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  1. Someone has very likely already posted something similar to this, though a quick search didn't yield many results. So I thought I might give it a stab, and see if we get any bites. Also not sure if it belongs under general fossil discussion, but the admin gods will surely know... Anybody got a first discovery they would like to share? Maybe a childhood fossil, or your first significant (maybe just to you) find? Do you still have that initial specimen? And maybe a story to go with it? If you care to, please share here. Thanks.
  2. My First Trip Plan!

    Hi everyone! I just researched and planned my very first hunt ever tonight. I'm from Minnesota, but am currently living in Mississippi for work. It took some time to find the information needed in order to pick a few possible locations without driving five or more hours. Here's what I've come up with for my trip plan. All of this will be river/stream sifting, or outcroppings from the rivers/streams. All three are options, but Merrill, MS is likely my first trip due to the fact two rivers from the North converge there possibly depositing older Cretaceous fossils as well. -Waynesboro, MS (2hr) Chickasawhay River — Catahoula Formation — Oligocene — 23my - 34.9my -Merrill, MS (1.25hr) Pascagoula River — Pascagoula and Hattiesburg Formation — Miocene — 5.3my - 22.3my -McLain, MS (1.25hr) Leaf River — Pascagoula and Hattiesburg Formation — Miocene — 5.3my - 22.3my Potential Recoveries Expected: Shark/Fish Teeth Shell Fragments Inverts Snake Vertebra Echinoids Others washed downstream from Cretaceous period Thanks for reading! -C
  3. First Parkosaurus EVER Found In Mexico!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. hi all, i just bought this ammonite for preparation, this will be my first preparation ever, any good advice? didnt really know how to start.
  5. 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.
  6. Brains! Brains! BRAINS! Fossiled tissue, not just a cast. From the article... "According to the researchers, the reason this particular piece of brain tissue has been so well-preserved is that the dinosaur's brain was essentially 'pickled' in a highly acidic and low-oxygen body of water - similar to a bog or swamp - shortly after its death. This allowed the soft tissues to become mineralised before they decayed away completely, so that they could be preserved." Just in time for Halloween! http://phys.org/news/2016-10-fossilized-dinosaur-brain-tissue.html "The structure of the fossilised brain, and in particular that of the meninges, shows similarities with the brains of modern-day descendants of dinosaurs, namely birds and crocodiles."
  7. This one sought me out

    I am hoping to get one last fossil hunting adventure in this year before the cold starts. This last weekend was not supposed to be it, but this little guy decided to seek me out. My daughter had a girl scout get together at a farm for Halloween this past weekend in Waukesha County in Wisconsin. One of the things we did was the corn maze, which had an absurd amount of rocks in it, so I started picking up random pieces of these limestone rocks as we were walking. I found a piece that had a bunch of weathered crinoid stem pieces, but wasn't anything too spectacular. We get out of the corn maze, and I had been carrying that rock for about 15 minutes, and my arm was starting to get tired, but wanted to show the girls. We head over to the pumpkin patch, and I'm about to set it down near a bunch of the other rocks, and I find a much cooler fossil. I found my first Trilobite. Needless to say I was giddy as could be. I've bought a ton of them, but have never found one of my own. I was showing some of the kids and parents, but they weren't nearly as excited as me lol. My daughter told me this will be one of those days you'll never forget. I think she might be right. Sometimes the fossils just find you I guess.
  8. My First Fossil

    This is the first fossil I ever found. I found it when I was 10 years old. It was at a construction site on the southwest side of Milwaukee. They were digging the basements for a few houses next to ours. I believe this Trilobite is sitting on her nest. I have been fossil hunting ever since. I have lot's of fossil's however I think this one is the best of the bunch. I also hunt for Native American artifacts, Points, Gems, Minerals and anything else i can find in or on the ground. I operate Heavy Equipment as part of my career so I get to do a lot of digging, so I get lucky every now and then.
  9. Firstfinds, Need Help

    Hello I am very new to this so I apologize for the ignorance, I wanted to know if I found anything interesting, I know there is a few crinoid stems but any clue about the rest? Thank You so much for any help!