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  1. MaizyMae

    Mazon Creek

    Greetings! My grand daughter and I are planning a trip to Chicago in May. And we were excited to locate a place close to Chicago to hopefully find a fossil or two to take home with us. We have no idea what we are doing, only that we want to do this. We are looking for someone who is experienced and knowledgeable about Mazon Creek. If this is you, please contact me via PM. Thank you
  2. Thanks to my recent forays into the depths of paleontology academia, a new contact at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln sent me the link to this free publication. While the art is a bit, um...well, you will see, I had my reservations...but this is a handy guide for fossil hunters, particularly newbies and youngsters in my opinion. While written with Nebraska inverts in mind, it will be a useful reference for just about anyone. I admit, i learned a few things! Record in Rock: A Handbook of the Invertebrate Fossils of Nebraska Roger K. Pabian
  3. Andrew & His boys

    Newbies looking for Fossil identification

    Hi There Myself and my two boys have just started fossil hunting. We have no clue what we are doing ,but it's exciting and the boys are ecstatic about doing this and very eager to learn. Please help with our first identification. This rock is used as an artificial river bed filler. We don't know where it was quarried ,but are keen to know what fossils are inside. I'm assuming some type of sea bed coral or tube. PS: Will return rock when identified.
  4. My granddaughter and I are coming to Chicago from 3-29 to 4-4. We’ve looked for Petoskey stones along the shores of Lake Michigan in Michigan, and found a few small fossils, but we don’t know how to hunt for them or what to look for or what equipment we would need. Any info would be helpful. We are looking into Mazon Creek, but a lot of what I’m finding is that it’s all picked over. Any other sites that would be good for two beginners? Thanks!
  5. A Beginner's Guide to Fossil Hunting So you think you want to fossil hunt? Start your journey on the internet. 1. Do a search for fossil websites and fossil documents for your state, region, locality. You should be able to come up with PDF's of local fossils with pictures and often a “basics” guide for your area. Hopefully you will find fairly local websites that will have pictures of local fossils and perhaps even where to find them. Familiarize yourself with what you are likely to find, and remember that the fossils with probably be in matrix (rock) and you will only find a small portion
  6. Last night, my wife and I watched a documentary on fossil hunting. Trying to soak up as much information as possible.... it would seem that we needed to find a shale bank or coal dump.... we both started drifting off to sleep when my wife rolled over and said that she had an idea of where to go, no actual evidence as to why, just a gut feeling. Morning time comes and we both set off out the front door. Just as we get out the yard, my wives cousin yells out and hands us a small pick he used to use in the mines. Bam, what a great start to the day. So we set off again on our way to t
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