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untilThe 33rd annual Tampa Bay Fossil Club's Fossil Fest!! Join us for the best displays of fossils, minerals, gems, artifacts shells, and paleo workshops!! KIDS GAMES * FOSSIL MINE * RAFFLES DOOR PRIZES * SILENT AUCTIONS March 14th & 15th, 2020 Sat: 9AM–5PM, Sun: 10AM–4PM Adults $8, Kids 12 and under FREE! PALEO WORKSHOPS Learn about Florida’s prehistoric past in a FossilFest workshop! Experienced collectors will teach you how to find, identify, and The club can be found on Facebook also. https://www.visittampabay.com/tampa-events/details/tampa-fossil-fest/78020/
I had the good fortune to visit the CEMEX Brooksville mine with the Tampa Bay Fossil Club last week, where I wanted to look specifically for examples of Phymotaxis mansfieldi. I had dolomitic casts from the Santa Fe river, but that was it. I was fortunate enough to find a nice one this trip along with a very tiny one and a partial. This post, however, is looking for the ID for the rather large "clammy" bivalve which was fairly common in the Suwannee Limestone in this mine. Anyone familiar with this guy? Appreciate the time!
Many, many times people new (and old) to fossil hunting post on TFF asking for advise about where to collect. Constantly, advise to join a local fossil club is given to them. This is always a great recommendation. But what I would like to point out is to forget the word "local". My experience is that every location that I have ever vacationed at since the fossil hunting bug hit me has had a fossil club. And every time I have contacted a non local club, they are more than happy to include you in their activities/ hunts. So, yes, by all means, JOIN your local club, but also take full advantage of other clubs when venturing outside of your area. I took advantage of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club's hospitality while in Florida by attending a field trip with them. They were very gracious hosts and were willing to educate me, being a novice to their type of collecting. We were to enter the Cemex Quarry in Center Hill at 8 am. Not sure where the heck Center Hill was, I left plenty early and was the first to arrive and was greeted by this site. A nice way to start the day. Cemex was nice enough to deposit plenty of new rock for us to pick through. I believe this is Ocala limestone. Going was initially tough for most. Unfortunately, this new material was very powdery making it extremely hard to see the echinoderms lurking within. Once a rain washes the fines away, someone will find its treasures, but not for most of us. I did discover that if I split the harder "concretions" in this new material, they contained wonderful plates of scallops, but no echinoderms. My wife adores scallop collecting at the beach, so I brought her some ancient ones to add to her finds.