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Found 19 results

  1. Beginner family friendly spots

    Looking for family friendly spots for VERY BEGINNERS in the Savannah area or Northeast Georgia. Thanks in advance!
  2. Please Help

    Hello, I recently collected these fossils in the Minerals Wells area in North Texas, and I am not having any luck identifying the fossils. I know that I found the fossils in Pennsylvanian age sediment, and that’s about it. I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to help me.
  3. First Time at Mazon Creek

    Hello, I am planning on going to Mazon Creek for the first time this weekend and was wondering if I could get some advice. I have fossil hunted at the Peace river and Shark Tooth Hill, but despite living in Illinois, I have never been to Mazon creek. I am not sure where I should start looking. I have read some of the trip reports on the forum and most seem to suggest either around Pit 11 or south of W 5000N road. How long does it usually take to get to productive spots? I read that some people have to hike for an hour before finding fossils. Also, where should I park my car? How much time is usually spent at Mazon creek? Is it an all-day event or just a few hours? I was planning on attending the ESCONI gem, mineral, and fossil show on Saturday morning (3/23) and then heading Mazon creek afterwards. Will I have enough time? Thanks in advance for any advice.
  4. Hi all! I am new to the forum and relatively new to fossil collecting. I would like to try my hand at preparation, but am not sure where to start. It seems like purchasing mosasaur teeth still embedded in matrix and slowly working to get them out might be a good way to practice with cheap and easily obtainable fossils, but I do not know how to go about this. In my head I imagine purchasing a few 20-30 dollar teeth with matrix, chisels, and scribers to be a great and (relatively) cheap way to begin practicing various techniques that I intend use for the rest of my life, is there anything else I need to be aware of, or perhaps other recommended forms of practicing preparation and removal of fossils from rock for beginners with a plethora of patience/time? Hopefully this makes sense!
  5. Best beginner spot in New Mexico

    Hi everyone, I have some time on my hands so I am going to take a fossil hunting trip to New Mexico in February. I am a beginner, but I am starting to learn about the hobby. I am interested in any type of fossil, and I can make my way anywhere in the state. I am able to hike, but my vehicle won’t handle really worn dirt roads. Any recommendations of where I should focus my further planning? Thanks in advance!! Dave
  6. Hey, I'm just starting out and I wanted to know, what preparation tools and tactics will work best for removing limestone without damaging the specimen? (Preferably low budget) I also don't have a lot of workspace since I'm just taking a crack at this legitamate, fine-detail stuff for the first time; and after some research on air scribes, abrasives, and erasers, I realize they are much too costly and the whole air system and workbox takes up a lot of room I don't have. So is there anything you all could recommend for me?
  7. I have been very lucky to have visited and had some mentoring from one of NZ, if not Australasias best fossil preppers. Taking some example from him, I have built a small dedicated prep table. No more smashing stuff on my workshop bench in the dark.. @Waimanu 1 are you still about in the forum? They need to see more of your work! Anyway, I suspect this will be a good year.. An old computer desk that had fallen to bits, and a dish washer that supplied the nice white sides. 3x $7NZD led strips from China and an old computer power supply. I have still to add the main overhead light but this is already 10x better than what I was struggling with.. I was worried when I planned it that the led strips would be overpowering but when you are looking the victim in the middle, you appreciate the lack of shadow.
  8. Guide to Paleontology

    Hi everyone! I am very passionate about paleontology ever since I was young! And because I am not offered to study this course in my country, I am planning on self-studying and doing my own research. However, the problem is that I have absolutely no idea where to start! I would want to start right at the bottom, with the basics. So that when I move on and learn more about it, I will not be confused by terms or explanations. So should I start with the geological timescale? Or with geology and plate tectonics? Some tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  9. 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
  10. Budget beginners fossils

    So I have a question. What are some of the best budget fossils for the beginning collector? I’m just getting into fossil collecting, and I don’t really have a focus yet, I’d just like to start off with a few representative pieces and then eventually I might try to narrow down my collecting scope. I’ve been browsing the forums a bit, and I’ve noticed some nice ammonites and trilobites can be had without breaking the bank, there’s some nice second quality Megalodon teeth out there that are reasonable, plants and fish from the Green River area are priced right, and there’s some affordable and good looking Spinosaur and Mosasaur stuff from Morocco (although from what I’ve read I’m a bit leery about some of it). Is there anything else that anyone would recommend for a beginning collection? My interests have always ran towards the large theropods and ceratopsians, but like I said, I’m starting small and eventually someday I hope to own that monster T-Rex tooth that everyone dreams of. Thanks for all the help.
  11. I used to have some fossils when I was younger, but they've all been lost to time. Just purchases these from some highly rated sellers online. I like them for different reasons. Any opinions? They were cheap. The plant was $4.50 and the Trilobite was $13 (it's just 3/4 of an inch). The fern is about 2 x 2 1/2 inches. What do you think of them? It's a Cambrian trilobite btw.
  12. Devonian Fossil Hunting Trip

    Hi all! So I am a new member here, but I've been a lurker for about 3 months or so, trying to take in as much information as I can! My sister and I are looking to go on a fossil hunting trip in northwestern VA/WV and I was wondering what we'd need? We're at hunting outside of Lost River Park in WV(known as The Needmore Formation, Roadside quarry is the part we're looking into going). I've heard it's a pretty popular area, and that most people leave with at least something. Anyway, I figure for that area, I'd be bringing a stone hammer, chisel, screwdriver, and maybe a brush for basic tools. Is there anything else you'd recommend us to bring? Also, I've seen a lot of general tips for fossil hunting, but is there any tips/advice you'd be willing to offer us as first time fossil hunters? I've always been into geology and dinosaurs, but this is the first time I've ever done anything like this, so we're super excited! Any secret spots you'd be willing to share would be awesome too Thanks! Amber
  13. I bought two unprepared fish nodules from a dealer at a show and have started to prepare them. I'm a total noob when it comes to preparation. I've prepared a few trilobites from wheeler shale but that's about it. I have a Paleo Aro and a Paasche air eraser. Can you all take a look at what I've done so far, and help me to understand what I'm seeing? Obviously I just got a fin, but I don't understand what the big long part is in the middle, or how the fish is oriented. A lot of the black/brown layer has chipped off while I've been working on it. Is this an actual 3-dimensional fossil? I expected it to be just like a thin plate, like Green River fish. I have only used the Aro, haven't tried messing around with the air eraser yet, although wouldn't the air eraser chip off the thin brown layer just as badly?
  14. beginner question

    hello, looking for your expert advice. i would like to do some touch up work on a fossil to bring out more details. it is a keichousaurus in a hard slate material. i mostly want to work on the head and rib areas. i don't want to mess it up so looking for something safe for fine detail work, would something like this work? https://www.amazon.com/Paasche-Airbrush-AEC-K-Abrasive-sprayer/dp/B001CJIHFI/ref=sr_1_1?s=miscellaneous&ie=UTF8&qid=1482120215&sr=8-1&keywords=Paasche+air+eraser
  15. Hello everyone, I recently took a trip to Aust in the UK and got myself some nice chunks of bone bed with various large bones and teeth embedded in the rock. I am wondering what tools are recommened for me to try and get some of these out? I have never done this before but would like to give it a go as currently random chunks of rock on my shelf doesn't look the best haha plus it will be fun exposing ichthyosaur and pliosaur parts! I do not have a huge budget so I can't be spending thousands of pounds but I am willing to spend a little on getting the right tools. Any questions please ask. Thanks in advance Lance
  16. 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
  17. I've read the beginners guide and have pretty much done what I can from there...... But here's the thing. Every day we go walking in a dried up river bed that is FULL of boulders and stones..... as well as in an olive grove that appears to be chalky and sedimentary in appearance. I *think* I may have chanced upon some sponge in the river bed as well as some Ceriocava just lying around in the olive grove (some lumps of it are about 2ft in diameter) - But I am getting SO daunted in constantly looking downwards. How do I know if what I am looking at in a complete river bed of stones / rocks is anything more than that? How can i tell if any of the stones are fossils when I know so little? How do I know whats stones to even give a second glance to? Here's anther thing for example - Looking at the geological maps of the Olive grove for example. It cites it as being from the Pleistocene period, but my fossil book says that the Ceriocava is from the Jurrasic period.... so now I have UTTER confusion.... I don't understand what is going on with this and how any geological map will help me on the path to identification. Do you see what I mean? I go walking and my head is spinning. So where do I start? If you were presented with a dried up river bed full of rocks/stones how would you begin to make any sense of it? I don't seem to be able to make any sense of it at all and already having only just started I'm thinking that this is just too big to even consider. I hope that some one can give me some pointers and a way to put some structure to my thoughts Thank you.
  18. So basically I'm planning on starting my journey of fossil hunting, but I have no idea what to look for. I live beside an inactive Quarry that I don't believe has ever been picked through for fossils before so it is an ideal place to start. I was just wondering if maybe you guys could post photos of things that I should keep an eye out for? So i can familiarize myself with different types of fossils. I will obviously know a fish when I see one but I also don't want to miss our on the small stuff due to my ignorance. I live outside of Ottawa in a rural area, so anyone who is familiar with this location would be a great help! I posted these in another topic but for anyone who hasn't seen them this is the quarry I will be going to. I want you to treat me as if i'm your child going hunting for the first time!
  19. Hello! My name is Brittany, I have just joined the community so please be kind to me. I have always been interested in fossils and paleontology in general but have an anxiety disorder so I never pursued my dream of making it into a career. I do still want to make fossil hunting into a hobby though and was hoping you guys could help me get started. I live out in the country right next to a quarry, I was wondering if this would be a good location to start.I have attached some photos of the quarry to give you an idea of the area and the types of rocks that are here. I live in Ontario by the way! I apologize in advance for my ignorance, I am simply a 22 year old trying to find a hobby that interests me. I'm hoping being productive outside finding fossils can help me cope with my anxiety disorder. Thankyou