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edd

Crazy story... I recently started work with the Port of Miami in Florida, while at work and on a brake i was hiding from the rain that we usually get here every day, and walking around day dreaming about fossils since I haven't hunted in years, when all of a sudden I see this weird looking flat spiral shape in a puddle next to a garbage bin, I thought to my self that there's no way that it might be a fossil, I must be losing it and seeing things,must be some sort of metal washer or garbage but decided to give it a better look... and there it was , an ammonite in the most unlikeliest places, I snatched it pretty fast and put it in my pocket. I thought someone had it as a pendant and lost it but after 5 mins I decided to go back and give it another look.... and there it was, another one and then a trilobite and after that a horn coral, there were broken pieces scattered all over the pavement that led to a garbage bin so of course I had to look inside and there were more broken and whole pieces of different sorts of Moroccan fossils that were wrapped at one point in a Moroccan newspaper. I eventually jumped in and picked up as much as I could, handfuls of broken shark teeth, some minerals, orthoceras, etc. Most of them were completely broken and beyond repair or restoration, a.k.a dust. Some even ended up in the gutter but managed to get my hand in there and save whatever I could. I took a photo of the best pieces, hope this makes it in the " Fossil of the Month " ;). 

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Darktooth

This has to be by far the coolest dumpster dive I ever heard of!

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edd

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aplomado

What are the odds!!!

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sixgill pete

someone is still wondering where their package is!!

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JohnJ
34 minutes ago, edd said:

hope this makes it in the " Fossil of the Month " ;)

 

:rofl:  Definitely not a native find.  :D

 

 

Yet, your fortuitous acquisition hints at a sad story.... 

 

 

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Bone Daddy

That is nuts. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!   :)

 

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FossilDudeCO

WOW!

That is a great way to find a fossil!

 

No prep needed!!

 

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Ludwigia

Crazy! Maybe some Moroccan dealer needed to get rid of extra baggage weight :D

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edd

I agree with that... 

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Ramon

Wow!!! One of the coolest thing I have ever heard of. I like the trilobites. :D

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CBOB

Crazy story!  But love the fossils!  Nice one

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Wrangellian

That is shocking and horrifying... Who is throwing out fossils? Broken ones can be repaired as long as they are not completely disintegrated.. Shame!

 

Good on you for thinking to go back and look!

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Coco

Incredible !

 

Coco

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Nimravis
5 hours ago, sixgill pete said:

someone is still wondering where their package is!!

This was a FF members Secret Santa gift that has not arrived.

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sTamprockcoin

You wouldn't believe all the cool stuff I get out of dumpsters, and yes several times I've gotten nice specimens. I've even cried at what I've seen (boxes of fossils)  being dumped into them !

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squali

Good job ed.  20 years from now there will be a TFF new member that tells the story of his mom throwing away his old rocks in 2017.  

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Frostedoddity

???

 

I've found some pretty neat stuff dumpster diving, but never anything like this! Glad you could rescue the fossils for the most part.

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Jakuzi

Someone's wife got sick of the fossil hoarding.

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Wrangellian
4 hours ago, sTamprockcoin said:

You wouldn't believe all the cool stuff I get out of dumpsters, and yes several times I've gotten nice specimens. I've even cried at what I've seen (boxes of fossils)  being dumped into them !

You mean this happens more often that we might think?

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edd

That would be crazy, if this happens more than this one time ... the area I found those, was the comercial export / import of the big trucks. I'm going back there to check it out on a regular basis from now on.

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Plantguy

Just crazy! Its amazing what goes in the trash...Regards, Chris 

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