Richie’s love of fossils goes back to his early
teens when he stumbled upon small Devonian fossils in the
rocky rubble of the cleared fields by his home in Northern
New Jersey. In 1999 he posted a modest one page website
called Richie’s Rocks on the Internet. The purpose
of this site was to exchange fossils with other collectors
from around the world. Serendipity struck, and Richie’s
Rocks, perhaps the world’s first fossil trading site,
became quite a sensation. This soon led to a commercial
website, Pangaea Fossils. The Western Trilobites Association,
a collaborative educational and academic site hit the web
in 2004. Thousands of collectors, as well as many paleontologists
make use of its detailed and scientific content.
Finally, Richie was asked to become an associate of the Fossil
Mall in 2007.
Along the way, Richie has connected with many of the top
paleontologists, field collectors and dealers from across
the world. His fossils now reside in numerous museums,
institutions and world-class collections. Photos of his
fossil acquisitions and finds grace countless paleo web
sites, publications, and journals. Richie even has a writing
and research credit for a Journal of Paleontology article.
(Citation upon request) Another J of P note is being considered
for a possibly new Cambrian Porpita type species he recently
discovered in Southern California.