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  1. Hi Everyone, I'm in search of an affordable handheld digital microscope. Does anyone have any suggestions? The "Zoomy 2.0 handheld digital microscope" had been suggested to me by a local fossil hunter who takes all of his pictures for presentation purposes using the small egg-shaped device. Thanks!
  2. hi guys, anyone know if the Crock hey mine in wigan (lancashire) it's still ok for fossil hunting? heard about this place but i found just few old news on the web.
  3. Hi I will be on Mallorca island for 3 days next week , anyone know some good hunting spot? I'm planning to hunt a little while enjoying the sea.
  4. After some research on the geological structure of my home state - West Virginia, It has come to my attention that what I once thought to be a land barren of fossils is actually very large plethora of different age rocks being oldest - extreme east, and newest rocks - to the west. But something odd turned up on some of the maps and papers in my scavenging through records of professors in paleontology or geological surveys: Quaternary rocks are riddled all throughout the state, almost as if a large region was once covered but now is reduced and weathered away into small outcrops in random places. I have known for a long time that the state fossil, Megalonyx Jeffersoni, is from the obvious newer rocks. However, the discovery of this skeleton was not dug up but rather found in a sealed cave away from the forces of nature. If I were to visit an area where these rocks are present, could I expect any turn-ups or just expect to find rocks that are of the age but contain absolutely nothing. Cenozoic fauna are definitely not my specialty (far from it, Cambrian) but I'd be willing to check it out after some research by me and input from others. PS, I certainly do not expect to go to an area like this and find fossil of a mammoth or saber-toothed tiger or any such animal (<-- I believe these aren't native to the area), but even the impression of anything could lead me on a journey that, again, I'd be willing to take. Here's the photo that is the reason I am typing this right now-
  5. Just thought it would be cool to make a share your fossil collection post. Here are my favorites. I have some other little fossils but I'm sure they are your everyday fossils. So, please share your collection. Looking forward to seeing your fossils. Raptor tooth, Arizona petrified wood, and megalodon tooth
  6. Dear all, Is anybody aware of the legal prospects regarding Fossil hunting and Collection in India. Please let me know if there is any provision of registration of such collections such that I can legally have possession of Fossils and related stuff.
  7. Hello all ! Just got back from a weekend at peace and was curious on a few of my finds .
  8. Maybe i post too much in this section, but i cant withheld this great museum of natural history in Stuttgart I was there last Sunday and i must admit that i was impressed ! But pictures say more than words ... This dinosaur (Plateosaurus) welcoming the visitors ... There was an impressive collection about the fossils from Steinheim.... Another impressive fossil: (from Nusplingen) A pterosaur head:
  9. We recently moved back to Colorado,.,.. Got us a tumbler and rock saw and toys... but need help identifying some rocks - These rocks looked like Petrified wood at first, but then we noticed the top crust has weird swirls /designs. Upon tumbling some, we noticed that the striations and swirls on the crust are almost opalescent looking, hard to tell. Anyone have any idea what these could be?? THANKS!
  10. Hi, it's this a fossil calamite? Found it in besom hill Oldham uk.
  11. Looks like we will have a new book describing Vertebrate fossils from the Hell Creek Formation courtesy of the paleontologist Thomas Carr and others. What I heard is that the publication is scheduled for this fall, no idea of price. I was able to get a hold of a beta copy while visiting one of ranches I collect on and took some quick phone pictures. I had several reactions when I read the book, the dinosaur section getting poor grades while the other sections were informative. It was the first publication that covered vertebrates other than dinosaurs. The information shown was very descriptive and covers finds collected by the authors group since 2006. The books weakness is that if it was not collected it did not make the publication and the authors did not look to supplement the information. The other weakness is that the photos used were that of the actual pieces collected in what ever shape they were in. For example, they are providing you a guide to an Ornithomimid hands claw only showing you a half of a claw. Here are some pages from the book. Covers fish, lizards, salamanders, crocodiles and dinosaurs. The best part of the dinosaur section was the descriptions of Thescelosaurus foot claws and teeth which I will show on another post. Theropod teeth shown were poor examples and not every species covered. No mention of Nanotyrannus since this author does not support its existence. So the best use of the book is for trying to ID fossils other than dinosaurs from the Hell Creek or Lance Formations. A book that is not all encompassing but few are and should augment other reference material. I will probably purchase this book for my reference library I was appalled at the statements in the front of the book. Most collectors do not have an opportunity to collect this fauna and their only way to enjoy Hell Creek material is to purchase it. Are the writers of this book on such a high pedestal that they look down on everyone else. So who is this book written for? I'm happy to know that the theropod paleontologists that I'm familiar with support and work with diggers and collectors to gain a better understanding of the mesozoic era. Let see what the published book contains this is only a beta version. @LordTrilobite I did scan the book to see if your vertebrae were shown but no luck. Guess they did not find any. REMINDER: This information us from a beta version so it's subject to change
  12. Today 's plan was to hunt for Dipleura dekayi trilobites. I was hoping to go to the classic Sangerfield site which I have had good luck in the past. But the boys said they wanted to go to Deep Springs Road. Having found some Dipleura material there in the past, I wasn't to disappointed as I knew there was possibility to find one there as well. Today was absolutely beautiful. We arrived at the site exactly at 10:30. I decided before we even arrived to work a section the somebody else had dug in pretty good, and I have held back on digging in that spot the past couple times I have been there. Immediately i was finding Greenops cephalons, pygidiums and partial body frags. Eventually a found one Eldredgeops rana cephalon. Then finally there came Dipleura parts. I found mostly cephalons and isolated body segments. Then finally a pretty big pygidium. That is when I started feeling like I was getting close to a whole one. At this point we had been there awhile and I had moved a lot of rock. The boys were finding their own prizes. Every 2 seconds it was "Dad look what I found" "Dad what is this"" Dad what is that". Then I dug the chisel in one more time and I got a big chunk loose. I flipped it over and there it was a smaller but still decent Dipleura! But something is wrong, where is the cephalon? It did not take long to figure out that my chisel took out the poor trilos face! I can't lie, my heart broke right there. Especially because the body and pygidium looked pretty well preserved. Oh well. I went to work to remove what was there. The body came right off the matrix and left the tail behind. I was able to salvage it and superglued it when I got home. So not to shabby. What is there measures 2 3/4 inches. Also I found a pretty complete Greenops. One of the eyes popped off, so that got glued as well. All in all it was areally nice hunt and time well spent with my boys. Here are some pics. I hope you enjoy. 1st Dipleura with negative 2nd Greenops with negative
  13. I will be in Palo Alto CA this week and will have the afternoon on Tuesday to hunt fossils. I would love to find some nice sand dollars and shark teeth. If I find enough I will put some in an auction to support the forum. Any good suggestions? Thank you
  14. Hello Y'all. I'm new to Waco, from. San Antonio. I am looking for any places where I may look for rocks\crystals\ anything new. I've read post on here about Waco pit and Whiskey Bridge, but is there any other place?? Has anyone ever found things by the BRazos River by Cameron Park? Thank y'all very much.
  15. hi today i went to hunting in besom hill (oldham UK) and i found this that looks like a jaw with teeths. can anyone tell me if its really a jaw or its just my immagination the first one is a normal pic , the second one is cropped and i modified the contrast.
  16. I'm doing a Ragnar run next week in Richmond, then I'll be spending a few days in the city. Just curious if there's any nice localities to hit up while I'm there. thanks -J
  17. Hi all Been wondering why when I ask for a possible ID a lot of people say it doesn't look like it is from Mazon creek ,I think I know why , Going to post 2 pitchers one in normal the other I coverd with just egg white you can see big difference,don't know what egg white dose besides brings out more detail and make calcite turn clear only down side is it lasts on certain Fossils for a couple of days then have to wash off and do again on some.
  18. Just another cold and blustery day here in Central New York! I had to get the kids out of the house, and I wanted to get a fossil fix at the same time. I knew thw going fossil hunting with temps in the teens, was not going to happen. So I decided on the next best thing. Trip to the museum! Located in the Fingerlakes region of N.Y. I what I consider a hidden gem. The Paleontological Research Institute- Museum of the Earth, is a rather small but really nice museum. I found out about it many years ago when I first became a member of the Syracuse Gem &Mineral club. There is virtually no advertising for it. And its location is outside the city limits. It is home to the famous Hyde Park Mastodon that a family found in a pond in their backyard. It is 97 percent complete! I guess you can find cool things anywhere. I took plenty of pics, so I hope you will enjoy this virtual tour.
  19. Ok all Who knows what to cover your Mazon creek fossils with to bring out that beautiful shine and detail? My grandfather told me this 40 years ago. It doesn't hurt Fossil and will act like glue to hold intact and will wash right off?
  20. Hello, I have some unusual rocks would like to know if anyone has seen anything like them before. Thank you for your time.
  21. So If you could Fossil hunt anywhere in the world. Where would you go, how long would you be there and what tools would you bring to help? I would Like to go to a lovely Clear stream in One of Florida's forests. I have always wanted to Scuba dive there and look for the many fossils that lye under the waters surface. What I would like to Look for are the fossils of Mastodons and Titanis walleri along with any species of Alligators that may have lived there during the Pleistocene era. Not only that but to also look at the current Wild life, You know it is awe Inspiring to think, this is one of the few places in America you will find a hold over from an ancient time, the mighty American Alligator. I think their presents within the water has scared a few people off from looking on the floor of the body's of water. It's almost somewhat Ironic that people go looking for fossils, some of which are from giant predators but can be scared off by an Alligator. But where do you want to fossil hunt?
  22. Hello everyone! I'm new here so please forgive me for making any mistakes or for not thoroughly reading through other topics/sections before posting here. I went to Portugal with my family almost 3 years ago and came across a few interesting sea shells on top of the cliff leading down to the beach. I'm always intrigued and fascinated by things which have a lot of age or have a story to tell. Can anyone say or estimate how old some of these shells/fossils are? Some look a lot older than others. Edit : So it only seems to allow me to upload up to 3.95MB. One image alone is 3.5MB. Will post again with the other pictures.
  23. My family and I are taking a trip to Disney March 25_ April 1. One day will be spent at Venice beach. This will be the only day I will be able to hunt shark teeth on this trip. I would like to make it as successful as possible. So any tips or advice for this location would be much appreciated. I plan on getting a sifter while I'm down there. Would snorkeling be worthwhile? Also is there areas where collecting tends to be better. I wish I could go to the Peace, but that will remain a dream for now. Thank-you Dave
  24. Where is a good place that is open to the public and allows digging to find fossils in Southwestern Maine or Southeastern New Hampshire
  25. Hello fellow forum members, it's Trevor. I am deciding between attending two different colleges, one is near Cleveland, Ohio and the other is near Lewisberg, PA. Fossiling is a large part of my decision. I already know some fern sites in PA and PA is closer to Maryland and Jersey so that's a plus. Can anyone tell me the fossil situation of Ohio or surrounding areas.