The Pinecrest Sand Member of the Tamiami Formation is a series of beds which contain an incredible diversity of marine life from the Upper Pliocene ranging from approximately 4.5 to 2.5 million years ago. Primary among the organisms that draw attention to these deposits are the gastropods which are so well preserved that they appear to have just recently washed upon the shore. Although both professional and amateurs have collected from the Sarasota quarries which have mined the mollusk shells for construction for over 50 years, a single monograph has never beeen produced. In addition, I am also picturing gastropods from the Tamiami coral reef facies, the Golden Gate Member which contains some of the same species as the Pinecrest but also many endemics. Although short on description which is essential in peer reviewed scientific publications, I hope this gallery will serve as a guide to those who have trouble in acquiring the few out of date works that have delt with the Pinecrest.
This is an album for my chondricthyes collection. The chondricthyes are comprised of animals with skeletons that are largely made up of cartilage. You'll see lots of interesting stuff in here from stingrays to paddlefish.
Some of my finds from the lower Jurassic of Holzmaden.
They were mostly found in the quarry Kromer near Ohmden ( http://www.schieferbruch-kromer.de/ ).
I have found different types of ammonites and belemnites but recently I focused more on vertebrate material.
Vertebrates are not very common but its not impossible to find teeth and bones.
I found most of the teeth in the "Schlacke", a layer with many fish parts.
The most common teeth are teeth from Steneosaurus bollensis (crocodile). You can also find Ichthyosaur and Plesiosaur teeth.
The overwhelming majority of this Ammonite fauna is preserved as limestone molds. But they can nevertheless make very pretty pets. There is a seemingly unendless amount of sites which can be visited since a great expanse of these layers is exposed from the north of Switzerland over the Swabian Alb up into the Franconian Alb in Bavaria. The forms and variations of this fauna are also manifold and the species and genera are being continually moved about or renamed, so I can't guarantee that my IDs are up-to-date.
This album of fossils offers one a glimpse into the past. Approximately 65 million years ago, the Earth's oceans were teeming with a diverse array of wildlife. As I wade through the streams and walk through the forests, the land I am standing on is called New Jersey, the United States, and North America simultaneous. These areas of land are simply concepts created by mankind; they are arbitrary when held against the timelessness of nature and life. By fossil hunting I once again am able to appreciate life on Earth and my essence in this universe. Here I hope to chronicle some of the remnants of our ancestors and offer you the best fossils that I have come to know and cherish.
My main interest is fossil fish, but here in this album, you will only find invertebrates:
Fossils from Solnhofen, Messel, Holzmaden, Liaoning, Bundenbach, Green River, Linton, Mazon Creek, Monte Bolca, Fiume Marecchia...
My main interest is fossil fish, but you will also find some other vertebrates like amphibians, mammals, reptiles and birds here in this album:
Fossils from Solnhofen, Messel, Holzmaden, Liaoning, Bergisch Gladbach, Green River, Linton, Mazon Creek, Monte Bolca, Fiume Marecchia.....and other places around the world.