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  1. ThePhysicist

    Good day

    From the album: Post Oak Creek

  2. ThePhysicist

    Huge Cretodus discovery

    From the album: Post Oak Creek

    I audibly gasped upon seeing a 2"+ Cretodus.
  3. Kasia

    Trip to Albania

    Dear TFF Members, It’s a bit late after my return, but I needed to wait for the delivery of my spoils by mail, which took a while :). Nevertheless, all the fossils are safely with me now, and I can share this report from the trip to Albania with you. I chose Albania (with a brief visit to Macedonia) as the next destination because it has everything a perfect holiday destination should have, namely: mountains castles lakes seas (Adriatic and Ionian) – btw, the name of the Albanian Riviera is well deserved lagoons with pretty birds canyons and quite a few interesting sites to visit, both from the ancient times, like Butrint to the bunkers from the communist times in Tirana.
  4. Hi everyone, A family friend asked me for advice on where to take their kids (around the DC area) who are into marine biology for some fossil hunting fun. I immediately thought of Calvert Cliffs since that’s the location that I went to the most as a kid. I always went to the state park even though it had limited success at times. I figured it’s a great place for kids, there’s a beach, a solid chance at finding some teeth, and not too much difficulty or danger. However, I am asking if anyone here has any advice or updates on how the state park beach or Flag Ponds is doing. Are the yields acceptable (for kids), is the water quality alright (bacteria, jellyfish), are there any other issues to be aware of? I haven’t been in years, I’m sure it’s changed very much. If you have any other suggestions for suitable locations for kids in the DMV (DC, MD, VA), I’m all ears. I already provided them with a few others, such as dinosaur park. I am trying to balance decent fossil yield with safety and family-friendly-ness (for example, flag ponds still has a decent beach to enjoy if fossil hunting isn’t working out) which is quite challenging.
  5. A few finds from this weekend. Fortunate enough to have a cottage on Lake Erie, fairly close to Rock Point Provincial Park which is known for it's exposed fossils of a 350 million year old coral reef. About half were found on the beach itself and the other half in the crushed gravel part of the driveway. I'd imagine the beach will keep yielding new finds after every storm, here is hoping for it anyway.
  6. I’m making a trip down the coastline of North and South Carolina; from Topsail Beach to Charleston. I know there sites in Charleston for basilosaurus fossils, but I’m curious if anyone knew hidden gems of the Carolina coastline
  7. Hello to everyone! I'm a chemical engineering student in Greece who has paleontology and geology as a hobby. I see a lot of people abroad finding fossils and studying actual samples and I am looking for a way to start on my own someday. What is the best way to start? What are key fossil sites in the Balkans? Are there cases where it is ethical to take fossils for personal interest? In Greece where I live (specifically Athens) there are Penteli and Pikermi with known fossil sites. Additionally, fossils have been found in several islands of the Aegean Pelagos. I have zero knowledge of fossil sites in other countries. As far as ethics are concerned, I believe someone acquiring a fossil should communicate with a university that can collect data and improve its knowledge. A person on their own cannot easily conduct research, not only because of the tools and machines that might be needed but also because they don't have complete knowledge of the fossil record. Also, keeping a fossil for decoration should be done, in my opinion, if the fossil isn't needed to improve the fossil record or if the collector can keep the fossil after research goals have been achieved. I don't want to expand a lot on the subject. I'd love to hear other opinions on the subject and learn about finding fossils.
  8. Hey all! My name is Ian and I'm excited to be part of this community! My friends and I are organising a trip to the isle of skye and we're headed on our first fossil hunting trip. We're looking for advice on what to bring, what to look out for and if there are local guides in the area that can show us around
  9. I’m about to head out. I should be there in about 90 minutes. This should be a good trip because it’s the very beginning of the fossil hunting season in this area., there have been a number of snows and thaws during the winter, very few people have probably picked over what’s been exposed over the winter yet, not too much weedy overgrowth, and the weather in the mid 60s, can’t get much better than that
  10. I had my best hunt of the year Saturday, it was incredible. I guess you could say I was…petrified. Sadly, my phone died after getting stuck in a reboot loop (thanks iPhone 10) so it’s now extinct. Oh and I finally found a dinosaur! It’s on top of an ammonite. 🤣 25 complete ammonites a few partials! I also found a 21-inch long chunk of pet wood and a colorful smaller chunk. I then found 11 ammonites today to start the new year right. My back is still sore and feet tingling after treading through creeks where shallower areas were actually frozen..lol! Tarrant and Dallas County locations. 2 were in partially exposed concretions. One of those is placenticeras or engonoceras? sorry about the blurry pic, I’m using another old phone I have that has a camera that only works when it’s on 2x, so I’m having to adjust to taking pics with it.
  11. This is an unusual question but I am putting together a little workshop on regional fossils, such as showing examples of common fossils and how to identify them. I would like to prepare some handouts to help my attendees in their fossil hunting. Some things I thought about- 1. Handout with the state geologic map and timescales. 2. A list of fossil hunting spots in the area which are still viable from Jasper Burns' "Fossil Hunting in the Mid Atlantic" along with some good fossil hunting sites that I am open to sharing. 3. Some public domain or CC licensed images of common fossils to the area to aid identification (including partially preserved examples where possible). 4. A list of tools and ethics in field collecting/fossil hunting. 5. A short bibliography of fossil hunting related resources in print and on the web related to the area. I then planned to make a library guide online with all of these resources also available as a PDF. Is there anything else that would be very useful? Has anyone attended similar workshops and there were things that especially stood out for them as good or bad?
  12. Hello everyone. I'm making this post to show my recent trip to Central New York and what I found. I would also really appreciate advice on better techniques and further identification. I started the trip by entering Tully, NY. I had heard there was a good site behind the hotel, right next to the exit. Unfortunately, the large exposed rock face was now marked with do not trespass signs. I decided to drive around the old quarry there and eventually found a random pile of rocks that I assumed were from the quarry to dig through. In there, I found the first two fossils. Two pieces of Crinoid stem and a nice little Brachiopod. (Photo 1). Then, after doing a bit of research, I decided to head to Madison County. In Madison, I found an old quarry on Brigs Road. The quarry was divided into two tiers, and the top seemed to have a lot more fossils. After sifting through some of the rubble, I found a Trilobite section (photo 2) and a Trilobite imprint (photo 3). At the base, I also found several Brachiopods (photos 4–6). Most interesting, though, I believe is (photo 7), which appears to be a Crinoid feather segment, which are considerably harder to find than their stems. Finally I went down a ways to the Deep Springs Road quarry. This one had three tiers but I decided to focus on the top one. I dug in two areas. one halfway up the top tier and the other at the very top. Both proved very productive in trilobite sections. From this site, I recovered (photos 8-10). Unfortunately, no complete Trilobite was found. Interestingly, photo 8 had very fine preservation of the eye and intricate detail can be made out. Overall, this was a great trip and I found some interesting stuff, especially since I had rather limited tools, using only a hammer. The main take aways are the high abundance of Trilobites in deep springs and the dense Brachiopod death layers in Brigs. I'll have to come back with better equipment to further investigate. Photo 1: Photo 2: Photo 3: Photo 4: Photo 5: Photo 6: Photo 7: Photo 8: Photo 9: Photo 10: Briggs Road:
  13. Today was my first chance to get a couple of hours outside since we had a heavy rain. I went to a favorite local creek and walked the exact same paths I took a few weeks ago, but with the algae getting washed away and more erosion, I had my hands full. My 3rd shoe clam since I started hunting less than a year ago, my biggest holaster, and some nice mortoniceras ammonites. I believe the formation is Fort Worth formation but it may be Grayson/duck creek, it’s all close by. Johnson county, TX
  14. Trilomax

    Fossil hunting

    Hello everybody, Just a quick introduction of myself. My name is Max and I am currently in my third years of my Bsc in earth science. My home university is the university of Bordeaux in France and right now I'm studying in Bergen Norway for one semester. Now to my initial question (I hope that is the right place to post). Does anybody know some great places for fossil hunting in Bergen Norway or in the Eifel/Hunsrück area in Germany? I know that in Bergen there are not that many fossils. In the Eifel region of Germany I was hoping somebody might know a spot to search for trilobites, ... I couldn't find any information about good spots in the internet.
  15. Hey there, It‘s my first post in this Forum, so it‘s time to say hello. My name is Philipp, born in Germany/Saxony. I grew up in the Erzgebirge and was surrounded and fascinated by mines and minerals when i grew up. On my current travel through Europe and Morocco the passion for Minerals and Fossils flamed up again. It’s hard for me not to think every moment about where I‘m going fossil/mineral hunting again so i don‘t annoy my girlfriend tooooo much ;) I’m currently in Morocco for a 3 Month trip to search for fossils and minerals. I was reading about the Mosasaur teeth in the Oil Shale Deposits near Bakrit/Timahdite and about some members visiting this area. I was wondering if someone can give me some locations where these teeth can be found. Looking forward to your answers Philipp
  16. Satellite imagery could improve fossil-hunting at remote sites New Research Finds Satellite Imagery Could Improve Fossil-Hunting at Remote Sites University of Oregon, News-Wise The open access paper is: Ghezzo, E., Massironi, M. and Davis, E.B., 2023. Multispectral satellite imaging improves detection of large individual fossils. Geological Magazine, 160(3), pp.535-544. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/geological-magazine/article/multispectral-satellite-imaging-improves-detection-of-large-individual-fossils/DF01356EE667D096C238E09AF7840C10 Yours, Paul H.
  17. Just curious what everyone uses to carry their new found fossils while hunting.
  18. Since we had a little rain for the first time in months in Tarrant and Johnson counties in Texas, I’ve been revisiting my usual spots to see what’s new. In this case, I went a bit deeper into unexplored areas of a local creek bed. I was not disappointed! I’m not an expert on identification, so some of you can help me learn, but mostly I found mortoniceras ammonites and a few nice sized macraster echinoids. I’m just now learning how to professionally clean them up thanks to a very kind friend named Mercer, so that’s the next step with this group of ammos. Probably my best *quality* haul since I started hunting late 2022. The single photo is the ammonite on the lower right of the zoomed out group photo, for size comparison. The top left specimen is a huge oyster.
  19. Hello! I live in Vancover, Canada and I have no expierence in fossil hunting and has not found ANY fossil in my life. Maybe since almost ALL of you has found AT LEAST 1 fossil, maybe can you help me on fossil hunting location at Vancover? Thank you!
  20. Britain’s elite fossil hunters on their finds of a lifetime Country Life, United Kingdom, September 18, 2023 Yorus, Paul H.
  21. Fossils: Boy finds 200-million-year-old ammonite on beach By David Grundy, BBC News, United Kingdpm, March 30, 2023 Yours, Paul H.
  22. Roadkill

    Does this stone contain a fossil?

    Hello all, I apologies in advance as I do not have any experience with geology (although I have family members who are geologists), nor I have I ever been fossil hunting before. I am interested in paleobiology but I’m only an art student so forgive me. Some context; I live in northwestern British Columbia on the intermontane belt. I was wading in the river near my town and came across this stone under the water. I was wondering if this is in fact just a stone or if it could be something more? The fossils I know to have been found in my area are mostly invertebrates like ammonites and bivalves as well as a lot of plant matter. This looked very similar to a fossilized lobster my friend has and that got me curious. *First two images are of what I found, last one is the type of fossil I’m used to in my area.
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