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  1. Hi Everyone! I'm a molecular biologist, and every time I do an outreach event folks end up asking me about dinosaurs (jurassic park, de-extinction, etc). Anyway, I don't know much about ACTUAL dinosaurs, but maybe I should - eager to learn. Happy to be here and interested in any recommended books/resources. Thanks for letting me join.
  2. I am looking for crinoid sites near BG Ky. I am new here. I found my first ever crinoid in landscape gravel and am obsessed! Hope its OK to ask this?
  3. jfrmdabay

    ID help please

    Texas Gulf Coast finds. Rollover Pass, Galveston. What is the age of the specimens? What is the yellow stuff?
  4. CaryJo

    NW Illinois newbie

    Hi I hope I’m doing this right. I live on a small farm in northwest Illinois just south of Wisconsin. Half my place is a wetland with a creek running through it; it has changed very little since the first plat of the area was drawn in the mid 1800s. I find a lot of fossils and quartzy and other rocks/minerals and I’m here to learn more about what I find. Thanks!
  5. Hi everyone! I stumbled across this site while searching for "online fossil identification." I recently obtained a tub (pictured below) full of supposedly dinosaur fossils from an owner in WA state who no longer wanted them. Some are labeled, most are not or the label has fallen off. Also many of the small fossils made their way out of their labeled case over time. So in summary I have no clue what many of them are! From what I'm told, they were all collected from different areas in WA state by the owner's grandfather over the years (who's since passed away). She didn't want to spend the time trying to re-identify them nor keep storing them, so here I am now the new owner of this "prehistoric mystery tub." I would love any help from the experts on this forum to find out what they are! I'll create some posts with photos in the FossilID forum. A little about me: I'm a dinosaur nerd but not a paleontologist or fossil hunter whatsoever. I simply became enthralled by dinos as a kid when the first Jurassic Park movie came out. I'd watch that VHS religiously. Ever since then, and still now in my adult years, I'm constantly on the hunt for any dinosaur, prehistoric, and/or ancient life documentaries I can find. So I guess you could say beyond my curiosity of unraveling what fossils I actually have in this tub, I'm here to learn from the experts, check out what others have in their collection, then perhaps someday be able to contribute to this community any knowledge gained through my experience here. Looking forward to virtually meeting you all! -Tim
  6. Albo

    G'day - What have I found?

    Hi everyone- absolute Newbie to the forum here. Excited to be getting geological. From what I have seen it looks like this is probably Fossiliferous Limestone as it was found on a South Australian beach. It does however smell rather of gunpowder and is a bit darker than the limestone specimens I've seen. I do wonder what I have found here xAlex
  7. Hi Everyone, I'm a complete newbie here. I live in Northwest Arkansas. There's no shortage of rocks here, and many of the sedimentary rocks here are covered in trace fossils. This fascinates me (I'm not sure exactly why), but I've collected quite a few of those rocks. I joined this forum to learn and I have a specific fossil that I'd like to have some of you experts have a look at. I'll post that in the appropriate forum. Thanks! David
  8. Pam2636

    Newbie in NE Oklahoma

    I recently retired and moved to Pawnee, Oklahoma. With more time on my hands now, I would love to return to fossil-hunting - an activity I shared as a child with my late father. I had a wonderful Paleontology course in undergraduate school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. During one of our field trips, I lucked upon a huge trilobite that our teaching assistant cleaned up and put in the university museum. Talk about beginner's luck! Please feel free to contact me to join your hunting excursions in NE Oklahoma - I'm a little afraid to be out walking around remote areas alone and would love to have the company.
  9. fossilbeagle

    Tybee island spoil island

    Hello. we went on a fossil trip while in Tybee definitely recommend. I found this piece and I’m stumped. Could be nothing but the curve trenches makes me feel like maybe it’s a tooth but there is no root looking areas on any of the sides (all sides in photos) so probably not a tooth. A girl can dream. let me know if you got any other thoughts .
  10. First of all, amazing forum and a great community. All my life I've had an interest in fossils but never collected any apart from the odd interesting rock I've found on the beach. Recently returned home from a trip to the Yorkshire coast and had a couple of early afternoons dedicated to fossil hunting. We found lots of random bits, plenty of bivalves and a few ammonite nodules. I've bought myself a Dremel 290 so I can try to liberate them from their long slumber. Quite a thrill knowing that you're the first living creature to see these things in millions of years. Time to trawl through all of the guides I can on here before I attempt any sort of preparation.
  11. Inexperienced, just got into fossil hunting this past summer
  12. Figured that I would share some photos of part of my collection so far. Fairly new to this game and sure that many of you have collections that are amazing! Please share some photos of some of yours, or your prized pieces. Would love to see them! The vertabrae with the doc numbers is probably my favorite piece other than what I have recently collected. It is from Bob Ernst's collection.
  13. Hi Everyone, I'm very new to fossil hunting and was considering going down to Cory's Lane in RI as it's only about 40 minutes from me. I scoped the place out on Google Maps and have some questions for anyone that's hunted there. Do you need a permit to fossil collect in RI? It looks like you can't collect in state parks, but I don't think this area is a state park. I'm actually not even sure if it's town property or private? Google wasn't much help and I'm not really sure which department it would fall under to go through state websites. Are people actually allowed to go along the water edge to collect, or is it all private property and we hope no one notices? It looks like there is a residential area and then a school further up the shore line. I don't want my first experience doing this (out of state, no less) to put me on the wrong end of the law. How's the parking situation there, the lot looks very small, like maybe 4 cars max. Are you allowed to park on the street if there's room? I didn't notice any signs when I street viewed the area. I was considering having a family member come with me and they drive an SUV compared to relatively small hatchback. Is anyone here a member of RIMH? Is the club active, is it worth joining if I can, I live in MA? Thanks for any info!
  14. JTRock

    Possible shell

    I found this on my first fossil hunting trip to the South Dakota Badlands, but it could have been anywhere in the Black Hills area. It looks like, to my untrained eye, a shell of some kind. pic is front and back. Any help? And how would I give it some luster? Thank you for your time Jeff
  15. Ballixxe

    From Central Ohio

    Greetings, New member from central Ohio. Have had "fossil on the brain" since I was about six years old. Living in Ohio has given me a good look at the Ordovician. Looking forward to viewing your collections.
  16. Kanz5075


    Hello, thank you for allowing me to join this forum. I have always had a love of rocks, fossils, artifacts, and any other hidden "gems" in our earth's crust! I would not say i am a beginner as i am in my forties and have been "collecting" my finds all my life. I am here to learn, see the amazing finds, and get my finds ID'd.
  17. Hello everyone, Another new menber in the forum!, I like very much fossils since I was a child. Currently the group I am more interested is Mosasaurs. I found the "The fossil forum" searching information about these wonderfull reptiles some time ago. Now I think it is time to be a part of this community. To end, English in not my mother language, so... Sorry if I make some mistakes. Grettings Sbn
  18. Hi, Newbie here..... anyone else from England? I got what I think is my first fossil but need to get a good photo before I post it ..
  19. Rainbasin

    Hello from Nebraska

    Hi everyone! I'm Laurel and I love hunting the river looking for old things! My collection includes mostly bones and teeth, although I've found some Native American tools as well.
  20. Hello from NC, big newbie but looking forward to learning! Interested in all fossils Was obsessed as a kid and recently decided to get back into it
  21. polywags

    is this a fossil? grid shape

    About 5cm diameter, found on a beach in Midt-Jylland, Denmark (not far from Ebeltoft). The grid-like shape, is it some kind of leaf? Sorry for the lack if ruler and potato quality pictures , i am a newbie at this and away from home, but would appreciate any pointers
  22. Hi, as the title said I’ll be headed to University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and I just wanted to ask if there’s any interesting places around there to look for fossils? I’ve done a little reading on some of the publications in ISGS, but haven’t found anything honestly at all, regarding fossils and that area. But I was wondering if maybe y’all knew a few places yourself? Thanks in advance :3
  23. Greetings all! I live in Central North Carolina and for five months or so a year I am on the southern North Carolina Coast. I began collecting fossils about 2 years ago that I have found on the beach, I have about 60 pounds that I am currently going thru and categorizing. I purchased "A Beachcomber's Guide to Fossils" book recently and have been trying to figure out what some of the items that I have are. I am obviously very new to this and may need a little help with some of my finds. I would really appreciate your time, feedback and knowledge. I will begin posting a few items tomorrow that I am highly curious as to what these subjects are, Thank you so much everyone!
  24. CretaceousV

    Hello from New Mexico

    Hello! Long-time lurker here who finally decided to make a profile This forum is amazing and I look forward to making some NM connections and learning more!
  25. Mupps


    Hi everyone! I’m Mupps, I like old stuff. Really old stuff. Can’t wait to bombard the forum with questions, while completely disregarding the search function as that’s how forums work, right?? XD Jokes. Excited to be here. Mupps
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