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  1. Crusty_Crab

    Anyone Collect First Editions?

    While in Phoenix this past week, I made a couple of finds in a couple of used book stores. I wouldn't consider myself a first edition collector, but I was still surprised that you can still find a true first of Gould's classic Wonderful Life for $10. It is certainly not in perfect condition and there's an inscription on the first page from the previous owner, but I guess there's still not much of a market for these? Trade edition book cover: Unbroken number line:
  2. The Paleontological Society of Austin took a trip to the Museum for this months Field Trip. Collecting in August is not much fun unless you get out WAY early, so a nice Air Conditioned Museum sounded like a good idea! So we went to a small museum that has been open for only a couple of years, but has a really nice collection of Texas fossil (and a few other places, but primarily Texas). They are known for their work in the Permian Red Beds, so much of the focus is on that time period, but a nice selection of other eras as well. We were fortunate to get a "behind the museum" tour too, of their
  3. Hey all. I'm in my last year of high school in brooklyn and I am extremely passionate about paleontology, but I don't know which school in NYC would be able to cater to my aspirations. There are a couple of cunys with geology but I cannot find any with programs in paleontology.
  4. ReptileTooth

    Poster suggestions

    Hi, I've cleaned up my room and got a empty space on my walls, I'd like to hang a nice paleontology themed poster but I can't decide on any, be it a reconstruction, Victorian plates, informative posters such as geological scales or maps. Thanks for any tip.
  5. JamieLynn

    New Microscope Camera!

    Got a new "toy" for my birthday! I was wanting an "upgrade" from my Celestron (which has been quite good - but was a little lacking in some respects) and thanks to the FF members input, I decided to go with the Hayear 14 MP HDMI microscope camera. It was just over twice the price of the Celestron but is much higher resolution (and much easier to capture multiple focus images for stacking). I still like the Celestron for my "picking through matrix" - but I am super excited about getting some better, higher res pics! Interestingly, in comparison, some of the Celestron pics are still better sha
  6. Trying to keep fossils in the country of origin after study. Also, ever dream of fossil hunting in a museum collection? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/science/dinosaurs-fossils-colonialism.html
  7. leo9999

    Book advice

    Hi, I'm new here. My name is Leo and I'm from Italy. I'm looking for interesting books about paleontology and, in particular, about the transition from water to land. Since I've already read basically everything in Italian (there isn't too much choice actually), I'm looking for something in English. Any advice is welcome
  8. I'd like to get some opinions about the benefits of joining any of the paleo societies or groups that are around. More specifically, is there a benefit for a lay-person in joining? I understand that these offer networking opportunities for the professional, but would there be a benefit for ME as an enthusiast?
  9. Ancient life is a only a recent development in my list of constantly fledgling and passing fascinations, but I suspect that the depth this field has warrants a forever stay for me. ---------------------------------------- Prior to joining the forum in November, my main interests sat with modern squamates (scaled reptiles such as snakes and lizards), and I spent an enormous amount of time "herping", which is the act of finding snakes and other reptiles in
  10. Here is my list of favorite items for geology and paleontology enthusiasts for 2020. Please feel free to add you own selections; give a specific model that you have used or researched. Estwing Geology Hammer, Estwing E6-24PC - Larger head and weight to partly replace small crack hammer and make it easier to hit your target. One piece construction can last a long time. Write in the Rain waterproof notebook, No. 135 - Take notes on your fossil localities. Fits in pocket. Select a bright color and get a good pen or a mechanical pencil with a large diameter lead.
  11. I_gotta_rock

    New Blog

    Back in January, I tore a ligament in my thumb and couldn't do much of anything with my hands for 5 months. I decided to start a paleontology blog on Facebook. Most blogs don't last 6 months and I had my doubts that anyone would read it anyway. Much to my surprise, not only did I keep myself motivated to keep feeding it content, people have actually been reading it. So, this week I launched a web page version free of social media membership, for those not on Facebook. It's a little bit of everything -- field trip reports, cool finds, fossil news and humor, prep projects, and interviews/bios of
  12. Hi Folks, I am looking for some good books on Florida geology and Florida fossils. I don't need any beginner level books - I have them all. I've done a lot of searching on the web, but Florida appears to be a geological wasteland in terms of rock books - not much to be had. This is not surprising, because all of Florida is nothing but sand and limestone. However, I am thinking that surely I must be missing something, so any recommendations are welcome. I am also looking for books on Florida-specific fossils for identification and distribution purposes. Googl
  13. In the time of the Internet and Wikipedia, the book-form of "A Concise Dictionary of Paleontology" is perhaps a little outdated. Nevertheless, the download can be done under https://dokumen.pub/a-concise-dictionary-of-paleontology-second-edition-2nd-ed-2019-978-3-030-25585-5-978-3-030-25586-2.html If the download is completely legal I can not tell.
  14. A couple weeks ago I met with a retired paleontologist that specializes in Pennsylvanian cephalopods. I showed him all my finds from a certain site here in NE Oklahoma and he was kind of surprised with what I had found (and wasn’t finding). There were a couple common goniatites and nautiloids, a few uncommon ones and five specimens of one type of goniatite he didn’t recognize. He checked his book and still couldn’t match a suture pattern and told me it may be an undescribed species. He noted down the pattern and said he was going to double check, but if it ends up being the case, he would pote
  15. Bradley Flynn

    Paleo sculptures

    Hi all! I'm an artist and want your input on an idea. Im in the process of making ceramic negative and positive prints of the fossils I find, and possibly some other paleo sculptures in ceramic earthenware. As some of you may know there are restrictions in South Africa that make it difficult to collect and own fossils from our country. I have been in contact with various sources and have been advised that there is no problem if I where to make moulds of fossils on sight as long as the the fossils are not damaged or removed from the area. I am also in the beginning stages of
  16. Dear Fellow Forum members, Lately I have been somewhat frustrated by my dearth of knowledge on the Late Cretaceous deposits and fauna of NJ. I collect the Late Cretaceous of NJ frequently and am seeking a more thorough comprehension of everything related to it. While reading research papers can go far, there is some information that is proving difficult to find or procure. Here I have listed some of the questions that I have come up with, hopefully some can be answered. At the very least, some pointers would be a great start (links to papers, personal experiences, photos specimens
  17. Hi everyone, i'm looking for a paleobotanist. Can anyone help me? Thanks
  18. Hello, I was doing a study on the T. rex and Nanotyrannus teeth specimens I had, and I wanted to compare them against a list of known T. rex teeth with measurement. The paper: Dental Morphology and Variation in Theropod Dinosaurs: Implications for the Taxonomic Identification of Isolated Teeth (JOSHUA B. SMITH, DAVID R. VANN, AND PETER DODSON) contains a list of 115 T. rex teeth. To make it easier to compare and read the data, I combined the measurements into a single chart, added colors and lines for ease of reading, and added the size and names of the T. rex used in the study Fee
  19. Troodon

    Fossils for Sale - SVP 2019

    George Winters shared this link on Facebook "Here is Peter Larson's recent presentation at the annual SVP meeting on Commercial Paleontology and the cooperation with academic paleontology. An interesting presentation please take some time to review it. Thank you Peter!"
  20. DeepTimeIsotopes

    UtahFossilHunter’s Classics

    This will be a topic dedicated to classic papers in paleontology, paleobiology, and paleoecology. I will be uploading randomly selected papers that are known as a “classics” or what I think will be future classics. They will usually be well known but not all will be. Hopefully, it’ll be about one a week at least for the next year. For the first one here is Periodicity of extinctions in the geologic past by David M. Raup and J. John Sepkoski Jr. LINK
  21. Jjlegend

    Mysterious fossil

    Found this on the Jurassic Coast, Osmington Bay.
  22. Rexofspades

    Trace Fossils from Miocene Potomac

    Hi, longtime lurker first time poster here. I was wondering if you guys can help me ID this concretion my family found years ago near Calvert. I believe it might be a trace fossil of some kind, possibly a burrow or tunnel. I have found similar types at Westmoreland State Park. I can upload pictures from different angles if needed. Any suggestions of what it could be?
  23. Hi, I wanted to ask whether apartheid in South Africa deterred many American and non-British European paleontologists from prospecting Mesozoic deposits in South Africa for fossils of dinosaurs and mammal relatives, but also prehistoric mammals, because maybe many American paleontologists (including African Americans) were so self-conscious of their country having made strides in civil rights legislation for African Americans and other non-white Americans to become a racially inclusive democracy that they were extremely reluctant to do paleontologist fieldwork in South Africa as lo
  24. Should Peter Larson be pardoned by the president?
  25. aikatzik

    Burn test

    Hi guys, I'm new here! I just wanted to ask if the burn test is always reliable. A year ago I found a tooth near a creek, it's certainly bovid but I still can't understand if it's a modern one or prehistoric/Pleistocene. I've burnt it and it doesn't smell like burnt hair, but at the same time it kinda smells weird. So does the burn test always says the truth?
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