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Fossils for kids of all ages

Updated on November 26, 2015

Fossils

Welcome to my Hubpage on Fossils for Kids of all Ages. As a youngster I remember the excitement and intrigue at turning over rocks on the beach to reveal fossils. I found it a fun way to learn about about fossils.

Fossils are the remains of prehistoric life. They can also be other forms of evidence that such life existed. In order to become fossilised three basic conditions must be satisfied. Firstly, an animal or a plant would normally have to have hard parts such as shell or wood or bone. Secondly, this must then be buried quickly to prevent decay and thirdly, this must remain undisturbed throughout the whole process of fossilisation.

Some remains are preserved through a different process and in these rare cases, the animals have been preserved through freezing. An example of this are the discoveries of Mammoths as seen in Alaska and Siberia. These examples have been refrigerated in the freezing ground for the past 25,000 years.

A further example of animals being preserved comes from semi-arid regions. In South America, mummified Ground Sloths have been found in caves, preserved by the unusual mixed conditions of cold, dryness and chemical action.

I hope that you and your children find this Hubpage an interesting, educational and fun way to add to both yours and your child's learning on fossils.


Fossils
Fossils

Fossils - Life from the Past

It is rare for fossils to be complete. For example, we might find an animal where only the skull or a few bones remain. Or we might find a fossil of a leaf. So how is it that we can then translate this partial fossil remain into an image of what the whole animal or tree might have looked like.

Geologists do this by understanding what animals and plants are like today. They use their knowledge of today's animal and plant life to interpret the remains. An example might be Ammonites, these have been extinct for some 70 million years, however there shells are similar to living Pearly Nautilus. The geologist assumes that the soft parts were also similar and reconstruct them to match.

Nautilus

Nautilus
Nautilus
Amonite Fossils
Amonite Fossils

Types of Fossils

So what types are fossils are there?

There are many types fossils and they are not always remains of bones or shells.

Below are a few of the most common types of fossils.

Mold Fossils are hollow impressions in rocks that have been left in rocks.

Cast Fossils are mineral deposit filled molds that leave a copy of the creature or plant behind.

Imprint Fossils are from things such as footprints of creatures or even drag marks.

Whole Fossils happen when plants or animals are encased in ice or sap - an example of this would be an insect trapped in amber.

The most common form of fossils are the remains of shells or bones that have been transformed into stone. These can often show most if not all of the original detail of the shell or bone in minute detail. This is due to all the pores and tiny spaces in their structure being filled with minerals compounds like calcite which is calcium carbonate, which is dissolved in water. As the water passed through the shell or bone minerals were deposited in the spaces within the shell or bone structure.

How Fossils are Formed - A great explanation of fossils for kids - from YouTube

Plaster of Paris fossil making
Plaster of Paris fossil making

A fun activity for kids to make their own fossils.

You can create your own "fossils" by following the instructions below. You can use anything small to form the fossil imprint. Examples might be leaves or shells.

You will need the items below:

Modelling clay. Waxed paper. Plaster of Paris. Some vegetable oil. A container in which to mix the plaster of Paris.

For each item that you would need to fossilise you should do the following:

Step 1. place a ball of clay on a piece of waxed paper and flatten it into a thick circle.

Step 2. make an impression in the clay. You do this by gently pressing in the object and then carefully remove it.

Step 3. apply a little vegetable oil to the surface of the impression you have made (this makes it non-stick).

Step 4. Follow the directions on the Plaster of Paris package so that it has the right consistency, then spoon the plaster of Paris into the impressions.

Step 5. Leave the plaster to dry, which usually takes around 45 to 60 minutes, then peel away the clay. Your fossil will be revealed.

Types of Rocks

These rock types are those were fossils are most commonly found

Sedimentary Rocks the majority of fossils are found in sedimentary rocks. As the name suggests, these rocks are formed of sediments from clay, sand or mud.

Limestone fossil finds are also seen in this type of rock. Made mainly from calcium carbonate, limestone is common in warm shallow seas.

Shale another type of rock that preserves fossils. Made up of fine grains from clays and silt.

Collecting Fossils

People collect fossils for all sorts of reasons. For fun or for the excitement of that rare find. Sometimes it is just for the fact that it gets you outside and in the company of other like minded people.

So where should you look for fossils? The simple answer is to look in sedimentary rocks. Rocks that have been freshly exposed are the best source. Along the beach, river bank and headland can be good sources. A word of warning though - always get permission from the land-owner and always watch out for loose rocks. Remember - safety first!

Take time to survey the area, looking for those rock surfaces have weathered, possibly exposing fossils. You should turn over rock fragments looking on both sides.

In the event that you discover bones such as vertebrae, you should leave the find intact and seek professional help. You wouldn't want to ruin what might be a significant and important find.

Fossil Hunting - From Discovery Channel - A youtube video

Modern Day Fossil Hunters
Modern Day Fossil Hunters

The Great Fossil Hunters

It was during the 1800's that scientists learned a great deal about the study of rocks (geology), and about the history of life (palaeontology).

The first important fossil finds were made by William Buckland, a professor of Geology at Oxford University, England in the 1820's. He named these finds "Megalosaurus" which means giant lizard.

In 1825, Mary Ann Mantell found a large fossil tooth - this was later found to be from an Iguanodon.

It was from early fossil hunters such as these that a whole new world of dinosaurs first emerged.

Tools for Fossil Hunting

  • A geologist's hammer
  • A shoulder bag
  • A small cold chisel
  • A first aid kit
  • A map
  • Your own food and water
  • Something to wrap your finds in - newspaper can be good.

Storing and Displaying Fossils

Fossils can be stored in cardboard trays. Labels can be written up and placed beneath the fossil. Alternatively, a bank of shallow drawers can be used. Another alternative is to use plastic or glass jewelry cases.

You should first clean your fossils by brushing away the dirt - an artists brush would do the job nicely. You should also wash away any salt from the sea - soak then in cold water for a few minutes and then let them dry in the air.

I hope that you have enjoyed this lens. - Please take a moment to leave feedback. It always good to know what you thought about it.

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      MagpieNest 6 years ago

      Great stuff. Isn't it amazing what we can discover from fossils. Blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Kids love rocks, fossils, dirt, it doesn't matter, nicely done.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I love this fossil lens! Great job!

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      Carol Fisher 5 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Very informative page about fossils - blessed.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      A lot to learn from your lens, good for kids and adults as well.

      Thanks for an informative lesson.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fascinating...even mold fossils, wowzers!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      A very informative lens. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed reading and learning from your article, was happy to give you a 'thumbs up' from this avid reader.

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Interesting and informative; a blessing.

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      Future-Guardian 5 years ago

      This lens explained fossils (and rocks) more succinctly than my college textbook! It's a good review, so thanks so much!

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens, I remember my mother-in-law handing my kids a little hammer and bucket and sending us off collecting when we were staying in Colorado.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      Purple star award well deserved, congratulations. Read about Roy Chapman Andrews who was the first man to discover a fossilized dinosaur egg. He was also the man that coined the term Outer-Mongolia and was one of the inspirations for Indianna Jones.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @SquidooPower: Thankyou for your comment. I will make a point of catching up with Roy Chapman Andrews as soon as possible.

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Educational - nice! I've been trying to teach my kids about fossils

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      Great lens on a great subject. Fossil hunting is a fantastic hobby that my son and I enjoy. The link below might be of interest to you and I am going to put up a few Squidoo lenses on the subject, so watch this space.

      Charmouth fossils and how to find them

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This a great lens on a fascinating subject!

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      Asinka Fields 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Nice lens, liked it a lot! Thanks for visiting my lens and liking it :)

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      I enjoy reading about fossils, dinosaurs and all things from the past.. I think it's vital that our child learn about this part of the earth's history.

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      I loved the first aid kit listing, definitely would put that down twice on my little family's list! Am off to play on other lenses now. Thank you AGAIN! Cathi x

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with a fresh blessing for your fossils for kids of all ages!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I think it is so interesting with fossils and fossil hunting, touching something that is so old!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for the blessing. Its always a pleasure when you visit my lenses.

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed this lens. Very informative too. Great share. Thanks.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      nice lens! thumbs up

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      tossot92 5 years ago

      Hey check my lens on mammoths. I also create a lens on same topic squidoo.com/fossilsforkids

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      I have always been fascinated by fossils- Cool lens

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I have always been fascinated by fossils. We never outgrow our interest in evidence of earlier life. I had never seen a live Nautilus, so that was a great photo. Thanks!

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      Ohhh... love this lens... I will link it to my fossil hunting as a family lens.

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      MrTossot 5 years ago

      @Ben Reed: hello bejeezers, you have copy down my Len's intro photo, it is bad work. But don't worry i had change my pic. Any way we can be partner.Are you interested?

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 5 years ago from Ozun

      i found some beautiful fossils in South Africa, i am happy to seethat somebody else love them too.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      My son is fascinated with fossils ever since he found some on the playground at school of all places, great page, blessed!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @Close2Art LM: Thank you so much for the blessing. It is very much appreciated.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      my sister brought home a fossil shell which she used as a paper weight.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      this lens won the purple star and a blessing from me. congratulations for the star.

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      @goo2eyes lm: Thank you for the visit and the blessing. It is very much appreciated. It was a great thrill to gain a purple star.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Fossils are fascinating and you've provided a lot of great information. ~blessed

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      I did enjoy this fun fossils page, many thanks :)

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      I was always fascinated by fossils as a kid. I'm glad to see it has not changed.

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      @PNWtravels: Thank you for the blessing. It means such a lot.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Fossils are sooo interesting and make such great gifts. Angel blessed.

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      @kathysart: Thank you ever so much for the blessing. It is very much appreciated.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Lovely lens! I just read Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier and wrote a lens (Mary Anning, Fossil Hunter). Your lens is a great start for young fossil hunters.

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

      Having a fossil really makes you feel connected with those past times - Thank you for this lens

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 5 years ago from Michigan

      Congratulations on your well-deserved Purple Star for this very well-written len! Fossil-hunting is the just type of super interesting activity which could easily get a kid (or even an adult) hooked on science. Great lens!

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      Good lens -- this is a great topic. Fossils rule!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @Swisstoons: Thank you for the kind words. The purple star was a great thrill.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      My husband has quite a collection of fossils.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I found some trilobites in a hillside of shale in Pennsylvania.

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      Fossil hunting is always a popular pastime when our family's on holiday. Here in the west of Ireland, we have a treasure trove of fossils in the Burren, amonst the calcarious limestone pavement - it's a must-see area for anyone visiting Ireland.

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      chiakisato 5 years ago

      I used to visit a shop of Fossils when i lived in San Diego. I like to be there again!

      Thank you for a wonderful time.

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      Awesome.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Great lens. When my girls were small, we would go fossil hunting on the beach of the nearby lake. It was always so much fun!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @Gayle Dowell: Thank you for your visit and the blessing. It is very much appreciated.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I remember collecting fossils when I was a child. It is a great way to introduce children to science and history.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Awesome stuff! I am currently reading a book all about the history of North America right back from the dinosaur age to now called "The Eternal Fronteir". It deals with a lot of fossils as they are the reason for pretty much all of the knowledge in the book. My kids have some fossilised dinosaur poop which they thought was hilarious when they got it! LOL

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @RawBill1: Thank you for your visit and blessing - it is very much appreciated.

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      PaulRyan 5 years ago

      Love the lens, although I'm not a kid. :) Although I learnt a bit about fossils at school, I did get to learn something new. :) Thanks for the informative lens!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @PaulRyan: Thank you for your comments. No matter what age we are - its never to late to learn something new. I try to do this at least once a day.

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      Wow, so many fossils!

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      davies86 5 years ago

      great lens

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      Buchamar 5 years ago

      Great Lens! I do reviews on kids apps for iPad that are educational - come visit Apps Kids!

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      viscri8 5 years ago

      Ok, many fossils here in South Africa -- I wonder if people will make lenses about us too after some zilions of years?

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @viscri8: Hi, I sure hope that we are around as a species then... thanks for the visit and the blessing. Always appreciated.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Interesting information. I've never found a fossil myself.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Fossils are so beautiful. Thanks for a very nice lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fossil, nature is a kind of miracle.

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      Heidi Reina 5 years ago from USA

      Wonderful fossils and activity ideas for kids.

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      cajkovska lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens...thanks for sharing!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Very helpful lens about fossils.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      Another very informative and excellent lens. Very interesting.

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      LabKittyDesign 5 years ago

      Well done!

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      my1eye 5 years ago

      Fossils - a childhood favourite of mine. Nice

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      I remember that the stairs in my school was full of these fossils from the past.

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      I know this was meant for kids but I really loved it! LOL Im such a dork when it comes to fossils, I find them so fascinating!

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Great information not just for kids but for adults as well. Thanks for sharing!

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      SellClean 5 years ago

      thanks for the great fossil lens!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Fossils are a different fascination and can be a great project for kids .

      Thanks

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      hippiechicjewelz 5 years ago

      A very interesting lens! My grandparent-in-laws have a ranch on the Pecos River in Texas, no matter where you walk you are sure to find fossils and Indian arrow heads. I think fossils are very interesting,they hold a great piece if history!

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Fossils are a fascinating peak at the past. I would really like to have the opportunity to look for fossils someday. Great Lens.

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      Nomadabstracted1 5 years ago

      I LOVE finding fossils! I found quite a few up by Lake Erie (a couple miles from the actual lake) and down by the Ohio River near Cincinnati. Thanks for a very interesting lens!

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      Very informative lens.

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      jeffersonline 5 years ago

      what a cracking lens to get young people interested! Thanks for putting this together for us all, and....there's more to fossils than meets the eye!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Great lens, makes me feel like getting a couple of tools to start fossil hunting. And I think I just might :)

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      The kid in me, I collect stones and shells. they seem to fascinate me. I never thought of making imprint using clay." Live and learn". Thank you

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      sallemange 5 years ago

      This reminds me of my brother who kept fossils and semi precious stones in a secret box under his bed when we were kids. He never found that I knew how to get into the box and take a peek - hee hee

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      SMW1962 LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for this lens! It is really informative.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @SMW1962 LM: Thank you. Fossils are such fun topic too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopped by this very interesting lens again. :)

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for your visit Tipi - always appreciated.

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      bestmom1 5 years ago

      What an interesting and not only unique but a well educating lens. I love it!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @bestmom1: Thank you. It always nice to know when someone has enjoyed the lense.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      Great lens and as a fossil hunter I often walk the beaches of Lyme Regis and Charmouth in search of Ammonites.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Great, interesting lens! Thank you for sharing the info :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Spiderlily321: cool

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      hey this great web site

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @bloggerjon: wow that must be amazing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Ben Reed: love your screen thingy

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @crstnblue: Thank you for the visit and blessing of this lense - always appreciated.

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      Fossils are plentiful here in central NY state - always interesting to find them and learn more about it.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      Great lens about a great hobby. I do a lot of fossil hunting at Lyme Regis in Dorset England.. . .

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      UKMarkWilliam 4 years ago

      Wonderful informative lens. Very interesting.

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      PlanetAround 4 years ago

      As a geologist I found your lens very interesting! Great job.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @PlanetAround: Thank you. I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit, Fossils are so fascinating.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @PlanetAround: Thank you. I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit, Fossils are so fascinating.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @PlanetAround: Thank you. I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit, Fossils are so fascinating.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great job on the lens, it's verry interesting :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you. Fascinating things Fossils....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      AMAZING lens!!! Takes me back to my younger days when I used to look for rocks (okay, not exactly fossils) in dug-up areas of land. Fun!

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      great lens - blessed!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you. I'm pleased it help bring back memories...

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      @savateuse: Thanks for the blessing - always appreciated.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this is not giving me education!

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens!

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      I've been a rock hound all my life. I loved coming across fossils of all kinds. Great lens!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Gayle Dowell: Thank you for you visit. Fossils are such fascinating insights into our past.

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      DesignSpace 4 years ago

      I used to collect fossils as a kid. Still have a fossilized cast of an ancient fish sat on my bookshelf, and a necklace with a fruit fly trapped in amber. They make such great and educational gifts for kids!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @DesignSpace: One of my favourite fossils as a child was a fossil shark tooth - I was in awe of it.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      I enjoyed reading this lens about fossils. Blessed and added to my lens Squid Angel flinnie.

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      @flinnie lm: Thank you so much for the visit and blessing - always appreciated.

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      tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      What a great resource! I've pinned you to my Summer Reading Program 2103 board. The national theme this year is Dig It, and this lens is very timely. Thanks!

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      @tfsherman lm: Thank you. It is very much appreciated.

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      MadameJoy 4 years ago

      Those fossil kits look great - my kids would be really into that. Maybe for the next birthday or holiday!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @MadameJoy: Thank you. Raising an interest in fossils at an early age, provides a fascination that can last a lifetime.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a great lens, squidliked, G+1 and pinned

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      @anonymous: Thank you so much.

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, enjoyed my time passing by your lens!

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      Stunning lens for kids. Very well done!

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      @rawwwwwws lm: Thank you, Its always good to know when the lense has been enjoyed,

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      @MarcellaCarlton: Thank you.

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      I'm imagining all the fossils that have yet to be found. Great article.

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      @AstroGremlin: Thank you for the visit, I'm sure that there are many more new fossils yet to be discovered.

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      tomzi123 lm 4 years ago

      Great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love this stuff

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      @tomzi123 lm: Thank you.

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      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting my lense - appreciated.

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      Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

      Nice lens. Thanks!

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      @LaughingLady LM: Thank you for your visit.

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens.. do I qualify as a kid too?

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      @karen-stephens: Thank you for the visit and blessing - always appreciated. The Kid is us all, never leaves - thank goodness!

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      ManipledMutineer 4 years ago

      Another excellent lens, which takes me back to my collecting days!

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      @ManipledMutineer: Thank you - always appreciated.

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      Ah, this reminds me of my days as a boy. I collected minerals and rocks and fossils. I lived in New Jersey near a quarry that allowed to break open a lot of rocks looking for fossils. and sometimes I would actually find one. This is a great lens, thanks for making it. :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @JeffGilbert: Sound like you lived near a young fossil hunters dream location. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      I have never collected fossils before but find it very interesting!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Sky Breeze: Its amazing to think about how much we can learn from fossils.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I was absolutely fascinated by fossils when I was a kid. I hope I can enjoy them again in a few years now I have a little daughter.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      I am always fascinated by fossils , thanks for this informative lens

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      What a fabulous fossil lens for kids, my children will really enjoy this! Fabulously BLESSED by a little Squid Angel. God bless you and Huge Hug!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @weakbond: Fossils can be such a fascinating subject.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Diva2Mom: Thanks for the blessing. One of the great things about having children is that you get the opportunity to revisit subjects again through their eyes.

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      EmmaCooper LM 4 years ago

      Cool lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @EmmaCooper LM: Thank you - always appreciated.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      Very, super fun! We live for discovering fossils in their natural locales. It makes for great excuses to travel. :)

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      Elastara 4 years ago

      Great lens on fossils for kids of all ages!

      This reminded me of my favorite subject Geography when I was in school!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Elastara: Thank you for your visit and comments - always appreciated.

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      InfoCoop 4 years ago

      Very appropriately titled. Your lens sparked some of the enthusiasm I had as a kid. Thanks!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @InfoCoop: Thank you.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Great lens and beautiful pictures of fossils. I really loved hours of searching just to find one sample and none of them were ever of the class of these. Blesssed

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      Beautiful fossils. I found a small trilobite one once by a stream.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @lionmom100: Thank you. Its those chance fossil finds that mean so much.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      This lens is so imformative,thanks for sharing!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Bartukas: Thank you - I appreciate you comments.

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      worldflashpacker 4 years ago

      I adore fossils but always considered them to be out of my reach. This lens has taught me I can appreciate this natural phenomena at an affordable price. Excellent, informative and downright interesting. Well done, thanks for sharing and keep it up.

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      worldflashpacker 4 years ago

      I adore fossils but always considered them to be out of my reach. This lens has taught me I can appreciate this natural phenomena at an affordable price. Excellent, informative and downright interesting. Well done, thanks for sharing and keep it up.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @worldflashpacker: Thank you so much.

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      Laurel Johnson 4 years ago from Washington KS

      Fascinating lens on one of my favorite topics. Well done.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I am always surprised when I see how fascinated are kids with fossils.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: I think its because a fossil is a tangible link with something from the distant past. I know that as a child, I was intrigued that I could actually hold something. It made it all the more real for me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think one of your commentator's summed it up best, a tangible link with the distant past. It is amazing to think about. Again, a really great lense, thanks for posting it.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      I remember the happy days spent with my kids when they were young collecting fossils on holidays, one of the best places we visited was Robin Hoods Bay, UK. I still have the ammonite we found, but most were really fragments or shells. THanks for the memories

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @John Dyhouse: I have hunted for fossils at Robin Hoods Bay too as a child - great fun.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey. Grandma here is no kid, but I still love fossils. Have a couple on my desk right now plus some amber with a bee in it. Great fun.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @anonymous: A love of fossils is a timeless thing.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      I have found some fossils unintentionally...they caught my eye and to my pleasant surprise there was a fossil in it. My youngest daughter loves Geology and took it in Collage, but sidetracked to restate building...so still has to survey land.....Thanks for sharing!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @delia-delia: Thanks for the visit and comments - always appreciated.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Hi, You have an error on your second lot of questions. Invertebrate fossils come from animals without back bones. Otherwise enjoyed the lens.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thanks you - I have amended.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Great lens on fossils! Exploring fossils is really adventurous! :)

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      A great lens on fossils, my son found one years ago and we still have it, thanks for visiting and liking my lens on the samsung chromebook, it is appreciated

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: It is such fun too.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @marktplaatsshop: I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      When my son was little he had a keen interest in fossils, great lens!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @ChristyZ: Thank you.

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      RoSelou 4 years ago

      Until now, I still collect stones with fossils embedded on it. It is mostly shells, no dinosaurs or even ammonite. I hope to find an ammonite, just like the first photo above. This is a helpful lens. Thanks!

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      RoSelou 4 years ago

      Until now, I still collect stones with fossils embedded on it. It is mostly shells, no dinosaurs or even ammonite. I hope to find an ammonite, just like the first photo above. This is a helpful lens. Thanks!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @RoSelou: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      I have a piece of fossilised tree , I took this from a place on a farm in Zimbabwe where big stone tree trunks lie all fossilised .

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Raymond Eagar: Amazing,..

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Aren't fossils intriguing! It's fun to imagine how they looked when they were fleshed out.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: It would be amazing to be able to make a direct comparison with the living creature.

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      TommysPal 3 years ago

      I found what I think is a molar of a big animal while digging in my yard. My property use to be part of a mining industry I think. I'm guessing the tooth is from a mule or something of that size. It was exciting to find this. Great lens!

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @TommysPal: Thank you - appreciated.

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      mina009 3 years ago

      Very very interesting lens about fossils.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @mina009: Thank you.

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      Birthday Wishes 3 years ago from Here

      Yes, I have enjoyed your lens! Thanks a lot for sharing this great lens!!!

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      rattie lm 3 years ago

      Terrific lens. All children enjoy fossil hunting I think.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @rattie lm: Thank you. I think that at some time or other while we are young, we all enjoy the intrigue from fossils.

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      amosvee 3 years ago

      My little fossil hunter is now on her way to becoming a paleontologist.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @amosvee: That's great.

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Finding fossils were always an exciting event both for my self, my son and now my grandchildren. thanks for sharing.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @Judy Filarecki: Thank you for your visit and comments - very much appreciated.

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      shoppingdaddy 3 years ago

      WOW! This is a great lens! We went digging for fossils in Delta/Utah. Buckets full of Trilobites ;)

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @shoppingdaddy: Thank you.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      This is a great lens. I've found marine organism fossils a few times in the local hills here in Southern California, which used to be the bottom of a shallow sea during the Jurassic Period. Lots of fun.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thank you.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I find fossils to be so fascinating. I really like the images you have here.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you.

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      reasonablerobby 3 years ago

      I've been fossil hunting around Charmouth and Lyme Regis in the UK - great fun

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