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masonboro37

Don't be afraid to ask the questions. Everytime I collect I get home and go through my specimens and always have a couple that I look at and ask myself "why did I pick this up?" Most of the time it's just a rock, but sometime you find something neat. Besides, all true fossil collectors have a "rock" garden.

The only stupid question is the one not asked. Happy hunting!!

I have a vast rock garden full of all sorts of " wish it could have been". Thanks Herb for the positivity! I agree there is never a stupid question! :D

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Auspex

This is invaluable advice, laced with the kind of fundamental tips that an "old hand" might take so for granted as to neglect their mention. On behalf of noobs everywhere, I thank you!

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Bullsnake

That is a fantastic post, hitekmastr! Seems your attention to the great advice offered to you is paying off. Even as a new collector, your insights are a tutorial for others.

It's also great to see you have a partner that shares the enthusiasm.

I know what you mean about asking permission. Alot of what you can get are sideways looks and suspicion, especially from people who don't understand the interest in the hobby.

I might add, as far as pictures, if you don't already know this, take 'in situ' pictures, too (pictures of the fossils right where you find them). Also, pics of the collecting site (without giving away a 'secret spot' you might discover), can often help with id's.

Great job,

Steve

EDIT: Well, I see Auspex put it in a nutshell! ^_^

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BillG

Although I taught biology at the college level and taught evolution I am relatively new to fossil hunting. While trying to find ammonites in Lamy, NM, reported on a blog, I came across some interesting casts/shapes in sandstone in an area having a few shells. My guess is they are the burrows of soft bodies organisms perhaps worms.

One picture shows most of the tube and the other is a close up. The material inside the tube was a different color from the rock that contains the tube.

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BillG

Again in Lamy, NM, I also found a second type of fossil that was shorter. Perhaps another type of soft bodied organism.

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Auspex

The first example (and probably the second as well) does appear to be an in-filled burrow. Do you recall its orientation to the bedding plane?

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BillG

The rock was laying in an arroyo and I did not think to determine the bedding plane (good suggestion :) ). If I go back I'll surely check for that.

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PFOOLEY

This forum is a perfect outlet to ask questions. With experience, comes knowledge.

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mikuk203

I have recently found this fossil, can someone please identify the name of it for me please as I cannot find it anywhere,

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Auspex

I have recently found this fossil, can someone please identify the name of it for me please as I cannot find it anywhere,

You will need to start this topic in the Fossil ID forum, and figure out how to post a picture (hint: odds are that your photo file is too large).

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Roadrunner

Although I taught biology at the college level and taught evolution I am relatively new to fossil hunting. While trying to find ammonites in Lamy, NM, reported on a blog, I came across some interesting casts/shapes in sandstone in an area having a few shells. My guess is they are the burrows of soft bodies organisms perhaps worms.

One picture shows most of the tube and the other is a close up. The material inside the tube was a different color from the rock that contains the tube.

Santa Fe - another great area to hunt!

And I like how you turned your photo into a "boot heel."

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yukunerk

new members cannot post their own topic until they've participated in conversations. Is it alright to post photos and get help identifying some fossils here?

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Scylla

new members cannot post their own topic until they've participated in conversations. Is it alright to post photos and get help identifying some fossils here?

Do it in the Fossil ID section. You'll get more eyes on your ID question. You should be able to start a new topic in ID now. Most common mistake fist timers make is using photo files that are too large, resize and try again.

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Auspex

new members cannot post their own topic until they've participated in conversations. Is it alright to post photos and get help identifying some fossils here?

New members can indeed start topics; there is delayed permission is only for creating a gallery (a very short qualification period) and for access to the Sales & Trades forum.

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yukunerk

Oh, I tried posting in the new members introductions and it said i could not. Oh well, Thanks! I'll try posting later today in the Fossil ID Section.

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Auspex

Oh, I tried posting in the new members introductions and it said i could not. Oh well, Thanks! I'll try posting later today in the Fossil ID Section.

Other than being signed in, there is no restriction on posting on the open boards. Try again to introduce yourself.

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yukunerk

Done! haha it finally worked! before it wouldn't let me type in the box, but thats all done now! thanks!

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Roadrunner

Done! haha it finally worked! before it wouldn't let me type in the box, but thats all done now! thanks!

It could have been that you weren't logged in at that moment. I've done that.

What you helped me find out is that we may establish a "gallery." I've been using photobucket - which also works well. I'm not exactly a total newbie, but I am an amateur, and still learning how to use this forum.

To the Mods - What are the limits to the size of pictures in the fossil forum galleries?

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Auspex

Basic gallery guidelines are here: LINK, and Forum image size constraints are here: LINK

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yukunerk

I also figured out the gallery... by chance, i'm a chance learner, lol. So can you post pics in the forum which you've uploaded to a gallery? I've seen some posts where they have an index card thing posted next to their pic, awfully professional looking, kind of nice. Is that a feature of the forum?

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PennyT.

Read lots of good advice from previous posts and another good tip comes to mind: when you spot a special fossil, you might not always want to go with your initial impulse to just grab it. Why? If it's in a fragile state, you might lose it before you have it and if it's incomplete, other parts of the puzzle might be laying nearby. If you walk away to show your fossil buddy, you might not be find the location again.

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JerseyGirl

Neither, did it work for me. HERE is a link to a Wiki page on pseudofossils.

This is very helpful, thanks!

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Salty

I am so glad this was pinned! What a great conversation! And hikemaster I cant wait for more of your informative posts! Very good info. Funny, MANY moons ago when I lived in PA and very did amateurish fossil hunting, little did I realize the treasure trove there was where I hunted. I had many Rock Garden pieces! It reminds me of Masonboros post....I collected a bunch of stuff and kept the best. Worst part of it is....I don't have but a couple of remnants from those days. Moving a couple of times and life changes and all sorts of things....priority stuff....BUT! Now I am on the hunt, AND I have all of you guys! I once took my rock hammer and popped apart a piece of shale and found the coolest fossilized plant....I was so excited-until I looked at the other side and realized it was only the stain from plant matter that grew in between the cracks! HA! My very own pseudo fossil! Yep, those pseudos sure get a person excited! Thanks to all of you guys that share your knowledge, and patience!

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(Julia)
On 2/23/2012 at 1:45 PM, dragonsfly said:

Since this is for beginners " I would suggest, If it looks different: in color, texture,composition, pattern...keep it till you find out WHY". This is the best way to learn. I have found nautiloids that looked little more than concretions. Just because you can't identify something YET doesn't mean it won't be the prize of your collection when you finally do. Some of my best fossils were no more than compacted dirt inside a concretion, if I hadn't recognized them as having potential and coated them with glue/water solution, they would be gone. Be cautious, Be curious, don't be in a hurry. It is better to end up with a bucket of Psudofossils than to throw out one important piece you undervalued. John

What kind of glue?  

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