
Thanks to my recent forays into the depths of paleontology academia, a new contact at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln sent me the link to this free publication. While the art is a bit, um...well, you will see, I had my reservations...but this is a handy guide for fossil hunters, particularly newbies and youngsters in my opinion. While written with Nebraska inverts in mind, it will be a useful reference for just about anyone. I admit, i learned a few things! Record in Rock: A Handbook of the Invertebrate Fossils of Nebraska Roger K. Pabian