I admit I got the idea by searching for the topic and only finding this thread.
But I am looking for something more specific and to the point.
I collected fossils as a kid just picking them up off the ground from where ever and around our pond (Smithville formation). As I grew older girls
peeked my interest more and I left the fossils in a few boxes. Well early this year my son, wife and myself were hanging out at a creek and I came
across a rather large (at least in my opinion) trilobite, or to be more exact a part of one.
My son loves dinosaurs and the fossil was of great interest to him which brought back to life my love of fossils.
I try to get out as often as I can. I admit for the most part if is a lot more work than it was when I was a kid because now I use hammer and chisel,
rock saw, dental picks, brushes and all sort of other tools I did not have or understand back then. Now though I can get stuff out that is not just
lying about even if it takes an hour or more to free from its rock prison.
I have met some local people that have taken me under their wing and have become mentors so to speak. I have the great joy of being able to say I have
found sharks teeth in Missouri that look just like those I have found on the beach in Florida. It took a bit of sifting of loose soil but I have found
To date though my best find has been two trilobites in a small chert nodule found in the same creek as the first this time with only my son and
myself. The best part about it is I found it as is. I did not have to prep it with any tools. I could possibly try to free up more of the trilobites
but chert is very hard to work with and I would risk damaging the fossils which I am unwilling to do.
I do not sell nor plan to sell any of my finds. Not only because I do it for education, the cool factor, and relaxation, but because for the most part
they are not worth much. Even the best find to date would be no more than probably $30 at most. For me fossils are about trying to understand a past,
trying to understand the vast distance of time, and seeing something that no other person has seen (until I show it to them) by uncovering something
that has not been free for millions of years.
So I was wondering if there are any here who share the same passion as I do? Please share some of your finds, experience, and just why you do it. I
have been spending the warm months finding and collecting and I will spend the cooler months prepping. I still need to build a blasting cabinet though
so that I am not sitting at the garage door with mask and glasses air abrading fossils.