Scott

Scott Stepanski is co-author of Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and author of the Resource Guide to Earth Sciences. His freelance articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. Currently, Scott administrates several other websites including www.booksalepirate.com and http://teddybeardiary.com.

fossil footprint new jersey

This little reptile footprint is from an abandoned shale quarry in Norhtern New Jersey. I collected it a long time ago so the place it probably a housing development by now. Pity. I wish I drove around there more often to keep track of fresh building sites. Sometimes fossils are exposed for only short while. The track is just over one inch long. I would love to hear if anyone is still finding tracks in New Jersey.

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knightia

Ok, I cannot resist a pun even if it is a bad one. Continuing with this week's apparent theme of first fossil finds, this poor little Knightia with the bitten off head was my first Knightia find when I visited Warfield Springs quarry in Kemmerer, WY. Although I found bigger and better later, I kept this little two-inch fish. Green River Formation fossils are incredible fun and I encourage everyone to give it a try. I sure there are some very good ones out there. Send them in to share and show them off.

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Cryptolithus trilobite from Swatara Gap

A Cryptolithus trilobite from Swatara Gap, Pennsylvania. Many years ago, you could find trilobite fossils at a roadside borrow pit in PA. This site has long been closed, but it was the first time I had found a trilobite and I remember how excited I was. I never found a great specimen, but this strange little Ordovician animal remains a favorite. Plus, it has a cool name.

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fossil shark teeth collection

Like so many people both before me and after me, I found my first vertebrate fossils sifting the sands of Venice Beach, Florida. Shark teeth have been my favorite find ever since. Love that dentition.

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My first fossils

There is a reason these common fossils are the first photo posted on this blog. These crinoid, coral and horn coral fossil are the first fossils I collected many years ago near my home in New Jersey. Coral fossils are abundant in the yellow stones of the Kirkwood Formation. They whet my appetite for fossils throughout my life. 

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Coral Fossils: Kirkwood Formation, NJ

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