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  1. Believe it or not, not everyone is familiar with the world of fossil hunting. Sometimes we might attract the attention of the uninitiated while out collecting. "What is that person up too?" They might think. You could be hammering away at an outcrop on a public roadside or beach or turning up all dirty carrying your rock pick and a heavy pack in a car park. Through the years with fossil hunting and through collecting mud cores for work I've had this happen. The other day it was a group of surfers on a remote beach. "Are you looking for gold with that little pick axe?" This is is a common question as who might imagine that people would spend so much time and effort hunting for long dead things. Sometimes I wonder if I did spend as much time hunting for gold as fossils.... but this is what drives me and the reward is worth more than gold to me. Anyone else had to answer strange questions while collecting or have a common question they get asked? How did I answer the surfers? Did I lie and say, "No, not gold, diamonds mate!". I was tempted as they obviously thought I was one weird dude. I paused for a second and then explained what I was actually doing. Being surfers, they appreciated the stories of the long dead sharks (including mega sharks) that I've found on the beach. Through my job I do a lot of fieldwork and see this as a kind of outreach, we are ambassadors for our science when we are in the field. So, even though I've had much weirder questions throughout the years, I always try to explain what I am up to. Look forward to others stories.
  2. A block with ammo

    I went for a walk over the fields the other day since the farmers have been busy plowing things in or over. Well, I didn't find all that much, since I must have been a bit late. There were lots of footprints criss-crossing most of the familiar acreages, so I guess a good number of my colleagues got there before me. However, I did manage to come up with a promising block. I slugged it in two on the field and immediately noticed the tell-tale cross-section of an ammonite, so at least I had found something to play with at home. I didn't think to take a photo of the original pieces, since I had already glued them back together, started to whittle down the matrix and expose the shell before I decided to post a prep progression report here. Here's a pic of the stage it's at now, anyway. Still got lots to do.
  3. Indiana field find

    Found this walking a field in Indiana. Nothing to exciting, but curious if anyone can identify.
  4. Fossil field hash

    I was back out in the field today to look for fossils. I finally went over to this stranger rock that for some reason I had put off looking at for almost a year! It turned out to be a nice chunk of fossils hash. I could see sea shells and their imprints along with coral and possibly bones (don't know if they are or not). This is only a small piece of the overall rock and I hope to get back to get the rest when the weather clears up. all the best! Boris
  5. Back out in the field

    I was back out in the field today on the hunt for more fossils. Gathered a bunch of rock to split and examine. What I did find were fragile fossils of vegetation. The picture shows what looks to be a fossilized chunk of wood. Hope to get back out there! B.A.Wagner
  6. Seeking - Fossil Sites In Socal

    I am an amateur fossil collector, barely even a hobbiest. But I have young healthy knees and a strong desire to hunt ancient fauna. 1) Do you want to go hunting? I am very open to meeting in person and venturing out together. However, be warned, I'm an extrovert, so I will try to be entertaining. 2) Do you know any proven/potential sites near Los Angeles (within 100 miles)? - Abandoned quarries (I'll wear a hard hat, I know) - Highway embankments (visibility vest, I know) - Friendly rural landowners (bullet proof vest, I know) - Dry river beds/canyons - Abandoned mines or wells (write my will ahead of time, I know)
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