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GEORGE and DAVID WOLF


George Wolf working a table for HGMS at another group's show
Father and son
self-taught paleontologists

David Wolf digging archaeocidaris fossils at Brownwood Lake Spillway March, 2003

GEORGE WOLF and son DAVID WOLF have both been Chairman of the Paleo Section of the Houston Gem & Mineral Society's Paleontology Section.



George Wolf is retired and spends a great deal of time traveling around the United States digging various fossils, mostly vertebrate and especially shark's teeth. He has friends, especially lady friends, in many parts of the country, who welcome his visit and company to dig fossils in their locale. George also has several guys who dig with him on occasions, including his son David.

George has an uncanny ability to follow behind other rockhounds on a paleo dig, and after the group has hunted out an area, to find more fossils than the rest of the group put together, after they had cleared the area.

George has a huge collection of mostly vertebrate fossils which he has collected over the years, at his home in Pasadena, Texas. It is like a museum.




Some years back David Wolf quit his day job to go into full time fossil collecting and preparation. He has an eBay web site and a fossil selling website of his own. David does very good work on prepping fossils and reconstruction work. In spite of his somewhat large hands, David is able to work with small pieces of a fossil and put them together like a jigsaw puzzle.

On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2003, David Wolf was elected as President of the Proctor Museum of Natural Science for the 2003/2004 fiscal year.

David lives the kind of life that many just read about. He travels around the U.S. from Pearland, Texas to Florida, to Montana and many other places, such as South Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and on and on. David has a knack (probably from his father George Wolf) of being able to come up with fossils when others have only walked over them.

Davidin his preparation of fossils work, has done a number of composites of Permian reptiles, which are from (of course) the Permian epoch which was from 286 MYA to 245 MYA (if you don't know what MYA means, go to the GEOLOGICAL AGES page).

David started collecting fossils when he was 7 years old with his father and mother. As stated above, David's father, George Wolf, has a reputation with the HGMS-Paleo Section as being the guy, who after everyone else has crossed an area and found nothing else to pick up, will come along and pick up the prize finds of the day. David has inherited that trait as well.

When David goes on a hunt, he moves fast, finds the things worth finding and moves on, as opposed to some of the rest of us who plod along and seldom find any Earth-shattering things on the trips.

David is married to Patricia and they have a son, Joshua and daughter Hannah.

When David was a member of HGMS, in about 1992 he was Vice-Chairman of the HGMS-Paleo Section and then served two consecutive years as Chairman of the HGMS-Paleo Section. During that time, David instituted the Paleo Section getting the preparation laboratory. HGMS now has a really good air abrasive room to use several air run cleaning tools.

David Wolf has several fossils on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, being: An Archaeocidaris spiny sea urchin (Pennsylvanian) from the Brownwood Lake Spillway site; a Petalodus, primitive shark tooth(Pennsylvanian) from Brownwood Lake Clay Pit; a Brittle Starfish (Cretaceous) from Waco, Texas; a Mosasaur tooth (Cretaceous) from the North Sulphur River, Fannin County, Texas; and several gastropod mollusks (sea shells) from the Stone City formation on the Brazos River (Whiskey Bridge), in Burleson County, Texas.

On several occasions in recent years, David has traveled to Montana where he dug dinosaur fossils on private land with permission of the land owners and other fossils from private lands in Nebraska, which fossils he sells regularly on eBay.