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Recently Asked

“Dear Curators, My friend has a fossil collection. He sometimes adds stuff to it from local beaches. Is this legal?”
John, Goleta - April 16, 2018

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“I have come across a very interesting rock on a friends property above the Ojai Valley. Looking for someone who might have some idea what it is. Any help is appreciated.  Thanks, Nile”
Nile, Ojai - May 22, 2018

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“Hi Curators, We take frequent walks along Hendry’s beach and over the years have collected “tons” of rocks, sea glass, and a few occasional transportable whale bone fossils.  I came across one specim...”
Jeff, Bel Air Knolls - May 25, 2018

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“Hello, recently my son and I were at Santa Claus Ln. beach and digging in the sand. We found this rock and were wondering if it could possibly be a meteorite? Magnets stick to it and a compass is affe...”
Roger Williams, Santa Barbara - April 11, 2019

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“I found an egg that is about five inches around and looks very old. I would like to send you a picture of it so you can give me your thoughts. Thank you.”
Dave, Camarillo, CA - June 23, 2019

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“My friend gave me a bunch of fossils before he died at the age of 99. I have 2 large shells which he found on his ranch in Camarillo years ago.  I would love to donate them to anyone! Do you know any...”
Johanna, Santa Barbara - October 22, 2019

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“I have no idea what these rocks are.  I need help in identifying.”
Linda Schmidt, Whitewater, Kansas - November 9, 2019

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“I found shells in a rock face on Vandenberg Air Force Base. Are these considered fossils? Thank you”
Jacob - February 23, 2020

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