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Field notes! A guide for taking basic to advanced field notes in paleontology

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Auspex    1,756
Auspex

This is enormously useful, Bobby! We all are very grateful for your sharing your professional perspective on this most important subject. It is living proof that the pro/am street can run both ways. :1-SlapHands_zpsbb015b76:

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Foozil    92
Foozil

Yes! Thank you very much for sharing!

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Bullsnake    60
Bullsnake

Bookmarked!

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JohnJ    1,516
JohnJ

Great information delivered in an entertaining manner. Thanks, Bobby. Good to see that Chas pinned the topic...he beat me to it. ;)

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jpc    851
jpc

Very nicely written, Bobby.

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Ludwigia    1,327
Ludwigia

Nice to have all these special details available in one place. Thanks for sharing.

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bone2stone    137
bone2stone

Thank you for the entertaining way of letting me know where I have been going wrong.

And here's one for JohnJ.

JohnJ had to make a trip to the Dallas area recently to view a contextual situation because of a lack of good field notes.

I was fortunate that most of the research had been done on one of the sites previously.

But John came through and recognized the material and was able to work out a detailed context description.

The site had long since been washed away or erosion control covered it but minor outcrops were still distinguishable.

Sites long since gone are one of the reasons field notes are so important.

Thank you again Boesse and a special thank you to JohnJ for educating me on the significance of detailed observations.

Jess B.

Edited by bone2stone

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Velociraptor99    4
Velociraptor99

Thank you Bob!!

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Boesse    705
Boesse

Of course guys! I just hope this is read widely since I've experienced a lot of "nightmare" scenarios with data-less specimens. Glad you guys find this useful, and thanks to Chas for pinning it!

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njfossilhunter    135
njfossilhunter

Thank you so very much for you site....I have been doing much more studying of New Jersey coastal plains formations and taking and documenting samples from as many levels and sites as I can so I have a better understanding them. Also I have been adding GPS coordinates to all the important fossil finds I have collected in the past and adding notes as well ,,its great to have a guide like yours to help me... :D:D:D

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jpc    851
jpc

Hey, Bobby... see ya in Dallas.

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Mike Pocock    37
Mike Pocock

Hi Bobby,

Thank you for the link it was very informative and thought provoking it gives excellent advice and is easy to read.

Again thanks for the link.

Regards

Mike

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JohnBrewer    437
JohnBrewer

Thanks for the additional notes, very useful!

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TimS    2
TimS

Really enlightening guide. I am the epitome of the uneducated collector who just happens to stumble across interesting things once in awhile. Now I understand how to give those things some actual context and meaning. Thanks.

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Got Bones?    7
Got Bones?

Thank you for the informative topic! Very useful in my field notes. :dinothumb:

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trilobite tim    0
trilobite tim

After several bad personal examples of poor labeling (for me usually after I get home and start prepping, and I forget what bag/label it came from!) I have started using a sharpe pen, in the field, to write right on each fossil what formation it was found in.

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