Hello! This is about Kansas again - could anyone out there please tell me which places are the best ones to dig for fossils in this state? I would appreciate anything that anyone could tell me about this; thank you!
It depends what kind of fossils you are looking for. For animal fossils the best (and relatively easiest) place to look is on the sand bars of the Kansas river when the river is low.
Okay thank you for letting me know; I truly appreciate it!
Any sand bars from about Lawrence on down to the confluence with the Missouri in Kansas City should be good. The floods in the spring usually uncover a new "batch" every year. The whole river is public land, but you have to use a public access point or go thru private land to get to the river. Good luck!
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I would definitely be interested in more details as well. I've dug Oligocene, but would like to dig chalk. Besides fish, anything bigger there? Thank you for sharing.
The sand bars on the Kansas River are sand, not chalk. There is really no "digging" involved. The fossils I find are mammal bones....bison, deer, and small mammals. Mastadon bones have been found, but not by me. When the river is low is the best time to look. Be prepared for lots of hot sun, biting inscets and poison ivy in places. Also advised is a life vest, as the sand bars have been know to colapse at times (this has never happened to me). A canoe would be ideal, so one could get on the river & really have full access to all spots, but as I say, you could get access to the river at any bridge or other public access & hike.