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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!

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2 hours ago, Fossil_Finder said:

Any suggestions on how to get a little less clueless would be appreciated!

It takes time and patience.  Even those that have been in the field for many years are still in the learning stage.

Start with a basic fossils for beginner type book so you know what to look for and study the geologic time scale the best you can to get some idea of deposit ages.

Knowledge in this field of science is ever growing so filter it in at your own pace and pretty soon you will likely be giving us some knowledge of the fossils you have become familiar with.


Please post pictures any of those items you may be needing information on and we'll give them our best shot.

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I'll share links to some content on the internet that I've found informative in my pursuit to understand all those technical terms.


  • The Fossil Club of Australia might be something you want to check out. Membership provides their newsletter every three months and they organize field trips for members. This way you could get a chance to learn first hand from some knowledgeable people and is probably a great place to start.


  • Benjamin Burger's has some great lectures uploaded on Youtube. The best starting place would be the playlist 'Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany' followed by 'Vertebrate Paleontology'.

Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany


Vertebrate Paleontology


  • For some Australia specific content, check out the website austhrutime.com. It has some great information about the geological history of Australia and isn't too filled with technical terms. 



Hope you find some of the info helpful!

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