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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

      Fungus gnat

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: Insecta Linnaeus 1758
      Order: Diptera Linnaeus 1758
      Family: Sciaridae Billberg 1820
      Genus: Sciara willershausensis
      Species: Sciara willershausensis
      Willershausen Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Pliocene
      International Age: Piacenzian
      Clay pit Willershausen
      Willershausen a. Harz
      Lower Saxony
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2324
      • 1 comment
      • 69 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: Insecta Linnaeus 1758
      Order: Diptera Linnaeus 1758
      Family: Eoptychopteridae Handlirsch 1906
      Genus: Eoptychopterina
      Species: Eoptychopterina elenae
      Jiulongshan Formation
      Daohugou Bed
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Oxfordian
      Daohugou (Village)
      Ningcheng (County)
      Inner Mongolia (Province)
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2535
      • 2 comments
      • 62 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Pycnodontiformes Berg 1937
      Family: Pycnodontidae
      Genus: Pseudopycnodus
      Species: Pseudopycnodus nardoensis
      Calcare di Melissano Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Campanian (late) - Maastrichtian (early)
      Nardo
      Lecce Province
      Apulia Region
      Italy
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2607
      • 3 comments
      • 70 views

      Rielaspis

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Phacopida
      Family: Encrinuridae
      Genus: Rielaspis
      Species: R. elegantula
      Thornloe Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Silurian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Llandovery
      Ontario
      Canada
      • 4 comments
      • 125 views

      Pipefish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel, 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope, 1871
      Order: Syngnathiformes
      Family: Syngnathidae Rafinesque, 1810
      Genus: Syngnathus
      Species: Syngnathus emeritus
      Monterey Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Miocene
      Dixie Canyon
      Santa Barbara County
      California
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch163
      • 0 comments
      • 21 views

      Predatory Mite

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille, 1829
      Class: Arachnida Lamarck, 1801
      Order: Trombidiformes Reuter, 1909
      Family: Smarididae Vitzthum, 1929
      Genus: Indet.
      Species: Indet.
      unknown formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Cenomanian (earliest)
      Hkamti mine
      Hkamti (District)
      Sagaing (Region)
      Burma
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2361
      • 0 comments
      • 107 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: Malacostraca Latreille 1802
      Order: Hemicaridea Schram 1981
      Family: Spelaeogriphidae Gordon 1957
      Genus: Liaoningogriphus
      Species: Liaoningogriphus quadripartitus
      Jehol Group
      Yixian Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Barremian - Aptian (early)
      Chaomidianzi (Village)
      Beipiao (County)
      Liaoning (Province)
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar2274
      • 0 comments
      • 147 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: incertae sedis
      Order: incertae sedis
      Family: incertae sedis
      Genus: Isoxys
      Species: Isoxys minor
      Wulongqing Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Series 2 Epoch
      International Age: Stage 4
      Gaoloufang (Village)
      Guandu (District)
      Yunnan (Province)
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar1515
      • 0 comments
      • 81 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille 1829
      Class: incertae sedis
      Order: incertae sedis
      Family: incertae sedis
      Genus: Isoxys
      Species: Isoxys auritus
      Helinpu Formation
      Eoredlichia–Wutingaspis trilobite Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Sub Period: None
      Epoch: Series 2 Epoch
      International Age: Stage 3
      Chenggong (District)
      Kunming (Town)
      Yunnan (Province)
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar1332
      • 0 comments
      • 29 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata Haeckel 1874
      Class: Actinopteri Cope 1871
      Order: Perciformes Bleeker 1859
      Family: incertae sedis
      Genus: Oligoserranoides
      Species: Oligoserranoides budensis
      Menilite Krosno Group
      Menilite Formation
      Ichthyofaunal zone IPM2
      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-Ch2591
      • 0 comments
      • 78 views
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