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  1. Here's a fossil hunting video I recently filmed where i had a very productive day. Feel free to watch if you're interested.
  2. Tiny Shell Forest (MN) Advice?

    Hey Fossil Gang! I was exploring the forest near my dorm and found a small area where the ground had a sparse layer of tiny, white, spiral shells. I'm no expert but they didn't seem like snail shells, I could be wrong. I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips for this situation. What should I do? I thought I could start by collecting some of the surface level shells and maybe even dig around a bit. I imagine just the tiny shells would be pretty common but do y'all think there could be greater treasures laying in wait? What sort of basic equipment/tools should I use? Any help would be appreciated! I'll post if I find something cool.
  3. My 2nd Trip To American Fossil!

    Hello all! This summer I took my yearly trip to Wyoming, and with my luck I again came back with several extremely incredible fossils! I found many less fish this time around, but I did find several more rare ones! I probably only found around 50 fish in the 3 days I was there. I found 8 Phareodus, including 2 juveniles! I found only 1 Mioplosus this year, the fish seems to be avoiding me sadly... I found 3 Priscacara, including a very large Priscacara serrata! I found an interesting Hypsiprisca preserved beautifully on an algea layer, also found several more Amia scales, but one of my favorite finds was a giant Amia tooth! (Though I suspect it to be gar) they said it was the largest one they had ever seen, and it is an excellent place holder for a future complete Amia! I also found dozens of shells! The shells especially the snail shells are considered to be one of the rarest components of the fauna, so it was very odd finding over a dozen! Including 4 mass mortality plates which each have dozens of shells on them! I also ended up finding an incrediblely incrediblely rare piece of bamboo, they told me that bamboo is rarer than a dozen stingrays! Speaking of stingrays, I FOUND MY FIRST ONE! A large Heliobatis that I split out almost perfectly! Speaking of rare finds, my absolute favorite find of this trip came as a surprise! Early in the day I found a very strange algea layer with several gastropod beaks, and I was excited as I thought I had found a Crossopholis. After having my heart broken I sulked over to a new pile of rocks and one my first split I found something very strange, a plate of small serrated scales! I did it! I found myself a paddlefish it's disarcticulated, but it still has a fin beautifully preserved! It's hard to describe the feeling of finding a Paddlefish and a Stingray the same day! I will be posting pictures soon! I will also be submitting my stingray whenever the prep work is finished!
  4. Good afternoon everyone! I will be staying in the South-Eastern part of France, near Draguignon (between Nice and Marseille) for a week in August. Are there any hunting sites nearby that you guys would advice me to look into? I have never hunted for fossils in rocks etc, all my fossils come from the Pleistocene. I'd be happy with anything! Best regards!
  5. ID Help Please, Something in Limestone.

    Hunting the Mazon Creek last weekend, my wife found this piece in the creek while hunting for Mazon Creek Fossils. What do you think ?? Any help appreciated !! Thanks for checking it out !! Phil
  6. News on Dromaeosaurs pack hunting

    Just found this, but I’m not sure if it’s fully true considering the Deinonychus pack they discovered along with the Tenontosaurus. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200506123751.htm
  7. Fossil hunting tools

    I am always interested in hearing about (and seeing photos of) tools used for fossil hunting. I have used all sorts and I currently received a new device for underwater viewing. It is called a Bathyscope.
  8. First time hunting on my own

    I just wanted to share my joy at my first successful hunt! Now I have been picking up and excavating fossils my whole life but its always been quarried stone searching or someone elses established site. For those remember one of my earlier threads, this year I set out to find MY OWN SITE! Oklahoma (especially northwest/central OK) is not known well for fossils. But I set out and began researching and reading and mapping, then I began driving mile after mile of back-roads searching the outcrops and road cuts. 2 months ago I found a site that looked promising, but weather kept me away. A few days ago I went and spoke with the land owner who gave me the green light. Walking, searching, kneeling, scraping, brushing, sunburn (on an abnormally hot day!) without finding anything. Finally, I flipped a large slab and a spot immediately grabbed my attention! It wasnt really a change in color, it was the change in texture that caught my eye. Now this was a small fossil in a BIG slab. Its more than 2ft x 2ft and has to weigh close to 75 lbs. I didnt have a 2-wheel dolly with me and I wasnt about to break the slab, so I had to carry that thing back down the bluff and to my truck. But I'm glad I did! My first thought was that it was a bit of turtle plastron, but after clearing a little bit of matrix I wasnt sure any more. A paleontologist friend told me he thought it was a skull section! Only in my wildest dreams did I imagine finding vertebrate material on my first hunt! I have emailed the local college paleo dept and I'm waiting to hear back on their opinion. Beyond the skull piece, there is another long, thin fossil with the same color and texture as the skull piece but I'm not sure what it is. Its extremely fragile so I've stopped working on it and began working my way through the rest of the matrix to search for more vert material. While prepping today I came across a new first (and big thanks to @Troodon for the ID ). It a 4mm tooth from a fresh/brackish water shark called othacanthus. The biggest problem is with the rock itself. Its some kind of mudstone/conglomerate/limestone/caliche hybrid and the layer is only a few inches thick. I went back yesterday to search for more and didnt find anything visible on the rock surfaces. Unfortunately there is obviously going to be a lot of fossils that cant be seen in the field. So my only option may be to just dig out one slab at a time and work through it for fossils. I have a test chunk in a container with vinegar to see if this is going to be an acceptable way to speed thing up. I feel pretty sure the skull piece is silicified, but its another thing to check.
  9. Fossil hunting legal question

    Hi all- I would think this has been answered but after searching I couldn't quite find an answer. I live in Dallas near White Rock Lake. There are a lot of creeks that branch off all through the Dallas area. I like to explore these on occasion (when I just want to get out on a Saturday) and for the most part I've been left alone (and had some success!). Does anyone have any "jurisdiction" over these creeks? I ask because I was exploring one that had houses on each side. OR actually their backyards that led to the house. Anyway, I was no where near someone's property (basically in the middle of the creek and on the sides) but a guy came down and said I wasn't allowed to look through there. I told him I was searching for fossils and he said he didn't care and he would call the cops. I was respectful and left but can homeowners actually do anything? As I stated I was not searching or messing with any homeowner property unless they are legally able to claim the creek. As a fossil hunter, I always want to be respectful but I also know people can be jerks sometimes. thanks for advice! Jeff
  10. Lake Eufaula OK

    Will be heading there next month for a couple of days. Anywhere close to do a little fossil hunting?
  11. Here is a drawing I drew of two Sub Adult Allosaurus jimmadseni hunting. Enjoy!!
  12. Hey Everyone. I'm headed over to the Tuscaloosa area specifically to hunt some of the chalk banks along the Tombigbee. Instead of going on a wild goose chase, I was wondering if anyone knew of some spots around there where they had luck with shark and mosasaur teeth. Preferably, I am looking for spots that are not considered private property or hunting grounds. Thanks for the input!
  13. Hey guys These are my first founding in a phosphate mine near to where i live in morocco. this is my first post and am new to the Jurassic world.
  14. Pennsylvania Fossil Sites?

    My son (9 years old) and I are hoping to find a spot to look for fossils. We have only been hunting a few times before in California. We’re on vacation in Pennsylvania, in East Stroudsburg (1.5 hours - or so- East of New York City). We came to ski but I have been reading that this area could be good for fossils. Any tips on sites or features? I really don’t know anything about the area. Personally, I’d rather pull over in the side of the road or hike somewhere than go to a pay-to-dig site. Thanks for any advice you may have.
  15. Identify fossil found on beach

    I’m not sure what tooth this is found it on the beach any ideas?
  16. Identify fossil found on beach

    I’m not sure what tooth this is found it on the beach any ideas?
  17. Hi this is my topic on fossil hunting in the Bois Blanc and Onondaga formation of southern Ontario. Not to far on the cliffs of Lake Erie by Dunnville Ontario there are lots of Outcrops of the Bois Blanc formation and Onondaga formation, there are a few Silurian outcrops in the town on the banks of the Grand River with a few fossils, but nothing like the Devonian Outcrops of Lake Erie’s cliffs. There mostly around Rock Point Provincial Park you can’t!! keep fossils here because it’s illegal to take fossils out of any provincial park. I’ve been collecting in these two formations for years, and good quality fossils are hard in the two formations. These two formations were a shallow reef in the the Devonian period, the formations are 419.2 million to 358.9 million years old. Most fossils from this area are corals, crinoids, brachiopods, cephalopods, and some Trilobites, there the more common fauna. Hope this helps with something. I will post some of my finds from these formations later.
  18. Dinosaur park formation hunting

    Hi I was wondering where are some good spots for fossils in the dinosaur park formation outside of dinosaur Provincial Park thanks
  19. Hello everyone, I’m off to Malta next week and am wondering wether or not it’s legal to fossil hunt there. I’ve seen several sources saying it is but I’ve also seen many people come back from Malta with many finds. Have any rules changed or is it just exportation that’s illegal. thanks in advance.
  20. Hi guys, Its been a stressful year and it's nice to have something to look forward too right? I'd like to start dreaming about an overseas trip to hunt for fossils and I'd like to collect something that is very hard to come by in New Zealand and Australia: Megateeth! I'd be happy with any teeth in the meg lineage. I'm a fan of auriculatus, angustidens, chubutensis and megalodon. They can be found here, but there are no sites where they could be called common. I hunted for many years in New Zealand and I have found one complete angustidens and a few fragments. So I wonder if I was flying from Australia or New Zealand, where would be the best sites to hunt? I guess if I am flying all that way I could visit a few sites and make a trip of it! I don't have a dive certificate, I wouldn't rule it out, but if there are land sites or beach sites then I'd be happy with that too. I know there are guided hunts for diving, but what about land sites? Shark tooth Hill would be on my list and easy to fly to from Australia, but I think megs are rare there. Really appreciate your time if you can respond to this thread When, I'm saying when this happens, I will of course post a follow up about my trip on here!
  21. Me and @DanJeavs recently had a trip to Wrens nest in Dudley, England. It's Alot older than what we're used to collecting and my first time collecting inland.
  22. Yesterday I went on a little fossil hunting trip with former Forum member Kim Texan. She had stopped by on her way to Oshkosh, WI. I decided that it would be better to have a successful trip at finding fossils, so I took her to a Pennsylvanian roadcut that exposes the LaSalle Limestone / Bond Formation. It never fails to yield fossils. While collecting, a car stopped by and a reporter and photographer from the LaSalle Tribune stepped out and asked if they could take some pictures and ask some questions. Here are some pictures that I took of Kim, the area and a couple of our finds - I did find the article in the Newspaper today, along with a couple pictures that I ended up buying. No interview would not be complete without mentioning the Fossil Forum. Here is the article below: "With hammers swinging and chisels chipping, fossils were being uncovered along the roadside of County Highway 62. Just down the hill from Illinois Valley Community College, two out-of-towners were digging their way into limestone in search of different types of specimen. “It’s like a fishing hole. Nobody wants to tell you where they’re finding them,” said Ralph ******** of Aurora, who hunts for different fossils around the area. Ralph said he, unlike some others, tries to let other people know about good spots to search in on The Fossil Forum. It’s how he came into contact with Kim ****** who is from Dallas and was on her way up to Oshkosh, Wis., before stopping in the area to hunt with Ralph. “That’s one nice thing with the forum is you meet a lot of people,” Ralph said. And after 25 minutes of looking, the pair had found a few different items such as brachiopods from the Pennsylvanian period. Ralph said what they were uncovering was from about 310 million years ago. “You find shark teeth here too,” he said. Ralph said he found Peripristis teeth and confirmed it with a paleontologist with a local connection. Stephen Brusatte, now a chancellor’s fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, was born in Ottawa and is an Ottawa High School graduate. “I sent him a picture to see if he could confirm what it was,” Ralph said, adding Brusatte got back to him quickly with a confirmation." (Brent Herrmann- NewsTribune Online Editor)
  23. North Carolina Trip

    This will be my first trip to North Carolina and am looking for suggestions and tips. I'm staying in Deep Gap (think that's the name), but totally open for driving a few hours to find some good spots. Hoping to find shark teeth and anything else i can. If anyone has any suggestions about places to go please let me know. I have a week there and want to make the most of it.
  24. Washington DC- where to Hunt?

    Hi all, I'm going to be in DC for 2 months this summer. Does anybody have any recommendations for collecting localities in the area? I'll be kinda limited in terms of where I can go bc I wont have a car.
  25. Hey everyone, what are the standard tools for fossil hunting? I'm guessing a hammer and chisel. Are there any preferred brands? How about videos for teaching newbies how to use this stuff? Best, Chris
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