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Member of the Month - January 2024 - RetiredLawyer


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Back around 240 million years ago, in the middle Triassic, an impressive menagerie of reptiles (and millipedes too!) walked, ran, or otherwise meandered across mudflats in what is, today, Arizona.  Fortuitous circumstances led to their tracks being buried and lithified into rock.  Even more fortuitous circumstances led to that site coming into the possession of a newly retired individual of exceptional curiosity and industry, launching him and (to our great fortune) us into a great adventure.  If you haven't guessed by now, by unanimous consensus of the staff the Member of the Month for January 2024 is:

 

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Since joining the Fossil Forum in 2019, @RetiredLawyer (or James, as he is known in real life) has educated the Forum community with a parade of trackways he has discovered and excavated on his Arizona property.  He put in a great effort to excavate a huge layer of rock containing many diverse tracks, and move and reassemble it in his back yard.  He shared the result of this effort with us online, with groups such as the Western Interior Paleontological Society in person, and most importantly with Dr Spencer Lucas as staff (including @PFOOLEY) at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History.  This set of tracks, and other fossils, were generously donated to the NMMNH.  Most recently, this work has resulted in a publication, adding to our documented knowledge of the paleontological history of the American South-West.

 

Congratulations James! :tiphat:

Perhaps you could tell us your story of how you found your way to our community of paleontological aficionados?

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Congratulations!

Fin Lover

 

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My favorite things about fossil hunting: getting out of my own head, getting into nature and, if I’m lucky, finding some cool souvenirs.

 

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Very important work.

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Life's Good!

Tortoise Friend.

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Congratulations! I always love reading the trackway updates!

“If fossils are not "boggling" your mind then you are simply not doing it right” -Ken (digit)

"No fossil is garbage, it´s just not completely preserved” -Franz (FranzBernhard)

"With hammer in hand, the open horizon of time, and dear friends by my side, what can we not accomplish together?" -Kane (Kane)

"We are in a way conquering time, reuniting members of a long lost family" -Quincy (Opabinia Blues)

"I loved reading the trip reports, I loved the sharing, I loved the educational aspect, I loved the humor. It felt like home. It still does" -Mike (Pagurus)

“The best deal I ever got was getting accepted as a member on The Fossil Forum. Not only got an invaluable pool of knowledge, but gained a loving family as well.” -Doren (caldigger)

"it really is nice, to visit the oasis that is TFF" -Tim (fossildude19)

"Life's Good! -Adam (Tidgy's Dad)

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Congratulations!:thumbsu:

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I like Trilo-butts and I cannot lie.

 

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Congratulations! I always enjoy seeing your trackways. 
 

Kudos for working with professionals and donating some of your finds to the NMMNH. You are a fine ambassador for helping to bridge the gap between amateur and professional paleontologists! :tiphat:

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Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't. -Bill Nye (The Science Guy)

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@RetiredLawyer

 

James, your discoveries and paleontological journey have been a pleasure to follow.  Thank you for sharing both with us.

The human mind has the ability to believe anything is true.  -  JJ

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Wow! This is so awesome! I’ve been sitting on my tractor doing roadwork and haven’t checked in. Thank you- it’s been a great time finding everything and sharing it with you. Check out PalZ - https://link.springer.com/journal/12542 for the article by Drs Klein and Spencer due out any day. 
 

Things are looking good for the new year with this from today.

 

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Congratulations James. You certainly made your own luck with hard work. I know a lot of amazed people after they left your fossil site. Thanks for sharing.

 

John

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Congratulations James ! I followed your discoveries as we follow a saga !

 

Coco

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Congrats! I’ve enjoyed hearing about your discoveries every step of the way. Here’s to more from the New Year :fistbump:

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Congratulations!!

 

 

Mark.

 

Fossil hunting is easy -- they don't run away when you shoot at them!

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Congrats!:yay-smiley-1:

"Argumentation cannot suffice for the discovery of new work, since the subtlety of Nature is greater many times than the subtlety of argument." - Carl Sagan

"I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there." - Richard Feynman

 

Collections: Hell Creek Microsite | Hell Creek/Lance | Dinosaurs | Sharks | SquamatesPost Oak Creek | North Sulphur RiverLee Creek | Aguja | Permian | Devonian | Triassic | Harding Sandstone

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Congratulations! 

 

You have some great trackways there. Congratulations on having your finds in a publication and I look forward to seeing what the future brings!

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Thank you for sharing your journey with us, step by informative step, leaving your own tracks here on our forum and in the upcoming journal. Congratulations.

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Thank you so much for sharing your finds with the forum and the scientific community.  You've made a great contribution that will stand the test of time, and we're happy to have you here on the forum.

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