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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: Protoctista
      Phylum: Haptophyta
      Class: Prymnesiophyceae
      Order: Watznaueriales
      Family: Watznaueriaceae
      Genus: Watznaueria
      Species: barnesiae
      Chalk Group, White Chalk Subgroup
      Holywell Nodular Chalk Formation
      UC5c Nannofossil Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Turonian
      Luton
      Bedfordshire
      United Kingdom
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      Mackerel

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Scombriformes
      Family: Scombridae
      Genus: Scomber
      Species: Scomber voitestii
      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 #: TTF-oilshale-Ch2419
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      Clam

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Solemyidae
      Family: Solemyidae
      Genus: Mazonomya
      Species: mazonensis
      Francis Creek Shale
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Carboniferous
      Epoch: Late
      Grundy County
      Illinois
      United States
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      Polychaete worm

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Annelida
      Class: Polychaete
      Order: Phyllodocemorpha
      Family: Didontogaster
      Genus: Didontogaster
      Species: cordylina
      Francis Creek Shale
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Carboniferous
      Epoch: Late
      Pit 11
      Grundy County
      Illinois
      United States
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      Snail

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Gastropoda
      Order: Archaeogastropoda
      Family: Macluritidae
      Genus: Unknown
      Species: Unknown
      Galena Limestone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Epoch: Late
      Clayton County
      Iowa
      United States
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      Tully Monster

      Kingdom: Unknown
      Phylum: Unknown
      Class: Unknown
      Order: Unknown
      Family: Unkown
      Genus: Tullimonstrum
      Species: gregarium
      Francis Creek Shale
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Carboniferous
      Epoch: Late
      Pit 11
      Grundy County
      Illinois
      United States
      • 0 comments
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      Zuul crurivastator

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Dinosauria
      Order: Ornithiscian
      Family: Ankylosauridae
      Genus: Zuul
      Species: crurivastator
      Judith River Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Campanian
      Fergus County
      Montana
      United States
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      cf. Bistahieversor sealeyi

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Dinosauria
      Order: Saurischia
      Family: Tyrannosauroidea
      Genus: Bistahieversor
      Species: sealeyi
      Kirtland Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      San Juan Basin
      New Mexico
      United States
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      Turiasauria indet.

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Dinosauria
      Order: Saurischia
      Family: Turiasauria
      Genus: Unknonwn
      Species: Unknown
      Lourinhã Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Late
      Peniche
      Oeste Province
      Portugal
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      Snipe fly

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Insecta
      Order: Diptera
      Family: Rhagionidae
      Genus: Chrysopilus
      Species: Chrysopilus sp.
      Willershausen Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Pliocene
      International Age: Piacenzian
      Clay Pit Willershausen
      Willershausen a. Harz
      Lower Saxony
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar1987
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