F is for Fossils

Fossils to Study

Alright, I admit it.  I fudged the truth just a little.

ALL fossils are fantastic to study!  Each and every one of them has a story to tell, and the more we learn about them, the more of the story we learn.

When you pick up something and realize “this existed hundreds of thousands of years ago,” that’s pretty spectacular.

Take for example our recent trip to Schramm Park to see the geologic display.

Here are the girls posing for a quick picture in front of the display.

Schramm Park geologic display

And, here’s a quick close up of one of the formations.

Schramm Park geologic display

Isn’t it beautiful!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the history of our area: Nebraska was covered in water hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Because of that neat little fact we can find cool things in formations such as shark teeth…

shark teeth fossils

From our personal collection, not the geologic display.

or these cool little things called crinoids.

Crinoid fossil

Again, this one is from our personal collection.

So, what’s really exciting is when you look down and realize you just found a fossil; and, you know what it’s called.  Fossil identification for the win!

Here’s a picture of Charlie showing off our new find from Scrhamm Park to add to our current fossil collection.

Crinoid fossil

We’re excited to have a new addition to our fossil collection and we know this little crinoid will find a safe place nestled up next to some other crinoids in our collection.

Some of the other fossils we have in our collection are a bit of petrified wood.

petrified wood

An amber pendant with a small piece of plant matter in it.

Amber necklace

We also have some fossilized shells, however I didn’t snap any pictures of them. Sorry if you were on the edge of your seat hoping for them. I say that in all seriousness because I know how passionate rock hounds are for this kind of thing.

Charlie wants nothing more than to be a paleontologist when she grows up.  At least that’s her current dream job, as well as baker and ice skater (no reason she can’t do all three.)  She understands it will take a lot of work and she has to get really good at reading, writing, science and math to do it, and the thought of these subjects excites her!

One of her dreams is to uncover a dinosaur like they do on the documentaries we’ve watched.  I decided it was time to help her make her dream come true.  This was easy thanks to the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and their fossil dig site.  These are all replica fossils styled close to the dig site at Ash Falls State Historic Park here in Nebraska (which is another fossil destination we’re planning to visit soon).  Charlie refused to leave  her finding until she uncovered it entirely! Talk about dedication.

Henry Doorly Zoo fossil dig

In addition to this really cool fossil dig site, the zoo offers a ton of classes for kids to take part in through the year.  As part of their dinosaur education, they offer an excavation log book, which is a great idea to print out before you visit.  I think we’re going to keep track of this form for future use of our own excavations!

Have you ever found a fossil?  Tell me about your find in the comments.  If you’ve never found one, what fossil would you love to see up close?

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10 Responses to F is for Fossils

  1. These are phenomenal, Mary! It is always exciting to find fossils. I especially love the delight in new discoveries with my children.

    I’ve been told Bakersfield – yes, where I live, is a particularly rich geological treasure chest. All children should go to Shark Tooth Mountain, for example –

    🙂

    THANK YOU again for your wonderfully inspiring homeschool posts.
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    • Mary says:

      Awwww, thanks Julie 🙂 If we ever make it to your area, we’ll have to check out some of your geology stops. I’m such a rock hound, lol.

  2. Jen says:

    I need to make a trip to Nebraska! My boys are obsessed with dinosaurs. And fossils go hand in hand with Dinos. They love looking at all the fossils at that Natural History Museum.
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    • Mary says:

      Yes! If you ever do decide to visit let me know. I’ve lived in Nebraska my whole life so I can give ideas on where to go based on the time you’re coming. Lots of things to do depending on your interests. I promise we have more than just football, lol.

  3. Sarah Day says:

    I love what you’ve done with your new blog, Mary. Fossils are one of our favorite things. If you ever get a chance, take the Dinosaur Trail through Montana – unbelievable exhibits, some at little, tiny museums.
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  4. Cristina says:

    This is amazing! The look on Charlie’s face next to that “dig” is priceless. Have you ever been to the Museum of Natural History? She would LOVE it. It’s in NYC, so I know that could be hard to get to. http://www.amnh.org/explore

    Check it out! Tell her Cristina said HI!!! 🙂
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    • Mary says:

      The idea of NYC excites and scares me. I don’t think I could go there without a guide…it’s that foreign to me, LOL. Guess I’ll have to give you a call if we ever venture that direction!

  5. I love exploring for fossils. It looks like you had an amazing fun homeschool fun! We looked for fossils this weekend, too, except ours were fake ones buried in mulch. I guess that counts, right?
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    • Mary says:

      It absolutely counts! Did you see the last picture? Charlie found an entire fake fossil set. I need to go back and check, but I think it was some kind of rhino ancestor?

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