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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

      Longfin Mako

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichthyes
      Order: Lamniformes
      Family: Lamnidae
      Genus: Isurus
      Species: Isurus retroflexus
      Goose Creek Limestone or Ten Mile Hill Formation (see Additional Information)
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Pliocene
      Berkeley County
      South Carolina
      United States
      Catalog #: TFFFL02
      • 2 comments
      • 151 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Echinodermata
      Class: Echinoidea
      Order: Spantangoida
      Family: Loveniidae
      Genus: Echninocardium
      Species: E. marylandiense
      Choptank
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Miocene
      International Age: Serravallian
      Scientists Cliffs
      Calvert
      Maryland
      United States
      Catalog #: MR 17549-968
      • 1 comment
      • 116 views

      Dunkleosteus terrelli

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Placodermi
      Order: Arthrodira
      Family: Dunkleosteidae
      Genus: Dunkleosteus
      Species: Dunkleosteus terrelli
      Cleveland Shale
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      Cleveland, Ohio
      United States
      • 0 comments
      • 209 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichthyes
      Order: Lamniformes
      Family: Lamnidae
      Genus: Carcharoides
      Species: C. catticus
      Chandler Bridge Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Oligocene
      International Age: Chattian
      Sawmill Branch
      Dorchester County
      South Carolina
      United States
      Catalog #: TFFFL01
      • 1 comment
      • 202 views

      Ginsu Shark

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichthyes
      Order: Lamniformes
      Family: Cretoxyrhinidae
      Genus: Cretoxyrhina
      Species: Cretoxyrhina mantelli
      Niobrara Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Late Coniacian-Early Campanian
      Gove County
      Kansas
      United States
      Catalog #: C(N)CM1
      • 1 comment
      • 338 views

      Ankylosaurus

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Ornithischia
      Family: Ankylosauridae
      Genus: Ankylosaurus
      Species: Ankylosaurus magniventris
      Hell Creek Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Maastrichtian
      Garfield County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: C(HC)AM1
      • 1 comment
      • 205 views

      Troodontid

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Avetheropoda
      Family: Troodontidae
      Genus: Pectinodon
      Species: Pectinodon bakkeri
      Hell Creek Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Maastrichtian
      Meade County
      South Dakota
      United States
      Catalog #: C(HC)PB1
      • 3 comments
      • 209 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Echinodermata Klein 1754
      Class: Stenuroidea Spencer 1951
      Order: Incertae sedis
      Family: Bdellacomidae Spencer and Wright 1966
      Genus: Bdellacoma
      Species: Bdellacoma verruculosa
      Hunsrück Slate Group
      Kaub Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Emsian (early)
      Eschenbach-Bocksberg Quarry
      Bundenbach
      Rheinland-Pfalz
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ec2729
      • 0 comments
      • 159 views

      Trilobite

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Phacopida
      Family: Acastidae
      Genus: Metacanthina
      Species: Metacanthina issoumourensis
      Lhandar Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Pragian
      Lghaft, Morocco
      Morocco
      • 0 comments
      • 169 views

      Tyrannosaur

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Avetheropoda
      Family: Tyrannosauridae
      Genus: Tyrannosaurus
      Species: Tyrannosaurus rex
      Hell Creek Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Maastrichtian
      Garfield County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: C(HC)TR10
      • 0 comments
      • 212 views
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