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  1. Can anyone confirm if it is fine to use the hammer end of my Estwing Geological pick for striking a small cold chisel when fossil hunting - or is it just for striking rocks/ It actually stipulates that the pick end is for prying only (which is fine) but the that hammer end is only for wooden stakes! Is this an overkill by Estwing to manage their H&S liability or is it common knowledge that you canuse the hammer on cold chisels? Any advice gratefully appreciated! Cheers - Rick
  2. With so many things closed down and all of us staying away from crowds, how are you spending your time? what are you working on you have been putting off? List any suggestions and add pictures if you like to help other members. Since this is world wide please share, this is our link for information. Hope this post helps others. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fsummary.html I just restrung 4 rods and reels and cleaned out my tackle box and Fly Rods, I hope to head to Tampa Bay tomorrow to fish, city beaches are closed down.
  3. Hello to everyone! With this post I would like to invite anyone who would like a group travel to Morocco exclusively for fossil hunting in the southern part of the country after the town of Zagora. My ideal period would be between October and November and then again middle December to Christmas. I am thinking for about 7 days. Two days would be wasted going back and forth to the locations. If there is a lot of interest for this, it would be better to create group of 4 so as to be more comfortable in the car. Important things to be taken into account : 1) The law for fossil export of Morocco is vague. Although it prohibits the export, specifically for scientifically important spiecements, it is not enforced. There are two threads in the forum that discuss this matter. 2) Chisels hammers etc must be bought locally and probably abandoned in the country. I would never carry such stuff in a flight. 3) Book flight with one hand luggage and return flight with more luggage. I guess this is apparent. 4) Passport is mandatory but no visa needed at least for EU citizens. 5) Two airports are major: Marakesh Menara and Rabat. I consider them meeting point. The optimal would be to get another flight from those airports to Zagora, but sometimes the later doesn't have flights. The road to Sahara is tiring so any group must have at least two people with driving licence. 6) Renting a car usually costs 50 bucks a day. We may also consider renting atv for small distance. 7) Thorough organisation of this endeavour. People will come from far away and we should prepare everything to guarantee everything is perfect and everyone's needs will be fulfilled. I hope I will find here people with such interest. Looking forward to hearing from anyone interested. Regards, Dimitris.
  4. Digital Atlas of Ancient Life app (Kansas)

    There Are Millions of Fossils in Kansas. Here's How You Can Find One Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, by Kansas News Service, Kansas Public Radio https://kansaspublicradio.org/kpr-news/there-are-millions-fossils-kansas-heres-how-you-can-find-one Digital Atlas of Ancient Life, Rod Spears Education Apps on Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.aleros.digitalatlasancientlife&hl=en Oceans of Kansas Paleontology http://oceansofkansas.com/ Yours, Paul H.
  5. Anybody know any spots in North Carolina to fossil hunt? If no one is willing to share their secrets can you at least tell me what to look for?
  6. Hey all! I'm a huge newbie to actually fossil hunting, though I've been seeking out museums, collections, and building my own personal collection of geological specimens for most of my life. I know that Kentucky is a major state for prehistoric, oceanic fossils and I would love to start hunting & collecting on my own. I've researched for a few months now and as far as I've gotten are some parks/areas near Cincy and Lou. I am not opposed to driving whatsoever, but I am local to the Winchester/Lexington area and I would love to know of some closer sites that I could visit more frequently - especially after heavy rains that may bring up some new specimens. I'd frankly love to find anything from precious stones to any sort of fossil, especially trilobites! I know finding a dinosaur or larger fauna would be a freak miracle at best, so anything fossilized or geological would be incredible! I'm open to any suggestions and out of the way sites; can't wait to see what y'all know of!!
  7. Over April break I will be traveling to Horseshoe Bend in northern Arkansas for a week. I am hoping to get the opportunity to do some fossil hunting while I’m there and I’m wondering if anybody knows of any fossil hunting localities in northern Arkansas that they would be kind enough to share with me.
  8. Where to go in New Mexico

    Greetings!!! I'm planning a trip to New Mexico this summer. I would welcome any information besides the basic tourist stuff. I'll be in the northern Farmington area for a week. Can't wait!!! Thanks in advance for any insight. Bruce (WATERLINE)
  9. Fossil Hunting Oregons Coast

    In a week or so I am going to drive the 5 hours from Tacoma WA to Beverly beach Oregon. I know I will find some fossils there but I also know there are many good spots around this area or maybe on the way that many Oregonians or other fossil hunters may know. My main trip goes like this. 1. Leave Tacoma WA 2. Drive to Gleneden beach 3. Drive to Beverley beach 4. Drive to seal rock beach. 5. Drive home. I am hoping for a little guidance for this because I am driving so far, I want to be sure I'll find something. My goal is to find some clams and maybe some turritellas from the Miocene. Let me know any suggestions that would be on the way / are near the Oregon coast. if anyone could tell me about their experience near Beverley beach I'd love to hear what you found and how to best find fossils there. I am open to Private messages about specific sites as well
  10. Hello I live in Orlando, Florida and have been trying to find good spots for a while. Just a problem is I would prefer a thin creek or river and I haven’t been able to find one yet. Any tips or locations? Sorry if I chose the wrong place to submit this I just recently found this website.
  11. Hunting Rivers or Creeks?

    So I recently got to go to the Peace River fossil hunting (in Brownsville boat ramp) for the first time with some good results (small shark teeth and LOTS of bones), but no bigger pieces. So I started to wonder if going into some nearby creeks would contain more bigger items like Megalodon teeth since they would be less picked? In the river we didn't go very far from the boat ramp, so if we went a lot farther would I be more likely to find some Megs? I guess my over all question is if the nearby creeks contain more unpicked fossils than the peace river. -Metro
  12. A Florida Trip

    Hi all! I am planning on taking my 3rd fossil collecting trip to Florida next week. I had an amazing time in previous trips and am planning one that will be a bit longer! I plan on collecting in Gainesville at Hogtown Creek (my first time) and the Peace River, where I will be kayaking and camping a good stretch of it over the course of 2 or 3 days. I have my own gear and kayak, but will reach out to canoe outpost for their services in the drop off up river. It is 5 degrees in Chicago today and i am excitedly spending my week over-planning the trip. I have a few questions I’d love some feedback on from this who are more familiar with the area. For 2-3 days where would you recommend to launch the kayak at on the Peace River? And are camp spots easy to find along the way? I’ve floated between the Gardner and Brownsville boat ramps before, but looking to extend that type of trip, i really enjoyed it. What other areas should I look to collect around Gainesville? Are there any other rivers I should look into? My timeline is flexible I’ve read a bit into the Suwannee River, is that worth a stop? And any advice on prospecting or collecting there? Also, where is your top-secret spot where I can find the mammoth teeth and 5’’+ megs? (Feel free to pm this info ) If anyone is interested in joining me (tentatively Jan 25-29), I would love to connect and collect together! Below are pics where I camped at a couple years back (Brownsville) and some of my finds in the area.
  13. Alberta Fossil Hunting

    My husband and I are driving from Texas to Canada. We are both Science teachers and avid fossil hunters in TX. Could someone advise us on where we could collect fossils. I just want a few to bring back for my classroom and to my students. I educate about 350 students in the 6th grade each year with rocks and fossils found all over the US. Would love to find a few to show them. I would even be willing to bring some with me to exchange with you.
  14. Hello everyone! Its winter now and I am in Bulgaria, therefore I do not have many options for fossil hunting so I invest in research! What else to do with lots of cold... I visited the Natural History museum of Sofia, saw some localities but did not manage to pinpoint them on map. Searching the whole area around 100km diameter I found this publication https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233502325_Late_Valanginian-Hauterivian_cephalopod_fauna_from_the_Stara_Planina_Mountain_eastern_Serbia It is ideal for me, weather permitting of course. The locality is called Vladikina Ploča, 43.191028, 22.742052 , 3KM NW of Rsovci and 20km East driving from Pirot. I read the whole publication and the ammonites found there date 139.8-129.4MY. On Rockd however, south of Rsovci states that the formations are Early Cretaceous 145-100. North from Rsovci (where the publication states) the formations are Early/Middle Jurasic 201-163.5, thing that would not match with the research. According to @Darko and other pictures found on Google, the location must be where exactly I placed the pin point. The color of the mountain looks the same at least(light dark grey). Any ideas where I could find a more accurate map? PS> @Darko If you want we can arrange a trip there, when the weather is good!
  15. Fossil Sites in Maryland?

    Hello, I am in Maryland (near Annapolis) and hope to take my 9-year-old son fossil hunting. He really enjoyed our hunt in Pennsylvania (Beltzville) last week. I have heard of Calvert Cliffs (any advice?) but would also be interested in other sites. We could drive to sites in southern PA, northern VA or DC. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
  16. Creek fossil question

    Hey, so I’m pretty new to fossil collecting, i plan to go to Green Mills Run in a few weeks after doing some reading on it. Anyways, I was wondering if it was possible to find any fossils in creeks pretty inland, or if it’s only possible close to the coast? I’m in North Carolina, near the Charlotte area, and was thinking about searching in some creeks around the area. Thanks for your help!
  17. Hey TFF Members! It's been a while since I posted, and I see I have messages I need to reply to as well. I will get back to them ASAP. I have just been ridiculously busy and it's hard to keep up with everything. I just went up to Georgia to hunt for Agatized Coral Geodes! Cris got a saw and we were able to cut what we found in the video as well. I had a great time and we found some really great specimens that looked amazing cut up. Check it out when you get a chance!
  18. New to Site, Need help

    I am new to the site and fossils. My son (7) is very interested in fossils. We are planning to go to Glen Rose, Texas this spring. However, He is really wanting to search and find petrified wood in the near future. I do not know where to begin. We live in Tyler, TX and want to go somewhere, we will be able to easily see and find petrified wood and fossils. I am a bad amateur and could really use some help in where to take my son. If anyone knows please help me out
  19. Kayak with storage to go fossil hunting

    I recently went on a vacation to Lake Texoma, Oklahoma and rented a fishing kayak there. It proved to be indispensable for collecting. It had a decent amount of storage for my specimens and gear and it only took me about 4 hour to collect my specimens and return to the dock. I ended up spending about enough money to buy a cheap kayak. Lesson learned I guess.
  20. Woolly Mammoth Fossils Uncovered on North Carolina Beach By WWAY News - October 30, 2019 https://www.wwaytv3.com/2019/10/30/woolly-mammoth-washes-up-on-nc-beach/ Yours, Paul H.
  21. I was asked to present on fossil hunting at the 2019 Minnesota Mineral Club Show in Cottage Grove, MN on Oct. 19th after one of their Board Members saw me on the TV show Minnesota Bound episode #903. I thought you all might like some pics of the show! Overflow of vendors in the outside parking lot. As you come into the building... Displays... Some educational... One whole room was for educational displays and interactive stuff. GeschWhat is up front and doing shark tooth necklaces for kids! Very cool Florescent rock display! Some of the outside vendors...
  22. the hunt goes on

    I like DSR. It's peaceful and quite. You get a nice little view. Over all a good spot. I have however been unsuccessful with finding an intact Dipleura! The detail that can been seen on them is fantastic. What amazing little monsters. A quick way to-be driven nuts. I know fossil hunting is a mix of: skill, knowledge, luck and time BUT gosh darn! I will keep trying. This is what I have to show for my effort so far.
  23. My daughter and I are looking for new fossil-finding adventures in central and Northeast Texas. We have already been numerous times to Ladonia, Sherman and Mineral Wells. We also like to hunt for arrowheads!
  24. I just got off of the phone with the Jenks off of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department. I asked if it was legal to collect fossils on the public hunting lands in Oklahoma. He assured me that it was. He told me that if it was federal land that the answer would more than likely be "No", but it is ok to look on Oklahoma Wildlife Department lands. He did say that you would need an Oklahoma issued hunting license. I am not sure if any of you guys knew this, or if this is common knowledge, so I thought I would share it with everyone. Happy hunting and stay safe, Bobo
  25. Howdy folks. I just got back from yet another fossil hunting trip and am very sore, very tired and very beat up. Its always been nice to get back from any of my fossil hunting trips and get all cleaned up, have a nice dinner and sleep in a real bed but these last few trips, 2 trips this year to the GRF and now this last one to Washington, but this is the first trip ive done that I was wishing to be home before I even got to our first site! This last trip was planned for 6 or 7 days but I was back home at the end of the forth day! I sometimes was gone for 2 or 3 weeks but this getting older and being fat and out of shape, a bad back and this dang stroke has really slowed me down. My mind says gooooooooo,, but my body says, noooooooooo!!! Ha! Im supposed to go to South Dakota in 7 days but right now I dont have it in me to go? This last trip may have been my last. RB
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