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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fossil Hunting in Iowa.

1. A rock with a hole in it...soon it will become a beautiful necklace.  2. A strange and orange piece of coral.  Look at that fantastic ridge.  3.  Another small piece of coral or a sponge.  Not totally sure which one it is...I still vote for coral.

Found in Marion County.  It's a rock with a bunch of shells in it...I didn't show the whole fossil but it's shaped like a foot.  My guess is a size 11 in men's shoes.

I think this as a very beautiful impression fossil.  I've never seen a shell type fossil this large.  It's shape reminds me of a tulip and the oranges and ochers of the rock are simply lovely and beautiful.

Phew!  That's a lot of fossils.  As you can tell, I've been very busy tromping around on the look-out for ancient rocks.  Unfortunately, the fossil hunting season is coming to a close.  Two reasons: It's damn cold and the trees are dropping their leaves.  Said leaves cover the ground and it's almost impossible to search for my little treasures without a rake.  I'm not going to use a rake.  That makes it sound like a chore.  So, expect many more posts about paintings.  I hope you've enjoyed looking at this year's finds as much as I've enjoyed collecting them.


  1. So do you wash your fossils, or just brush the dirt off them? If you do wash them, what do you use?

  2. Usually if I'm by water (like the river or a puddle) I'll dip them in that, give them a scrub with my crusty paws, and dry them off on whatever hoodie or shirt I'm wearing at the time (i go through a lot of t's). If they're super crusty, I'll take them home, soak them in water for a couple of hours and then use kyle's toothbrush to scrub them extra nice ;)

    very nice question, pal.

  3. lmao! Poor K pin! I bet he wonders why he goes through tooth brushes so fast! :)

  4. He thinks it's because he has really great oral hygiene...but i know better. muahahahahaha.