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  1. Hi, recently I was at Turimetta headland on the northern beaches found this within 15 minutes, will be going Back soon to give it another go, anyone know what this might be?
  2. First finds (i think)

    Hi i am new to fossil hunting i found a few finds in the illawara region around coalcliffe looks like maybe 2 crabs and aome petrified wood id love some info from more expirienced people thanks a bunch
  3. First finds (i think)

    Hi i am new to fossil hunting i found a few finds in the illawara region around coalcliffe looks like maybe 2 crabs and aome petrified wood id love some info from more expirienced people thanks a bunch
  4. Fossil footprints found in Sydney suburb are from the earliest swimming tetrapods in Australia by Phil Bell, University of New England https://phys.org/news/2020-05-fossil-footprints-sydney-suburb-earliest.html Roy M. Farman et al. Australia's earliest tetrapod swimming traces from the Hawkesbury Sandstone (Middle Triassic) of the Sydney Basin, Journal of Paleontology (2020). DOI: 10.1017/jpa.2020.22 https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-paleontology/article/australias-earliest-tetrapod-swimming-traces-from-the-hawkesbury-sandstone-middle-triassic-of-the-sydney-basin/2C787D68A8F2F300B2111A0E68E5981C Yours, Paul H.
  5. How to get Started in Sydney?

    Hi all, I'm just looking for some advice on how to get started with this hobby. I have a lot of interest but not a lot of knowledge- I have a few fossils that I don't know what they are and a few rocks that look a little weird that may or may not be fossils. I go through the threads on here and some sound like they're using a whole different language with all the technical terms haha. It's all a little overwhelming right now, so where would be the best place to start learning? A Fossils for Dummies guide would be great. I'm located in North West Sydney but make trips down to Newcastle every now and then. Any suggestions on how to get a little less clueless would be appreciated!
  6. i get some informationabout at northern beach there has fossil , but northern beach is too big that I want to know more details about fossil bed
  7. 我是悉尼的新手,我想找到化石,三叠纪鱼是最好的(化石很好) 请原谅我英语不好 I am new to Sydney and I want to find fossils, Triassic fish is the best (fossils are good) Excuse me for bad english
  8. I didn’t have much time to look around this museum as I had a flight to catch at 1 but I Tried my best to look around and photograph the geological exhibits taking in mind that the museum also has a great collection of animals and aboriginal artefacts that I couldn’t take photos of ,, enjoy (:
  9. Just for a bit if background I was collecting at turimetta headland bear Sydney and I had found several ferns which was decent considering I only had 1 hour but on my way back I spotted these and was wondering whether they were fossils too (probably not knowing me (; )
  10. I was just wondering as I have researched fossils around Sydney and found most places are closed if anyone knew any good places to hunt. (:
  11. First ever find - Sydney NSW.

    This is my first ever find on my first ever fossil hunting trip with my 4 year old son. It appears to be a nice plant imprint. I found it in loose shale on Narabeen Head, Sydney, NSW. Would be nice to get confirmation of what it is, I'm very new to this. Thanks in advance for any comments.
  12. I have a bit of an unusual question here - I'm actually hunting for small, rather than large, pieces of petrified wood. I'm a hobby aquarist, and since it's very expensive to buy aquarium rocks from a pet store, I'm looking for my own. Problem is, all I can find is sandstone, which isn't good in fish tanks. Petrified wood would be perfect for my tank, and I read that it's quite common in Australia. Can I easily and legally find it lying around in Sydney? I don't want anything special, small and light pieces are ideal. I know it's not relevant to this forum, but if anyone here knows if I can find granite, slate or lava rock lying around anywhere in Sydney I'd also really appreciate any advice.
  13. Hi all, Was hoping someone here might know what type of plant material this is. I'm pretty sure it is from the Wianamatta Group and was found while bushwalking in the Hornsby district of Sydney. I'm thinking it may be a form of equisetum stem? Thanks, Kind regards, Roy
  14. Fossil Shops

    Hey, Im a big fan of fossils and only have a small collection. I live in Sydney, Australia and was wondering if anyone on this forum knew of any good real fossil shops? Any shop would be fine but the more authentic fossils, the better! Thanks
  15. Hey, I was wondering if anyone could recommend some good places around Sydney. Preferably less that 3 h away from Sydney. Make sure you can collect there! Thanks
  16. Are These Fish Fossils?

    Hi Guys I was just walking on the beach on Berry Island Reserve in North Sydney and saw these marks on the rock, Just wanted to check if they are fossils and if yes what are they? Thanks
  17. Someone searching the Maritimes for nice articulated plants would ususally end up being referred to known fossil localities in Nova Scotia such as Sydney, Cape Breton. The ferns and other flora found in the coal rich cliffs of Cape Breton are of exceptional quality, but what if I tell you that there's a location in New Brunswick that yields specimens that matches in quality? This province has made many contributions to the field of geology and paleontology since Mitchell and Gesner in the 1850s and the days of the Stonehammer Club. There had been a lull for decades, but with the surging in geotourism and the newly founded Stonehammer Geopark, new research has been made on old and new sites alike. One such site is located in Clifton. Rule of thumb here is that West of Bathurst the rocks get older, and younger East. The sedimentary rocks at Clifton are pretty much around the same time period, late in the Carboniferous (~310 to 300 Mya), matching paleoenvironment. Clifton, New Brunswick (circled in red) As my list of grew longer, Clifton stayed on top of it. When Matt called me and asked if I had any plans that weekend, I suggested that we could head up North. He hasn't been in tha area either, so this was the perfect opportunity to go snoop around. We left Moncton Saturday morning and headed North for Bathurst. The car ride to reach Clifton took a little over 2 hours. Reaching Bathurst, we took Highway 11 and proceeded North-East. We passed Clifton to get to Stonehaven where there is a road leading to a wharf. I parked the car, got the gear ready, and went down the rocks forming a breakwater to get to the beach. It was a bit tricky and the tide had just started going out. Facing South-West, towards Clifton Facing North-East, towards Stonehaven We barely set foot on the beach that we came across these beauties. These tracks were probably made by an arthropod, most likely from a horseshoe crab (limulids). What's interesting is how these animals moved (seems to be more than one animal making these traces in the silty material). We'll have to look further into this, but its obvious that this paleoenvironment was influenced by some sort of salt water body, if these animals were indeed ocean dwelling organisms. Parallel prints with tail drag We carried on and stopped at a few easy accessible spots before having to crawl and tread carefully around slippery seaweed covered rocks. Me! After a few slips, bruises, bloody scratches, and wet boots, we made it to where we wanted to be. The cliffs are somewhat similar to other familiar sites such as Joggins in Nova Scotia. The strata of sedimentary rock have a marginal inclination of about 5 degrees. What surprised us was that we found some trees in situ, popping out from the cliffs. Several trees we've seen were pretty well preserved, and a couple up to a meter in diameter. Matt kneeling beside a big tree! Checking for trackways Within these cliffs are gorgeous ferns and other type of plants belonging to the Carboniferous Period. The plants are found on a light gray shale. There are sections of the cliffs that have talus piled up with lots of plant material. Clifton is an interesting site and may yet yield really important information that could form a more detailed picture of the paleoenvironment of the region. The plants, the trees, the terrain, the bodies of water dominating the landscape, and the animals leaving their traces. The information that we were able to gather that day will be shared with the rest of the community. Clifton has come up a few times in scientific literature, but has like most part New Brunswick, been understudied. We realize that the resources aren't always available, so people like me and you can be the foot soldiers and help the academic community by making these type of discoveries like we did today. Till next time. Cheers! - Keenan
  18. **NOTE** In Nova Scotia, it is illegal to collect fossils or archaeological artifacts without a Heritage Permit or proper authorization. You can message me if you want more info. Hang on tight, my posts are usually long winded! [Taken from my blog: http://redleafz.blogspot.ca] Not too long ago I had made a list of fossil locations I would like to visit when I felt more knowledgeable and honed some of my field work skills. I had told my friend Matt Stimson (who works in the field of palaeontology) that I thought of heading East in Cape Breton sometime in the Summer. He wanted to tag along as he's familiar with the area and wouldn't mind revisiting some of the great locales around Sydney. We decided that we'd spend 3 days in Nova Scotia (August 3rd to 5th, 2012). From Moncton (New Brunswick) to Sydney (Nova Scotia) is about a 5 hour drive one way. On our way to Cape Breton on Friday, we planned to take a little detour to Parrsboro and stop by to see Tim Feydak at Wasson Bluff. As I've mentioned in the past, Wasson Bluff has in its cliffs some of Canada's oldest dinosaurs, prosauropods. Many important scientific contributions were made in this small corner of the world. Tim has taken up the torch and continues the tradition by laboring under the shadow of these red sandstone Triassic cliffs. - Day 1 Matt Stimson (left) and Tim Feydak (center) We swung by and Tim was already at the location working at it. He's been sifting through material for bone fragments from a section of the cliff that was quickly eroding. Shortly after meeting Tim, we were joined by our friend Ken Adams, curator of the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, and some of its young staff. Some of the crew collecting material from target area Bone in sandstone The tide was coming in, so we decided to give Tim a hand sifting through the material that he had collected. Not only is there bone material from these primitive dinosaurs, but those of ancient reptiles such as crocodiles. Some layers of the cliffs contain bones and teeth of fish such as primitive sharks. We've made a few finds for the short time we were there. These will be brought back to the museum lab for cleaning and prep work. The "Two Brothers" in the background, basalt islands One of the teeth found that day (center, top of rock) After a few hours, we headed out for a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants before hitting the road. The plan was to at least take the 104 East towards Port Hawkesbury, and once crossing the Canso Causeway, to find a camping close to Sydney. Sydney Coal Fields (area of interest in red) We drove for a few hours and we came across the Ben Eoin Beach Resort and Camping Grounds, on the shores of Bras d'Or Lake. The entrance had areas where you could pitch your tent, picnic tables, and spots for starting your campfire. Closer to the lake was a long stretch of land where you could park your camper, with a cabin where you could take your shower. Price was reasonable, and the scenery was beautiful! We threw our tents out and settled for the night. - Day 2 We woke up as the Sun came up, grabbed a bite to eat, and planned our day. There was plenty of time before the tides were low enough to hit our fossil sites in the Sydney area, so Matt suggested we check a quarry before heading to town. Matt getting ready (Quartz vein , rock bearing rubies [center-right to right]) This abandoned quarry bears a regional treasure: Cape Breton rubies! This granite-type hard igneous has rubies which the quality is all over the spectrum. We took our tools and proceeded up the quarry, whacking pieces of this creamy colored ruby gemstone. I've seen one cut before, but its pretty cool to actually get them from the source. Along with the rubies, I also got my hands on some nice quartz crystals from a big vein jutting out vertically from the quarry. Some collected samples Ruby in the rough =) Taking a break, watching grasshoppers doing their business Satisfied with our haul of pretty rocks, we hopped back in the car and headed towards Sydney. Sydney region's areas of interest: 1- Cranberry Point; 2- Point Aconi; 3- Donkin Peninsula First order of business as soon as we rolled in to town was to grab some early dinner. There was still some time before the tides were down, so Matt suggested we go visit the Fossil Center in Sydney Mines. Displays at the Cape Breton Fossil Center, Sydney Mines It was nice to swing by the center to check the type of fossils first hand found in the region. Most of the fossils they have at the center are plants, but man are they nice. The specimens they have are numerous, and in well built displays. We also took a moment to head over their other museum that displayed Sydney's mining past. Megaphyton (tree fern) showing frond scars (elongated oval features) After our visit, we made our way towards Cranberry Point in the Sydney Mines area, stopping at a few places along the way. Many of the coast of the area is elevated, meaning that there are many cliff face to explore, exposing coal seams and various fossils. Fossilized tree This area that the greater Sydney area is located in is described of being part of the Sydney Coal Fields. This section of the island is dominated by Carboniferous Period topography (Nova Scotia Geological Map), contributing to Sydney's rich coal industry. The plants found in these shale are like no other. These articulated plants have been the subject of study since the mid-1860s. Even though there is a rich catalog of fossils, there are still big gaps in the record and much more studying to be done. We were hoping that our weekend would yield more secrets to us. Calamites First location on our list was Cranberry Point, North of Sydney Mines. We had some friends that were at this location recently and confirmed that there were upright trees, mostly bigger than the ones you'd usually see at Joggins, the world famous UNESCO site. Matt had been here in the past, so he knew which roads to take in this maze of houses and cottages. We made our way down Peck Street and Matt was surprised that the road that led to the Point had a brand new house built in its way. We parked the car and walked up to where the old road was and met with the very nice lady that owns the new home. She was very interested by our work and would love for us to drop by after our trek and share what we found. Remains of World War II's past Where Peck Street ends, there's an old dirt road that leads to an old WWII era building, or what's left of it. It sits on a piece of the cliff that is slowly becoming an island. The trail that used to connect the mainland and this quasi-island has eroded away. The only thing that's left is a sheer fall, with a cable dangling down for beach access. That was our way down. Rope access (Gulp!) On to Part 2!
  19. Continued from Part 1 After taking a moment to try to sum up some courage to go down the cable (stupid fear of heights), we made it down to the beach and proceeded to walk North and around Cranberry Point. Cranberry Point The strata of these cliffs, as of many of the coast in this area, have a small angle, making identification of specific layers traceable for long distances. Coal seams were numerous and shale layers very thick at some spots. Getting closer to the North-East section of the point, we could start seeing Carboniferous flora such as calamites and trees in situ, in their growth positions. Calamites in growth position, in situ The trees we found in situ were of different conditions, and some of them subject to a future paper. Amongst these big trees were all sorts of foliage of different state. For some reason I didn't take any photos of the ferns we found. Bleh! I'll be posting about another fossil site that has comparable articulated ferns, in Clifton, New Brunswick. What's important to notice is that some of the trees we've inspected showed traces of sooth, a sign of forest fires that would have created victims. Matt inspecting the base of a tree (tree root left of Matt) Impression on coal residue Annularia and/or Asterophylites (extention segments of calamites) Matt standing on top of a tree segment. Where did it come from? Possibly from this one! How big and tall you think this tree is? Tree segments on the beach, possibly from the same specimen When we were at the Fossil Center earlier in the day, we had a conversation with the staff. One thing we noticed was the lack of vertebrate fossils, or even trackways. I've read that back in the 1950s that vertebrate fossils had be found, even in trees, and several trackways. Guess the surprise I had when I came upon these! Tetrapod trackways! After a couple of hours, we wrapped up and picked up our gear. Our next stop on our list is Point Aconi, located a bit North West of Sydney Mines. Some of the best plant fossils came from this area. Folks at the Fossil Center in Sydney Mines occasionally bring people to this place. The coal seams are thick, but care should be taken when approaching the cliffs as shale and mud stone weathers away and leave these big chunks of coal ready to come crashing down. Point Aconi We went down the beach and before turning the corner to reach the point, we came across some fossil trees, matching some of the specimens found at Cranberry Point. We took some data for future reference and carried on. There was at one point some very nice plant fossils, but they've pretty much all been smashes to bits. We did find some nice fragments and nice articulated ferns, but not what I was expecting. I for some reason forgot to take pics of them, which was the purpose of me bringing my snarge camera! Coal breaking away from the cliffs Looking towards the Atlantic Ocean After a while we decided to call it quits for the day and head back to Sydney. We met up with one of Matt's friend and had supper in town. We were invited to crash and tent at another of his friend's grandparents house in the area. We arrived at the house and set our tents and had a nice quick chat with Kendra and her folks. On to Part 3!
  20. Continued from Part 2 - Day 3 Sunday was our last day in Cape Breton. We had decided that we'd do a little bit of free-styling around the Donkin Peninsula, and bring our friend Kendra along. Her family was heading back home, and proposed to drop her off at her parent's house on our way back. We spent the whole late morning and early afternoon exploring Cape Breton's Eastern shore. We made our way to Glace Bay for lunch within that drive, but I have a hard time to remember if we stopped in Donkin before or after. Heading towards the cliffs along the Donkin Peninsula This freestylin' drive paid off as we came upon a very nice spot with beautiful plant material, still in large pieces. The loose material yielded beautiful specimens. For some reason I didn't take any photo, go figure! This stop alone made the whole weekend worthwhile. So many various ferns, plants, fronds, annularia, and other that just slips my mind. Kendra heading to the sweet spot We headed back towards civilization and snooped around the shorelines of various towns in the area. We made a few more stops before making the decision to call it a successful trip and head back home. Coastal fortifications during the threat of WWII It was still fairly early in the afternoon and we opted to take the long way home by going around Bras d'Or Lake. We drove along beautiful vistas and when we reached Iona, we took the ferry across to get to the other side. On our drive back we stopped to drop Kendra at her folks' place in the Antigonish area (can't remember precisely where she lives) and headed back home. Cape Breton was always a place I wanted to visit and I don't know why I waited this long to do so. Maybe it just took me this long so that when I finally went, it made me appreciate the places we went, the people we met, and the gorgeous scenery this beautiful part of the province had to offer. I'm already planning another trip to this Celtic getaway for next year and I'll remind myself to take some pics of the actual plants next time. Till next time, cheers! - Keenan