From the article: Finding Fossils
Maybe it was a shell or a shark tooth. Maybe it was a GIANT DINOSAUR SKELETON! Whatever it was, it surely left an impression on your impressionable young mind. What Was It?
- When about 10 years of age, I went with an elderly cousin to hunt for fossils near Old Cocoa Post Office near Melvin, Alabama. About mid morning, I found a beautiful 3 1/2 inch long sharks tooth. It was the prize of my collection until someone stole it a couple of years ago.
- —Guest MacMarine
First,lost and recent
- My first fossil(s) were scallop shells at an exposed outcrop in a neighborhood field. The kids in the neighborhood called it the "ginger ale fountain", but really it was caused by a large drainage pipe from a General Mills air conditioning pipe. My lost fossil was a dragonfly I found a few years later and a neighbor boy stole from me. My most recent is a Woolly Mammoth tooth I found while walking my dog. Keep looking down.
- —Guest Bainbridgenelson
- When I was a kid in Western Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh), my friends and I used to hike the hills and dales just for the fun of it. Sometimes we would walk along the railroad tracks, picking up old spikes and pieces of coal that had fallen from ore cars hauling Pennsylvania's "gold" to the nearby steel mills. (This was back in the 60's before the steel mills crashed and were sold wholsesale to China.) Anyway... my prize fossil find was a 4-inch chunk of coal with the partial imprint of some kind of leaf in it. It's nothuing great or are, but since I found it, I still have it in my collection some 50 years later.
- —Guest Chuck Stewart
- Found my first fossil helping my grandfather in his garden. I was about 5 years old at the time, still have it 66 years later. I worked at the stripmine where the Mazon Creek fossils were found. I just wish I had the ones I gave away.
- —Guest nick
- The first fossil I ever found was as a child while "spelunking" in my Grandad's coal bunker in Britain. Living in the middle of a big city, it was the closest I could ever get to digging for new additions to the two small "Rocks & Minerals" kits I'd bought. Living in a concrete jungle as a kid was so frustrating when you had an interest in geology, but none of your adults did! I used to dig for fossils in the coal a few times, but only ever found the one. It was a partial fossil of what appeared to be the veins of a leaf and I got so excited to have finally have found something myself for my rock hound collection.
- —Guest TeeK
- I have at least one thousand horn coral fossils plus brachiopods clams and more from Cayuga lake
- —Guest michael huhn
Sperm Whale skull
- The first fossils I found were on a field trip to fossil hill - seashells...but on my own, found several large scallop shells and a leaf print at a local riverbed. The best find though was a 15-20 million year old sperm whale skull found in 32 feet of water while diving off Santa Barbara. It is about 2'x3' but weighed 80+ lbs and needed to be lifted with air bags. Flat sand area but must have come from the Monterey Formation.
- My first fossil specimen was actually given to me as part of an aquarium setup - a piece of chert loaded with crinoid stems. As soon as I was old enough to drive, I started looking for the spot where that specimen could have come from. I still have not found it, but within a few months I was hooked on geology and ended up getting an MS in geology!
Near by jogira pond
- When i went to guda (kolayat, bikaner) with a well experienced teacher, i found a pretty brown coloured bivalve with proper structure. dat was my first field work and i got dat after having hardwork. that was superb experience!
- —Guest Shikha sharma
hills and hollers
- I found a road they call bullcreek road - seems like the name came from fossilized bullhorns - i have found mega horn corals - what can i say i didnt know any better either!
- As a student on a field trip in Wales we visited the Cambrian shale outcrop at Porth-y-Rhawr. A shard of the shale flew through my ear and a slab crashed to the ground. My ear bled profusely but when I looked there was 70% of this huge trilobite in the rock. I named him "Vincent".
- —Guest Geoff Farrell
My first field trip
- In my first year at university I took two classes in geology because they were never offered at my high school. One day, during the second term, we took a field trip to an Ordovician outcrop in Manitoba and it was fantastic. It was a quarrying area so lots of new stuff was exposed and a bunch of people just could not for the life of them find any fossils while I found a number of brachiopods, several trilobite molds, horn coral and a beautiful specimen of receptulites which is one of the stars of my collection to this day.
- —Guest Brandon geologist
- My (distant) recollection of my first fossil discovery is of family holidays in the Southwest of England and visiting Cheddar Gorge, our Grand Canyon of the Carboniferous limestone. The fossil shells were hardly spectacular, but boy could a kid go to town collecting them! My poor father had to resort to packaging up my favourite finds and mailing them home - when the mailman staggered up to our door he asked "Wot you got in ere, rocks???" and was disgusted by my Dad's positive reply. On subsequent holidays, I graduated to what is now "The Jurassic Coast" - Lyme Regis, Charmouth, and, reaching up into the Cretaceous, the chalk cliffs of the gloriously named seaside village of Beer. Our house became festooned with belemnites, ammonites, and echinoids. Michael Welland (sandglass2)
Hunting, and finding fossils too
- I grew up in Great Falls Montana. That's near some famous fossil country. All through my childhood I tried to find fossils. But the rocks near home (sandstone, shale) didn't seem to have any. As a teenager I could travel greater distances. I fished and hunted a lot. One day I was hunting in some ravines ten or twenty miles north of Great Falls. The ravines cut through soft dark shale. Scattered in the bottoms of smaller side-ravines were many softball-sized spherical rocks. When broken open each those rocks (concretions) contained a complete paired fossil clam! Another fossil related experience happened when I was home from college in summer working as a laborer. The location was no more than five miles from home. I was on shovel duty by a grader leveling a gravel road. The grader turned over slab of rock revealing an obvious whole fish fossil. A moment later the slab was smashed fragments. Another time near that area I found an outcrop with fossil oyster shells. So keep looking.
- —Guest jelogan
I thought everyone had seashells
- Growing up in San Jose's east foothills on an Apricot ranch, I just thought that everyone had seashells in their orchard. When my daughters were in preschool I offered to have their class come up and hunt for some as well. Over the past 20+ years I have had over a thousand children and a few adults hunting seashells in our orchard. Working in an elementary school library has the perk of endless groups of kids with which to share the love of rocks and fossils.
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