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SoCal Fossil Run -- Friday, 11-23-07

Fossil Run

After feasting on turkey the day before, I'm taking a run with my daughter, Emilie to do some fossil hunting in the Latham Shale/Marble Mountain area near Amboy, CA. 11/23/07 Anyone interested in coming is welcome to tag along. PM me if you have an interest. It might be a fun thing to do with your kids. The agenda is to leave SoCal Metro area early AM (so we have a full day to play) and make the 2.5 (+/-) hour drive to Marble Mountain. Dig around looking for trilobite fossils in the shale for part of the morning, have a trail lunch, wheel around the area, maybe a little target practice for fun with .22's and then home in the evening.


The Latham Shale is a 60 feet thick formation formed by a tilted row of dark brown rocks. It is on BLM land and it's lawful to take invertebrate fossils that you may find. This area is not in the Mojave Preserve. It's SOUTH of I-40 - however the concept of treading lightly and treating the land with respect still applies.

Remains of trilobites, mostly cephalons (heads) and thorax segments are abundant. Slabs with complete specimens have been discovered by just splitting the shale found along the slope. The trilobite remains are mainly from the species Olenellus Clarki, animals that were more than 550 million years ago! The Latham Shale has also yielded other fossils, including some of the earliest articulate brachiopods (brachiopods with hinge teeth) known.

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Re: SoCal Fossil Run -- Friday, 11-23-07

Wow I wish I could go... we won't be back until the next day. James misses his girlfriend; he's pretty messed up. He was saying , "sixteen isn't really that old"....






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Re: SoCal Fossil Run -- Friday, 11-23-07

Nice. I saw this on that TV show California Gold:

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I would go but I need to make sure my wife doesn't max out the plastic during Black Friday.

Smart of you to take your daughter away from the best shopping day of the year

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Re: SoCal Fossil Run -- Friday, 11-23-07

Looks like a nice outing Larry, wish I could go.

Those are great pictures of Emilie and James.


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Re: SoCal Fossil Run -- Friday, 11-23-07

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After feasting on turkey the day before, I'm taking a run with my daughter, Emilie to do some fossil hunting in the Latham Shale/Marble Mountain area near Amboy, CA. 11/23/07 Anyone interested in coming is welcome to tag along. PM me if you have an interest. It might be a fun thing to do with your kids. The agenda is to leave SoCal Metro area early AM (so we have a full day to play) and make the 2.5 (+/-) hour drive to Marble Mountain. Dig around looking for trilobite fossils in the shale for part of the morning, have a trail lunch, wheel around the area, maybe a little target practice for fun with .22's and then home in the evening.


The Latham Shale is a 60 feet thick formation formed by a tilted row of dark brown rocks. It is on BLM land and it's lawful to take invertebrate fossils that you may find. This area is not in the Mojave Preserve. It's SOUTH of I-40 - however the concept of treading lightly and treating the land with respect still applies.

Remains of trilobites, mostly cephalons (heads) and thorax segments are abundant. Slabs with complete specimens have been discovered by just splitting the shale found along the slope. The trilobite remains are mainly from the species Olenellus Clarki, animals that were more than 550 million years ago! The Latham Shale has also yielded other fossils, including some of the earliest articulate brachiopods (brachiopods with hinge teeth) known.
I was just thinking about the trip I took out there a few years ago with one of my Geology classes. Thatís a great place for finding fossils; I picked up about ten of them in 30 minutes. There are also a few spots with the Craton showing. Craton rock is around 1.4 BILLION years old (if I remember correctly). This formed some of the first solid surface of the Earth.

There are also some cool Lava Tubes that can be explored including Glove Cave. Its really cool inside, it has "mini" lava tubes inside of it and a guest book in the back (I signed it back in 1999).

If you get a chance swing by Mitchell Caverns. They have a skeleton of a Giant Three Toed Sloth. The caverns have three of the rarest "drip" formations in the world. This includes the Coral Piper, which is one of only eight known in the world.

Anyways wish I could go but my damn job and sense of responsibility keeps getting in the way. Have fun!--slaverbro
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Re: SoCal Fossil Run -- Friday, 11-23-07

One reason I selected this particular place for the after-Thanksgiving field trip for my high-school age daughter is because there's like a 100% chance that she'll find cool fossils. We're bringing a geo-pick to work on the slate a bit in the hopes of finding something we can take home. For reference, there are plant fossils in the slate on the floor in my house. There are also--



Othosaurus fossils in the rock around my swimming pool. They're common fossils and don't have much monetary value - but the add to the character of the place.

The Amboy area also has some fun places to take the FJ.

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Re: SoCal Fossil Run -- Friday, 11-23-07

Looks fun and interesting, too bad it's on Black Friday though
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Re: SoCal Fossil Run -- Friday, 11-23-07

Uphill I wish I could go but we are camping for the holiday and I dont think I could convince the wife to leave everyone for a full day. I would love to take my 8 year old there, he would have a ball. He always talks about looking for fossils when we are out in the desert. Could you PM me the gps locations so I can do it on another weekend.
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Re: SoCal Fossil Run -- Friday, 11-23-07

Looks like a blast! Brittany and I will hopefully come along!
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Re: SoCal Fossil Run -- Friday, 11-23-07

Uphill,

That sounds like an exciting trip...especially if you're guaranteed to find fossils. If only I lived closer! You seem to be quite knowledgeable about fossils, are you a geologist?
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