How to find fossils: Lessons from a self-taught dinosaur tracker...Lessons you didn't know you needed but definitely want!
You don't find fossils by digging or drilling into the ground. (In many places, this would be illegal.) So the best way to find a footprint is to look in areas where rocks are exposed. In Maryland, where much of the land is obscured by foliage or paved over with concrete, that means searching in streams.
Museums and scientists increasingly lack the funds to buy dinosaur fossils, which can be auctioned off for enormous sums, an article in the scientific journal Nature yesterday (June 1) explains. This particular fossil, excavated in Wyoming between 2013 and 2015, is expected to go for €1.2 million–1.8 million (US$1.4 million–2.1 million).
Yes, we identified small flakes of the outer layer of the skin from three feathered dinosaurs and a fossil bird from around 125 million years ago. We could see that the fossil cells were jam-packed with fibres of keratin, a tough protein we find in skin, nails and claws.