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Bow River Alberta fossil trip May 2018

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JustPlainPetrified

It has been two years since I last went on a fossil hunt along the Bow River. Permission from landowners is a must but there is also lots of public land affords river access. Lots of climbing. 250 feet of elevation might not seem like much but it sure takes its toll when you load a large partial ammonite into your pack. Two trip; the second one just to make sure there wasn't a piece in the water that I could see. I actually climbed high to an exposed concretion and, knowing it wasn't a fossil, I broke it and watched it bounce and plunge into the river. Now I know just how far out the rest of this fossil will be. Oh, for a small boat when low water returns.

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Tidgy's Dad

Nice photos! :)

Blimey! 

Talk about echinoid spines in a haystack! 

Good luck with that! 

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Wrangellian

So is that piece all you got out of what might have been a big complete one?

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JustPlainPetrified

Yes, this is just a large piece of a larger ammonite. Quite a beauty if it could all be found.

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2 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Nice photos! :)

Blimey! 

Talk about echinoid spines in a haystack! 

Good luck with that! 

Thanks!

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Wrangellian
1 hour ago, JustPlainPetrified said:

Yes, this is just a large piece of a larger ammonite. Quite a beauty if it could all be found.

Well at least the piece you got gives some idea of the size...!

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Monica

What beautiful colouration on that ammonite!!!  Would it be appropriate to call the outer material ammolite?

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WhodamanHD

That’s a big ammo! Must’ve been rather conspicuous floating through the seas back in the day.

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JustPlainPetrified
7 hours ago, Wrangellian said:

Well at least the piece you got gives some idea of the size...!

Imagine if I could find the rest in the river nearby?

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4 hours ago, Monica said:

What beautiful colouration on that ammonite!!!  Would it be appropriate to call the outer material ammolite?

That's a very good question. At 70mya I'd say yes.

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Wrangellian
15 hours ago, JustPlainPetrified said:

Imagine if I could find the rest in the river nearby?

Is it possible? Probably a very narrow window, if it is... 

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8 hours ago, Wrangellian said:

Is it possible? Probably a very narrow window, if it is... 

Oh, I'd say very possible and likely get a few more once the river is lower. Problem is getting there. Too far to go for me more than once a year and I've done my bit. Next trip is to the north of Alberta in the fall.

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HoppeHunting

Beautiful scenery! Thanks for sharing

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MeargleSchmeargl

Big! Big! :o

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