Tools for Collecting Fossils

tools for fossil hunting

  1. Hard hat. Important in the field where rock strata occur overhead.
  2. Safety glasses. Your eyes must be protected from rock chips when using a hammer or chisel.
  3. Gloves to protect your hands.
  4. Hammer. A bricklayer's hammer will work well.
  5. One or two chisels, preferably one large and one small.
  6. Backpack or cloth bag in which to carry the fossils.
  7. Old newspapers or a roll of tissue paper for protecting fragile specimens.
  8. Magnifying glass or hand lens, 3× to 10× power.
  9. Pencils and paper for labeling the specimens. Much of the value of a particular fossil lies in knowing where it was found and the bed it came from. Keep records of your collecting.
  10. A good map is very helpful as a record of the location of your fossil-collecting sites. Maps that show the shape of the landscape, as well as roads, houses, and rivers, are called topographic maps. They can be purchased for a moderate price at your state or federal geological survey offices.