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Found 86 results

  1. B-Day gifts.

    Todays me birthday and I thought I would share what the Mrs. got me. I'm not a gift guy as I typically do not accept gifts well even though I do appreciate them. One of the down sides to autism I suppose...I dunno. But a while back I expressed to her I needed some small brushes for removing dirt in the field on small finds and such. She got me 4 sets and I was completely surprised actually. She also got me some agatized gastropods from Morocco that I absolutely love. The brushes work really well and I highly recommend them. So...without further adue.... The brushes! agatized gastopods, Cerithium sp. I typically do not collect Moroccan fossils as they easily faked or the site information is sometimes lost and I feel it takes the context away, but thats just me. I do have a Metacanthina barrandei from Alnif, Morroco that I got from the person who prepped it. It came with before, during and after prep pictures which I absolutely love. Just thought I'd share these with yall. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Best regards, Paul
  2. An afternoon on the Zandmotor

    Hi all, So on Tuesday afternoon, I was lucky enough to only have a half day of school. Seeing that the weather was nice, and that I had nothing else to do except go home, I decided to take the bus in the other direction, so to Kijkduin, in order to do some fossil hunting! I bought a sandwich and a chocolate bar at the Shell gas station, and set out on the beach. From the beach of Kijkduin I walked south, so towards the Zandmotor, while of course looking for fossils. View of the beach (mind that the sea is on the right side, on the left side it's just a small lagoon), with the haven of Rotterdam in the background. View of the beach with Kijkduin, and then Scheveningen, in the background. (Sorry for the blurriness...)
  3. Fossil hunting Kentucky

    I'm currently at Fort Knox Kentucky for about 6 weeks and am interested in doing some fossil hunting while I am here. Does anyone know where I can find some cool stuff? Hoping for trilobites! Any info would be awesome!
  4. I'm gonna be around Summerville tomorrow and I was wondering if anyone knows of any promising spots to look for shark teeth and other fossils. I actually came here a few years ago and had no luck at all, but I found out I was looking in the wrong places. I know most people don't want to give out the really good secret spots, but if anyone has any hints for someone who's just coming to town for a day, I promise I can keep a secret. Heck, you could even join me if you want. Any hints or suggestions are welcome!
  5. In the Devonian quarry

    Hi everyone! So Friday morning, after a few enjoyable days of skiing in Switzerland with my dad, we decided to leave the village because the weather was really becoming horrible for any further skiing (especially for a beginner like me!). I had done a little bit of research as to what fossil locations we could visit on the way back home, and eventually Kevin @Manticocerasman very kindly pointed me towards the site of Resteigne in Belgium! A (no-longer in use) quarry known for its Devonian brachiopods, corals, crinoids and sometimes trilobites. Which was a fantastic opportunity for me, because in my so far 7 years of fossil hunting I had never been in a quarry or hunted for trilobites!!! So seizing the opportunity, we booked a Bed & Breakfast in the small village of Resteigne. We arrived late that evening after a long and annoying road, but luckily the hosts were still up and warmly welcomed us. The man knew quite some things about the great geology of the area, and told us that apparently this region was now a Geopark of the UNESCO! (To avoid any confusion, we are allowed to collect fossils here without any problems. It is not like the national parks where it is forbidden to take things out). He sometimes found some fossils himself when he was going out on walks. After a good night sleep and a delicious breakfast, we set out to the quarry.
  6. Suwannee River hints?

    Hi friends! I just recently moved from Gainesville to Lake City, and have been reading about fossiling in the area... Seems like the Suwannee River makes for some pretty good finds. I don't scuba or have a kayak, I was wondering if anyone might be able to give me some hints about exact places to go on the river to access some more shallow beds for places that I could wade and sift. Particular Bridges, stretches, Etc. It doesn't seem like the topic has come up in quite a few years. Thanks in advance!
  7. Hi all, It's a little late, but then again I have been kinda busy lately and am very tired... So writing this took me some time Anyways, so on the 26th of December (2017), the day after X-Mas, my family and I met up with @Cris Cris & Kyle from Fossil Voyages (or here), for a long-awaited hunt together. We got the small motorboat and a canoe ready to go to the spot where we would hunt. After having discussed a few things, we set off on the Santa Fe River, and after a short row past many turtle families (these red-eared sliders are apparently very common; but what an exotic sight for me!) we attached our boats to tree stumps on the river bank.
  8. Hunting locations

    Hey guys! I just moved down from Philly to Ponte Vedra and wanted to get started on the hunt down here. Any places, rivers, creeks, dredge fields, beaches and more that you would recommend for hunting? If you liked to meet up as well I'd be down! Let me know.
  9. Hi everyone! Where are my fellow Canadians? I'm a newbie, so I do not know of many good fossil hunting sites. I am specifically looking for sites in Ottawa known to produce my namesake. Could someone please help me? I am doing this for a science fair project and I am in desperate need of some sites. In return, I would be glad to let you know of some other sites that never disappoint! Thanks a lot!
  10. Hi all, So, as some of you already know, my trip to Florida is coming closer and closer I am indeed really looking forward to it! Well, I have some questions about the fossils there. Firstly, for the seashells found there (bivalves and gastropods), I know that many are fossil (mainly Miocene to Pleistocene). Well, I was wondering if perhaps there were any tricks or techniques to recognize fossil ones from modern ones. For example, for the Holland coasts bivalves, the fossil ones are usually thicker, dull, white/light grey in color, and they don't let any (or very little) light shine through. Well, I was wondering if there were similar tricks for the Florida seashells to find out whether a shell is fossil or not. Please do let me know how you do it! Oh, and one other quick question: are ALL the shells NOT found on the beach fossils? I know that in the Netherlands this is not the case (you can find shells several kilometers inland that are modern; they have been brought here by floods and storms), but was wondering if this was maybe different for Florida. And lastly, a quick question about the fossiling permits. Do I need to sign up for one (I will be collecting both invertebrate and vertebrate fossils, like shark teeth and dugong bones)? If yes, is one permit enough for the family, or does everyone need to apply for one individually? And how do I get them? So, recap: What are tricks/techniques for recognizing fossil seashells from modern ones? Are all the inland seashells fossilized? Do I need fossil hunting permits? Also, if there are any special laws that you think I should be aware of let me know too. Thanks in advance for your answers! Best regards, Max PS: just realized, this is actually more suitable for the Fossil Hunts thread... @Fossildude19 or another moderator, can you please move it? Thanks
  11. 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
  12. Hurricane Irma Great White

    I believe this beauty is a great white but need some help on a specific ID from the experts! I sure was happy to find it!
  13. Hello! It's been a loooong time guys! I'd like to introduce some Korean trilobites to you and share some of my experience in fossil hunting in Korea(South). I went to Gurang-ri[GuRang-ri], Mungyeong[MunGyeong], Northern Gyeongsang-do[GyeongSang-do] on June, 23th, 2017 for hunting trilobites. (By the way at this time, I went there by in my brother's car, finally! I practiced a bit after I had gotten the driver's license. Maybe I'll go to Jiggunsan formation on December in brother's car, again! *:D*) Anyway, I found the location and some information from a dissertation, which was posted by a high school teacher(it was written in Korean. Maybe if you can speak Korean, then I can share it :)) The teacher found 2 kinds of specimens from different formations. One is Gurang-ri[GuRangRi] formation and the other one is Hanae-ri[HaNeRi] formation. One is "Kootenia amanoi Kobayashi, 1961" and the other one is "Redlichia nobilis Walcott, 1905". Actually, I was going to go to Jiggunsan formation 'cause that site's fossil output is better than Gurangri formation. You know, I had hit the rocks for about 2 and a half in the strong sun(at that time, the temperature was around 95°F(35°C)) and I found just 7 specimens. On the other hand, I found about 60 specimens in 2 and half hours in Jiggunsan formation. I grabbed the steering wheel with excirtement The quote from Robert Stevenson crossed my mind at that time: "To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive". Before going to the fossil site, it was really excited. But I thought that I would trembke with excitement if when I could meet some trilobites so much so that when I encountered faint galaxies or stars through the telescope. (Highway rest stop. The big words(충주휴게소) on signboard means Chungju[ChungJu] rest stop.) When I got to this rest stop, I reminded that I forgot to take mosquito repellrant. So I bought a new one and had blunch from near here. After arriving at the fossil site, I couldn't find the actual formation. With perplexed feeling, I just knocked this seems similar sedimentary rocks which depicted as red-purple colored layers. *Gurang-ri[GuRang-ri] formation And I found something strange structure. I thought that it was some strange metamorphic structure or bivalve fossil. However, after took a closer look, I felt something is strange and finally I realized that it was trilobites' head shield! The images are Redlichia nobilis Walcott, 1905 I took these pictures when I was in my country. So, I couldn't change the coin to other countries' coin or ruler. Its size is almost 1" or 25 Canadian cents. Redlichia's cranidium. Thorax part. Another cranidium preserved as cast(positive). This one is mold part of the above image. One part of thorax. Not that good preserved but still can see some glabella. Cranidium and librigena(free cheek) Librigena(free cheek) and strange fossil cast part. Mold part. Librigena(free cheek). Strange fossil. I don't know what it is. Thank you for reading this long post! Next time, I'll update fossil hunting at Humber river, Toronto, Ontario. And Brechin quarry and Bowmanville quarry. Thankfully, Joe from Michigan will take me to there! I REALLY appreciate it!
  14. So today Ive went down to the bay that I was planning to find fossils in for awhile, only to come back empty handed (I couldnt reach any of the shale quarries and just decided that its layers are too flat to house fossils anyways). Being a Palos Verdean, There are small pockets of quarries which are generaly unprotected by preserves (usually alongside roads, sometimes beaches). Palos Verdes has a rich history of Miocene-Quarternary fossils, but much of the fossiliferous zones are protected by preserves. Because I cant really go far just to find fossils, I can only hunt in the small pockets I can find. Ive studied some geological maps and do know where the according-to-theory fossiliferous shale are, I just dont know how exactly to find fossils without destroying the place and getting under a legal flat. Are there any tips and tricks for this kind of fossiling?
  15. Hello all! Hope your having a great weekend!!! My girlfriend and I will be in Madison, Indiana around 7:30 am. We will be checking out the old railroad bath and maybe places along the river. If anyone in the area knows any places I can check out please let me know!!
  16. What’s beneath the black water? Divers reveal the secrets of the Waccamaw River. by Audrey Hudson, Sun News, Myrtle Beach, August 1, 2017 http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article164796732.html Yours, Paul H.
  17. Fossils We Want To Find.

    Fossils We Want To Find. There’s a list of fossils I’d really like you to go out and find. Good luck. By Darren Naish, Scientific American Blog, July 21, 2017 https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/fossils-we-want-to-find Yours, Paul H.
  18. Fossil Hunting - Florida

    Hi all, For us Europeans, Florida is a very exotic place. This may not be your view though, especially if you are from there (as many members here are). Anyways, I am really excited, because this winter (around x-mas) I will be going with my family to Orlando! (the hotel is less exciting: it's the Disney World one ). Anyways, we have a few days to go fossil hunting in one of the most fossiliferous regions in the world. We have already booked a trip with Fossil Voyages, owned by our very forum admin @Cris and his friend Kyle, which I'm sure will be a very exciting moment. But we have still a few extra days free for fossil hunting. We will surely go to the famous Peace River at some point, but having a few extra good hunting locations will be good. Though these may be, in your eyes, very basic/usual hunting locations, I am looking for your favorite hunting spots in Florida. So please jot down in the replies any good locations, and tips you have about them! Any info is welcome (Not too far from Orlando though, we don't want to spend the day in the car). Also, meeting up with some of you, and maybe even hunting with them, would be great too!!! I will, obviously, make some nice reports of the hunts afterwards. Thanks in advance, Max
  19. non-nodule fossils from Mazon area

    I went to the Mazonia South Unit last week for my second ever fossil hunting trip in as many weeks. (I may be developing a problem). On my first trip I didn't find many nodules so I wanted to go back and try hunting in a different area. However I did find what I believe to be fossils in limestone and some pyrite (as identified in another submission-Thanks!). I will post the photo of the limestone sample in another submission as the pictures are too large. The fossil I am most curious about is pictured below. I credit my dog with finding this one as she led me to the place it was laying under an evergreen tree. The first photo shows the side with the fossil while the second photo shows the opposite side. It seems to have a stain on it that follows the same shape of the fossil. I don't know if that is a coincidence or relevant to the id. I'm assuming this is limestone solely based on its color, I could very well be wrong.
  20. Fossil hunters risk becoming extinct as they look for finds among 2,000 tons of rock that fell from unstable 150ft Broadchurch cliffs, Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4739036/Fossil-hunters-risk-extinct-looking-finds.html Coastguard sent to stop families with young children searching for fossils in rockfall debris Dorset echo, July 27, 2017 http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15437307.Coastguard_sent_to_stop_families_with_young_children_searching_for_fossils_in_rockfall_debris/ Yours, Paul H.
  21. Summerville SC

    Well, im in SC at the moment. Im browsing the area, and heading to small creeks. If anyone has some spots they suggest or hint I check out, id be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Brandon.
  22. Iowa and Nebraska

    Not sure where to post this, but here goes: I will be travelling west on I-80 through Iowa and Nebraska and wondered if anyone could recommend any easy-access fossil hunting sites within a half-hour / 45 min, or so, off of I-80 in Iowa or Nebraska. Preferably roadcuts or other relatively easy-access sites that are public and known not to draw problems from law enforcement or locals. I'm not interested in collecting vertebrates - just invertebrates. I've never hunted either state. Also, if anyone knows whether there are any regulations against fossil hunting along roadcuts, etc., in either state. Thanks for any help / suggestions!
  23. Fossil Site Info

    Hello! So I just got my hands on an old (34-year old) fossil guide for Pennsylvania. I found a couple nearby and somewhat promising fossil sites, but I don't know if their accessible nowadays. Does anybody know the status of these sites: -Blue Mountain roadcut on PA 641 in Roxbury, Franklin County -The Lesh Borrow Pit a mile southwest of Newport, Perry County I'm also curious if more fossil sites have popped up around sputh central PA since the 80's, so any info on that would be much appreciated. Thanks
  24. Fossil Hunting Suggestions

    My father and I are planning on taking a trip fossil hunting this summer, we can't seem to find anywhere that really seems worth driving to. (Everything around us is basically Devonian.) We were looking for something different: Mosasaur, Arthropods (Cambrian preferred), Holocene, etc. My dad loves actual bones and I love arthropods from Cambrian. We came to a consensus and are looking for anything marine in the Mid-West. But we will take any suggestions into consideration! (We are new-ish to fossil hunting and are willing to go anywhere and do anything.
  25. My main fossil collecting site is a Upper Pennsylvanian limestone roadcut that is rumored to have "some trilobites." I can find brachiopods galore but have never found a trilobite. What would it look like if I pulled a trilobite right out of the rock? Almost all of the brachiopods are found in a crumbly soft layer. Sometimes I can literally just pluck them out without tools. There are much harder layers present as well. Pic of the typical rock attached. Do I need to just split rocks in half until I find a cross section?
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