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  1. Hi All, For those in Western Australia, just wanted to let you know that the Mineralogical Society of WA will be hosting their Swap and Sell meeting tomorrow 17th March, 2019. There will be a selection of Minerals, Fossils and Rocks for sale. Sorry if this is not the correct place to put up about such things, hope to see some of the WA members there tomorrow. Minsoc Mineral Market Flyer Mar17th 2019 -finalCB.PDF
  2. Rock shows.

    I'll be moving in a few months or so . I was informed there are some rock shows where i'll be moving too, so i might check those out. However my question is how can i know what i'm getting is real? Even if a vendor says they are real but i know it's not always the case. What can i look out for? Besides the obvious perfect placement of some fossils?
  3. On Sunday I took a trip to the Natural History Museum in London. I queued up before it opened at 10am and even before then there was a long queue. I have not visited this museum since I was a child and spent an entire day there (10am to 4.30pm - a long time). I was surprised as it is a lot bigger than I remembered and there was so much to see. This place has the most wonderful things and is an incredible place to learn. The museum showcases a Baryonyx, Sophie the Stegosaurus (the world's most complete Stegosaurus) and more! The moving Trex and Deinonychus are also really realistic in the way they move. If you like your dinosaur teeth, the Megalosaurus and Daspletosaurus teeth are out of this world! There is something for everyone in this museum and I would highly recommend that you visit here if you have not already! A lot of the dinosaur specimens are casts taken from other museums but they are still cool to look at. I had taken the photos on my SLR and due to the size of the photos I had to reduce the quality of them to be able to post on the forum which is unfortunate but it's the only way otherwise the photos would take a really long time to load. There are more non-dinosaur related photos that I will be posting at some point later on but may take me some time to pick out. Enjoy the photos from this section of the museum! Blue Zone Dinosaurs (has a mix of some photos of crocs too)
  4. Well another Fossilmania show has come and gone. I have been attending these shows since it's inception in the early 80's. What was once a fossil only show/sale/trade venue has turned into "just whatever they display" type of show. Lots of "just plain rocks", gemstones jewelry and yes fossils, most of which I have handled many times. There were a few recognizable friends there behind those, select few fossil only tables, but it is so different this year than from years gone by. No longer friends getting together having a great time camping fireside chats swapping lies and stories true or otherwise. It seem that every year fewer and fewer people who were part of a comradery that stood for years attend. Admittedly disappointing now, back when the show was held in the Oakdale Park grounds we always had a great time. Since moving the show to the Somervell County exposition hall, it peaked around 2010, it has fallen short every year since. No longer a source of neck hugging, friends and fun (with few exceptions) the show has changed. It is doubtful that I will attend anymore unless they go back to "fossils only" sale/show. If you have attended in the past and have experienced this slide; post your thoughts. Surely there are some who share this view and long for the days of friendship and sharing a love of fossils with each other. "It's a rock when found on the ground" "Pick it up and keep it, It's a specimen." Bone2stone (Jess
  5. I finally completed the reorder of my collection of fossils and minerals. It is a wooden hexagonal display cabinet of several wood/glass shelf; in the pictures attached I only show some of them. I 3D printed more than 20 custom drawer compartments for the smallest specimens. I decided to go for a modular design, so I can adapt every compartment to the specimen. As printing material, I used a "wood PLA" filament 3D printed with 1 mm nozzle on the Alfawise U20 3D printer. I finally added a strip LED inside the cabinet door and powered it via a USB power-bank - so it is fully wireless. In this picture you can see some of my recent purchases: Two Sinosauridae indet. teeth from Kem Kem One Acheroraptor tooth from Hell Creek formation, Powder River Co., Montana Some Mosasaurus teeth from Kem Kem One Pterosaurs tooth from Kem Kem A piece of Rhinocerontidae indet. jaw from South Dakota Some ammonites, shark teeth, a Flexicalymene ouzregui, a couple of echinoids (I found the white one in a brick!); the Velociraptor skull is 3D printed as well. This is the other side. The big sand echinoid was also found by me in a brick! On the right there's a nice fossil coral: I never seen something similar, please let me know if you know it's name. Three fossil fishes and a nice ammonites cluster with some quartz in the background. At the end, some minerals... Now I only have to finish the cataloging of all specimen. I already finished with fossils, now I have to start with minerals - it will be very looong! What do you think? Do you like it? Ciao!
  6. 2018 Annual Bristol Gem and Mineral Show

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    Saturday, October 20 • 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Sunday, October 21 • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday At the Beals Community Center, 240 Stafford St in Bristol, Connecticut. Admission for the show is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors. Kids under 12 are free with paid adult, and scouts with leaders (in uniform) are free too.
  7. Albuquerque Fall Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show

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    Abq. Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show, Albq., NM, Oct. 5 - 7, 2018. Open daily 9am-5pm in the Creative Arts Bldg. at Expo NM State Fairgrounds. Enter Gate 3 @ San Pedro & Copper. 300 San Pedro NE, 87108. FREE ADMISSION to the show. 60 dealers, gemstones, mineral specimens, rough, slabs, jewelry, beads, cabochons, fossils, tools, equipment.
  8. Please help id and inform me

    Hello i went to the river today in central alberta and found these fossils i believe one is petrified wood but it also has a translucent mineral in it?? I think?? And orange mineral around it which i assume is sap amber??? the size of these rocks are around a baseball please help identify all of them and offer info ill greatly appreciate it first two pictures are of opposite sides same as the other two.
  9. Are these even fossils??

    Hey everyone, This is my second post hopefully I can get some answers on these! I found these in a town called Tunkhannock in Northeastern Pennsylvania in part of a mountainous area. They were just in some shale I was breaking up. Any kind of research I’ve done says there’s really not much for fossils in that area. Any ideas?? Thanks in advance friends! 1 2 3
  10. Hello Everyone, Since I am away from my usual haunts and fossil hunts and currently on the left coast ... we decided (ok, I insisted like a small excited child) that we take our annual trip to Ed's House of Gems on Sandy Blvd. in Portland, Oregon. Since meeting my wife's folks and seeing her old stomping grounds as a child ... her family's frequent visits to this old dive bar of a rock shop was one of the extra bonuses that sealed the deal and now we have two kids. haha. Ok, so Ed's is a family run business and has been around at least as long as we have .. 40 + years. It is a building tucked a bit away from a street filled with mariner themed dive bars, Chinese restaurants, and establishments of ill repute (?) Ok, it's Portland so they have a bikini drive through coffee hut nearby as well..... Keeping it weird. The storefront has probably not changed over the decades so it borders on the kitsch .. which honestly is back in style now. It's just a fantastic trip down memory lane when 'my' family used to pile into a car for two weeks and drive across the desert Southwest (with one tape player between 3 kids) . These rock shops it seemed were dotted along the highway and we were screaming bloody murder anytime we spotted one, because my dad (I know) secretly wanted to stop at all of them as well. Piled in big metal caged bins were boulders of obsidian or agate, petrified wood, and rose quartz ... buy it by the pound. We usually left with our little trinkets and mineral treats. Always loved those stops, and they are a disappearing breed with online taking over and shuttering the brick and mortar locations. I think the other rock shop here in Oregon that is worth a look is a little place on the way to Bend, OR but I digress. Anyhoo .. inside the store is filled with everything a rockhound would want. Minerals in the rough, slabs, tools, tumblers, mineral specimens, Moroccan fakes, Moroccan real, Riker mounts, shells, fossils etc ..... I love every inch of that rock infested place .. and now it is a new tradition for the next generation. I hope it sticks around for a few more ......
  11. Gemworld 2018

    Ok, I admit that I dropped the ball on this one. I fully intended on promoting my local gem and fossil show months ago. But I kept procrastinating and putting it off and eventually forgot. Well this weekend the show is on, and me and the boys did a little shopping today. My budget was a modest one as we spent wnough on our trip to Ocean City. Plus Pappa treated himself to a top of the line fly fishing rod that was discounted at almost half off. ( it was still expensive). So I went to the show today with sharkteeth, trilos, tools, and display cases on my mind. Not sure what I wanted more. Just looking for the most bang for the few bucks I had. There are two fossil dealers that have been coming for years so I headed rigbt over to take a gander. The one Gentleman owns a shop in Hamburg New York. The other gentleman I believe, lives in Jersey. This fella, had just what the doctor ordered. Very nice quality sharkteeth at qhat I fwlt were fair prices. Now as much as I like large impressive sharkteeth, I can be just as happy with smaller perfect teeth. So considering the money I had I went with smaller really nice teeth. I also bought 2 riker mounts. Here is my score. These teeth are awesome in my opinion. Also I asked, and checked for repairs or restoration. The dealer was respectable enough to show me ones that were and those were labeled as such.
  12. Today, for the first time, I decided to go out to the Kane County Fairgrounds, Batavia, Illinois- to see what the CGMA Show had to offer. I believe that this show is held every Memorial Day weekend and is open on Saturday and Sunday. I arrived a little before the opening time of 10 am and could not believe the amount of people that were waiting in line. The admission for adults was $5.00, I believe Seniors were $3.00. Once inside there were 2 large room with dealers, demonstrations and a kids corner. In the hallway between the two rooms there were some exhibits, a silent auction as well as a food station. I spent about 2 hours looking around and really had a lot of fun. If you are in the Chicagoland area this weekend, stop by and check it out, I will make sure that I hit it next year because it was really nice to see dealers that I have never seen at shows before. Now on with the pictures- A Lot of them.
  13. Petrified Wood. ID help and discussion.

    Over the past couple weeks I have seemed to find multiple variations of petrified wood. In this picture the top few pieces were all found in the same area and some of the smaller pieces that I found have little crystals throughout them (like the one in the top of this image). The piece I found on the bottom confuses me because it resembles wood but also has a mineral/rock look to it. I have read into agatized petrified wood but I still don't know much about that process. In the past I have found very large pieces of what I believed to be petrified wood but the majority of the piece resembled a crystal. Unfortunately I don't have those with me but will post a picture of them when I get home. Any info and help on the subject would be appreciated. Also sorry the picture posted weird. When i refer to the top I mean the right side of the image. Thanks, Nic
  14. What a great weekend

    Well folks Spring has finally arrived in Central New York! We actually had two days in a row of sun! The thermometer is reading 70º as I write this. Me and the boys were busy this weekend. Yesterday we collected some gypsum specimens, shot their BB gun and a found an old Coke bottle. Today we went to Briggs road for a short Trilo hunt, went fishing and went to one of the nicest waterfalls in our area. We all enjoyed being outdoors and soaking up the sun. While at the fossil site I found a huge spotted salamander wedged in between the shale. I felt bad for disturbing it but I didn't see it until I had already destroyed its resting place. I don't think it was actually out of hibernation yet as it was very sluggish. Here are some pics. 1- Gypsum 2-Coke bottle 3- Salamander 4-Dylans finds 5-Davids finds 6&7- Devins little trilo roller 8- My finds
  15. My collection

    Hello all, I recently saw a whole lot of collections on this forum, and they were all beautifel. Now I cleaned up my room (what's a hell of a task to me, I spended 8 hours) and I deceided to take pictures of the nicest part of my fossil and mineral collection. It's by far not as nice as most members here, but I still have decades to get a nice collection . It's a bunch of everything older then the cenozoicum, because I find it hard to choose what group of fossils I want to collect, trilobites or dinosaurs/ reptiles. Dinosaurs are pretty hard to get here without paying high import and shipping costs. So let's start then. The trilobites are the firsts. Selenopeltis longispinus. Upper: Flexicalymene ouzregui 2 X Elrathia kingi Flexicalymene ouzregui Lower: Minicryphaeus sarirus Cyphaspis agayuara Crotalocephalina gibbus Upper: Cyphaspis walteri Boeckops boecki Combination of Cyphaspis sp., a very tiny kettneraspis sp. and two phacops sp. Coltraneia oufatenensis Lower: Kettneraspis pigra Cornuproetus sp. Gerastos tuberculatus Stapeleyella inconstans Trinueleus fimbriatus Elrathia kingi Phacops latifrons Foulonia sp. Right upper corner: Phacops sp. with bite mark A whole block with partials of Stenarocalymene celebra (I don't find much about this species so I'm still not 100 % sure if this is correct) and a ventral prepped Ogygiocarella debuchi The personal high-light of my trilobites (pictures don't do it justice). A Kettneraspis williamsi with a couple of free-standing spines. Personally the best I have ever seen. So far my trilobites. Next my Khouribga fossils: Lytoloma elegans ( a bit of restoration but most is real) A roothed Mosasaurus globidens tooth. Enchodus fang (there is a jaw in the stone also) Pretty big Mosasaurus sp. tooth Two verts of Otodus obliquus. Partial Mosasaurus globidens jaw Mosasaurus sp. partial jaw. 3 Weltonia ancistrodon teeth Otodus obliquus tooth Roothed Prognathodon tooth a box with misc fossils from Khouribga My two only teeth that are not from Morocco or Europe Denversaurus schlessmani Indet. Croc from Patagonia More to follow
  16. After visiting the MAPS Show yesterday in Iowa City, I decided to stop by a small show that was held in a Western Suburb of Chicago. It was the 50th Annual Des Plaines Valley Geological Society Show and it was the first time that I have attended. It is a very small show that is really geared towards rocks, minerals and jewelry, but there was one vendor that I saw there that had fossils. She had various items for sale, but the prices were quite high for many of the items ( i.e. 1" portion of a Spinosaurus tooth for $150.00), but being a local show, I do like to purchase 1 or 2 items to help the vendors, so I bought a couple fluorescent minerals for my 4 year old grandson and a small bird bone in Tar Matrix (Rancho La Brea, CA), though I think it may have come from Maricopa Brea, CA. Like other shows, they had a couple of displays , door prizes and silent auctions. If you live in the Chicagoland Area ans you have nothing to do tomorrow head out to Des Plaines and check it out- the information is on The Fossil Forums Calendar. Here are some pictures from the show:
  17. Some Arizona Wood

    Here are some quick pics of what I've got so far. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmhX87Vr Dug a 5 gallon bucket worth and have three large pieces. The two in the trunk are a matched pair, full rounds. The large chunk with quartz vug is cool. I gave it a 2 hour treatment today in iron out and then a water soak. Quartz looks clean. There is a bit of groutite. Am going back out for a dig in the morning and I'm taking 3 more buckets. Cant wait to see what we end up with. Russ
  18. Today I stopped by the 2018 E.S.C.O.N.I. (Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois) Show. This is a very small show that has various vendors selling fossils, rocks and minerals, but it is always fun to attend. Besides being free, it is really a great place to promote fossils and minerals for kids. The have a whole section where kids can search for fossils and also get many other things for free. The Silent Auctions are a big draw and you can get some really cool things super cheap. In addition, they run a Live Auction and like the Silent ones, you can pick up various fossils, minerals a equipment a good prices. The fossils that were offered for sale were not really anything to write home about, but they were selling. There was also a very nice display of fossils from Bundenbach, Germany that were supplied by the Lizardo Museum. Below are some pics of the event and the Bundenbach display.
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    The Des Plaines Valley Geological Society will hold their 50th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry and Lapidary Arts Show on April 7 (9:30 am-5 pm) and April 8 (10 am-4 pm) at the Des Plaines Park District Leisure Center located at 2222 Birch Street, Des Plaines, Illinois. The admission is $3.00 for adults and Children under 12 are free with a paying adult. There will be various dealers, exhibits, demonstrations, gold panning, a kids room and silent auctions and raffles.
  20. E.S.C.O.N.I. Gem / Mineral & Fossil Show

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    This coming weekend is the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (E.S.C.O.N.I.) Gem / Mineral & Fossil Show at the DuPage County Fairgrounds located at (2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, Illinois 60187). The show is held in Buildings 2 & 3 and the best part is parking and admission to the show is FREE. The show hours are as follows: Saturday 3-24-18 (10am-5pm) Sunday 3-25-18 (10am-4pm) There are multiple dealers, displays, demonstrations, door prizes and a Kids Corner.
  21. My fossil collection

    Hello, Here is my entire fossils collection, it is very small but has some cool stuff. I started collecting fossils since I was about 9 years old but I really went in to fossils, interest and collection-wise 4 years ago. It is mainly my friend who motivated me and made me interested in these remains of our past, so a big thanks to him. My collection is growing every day,slowly but surely and I am always searching for the best deals. Please ask all sorts of questions and ask for information,This is the goal of my post. Ask me for more picture too! I will have the pleasure of answering and sharing all I know. A big thanks to The Fossil Forums for helping me through my decisions,giving me advice,identifying my unnown fossils and for being so kind. You are a great bunch. Cheers,Thomas
  22. I wanted to share the few fossils I have that aren’t stored away at the moment. I had to pack up everything I had about a year or two ago because I redid my floors. We are moving soon so I didn’t want to unpack everything again to display it again just to have to pack it back up again to move so about 75-80% of my fossils and gems are in storage. These are the few that I have displayed now. This is mostly just the stuff I picked up after I did the floors. I hope to share the rest of my collection when I get it all out again because that’s where most of my good stuff is.
  23. GESCI Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

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    “The 38th annual Geodeland Earth Science Clubs, Inc.’s (GESCI) Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show will be held Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11 in the Western Illinois University Union Grand Ballroom. The show is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free, but a free-will donation is used to obtain feature displays for each year’s show. This year’s theme is “Digging the Past: Fossils from Around the World,” and highlights a program by WIU Assistant Professor of Geology Thomas Hegna. LINK
  24. Back in 2001, I became a member of my local Rock Club, The Syracuse Gem & Mineral Society. From 2001-2010 I was very active in the club. I went to almost every meeting, I organized some field trips, served as Treasurer, gave talks, basically helping out anyway I could. Then in 2010 I had a lot going on in my life and slowly I was less and less involved and it got to the point where I wasn't involved at all. I have been wanted to get back into it. Last night I decided to go to the monthly meeting. It was really nice to see old friends and everyone asking me how I've been and what have I been up to. Before long it hit me that I have been missing out. I had some really good times with these people. I have learned a lot from them. Last night I had made them a promise that I was coming back for good and that I wanted to be a participating member the way I used to be. The reason I have brought this topic up, is because I want to encourage members of this forum who are not already members of their local club, to do so. There is so much to gain by joining. Most members of such clubs are truly a wealth of knowledge. You might learn about collecting sites near you that you won't find out any other way. Clubs usually can get access to places a regular person can't. Plus you could end up making some really good friends. The list goes on and on. There is everything to gain and nothing to lose. Just some food for thought.
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