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  1. 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:
  2. GESCI Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

    “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
  3. Hello from Virginia as well.

    Found this neat looking rock this weekend. It has a ring around its outer area that looks like bark and is hard as rock. Could this be Petrified Wood?
  4. bones, sandstone, and rocks

    sorry here are a few I'll send the others
  5. 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?
  6. What are these?

    I've always been curious to what these are. I've seen them in bricks and cement. Are they tiny sea shells? I found these in the river bed.
  7. Rock cutting near houston?

    Hey yall, I'm new here so not sure if this is the appropriate place to ask this. Wasn't sure where else to ask. I have a few rocks(septarian nodules) some large, some small that I need to get cut. The largest is about 12" long and 6" wide. Does anyone know how or where I can go about getting these cut? I've thought about using a wet tile saw but I have a feeling I would need a rather large one. I don't want to spend money buying one as I would only need it for about 5-6 rocks, but would be willing to pay someone if need be for the services to cut them. If this is the wrong place to ask, could someone direct me in the right direction? Thanks a bunch!
  8. Rockhounding in Central MD?

    I came across a blog talking about Mineral Hill near Liberty Reservoir in Carroll County and thought about taking my son out to look for some neat samples in the old mine dump piles since it's only 30 minutes away. I was wondering if anyone else knew of other places in central Maryland or even the southern half of Adams county PA that are known for interesting rocks and minerals. I know quarries let geological clubs collect on occasion. Sorry if this needs moved to the rock & minerals section or geology section, I thought since I was interested in a specific location this would get better results.
  9. Hi all, As well as being a great fossil enthusiast, I also love finding modern remains of life and nature. Like a few of you already know, I am also quite fond of seashells (fossil seashells are one of my favorite things). Minerals also interest me, though I don't know much about them. And anything else to do with nature will get me interested. I just came back yesterday from some fantastic holidays in Greece, and didn't come back empty-handed! At first, we stayed for a few days at one of our friend's house on the Greek island Paros. Then, we spent one night in Athens to visit the famous Acropolis, before spending a few days at Gerolimenas, a small village at the tip of the Mani peninsula (Peloponnese). Finally we stayed two nights in Nafplio, in the north of the Peloponnese, and then returned to the cold and rainy Netherlands. Surely holidays to remember! Of course, I was constantly looking around for fossils, seashells, and other things, enjoying the slightly nerdy activities we all here enjoy so much. Though no fossils were found, I did find a few other things. Here are my different hauls! Chapter 1: Paros Paros is a lovely, typically Greek island, in the Aegean sea. The first few days here, having visited several different beaches, I found nearly nothing. Then one day, after having eaten a delicious grilled squid, I strolled on the beach, and bingo! Seashells everywhere! I quickly grabbed a plastic bag and filled it up with little treasures. I was really stunned by the beautiful Noah's Ark shells. That was the only beach where I made finds, but the finds were so great that it was enough to leave the place with good memories and happy hands. Total haul (things on top are not seashells, but other miscellaneous things): Some of my favorites: A small Diodora graeca: A very nice Haliotis mykonosensis: A beautiful Neverita josephina: A touch-looking crab claw: Some cool pink-red urchin spines: A small but stunning Arca noae:
  10. Can someone identify these please?

    Can someone please tell me what this is? Thanks, Jack
  11. Can you tell me what this is?

    Hi, I am just wondering if you could tell me what you think this is? Kind regards Jack
  12. Any ideas?

    Hi all, Any ideas what this could be, I found a few similar ones amongst the seaweed on a rocky beach in the NE of England, and it seems like something has petrified, can provide more pics if necessary (defeated by the uploader limit). You can almost see scales on it and all the tubes look peculiar but fascinating. Size is roughly 8cm long Regards
  13. 5918bd7d936d7_2017-1-29.jpg

    From the album Naughtistic fossils and rocks

    One of two pictures of a silvery looking rock. Not sure what minerals make rocks look this way
  14. Please help me identify

    Hello, I have had this in my small collection for afew years now and never really known exactly what this is. This was given to me as a gift, so i have no idea where it came from. Any ideas are appreciated, thanks.
  15. New rock hunter

    Hello Y'all. I'm new to Waco, from. San Antonio. I am looking for any places where I may look for rocks\crystals\ anything new. I've read post on here about Waco pit and Whiskey Bridge, but is there any other place?? Has anyone ever found things by the BRazos River by Cameron Park? Thank y'all very much.
  16. Needing help are these just rocks or ????

    Hello, I have some unusual rocks would like to know if anyone has seen anything like them before. Thank you for your time.
  17. Help ID'ing rocks in Colorado~!

    We recently moved back to Colorado,.,.. Got us a tumbler and rock saw and toys... but need help identifying some rocks - These rocks looked like Petrified wood at first, but then we noticed the top crust has weird swirls /designs. Upon tumbling some, we noticed that the striations and swirls on the crust are almost opalescent looking, hard to tell. Anyone have any idea what these could be?? THANKS!
  18. Today I visited the E.S.C.O.N.I. (Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois) 2017 Show, being held thru Sunday (3-25-17) at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, Illinois. The show is not very big, but it is free and a great place for families to come with future paleontologists or rock collectors, as they have a number of things for kids to do. There were 2 vendors present that 95% of their items were fossils and the other vendors had a few fossils, but mostly rocks and minerals. Below are some pics of the fossils that were for sale as well as a couple pics of display cases containing fossils to look at.
  19. Paso Robles Gem and Mineral Show

    April 22-23 the Santa Lucia Rockhounds will be hosting their annual Gem and Mineral show at the Midstate Fairgrounds Paso Robles Event Center. There will be something for everyone. over thirty vendors with rocks, mineral specimens and fossils. This years theme is "Out Of This World", which about sums it up with items ranging from minerals found deep within the earth to meteorites from outer space. Lots of displays and demonstrations to keep the adults entertained as well as lots of kids activities. Show times are : Saturday 22nd 10am to 5pm. and Sunday 23rd 10am to 4pm. Come check it out!
  20. Micro fossil picture book

    Can anyone suggest a good reference with lots of pictures about micro sized fossils? I would like to try and determine if the shapes are fossils of animal or vegetable matter. I make thin section slides of stones (less than 50mm in dia,) and occasionally see shapes that I think might be fossils. The shapes are small, generally less than 3mm in length and width. This is a sample of what I have found in local stones.
  21. Fossils or What?

    I have found all of these in Oklahoma and I'm not sure what they are, or anything like that! If you want to help that would be great! Including a link to my photo album on Facebook of these rocks/fossils. I hope that is OK! I think you might have to copy/paste it! https://www.facebook.com/Areopagus/media_set?set=a.10155003946494048.1073741867.783084047&type=3
  22. Rock Pox

    I recently stopped at a used book store and purchased a 1958 Hardback edition of the Carroll Fenton- "The Fossil Book", which is a great book if you have not seen it before. Inside the book I found the attached 4 1/2 " by 7 " card, warning about "Rock Pox"; which I think all of us suffer from. The store that the card came from (Mid-America Rock Shop- Chicago) is also a fossil, and I would guess that it has not been around since the 70's. Enjoy.
  23. Are these rocks? Coal? Poop?

    So I found a few interesting things today all within a short distance of each other... my question is about the two larger "rocks" they don't seem to be rocks but I am not sure what else they would be? They are very soft..the one maybe looks like coal? Also wondering what type of coral I have! And what the white/brown "rock" is? And another couple of things maybe some can ID ?? Thanks Specimen 1 Specimen 2
  24. Thank you for allowing me to join

    Hello Everyone, I have gotten two milk crates of fossils from an estate and need help identifying them please. This list is all i have to help with (i know it is useless sorry) 253 Fossil 2.46 lbs., polished 6x6, small chip 254 Fossil 1,8 lbs., polished, approx. 6 inches 255 Diplomystus Humilus Fossil Butte Eocene, Queen River, Wyoming in wood frame approx. 11x14, 4.78 lbs. 256 Amphicentrum N.M. Mazano Mt Fossil in plaster, plaster is breaking, approx. 15x9, weighs 7.61 lbs. 257 Fossil Isleib 4.10 lbs. 258 Fossil set in plaster, approx. 11 x 16 1/2, weighs 12.40 lbs. 259 Fossil, set in plaster approx. 11 x16 1/2, 12.40 lbs. 284 Fossil approx. 8x5x3 1/2, 5.68 lbs. 285 Petrified Wood approx. 10 1/2x4, 3.88 lbs. 286 Petrified Wood approx. 7x5x2 1/2, 4.88 lbs. 287 Fossil approx. 7x7x4, 8.84 lbs. 288 Fossil approx. 8x6 1/2x3 1/2, 6.46 lbs. 289 Fossil approx. 7 1/2x7, 6.32 lbs. 290 Fossil approx. 7 1/2x5, 3.32 lbs. 291 Fossil, Tooth approx. 7 1/2 x 5, 4.56 292 Fossil approx. 5 1/2x 5 1/2, 3.20 lbs. 293 Fossil, Turritecla Agate approx. 6x2 3/4, 1.38 lbs. 294 Fossil approx. 10x10, 11.86 lbs. 295 Fossil approx. 6 1/2x4, 2.26 lbs. 296 Fossil approx. 5x3 1/2, 2.38 lbs. 297 Granite and Crystal approx. 8x4, 2.16 lbs. 298 Semi Precious Stone 1.76 lbs. 299 Semi Precious Stone 1.18 lbs. 300 Semi Precious Stone .52 lbs. Thank you all for your help. Thank you Joe
  25. From my walk yesterday, different colors on teeth, rocks, stingray mouth plate,