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  1. So a couple of weeks ago, I, along with my younger brother, decided to embark on our first field trip with the Dallas Paleontological Society. The destination was Moss Creek, a decently sized waterway on private property that feeds into the NSR. Just like in the main river, we were seeking a red layer exposure of the Ozan Fm (though I read that this red layer is different from the one at the river). This site is famous for its abundance of marine microfossils, namely shark/fish teeth. One of the people on the trip was a researcher (Shawn Hamm) who is currently finishing up a paper on this very
  2. Hello, I was finally able to go to my site in MT that is on a co-workers place. Some years ago I looked there and found quite a bit of good fossils. I was glad to hit it again! This is a bone from a fish I think?? It is kind of paddle shaped. Length = 4.5cm Width = 1.5cm Found in Hill County, MT, Cretaceous age. Thanks for any info!
  3. Hi! I’m still trying to identify one fossil from a particular unit of Pleistocene/Early Holocene lacustrine silt from my hometown of Saskatoon, but I figured I would look away from it for a bit to try and identify another fossil from the same unit I’ve been unable to classify. I have two specimens, both apparently of the same species. They are both approximately 0.5 millimetres across. They are perfectly circular, with lines radiating from the centre and rings of alternating colours (possibly representing growth lines). One specimen is photographed dorsally, showing its circular shape, the ot
  4. Blubby the blobfish

    Need ID on this interesting australian fish fossil

    Hi everyone! Im new here, I wil soon make an introduction.I have a question. I recently came accros one of these fossils here in the Netherlands from an old private collection. Can anyone tell me about the rarity of this fossil? From what ive gathered its a set of fossilized leptolepis fish from the Talbragrar fish beds in New South Whales, Australia. Its a fossil site thats been closed for a while now. Even well known geologists that I know personally were unable to correctly identify this piece, never have they even seen such a thing. My piece is 22cm long (8,5inch), it has 3 small
  5. DinoFossilsUK

    Help with Laos tooth ID (Spinosaurid?)

    Hi! I have a tooth from the Gres Superieurs formation of Laos and I'm struggling with the ID. The person I acquired the tooth from suggested it was an undescribed spinosaurid - possibly Baryonychinae - due to the striations in the enamel. I'm not sure though, so I was hoping someone with more knowledge of teeth from Loas might be able to help me out. My first thoughts upon seeing the tooth were that it was likely to be a Pterosaur or fish tooth. It's certainly not Ichthyovenator as it's far too narrow. It's 0.88 inches long. Thanks in advance for any help! IMG
  6. Hello! Thank you all for taking the time to read this and (hopefully!) help me identify a very interesting find from Saskatoon! I was on a fossil hunting trip to a local exposure of Pleistocene glacial lake sediments in Saskatoon, and I took home a few samples of it to review later. While looking through one piece (the material is silt but breaks like a rock and is somewhat laminated), I saw this very strange shape. Attached are a few images, some simply in situ, others through a microscope. My apologies if the image quality is not ideal, I do not currently have any better equipment. There ar
  7. After the last one (link here: fish skull ) turned out to be a nice skull, I'm wondering if anyone could ID this bit? It's very 3D and hard to photograph without image stacking so I've given three views. Phosphatic nodule, Brigantian (U. Mississippian) marine shale, Co. Durham, UK. counterpart:
  8. Anyone recognise this? Phosphatic nodule, Brigantian (U. Mississippian) marine shale, Co. Durham, UK. Nodules from this bed often contain fish bits, as well as cephalopods, inarticulate brachiopods and (rare) conulariids. Not cleanly broken but the shape is ringing a bell... concave counterpart
  9. First of all - sorry for bad and rude language)) So, I need some help with identification of this teeth. All was found in Russia, Trans-Urals region, in a few different rivers: Belyakova, Sugatka and Derney. There must be Eocene period, probably lutet or barton layer, but I can't be sure, because there is no bedrock, only fossils that river stream brings. Sometimes me and other people found there more old fossils, back to cretaceous even. I showed this photo to few reptile specialists from Saint Petersburg, but they sure that is no crocodile teeth, and insist that is a fish teeth. But i have f
  10. svcgoat

    Miocene Santa Barbara county

    Collected this myself amongst pipefish fossils and not sure what it is. Positive and negative shown in photo
  11. JakubArmatys

    Cretaceous Fish (Shark) Tooth

    Please identify this tooth Found in cretaceous, turonian sandy-limestone in Poland (Górka Pychowicka, Cracow). This rock is amazing, on left there's Ptychodus decurrens tooth too.
  12. fishlover

    My first fish

    Hello, I am a fish fossil collector from Taiwan, I have been playing with fossils for three years. I'm a newcomer to this forum site, please give me more advice. This is my first collection, Hakelia laticuda from Cretaceous, Lebanon,I bought it three years ago.
  13. historianmichael

    C&D Canal Fish Jaw?

    I found this tiny fossil amongst some micros collected at the C&D Canal (Late Cretaceous; Mount Laurel Formation). It kinda reminds me of a fish jaw. It only measures 7mm in length. I have found fish vertebrae at the site. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  14. Mahnmut

    Somewhat fishy

    Ahoi, I just finished a model of Dunkleosteus the lazy way, because I don´t have that much time these days. Lazy way means: Skull is a bought model from kaiyodo dinotales, postcranial is a skeletal drawing by Scott Hartmann I modified slightly and printed on some transparent foil. Like the outcome. It is quite small though, only 15 cm, representing a meager 3m in my chosen scale. can anyone tell what the other two are? both recent species, one handmade after a photograph, the other 3d printed from ct data. As I don´t know if I can add tags after posting
  15. Another mystery specimen; this one belongs to a relative who doesn't take good pics and is far away, so I'll begin by apologizing for the photo quality. No locality info, but this person has many other fossils from Morocco, so that's a possibility. It has hints of fish, but only hints; I think I see one or two fins. What I can't work out is the overlapping arrangement of segments. It looks vaguely like an arthropod (Aglaspid, maybe?), but again, I think I see a fin or two. Uuuughhghghghghghhhh.... It's driving me absolutely bonkers. Help?
  16. Misha

    Silica Shale Placoderm ID

    Hello everyone, I recently got this Ptyctodont tooth plate from a certain well known auction site and wanted to see if anyone here may know where I could get more info to identify it. I purchased this fossil for really cheap, I'm not sure why but I was the only person to bid on it, not sure if others just didn't recognize it, or nobody was interested. This plate is a large, at least in comparison to my two other 1 cm long Ptyctodus plates from Russia, and is labeled as coming from the Mid Devonian Silica Shale in Paulding OH. I took a look in my book on the Silica Shale and saw that
  17. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-oldest-3-d-heart-from-our-vertebrate-ancestors-has-been-discovered/ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-62912225 https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/fossilised-heart-organs-fish/ The Gogo Fish - Mcnamaraspis kaprios - is an extinct placoderm from the Upper Devonian period (~380 mya). It inhabited ancient reef systems in northwestern Australia and could grow up to 50 cm in length. With large eyes, a hinged jaw, and shaved teeth plates, the Gogo Fish would have been a fearsome predator.
  18. I was tempted recently to pick up a DIY fossil prep kit from an online retailer, have always been curious and wanted to give it a shot. You guys make it seem so easy! I only have manual tools (kit included a metal pick and I've started using a hobby knife to remove some of the upper layers a little faster). The whole slab is approx 17cm and the fish itself is maybe around 11cm. I started this thread to share my progress and get a little feedback. Any tips? Anything I absolutely shouldn't do, or do more of? There is also a big lump visible above the fish, wondering if that is worth digging into
  19. RuMert

    Fish jaw? What kind?

    Hi all! What do you think about this piece? The size is under 2 cm. I'm a bit confused about the structure below the teeth (unfortunately it's shattered and only parts remain). It doesn't look like bone - smooth and transparent and also appears pimply . Is it normal? Middle Oxfordian clay, Moscow vicinity
  20. jlcorbett

    Wood, fish, or other?

    Hi All this was foung on a otago coast of new zealand beach, im thinking wood or fish but have no idea as very new to this! Thank you for your help
  21. Hyaena

    Large otolith

    Good day, dear forum participants! Today's paleo-fishing in the clays of the Barton age brought such a catch in the form of an otolith. The size is exactly 10 mm in length, can there be any thoughts on identification? Please tell me who it could be. Tavda Formation, Western Siberia, Barton
  22. Kolya

    Fish tooth ?

    Hello! Help please with identification. Height - 2,5 mm. Age - Middle Miocene. Location - Western Ukraine. Thanks in advance!
  23. WOW, what a day! Today I had the pleasure of finally meeting @Jared C after over a year of reading his trip reports and admiring all of the incredible finds he's made exploring the Cretaceous formations of Central Texas. We have a lot in common: both of us are pursuing a career in paleontology, are both (almost) the same age, and are both attending universities in-state that are only an hour and a half away from each other. Needless to say, I can't believe it took us this long to finally go on a hunt together. Jared drove up from his new place in College Station this morning to me
  24. aek

    Seems fishy

    Any idea what this tiny fragment could be? Found in a sample containing conodonts and other microfossils.
  25. Location is in Missouri The area is dated to the Pennsylvanian Formation: Muncie Creek Shale Found this very small tooth like structure and was wondering if anyone could confirm if it is a tooth or not. Normally I can identify teeth if they are large enough, but this specimen is very small. I have found teeth before in these concretions but much larger such as a possible Symmorium or Glikmanius along with a tooth from a member of Eugeneodontida. Here are some images I edited that might make some details more clea
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