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  1. Hi all, So after learning of the inaccessibility of the location Lacoste, I was wondering if there was maybe another location nearby. On Fossiel.NET I found the location Carniol, which looks very promising! https://www.fossiel.net/sites/fossil_site.php?plaats=148 Anyone got any tips on how to best find fossils and bring them home? How to look, how to take the fossils out, etc? Any tips or comments would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance, Max
  2. Hi all, Currently I am on holidays in the south of France. We were thinking of maybe going tomorrow to the location Lacoste, in the Vaucluse, in France, to hunt for Miocene bivalves. This is the location where all those amazing giant white scallops (which you often see for sale at exhilarating prices) come from! Anyone got any tips regarding the hunting there? As in how to find the best fossils, how to extract them properly, etc? If we do end up going, I will, of course, make a trip report on this forum I'll be tagging the French fossil hunters, perhaps you guys have already been here and wouldn't mind sharing some tips/feedback @fifbrindacier @Coco @caterpillar Thanks in advance! Best regards, Max
  3. I recently moved to Calgary from Winnipeg and would like to go fossil hunting - but I don’t know where to go. I am familiar with Alberta’s regulations pertaining to surface collection. I know most people don’t like to give out the locations of their favorite fishing holes or fossil sites. Any guidance you can provide for locations would be appreciated.
  4. Anyone up for fossil hunting?

    This state forum isn’t too active, but thought I’d try my luck. Anyone want to do a trip or 2 this summer? I am completely new but I can listen well, follow directions, and I’m not afraid to work. Let me know and we can set something up!
  5. Isle of Skye, Scotland Fossil hunting on Scotland's Isle of Skye – the "real Jurassic Park" CBS NEWS, June 21, 2018, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dinosaur-fossil-hunting-in-scotland-real-jurassic-park-isle-of-skye/ Dickinson, North Dakota Public has fun in the dirt at public fossil dig in Dickinson, North Dakota. By: Steve Kirch, My ND Now, Jun 23, 2018 https://www.myndnow.com/news/dickinson-news/public-has-fun-in-the-dirt-at-public-fossil-dig-in-dickinson/1257277888 North Dakota Geological Survey Paleontology 2018 Fossil Digs https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ndfossil/digs/ Fossils in North Dakota (FIND) Newsletter https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ndfossil/kids/ Yours, Paul H.
  6. Any Fossil guidebooks for NC?

    Hey guys, I know there is plenty of generalized information about fossil sites and the formations listed here on TFF, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a specific book, or guide that was specified toward North Carolina only. Maybe even a website that had some good information about the geological history, formations, as well as fossil deposits here in NC?
  7. I'm preparing a teacher education workshop which includes a fossil hunting and identification activity. The teachers are coming from many states across the country. I'd like to include some suggestions of sites where they could replicate the things they learn and experience during the workshop with their students in the vicinity of their respective schools. I have the Indiana schools covered. For the ones near Dallas, I'm thinking Mineral Wells Fossil Park (and maybe Ladonia for older, more adventuresome students). The ones I need help with are sites within field trip range of the following: Austin, TX ( @Uncle Siphuncle, @KimTexan, @BobWill, @erose)? Atlanta, GA Golden, CO Palm Bay, FL (near Melbourne) Naples, FL (any shell dump piles accessible to and suitable for k-12?) @digit ? Bentonville, AR Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, either posted here or via PM. I have alternative activity suggestions for them (e.g. bags of matrix to sift, etc) if they can't do a field trip, but there's nothing quite like the experience of hunting and discovery in the field... I would have done backflips if my grade school had had a fossil trip...
  8. Fossil Hunting in the Pas-de-Calais So last week was a lot of fun for me. Saturday afternoon we left home to go to northern France, the Pas-de-Calais. We first stopped in Belgium to visit some family, so we only arrived at our B&B near Wissant in the late Sunday afternoon. Our main goal was to go to that region in order to do, obviously, fossil-hunting! And that is what we did. I gotta say that I was (pleasantly) surprised with how things ended up! Read on to see what we found... Day 1: Wissant The evening of our arrival we were walking in the small city of Wissant, which lies in between the two famous Caps: Cap-Blanc-Nez (to the north) and Cap-Gris-Nez (to the south). Therefore it is a popular place for visitors to stay during the holidays, as it is ideally placed in between the two main touristic sites of the area. We had a really nice Bed & Breakfast on the outskirts of the city, so that was good too. Anyways, so we were walking the city to try and find a restaurant for the evening. At some point, I come across this small area where there is very dry mud/sand-like sediment, in the middle of the city. I look inside and there are lots of bones and jaws from different critters! Also a few shells. Although everything was in matrix, I still suspect that the things are modern (in the sense of 'non-fossil'. I'd say it still is a few hundreds of years old.), mainly because the bones are from sheep, cow and the shells are from edible species. So probably remnants of some primitive food-left-overs junk pile or something. There were also deer bones too (roe?), not as sure as to how that got there. Anyways, even though the bones are probably modern, still cool finds IMO! Total haul
  9. Fossil Hunting in Nebraska

    Hi everyone, My father and I are going to be in the Crawford area at the end of May. We are already planning to visit the Norman Ranch and High Plains Homestead (the Semroska's Ranch?) but we could only get a few days at each due to them being booked otherwise. We would like to visit another ranch on the few days we couldn't schedule. Does anyone know another ranch that allows fossil hunting? We are just looking to go for 2-3 days. Thanks!
  10. Hi all, So normally, the weekend of 19-20-21 May I was gonna go with my family to Cap-Blanc-Nez (in France) with the WTKG, but unfortunately that excursion got canceled because, aside from me, only one other person applied! Luckily, as it is the place where my dad proposed to my mom (and therefore this area means a lot to them), and they would like to go back, we decided to go there next week (7-8-9 May)! We already booked a B&B in Wissant for the 3 nights. I am looking forward to it! So, as preparation for the upcoming trip, I am turning towards the most experienced fossil collectors I know: you guys on TFF! I've never hunted in Cap-Blanc-Nez before, so I am a complete amateur as to how the hunting there works. Hopefully some of you have been there already (or been to similar locations) and can give me tips. I have the following questions: What equipment/tools are needed? What are the best layers to find what fossils? What are the most effective hunting techniques? What specific beaches/areas are the most abundant fossil-wise? (Wissant is in between Cap-Blanc-Nez and the other nearby location Cap-Griz-Nez, so if you would more recommend the latter, let me know too!) What other tips do you have in general? I will, of course, make an extensive trip report here on TFF after the hunt is done Thanks in advance already! Best regards, Max
  11. B-Day gifts.

    Todays me birthday and I thought I would share what the Mrs. got me. I'm not a gift guy as I typically do not accept gifts well even though I do appreciate them. One of the down sides to autism I suppose...I dunno. But a while back I expressed to her I needed some small brushes for removing dirt in the field on small finds and such. She got me 4 sets and I was completely surprised actually. She also got me some agatized gastropods from Morocco that I absolutely love. The brushes work really well and I highly recommend them. So...without further adue.... The brushes! agatized gastopods, Cerithium sp. I typically do not collect Moroccan fossils as they easily faked or the site information is sometimes lost and I feel it takes the context away, but thats just me. I do have a Metacanthina barrandei from Alnif, Morroco that I got from the person who prepped it. It came with before, during and after prep pictures which I absolutely love. Just thought I'd share these with yall. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Best regards, Paul
  12. An afternoon on the Zandmotor

    Hi all, So on Tuesday afternoon, I was lucky enough to only have a half day of school. Seeing that the weather was nice, and that I had nothing else to do except go home, I decided to take the bus in the other direction, so to Kijkduin, in order to do some fossil hunting! I bought a sandwich and a chocolate bar at the Shell gas station, and set out on the beach. From the beach of Kijkduin I walked south, so towards the Zandmotor, while of course looking for fossils. View of the beach (mind that the sea is on the right side, on the left side it's just a small lagoon), with the haven of Rotterdam in the background. View of the beach with Kijkduin, and then Scheveningen, in the background. (Sorry for the blurriness...)
  13. Fossil hunting Kentucky

    I'm currently at Fort Knox Kentucky for about 6 weeks and am interested in doing some fossil hunting while I am here. Does anyone know where I can find some cool stuff? Hoping for trilobites! Any info would be awesome!
  14. I'm gonna be around Summerville tomorrow and I was wondering if anyone knows of any promising spots to look for shark teeth and other fossils. I actually came here a few years ago and had no luck at all, but I found out I was looking in the wrong places. I know most people don't want to give out the really good secret spots, but if anyone has any hints for someone who's just coming to town for a day, I promise I can keep a secret. Heck, you could even join me if you want. Any hints or suggestions are welcome!
  15. In the Devonian quarry

    Hi everyone! So Friday morning, after a few enjoyable days of skiing in Switzerland with my dad, we decided to leave the village because the weather was really becoming horrible for any further skiing (especially for a beginner like me!). I had done a little bit of research as to what fossil locations we could visit on the way back home, and eventually Kevin @Manticocerasman very kindly pointed me towards the site of Resteigne in Belgium! A (no-longer in use) quarry known for its Devonian brachiopods, corals, crinoids and sometimes trilobites. Which was a fantastic opportunity for me, because in my so far 7 years of fossil hunting I had never been in a quarry or hunted for trilobites!!! So seizing the opportunity, we booked a Bed & Breakfast in the small village of Resteigne. We arrived late that evening after a long and annoying road, but luckily the hosts were still up and warmly welcomed us. The man knew quite some things about the great geology of the area, and told us that apparently this region was now a Geopark of the UNESCO! (To avoid any confusion, we are allowed to collect fossils here without any problems. It is not like the national parks where it is forbidden to take things out). He sometimes found some fossils himself when he was going out on walks. After a good night sleep and a delicious breakfast, we set out to the quarry.
  16. Suwannee River hints?

    Hi friends! I just recently moved from Gainesville to Lake City, and have been reading about fossiling in the area... Seems like the Suwannee River makes for some pretty good finds. I don't scuba or have a kayak, I was wondering if anyone might be able to give me some hints about exact places to go on the river to access some more shallow beds for places that I could wade and sift. Particular Bridges, stretches, Etc. It doesn't seem like the topic has come up in quite a few years. Thanks in advance!
  17. Hi all, It's a little late, but then again I have been kinda busy lately and am very tired... So writing this took me some time Anyways, so on the 26th of December (2017), the day after X-Mas, my family and I met up with @Cris Cris & Kyle from Fossil Voyages (or here), for a long-awaited hunt together. We got the small motorboat and a canoe ready to go to the spot where we would hunt. After having discussed a few things, we set off on the river, and after a short row past many turtle families (these red-eared sliders are apparently very common; but what an exotic sight for me!) we attached our boats to tree stumps on the river bank.
  18. Hunting locations

    Hey guys! I just moved down from Philly to Ponte Vedra and wanted to get started on the hunt down here. Any places, rivers, creeks, dredge fields, beaches and more that you would recommend for hunting? If you liked to meet up as well I'd be down! Let me know.
  19. Hi everyone! Where are my fellow Canadians? I'm a newbie, so I do not know of many good fossil hunting sites. I am specifically looking for sites in Ottawa known to produce my namesake. Could someone please help me? I am doing this for a science fair project and I am in desperate need of some sites. In return, I would be glad to let you know of some other sites that never disappoint! Thanks a lot!
  20. Hi all, So, as some of you already know, my trip to Florida is coming closer and closer I am indeed really looking forward to it! Well, I have some questions about the fossils there. Firstly, for the seashells found there (bivalves and gastropods), I know that many are fossil (mainly Miocene to Pleistocene). Well, I was wondering if perhaps there were any tricks or techniques to recognize fossil ones from modern ones. For example, for the Holland coasts bivalves, the fossil ones are usually thicker, dull, white/light grey in color, and they don't let any (or very little) light shine through. Well, I was wondering if there were similar tricks for the Florida seashells to find out whether a shell is fossil or not. Please do let me know how you do it! Oh, and one other quick question: are ALL the shells NOT found on the beach fossils? I know that in the Netherlands this is not the case (you can find shells several kilometers inland that are modern; they have been brought here by floods and storms), but was wondering if this was maybe different for Florida. And lastly, a quick question about the fossiling permits. Do I need to sign up for one (I will be collecting both invertebrate and vertebrate fossils, like shark teeth and dugong bones)? If yes, is one permit enough for the family, or does everyone need to apply for one individually? And how do I get them? So, recap: What are tricks/techniques for recognizing fossil seashells from modern ones? Are all the inland seashells fossilized? Do I need fossil hunting permits? Also, if there are any special laws that you think I should be aware of let me know too. Thanks in advance for your answers! Best regards, Max PS: just realized, this is actually more suitable for the Fossil Hunts thread... @Fossildude19 or another moderator, can you please move it? Thanks
  21. Halloween is coming up soon so lets share our fossil related horror stories! They can range from Preparation accidents, missed opportunities, breaking specimens, close encounters with a dangerous animal hunting, near death experiences, or even receiving a fossil from an old haunted collection, pretty much anything a hunter and collector would find horrifying. One of my personal fossil horror stories involves a a terrifying bump in the night! I had recent found and started a to use a new plastic shelf I found to store my finds from a recent new spot. I started to notice a few days in the shelf was already nearly filled to capacity, so I decided I would add no more after today's load. Sometime after mid-night I heard a sudden loud bang and woke up to the plastic shelf tipping over forward, one of the support wheels had poped out! Luckily the shock awakened my superhuman reflexes of seeing my fossils in danger so I leapt up and was able to save the shelf from crashing down. I was shaken but since then stabilized the shelf, it was truly horrifying to see that moment when my fossils could've been severely damaged or destroyed
  22. Hurricane Irma Great White

    I believe this beauty is a great white but need some help on a specific ID from the experts! I sure was happy to find it!
  23. Hello! It's been a loooong time guys! I'd like to introduce some Korean trilobites to you and share some of my experience in fossil hunting in Korea(South). I went to Gurang-ri[GuRang-ri], Mungyeong[MunGyeong], Northern Gyeongsang-do[GyeongSang-do] on June, 23th, 2017 for hunting trilobites. (By the way at this time, I went there by in my brother's car, finally! I practiced a bit after I had gotten the driver's license. Maybe I'll go to Jiggunsan formation on December in brother's car, again! *:D*) Anyway, I found the location and some information from a dissertation, which was posted by a high school teacher(it was written in Korean. Maybe if you can speak Korean, then I can share it :)) The teacher found 2 kinds of specimens from different formations. One is Gurang-ri[GuRangRi] formation and the other one is Hanae-ri[HaNeRi] formation. One is "Kootenia amanoi Kobayashi, 1961" and the other one is "Redlichia nobilis Walcott, 1905". Actually, I was going to go to Jiggunsan formation 'cause that site's fossil output is better than Gurangri formation. You know, I had hit the rocks for about 2 and a half in the strong sun(at that time, the temperature was around 95°F(35°C)) and I found just 7 specimens. On the other hand, I found about 60 specimens in 2 and half hours in Jiggunsan formation. I grabbed the steering wheel with excirtement The quote from Robert Stevenson crossed my mind at that time: "To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive". Before going to the fossil site, it was really excited. But I thought that I would trembke with excitement if when I could meet some trilobites so much so that when I encountered faint galaxies or stars through the telescope. (Highway rest stop. The big words(충주휴게소) on signboard means Chungju[ChungJu] rest stop.) When I got to this rest stop, I reminded that I forgot to take mosquito repellrant. So I bought a new one and had blunch from near here. After arriving at the fossil site, I couldn't find the actual formation. With perplexed feeling, I just knocked this seems similar sedimentary rocks which depicted as red-purple colored layers. *Gurang-ri[GuRang-ri] formation And I found something strange structure. I thought that it was some strange metamorphic structure or bivalve fossil. However, after took a closer look, I felt something is strange and finally I realized that it was trilobites' head shield! The images are Redlichia nobilis Walcott, 1905 I took these pictures when I was in my country. So, I couldn't change the coin to other countries' coin or ruler. Its size is almost 1" or 25 Canadian cents. Redlichia's cranidium. Thorax part. Another cranidium preserved as cast(positive). This one is mold part of the above image. One part of thorax. Not that good preserved but still can see some glabella. Cranidium and librigena(free cheek) Librigena(free cheek) and strange fossil cast part. Mold part. Librigena(free cheek). Strange fossil. I don't know what it is. Thank you for reading this long post! Next time, I'll update fossil hunting at Humber river, Toronto, Ontario. And Brechin quarry and Bowmanville quarry. Thankfully, Joe from Michigan will take me to there! I REALLY appreciate it!
  24. So today Ive went down to the bay that I was planning to find fossils in for awhile, only to come back empty handed (I couldnt reach any of the shale quarries and just decided that its layers are too flat to house fossils anyways). Being a Palos Verdean, There are small pockets of quarries which are generaly unprotected by preserves (usually alongside roads, sometimes beaches). Palos Verdes has a rich history of Miocene-Quarternary fossils, but much of the fossiliferous zones are protected by preserves. Because I cant really go far just to find fossils, I can only hunt in the small pockets I can find. Ive studied some geological maps and do know where the according-to-theory fossiliferous shale are, I just dont know how exactly to find fossils without destroying the place and getting under a legal flat. Are there any tips and tricks for this kind of fossiling?
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