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  2. April 2019 - Finds of the Month Entries

    Really cool, 3D specimen there. Congratulations.
  3. Thanks guys. I now think I need a sand bag. What do you are anyone use for a small sand bag to hold your fossils in place while prepping. @Kane @Ptychodus04 RB
  4. Quick walk down the beach in Wilmington

    That’s what I was thinking but given it’s just a small corner of the tooth I wanted some outside opinion as well. Thanks!
  5. Quick walk down the beach in Wilmington

    I couldn’t say accurately how old they may be only because I’ve found such a diverse set of fossils there. There’s a little bit of everything to be found, and they consistently dredge and replenish the beach so there’s honestly no telling
  6. ID Help

    This is an interesting and unique pattern. Some of the shapes looked like horn coral to me. Cool find!
  7. Illinois Silurian Trilobite Cephalon

    And with a little more research I think I have found the answer- based on some previous posts here and elsewhere, it looks like this is actually Cheirurus. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/84651-silurian-trilobites-id-help-needed-ontario-canada/ http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/74584-the-mysterious-cheirurus/ However, the species still seems a little unclear- In the 1916 work that defined the US species of Cheirurus, Percy Raymond separated out C. niagarensis and C. welleri, as well as a few other species, and this one seems closer to C. welleri, with a fairly smooth glabella and glabellar furrows that curve backwards. But I can't seem to find any more recent references to that species. Any trilobite systematists out there want to weigh in? Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College. New and old Silurian Trilobites from Southeastern Wisconsin, with notes on the genera of the Illaenidae https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/30207254#page/9/mode/1up
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  9. 4/19/2019

    Not exactly sure what formation but this appears to be Limestone and the fossils I've seen Ely Limestone are marine Permian based so my guess would be Permian. Nice collection. That gastropod does appear to be a Turritella.
  10. ID Help

    I agree it's a colonial rugose but it's not a cast - it's normal calcite and/or silica preservation that's weathered a bit proud of the matrix. A fine and attractive specimen.
  11. Any ideas?

    Does it float? looks like a lot of air space in the cross section. Another photo of that broken end that is in focus would help.
  12. I want to suggest something to watch on TV because I think it is rare to come across a comedy show that puts any measure of focus on paleontology. It is episode one, season three of the show "Drunk History" that airs on Comedy Central. The episode is about a famous rivalry between paleontologists Edward Cope and Othniel Marsh called the "Bone Wars." The show is basically a host going around the country getting comedians drunk and having said comedians narrate stories about something historical. The show then has people act out what is being narrated and sometimes they get some famous actors and actresses for those parts. I enjoy it because I get to laugh and learn at the same time. It can get pretty weird sometimes and the language gets colorful (they do bleep things out) but that is what you get when you pay a comedian to drink and be funny at the same time. The story about their rivalry is pretty interesting and definitely worth learning about even if the above does not sound appealing. It is available on Hulu and there is a way to watch it on Comedy Central's website. Three segments make up an episode, the second segment is about the Bone Wars.
  13. Syracuse New York area?

    Fossildude19, thanks for site info. Those are great pages. As for other, we didn't make it in time
  14. Excellent addition
  15. One More Piece of Equipment for the Prep Lab!!!

    I do believe I have the same scope. It certainly beats straining the eyes or damaging a prized fossil while prepping.
  16. With the Happy Hour deal, you've got my vote, Ron. Congratulations on the new Microscope! Should be helpful for the Green River Fish, and your crabs and other stuff, as well. Good luck finding the micro-scribes!
  17. Ive been thinkin about gettin one of these for years! I finally broke down and bought one, with extra scope lights. Right now its sittin on the kitchen desk. Just gots to clean up my prep bench now. I also have to find my micro scribes. Bought em years ago, never used them. I wonder where they are? Once I do fine em, I will be ready to join the Big Boys Prep Club. Maybe they will make me presidnt of the club. If so I will make my club goal to have happy hour! Ha!!! I should be a shoe in! RB
  18. Dinosaur-killing Asteroid Mark on North Dakota

    If the government believes that certain fossils are important and should be in the public domain then the government should fund their purchase. It is just a matter of spending priorities. What would be more interesting and worthwhile to own: a block long section of border fence or a T. Rex skeleton?
  19. Any ideas?

    I don't think this has been worked. Looks like a deer scapula piece, or some part of a fish bone. (Pelvic or pectoral girdle) @Al Dente @MarcoSr
  20. Dinosaur-killing Asteroid Mark on North Dakota

    When I stop and think about it, it's almost shocking how private property rights are often negatively characterized in published media...in the U.S.A. After reading it, I am left with the residue of 'private = bad, public = good'. Articles, like this, that confound the unrelated laws applying to private and federal land only serve to weaken the precious significance of our right to own anything. That right means I get to possess fossils I legally find. They do not belong to everyone. "Everyone" did not invest the time, energy, and resources to find them...I did...and that is a beautiful freedom. Kudos to those in Paleontology that respect and appreciate the right to personal property. I suspect they are still a majority. Personal property doesn't guarantee all fossils (or anything else) end up in "the public trust"; and it is compromised if some 'muddy' law is written to make exceptions for the 'really cool fossils' found on Private property. Based on what I've observed over the years on this Forum, the science of Paleontology thrives when scientific education and Private collectors merge in a respectful environment. After all, it is resources derived from personal property that underwrites the research and knowledge we value.
  21. ID Help

    Could you explain how these would have been formed? Thanks!
  22. A very successful note taking dinosaur program.

    Fantastic, appears to be a very successful program and why not boast about it. Congrat job well done. Future paleontologist in those classes.
  23. Any ideas?

    The upper right of the first image seems to show evidence of being "worked" in order to transform a piece of bone into a cutter and/or scraper of some sort. Granted, this does nothing to ID the type of bone. That would make me think it was an artifact more than a fossil. (Note my newbie status.) Cheers.
  24. Show us your plastic dinosaur

    Several weeks ago, I saw a National Geographic magazine from August 1978 at an antique store. It had an interesting article on dinosaurs. Although I wanted it at the time, I wasn’t willing to pay the asking price. Yesterday, I was quite pleased to find the same issue at a different store for next to nothing.
  25. researching obscure dinosaurs

    Obtaining fossils of these will be extremely hard and probably completely impossible but you could show pictures of: - Concavenator corcovatus (Theropod with weird backsail) - Shunosaurus lii (Sauropod with a tail club) - Dacentrurus armatus (Stegosaurus -like dinosaur with a lot more spikes) - Stigimoloch spinifer ( Pachycephalosaurid) - Ouranosaurus nigeriensis (a herbivore with a backsail) - Tsintaosaurus spinorhinus ( a Hadrosaurid with a weird pointy thing on his head) I don't know much about these except they are some very weird looking dinosaurs.
  26. how to protect fossil fish?

    Only do this if you don't want to have a fossil any longer. More than likely, this fish is from the Split Fish Layer aka Sandwich Beds. This would make it extremely fragile and even more so if gotten wet. The first cardinal rule of fossil curation is not to apply water to an already dry specimen. This is a recipe for disaster in certain circumstances. I would suggest lightly dusting with a feather duster or soft brush if the specimen gets dusty. If it is falling apart, there's a ton of info on the preparation forum about consolidation.
  27. One of the stated goals of Fossils on Wheels is making contributions to science. it will be in the charter when we have finalized our 501c3 and it will be part of our mission statement. My son and I believe in this idea as much as we do in the education pursuits. I recently contacted a very well known Paleontologist who has made some ground breaking discoveries in the world of avian evolution. I wanted to pick her brain a bit and I told her a little about we are doing. i happened to mention we just got a small "Avisaurus" tooth for our program. She informed us about a research project to study Avian teeth and let us know we could contribute to that research. She did not ask or put any pressure on us. She was super cool and understood if we did not want to do it. It was just a suggestion. I searched pretty hard to find a bird tooth for our program and we have barely gotten to use it but that little tooth may be our first real contribution to the Paleontology realm. It took me 1 second to head to my son's room and ask him what he thought. He agreed with me that it was worth doing. We both loved the idea actually. Obviously my hope would be for the tooth to be studied and scanned then returned to us which may be a possibility. If it turns out that this is indeed a potential bird tooth, we will be sending it to the researchers. Little is known of Cretaceous bird teeth. If we can help further that knowledge in any way, we want to be part of that. So we may not have a bird tooth to show the kids but we will have a story of about one of our teeth contributing to real scientific knowledge which is something to be proud of
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