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  1. Hi, just a recap of my situation: I live in south of Japan in a city called Kumamoto and I prospect mainly for fossil shell the Himenoura formation which is an upper cretaceous (santonian) marine deposit formation. Even if I know that a lot of shark teeth were found at my usual spot, I never looked for it until my Super Secret Santa send me some superb cosmopolitodus Hastalli tooth and I caught shark tooth virus. Since then, I looked more carefully to this little beauty and found some. As my knowledge in shark tooth is still pretty limited, I ask to a japanese friend of mine who's more into teeth and who told me that the tooth I found was lamna's one. here is the picture of my the one I found. however I have some question about these tooth. As I was looking for information concerning cretalamna in order to determine the place of the tooth I noticed that all cretalamna tooth had cusp. Like this picture from an old post: http://www.thefossilforum.com/uploads/monthly_07_2015/post-3940-0-35234500-1436898635.jpg Did I misidentified the tooth or is there some cretalamna sub species which would have tooth without cusps ? Thank you very much for your help and I hope taht this post will help for futur lamna's teeth identification. David
  2. Hi, Let me tell you about the best week-end I ever spend as fossil passionate. Saturday: Everything started Saturday (27th) at the Mifune Dinosaur Museum (MDM) where I help there as volunteer about three times a week. I am usually in charge of the child related event like post card or replica work-shop however this Saturday was not a usual Saturday. It was the day (MDM) have to send back to Montana’s Rockies museum the 1,5 Ton of rocks and fossils they received 1 years ago when started the “preparation project” and it was the day before the symposium and coming of Phillip Currie in Mifune. In fact MDM and Museum of the Rockies are sister Museum since 2012 and established a program with MDM. According to this program, MoR send to Japan bones to prep, and prepped bones are send back the following years. Last years, MDM received about 1,5T (resin+matrix) and extracted about 140 Daspletosaurus’ bones. For the occasion, Patrick Leiggi and Carrie Ancell came to Japan to supervise and help for the final preparation. For an amateur like me, seeing these professionals working and the result of this years of work was incredible. So after a hard day helping for the preparation for Mr Currie arrival and the sending of the Daspletosaurus’ bones I came back home with the promise than Monday will be a wonderful day. And what wonderful day it will be!
  3. After 2 weeks of cold weather, today, Winter seamed to take a break. No clouds, sunny weather and temperatures above 18 degree celsius, I didn't have to think twice, let's go to the adventure ! As some of you have already noticed, I am more a seaside fossil hunter and today would have been a perfect day to make my skin's tone perfect if the tide would fit my schedule. Too bad for me, low tide time was a little bit too late for me so I decided to drive to Mifune's mountain. Mifune surrounding mountain are part of the Mifune formation. The formation age is Cretaceous (Turonian) and divided in two different Fauna. The lower part of the formation is mainly composed of marine fossil like bivalve but also turtle bones, shark teeth... The upper part of the formation is composed mainly of continental fauna and dinosaurs bones are often found. I divided my trip in two part: 1-Morning: Yoshimuta Plateau (Mifune Lower formation) I went there few times and wanted to explore the surrounding to see if I was able to find some nice spots and bivalves. 2-After lunch: Dinosaur hunt! First time I really took time to look at a geologic map and looked for bones. Yoshimuta: I arrived at about 10:30am at the entrance of the trail and had a 1 hour walk in the mountain before finding and interesting spot. A kind of road cut in the mountain. By looking closer I immediately i noticed: Cerithium Pyramidaeformis, good sign there was life here millions years ago. Now it is time to dig a little bit a see what treasures will appear. Matrix was hard as heck but, I found enough nice bivalve to put a big smile on my face for the day. Put all my found I my Back pack, ate a Rice ball and returned to the car for a 30 minute ride to the next spot and who knows, maybe Dinosaurs. 2- Yakata River I drove to Yakata river and Amakimi Dam. I noticed that part of the river dried up and where surrounded by the upper part of the Mifune formation. If Dinosaurs there are, I thought I would have a chance to find somethink there. I parked my car next to the dam and was welcomed by this sign Temperatures are still cold so I think there is nothing to fear but for someone who is afraid of snakes like me, this sign had a big effect. A picture of the dried up river bed : I tried to go down to the river bed but my adventure in Dinoland had to stop here. As I thought, there is dino bones in there unfortunately the area is forbidden and special clearance was requested to dig up fossil there. I didn't have the occasion to dig up dino bones but I still found a spot where bones are. so good experience for me. More picture on this post too: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/60896-because-the-trip-and-the-discovery-is-a-big-part-of-our-passion/
  4. Hi, because our passion is not only about rocks and is made at 50% by trips, discoveries, and people I will post here pictures of my hunting spots, japanese panorama, people, place which made my fossil hunting trips particular, memorable and enriched me as much as fossils do. I hope you will enjoy this thread and that you will be able to have an insight of my Japan.
  5. New dinosaur found in Mifune Japan

    Good morning gentleman, I just retranscript you what was airing this morning on all radio news and will be aired most probably on news channel today. The Mifune Dinausaur Museum made a presentation of a new species of dinosaur (I mean still not found in Mifune) found in Upper Cretaceous Mifune formation : an ornithomimosaurian. This found is the first in Japan where they found all sort of theropods and kind prove that this ornithomimosaurian lived also in semi-harid environment. Article in english: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08912963.2015.1025389?journalCode=ghbi20 Article in Japanese: http://kumanichi.com/news/local/main/20151112001.xhtml Living in Kumamoto prefecture is more and more exciting!
  6. Hi, Here is a stuff I found in Himenoura formation, Amakusa Japan. I don't know what to think about that. It was originally part of a big shale boulder on the shore. What caught my attentio at the begining was the colour. With morning humidity it was an orange/pink spot on a big black rock. The matrix is shale, period is santonian and this formation is a marine formation. I am still thinking it is kind of very weathered bivalve but maybe I am missing something important that more experienced people could probably notice. view from above view from the side It is perfectly round like a jacket button and I don't know if you will be able to see it on the above picture but there are perfectly alined hole (you can see 3 holes) What do you think about that ? do you see more than a weathered bivalve ?
  7. Educational trip in Mifune, Japan

    Hi everybody, Today I took part in an educational fossil hunting trip organized by the Mifune Dinosaur Museum, in Kumamoto. It was the occasion for me to go once again to a place I visit alone 3 month ago but this time with Kumamoto Paleontologists and… a lot of kids! It was so great to see kids discovering their first fossil, smile on the face. Remembered me years ago when I found my first ammonite. So the place we went was in the mountain near to Mifune Dinosaur Museum (MDM), about 30 minutes by car. It’s a formation called Mifune formation (an original name for sure) from cretaceous period. According to the paleontologist, this part of the formation is full of shell, spiral shell, turtle bones, crocodile tooth and recently shark teeth. There is a big chance that this particular part of the formation was the estuary of a large river. So today we get a briefing at the museum and went on site for a 2 hours hunt. I cannot say I made great found, only found some little shell and spiral shell but I found an imprint of very big carnivorous shell not yet named (They’re doing a study about those one which does not have name yet, they were referred by their closest parent). Anyway today was more about listening to professional and enjoying Japanese autumn than fossil. So please, enjoy these few pictures. I will put some found pictures later, I have some trouble with my camera right now. See you next week for a new hunting trip report, this time, it will be in Goshonoura Island, Amakusa. David
  8. Japan, country where every worker, known as " Salaryman" is a soldier working for the Japanese economic supremacy, is known for its sushi, technology, kimono, ammonite and never resting workers. But his week was quite an event as thanks to 3 national holiday, Japanese "salarymen" (white collar) were able to have some rest during 5 days (from saturday to wednesday). I took the opportunity to go on a fossil hunting trip on the 23rd September. My destination, Amakusa, is a string of island located in the Ariake sea known in Kyushu for its two upper cretaceous formation : * Goshoura formation * Himenoura formation Leaving home at 4 am, I arrived at 6 am just when the first lights hitted the sea. I searched for fossils for about 4 hours at the Himenoura formation near Ryugatake. The formation is made at this place of black shale and contains mainly ammonite (polyptychoceras), inoceramus, shark teeth and flying reptile teeth. The weather was good and I really enjoyed the time spend alone, just with my hammer and my chisel. I found some interesting fossil like a bunch of polyptychoceras, a squished gaudryceras (thanks to fossisle and fossilDAWG for helping me to ID it), an inoceramus and this... thing...don't know what it is, maybe it is not even a fossil. I hope you will enjoy the few picture I put and If you have any question do not hesitate. If yu have any idea concerning the mysterious thing, I am all ears too. Have a nice day, David.
  9. Bone Id (If It Is A Bone...)

    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
  10. Any Fossil Sites Near Tokyo, Japan?

    Hey all, I might be going on a trip to Japan next year and I was wondering if anyone knew of any good spots near Tokyo? I would really love to get my hands on some Japanese fossils! thanks all!
  11. Hello 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
  12. Star Sands

    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]