Monday, September 14, 2009

Digging For Fossils

On Saturday our homeschool group went to a museum that was hosting a Digging For Fossils day. My sons love digging in dirt, so this sounded like something they would enjoy.

The museum had received a load of dirt from the Miocene period. That's around 13 million years ago. The dirt, which came from a phosphate mine in N.C. is rich in fossils.

Every child was given a identification chart and a large baggie to put their finds in. They were also given screens filled with dirt to sift through. My little one had some help from his dad. There were also experts on hand to make sure everyone found everything in their screens.

Mitchell loved finding shark teeth, whale bones, coral, and stingray grinders. He got his biggest great white extinct shark tooth made into a necklace.

When we got home we did our best to identify everything he found. In the baggies below are most of what he found. We put them in separate baggies according to what we thought they were.

We would like to visit the Aurora Fossil Museum sometime so the kids can search for more fossils. The museum is free and has a large pile of fossil dirt for children to search through.

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Michelle said...

what a fun time that looks like it was!

Mommie Daze said...

That's really neat. When I was kid I wanted to be an archeologist after I saw Indiana Jones. Your son's necklace is awesome!

Karen said...

That is so interesting. We used to take our kids to the fossil beds at the Falls of the Ohio in Clarksville, Indiana.

Anonymous said...

That looks like a lot of fun!!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Sounds like fun! My son would love that.