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Furious Fossil

Hello,

I am completely new to everything related to fossils but my little brother is interested in paleontology (he is 9). I live in the north york area (toronto, ontario) and I'm considering looking for fossils with him(he has never went). The only river I really know of is the don valley river. It is possible for me to go right next to the water since there is a little animal-made trail there if that is of any importance. The river goes through the West Don Parkland. Overhead view of the river: 

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.760302,-79.4425897,284a,20y,62.99h,41.66t/data=!3m1!1e3

We aren't really looking for any specific fossils so I don't plan on going too far, I wouldn't go outside of toronto. Really anything will do. Where do you guys recommend we visit? Is winter a bad time to go fossil hunting? Is the area described above suitable for fossil hunting?

 

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History Hunter02

Well, fossil hunting during the winter can be challenging.  The ground will be solid and that would be a pain to gather any that are stuck in the ground.  I found this, not sure if you already saw it http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2398346302.  My personal opinion is to wait until the ground unfreezes.  You may find some fossils in the area you showed.  I do not know if there are any specific places to look.  Good luck!

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Monica

Hi Furious Fossil!

 

Welcome to TFF!

 

I live on the west side of the GTA, in Mississauga, so I'm not sure about the Don River out in the east, but I've had success in finding fossils along the Humber River (under the Bloor Street bridge and the Old Mill bridge) as well as along Etobicoke Creek south of the Queensway.  All of the fossils in the GTA will be marine-based and very old - between 460-440 million years old (Upper Ordovician).  I've found lots of orthoconic nautioids as well as a smattering of other fossils such as gastropods, bivavles, brachiopods, crinoids, bryozoans, corals, and trilobites.

 

As for when to fossil-hunt - I only just started this past summer (as a result of my 6-year-old daughter's interest in fossils), but I did manage to go out once over the Christmas holidays, and I'm not going to lie - it was cold and wet, and therefore not as fun as in the summer or the fall.  But if you intend to fossil-hunt the way I do (i.e. "flipping rocks" as my daughter likes to call it!) then a frozen ground shouldn't be a problem.

 

Happy hunting, and if I can help you out in any other way, then please let me know!

 

Monica

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Yvie

Hello from Finchdean U.K. Can you walk by the river?It won't be too frozen there.Bracing.We have a godmother living in Ontario,keep us posted how you do as we hoEpe to visit her soon.What a wonderful healthy hobby for you both.

 

 Enjoy,

 

   Yvie

    

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JUAN EMMANUEL

I believe there's a trail beside the Don River. I've seen people jog beside it under the Bloor St. bridge over the Don River. I don't think there's any bedrock exposure at the Don and and it's mostly sand banks exposed from what I've seen. I also think that the sands belong to the Scarborough Formation which dates back to the Wisconsinan of Pleistocene. 

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subsonicdrone

finding ones like this in the beaches (woodbine beach,ashbridges bay)

http://s253.photobucket.com/user/subsonicdrone/media/IMG_2208_zpsdlr81psn.jpg.html

 

found this one at rotary park in ajax near the rivermouth recently

 

http://s253.photobucket.com/user/subsonicdrone/media/IMG_2206_zpsgcinib73.jpg.html

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Monica
On 2/25/2017 at 9:18 AM, subsonicdrone said:

finding ones like this in the beaches (woodbine beach,ashbridges bay)

 

 

found this one at rotary park in ajax near the rivermouth recently

 

 

Hi subsonicdrone!

 

I love your fossils!!!  Your first bunch of rocks contain lots of bryozoans plus some crinoid bits and perhaps also some bivalve/brachiopod shell pieces - nice!  Your second rock looks to have a trilobite hiding within the matrix - lucky you!!!  If you want it identified you should take some additional photos and post it under "Fossil ID" - there are some very knowledgeable forum members (i.e. piranha) that will probably be able to help you with that...

 

Thanks for sharing!

 

Monica

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subsonicdrone

here are a couple more interesting ones i found recently

 

http://s253.photobucket.com/user/subsonicdrone/media/IMG_2279_zpsk8pprk9j.jpg.html

http://s253.photobucket.com/user/subsonicdrone/media/IMG_2274_zpsdzmuwmcx.jpg.html

 

 

this type of stone has always been for skipping in my mind

cracked one in half and found this!

 

http://s253.photobucket.com/user/subsonicdrone/media/IMG_2311_zpsopewcpor.jpg.html

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Monica
On 3/12/2017 at 3:14 PM, subsonicdrone said:

here are a couple more interesting ones i found recently

 

this type of stone has always been for skipping in my mind

cracked one in half and found this!

 

Hi again, subsonicdrone!

 

Nice finds!  I see crinoid bits in the first rock (nice detail on the central disc, by the way!), an orthoconic nautiloid in the second (it looks like it's a long one!), and probably a bunch of stuff going on in the third (brachiopods and/or bivalves, crinoid bits, etc.), although I can't really be sure since the items embedded in the rock are too small for me to tell.

 

Thanks again for sharing!  I'm looking forward to the weather warming up so my daughter and I can go out fossil-hunting, too!

 

Monica

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Kane

The trilobite appears to be a Flexicalymene senaria  (Conrad 1841) at least judging by the tapering pygidium structure and the number of visible segments. The cephalon might be hidden under the matrix if you decide to prep it out. 

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Kane

Nice finds. The last one is very likely a heavily weathered rugose coral (you can see the radiating septa if you look closely).

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Monica

Hi subsonicdrone!

 

I really like your fossils - you've found so many more corals than I've ever found in Etobicoke Creek!!!  My favourite of your current set, though, is the gastropod on the left in your third photo - nice find!

 

Monica

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subsonicdrone

today i was working near royal york and noticed a limestone shore to the creek so i went down to take a look and found some fossils

the customer told me he had seen someone out looking in the snow! and he had found some nice fossils

apparently a big storm a couple years ago had exposed new rock and quite a few people had been back there hunting afterward

it was mimico creek according to bing maps

thanks for all the identifications!

 

 

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subsonicdrone

furious fossil

if you stick closer to home

look for limestome blocks or rocks or gravels used in roads, drainage ditches, bridges etc

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Wrangellian

In place of the photos above, I'm getting "please update your account to enable 3rd party hosting"!  :mellow:  Is it just me, or everyone?

I know stuff like this can happen when people link to an outside site to show their pics...

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Tidgy's Dad
1 hour ago, Wrangellian said:

In place of the photos above, I'm getting "please update your account to enable 3rd party hosting"!  :mellow:  Is it just me, or everyone?

I know stuff like this can happen when people link to an outside site to show their pics...

 

48 minutes ago, Furious Fossil said:

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2017/07/photobucket-drops-free-image-display.html

Apparently thefossilforum.com must pay $400 annually to allow photobucket images to be hosted. What a scam . . . 

It's everyone unless the forum pay a fortune to photobucket. 

It's happened on out Tortoise Forum too. 

As you say, Furious Fossil, it's an absolute rip off and ruins a lot of old websites and links. 

51 minutes ago, Furious Fossil said:

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2017/07/photobucket-drops-free-image-display.html

Apparently thefossilforum.com must pay $400 annually to allow photobucket images to be hosted. What a scam . . . 

Oh, and a belated welcome and did you ever get to go fossil collecting?

Photos, please, if you did! 

(but not via photobucket!) 

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Wrangellian

That's definitely not a worthwhile deal, to heck with it!

New members often use these links and are requested to post their photos directly on the Forum instead, but I guess this one never was.

Looks like subsonicdrone last visited in July, doubt we'll be seeing him again.

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subsonicdrone

hi there,

yes i have not logged in for a while

should have fixed the links by putting direct links but i have been too busy/lazy

working on fixing the links now....

 took a trip up to superior to hunt for agates late fall.. i will link a pic of one of my finds

right click and select : view image to see it a little bigger

 

 

 

http://s253.photobucket.com/user/subsonicdrone/media/IMG_5602_zpsyfay1ziy.jpg.html

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Kane

Any chance you could post them here? Third party hosting of pictures have a habit of vanishing over time, making the thread less useful for future reference. 

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subsonicdrone
subsonicdrone

fixed it... sort of

could not edit individual posts for some reason

 

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Kane

No, I meant post the pictures here, not the links.

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subsonicdrone

oh, you host photos?

have not used that feature on the site yet

that is in my profile?

i will attempt it

 

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