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  1. Hi everyone, I have just purchased an Oreodont skull. I have no experience with these. I assume this is genuine, but I don't know much about what they are supposed to look like, so I'm just hoping for some expertise from people who know more than I do. This one seems to have a lot of matrix that needs to be removed, but I certainly wouldn't want to mess anything up with it being unskilled with that kind of work. It looks like at least part of the bottom jaw is still in the matrix, you can see a large bone sticking out in a couple of places. What do you guys think?
  2. Some weeks ago I went "digging" to a huge fair in France. You never know what you´ll find, so I was happy to get a biiiiiig Stylemis from the badlands. Approx. 45 cm long, its the second biggest we ever had. But, the conditon... eroded, but the turtle-shell is great. So, we decided to buy and prepare. Takes longer than expected, just working on it and hope to finish before Christmas... Lets start with some pics, I add new ones when I went on with preparation..., enjoy first pic was done at the fair, first steps are: cleaning, cleaning, cleaning... and remount / glue
  3. kipper327

    Teeth from unknown locale

    I've had these teeth in my possession for 5+ years and have never been able to get a concrete ID on them. I have no idea where they were found, but I'm somewhat confident it was somewhere in either the SD Black Hills or the nearby Badlands, as both are fossil hotspots and near where I purchased them. I understand that the lack of context is kind of a problem, but even an educated guess would be helpful. Thanks!
  4. Earendil

    Badlands jaws (carnivore?)

    Hello, I purchased a huge box of Badlands mammal stuff a while ago and was able to identify mostly everything. I had some trouble with these two jawbones, though. I'm not really expecting them to be anything surprising but it would help me to put a definite label on them. in both the teeth looked a little like an amphicyonid's but that might just be wishful thinking! Thanks again! #1 #2: For scale
  5. I know it's in a zillion pieces. I dug it out as best I could. Any ideas what animal?
  6. MacHoffman22

    Badlands Fossil ID

    I found this fossil today in the badlands of south Dakota in a crevice at the bottom of a butte. I did not remove it but am impatient and with the photos I supplied, the paleontologist at the visitors center had a hard time identifying it and I am extremely curious to know what it may be. The round part of the bottom picture continues to be almost perfect oval through the top, however a chunk had broken off there. The discolored brown line in the crevice in the center of the first picture appeared to be bone that just barely breached the surface of the specimen (too hard to picture).
  7. Hello! New user here... My boyfriend and I have been doing some exploring around the badlands here in Alberta, and lately we've been mostly wandering around north of Tolman. We've found a few cool fossils, but we're both having a hard time putting all our research into practice. Trying to learn the different formations and identifying the coal seams, but not having much luck. I've read some of the documents that describe the scollard formation, but when I'm climbing the hills I honestly have no idea what I'm looking at. Is there anyone in Alberta that frequents these areas that can offer
  8. I thought they were oreodont teeth, but when I got home not so sure.
  9. Usually dig in rivers, so very newbie to this. First time to badlands. Watched a youtube and the paleontologist is squirting some kind of glue on a tooth before they try to remove it from the earth to prevent it from breaking. What is that glue?
  10. Levion

    I need help to id this jaw.

    I can't see what animal this is. It looked like oreodont at first, but it has the wrong tooth anatomy. It is the same with leptomeryx, looks like it, but wrong tooth anatomy. Can anyone help with this one? Is it many a new species? It's from the badlands in South Dakota
  11. Levion

    I need help to id this jaw.

    I have been trying to figure out what animal this jaw came from, but it doesn't match with any animal that I know of from the badlands in South Dakota. I would appreciate any identification on this jaw, if it's only the family or order.
  12. Preston P.

    Assistance With Ad.

    Hello. I am seeking assistance in creating an ad. Please PM me if you are willing to help. Thanks in advance.
  13. garyc

    South Dakota trip

    My wife and I just got back from a three night trip to Hot Springs, South Dakota. Our mission was three fold. First, a visit to Mount Rushmore has been on our bucket list for several years. Second, I recently I’ve been in touch with Richard White who was previously the Director of the international wildlife museum in Tucson Arizona and most recently has become involved doing research out of the mammal lab at the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs. He has been studying Capybara and publishing papers for several years. After seeing pictures of the skull that I found on the Brazos River a few years ago,
  14. mikeymig

    Mystery Jaw from the Badlands

    I bought this large jaw section at MAPS a couple years ago. It was labeled fossil jaw Badlands and that's it. I've collected the Badlands of Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota many times and built a large collection of fossils from these localities. However this jaw has stumped me. My thought was the large Miocene Oreodont Promerycochoerus. Any input will be appreciate. The size of the jaw is 153mm or a little over 6 inches long. The rear molar is 50 mm or 2 inches long. Thank You.
  15. I have inherited a group of stunning fossils. The crown jewel is a saber tooth cat skull, still in matrix but plenty of teeth are showing. The original owner found it himself in the badlands of South Dakota and planned on learning how to prepare and restore it himself. As fun as I'd think that would be myself, I also want to be realistic. I have never prepped a fossil, and don't want to mess something like this up. I'd like it to actually come to full glory in my lifetime and so I think this is the best course of action. I know this won't be a few hundred bucks and I'm
  16. Backcountryhiker

    Cretaceous Jaw Fragment? Please Help ID

    Found this fossil while surface collecting in the Alberta Badlands (Canada) North Of Drumheller in the Red Deer river valley. Looking for some help to ID this unusual looking fossil. If I had to guess I'd say it looks like a possible jaw fragment? Any help to ID would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  17. During one of my hikes exploring the badlands in Central Alberta Canada (Scollard formation) near the Red Deer river I found this strange flat & thin piece of what appears to be fossilized bone. As you can see from the pictures it fans outward and it's quite thin, to me it almost looks similar to a aquatic flipper although I obviously am not sure at all what this could be. My instinct wants to say turtle piece possibly? Any help to ID this cool fossil would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
  18. Hello everyone, while I was getting some exercise exploring the badlands here in central Alberta (Red Deer river valley Scollard formation I believe) I found a piece of fossilized bone that must have been recently exposed due to spring thaw. I am no guru however it appears to have some predation marks on it (third picture left side) & to me looks like it could be a leg bone? I'm looking for some help confirm these are in fact predation marks & also to ID the bone itself if possible. I know its difficult due to it being just a small fragment but any help or additional info would be gr
  19. Hello everyone, first time poster here. While enjoying a day hike through the badlands of central Alberta near the Red Deer river (North of Drumheller) my girlfriend & I came across multiple oval shaped fossils (I hope) that look quite unusual. As you can see all of them are very similar in shape & size. They all seem to have what appear to be two lobes on each side & crease down the center. The one on the far right is quite shiny & has a gloss to it almost. The sizes range from 4.5cm x 2.5cm to 5.5cm x 3.5cm. I was hoping to get some help to ID these strange looking objects a
  20. thelivingdead531

    The Mammoth Site and more

    I will warn you all now that this is a photo heavy post, especially for The Mammoth Site. I wanted anyone to see everything that I was able to since they might not get there on their own. I'll start with The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota. It's still an active paleontological site that was first discovered in 1974 while building for a housing development. The story of how the site came to be can be found on mammothsite.org. Please forgive my succinct description, my family has been driving around for several days and we're tired. I'm happy to try to answer any questions
  21. A 12-year-old found a 69 million-year-old dinosaur fossil while hiking with his dad By David Williams, CNN, October 16, 2020 Twelve-year old boy finds dinosaur fossil at Nature Conservancy of Canada Horseshoe Canyon site, October 15, 2020, Calgary, AB Yours, Paul H.
  22. KimberlyNolan12

    Possible claw?

    Wondering if this is a rock or some type of fossil claw. Found outside Terry, Montana in the badlands.
  23. Good morning folks. I have a fossil Stylemys nebrascensis(?) turtle from the White River Badlands of South Dakota. I noticed what "appears" to be bite marks on both the top and bottom of the shell after I removed a layer of matrix. I carefully washed it with a medium bristle, plastic brush and Dawn Dishwashing liquid. What are your thoughts on the "marks"?
  24. musicnfossils

    Dinos & More Dinos

    Just wanted to post some of my favourites from the last few months of collecting. Winter is only a few short months away so I’m heading to the field whenever I can. We’ve got some tyrannosaurid (gorgosaurus or daspletosaurus) toe bones as of this morning! Very excited about that. Bunch of verts including a big one, I know most of the verts aren’t from the same animal but I like to set them up like a tail for visitors The ornithomimid claw, a few tyrannosaurid teeth, croc scute & skull section (I believe that vert belongs to a croc as well, the one before the string) little th
  25. Hi all! Found this outside of Scenic, South Dakota, USA near Badlands National Park (near a stream bed). I picked it up assuming it was petrified wood, but on closer inspection it looks like it may be something else. The stippled, cell-like pattern of the cross-section reminds me a little of coral. Thanks for your ideas!
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