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  1. After hearing much excitement about Rowan University's Fossil Park in New Jersey, I finally managed to procure tickets to their once-a-year community-access dig. The park is from the bottom of the Cretaceous sea and is suspected to contain evidence of the big meteor event. They've found whole croc skeletons, beautiful full sea turtle shells, petrified wood and other beauties in this 8-acre pit. Shark teeth, shell steinkerns, and vivianite crystals are common finds. There were 1,500 tickets available for today. They sold out in 30 minutes a month ago. Wow! I have been eagerly awaiting my time in the pit ever since! We made sure to get tickets for the earliest of three sessions so we got the first crack at whatever was to be found. No lazy morning for us! We got on the shuttle bus and the volunteer asked if we were all ready for the "trip of a lifetime." Everyone cheered. She said that "almost everyone" will find something if they look hard. Hmmm. The tickets are timed. You can pay $7 per person for a 2-hour time slot or $140 per family for the whole day. We chose the 2-hour slot because two hours seemed like plenty of time. Well, it definitely wasn't. The session was from 8:30 to 10:30, but that included travel on the shuttle bus to the site, 20 minutes to get off the bus, look at the display tent and a couple vendors, and line up with 500 other people so everyone could walk in at once. We listened to a talk about the pit as a 500-person group, and finally got to dig at 9:30. We dug for 45 minutes, then spent the last 15 minutes shuffling most of those 500 people back out of the pit. I mentioned that the pit itself was 8 acres of amazing. The visitors today only had access to maybe an acre. 500 people + 1 acre of ground= stepping on each other. Not good. We also were not allowed to dig on the floor of the pit within our fenced area because it might contain something they want to dig out professionally. Fair enough, but 500 people on 3 small spoils piles and a big puddle? Hey, I spent that 45 minutes digging with my plastic toy shovel (no metal tools allowed) in one tiny spot with no reason to move anyway, at least until I hit an ant colony. My teenage daughter dug a foot away and we chatted with a guy next to us from Boston who had come down for the day. See that little black area on the right, surrounded by orange fence? That's where 500 people dug in each of three sessions. What did we find? Not much. Generally on our digs, my daughter finds teeth and I find shells or bones. Doesn't matter what we are looking for, that's what we find. Today was no different. I found one 1/2" partial brachiopod of a genus with which I am unfamilar and a couple of small vivianite crystals. My daughter found a 1/4" partial tooth from what was probably a fish. The volunteers weren't great at IDs beyond the common stuff and the three PhDs onsite were a bit busy for those 45 minutes, so we may never know. As we got back on the bus, a volunteer cheerfully complimented us on how dirty we were. *sigh*
  2. Hello all! I want to go shark hunting for the first time!! My gf and I are making a trip from charlotte to the charleston area for a weekend. Im originally from Chicago, so it is rare that I go to a beach let alone shark tooth hunt. Anyways, It would be a dream to find a great white tooth or megadolon. Sharks have always been my favorite animal (especially a great white). So the thought of finding a tooth is exciting. You probably get asked this a lot, but do you know of any specific places (that you are willing) to share to have a decent chance of finding a good tooth? This will just be a weekend trip and then I have to start my new job hours from the beach. So, I will not be depleting fossil locations. Just a fun weekend trip hoping to share some good memories. Thank you guys so much, Jeremy
  3. Shark Tooth Hill recomendations

    I am located in Charleston SC. Here we have river guides that will take you on their boat and put you over sharks teeth. I have paid land guides in Florida and offshore fossil hunting boats. I may be in Bakersfield CA on business in the near future. Interested in knowing of any paid guides for shark tooth hunting. No guarantees, just someone that knows the area and makes a business of taking paying customers to sites. How do things work in that area? Most of our best sites are underwater and the boat owner must have a Captains license to charge for his service.
  4. Summerville,SC hot spots

    I am new to this and have a vacation coming in Summerville, SC. How do I choose where to start looking? Are there any recommendations for this area. What are the best tools to take on your first time out? Thank you for your input!!
  5. Penn Dixie Dig With The Experts

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    2017 Dig with the Experts Thanks to increased interest, Dig with the Experts will be a two-day program in 2017! Ticket sales have begun — please select the links below to be taken to our online ticketing page. Alternatively, you may mail a check to us at Hamburg Natural History Society, 3556 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell, NY 14219. Please include the number of guests in your party and date(s) along with your order. Dates: Saturday May 27: 9 am to 4 pm Sunday May 28: 9 am to 4 pm Monday May 29: (Memorial Day) if there is enough interest Cost: Saturday May 27: Members $25, non-members $30 Sunday May 28: Members $15, non-members $20 Saturday & Sunday: Members $30, non-members $40 – SAVE $10 Monday May 29: TBD Join us for our signature event — Dig with the Experts! This is our very popular and yearly opportunity to unearth the best, most complete, and most unexpected fossils at Penn Dixie. We’ll have equipment on-site to do the heavy lifting and scientific experts on site to help with locating and identifying the best fossils. You’ll have to do your share of splitting and digging, of course, but you’re guaranteed to find something cool and interesting. Volunteers will lead the dig in a freshly excavated section of the Lower Windom Shale and will demonstrate how to find trilobites, cephalopods, fish remains, brachiopods, corals, wood, and many of the other fossils that can be found at Penn Dixie. But, wait — there’s more! ‘Paleo’ Joe Kchodl will once again join us for a special presentation the evening before the dig. Paleo Joe will present: Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas at 6:30 pm in the Gateway Building Auditorium, 3556 Lakeshore Road in Blasdell, NY. The talk is FREE for Penn Dixie members and $5 for the public. Dig with the Experts draws collectors from around the globe for this unique opportunity, which is co-led by our friends from the Cincinnati Dry Dredgers. Bring a hammer, chisel, safety glasses, newspaper, and paper towels to wrap your fossils. Extra water is recommended, plus bring rain gear just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Penn Dixie Site 4050 North Street Blasdell, NY 14219 (716) 627-4560
  6. We are looking for good beach sites or dig sites we could take our daughter to this week in South Carolina or coastal Georgia. Our daughter is seven and we're looking for some sites that we won't have to get in the water to access due to the cooler weather approaching. We would like to hit some beaches or sites we could dig. Thanks.
  7. Hi there - Quick question for everyone. My wife and I will be out West with our 10yr old triplets during the 2nd week of July, and we are looking for a multi-day dinosaur dig to join. Our family previously worked a "Citizen Paleontologist" event where we spent hours unpacking and cataloguing the summer's finds by the paleontologists at Virginia Tech, and the kids always have their eyes glued to the ground, trying to find cool rocks, arrowheads, and fossils. There's not much in our area, so we're indulging their interest this summer. While finding dinosaur bits would be great, I'm sure they'll love any era of fossil hunting. We think we'll be in the Wyoming/South Dakota/Montana area. Do you happen to know of any good, *affordable* programs/sites?
  8. Trona Mineral Show and Dig

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    Trona Mineral Show in Trona, California. This is to be the last year they will have the trips to Searles Lake for crystal digging from lake spoils. Several different types of salt crystals can be found in the dredged muds of Searles Lake including Pink Halite, Hanksite, Trona and more. Don't miss this final farewell to an honored tradition before the site is permanently closed off. The show runs from October 7th through October 9th, 2016. Trips and digs to be conducted to several sites over the weekend.
  9. Last Friday I went on another hunt at the local Cretaceous Molecap Greensand. My last opportunity before shoulder surgery the next day. So I won't be able to dig for a while. I found a few small shark and bony fish teeth. Some cool brachiopods and sea urchin spines. Also my favourite find, a tiny bone fragment. Never found bone before at the site so I'm happy to have even a small bit. Marine reptile I do believe.
  10. Deep cut old creek survey

    I found another site I want to survey. If it looks good I will get in the creek and hunt for teeth and other fossils. No guarantee that there will be teeth there, although this is a a creek that HAS produced good sized teeth. I have never been to this particular location within this creek but have been to others WAY up stream with so-so luck. This particular location is not a location that I know of anyone having hunted before. It is much further down the creek than I usually go. I found this location using Google maps. I am targeting Jan 30 or Jan 31. The temperature is predicted to be 71 degrees and 67 degrees. Contact me if interested.
  11. Fish vertebra

    From the album Cretaceous finds in Western Australia

    Great little fish vertebra from the Cretaceous Molecap Greensand of Gingin, Western Australia.
  12. Shark Tooth Hill Dig

    The local museum is hosting another dig at Shark Tooth Hill in Bakersfield, California. Join us October 9,10,11 for some middle Miocene madness! Attached are some shark teeth we've found on previous digs their. Join us on the Miocene fossil hunt: http://bit.ly/bvmnh_digs
  13. Hello all, I was out causing some trouble in my backyard a couple of days ago when I stumbled onto this little guy. I don't really have an idea of how old this find is or what I to do with it for more info since it's only a partial sample, but I would love to hear any details y'all might have to share about this! If you need more pictures please feel free to ask--I will be glad to provide any other info on the find. Happy hunting and have a great weekend!
  14. Titanothere Hunt

    This is a trip out to our leased fossil property to dig a Titanothere skull on 9/14/14… See more of this and my trip to the Northwest Nebraska Rock Club show and swap here: http://www.thecrawfordfossilmuseumandgallery.com/?page_id=369 Sorry, the link is fixed now...
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