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  1. 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)
  2. Hi, i’m high school student in 12th grade. I’m currently working on a senior exit project, and I chose palentology as my career choice. I would like to do an interview with a paleontologist just asking a couple of questions like: what is your favorite thing about the job, what inspired you to be a paleontologist, how long did you have to attend school to become a paleontologist, etc. An interview over email or even over the website would suffice. Thank you.
  3. I'm doing a research project and one of the requirements is that I have to have an interview, I was referred to here by a friend and was hoping to see if someone would be willing to answer a few simple questions on prehistoric camels in North America for me What was the environment they lived in like then? Where did they live? Why did they leave North America? How did they differ from modern camels? What was their diet like?
  4. My interview for I Know Dino

    I was interviewed about my egg research by Garret and Sabrina who have a Dinosaur focused podcast, strangely enough, called "I Know Dino" and wanted to share. Highly recommend their podcast as they provide a nice weekly recap on Dinosaurs, such as scientific news and less serious funny moments. One major point where I Know Dino stands out compared to most media is a focus on accurately reporting current research. Garret and Sabrina strive to engage with the scientific community, for example, they actually attend SVP. They have interviewed many great paleontologists including Jack Horner, Tom Holtz, Phil Currie, John Scannella, Dave Varricchio, Danny Barta, Cary Woodruff, Ashley Hall, Lee Hall, plus more recently Liz Freedman Fowler and Denver Fowler. Around 55 paleontologists in total to date along with interviews of others who have active dinosaur related projects like making cast of bones or shows for the public. My interview mainly went over dinosaur eggs and the validity of Troodon. Link to the I Know Dino website: https://iknowdino.com/ Link to the episode with my interview: https://iknowdino.com/dromiceiomimus-episode-221/ Link straight to my interview: In a way, I suppose this can count as my fossil Friday post haha. Going to get those who might be interested in actually hearing me or have posted before about eggs, sorry for any spam. @Troodon. @Seguidora-de-Isis . @HamptonsDoc . @-Andy- . @MarcoX. @Crazyhen . @Masp . @abyssunder . @WhodamanHD . @Haravex . @TyBoy . @Tidgy's Dad . @aeon.rocks . @DPS Ammonite . @steelhead9 . @Pemphix . @Still_human . @Pixpaleosky . @bcfossilcollector . @RamenHero . @The Amateur Paleontologist Eric P.
  5. Hello, my name is Jordan and I'm in grade 10. For my careers summative, I have chosen to explore how it feels being a paleontologist and I would like to interview a paleontologist to gather some information this job. Likes and dislikes of being a paleontologist, how you found out you wanted to be a paleontologist, do you enjoy excavating fossils, what do you find is the most difficult part of your job?
  6. Hi all. Remember that I said a local TV crew came over to my place to shoot videos of my fossils? The program was just shown on news yesterday! The main speaker with the black shirt is Calvin, who heads the Singapore Fossils Collectors, majority of the segment's on his incredible collection. I'm the speaker in gray, and everyone else are members of the SFC. http://www.channel8news.sg/news8/ca/morningexpress/episodes/ca20160219-me-hobby/2529120.html It's in Chinese, so I'll give a rough transcript. 0:00 - News Anchor: Remember Jurassic World? When it was released, it spurred interested worldwide in dinosaurs. 0:25 - News Anchor: So what did they looked like? How big were they? We can only understand these from their fossils. 0:45 - News Anchor: 38-year old Calvin has a room filled with fossils; there's marine life, dinosaurs, even poops! 1:03 - Calvin: I've been into fossils since 10. My mom bought me a trilobite, and it led me to realize there's a whole new world out there. 1:22 - News Anchor: 27-year old Andy's interest in dinosaurs spurred him to collect fossils. 1:37 - News Anchor: To share this interest, he authored a book, hoping to cultivate a love of fossils in children 1:50 - Andy: Boys love dinosaurs anyway. I've never lost my interest even in my 20s. Dinos are fasinating creatures. As we uncover fossils, we increase our knowledge of the natural world. E.g. what Earth was like, how animals of the past lived and hunted. 2:13 - News Anchor: Entering Andy's room, we realize he's put in quite an effort into displaying fossils. 2:18 - Andy: I protect my fossils from direct sunlight and elements with a cabinet. My dad and I customized this cabinet by sawing away the original wooden door, fixing on an acrylic, transparent door, and got an LED light strip which we installed inside. 2:44 - News Anchor: Calvin and Andy are part of a group called the Singapore Fossils Collectors. Besides sharing this hobby in the media, their group regularly meet, going to various members' houses. 2:59 - News Anchor: Calvin has stated this group allows him to meet fellow fossil lovers. 3:08 - Calvin: When young, this was a lonely hobby. Even as I collected, there was no one for me to share it with. Now with social media and SFC, we can learn from each other, trade, and improve our collections. -Commercial Break- 3:47 - News Anchor: Whenever overseas, Calvin visits museums and fossil shops. It's estimated he has over 1000 fossils. 4:00 - Calvin: This is a plesiosaur paddle that's over 65 million years old. You can see its finger bones. This is a rare fossil I purchased from Spain. 4:20 - Calvin: Here's another special one. A segnosaur egg nest. I bought it in Hong Kong, though it's dug up from China. Chinese fossils these days can no longer be exported. 4:35 - Calvin: This is a dinosaur we see often from Hollywood. A fearsome Tyrannosaur dug up from Kazakhstan. 4:45 - Calvin: This is a sabretooth cat. It's much younger than dinosaurs. It was around when the first men were around, but we hunted them to extinction. 4:57 - News Anchor: Do you know fossils are formed, and how we know they are real? 5:10 - Calvin: Fossils are the remains of animals and plants. As they died, their remains are quickly buried, and over time and high pressure, turn into fossils. They must be buried quickly, say next to a river, or covered by volcano ash etc. 5:47 - Calvin: There are fossils sites near Singapore, such as Australia, Canada, America, China, Morocco, France, Thailand and even Malaysia, and trilobites in Vietnam. 6:18 - Calvin: Some shell fossils and teeth are common in Morocco, and thus can be cheap. Complete fossils, or famous ones you see in Hollywood movies usually cost far more. 6:45 - Calvin: For fossil authencity, we get it from reputable sellers. Next, we need to know its morphology, weight, texture. We can even tap on it to hear the sound. There are quick ways such as shining a UV light, or to poke them with a red-hot needle. 7:24 - Calvin: For maintaining fossils, they are generally rocks, so many are durable. Certain ones however, such as trilobites may get pyrite disease so I keep them in a special cabinet. -Fossil segment ends- Enjoy
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