• Collections

    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

      Conularia

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Cnidaria
      Class: Scyphozoa
      Order: Conulariida
      Family: Conulariidae
      Genus: Conularia
      Species: formosa
      Georgian Bay Formation
      Lower Member
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Epoch: Late
      Mimico Creek
      Etobicoke, Toronto
      Ontario
      Canada
      Catalog #: CON2
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      Linguloid Trace Fossil

      Kingdom: None
      Phylum: None
      Class: None
      Order: None
      Family: None
      Genus: Lingulichnus
      Species: verticalis
      Georgian Bay Formation
      Lower Member
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Epoch: Late
      Humber River area
      Etobicoke, Toronto
      Ontario
      Canada
      Catalog #: TRA-794747392
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      Amecystis

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Echinodermata
      Class: Pleurocystitidae
      Order: Dichoporita
      Family: Pleurocystitidae
      Genus: Amecystis
      Species: laevis
      Simcoe Group
      Bobcaygeon Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Ordovician
      Epoch: Middle
      Simcoe County
      Ontario
      Canada
      Catalog #: RHOM-019973892
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      Eldredgeops rana

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Arthropoda
      Class: Trilobita
      Order: Phacopida
      Family: Phacopidae
      Genus: Eldredgeops
      Species: E. rana
      Hamilton Group
      Windom Shale Formation
      Smoke's Creek Trilobite Bed
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Paleozoic
      Period: Devonian
      Epoch: Middle
      Age: Givetian
      Smoke's Creek,
      Erie County
      Blasdell, New York
      United States
      Catalog #: TFF-E1NAFBNY-0001
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      Carcharodon hastalis

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Chondrichthyes
      Order: Lamniformes
      Family: Lamnidae
      Genus: Carcharodon
      Species: C. hastalis
      Calvert Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      Calvert Cliffs
      Maryland
      United States
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      Ecphora gardnerae

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Gastropoda
      Order: none
      Family: Muricidae
      Genus: Ecphora
      Species: E. gardnerae
      Choptank Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Neogene
      Epoch: Miocene
      Calvert Cliffs
      Maryland
      United States
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      Bowfin

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Actinopterygii
      Order: Amiiformes
      Family: Amiidae
      Genus: Cyclurus
      Species: C. kehreri
      Messel Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Eocene
      Age: Ypresian
      Grube Messel
      Messel near Darmstadt
      Hessia
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch36
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      Ammonite

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Cephalopoda
      Order: Ammonitida
      Family: Sonniniidae
      Genus: Dorsetensia
      Species: D. liostraca
      Inferior Oolite Group
      Lower Inferior Oolite Formation
      humphresianum zone
      romani subzone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Middle
      Age: Bajocian
      Frogden quarry
      Sherborne
      Dorset
      United Kingdom
      Catalog #: A1265
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      Ammonite

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Mollusca
      Class: Cephalopoda
      Order: Ammonitida
      Family: Sonniniidae
      Genus: Sonninites
      Species: S. simulans
      Inferior Oolite Group
      Lower Inferior Oolite Formation
      sauzei Zone
      patella subzone
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Mesozoic
      Period: Jurassic
      Epoch: Middle
      Age: Early Bajocian
      Sandford Lane
      Sherborne
      Dorset
      United Kingdom
      Catalog #: A1262
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      "Messel Rail"

      Kingdom: Animalia
      Phylum: Chordata
      Class: Aves
      Order: Gruiformes
      Family: Messelornithidae
      Genus: Messelornis
      Species: M. christata
      Messel Formation
      Eon: Phanerozoic
      Era: Cenozoic
      Period: Paleogene
      Epoch: Eocene
      Age: Lutetian, Lower Geiseltalian
      Grube Messel
      Messel near Darmstadt
      Hessia
      Germany
      Catalog #: TFF-oilshale-Ch1541
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