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Hi everyone! The Missouri Life August Magazine has a good article about finding fossils in Missouri. Here are some of the areas they suggested fossil hunting. I thought this was interesting as many folks ask..Where can I look in Missouri. Hope this helps. Tell you the truth I wouldn't know what a bryozoans is..but probably many of you do. So here you go ------------------------------------------------------------
Park Hills
Brachiopods & Trilobites are embedded in limestone and shale. Check road cuts on Route 8 near Leadwood and Frankclay, about 5 miles west of Park Hills

New London
About 1 mile N. of New London along Hwy 61, exposed rock can yield trilobite fragments, bryozoans and brachiopods in limestone formation. Look S. of the Salt River Bridge.

Brachiopods, byrozoans, & Trilobites can be found in rock outcrops & road cuts on Interstate 44's North outer road to the West of Allenton. Also look along route 109 around 3 miles N of Eureka.

Arnold/Festus area
Hwy 61-67 and Interstate 55 boast rod cuts, rock outcrops and abandoned quarries with cephalopods, brachiopods, byozoans, trilobites, and coral in limestone.

Seek crinoids, horn coral & brachiopods in adandonded quarries, road cuts, & out crops, next to Interstate 44 & Hwy 65. Eroded areas provide the best opportunity for finding fossils.

In this area you should find brachiopods and crinoids, The brachiopods will be in areas of exposed limestone.

Southern Missouri's Central Ozark Region
This area has some of the oldest rocks in the state. Steadily eroding for thousands of years, the landscape contains gastropods, cephalopods, & trilobite fragments. The natural weathering reveals new fossils with each expedition.

Hannibal & Louisiana Missouri
Check quarries and road cuts in the Hannibal area. The best spots are along route 79 between Hannibal & Louisiana. Possible fossils here include brachiopods, gastropods, crinoids, blastoid and coral.

Kansas City
The Metro Kansas City area has marine fossils in quarries, road cuts and outcrops. Fossils lie in exposed limestone & shale.

Vernon, Bates, Henry & St. Clair, Counties
These counties have abandoned coal strip mines with fossils in limestone & shale.
This is where the article said you could look in Missouri. If you read the entire article it gives more information. Also there is the following information in the article:

Fossil Foraging Facts

1 It's illegal to remove fossils from public lands like parks, forests or other protected areas.

2. Always seek written permission from landowners before entering a site. Many abandoned quarries and other natural areas are private property

3. Road cuts can be dangerous places on busy highways. Avoid highly trafficked roads when fossil hunting

4. Sometimes a rock is just a rock. Psudo-fossils are rocks that look like fossils but aren't. Your local fossil group or rock show can help you separate the look-alike from the true find.

Ok everyone hope this was interesting and helpful. Happy Hunting!

Carol Poole
Prolly won't make a differnce, but the Missouri guide says you can't take any articfacts.....not sure what that means exactly...anyone want to give their definition? Should that include fossilized wood?


Carol Poole
Artifacts are things made by people.
Ivey's got it right. Artifacts are usually meant to be anything over 100 years old, mainly Amerindian, but pioneer in some areas. The way this country's going - it might be interpreted by the Powers That Be as anything from anyone. I can imagine curbs in the future on collecting things like old bottles or telephone glass insulators.
But for now, artifacts exclude any kind of fossils. Your petrified wood is least for the time being.
Technically, Indian artifacts can be collected on private land with the landowner's permission. It would be a good idea to have some kind of form that the landowner can sign saying that permission was freely given.
Public lands artifact collecting can be trouble, with fines, loss of car, jail time, etc. I take the risk in remote areas, but I always have full pockets of agates or petrified wood to show if challenged. Plus a permission form signed by a friend who DOES have artifacts on his property to collect to keep with any artifacts I carry in my car.
I feel like Rip Van Winkle coming back to the US after my stay in Japan, and finding a crazy system in place. Vertebrate fossils are a good example. If the surface stuff isn't collected, it'll crumble and be useless in time. Far better to collect and share the knowledge gained. Other messages on this board have touched on this.
Hope this helps.
My son needs a Missouri fossil by 5/4/26 for show an tell, where can I buy one?
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