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    Welcome to The Fossil Forum Collections Reference Museum! This section is intended to be a database for our members to archive and document distinctive 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, the CRM will also serve to educate those new to paleontology about the importance of proper research and documentation. If you want assistance making an entry, please contact one of our CRM Curators.


    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, if you have good, focused images of specimens that exhibit defining characteristics, we hope you add to this archive and contribute to our mutual understanding of the past.



    Latest Fossils in Collections Reference Museum

      Image Taxonomy Stratigraphy Time Scale Location Statistics

      Dromaeosaur

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Avetheropoda
      Family: Dromaeosauridae
      Genus: Indet.
      Species: Indet.
      Hell Creek Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      Carter County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: C(HC)D1
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      Dimetrodon

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: ?
      Family: Sphenacodontidae
      Genus: Dimetrodon
      Species: Dimetrodon cf. limbatus
      Wellington Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Permian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Early
      Jefferson County
      Oklahoma
      United States
      Catalog #: P(W)DL2
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: incertae sedis
      Order: Tuzoida Simonetta and Delle Cave, 1975
      Family: Tuzoiidae Raymond, 1935
      Genus: Tuzoia
      Species: Tuzoia sinensis
      Wulongqing Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Series 2 Epoch
      International Age: Stage 4
      Gaoloufang
      Chenggong District, Kunming Town
      Yunnan
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2582
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Ionoscopiformes Grande and Bemis 1998
      Family: Incertae sedis
      Genus: Asialepidotus
      Species: Asialepidotus shingyiensis
      Falang Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Triassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Anisian (Pelsonian)
      Dingxiao Town
      Qianxinan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture
      Guizhou Province
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch919
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Perciformes Stirton 1953
      Family: Blochiidae
      Genus: Blochius Volta 1800
      Species: Blochius longirostris
      Monte Bolca Formation
      Alveolina dainelli Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Lutetian
      Monte Bolca Quarry
      Bolca (Village)
      Veneto (Province)
      Italy
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2279
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Kyphosichthyiformes Sun and Ni 2017
      Family: Lashanichthyidae Xu et al. 2019
      Genus: Lashanichthys
      Species: Lashanichthys sui
      Guanling Formation
      Vertebrate Level
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Triassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Anisian (Pelsonian)
      Dawazi Town
      Luoping County
      Yunnan Province
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2576
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      Parasitoid Wasp

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: Insecta Linnaeus 1758
      Order: Hymenoptera Linnaeus 1758
      Family: Proterosceliopsidae Talamas et al. 2019
      Genus: Proterosceliopsis
      Species: Proterosceliopsis sp.
      unknown formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Albian (early)
      Hkamti mine
      Hkamti (District)
      Sagaing (Region)
      Burma
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2570
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      Triceratops

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Ornithischia
      Family: Ceratopsidae
      Genus: Triceratops
      Species: Triceratops prorsus
      Hell Creek Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Maastrichtian
      Harding County
      South Dakota
      United States
      Catalog #: C(HC)TP1
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      Kingdom: Plantae Haeckel 1866
      Phylum: Lycopodiophyta Scott 1900
      Class: Lycopodiopsida Bartling 1830
      Order: Lepidodendrales
      Family: N/A
      Genus: Diaphorodendron
      Species: N/A
      Carboniferous
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Carboniferous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      DNR
      Russia
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Clupeiformes Bleeker 1859
      Family: Clupeidae Bleeker 1859
      Genus: Bolcaichthys
      Species: Bolcaichthys catopygopterus
      Monte Bolca Formation
      Alveolina dainelli Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Lutetian
      Monte Bolca Quarry
      Bolca (Village)
      Veneto (Province)
      Italy
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch378
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      • 75 views
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