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  • Printable Fossil Identification Guide Sheets:

    Below are printable fossil identification guide sheets in PDF and JPG format. These are ideal to take fossil hunting with you if you are new to fossils, or taking new people or children with you when you travel to the outdoor fossil sites. They are designed to be easily printed.

    Simply click on the corresponding images and save the .PDF or print.

    If you don't see the fossil identification guide you are looking for, try looking at the Fossil Hunting Sites. Each fossil hunting location has an online identification area.




    Western New York Fossil Identification Sheet

    There are 3 Identification sheet options for download:
    Color .PDF
    Black and White .PDF
    High Res Color .JPG


    Click Here For The Western New York Fossil Page






    Calvert Cliffs of Maryland VERTEBRATE Fossil Identification Sheet

    This fossil identification sheet is ideal for identifying vertebrate fossils from the Calvert Cliff area of Maryland and the Horsehead Cliffs of Virginia. It's good for fossil shark teeth identification in this area.
    PDF I.D. Sheet


    Click Here For The Calvert Cliffs of Maryland Fossil Page






    Calvert Cliffs of Maryland INVERTEBRATE Fossil Identification Sheet

    This fossil identification sheet is ideal for the invertebrate (i.e. shells) fossils of the Calvert Cliff area of Maryland and the Horsehead Cliffs of Virginia. It's good for fossil shark teeth identification in this area.
    PDF I.D. Sheet


    Click Here For The Calvert Cliffs of Maryland Fossil Page

    View the Online Maryland Fossil Shell Identification Guide Here






    Potomac River PALEOCENE Fossil Identification Sheet

    This fossil identification sheet is ideal for the Paleocene outcroppings along the Potomac River in Maryland and Virginia. It's good for fossil shark tooth identification in this area.
    PDF I.D. Sheet


    Click Here For The Potomac River Paleocene Fossil Page






    Common Miocene and Pliocene Fossils of North Carolina Identification Sheet

    This fossil identification sheet is ideal for collecting the spoil pile in front of the Aurora Fossil Museum in Aurora, North Carolina. It's good for fossil shark tooth identification in this area.
    PDF I.D. Sheet


    Click Here For The North Carolina Fossil Page






    Common Cretaceous Fossils of Big Brook, New Jersey Identification Sheet

    This fossil identification sheet is ideal for collecting at Big Brook in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and nearby places.
    PDF I.D. Sheet


    Click Here For The Big Brook, New Jersey Fossil Page







    Recommended Books on Fossil Hunting / Collecting

    These are nice guide books on Fossil Hunting Locations. If you are looking for places to fossil hunt, I would recommend reading one of these books.

    Fossil Collecting in the Mid-Atlantic States: With Localities, Collecting Tips, and Illustrations of More than 450 Fossil Specimens

    This book is a classic! Although some of the fossil hunting site listed in this book no longer exist, it shows what fossils can be found in the same area. What makes this book a classic is Jasper Burns incredible sketches of the locations and the fossils found at each location. It is a very descriptive and useful guide book. Even after all these years, I still find myself referencing it!

    Fossil Collecting Locations in this book are from Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.




    Roadside Geology Series Books

    The Roadside Geology Series publishes a book for each state. These paperback books are a great resource. They are set up as a mile by mile guided tour of the state and include detailed maps, geologic cross sections, and wonderful illustrations. Every one of these books from the series have high reader reviews.

    Although they don't go over specific fossil hunting locations, these relatively inexpensive books are great for understanding the geology of the area you fossil hunt. I recommend having a copy of your state that you fossil hunt in. I have books from this series on Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, and have not been disappointed!




    Discovering Fossils: How to Find and Identify Remains of the Prehistoric Past

    I do not recommend this book for the seasoned fossil collector. This book is geared toward someone just getting into the hobby or someone with a casual interest in fossils and paleontology. It's a great stepping stone for new fossil collectors!

    The book is well written, and contains all the basics. It has tips for new fossil collectors, shows how to excavate and prepare fossils. It also has a guide to different types of fossils and general fossil collecting areas.

    If you are getting into this hobby, or just curious, this is an excellent resource!