"Are you from this area?" I asked, after exchanging greetings with a gentleman surrounded by fossils.
"Do you lead fossil hunts or tours?" I followed.
"In Morocco, yes."
It was one of several conducted with dealers attending the two-week long Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase.
After a brief conversation, I was given the OK to take some photos of their fossils. I believe the first four photos are of fossils from Germany. I began taking notes with photo Number 3 above: "This is a fossil of Gyrodus Circularis from about 145 million years ago found in Solnhofen, Germany."
The businessmen from Lebanon were especially helpful in describing the signs to look for in the limestone that will guide the steps in splitting the stone to reveal a fossil.
The beauty of the fossils plus the education provided in brief conversations and demonstrations fueled my interest in hunting for fossils.