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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

      Scorpionfly

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Insecta
      Order: Mecoptera
      Family: Orthophlebiidae
      Genus: Orthophlebia
      Species: Orthophlebia sp.
      Jiulongshan Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Callovian
      Daohugou
      Ningcheng County
      Nei Mongol
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar899
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      Gar

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Lepisosteiformes
      Family: Lepisosteidae
      Genus: Atractosteus
      Species: A. messelensis
      Messel Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Lutetian
      Grube Messel
      Messel near Darmstadt
      Hessia
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1900
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      Heart Clam

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Veneroida
      Family: Glossidae
      Genus: Glossus
      Species: G. fraternus
      Yorktown Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Pliocene
      International Age: Zanclean
      Tar River
      Edgecombe County
      North Carolina
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF0DR136EC
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      Margaritaria abrupta

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Pholadomyoida
      Family: Margaritiidae
      Genus: Margaritaria
      Species: M. abrupta
      Yorktown Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Pliocene
      International Age: Zanclean
      Tar River
      Edgecombe County
      North Carolina
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF0DR135EC
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Leptolepidiformes
      Family: Leptolepididae
      Genus: Tharsis
      Species: T. dubius
      Weissjura Group
      Solnhofen Limestone Formation
      Hybonotum Zone
      Rueppelianus Subzone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Tithonian
      Solnhofen
      Weissenburg-Gunzenhausen District
      Bavaria
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1895
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      Honeycomb Coral

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Cnidaria
      Class: Anthozoa
      Order: Favositida
      Family: Favositidae
      Genus: Favosites
      Species: F. 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-Cn1895
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Perciformes
      Family: Serranidae
      Genus: Properca
      Species: P. angusta
      Menat Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Paleocene
      International Age: Thanetian
      Menat
      Puy-de-Dôme Department
      Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region
      France
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1706
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      Trilobite

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Asaphida
      Family: Raphiophoridae
      Genus: Raphiophorus
      Species: R. sandfordi
      Cotton Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Silurian
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Llandovery
      Cotton Hill Quarry
      Forbes
      New South Wales
      Australia
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Proetida
      Family: Aulacopleuridae
      Genus: Aulacopleura
      Species: A. koninckii
      Liten Formation
      Monograptus flexilis Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Silurian
      Epoch: Middle
      International Age: Wenlockian
      Lodenice
      Rakovnik District
      Central Bohemia Region (Středočeský kraj)
      Czech Republic
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar158
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Dinosauria
      Order: Saurischia
      Family: Carcharodontosauridae
      Genus: Indet.
      Species: Indet.
      Kem Kem Beds
      Aoufous Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Cenomanian
      Lat 30; 56; 717N Lon 3; 53; 789W
      Errachidia Province
      Drâa-Tafilalet
      Morocco
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