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What fossils should be in every collector’s collection?

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UtahFossilHunter

I recently posted my piece of amber with a small gnat relative encased inside in the recognizing fake fossils subforum. In that thread @caldigger and I were talking about how an insect in amber is a staple for any fossil collection. That got me thinking about what other fossils would be good inexpensive (or expensive, I don’t judge) fossils that are also must-haves of collectors. Of course, being from the West, I thought about Knightia eocaena and Elrathia kingii.  What do you guys consider to be the collector’s classics?

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Macrophyseter
10 minutes ago, UtahFossilHunter said:

Knightia eocaena and Elrathia kingii

I don't have either :blink:

 

Also shark teeth. You're not a fossil hoarder without shark teeth, otherwise you're just a guy who has fossils. :P

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Thecosmilia Trichitoma

I think any species of ammonite would be considered a "collector's  classic."

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Darktooth

I believe a trilobite is a must have.

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Darktooth
15 minutes ago, Herb said:

The ones that you collect yourself, in my opinion

I agree with this.

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Tidgy's Dad

A rhynchonellid brachiopod. :)

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UtahFossilHunter
1 hour ago, Herb said:

The ones that you collect yourself, in my opinion

I like this answer. There’s something about being the first to see a fossilized organism since the day it was buried that is quite special.

1 hour ago, Macrophyseter said:

I don't have either :blink:

 

Also shark teeth. You're not a fossil hoarder without shark teeth, otherwise you're just a guy who has fossils. :P

I do have some shark teeth and both of the others as well. Am I a collector yet?:ighappy:

1 hour ago, Thecosmilia Trichitoma said:

I think any species of ammonite would be considered a "collector's  classic."

Bonus points if it’s from where Mary Anning collected hers.

1 hour ago, Darktooth said:

I believe a trilobite is a must have.

I agree. Whether enrolled or prone is up to personal preference though.:trilosurprise:

44 minutes ago, DPS Ammonite said:

The first fossil that you found.

 

I no longer have mine but I remember it: an exterior mold of a crinoid disk in Mississippian? chert found in pebbles quarried from the Salt River. My parents assured me that I could not find fossils in the alley.

Thankfully, I’ve still got mine. It is an Itagnostus interstrictus that I found at my campsite the night before I went to U-Dig fossils for the first time.

39 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

A rhynchonellid brachiopod. :)

That sounds like something a brachiopod lover would say.:headscratch:;)

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caldigger

Well, I have all of the above ( minus the first found, gone with the wind years ago). Since I have many of the classics, does that make me a "classy guy"? :rofl:

 

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caldigger
1 hour ago, Macrophyseter said:

Also shark teeth. You're not a fossil hoarder without shark teeth, otherwise you're just a guy who has fossils. :P

Couldn't agree more, but what are you if you're a shark tooth hoarder? :)

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caldigger
29 minutes ago, UtahFossilHunter said:

That sounds like something a brachiopod lover would say.:headscratch:;)

Would you expect anything less from

Adam-The Baron of Brachs?

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UtahFossilHunter
11 minutes ago, caldigger said:

Couldn't agree more, but what are you if you're a shark tooth hoarder? :)

That’d make you a connoisseur of chodrichthyes carnivores.:ighappy:

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Macrophyseter
8 minutes ago, Kane said:

That’s not funny at all. :(

Now that you say this, I've realized that the joke might have be a bit edgy considering the context implied on the society mentioned. I'm going to retract that joke, and I apologize if anyone found that wrong. I'll try to be more considerate regarding things like this next time. :(

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Darktooth

In my opinion, my ideal collection would include a mammoth tooth, T-Rex tooth, ammonite, trilobite, Meg tooth, as main attractions. Of course the icing on the cake would be if they were all self found.

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KCMOfossil
1 hour ago, Herb said:

The ones that you collect yourself, in my opinion

This would be my approach too.  I don't buy fossils and I'm don't travel much, so what I have is mainly what's available locally.  Having said that, I would admit that a complete trilobite, a nice little fish in shale, and a nice ammonite are all things I hope to collect some day.

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5 Humper

Well, I guess I gotta say...a 5 Humper needs to be in one's collection for sure!

 

Love this post

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DPS Ammonite
9 minutes ago, 5 Humper said:

Well, I guess I gotta say...a 5 Humper needs to be in one's collection for sure!

 

Love this post

Are we talking about a mastodon tooth or a very unusual camel?

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5 Humper
2 minutes ago, DPS Ammonite said:

Are we talking about a mastodon tooth or a very unusual camel?

Bahaha!   Mastodon tooth.  However, if there were a 5 Humper camel in the fossil record, I'd darn sure want a piece of it!

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caldigger
16 minutes ago, 5 Humper said:

Well, I guess I gotta say...a 5 Humper needs to be in one's collection for sure!

Bummer!  I only have a four humper, guess I'll just have to throw it out and set my sights for a 5.

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5 Humper

 You can throw it to me!  I don't have a 4 Humper

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DanKurek

I reckon you should have many fossils from your local area. The most treasured fossils are the ones you collect.

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UtahFossilHunter
4 minutes ago, DanKurek said:

I reckon you should have many fossils from your local area. The most treasured fossils are the ones you collect.

Knowing what’s around you would certainly help you connect with other local collectors. I do value my self collected fossils higher than my bought ones mostly because I was the one to put in all the time researching, looking, and collecting rather than just whipping out my credit card but sometimes that’s the only way you’ll get those fossils from faraway lands, like my insect in amber for example. I won’t be traveling to Myanmar anytime soon, maybe not ever,but I did want to own a piece of history from there.

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ynot

I know it sounds funny, but I like the self collected fossils with the WOW factor.

That is when a non fossil collector type see Your piece and they go

Image result for eye pop wolf emojiWOW!!!

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caldigger
15 minutes ago, ynot said:

I know it sounds funny, but I like the self collected fossils with the WOW factor.

That is when a non fossil collector type see Your piece and they go

Image result for eye pop wolf emojiWOW!!!

Its usually the other way around for me.

I will be all excited and giddy about something I found and the reaction I get from other non fossil collectors is a bored "that's cool" with a ho- hum chaser. :(

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