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  1. Hello everyone! Fossil hunting is massive hobby of mine and I am trying to find new localities (that are of course, legal). I have a background in GIS and Spatial Analyses (albeit, working on completely different things!) and was thinking about using my geo-spatial skills to narrow down a few areas. In so far, I have layers dedicated to streams, bedrock, and DEM but I was curious if others have used GIS and remote sensing to aid in fossil hunting, and if so, are there any specific layers or techniques that you find to be particularly useful when searching for areas that may have fossils? Thank you!
  2. North Carolina Dilemma

    Hi everyone, I want to start by saying I am new to the site, so I apologize if I do something incorrect commit a faux pas. I am a younger gentleman in college living in North Carolina; my father instilled a love for fossils in me from a young age, and as I grew up I would explore beaches and phosphate piles. Even though it is just a hobby, I put a lot into fossil hunting; my interest was always beyond the surface level of "I love shark teeth," and I have done countless hours of research. This brings me to the present day where I call your wisdom and guidance. Unfortunately, due to my age, I missed out on what I would consider the "golden age" for North Carolina fossil hunting. I have come to find that NC once had a lot more fossil sites. Mines have been shut down, sites overgrown, and closure to the public; it pains me greatly that I was only able to visit a phosphate quarry once. I know there are options, like joining the fossil club; I plan to do this when I can, my only problem is that I am short on funds and college absorbs a lot of time thereby making my schedule rigid during fall and spring (I am pretty sure this is when most of their events are held but I might be mistaken.) I guess the purpose of my post is to ask for thoughts and guidance from those far more knowledgeable than me; what should I do? I really love this hobby and while the Aurora Museum spoils and the rare beach finds there's nothing like expanding your passion to new heights. I know that giving locations is also a bit of a challenge given commercial hunters, but if there is any guidance you all can give me there that would also be great; I am open to any formation, while I don't have any kind of boat I am still interested to take note of those kinds of locations. Thank you all.
  3. Millard County Run July 2021

    Hey gang! I figured I would throw out an openish invite. After my 2019 Millard county "scouting trip", I am preparing to head back for a slower, less intense exploration. I'll be skipping the pay-to-play sites this time around and focusing more on the lesser known and remote areas. The research has begun, and this time around it is going to be hardcore now that I am familiar with the terrain. I plan to be in the back country the week of July 18th. Base camp will be in the vicinity of Ibex/Fossil mountain at a little out of the way site the tourists can't find. Some of the planned spots to visit include the Tropic Shale, Cowboy Pass site 5 (the one no one goes to as it is backcountry skill level 10), Death Canyon red elrats, North Canyon and Kings Canyon, and a rehash of a few " new to me, not in the books" spots I found personally but did not have enough time to explore thoroughly. Also need to see if I can actually find any graptolites at Skull Rock...I washed out last time as I'm pretty sure I was a hundred meters or so off and running a bit short on sleep thanks to traffic and construction on the 15. Additionally, I'll be hunting down the elusive Rhynchomesostoma from various springs and other bodies of water along the way...and try my lock at some of the interesting mineral specimens around them there parts. I generally car camp my way around the BLM, but start out on Sunday in Delta for food, brews, and the last real shower for a few days at the Rancher (pandemic permitting- otherwise straight to the middle of nowhere). If you are interested in meeting up, joining me at base camp, etc. let me know. Side note, I generally am at places not suitable for the whole family...can get a bit hairy for little ones and canines. So grab your adventure hat and your rock pick and feel free to hang out, I heat up a mean MRE...and it is nice to have someone to talk to other than myself.
  4. Halloween hunt

    Goodmorning/ afternoon all! Being a middle aged 20 year old, I've outgrown the need to go trick or treating for candy on Halloween. This year, my brother and I were supposed to have my nephew over for the weekend. We had originally planned some fun activities for the little guy (he's 4) as real trick or treating was out of the question this year. Turns out this week that 4 of his day care workers came down with the Covid, so he's now in quarantine at his mom's house for 3 (her choice, she won't budge) weeks. All alone for Saturday now, I decided to go out and look for the real treats, fossils! I started by going to my first and favorite honey hole, knowing the site wouldn't be the best to collect currently. Fluctuations in water levels determine how ideal this location is, and the waters been very low this year. While this being a good thing, it's also been so low for some time that overgrowth has had more time to come in. This just makes it more of a pain to scope around, but for me that just means going down to the hands and knees. There were some spots where it wasn't as bad, but all of the ideal scrap spots required patience and sifting through. Not sure why, but I only took one picture in situ this time. Glad I did, because it was a nicer, plump blastoid! It only required a bit of digging around the rock, and prep should be easy peasy on this guy. For the first fossil hunt in a while for me, I would say that yesterday was a successful day out. I only take nicer, complete specimens now a days. I hauled home a nice Globoblastus norwoodi blastoid, an Uperocrinus pyriformis crinoid, a Platycrinites? calyx, and a nice little brachiopod I still need to ID. Heres everything cleaned/ prepped besides the Uperocrinus. I may just leave it as is, but something in me tells me I'll do detail work someday on it. I trimmed down the matrix and half prepped the blastoid. I think this one will stay like it is in matrix. I remove most of the calyxs from the rock, but figured it would be cool to keep a couple of fossils in their rock setting. The hour I spent out fossil hunting was much needed. This past month has only entailed packing up possessions, moving on, and working. Getting out was nice and much needed. Now I have some more fossils to pack up. Hope everyone had a fun, and safe Halloween. Regards, Jackson
  5. Hi everyone! Today I went on another fossil hunting trip with the fossil club the BVP. https://www.paleontica.org/sites/fossil_site.php?plaats=3&language=en We visited the "La Couvinoise" quarry in Couvin, Belgium. The rocks in this quarry are part of the Hanonet Formation which lies at the boundry of the Eifelian & Givetian. But the layers we searched in today where all Givetian in age (387,7 - 382,7 mya), I mainly searched in the Crinoïd & Brachiopod layer. Although I have to admit that we probably visited the quarry at a bad moment, as the yield was quite poor in the quarry this time according to members who've been there before. Which was quite obvious as I think we only found our first fossil rich rocks after 50 minutes of searching and even then the first hour of finds where few and poor in quality. But after a while of searching I found some good and rich blocks and managed to get some decent Crinoïd stems, Brachiopods and some rugose coral pieces. But the best 3 finds we did during the last 30 minutes of being in the quarry. The 1st one was the only Trilobite I found during the hunt! Trilos are very rare from this quarry and I believe only 1 other member found one before me on this trip. I found a pygidium which is still partially enbedded in rock. At first I wasn't sure whether I was a trilo or a brachiopod but after having a couple of other members checking it out, they all believed it to be trilobite. The excursion leader time was quite amazed by the find as this trilo came from the Crinoïd layer, which is a layer where he believed no trilobite had ever been found. The trilobites are usually found in another part and layer a bit further in the quarry. So yeah I am very pleased with that find! The 2nd best find, was one I didn't find myself but recieved from our Excursion leader Tom, which was a piece of very nice Stromatoporoidea which I wasn't lucky enough to find. The 3rd best find an perhaps my favorite was something that Tom told me to check out. He had discovered the remains of a cave that collapsed during some excavations in the quarry. You could clearly see the remains of dripping stones on the walls and luckily for us, some pieces of those dripping stones where also laying on the ground. So I managed to take a nice piece of them home with me They are encrusted with a layer of dried mud but I am sure they will look gorgeous once they are cleaned! The rings are already clearly visable in some areas. Here are some pictures from inside the quarry. This was the way to the newly excavated plateau which unfortunatly was a complete was of time as not a single fossil could be found in those rocks. After that we went to the other lower parts of the quarry where I mainly worked in a single piece of wall in the Crinoïd layer. I was lucky enough to find a few good fallen blocks and some good places in the wall with some decent Crinoïds and Brachiopods. One of the nice Crinoïds stems I found in the layer. And here is the piece of wall that has some of the dripping stones in it.
  6. Hi everyone! Yesterday my girlfriend & I went on a fossil hunting trip to an abandoned quarry in Resteigne in Belgium. https://www.paleontica.org/sites/fossil_site.php?plaats=10&language=en I am currently at home for some time due to mental health issues. I am currently dealing with despression and severe anxiety attacks all related to COVID-19, I am in a risk group and work in an essential store and the stress and way that people threat you finally became too much and I simply snapped. I finally decided to go see a doctor and a psychologist to help out of it all. Since besides going to work I hadn't left the house for the past 6 months and I really needed to get out to help me get rid of the stress and fear, so both the psychologist and doctor encouraged my to go on some fossilhunts as I needed to come out of the house and do some outdoor activities to help with my healing process. So yesterday I went on my first hunt to help me recover! The quarry we visited was an abandoned quarry in Resteigne and the rocks found there are Devonian in age. Most of the fossils found here are from the Eifelian (393.3 - 387.7 mya) and are part of the Jemelle formation. We arrived quite early at the quarry and spent almost 5 and a half hours searching for fossils here. Since we went on a normal week day, we were lucky enough the have the quarry all to our self! Since it was our first time in the quarry we didn't really find anything too spectacular, but I am very happy with the things we found and most important of all, we had a great and fun day! The surrounding environment was stunning and the weather was prefect, sunny but not too hot and not too cold! Ruguse coral in the rocks Only 15 minutes after we arrived we already found our first trilobite! Unfortunatly it was enbedded in a big boulder of very though rock at an impossible angle to remove. We did try to remove it, but when we noticed it would be near impossible and removing it would probably destroy the trilo we eventually decided to leave it. There where multiple other fossils in the same boulder, among them these nice Brachiopods
  7. Not another dinosaur egg....

    I found this in Nyack, NY near the water, close to where fossils have been discovered before. It looks as though it has some of the characteristics often discussed in this forum in regards to fossilized eg gs. Please forgive me if this is another river stone...
  8. Trip to Albania

    Dear TFF Members, It’s a bit late after my return, but I needed to wait for the delivery of my spoils by mail, which took a while :). Nevertheless, all the fossils are safely with me now, and I can share this report from the trip to Albania with you. I chose Albania (with a brief visit to Macedonia) as the next destination because it has everything a perfect holiday destination should have, namely: mountains castles lakes seas (Adriatic and Ionian) – btw, the name of the Albanian Riviera is well deserved lagoons with pretty birds canyons and quite a few interesting sites to visit, both from the ancient times, like Butrint to the bunkers from the communist times in Tirana.
  9. Texas Trip to Laredo

    Greetings Guy/gals! I'm making a short trip to Laredo Texas next month. Do any of you know if there's many fossils in that area. I will have a full day to poke around. I'm told that it's hill country, with many old washout creek beds. Any thoughts would be great. I'm a bit new to fossil hunting, so just thinking ahead. Thanks in advance, Joe
  10. I was wondering what the Texas law is for fossil hunting in a creek bed? I have been hunting in a creek and properties are fenced off above the creek. I have no interest in going onto the properties. I stay in the creek beds while I'm hunting. I just don't want to get myself in a pickle. I park near a bridge on the side of the road. This weekend I ran into a situation where the police came out to inspect why my car was there. Some of the people was understandably concerned since my car was there a couple of hours. Would it be a good idea to put a sign "fossil hunting" in my window to keep this type of thing from happening. I don't want my car to be towed while I'm hunting for fossil's. lol..
  11. Palaeo-activities around Bourges/Morlac in France

    Hi all, I'm currently on a week's holiday near Morlac (Bourges-area) in France, and was wondering if there were any toddler-friendly activities in the area that I could do with my 3.5 year-old son. I'm thinking of museums, but possibly also of areas where we might go on a fossil-hunt. Thanks for any information you could and would be willing to share!
  12. Unknown shark tooth?

    Hi, I found this tooth in South Carolina earlier this summer and was wondering what it was, right now I’m thinking desori or bene(I’m hoping its a benedini, but I don’t know how realistic that is)
  13. Hello everybody. I'm a fossil enthusiast who has a podcast about fossils and gemstones. I love in Southern California, but there aren't any fossil sites down here besides the one in Bakersfield, which is still a while away. Does anybody have know of a fossil mine around Southern California, or even just a fossil shop? There isn't really anything down here, I stick to online shops. I greatly appreciate it.
  14. Rickard Hill Road 5/20/20

    Today I was able to get out to the outcrop along Rickard Hill in Schoharie, New York. I didn’t find a ton of interesting things because I was looking in a more crystalline layer of the Kalkberg formation that had less abundant fossils. I found a handful of nice orthid, spiriferid, and atrypid brachiopods and one fenestellid bryozoan. Next time I go I’m going to try and get into a different, more fossiliferous layer because the crystalline rock is hard to break and when it does it breaks randomly, often damaging the fossils.
  15. Hi, I'm a brand new fossil hunter in New Mexico looking for some places to start looking and exploring. Can anyone recommend any good sites to start out? I'm interested in the Rio Puerco valley, but the only site I've found so far with listed coordinates or good specific directions is the Windmill Site, whose forum post is a decade old, and even a decade ago people were saying it was starting to get pretty sparse and picked clean. Is there anywhere else in the Rio Puerco valley area (or really anywhere within a couple hours' drive from Albuquerque) where someone could give more specific directions or coordinates? I imagine it's not as easy as just picking a random spot in the valley to look lol.
  16. Poor Man’s Raft?

    So I am in the process of building a raft in order to reach those backwoods fossil hunting spots. I really don’t want to spend the money on a canoe/kayak that I will only use a few times. Is this a waste of my time and effort?
  17. Plattsburgh Ordovician fossil

    A month or so ago I found these while trout fishing in a creek in the lower Champlain valley. I have no idea what they are, so any info would be very helpful. They were from Ordovician rock that was pretty barren except for a few brachiopods.
  18. Last weekend I got a chance to do some fossil hunting in a creek in Greene, New York. I am a unsure if the exact formation I was in but I know it was upper Devonian. Brachiopods were quite abundant, especially spiriferid ones. I also found a couple nice bivalves and some bryozoans/corals.
  19. I'm looking for some places to look for Triassic fossils in west texas. I've heard that there is some exposed along US-84 but I'm looking for a little more around there.
  20. Can anyone confirm if it is fine to use the hammer end of my Estwing Geological pick for striking a small cold chisel when fossil hunting - or is it just for striking rocks/ It actually stipulates that the pick end is for prying only (which is fine) but the that hammer end is only for wooden stakes! Is this an overkill by Estwing to manage their H&S liability or is it common knowledge that you canuse the hammer on cold chisels? Any advice gratefully appreciated! Cheers - Rick
  21. Digital Atlas of Ancient Life app (Kansas)

    There Are Millions of Fossils in Kansas. Here's How You Can Find One Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, by Kansas News Service, Kansas Public Radio https://kansaspublicradio.org/kpr-news/there-are-millions-fossils-kansas-heres-how-you-can-find-one Digital Atlas of Ancient Life, Rod Spears Education Apps on Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.aleros.digitalatlasancientlife&hl=en Oceans of Kansas Paleontology http://oceansofkansas.com/ Yours, Paul H.
  22. Anybody know any spots in North Carolina to fossil hunt? If no one is willing to share their secrets can you at least tell me what to look for?
  23. Hey all! I'm a huge newbie to actually fossil hunting, though I've been seeking out museums, collections, and building my own personal collection of geological specimens for most of my life. I know that Kentucky is a major state for prehistoric, oceanic fossils and I would love to start hunting & collecting on my own. I've researched for a few months now and as far as I've gotten are some parks/areas near Cincy and Lou. I am not opposed to driving whatsoever, but I am local to the Winchester/Lexington area and I would love to know of some closer sites that I could visit more frequently - especially after heavy rains that may bring up some new specimens. I'd frankly love to find anything from precious stones to any sort of fossil, especially trilobites! I know finding a dinosaur or larger fauna would be a freak miracle at best, so anything fossilized or geological would be incredible! I'm open to any suggestions and out of the way sites; can't wait to see what y'all know of!!
  24. Over April break I will be traveling to Horseshoe Bend in northern Arkansas for a week. I am hoping to get the opportunity to do some fossil hunting while I’m there and I’m wondering if anybody knows of any fossil hunting localities in northern Arkansas that they would be kind enough to share with me.
  25. Where to go in New Mexico

    Greetings!!! I'm planning a trip to New Mexico this summer. I would welcome any information besides the basic tourist stuff. I'll be in the northern Farmington area for a week. Can't wait!!! Thanks in advance for any insight. Bruce (WATERLINE)
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