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  1. A few weeks ago I went on a fossil hunting trip to Albany County. I was hunting in the New Scotland formation which is lower Devonian in age. It was very quick and easy to collect in and the dry dredging technique was quite useful. The rock was a very thin shaly limestone which could break easily but many of the fossils had been silicified, making it easy to pop them out of the rock. I found many different species of brachiopods, some gastropods, lots of corals and large bryozoa and a few trilobites
  2. This week I went to look for belemnites in the "big forest" near Beutenaken (South Limburg, the Netherlands), in the uncovered parts of the famous belemnite cemetery in the "Gulpense kalk" (Gulpen formation, part of the Cretaceous period). If you look closely you can find a lot of (mostly fragments of) belemnites, especially Belemnitella Mucronata (Schlotheim). The high concentration of belemnites in certain places in this forest is because the limestone has disappeared through dissolution. The harder belemnites are left behind. After a lot of work I finally had a day o
  3. Hello all, Do you have any tips to minimise back strain while fossil hunting? We go home with stiff backs, weather we walk on the beach or scratch next to the road, and it takes a few days to fully recover. I tried to think of some solutions, like buying kneepads so that I can put more weight on my knees instead of my back while I scrach and hit at rocks.
  4. Mojigoji

    Cretaceous locations in NC

    Hi there! Been wanting to look around for Cretaceous spots in North Carolina as I'm doing some studies of that region in that particular period. I've heard some sites like Green Mill Run, though it doesn't sound very abundant and other places seem restricted. Are there any okay areas for one to access? Seems hard to find. Feel free to PM me if you'd rather do that. Thanks!
  5. The river has been at huntable levels for a few weeks now and I haven't seen many reports or ID requests. So, it's making me think that the season must be off to a sluggish start, or everyone is being quiet about their activities. @Shellseeker has found some nice stuff already, so he's out there. But I haven't seen much, if anything, from the rest of the Peace River Rats. @Sacha, @digit, @PODIGGER, @jcbshark, anyone else I am forgetting at the moment.....you guys hunting yet? What about me? Great question, thanks for asking. LOL. My truck has been broke down since befor
  6. Traveling from Minnesota to Texas next week Take I35-W down and roughly following the Mississippi back up. Any recommendations for fossil or paleo related Museums to visit or fossil hunting trips/locales along this loop? I am mostly interested in vertebrate fossil hunting but would really be up for any good suggestions.
  7. During one of my hikes exploring the badlands in Central Alberta Canada (Scollard formation) near the Red Deer river I found this strange flat & thin piece of what appears to be fossilized bone. As you can see from the pictures it fans outward and it's quite thin, to me it almost looks similar to a aquatic flipper although I obviously am not sure at all what this could be. My instinct wants to say turtle piece possibly? Any help to ID this cool fossil would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
  8. I've been scarce around the forum lately and equally scarce on the river this season. I just haven't had as much time as I would like, but the wife and I finally got out again yesterday for just the second time this season. Headed out to Gardner bright and early and hit got to the ramp about 9am. Hardly anyone was there - when you pull up and see only one vehicle besides your own, then it's going to be a quiet peaceful day on the river. The weather was (is) gorgeous. High around 80, low humidity, lots of sun, and a nice breeze. You cannot ask for better river weather. We got the k
  9. Gemma Baker

    Is this a fossil??

    Hi All, I recently visited Walton on the Naze and found this...does it look like a fossil? I am not sure if it is anything but it looked interesting so thought I would take it home to have a proper look. hoping to go back and look for more items in the warmer weather. thanks in advance, Gemma
  10. Hi all, Another bunch of items me and my sister found at Walton-on-the-Naze. I think we know what a couple are but does anyone have any idea about the others? Thanks Gemma
  11. Bone Daddy

    It's too hot to hunt in Florida

    Just what the title says - it's too darn hot to hunt in Florida. This heat is brutal with "feels like" temps in the triple digits. If anyone is out there hunting in this, please be careful. Stay hydrated and use sunscreen. Heat stroke is deadly, so don't fool around with this heat. I can't wait until late-fall and winter.
  12. Hi everyone. I was hoping some of our European members might be able to help me out a little. I am currently at home due to depression, burn-out and severe anxiety attacks all related due to the COVID-19 situation (I work in a essential store and I belong to the risk groups, so after 6 months the stress finally became too much). Long story short, I haven’t left the house since march (except for work), the only 4 times I left was because I had to go to the doctor. But now I am at home and I am currently in therapy with a psychologist and the natural next step is to finally ventu
  13. FossilsandScience

    Fossil Hunting on Private Land

    Hey everyone! There are a few formations that I want to be able to dig in and I have found their locations on different mapping services. Now all I need to do is figure out if the land is public or private, and if private, who to contact to ask for permission to hunt on their land. I'm not sure where to start to figure this out. How do you find out if an area is a private land, and if so, their contact number? Any response is appreciated! Thanks!
  14. I'm new to fossil hunting, but would like to get started somewhere in Connecticut. I've been using http://www.fossilspot.com/STATES/CT.HTM as a resource to look up fossil sites, but much of those locations have little to no guidance on how to get there. Would anyone mind recommending some good (legal) sites in CT for me?
  15. Due to the proliferation of Covid-19 “stay at home orders”, I felt an urgency to go out and fossil-hunt at least one more time before my city, county, or the entire state got put on lockdown. I loaded up the truck on saturday night and we headed out to Gardner early on sunday morning. When we arrived at the ramp about 9:00am, there were a lot of vehicles and activity – much more than my previous three trips. I think a lot of people had the same idea – get out and enjoy the river while you can. It was a beautiful day with plentiful sun and a cool breeze. We loaded up the kayaks (my
  16. On a class field trip for 3rd Block (3rd Period), we went to Freedom Park to measure slope, air temperature, soil temperature, etc. of the Northern & Southern sides/slopes of hills. In between the hill slants, there was a creek bed. Inside the creek bed, there are fossils that I just had to pick up some. I got this oyster and this other shell. It seems everywhere I go (someplace new in nature, or a field trip) I always find either a fossil shell or seashell or land shell. It's really weird, but cool, because mollusks are my favorite type of fossil. And fossils are my favorite study. I am s
  17. My wife Tina and I hit the Peace River yesterday for some fossil-hunting. The weather was mild with the temps hanging around the mid-70’s for most of the day. The forecast had called for a partly-cloudy day, but the sun was rarely seen. It was mostly overcast, so the sun wasn’t going to help us much with water visibility. One thing the forecast had mentioned was gusty winds coming out of the north. We both made note of that, but didn’t expect it to be an issue. We were wrong. More on that later. We made good time on the way out. We left the house just prior to 7am, and we managed t
  18. Hey guys, I live in south Florida and I have been trying to find good locations to hunt for fossilized sharks teeth. I have gone to peace river with my boyfriend before, but we want to try and look for locations that would be closer to us . Please please please help!
  19. Bone Daddy

    How to ruin it for everyone else

    If anyone reading this is responsible or knows the guilty parties, then please tell them to KNOCK IT OFF. This is the kind of thing that gives the rest of us a bad name. Link - https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-sarasota-manatee/thieves-stealing-artifacts-could-hurt-north-ports-water-supply
  20. The stars have finally lined up : schedule, health, weather, funds, and river gauge. That means it's time to hit the river again! Tomorrow I am going to a location that is one of my secret honey-holes. Let's call it "Alpha". It's on the Peace River and has produced plentiful Pleistocene and Holocene specimens. Want a fuzzy clue about it's location? Ok, here goes : it is in a counter-intuitive spot that is easily overlooked. That's it. I have not laid eyes on Alpha for months, so I am unsure what to expect. Hopefully it is fruitful (it usually is). Only three other p
  21. After much anxious gauge watching and storm radar prognostication, I decided to make an attempt on the Peace River today. I got up at 7am and hit the road, expecting to arrive at the river by 8:30. I got stuck in some traffic getting out of Tampa, and I didn't arrive until 9:15am. The sky was cloudy, overcast, and grey. It was not promising and looked like the forecasted afternoon rain might arrive early and cut the day short. But, within minutes of arriving, the grey vanished and the sun started to peek out through gaps in the clouds. It might be a decent day afterall. The water w
  22. I'll just leave this here.... (it's been too rainy to get out and hunt, so I am getting bored.)
  23. Snaggle_tooth

    C and D Canal Help

    Hello all, Recently my girlfriend and I were planning on taking a trip to the C and D Canal for a day as it isn't very far from where we live. However, I have a few questions. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Questions: 1. Where could we park when we head over to the dredge piles, and how far of a walk would it be from the parking spot to the piles? 2. Are the dredge piles productive currently? I am aware that if they havent been dredged recently they won't be very productive. 3. How deep would we need to dig to actually reach the fossils? 4. What
  24. Any suggestions on where to go fossil hunting over by seaside heights, nj area?
  25. As the snow will start to clear soon, I’ve been looking into new places to hunt for fossils in New York! If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them and visit them! Thank you in advance!
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