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Found 35 results

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Fossils in Athens, Greece

    Hey everyone! I was wondering if anyone knows of any shops in Athens that sell fossils or if there are collecting sites that I’m able to visit (assuming it’s ok to take them back home). We’re spending our Christmas holiday in Athens and I would love a little fossil souvenir from there if possible. Thanks!
  10. I was watching the Clint Eastwood movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” recently and it made me think about collecting Mazon Creek concretions and how the movie title applies to them. Let’s start with a couple of the “Good” things: -Over the years there has been numerous books and articles written about the Mazon Creek area and concretions and they provide outstanding information for the collector of all levels. -With about 400 species of flora and about 320 species of fauna that are found in these ironstone concretions plus the remarkable preservation of so many soft bodied animals, I feel that it rivals the fossils found in the Burgess Shale and Solnhofen.
  11. Florida panhandle

    I am going to be at Eglin AFB near Pensacola, FL soon. Any info on collecting in that area would be appreciated. If you have any tips please PM me. Thanks.
  12. So I have a few days off duty and I'm planning on making a long weekend out of it. I'm starting tomorrow in Aurora, NC at the museum's spoil piles. This will be a first, so any suggestions are appreciated. Saturday I will be going to the Charelston, SC area to try my luck again. I was looking for advice in this area. I have done a ton of research with little success. I don't expect someone to give exact locations to their honey holes but advise would be great! Also anyone interested in joining would be welcome. Finally, a few days of free diving the bone yard in Venice, FL.... That's home! Any advice, suggestions, or anyone interested in joining please chime in. I'll post pics as it happens. Thanks in advance, Justin
  13. Wanted to share a map of potential spots to hunt for fossils in the US. Not complete by any means but it's a start! Just planning our fossil hunting road trip this summer and though others might be doing the same Happy hunting!
  14. guided trips

    IMHO, if you set up a date and time to meet someone who is taking their time and effort to take you around to collecting sites in their area, and you can not make the appointed meeting at least have the courtesy to call them and let them know you won't be there.
  15. Hello All. I have been working in southern Arizona for a few months with no fossil fix, but I will be returning to the east coast at the beginning of April. The Tucson show was great but it's just not the same as finding your own material. I will be going through Alabama on Interstate 20 to Birmingham and then heading north to Tennessee, and beyond, on either I-65 or I-59. Are there any locations within an hour of where I will be traveling where either Ptychodus teeth or Hardouinia echinoids can be found? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Ron
  16. Trying to arrange a trip to Gold Point, Ammonite Canyon, Fossil Hill and Canyon this April. Going after trilobites, ammonites, insects, plant material. Anyone interested in going as a small group 4 cars or less?
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    From the album Hollys Fossil Finds

  18. I have not run across many San Diego based fossil collectors who go out regularly. I am out 2-3 times a week and am always exploring new "legal" areas to potentially collect from. Besides the occasional trips to the desert, anyone know of San Diego based fossil organizations or people who are active field collectors?
  19. Anyone thinking fossil hunt?

    Looks like a good weekend on tap for some fossil hunting!
  20. Anyone up for scuba? I plan to put on my scuba unit and get in the Edisto river this weekend. I will be snooping around for fossils. You can snorkel if you like. Water temp 74 degrees F. Air temp 76 degrees F.
  21. As of today the Cooper river water temperature is 65 degrees. The Edisto river water level is approaching 6 feet. I am sure the charter boat Captain's are checking batteries, cables, trailers, changing oil, lubricating cables, etc. By the end of May the 2016 scuba fossiling season will be in full swing. It will not be long before we will be seeing what the GIANT FLOOD of 2015 washed out of the sidewalls. Is your gear ready yet? Tanks hydro-ed? Visually inspected? Regulators serviced? Batteries replaced? Mask and BC checked for leaks? Dive weights located and gathered? Which rivers are you planning to dive? Which boat captains are you planning to use? Have you checked to see if they are running their dive charters this year? Planning any offshore scuba fossiling this season? Which dive charter? SC or NC. Anyone headed to Venice this year? Anyone planning any snorkel shark tooth hunting?
  22. 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!
  23. Nebraska fossil sites?

    Hello, I have a friend who is interested in paleontology (she wants to be a paleontologist), but has yet to actually go fossil hunting. I hope to take her during Spring Break (which for me is the week before Easter). I was wondering if anyone could give suggestions for fossil collecting sites that are 1-3 hours away from Omaha? I am willing to drive to the NE/KS border, up to Niobrara, or a bit to the west. Since we are amateurs, we are limited as to what we can legally collect (we can collect shark teeth, shells, invertebrates, plants, and fish). I really enjoy collecting petrified wood, and I have more than a dozen small pieces that I have found among river rock on my family's property. When I was younger, I believe I went to Pawnee County and found Brachiopods with my grandma's cousin, Roger Pabian. My friend is open to finding anything, but she is eager to be able to call herself an amateur paleontologist. Ashfall Fossil Beds is a neat place (went when I was really little, but I barely remember it). They do NOT allow fossil collecting at all in the park, so it would just be a stop where we could learn and see an active site. Any suggestions for a couple amateurs?
  24. Almost all of us involved in the hobby get asked where can I find sharks teeth. After you learn the hobby you will understand why it is not a good idea to give out information on your hunting spots. Although, some of us do want to help others in what we find to be a fun hobby. I made this video to use to help people starting out. I made it in order for the beginners to try to understand where to search and hunt. Hunting for sharks teeth or fossils can be a very enjoyable hobby. It is basically about understanding geology and then going out into the field and putting in the time to search. It is not as easy as it appears online. The two primary ingredients are time and effort. In the beginning you will only find bits and pieces but as time passes you will find better ones
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