Finding Fossils Without Digging

 This chart is from Wikipedia and the links work.

Preceded   by Proterozoic   Eon 542   Ma – Phanerozoic   Eon – Present
542   Ma – Paleozoic   Era – 251 Ma 251   Ma – Mesozoic   Era – 65 Ma 65   Ma – Cenozoic   Era – Present
Cambrian Ordovician Silurian Devonian Carboniferous Permian Triassic Jurassic Cretaceous Paleogene Neogene Quaternary

I have had “Experts” tell me it’s not possible to find what I have due to the fact that the fossils I claim to be discovering are far below the surface strata for this area.   In other words, I am lying when I say that I pick them up on the surface.   I have been accused of “bringing in” fossils from other states, “making” fossils, been told I am “insane/imagining things”, and that I am “fooling around and cleaning” volcanic/old rocks.   I have had several geologists tell me that I don’t have sedimentary rock on my property, which is certainly untrue.

It’s documented that the ground is folded/faulted which put the Devonian layer on top of the Jurassic layer for this part of southern Oregon.    Since I never see the article below referenced anywhere, I am not sure people are aware of it.   I have of course read the recent information about geological traits for this area, but not once have I seen this strata phenomena discussed.   I live in the Applegate Valley region mentioned in the article.  It’s possible that this information was forgotten about, and no further research went into it.

I think I may hold the infamous record of being banned from The Fossil Forum four different times.   Why, you ask?   I was accused of manufacturing fossils, and pretending I had fossils when I didn’t.   I never argue with anyone about fossils,  and I  always thank people for their opinions.   But I don’t necessarily agree with their consensus and agree with them that they are correct.    I can laugh about it today, but I can’t describe the frustration in the past.   I am still locked out of the Fossil Forum; every IP of mine over the past three years is on their taboo list.

Please refer to excerpts from the 1908 article below.   I have also included the link to the entire book :



The strike of the strata older than the Cretaceous is generally northeast and southwest parallel to the rock belts and their dip for the most part is to the southeast though in many places they are vertical.   To judge from the position of the strata alone it appears that those in the northwest portion of the Grants Pass region should be the oldest and that they should decrease in age to the southeast.   Just the reverse however is the case.  The youngest rocks Jurassic are on the northwest and the oldest mica schist on the southeast with the Paleozoic between.  This apparent reversal of the natural order is due either to folding and overturning of the strata or to faulting by which the older rocks are made actually or apparently to overlie the younger.

It is very probable that both folding and faulting have contributed to the complex structure of the region but the part played by each is practically unknown and can be determined only by detailed investigation.  The most probable line of faulting noted in the region is one which crosses it from northeast to southwest in the vicinity of Waldo and Kerby where the Jurassic strata appear to pass beneath the Devonian.   A similar line of displacement may occur in the southeastern portion of the Applegate region between the Paleozoic rocks and the mica schists but the evidence thus far observed is not conclusive.   Both of these supposed lines of faulting have been traced by Ilershey southward through the Klamath Mountains and are shown on the geo morphic map of the California earthquake commission.


Sierra Nevada the Cascade Range and the Coast Range They are most closely related in position and structure to the Coast Range but he kinds of rocks of which they are made up are like those of the Sierra Nevada The region under consideration lies within the Klamath Mountain group and extends from the crest of the Siskiyou Mountains northward to Rogue River where the stage road and the Southern Pacific Railroad afford a convenient outlet for transportation Applegate River which heads in the Siskiyou Mountains has carved out an irregular but in many places broad and fertile valley across the region A stage mail route follows the Applegate to the crest of the Siskiyou Mountains in California but there is no outlet to the south The region is mountainous and ranges in altitude from about 871 feet to over 7,043 feet above the sea The fertile valleys are farmed and the mountains are generally well forested especially in the southeastern portion which belongs to the Siskiyou National Forest GEOLOGY GENERAL OUTLINE The rocks of the Applegate region include both sedimentary and igneous rocks of various types and ages They are arranged in irregular elongated patches or bands running northeast and southwest diagonally across the Grant Pass quadrangle and the igneous rocks occupy by far the larger portion of the area The sedimentary rocks are mainly Paleozoic Devonian probably with some Carboniferous though there are a few of Tertiary age and some of Cretaceous Besides these there is a mass of mica schists near the crest of the Siskiyou Mountains that appears to be older than he Paleozoic rocks of the same region The igneous rocks are in part intrusive but many of them possibly the greater portion are volcanic MICA SCHIST Mica schist appears to be among the oldest rocks of this portion of Oregon It occurs in a large area about Squaw Lake in the southeast corner of the Grants Pass quadrangle where it is associated with hornblende and chlorite schists The last two are probably derived from the alteration of ancient igneous rocks but the origin and age of the mica schist here referred to are not definitely known Its nearness to the large mass of granodiorite that forms the core of the Siskiyou Range suggests that it may be due to the contact metamorphism of Paleozoic sediments by the granodiorite However the absence of andalusite and other characteristic contact minerals favors the view that the mica schist is older than the Paleo S982S Bull 380 09 4 THE GRANTS PASS QUADRANGLE DISTRICT OREGON 49


4 thoughts on “Finding Fossils Without Digging”

  1. Hi ,i have found what appears to be a fossil,bone, human. On top of the ground in souther oregon…on jackson co. And dougles co. Divide…

    1. Hi Josh,
      Have you taken pictures of it, or shown it to anyone? What makes you believe that it’s human? Do you believe it to be Paleoindian? If you believe it to be Native American, or recent, then you should of course report, it needless to say! I will post and e-mail you this comment. Thanks…Kathy

  2. Greetings Josh,
    You’ve got some beautiful stuff there. Your comments about being shamed is typical of those jealous of a good find. I have a problem myself in that my father collected fossil jasper of extraordinary beauty and color saturation. He gave it all to me(about 1 ton). Approximately 40 years of collecting and get this, he was color blind. Almost all appears to be very early marine animal life which appear in geometric form as arrows, triangles, rectangles and 5 point, plus small white (less than 1mm shells) and . From what I’ve read they appear to be Cambrian Succession but I’m a neophite. All were found in his travels to Terminal Glacial Morraines. Therefore, they cannot be proven to be the age since they were not found in the strata they were formed in. They are rounded stones that resemble riverstone, but are much cleaner and smoother. Therefore, I,m simply cutting some into coasters and trivets with others jewelry grade making me learn lapidary. However, I’m planning a visit to the UNLV earth sciences dept. in a couple of weeks to identify the fossils if they can. I realize the the earliest macro marine animal sealife is still in question concerning their makeup as the scientists do not all agree. Stand by for my tictail shop.

    1. Hi Gordo,
      What an interesting story you have there. Although I haven’t touched my website for several years now, I do plan on getting back to it one of these days! I got sidetracked with other issues. Please keep me updated on any information you find about your collection. It’s so difficult finding anyone to help out if you aren’t in the profession, or don’t have access to diagnostic equipment. I have been given much more wrong information these past years than good data. It’s frustrating to say the least. Best wishes…Kathy

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