Where can I find ammonite?

The majority of the very well preserved ammonites are found in the limestone and can be found inside limestone nodules or lying loose on the beach. This rock is very hard and will require a good geological hammer and maybe a chisel to split.

Where can I find ammonite fossils?

Nowadays, ammonite fossils are often found in most sedimentary rocks from the Devonian to Cretaceous periods, and outcrops of these rocks can be found in mountains and sedimentary basins. Such outcrops include quarries, sea coasts, river shores, deserts, canyons and even underground cellars.

Where can I dig for Ammolite?

Gemstone grade ammonites can only be found in southern Alberta near the St. Mary River and the Oldman River.

How do you get Ammonite out of the rock?

Put water in a small pan or container with the Fossil. Put it in the freezer and then let it freeze solid. Overnight should do it. Then let it thaw completely.

Are ammonites still alive today?

The ammonites became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous, at roughly the same time as the dinosaurs disappeared. However, we know a lot about them because they are commonly found as fossils formed when the remains or traces of the animal became buried by sediments that later solidified into rock.

What age are ammonites?

Ammonites lived during the periods of Earth history known as the Jurassic and Cretaceous. Together, these represent a time interval of about 140 million years. The Jurassic Period began about 201 million years ago and the Cretaceous Period ended about 66 million years ago.

Why is ammolite so expensive?

Just one area is known to yield gem-quality ammolite in commercial quantities, around the St. Mary River in Southern Alberta. Ammolite has been discovered in other areas but it is rarely of high-quality. The limited areal extent of this deposit is the primary reason why ammolite is so rare.

How do you get an ammonite out of a rock?

Where does eaglechild go to hunt ammonites?

On most of his hunts, Wes looks for shale concretions eroding out of the cliff face. These are where the ammonite fossils are usually found. When he spots one, EagleChild traverses over and digs a trench below the spot, so he has a place to stand.

Where to find ammonites in Alberta, Canada?

Among the native miners who dig in this area is Wes EagleChild. He is a member of the Blood Nation. He has taken the mining of Alberta ammonites to a whole new level, choosing to rappel 500 feet above the ground over the sides of somewhat unstable vertical shale cliffs located along the Oldman River.

Where are the ammonites found in the world?

The ammonites and shell fragments, which are called ammolite, are in my estimation the most spectacular specimen and lapidary material derived from fossil cephalopods in the world. These ammonites are found in the Cretaceous marine Bearpaw Shale Formation in south-central Alberta, centered around the city of Lethbridge.

What do you need to know about fossil hunting?

Safety glasses ensure any splinters are deflected away from the eyes. Eye protection should also be worn by spectators as splinters can travel several metres from their origin. For more information and examples of the tools and equipment recommended for fossil hunting click here. When is the best time to fossil hunt?