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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

      Crab

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Malacostraca
      Order: Decapoda
      Family: Xanthidae
      Genus: Xanthopis
      Species: Xanthopis sp
      unknown formation
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Eocene
      Age: Ypresian Age
      Huesca
      Spain
      Catalog #: TFFfifi15
      • 4 comments
      • 93 views

      Sea urchin

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Echinodermata
      Class: Echinoidea
      Order: Cidaroida
      Family: Cidaridae
      Genus: Rhabdocidaris
      Species: Rhabdocidaris sp
      unknown formation
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Middle
      Age: Bajocian (Dogger)
      Garsif
      Morocco
      Catalog #: TFFfifi14
      • 1 comment
      • 46 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Phacopida
      Family: Pterygometopidae
      Genus: (Pro)chasmops
      Species: (Pro)chasmops praecurrens
      Aseri horizon, C1
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Epoch: Middle
      Vilpovitsy
      Saint-Petersburg
      Russia
      Catalog #: TFFfifi13
      • 1 comment
      • 23 views

      Nicaisolopha

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Ostreoida
      Family: Ostreidae
      Genus: Nicaisolopha
      Species: Nicaisolopha nicaisei
      Celendin Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      Age: Turonian
      Cajamarca
      Peru
      Catalog #: TFFfifi12
      • 1 comment
      • 21 views

      Bat

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Mammalia
      Order: Chiroptera
      Family: Hassianycterididae
      Genus: Hassianycteris
      Species: H. messelensis
      Messel Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Eocene
      Age: Lutetian
      Grube Messel
      Messel near Darmstadt
      Hesse
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch197
      • 9 comments
      • 238 views

      Lizard fish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Saurichthyiformes
      Family: Saurichthyidae
      Genus: Sinosaurichthys
      Species: S. minuta
      Guanling Formation
      Member II
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Triassic
      Epoch: Middle
      Age: Anisian, Pelsonian
      Daaozi, Luoxiong
      Luoping County
      Yunnan
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1727
      • 2 comments
      • 96 views

      Serratolamna serrata

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichthyes
      Order: Lamniformes
      Family: Cretoxyrhinidae
      Genus: Serratolamna
      Species: S. serrata
      PeeDee Formation
      Island Creek Member
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      Age: Maastrichtian
      Martin Marietta Quarry
      New Hanover County
      North Carolina
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF0DR126NHC
      • 3 comments
      • 63 views

      Sea Cucumber

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Echinodermata
      Class: Holothuroidea
      Order: Arthrochirotida
      Family: Palaeocucumariidae
      Genus: Palaeocucumaria
      Species: P. hunsrueckiana
      Hunsrück Slate Group
      Kaub Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Epoch: Early
      Age: Early Emsian
      Grube Eschenbach
      Bundenbach
      Rhineland-Palatinate
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ec1965
      • 2 comments
      • 90 views
      Kingdom: Animalia Linné, 1758
      Phylum: Echinodermata Klein, 1734
      Class: Echinoidea Leske, 1778
      Order: Clypeasteroida A. Agassiz, 1872
      Family: Clypeasteridae L. Agassiz, 1835
      Genus: Clypeaster
      Species: C. altus alticostata
      Miocene sediments
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      Age: Tortonian
      Catania
      Sicily
      Italy
      Catalog #: CPM-0001006
      • 0 comments
      • 58 views

      Phyllocarid

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Malacostraca
      Order: Archaeostraca
      Family: Rhinocarididae
      Genus: Nahecaris
      Species: N. stuertzi
      Hunsrück Slate Group
      Kaub Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Epoch: Early
      Age: Early Emsian
      Grube Eschenbach
      Bundenbach
      Rhineland-Palatinate
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar1724
      • 11 comments
      • 155 views
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