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A Beginner's Guide To Fossil Hunting

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Roadrunner    11
Roadrunner

Thank you for the great read . I am learning lots on this site.

thanks

Which article helped you?

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Chalcedony    1
Chalcedony

Thank you Bev and Wrangellian for your input. Very helpful for a beginner who didn't where/how to start:)

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Bev    147
Bev

Thank you Bev and Wrangellian for your input. Very helpful for a beginner who didn't where/how to start:)

Chalcedony, fossil hunting is FUN! Sooo much to learn! :-D

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Victoria M    0
Victoria M

Very helpful and good advice for us beginners.

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abctriplets    45
abctriplets

What sort of books would you recommend for those just starting out (both for adults, and for kids)?

Thanks!

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Bev    147
Bev
6 hours ago, abctriplets said:

What sort of books would you recommend for those just starting out (both for adults, and for kids)?

Thanks!

 

Hi abctriplets,

 

Cute kids!  :-D

 

Your question would depend on the area you are prospecting - age and formation.  Since this is an international forum, there are so many possibilities!  I would go to the General Discussion Forum and state your location or where you plan to prospect. Then those familiar with your area will be able to turn you onto the best literature for that formation.

 

Beverly  :-)

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abctriplets    45
abctriplets

Ok thanks! Sounds like I'll have to narrow down which state we will be fossil hunting in :) 

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Emre    2
Emre

Thanks for posting, i hope it will help people who doesn't have idea where to start, like me. 

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Archaeopteris    5
Archaeopteris

Update. It seems my area sits on limestone! (Cyan)

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Bev    147
Bev
3 hours ago, Archaeopteris said:

Update. It seems my area sits on limestone! (Cyan)

Screenshot_20170610-101015.png

Congratulations! Limestone is usually fossiliferous!  :-D

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Archaeopteris    5
Archaeopteris
1 hour ago, Bev said:

Congratulations! Limestone is usually fossiliferous!  :-D

Thanks. Trouble is I live in a very urban area, all under tarmac!

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Bev    147
Bev

Watch your construction sites! It is amazing what you can find in the debris!  :-D

 

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Archaeopteris    5
Archaeopteris
2 hours ago, Bev said:

Watch your construction sites! It is amazing what you can find in the debris!  :-D

 

Good point. And the crazy thing is the street I live in was a construction site up until we moved in. 

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JohnBrewer    437
JohnBrewer

Hey @archaeopteris, that's a good site I didn't know of, thanks for posting :dinothumb:. You might find the link in my signature below will complement it :)

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Archaeopteris    5
Archaeopteris
2 hours ago, JohnBrewer said:

Hey @archaeopteris, that's a good site I didn't know of, thanks for posting :dinothumb:. You might find the link in my signature below will complement it :)

Indeed that is interesting. Sadly it shows no fossils for my current town (Darlington). Also there's a good fossil site in the Midlands which is where I found my only fossil (I'm originally from the Midlands but now live in the north east) but there are no markers near that area.

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JohnBrewer    437
JohnBrewer
On 6/11/2017 at 4:59 PM, Archaeopteris said:

Indeed that is interesting. Sadly it shows no fossils for my current town (Darlington). Also there's a good fossil site in the Midlands which is where I found my only fossil (I'm originally from the Midlands but now live in the north east) but there are no markers near that area.

Darlington! Go to Whitby and nearby, you'll be fine. 

 

In the midlands it may it may have been Wrens Nest in Dudley? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wren's_Nest That's a great place if you get the chance :)

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Archaeopteris    5
Archaeopteris
4 minutes ago, JohnBrewer said:

Darlington! Go to Whitby and nearby, you'll be fine. 

 

In yhe midlands it may it may have been Wrens Nest in Dudley? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wren's_Nest That's a great place if you get the chance :)

No it was Sedgley Beacon near Bilston/Dudley. I did horticulture training there in the 80s and it was popular with paleos.

 

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JohnBrewer    437
JohnBrewer
2 minutes ago, Archaeopteris said:

No it was Sedgley Beacon near Bilston/Dudley. I did horticulture training there in the 80s and it was popular with paleos.

 

Wow, didn't know that site. It's now on my list!

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Archaeopteris    5
Archaeopteris
17 minutes ago, JohnBrewer said:

Wow, didn't know that site. It's now on my list!

It's basically a sedimentary rocks site with a big hill in the centre- the beacon. I walked up there one day and sat down for a rest in the sun. Put my hand down and picked up a flat rock. It was full of brachiopod fossils and is now in my collection. 

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Bev    147
Bev

Big broad map of fossil collecting sites.

 

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