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Fossil Identification 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 or simply saved on your smart phone

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 and more indepth identification section.



Western New York Fossil Identification Sheet - Devonian Reef Fossils


Fossil Identificatoin Sheet: Common Devonian Fossils of Western New York

There are 3 Identification sheet options for download:

New York Color .PDF

New York Black and White .PDF

New York High Res Color .JPG


Click Here For The Western New York Fossil Page




Calvert Cliffs of Maryland VERTEBRATE Fossil Identification Sheet - Miocene


Fossil Identificatoin Sheet: Common Miocene Vertebrate Fossils of Maryland

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.

Maryland Vertebrate PDF I.D. Sheet

Click Here For The Calvert Cliffs of Maryland Fossil Page





Calvert Cliffs of Maryland INVERTEBRATE Fossil Identification Sheet - Miocene


Fossil Identificatoin Sheet: Common Miocene Sea Shell Fossils of Maryland

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.

Maryland Invertebrate 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


Fossil Identificatoin Sheet: Common Potomac River Paloecene Fossils

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.

Potomac River PDF I.D. Sheet

Click Here For The Potomac River Paleocene Fossil Page





Common Miocene and Pliocene Fossils of North Carolina Identification Sheet


Fossil Identificatoin Sheet: Common Fossils of North Carolina

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.

North Carolina .PDF I.D. Sheet

Click Here For The North Carolina Fossil Page





Common Cretaceous Fossils of Big Brook, New Jersey Identification Sheet


Fossil identification sheet of common Cretaceous fossils of New Jersey

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

New Jersey .PDF I.D. Sheet

Click Here For The Big Brook, New Jersey Fossil Page







Recommended Books for learning about Fossils:


101 American Fossil Sites You've Gotta See
By Albert B Dickas, 2018
This is a great updated fossil sites book with at least one fossil site in each state. Each site is broken into 2 pages. One has detailed information, such as directions, GPS coordinates, formation information, etc... The other is dedicated to images of the site and the fossils found there. It also gives information on fossil 'viewing' sites such as dinosaur trackways, museums, and active excavations.

This book is great for both beginning and expert fossil collectors. Beginners will find fossil hunting much easier with this book and experts will find it to be a great reference.
Plus, my fossil photos are peppered throughout this book!

Here is a link to my Review of the book.



DK Eyewitness Books: Fossil
This is a great introductory book about fossils. It explains what fossils are, how fossils form, and how they lived. It is chalk full of spectacualr images of all kinds of fossils, and gives the history of fossil discoveries. It's a great book book for anyone getting into fossils.




Fossil Hunting: An Expert Guide to Finding, and Identifying Fossils and Creating a Collection
This is another great introductory book about fossils. This visual book concentrates on fossil hunting. It gives a historical perspective and goes over some world famous fossil localities.

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