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  1. What are the laws around collecting fossils in Capitola Beach, or really any beach in general in California? I want to go fossil hunting but I want to know what’s legal or what isn’t beforehand.
  2. Our view: With fossils, look but don't take, The Salem News, July 23, 2021 After popularity of Massachusetts state dinosaur campaign, clarity sought on protecting fossils and artifacts, Mass Live, July 22, 2021 Dinosaur bill unearths new concern among archeologists about outdated fossil laws, MetroWest Daily News, July 23, 2021 Massachusetts State Dinosaur: Podokesaurus holyokensis wins fan vote, lawmaker files legislation to officially declare state dinosaur, Mass Live, February 4, 2021 Yours, Paul H.
  3. New member. I did post in an old question too. I’ve been legally collecting surface finds from an area where I know others have collected too. I mostly find small fragments and want to see if anyone else has fragments from the area they don’t want so I can take them to the small schools near me and show to the kids and out of curiosity see if any fit with what I have. I want to note I know the laws about collecting and have met up with some folks from U of A when I’ve found anything for them. It’s just junk stuff I’m wanting. Like to show kids what they are more likely to
  4. Thecosmilia Trichitoma

    Natural Park California Fossil Laws

    I have been looking into a new fossil site exposing the Bay Point Formation in San Diego, CA. I want to see if it would be legal for me to go collecting there, as it looks like it could be a good exposure. The signs around it say that it is a "Natural Park commissioned by the City of San Diego." I couldn't find anything on Natural Park fossil laws when I looked them up. Does anyone know of the regulations of them?
  5. BellamyBlake

    Mexico Fossil Laws

    I've read many times on the Forum that there are strict export and collection laws in Mexico because they may consider fossils to be national treasures. I have one supplier insisting the exact opposite - that there's no such law on exports nor collecting and that there was one mistaken case years ago, though that person received their fossils back when the law was made known to the Mexican authorities who confiscated them initially. Evidently there is the idea that the export of fossils is strictly mandated in Mexico. I'm not sure now where it came from. I'd like to read these laws
  6. Hello All, So recently I've been doing a little bit of reading on random fossil news to pass the time, and I keep reading a lot of comments about "illegal fossils" and whatnot. One specific specimen that comes up a loooot in my readings is the T-Rex fossils. Some mention the legality of the issue, some mention the fact that they might be going to private collectors rather than museums, and many mention both. I understand why the scientific community might want to perform research on the specimen, but seeing as there are more than a single T-Rex fossil that belong to museums, shouldn't thi
  7. dbrake40

    River Hunting - Legalities

    Has anyone had any personal experiences with river hunting and what the legal restrictions are with removing objects on public navigable waterways in Minnesota? I've heard differing things in MN regarding what part of a waterway is considered state land and what parts is navigable - high water line vs. low waterline (owned by the state). What's considered navigable and what is not. Any good resources.
  8. Thecosmilia Trichitoma

    California fossil laws

    There are many laws that should be known in California. The consequences of these laws include fines and sometimes even prison. One of the most important laws in California is that there is no fossil collecting on Federal land. If you want to collect fossils on Federal land, you need to have a special permit and you have to donate all specimens to a museum, university etc. On BLM land, you are allowed to collect common invertebrate fossils. However, you need a special permit to sell or trade any fossils that you find on BLM land. You need permission from landowners to collect on private land
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. I’ve read over and over again on some older threads that you cannot hunt within any of the state’s water management districts and wanted to clear up some misconceptions without replying to an old thread. I worked at SJRWMD for 2 years before I got tired of the low pay. 1) The entire state is in a WMD. From the sand dunes inwards, you are in their jurisdiction. But this just applies to water conservation, stormwater, taxes, etc. Nothing regarding fossil hunting, just the actions of landowners and business. 2) They do not own navigable waterways, and in no way regul
  12. I am collecting links to fossil, rock and mineral collecting laws/codes/rules in the US Forest Service lands and other Federal lands. LINK The default is that you are allowed to collect most invertebrate fossil in US Forest Service lands unless it is in written plans or rules that prohibit it. Always ask US Forest Service managers ahead of time if collecting is allowed and the written rule or plan that allows or prohibits it. Please let me know if you have any additional info to add to my collection. I find the actual rules or laws most useful. Read sections 291.1 to 2
  13. Seguidora-de-Isis

    Brazillian Fossils

    Let's talk a little about Brazil For some years now I would like to talk a little about Brazil here at TFF, and I think the best opportunity has finally come! In fact, Brazil has not only banned exports, but also banned the commercialization of fossils even within the country, and Brazilians can not collect fossils from their own country, as they can take many years in prison! And with so much banning, even world-renowned Paleontologists (I'm a big fan of this great scientist) pterosaurs experts wrongfully get arrested by mistake: http://www1.fol
  14. snolly50

    SC mystery Mammoth in the news

    Here is another fossil controversy from SC. http://www.thestate.com/latest-news/article207256219.html
  15. Hi all, I hope you don't mind but I want to piggy back some questions off of a couple of other posts I've seen recently about transporting and buying fossils legally and going through customs. To make it simple, my husband is US military and we are stationed in England. I've bought several fossils while here and discovered a few (very minor ones, so far) on my own. After seeing a few posts, I'm beginning to get a little concerned that I may not be able to take them back with me, or to another overseas location. I want to keep collecting but I'm hesitant if I can't bring them with me. If anyone
  16. Earlier this summer, my father and I went on a road trip around the vicinity of Seneca Rocks in West Virginia; on the way back from a long day of hiking we stopped on a small outlet from the road (Corridor H, near Elkins) to stretch our legs. It was right beside of an extremely large and layered road-cut, we were in awe to find the best shell fossils that we've found in WV so far just laying everywhere. I climbed up the edge of the hillside parallel to the road to the second layer of exposed rock which was 99% shale (absolutely insane amounts of fossils, crinoids, brachiopods, etc. all nearly
  17. Mr. Sudarshan Gupta

    Laws abiding Fossil Collection.

    Dear all, Is anybody aware of the legal prospects regarding Fossil hunting and Collection in India. Please let me know if there is any provision of registration of such collections such that I can legally have possession of Fossils and related stuff.
  18. MSirmon

    Manitoba Canada

    I am going Manitoba on a fishing trip. Are there any special Canadian laws regarding fossil collecting? Are the islands there fossiliferous?
  19. Minnesota Nice

    Collecting in Israel

    Anybody familiar with the collecting laws for Israel? What can be found? Any areas that I should definitely hit?
  20. Received this from the AAPS: AAPS Member John McNamara sent me the following, and I wish to share it with all AAPS members. - George Winters, Administrative Director My thoughts on this are as follows. This legislation is not limited to tusks and ivory as many John Q Public voters would think it is. Every state bill and law defines ivory rather loosely with most declaring ivory to be "ANY tooth or tusk from ANY animal". Massachusetts defines ivory as any tooth or tusk from, BUT NOT LIMITED TO......, which means legally, this could encompass ANY tooth of any vertebrate, extinct or extant. The
  21. KansasFossilFinder

    Fossil Hunting And The Law

    I was reading about someone getting in trouble for collecting fossils on the missouri river because it was on the corps of engineers land and that led me to thinking where it is okay to collect and where its not if you know anything about some basic laws or if you know anything about Kansas or Missouri restrictions. A more specific question, is the clinton lake spillway okay to collect on since the corps of engineers built it what are the restrictions for things like that. Thanks in Advance.
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