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RE: CNN.com - Finding trilobites by the bucket, for free - Jun. 26, 2003



> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> Richard W Travsky
>
>  http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/science/06/26/fossil.park.ap/index.html
>
>
> Madrzykowski said the park is one of three in the United States that he
> knows of that are open to the public for fossil-hunting. The others are in
> Rockford, Iowa, and Hamburg, New York.

Three "that he knows of" is a fair statement.  However, it is a gross
underestimate of the reality!!  Many city or state parks, BLM land, and much
other public land (other than National Monument, National Park, and (I
think) National Forest) land allows the free collecting of invertebrate
material (and vertebrate material, in some cases).  For example, hunting for
Miocene sharks teeth, whale bones, terrestrial vertebrate fragments, and
mollusks is a common hobby of many people at Calvert Cliffs State Park and
municipal beaches along the western shore of the Chesapeake here in
Maryland.

                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                Vertebrate Paleontologist
Department of Geology           Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland          College Park Scholars
                College Park, MD  20742
http://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/tholtz.htm
http://www.geol.umd.edu/~jmerck/eltsite
Phone:  301-405-4084    Email:  tholtz@geol.umd.edu
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