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  1. Well, I’m finally getting to dig into my truckload of fossils from my Wyoming trip with @RJB so it’s my turn to open up a prep thread. I spent a couple hours today poking around to find the perfect fish to start with. The 18” layer never disappoints. This good sized Diplomystus has 2 Knightia on top of it. I’m going to try to save both but I’m concerned that the right hand one is covering most of the Diplo’s skull. If that’s the case, the little guy will have to go! This is after about 90 minutes of scribe work.
  2. Barely a month had gone by since my last trip to New Mexico and Colorado, but I already had plans for this trip in the works. Primary focus this time, which was a solo trip, was fossil collecting, visiting well known sites that have been on my radar for quite some time. I flew out to Salt Lake City and drove directly to Kemmerer, WY. My first stop there was Fossil Butte National Monument: Here is a view of the visitors center (free admission) and the surrounding barren, but awesome landscape that surrounds it:
  3. I probably should have started this thread years ago but better late than never. Ive got a bunch of fossil fish im going to prep out this summer. Im going to start with a Priscara serata that my sons friend found just last week. This serata has another right on top of it but missing some of itself so its going by by. This fish is from the bottom cap of the 18 inch layer and is in some very dense and very hard rock. The stuff I really like!!! A lot harder to prep than the split fish but nicer fish to say the least. Much harder bone too and can stand up against even pure dolomite! My kinda stuff!!! So, here we go........ RB This is the way it came up from the slab lift. You can see the other fish that is on top. The bottom one is about a 9 incher. This is almost 5 hours of work. The tail fin is a really hard prep job to say the least!!! but lookin real good so far. Luckily there is a tad bit of matrix between the fishes!
  4. a freind went for a fossil hunting in China's Beipiao, a well know lagerstatte of jehol biota ( early cretacous/late jurasic) . By chance he used a home UV light to check his pieces, just to find that one of them become fluorescent and revealing much more details. this should be a tyipcal Lycoptera davidi or sinensis
  5. Fishes scale (Ukraine) ?

    Hello! Could it be scale? Western Ukraine, Lviv region. Thanks in advance!
  6. Someone online is selling this as a 'raptor claw'. Does anyone have any idea what it might really be? I suspect it's a piece of Kem Kem fish skull. The seller insists that it's a raptor claw.
  7. Found a really nice piece of promotional advertising poster today. Not sure of the age But it will go nice with all my Wyoming fossils.
  8. 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 , I just added the ones I may put in this thread if I ever find the time to build them. After all my Whales, other marine Mammals , Birds and Reptiles I thought it would be nice if I could include some more Reptiles and "Amphibians" (?) If it crossed the border between land and sea, its likeness shall be built by me -some day. -Placodus -Cyamodus -Mastodonsaurus -Tiktaalik -Ichthyostega -Diplocaulus Aloha, J
  9. Hello, I was looking at one of my fossils, a Mioplosus I found in Wyoming to be exact, and I noticed some weird bumps in the rock under the jaw. I was like, "Is that a spine? It cant be." Now, the mouth of the Mioplosus was mangled, so you cant make out the jawline. After seeing what looked like a spinal chord under the mouth, I had a theory, "What if the mangled mouth is actually another fish the Mioplosus was eating when it died?" After gently scraping away some of the rock around the bumps I thought were a spinal chord, I confirmed my theory to be correct. There was another fish in the fossil. This Mioplosus was eating another fish, a Diplomystus, to be exact. What do you guys think? Two fish in one? Pictures are attached. Jared
  10. I'd love some thoughts on some of these recent finds from Sharktooth Hill. Thanks in advance! These ones, I think, are porcupinefish mouth plate pieces, but I have no experience with them. These seem like fish teeth. Parrotfish or related??? The two views are the same pieces, with interesting "toothy" parts on both surfaces. I can see the bottom pic maybe showing palatine teeth??? And finally this has me totally stumped. While collecting we saved it saying, "that's gotta be something" still still don't have a clue. Bottom pic is side view.
  11. Hi Folks! This is a tough one. A friend of mine saw my recent Green River Formation acquisitions and it made him curious about his own fish fossil. I told him that I would try to get an ID for it. He has very little info on it - he got it at a flea market in Massachusetts for $2. The seller was from Morocco and he was also selling other Moroccan minerals and fossils. So, I think the fish is from Morocco. This is the only photo he has of it at the moment. Does anyone have any idea what this fish is? Thanks!
  12. Possible Paleoniscoid Skull Roof

    Hi all, This specimen was found in a black shale layer that lays directly and uncomfortably upon the Duquesne Limestone, which is Late Pennsylvanian age. It was found in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Both the shale and limestone are filled with vertebrate fossils, especially the scales, teeth and spines of paleoniscoid fish. As far as I know there is no species list from the shale but Elonichthys has been reported. I know skull roofs can be very diagnostic so any rough estimates of genus would be very helpful! I apologize for the picture quality, my phone is a brick.
  13. I scored some nice Eocene fish plates from the Green River formation in Lincoln County Wyoming. Can anyone help me ID these three fish? Any help is greatly appreciated.
  14. Everyone said NSR was dry and picked over but I hiked 9 hrs and found some cool stuff. My favorites are the Protostega costal bone with partial rib head preserved, the mosasaur bone with bite mark and the artifacts. I walked in tracks all day but the river is too large for someone to get everything and people miss quite a bit.
  15. Fish story for the ages: High schooler unearths rare fossil by University of Chicago, September 30, 2019 https://news.uchicago.edu/story/fish-story-ages-high-schooler-unearths-rare-fossil https://phys.org/news/2019-09-fish-story-ages-high-schooler.html Yours, Paul H.
  16. South Korea lightfish fossil

    Vinciguerria orientalis, sp. nov. (Teleostei, Stomiiformes, Phosichthyidae), from the middle Miocene of South Korea.
  17. Unidentified fish scale from Kem Kem

    Hello, On the internet I found and bought this fossil fish scale from the Kem Kem formation. Unfortunately, I do not know which fish she comes from, as she looks different than any other fish scales from Kem Kem that I know. A box on the sheet is 5x5mm, the scale is ca. 1,7cm long. I hope you can help me with that. Thank you in advance, Jesco
  18. Xiphactinus

    Here's a few Xiphactinus fossils in my collection that I collected at the North Sulphur River Texas. My arm for scale lol.
  19. Fish from goulmima

    I'm not knowledgeable much about fish this was collected in January from goulmima only now got to prepping it fully any ideas? It's 9.8cm long the skull looks to be crushed deformed.
  20. Fossil Fish: Neoproscinetes?

    Good day, I'd like some help to identify this fossil fish. It is nearly 11 inches long. From what I've searched it looks similar to Neoproscinetes, but I'm no master of fossil fishes. I'd like to know its species name and if it is indeed a real fossil fish.
  21. Cretaceous Fish from Brazil?

    Hi I'm looking at this Fish Fossil from the web. Anyone know what species is it? It is around 7 inches long and the following are the location details: Period: Cretaceous - Early Cenomanian Formation: Santana Formation Location: Regiao de Ceara, Araripe Basin, Brazil
  22. Fish scale, vertebrae, squilla scale, some kind of plants Location: Pohang, south Korea Formation: Duho formation Age: middle miocene
  23. New acquired Collection

    I have started to collect a few things from a older lady and wanted to share. The large piece of petrified wood is 8” across and 3” thick. The fish I have been wondering if they were the same kind? Love the bug/ mosquito or not sure what to call it. these were found 50+ years ago.
  24. L.S., Since animal fossils are definitely not my strongsuit, I would like to call upon the incredible collective knowledge here at TFF and ask your help with the identification of the fish remains shown below. This specimen comes from the Westphalian D (Pennsylvanian, Carboniferous) of the Piesberg quarry near Wallenhorst, Germany. The shape of the scales reminds me of images of rhizodont (?) fish scales, but this could very well be a superficial resemblance only... Penny for your thoughts? Kind regards, Tim
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