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Congratulations on the Dinosaur bone, that's so awesomely cool!  Some nice nuggets there too but without a doubt the bone is the find of the trip!

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Thanks, I'm still pretty pumped about it. I was just thinking last year about making a video series about what would happen if a gold prospector took up the challenge of trying to find dino skeletons using some of the same research/field work techniques as in gold prospecting/exploration. Never did try to film that, but pretty excited I managed to find a dino bone anyways, it's been a life long goal.

Never know what you might find out there, I love exploring!

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7 minutes ago, jasong said:

Never know what you might find out there, I love exploring!

Wow... yea for sure... and who'd have thunk dinosaurs wore leather boots, and the jeans are still like new... that's the craziest part. 🤪

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 Nice find! Is the bone in limestone or volcanic ash? Can’t tell from photo.


My wife and I also love to go exploring and rockhounding too, and it usually takes us to places that geologically speaking, aren’t known for gold but I still try swinging while there.  We could never live somewhere else for the open spaces we have in the western states!

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18 minutes ago, GotAU? said:

 Nice find! Is the bone in limestone?


My wife and I also love to go exploring and rockhounding too, and it usually takes us to places that geologically speaking, aren’t known for gold but I still try swinging while there.  We could never live somewhere else for the open spaces we have in the western states!

This bone is in a sand/conglomerate member of a much larger sandstone/mudstone/shale noted for both oil and and fossils. I'm staying semi vague intentionally because I'm the only one detecting out here and this is...well, a public forum. :cool: The area lacks any real modern geologic mapping so I'm not 100% certain, but I think I'm in the ballpark with formation ID. Intense amounts of faulting and folding have made it hard to really map things out though.

I hear that though! I love living out here so much, my life is in wandering the hills and mountains searching for things. 

BTW, this place has no written history of gold production, and almost no old timer workings either, at least not nearby. You would never believe there is gold here unless you saw it come out of the ground. I'm 90% sure it's coming from an ancient paleo-river that itself was fossilized into rock and in areas has re-eroded back out and gotten re-concentrated locally in some areas. 

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4 minutes ago, jasong said:

This bone is in a sand/conglomerate member of a much larger sandstone/mudstone noted for both oil and and fossils. I'm staying semi vague intentionally because I'm the only one detecting out here and this is...well, a public forum. :cool: The area lacks any real modern geologic mapping so I'm not 100% certain, but I think I'm in the ballpark with formation ID. Intense amounts of faulting and folding have made it hard to really map things out though.

I hear that though! I love living out here so much, my life is in wandering the hills and mountains searching for things. 

BTW, this place has no written history of gold production, and almost no old timer workings either, at least not nearby. You would never believe there is gold here unless you saw it come out of the ground. I'm 90% sure it's coming from an ancient paleo-river that itself was fossilized into rock and in areas has re-eroded back out and gotten re-concentrated locally in some areas. 

Cool find, nice indicators for stream deposits too- water tumbled fossilized bone embedded in sandstone, and nearby you found a cool little placer deposit. Very nice discovery!

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You’re also proving my point to my wife that bringing my detector on our hikes might be worth it! 😁

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Well done , congrats on the fossil find very hard to come by unless you can get on land in the bighorn basin some good hunting on private land there .

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