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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

      Trilobite

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Asaphida
      Family: Trinucleidae
      Genus: Parkesolithus
      Species: P. gradyi
      Gunningbland Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Epoch: Late
      Sheep Hills
      Parkes Shire
      New South Wales
      Australia
      • 1 comment
      • 171 views

      Boring Sponge

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Porifera
      Class: Demospongiae
      Order: Clionaida
      Family: Clionaidae
      Genus: Cliona
      Species: C. cretacica
      Matawan Group
      Wenonah Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      Big Brook
      Monmouth County
      New Jersey
      United States
      Catalog #: TFFA10001
      • 0 comments
      • 139 views

      Sponge

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Porifera
      Class: Calcarea
      Order: Incertae sedis
      Family: Astraeospongiidae
      Genus: Ensiferites
      Species: brandenburgi
      Percha Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Fammenian
      Brandenburg Mountain
      Pinal County
      Arizona
      United States
      • 3 comments
      • 99 views

      Shrimp

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Malacostraca
      Order: Decapoda
      Family: Penaeidae
      Genus: Penaeus
      Species: Penaeus bolcensis
      Monte Bolca Formation
      Alveolina dainelli Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Lutetian
      Pesciara quarry
      Monte Bolca
      Veneto
      Italy
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar461
      • 1 comment
      • 128 views

      Eel

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygii
      Order: Anguilliformes
      Family: incertae sedis
      Genus: Hayenchelys
      Species: H. germanus
      Sannine Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Cretaceous
      Epoch: Late
      International Age: Cenomanian
      Haqel
      Jbeil District
      Mount Lebanon Governorate
      Lebanon
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch2334
      • 0 comments
      • 80 views

      Mantis Shrimp

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Malacostraca
      Order: Stomatopoda
      Family: incertae sedis
      Genus: Lysiosquilla
      Species: L. antiqua
      Monte Bolca Formation
      Alveolina dainelli Zone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Eocene
      International Age: Lutetian
      Pesciara quarry
      Bolca Village
      Veneto Province
      Italy
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ar370
      • 1 comment
      • 139 views

      Carcharocles megalodon

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichthyes
      Order: Lamniformes
      Family: Otodontidae
      Genus: Carcharocles
      Species: C. megalodon
      unknown formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      Nokomis
      Sarasota County
      Florida
      United States
      Catalog #: 002
      • 2 comments
      • 119 views

      Megaldon

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichthyes
      Order: Lamniformes
      Family: Otodontidae
      Genus: Carcharocles
      Species: C. megalodon
      unknown formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      Venice
      Sarasota County
      Florida
      United States
      Catalog #: 001
      • 3 comments
      • 107 views
      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Cnidaria
      Class: Hydrozoa
      Order: Siphonophorida
      Family: incertae sedis
      Genus: Discalioides
      Species: Discalioides sp.
      Aix-en-Provence Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Oligocene
      International Age: Chattian
      Aix-en-Provence
      Bouches-du-Rhône Department
      Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
      France
      Catalog #: TTF-oilshale-Cn2167
      • 1 comment
      • 92 views

      Diprotodon

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Mammalia
      Order: Marsupialia
      Family: Diprotodontia
      Genus: Diprotodon
      Species: D. optatum
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Quaternary
      Epoch: Pleistocene
      Glen Innes
      New South Wales
      Australia
      • 0 comments
      • 94 views
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