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  1. Somerset fossil hunters 'need to be better informed' BBC News, July 27, 2021 United Kingdom Fossil Network Yours, Paul H.
  2. Hi, everyone. I’m brand new here, so, pleased to meet all of you! I’m wondering if any of you know of locations in the US where you can dig for dinosaur fossils (body and/or trace) on a one-day-at-a-time basis and keep some of the material found. Thanks in advance.
  3. Last week me and some friends went to a couple of localities in Virginia! It was a nice change from collecting in the heat. Came back with boxes of Ordovician-age fossils on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday then went to good 'ol Purse for shark teeth the rest of the week and weekend. Came back with quite a few well-preserved brachiopods, graptolites, and a few fragments of trilobites. So many ray plates and a few shark teeth from Purse. I'm backlogged for weeks! Too tired to bother writing properly.
  4. Hello, everyone! I will be in North Carolina on a family trip for the next week, but I’d like to do some fossil hunting as well while I’m out here. I’m in the New Bern area specifically. Does anyone know of any good fossil sites in the area where one can collect? Thanks!
  5. The State of California released its guideline recommendations for in person learning to resume. It is pretty clear that it will be quite awhile before we will be able to return to doing Fossils on Wheels education programs. Likely the entire school year. Inviting outside people in to classrooms will not be high on the priority list. It is just a reality. It does suck but it is out of our control really so for the time being Fossils on Wheels will continue our holding pattern. I am working on some ways to distribute some free fossils and curriculum. We may do some videos as well but we know we
  6. PrehistoricWonders

    Florida fossil ID

    Hello I need help to I’d this, my first thought was mammoth or mastodon?
  7. I will be travelling to Germany for business but while there I will also go collecting in the Holzmaden quarries, I was wondering whether anyone has any experience flying from Germany (Stuttgart) to the UK (Manchester) with self collected fossils in their carry-on bag? Does anyone know if they will confiscate these or just ignore them? Thanks in advance!
  8. Im heading to Brisbane Australia for the annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in October with several Rowan University Professors/Paleontologists and I am trying to research the rules for collecting fossils in Australia. I know we will each need to obtain a fossicking licence but we would greatly appreciate any knowledge on the rules for fossil collecting while we are in Cairns and Brisbane. Thanks in advance
  9. Scottnokes2015

    Mazon Creek trip

    Hi everyone. I live in Perryville ,Mo and want to make a trip to the mazon Creek, Illinois. I have no experience or knowledge were to go and how to collect there. Can anyone point me to the exact location I need and are the Creek beds dry now or still running.? Is it just for private collectors. I saw there is a permit needed, but that's fine. Please can anyone give me any pointers on how to plan the trip or a PDF book to guide us. It's like 6 hrs drive, so we don't want to go wrong place and not find anything. What do we look for and how are they opened? Thank you everyone
  10. This collecting trip was more of a scouting expedition than an actual dig. After the snow and ice have melted, its fun to get out and see whats newly exposed/uncovered. Today we found the usual cast of characters like horn corals, tabulate corals, brachiopods, gastropods, pelecypods, and trilobites. I was mad at myself for not having faith in a trilobite fossil that I found on this trip. It was barely visible in the rock I found it in and I thought it would be incomplete just on how it looked. I started to remove the matrix (hard limey shale) with a hammer and small chisel. The bug popped out
  11. So I have this fossil and I have no clue what it is. I am brand new to fossils so I know I don't know much but it looks like maybe a fish head to me? I have asked a few other unexperienced people and they all seem to think the same but I know that with as unexperienced as I am, I'm likely wrong. I don't really have a horse in this race it just makes a difference on how I prep/preserve it and I need to learn. I will include a few photos from different angles to help. So....what is this thing/things?
  12. Oxytropidoceras

    Rockhound Finds Fossil Rhino Bone

    Pooch sniffs out prehistoric prize: Canine discovers 250,000-year-old woolly rhino bone By Today, Today news, April 5, 2019 https://www.todaychan.com/2019/04/05/pooch-sniffs-out-prehistoric-prize-dog-discovers-250000-year-old-woolly-rhino-bone-2/ Yours, Paul H.
  13. How Fossils Were Incorporated Into The Cultural Life Of Ancient Africa David Bressan, Forbes, February 22, 2019 https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/02/22/black-and-toxic-snow-is-falling-from-the-skies-in-siberia/ According to the below paper, people were collecting trilobites even prehistoric times. The paper is: Helm, C.W., Benoit, J., Mayor, A., Cawthra, H.C., Penn-Clarke, C.R. and Rust, R., 2019. Interest in geological and palaeontological curiosities by southern African non-western societies: A review and perspe
  14. I'm interested in collecting in the Peace River and my kids are finally old enough. I've been lurking around the forums for a little bit and I've seen a few do's and don'ts, are there rules somewhere? For instance I have read you can't use a 2 handed shovel but seen numerous pictures with normal spade shovels in them. Digging/ looking for fossils in the bank? Collecting on state land(I thought the river bed up to the high water was OK) I'm looking for a little guidance, I don't want to run into any trouble or afoul of any laws. Any tips for a newbie are also appreciated.
  15. I have been asked by a couple of TFF members if we have personal collecting interests in addition to what we collect for educational purposes. We keep most of our posts about the education side of what we do because 95% of what we collect is for education. We also have legal bits that guide how our own fossils are used in the education program which I covered in a previous piece. To summarize that post, there is a distinct line drawn between fossil that belong to Fossils and Wheels and how they are used. My son and I loan our personal collection for education programs plus we have donated a go
  16. Hi everyone, I live in Perryville, Missouri which is minutes from Chester, southern Illinois. Is there any collecting sites around Chester, Illinois or even in Perryville Missouri? Thank you
  17. Scottnokes2015

    Perryville, Missouri

    Hi everyone, I live in Perryville, Missouri. Is there any fossil sites around this area. Also I'm 10 minutes from the Illinois border. The town is Chester, Illinois. Can anyone suggest any site in either place? Thank you
  18. Fossils you’ve collected compared with museum fossils is a fun way to research what you have found. I'm almost certain I have a classic Raphidonema contortum sponge I collected from Farringdon gravel beds in Berkshire UK. My sponge has the rule for scale, the other two are one of many Farringdon sponges on display at the wonderful Oxford University Museum of Natural History https://oumnh.ox.ac.uk Age: Aptian, Cretaceous.
  19. Fossil collector rescued after becoming trapped by landslide Fishermen dig injured man out of mud before he is airlifted to safety The Independent, November 2018 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fossil-collector-trapped-mud-landslide-cliffs-port-mulgrave-yorkshire-a8605461.html Yours, Paul H.
  20. Trevor

    NJ Collecting

    Dear fellow forum goers, I am on fall break from college in Ohio and I decided that I needed to do some fossil hunting. In about a week's time I managed to get out four times. The first trip was to a KT Boundary site. For those who do not know what that is, it is a transitional period between the Cretaceous and Paleogene. There were very few fossils at the site and the collecting conditions were less than optimal but it was nonetheless fun exploring. Next I went to an Eocene/Miocene site and struggled to get any real traction with the finds. I came out okay considering that I didn'
  21. Starting my Eurypterid collecting in 1994, work was done with a hammer and rock chisel. In the early 2000's I was sawing to improve my chances of finding Eurypterids. (yes, I wear a particle mask if the dust is in my face.) My next plan is to jackhammer the tough Bertie Dolostone. Plan to try the new toys this next Friday, hoping the investment was worth it. Ultimately the specimens still have to be sawed and chiseled out. The real trick is finding them first.
  22. Hello, I am new here. I have a question regarding fossil laws of Slovenia if anybody would be willing to help, although I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this. I was reading what I believe to be the majority of the laws regarding fossils on this link here, but I am not sure I understand it correctly. From what I read fossils are the property of the state but later on it seems to mention individuals being allowed to take minerals and fossils from nature for personal collections. It also mentions something about protected areas/notifying the ministry and the exportation of fossil
  23. danthefossilman

    Legal Fossil Hunting

    I hope this does not open a can of worms? But I think an open discussion regarding legal vs. illegal collecting practices is worth the time. I have observed, via a number of threads in posts, some collectors DO NOT appear respectful of current collecting rules and regulations (i.e. collecting vertebrate fossils on public land or unauthorized collecting on private land). I can already guess, many members are going to ask for specific examples. I really don't want to point fingers. I'm sure, members who have participated in this forum for a long time, recognize this is
  24. In two months I will be going back to Ukraine from United States. I have already found and purchased a lot of fossils here and I would like to take them back to Ukraine. Therefore, I have several questions: 1) What should I do to export purchased fossils from US? As far as I know, Ukraine does not have any limitations on fossil import. 2) Do I need any specific documents for exporting self-found fossils, for example, found in Green Mill Run? 3) What do I need to do in order to mail fossils in the same direction? Thank you in advance.
  25. Halloween is coming up soon so lets share our fossil related horror stories! They can range from Preparation accidents, missed opportunities, breaking specimens, close encounters with a dangerous animal hunting, near death experiences, or even receiving a fossil from an old haunted collection, pretty much anything a hunter and collector would find horrifying. One of my personal fossil horror stories involves a a terrifying bump in the night! I had recent found and started a to use a new plastic shelf I found to store my finds from a recent new spot. I started to notice a few days i
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