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  1. General Fossil Discussion

    Any general discussions about fossils & paleontology

  2. Fossil Hunting Trips

    Post your fossiling adventures here!

  3. Fossil ID

    Can't figure out what that fossil is? Post bright, sharp images here for identification. (Note that responses & confidence increase with image quality!)
    >Re-size your pictures, per the tips in our FAQ forum.
    >Please understand that we do not appraise value!

  4. Is It Real? How to Recognize Fossil Fabrications

    This forum is devoted to illuminating the pitfalls to be avoided when considering the purchase of fossils.  Please do not post links to websites, nor identify a seller in any way.  For our educational purposes, the sellers' identity is immaterial; this is all about the specimens.  Please read and follow the guidelines found in the Pinned topic below.

  5. Partners in Paleontology - Member Contributions to Science

    >In this forum, we promote and celebrate our amateur contributions to the paleontological sciences. There are many volunteer opportunities to play an important role in furthering the science, and to learn new skills. Whether by volunteering their time (lab work, collections maintenance, organized field work), or through the donation of significant specimens, to scientific institutions, amateurs have always played an important but unheralded part!

    >The pinned topic "Fossil Contributions to Paleontology - The Gallery" is an annotated image archive of member-found specimens now residing in museum collections; further discussion of them will be found in linked topics in this forum. ADDING YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS THREAD WILL EARN THE PARTNER AWARD FOR YOUR PROFILE.

    >All the other topics in this forum are for the discussion of amateurs' collaboration with professionals; science at its best.

  6. Questions & Answers

    Ask anything you want to know* about fossils in general; maybe someone here will have the answer!
    *For identification of specific fossils, post in Fossil ID for best results..
    >Please understand that we do not appraise value!

  7. Fossil of the Month

    The Winners Gallery and the Official Contest for the Find of the Month.



    Rules for The Fossil Forum's Vertebrate and Invertebrate/Plant Find of the Month Contests

    1. You find a great Vertebrate Fossil or Invertebrate/Plant Fossil! Only fossils found by you. NO PURCHASED FOSSILS.
    2. Post your entry in the Find of the Month topic. Use a separate post for each entry(Only two entries per contest category.)
    3. Your Fossil must have been found during the Month of the Contest, or most of the significant Preparation of your Fossil must have been completed during the Month of the Contest.
    4. You must include the Date of your Discovery (when found in the contest month); or the Date of Preparation Completion and Discovery date (if not found in the contest month).
    5. Before and After Preparation photos must be submitted for prepped specimens not found during the Month of the Contest.
    6. You must include the common or scientific name.
    7. You must include the Geologic Age or Geologic Formation where the Fossil was found.
    8. You must include the State, Province, or region where the Fossil was found.
    9. Play fair and honest. No bought fossils. No false claims.

    Shortly after the end of the Month, separate Polls will be created for the Vertebrate and Invertebrate/Plant Find of the Month.


    In addition to the fun of a contest, we also  would like  to learn more about the fossils. 

    A short explanation of why your fossil should be Fossil of the Month is a good way to garner votes. 

    *******Please use the following format for the required information:*******


    Date of discovery

    Scientific or Common name

    Geologic Age or Geologic Formation

    State, Province, or Region found

    Photos added last. 

    (If prepped, before and after photos, please.)



    Only entries posted with  CLEAR photos, and that meet the other guidelines will be placed into the Poll. 

  8. Member Collections

    Show off your own collection of fossils

  9. A Trip to the Museum

    A forum to showcase Paleontological museums and their fossil exhibits. Have one near you? Take us along!

  10. Paleo Re-creations

    For members' original paleontological artworks of graphic (life renderings, display backgrounds, ID posters) and sculptural (models, carvings) natures.

  11. Collecting Gear

    Tools and techniques

  12. Fossil Preparation

    Tools and techniques

  13. Member Fossil Trades Bulletin Board

    We have freed member-to-member trades from the restrictions imposed on member sales.

    You may express your initial interests here, or as opportunity might present in other discussion topics; once contact with a trading partner is made, please continue your arrangements via private message. Public notes on successful exchanges are encouraged; disputes must be settled privately.

    Please note that transactions done thus must be pure trades, with no money changing hands; beyond that, the transaction may take any form that both participants agree to as equitable.

  14. Member-to-Member Fossil Sales

    Have some excess fossils from your journeys? Want to recoup a little gas money? 


    The Member to Member Sales forum is intended to be a place where people can sell excess specimens, tools, or literature.

    Or the same type of items that they just no longer want. It is not intended to be commercial endeavor or market stall on the Forum.

    Just a place where people can sell their extra fossils, tools, or literature.




    > For sales between members:

    Please, NO marketing of commercial websites, including Ebay, and Etsy

    Also, NO marketing of services. (for example: preparation or restoration).


    > Posting access to this forum is restricted to members who have established themselves by contributing a reasonable, fixed number of posts of substance.

    Once you are approved, please read the Member Sales Policy and pinned topics before posting or responding in this forum!

    >Fossils and things directly related to the avocation ONLY

    Fossils, tools, and literature. NO JEWELRY, PLEASE.


    >Clear photos and specific pricing per item are required.

    >We cannot perform $$ appraisals, but opinions as to relative quality can be offered.


    For transparency sake, Please post detailed photos of the fossils being offered.

    Each fossil must have a specific price. 
    The Forum cannot be held liable for deals gone wrong. 

    Buy and Sell at your own risk.

    • JarrodB
  15. Fossil News

    News from the world of fossils & paleontology