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Twenty Mile Creek
May 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CDTFree
Put on your water shoes, grab your sieves and buckets, and let’s get out there for those shark teeth and have a splash of a good time too!
On Saturday May 4, 2019, the NMGMS Rockheads will sponsor a field trip to the famous Frankstown “Shark Tooth” site (the W. M. Browning Cretaceous Fossil Park), which is located on Twenty Mile Creek in Prentiss County, Mississippi. We will meet at the Site at 10:00 a.m. Parking is on the eastern side of US Highway 45 in the flat grassy area just off of the side road and includes under the bridge. We will be sifting through the creek’s sand and gravel for shark teeth and other small Cretaceous fossils. Be prepared to get wet; you will be down in the creek, so you need to be
able to go down the bank and get in the water. Bring a screening device, like a colander, sieve, or homemade screen made out of hardware cloth and a wooden frame. Also, you will need a small garden trowel or scoop, plus small plastic jars with tight fitting lids, Ziploc bags, or pill bottles, to use as storage containers for the fossils. There are no facilities here. Be sure to bring plenty of drinking water, a hat, sunscreen, a towel, and dry clothes to change into. This is a wild site, so watch for poison ivy on the banks and snakes at all times. You will find many different kinds of teeth here, shark, ray, bony fish, Mosasaurs, and crocodile; also some vertebrae, turtle bone, scoots, petrified wood, and lots more. Many of the teeth are good sized, but most are very small, so be sure to check out anything that is black and shiny!
Lunch: The Rockheads will be cooking hot dogs. There will also be chips, cookies, and lemonade, all for the small donation of $2. What a deal! Please bring your own chair. So come on out to support our Rockheads, and have a great time too!
Collecting at Twenty Mile Creek
Registered Professional Geologist, Robert Langford, will be present at the W. M. Browning Cretaceous Fossil Park located on Twenty Mile Creek at the Hwy 45 Bridge near Frankstown, in Prentiss County, Mississippi. Robert will be there on a voluntary basis to help novice fossil collectors, to identify their fossils, and to promote the NMGMS by handing out NMGMS information fliers. Family groups and Home Schoolers are very welcome. Boy Scouts, are you working on a BSA Geology Merit Badge? BSA Geology Merit Badge Forms are available.
Robert’s 2018 summer Saturday schedule will be as follows: June 22, July 20, and August 17
List of Things to bring:
Families are in for a treat. This site is extremely wet; be prepared to get very wet. The creek bed is rocky and there is some glass and wire. So have the kids wear shoes that they can wear into the water and a swimsuit. They will also need to bring a change of clothes, towel, sun screen, lunch, and water to drink.
You will need sieving screens that can be made from window screening attached to a frame, but many people use kitchen colanders or the screens you get in summer beach sand toys, just something to let the sand and water through so you can sort through the coarse material to find the fossils. Bring a trowel or a scoop and a couple of small plastic
bags or boxes (egg cartons or yogurt cups with lids will do) to keep your fossils safe.
Here is a very informative video about this locale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntqiXfD3wBc
- May 4
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Event Category:
- W. M. Browning Cretaceous Fossil Park
52 Co Rd 7450
Baldwyn, MS 38824 United States + Google Map