Sometimes a mystery fossil is easily identified when posted to the group because you have the combined experience of all the views to help you identify it. Fossil collectors often become expert on the types of fossils they like or the locations where they collect and can easily recognize fossil types for new or otherwise flummoxed fossil collectors.
“The best way to get something identified on My Fossil Find is to take a good clear photograph of the fossil,” says veteran fossil collector Scott Stepanski. “Get in close with the picture so people can see it and if possible, include the location where it was discovered and the geologic formation if you know it. Those are often the most important clues when trying to identify a fossil.” Stepanski is co-author of Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and a former naturalist at the Academy of Natural Sciences where he led field trips and help others to find fossils.
There is a popular misconception that fossils are rare, but they can be found almost anywhere sedimentary rocks are found. You my not need to go very far to find a fossil. They may be lurking hidden as close as your garden. Another popular myth is that all fossils are valuable. It is true that a small percentage of fossils can attract large prices, but largely, fossils are collected for fun and for the insight that fossils give to how life on the Earth is always changing. “Finding tiny, 70-million-year-
MyFossilFind.com wants to encourage people to learn about fossils and have fun while doing it. Every fossil has it’s own exciting story whether it is a 400-million-
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