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Dave's Down To Earth Rock Shop and Prehistoric Life Museum & the Burpee Museum

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snolly50

A wonderful excursion and thanks for all the photos.

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Praefectus

Nice trip report. Looks like you are hitting all the fossil spots in the area. I didn't know the Burpee museum had a large collection of Green River Fossils. Last time I was there I was maybe 5 and probably just ran past all those beauties. 

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Nimravis
2 hours ago, Praefectus said:

Nice trip report. Looks like you are hitting all the fossil spots in the area. I didn't know the Burpee museum had a large collection of Green River Fossils. Last time I was there I was maybe 5 and probably just ran past all those beauties. 

It is a nice museum, last month they held PaleoFest over a weekend and had a whole line up of guest speakers- I was no able to make it.

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deutscheben

Looks like a great day for you two! I haven't been to the Burpee Museum since I went to PaleoFest in 1999 or 2000 or so, I will have to swing by there again soon.  

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caldigger

For some reason this is how I imagine Mike Sirmon's backyard to look like just a few short millennia ago.

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@MSirmon

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MSirmon
1 hour ago, caldigger said:

For some reason this is how I imagine Mike Sirmon's backyard to look like just a few short millennia ago.

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@MSirmon

These are awesome! 

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Monica

I've just transferred my photos to my computer, so here are a couple for you to enjoy:

 

The ammonite that I bought at Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop - I love how colourful it is, as well as the bonus bivalve in the righthand corner:

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The gorgeous onychophoran that Ralph found and is now displayed in the basement museum at Dave's:

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One of the Mazon Creek nodules that Ralph gifted to me - I think it might be my favourite since it's actually from the Mazon Creek:

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My husband in front of the Field Museum (we visited on Sunday morning before we flew out that evening):

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My favourite invertebrate at the Field Museum:

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Sue, the infamous T. rex:

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Thanks once again to Ralph @Nimravis for his hospitality and great company!

 

By the way - my husband heard that Star Wars Celebration events are going to be held in the same three cities (Anaheim, Orlando, and Chicago) on a rotating basis, so I'll probably be back to Chicago sooner rather than later - hooray!!!

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Troodon

I always like your tour of the Rock shop thanks for taking the time to photograph everything..  He does have a lot of very cool items that I would not mind having in my collection.   Some of his dinosaur identifications are very questionable but thats okay enjoy seeing them.   Its a must visit place.   Have not visited the Burpee so enjoyed your tour.  Thanks again.

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HamptonsDoc

Wow what a rock shop! Wish we had something like that near me! Any idea on the size of the egg labeled as Saltasaurus? They’re supposed to be 7” diameter and I get a sense that the one pictured is considerably smaller and may be something else. 

 

Thanks for the Tour!!

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Nimravis
On 4/16/2019 at 8:29 AM, HamptonsDoc said:

Any idea on the size of the egg labeled as Saltasaurus? They’re supposed to be 7” diameter and I get a sense that the one pictured is considerably smaller and may be something else. 

I would guess that it is 6-7” in diameter, maybe a tad bigger.

 

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Wrangellian

Wow... I've seen a lot of amazing stuff here on TFF but there is a lot in one place here. That Silurian land scorpion is a highlight for me - never seen that before!

That's your first rock shop, Monica? I guess it's all downhill from there! You could have started small and worked your way up.. the rest is going to look ho-hum by comparison.

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ricardo

Thank you! This was a great photo tour!  

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