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  1. Hi guys! I'm trying to find some private land to hunt on in New Mexico. As a Texas girl, I am used to climbing to various elevations and working in extreme heat. I really want to collect specimens so private land is the way to go! It is going to be a sort of honeymoon experience in a way because my boyfriend that knows nothing about fossils has agreed to come if it is on private land. I would really appreciate any recommendations!
  2. Beach fossil identification

    Hey everyone! I have a great selection of fossils at home but I still lack a great knowledge of my most local fossils. I rarely find more than Devil toenails here in the UK but have come across quite a few on my travels today. Initially they caught my eye because they look like my orthoceras but I also have crinoids that have similar markings. There are thousands on the beach with fresh finds every day. If anyone could confirm what I've found it'd be much appreciated. I assume I have a collection of various plant fossils?
  3. My first fossil hunting trip was a success! I have a tone of amazing material from Grand Isle VT! I have no idea what most of it is though. LOL But it's going to be so much fun learning what I have. I even got one complete 1.5cm trilobite! and some kind of head thing! Here are some of the pics!
  4. So I just found out about two good fossil sites for trilobites only and hour away from my house! This is my first time going out looking for fossils ever and I am so excited! I gots me a spade, large flat head screw driver, thin pry bar, gloves and claw hammer. For prep tools I have an air scribe and compressor, steel dental/sculpting tools, mini files, polishing papers, and other small tools as I work with silver. The site is in Vermont and I am expecting wet, cool conditions. I wanted to get any tips or advice you may have for a first timer to help make my afternoon trip a success. Tri-Lo-Bites! (read as dine-o-mite!)
  5. Hey, So I was planning on going on a fossil hunt this summer in Oklahoma. I thought "Black Cat Mountain" would be a great place to start but I can't find anything on how to contact the owner "Bob Carrol". I've been on their website which has a phone number but it says its no longer in use. If anyone has contact information like a email or phone number that would be great. Anyway thank you for reading this message and have a nice day. Sincerely, Carson Betancourt
  6. Hello everyone. I have been a collector for a long time, but I think it is pretty sad that there is a very limited amount of fossils in my collection I have found myself. I want to start fossil hunting more often!! I often take my fossil collection to schools, and I think it would be special to be able to share things I've found myself. Right now I am visiting family in the Canonsburg area, which is outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I am going to try to get some geologic maps for the area. But in the meantime, I was wondering if anyone has any other resources for me or any favorite spots around there? Thank you all! (Not sure if this was the right section for this post, if not please move)
  7. Hi there, I was wondering if anyone knows where to go fossil hunting in Oklahoma? I tried looking everywhere but don't know where too exactly start. Like what papers do I sign and who do I contact to get permission too. If anyone can help that would be great and thank you for reading this. Have a nice day.
  8. Hey guys, after hunting in Gainesville for a while I want to know if there’s any other places I can hunt? I’ve already done the beaches on the coast and some private sections os spring runs, but I’m ready for more. Anyone interested in heping me? I’m craving fossils like crazy. I’m not afraid of creeks, streams, springs, diving, and water up to my waist.
  9. Pliosaur discovery The landowner has asked that the location is kept secret to avoid the problem of having unauthorised collectors trespassing on their land, and the risk that unscrupulous individuals may loot the site and destroy valuable scientific information in doing so. 28/10/2017 First discoveries The SDGS organised a field trip to a quarry known for its exposures of the Lower Chalk and Kimmeridge Clay. It was a very successful day, and many interesting finds were made by members of the society, including ichthyosaur and plesiosaur bones, and a possible dinosaur bone. The most significant find of the day however was a very muddy lump of limestone which on closer examination showed itself to be the tip of the snout of a pliosaur. The bone was found at the bottom of a clay face a meter and a half high. Within the face is yellowish, pyritic bed which look similar to some of the clay adhering to the snout. Other bones, including a vertebral centrum and the atlas-axis were found either in material eroded from the face or in situ.The prospect looks good for more bones, possibly of a scattered skeleton of the animal. 01/01/2018 Preparation of premaxilla The bones found on the first visit were took to Mark Evans at New Walk Museum, Leicester for his views on their identity and significance. We had initially identified the tip of the snout as a maxilliary symphysis, but Mark determined that it is the premaxilla. He also identified the atlas-axis, The outcome of this was that the find is potentially of considerable significance. Large pliosaurs are rare. 26/05/2018 Second site visit A second field trip was arranged with the intention to find out if any more of the animal is preserved. The team started to dig into the face to expose the bed from which the bones originated. After a rather dicouraging first hour or so, vertebra started to appear. It became clear that this is not just a few scattered bones, but possibly a substantially complete carcase. 16/06/2018 Third visit After the success of the last visit, it became clear that a more systematic approach to the excavation is needed. Sketches of the layout of the bones within a 50x50cm grid were made, and bones were numbered as they were lifted. The preservation of the bone is patchy. Most of the vertebral centra are robust and well-preserved, but the ribs are in general very friable especially when wet. Centra were numbered and lifted at the end of the day. Ribs were soaked in a weak paraloid in acetone solution, covered with foil and paper towels and left in place for lifting on the next visit. 16/06/2018 Vertebrae lifted The vertebrae 56-64 were lifted at the end of the day. 67 was loose and was also lifted. Ribs and the neural spine (50) were consolidated using increasing concentrations of paraloid in acetone, covered in foil and left in place. All in-situ material remaining was then covered with newspaper, a layer of plastic sheeting and loose clay. 04/07/2018 Excavation day 4 This and the following day were made possible by the cooperation and support of the quarry, who gave us access to the site during working hours and provided help in the form of a digger to excavate the overburden over a wide area. 19 more bones were found on the day, including five vertebrae, two of them with the neural arch intact. Star find of the day is a tooth, tentatively identified as a ratchet tooth and circular section in section, which may be significant in determining the taxonomic identity of the specimen. The ribs which had been left in place after the previous visit were lifted, in most cases jacketted. For some plastered fabric strips were used, others the more traditional method of plaster of paris and hessian strips. 05/07/2018 Excavation day 5 This turned out to be the final day of excavation. Only one more bone was found, a large rib (120). A wide area of at least 2m from any bone location was dug to below the horizon in which the bones are found discovered nothing more. The dig was completed by mid-day. The build up to an outing up North The Stamford and District Geological Society has a history of visiting this quarry. Starting in 2009 and went for 3 consecutive years.With one more organised visit there in 2014 arranged by long serving field secretary Kenny Nye. It wasn’t until the beginning of September 2017 that Kenny had contacted me to say he had spoke to the quarry foreman to arrange another visit. Bearing in mind that no one else had visited the quarry since our last visit in 2014! this was an opportunity not to be missed. The SDGS has a good group of members who are well versed with working quarries. With tried and tested methods in place from previous significant finds in the past. But as we have not travelled this far for some time I felt that we needed someone on board who knew the area well. Or more importantly and if possibly knows the geology of this quarry. As I’ve suggested before you need to do your research and get your questions out there. You would be surprised to how many people are willing to listen. I find when researching on the internet you need a few specific words to get you going in the right direction. For this field trip, it was “Jurassic marine deposits in the UK. Then let the following relevant “of on a tangent” search results run their course. Kimmeridge Clay Formations (Upper Jurassic) was the leading search result. Especially as these horizons have yielded numerous complete and fragmentary remains that grace many private and museum collections across the UK. Now interestingly after reading about numerous Kimmeridge Clay specimens being found here there and everywhere. My attention was often diverted to a rare Cretaceous ichthyosaur from Lincolnshire. Admittedly not Kimmeridge Clay Formation but two “of on a tangent” key words were found (a marine reptile Ichthyosaur) and (Lincolnshire). The rare ichthyosaur was found by the geologist John Green who bought this to the attention of the palaeontologist Dean Lomax. The geologist John Green and Lincolnshire associated together became more and more apparent in my research. After one final late night on the laptop I discovered “John Green” had conducted some research on the foreshore to where the Scunthorpe Pliosaur was found. So, there was one obvious thing to do now, that was speak to Dean Lomax as the SDGS know him quite well and find out how to contact John Green immediately to acquire his thoughts and opinions. And of course, to tag along for our forthcoming field trip. After an in-depth phone call, John has agreed to go with us which is somewhat of a relief as I felt the group could hit the ground running, now with have someone in the group who has good experience of this quarry. The SDGS met as planned at the quarry around 07.30am and were greeted by the quarry foreman. It’s an absolute must that both parties (quarry management and visiting group) are singing of the same sheet straight away. So, when the Health and Safety talk is mentioned you need to absorb everything that is mentioned. As you have to remember that the quarry has put a lot of trust in our group, if you let them down then don’t expect any return trips. We were then pointed in the general direction towards the quarry, which was a long way away and told to have a nice time and to look out for each other. So, what more can you ask for, trust is established, and head off to see what we can find. It was a pleasurable walk as we meandered down to the bottom of the quarry, with time to chat on a loose plan of action while discussing various geology write ups of the quarry. A 20-minute walk soon got us to the quarry floor. Now there is a lot of geology going on all around you, you can look through vast amounts of Chalk, Kimmeridge Clay and even Carstone Formation exposures. We were allowed 4 hours at the quarry so it’s time for less chatting and heads down looking at the ground in front of you. The quarry floor is certainly a wide-open space of Kimmeridgian clay with a scattering of Bivalves and numerous fragments of ammonites. But for me somehow felt a little un-fossiliferous so decided to go off track somewhat and scale some of the steep sided quarry sides or steps as they are known. While traversing up and down one of these banks, perhaps 20 feet from the quarry floor itself. I found myself following a trail of small Rasenia cymodoce? Ammonites. Followed these for perhaps a good 30 meters or so until the trail ended. But pressed on a bit further, and so glad I did because the next thing I was looking down at was a large vertebra. I had no idea what from at the time due its poor condition, but of course we do now. So, this was the start of the discovery of the Scunthorpe Pliosaur. The blog of mine written above for anyone who may be interested is perhaps a little light on context but I hope you get the gist of things. But please do pick out of it what you want, if you would like me to elaborate a bit more on anything of interest then I’m more than happy to discuss to the best of my ability." Some of the many vertebrae found below.
  10. Fossil hunting in Cyprus?

    Does anyone know places to hunt in Larnaka, Cyprus? Heading on vacation there in April.. I know there is Lefkara formation only few kilometers from the town which interests me. Might go for a little walk there. Unfortunately I dont have any tools yet, so its just what I can see on surfaces. Also, i tried to look for laws about collecting there in case I find something, but well.. Couldnt find anything regarding it. But there is palaeontological museum near our hotel so that is a must-visit and could ask couple of things from their employees.
  11. 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!
  12. Heading to Clear Water for a few days. Just checking to see if there are any beaches that you can find sharks teeth on. Or any place not to far I can find any kind of fossils.
  13. Believe I'd heard somewhere it's illegal to hunt north of bowling green, or at least there's less fossils? Also heard someone had hunted near Bartow many years back.. so many questions marks here but I know hunting in the state park boundaries is not legal
  14. Rupert, F., 1994a. A Fossil Hunter's Guide to the Geology of Panhandle Florida (No. 63). Florida Geological Survey. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267999223_A_FOSSIL_HUNTER'S_GUIDE_TO_THE_GEOLOGY_OF_PANHANDLE_FLORIDA https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Frank_Rupert http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00003731/00001 http://palmm.digital.flvc.org/islandora/search/fossils?type=edismax&collection=palmm%3Aroot Rupert, F., 1994b. A Fossil Hunter's Guide to the Geology of the Northern Florida Peninsula (No. 65). Florida Geological Survey. http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00003729/00001 http://palmm.digital.flvc.org/islandora/search/fossils?type=edismax&collection=palmm%3Aroot Have Fun, Paul H.
  15. Best Shark Tooth Finds of 2018!

    Hey TFF members! So big news, I hit 1,000 subscribers on YouTube which was a big goal for me, so I'm happy to have made it! Thanks to everyone who has checked out my videos, it really does mean a lot. I put together a video of some of my favorite shark tooth hunting moments since I started making videos about 6 months ago. This one is full of action, I promise! Give it a watch if you are interested and have some time
  16. To all of TTF member’s “start as you mean to go on” I hope you reap the rewards from all your fossil hunting adventures. Happy New Year.
  17. Has anyone been fossil hunting at, in or on Little River, SC? If so, where is a place to hunt that is legal and not on private property? I've never hunted a river before and don't know how to go about it. Any suggestions welcome. Or if anyone knows other rivers near North Myrtle Beach to hunt? Thanks!
  18. This past Sunday Mrs.SA2 and I ventured out for what was going to be my last opportunity to fossil hunt in 2018 due to my work schedule. Sunday's weather forecast was for upper 40s F, light rain - mist, 15 mph Nor'east winds gusting to 20 mph, 3 foot waves and water levels along all the rivers running double normal for this time of year due to all the recent rain and snow melt. Obviously, not ideal for fossil hunting along any of eastern VA's swollen rivers but it was the last day I could hunt this year, so we were going to make the best of it. Mrs.SA2 is quite the trooper and always up for an adventure. (I think she was just humoring me since she's off work from Christmas Eve till after NYs and plans on doing lots of fossil hunting with some of our fossil friends.) We hit the beach at high tide and hoped we would get at least some water level drop moving towards low. No such luck, wind picked up and waves started crashing the beach. We spent about 5 hours walking what little beach there was and found plenty of (several hundred) small sharks teeth, but nothing exciting, not even large broken teeth. I did manage to find a worn dolphin periotic, which are always nice to find and we pulled out quite a few Chesapecten nefrens from recent slides/falls, but that was about it. Nothing worth even posting photos of on TFF. Before hitting the beach we had discussed the cliffs being super-saturated from all the rain and recent snow, and the need for us to stay together and to pay particular attention to the cliffs as we moved along. There were even a few places we walked out in the waist deep water instead of under some nasty looking spots. On our way back to the entrance point, we stopped so she could put the teeth she was "hiding" in her mitten, into a plastic bag, as we knew we were approaching one of the spots where we needed to walk in the water. As we did that, 10 feet in front of us the cliff broke free and dropped about 4 dump truck loads of material and 2 very large trees down on the beach. Photo below from the upstream side. Thank goodness we were on the downstream side at the time it fell since you can see the trees covering the beach on the upstream side. Downstream side looked much more dramatic with all the cliff material, but smaller falls were still occurring there, so we went into waist deep water and moved around the danger area fairly quickly yet carefully. Eastern VA has experienced its wettest year on record and it's still going. We are forecast for another 1.25 - 1.75 inches of rain tonight through tomorrow night and 2 more significant rain events before years end. It will all be storm runoff as the ground can't absorb anymore water. There is standing water everywhere. I can only imagine what the Freeze - Thaw Cycle will do to all the cliffs and bluffs this winter given how saturated the sediment and stratigraphy is. This made the 4th cliff fall we have seen since March along various VA rivers.
  19. This is a continuation of my last post with @UtahFossilHunter going back to the island last minute before the snow flies. This time we tried another outcrop of the Undifferentiated Cambrian (now determined to be the Chisholm Formation) on the search for fossils. Link to Part 1  Here is the map on my last post.  This is the Chisholm Formation at the foot of the mountain.  We went up farther on the mountain and found a contact zone. Being a large dipping anticline going down the slope at an angle, the rock layers get older on the bottom then the top. Other places on the island the rock layers are rotated sideways so we kept going right and slightly down more.  We kept going up and we found some Bonneville gravel.  Further along we found lots of a good structural rock with en echelon fractures from nearby faults. But no fossils. We decided to check a few other rock layers again just in case. The Ordovician Garden City Formation had absolutely nothing. So we went back down and drove to another place where the Silurian Laketown Dolomite outcrops so we hike up and.....  We found our first Silurian fossil! We didn't expect anything to be in this formation. Unlucky for us, it was on a boulder so we thought we had to take out a chunk of it. UtahFossilHunter and I had forgot our chisels but we had our hammers. So for ten minutes we kept trying to break off the chunk it was sitting in. You can see in the pictures the fossil was on a ledge. The bedding layer below was a large chert nodule layer so every time we hit it you could hear little shards zooming by like ricocheted bullets. After that ten minutes while watching the snow clouds make their way across the Utah-Nevada border, we decided to take a risk and try popping the fossil out just underneath the shell. That risk payed off and it came out whole. The lesson here is if you know you might be looking in hard rock layers don't forget your chisels. 
  20. 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!)
  21. Hey im new to this site so im not sure on how anything works and if im doing anything correct but anyway i am going on a fossil hunting trip to the uk next year for about 1 week but i have no clue where to go. This is my first ever time going on a trip just for fossils so idont know what to do and where to go so yeh i need a bit of help. Thanks
  22. Hey y'all! I've been wanting to go hunting for dinosaur material for a long time now - problem is I'm in eastern Texas (I also can't travel too far). Most of the stuff around here is marine. I've been doing some research, and I've found the Antlers Formation in southern Oklahoma which has deinonychus and tenontosaurus, among others. Where would be the best place to actually go hunt? Do I need to go on private property, by the side of a river, or what? It'd be great if anyone has gone hunting in that formation, I'd love to hear your tips! My primary goal would be to find deinonychus teeth. The first deinonychus in the antlers formation was found on the grounds of the Howard McLeod Correctional Center in the late 90's. I'd think around that area would be a good place to start. This is the bulletin (from the Oklahoma geological survey) I found that reports the finding of deinonychus antirrhopus in the antlers formation: http://www.ogs.ou.edu/pubsscanned/BULLETINS/Bulletin146.pdf Address of Howard McLeod Correctional Center: 19603 E. Whippoorwill Lane, Atoka, OK 74525 Any other general fossil hunting tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  23. Hi Everyone, this is my first post and I like to thank you for your information. I will be traveling to the US in October. I'm going to travel in my car from Los Angeles, las vegas, Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Oklahoma, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City, Sarasota, and Orlando. I want to take advantage of that to do little fossil huntings across that sites. Obviously, I don't want to do something illegal or wrong while collecting. I was talking with some guy from natural science and tell me which is legal and which not. The original idea is to fossil collect near the road. Do you know where to find good fossils like ammonites, corals, shells, echinoderms, etc near roads? This will be my route. I'm not professional or the next Alan Grant or Charig. I only want one specimen or two from every place if possible. Thanks to everyone, sorry for my English. If you tell me where to stop near the road or taking a detour for a mile will be alright. I have already some point marked but you're the bosses, boys and Girls!!!
  24. Fossil Hunting in Japan

    Hello all, I've noticed that on occasion people stop by and ask about fossil hunting in Japan. Although I don't have much around me, this map is a fantastic way to see the general age of the rocks around/ near you. I think it's a great resource so please check it out.. Plus it's really interesting in general. https://gbank.gsj.jp/geonavi/geonavi.php#12,34.98798,136.93432 If you turn on the "seamless legend" option you can find on the top left of the map border, it will show you the age and type of rock that you have clicked on. I hope it helps some people. (Sorry if this is in the wrong place, please inform me if there is an issue admin)
  25. I am rather new to this, but for now rather than explain I actually had more questions, and wanted to share general info about NSR today. My neighbor and I ventured down from Oklahoma to NSR today to take advantage of the cool temps and recent rain. It wasnt enough rain to do much for NSR, but we found a few things. Some of them are just rocks we liked - ha. The up-close photos to follow I wanted to see if anyone would mind helping identify/confirm? That would be great, thanks!!