Dino Tooth, Trilobite in Matrix, Amber

I say to  show vendors and rock club members “…I’m not really a collector”. I say, “I just admire the pretty rocks, the ever so long dead critters, and all that glitters, pyrite or not.”
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But I’m a avid table browser and pick brains like an Egyptian undertaker. I say, what’s this thing?  Fossilized extinct whale ear bone you say? Miocene?
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I say ” which animal made this poo?”

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Coprolite

Or “shiny thing!”

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The feldspar mineral Labradorite.

Then I feel so guilty over-chatting the poor captive expert I feel compelled to buy something.

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From Green River shale.

The vendors probably know I’m lying anyway. I’m a collector all right, just a really cheap one. Luckily, most have small specimens almost any avid fossil fiend could buy and love.


Which brings me to Saturday’s finds at the Roseville Rock Rollers tail-gator swap/sale.
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And, yep, Sergeant Major Tightwad got each fossil/mineraloid for only $5 USD per item.
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Typically, I get so excited I forget the obvious questions, what kind and how old? Because these mud eaters lived and even dominated for so very long. Vendors might know or not but it’s worth asking.
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Hard to tell from this buried-in-the-mudstone obverse view if this an actual dead trilobite or the molted and discarded carapace of one. Below are more from my tiny collection.
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Small shells show more leg/bottom plate detail, somewhat rare.

I also forgot to ask the rockhound seller which small dinosaur lost this tooth; it ended up encased in sandstone. I generally prefer specimens still in the surrounding rock matrix.
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Finally, I bought this beautiful chunk of amber, chocked full of inclusions and animal burrows. This fossilized tree resin, often preserving ancient flora and fauna, was first found in the Baltic Sea.
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Why didn’t I say, “what kind of animals, how long ago, ya know?”
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Cause he might have known, these old timer rock nerds knowing- and telling you too if you ask nicely-lots of things about these very old bits.
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But no matter, I’ll bring my new finds to the RRR educational meeting Tuesday at 7:00PM (1900 hrs) at the Roseville Fairground and ask Jim. And he will educate me.
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