We have been collecting fossils for years. Eventually, we got into minerals and now have some amazing collectible items.
Today, we buy old mineral collections, clean them up, put them in new display boxes, bring them to our shows, and share them with you. Many of our specimens were originally acquired in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.
Lisa holding Fossil Bison bone
This is a fossil bison bone that Lisa found.
Rich holding up fossil bones
Rich was thrilled and literally beaming when he found both megafauna finds on the same fossil hunting trip. The one on the left is a fossilized rib of a giant ground sloth. The one on the right is a mastodon vertebra. Both prehistoric animals roamed the mid-west during the Pleistocene Age period.
This pic was yet another fossil hunting trip. Yes we get up at the crack of dawn to go find our treasures. On this chilly morning we had a thick fog bank to deal with… Rich is ready to go in his mud boots, hauling a trolling motor and heavy battery to move us upstream in our canoe.
Boat pic – Lisa – fossils on blanket
We were notified that the river had dropped considerably…so we dropped everything we were doing and got out there. We brought our smallest canoe that we named “The Bone-Getter-Boat” because we would throw that boat in the back of the van and away-we-would-go to get those fossils. The river dropped because they closed all the gates upstream and the river became almost dry – we never saw it like that before. Where once there was a deep river – we literally had to walk down the center of the river because the boat kept getting stuck. All I can say is the fossils were plentiful. This spread of fossils on the blanket was from that one fossil hunting trip.
Lisa is holding a fossilized horse skull.
Pic of Rich and Lisa with giant bone
Rich found this Mastodon femur. He snatched it up so quickly that he nearly dumped us both out of the canoe. It washed out of the bank and redeposited in a debris pile of logs and trees. This was an exciting day!
Pic of Rich holding giant Mastodon bone
The joy and excitement on his face says it all. It can’t get any better than this! This pic became our logo for Hagar’s Fossils and Minerals. We really do have fun finding treasures.
Pic of Rich-Shark Teeth
On this trip we went scuba diving off the Florida coast to hunt for fossils. This selfie says it all. It is so much fun to find real treasures off the bottom of the ocean floor- in this case the treasures were fossil Megalodon teeth.
Pic of Rich with scuba gear on in water and holding a fossil bone up
Rich was scuba diving in a low-visibility stream. He came up out of the water with this great find….this is a rib from a Mastodon.
Pic of Rich laughing with fossil claw in his hand
WHe’s laughing with joy!... Many times, we would go fossil hunting and come back with non-descript fossil bone fragments. Also, many times we think we found something significant in the murky waters only to bring up a piece of trash shaped like a fossil… this happens more often than you can even imagine. Thinking this was going to be a piece of trash, he was thrilled to find this giant Ground Sloth Claw-bone. You can hear his fun laugh just looking at this pic.
Pic of Rich holding a curved black tooth in his hand
This is a very rare find, a front incisor of a giant beaver from the Pleistocene age. They grew to be the size of a modern-day black bear.
Pic of Rich holding a bunch of rocks
Rich went on a meteorite expedition. Here he is holding and armful of pallasite meteorites that he found. The folks behind him are the landowners.
2017 Fossil Fish Quarry
We had the opportunity to go to American Fossil Fish Quarry in Kemmerer Wyoming. Not only did we get dirty from head to toe, the fun was splitting these large sedimentary rock slabs to find the fossils inside.