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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: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Corynexochida
      Family: Illaenidae
      Genus: Eastonillaenus
      Species: E. goonumblaensis
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Epoch: Late
      Age: Katian
      Gunningbland
      New South Wales
      Australia
      • 2 comments
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Brachiopoda
      Class: Rhynchonellata
      Order: Terebratulida
      Family: Lobothyididae
      Genus: Lobothyris
      Species: L. punctata
      Shaqra Group
      Jubaila Formation
      Eon: Proterozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Late
      Age: Pliensbachian to Sinemurian Ages
      Wadi Sha`ib al Haysiyah
      Al Uyuynah City
      Riyadh Region
      Saudi Arabia
      Catalog #: Bra #1
      • 2 comments
      • 170 views

      Snail

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Gastropoda
      Order: Neritopsina
      Family: Neritidae
      Genus: Vitta
      Species: V. picta
      unknown formation
      Florianer Schichten
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      Age: Langhian
      Höllerkogel Hill
      St. Josef
      Styria
      Austria
      Catalog #: 3644
      • 13 comments
      • 205 views

      Trilobite

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Proetida
      Family: Aulacopleuridae
      Genus: Aulacopleura
      Species: A. pogsoni
      Cotton Formation
      Spirograptus turriculatus Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Silurian
      Epoch: Llandovery
      Cotton Hill Quarry
      Forbes
      New South Wales
      Australia
      • 1 comment
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Incertae sedis
      Class: Incertae sedis
      Order: Incertae sedis
      Family: Dickinsoniidae
      Genus: Dickinsonia
      Species: D. costata
      Ust’ Pinega Formation
      Eon: Proterozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ediacaran
      Epoch: Late
      Zimnie Gory
      Arkhangelsk Oblast
      White Sea region
      Russia
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Prob1610
      • 4 comments
      • 236 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Cordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Perciformis
      Family: Serranidae
      Genus: Dapalis
      Species: D. minutus
      Aix-en-Provence Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Oligocene
      Age: Chattian
      Montée d’Avignon
      Aix-en-Provence City
      Bouches-du-Rhône Department
      France
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch599
      • 0 comments
      • 110 views

      Trilobite

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Redlichiida
      Family: Redlichiidae
      Genus: Wutingaspis
      Species: W. tingi
      Heilinpu Formation
      Yu'anshan Member
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Epoch: Early
      Age: Age 3
      Maotianshan
      Yuxi City
      Yunnan Province
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar1774
      • 0 comments
      • 76 views

      Bullhead Shark (anterior tooth)

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichithyes
      Order: Hetrodontiformes
      Family: Heterodontidae
      Genus: Hetrodontus
      Species: H. sp.
      Temblor Formation
      Round Mountain Silt Member
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      Ernst Quarries at Shark Tooth Hill
      Kern County
      California
      United States
      • 0 comments
      • 51 views

      Bullhead Shark (lateral tooth)

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichithyes
      Order: Hetrodontiformes
      Family: Hetrodontidae
      Genus: Hetrodontus
      Species: H. sp.
      Temblor Formation
      Round Mountain Silt Member
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      Ernst Quarries at Shark Tooth Hill
      Kern County
      California
      United States
      • 0 comments
      • 54 views

      Branchiosaur

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Amphibia
      Order: Temnospondyli
      Family: Branchiosauridae
      Genus: Branchiosaurus
      Species: B. petrolei
      Muse Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Permian
      Epoch: Early
      Age: Cisuralian
      Muse
      Autun Commune
      Saône-et-Loire Department
      France
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch698
      • 1 comment
      • 77 views
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