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  1. Deep Springs Road (first trip)

    I made my first trip out to DSR today and, with some helpful tips from some kind people on the forum, I was able to find the site and know what to look for. Its a nice little spot. Near the road, easy to get to, and quiet. I didn't find anything exceptional, but I thought I would post pics of my favorites for anyone looking up the spot. Thank you to the owners of the site for let everyone come and enjoy it.
  2. Something that I have always wondered about collecting fossils is it seems depending on the seasons and there are always better times to go. Of course, it entirely depends on the environment of deposition of the locality but in terms of areas like creeks or rivers that cut through formations, when is it really the right time to go? Of course there are variables like how much traffic is there, what times or weather does the area see, and temperatures. I can argue that spring can be the best time because fresh material and its been releasing fossils throughout the winter. On the other hand, I can argue that in the fall can be the best because of the amount of storms that must have occurred since the spring and material was being washed out all year. I believe there is correlation to higher temperature and more easily eroded material providing more fossils. I also believe in going when no one else will, like the winter. And there is always at the end of a big storm. But no matter how much I like to speculate, one day you can go and have tremendous luck, and other days there just isn't as much material. Thoughts?
  3. Hi team, rookie fossil hunter keen to get out and do some fossil hunting trips... currently hunting around the port Waikato area. It would be epic to have some people with more experience of the area etc. cheers! Nick
  4. Isle of Skye / Scotland

    Hello everybody So next week I'm off to Scotland for vacation. We will fly to Glasgow, drive around the highlands and go back by ferry and train (Newcastle -> Amsterdam -> Munich). I also will be on the Isle of Skye and have a full day there. Does anyone have some informations regarding Skye and fossil hunting? Where are the best places and for what should I look? Can I collect legally there? Since I will not fly back, but take a boat, it's easier to bring back some fossils I can't bring much equipment with me, so what essential tools would I need there? Any help is welcome. Thx!
  5. best sifter to use?

    I have only been on one fossil hunting trip before and i used other peoples equipment. I was wondering if there's a preferred brand or type of sifter to use? I am mainly going after sharks teeth and shells if that is important. I will be searching on a sandy beach.
  6. San Sebastian Limestone

    So I went to this river thinking i was going to have a blast cannon balling into the deepest areas except I found an excellent specimen and spent the rest of my day collecting amazing fossils.
  7. Hey, I am heading down to West Virginia for a family trip and I was wondering if anyone knew of some good local spots near Sutton? The closest place I found is about 2 hours away from there and it might just be too far to convince my family to follow. I know the area is Pennsylvanian formation, but I don't know much other than that.
  8. Hello, hello! I'll be posting in the member introduction next, but I thought I would do this first. I am a Saskatchewan-ian, but have only ever found two fossils in Saskatchewan. A small limestone bivalve imprint in the Swift Current creek, Swift Current; and a nice sized 3/4 ammolite shell south of Gull Lake, in a pasture (I don't remember the exact location). I have found most of my collection in BC (Vancouver island, Comox valley), but am unsure where to begin here at home. I have read over our major fossil finds, T-Rex for the win!, but unsure where to begin. I have heard, and now read here, that Lake Diefenbaker is a good location to start. Other than that basic location, I really haven't learned much about the types of mineral formations I should be looking for. If anyone has any tips to help me begin my fossil hunting journey here at home, I would really appreciate the help.
  9. Finding Cambrian Trilobites!

    Hey TFF Members! I was able to do something very different from the normal Florida fossil hunting the other day. On the way up to Michigan for my Mother's wedding I stopped in Northern GA to hunt for Trilobites! I was saying the age wrong throughout the video, I thought they were Devonian. But turns out they are actually Camrian... even better! Hope you can check out the video when you get a chance. I had an amazing time doing this!
  10. 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!
  11. 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?
  12. 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!
  13. 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!)
  14. 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
  15. 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)
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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.