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Just going through the last of the items I'm framing for my kids, and printing out labels. These were some fish they picked up at the fish dig in Wyoming. I'm pretty sure the first two are Knightias? 1) 2) (My son learned not to toss a baton *in* the house, *over* the fossil table...) 3) Same fish? And is this upside down? 4) baby version? (also...is it upside down?) 5) and then this one I thought used to be a Phareodos before it blew up. But @FossilDudeCO thought it was a large Priscacara
abctriplets posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsOur giant summer road trip (18 states, 20 days, almost 7,000 miles) began at a road cut in St. Leon, Indiana, finding trilobites. I haven't unpacked those yet, so I'll start this trip report with Part 2, the Kemmerer Fish Dig. After the extended family left to head home (there were 11 of us for a few weeks), I took my family on an extended fossiling adventure. First stop was the south-western corner of Wyoming. Just outside of Kemmerer, we stopped at the American Fossil Quarry (http://www.fishdig.com/) for a full day of splitting fish. The quarry wasn't that far out of town, and the roads were actually quite decent. (In a minivan, this is always a concern of ours.) We even had cell-reception for most of the drive! At a fork in the road we turned left, down the driveway into American Fossil's quarry. (on the other side of the road was Fossil Safari at Warfield Fossil Quarry - the difference is that at American Fossil, you get to keep all that you find, and I think there are better services - a guy at our hotel had a giant plate with a tiny fish to bring back....I would have cut it down) The quarry itself was a small area, with some areas to the left and right staked out by the professionals. We were focused on the middle section, a few rows of rocks that had been pulled off the quarry wall. They were divided into an older section (left) and a newer section (right), with the difference being that the newer section the rocks were a bit more damp, and didn't split as well.
We're just about to take the kids on a big road trip for their 10th birthday, and one of the main focuses will be on fossil hunting (their new interest). We'll be stopping at: 1) St. Leon, Indiana - (1 hour?) Roadside cut 2) Kemmerer, WY - (full day) Fish dig (http://www.fishdig.com/) 3) Glendive, MT - (4-8 hours?) Dino dig (www.dailydinosaurdigs.com) 4) Belle Fourche, SD - (full day) Dino dig (www.paleoadventures.com) Any last minute tips or advice for novices heading out? I think we've got the attire figured out, and the kids have a tool pack that they might use in IN. Not sure about storage/transport in the minivan, or what to expect about how much rock we'll actually be hauling home. Would flat cardboard boxes be recommended to bring? And papertowel rolls for padding? Thanks!