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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: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Myctophiformes
      Family: Sardinioididae
      Genus: Acrognathus
      Species: Acrognathus dodgei
      Sannine Limestone Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Cenomanian
      Haqel
      Jbeil District
      Mount Lebanon Governorate
      Lebanon
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2145
      • 4 comments
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      Cockerellites liops

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygii
      Order: Perciformes
      Family: Moronidae
      Genus: Cockerellites
      Species: C. liops
      Green River Formation
      Split Layer
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Eocene
      American Fossil Quarry
      Wyoming
      United States
      • 1 comment
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      Mioplosus labracoides

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygii
      Order: Perciformes
      Family: Latidae
      Genus: Mioplosus
      Species: M. labracoides
      Green River Formation
      Split Layer
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Eocene
      Warfield Quarry
      Wyoming
      United States
      • 2 comments
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      Sea spider

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Pycnogonida
      Order: Palaeopantopoda
      Family: Palaeoisopodidae
      Genus: Palaeoisopus
      Species: Palaeoisopus problematicus
      Hunsrück Slate Group
      Kaub Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Emsian (early)
      Eschenbach-Bocksberg Quarry
      Bundenbach
      Rhineland-Palatinate
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2197
      • 2 comments
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Scombriformes
      Family: Gempylidae
      Genus: Hemithyrsites
      Species: Hemithyrsites rumanus
      Menilite-Krosno Group of nappes
      Menilite formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Oligocene
      International Age: Rupelian
      Jamna Dolna
      Bieszczady County
      Subcarpathian Voivodeship
      Poland
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2200
      • 0 comments
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Saurichthyiformes
      Family: Saurichthyidae
      Genus: Saurorhynchus
      Species: Saurorhynchus sp.
      Amaltheenton Formation
      spinatum Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Pliensbachian
      Clay pit Unterstürmig
      Markt Eggolsheim
      Bavaria
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2157
      • 1 comment
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Elopiformes
      Family: Elopidae
      Genus: Anaethalion
      Species: Anaethalion angustus
      Weissjura Group
      Altmühltal Formation
      Hybonotum Zone
      Rueppelianus Subzone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Tithonian
      Wintershof
      Stadt Eichsätt
      Bavaria
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2190
      • 2 comments
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      Sand Dollar

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Echinodermata
      Class: Echinoidea
      Order: Clypeasteroida
      Family: Mellitidae
      Genus: Mellita
      Species: M. aclinensis
      Waccamaw Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Quaternary
      Epoch: Pleistocene
      Private Marl Pit
      Columbus County
      North Carolina
      United States
      • 2 comments
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      Razor Clam

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Veneroida
      Family: Solecurtidae
      Genus: Tagelus
      Species: T. plebeius
      Waccamaw Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Quaternary
      Epoch: Pleistocene
      Private Marl Pit
      Columbus County
      North Carolina
      United States
      • 1 comment
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Cephalopoda
      Order: Agoniatitida
      Family: Mimosphinctidae
      Genus: Ivoites
      Species: Ivoites sp.
      Hunsrück Slate Group
      Kaub Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Emsian (early)
      Eschenbach-Bocksberg Quarry
      Bundenbach
      Rhineland-Palatinate
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Mo2128
      • 1 comment
      • 120 views
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