Trilobite digging


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Trilobite digging

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May 8, 2007, 7:13pm

My first field trip is in June and I am so excited. Anybody have advice or book to suggest??

Also what is the best shoe? I hardly ever wear sneakers and I live in my Tevas, but wondered if they would do the job.

May 8, 2007, 9:16pm

At the foot of Blue Mountain in Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, there are boulders where trilobites may be flaked off at will. We were wearing tennis shoes , I believe. Magic!

May 9, 2007, 2:38pm

I am headed to Utah, It would be awesome if they were that easy there

Edited: May 9, 2007, 7:05pm

Utah in June? Lot of water, sunblock, chapsitck, sunglasses, a large-brimmd hat, cool clothes, comfortable shoes with tough soles, a soft-rock hammer (one side is flat, not pointy) and a chissel, maybe something with lots of pockets like a fisherman's vest...and a good camera...maybe a notebook...

May 9, 2007, 4:22pm

In Utah you'll definitely want good shoes. I don't know of any good trilobite identification books for Utah, although Geologic History of Utah by Lehi F. Hintze is a great book on the general geology of Utah. It has geologic descriptions and measured sections for the whole state.

I assume you have already planned where to go, but west-central Utah in the area around the House and Confusion Ranges is best. The best trilobites, as well as some cool soft-bodied fossils of algae, worms and sponges, are in the Cambrian Wheeler and Marjum formations in the House Range (watch out for private collectors with shot guns in the Wheeler Amphitheater ..... seriously) but there are also some good Ordovician trilobites, brachiopods, ostracodes and bryozoans in the Fillmore, Lehman and Kanosh formations of the Confusion range.

Happy Hunting!