Rik Hill's Scenes from the 2000 Tucson Fossil Show

Scenes from the 2003 Tucson Rock, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

by Richard Hill

At the Inn Suites

The Macovich Collection of Meteorites, by Darryl Pitt.
These items were all auction items and spectacular.

Marvin Kilgore and Dolores Hill in front of Marvin's room display.
Right: Marvin's private collection and his new book about that collection.

Rex Harris and his type specimen of Alokistocare Harrisii from the Wheeler Shale.
Right: Some more of the Harris' Wheeler Shale.

A spectacular Citrine crystal cluster
about 14-15" high and 6-8" diameter.

The awsome preparatory work by Germany's Mandfred Wolf.
Left: This ammonite cluster (with fossil drift wood)
was over a meter high.Middle: Dolores poses with Herr Wolf

Some wonderful Green River fish at the Lake Eocene.

There were a number of rooms with fluorescent minerals like this one.

Meteorites of Mike Farmer and Eric Olsen.

The room of LaBenne Meteorites.

One of the tables at Carion Minerals,
showing slabs of impactite.

Carl Ulrich with several of his
Green River Formation fossil slabs
from Kemmerer, WY.

At the Vagabond Inn

(the old Ramada Inn)

A display of big cats in the lobby.

In the ballroom...

Left:Dolores obligingly poses with a huge sauropod femur.
Right:Another femur with an Allosaur tooth imbedded.

Big fish.

A very good ankylosaur model.

Some of the great dinosaur models on display.

In the individual rooms...

Some of the most beautiful Green River fish at the show
are seen at the room of Anthony Lindgren Fossils.

Left: Dolores talks meteorites with Blaine Reed.
Right: Several of the tatables at Blaine Reed Meteorites.

Behind the tent were tons of the amathyst cathedrals.

A saultosaurus egg clutch.

A crappy display at Montana Fossils, the largest dealer in coprolites!

A fossil bear that dwarfs modern ursids.

At the Executive Inn

In the ballroom...

The wide fiew of the "ballroom".

A display of Patagonia fossil pine cones with many still attached to their parent branches.
Easily the most fascinating fossil display in the ballroom.

In the room just outside the ballroom was a
cutting/grinding tool manufacturer and
this display of Madagasgar fossils.

In the rooms....

Nicely prepared Brazilian fossil fish.

From Solenhofen shales of Germany.

Serge's Meteorite Shop.

These crystals were about 2 feet high!

A huge smoky quartz from several angles.

Beautiful crystals from the Sunnywood Collection.
These are among the finest every year.
(Pen included in photos for scale.)

At the room of Allan Langheinrich or "Lang's Fossils and Meteorites" of Ilion, New York.
Left: One of the unbelievable slabs of Eurypterids from New York.
Middle: The end of the meteorite auction at Lang's.
Right: A trilobite from the collection of Zarko Ljuboja, in the same room as Lang.

The tents to the south of the Vagabond Inn. This was mostly minerals with the spectacular meter wide cluster.

At the Pueblo Inn

(the old Sheraton Pueblo Inn)

One of the many tents out front.
One could spend the better part of a day
prowling the tents alone!

Tons of meteorites and some beautiful crystals in this room.

A tableful of large dark Chinese crystals that the
owner could not identify in english.
They are not tourmaline.

A wonderfully mounted and lighted quartz.

A chinese tertiary mammal.

Scenes of the central patio. This does not include the tremendous main tent.

A young boy, Pauli, discovers insects in amber
for the first time in his life.
Do you remember when you did this?

One dealer of splendid minerals in the ballroom.

At the Tucson Convention Center (TCC)

As one entered from the east side of the TCC you were met by Stan, a full grown T-Rex skeleton (cast) and by Pete Larson and

Some more pictures of Stan with Pete and Kristin Donnan,
co-authors in the new book "Rex Appeal".

Chinese Minerals and fossils.
Left: A view from one angle, of the display.
Middle: A spectacular clutch of Tarbo eggs.
Right: View of the display from the opposite side.

The wonderful instruments of the Gemmary Inc.
Left: Pre-electronic hand calculators from the mid-20th century.

The Junior Education Tables where kids learn about
and then get to pick some minerals and fossils.

I am shown some of the treasures from the Junior Education Tables
by a very enthusiastic young man.

The geode table.

A long standing treat for the kids that we have seen for over 20 years.

First you pick the best one!

Then they crack it open for you.

The finished product.

Some more finished products.

Some of the exhibit cases in the middle of the arena

A wonderful display of antique microscopes.

More of the fossil pine cones still on their parent branches.

Beautiful pyrites.

Flexable rock display.

The fluorescent rocks on display