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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

      Bellacartwrightia

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Phacopida
      Family: Acastidae
      Genus: Bellacartwrightia
      Species: Bellacartwrightia sp.
      Moscow Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Epoch: Middle
      Hamburg
      New York
      United States
      Catalog #: TR223
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Porifera
      Class: Demospongiae
      Order: Incertae sedis
      Family: Incertae sedis
      Genus: Arborispongia
      Species: A. delicatula
      Big Snowy Group
      Heath Shale Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Carboniferous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Serpukhovian
      Bear Gulch
      Fergus County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Po1889
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      Filefish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopteri
      Order: Tetraodontiformes
      Family: Monacanthidae
      Genus: Frigocanthus
      Species: F. margaritatus
      Argille Azzurre Formation
      Marne, argille e tripoli di Corpolò
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Pliocene
      International Age: Zanclean - Piacencian
      Fiume Marecchia
      Poggio Berni near Rimini
      Emilia Romagna
      Italy
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1181
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Brachiopoda
      Class: Rhynchonellata
      Order: Rhynchonellida
      Family: Rhynchonellidae
      Genus: Viarhynchia g.nov.
      Species: V.cerdanyolae
      Bona Formation
      Pedraforca Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Campanian
      Sant Julià de Cerdanyola
      Barcelona
      Catalonia
      Spain
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      Kingdom: Plantae
      Phylum: Spermatophyta
      Class: Magnoliopsida
      Order: Cornales
      Family: Nyssaceae
      Genus: Browniea
      Species: Browniea serrata
      Fort Union Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Paleocene
      Yellowstone River
      Carbon County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: 1 MC
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      Mantis Shrimp

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Malacostraca
      Order: Stomatopoda
      Family: Tyrannophontidae
      Genus: Tyrannophontes
      Species: T. acanthocercus
      Big Snowy Group
      Heath Shale Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Carboniferous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Serpukhovian
      Bear Gulch
      Fergus County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar1888
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Foraminifera
      Class: Globothalamea
      Order: Rotaliida
      Family: Nummulitidae
      Genus: Nummulites
      Species: N. millecaput
      Adelholzen Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Lutetian (late)
      Höllgraben
      Bad Adelholzen
      Bavaria
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Fo1879
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      Modocia typicalis

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Ptychopariida
      Family: Marjumiidae
      Genus: Modocia
      Species: M. typicalis
      Marjum Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Epoch: Middle
      Marjum Formations near U-Dig Quarry
      Millard County
      UT
      United States
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      Modocia typicalis

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Ptychopariida
      Family: Marjumiidae
      Genus: Modocia
      Species: M. typicalis
      Marjum Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Epoch: Middle
      Marjum Formations near U-Dig Quarry
      Millard County
      UT
      United States
      • 1 comment
      • 44 views

      Spinosaur

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Saurischia
      Family: Spinosauridae
      Genus: Spinosaurus
      Species: cf. S. aegyptiacus
      Kem Kem Compound Assemblage
      unknown formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Cenomanian
      Taouz
      Kem Kem beds
      Errachidia Province
      Afghanistan
      Catalog #: KKM2019-003
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      • 63 views
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