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  1. The world's oldest fossils or oily gunk? Research suggests these 3.5 billion-year-old rocks don't contain signs of life Birger Rasmussen and Janet Muhling, PhysOrg, The Conversation. February 2, 2023 The world’s oldest fossils or oily gunk? New research suggests these 3.5 billion-year-old rocks don’t contain signs of life Birger Rasmussen and Janet Muhling, The Conversation A 3.5-billion year old Pilbara find is not the oldest fossil: so what is it? David Wacey and Martin Saunders, The conversation, April 2015 The open access pa
  2. Tidgy's Dad

    Plesiosaur in Australia

    A minute long video. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-63883964
  3. The Crocodilians (Crocodilia) are a resilient group of reptiles, with the order originating around the Late Cretaceous 95 million years ago and still very prevalent globally in many aquatic ecosystems. But it was not too long ago that this group was even more diverse. Though way more diverse between the Paleocene-Pilocene eras between 64-2 Million years ago, the Crocodylomorpha (mainly Crocodillians) were still fairly diverse during the Pleistocene-Early Holocene eras - more diverse than they are today. This lack of diversity today is mainly due to the climate change that occurred between the
  4. The seller did not realize what it was and split it in 4 pieces. What a pity! Here it is
  5. Hi there everyone. I would really appreciate your skills/opinions about if my little ''treasure'' is actually a coprolite or not. I have always believed it to be, just because it looks like a poo with something in it to me. I have forgotten where i found it, but most likely it was in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. It is ovalish in shape and appears to have a ''skin' wrapped around some sort of internal content. As I know zero about fossils, your time and expertise is gratefully appreciated. Looking forward to hearing from someone with excitement and thanks. Photos hopefully attached! Many ch
  6. Paleoocean

    Beach find

    Hi there, I found this on the beach in Newcastle NSW Australia. I’d love some help with getting an ID as I’m new at this. Thanks!
  7. Paleoocean

    Found in the beach

    Hi there, I found these fossils in Newcastle NSW Australia. All of these fossils were found very close together in broken up shale. I’m thinking Glossopteris but I’m really not sure. Id love some help, thanks
  8. Below are some of the slabs/slices/limb casts of petrified wood from my collection. I'll post more pieces in latter replies. I especially like very colorful pieces and unusual pieces like Teredo bored pieces or pieces with fungus. I have hundreds of close-up pictures. If you would like to see close-up pictures of a particular piece, reply to this post with the number/numbers. If you want to see close-up pictures of some of the petrified wood pieces from this thread, check out my TFF thread at the below link: 1 Petrified Wood botryoidal agate go
  9. As a freshmen in College, I did a little extra credit report for my geology class about a controversial topic - Tyrannosauroidea diversity in the Southern Hemisphere during the Jurassic-Early Late Cretaceous periods. I was quite surprised at the amount of specimens I found. This diversity likely was the result of an early spread of the early tyrannosaur group Pantyrannosauria into Africa, Eurasia, and North America during the Jurassic and diversified once the land connecting these continents spread out more. Most of these species lived during the Early Cretaceous, though one or two exceptions
  10. Dandy

    ID Help Please

    Will upload a scale picture in a minute. Found this at the bottom of a waterfall. It is metal of some description (not magnetic). NSW, Australia These are the best images I can get, sorry. Anyone have any ideas?
  11. Jawbone Discovery Suggests Modern Mammals Originated in The Southern Hemisphere By Clare Watson, Nature, ScienceAlert, 24 December 2022 Mammals island-hopped from Australia to colonise the world Claire Vince, Australian Museum, December 12, 2022 The open access paper is: Flannery, T.F., Rich, T.H., Vickers-Rich, P., Veatch, E.G. and Helgen, K.M., 2022. The Gondwanan Origin of Tribosphenida (Mammalia). Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, pp.1-14. Yours, Paul H.
  12. bratqueen

    Teeth ID - NT Australia

    Are these crocodile teeth? Found in Darwin, NT, Australia
  13. If a person can find meteorites with drone, Why not vertebrate fossils? In the case of fossils, geological maps and aerial images take the roles of the radar and satellites used for meteorites. Drone assisted meteorite recovery Global Fireball Observatory, March 14, 2022 How satellites, radar and drones are tracking meteorites and aiding Earth’s asteroid defence Hadrian Devillepoix, The Conversation, November 21, 2022 An early attempt at using drones to find fossils: Archaeologists are hunting for fossils in Keny
  14. Hi I’ve been to some fossil sites over the year including: batesford quarry, Beaumaris fossil site and jan juc, but I’ve been trying to find more places online but unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any places on small forums etc mostly just the popular places most people know of. If anyone knows of any places that they are willing to share or talk about I’d be greatly appreciated and if you don’t want the place as public info I’m open to private messages
  15. 3.5 billion-year-old rock structures are one of the oldest signs of life on Earth By Stephanie Pappas, Live Science, November 10, 2022 Hickman-Lewis, K., Cavalazzi, B., Giannoukos, K., D’ Amico, L., Vrbaski, S., Saccomano, G., Dreossi, D., Tromba, G., Foucher, F., Brownscombe, W. and Smith, C.L., 2022. Advanced two-and three-dimensional insights into Earth’s oldest stromatolites (ca. 3.5 Ga): Prospects for the search for life on Mars. Geology. Yours, Paul H.
  16. Huntlyfossils

    Outback Turtles

    While these are not very rare, I still enjoyed finding and prepping some Cretaceous turtle material from NW Queensland ,Australia. Lastly I have added a few pictures of an interesting fossil which has a sharks tooth, fish jaw and a section of either degraded bone or Squid material Turtle material Unknown bone or Squid material with sharks tooth Unknown bone or Squid material Fish Jaw on underside of rock Close up of sharks tooth Close up images
  17. I know next to nothing about radioactivity-- enough to know licking fossils is inadvisable, although I'll admit that wasn't terribly disappointing news. What I'm wondering is whether specimens not radioactive enough to endanger a person are capable of damaging other specimens. Is there a need to segregate displays here, or am I just confused about the mechanics of this? My specific reason for asking is that at the moment I'm planning for my current favorite mineral specimen (which I am babying forever), an almandine garnet from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, to share a small shelf ar
  18. High-tech tools reveal opalized fossil skeleton by Flinders University, August 29, 202 Absolute gem of a find: Opalised dinosaur fossil studied using innovative 3D printing technology. The rare fossils may represent a new Australian dinosaur species Cosmos Magazine, August 29, 2022 Dinosaur Bones Shimmering With Opal Reveal a New Species in Australia A discovery in an Australian opal mine remained unexamined for three decades—it turned out to be the most complete opalized dinosaur skeleton in the world, Gemma Conroy, Smithsonian,June 3,
  19. Queensland.fossils

    Crab? Crustacean? Skull?

    I came across this one today and am stumped as to what it is. It comes from a Queensland beach, Australia in a location where I mostly only find crabs and shells. There really isn’t any information on the age of the rock that they come from. The best guess is from a paper written in the late 1800’s suggesting a date of around 10,000 years. Judging by the gradient of rock colour/type I suspect some are much older.
  20. Had a good time with my club yesterday when down at Batesford Quarry and got a nice haul for a first time down there. Not to many larger shark teeth in the piles but there were millions of regular fossils (mostly spines) but always a welcome sight to behold either way
  21. 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
  22. australianelo

    Tooth Looking Fossil Find

    I found this very tooth shaped fossil on the coast of Noosa in QLD. Not sure if this actually is anything as I don't know much about dossils at all. Would be very interested to know if anyone has seen anything similar!
  23. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Fairly recent bit of opal fossil research

    After learning about Weewarrasaurus, I thought it'd be nice to report the 'lesser-known' recent bit of research about the opalised fossil site Lightning Ridge (New South Wales, Australia) It's basically the most up-to-date paper dealing with the geology - including age, stratigraphy and lithology - and vertebrate paleontology. The paper provides many new details about the Griman Creek Formation (GCF), a Cenomanian (mid-Cretaceous) formation which crops out in the area around Lightning Ridge. The GCF is a formation especially known for its diverse vertebrate paleo-ecosystem; of which many spec
  24. Hi ive planned to head down to the beach at Torquay in Australia I’m im just asking what would I be looking for I know the general shapes and such for fossils laying about or in sand but I’ve seen some videos of people going through slate and sand stone and finding fossils inside and since I’m in Australia I was wondering if there is a specific type of rock or formation to look for since different countries and beaches have different geological layouts and such Thanks
  25. Erika1631

    (Possibly Australian) ammonite

    Hello! The other day I visited a museum here in Perth and noticed they sold fossils in the gift shop. I bought a fossil of an ammonite as a gift for my younger sister, who absolutely loves anything prehistoric. The store gave no information other than it was an ammonite, but having bought it here in Perth I suppose it might well be from Australia at the very least. I apologise for not having more a specific location. If necessary I could send them an email and ask, though from the conversation I had at the store it seemed like the gift store staff weren't particularly well-informed themse
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