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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.


    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

      Elephant Shrew

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Mammalia Linnaeus 1758
      Order: Macroscelidea Butler 1956
      Family: Amphilemuridae Hill 1953
      Genus: Pholidocercus
      Species: Pholidocercus hassiacus
      Messel Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Lutetian
      Messel Pit
      Darmstadt-Dieburg District
      Hessia
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch138
      • 1 comment
      • 77 views

      Alligatoroid

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia Laurenti 1768
      Order: Crocodylia
      Family: Alligatoridae
      Genus: Diplocynodon
      Species: Diplocynodon sp.
      unknown formation
      Mammal Neogene zones MN4–MN6 (biochronological zone)
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Miocene
      International Age: Langhian, late
      Gračanica coal pit
      Bugojno City
      Central Bosnia Canton
      Bosnia and Herzegovina
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1752
      • 3 comments
      • 167 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Echinodermata Klein 1754
      Class: Rhombifera Zittel 1879
      Order: incertae sedis
      Family: Pleurocystitidae Neumayr 1889
      Genus: Pleurocystites
      Species: Pleurocystites squamosus
      Simcoe Group
      Kirkfield Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Sandbian - Katian
      Brechin, Carden Quarry
      Simcoe County
      Ontario
      Canada
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ec1730
      • 2 comments
      • 131 views

      Avisaurus

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Aves
      Order: Avetheropoda
      Family: Avisauridae
      Genus: Avisaurus
      Species: Avisaurus archibaldi
      Hell Creek Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      Garfield County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: C(HC)AA1
      • 6 comments
      • 113 views

      Lizardfish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Aulopiformes
      Family: Ichthyotringidae
      Genus: Ichthyotringa
      Species: Ichthyotringa cf. furcata
      unknown formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Cenomanian, late
      Ain el Kerma (town)
      Jebel Tselfat (ridge)
      Fès-Meknès (region)
      Morocco
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2290
      • 0 comments
      • 144 views

      Saurornitholestes

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Avetheropoda
      Family: Dromaeosauridae
      Genus: Saurornitholestes
      Species: Saurornitholestes langstoni
      Judith River Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Campanian
      Fergus County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: C(JR)SL1
      • 1 comment
      • 200 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Perciformes Stirton 1953
      Family: Ariommatidae
      Genus: Isurichthys
      Species: Isurichthys cf. roumanus
      Menilite-Krosno Group of nappes
      Menilite Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Oligocene
      International Age: Rupelian
      Jamna Dolna
      Bieszczady (County)
      Subcarpathian voivodeship (Province)
      Poland
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2475
      • 2 comments
      • 60 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Osteichthyes
      Order: Leptolepiformes
      Family: Leptolepidae
      Genus: Todiltia
      Species: Todiltia schoewei
      Todilto Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Callovian
      Bull Canyon
      Guadalupe County
      New Mexico
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2526
      • 0 comments
      • 38 views

      Pupfish, Killifish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Cyprinodontiformes Bertin, 1958
      Family: Cyprinodontidae Gill, 1865
      Genus: Eurolebias
      Species: Eurolebias meridionalis
      Marnes de Bois d’Assons Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Oligocene
      International Age: Chattian
      Manosque (Town)
      Forcalquier (District)
      Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (Province)
      France
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch27
      • 1 comment
      • 104 views

      Clupeid

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Clupeiformes Bleeker 1859
      Family: Clupeidae Cuvier 1817
      Genus: Illusionella
      Species: Illusionella tsurevica
      Tsurevskii Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Miocene
      International Age: Serravallian
      Pshekha River
      Tsurevskii Village
      Krasnodar Region
      Russia
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2505
      • 1 comment
      • 159 views
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