Oliver Creek Wrap-up by Roger Farish
Everyone knew that it was going to be hot, hot, hot, BUT that didn’t deter many folks from hitting the fossil-collecting trail. I underprinted the Hold Harmless Agreements, but 112 people did sign one AND I know of at least 3 people that did not. So, no telling how many people we actually took out to the creek. There were 62 cars though. We had visitors/members from Oklahoma City, Houston and Austin that I know of.
The good news is that spring rains had really exposed plenty of new material. The bad news was that the landowner had dammed the creek in several places to provide water for his livestock, so we had much more water than normal AND the creek was continuing to flow at a good pace. Consequently, some of the best collecting ‘seams’ weren’t accessible, so no shark teeth this trip.
Most people brought their own fossil transport so I was glad that I only had a dozen 5-gal. buckets to hand out WHICH attendees proceeded to fill. I couldn’t get around to photographing all of the findings, but James Townsend did find the best Salenia Mexicana that I’ve ever seen from that site – just perfect. Several people found at least parts of Phymosoma texana. Of course, the Oxytropidoceras ammonites and Epiaster and Heteraster echinoids were abundantly available. At least 3 what we believe to be bison bones were found – 2 femurs and a vertebra.
After lunch and DPS provided watermelons, we headed upstream. The echinoids here were mostly in large slabs of the harder limestone, but in colonies of a dozen or more. Those taken should prep out nicely. The creek bed itself was a pavement of ammonites, but the water flow limited their access.
Thanks to Nonette Barnes for helping with crowd control and for bringing watermelons and to Alan Marchant and Ming Lee for sending photos.
For those of you who did not get the handout from the trip, click here to download.
See some photos below.