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Acoustic Stratigraphy

I am what not a few might call your eager musical paleontologist: Here, in my Cyber-CD "Acoustic Stratigraphy"--using my acoustic guitars as geology picks--I excavate and bring to light, from the accumulated, stratified layers of our musical past, some of my favorite song specimens that have withstood the passing of time.

Inyo Plays 34 Solo, Acoustic, Instrumental 6 and 12-String String Guitar Interpretations

 

Click on the song titles at right for mp3 format files of my solo, acoustic, instrumental 6 and 12-string guitar performances.

This is the cover to my Cyber-CD, "Acoustic Stratigraphy." It's a view northward from the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona. I've arranged the songs on the cover in the form of fossils listed in a classic geologic column, where from top to bottom each song, analogous to a specific paleontological remain found within a stratigraphic exposure, is successively older than the title above it. For, example, the youngest title (at top) is "Going Home," a Mary Fahl composition from the American Civil War film "Gods And Generals," originally released to the theaters in 2003; and the oldest song (at bottom) is "Wild Mountain Thyme," a Scottish Folk song whose earliest version was first published in 1821. For all the liner notes, see the Music Files section, below--where the selections have been arranged in reverse order, simulating descriptions of contained fossils from statified rock formation units in published geological literature: that is, from oldest to youngest. And for the same view of the Grand Canyon, without the CD-cover print, Click Here. Cyber-CD cover designed and created by Inyo.

Note: The Public Domain image used for my Cyber-CD cover came courtesy PD Photo.org.

And, of course, in keeping with my metaphor of excavating song specimens from the stratified layers of time, what better place to symbolically identify, link, with that quest than the Grand Canyon of Arizona? It's probably the single best place on Earth to view in one vista the longest exposed accumulation of geologic time--roughly 1.5 billion years of Earth history is preserved there, from the 1.75 billion year-old Vishnu Schist at the very bottom, to the 250 million year-old Kaibab Limestone along the rim.

For more free music, visit my pages, The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo--A Cyber-CD (that's where you can here me play 30 cover selections of some of my favorite songs); Beyond The Timberline--A Cyber-CD (32 covers and original compositions); The Distant Path--A Cyber CD (where I play 32 covers and original compositions) and Inyo And Folks--A Musical History (my parents I play 110 arrangements of popular songs on acoustic 6 and 12-string guitars, banjo, kazoo, maracas, and tambourine); Back To Badwater--A Cyber-CD, where I play 32 solo and multitracked (double-tracked) selections, consisting of covers and original compositions on 6 and 12-string guitars; and The Rarities And Alternate Recordings Of Inyo--A Cyber-CD (32 seldom-heard, rare, alternate recordings of some of my previously released tracks.

Jump on over to my page It's A Happening Thing--Music From The Year 1967. Includes YouTube (and other sources) links to all songs that charted US Billboard Top 100 in year 1967 (close to a thousand, as as matter of fact), plus links to records that bubbled under US Billboard's Hot 100 charts that year (releases that placed #101 to #135); peruse, too, my extensive personal database of year 1967 music.

For an all-text page that includes all 332 of my guitar mp3 files placed on the internet, go to All Inyo All The Time. That's where you'll find access to all of my musical selections, in order of their appearance on the Web--from my first Cyber-CD ("The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo") to the last, The Rarities And Alternate Recordings Of Inyo--A Cyber-CD .

Introduction:

Here are 34 solo, acoustic, instrumental 6 and 12-string guitar arrangements of some of my favorite songs. It is my Cyber-CD, called "Acoustic Stratigraphy."

A special note here: I have not multi-tracked--that is, double-recorded--the musical selections at this Web Page. All have been played in solo, acoustic, instrumental style--in other words, the performances here consist of "one person, one guitar only," in which I used no multiple recording techniques, or overdubbing--just a guitar in my own "hot little hands."

All That Legal Stuff--It's All Free Music

And now for the legal matters. Here's the lowdown--You have my permission to download any or all of the songs for your personal, noncommercial use only (all of my recordings here are of course copyrighted). In other words, you may--(1) download any or all of the performances to your computer's hard drive for personal, noncommercial use only; or, (2) burn any or all of the renditions here to a CD for personal, noncommercial use only; or, (3) record any or all of the performances to a cassette tape for personal, noncommercial use only. OK, legal disclaimers are here and now finished, concluded, ended...you get the idea, I'm sure.

Shop Talk

I recorded all of my solo, acoustic, instrumental guitar interpretations on the following guitars: a 1976 Martin D-35 6-string; a 1952 Martin O-18 6-string; a 1998 Sigma DMISTCE 6-string; and a 1970 Stella 12-string. During the recording sessions with the 6-string guitars (15 selections), I used two microphones plugged into a mixer, which in turn fed directly to the computer; I processed the raw Wav files exclusively through the freeware GoldWave audio editor (versions 4.24 and 4.26--the last two free versions of the program, by the way; this is a much better free audio editor, in my own humble estimation, than the ubiquitous Audacity...). Also helpful is an inexpensive utility called Wavclean, which miraculously removes annoying hisses in raw Wav files without degrading the overall sound quality. On 19 additional solo selections, I played a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar through various portable radio/cassette recorders, plus stereo Teac cassette and Teac reel to reel tape machines; I have digitally re-mastered all of those 12-string guitar analog sessions from their original pre-1998 recordings (when I did not have access to computer technology).

Email me at Waucoba4@aol.com

The Cyber-CD: Acoustic Stratigraphy

All selections arranged in ascending order of chronological age, like the traditional description of fossil remains from stratified rock formation units in published geological literature--that is, oldest to youngest; priority of song order based on: (1) generic year of composition; or, (2) when possible to ascertain, date of first publication; or, (3), where more than one song was composed in the same year--priority given to dates of first appearance on US Billboard charts (Top 40).

The links below lead to separate pages, with lyrics, where the songs can then be played and/or downloaded

Once at a download page, to save a file, right click on a link and use the "Save Target As" option to save to a folder

Running Time For Cyber-CD Is 79 Minutes And 25 Seconds With Standard 2-second Pause Between Tracks

Selection #1: Wild Mountain Thyme (1976 Martin D-35; April 16, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. Folk song based on a poem, "The Braes of Balquidder" by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill, a contemporary of Robert Burns. Tannahill reportedly put his words to a modified tune from another source--perhaps from a 1792 John Hamilton melody that had been in existence since 1760, at least; Tannahill's original version was first published posthumously in 1821. Modern English paraphrasing, lyric additions, and melody modification by Francis McPeake, around 1957. 2:16

Selection #2: (What To Do With A) Drunken Sailor (1970 Stella 12 String; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A traditional sea shanty and popular Folk song, author unknown--first published description of the song is from 1839. 2:25

Selection #3: Shenandoah (1976 Martin D-35; April 11, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. The classic traditional Folk song. Dates to the 1800s during pre-American Civil War days; song's first appearance in print came in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, 1882. 2:32

Selection #4: Careless Love (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A traditional American song; composer unknown. First known to be played by Jazz-man Buddy Bolden in the early 1900s. Copyrighted by W.C. Handy in 1921, with lyrics slightly changed. 2:06

Selection #5: (He's Got) The Whole World In His Hands (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. Traditional Spiritual, first published in 1927. #1 US Billboard for Laurie London, 1958; first appearance in Top 40, 3-24-58. 1:51

Selection #6: Walk Right In (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Gus Cannon composition, 1929. #1 US Billboard for The Rooftop Singers, 1963; first appearance in Top 40, 1-23-63. 1:54

Selection #7: Perfidia (Tonight) (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. An Alberto Dominguez composition (1939); English lyrics by Milton Leeds. #3 hit for Xavier Cugot, 1941; #15 US Billboard for The Ventures, 1960--first appearance in Top 40, 11-14-60. 1:56

Selection #8: 16 Tons (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in California. A Merle Travis composition (1947); #1 US Billboard for Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1955; first appearance in Top 40, 11-15-55. 2:00

Selection #9: If I Had A Hammer (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable, stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Pete Seeger-Lee Hays composition, first half of 1949--first performed by Seeger and Hays June 3, 1949. #10 US Billboard for Peter, Paul & Mary, 1962; first appearance in Top 40, 9-8-62. 1:36

Selection #10: That Lucky Old Sun (1970 Stella 12 string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Beasley Smith-Haven Gillespie composition, 1949. #1 US Billboard for Frankie Laine, 1949 (hit #1 on 8-19-49). 2:22

Selection #11: The Bells Of Rhymney (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. Music by Pete Seeger (1958), using words written by Welsh poet Idris Davies (1938). Recorded by The Byrds for their lp "Mr. Tambourine Man" on April 14, 1965. 2:15

Selection #12: Greenback Dollar (1976 Martin D-35; September 27, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Hoyt Axton composition, 1962; from his 1962 lp, "The Balladeer." #21 US Billboard for The Kingston Trio, 1963; first appearance in Top 40, 2-23-63. 2:31

Selection #13: Denise (1952 Martin O-18; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a Sansui stereo cassette tape machine, part of a complete audio system, purchased in California. A Neil Levenson composition, 1963. #10 US Billboard for Randy & The Rainbows, 1963; first appearance in Top 40, 7-27-63. 2:24

Selection #14: I Want To Hold Your Hand (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A John Lennon-Paul McCartney composition, 1963. Recorded 10-17-63. #1 US Billboard for The Beatles, 1964; first appearance in Top 40 1-25-64. 2:07

Selection #15: Mr. Tambourine Man 1976 Martin D-35; April 16 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Bob Dylan composition, early 1964. #1 US Billboard for The Byrds, 1965; first appearance in Top 40, 6-5-65. 2:10

Selection #16: I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (1976 Martin D-35; December 3, 2001; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A John Lennon-Paul McCartney composition (1964). #95 US Billboard for The Beatles, 1964--flip side of the 45rpm single, "I'll Cry Instead," which rose to #20 US Billboard, 1964; first appearance in Top 40, 8-15-64. 1:48

Selection#17: Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun) (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Del Shannon composition, 1964. #9 US Billboard for Del Shannon, 1964; first appearance in Top 40, 12-19-64. 2:41

Selection #18: You're The One (1970 Stella 12-string, with high g-string removed; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Petula Clark-Tony Hatch composition, 1965 Originally included on Clark's 1965 lp, "I Know A Place." #4 US Billboard for The Vogues, 1965; first appearance in Top 40, 10-9-65. 2:19

Selection #18: The World Turns All Around Her (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Gene Clark (a founding member of The Byrds) composition, 1965. Included on the album "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds, released in December, 1965. 2:02

Selection #20: Galveston (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Jimmy Webb composition, 1966 (first recorded by Don Ho, actually, 1968). #4 US Billboard for Glen Campbell, 1969; first appearance in Top 40, 3-15-69. 2:00

Selection #21: No Milk Today (1976 Martin D-35; June 16, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Graham Gouldman composition, 1966. #35 US Billboard for Herman's Hermits, 1967; first appearance in Top 40, 3-18-67. 2:36

Selection #22: The Weight (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Kansas); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in California. A Robbie Robertson composition, 1967. Recorded January, 1978--appears on an album by The Band, "Music From The Big Pink," 1968. 2:43

Selection #23: My Sweet Lord (1976 Martin D-35; January 13, 2003; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A George Harrison composition, December 1969. #1 US Billboard for George Harrison, December 26, 1970 through January, 1971; first appearance in Top 40, 12-5-1970. 2:26

Selection #24: For All We Know (1976 Martin D-35; November 10, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Fred Karlin-Robb Royer-Jimmy Griffin composition (1970) for the 1970 film "Lovers and Other Strangers." #3 US Billboard for The Carpenters, 1971; first appearance in Top 40, 2-13-71. 2:17

Selection #25: Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) (1998 Sigma DMISTCE 6-string; November 7, 2001; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Compaq Presario computer, purchased in California. A Tony Macaulay-Barry Mason composition, 1970. #5 US Billboard for Edison Lighthouse, 1970; first appearance in Top 40, 2-28-70. 2:06

Selection #26: I'm A Memory (1976 Martin D-35; October 16, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Willie Nelson composition, 1971. #28 US Billboard Country for Willie Nelson, 1971; re-recorded and released by Willie Nelson in 1977, #22 US Billboard Country. #37 US Billboard Country for Brenda Lee, 1971. 2:04

Selection #27: Like A Hurricane (1976 Martin D-35; June 4, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Neil Young composition, 1975; from his lp, "American Stars 'N Bars," 1977. 2:26.

Selection #28: Nights Are Forever Without You (1970 Stella 12-string, with high g-string removed; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Parker McGee composition, 1976. #10 US Billboard for England Dan & John Ford Coley, 1976; first appearance in Top 40, 10-30-76. 2:59

Selection #29: Go Your Own Way (1976 Martin D-35; December 6, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Lindsey Buckingham composition, 1976. #10 US Billboard for Fleetwood Mac, 1977. First single released from the "Rumours" album, late 1976; first appearance in Top 40, 1-22-77. 2:30

Selection #30: It's A Heartache (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Ronnie Scott-Steve Wolfe composition, 1977. #3 US Billboard for Bonnie Tyler, 1978; first appearance in Top 40, 4-22-78. #86 US Billboard for Juice Newton, 1978. 2:35

Selection #31: Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Neil Young composition, 1979. #79 US Billboard, 1979. 2:39.

Selection #32: What About Love (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Sheron Alton-Brian Allen composition, 1982. #10 US Billboard for Heart, 1985; first appearance in Top 40, 6-29-85. 2:35

Selection #33: Dunbar's Theme (also called, "The John Dunbar Theme") (1976 Martin D-35; March 20, 2010; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A John Barry composition, 1990. From the 1990 Academy Award-winning film (Best Picture and Best Original Score, among others) "Dances With Wolves." 2:07

Selection #34: Going Home (1976 Martin D-35; February 20, 2004; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Mary Fahl composition, from her 2003 lp "The Other Side Of Time." Used in the 2003 American Civil War film, "Gods And Generals." 2:41

Music Links Of Interest

The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo--A Cyber CD: Listen to me play 30 covers of some of my favorite songs (all free music)

Beyond The Timberline--A Cyber CD: Listen to me play 32 covers and original compositions (all free music)

Inyo And Folks: A Musical History--A Cyber-CD Listen to my parents and me play 110 acoustic guitar and banjo arrangements (all free music)

The Distant Path--A Cyber CD Listen to me play 32 covers and original compositions (all free music)

 Back To Badwater--A Cyber-CD Listen to me play 32 covers and original compositions (all free music)

Inyo 7--A Cyber CD Listen to me play 30 covers of some of my favorite songs, plus originals (all free music)

 The Rarities And Alternate Recordings Of Inyo--A Cyber-CD Listen to me play 32 seldom-heard alternate recordings of perviously released tracks

For an all-text page that includes all 332 of my guitar mp3 files placed on the internet, go to All Inyo All The Time. That's where you'll find access to all of my musical selections, in order of their appearance on the Web--from my first Cyber-CD ("The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo") to the last, "Inyo 7" (never placed on the Net as a stand-alone Cyber-CD).

Paleontology-Related Pages

Web sites I have created pertaining to fossils

  • Fossils In Death Valley National Park: A site dedicated to the paleontology, geology, and natural wonders of Death Valley National Park; lots of on-site photographs of scenic localities within the park; images of fossils specimens; links to many virtual field trips of fossil-bearing interest.
  • Fossil Insects And Vertebrates On The Mojave Desert, California: Journey to two world-famous fossil sites in the middle Miocene Barstow Formation: one locality yields upwards of 50 species of fully three-dimensional, silicified freshwater insects, arachnids, and crustaceans that can be dissolved free and intact from calcareous concretions; a second Barstow Formation district provides vertebrate paleontologists with one of the greatest concentrations of Miocene mammal fossils yet recovered from North America--it's the type locality for the Bartovian State of the Miocene Epoch, 15.9 to 12.5 million years ago, with which all geologically time-equivalent rocks in North American are compared.
  • A Visit To Fossil Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada: Take a virtual field trip to a Nevada locality that yields the most complete, diverse, fossil assemblage of terrestrial Miocene plants and animals known from North America--and perhaps the world, as well.
  • Fossils At Red Rock Canyon State Park, California: Visit wildly colorful Red Rock Canyon State Park on California's northern Mojave Desert, approximately 130 miles north of Los Angeles--scene of innumerable Hollywood film productions and commercials over the years--where the Middle to Late Miocene (13 to 7 million years old) Dove Spring Formation, along with a classic deposit of petrified woods, yields one of the great terrestrial, land-deposited Miocene vertebrate fossil faunas in all the western United States.
  • Late Pennsylvanian Fossils In Kansas: Travel to the midwestern plains to discover the classic late Pennsylvanian fossil wealth of Kansas--abundant, supremely well-preserved associations of such invertebrate animals as brachiopods, bryozoans, corals, echinoderms, fusulinids, mollusks (gastropods, pelecypods, cephalopods, scaphopods), and sponges; one of the great places on the planet to find fossils some 307 to 299 million years old.
  • Fossil Plants Of The Ione Basin, California: Head to Amador County in the western foothills of California's Sierra Nevada to explore the fossil leaf-bearing Middle Eocene Ione Formation of the Ione Basin. This is a completely undescribed fossil flora from a geologically fascinating district that produces not only paleobotanically invaluable suites of fossil leaves, but also world-renowned commercial deposits of silica sand, high-grade kaolinite clay and the extraordinarily rare Montan Wax-rich lignites (a type of low grade coal).
  • Trilobites In The Marble Mountains, Mojave Desert, California: Take a trip to the place that first inspired my life-long fascination and interest in fossils--the classic trilobite quarry in the Lower Cambrian Latham Shale, in the Marble Mountains of California's Mojave Desert. It's a special place, now included in the rather recently established Trilobite Wilderness, where some 21 species of ancient plants and animals have been found--including trilobites, an echinoderm, a coelenterate, mollusks, blue-green algae and brachiopods.
  • Early Cambrian Fossils Of Westgard Pass, California: Visit the Westgard Pass area, a world-renowned geologic wonderland several miles east of Big Pine, California, in the neighboring White-Inyo Mountains, to examine one of the best places in the world to find archaeocyathids--an enigmatic invertebrate animal that went extinct some 510 million years ago, never surviving past the early Cambrian; also present there in rocks over a half billion years old are locally common trilobites, plus annelid and arthropod trails, and early echinoderms.
  • A Visit To Ammonite Canyon, Nevada: Explore one of the best-exposed, most complete fossiliferous marine late Triassic through early Jurassic geologic sections in the world--a place where the important end-time Triassic mass extinction has been preserved in the paleontological record. Lots of key species of ammonites, brachiopods, corals, gastropods and pelecypods.
  • Fossils In Millard County, Utah: Take virtual field trips to two world-famous fossil localities in Millard County, Utah--Wheeler Amphitheater in the trilobite-bearing middle Cambrian Wheeler Shale; and Fossil Mountain in the brachiopod-ostracod-gastropod-echinoderm-trilobite rich lower Ordovician Pogonip Group.
  • Paleozoic Era Fossils At Mazourka Canyon, Inyo County, California: Visit a productive Paleozoic Era fossil-bearing area near Independence, California--along the east side of California's Owens Valley, with the great Sierra Nevada as a dramatic backdrop--a paleontologically fascinating place that yields a great assortment of invertebrate animals.
  • Late Triassic Ichthyosaur And Invertebrate Fossils In Nevada: Journey to two classic, world-famous fossil localities in the Upper Triassic Luning Formation of Nevada--Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park and Coral Reef Canyon. At Berlin-Ichthyosaur, observe in-situ the remains of several gigantic ichthyosaur skeletons preserved in a fossil quarry; then head out into the hills, outside the state park, to find plentiful pelecypods, gastropods, brachiopods and ammonoids. At Coral Reef Canyon, find an amazing abundance of corals, sponges, brachiopods, echinoids (sea urchins), pelecypods, gastropods, belemnites and ammonoids.
  • Fossils From The Kettleman Hills, California: Visit one of California's premiere Pliocene-age (approximately 4.5 to 2.0 million years old) fossil localities--the Kettleman Hills, which lie along the western edge of California's Great Central Valley northwest of Bakersfield. This is where innumerable sand dollars, pectens, oysters, gastropods, "bulbous fish growths" and pelecypods occur in the Etchegoin, San Joaquin and Tulare Formations.
  • Field Trip To The Kettleman Hills Fossil District, California: Take a virtual field trip to a classic site on the western side of California's Great Central Valley, roughly 80 miles northwest of Bakersfield, where several Pliocene-age (roughly 4.5 to 2 million years old) geologic rock formations yield a wealth of diverse, abundant fossil material--sand dollars, scallop shells, oysters, gastropods and "bulbous fish growths" (fossil bony tumors--found nowhere else, save the Kettleman Hills), among many other paleontological remains.
  • A Visit To The Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed, Southern California: Travel to the dusty hills near Bakersfield, California, along the eastern side of the Great Central Valley in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada, to explore the world-famous Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed, a Middle Miocene marine deposit some 16 to 15 million years old that yields over a hundred species of sharks, rays, bony fishes, and sea mammals from a geologic rock formation called the Round Mountain Silt Member of the Temblor Formation; this is the most prolific marine, vertebrate fossil-bearing Middle Miocene deposit in the world.
  • Middle Triassic Ammonoids From Nevada: Travel to a world-famous fossil locality in the Great Basin Desert of Nevada, a specific place that yields some 41 species of ammonoids, in addition to five species of pelecypods and four varieties of belemnites from the Middle Triassic Prida Formation, which is roughly 235 million years old; many paleontologists consider this specific site the single best Middle Triassic, late Anisian Stage ammonoid locality in the world. All told, the Prida Formation yields 68 species of ammonoids spanning the entire Middle Triassic age, or roughly 241 to 227 million years ago.
  • Fossil Bones In The Coso Range, Inyo County, California: Visit the Coso Range Wilderness, west of Death Valley National Park at the southern end of California's Owens Valley, where vertebrate fossils some 4.8 to 3.0 million years old can be observed in the Pliocene-age Coso Formation: It's a paleontologically significant place that yields many species of mammals, including the remains of Equus simplicidens, the Hagerman Horse, named for its spectacular occurrences at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in Idaho; Equus simplicidens is considered the earliest known member of the genus Equus, which includes the modern horse and all other equids.
  • Field Trip To A Vertebrate Fossil Locality In The Coso Range, California: Take a cyber-visit to the famous bone-bearing Pliocene Coso Formation, Coso Mountains, Inyo County, California; includes detailed text for the field trip, plus on-site images and photographs of vertebrate fossils.
  • Fossil Plants At Aldrich Hill, Western Nevada: Take a field trip to western Nevada, in the vicinity of Yerington, to famous Aldrich Hill, where one can collect some 35 species of ancient plants--leaves, seeds and twigs--from the Middle Miocene Aldirch Station Formation, roughly 12 to 13 million years old. Find the leaves of evergreen live oak, willow, and Catalina Ironwood (which today is restricted in its natural habitat solely to the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California), among others, plus the seeds of many kinds of conifers, including spruce; expect to find the twigs of Giant Sequoias, too.
  • Fossils From Pleistocene Lake Manix, California: Explore the badlands of the Manix Lake Beds on California's Mojave Desert, an Upper Pleistocene deposit that produces abundant fossil remains from the silts and sands left behind by a great fresh water lake, roughly 350,000 to 19,000 years old--the Manix Beds yield many species of fresh water mollusks (gastropods and pelecypods), skeletal elements from fish (the Tui Mojave Chub and Three-Spine Stickleback), plus roughly 50 species of mammals and birds, many of which can also be found in the incredible, world-famous La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles.
  • Field Trip To Pleistocene Lake Manix, California: Go on a virtual field trip to the classic, fossiliferous badlands carved in the Upper Pleistocene Manix Formation, Mojave Desert, California. It's a special place that yields beaucoup fossil remains, including fresh water mollusks, fish (the Mojave Tui Chub), birds and mammals.
  • Trilobites In The Nopah Range, Inyo County, California: Travel to a locality well outside the boundaries of Death Valley National Park to collect trilobites in the Lower Cambrian Pyramid Shale Member of the Carrara Formation.
  • Ammonoids At Union Wash, California: Explore ammonoid-rich Union Wash near Lone Pine, California, in the shadows of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Union Wash is a ne plus ultra place to find Early Triassic ammonoids in California. The extinct cephalopods occur in abundance in the Lower Triassic Union Wash Formation, with the dramatic back-drop of the glacier-gouged Sierra Nevada skyline in view to the immediate west.
  • A Visit To The Fossil Beds At Union Wash, Inyo County California: A virtual field trip to the fabulous ammonoid accumulations in the Lower Triassic Union Wash Formation, Inyo County, California--situated in the shadows of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States.
  • Ordovician Fossils At The Great Beatty Mudmound, Nevada: Visit a classic 475-million-year-old fossil locality in the vicinity of Beatty, Nevada, only a few miles east of Death Valley National Park; here, the fossils occur in the Middle Ordovician Antelope Valley Limestone at a prominent Mudmound/Biohern. Lots of fossils can be found there, including silicified brachiopods, trilobites, nautiloids, echinoderms, bryozoans, ostracodes and conodonts.
  • Paleobotanical Field Trip To The Sailor Flat Hydraulic Gold Mine, California: Journey on a day of paleobotanical discovery with the FarWest Science Foundation to the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada--to famous Sailor Flat, an abandoned hydraulic gold mine of the mid to late 1800s, where members of the foundation collect fossil leaves from the "chocolate" shales of the Middle Eocene auriferous gravels; all significant specimens go to the archival paleobotanical collections at the University California Museum Of Paleontology in Berkeley.
  • Early Cambrian Fossils In Western Nevada: Explore a 518-million-year-old fossil locality several miles north of Death Valley National Park, in Esmeralda County, Nevada, where the Lower Cambrian Harkless Formation yields the largest single assemblage of Early Cambrian trilobites yet described from a specific fossil locality in North America; the locality also yields archeocyathids (an extinct sponge), plus salterella (the "ice-cream cone fossil"--an extinct conical animal placed into its own unique phylum, called Agmata), brachiopods and invertebrate tracks and trails.
  • Fossil Leaves And Seeds In West-Central Nevada: Take a field trip to the Middlegate Hills area in west-central Nevada. It's a place where the Middle Miocene Middlegate Formation provides paleobotany enthusiasts with some 64 species of fossil plant remains, including the leaves of evergreen live oak, tanbark oak, bigleaf maple, and paper birch--plus the twigs of giant sequoias and the winged seeds from a spruce.
  • Ordovician Fossils In The Toquima Range, Nevada: Explore the Toquima Range in central Nevada--a locality that yields abundant graptolites in the Lower to Middle Ordovician Vinini Formation, plus a diverse fauna of brachiopods, sponges, bryozoans, echinoderms and ostracodes from the Middle Ordovician Antelope Valley Limestone.
  • Fossil Plants In The Dead Camel Range, Nevada: Visit a remote site in the vicinity of Fallon, Nevada, where the Middle Miocene Desert Peak Formation provides paleobotany enthusiasts with 22 species of nicely preserved leaves from a variety of deciduous trees and evergreen live oaks, in addition to samaras (winged seeds), needles and twigs from several types of conifers.
  • Early Triassic Ammonoid Fossils In Nevada: Visit the two remote localities in Nevada that yield abundant, well-preserved ammonoids in the Lower Triassic Thaynes Formation, some 240 million years old--one of the sites just happens to be the single finest Early Triassic ammonoid locality in North America.
  • Fossil Plants At Buffalo Canyon, Nevada: Explore the wilds of west-central Nevada, a number of miles from Fallon, where the Middle Miocene Buffalo Canyon Formation yields to seekers of paleontology some 54 species of deciduous and coniferous varieties of 15-million-year-old leaves, seeds and twigs from such varieties as spruce, fir, pine, ash, maple, zelkova, willow and evergreen live oak
  • High Inyo Mountains Fossils, California: Take a ride to the crest of the High Inyo Mountains to find abundant ammonoids and pelecypods--plus, some shark teeth and terrestrial plants in the Upper Mississippian Chainman Shale, roughly 325 million years old.
  • Field Trip To The Copper Basin Fossil Flora, Nevada: Visit a remote region in Nevada, where the Late Eocene Dead Horse Tuff provides seekers of paleobotany with some 42 species of ancient plants, roughly 39 to 40 million years old, including the leaves of alder, tanbark oak, Oregon grape and sassafras.
  • Fossil Plants And Insects At Bull Run, Nevada: Head into the deep backcountry of Nevada to collect fossils from the famous Late Eocene Chicken Creek Formation, which yields, in addition to abundant fossil fly larvae, a paleobotanically wonderful association of winged seeds and fascicles (bundles of needles) from many species of conifers, including fir, pine, spruce, larch, hemlock and cypress. The plants are some 37 million old and represent an essentially pure montane conifer forest, one of the very few such fossil occurrences in the Tertiary Period of the United States.
  • A Visit To The Early Cambrian Waucoba Spring Geologic Section, California: Journey to the northwestern sector of Death Valley National Park to explore the classic, world-famous Waucoba Spring Early Cambrian geologic section, first described by the pioneering paleontologist C.D. Walcott in the late 1800s; surprisingly well preserved 540-510 million-year-old remains of trilobites, invertebrate tracks and trails, Girvanella algal oncolites and archeocyathids (an extinct variety of sponge) can be observed in situ.
  • Petrified Wood From The Shinarump Conglomerate: An image of a chunk of petrified wood I collected from the Upper Triassic Shinarump Conglomerate, outside of Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado.
  • Fossil Giant Sequoia Foliage From Nevada: Images of the youngest fossil foliage from a giant sequoia ever discovered in the geologic record--the specimen is Lower Pliocene in geologic age, around 5 million years old.
  • Some Favorite Fossil Brachiopods Of Mine: Images of several fossil brachiopods I have collected over the years from Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic-age rocks.
  • For information on what can and cannot be collected legally from America's Public Lands, take a look at Fossils On America's Public Lands and Collecting On Public Lands--brochures that the Bureau Of Land Management has allowed me to transcribe.

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