Hello everyone, my name is Kathi, but “Fossillady” fits me nicely since I started collecting so many fossils and discovering the amazing ways in which the plants and animals once lived. It has turned into a fun and rewarding hobby! Please join me in some new fossil finds and feel free to leave a comment or ask a question about your own discoveries. Happy fossil hunting!

                                                                                       My Fossil Story From the Start

Kathi (Fossillad) Joseph) and two sons

Kathi (Fossillady) Joseph and two sons

The very first fossil I ever owned was given to me by my late husband, Joseph. It turned out to be a Calymene, celebra trilobite shown below.  The next thing I knew, his friend donated an entire collection for me to share with my classroom. I was enchanted by the fossils and wanted to learn as much about them as I could. I even created posters and drawings of what they looked like as living creatures. My students were super intrigued when I presented them! I’ve been hooked ever since and continue to add amazing samples to my collection.

Calymene, clelebra trilobite fossil

Calymene, clelebra trilobite fossil

Calymene, celebra trilobite rendition

Calymene, celebra trilobite rendering

Check out “Category of Fossil Facts” on the side bar below to learn cool stuff about a time on Earth when original life forms exploded on the scene!



Upper Middle-Grade Prehistoric Fiction Novel

 Coming out 2018 

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Through the story plot and dialogues of Under the Sea Time Forgot, discover Earth’s mysteries from an amazing time period, The Devonian. The likable, laughable main characters survive a lifetime of undersea explorations and sometimes life threatening encounters by sticking together.

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Under The Sea Time Forgot


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  1. Hi Kathi – I am an exhibit planner working on a children’s museum in Ontario, Canada. I came across your website in my search for images to accompany fossils in a kit that I am putting together. I was particularly struck by your drawings / paintings of sea creatures eg. horn coral, before they became fossils. I wonder if we could have your permission to download these high resolution images so that we can place them (and appropriate credits) beside the fossils we are showing.

    Thanks for your attention. Sandy Lucs

  2. I’m at work, but I will be sending you a photo of a thick oyster shell that my son picked off the ground on the Island of Guam in the Marianas. A bulldozer had just cleared some jungle on my land in1999, and my son handed me a rock which I almost flung through the air. Until I noticed it was a perfected shaped oyster shell… a bit larger than the typical oyster and much thicker. This oyster was found at about 60 feet above sea level (there are no oysters on Guam these days) in an area that is mostly coral rocks and sediments. It is common to find fossilized clams and sea snails in the coral rocks. Please send me an email address and I will send the photos.

  3. Hi FL. Don’t know how you came to call in at Rolling Harbour, but I suspect either via 4 or 5 on your sidebar blogs list. I’ll your ‘liking’ and raising you a ‘follow’. All the best RH

    • Great to see you here. Thank you for the like and follow! I found you on “beach treasures and treasure beaches” wordpress. blog actually on their sidebar of favorite sites! All the best right back attcha!

  4. That’s very tolerant, seeing that my second sentence makes NO sense. Should be “I’m seeing your “liking” and raising you a ‘follow'”. But poker was never my strong point… nor syntax, apparently.

  5. A friend of mine has a most wonderful fossil he found in the ocean in the Bahama islands a number of years ago. He is curious as to the nature of it and the value, if any. He had a hole drilled in the top of it in order to suspend it as a pendant. It is gloriously beautiful. Can you help provide answers to this question? Please advise how I can send a photo of it. Sincerely, Annette from Canada’s north.

  6. Hey there!! I am an authenticator of Indian artifacts, arrowheads, tools etc. and every now & then I get an odd ball from N. Africa (ie: Morocco). I know it is authentic but would like to know what kind of coral matrix this is made from. Not totally sure if it is ancient man or not!! As in Aheulean/Mousterian industries. How do I get a photo of it to you. Quite something else. Beautiful and strange. Regards, Bob

    • Wow . . . very impressive find. Did you have it analyzed by a geologist or paleontologist? You could take it to a college geology department and that would be helpful. It would be interesting to hear what they had to say. Not surprise by the size. I can’t tell from the photograph if there are the convoluted folds typical in brain coral. There’s a great website “thefossilforum.com” that you could get information. Lot’s of members to help identify fossils very willing to comment.
      Thanks for sharing
      Kathi aka Fossillady

  7. Hi. My dad found a large piece of coral, we think, it looks like other pictures of blush coral. How can I send you a picture?

    • Very cool find Curtis, off hand it looks like it could be in the Favosite family with the the tightly pack polygonal “honeycomb” corallite openings. Couldn’t say for certain which species. You can do a search or try the FossilForum where lots of members share their discoveries.

    • This first pic showed up but I can’t really tell what you have there. I would suggest fossilforum.com because there are hundreds of members and there might be somebody who knows.

  8. Found what I believe to be a strobelite as I was scanning a recently uncovered portion of a natural spring. -5 in WI and the waters lukewarm! How can I send you a picture? Thanks!

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