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Hi, As I described in my trip report last week (http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/56838-kyushu-fukuoka-pref-ashiya-machi-japan/) I went to Ashiya machi and found what looks like to me a bone. The outcrop is from oligocene period and the matrix is made of sandstone. Found fossil were bivalve, shark teeth, and turittella which suggest a sea environment. Could you help me to ID this fossil ? I will say fossil because I do not even know if this is a bone as it would be the first time I found one. I read that at this place was discovered sort of big penguin called Plotopterum and sea mammal like seals. I read somewhere that birds bones and mamal bones were quite different so even if we cannot put any ID on this maybe, I still have the hope that someone can tell me if it's a bird or a mammal. I am waiting forward to reading your suggestion and post. David
Han.T posted a topic in Questions & AnswersHello all, I will be going to Japan(specifically Tokyo, Nara and Osaka prefectures) on a free & easy trip end of this month, and was hoping if anyone on TFF can share with me if there are places to go for fossil-related activities. I have heard that the National Science Museum in Tokyo and Natural History Museum in Osaka are worth visiting, any reviews? I am also hoping to pay a visit to any markets or shops that are known for offering fossil material(too bad the Tokyo Mineral show is not on!). I am not sure if Japan has dig-tours for tourists, would really like to get in on one too! Thank you all for your time! Han
Got a snall sample of so-called "star sand" from Taketomi,Okinawa,Japan, that was loaded with some of (I think) the most beautiful forams: 99% of the sample consists of 2 species, Baculogypsina sphraerulata & Calcaroides spengleri; Went thru my inventory of forams & found some examples of their fossil kin: unfortunately, like any other fossil, the Miocene & Cretaceous ones have suffered a lot of wear & tear, but hopefully you'll be able to view & compare. Don't know if the images do them justice. Each foram is about the size of a grain of sand. [attachment=18991 8:foram1a.jpg]