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I am an amateur fossil collector, barely even a hobbiest. But I have young healthy knees and a strong desire to hunt ancient fauna.

1) Do you want to go hunting? I am very open to meeting in person and venturing out together. However, be warned, I'm an extrovert, so I will try to be entertaining.

2) Do you know any proven/potential sites near Los Angeles (within 100 miles)?

- Abandoned quarries (I'll wear a hard hat, I know)

- Highway embankments (visibility vest, I know)

- Friendly rural landowners (bullet proof vest, I know)

- Dry river beds/canyons

- Abandoned mines or wells (write my will ahead of time, I know)

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You are too funny! If you every make it out to Minnesota, give me a shout! :-D

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Thanks to this site, I found a link to the Southern California Paleontological Society (https://sites.google.com/site/scpaleo/) and have gotten involved.

However, I'm still looking for comrades who want to go collecting, and who know of good locations to look.

Let me know if you're interested!

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lol! Welcome from PA. :) You came to the right place to meet some friendly fossil hunters!!!

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hardlyatwork

hi there

we joined so cal plaeo last year and have been to a couple of trips with them. great bunch of folks! the meetings and speakers are informative and you will learn a lot from them. i'm not sure what etiquette is on this forum but i have a couple of sites i'd be willing to share with ya!

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Welcome from New York. I come to California about twice a year and would love to go hunting for fossils.

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Out of curiosity, I notice that a large proportion of fossils seem to come from Canyons and other locales like that in my area. I have a Canyon behind where I live that been partially abandoned. They do oil drilling near the area, which has me intrigued about its possibilities. (Still very amateur on geology but...) It is on a fault line, (Whittier narrows fault I think?) And it does have at least one creek. It also has a wide range of hiking trails, standout of them is one trail that switchbacks against the face of one of the larger hills. I remember seeing against the side of the face some bones that looked recent (like a rat jaw or something) but the people who did the trail along the edge seemed to have carved enough into the soil that I thought it might merit some closer examination. Might go back there, don't know if it's a wild goose chase or not.

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I am an amateur fossil collector, barely even a hobbiest. But I have young healthy knees and a strong desire to hunt ancient fauna.

1) Do you want to go hunting? I am very open to meeting in person and venturing out together. However, be warned, I'm an extrovert, so I will try to be entertaining.

I'm over a year late to the party, but I'm also in LA and down to go (fossil) hunting!

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Raptor Lover

I am also from Southern California (Hesperia) and am dying to go fossil hunting. I dont know anywhere to go though. I wish I couild go to Montana, Utah, or Wyoming

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phossil_phanatic

I'm also an extrovert who'll be in the Los Angeles area from September onwards and would love to go fossil hunting!

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califossilhunter

If you ever head up to Santa Barbara, there are some nice fossiliferous beaches over there.

Gaviota Beach/ El Capitan Beach: Petrified Whale Bone, Plant and Fish Fossils

Jalama Beach: Fossil Fish (very common)

Hope this helps!

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Raptor Lover

If you ever head up to Santa Barbara, there are some nice fossiliferous beaches over there.

Gaviota Beach/ El Capitan Beach: Petrified Whale Bone, Plant and Fish Fossils

Jalama Beach: Fossil Fish (very common)

Hope this helps!

Sweet!

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