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  1. Waited awhile to post this as I was waiting for my Christmas present to organize my findings. Trip was on 11-28-2020. Took my family of 5 plus a friend of my daughters. It was cold and raining the entire time we were there but everyone had a blast. Bought some cheap ponchos, didn’t work. Discovered that once the clay got wet and sticky it made no difference in what we were wearing. The kids ended up taking their shoes off and going barefoot. It was a mess but a lot of fun. Didn’t think microfossils would interest me but they did. Will plan another trip to see what the site looks like dry. Here are some of what we found. Typical of what everyone finds but exciting nonetheless. Thanks to everyone for posting their stories and helping us out.
  2. Despite the pandemy and various restrictions which occured, it happened we managed to make quite a few trips. i did, in my opinion, numerous good finds, specially in the trilobites department. So this post shows the nicest trilo i found in 2020. We visited 3 different sites with various luck. The first noticable trilo of the year was found a few days only before the first lockdown. It was a very happy split, you can see on the pictures the chisel was very close. So here it is : Ectillaenus giganteus Later, in the end of spring / start of summer, we had the opportunity to try twice a new playground. The first visit yielded me this killer Eodalmanitina macrophtalma The second visit, i scored a specie i never did before (not that is it rare, but it hasnt been found on my usual playground) Placoparia tournemini tournemini and even a double
  3. I have read all of the threads online and on our forum, and I am excited for my first trip to the Whiskey Bridge. It will probably be around the first of the year. Any personal tips would be appreciated. Should I take a sifting screen, and if so, how wide should the “holes” be? I am going to try and build my own(that is a whole another issue). Thanks for any help, in advance.
  4. I have been looking into Maryland fossil sites, and am trying to plan a day trip, but I realize it is Labor day weekend, which can complicate things. How busy do the usual fossil beaches get in Maryland? I currently have Purse, Matoaka, and Calvert Cliffs on my list Should I just wait til next weekend? When is the best time to hit the beaches? I am especially looking for a Ecphora gardnerae, if there are any sites which would be better to focus my search at? Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!
  5. Hello everyone! This trip report is a bit late but I have been trying to identify and get better photos of some fossils before posting this, First some pictures at the actual site:
  6. South Dakota hunting sites?

    I’m driving back to Montana from Kansas this weekend and wanted to stop in South Dakota or eastern Montana to do some quick Dino hunting. Does anyone have any advice for the badlands area or western Montana? Preferably the badlands area. I heard you can just surface hunt in the badlands national park, but wanted to see what you guys had to say. Kind of a broad area. thanks
  7. Kemmerer, Wyoming trip 2

    Exciting news! Looks like I'm going back to Kemmerer Wyoming with my whole family! We're all doing a special trip there. I'm going to get in some fossil digging at the Green River formation, courtesy of fishdig.com. I've been there once before, last time I went there, I discovered a large Phareodus Testis. Also, my brothers two friends from Japan are coming to join us for this trip. I'm certain this will be Unforgettable to them. The date is to be announced. Probably end of July, early August.
  8. Fossil sites near McKinney, Texas

    Hello all, here next week I'll be going to McKinney, Texas for about 6 days to visit my father. I'm not familiar with any fossil formations in the area, but would like to take my dad out with me for a fossil hunting trip. I thought I would come here to see if anyone around the area is familiar with it, or has any advice on the land, or recommended tools for out in the field. I'm used to harder Mississippian age rocks in Missouri, so I'm not sure what I should pack up for the trip tool wise. I plan on doing some research of my own in a day or two about the area, when I can make time. Any extra input or advice is appreciated, thank you!
  9. I am leaving shortly to spend just over a week in England, more specifically in the Liverpool area, and will be taking a day trip along the coast of Wales to Rhyl as well. I've done some basic research and found that Liverpool sits right on top of Triassic bedrock, and Rhyl on top of Permian bedrock. Are there any sites that would be within my realm to visit and collect at? If so, are there any rules and regulations that I, an amateur from outside the country, need to know about before I go? If there are none, are there any noteworthy shops that I may be able to visit where I can buy some local specimens? I enjoy bringing home a fossil from my trips each time I travel somewhere, the more local the better. Thanks in advance!
  10. Starting Monday, I'm going to have a weeklong trip across multiple parts of Italy. The main attractions being Naples and Sicily, visiting the volcanoes of the country (people may not know that volcanology is my second biggest interest). If there are days of downtime, I'm wondering if there are any spots I should check out while I'm there. Thanks in advance!
  11. Upcoming Fossil trip

    Hello, So, I'm going to be going on a fossil hunting trip with my dad to Kemmerer Wyoming in August. It's basically a fossil Safari. We found it on the website fishdig.com. my dad has a co-worker who went, and he had a great time and found many fish fossils! So, me and my dad are going to be going in August! I will keep you all updated on what happens on the Safari when the time comes. I will post pictures when the time comes also. Jared
  12. Fossil safari

    hello all, the time has come for me to start planning my first big fossil safari! I'm located in Canada and have done a few dig sites in various locations of different provinces but I'm ready to take this show on the road! I'm looking to travel to other countries to try my hand at exploring what they have to offer! has anyone else ever done this before? if so can you recommend a tour group that specializes in these types of things? I'm physically fit and not afraid of difficult locations. I'm interested in all types of fossils and since this will be the first of many trips like this I can go pretty much anywhere to start adding to the collection. Right now I have been looking at morocco as it seems to have a rich supply and isn't to difficult to bring your finds home. I am open to any suggestions or if this has been asked already please feel free to link thoe threads to this one. Thanks everyone! ( also wouldn't be opposed to meeting others from this site in their home countries! that would be fun having a local to show me around and help me to avoid the scams and fakes! )
  13. Bowmanville - Spring 2019

    From the album Field Comrades

    The B-ville Wrecking Crew, Spring 2019.
  14. I am planning a trip to Tucson 2020. The Tucson website says the event goes from 1-16 Feb. I have no experience going there so I would have to ask you experts some questions: 1) How many days should I spend if I am only interested in fossils? 2) When should I arrive at Tucson? A few days before? On the opening day of 1 Feb? Or should I go nearer to the end to get better deals? 3) Where's the closest place to Tucson where I can legally dig for fossils? I was considering Texas. 4) Any other general tip or advice?
  15. In May I will be visiting the country of Georgia and I will like to look for some fossils while I am there. Is here anyone who has been to this country or have some information about fossils over there? I will visit the museum of natural history in Tbilisi which looks interesting but I can't find any info about fossil hunting over there. I will be traveling through most of the country and it will be great to bring back some souvenir like that for my collection.
  16. Fossil trips

    Does anyone know any fossil beds near southeast Washington? Any where you can dig?
  17. My second time out fossil hunting for crab fossils and struck pay dirt! Found 2 nice examples of what I think is Tumidocarcinus from some Googling. My first time finding a complete(ish) fossil so I am very excited! Found a smallish one and a medium one. Both seem to have the legs and claws.
  18. Im going to Victoria on Friday for a week and visiting various locations including: Wangaratta Bendigo Ballarat Warnambool Apollo bay pt phillip bay (beaumaris) So my question is are there any good fossil sites around these areas that i could find some ancient treasures in? Thanks.
  19. Hey im new to this site so im not sure on how anything works and if im doing anything correct but anyway i am going on a fossil hunting trip to the uk next year for about 1 week but i have no clue where to go. This is my first ever time going on a trip just for fossils so idont know what to do and where to go so yeh i need a bit of help. Thanks
  20. Planning a fossil hunting trip to the Gold Point, Nevada. Anyone have specific fossil locations? Dan
  21. Forum Trip To GMR

    This Sunday, August 5th I am planning a forum trip to GMR in Greenville North Carolina. Any and all members are welcome. Of course, with all the recent rain, this is weather contingent. Hopefully the rain will be minimal the next few days as forecast. If so the water should be at a collectible level by Sunday. This is being done in honor of esteemed member digit(Ken) who is currently visiting our amazingly lovely state. As of right now, the plan is to meet at 9 am. Most likely at Greensprings Park on 5th Street. If you are interested in going, please add to this thread so I can make sure I contact everyone Saturday with final plans.
  22. Sudden Excursion to Penn

    This year has not had the volume of fossil outings that I would like to see. The weather here in Southern Ontario, Canada has been horrible. Rain, heat and unbearable humidity. Some of my fossil buddies have a big excursion and BBQ to follow planned for today but I could not join in due to plans from "The One Who Must Be Obeyed" otherwise known as "The Wife". So on the spur of the moment since the weather Sunday is going to be awesome I am going to Penn Dixie tomorrow Sunday July 8th with my buddy Jim. Jim is another Canadian Human Backhoe like Kane. If any of you forum people are in the vicinity and want to join in you are more than welcome. Devonian Digger Cannot make it as he is off doing family stuff so my limited expertise will have to suffice. I have been known to have reasonable success at the site ...lol Seriously though if you can join us what I can guarantee you is that you will work hard but you will go home with complete trilobites perhaps even multiples. It makes a world of difference to go with someone that sort of knows what they are doing and that brings the right equipment. Better yet if you find something really special (not a Brach Kane) and treat me nice I might even prep it for you. Hope to see some of you there.. I will be the Homeless looking old geezer in the fossil forum Tee Shirt and Jurassic Park hat struggling to move blocks that are far too big for me.... Regardless I will try to post some pics in this thread of the excursion.
  23. If you ever travel across Russia you can see fossils even in the subway and in the facing of buildings (In Moscow and Saint Petersburg). Once an acquaintance walked with a dog along the embankment in the center of St. Petersburg next to his house and found fossil trilobite right in the stone that broke off from the Neva river bank. He had to quickly run home to take a hammer In the Moscow metro, there are more than 50 stations where you can meet the fossils of ammonites, corals, nautilus, belemnites and other ancient animals that lived on Earth in the dinosaurs era. Among them there are both small and large enough - the size of the largest "inhabitant" of the metro is 60 centimeters in diameter. They come across not only at old stations, but also on new ones - it all depends on from what material are the walls built. Materials containing remains of fossil organisms were brought from deposits in Armenia, Georgia, the Urals, the Crimea, Italy and the Moscow region. Most of the fossils in marble limestones (the transition stage between limestone and marble) from the Georgian deposits of Salieti and Moliti.
  24. Last Sunday we had a trip to the sandy quarry near St. Petersburg. Near of the sandy quarry there is a small village called "Novinka" (coordinates of this place on Google maps: 59.161362, 30.380684) Quarry near Novinka is a fairly large quarry, developed in the sands, introduced here in the Devonian (about 400 million years ago). The quarry is very picturesque and extremely interesting, there are mottled sands with a great variety of sedimentary textures deposited in various water conditions. During most of the Devonian Period, North America, Greenland, and Europe were united into a single Northern Hemisphere landmass, a minor supercontinent called Laurussia or Euramerica. We can say that the North America, Greenland and the north-western part of Russia were one territory. Here you can find many fossils of armoured prehistoric fish, as well as their teeth. A lot of paleo tourists from different countries come here in search of placoderms. We have a friend-professor of geology at the University of St. Petersburg. He said that last year a student from Japan went home with a necklace from the teeth of a armoured prehistoric fish. It was a very big paleontological luck. Next to the sand quarry are special designs for sifting sand. Large parts go in one direction, and fine sand in another. On photo few pieces of the shell of the fish (Asterolepis), which we found in 1 hour, and rock layers in sandy quarry. (Asterolepis is an extinct genus of antiarch placoderms from the Devonian of North and South America and Europe. They were heavily armored flat-headed benthic detritivores with distinctive jointed limb-like pectoral fins and hollow spine. The armor plate gives the Asterolepis a box-like shape. Its pectoral fins are also armored but the caudal and dorsal fin are not. The first fossils were named after M. Eichwald in 1840 after not star-like markings on the fossils.)
  25. Knee pads and gloves

    I’m looking at buying some gear recommended by you guys who fossil hunt alot. Any recomendtations on nice gloves, preferably fingerless and very breathable. I’m also looking at buying some knee pads. thanks TFF.