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Newbie Fossil Hunter


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Howdy all,

DB here. I'm a new (haven't actually done it yet) fossil hunter now living in Ogden, UT. Figured since I now live in one of the more abundant areas for prehistoric artifacts, I might as well take up a new hobby. Besides SCUBA diving is not really big here I'm gathering.

Been doing a lot of research and reading on the topic but I welcome any and all advice, particularly on taking my first trip. My youngest daughter is also interested so I am looking for a good place for her first time.

I look forward to enjoying this new hobby and learning more.

Best Wishes,

D

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Welcome fellow Utahn!! If you really want to start this hobby off with a bang I recommend going to U-Dig Fossils of Delta, UT.

http://www.u-digfossils.com

That's where I started. I also highly recommend the book: A Collector's Guide to Rock, Mineral and Fossil Localities of Utah.

http://www.mapstore.utah.gov/mp95-4.html

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Each dot is 50,000,000 years:

Hadean............Archean..............................Proterozoic.......................................Phanerozoic...........

                                                                                                                    Paleo......Meso....Ceno..

                                                                                                           Ꞓ.OSD.C.P.Tr.J.K..Pg.NgQ< You are here

Doesn't time just fly by?

 

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Welcome to the Forum!

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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Welcome fellow Utahn!! If you really want to start this hobby off with a bang I recommend going to U-Dig Fossils of Delta, UT.

http://www.u-digfossils.com

That's where I started. I also highly recommend the book: A Collector's Guide to Rock, Mineral and Fossil Localities of Utah.

http://www.mapstore.utah.gov/mp95-4.html

Thanks for the info. I've never been the type of guy to go the tourist route and I'm kinda surprised by the cost to dig in their piles $70.00 a day. I would assume that entire region is great and that there are areas to go right near there that don't involve a fee and crowds. Is this correct ? Again, thanks for the tips. Book is being ordered!

DB

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I'm an opportunist, I just look for erosion sites like road cuts, recent construction or natural erosion, and then surface pick. Just don't cross trespassing signs or fences lines. Throw a geo pick under the seat of your car and some paper bags and a pen. Then go out for a pleasant drive exploring back roads, and when you see the opportunity, pick away.

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Thanks for the info. I've never been the type of guy to go the tourist route and I'm kinda surprised by the cost to dig in their piles $70.00 a day. I would assume that entire region is great and that there are areas to go right near there that don't involve a fee and crowds. Is this correct ? Again, thanks for the tips. Book is being ordered!

DB

The whole county is just full of fossils and minerals. U-Dig is on the expensive side but nowhere close to Wyoming Fish quarries' prices :). That book has the locations of hundreds of places in that area and the entire state.

Each dot is 50,000,000 years:

Hadean............Archean..............................Proterozoic.......................................Phanerozoic...........

                                                                                                                    Paleo......Meso....Ceno..

                                                                                                           Ꞓ.OSD.C.P.Tr.J.K..Pg.NgQ< You are here

Doesn't time just fly by?

 

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