Digging for fossils

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Antler Motel

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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Today I went to one of the quarries near Kemmerer where you can pay to hunt for fossils. I chose the four hours for $75 option. They supply the tools, which consist of a shovel, a hammer and a chisel, and give you a brief lesson on how to do it.

You first shovel off any loose debris You then chisel a large block of rock from the wall. You then split this piece down the middle and look to see if you got lucky. You then split the two halves and check them. This process continues until the rock is too thin to be split again.

I found lots of fossils. Unfortunately, most of them were incomplete. At the end of my four hours I carefully placed the fossils I had found into a box and then drove to one of the rock shops in Kemmerer. The shop can cut the rocks into rectangles, uncover portions of the fossils that are still covered with rock, insert matrix where there are gaps and do framing. I left eight fossils to be prepped.
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