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Wendy from TX

My husband and I are driving from Texas to Canada.  We are both Science teachers and avid fossil hunters in TX.  Could someone advise us on where we could collect fossils.  I just want a few to bring back for my classroom and to my students.  I educate about 350 students in the 6th grade each year with rocks and fossils found all over the US. Would love to find a few to show them.  I would even be willing to bring some with me to exchange with you. 

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Creek - Don

I'm sure that you are going to hunt fossils in the summer.  Snow depth is between 2 to 24 inches this time of the year. 

 

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dinosaur man

Can’t wait to see what you find, but you must remember there are strict fossils laws there too!

11 hours ago, Wendy from TX said:

My husband and I are driving from Texas to Canada.  We are both Science teachers and avid fossil hunters in TX.  Could someone advise us on where we could collect fossils.  I just want a few to bring back for my classroom and to my students.  I educate about 350 students in the 6th grade each year with rocks and fossils found all over the US. Would love to find a few to show them.  I would even be willing to bring some with me to exchange with you. 

 

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dinosaur man

The areas with most fossil abundance is probably Dinosaur Provincial Park, Drumheller and Pipestone Creek, those are just a few I could name a lot more!! There are so many fossil resources and places here it’s unimaginable!! But a lot of these places fossil collecting is illegal.

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FossilDAWG

Welcome to the Fossil Forum!

 

Canada is rather a large place, it's difficult to offer advice without knowing where you will be going.  You do mention Alberta in a tag, so I'll assume you're headed that direction.  You should be aware that it is illegal to remove any fossil, vertebrate or invertebrate, from the province without a permit.  Bummer, but that is the law there.  Also as it is mid winter you may have to remove several feet of snowdrifts to get to any fossils.

 

Don

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caldigger

Wow!  and it was a beauty too!  :(

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FranzBernhard
5 hours ago, Vacationgirl said:

While hiking in The Park I found my 1st dinosaur tooth

Now that´s a nice mother-nature-prep with some weathering adding character! But what is really going on here (erosion? wear?)? And do you know family etc.?

@Troodon

Franz Bernhard

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Pemphix
50 minutes ago, FranzBernhard said:

Now that´s a nice mother-nature-prep with some weathering adding character! But what is really going on here (erosion? wear?)? And do you know family etc.?

@Troodon

Franz Bernhard

Wearing facet imho.

Since no serration count and shape is known actually no safe id possible.

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Troodon
1 hour ago, FranzBernhard said:

Now that´s a nice mother-nature-prep with some weathering adding character! But what is really going on here (erosion? wear?)? And do you know family etc.?

@Troodon

Franz Bernhard

Yes badlands like these are formed by wind and rain.

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FranzBernhard
48 minutes ago, Pemphix said:

Wearing facet imho.

Since no serration count and shape is known actually no safe id possible.

 

29 minutes ago, Troodon said:

Yes badlands like these are formed by wind and rain.

 

Thank you so much!! Such a nice accentuation of the wear due to weathering, and serration still so nicely preserved! Wonderful!

Franz Bernhard

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Troodon
1 hour ago, Pemphix said:

Wearing facet imho.

Since no serration count and shape is known actually no safe id possible.

Its indeed is a beautiful wear facet.  Its a Tyrannosaurid tooth either Daspletosaurus or Gorgosaurus 

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dinosaur man
2 hours ago, FossilDAWG said:

I want to point out that the law exists because of the actions of many American and European museums.  At one time there were no laws restricting the collection of Alberta dinosaurs, or their removal from the Province.  Museums including the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian, and many others would hire professional collectors, notably the Sternbergs, to provide them with dinosaurs for their exhibit halls. Late in the game Canadian museums, including the Canadian Museum of Natural History and the ROM, also got in the game and employed the Sternbergs.  These professional collectors concentrated on complete articulated skeletons and removed many, to the point where for a time such fossils were essentially stripped from the outcrop.  The Albertan population were not happy that they had to go to Washington DC, to Chicago, to Ottawa or Toronto, or to Europe to see Alberta dinosaurs.  The "heritage laws" that were passed are (IMHO) overly restrictive, but they are a direct response to the pillaging attitude of the day, where no consideration was given to the local jurisdiction and population.

 

Don

I heard that's why they built the Royal Tyrell Museum so the people of Alberta had a dinosaur museum with there provinces fossils in there area.

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FossilDAWG
2 hours ago, dinosaur man said:

I heard that's why they built the Royal Tyrell Museum so the people of Alberta had a dinosaur museum with there provinces fossils in there area.

I also have heard that.

 

Don

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Vacationgirl
13 hours ago, Troodon said:

Its indeed is a beautiful wear facet.  Its a Tyrannosaurid tooth either Daspletosaurus or Gorgosaurus

 

 

After finding the tooth I went to the information building to let them know I found.   I showed them the picture and they believe that it was a Gorgosaurus tooth.  Good call Troodon. 

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My response was added to Troodon’s reply

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FranzBernhard
4 hours ago, Vacationgirl said:

I showed them the picture and they believe that it was a Gorgosaurus

Did they recover the tooth? This would be a nice way to preserve such beauties: Report the find to the official people there (as you have done) and give them the coordinates so they can recover it. This would certainly relief some pain from the finder and contribute in the long run also to science/museums/education etc. The finder should receive a small report with all the relevant data, including some good pics.
Franz Bernhard

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Vacationgirl

As far as I know they didn’t recover the tooth.  I offered to give the information centre the GPS coordinates but they weren’t interested. I was told that “they” probably already knew about it he location of the tooth. 
 

Good idea Franz, since the Tyrell Museum excavates in the park I will provide them with the GPS coordinates and let them decide what they will do with the tooth. 

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Troodon

Unfortunately teeth or bones like the one you found will probably go uncollected and will shortly disappear.   A good friend of mine occasionally goes with sanctioned Dinosaur Park digs with paleontologists and their only interest is in associated material.  

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FranzBernhard
10 minutes ago, Troodon said:

their only interest is in associated material.

I can understand this - not much to gain for the profs from a single tooth or bone.

But for the park or museum itself - they could even make money out of that! And a lot of people happy! (I know, I know, I am an unteachable idealist...)

Franz Bernhard

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Troodon
Just now, FranzBernhard said:

I can understand this - not much to gain for the profs from a single tooth or bone.

But for the park or museum itself - they could even make money out of that! And a lot of people happy! (I know, I know, I am an unteachable idealist...)

Franz Bernhard

The Tyrrell will not sell real dinosaur fossils and although not sure they cannot just give it to them since they dont have rights to that material without proper permits.

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grandpa
7 hours ago, FranzBernhard said:

I am an unteachable idealist

:SlapHands:

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