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  1. Hey all, i am planning a trip to Calvert Cliffs in Maryland with my girlfriend, but I was curious if there were any guides that frequently assist people who have never been to the cliffs before. It looks a little intimidating, but perhaps that's because I've never been there. Would you even suggest a guide if one was available? Or is it not crazy to go without one? I just want to be safe there. Could you offer your best advice if I were to go by myself to let's say Brownie's beach? Obviously I'd love to come across a Meg, as I've never found a tooth bigger than 3/4 of an inch before. It would be a thrill id never forget. I most certainly don't want anyone to give up any secret spots, but I'd love to know your best advice on a newbie like myself looking for some better looking fossils. Lastly, do I need to be wading in water to search for megs? I really wanted to strictly search on land (obviously not directly in the cliffs as I know that's illegal, and I wouldn't even if it was legal due to ruining something so naturally pretty). Thanks so much everybody.
  2. Finding Fossilized Shark (Selachimorpha [Selachii]) Teeth On The Shores Of Myrtle Beach, SC: A Definitive, Authoritative, Don't-Deviate-Or-Die Guide By Shane R., a.k.a. "THE master expert of all gurus" Shell-bed - Crushed shells deposited during the high tide transformation to low tide. A proper bed will have NO SAND VISIBLE, ONLY CRUSHED SHELLS!! The ocean's dump... Dump of joy and goodness! This is where you always want to be in some form or another. DO NOT waste time with shell-bedless sand. Bigger pieces of shells in the bed = bigger teeth, less chance of finding squat. Smaller pieces = small teeth but higher chances. Zone 4 - Fine, hot, trash-filled, bone-dry, dredged, behind pretty sea oats sand that's furthest from the ocean (2.25/5 rating & small teeth) Zone 3 - Lumpy, warm, uneven, ever-so-slightly-moist, feet-trodden, gritty sand that's marked by beach scraping machinery tracks (?[unimportant enough that I've never looked]/5 rating & small teeth) Zone 2 - Cool, moist, older-shell-bed-filled, severely foot-trodden, vacationers-set-up-shop-full, smooth sand (3.5/5 rating & small to large teeth) Zone 1 - Very cool, super moist, lightest of waves, fresh-shell-bed filled, heavens-opened-up, stay-here-all-day, smooth-as-a-baby's-rear, where-toothy-addictions-and-backbreaking-obsessions-are-made shore sand (5/5 rating & small to very large teeth) ps. if you can't already tell, this is the zone you want Zone Almost Pointless - Cold, in the "deeper than lightest of waves," impossible-to-see-anything, "that fast wave took my spotted treasure away before I could process," shell-beds so exceptional your feet cut open and bleed, waterery sand (1.75/5 rating & large to extremely large teeth) *Baby Zip bag needed. Leave open the whole time searching. Touch fingers in ocean water, let water drip into bag, fill about 1/4 of bag (the water atoms secure your teeth), hold in one hand between thumb, forefinger, and middle finger (thumb is on right side gripped next to zipper [sharp edge of bag], forefinger nail distance is inside bag, middle finger is above forefinger outside of bag gripped to forefinger nail) while searching. Touch (or drop if you found a big momma) newly acquired teeth to water inside bag until said atoms overtake tooth, securing it in bag. Check continually for low water level and leakages. If found, dip ocean fingers and refill. DO NOT DROP BAG!!!!!! HOLY.. DONT DROP THE BAG. AND.... Don't... be.. tipping the bag either Ahem... Now for that meat. A good mindset to always, always keep is that, chances are, if a shell bed is not actively being eroded at by active waves, any teeth of substantial size have been already taken by another collector. If you aren't actively eye-searching, continually walking, moving around, and searching for the next great eroding shell bed, you ARE wasting precious, valuable time! Look down the beach and head to the next visible bed near the shore! Lots of speed walking is needed! Check to see if waves are or might be close to hitting beds. If so, GET there as fast as possible! Scour the beach with your eyes and be PROACTIVE! Beat the next collector! Be on top of it! If you aren't bent over the whole time, you ARE missing great teeth! R.I.P. Mr. back When you've found a shell-bed near the shore that's actively being eroded by waves, pay super close attention to the area where the sand (closest to ocean) meets the shell bed. This area (and just to the top of bed [furthest from ocean]) is where very large teeth can be found! The middle of the bed is just as good! So check the whole bed!!duh! Make sure the sun is BEHIND YOU and the tooth's enamel should shine like utter diamond from the fresh water on them. Pay SUPER close attention to the bottom of said bed when a wave thoroughly hits it: sometimes teeth come SHOOTING out! The water is naturally sorting this big bed of shells for you! Thank the wind for the eroding waves! Thank the moon for providing the large tide that dropped the shells! The bed that is actively being hit by waves is loooong, as you can see, so don't stay in one place! Pace back and forth the distance of bed where waves are hitting (only where waves are sorting for you)! You are greatly increasing your chances of finding a tooth if you are walking back and forth whilst looking! Pace! Don't stay in one place! Pace! Don't do et . Pace! Scan scan scan! If you aren't actively scanning, you are missing! Active active! Nonstop! This is work since they're valuable to the Gay Dolphin dude! If not trying to fool with tide charts, prepare to be out for at least six hours in order to catch key times. Full moons and new moons are the greatest times to look. Day before and after. Morning. 6:45 am. Nautical twilight time... If there is a storm, GET OUT THERE NOW. Legendary fun awaits. If no shell beds can be found (you're basically fricked...but), bring a short metal shovel, use toes to find an under the sand shell bed, make sure it is close to the ocean, dig large scoops, throw to edge of where water is hitting, let nature erode, search quickly at results. Thank me for this quality, highly treasured, highly secret, authoritative, veteran, insider, seasoned info and data by... Showing me what you find! <3 ~SR
  3. I have absolutely zero background or experience in this field, but I do have a six year old who very much wants to partner his museum experiences with a "real" fossil dig. He understands that our findings may be meager, so anything would be great. We are in central OK between OKC and Tulsa and have time for a day trip either tomorrow or Sunday. Any recommendations you can offer are greatly appreciated!
  4. After feeling inspired be Missourian's amazing thread "Backyard Trip" and while not wanting to let everything I've learned about the Tulsa area go to waste when I move, I wanted to make a thread sharing my knowledge for the benefit of everyone in the area and anyone who might come through the area. I decided that I will not post specific locations in most situations to prevent over hunting and damage to the sites, but I will give most of the locations over PM ( if they were given to me by a friend, I'll let you know who to contact, but it is their site so it's not mine to give away). I will try to give details on the areas, formations present, fossils found there and provide pictures where I can. There are also a number of rumored location I've never had a chance to visit, so I'll try and give information on those too. My time will be sporadically available, so I'll be updating when I can. For the first post I wanted to provide quick links to some of the documentation available in the area. The main source is from the Oklahoma Geologic Survey. Some of the written material is old, outdated, or incomplete, but it is a great place to start. Their documents can be found here: http://www.ogs.ou.edu/pubs.php And most of their maps (which are up to date and excellent where available) here: http://www.ogs.ou.edu/geolmapping.php Another site with some good information can be found here (information spans multiple states and hasn't been updated for years): http://www.bluesinheaven.com/pgs/paleo/index.html Unfortunately, I haven't found any good books on the area to list.
  5. Hi all. eBay is generally a good website for us to get fossil specimens as long as we do the proper research, and seek out reputable sellers. However, certain fossils pop up every now and then that are obvious fakes, and not every buyer is diligent enough to know so. What we can do is to report these listings. Believe it or not, sometimes they do get taken down. To begin, say you notice a fossil you know is fake. Click on Report Item on the top right, it's above the eBay item number. eBay takes you to another screen: Choose Listing practices > Fraudulent listing activities > You suspect that a listing is fraudulent Hit Continue, and you'll be given an item number. Hit 'Send Report'. You do not need to be a bidder to make this report. You'll know the report is made when you're taken to this new screen: Ultimately, the best practice if you shop on eBay is to do your due research. Ask the experts here; they are more than willing to point out when a fossil is fake. I've personally saved thousands just by helpful advice here. Also, if you notice any fake fossils, do us a favor as well by posting about it here, but do not mention the seller's name or identity; we are here to learn, not conduct a witch hunt. Good luck
  6. Hi all, I don't know if you know it already, but this series of divulgative publications seems me absolutely interesting and useful: http://www.echinoids-gallery.com/presentaciones/asociacion paleontologica.htm
  7. Hi. Here is a guide to collecting fossils from the British Coal Measures. I will update it often to make it more useful for those wishing to learn about the Coal Measures. The British Coal Measures is Upper Carboniferous aged- approximately 310 million to 315 million years old. It's split into three main sections- the Lower Coal Measures (the oldest), the Middle Coal Measures and the Upper Coal Measures (the most recent.) In the Upper Carboniferous, the UK had a tropical climate, with forests containing dense vegetation. Sometimes, the sea levels increased, causing flooding, which made marine bands. There are many different fossils to be found in the British Coal Measures- Insects, Myriapods, Arachnids, Plants, trace fossils, Crustaceans, Amphibians, bivalves, Brachiopods, fish (including sharks), the occasional trilobite, Goniatites and a few other fossils. Where to find fossils in the British Coal Measures - Streams often cut through various rock types, including mudstone which isn't often exposed in old quarries. - There are few sites which contain coal mining waste these days but they contain some very nice fossils. - Old quarries usually have outcrops of Sandstone, which often contains plant stems and trace fossils. - Coastal locations have plenty of material to search through and various rock types can be found. A geology map is useful to check if the site which you plan to visit has Coal Measures rocks. If the site you plan to visit is on private land remember to get permission to visit from the land owner. Which rock types contain fossils? There are a few rock types which contain fossils- Sandstone- Sandstone often contains plant stems and trace fossils. The sand grains don't preserve fossils very well, so the fossils found in sandstone don't usually have fine detail. Also, the sandstones were formed in flowing rivers, so, for example if a plant fell into a river, the soft parts would have got separated from the harder stem, so usually only the stem can be found. Although they're quite rare, Trigonocarpus seeds can be found. Coastal locations, streams and old quarries are good places to look for fossils in sandstone. Fossils found in Sandstone- 1/2- Calamites stems 3/4- Artisia stems 5- Trigonocarpus seeds 6- Fossil burrow
  8. Would like all the details I can get. I will use a guide and would like to know your favorites and why. I have a jet ski and motorized canoe. If I choose not to use a guide (not likely) are these devices allowed? Is scuba allowed? What parts of the river are best? Are there rules, laws, restrictions? What are the river conditions now and is there an online water temp/water level gauge? What levels are best?
  9. It's not always easy to take great photos of your fossils. Often, we have to deal with poor lighting and bad angles. Here's a quick guide to improving the quality of your photos with Photoshop. (Note: this is not to say you can just work with any crappy photo. Taking a decent shot helps save you a great deal with time, since photoshop editing would be minimal.) 1) I've taken a photo of my ammonite. Unfortunately, I lack a specialized lighting system, and the sun wasn't helpful. So it's up to Photoshop to fix this. 2) Fire up your Levels editor tool (CTRL + L). You'll find it under Image > Adjustments > Levels. You want to make use of all available input levels. Drag the slider to do so (see red arrow). 3) Now, use sample in image to capture white point. Use the tool and click on any white spot in your photo. 4) Looking better, isn't it? And that was done with just the level editor tool in literally 10 seconds 5) Crop your image. People mainly want to see the fossil, so go ahead and crop out the background, stand, and your hand etc; use your discretion, retain what is necessary to give the photo a scale of size, while getting rid of anything else that distracts. Add a scale bar (stick to CM or inch) with the Horizontal Type tool (T) and Rectangular Marquee tool (M). 6) This step is optional; adjust brightness and contrast as you like. But don't over-adjust your photo! We want the fossil to look as natural as possible! 7) And we are done! Easy, wasn't it? As said at the beginning, do try to take good photos if you can. Leave photoshop as a last resort. Here's a chart to working with Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. Take note of the difference in lighting and sharpness. If you lack Photoshop, you can download GIMP for free; the same general concept applies to it too > https://www.gimp.org/ If you have any questions or requests about Photoshop, feel free to ask me