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  1. 8/6/17 Calvert Cliffs

    I took the first trip to Calvert cliffs since I was a very small child yesterday (I know I live in Maryland so I should be there more often) and although it was productive I am frustrated. A) not a single shark tooth to speak of, I think I was doing something wrong and B ) YOU CANT ACTUALLY HUNT AT THE CLIFFS!?! I knew you were not allowed to dig in the cliffs, but I thought you could at least hunt under them! The person at the front didn't mention that, just said don't dig in the cliffs, and the only warning was a small sign behind a bank that could barely be seen and four small wooden posts with orange plastic grid that was on the ground. I unknowinglyy walked a few feet in to collect fossils and was promptly yelled at and told to drop the fossils. It was one person who then left and after she left, tons of people walked over to the cliffs, one picked up the fossils I dropped! I could see (some I took pictures of) beautiful complete shells on fallen pieces of stone, beckoning to me. Now they will soon be destroyed by the waves. What is the point of Calvert cliffs without the cliffs? It makes me angry so many fossils are allowed to be destroyed, I understand why but do not agree. I'm now thinking of ways to bypass this and does riparian rights got me covered? Can I walk at mean tide levels under the cliffs legally? I just learned the fee at matoaka cabins is the same so I know where I'm going next time.... Anyway ranting aside, these are my finds, there are a ton mostly chesapecten, so I will be uploading them throughout the day. I have a paper on how to ID them but it's all confusing to me, so feel free to comment thoughts at any time. first up the sad remains of Ecphora, who instead of being collected in time, were destroyed by the waves. I don't know if it's possible to tell the species, they look most similar to gardenerae to me.
  2. Wanted to share a map of potential spots to hunt for fossils in the US. Not complete by any means but it's a start! Just planning our fossil hunting road trip this summer and though others might be doing the same Happy hunting!
  3. wenlock edge advice

    hi guys i'm planning to go again in wenlock edge next thursday for some hours of hunting, not like the last time that i went for just 2h. Anyone can suggest the most productive path to follow? any advice wil be appreciated. thanks
  4. This by far has been the most ambitious trip that I've done, but it was certainly worth the long drive times, poor truck stops (to sleep at), and lack of time to sleep and even eat. In just 10 days I traveled through 7 states (WY, ID, MT, CO, UT, AZ, NM) and covered at least 4700 miles (I might actually have broken 5000). Not only did I alot some time for general fossiling/rockhounding, but also time to stop at a few of the more "touristy" types of places (national parks/monuments, etc). The first day I visited a couple sites in southeastern Montana, with the first being known to produce oysters. It took longer than expected to find, but afterwards I discovered the site to be completely loaded with oysters and oyster fragments. The majority were completely covered with just a tiny bit showing, but after finding a few it seemed like all of them kept popping up one after another. Most were under 1cm in total length, but I found a couple that were larger. The next site was a little disappointing in that due to poor road conditions, I couldn't make it out to a few of the stops that were rumored to yield crinoid pieces (given that I've been working on crinoids for the past year at university, this was going to be one of the highlights of my trip for rockhounding). But I did manage to find one of the stops, which while it appears mostly picked over, did produce one nice piece of coral and several pieces with fragmented clams. This was actually a place that encompassed much more land than I anticipated, so I hope to return next year and alot several days there.
  5. Wenlock edge (Shropshire uk)

    Hello, yesterday I went for a little fossils hunting in wenlock edge , unfortunally just for 2 hours , anyway I came back home with some finds , nothing incredible but its always something . Here my finds
  6. Penn Dixie and Brechin

    If anyone is interested I will be taking / meeting some people from the Fossil Forum to go to Penn Dixie (Hamburg NY) on Friday June 2 and Brechen (about 1/12 hours north east of Toronto) on Saturday June 2. Please PM me if you are interested in joining us. Expect to work hard but come away with some nice goodies. Both localities are good for trilobites, Brechin also adds crinoids and cystoids to the mix as well as brachs and all those other things that I don't collect.
  7. Hi all, I have about 3 months off, and would really just like to journey the US in search of fossils. I live in California, and would be open to some traveling in the states. Is there any trips I can go on with a team or something in search of fossils? Thanks in advance
  8. Any tips for fossiling near Chippokes State Park? I'm hoping to bring my 10yr old triplets over to Jamestown next weekend. Any tips on finding fossils in the area? It's been about 20 years since I was last there, but I recall finding parts of dolphin/whale bones, sharks teeth, and lots of shells (state fossil Chesapecten jeffersonius, etc.). Tide table looks good for a morning search.... Recent googling seems a bit contradictory about what can be found and kept. Any advice?
  9. Hi I just come back from offerton (Stockport uk) found some Carboniferous plants
  10. April 28 Peace River?

    Hi all, I am going to be in central Florida this week on a business trip and I have a bit of free time Friday afternoon. I am planning to go to the Peace and was wondering if anyone would like to meet up. It has been a couple years since I collected in FL and I cannot wait to get back out there!
  11. Trip advice

    Hi I will be on Mallorca island for 3 days next week , anyone know some good hunting spot? I'm planning to hunt a little while enjoying the sea.
  12. Just another cold and blustery day here in Central New York! I had to get the kids out of the house, and I wanted to get a fossil fix at the same time. I knew thw going fossil hunting with temps in the teens, was not going to happen. So I decided on the next best thing. Trip to the museum! Located in the Fingerlakes region of N.Y. I what I consider a hidden gem. The Paleontological Research Institute- Museum of the Earth, is a rather small but really nice museum. I found out about it many years ago when I first became a member of the Syracuse Gem &Mineral club. There is virtually no advertising for it. And its location is outside the city limits. It is home to the famous Hyde Park Mastodon that a family found in a pond in their backyard. It is 97 percent complete! I guess you can find cool things anywhere. I took plenty of pics, so I hope you will enjoy this virtual tour.
  13. I thought I would write a short trip report with some of my finds since I enjoy reading the reports other people make alot. This quarry exposes a layer of rock just under the KT boundary of around 65 m.y.a. in an area with an estimated depth of around 200m based on the fauna found here, in this particular location we call the chalk bryozoan chalk because the majority of it consists of bryazoans. When i went on the trip it was snowing but there is always an abundance of fossils witch makes up for it ;P Anyway without further delay here comes some pictures
  14. Tomorrow! 04/09/17

    My mom and I are in town for one more day in Jacksonville NC and would love to find some way to look at Camp Lejune for shark teeth! If no luck with that, does anyone want to meet up or go looking for fossils/teeth for the day..?!
  15. today was my second hunting trip again in offerton (river goyt) , was better than before , here some finds. dont know if the bones are fossilized or not.
  16. Hi guys! Yesterday I had a great time at the cliffs. I left my house at 10:39 pm friday night, and got to the town of Chesapeake Beach around 5:00 am. For almost the entire ride I had to deal with thick patches of fog. I was quite relieved when I got to town. I had some time to kill, so I grabbed some Mcdonalds and made some posts on the forum. I also messaged back and forth with Maxfossils , who gave me some encouraging words. It was a great way to start the day. I pulled in to the parking lot at 6:45and it was barely light out. There was one car already there. As I walked the trail to the beach I noticed how quite it was. As I got to the water it was almost still as glass! Then I saw a guy who was carrying two paint cans walking towards me and he set them down and walked back to the water and strated digging. I said "Hi how are you?". What I got in return was an unfriendly mumble. So I ignored him as proceeded down the beach. The other thing I noticed was the fog hovering over the bay. It looked thick and ominous. It made things hard to see in the already low light. The good thing is that the water was gin clear and you could see everything. I had a good feeling things would be in my favor. As I rounded the first corner, and then the fist debris pile I saw a great sight. The water was so low here that all the debris that normally is under water, was exposed. Soon I found a couple small teeth. Just enough to get the blood flowing. I also saw a lot of shells which normally I don't pay much attention to unless they are real nice. I noticed a small pile of unbroken scallop shells. I reached down to pick them up and realized they were stuck together. When I flipped them over I saw about 5 small complete turritellas stuck to the shells with matrix. For some reason I didn't put this in my backpack. I just kept walking with it in my hand. A few feet away another shell grabbed my attention. I got down on one knee to grab it. Just as I made the decision to keep it. Something made me turn to the right. And there it was a meg, only about 1 foot away half buried in sand! I couldn't believe it, I had only been out there about 30 minutes. But I did not know if it was complete. In my mind I just knew it was split in half. I was almost to afraid to find out. I did not want to be disappointed. I reached down crossed my fingers and whala! It was whole with tip intact Yayyyyyy! I could not believe my luck. I completely forgot the interesting shells a this point. I think I threw them in the excitement, which is in fact a shame. After putting the tooth in a safe place, I continued on finding small teeth here and there. At this point I started hearing strange noises from somewhere in the water. Of course with the fog I couldn't see anything. It took me a while to figure out it was birds and from all the noise, a lot of them. I made my way to my favorite stretch of beach. I was disappointed with what a saw. There was hardly any debris here and the shell line was very small. I managed a few tiny teeth here. I was hoping to snag a cow shark. Not long after that crossed my mind I look down and there was a small but perfect cow shark upper tooth! Wow! I was really happy as this was only my second upper I ever found, with the first one found on my last trip in September, when I was with my Dad and Ropterus at Flag ponds. Then I take a few more steps and I find a cow shark lower. Complete cusps but missing the root. A few more steps and a broken piece of another lower. After this I just walked back and forth on this stretch finding a few stingray plates, pieces of bone, and the occasional tooth. I had the beach to myself for awhile. I started to head back to where I found the meg thinking I would have better luck. As I headed there I started running into a few people. There was a husband and wife, a forum member from Virginia. I can't remember his forum name. It was one I hadn't heard before and he said he hasn't been on for awhile. Then a local guy who said he had been coming for about twenty years. Everyone was very friendly and in good spirits despite the fact none of the found anything decent. With the exception of the gentleman from Virginia, who as he was heading out found a complete cowshark lower. I was surprised no one really stayed long. When I got back to the spot were I found the meg, it was all under water. So I spent the remaining time looking in every nook and cranny I could find. Every once in awhile I would still hear the birds. At one point I turned around and the fog had cleared enough to see thousands upon thousands of birds in the water. It was crazy. I regret not getting a picture. In fact I wanted to apologize to the forum for not taking any pics while I was there. Shortly after this I decided to head back to the car. I think it was around 11:00. I decided to go slow as possible in hopes of scoring a one more goodie. At one point I noticed a guy walking in my direction when he got to me we talked for a bit and I found out he is member Sharktooth Hunter ( Connor). I had a nice talk with him before he headed down a little further. He ended catching back up with me later so we walked back to our cars together on the way out. I really enjoyed having someone to talk with for the final walk back. Also I liked hearing about how he got into fossil hunting. A good way to end the trip. I ended up leaving there about 12:30 and after making a couple stops for gas and food got home about 7:30. I was exhausted but it was worth it. Here are my finds, enjoy! First pic, the total finds. Second and third, meg
  17. Hi folks, I am heading to Schoharie NY tomorrow to find some fossils. As of right now, I am going to the road cut since I do not know the area. Any tips? I will update on what I find when i get back. thanks, Dom
  18. Hi all, I am going to be in Seattle for three weeks, is there anything worth collecting in the area? Any info would be appreciated. Feel free to PM me . Thanks, Herb
  19. Hi, because our passion is not only about rocks and is made at 50% by trips, discoveries, and people I will post here pictures of my hunting spots, japanese panorama, people, place which made my fossil hunting trips particular, memorable and enriched me as much as fossils do. I hope you will enjoy this thread and that you will be able to have an insight of my Japan.
  20. Lyme Regis - June '16

    This summer we took a rare vacation away from the kids, and headed across the pond to England. While the focus of the trip was on mudlarking on the Thames (finding everything from a Roman pottery fragment, 100-year old coins, a hammered silver coin, tons of pottery shards from the 1400s, clay pipes from the 17th-19th centuries, Tudor pins & nails, etc.) and on walking across the country on Hadrian's Wall Path, we decided to take a day out of the journey to do a little fossil hunting - a first for us. We decided to visit Lyme Regis, on the southern coast of England, where Mary Anning once searched for fossils in the early 1800s. We rented a car in Salisbury, and drove down to Lyme Regis, a two-hour drive away. This was the most challenging part of the trip, as we had never driven purposefully on the wrong side of the road. But it turned out the skinny roads were more daunting than the change of driving habits. We felt constantly pressed in on the left side by the encroaching hedges or ancient stone walls. Needless to say, we made it there alive. We had booked a walk through the Lyme Regis Museum (at £11 each), and we found the museum (still closed, in the early morning) after a short walk from the parking lot. It was a chilly morning, so we wore layers, and brought a backpack and our hiking shoes so that we'd be prepared for any uneven terrain. While we waited for the group to gather (~15 or so), we admired the view. The English Channel was calm and flat. The guides then walked us down to the end of the sea wall walkway, and gathered us all around for a 30-minute instructional talk. They discussed the types of fossils that we could find, how stratigraphy works, the dangers of the eroding cliffs, the ancient flora and fauna of the region, etc. They said that the fossil-finding would be a bit rough today, as the beach is best after a nice storm or two (or in the winter time). We had just gotten through a lengthy spell of amazing weather, which meant that there most likely wouldn't be any amazing fossils. We then walked down a short stairway onto the beach.
  21. Fossils found down at Beaumaris

    Hello, recently I went down to Beaumaris and found some fossils. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what they are? Thanks
  22. After some thought Ive decided to do a trip tomorrow to Green Mill Run in Greenville, NC. I think conditions will be fine until about 5 or 6 PM. I plan on starting early, so anyone interested in joining up let me know. I plan on starting about 7:45am. And working 2 favorite spots of mine.
  23. Group dig at Post Oak creek?

    If anyone is game Sunday morn Oct 2 Post Oak Creek. (Sherman Tex.) Got new screen dying to try them out. Hope to see some of us there. Jess B.
  24. Greens Mill Run

    Hey Guys! So I know there is a Fossil hunting trip this Sunday coming up in GMR North Carolina. Is anyone on here close enough to there to let me know how high the creek is right now?? I know there has been tons of rain and I was just wondering if the water might go down by this weekend..? Thanks in advance! HollyJo
  25. So, I finally did it. Since this weekend was labor day weekend and we didn't have any other plans laid out for Saturday, I made my dream trip to Chatsworth a reality. The official time it was supposed to take to get to the site according to google maps was one and a half hours, although it felt like less time, despite GPS blunders along the way. After successfully finding the destination on Tibbs Bridge road, I wasted no time in making my steady way down the path from the bridge to the slowly flowing Consauga river, eagerly pursuing the trilobites below. I was immediately scanning the ground when I reached the bottom of the hill: To be continued...