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Stone art, fossil hunting highlight Rock and Mineral Club show

Traverse City Record Eagle - 2 months ago
Dressed Indiana Jones-style, "PaleoJoe" will share where and how to find dinosaur and other fossils during 1 p.m. presentations both days. Kchodl grew up amidst New York's fossil rich...

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Midland Daily News - 9 months ago
Midland's PaleoJoe will demonstrates how to clean and restore real dinosaur bones from 1 to 4 p.m. program at the Midland Center for the Arts. As PaleoJoe cleans the bones he will discuss...

Giant dinos invade MCFTA

Midland Daily News - 10 months ago
Older children and adults can view the different fossils featured near paleontologist Joseph "PaleoJoe" Kchodl's prep lab. Twice a month PaleoJoe will perform demonstrations and give...

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4 weeks ago

Paleo Joe

Paleo Joe will be presenting a seminar on campus next week - Digging Dinosaurs in Utah. You do not want to miss this!!!
Open to the public!
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4 months ago

Paleo Joe

Discovering - Fossil Hunting with Paleo Joe ... See MoreSee Less

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5 months ago

Paleo Joe

Has been a great year so far collecting. Started with digs in Alpena, then on to Penn Dixie where I found lots of trilobites, then on to the U.P. of Michigan to an Ordovician site and shoot a TV show, then on to New York..again.. and found some nice brachs in south eastern NY. Love being in the field collecting. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

Paleo Joe

My first ME dig this season, Digging At Penn Dixie today, found this great Roller Trilobite and piece of coral. Will make a really great display piece when cleaned up. Oh by the way - a little miss with the hammer on my thumb, but oh so well worth it. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

Paleo Joe

Pretty stoked. I will be doing (taping) a 1/2 hour TV show in the U.P. of Michigan in a few weeks. The show is produced by TV 6 and is called Discovering. We will be talking about the Fossils of Michigan especially the Ordovician deposits of the U.P. near Escanaba. Once the show is aired, I will be putting it on my website paleojoe.com and also trying to post it on facebook. It is a 1/2 hour show so I am not sure how many people would want to watch it there, but at least I will put a link on the page so people can click on it to view the episode.
Pretty excited about going back up there, I try to get to the U.P. every few years, but this time I will actually be hunting for fossils - on camera - hope to make some cool finds live on film.
Also I hope the morels are not gone by then.
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6 months ago

Paleo Joe

At the Kalamazoo Rock show this weekend. I will be doing children's programming Friday for the school classes and doing adult programming Saturday and Sunday.
Kids programs Friday May 4th at 9:15, 10:45, 12:15 and 1:15
Adult programs
Fossils of the Michigan Basin Saturday, May 5th 11 am
Trilobite Treasures Sunday May 6th 11 am
Dinosaur CSI Sunday May 6th 3:30 pm

I will also be doing dinosaur bone prep at the table at various times throughout the weekend..

The PaleoJoe Fossil Store will be open as well Friday afternoon and night, All day Saturday and Sunday. Stop buy say hello and meet my new Store Manager Jen. Lots of new items for sale including Trilobites, Raptor Teeth, LARGE Mosasaur teeth, Petrified wood and loads of beautifully polished split pair ammonites...and lots more. My books will also be on sale.
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7 months ago

Paleo Joe

Breaking Rocks in the Hot Sun, I fought the Trilobite and the Trilobite won !!!......Well not really. Dig with the Experts is coming in May at the Penn Dixie Quarry. Come join me digging these great creatures. Look at all the people having a great time. CONTACT Penn Dixie Quarry www.penndixie.org
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7 months ago

Paleo Joe

Sitting in my hotel sipping on a glass of Chardonnay. The exhibit is up and ready for the crowds. The New York/New Jersey rock show opens tomorrow at noon. I am sharing the ballroom with the Smithsonian's Titanoboa exhibit. The second picture is of one of my favorite components, Trilobites of Caleb's Quarry.
400 vendors, and I did sneak a peek at some of the stuff, gonna be a great show.
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Fossil thought for the Week June 3rd, 2018

There are locations within the country where blocks of fossils can be found. generally they are portions of the sea floor or beach that have been preserved as large formations. We sometimes call these "Hash" just a conglomerate of dozens if not hundreds of fossils....

Fossil Thought for the Week May 14th

Mazon Creek Fauna. During the Carboniferous Period plants had taken over the world. Several locations around the world produced vast coal mining regions made up of those dead and buried forests and plants. One such location where plant fossils can be found is Mazonia...

Fossil thought for the Week of May 7th

Sorry it has been so long - been really swamped. Soft tissue preservation. It is extremely rare to find any soft tissue preservation in fossils. However there are some cases when this does occur. One very special location is in New York. The fossil trilobites exhibit...

Fossil Thought for the Week of April 9th

Corals - some of the most prolific creatures of the ancient and modern salt water seas are also some of the commonest fossils found. They can be found on nearly every continent and vary greatly in size, shape, and species. These are some of the entry level fossil...

Fossil Thought for the Week of April 2

Landscaping. Before you whack at the rocks with a hammer or try to pull the fossil out of the matrix, try to think how cool it might look if you just clean it a little and leave it "landscaped" on the matrix itself. These Brachiopods look great almost like they are...

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