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    Welcome to The Fossil Forum Collections! This section is intended to be a database for our members to archive and document fossil specimens in their collections. It will help our community turn their personal collections into a useful database for fossil identification. A virtual museum, of sorts. In addition, Collections will also serve to educate those new to paleontology about the importance of proper research and documentation.


    The amateur community has always played a vital role in the science of paleontology.  That impact cannot be overstated.  As an example, our members have donated countless significant fossils for academic study.  Some of these fossils were determined to be undescribed, new species; others added new knowledge of unknown morphology or distribution.  Odds are, many of us have very important specimens within our collections, and we may not realize it.  So, we hope you take advantage of the Collections archive and contribute to our mutual understanding of the past.



    Latest Fossils in Collections

      Image Taxonomy Stratigraphy Time Scale Location Statistics
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Brachiopoda
      Class: Rhynchonellata
      Order: Rhynchonellida
      Family: Rhynchonellidae
      Genus: Almerarhynchia
      Species: A. virgiliana
      Areny Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      Age: Maastrichtian
      Fígols
      Catalonia
      Spain
      • 9 comments
      • 101 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Echinodermata
      Class: Echinoidea
      Order: Spatangoida
      Family: Hemiasteridae
      Genus: Mecaster
      Species: M. lusitanicus
      Tentúgal Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      Age: Cenomanian
      Montemor-o-velho
      Coimbra
      Portugal
      • 3 comments
      • 93 views

      Coelacanth

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Coelacanthimorpha
      Order: Coelacanthiformes
      Family: Latimeriidae
      Genus: Holophagus
      Species: H. penicillata
      Weißjura Group
      Painten Formation
      Beckeri Zone
      Ulmense Subzone
      eigeltingense-Horizon
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Late
      Age: Tithonian
      Rygol Quarry
      Painten
      Bavaria
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1855
      • 5 comments
      • 170 views

      Tabulate Coral

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Cnidaria
      Class: Anthozoa
      Order: Favositida
      Family: Micheliniidae
      Genus: Pleurodictyum
      Species: P. hundsrueckianum
      Hunsrück Slate Group
      Kaub Formation
      Eschenbach Member
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Epoch: Early
      Age: Emsian (early)
      Eschenbach-Bocksberg Quarry
      Bundenbach
      Rhineland-Palatinate
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Cn1854
      • 1 comment
      • 88 views

      Eocrinoid

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Echinodermata
      Class: Eocrinoidea
      Order: Gogiida
      Family: Eocrinidae
      Genus: Guizhoueocrinus
      Species: G. yui
      Balang Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Epoch: Early
      Age: Age 2
      Xiasi
      Kaili City
      Guizhou Province
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ec1829
      • 3 comments
      • 104 views

      Brittle Star

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Echinodermata
      Class: Ophiuroidea
      Order: Cheiropterasteridae
      Family: Encrinasteridae
      Genus: Loriolaster
      Species: L. gracilis
      Hunsrück Slate Group
      Kaub Formation
      Herrenberg Member
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Epoch: Early
      Age: Emsian (early)
      Eschenbach-Bocksberg Quarry
      Bundenbach
      Rhineland-Palatinate
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ec1835
      • 2 comments
      • 60 views

      Toad fish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygii
      Order: Tetraodontiformes
      Family: Diodontidae
      Genus: Diodon
      Species: Diodon formosus
      Portland Limestone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Pliocene
      Narrawong Beach
      Portland
      Victoria
      Australia
      • 0 comments
      • 50 views

      Triarthrus

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Ptychopariida
      Family: Olenidae
      Genus: Triarthrus
      Species: T. eatoni
      Billings Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Epoch: Late
      Hurdman Station
      Ottawa
      Ontario
      Canada
      • 2 comments
      • 99 views

      Triarthrus

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Ptychopariida
      Family: Olenidae
      Genus: Triarthrus
      Species: T. eatoni
      Billings Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Epoch: Late
      Hurdman Station
      Ottawa
      Ontario
      Canada
      • 2 comments
      • 90 views

      Triarthrus

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Ptychopariida
      Family: Olenidae
      Genus: Triarthrus
      Species: T. eatoni
      Billings Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Epoch: Late
      Hurdman Station
      Ottawa
      Ontario
      Canada
      • 1 comment
      • 55 views
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