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  1. Here by I want you to share my fossil dinosaur collection and keep updating it! So lets start off by showing my recently aquired Spinosaurus indet. tooth from the KemKem Basin, Taouz Morocco. It measures 4'51 inches. Really like the colors and detailed preservation. With serrations still visible.
  2. Psittacosaur9

    Fossils affected by moistness?

    I live in a reasonably moist air. It's definitely not tropical levels of humidity, but while I can keep my fossils in mostly airtight areas, I am still worried about them being affected by moistness, especially after reading this thread: https://www.thefossilforum.com/topic/136882-a-sad-day/ So, are there any fossils or replicas I should avoid which get destroyed by humid conditions? And, what would be the best way to preserve the fossils I do have or end up getting? I store most of the 'show-stopping' pieces in a display cabinet, and have a couple in storage.
  3. gnatbuggo

    Heading to Nova Scotia

    Hi all! i hope this is the right spot to post this. I am heading to Nova scotia soon and will be in the New glasgow/antigonish area. What sort of fossils are found there (if any) and are there any good spots around there i should know about? thank you in advance
  4. To start, I’m aware that the St Clair PA area owned by Reading Anthracite that contains the white ferns is closed for collecting in any general sense. However I have seen posts in the past and discussion that they allow organizations, often with a university, to collect. I just wanted to make a post to see if anyone is aware of this being the case, and the best way to go about reaching out if so. I am a member of the AIPG chapter at WSU in Detroit, and the officers of our group reached out to me to help organize a fossil collecting trip, and I thought it was worth consideration due to our position. And as a side piece if anyone has any other recommendations for spots or quarries to go to or reach out to as a medium-large group that’s doable in a day to 2-day trip out of Detroit I’d happily take those as well. I have a handful of other spots in mind but I’m sure there’s plenty more.
  5. Hi, whilst I’m a new member I have spent many interesting hours reading threads on the forum. Quick intro, I live on the Jurassic coast of Dorset UK and mainly collect what I find. However my interest is growing towards dinosaur fossils and in particular teeth. As many forum members are seasoned collectors I wanted to reach out for advice. Whilst there are many teeth available on dealers websites is it fair to assume that the higher quality and rarer examples rarely reach dealers? How do the more seasoned collectors advance their collections? Is there any issues buying directly from eg The US with UK customs? I’m sure there are many more questions but all advice would be very welcome. Thanks
  6. Curious if anyone else has this problem. I usually buy hiking boots to wear when collecting. A lot of my collecting is on roadcuts, so I spend many hours sideways on rocky slopes. The pressure of my feet pushing sideways on the boots, plus the wear to the outer edges from brushing against rocks, leads most of my boots to start splitting on the edges after less than 6 months. This is getting to be quite expensive.... Does anyone else have this problem? Is there are different kind of boot I should be wearing? Or is this just on par with others' experiences?
  7. Ptychodus04

    Green River Bonanza

    I just got home from 6 days of digging in Kemmerer, WY. We focused our time in the 18” layer and Sandwich Beds. We dug Sandwich during the day and 18 at night. the sandwich produced your typical split Knightias and Diplomystus is quantity with several fry being found. It also produced a nice Pharaeodus and a complete stingray. Below, you can readily see the stingray tail in the matrix. The 18 gave us around a dozen large Diplomystus (one possibly being an aspiration, multiple Priscicara/Cockerelites, Knightias, smaller Diplomystus, a few Mioplosus, a palm frond, and an interesting plant that may include leaves. All in, we came home with around 200 fish and the stingray! A very successful week. The scenery was beautiful also.
  8. I'm behind on processing my finds. VERY FAR. In Oregon collecting is strictly regulated. However, Talus alongside roads is "fair game". I maybe have 4 or 500 samples from the Keasy and Pittsburg Bluff formations (the only one's I collect). Most are in some stage of having the matrix removed. I almost went back out today even though I have this back log. But I know the talus will weathered badly here in Oregon if not recovered during the dry season. Does having more samples than you can process in a year, mean you are hording and not collecting. I know this will be different for each individual, but just looking for perspective on the issue. The Dentalium pretty much shows at what stage most of finds get to before I stop. This one is about 5mm long and perhaps .5mm wide.
  9. Hello all!! I am a graduate student at Oregon State University, a geologist by trade, but a paleobotanist on the side (see my publication :https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/721261?journalCode=ijps). I am going to add to my Paleocene fossil plant collections, and am going to make a tour all around eastern Oregon. I will of course visit Fossil (again) for some more Bridge Creek Flora specimens, but do not personally know the area super well. Do any of you have any recommendations for plant fossil locations where I can legally collect? It would mean the world to me, I am trying to make my collection more robust, and hopefully produce some scientific literature from them. I would be open to non-plant fossils as well. I know the Mitchell area has some plants, (Bridge Creek also) and will be in that area, but if any of you have specific spots anywhere in eastern Oregon, I would be much obliged. I understand the sensitivity behind disclosing locations, so if you dont feel comfortable, want to keep things secret, maybe just drop me a hint, I am a geologist, and if put in the right area, will be able to find fossils on my own, I just need some help, eastern Oregon is SUPER big!!!! Thank you!!! -Nathaniel Edmonds
  10. Rikache

    Favorite magnifying tools?

    Hi there everyone! I hope everyone’s having a fantastic day! I just wanted to get on here and ask y’all about your favorite/preferred magnifying tool. I recently acquired some burmite with some beautiful inclusions but my standard magnifying glasses aren’t really cutting it in order to really appreciate the specimens. I’d love to hear about your guy’s favorite magnifying tools that y’all use to appreciate your fossils and your overall recommendations. Thank you all so much!
  11. Hello all! You are invited to complete an online survey as part of a research project conducted by Ulises Sabato and Dr. Ashley Johnson (faculty mentor) at Jacksonville University. The research project is called How do Amateur Paleontologists Collect Data if at all, and Why? The purpose of this study is to collect data regarding the data recording practices of amateur fossil collectors. We are looking for responses from individuals who prospect(search) for fossils and who are 18 years old and over. The study involves the completion of a 17-items online survey. The survey may take up to 15 minutes to complete. Participation is entirely anonymous, we will not be collecting any personally identifiable information (e.g., name, phone, IP address, etc.). The survey is conducted through Qualtrics and can be completed anywhere you have access to the Internet. If you know anyone else who might like to fill out the survey, feel free to share it. If you meet the above criteria and would like to participate in this study, follow the link below to access the informed consent and the survey. You may also copy paste the link into your web browser. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ulises Sabato at Usabato@ju.edu CONSENT AND SURVEY LINK: https://jacksonvilleu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eEgEEkwN35BMkmy Thank you for your consideration. The study is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Ashley Johnson, ajohnso40@ju.edu). The project has been approved by the Jacksonville University Institutional Review Board, (JU IRB # 2023-012).
  12. Dear Fellow Forum Goers, Have you found that over your lifetime, the fossil collecting grounds you've so frequently enjoyed and have come to love have degraded? Lately, I have been ruminating on the fact that the popularization of fossil collecting in New Jersey (my local collecting ground) has brought many wonderful things (many new collectors, support for paleontology across the board, and - maybe - additional funding to paleontology communities, institutions, and organizations), but has also engendered / worsened a host of deleterious processes, such as the picking-over of common collecting areas, egregious collecting practices, and some level of local environmental degradation due to an unsustainable amount of collecting (in my case, stream ecosystems, predominantly, are being affected). I suspect I am not alone in feeling this way. It is very easy for human activity to eliminate something good (e.g., human hunting and mega-fauna, overfishing, slash-and-burn agriculture); this seems no different for fossil collecting, but this degradation in fossil collecting seems to have become more noticeable in the last few years, especially given the incentives that the Internet and social media place on people to post amazing or numerous fossil finds. There is something nauseating about knowing that what were once treasured places for you to go will now either be cordoned off to collecting or will be squeezed so thin of fossils that you are left wondering whether it was really a good idea to post that trip report or picture on Instagram or video on YouTube. Main Idea -->: I am interested in hearing about your stories and perspectives on this topic, i.e. fossil collecting grounds you've gone to that have become so miserable due to over-collecting, poor collecting practices, environmental degradation, human development, or other restrictions. For me, I've found that Instagram (30%), YouTube (15%), the Fossil Forum (5%), and Facebook (50%) have all contributed in some way to the degradation of the common stream systems (I put % weights next to these corresponding to my estimates of their impact). This degradation takes the form of too many people collecting in the streams. Some of these people dig in areas they shouldn't, such as the stream embankments, and this increases the risk of certain areas having fossil collecting banned. Many of these people litter the gravel bars with their sifted spoils, which prevents other collectors who want to surface scan from reaping the benefits of a good rain, which is the only reliable form of natural erosion for the NJ Cretaceous stream beds. Kind Regards, Trevor
  13. Today it was early and about 60 degrees and I decided to go out and do a little collecting. Here are pics of the concretions and some as I found them. As I saw it- As I saw it- As I saw it- As I saw these two- The next piece was large and flat. I do not bring these home, I try to open them in the field or I that is an issue, I break it in half and see if there is anything in the middle. That is rarely the case with these and that was the case today. It is a lot easier this way, saves on the weight that you have to carry. This next one will most likely have a Cyperites. Two more next to each other. As I saw it-
  14. I decided to do a little collecting again this evening, not that I need any more concretions, but I hear them calling to me. Below is a picture of the concretions that I found this evening. I like big concretions, as most people do, but most do not contain anything, so I leave them alone, like I did to the one below. My favorite concretions to find are the smaller ones, like the ones below. The one pictured below is a nice shape, but not perfect. This larger, flat one is promising, but will most likely be a dud. This next piece was showing both ends, at first I thought that it was two different concretions, until I popped it out. Here are a couple pieces that were found opened. Here is one that I whacked open, I will have to look at it later to see what is included. I was not going to take it, because the shape was not the best. A nice view as I was getting on the highway.
  15. This will be my shortest post ever. I had some time after work to drive the 45 minutes to a site to collect some Mazon Creek concretions. I did not spend much time collecting and only found about 30 concretions, many that I cracked open for a police officer who had asked me how the collecting was going. He was interested and will give the fossils to his kids. Here are a couple pics of open concretions that were in the ground and how they looked after I got them home. Neuropteris ovata- You can see the split open concretion in the ground. Here is an Alethopteris Macroneuropteris Cyperites- Bark-
  16. I did a little collecting today, found a lot of nice concretions, below are some “in-situ” pictures of concretions and a few pics of some of the open stuff that I found- all Flora. Most of the concretions and the fossils that will be included, will be posted in my “Sometimes you have to whack it“ post. Hopefully this contains a beautiful fern. m
  17. What factors or interests, influenced the primary focus of your fossil collecting? Was it the fossils you were able to find locally? Was it something you were fascinated by, when you were young? Was it the fossils your father or mother collected? Or something else?
  18. Hello all, Do you have any tips to minimise back strain while fossil hunting? We go home with stiff backs, weather we walk on the beach or scratch next to the road, and it takes a few days to fully recover. I tried to think of some solutions, like buying kneepads so that I can put more weight on my knees instead of my back while I scrach and hit at rocks.
  19. Anyone know of any spots I can go collecting? I’ve asked around a good bit but have found nothing of note. The only two places I know of is Hook head County Wexford which is definitely worth the trip and personally I have had some good finds there, the only other place I have found was a beach in County Cork beside spike island between Gobby beach and Lough Beg beach which as far as I’m aware is not known about by anyone really. So if you know of any decent places in Ireland let me know!
  20. Hello, As someone who has only started collecting fossils over the past several months and exclusively via purchasing, I wanted to ask people on this forum what their thoughts are on "imperfect" fossils; namely, their approaches and advice to tempering expectations for imperfections in a fossil given one's limited budget. It's no surprise that better-preserved higher quality specimens fetch significantly higher prices, and in general I'd rather spend more for a good, representative specimen than get a cheap, "bad" one. But prices can increase exponentially with increasingly "perfect" specimens, and so with a limited budget sometimes the perfectionist in me gets caught in a repeated cycle of gauging and worrying about whether I'd regret not buying the even more expensive one. This is all despite understanding in theory that past a certain "good enough" quality, it is simply not realistic cost-wise to endlessly chase perfection. There's also the variable of certain fossils just generally being far rarer in good preservation. Where and how does one draw the line? I think I might already somewhat know the answer to this; that it is partly a matter of adjusting my expectations, since fossils are fundamentally different from manufactured collectibles. Being the remains of deceased organisms, they are not mass-produced in a controlled environment, so perhaps imperfections within reason are to be happily accepted as an inevitable part of the fossilization and collection process, and even biology in general; a missing arm here, some nicking or crushing there, etc. Perhaps there is even a beauty to be had in some imperfections? Fossil collecting is a passionate hobby for me due to my fascination by physical traces of exotic ancient life, but I have neither the intent nor resources to try and build the world's most perfect museum of a collection. At the same time I feel it's only natural to want one's treasures to be as nice as possible. What are your thoughts on this? How does everyone else deal with their expectations for imperfections in fossils; do you experience some struggle in this balancing act? I apologize if this is too serious of a topic and belongs in another thread; please let me know if this is the case. Thanks for reading this lengthy post, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
  21. Many Needmore formation sites are located where I live. I was wondering how does one go about selecting a “probable spot” to begin digging/splitting shale. Is there some trade secret that I am unaware of or is it pure luck?
  22. Lenle

    Just started

    Hello, all! I am brand new to collecting. I have always had an interest in all things ancient, but it’s grown specific to dinosaurs and their kin. Recently, I made the plunge and bought my first ever tooth (megaladon). I have yet to receive it but want to make sure I display it properly. With two littles running around, I don’t dare leave it on the stand and was considering displaying it in a shadow box or a display case mounted adult eye level on the wall. Is this a huge, cringeworthy “just no” move? Also, if displayed in a shadow box I would obviously not use glue or screws or anything. I researched ahead of time and was able to buy from a reputable site but already foresee several more purchases coming my way. Finding other vendors is… problematic at best. Everything is always listed as “authentic” but I know better. Even questioning them brings generic responses along the lines of how they dive for teeth themselves, they’ll provide Authenticity Certs, etc. Aside from posting pics here (btw - floored at how knowledgeable you lot are!), what is the best way to vet potential sources? Thank you in advance! I hope to learn and educate myself in exploring this new hobby!
  23. As a later summer vacation we decided to do a road trip - Tour de France. France having many interesting destinations and things to do and collecting fossils would be one of them. As we usually don’t plan our trips beyond a few days ahead also the fossil locations were decided on the road. But when reading about Carniol it became clear it was one we had to include. Other non fossil highlights of the trip were Bordeaux, the Pyrenees, Toulouse (great museum of natural history), Lyon and of course Pont du Gard. When finding out about Carniol I did some further reading on how to get there. Apparently the French drive on the very bad (not true) roads to get there like madman (true) at 90 km/h (sometimes true), the cliffs and canyons are very scary (not after the Pyrenees) and parking was also going to be a challenge (it was easy). Carniol is a tiny village and probably the fossil sites are it’s main tourist attraction although calling Carniol touristic is probably very far from reality. Near the village there are two places where the fossil rich clay is exposed and can be easily reached from the road (50-100m walk). The grey clay can be recognised from a distance so it didn’t take us long to get at the site (we only visited the western one but they are supposed to be similar). We were lucky that there was heavy rain in the days before our visit as this exposes the fossils. The downside is that the clay is very sticky and heavy and it forms a plateau under your shoes. As mentioned before the fossils are washed out of the clay and you just need to pick them up. Unfortunately larger fossils are poorly conserved and some nice pieces crumbled after picking them up. But the small fossils are many and diverse. We found lots of what we recognised like Ammonites including heteromorphs, belemnites, gastropods and bivalves like this. As I read that taking some of the clay for washing was of interest (we didn’t prepare for this) we filled an empty 5 liter water container with clay. As we had an appointment for dinner in Lyon and we were satisfied with our finds we left after about two hours. But the rest of the vacation I kept thinking about starting to wash and sort our finds. Back home it became obvious we had some nice finds even before finishing sorting everything. A big tooth my partner picked up but she didn’t recognise as such and she didn’t tell me about (Protosphyraena with a small?). From the clay we brought home, I found a jaw fragment (identified on Reddit as Saurian). Still a lot of material to go through as for now I am just grouping the finds. In due time I hope to get some help with further identification of everything although I will give it a try myself with the information already available here and on other sites.
  24. I don´t know if I can find the time to prepare fossil hunting trip reports for TFF regularly. However, I will at least try to prepare them regularly for my personal website in pdf format. I would like to share them with you. They are in German, though: Fossil Hunting Trips 2021 (link to my personal website) Thanks! Franz Bernhard
  25. Hello all, I just wanted ask some advice from more experienced collectors about the direction I should take my collection in. I’m recently married and do cannot afford to by every fossil that takes my fancy anymore. As a result I’ll be saving up my money but I’d also like to take my collecting down a more specific route also. I had been collecting Proboscidean teeth for a while, but my heart is still set on dinosaurs. As I want to focus on a specific group but I want advice on which is the most worth my time. I’ve pretty much excluded theropods for a variety of reasons, mainly their too popular and rarer, which means more out right fakes unless you go hunting yourself. Which of these other groups I was thinking of, which are the better group to focus on. Hadrosaur and Iguanodon species Ceratopsians Sauropods Armoured Dinosaurs such as Stegosaurus and Ankylosaurus. I’m mainly focusing on what group will provide me with a better chance of more genuine fossils from a variety species both on the market and if I ever when hunting in person. I also understand that fossils are rare and appear on the market by chance more then design.
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