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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

      Plains Killifish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Cyprinodontiformes Bertin 1958
      Family: Fundulidae
      Genus: Fundulus
      Species: Fundulus cf. zebrinus
      Rita Blanca Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Pliocene
      Channing
      Hartley County
      Texas
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2555
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Pholidophoriformes
      Family: Archaeomaenidae Boulenger (1904)
      Genus: Archaeomaene
      Species: Archaeomaene tenuis
      Purlawaugh Formation
      Talbragar Bed
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Oxfordian / Tithonian
      Talbragar
      Gulgong Town
      New South Wales
      Australia
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2681
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      Mud shrimp

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: Malacostraca Latreille 1802
      Order: Decapoda Latreille 1802
      Family: Axiidae Huxley 1879
      Genus: Magila
      Species: Magila latimana
      Weissjura Group
      Altmühltal Formation
      Hybonoticeras hybonotum Zone
      Lithacoceras riedense Subzone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Tithonian
      Blumenberg
      Eichstätt District
      Bavaria
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2281
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Ctenothrissiformes Berg 1937
      Family: Ctenothrissidae
      Genus: Ctenothrissa
      Species: Ctenothrissa vexillifer
      Sannine Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Cenomanian
      Hakel
      Byblos (Jbeil)
      Mount Lebanon
      Lebanon
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2340
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      • 138 views

      Priapulid worm

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Priapulida Théel 1906
      Class: incertae sedis
      Order: incertae sedis
      Family: incertae sedis
      Genus: Sicyophorus
      Species: Sicyophorus rara
      Heilinpu Formation
      Eoredlichia–Wutingaspis Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Age 2, "Stage 3"
      Haikou
      Kunming Town
      Yunnan Province
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Pr2664
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope1871
      Order: Aulopiformes Rosen 1973
      Family: Aulopidae Cope 1872
      Genus: Nematonotus
      Species: Nematonotus bottae
      Sannine Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Cenomanian
      Hakel
      Byblos (Jbeil)
      Mount Lebanon
      Lebanon
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2392
      • 0 comments
      • 106 views

      Coleoid

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca Cuvier, 1797
      Class: Cephalopoda Cuvier, 1797
      Order: Donovaniconida Doguzhaeva, Mapes and Mutvei 2007a
      Family: Gordoniconidae Mapes, Weller & Doguzhaeva 2010
      Genus: Gordoniconus
      Species: Gordoniconus beargulchensis
      Big Snowy Group
      Heath Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Carboniferous
      Sub Period: Mississippian
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Serpukhovian
      Bear Gulch
      Fergus County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Mo2645
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      • 128 views

      Beaked sandfish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Gonorynchiformes
      Family: Gonorhynchidae Gunther 1868
      Genus: Notogoneus
      Species: Notogoneus osculus
      Green River Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Ypresian
      Kemmerer
      Wyoming
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2245
      • 4 comments
      • 175 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Atheriniformes Rosen 1964
      Family: Atherinidae Risso 1827
      Genus: Hemitrichas
      Species: Hemitrichas vardinis
      Monteils Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Priabonian
      Monteils
      Alès (Subprefecture)
      Gard (Département)
      France
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch193
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      • 285 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: Megacheira Hou and Bergström 1997
      Order: Leanchoilida Størmer, 1944
      Family: Leanchoiliidae Raymond, 1935
      Genus: Leanchoilia
      Species: Leanchoilia illecebrosa
      Heilinpu Formation
      Eoredlichia-Wutingaspis Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Age 2, "Stage 3"
      Jianshan
      Kunming Town
      Yunnan Province
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar1295
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      • 251 views
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