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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

      Sturgeon-like fish

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygia
      Order: Acipenseriformes
      Family: Peipiaosteidae
      Genus: Yanosteus
      Species: Y. longidorsalis
      Yixian Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Barremian - early Aptian
      Songzhangzi
      Linyuan County
      Liaoning
      China
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1877
      • 3 comments
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      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Incertae sedis
      Class: Incertae sedis
      Order: Incertae sedis
      Family: Incertae sedis
      Genus: Kimberella
      Species: K. quadrata
      Ust’ Pinega Formation
      Zimnie Gory Beds
      Eon: Proterozoic
      Era: Neoproterozoic
      Period: Ediacaran
      Epoch: None
      Zimnie Gory
      White Sea Coast
      Arkhangelsk Oblast
      Russia
      Catalog #: TTF-oilshale-Prob1590
      • 0 comments
      • 143 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Praecardioida
      Family: Inoceramidae
      Genus: Inoceramus
      Species: Inoceramus sp.
      Pierre Shale (formation)
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Campanian
      Cedar Creek
      Glendive
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: G3
      • 7 comments
      • 203 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Redlichiida
      Family: Redlichiidae
      Genus: Kuanyangia
      Species: K. pustulosa(?)
      Heilinpu (Yu'anshan) Formation
      Eoredlichia-Wutingaspis Biozone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Cambrian
      Epoch: Early
      International Age: Age 3
      Near Haikou
      Yunnan Province
      China
      • 7 comments
      • 193 views

      Cone shell

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Gastropoda
      Order: Neogastropoda
      Family: Conidae
      Genus: Conus
      Species: C. hamiltonensis
      Torquay Group
      Fyansford Formation
      Balcombe Clay
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      International Age: Langhian
      Fossil Beach
      Mornington
      Victoria
      Australia
      • 0 comments
      • 56 views

      Cone Shell

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Gastropoda
      Order: Neogastropoda
      Family: Conidae
      Genus: Conus
      Species: C. ligatus
      Torquay Group
      Fyansford Formation
      Balcombe Clay
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      International Age: Langhian (Balcombian, 15 - 15.5 mya)
      Fossil Beach
      Mornington
      Victoria
      Australia
      • 4 comments
      • 72 views

      Chama subgigas

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Veneroida
      Family: Chamidae
      Genus: Chama
      Species: Chama subgigas
      unknown formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Lutetian (middle)
      Oise
      France
      • 0 comments
      • 47 views

      Bicorbula

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Myoida
      Family: Corbulidae
      Genus: Bicorbula
      Species: Bicorbula altavillensis
      unknown formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: None
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Lutetian (middle)
      Oise
      France
      • 0 comments
      • 35 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Brachiopoda
      Class: Stophomenata
      Order: Strophomenida
      Family: Rafinesquinidae
      Genus: Leptaena
      Species: Leptaena sp.
      Big Snowy Group
      Kibbey Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Carboniferous
      Epoch: Mississippian
      highway 89 S above rest-stop before Riceville
      Cascade County
      Montana
      United States
      Catalog #: kib 3
      • 3 comments
      • 297 views

      Bullhead Shark

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichthyes
      Order: Heterodontiformes
      Family: Heterodontidae
      Genus: Heterodontus
      Species: H. sp
      Portland Limestone Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Pliocene
      Narrawong Beach
      Portland
      Victoria
      Australia
      • 0 comments
      • 214 views
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