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  1. Hey everyone. Maybe someone could clear this is up for me. A. "When I look on a geologic map and see MzM (which means Mesozoic marine sedimentary rock.) Does that mean anything from Triassic to Cretaceous? If so how can I be sure when I find a fossil which date it is from? (other than the obvious of course which is to identify the species and find what date its from) B. I also see metasedimentary which is Precambrian and Silurian etc. Those rocks are "Meta" sedimentary which means they were sediments good for fossils but have been subjugated to high temperatures and pressures which Should destroy fossils. Do you think there are fossils in that metasedimentary rock or should I stick to just sedimentary. C. I found these fossils from the what I thought was the Eocene period on a hill (intermediate of hill and mountain) of a few clams and turritella inside a sedimentary rock. People who live in the nearby area talk about how millions of years ago the spot I collected at used to be a shallow prehistoric ocean. On the map it says tertiary (old word for Paleogene), which means 66 - 2.5 million years ago . When I use the website "(http://dinosaurpictures.org/ancient-earth#240)" It shows that the spot I collected from was and remained land until 90 million years ago when became a shallow ocean. which would be cretaceous. The fossils I collected were all marine and were far from the real ocean. How is it that I found marine fossils in Paleogene sediment which was not shallow ocean since 90 million years ago. I would imagine a river or stream but these fossils look very "Ocean like" (I do know that's not a valid way to determine a fossils origin) Anyways if anyone could help me out, that'd be great.
  2. Research and Maps

    I found these maps quite usefull. You may as well. These are the highest resolution maps I have found, and free no less. https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/topoview/
  3. Arizona Geological Maps

    Arizona geological maps organized by county and lithostratigraphic units. Back to main page Click on underlined links. Current and historical topo maps link State map link Counties Apache Cochise Coconino Gila Graham Greenlee Mohave Maricopa Navajo Pinal Pima Santa Cruz Yavapai Yuma (includes La Paz) Geological Units Martin Formation Windy Hill Fossils here.
  4. So Thursday afternoon i drove 3 1/2 to the Clarion Hotel in Iowa City, Iowa so I could be up bright and early for the start of the show. Like Tucson and other show locations, there is a Hotel Show that takes place inside the Clarion on Thursday thru Saturday nights. I have to admit that I had more fun at the Hotel Show versus the couple hours that I spent at the actual show today. I would guess that there were maybe 30 rooms that were open and that contained mostly fossils, but some minerals. Not all of the vendors at the hotel participate in the actual show. With that said, I was really disappointed in the amount of vendors that showed up today for the show, but I did hear that there was some show taking place on the East Coast, and many of the vendors went there. I will start with a few pictures from the Hotel Show. Here are Pics from the actual Show:
  5. Apps for the Fossil Hunter

    I've been wondering if anyone on the forum has a favorite App or Apps they've found useful in searching for fossils? I haven't been able to locate any apps that focus on mapping your location in relation to underlying bedrock data, and it got me curious. Thanks! Have a good weekend!
  6. Hi all, This is a pretty open ended question, so feel free to take the discussion where you like!! I was wondering how you all determine and record the location of your find? Do you use some sort of GPS? Google maps? Paper maps? Take photos? Drawings? if you use a GPS, what type do you use and why? Regards, Ciaran.
  7. Last night, a friend informed me of the passing of Don Smarjesse and asked me to post this obituary: Don Smarjesse of Novi, Michigan died early this April after a long passage through Alzheimer's disease. Don operated Earth Enterprises for around two decades selling fossils primarily from Devonian quarries in Sylvania, Ohio and Milan, Michigan, along with mineral specimens from the latter locality. At M.A.P.S. and the Denver and Tucson shows, Don did a brisk business offering trilobites, crinoids and brachiopods along with beautiful sulphur and celestite crystals, all of which he personally collected and carefully prepared. People liked Don and Don reciprocated. He had a genuine and entertaining personality which was a source of delight across a spectrum of intimates, customers and chance acquaintances. We will miss that trademark conviviality, stories which never aged by retelling, his humor and those colorful verdicts indicating certain vexatious people somehow failed to offer ongoing evidence for human evolution. Though his illness put him beyond contact for some time now and his collections have been dispersed, his character as a man and sturdy friend will remain touchstones of our conversations. Don's widow and devoted caretaker Gayle survives him. *** I knew Don too. What I remember about him is that he used to share a room in Tucson with a couple of other guys. They were there to sell fossils and minerals but they also wanted people to feel welcome and free to join their conversation even if they weren't going to buy anything. Some people are all-business and shut up when people they don't know enter the room. In the Earth Enterprises room it was like there was a friendly talk show going on all day. The thing about the Tucson shows is that they have been spread out around the city since at least the late 80's. Sometimes, it was (and still is) easier to walk from one place to another, even if it was a bit of a hike (2-3 miles), because of the limited parking at some of the venues especially if it had rained hard the day or two before. It was nice to take a break and shoot the breeze with those guys. I think Don stopped setting up at shows around 2000. The shows seem to have gotten a little more impersonal since then. Jess
  8. Geocommunicator

    For those of us who live in or plan on visiting the "wild west" (USA), the interactive map on www.geocommunicator.gov may be a useful tool in your explorations. The site allows for the overlaying of BLM use (yellow squares of wilderness bliss ) boundaries onto road, topo and aerial maps! How cool is that? Upon opening the site, select "interactive maps". The map's upper tool bar lends the opportunity to zoom in and out, pan, label and identify areas by Lat./Long or UTM. You can even convert your map to a PDF and print! (though I will admit 'tis not as detailed as I would like) To the right of the screen, you will see folders that can be selected (checked). Under "base maps" you can choose your map of choice...road, topo or aerial. (these can also be selected by choosing the appropriate toggle at the bottom of the screen) Selecting the folder "Surface Management Agency" will overlay the BLM use for the map. (the opacity of the yellow can be adjusted at the bottom of the screen) Selecting the folder "BLM Administrative Areas" will identify the BLM field office that oversees the land. I am positive there is still much to fiddle with on this site, but nonetheless, it has been a great tool for prospecting. I hope you find useful as well. Happy hunting, -P.
  9. I have read a number of posts that are asking others WHERE CAN I FIND FOSSILS? Very few collectors who have spent months, if not years to find that one special spot should be expected to give out the location publicly. But... can I offer some advice of experience? My library, if I may call it that, consists of maybe 40,000 volumes... maybe more. You must research the current and old literature to locate old fossil locations and use the newer publications for modern terminology of the fossils you do find. My hunting down private libraries exceeded my expectations that I even began to sell off material that I would not be using. You can start with the first or the tenth reference on your own. Narrow down as to WHAT you have an interest. Lets throw out Cretaceous Reptiles of Western Kansas. First. The University of Kansas and the Kansas Geological Survey have papers with locations down to the acre and what is to be found. Maps can be purchased from the US Geological Survey in the scale that suits you... but with GPS you can get close to 19th century original exposures. Second. A local University stocks many of the regional geology and paleontology references. Find the pages that you are interested, take notes or just "xerox" the pages you need. Third. Ask questions on the Fossil Forum. Many members are more than eager to help someone who is looking for information in earnest. If you know enough already to be dangerous... even I am anxious to help... but lets not ask for... "I want to find Lower Cambrian trilobites, so where are you getting those nice multiple complete specimens in eastern Nevada?" Put out a little effort and information on the Forum... and see what might be offered as help. Fourth. New locations are discovered every year! Learn to read a geological map and then with some insight and luck... try to predict where some exposures could possibly be located that are NOT shown on the most up to date maps. Works for me... it will work for you too. Fifth. If you really want to find something... you just need to start looking in the books and papers of that area's geology. Specialize. Become an expert in several areas. Cooperate with knowledgeable collectors that share your similar interests. Sixth. Do not give up. When things seem the most dismal and nothing is to be found anywhere... you actually stumble across the most concentrated exposure of fossils known. (North of Oldenburg, Indiana I found in 1970 some of the best preserved Isotelus and Flexicalymene trilboites in a creek bed. Isotelus at 12 inches and splitting them in the creek bed. I told a person in Indianapolis about them when I was leaving Fort Benjamin Harrison. Twentyfive years later I decided to stop back at the site... and someone had taken a small dozer and cleaned the site out. So... be careful who you give your locations out to.)
  10. The MAPS fossil show was this past weekend, April 5-7, and as usual we were there. The show itself is a lot of fun, and if you haven't made it you should! It's always the first weekend in April, so next year it will be April 4-6th. The turnout seemed to be pretty decent for being at a new location. In the past it has been held in Macomb, IL and this year it was in Iowa City, IA. We didn't make a whole lot of money selling at the show, but we didn't do too bad. We don't do the show to make a lot of money(but that's always nice) and aren't commercial dealers, so everything we make goes back into our hobby. Tools, gas, and prep costs add up over the collecting season. Along with having a table at MAPS, we also get some goodies. Every year at MAPS we give a box of fossils to be prepped and then get them back the following year. Here are some of the goodies we got prepped this year. I haven't gotten photographs of everything yet, so I'll start with the echinoderms. All of these Echinoderms were prepared by Scott Vergiels. First we'll start with the fossil I was most excited to get back... an Oklahomacystis. While fairly common in the Ordovician aged Bromide formation of Oklahoma, this specimen was collected in the Platteville formation of Southwest Wisconsin. Oklahomacystis sp. Platteville Fm., Grand Detour mbr. Middle Ordovician Southwest Wisconsin Next up is an unusual crinoid: Carabocrinus radiatus Galena Fm., Prosser mbr. Ordovician aged (Shermanian) Southeast Minnesota More in next post...
  11. Hi, A paper with maps showing the stages in the last Pleistocene deglaciation of North America can downloaded from online for free. The paper is: Dykee, A. S., 2004, An outline of North American deglaciation with emphasis on central and northern Canada. in J. Ehlers and P.L. Gibbard, eds., pp. 373-424, Quaternary Glaciations-Extent and Chronology — Part II: North America. vol. 2, Part B. Elsiever, New York, New York. The paper can be downloaded from http://academic.mace...0/dyke-2004.pdf The link to this paper is in "October 3rd – Yellowknife" at http://academic.mace...rd-yellowknife/ An animation of this can be found in “The Last Deglaciation of North America, 21,400 - 5700 years ago, animation” at http://emvc.geol.ucs...DeglacNoAm.html Best wishes, Paul H.
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