Finding Fossils
 
Not Just Any Rock Will Do Not Just Any Rock Will Do
Do's and Don'ts for Fossil Hunters
Fossils You May Find
Paleontology Clubs and Web sites
Keeping a Field Journal
 
If you want to find fossils, knowing what kind of rocks to search in is half the battle. Most fossils "hide out" in Sedimentary rock. When tiny bits of rocks and minerals (called sediment) join together over millions of years, they become sedimentary rock. Plants and animals that become sandwiched in this sediment eventually turn into fossils.

Two examples of sedimentary rocks are sandstone and shale.

Sandstone is formed by sand particles. It is often found in deserts, beaches, and other sandy environments.Sandstone
Shale is formed from particles of mud.Shale
Outcrop
Good places to find fossils are outcrops. An outcrop is a place where old rock is exposed by wind and water erosion and by other people's digging.