And just like that, 2018 is over. While the summer rains and a near miss of Hurricane Michael kept the rivers too high to fossil hunt for some of the summer, the currents did wash out a lot of fossils. Our river trips are doing well and folks are finding lots of shark teeth and other goodies. There’s never been a better time to get back into rivers for some SCUBA or screening. Don’t forget to keep those hunting permits up to date!
TBFC had a great auction at the November meeting. We had LOTS of items and made a good amount of money to spend on scholarships this coming year. I want to thank Dr. Bob Sinibaldi for working the auction and to all of you who donated items. And, to those of you who spent money on the auction lots, thank you all!
ATTENTION: The December meeting is on the second Saturday of the month. Not our normal first weekend. Please mark your calendars accordingly.
Fossil Lake, Fish of the Green River Formation
December 8th, 2018
I’ve been to Kemmerer, Wyoming to hunt for the 50 million year old fossil fish there. There’s probably not a better time you could have than sitting on a bucket and splitting the slabs of prehistoric lake bed. Every strike of the hammer opens up the sediments like a book. And you don't have to turn too many pages to start finding the fossils.
Joseph Branin has been a member of TBFC since he was 6 or 7 years old. His mother Leslie saw her son’s interest in everything prehistoric and got him involved with fossiling at that young age hoping there may be a future in it for Joseph. There was.
Joseph quickly became good at not just hunting fossils, but studying the history and science behind the specimens. In high school Joseph began purchasing lots of ancient coins at auction. He knew the history of the coins so well he could often find coins worth much more than the sellers knew. He did well, or so his mother complained when she was forced to claim his earnings on her tax returns.
Joseph became very interested in the fossils that took him to Kemmerer, WY. Just like the coins, Joseph learned everything there was to know about the fossil fish, and while still in high school, negotiated a deal with the quarry owners to “share crop” fossils from the prehistoric lake.
Joseph has become quite the expert on the Green River Formation and the fossil fish (and sometimes mammals and reptiles) that are dug there. Come enjoy the presentation and see many specimens Joseph has dug from the 50 million year old lake!
I want to wish all TBFC members the happiest of holidays and a prosperous and safe 2019.