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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. This is a trip report (with photos) I wrote with my husband about a road trip we did last spring to dig for trilobites in southern Utah. We just wanted to share the info now that it is spring again! https://nomads-expeditions.blog/2016/05/26/digging-for-fossils-in-utah/
  13. 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
  14. 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

  16. 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!
  17. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at joegallo1954@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since February 2, 2017. SPECIAL NOTE: The links below lead to files that may or may not be the most recent revisions of various local, State, Federal, etc. laws that I could find on the Internet. This compilation is not intended to be taken as legal advice nor does the compiler represent himself as a legal authority. Readers are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with all applicable laws before collecting fossils in any locale. Fossil and Artifact Collecting - Management, Laws and Regulations United States Alabama GSA Website dealing with laws about fossil collecting. Alaska U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2001). Regulations for Marine Mammal Parts Beach Found by Non-Natives. Fact Sheet. Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (2006). Historical, Prehistorical and Archaeological Resources Act of 1973 (Revised 09/11). 8CCR 1504-7 Rules and Procedures. Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. (2011). Application for a Colorado State Permit for Archaeological or Paleontological Work (1415). Office of the State Archaeologist. Affidavit of Lawful Presence. (CRS 24-76.5-103) *Must be included with permit application. Bureau of Land Management. Rockhounding and Fossil Collecting - BLM Colorado. BLM/CO/GI-09/007. Florida Florida Fossil Permit Florida Legislature (2013). The 2013 Florida Statutes -1004.576. Title XLVIII - Chapter 1004. Idaho Recreational Prospecting. Rockhounding and Fossil Hunting on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Illinois Fossil Collecting Day-Use Permit: Mazonia Braidwood Fish and Wildlife Area. Montana United States Department of Agriculture (2010). Recreational Prospecting. Rockhounding and Fossil Hunting in the Montana National Forests of the Northern Region. Northern Region National Forest website. Nevada Bureau of Land Management. Collecting on Public Lands. BLM pamphlet. New Jersey Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey (2004). P.L. 2004, Chapter 170. An ACT protecting New Jersey's publicly owned heritage. New Mexico New Mexico State Land Office/New Mexico Museum of Nature and Science (2014). State Land Commissioner Signs Agreement to Protect Fossils Found on State Trust Lands. North Dakota Hoganson, J.W. The Selling of the Tyrannosaurus rex named "Sue": Its Effect on North Dakota's Fossil Resource Management Program. NDGS Newsletter, Vol.25, Number 2. Hoganson, J.W. North Dakota's Fossil Resource Management Program and the Private Landowner. NDGS Newsletter, Vol.19, Number 2. North Dakota Legislative Branch (1990). Article 43-04. Geological Survey Paleontological Resource Protection. North Dakota Legislative Branch (1990). Chapter 43-04-02. Permit Program. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Council (2007). Title 38 of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Code of Justice - Paleontology. Resolution Number 355-07. South Carolina South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. Hobby Diver License Application (includes summary of South Carolina Antiquities Act of 1991). Texas Texas Historical Commission (amended Sept. 1, 1977). Antiquities Code of Texas. Texas Historical Commission - Archaeology Division. Artifact Collecting in Texas - Landowner Flyer. Utah Geologic Information and Outreach Staff (2003). Rules and Regulations Regarding Rock, Mineral and Fossil Collecting in Utah. Public Information Series 23, Utah Geological Survey. Wisconsin Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (2012). Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter NR 45 - Use of Department Resources. Register February 2012 Number 674 (See NR 45.04 General Rules). Wyoming Board of Land Commissioners. Chapter 11. State Lands Exclusive Commercial and Non-Exclusive Scientific Fossil Removal Permits. Federal Lands Brunner, J., J. Kenworthy and V. Santucci (2009). Unauthorized Fossil Collecting from National Park Service Shorelines: Servicewide Policy and Perspectives. Proceedings of the 2009 George Wright Society Conference. Lazerwitz, T.J. (1994). Bones of Contention: The Regulation of Paleontological Resources on the Federal Public Lands. Indiana Law Journal, Vol.69. Report of the Secretary of the Interior (2000). Assessment of Fossil Management on Federal & Indian Lands. United States Department of the Interior. United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management (1998). Paleontological Resource Management. BLM Manual 8270. United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management (1998). General Procedural Guidance for Paleontological Resource Management. BLM Manual 8270-1. United States Forest Service (2010). Collecting Fossils: When a Permit is Required. Minerals and Geology Management, Centralized National Operations (MGM-CNO). Omnibus Public Land Management Act (2009). Subtitle D - Paleontological Resources Preservation. Public Law 111-011. P.L. 111-011, Title VI. United States Senate Report (2007). Paleontological Resources Preservation Act. Senate Calendar Number 43, Report 110-18. Canada Alberta Alberta Federation of Rock Clubs (2014). Laws Pertaining to the Collection, Ownership, and Selling of Ammonite Shell, Fossils, and Petrified Wood in Alberta. AFRC, Sep 2014 Province of Alberta (2000). Historical Resources Act. Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000, Chapter H-9. British Columbia Fossil Management Review Technical Working Group (2004). Fossil Management for British Columbia. A Review of Fossil Management in Other Jurisdictions With Recommendations for British Columbia. New Brunswick New Brunswick Heritage Conservation Act Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Brochure: Special Places. Special Places Program, Heritage Division, Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Palaeontology Field Research Guidelines. Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Palaeontology Professional Research Guidelines. Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Heritage Research Permit (Palaeontology) Application. Africa Ndoro, W., A. Mumma and G. Abungu (2008). Cultural Heritage and the Law. Protecting Immovable Heritage in English-Speaking Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. ICCROM Conservation Studies, 8. Niger Ministry of Mines and Energy (2007). Mining Code of the Republic of Niger. South African Heritage Resources Agency (1999). National Heritage Resources Act, Number 25 of 1999. Asia Peng, L.C. (1992). Fossil Localities in Malaysia: Their Conservation and Significance. Background Paper, Malaysian National Conservaton Strategy, Economic Planning Unit, Kuala Lumpur. Australasia Australian Museum (2012). Collecting fossils in New South Wales. (Thanks to Phossiker for finding this one!) Department for Environment and Heritage - Fossil Working Group. Fossil Protection in South Australia. Hayward, B.W. (2009). Protecting fossil sites in New Zealand. Carnets de Geologie, Book 2009-03, Chapter 5. New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage (1975; reprinted 2014). Protected Objects Act 1975. (Thanks to Dr. Mud for finding this one!) Europe Aniţăi, N. (2013). Paleontological Heritage in Dobrogea: Protection, Geoconservation, Education and Promotion. Geo-Eco-Marina, 19. Conservation Directorate (2007). The National Trust Policy for the Collecting of Geological Materials (Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals). The National Trust. Fedonkin, M.A., et al. (2009). Paleo-piracy endangers Vendian (Ediacaran) fossils in the White Sea - Arkhangelsk region of Russia. Carnets de Geologie, Book 2009/03, Chapter 9. Norman, D.B. (1992). Fossil Collecting and Site Conservation in Britain: Are They Reconcilable? Palaeontology, Vol.35, Part 2. Scottish Natural Heritage (1999). Fossil collecting in Scotland. Information and Advisory Note, Number 110. Scottish Natural Heritage. Scottish Fossil Code. South America Gibney, E. (2014). Brazil clamps down on illegal fossil trade. Nature, Vol.507. Seizure/Forfeiture Cases Spangler, J. (2002). Dinosaur fossil case ends in plea bargain. Deseret News. United States of America (2017). Tyrannosaurus bataar Skull Forfeiture Case 7: 17-CV-106 Document 1. U.S. Department of Justice (2013). Hadrosaur Forfeiture Case 1: 13-cy-00857-PKC Document 1. General Articles Chure, D. (2000). New Threats to Old Bones. The Theft of Fossil Vertebrates from Museum Collections. CRM, Number 5. Doucette, J. (2013). The Price of Value: Commercial Fossil Trade and Natural History Museums. Hatcher, J. (2006). Preserving America's Fossil Heritage. In: Fossils from Federal Lands. Lucas, S.G., et al. (eds.), New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 34. Hallwood, P. and T.J. Miceli (2014). Unearthing T. rex: The Law and Economics of Paleontological Finds. University of Connecticut - Department of Economics, Working Paper Series, 2014-07. Hippensteel, S. and S. Condliffe (2013). Profiting from the past: Are fossils a sound investment? GSA Today, Vol.23, Number 8. Kuizon, L. (2006). Appraisal of Fossil Resources and Specimens. In: Fossils from Federal Lands. Lucas, S.G., et al. (eds.), New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 34. Larson, P.L. and D. Russell (2014). The benefits of commercial fossil sales to 21st century paleontology. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol.17, Issue 1. Lundgren, G. (1998). Protecting Federal Fossils from Extinction. Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Vol.26, Issue 1. MacFadden, B.J., et al. (2016). Amateur paleontological societies and fossil clubs, interactions with professional paleontologists and social paleontology in the United States. Palaeontologia Electronica, 19.2.1E. Mayor, A. (2007). Fossils in Native American Lands: Whose Bones, Whose Story? Paper presented at the History of Science annual meeting, Washington DC. Padian, K. (2000). Feathers, Fakes and Fossil Dealers: How the Commercial Sale of Fossils Erodes Science and Education. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol.3, Issue 2, Editorial 2. Plotnick, R.E. (2011). Out of the Mainstream: Fossil collecting in the 21st century. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol.14, Issue 1. Shimada, K., et al. (2014). The greatest challenge to 21st century paleontology: When commercialization of fossils threatens the science. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol.17, Issue 1.
  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. 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?
  23. 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
  24. This is just a guide to people who want to collect microfossils and don't want to spend a lot of money. This topic includes foraminifera,conodonts,ostracods,scolecodonts,and misc. mini fossils mainly too small to see without magnification. It will not be all encompassing, mostly for the beginners. A) Collecting; If you happen to live in an area that has a lot of shale/clay then you are in luck. The Ordovician and the Devonian both have lots of microfossils. Just gather up a bag of clay from between the rock layers. Soak the clay in a big bowl , crush it up with your hands, and slowly decant the clay (pour it off slowly), refill the bowl and repeat until the water turns clear. This may take numerous washings. What you have will have micros in it most likely. Dry the residue, if it is clean,it will not clump together if it sticks together too much, wash it some more. Then sieve the residue through at least 2 sieves one with door screen size openings and the other fine mesh (women's hose, or if you're Joe Namenth, your own hose ) Then look at the smaller material with at least 20x magnification and see what you find. The areas with sandy materials just usually have to be dried and sieved (Cenezoic, Cretaceous stuff) Cretaceous marls can be treated like clays for the most part. I don't usually deal with hard rocks, they require an acid to break down, too much work and mess for me. Materials: Sieves Fossil mounts Magnifiers Sorting tools C) Sieves can be as cheap or as expensive as you are willing to spend. The ones I will show you how to make will cost under$10. They are made from cardboard cylinders and needle point hoops and mesh. Most of which can be found in your local hobby store. The pix tell the story. I use door screen for the coarse sieve and hose/mosquito netting for the fine. You can buy a 4" plastic with brass mesh 5 piece sieve set from geologic/materials testing supply stores on line, about $40-50 a set. The advantage to these is you can wash the matrix directly through the sieves saving time. D) Fossil storage You can buy microfossil storage slides on the net from scientific supply houses for $4-7 each. The ones I use cost about a $1, and you can customize them to what you collect. I but plastic coin holders from hobby shops 2x3" and 11/2" square. I print my own lable inserts I printed using Excell to get the size needed. You may use my included for if you wish and it will print clear enough for you. If you figure out how to make money off this idea I want a cut. End of part 1