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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

      Venus Clam

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Veneroida
      Family: Veneridae
      Genus: Mercenaria
      Species: M. corrugata
      Yorktown Formation
      Rushmere Member
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Pliocene
      Age: Zanclean
      Tar River
      Edgecomb County
      North Carolina
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF0DR100EC
      • 1 comment
      • 6 views

      Heart Clam

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalvia
      Order: Veneroida
      Family: Glossidae
      Genus: Glossus
      Species: G. fraternus
      Yorktown Formation
      Rushmere Member
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Pliocene
      Age: Zanclean
      Tar River
      Edgecomb County
      North Carolina
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF0DR099EC
      • 1 comment
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      Westrichus kraetschmeri , neuer Acanthodier

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Cordata
      Class: Acanthodii
      Order: Acanthodiformes
      Family: Acanthodidae
      Genus: Westrichus
      Species: Westrichus kraetschmeri
      Meisenheim Formation
      Jeckenbacher Subformation
      Heimkirchen- Niederkirchen Seehorizont
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Permian
      Epoch: Early
      Age: 290 -295
      Niederkirchen" Hörnchen"
      Heimkirchen, Niederkirchen
      Rheinland- Pfalz, Rhineland-Pallatinate
      Germany
      • 8 comments
      • 53 views

      Mussel

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalva
      Order: Ostreidae
      Family: Pinnidae
      Genus: Atrina
      Species: Atrina harrisii
      Choptank Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      St Leonard
      Calvert County
      Maryland
      United States
      • 4 comments
      • 53 views

      SHARK ENTEROSPIRAE : Pre-Voided Shark Feces

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichthyes
      Order: indet.
      Family: indet.
      Genus: indet.
      Species: sp.
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      St Leonard
      Calvert Cliffs
      Maryland
      United States
      • 1 comment
      • 54 views

      Barnacle

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Hexanauplia
      Order: Sessilia
      Family: Balanidae
      Genus: Concavus
      Species: C. concavus
      Choptank Formation
      Drum Cliff Member
      Shattuck Zone 17
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      St Leonard
      Calvert Cliffs
      Maryland
      United States
      • 0 comments
      • 13 views

      Geoduck Clam

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalva
      Order: Adapedonta
      Family: Hiatellidae
      Genus: Panopea
      Species: P. marylandica
      Choptank Formation
      Drum Cliff Member
      Shattuck Zone 17
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      St Leonard
      Calvert County
      Maryland
      United States
      • 0 comments
      • 16 views

      Scallop

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Bivalva
      Order: Ostreoida
      Family: Pectinidae
      Genus: Chesapectin
      Species: C. Nefrens
      Choptank Formation
      Drum Cliff Member
      Shattuck Zone 17
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      St Leonard
      Calvert County
      Maryland
      United States
      • 0 comments
      • 9 views

      Limonite

      Kingdom: n/a
      Phylum: n/a
      Class: n/a
      Order: n/a
      Family: n/a
      Genus: n/a
      Species: n/a
      Iron Hill Pluton
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Silurian
      Epoch: Late
      Iron Hill Park
      New Castle County
      Delaware
      United States
      • 0 comments
      • 22 views

      Sillimanite

      Kingdom: n/a
      Phylum: n/a
      Class: n/a
      Order: n/a
      Family: n/a
      Genus: n/a
      Species: n/a
      Wissahickon Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Epoch: Late
      Brandywine Springs Park
      New Castle County
      Delaware
      United States
      • 0 comments
      • 17 views
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