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Some thoughts and experiences of a newbie dinosaur fossil collector

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ynot

Sounds like a cool project.

Good luck with the endeavor.

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Darktooth

Thanks for Sharing this with us. Good luck with everything. I hope you will update us from time to time as things progress.

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Tidgy's Dad

Rather great thing to be doing. 

You've made a pretty good start and I wish you well in your future ventures and additions to the collection.:)

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Captcrunch227

Great to hear! I started my own traveling education program myself! It's super fun and rewarding! Best of luck on your continued dinosaur expansions!

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17 hours ago, ynot said:

Sounds like a cool project.

Good luck with the endeavor.

Thank you ! It is really fun and we will be bringing some pretty cool stuff in to the classrooms.

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17 hours ago, Darktooth said:

Thanks for Sharing this with us. Good luck with everything. I hope you will update us from time to time as things progress.

Thank you. We are getting so much help, shared knowledge and encouragement from the members here that we will update our progress frequently.

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15 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Rather great thing to be doing. 

You've made a pretty good start and I wish you well in your future ventures and additions to the collection.:)

Thank you very much. My son and I are both really enjoying this and we are pretty proud of this venture !

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14 hours ago, Captcrunch227 said:

Great to hear! I started my own traveling education program myself! It's super fun and rewarding! Best of luck on your continued dinosaur expansions!

Thank you and may I offer my best of luck to you on your education program. I look forward to comparing notes with you !!

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CBchiefski

Great to see your efforts @fossilsonwheels, it is always wonderful to use dinosaurs as a means to interest kids in science and the world beyond.

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4 hours ago, CBchiefski said:

Great to see your efforts @fossilsonwheels, it is always wonderful to use dinosaurs as a means to interest kids in science and the world beyond.

Thank you very much !! The kids are going to like all the fossils but dinosaurs seem to capture there attention in a different way. It will be so much fun.

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Ludwigia

@fossilsonwheels I've just checked out the details in your other posts about your project. Looks like a very good resource for kids. Lots of nice teeth, but it sure would be nice to also see some of your son's art work here in the forum.

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2 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

@fossilsonwheels I've just checked out the details in your other posts about your project. Looks like a very good resource for kids. Lots of nice teeth, but it sure would be nice to also see some of your son's art work here in the forum.

If he would get off his lazy butt I could show some of his art lol Carter is still 4 months away from graduating High School so his time is limited. We were not supposed to start doing presentations until the fall as he has all summer to work on his art but I wanted to start early so we will not have a ton of art to start.

 

I will post his sketch of Orthacanthus picture tomorrow and update the progress as he goes. He is working on a dinosaur in addition to the sharks. He is doing a "Chunkasaurus" lol He jumped at the chance to create a dinosaur that never existed. 

 

Here is the first Scapanorhynchus he did or at least a copy of it. He gave the original to his grandparents because he is awesome like that. It was used at the museum we both work at too. There are bearded fish in there as well. He is really talented and I am so happy to help get him a start as a professional artist before he is done with high school

 

 

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Ludwigia

Thanks for the taste of things to come. Looks good!

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3 hours ago, Ludwigia said:

Thanks for the taste of things to come. Looks good!

Thank you. The picture does not do it justice.

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An Update- We filled a major hole in the Hell Creek fauna part of the Dinosaur collection. Acheroraptor was one species that I had really done homework on in preparation of getting one so I felt good about the ID and the seller provided good pictures that showed diagnostic traits.  I figured if I had put here for ID , somebody else would have jumped on the auction and beat me to it. I had a 1 minute long meeting with my son who trusted the ID and thought it a great pick up so we got it. We also paid less than I had expected to for one of these which is just a huge bonus.

 

 

 

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ynot

Cool addition!

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5 hours ago, ynot said:

Cool addition!

Thank you. We are pretty stoked.

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CBchiefski
On 2/5/2019 at 8:48 PM, fossilsonwheels said:

Thank you very much !! The kids are going to like all the fossils but dinosaurs seem to capture there attention in a different way. It will be so much fun.

Indeed, I love the spark in a kid's eye when they become captivated by dinosaurs. It is a blast, personally few aspects of science compare to the joy which comes from teaching kids about previous life on earth. Nice to see you are also making headway on expanding your traveling collection.

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Dracorex_hogwartsia

My recommendation would be to start off with Moroccan fossils. They are readily available and much cheaper than US fossils. Plus you can cover almost everything right away. Dinosaurs both theropod and sauropod, marine reptiles and flying reptiles. There are so many species available from Morocco and they are so cheap that it should take you no time whatsoever to have a very impressive collection. Having said all that, don't jump in too fast. There is also a lot of junk out there, don't buy that. Come to the forum if you're not sure. It shouldn't be too hard though to find some really nice specimens for not much money.

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6 hours ago, Dracorex_hogwartsia said:

My recommendation would be to start off with Moroccan fossils. They are readily available and much cheaper than US fossils. Plus you can cover almost everything right away. Dinosaurs both theropod and sauropod, marine reptiles and flying reptiles. There are so many species available from Morocco and they are so cheap that it should take you no time whatsoever to have a very impressive collection. Having said all that, don't jump in too fast. There is also a lot of junk out there, don't buy that. Come to the forum if you're not sure. It shouldn't be too hard though to find some really nice specimens for not much money.

Thank you for the advice. We did pick up a Moroccan theropod tooth and a sauropod tooth. We will pick up some Spinosaur teeth in the very near future. I have been studying posts on TFF about Moroccan fossils, particularly the Spinosaur stuff, which have proven to be extremely helpful. My plan is to pick up one nice for presentations and some lots of the small, low quality ones. Those are perfect fossils for the kids to handle and examine.

I have had some luck with North American Dinosaur fossils. We have a picked up a few nice items from Hell Creek and Judith River that were pretty good bargains. I think we can cover a really nice variety of dinosaurs and have some fossils that the kids can handle.

I will give a lot of credit to the TFF members who have put a lot of time into providing great information for collectors. We have gotten some great help with ID, been able to purchase a significant piece for our collection, found a trade partner, and gotten fantastic information plus a lot of encouragement from far more experienced collectors.

 

Again my advice to fellow newbies is let the collectors here help you and pay attention to the great information ! Thanks again for the advice

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Dracorex_hogwartsia

It sounds like you have this well under control. Good luck in your endeavor. You're doing a really great thing. 

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-Andy-

This is an amazing and meaningful project. I am sure all the kids would be ecstatic to attend your talks.

 

Are there any particular dinosaur teeth you are still seeking?

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2 hours ago, Dracorex_hogwartsia said:

It sounds like you have this well under control. Good luck in your endeavor. You're doing a really great thing. 

Thank you !

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2 hours ago, -Andy- said:

This is an amazing and meaningful project. I am sure all the kids would be ecstatic to attend your talks.

 

Are there any particular dinosaur teeth you are still seeking?

Thank you very much for the compliment. Oh yes there are plenty of teeth that I would like to acquire. We are not doing dinos until the fall and I would like to get to 20 dinosaurs by the time we start. I think we are around 14-15 right now. The ones we will add for sure are...

Ankylosaur tooth is #1 on our list of attainable dinosaurs. I want to do an armored dinosaur. It is iconic and kids will love seeing a fossil from one I think.

Spinosaur is one we will add for sure but just have not yet.

Thescelosaurus is another fairly common one we will add at some point

 

The only other teeth I see us adding before fall for sure are additional ceratopsian, edomontosaurus, and moroccan sauropod teeth. We would like to have some teeth for kids to examine and those seem the most affordable options besides moroccan spinosaurs. There are some that we want to add but are not in our budget range (Troodon, Dakatoraptor, anything from the Morrison formation) but that is a good motivation to increase the budget. We are also still learning about dinos ourselves so we will probably find one or two that end up being affordable and fun to present. We will add a marine reptile and pterosaur as well. We do want to cover the non-dinosaur giant reptiles too.

 

We are open to suggestions too. Maybe that will be a good post here lol

 

 

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