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  1. Im heading to Brisbane Australia for the annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in October with several Rowan University Professors/Paleontologists and I am trying to research the rules for collecting fossils in Australia. I know we will each need to obtain a fossicking licence but we would greatly appreciate any knowledge on the rules for fossil collecting while we are in Cairns and Brisbane. Thanks in advance
  2. Mazon Creek trip

    Hi everyone. I live in Perryville ,Mo and want to make a trip to the mazon Creek, Illinois. I have no experience or knowledge were to go and how to collect there. Can anyone point me to the exact location I need and are the Creek beds dry now or still running.? Is it just for private collectors. I saw there is a permit needed, but that's fine. Please can anyone give me any pointers on how to plan the trip or a PDF book to guide us. It's like 6 hrs drive, so we don't want to go wrong place and not find anything. What do we look for and how are they opened? Thank you everyone for any help you can give us
  3. This collecting trip was more of a scouting expedition than an actual dig. After the snow and ice have melted, its fun to get out and see whats newly exposed/uncovered. Today we found the usual cast of characters like horn corals, tabulate corals, brachiopods, gastropods, pelecypods, and trilobites. I was mad at myself for not having faith in a trilobite fossil that I found on this trip. It was barely visible in the rock I found it in and I thought it would be incomplete just on how it looked. I started to remove the matrix (hard limey shale) with a hammer and small chisel. The bug popped out of the rock complete and fell on the floor. The trilobite landed on its glabella and some of its shell broke off. I think I found all the pieces but I should have been more careful. After all these years of collecting I should know better. I promised myself to make up for it and that I would find a killer bug this season with some new sites that I have lined up Thanks and Happy Collecting mikeymig
  4. So I have this fossil and I have no clue what it is. I am brand new to fossils so I know I don't know much but it looks like maybe a fish head to me? I have asked a few other unexperienced people and they all seem to think the same but I know that with as unexperienced as I am, I'm likely wrong. I don't really have a horse in this race it just makes a difference on how I prep/preserve it and I need to learn. I will include a few photos from different angles to help. So....what is this thing/things?
  5. Rockhound Finds Fossil Rhino Bone

    Pooch sniffs out prehistoric prize: Canine discovers 250,000-year-old woolly rhino bone By Today, Today news, April 5, 2019 https://www.todaychan.com/2019/04/05/pooch-sniffs-out-prehistoric-prize-dog-discovers-250000-year-old-woolly-rhino-bone-2/ Yours, Paul H.
  6. How Fossils Were Incorporated Into The Cultural Life Of Ancient Africa David Bressan, Forbes, February 22, 2019 https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/02/22/black-and-toxic-snow-is-falling-from-the-skies-in-siberia/ According to the below paper, people were collecting trilobites even prehistoric times. The paper is: Helm, C.W., Benoit, J., Mayor, A., Cawthra, H.C., Penn-Clarke, C.R. and Rust, R., 2019. Interest in geological and palaeontological curiosities by southern African non-western societies: A review and perspectives for future study. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330367438_Interest_in_geological_and_palaeontological_curiosities_by_southern_African_non-western_societies_A_review_and_perspectives_for_future_study https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Julien_Benoit Yours, Paul H.
  7. I'm interested in collecting in the Peace River and my kids are finally old enough. I've been lurking around the forums for a little bit and I've seen a few do's and don'ts, are there rules somewhere? For instance I have read you can't use a 2 handed shovel but seen numerous pictures with normal spade shovels in them. Digging/ looking for fossils in the bank? Collecting on state land(I thought the river bed up to the high water was OK) I'm looking for a little guidance, I don't want to run into any trouble or afoul of any laws. Any tips for a newbie are also appreciated.
  8. I have been asked by a couple of TFF members if we have personal collecting interests in addition to what we collect for educational purposes. We keep most of our posts about the education side of what we do because 95% of what we collect is for education. We also have legal bits that guide how our own fossils are used in the education program which I covered in a previous piece. To summarize that post, there is a distinct line drawn between fossil that belong to Fossils and Wheels and how they are used. My son and I loan our personal collection for education programs plus we have donated a good portion of our fossils to be given away to students. My son and I do have own collecting interests though but we have not really picked up anything for ourselves lately. Carter loves Trilobites and he does have a couple of inexpensive fossils. Part of his high school graduation present is going to be a couple of nice Trilobites and I am starting to learn more about collecting Trilobites. I do collect whale fossils from STH and all of them are part of the education program. The first fossils I ever found were STH cetacean fossils. I still have the two teeth and the vertebra that I found. I do plan on acquiring more whale material and donating it for scientific research. I want to contribute to the scientific knowledge of whale evolution. I do also collect Carboniferous era shark teeth. These also get used in the education programs but I will occasionally pick up items that are not for the education program. We posted a number of our teeth from this era but there a few we have not posted because they are not for the ed program. This includes a Glikmanius tooth that I am quite fond of. I do also have a cladodont tooth that is likely from an undescribed species and that too will eventually be donated. We are very new to collecting dinosaurs but there are some dinosaurs that I plan on adding to my personal collection. I am totally fascinated by the Dromaeosaurid dinos. I studied birds of prey in the wild and worked with injured birds of prey for a decade so it is not a real surprise to me that raptors are my favorite dinosaur. They may not be related but they fill similar ecological niches and I have seen hawks hunt on the ground numerous times. A hawk running after a rabbit on the ground certainly looks exactly like I picture the "raptor" dinosaurs hunting. The biology and related ecology of the Dromaeosaurids is just something I really love the learning about too as it was with birds of prey. Our collection, as of right now, it is not super impressive. We have a Judith River Saurornitholestes tooth and a Hell Creek Acheroraptor tooth. They are two of my favorite fossils though. We will talk a lot about raptors in our presentations and that is a reflection of my interest. All of my purchases right now are for the benefit of our education program but I would like to make a personal purchase in the near future. I want to add another species of Dromaeousaurid to my collection and not because it benefits our education stuff. It would be just for me really. It can wait as we have our collecting priorities but eventually I will get just a tad selfish and find a nice piece to add I am leaning toward to probably putting a post on the member to member sales forum here regarding this interest before I go to a dealer. I have really enjoyed my transactions here so far. Anyway, that is the story of our personal collecting interests and hopefully it is helpful and/or slightly interesting lol Here is the Acheroraptor tooth.
  9. Perryville, Missouri

    Hi everyone, I live in Perryville, Missouri. Is there any fossil sites around this area. Also I'm 10 minutes from the Illinois border. The town is Chester, Illinois. Can anyone suggest any site in either place? Thank you
  10. Hi everyone, I live in Perryville, Missouri which is minutes from Chester, southern Illinois. Is there any collecting sites around Chester, Illinois or even in Perryville Missouri? Thank you
  11. Fossils you’ve collected compared with museum fossils is a fun way to research what you have found. I'm almost certain I have a classic Raphidonema contortum sponge I collected from Farringdon gravel beds in Berkshire UK. My sponge has the rule for scale, the other two are one of many Farringdon sponges on display at the wonderful Oxford University Museum of Natural History https://oumnh.ox.ac.uk Age: Aptian, Cretaceous.
  12. Fossil collector rescued after becoming trapped by landslide Fishermen dig injured man out of mud before he is airlifted to safety The Independent, November 2018 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fossil-collector-trapped-mud-landslide-cliffs-port-mulgrave-yorkshire-a8605461.html Yours, Paul H.
  13. NJ Collecting

    Dear fellow forum goers, I am on fall break from college in Ohio and I decided that I needed to do some fossil hunting. In about a week's time I managed to get out four times. The first trip was to a KT Boundary site. For those who do not know what that is, it is a transitional period between the Cretaceous and Paleogene. There were very few fossils at the site and the collecting conditions were less than optimal but it was nonetheless fun exploring. Next I went to an Eocene/Miocene site and struggled to get any real traction with the finds. I came out okay considering that I didn't stay too long. The last two hunts were both at Cretaceous sites and this is where I found most of my finds. Of the two, the latter was on Friday October 26th and was with Frank (frankh8147) and Jeff (Jeffery P). Frank found a cool mosasaur vertebrae and Jeff found some rare species of ammonite whose name evades my mind. I thought the day was pretty nice and overall optimal for fossil collecting. Thank you for reading this and I hope you have a nice day wherever you are & have a productive next hunt. Kind regards, Trevor
  14. Hello, I am new here. I have a question regarding fossil laws of Slovenia if anybody would be willing to help, although I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this. I was reading what I believe to be the majority of the laws regarding fossils on this link here, but I am not sure I understand it correctly. From what I read fossils are the property of the state but later on it seems to mention individuals being allowed to take minerals and fossils from nature for personal collections. It also mentions something about protected areas/notifying the ministry and the exportation of fossils that I didn't fully understand. I am assuming that the laws are leaning more towards fossil collecting not being legal, but I would appreciate if somebody who understands laws better than me could read through it, using ctrl F "fossils" or something like that and give me a second opinion by telling me what their understanding of these laws is.
  15. Starting my Eurypterid collecting in 1994, work was done with a hammer and rock chisel. In the early 2000's I was sawing to improve my chances of finding Eurypterids. (yes, I wear a particle mask if the dust is in my face.) My next plan is to jackhammer the tough Bertie Dolostone. Plan to try the new toys this next Friday, hoping the investment was worth it. Ultimately the specimens still have to be sawed and chiseled out. The real trick is finding them first.
  16. Legal Fossil Hunting

    I hope this does not open a can of worms? But I think an open discussion regarding legal vs. illegal collecting practices is worth the time. I have observed, via a number of threads in posts, some collectors DO NOT appear respectful of current collecting rules and regulations (i.e. collecting vertebrate fossils on public land or unauthorized collecting on private land). I can already guess, many members are going to ask for specific examples. I really don't want to point fingers. I'm sure, members who have participated in this forum for a long time, recognize this is a on-going issue. People who post may NOT overtly say they are collecting illegally, but the content within the post depicts a picture of illegal collecting (i.e. found whale bones in a drainage ditch with map coordinates that indicate it is a public road easement). I think what typically gets lost in discussion like this are 2 main points: (1) illegal collecting fuels the drive to change BLM collecting rules and regs (which we have seen), and (2) illegal collecting can "cheat" the legitimate scientific community from extracting valuable data (i.e. geologic in-situ information, micro fossils, specific coordinates, etc.). I recently had a in-depth discussion with the head of a paleontology department who said, "most of the surface material (fossils) are of little interest to the museum (unless rare)" as the "scientific data" has been lost. I know what most of us are thinking, which is then why not let us collect surface vertebrate material that is exposed or removed from it's matrix? Well there are some legitimate reason why the current laws are restrictive: (1) some collectors have NO formal training and don't know how to properly identify, classify fossils (don't know the difference between a femur or tibia) (2) some collectors have NO training on how to property excavate fossils (pot hole diggers). I think, in fairness to the online community, it would be beneficial to discuss the "challenges" to legal collecting and the importance of "legitimate" "legal" collecting to protect future collecting opportunities. I personally, would like to see more posted comments instructing members to abide by current laws when it appears members "may be" violating them.
  17. Halloween is coming up soon so lets share our fossil related horror stories! They can range from Preparation accidents, missed opportunities, breaking specimens, close encounters with a dangerous animal hunting, near death experiences, or even receiving a fossil from an old haunted collection, pretty much anything a hunter and collector would find horrifying. One of my personal fossil horror stories involves a a terrifying bump in the night! I had recent found and started a to use a new plastic shelf I found to store my finds from a recent new spot. I started to notice a few days in the shelf was already nearly filled to capacity, so I decided I would add no more after today's load. Sometime after mid-night I heard a sudden loud bang and woke up to the plastic shelf tipping over forward, one of the support wheels had poped out! Luckily the shock awakened my superhuman reflexes of seeing my fossils in danger so I leapt up and was able to save the shelf from crashing down. I was shaken but since then stabilized the shelf, it was truly horrifying to see that moment when my fossils could've been severely damaged or destroyed
  18. In two months I will be going back to Ukraine from United States. I have already found and purchased a lot of fossils here and I would like to take them back to Ukraine. Therefore, I have several questions: 1) What should I do to export purchased fossils from US? As far as I know, Ukraine does not have any limitations on fossil import. 2) Do I need any specific documents for exporting self-found fossils, for example, found in Green Mill Run? 3) What do I need to do in order to mail fossils in the same direction? Thank you in advance.
  19. Contested National Monuments in Utah House Treasure Troves of Fossils, Inside Science News Service-Jun 13, 2017 https://www.insidescience.org/news/contested-national-monuments-utah-house-treasure-troves-fossils Yours, Paul H.
  20. Hi everyone! A colleague of mine is headed to Albuquerque sometime near the end of June for IB training (she's a teacher like me), and she has decided to stay on for the weekend after her training session is over in order to do a little hiking with her husband (who will be heading down to meet her for the weekend). She loves rocks and fossils, so she was hoping to do a little collecting while she's there. Are there any easily-accessible sites that she would be able to collect from? Thanks! Monica
  21. Hey All, I'm a Coloradan who recently moved to Houston for the summer. I've been eager to go out and hunt down some fossils. I've been to some places int eh immediate vicinity like Denton, TX; Crockett, TX, and Mineral Wells, TX. So far I've been blessed to find great marine fossils like crinoids, bracs, ..etc. I was wondering if anyone can guide me to better locations around Texas, preferably around the Houston area, or even Austin or Dallas. I'm willing to dive for a great day of hunting ! I'm also open to any kind of fossils, I have a big interest in Shark Teeth, but would also like to find other stuff. Thanks !
  22. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at joegallo1954@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since May 14, 2017. Ashwill, M.S. (1987). Paleontology in Oregon: Workers of the past. Oregon Geology, Vol.49, Number 12. Bedini, S.A. (1985). Thomas Jefferson and American Vertebrate Paleontology. Virginia Division of Mineral Resources Publication 61. Carrillo-Briceno, J.D., et al. (2016). Hermann Karsten (1817-1908): a German naturalist in the Neotropics and the significance of his paleovertebrate collection. Fossil Record, 20. Chow, M. and A.K. Rozhdestvensky (1960). Exploration in Inner Mongolia - A Preliminary Account of the 1959 Field Work of the Sino-Soviet Paleontological Expedition (SSPE). Vertebrata PalAsiatica, IV(1). Currie, P.J. (2016). Dinosaurs of the Gobi: Following in the Footsteps of the Polish-Mongolia Expeditions. Palaeontologia Polonica, 67. Ebersole, J. and L.S. Dean (2013). The History of Late Cretaceous Vertebrate Research in Alabama. In: Contributions to Alabama Cretaceous Paleontology. Ebersole, J. and T. Ikejiri (eds.), Alabama Museum of Natural History, Bulletin 31, Volume 1. Fernicola, J.C., S.F. Vizcaino and G. De Iuliis (2009). The Fossil Mammals Collected by Charles Darwin in South America During His Travels on Board the HMS Beagle. Revista de la Asociacion Geologica Argentina, 64(1). Geiser, S.W. (1946). Jacob Boll's Collecting in the Texas Permian: A Note and a Correction. Field & Laboratory, SMU, 14(2). Geiser, S.W. (1945). Collectors of Pleistocene Vertebrates in Early Texas. 1. William P. Huff (1811-86). Field & Laboratory, SMU, 13(2) Gingerich, P.D. (1980). History of Early Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontology in the Bighorn Basin. Papers on Paleontology, Number 24. Glass, J.R., et al. (2016). Was Frozen Mammoth or Giant Ground Sloth Served for Dinner at The Explorers Club? PLoS ONE, 11(2). Gould, S.J. (1989). Wonderful Life. The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History. W.W. Norton and Company, New York and London. (entire book) Hayden, F.V. (1858). Explorations in Nebraska and Dakota. Catalogue of the Collections in Geology and Natural History Obtained by the Expedition Under Command of Lieut. G.K. Warren, Topographical Engineers. Jacobs, L.L., P.D. Vogel and J. Lewis (2012). Jacob Boll, Robert T. Hill and the early history of vertebrate paleontology in Texas. Historical Biology, iFirst article. Kearney, W.S. Defining a Discipline. George Gaylord Simpson and the Invention of Modern Paleontology. Kielan-Jaworowska, Z. and N. Dovchin. Narrative of the Polish-Mongolian Palaeontological Expeditions 1963-1965. Lay, M. Fossil Collecting Expeditions Led by the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology during the 1950's. Smithsonian Institution. Lay, M. Fossil Collecting Expeditions Led by the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology during the 1940's. Smithsonian Institution. Liggett, G.A. (2005). Comanche National Grasslands Dinosaur Excavation Project. Field Seasons 2002, 2003, and 2004. National Park Service. Chapter 2. Historical Overview of Geological and Paleontological Studies within the White River Badlands. In: Discovery and Re-Discovery in the White River Badlands. Lucas, S.G., et al. (2007). Following in the footsteps of Isaac Lea's Historic Footprints. Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine, Summer 2007. McIntosh, C.B. (1988). The Route of a Sand Hills Bone Hunt: The Yale College Expedition of 1870. Nebraska History, 69. Members of the Union Pacific Expedition (1909). The Fossil Fields of Wyoming. Passenger Department, Union Pacific Railroad Company, Omaha, Nebraska. Monson, T.A., M.F. Brasil and L.J. Hlusko (2015). Materials collected by the southern branch of the UC Africa Expedition with a report on previously unpublished Plio-Pleistocene fossil localities. PaleoBios, 31. Murchison, C. (ed.)(1868). Palaeontological Memoirs and Notes of the Late Hugh M. Falconer, A.M., M.D. Vol II. Mastodon, Elephant, Rhinoceros, Ossiferous Caves, Primeval Man and His Contemporaries. Robert Hardwicke, London. (856 pages) Osborn, H.F., W.B. Scott and F. Speir (1878). Palaeontological Report of The Princeton Scientific Expedition of 1877. Contributions from the Museum of Geology and Archaeology of Princeton College, Number 1. Piccardi, L. and W.B. Massie (eds.)(2007). Myth and Geology. Geological Society, London, Special Publication 273. (350 pages) (Thanks to doushantuo for pointing the way to this one!) Quackenbush, L.S. (1909). Notes on Alaskan Mammoth Expeditions of 1907 and 1908. 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