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Philosoraptor

Anyone ever collect along road cuts in Connenticut? It seems like most of the sedimentary rocks of the right age run through interstate highways. If you have collected where was it and what did you find? (pictures would be great, site or fossil)

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Philosoraptor

Any tips would also be greatly apreciated

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Fossildude19

Roadcuts are off limits, unless you have a permit/written permission from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

That said, ... a reptile skull (Erpetosuchus ) was found back in the mid 90's by a paleontologist, near the borders of Southington and Cheshire, ... in the redstones exposed near I-84 and Rte. 691.

Also, fossils have been found at the junction of CT. Rte 5 and Ct. Rte. 9 in Berlin.

The police are very watchful, and mindful of cars parked at roadcuts.

Regards,

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Philosoraptor

What are the regulations with collecting at roadcuts?

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Fossildude19

You'll have to contact the DOT to find out, and get a permit or permission.

Regards,

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Philosoraptor

Im really running out of places to hunt. Cant really go anywhere local considering that I live in southwestern CT the land of gnesis. Maybe around Saltonstall there would be some lake shale. Has anyone gave that site a try?

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Fossildude19

That is water department property. You need a permit just to hike around it, and they only give a limited number of those out.

Last I checked, it was about 10.00 for the hiking permit.

I'm pretty sure you can't fossil hunt there, though.

Regards,

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Philosoraptor

Could you just hunt in the formation but not on the property itself or does the lake shale only extend in that area?

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Fossildude19

I have no idea where the shale outcrops there, have never looked there, as there is the permit required, and you aren't supposed to hunt there.

You could try contacting the water department.

But, since 9-11, they freak out when anyone hangs around near the water.

Regards,

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Philosoraptor

I remeber there were outcroops near the parking lot and they extended into the woods when Iwent there fishing. I dont know where they end though.

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Philosoraptor

So any other ideas of places to hunt? Any personal recomandations?

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Fossildude19

You have to do your research. Hunting in Connecticut is difficult, but not impossible.

You just have to look hard. You have to read tons and tons of papers. You have to get out there and look.

You have to talk to people, and contact land owners, and State or local authorities.

I started 20 years ago, and did tons of research. (pre-internet)

I hiked around alot, and was disappointed more often than not.

But if you have the drive and motivation, and the know how, it is possible.

Where there is a will, there is a way.

Regards,

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Philosoraptor

Thanks. I just wish our fossils were as plentiful as all of the crazy metamorphic rock structures.

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Fossil Claw

I have requested information form the state on getting a permit.

Suppose I can get one, can you recommend any locations near Hartford/new haven?

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Fossildude19

I have requested information form the state on getting a permit.

Suppose I can get one, can you recommend any locations near Hartford/new haven?

The intersections of Route 5/15 and Route 9 in Berlin is the only one I know of where fossils have been found in any number. The grey and black shales have poorly preserved fish and well preserved plants. There is also the chance for dinosaur footprints in the left over red mudstone rubble from the road cutting, along the pond.

You definitely need a permit to look around there, however, as the state and local police are very active in that area, and highly inquisitive, an WILL move you along, without a permit.

Regards,

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Fossil Claw

Thanks. I will post here if they a prove a permit for me.

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Fossil Claw

I will be there twice in the scone half of june. Here's hoping I get one.

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michael971

The fish fossils were collected during construction, when collectors could split rocks from blasting.

I've visited some of the road cuts in Manchester and the sedimentary geology is very interesting.

I never knew before what a braided stream bed looked like.

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Fossil Claw

Still no written response from CT on my permit request letter!

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