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  1. Brownie's Beach 11/25/17

    After some careful thought and many references to suggestions from TFF members, I decided that my first fossil site would be Bayfront Park aka Brownie’s Beach in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. I packed up my newly bought expedition gear, sifter and all, and headed out. It was a little over an hour’s drive, which is not bad at all if you ask me. It was the day after Black Friday, so I had thought maybe everyone would just want to stay at home. But given it was a weekend, and families were in town for Thanksgiving and looking for something fun to do, my timing ended up not being ideal. When I showed up, the place was pretty busy, but I started collecting right away. There were quite a few other collectors, and in talking to them I learned that small teeth were a common find here, and in very large quantities. I actually didn’t find anything for a while, due to a number of things. The conditions were mediocre, considering how crowded it was and how the beach was riddled with those pesky autumn leaves that make combing the tide lines a real pain. Also, I was able to be at the park during low tide, but I would hardly call it that, as the water barely retreated at all. Must’ve just been the wind direction. But regardless of the imperfect circumstances, I was able to get a nice handful of small fossilized shark chompers and ray plates. My largest tooth, although still small, was actually the first one I found! A decent Physogaleus contortus I believe. Unlike the other teeth, I didn’t even have to sift for that one. Just found it chilling among some pebbles on the sand bank near the entrance of the park. The second I saw it I went “Ooh! That’s a tiger” and gladly picked up my first ever fossil. It will always hold a special place in my heart, even if it’s not the best find. Aside from my tiger, I found a bunch of Lemons, some real nice baby Sand Tigers, and I think some small Dusky. Again, I'm new so please correct my identifications. I also got my hands on some ray plates, and (although I had no idea what it was when I picked it up) a dolphin/porpoise tooth! I’m not quite sure what the black object next to it is, but I believe it to be something like a snail shell. If anyone has any clue what it is, let me know! Overall, I’d say I had a good first fossil hunting trip at a really beautiful site and I got to meet some nice people who share my passion. I got some cool finds and I can’t wait to hunt some more. I won’t let the small teeth scare me away from Brownie’s; I definitely plan on returning in better conditions to get some bigger, better finds. I actually plan on going in the winter, not too long from now! Hope you enjoy the trip report. Hoppe fossil hunting!
  2. T.rex and Nano Rex teeth

    So I have been looking at some T.Rex and Nano rex teeth for sale and I came to the conclusion that they are extremely over priced some 1 inch rex teeth sell for over 400$. Why are they so expensive?
  3. My son and I are going to the Austin/Liberty Hill area this weekend. Does anyone have any sites they recommend? It is my first time to the area so I'd appreciate any suggestions.
  4. Did you watch the "documovie" Dinosaur 13? What do you think of it? Was it slanted to an unacceptable level? What is the part of the truth that is not portrayed in the movie? Why were interviewed just two (or one?) witnesses on the part of the federal government in all the movie? What was really wrong with the activity of the BHI? I would like to know more about that story, about the wrongs of each of the parts interested in the trial. From the movie it seems that the federal government was the evil and the BHI was the good guy: is it a fair reconstruction of the reality or was it the other way around? I am about to read the book of the story, Rex Appeal, because I want to know more about it, I want answers. Probably is not the best choice I could have done, as the book was written by Larson himself and Kristin Donnan, two victims of those events. The fact is, probably buying that book was the only choice, as there are no other books, to my knowledge. Was Pete Larson really doing some illegal trading of fossils as people say? I mean, he seems a good guy, I have read comments by some of you that say so. And his passion is snarge clear: I can see it from his eyes, he is in love with his job. I cannot understand how is possible to convict someone like him of illegal trade of fossils, as he seems well aware of the importance of science and of dinosaurs on education. I know I am in a huge community and probably some of you have more information about that infamous story. That's why I am writing. Thank you guys!
  5. Stratford Hall 12/02/17

    For my second ever fossil hunting trip, I figured I'd test out a different site, this time on the Potomac rather than the Bay. I read about many good sites (Purse, Westmoreland, etc.) but the one that seemed most attractive was Stratford Hall Plantation, just down the road from Westmoreland State Park in Montross, VA. Although it was nearly double the length of the drive to Brownie's, I'd say it was well worth it. Instead of venturing off on my own this time, I went with my dad, who wanted to share in the experience of my new hobby. We got on the road early in the morning to get there right as the beach opened. The site itself is fascinating and has a lot of history. It is the birthplace and childhood home of General Robert E. Lee. They offer extensive tours of the house and the grounds, and as much as I'd love to learn about it (and I do plan on doing so some time), this time around I was here for something much, much, older than the Lee family. The drive from the entrance of the plantation to the beach is very bumpy and confusing, but we eventually made it there alive. When we arrived to the beach, we were the only ones there as we had gotten there quite early. It's not a very large beach, and the restricted cliff areas are very clearly marked. We began sifting and combing through the shells and pebbles. After finding a few good sized teeth within my first couple minutes, I knew that this was a good site. My dad and I worked on opposite ends of the beach to cover as much ground as possible, and we both got some great finds. Throughout the day, the beach was near empty, with only a few others showing up the whole time. For the last couple hours we had the whole place to ourselves, and we were able to get some good sifts in before the beach closed at 4:00 p.m. We encountered some interesting wildlife as well, from a dead eel in the water that scared the living daylights out of me while I was wading, to a washed up dead bird (quite large, and looked a bit like a heron with stubby webbed feet). We weren't able to catch a low tide, so we didn't have a whole lot of beach to work with but for two people it was sufficient. It was also quite cold out, and the water was absolutely frigid, but that didn't stop us from having a productive day sifting for treasures! We managed to find quite a few teeth, mostly of decent size too! My finds are to the left, and my dad's are to the right. I should mention that my favorite tooth has to be that of Hemipristis serra, so that was one of my main goals. So you can imagine I was a bit disappointed to walk away without one...or so I thought! I didn't recognize them at first, but when I was identifying my finds later on, I found that the top left row of teeth are lower Hemis (including my biggest one, which is extremely worn down and ugly, but a Hemi nonetheless)! Although I'd much rather have an upper Hemi, these finds were great as well. We both found a good amount of tigers, both contortus and aduncus, some in fantastic condition. I have to say the black tiger on the far left may be my favorite tooth so far; it's nearly perfectly preserved! I also found a bunch of small Dusky and Gray shark teeth, as well as some Lemons. The larger one in the bottom left looked different than the rest, with its strange roots and all, so I had trouble identifying it. Help would be much appreciated. The shell I believe is the Virginia state fossil, Chesapecten jeffersonius. We found hundreds of fragments like this one throughout the day, but unfortunately this was the most complete specimen we found. Then, some more ray teeth, the leftmost being the biggest I've found yet. My dad had some great finds as well, including several baby upper Hemis, making me quite jealous. His best tooth is the top left, beautiful Sand Tiger with some nice cusps that he found on dry sand near the high tide line. He also found a tiny bony fish vert, in the bottom right. Overall, this was a great trip and I'm glad I was able to enjoy it alongside my dad. I think this may be a go-to site, as it seems quite reliable and would likely produce much better in nicer conditions. We got a good six hours of hunting in, taking a break midday during high tide. Stratford is a fantastic site for collecting, although keep in mind that they do charge you for entrance onto the grounds for the day, and the beach does close quite early year round. Looking forward to my next hunt, and I hope you enjoy the report. Hoppe fossil hunting!
  6. Hello, where can I buy dinosaur fossils from the Hell Creek formation for fair prices? I am having trouble finding a website that offers some good dinosaur fossils.
  7. Hi, I need ID help with six shark teeth found in Morocco. I'm thinking the two in the middle are Otodus, but I'm no expert.
  8. NJ Cretaceous streams today id please

    well before the snow comes I took off work early to do some hunting and found some cool stuff.......but this one little guy could use some help with what it is in the 2ond and third pic.......thanks
  9. Central Oklahoma

    I enjoy all types of fossils, rocks, & skulls. I've never hunted my own (except for hanging out in rock shops in Colorado!). I live in Chandler, OK & would love to learn about where I can go to hunt for my own fossils. Just an occasional outing once or twice a year. Any ideas?
  10. geologic eras

    I'm curious about assigning ages to various strata. As far as I am aware, much of what we know was derived from the fact that "fossil species change the deeper one goes in a sedimentary layer, with newer fossils above older fossils". It makes a nice story. However, one can take a drive across the USA and find surface deposits from all eras- as noted on any geologic survey. I assume that means there were always surface finding from all previous eras during every geologic eras, and the mixing always continues to occur. I die in Utah and could be buried in Ordovician mud in Millard county, or buried by a Jurassic diplodocus at Dinosaur. The amount of mixing in all areas must be tremendous, not to mention continual upheavals. How many observations does it take to establish clean data? How much wiggle is there? How does one assign error bars to the data?
  11. Hi Everyone, I'm in search of an affordable handheld digital microscope. Does anyone have any suggestions? The "Zoomy 2.0 handheld digital microscope" had been suggested to me by a local fossil hunter who takes all of his pictures for presentation purposes using the small egg-shaped device. https://www.learningresources.com/product/zoomy--8482-+2.0+handheld+digital+microscope+-+blue.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search&ecList=6&ecCategory= Thanks!
  12. Again, new member

    I’m not a person to try and show off or one up a person. I only want to learn and better myself without stepping on toes and enjoy what I do. I thank everyone for having positive comments and helping me on my previous posts. Here’s some of the finds that I’m pretty proud of and looking for opinions and what people think.
  13. Any trilobite sites in Alsace?

    Hello, I am asking the community members who live in or near Alsace, if they know any good trilobite fossil sites because me and a few friends have been planing to do a fossil trip and we want to know whether there are some fossil grounds worth visiting near or in Alsace. best regards, indominus rex
  14. bones, sandstone, and rocks

    sorry here are a few I'll send the others
  15. Mosasaur vert and something else

    One of these I believe is a mosasaur vertebrae, but the other could just be a rock. It seems to have a few markings that seemed more biological than geological to me.
  16. Mineral and fossil Texas finds

    I used to have a rockshop with my ex-husband, who did lapidary and had a major in geology. His collections are fascinating but currently gathering dust in his ancient workshop. So, I have always had an interest in rocks and fossils and such. My collection is tiny and most of this I have no clue (and too much imagination) about what it actually is. I have a few items that I am curious about as to their true identity. One I am pretty sure is just plain mud or some sort of concretion. The minerals, well, I am guessing something like calcite. I think I have a palm heart as well but, hey, I very well could be wrong! Then there are two fossils I am sure you folks can give a name to for me. Thanks very much for your time and help! First is probably nothing more than some interestingly patterned mud. Then there are two pics of maybe some kind of fossil shell. Next is...??? I'm usually wrong, but maybe a type of coral? The top reminds me of a slab of petrified palm, with the monocot structure but the layering is more like individual tubes. Then there's the possible palm heart. It is heart shaped and please don't laugh my husband painted it red. The top of the heart shape is indented (concave?) and pardon my imagination, would be where the palm tree grew from the palm heart. Or maybe it's just a heart shaped rock but there were many of these where I found it. Lastly, there are two crystalline (minerals) and one goes from clear to yellowish to orange and red. The other one looks grey but is a bit golden honey colored under a bright light. The growth reminds me of petrified wood and the crystals are more long and slender. All but the heart rock were found on my property near Castroville TX.
  17. Coral? Mineralization?

    Found in a small stream in south east BC Canada. About 2km west of continental divide. It's very heavy for its size. The filaments have segments on many of them and have and organic appearance. Location would suggest Devonian or Permian I'm guessing. It's hard to know with fast flowing creek finds this high in the Rocky Mountains. Any info or ideas be appreciated. Cheers.
  18. So Brazos Aaron notified me that the Corp of Engineers office will be closed for an extended amount of time next month. I went by there today to get a long term permit and spoke with the ladies there. The office that is located by the airport will be closed starting December 11th till January or February next year. They are renovating the office. For the mean time they will be moving to the office at Midway Park until the regular office is finished. Midway Park is in the 2000 N Hwy-6, right before the Twin Bridges. I haven't been by there so I don't know the exact details beyond this. I imagine the fax machine will still be working so they can fax permits out if needed. I went ahead and got a permit for three months. Be sure to leave them a phone number so they can contact you on days the pit will be closed. Also I stopped by for 20 minutes today and found two decent shark teeth and a nice chuck of ammonite.
  19. what is this sponge

    Found it in Oligocene strata in Mississippi. Bay Springs, MS
  20. My Ever Growing Collection

    Here's my collection so far. It's kind of a mess until i get my hands on another display case (it's in the works). I like to keep the "nerd" vibe throughout my living space. Haha I really want to isolate my really nice pieces into their own case. All in good time though. My Mammoth tooth found in the Peace river. Handmade antler & oak display Peace river shark teeth and turtle bits. Fox hills Ammos and Baculites in altered shadow boxes Trigonocarpus sp. Mazon Creek in altered plastic container Peace River display board w/leather backer (box coming soon) m Mazon Creek cabinet My "main" display case (mazon creek, fox hills, white river, green river, peace river and a lot more) Let me know if you guys want closer shots of anything. Enjoy!
  21. General Finds #3

    From the album New Jersey Cretaceous

  22. General Finds #2

    From the album New Jersey Cretaceous

  23. General Finds #1

    From the album New Jersey Cretaceous

  24. Better Finds From About 5 Trips

    From the album New Jersey Cretaceous

    These are "goodies" from around 5 or so trips throughout the summer of 2017 to October.
  25. The Indiana State Museum has an impressive collection of Hoosier fossils, a lot of crinoids as one would expect, and it is worth your time if you are in Indianapolis. The museum is downtown and very pleasant, with other museums and restaurants nearby. I wrote a blog entry about it that includes photos: http://www.americangeode.com/blog/fossil-collection-indiana-state-museum/
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