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  1. Hey all! So I found what appeared to be a large geode, but upon further investigation turned out to have 5 or 6 fossils imprints! They seem to be seashells, scallop-like so possibly bivalves or brachiopods. I'll attach the pre-cleaning pictures below, then some more later after I rinse it and dry it off. My big question is: since this thing definitely has fossils (I can see at least two are half buried in the stone matrix) and is very likely a geode (it's heavy, has dimples, and I can see shiny facets in a few of the dimples), what should be next step be? I wanted to crack it open al
  2. DiligentEyes

    North Carolina Dilemma

    Hi everyone, I want to start by saying I am new to the site, so I apologize if I do something incorrect commit a faux pas. I am a younger gentleman in college living in North Carolina; my father instilled a love for fossils in me from a young age, and as I grew up I would explore beaches and phosphate piles. Even though it is just a hobby, I put a lot into fossil hunting; my interest was always beyond the surface level of "I love shark teeth," and I have done countless hours of research. This brings me to the present day where I call your wisdom and guidance. Unfortuna
  3. Hey Fossil Gang! I was exploring the forest near my dorm and found a small area where the ground had a sparse layer of tiny, white, spiral shells. I'm no expert but they didn't seem like snail shells, I could be wrong. I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips for this situation. What should I do? I thought I could start by collecting some of the surface level shells and maybe even dig around a bit. I imagine just the tiny shells would be pretty common but do y'all think there could be greater treasures laying in wait? What sort of basic equipment/tools should I use? Any he
  4. 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!
  5. Hello all, I am running into a problem with organising my finds. Should I group them based on type, or specific location found? What should I include on their labels (I don't want to write on the fossils, so I place them on top of a piece of paper that states name, location, age ect.) Any additional information would also be helpful. Thanks in advance.
  6. KingSepron

    Abbey Wood tips?

    I’ve been to Abbey Wood twice now, but haven’t been able to find much, can anyone give any tips on where to go? Thanks!
  7. Hi! I wonder how can I improve my fossil exploring trips. Let's say I go to the abandoned limestone quarry and it has 3 floors. How can I be sure that this is the right spot? Am I supposed to look around for "highest concentration" of fossils or maybe for some distinctive looking rocks? For now I've been running from one place to another and spending half an hour here, another there
  8. Hi all. I have been really getting into Macro Photography. I only have a phone and a very cheap Macro lens. I have been recommending the clip-on lens quite a bit to members. A few of you purchased the lens but could not get the best out of it. So I have decided to add a few tips. Bobby’s Top Tips Macro style. 1. Always place the objects you’re photographing on a steady flat surface. Do not hold the object, as there is too much movement for a macro lens, which can cause the object to be blurry. 2. Sit still at a table to take your photos, and if possi
  9. Hey everyone! I'm extremely new to the game (well I grew up digging in my backyard after watching Jurassic Park, but that got nowhere), and I'm looking for some tips or even possible sites to dig along I-10 West. I'm headed back home, San Antonio to El Paso, and was trying to look into possible dig stops along the way. Thanks to some amazing guides and tips (Uncle Siphuncle, all thanks to you) I've reignited my childhood passion to start hunting again. Unfortunately I won't have the opportunity to go further north for bigger finds, but I quite happy with just stumbling across the s
  10. FossilizedShoe

    Calvert Cliffs Advice

    Hey guys, I'm going to be in Maryland on Monday and will hopefully visit the Calvert Cliffs. I am unfamiliar with the area and would like to know what the best M.O. for the site is. Thanks, -Shoe
  11. FossilizedShoe

    Summerville Tips

    Hey guys, I'm going to be in Charleston here in a bit, just visiting family over the summer, and I would appreciate some help in finding good places in Summerville to hunt the creeks. I've had some success, but I'd like to narrow down my options some before I get out there. I am not asking anyone to surrender their honey holes, but I would like to know which areas of Summerville are topographically favorable for finding fossils. I've noticed that some creeks will be chock full of material, but a near-identical creek half a mile from it will be barren of fossils. Any help would be greatly appre
  12. Hello, hello! I'll be posting in the member introduction next, but I thought I would do this first. I am a Saskatchewan-ian, but have only ever found two fossils in Saskatchewan. A small limestone bivalve imprint in the Swift Current creek, Swift Current; and a nice sized 3/4 ammolite shell south of Gull Lake, in a pasture (I don't remember the exact location). I have found most of my collection in BC (Vancouver island, Comox valley), but am unsure where to begin here at home. I have read over our major fossil finds, T-Rex for the win!, but unsure where to begin.
  13. Hello, since it is the holiday for me, I was wondering if anyone here knows about dinosaur fossil sites (or sites in Europe near France) that I could visit and be able to collect specimens from. As I know certain sites like Cherves de Cognac are closed, I want to make sure that I go to a site I am positive I can hunt in. Regards, indominus rex
  14. Allosaurus

    Tips for Fossil Education

    Hi! I'll be teaching a group of kids about Geology this summer via 4H, and I'm looking for suggestions on activities/topics/etc that we can cover related to fossils. I'm planning for two meetings on fossils (one invertebrate and one vertebrate), with the rest covering a host of other geology topics. I have some general ideas, but I'm hoping to gather lots of suggestions. I'm mostly looking for ideas on different activities that we can do. I'll be bringing some of my personal collection for display, but I want this to be as hands on as possible (and yes, we will be doing field trips). Any sort
  15. SteveE

    temecula CA

    Greetings CA fossil fans! At the height of summer heat, I will be visiting Temecula CA for several days. Of course no one wants to give up their secret location for diamond inlaid nautiluses, but can you suggest must-see exposures to get an appreciation for that part of the country? Fossil or mineral collecting is a bonus but not a requirement! How about reading material for roadside wonder? Thanks for any tips.
  16. Does anyone have any tips on finding scleidosaurus fossils at charmouth? Is there a special way of defining them from the other rocks? Also do they show up under a uv torch like the ammonites from there do?
  17. Darwin and Wallace

    Going to Mazon Creek! Tips?

    Hey everybody, I'm planning on going to do a day's worth of nodule collecting at Mazon Creek in a few weeks with a buddy of mine. Any tips on where to go? Also, anyone know of a hotel that's reasonably close to where we can start collecting? Thanks for any and all tips!
  18. Hi all! I am new to the forum and relatively new to fossil collecting. I would like to try my hand at preparation, but am not sure where to start. It seems like purchasing mosasaur teeth still embedded in matrix and slowly working to get them out might be a good way to practice with cheap and easily obtainable fossils, but I do not know how to go about this. In my head I imagine purchasing a few 20-30 dollar teeth with matrix, chisels, and scribers to be a great and (relatively) cheap way to begin practicing various techniques that I intend use for the rest of my life, is there any
  19. Limpetforce

    Hunting at Eastbourne UK

    Hi All, So haven't done any exploring or hunting since a brief weekend spent in Hastings in September last year (had a few small finds which are still waiting to be sorted) This is due to me being diagnosed and dealing with a genetic disorder which has mostly put me on my backside and I've been seriously lacking in learning more and actually getting out there on hunts. To cut a long story short, I'm feeling more myself and the flames as been reignited and I'd like to try to get back out there. I'm currently eyeing up Eastbourne and Beachy Head via Cow Gap. i was j
  20. Hey y’all! Hubby and I have to go to NM this weekend to pick up our son, we’re looking to do a little hounding again. I’ll be researching on places to go in the Alamogordo area. I’m not looking for yalls special sites or anything, just maybe a little advice or idea of an area to look into going. I guess I should read up on the collecting laws there too huh
  21. Hi guys! I just got an epic keichousaurus fossil. Are there any tips you guys have with keeping it in shape? Is it ok for the fossil to be in the sun? Thanks! nick
  22. Do you guys know if there arer any good exposures along the Patuxent river near dc? I've also heard some vague thing about fossils near Piscataway Park, but have never been able to confirm anything. The rest of what I've heard is in this link https://www.nps.gov/articles/park-paleo-spring-2018-antonioni-nace-b.htm but I don't know if they are open to collecting.
  23. Skidush

    Tips?

    Do you guys have tips for hunting for shark teeth in Northern VA and Southern MD? most of the beaches in VA either have no fossils or are private property. And I can't seem to find anything other than Calvert Cliffs and Purse State park that seem reliable in Southern MD. What are the best places to rent boats in Calvert and Purse? and are there reliable creeks and rivers that I can go to legally in Southern MD and Northern VA?
  24. Does anyone know how/where to get permission into mulbring quarry, NSW and if possible any contact information?
  25. This June I'm heading for a 50+ mile hike in the famous Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Looking for a cool itinerary (route) to take, I searched through all the activities there. The 2 most exciting things I found were an Archaeological dig (sounds a lot like a hobby I have ) and a relatively recently discovered T.Rex footprint, currently the only one known to exist! Now that my curiosity is in full flight, I was wondering if there was anything else Paleontology regarding Philmont. With the presence of a T.rex track, the logical conclusion is there's some kinda Cretaceous for
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