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  1. Usually dig in rivers, so very newbie to this. First time to badlands. Watched a youtube and the paleontologist is squirting some kind of glue on a tooth before they try to remove it from the earth to prevent it from breaking. What is that glue?
  2. so just recently i was going on a trip to look for fossils, trilobites specifically. On the trip i was able to find plenty of goodies; brachiopods, bryozoa, etc… But i never found any trilobites—well, except a possible pygidium. I did my digging at Savanna, IL, which from what I could find was known for finding lots of trilobites; and complete ones at that. Was I doing something wrong on my trip? I guess what i’m asking is there some way to more easily find trilobite fossils? Like, is there a way to tell what areas are likely to have trilobite fossils or what rocks wou
  3. Hi all, first post and newbie collector so appologies if this is posted in the wrong place. On a Recent trip to Dorset these were found and I’d love some input on the best way to prepare these. One is large and I as tempting as it was to just have at it with the hammer and chisel, I suspect more interesting things may be lurking in there. The others are much smaller and may need something like an air scribe?? Recommendations on that line appreciated also. thank you in advance for any help/tips/recommendations.
  4. Hello All, (WARNING: FIRST TIME CRAB PREP AHEAD) A friend of mine came across a small concretion (2.5") on a marketplace website and picked it up for me. It was already cracked open right across the equator, and exposed a small crab. (I'm assuming from Washington State but anyone that can weigh-in on the species is appreciated.) As per the pictures, the Crab itself has the body and the claw separated into different halves of the split. Reading up on the forum I decided to glue the concretion back together and air scribe my way back down to the Crab in the hopes of conso
  5. Hello everybody, I have question that I always wanted to ask,but it was so dumb that I always avoided asking it. However,curiosity was stronger and I finally decided to go for it and ask it. OK,I would like to know how can someone who collects fossils learn more about fossils he got and find out more about that particular specimen? Is there any sort of ''study'' that can be done with some fossilized specimen like etc. seashell in matrix that would provide more information about that specimen as well as specie? I would like to know more about fossils I have,but t
  6. Hey guys! I'm new to the forum and have something neat to share that came from Hockley Valley Ontario. I found a descent sized piece of what I believe is fossiliferous limestone. This was in a clearing on my property near Hockley Village! I had posted it on mindat.org which some kind people had directed me here to help further identify the fossils in it and maybe learn more about this specimen. We deduced that it was likely limestone but with some hard silica in it as it was able to mark glass. The rocks dimensions are 17 × 12.5 × 4.3cm and it weighs roughly a pound (I don't have a precise sca
  7. Hi Everyone, I'm very new to fossil hunting and was considering going down to Cory's Lane in RI as it's only about 40 minutes from me. I scoped the place out on Google Maps and have some questions for anyone that's hunted there. Do you need a permit to fossil collect in RI? It looks like you can't collect in state parks, but I don't think this area is a state park. I'm actually not even sure if it's town property or private? Google wasn't much help and I'm not really sure which department it would fall under to go through state websites. Are people actually
  8. Tyrannosaurus-wreck

    Calvert Beachcombing Tips?

    Hi guys! So I'm planning to go back to one of the Calvert County beaches to try my luck again- I haven't had any success with finding teeth bigger than about a quarter inch and I'm hoping to find something a little bigger next time. My current technique is to dig up sand from the water and sift through it super carefully- should I switch it up and try something different to find big teeth? If so, does anyone have any recommendations for how to find them? And, final question, which beaches are good for finding larger specimens? I know Purse and Matoaka are good for quantity but I don't know whi
  9. Rocketmandane

    Alaska Fossil Sites

    Hoping to head up to Alaska this next summer and would love to hunt for fossils. Does anyone know of a list of sites to start looking? Thanks!
  10. Pbassham

    Lauderdale/ Limestone County line

    I’m VERY new to this but have had some luck( I think). I had them all separated but with the storms came a strong enough wind that a piece of a tree that my husband uses in his hand built smoke knocked the leg off my table and boom there they went and then had to chase my protectors to get some back. Anyway, does it make since that all the different items would be found in a very small section of my yard. The dog house is farther away. It may take a minute to up load the pics. Of course if you want to help ID any I would give you a Dixie land, “Bless You, child, Bless You!”
  11. Hey Folks, Going through some photos from earlier this month. I never kept this rock. But upon looking at this pic more and more...did I toss a megalodon tooth?! Or is this just some kind of cool looking rock? E&B - The forever newbies.
  12. Grins

    No idea

    Hello all, newbie here. Primarily a artifact/rock hunter, I find all sorts of fossils here in So. Illinois, usually cronoid related. I think. Anywho, any ideas on this guy, this is on a scraper/tool.
  13. Does anyone have a recommendation for published keys to help identify tree species from petrified wood? I'm finding a lot of it and would like to not pester everyone here constantly, but would also really like to know more about the ancient environments I'm exploring. Any tips much appreciated! Happy New Year everyone. TFF definitely a highlight!
  14. I found this on a beach in Massachusetts. I've attached images of several angles of a single specimen. Its dimensions are roughly a 6 cm cube. To be honest, I do not even know if it is a bone, but that is my best guess. Thank you for any help in identifying it. Adam
  15. Entropy

    impressions probably geo

    Hi everyone. This is probably just a rock with some geologic stuff going on. But, I figured I would throw it up here on the board just in case it was something worth looking at. It looks like little triangular indentations. Thanks for looking. Rock is about 2 feet by 2 feet. Including a photo of whole rock in next comment (cant figure out how to fit it here)
  16. Jordanh90

    Newbie - Aust Cliffs UK Finds

    Hi I took only my second trip out fossil hunting over the weekend and found what to me are some great finds. Any help with ID would be greatly appreciated, i believe the vertebrae to be a pretty good example of an ichthyosaur vertebrae but other than that i am pretty clueless. These were all found at Aust Cliffs near Bristol in the UK.
  17. Foxx

    Fossil or modern bone?

    I've never found a fossil before, but always keep an eye out. My dog just dropped this on my foot and I was about to throw it for her before something caught my eye.. there's small crystal looking circles on one end. I've tried the burn test - no smell I've tried the lick test - a lil sticky Could this be a fossil or just a bone from my dog?
  18. Hi! I'm 16 and new to the forum. I live in Brooklyn and i'm interested in fossil hunting, the problem is that I don't know of any sites around me where I could find fossils and my parents don't have a car so I can't drive upstate or out of state to places that reportedly have plenty of fossils. Any help is appreciated!
  19. Every Saturday morning i'm in Big Brook but when i leave there are 6.5 long days before i get to go again. I find myself daydreaming about my next visit specifically or fossils in general. Of course i read The Fossil Forum repeatedly, visit the great Big Brook sites on line (and others), i look at my "collection" and perhaps reorganize, i plan where in Big Brook i will go on my next trip and maybe consult some maps, and of course think about what i will find next visit and whats on my bucket list. Doesn't matter if i'm at work or out on a run, my thoughts will sooner or later come back to
  20. Reichertfarm

    Please help identify

    I'm a newbie and found this in the floor of my goat barn. I was sweeping the dirt floor and saw an unusual shape so I dug it up. I am located in Catawissa, Missouri. It is about 3 inches long. Thanks for your help!
  21. Hi ! i am new member here and need some advice and help from you guys *sorry for any grammatical error . my English skill is bad . Here my fossil background : In my country dinosaur fossils are hard to obtain and dinosaur fossil that found in my country can not be collected or traded (nearest fossil formation just about 5 mile from my home, so sad) and fossil dealer in my country tend to sell their fossil in quite high price. (double or even triple the price which i can not afford) i usually bought fossil from online website from USA and sometime UK but never bought from
  22. Aloha! Planning a short trip to California before I move further away, I was always fascinated by fossils. Are there any dig sites in California that rent out tools? I would love to find a trilobite or ammonite! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
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