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Found 34 results

  1. Novice looking for advice

    Hey guys, Ive found these while out on a walk with my dog. I was wondering if they could possibly be teeth or maybe my imagination is seeing things and they are just rocks. Any advice would be great! Thanks in advance. Foxx
  2. Any advice for a noob?

    So im very new to this and since winter is here, I thought it'd be a good time to ask for any advice for a novice (ie tools, where to look, anything that would be useful). I don't know anything about how to actually go about looking for fossils. So far I've learned a bit from people here, but just to get a basic gist overall would be a good start.
  3. So... This specimen is currently in ID- section here, but since it doesnt have any suggestions, I figured out that I should try to get some more features to help IDing. This is from northern Germany. I found this little stone and after a while, I decided to smash this into another rock. It kinda worked and this is what was in there. The fossil itself is quite fragile, and I accidentally managed to swipe lots of the material away from the other half. That was poor handling from my part.. :S I must say that Im quite inexperienced (only "re-prepped" one Otodus tooth which had some features under rock. Turned out to be quite fine fore first "prep" IMO). I have magnifiers, dental tools, glues etc for basic working but no powertools bc I live in an apartment building. Not saying that I would use any powertools for this. How would you guys deal with this, or is this something I shouldnt try to tackle?
  4. Hi! I'm planning a trip to Briggs road earlville soon. As a result, I would really appreciate advice on where and how to dig at the site. Am I allowed to take off slabs of material or do I have to go through the material on the ground? If so, is there a specific spot I should dig? Thank you for your time.
  5. Hello, I've been planning a trip to DSR for a while now however it would be my first time going so I'm still a newbie when it comes to digs. I would really appreciate any advice on really anything like equipment to bring or how to dig into the formation. Thanks!
  6. Holzmaden Advice

    I will soon be visiting Holzmaden in Germany. Does anyone have any advice on how to find fossils there? (Which quarry to go to, where to look for fossils inside off the quarry, etc.) @belemniten @Ludwigia
  7. Need advice on fossil prep

    I am hoping to get some advice on how to handle preservation prep on a recently found section of mammoth tooth. I have soaked the tooth, removed debris/algae with vinegar, rinsed thoroughly and have the tooth soaking in the toilet tank. I plan on following Harry Pristis' advise on consolidation found in previous posts. I am leaving on a 2 week trip and will not have time to dry the specimen and complete the consolidation before the trip. So the question is, should I leave the tooth soaking until I return or remove the tooth from the water and allow it to dry for the 2 weeks in a controlled manner (In a ventilated aquarium resting on sand)?
  8. Fossil or really worn shell?

    Hi! So I found a shell one of my old friends gave me when I was a child and I remember he told me this was a very old shell, I'm curious if this is a modern shell thats just really worn or if it's a fossil. I don't know enough to be able to tell myself sadly. Thank you!
  9. Florida fossil advice

    Hello all! Soooo I’m taking my family to Disney World for Christmas this year. My wife is being very cool about it and she’s letting me spend most of my time looking for fossils. I’d like to make the most of my trip being that Florida is quite far Texas. I know about Peace River, Shell Creek and Venice Beach. I’ve been reading that Peace River isn’t productive anymore....is this true? I’d really like any advice on where to go, what to do, what not to do etc. If you have any secret spots and would like to pm me that would be much appreciated. I promise to keep it to myself. Oh, I do understand that I need a permit to collect in Florida btw. Any advice helps. Thank you!
  10. Okay so I found this specimen at the Taughannock Falls in Ithaca New York. I found it at the edge of the gorge which consists of Shale, composed of slit and clay that fell onto lime mud and hardened into rock. I've done some research and it appears to be a Brittle star trace fossil formed by their arm grazing the sand floor. Although, these Brittle Star fish traces are known as "Pteridichnites biseriatus" and they have only been discovered so far in upper Devonian shales out in western and eastern Virginia. I'm not an expert but to my knowledge the Ithaca geological formation is Devonian and was slowly covered by sand. Is it possible that the Brittle Star fish once roamed in the ancient sea now known as "Taughannock falls" today? Because a research team is trying to find this specimen and they are wondering if anyone has discovered it. Edit: Im referring to the dotted trackway. check this link out for more information. http://www.wvgs.wvnet.edu/www/news/Pteridichnites.htm
  11. UK Trilobites

    Does anyone know where I can find Trilobites in the UK (preferably south east) and how best to collect them?
  12. Long Tall Fossils and Tucson

    Hello all. New to the forum, but have been reading a lot here(and everywhere). In the process of building a house and have a long tall fireplace wall to fill. We had looked at everything from wood to stone to art, and then I shot down the slippery slope of fossil collecting! I have a couple questions. The space we need to fill is the upper part of a 17' fireplace, so we have more than 10' open, but of course don't have to fill that space. I have seen some really amazing palm fronds and flowers, crinoids or groups of fish that would work(but would cost a fortune). Do you have any other suggestions for something that might fill that space? My wife is more keen on plants than fish. I'd love to investigate other options. Second question--we have friends in Tucson who invited us to come visit them this winter. Would I have good luck finding something at that show? When is the best time to go? I have read that there are shows before the "big show" that might be better for what I am after. I appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks!
  13. Hello Fellow Fossiliers!! So whilst on a field trip with the OUGS in Lyme Regis the other day I stumbled upon this rock which has a bivalve and a partial (what would have been huge) ammonite in it. As you can see the ammonite has undergone mineral replacement and has crystallised, seen as its not really structural intact from the outside and seems to only be 1/16th of a complete fossil would this look good if I sliced it in half to open up the inside? And, if so, seen as I have no real prepping/cutting tools to speak of how would you recommend I go about it? I have asked a local mason to run it through their machines, they quoted £30 max depending on how hard the stone ends up being, I would prefer to do it myself and have the tools and ability to do it again should i need to. It stands roughly 18cm high on its end as picture. Thank you all in advance for your opinions and advice!
  14. Hi, stopping at in Greenville for a night on our way to Charleston for vacation. Looking for advice on where to park, stream access, if any part of the stream has more Cretaceous vs. Miocene etc... any tips would be much appreciated. Will be me, my two boys and our dog. Thank you.
  15. New to this

    Hi guys, So I've been interested in and have been studying dinosaurs for quite some time not to mention all of the documentaries. But I'm new and it seems resources on the internet are very few when it comes to starting something like this. Anyway I'm from southeast ky and I am dying to start fossil hunting but am lost at where to start or even what area may be a good place. So I guess my question is what do I do now and are there any good resources for learning
  16. Detroit Lakes??

    Hello, I will be going to visit kin up in Ottertail county over the 4th of July week. We are coming up from Florida Despite visiting Minnesota repeatedly throughout my life, I know almost nothing about fossil hunting possibilities...my focus has always been on fishing and such, but my 5 year old is high on fossiling (and has quite a collection from Florida already) We are flying in from Florida to the Cities and driving out. IF any of y'all have insight on: 1) locations around ottertail county/detroit lakes 2) locations between Fergus Falls and the Cities 3) locations in EASTERN North Dakota 4) guides or trips we could participate in 5) fossil/dinosaur related sites to see in that part of the country 6) tips on applicable laws we should be aware of ...I would be GREATLY obliged I reckon anything between MSP and Jamestown ND would be reasonable, bu the closer to Fergus, Alexandria, DL, etc., the better! Thanks y'all very much in advance
  17. Western US Ideas?

    So my father and I want to go on a small trip to find some fossils. Looking to do a short trip 2-4 days in length around a weekend. We are from the north east so most of the formations that we have gone to are Silurian Ordovician or Devonian in age. We were hoping to take a trip to find some more varied types of fossils, one idea that I had was to go out west and look for some newer fossils, hopefully vertebrates and further more something terrestrial instead of the aquatic stuff we're used to out here (however fossil lake would be fun for the fish fossils). We both have passports so going to say Canada or Mexico would also be fine, but we'd rather stay inside the US. My understanding of hunting for something like dinosaur bones in the badlands is that they are embedded in rock that is very hard and very difficult to remove the specimens, it seems that finding dino bones on such a short trip seems unlikely. What do you guys recommend? should we stay home? Go south (I know nothing about the formations in the south)? Make the trip west? Wherever we go some site recommendations would be cool too. Thank you all so much for any help you can give!
  18. Is this a trilobite fossil? (assignment)

    I have a project for school, and I need to identify the fossil in the photo using the internet. I guessed that it was a trilobite, because it is visually similar to the ones I looked at online, and I wanted to make sure. I would also like to know: what are some tips for identifying fossils?
  19. Hello, for me currently Paleontology is only a hobby, but I want to have a future in this. So what I am asking for is some advice, what is the best universities in Europe especially in Germany and how should I best prepare myself to gain acceptance. When I say this I am speaking for all the young enthusiasts that want this to be more than just a hobby, but a life long career. I would like to dedicate my life to this field. All advice would be appreciated, regards Leander.
  20. Unknown fossil found

    While deer hunting with a friend, on private land, we found this fossil protruding from a rock outcropping. It appears to be bone. It is far beyond our ability to uncover the fossil and not sure if its worth the trouble. Is there someone we should call to investigate? How do we go about getting help? Sorry there is no object for scale. The length of the visible fossil in the first picture is about 10", top to bottom.
  21. Found this baculite filled with what i think is calcite. NE Wyoming, Pierre Shale formation. I'm a novice lapidary and am thinking of cutting this into round segments for display, but don't want to ruin it if it would be more valuable / interesting as an intact specimen. Opinions welcome!
  22. Cleaning fossils for amateurs.

    Hi guys, so I've been fossil hunting for about 2 months now, whenever I find a fossil I bring it home, soak it in water and gently scrub it with a spare toothbrush. Can anyone link me and advise me on some basic tools like chisels and picks that I can safely use to prep/clean my fossils, I often find ammonites, plant fossils, shell fossils and others. Thanks a lot for your help the web is like a maze for this stuff thought I'd just come straight here where the experts are lol, cheers.
  23. So I have a few days off duty and I'm planning on making a long weekend out of it. I'm starting tomorrow in Aurora, NC at the museum's spoil piles. This will be a first, so any suggestions are appreciated. Saturday I will be going to the Charelston, SC area to try my luck again. I was looking for advice in this area. I have done a ton of research with little success. I don't expect someone to give exact locations to their honey holes but advise would be great! Also anyone interested in joining would be welcome. Finally, a few days of free diving the bone yard in Venice, FL.... That's home! Any advice, suggestions, or anyone interested in joining please chime in. I'll post pics as it happens. Thanks in advance, Justin
  24. Hello I am newbie and I think right now to buy me a very beautiful tooth I wanted your opinion on this tooth I know it is very beautiful but I wonder if the blue spot can be considered a defect or not?
  25. Inspiration and advice please

    Hi master prep guys This has been a real challenge for me and I'm struggling. Any wisdom much appreciated. Potentially I've got a lovely ichthyosaur paddle here but it's driving me crazy. The matrix is so flaky I've had to put a stack of thin Paraloid on to stop the matrix disintegrating. I'm wondering if adding the Paraloid has stuck the matrix to the bone. The matrix is softer than the bone but is dangerously flakey without the Paraloid. I have a pen, pin vice and a hammer. The last tool is rapidly becoming an option! Should I selectively remove Paraloid-ed matrix? Other thoughts?
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