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  Fossil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fossils usually consist of traces of the remains of the organism itself.
However, fossils may also consist of the marks left behind by the organism while it was alive, such as the footprint or feces of a dinosaur or reptile.
This can be a species known only from fossils until living representatives were discovered, such as the coelacanth and the ginkgo tree, or a single living species with no close relatives, such as the horseshoe crab, that is the sole survivor of a once large and widespread group in the fossil record.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fossil   (977 words)

 Collecting fossils - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fossils are not to be found in areas of igneous rock (except in some beds between lava flows).
Supervised parties are usually allowed to collect fossils in quarries, whereas individuals may be discouraged from doing so.
Collecting is often a matter of personal judgment; consider the scientific value of the fossil and whether it would otherwise be damaged or destroyed by erosion.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Collecting_fossils   (2340 words)

 Collecting fossils in New South Wales
Fossil collecting is prohibited in national parks or other areas that have been declared as reserves for the preservation of fossils.
Fossils cannot be collected from private land unless permission has been granted by the owner of the land.
Collection on mining leases, including surface collecting on opal mining claims can only be carried out with the permission of the owner of the lease or claim.
www.amonline.net.au /factsheets/collecting_fossils.htm   (434 words)

 AR Fossils
Fossils can be found locally in most areas of Arkansas, but some areas of the state and certain layers of the stratigraphic section offer greater collecting opportunities than others.
Fossil collecting is not as easy in these units as it is in the shales, but it can be just as rewarding.
That matrix covered a nondescript fossil, picked up because of my ruling collecting philosophy ("pick it up, put it in the bag, it's always easier to throw it away later than to try and find it on the outcrop later"), turned out to be the most important find of the day.
www.state.ar.us /agc/ar.htm   (1862 words)

 Channel4.com - Big Monster Dig - Collecting fossils - Where to look for fossils
Fossils are commonest in sedimentary rocks (rocks formed from particles of sediment, usually laid down in water) that have remained relatively unaltered by the ravages of time and plate tectonics (the movement of the Earth's land masses).
In Britain, rocks containing fossils are generally only accessible to fossil collectors on the coast or in mountainous areas, and in artificial outcrops such as quarries and mines or deep road cuttings.
Many fossil collectors specialise in fossils from a particular time period (the Jurassic period is very popular among British fossil collectors), or by collecting fossils of a particular type – ammonites, for example, which come in many different shapes, sizes and styles of preservation.
www.channel4.com /history/microsites/B/big_monster_dig/collecting_fossils/where_to_look.html   (599 words)

 Collecting fossils and Rockhounding Arkansas
Limestone quarries are often a source of abundant fossils especially when the sediment was deposited in shallow marine seas where life was abundant, such as on and adjacent to reefs.
In marine sand deposits, the fossils tend to be washed in plant material or free-floating animals, such as nautiloids, shark remains, and cephalopods, that did not have to stay on the ocean bottom and so could escape periods of sand influx.
The predominant fossil remains in the Ozarks are invertebrates.
rockhoundingar.com /minerals/fossils.html   (1420 words)

Fossil collecting is an activity pursued by many people, for whom discovering the fossilised remains of ancient life provides a stimulating experience of the natural world.
However, the available fossil resource is finite and it is only through a prudent approach to fossil collecting that this resource will remain viable for future generations to experience, study and enjoy.
Fossils of key scientific importance should be placed in a suitable repository, normally a museum with adequate curatorial and storage facilities.
www.english-nature.org.uk /news/statement.asp?ID=13   (676 words)

 BLM-Bureau of Land Management-Utah-
Fossils are the remains or traces of any organism preserved in the earth's crust, and paleontology is the study of these fossils.
Fossils illustrate how all forms of life are interdependent and affected by their environment.
As with invertebrate fossils, collections of petrified wood are for your personal use and may not be bartered or sold.
www.ut.blm.gov /Recreation/recreationfossils.html   (1030 words)

 Fossils - Digging into Minnesota Minerals: Minnesota DNR
Fossils are the remains of plants and animals found in rock.
Fossils form when animals that have died are quickly buried by sand, mud or another sediment.
We can also use fossils to develop a history of the earth and its living inhabitants by recognizing the fossils of the ancestors of plants and animals that are living today.
www.dnr.state.mn.us /education/geology/digging/fossils.html   (717 words)

 BHI/Fossil Facts
...all fossils within the borders of any nation are the common property of that nation’s people and should be held in 'public trust' for the academic paleontologists of that nation to study.
...though some fossils may be damaged or site information lost due to in expert collecting, allowing all interested parties to collect fossils will vastly increase the number of fossils discovered and collected and available for research including new species and locations.
...the number of fossil specimens lost to science because of unauthorized and illegal collecting of fossils is a tiny percentage compared to the vast quantity of fossils lost to the forces of weathering every day.
www.bhigr.com /pages/ffacts/ff_main.htm   (903 words)

 Collecting Fossils in California - Why   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Fossils are the remains of very ancient life that has been preserved by natural processes.
Most fossils are formed from the hard parts of animals or plants such as shells, teeth, bones, or wood.
Fossilization is a process that relies on a chain of very favorable circumstances over very long periods of time.
www.bonus.com /contour/fossils/http@@/www.gtlsys.com/Why/Why.html   (697 words)

 GeoFacts No. 17, Fossil Collecting in Ohio
Fossils from Ohio are important constituents of museum collections throughout the United States and Europe.
Marine fossils such as pelecypods, gastropods, and brachiopods are abundant in thin beds of limestone and shale deposited when the sea periodically flooded the coastal coal swamps.
Each fossil or group of similar fossils from a given rock unit or locality should have a label that provides the locality, collector, and date of collection.
www.dnr.state.oh.us /geosurvey/geo_fact/geo_f17.htm   (1859 words)

 Analysis of the SAFE poll on fossil collecting
Further, one can infer that opposition to sale of fossils means opposition, by definition, of commercial collection of fossils; however, the results of questions focusing on the issue of fossil sales are contradictory and therefore do not give clear signals as to public opinion.
Fossils are not protected under this Act." Hardly unbiased, and, as far as I'm concerned, an outright lie.
What is particularly frightening is the preponderance of questions regarding fossils on private property; not only does SAFE, and, likely, the SVP, want to prevent collection of fossils from public land, they also want to take away the right of property owners to collect and sell fossils from their own land.
www.dinosauria.com /jdp/law/poll.htm   (2376 words)

 Visit South West > Fossil Collecting > Fossils
Fossils are the remains of plants or animals that lived a long time ago, or at least the evidence of what remains of them.
The best time of year to collect fossils by the sea is at low tide after there has been a storm as the cliffs may possibly have been eroded by the crashing waves.
Fossil collecting is possible throughout the south west of England with excellent sites in Dorset at Charmouth, Portland and Lyme Regis and Somerset at Minehead, Watchet and Quantoxhead to name only a few.
www.visitsouthwest.co.uk /main/fossil_collecting/fossils.cfm   (414 words)

 Collecting and Preserving Vertebrate Fossils
The best way to record the fossil's stratigraphic occurrence is to draw a detailed cross section of the rocks exposed in the area and mark on the drawing the level from which the fossil came.
If the fossil you find is relatively small, sound, and loose on the surface of the outcrop (float), you may be able to simply pick it up, wrap it in tissue paper, and place it in a sack (after you record all the data).
If you are involved with fossil collecting as a hobby, you have a responsibility to learn all you can about the proper collection, preparation, and documentation of fossils.
www-museum.unl.edu /research/vertpaleo/musnote2.html   (2792 words)

There is undoubtedly a large fossil bed just off the beach, but it has not been located as of yet.
Fossils of both land mammals and shark teeth can be found here, on what used to be the ancient Tampa Bay.
Yet another access is where SR 20 crosses the Chipola, with the fossil bed located 2 1/2 miles upstream.
www.treasuresites.com /members/fossil.htm   (1242 words)

 Fossil Preservation Act of 1996
Collecting fossils through quarrying may only be conducted pursuant to a permit and advance notice.
USE OF AMOUNTS COLLECTED.--Amounts collected by a Federal land manager under this section shall be retained by the Federal land manager and used without further appropriation in the area with respect to which the amount was generated for the purpose of carrying out the paleontological program of the Federal land manager.
EXCEPTION.--Fossils collected pursuant to a commercial collecting permit under section 5(c) which are scientifically unique, as determined by the Council, are the property of the United States and shall be placed into custody with the Director of the United States Geological Survey.
www.dinosauria.com /jdp/law/act.htm   (3527 words)

 Common Fossils of the Sydney Basin
Secondly, there are plant fossils associated with rocks that contain coal (coal is actually very concentrated plant fossils).
Permian plant fossils are nearly always associated with rocks that contain coal (coal measures).
Fossils can be easy to find if you know where to look and what you are looking for.
www.amonline.net.au /factsheets/common_fossils.htm   (642 words)

 Collecting Fossils
The proper outfit for a collecting expedition consists of a good team of ponies or small mules, a light lumber wagon, cover, wall-tent, camp-stove or "Dutch oven," knives and forks, tin plates and cups, and other cooking-utensils.
When a specimen is discovered the first thing to be done is to collect all the fragments and dig up the debris for others which should all be carefully preserved.
The greatest care should be used in marking, each specimen should bear a tag with number, date, locality, formation and collection, and if it is necessary to use more than one sack have a similar label on each, be sure to wrap all fragments broken off with the bone to which they belong.
www.oceansofkansas.com /Strnbrg84.html   (1108 words)

 Collecting fossils
Don't try collecting fossils from the cliff faces; they are usually crushed, poorly preserved and the cliffs are prone to collapse if hammered.
Taking a leisurely three hours, all the fossils were found lying on the sand and shingle between the low tide and high tide lines.
These patches are usually the remains of water worn fossils formed in calcite, but they indicate that more fossils may lie within the stone.
easyweb.easynet.co.uk /~gcaselton/fossil/collect.html   (648 words)

 Nearctica - Paleontology - Collecting Fossils and the Law
It is unfortunate, but true, that collecting fossils is becoming difficult from the legal standpoint.
Although it is not impossible, collecting on public lands is difficult, and sometimes legally dangerous.
You'll find a list of fossil collecting locations throughout the United States and Canada, safety tips for collecting, and a list of the laws, rules, and regulations that you must understand if you want to collect legally.
www.nearctica.com /paleo/collect.htm   (287 words)

 Maryland Geological Survey: Fossil Collecting Sites at Calvert Cliffs
Collecting is not allowed from the cliffs themselves, not only to protect the cliffs but because of the very real hazard of cliff collapse.
As a result, collecting is restricted to a small beach area in the area where the service road ends.
Best collecting is usually after a storm, because the supply of shells and other fossils is replenished.
www.mgs.md.gov /esic/fs/fs10.html   (899 words)

 October 5, 2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
To collect fossils on federal lands, one will have to get a permit, which will be issued only for research and educational purposes.
This last point means that amateur collecting would be a discretionary activity, to be determined by each of the hundreds of land managers for the BLM and U.S. Forest Service (USFS).
Apparently, the fact that many universities and museums have traditionally acquired fossils or fossil localities from amateur and professional collectors is ignored.
www.mineralcouncil.org /fossilletter100301.htm   (1182 words)

 Pennsylvania Geological Survey: Collecting Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals
Pennsylvania Geological Survey: Collecting Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals
Pennsylvania is rich in geological variety.  Preserved Paleozoic sedimentary rocks span about 300 million years of the earth’s history.  Preserved Mesozoic rocks span about 40 million years.  All three rocks classes – igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary – are present in the state.
More than 275 mineral species have been verified from Pennsylvania, and thousands of fossil plant and animal species have been found.  Thus, Pennsylvania provides lots of opportunities to develop an interesting collection of rocks, minerals, and fossils. 
www.dcnr.state.pa.us /topogeo/collecting/index.aspx   (87 words)

 Introduction and Information for collecting fossils in Minehead
Common sense when collecting at all locations should be taken and knowledge of tide times should always be noted.
UK Fossils takes no responsibility in the accuracy of this content, nor takes any liabilities for any trips, events or exchanges between visitors using either the discussion board or the UK Fossils planner.
Any posted trips and events by UK Fossils are personal and not that arranged by UK Fossils, therefore visitors should seek their own personal insurance cover.
www.ukfossils.co.uk /sec082a.htm   (297 words)

 Collecting   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Collecting is permitted on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, escorted by Jeri Jones.
Best collecting is located to the south of the driveway across from the building on the mine dumps.
The land is privately owned and has recently been posted so permission for fossil collecting must first be obtained.
www.pennminerals.com /collecting.htm   (1419 words)

 State Historical Society of Iowa Flowers of the Iowa Seas
A fossil that is discovered by a caring individual and preserved for study is rare.
Fossils are hunted for their scientific, recreational, and economic value.
(Collecting fossils, stones, plants, and archeological material is prohibited on all parks, preserves, waterways and lands owned by the state of Iowa.) Permits are required in many areas and proposed federal legislation would establish stricter laws over use of paleontological resources.
www.iowahistory.org /museum/exhibits/flowers_iowa_seas/flowers_page12.htm   (328 words)

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