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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

      Killifish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Cyprinodontiformes
      Family: Valenciidae
      Genus: Prolebias
      Species: P. goreti
      'Calcaires de Montfuron' formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Oligocene
      International Age: Rupelian
      Céreste
      Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
      France
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch27
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      Killifish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Cyprinodontiformes
      Family: Poeciliidae
      Genus: Paralebias
      Species: P. cephalotes
      Aix-en-Provence formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Oligocene
      International Age: Chattian
      Aix-en-Provence
      Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
      France
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch236
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      Duckbill Dinosaur

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Ornithischia
      Family: Hadrosauridae
      Genus: cf. Brachylophosaurus
      Species: B. canadensis
      Judith River Group
      Judith River Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Campanian
      Hill County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: JRF2019-001
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      Water beetle

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Insecta
      Order: Coleoptera
      Family: Coptoclavidae
      Genus: Coptoclava
      Species: C. longipoda
      Jehol Group
      Jiufotang Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Aptian
      Jinzhou
      Liaoning
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar1926
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      Lanternfish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Myctophiformes
      Family: Myctophidae
      Genus: Lampanyctus
      Species: Lampanyctus petrolifer
      Puente Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      Alhambra
      California
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch380
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      Duckbill Dinosaur

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Ornithischia
      Family: Hadrosauridae
      Genus: Edmontosaurus
      Species: E. annectens
      Hell Creek Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Maastrichtian
      East of Glendale
      Beaverhead County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: HC2019-007
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      Duckbill Dinosaur

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Ornithischia
      Family: Hadrosauridae
      Genus: Edmontosaurus
      Species: cf. E. annectens
      Hell Creek Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Maastrichtian
      East of Glendale
      Beaverhead County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: HC2019-008
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Gonorhynchiformes
      Family: Gonorhynchidae
      Genus: Notogoneus
      Species: N. longiceps
      Wiesbaden Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      International Age: Aquitanian
      Amöneburg
      Wiesbaden
      Hessia
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1875
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      Crinoid

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Echinodermata
      Class: Crinoidea
      Order: Cyathocrinida
      Family: Thalamocrinidae
      Genus: Bactrocrinites
      Species: B. jaekeli
      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-Ec2011
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      Coprolite

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: NA
      Class: NA
      Order: NA
      Family: NA
      Genus: NA
      Species: NA
      unknown formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Early
      Charmouth/Lyme Regis
      Dorset
      United Kingdom
      Catalog #: I120
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