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Post by Iowa-Lefty » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:46 pm

Last Sunday we made a trip to northern Iowa to the small town of Rockford. My wife, daughter Brier and I were hunting for fossils, as Brier is a serious rock hound. There is a very nice park just south of Rockford that is around 400 arces and is the Fossil & Prairie Center Park Preserve http://www.fossilcenter.com. It is an old quarry and clay mines that has old brick kilns and lots of fossils. It is also only one of three public places in the country that allow you to remove fossils. These are Davonian fossils and I believe that we found a representative of each type listed on the website. There was some heavy rains a few days before, which actually help us out. Sunday's weather was a bit rainy and we had to move inside a shelter house for a short while to allow a small thunderstorm to pass, but the rain didn't stop our fun. There were trails around the prairie grass and a 150 foot wood plank walk bridge over the Winnebago River. It was a great time! Here are a few pictures from our adventure!!
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Post by Okie » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:13 pm

Looks like a great time. Nothin' better than gettin' out with the family.
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Post by TradRag » Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:02 pm

That is awesome! And it does look like a lot of fun.
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Post by >>>---DW---> » Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:53 am

That's good times right there.

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Post by Rick P » Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:47 am

Gunther and I in our fossil spot. We find mostly plant fossils and amber but once in awhile we score a fish or other little critter. We also look for mamoth fossils when ever we are on the slope, look for stinky mud near the base of sand bluffs if you ever get the chance to go.
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Post by Iowa-Lefty » Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:03 am

That's really cool Rick! We would like to see some pics of the types of fossils you have found.
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Post by Rick P » Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:40 am

Sorry lefty I haven't been checking this area enough. Been a while since we found anything really cool but I'll try and post some soon.
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Post by Rick P » Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:50 am

A mamoth tooth found on the sag and a tusk some moron had been useing as a target post.
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Post by Rick P » Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:53 am

Once in a great while the natives on the slope will find a frozen mammoth.......it's considered a delicacy!
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Post by Iowa-Lefty » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:04 pm

Rick,
That is awesome! That mamoth tooth is too cool! Thanks for sharing the pics!
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Post by Rick P » Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:33 pm

Chris

I have some whale bone and a beached out caribou antler I have no use for, Think your daughter might like them?
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Post by Iowa-Lefty » Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:18 am

Rick,
I am sure that she would!
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Post by Rick P » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:24 pm

Shoot me a PM with an adress and I'll send it off.
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Post by Iowa-Lefty » Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:15 am

PM sent Rick. Thanks!!!
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Post by Wolf Among Dogs » Tue Oct 13, 2009 5:09 am

How does a guy go about getting a mammoth tooth ? That is one piece that has eluded me !
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Post by Rick P » Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:17 pm

Well start by heading to the furthest place north you can afford.....then head further north. When the land flattens out, trees disappear and you nearly freeze to death in june start looking for open water and follow your nose. All the mammoth fossils I and my friends have found where within 40 miles of the arctic ocean in creeks and rivers. Especially areas with dark mud that stinks, that's right stinks! As you wade through said smelly waters look for stuff that resembles a log but is a bit lighter in color and has no knots, if the end of that "log" looks like a stack of tea cups dig it out you got Mammoth tusk there! Teeth are a bit more common but harder to find, they don't run completely across the creek and are more rock looking. Tracy and I watch the bottom very closely when fishing or traveling within 50 miles of the arctic ocean, one find can be a years salary!!!


Whale bone and fossil walrus ivory are a bit easier to find. The arctic coast is dotted with old and current whaling camps, if your on state or federal land your OK to pack some out. On native land you'll need permission to even be there and the chances of getting the OK to gather some bone are rather low. Walrus ivory and bone the arctic oceans drift wood, a few hours of beach combing in a good area will yield 2 or 3 nice teeth.
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Re: Fossil hunting

Post by Rick P » Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:49 pm

Found another chunk of mamoth.
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