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I have absolutely zero background or experience in this field, but I do have a six year old who very much wants to partner his museum experiences with a "real" fossil dig. He understands that our findings may be meager, so anything would be great. We are in central OK between OKC and Tulsa and have time for a day trip either tomorrow or Sunday. Any recommendations you can offer are greatly appreciated!
PetrolPete posted a topic in OklahomaAfter feeling inspired be Missourian's amazing thread "Backyard Trip" and while not wanting to let everything I've learned about the Tulsa area go to waste when I move, I wanted to make a thread sharing my knowledge for the benefit of everyone in the area and anyone who might come through the area. I decided that I will not post specific locations in most situations to prevent over hunting and damage to the sites, but I will give most of the locations over PM ( if they were given to me by a friend, I'll let you know who to contact, but it is their site so it's not mine to give away). I will try to give details on the areas, formations present, fossils found there and provide pictures where I can. There are also a number of rumored location I've never had a chance to visit, so I'll try and give information on those too. My time will be sporadically available, so I'll be updating when I can. For the first post I wanted to provide quick links to some of the documentation available in the area. The main source is from the Oklahoma Geologic Survey. Some of the written material is old, outdated, or incomplete, but it is a great place to start. Their documents can be found here: http://www.ogs.ou.edu/pubs.php And most of their maps (which are up to date and excellent where available) here: http://www.ogs.ou.edu/geolmapping.php Another site with some good information can be found here (information spans multiple states and hasn't been updated for years): http://www.bluesinheaven.com/pgs/paleo/index.html Unfortunately, I haven't found any good books on the area to list.