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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: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Semionotiformes
      Family: Callipurbeckiidae
      Genus: Macrosemimimus
      Species: M. cf. fegerti
      Painten Formation
      Ulmense Subzone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Late
      Age: Tithonian
      Rygol Quarry
      Painten
      Bavaria
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1613
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      Ammonite

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Cephalopoda
      Order: Ammonitida
      Family: Perisphinctidae
      Genus: Procerites (Procerites)
      Species: hodsoni
      Variansmergel Formation
      retrocostatum zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Middle
      Age: Late Bathonian
      Eichberg
      Wutachtal
      Baden-Wurttemberg
      Germany
      Catalog #: A562
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      Cretolamna appendiculata

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichthyes
      Order: Lamniformes
      Family: Cretoxrhinidae
      Genus: Cretolamna
      Species: C. appendiculata
      PeeDee Formation
      Island Creek Member
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      Age: Maastrichtian
      Black Rock Landing
      Bladen County
      North Carolina
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF0DR117BC
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      Pseudopalatus Tooth

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Reptilia
      Order: Phytosauria
      Family: Phytosauridae - Pseudopalatinae
      Genus: Machaeroprosopus
      Species: Machaeroprosopus sp.
      Bull Canyon
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Triassic
      Epoch: Late
      Age: Norian
      Quay County
      New Mexico
      United States
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      Belemnite

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Cephalopoda
      Order: Belemnitida
      Family: Belemnitellidae
      Genus: Belemnitella
      Species: B. americana
      PeeDee Formation
      Island Creek Member
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      Age: Maastrichtian
      Black Rock Landing
      Bladen County
      North Carolina
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF0DR116BC
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      Lizard Fish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Saurichthyiformes
      Family: Saurichthyidae
      Genus: Saurichthys
      Species: S. longimedialis
      Guanling Formation
      Member II
      Nicoraella kockeli Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Triassic
      Epoch: Middle
      Age: Anisian, Pelsonian
      Daaozi, Luoxiong
      Luoping County
      Yunnan
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1647
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      Carpet shell

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Veneroida
      Family: Veneridae
      Genus: Venerupis
      Species: V. senescens
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Quaternary
      Epoch: Pleistocene
      Age: Eemian
      Zandmotor
      Zuid-Holland
      Netherlands
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Insecta
      Order: Blattaria
      Family: Mesoblattinidae
      Genus: Perlucipecta
      Species: P. sp.
      Jehol group
      Yixian Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Early
      Liaoning
      China
      Catalog #: Yi-Cr-Ch-01
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Mammalia
      Order: Rodentia
      Family: Theridomyidae
      Genus: Isoptychus
      Species: Isoptychus sp.
      Solent Group
      Bouldnor Formation
      Lower Hamstead Member
      Zone MP21
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Oligocene
      Age: Rupelian
      Bouldnor Cliff
      Isle Of Wight
      United Kingdom
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Hippuritoida
      Family: Polyconitidae
      Genus: Polyconites
      Species: P. polyconilites
      Cenomanian sediments
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      Age: Cenomanian, -96 to -91 MY
      Charentes-Maritimes
      New Aquitaine
      France
      Catalog #: TFFfifi8
      • 4 comments
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