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Found 52 results

  1. Bowmanville - Spring 2019

    From the album Field Comrades

    The B-ville Wrecking Crew, Spring 2019.
  2. Is anyone here familiar with a company by the name of "Fossils: Nature's window on the fourth dimension"? Our collection has some specimens with this label, but nobody is familiar with the title's significance. I'm trying to determine when and by whom they were established, which regions their fossils were collected from, and when they dissolved (if no longer active). Thanks!
  3. Washington DC- where to Hunt?

    Hi all, I'm going to be in DC for 2 months this summer. Does anybody have any recommendations for collecting localities in the area? I'll be kinda limited in terms of where I can go bc I wont have a car.
  4. I was recently collecting down on the south fork of the nemaha river, looking through the glacial till gravel, and discovered this very well preserved jawbone. I am unsure of its age or species. Any information would be great to have. I can post other angles of it if needed
  5. Spanish Fork Canyon

    Has anyone been to the Spanish Fork Canyon near mill creek for collecting Eocene shells recently. Is this area still accessible off skyline drive?
  6. Collecting trilobites

    Hey! This might be the wrong thread/topic but here it goes. I recently started collecting different species of trilobites. It would have been interesting to see what species others have collected and whether you can refer to some species in a medium price range that is worth collecting. I have a desire to compile a list for myself with different species that I can follow. Someone who has / knows about fine trilobites that are worth collecting? These are the species I have collected so far: - Flexicalymene sp (morocco) - Flexicalymene retrorsa - Coltraneia oufatensis - Hollardops mesocristata - Hollardops sp. - Ductina vietnamica - Elrathia kingi - Different phacops sp. - andalusiana cambropallas - Some unidentified species (will be posting pictures, some of you probably know) Thanks!
  7. The kids are on spring break next week, and we'll be spending some time in the Tampa area with family. My son (8) and I will probably try to take a day to go to the Peace River. If anyone is interested in joining us, let me know. I've collected ther several times, but it's probably been over a year, and I'm not an expert by any means. I'm not sure exactly which day we'll be able to get away. It will probably be Monday or Thursday. I have a kayak.
  8. Below is an odd study that should amuse fossil collectors. Apostolou, M., 2011. Why men collect things? A case study of fossilised dinosaur eggs. Journal of Economic Psychology, 32(3), pp.410-417. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/227419210_Why_men_collect_things_A_case_study_of_fossilised_dinosaur_eggs https://www.academia.edu/1005561/Why_men_collect_things_A_case_study_of_fossilised_dinosaur_eggs https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0167487011000286 Yours, Paul H.
  9. I have been on the market for a large Mioplosus for about 3 years. The largest in my collection now is a humble 11". I was wondering if anybody knew someone that was selling or trading for a larger Mioplosus.(Preferably over 15")
  10. Reno, NV Fossil Sites

    I will be spending some random time in Reno (Sparks actually), NV over the next couple months. Does anyone have a few sites they would be willing to give me the details on for some collecting when work allows? Send me a PM if you don’t want the general public to know. Any possibilities would be greatly appreciated.
  11. Hey folks! I had posted in the Fossil ID section regarding a little boi I had found some time ago, and a few of you guys really gave me the urge and confidence to go try my hand at some first time collecting of my own! I read a few guides on this site, did some research, and intrepidly went wandering around a large public forest here in Ottawa; I had read some very old reports that there were some old exposed fossil rocks to be found there. After a lot of confused wandering, and almost calling it quits as I was losing the light (and hope), I did eventually come across a very large rock poking out of the forest floor which was studded with spiral shelled fossils which were almost fist sized! The host rock was far too large for me to just drag out of the forest and I didn't manage to get any pictures as it was getting dark and spooky out, but I noted the spot and returned home. My question is what do you guys think about the best practice for something like that would be? Leave it in-situ for future explorers to go see or have at a few sections of it with a hammer and chisel? I would love to take a few samples home and try my hand at preservation and presentation techniques, but I'm not sure whether removing parts of something like that would be considered poor form and my inner archaeologist cringes at the thought of removing items from their original context. The rock in question was quite a ways off the beaten path however, and I doubt anyone would stumble across it out of sheer coincidence so I was thinking maybe chipping away at a few wouldn't be too damaging, but I would really like your much more informed opinions. If the type of fossil/rock makes a difference in the final considerations I can go snap a picture or two the next time I have some free time! (apologies if any of my terminology is erroneous or nonsensical, theres so much to learn!)
  12. This coming up weekend?! Sept. 20-22.

    Hello everyone! I was originally going to go to the Mine in Maysville NC this weekend and look for Teeth but I’m pretty sure they will call it off due to the bad weather they had. I also thought about going to GMR but they flood very easy and I don’t know if the water will be down by Thur. Or Friday. Can anyone help me with any spots that might be good within a 3 hour drive of Virginia Beach. Or if anyone reading this lives near Greenville and have any news on the water levels at the park or the bridge could you please let me know?! Thanks in advance! -Holly
  13. GMR Tomorrow?

    On my way back home to New Jersey from our road trip, I’m stopping in Greenville tonight. I am going to collect for a few hours tomorrow morning and drive the rest of the way home. Is anyone up for a few hours?
  14. Hi, I'll be visiting the Buxton area of Derbyshire and hope to find some fossils. I've read that Halldale Quarry and Butts Quarry are good sites. Are these sites still accessible and is collecting allowed? Thanks for any info.
  15. Crawfordsville

    Does anyone here have any experience with Crawfordsville, IN? I am making a XC trip in a few weeks, and I might be able to reach that general area. I wouldn't mind finding a couple of nice crinoids. I know nothing about the area. Any info would be greatly appreciated. (Accessibility of sites, best sites, etc.) Thanks in advance! -J
  16. Start them Young

    My Daughter called over with the 4 month old Grandson dressed in a Dinosaur jumpsuit wanting some photos. So not letting a chance go by I thought time to start getting him interested in Fossils as in a few years I will need someone to do the harder digging. So how young is too young to start them on a hobby collecting Fossils I ask you. Remember the shorter they are are the closer those eyes are to the ground to pick up those small fossils. Mike
  17. Finally made a nice set of Sifters!

    So I am planning to take a trip to GMR this coming Saturday with my brother and we didn't have any sifters to take. We went to Lowe's and bought some 1 inch PVC pipe, 1 inch corners, and 1/4 inch wire cloth to make them. I thought we had bought enough 1 inch piping to make a set of two, but it turns out I'm not the best guestimator... I had some 2 x 2 wooden boards and used those to make the second sifter. They are 24" x 16" in size and seem like they are pretty sturdy and lightweight enough to carry for a while if need be. I also saw some other builds that added pool floats to the sides to they could be dragged through the water without carrying so we added those as well. All in all I'm pretty happy and cant wait to give them a test run at GMR this weekend!
  18. I have a bit of an unusual question here - I'm actually hunting for small, rather than large, pieces of petrified wood. I'm a hobby aquarist, and since it's very expensive to buy aquarium rocks from a pet store, I'm looking for my own. Problem is, all I can find is sandstone, which isn't good in fish tanks. Petrified wood would be perfect for my tank, and I read that it's quite common in Australia. Can I easily and legally find it lying around in Sydney? I don't want anything special, small and light pieces are ideal. I know it's not relevant to this forum, but if anyone here knows if I can find granite, slate or lava rock lying around anywhere in Sydney I'd also really appreciate any advice.
  19. Show us your weapon

    I was cleaning up my hammers, pry bars, and chisels when something occurred to me. I have had this mini sledge for 20 years and its been through hell. Since I bought this hammer I have broken 3 Estwing brick layers, 2 crowbars, and several chisels. This hammer has been laying in water, mud, misplaced, and has smashed through literally several tons of rock. I cant believe I haven't lost it or it hasn't broke in half by now. Take a look at your weapons of geology and see if there is one in your arsenal that has defied the odds. SHOW US YOUR WEAPON.
  20. Hey all, So I have a decent collection of mineral specimens from Oklahoma. Now, I'm getting into fossilized wood. I had the opportunity to dig at a ranch near the Petrified Forest National Park a couple weeks ago and made out with a very nice haul. I have some questions... 1. What is the best method for cleaning the wood? 2. One of my small stumps has a very sizable open cavity of quartz. What is the best way to clean this specimen? Oxalic acid? It should turn out very stunning. 3. Any tips for a newbie on collecting fossil wood? I am about 1/4 of the way through Frank Daniels' new book on fossil wood, and it is amazing! Russ
  21. Texas collecting

    going to be in the Ft Worth area in a couple weeks to collect. If you have any K areas you are willing to share, please PM me. Already planning to go back to the Mineral Wells/Jacksboro area for Penn. Thanks
  22. A good friend of mine is working in an area real close to Cape Town, South Africa. He's an avid fossil collector and wants to know if it's legal to collect fossils off any of the beaches there. I did some research and it appears that South Africa has some pretty strict laws/rules that prohibit the collecting of any fossils, removing them, exporting them, etc. without a permit from South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) . Permits seem to be issued only when specimens go to a museum or university for study, etc. Just curious to know if this is still the current law/situation so my friend knows what he can or can't do/collect etc.
  23. Hi Everyone, I am trying to figure out my summer plans right now. I'm going to be going into my senior year of highschool. I'm hoping to spend the summer or part of the summer focusing on fossils and paleontology. My dream would be to find a program where housing is provided that i could be out in the field collecting fossils. In my dream world, fossils to study and keep for myself, but again, realistically, just any work out in the field collecting and searching for fossils. I am especially interested in fossils from the miocene period but I would be perfectly content to go collecting and maybe even study fossils from other periods. I'm not terribly interested in plant fossils, but everything from ammonites to trilobites to shark teeth to mammals is of great interest to me. I live in Massachusetts so it would most likely have to be out of state in which case it would need to be something that could provide housing. Doesn't have to be an official job with a specific museum or anything. Maybe a job or internship at a fossil quarry or something like that. Maybe working with a museum to go on collection trips. That kind of thing would be amazing. Any advice or leads would be a tremendous help. Thanks in advance!
  24. Believe it or not, not everyone is familiar with the world of fossil hunting. Sometimes we might attract the attention of the uninitiated while out collecting. "What is that person up too?" They might think. You could be hammering away at an outcrop on a public roadside or beach or turning up all dirty carrying your rock pick and a heavy pack in a car park. Through the years with fossil hunting and through collecting mud cores for work I've had this happen. The other day it was a group of surfers on a remote beach. "Are you looking for gold with that little pick axe?" This is is a common question as who might imagine that people would spend so much time and effort hunting for long dead things. Sometimes I wonder if I did spend as much time hunting for gold as fossils.... but this is what drives me and the reward is worth more than gold to me. Anyone else had to answer strange questions while collecting or have a common question they get asked? How did I answer the surfers? Did I lie and say, "No, not gold, diamonds mate!". I was tempted as they obviously thought I was one weird dude. I paused for a second and then explained what I was actually doing. Being surfers, they appreciated the stories of the long dead sharks (including mega sharks) that I've found on the beach. Through my job I do a lot of fieldwork and see this as a kind of outreach, we are ambassadors for our science when we are in the field. So, even though I've had much weirder questions throughout the years, I always try to explain what I am up to. Look forward to others stories.
  25. I will be going to Utah in a few weeks. I will be spending about a month there and will have time to get out and fossil hunt. Are there areas of the Green River Formation that are open to fossil collection?
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