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  1. Leon Meads

    Fossil penguin or bird?

    I was cracking open concreations and found this inside it. It's looks like some sort of bone to me. It is super fragile and the bone that split is hollow. Found in Taranaki from miocene era.
  2. The Haast's eagle (Hieraaetus morrei) is (to say the least) a truly fascinating animal in New Zealand's rich ecological history. A descendent of much smaller eagle species from Australia, its ancestors arrived on New Zealand's South Island probably around 1.8 Million -700,000 years ago and became the apex predator there until it sadly went extinct following Human arrival to New Zealand around 1400 A.D.. Full grown adult Haast's eagles weighed an impressive 33 lbs (15 kilograms) and had a wingspan between 2.6 and 3 meters (8 ft 6 in-10 ft) in length. The Haast's eagle went extinct due to overhu
  3. Good evening to all my paleo peers! Tonight I’d like to share with you a selection of some of my favorite fossils found this year. I was lucky enough to spend three weeks in Montana over the summer, along with a few other fossil hunting opportunities here and there. As we hop into the New Year I'll kick things off aptly... Frog Radioulna-Judith River formation, Montana One of my all time best single fossil hunting days was spent in late June on a microsite in the Judith River badlands of northern Montana. Among the teeth of crocs, hadrosaurs and dromaeosaurs was this absolutely tiny
  4. Hi, after almost 2 years I have reworked my Archaeopteryx skeleton model also shown on this board: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/110891-archaeopteryx-skeleton-model/ On the first version, I wasn't happy with the stability and the external metal support. Also, the dynamic pose made it large and difficult to find space for. So I decided to give the new version a more relaxed, upright posture and to run an iron rod through the spine instead of below it. I also reworked some details and found that the skull was scaled a bit too large compared to most specimen
  5. Jayhawk1984

    Need help with identification

    Found this in a load of river rock delivered to my home in Omaha, Nebraska. Tried to find where the river rock came from but no luck. About the size of a large walnut. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  6. Mochaccino

    Bird Claw Florida?

    Hello, Can anyone identify what this claw is from? It's said to be from a North Florida river and perhaps Miocene in age. I'm guessing it's bird at least.
  7. Hi there, My wife and I are currently honeymooning in Hawaii on the south shore of the island on Kauai over in the town Poipu. There’s limestone cliffs there and I read about Holocene aged fossils, such as bird fossils, found a few miles away at the Makauwahi Cave Reserve. I wasn’t fossil hunting, but we were walking along a public beach and there appeared to be a couple of bones eroding out of a peat deposit, near a limestone cliff. I’m not so good with distinguishing more modern fossils such as Holocene or Pleistocene. Any idea if this bone is modern or fossilized?
  8. dino joe

    Wing and toe print

    found in mo. Same hill side
  9. ThePhysicist

    Paravians of Hell Creek

    From the album: Hell Creek / Lance Formations

    Even in the final years of the non-avian dinosaurs, the paravians remained diverse, with many species represented in the famed Hell Creek formation.
  10. Mochaccino

    Tar Pit Bird Carpometacarpus ID?

    Hello, This is a bird Carpometacarpus wing bone said to be from the La Brea Tar Pits of LA County, California, USA, and it measures 3.7 cm. I have a few questions: 1. Could someone provide a more specific ID on the species? 2. How good of an example is it? I'm aware it's missing the thin section of bone that runs between the two distal ends, but perhaps that's not unexpected given the fragility of bird bones in general. 3. Are there any doubts to the locality? Personally I would've preferred a specimen on tar matrix because I know non-tar-pit localities like
  11. EggFan

    Bird skull from Yixian

    Is anyone able to help with this bird skull from Yixian? The skull I think is twisted upside down. With its eyesocket at the bottom. Also is that bits of feather? Does anyone recognise which species? I do not think confusciornis as they are rounded on the top. Plus, the crest near the feather isnt presant on confusciornis--if it is a type of crest. But if I have the skull orietated right, the crest is on its lower jaw?
  12. discovered this in SW MO in a heavily timbered area buried roughly 10” deep. It measures 9 1/2” in length. If someone has some thoughts of what it could be I would love to hear your ideas.
  13. Not quite a fossil but so interesting this is worth a mention. Absolutely incredible these prints and bones have survived! (check the last pic for the bones) Moa are extinct ratites and were endemic to New Zealand, a couple of species were some of the largest birds to have ever existed standing at about 3.6m tall and weighing an estimated 230kg.
  14. PaleoNoel

    Bird Vertebra from Hell Creek

    Hi everyone, I wanted to share my favorite find from the Hell Creek of eastern Montana from the last few weeks. It's overall shape and size suggest to me that it's a hesperornithid vert. The bone is a bit over 3 cm long and around 2.5 cm in height. After some comparisons to Hesperornis vertebrae online I feel that this is the best match. From "Identification of a New Hesperornithiform from the Niobrara Chalk and Implications for the Ecologic Diversity of Early Diving Birds" by Alyssa Bell and Luis Chiappe in 2015 https://journals.
  15. Hi all! Went on another expedition to flag ponds in Calvert MD the other day, had probably one of my best hunts so far in the formation. in total I found 112 teeth, 51 shark, 59 ray, 2 bony fish. I yelled in excitement when I found this one in the shell bed, blending into the grays. There's only two things this tooth could belong to and one of them is a shark I have been hunting for years. I am leaning towards Meg in my ID, as the break line seems to go across the middle where the chevron would be, in addition to the profile of the tooth is girthier than the hastalis I h
  16. Here are some messel fit specimens I recently got and saw. These are from German collector, old collection. I guess that bird and fish(amia) specimens is real, but not sure about the others. Is there anyone who can identify it?
  17. Redbearded812

    Micro Raptor

    I have some weak terrible pics of it, but I think this is a micro Raptor from the Triassic period, size of a cat, first time a bird evolved to dinosaur. I think it's curled up in a ball and died sunk to the bottom of the what use to b ocean for millions of years and was embedded in sand and limestone combined with the water replacing the nutrients of the fossil made it well preserved, similar to the way most matrix would house dino fossilis, except this isn't digging it out of a rock quarry somewhere, this was just a Rock at the bottom of the bottoms in a creek.
  18. This bird fossil is amazing, if genuine, that it has the imprints of feathers. Is it painted? The fossil is from Liaoning Province, China.
  19. OregonFossil

    Late Eocene Marine Birds Bone?

    Here is a series of four images of what I believe to be a bone. Don't know what kind of bone, but it appears to be hollow. In the paper: Giant Late Eocene Marine Birds (PELECANIFORMES:pelagornithidade) from NorthWestern Oregon by James L. Goedert, he states the abstract of this paper: "ABsTRACr-Fossil bird bones from the late Eocene Keasey Formation and the latest Eocene Pittsburg Bluff Formation in northwestern Oregon are the earliest records of the pelecaniform family Pelagornithidae for the Pacific Basin. These fossils also represent late Eocene records of the family from t
  20. Wattle hanging down the neck in front of the subjects chest. An extended wing. Translucent egg. A rare sight of a bird inside a fully preserved egg.
  21. Greetings again Thisis a second vertebra also found at the Lee Creek Mine (aka Aurora) in Yorktown spoils. It is 50mm in length, rather porous and very light. I was thinking bird, but thought I'd get some other opinions. Any ID suggestions? The photos in order are: "bottom", "top", "side", end 1 and end 2
  22. hemipristis

    Pliocene vertebra Yorktown Fm. Bird?

    Greetings, Since There's not much collecting to be done here, I've started diving into the collection and trying to ID and label. I found this vertebra at the Lee Creek Mine (aka Aurora) in Yorktown spoils. It is 33mm in length, rather porous and very light. I was thinking bird, but thought I'd get some other opinions. Any ID suggestions? The photos in order are: "bottom", "top", "side", end 1 and end 2
  23. Hi, thoughts on this bird. It is from Liaoning, China. For sale at a fossil show here in Taiwan.


    I'm an invertebrate guy. When I split Devonian bedrock and find a trilobite It's pretty definite that I've found a Devonian trilobite. Now that I live in Florida, things are not quite as clear. During a walk on a NE Florida beach yesterday I came across a bone. I'm not an anatomist, but it looks like a bird's humerus. It is not heavy. It doesn't feel mineralized. It is hollow. Could this be from a prehistoric bird or just trash from a recent beach picnic? To be a fossil, something doesn't have to be mineralized. It could still contain some organic compounds. So.......what do you think? Th
  25. Lone Hunter

    Couple of bones

    First bone is modern from Trinity river so this for the sake of learning, assuming it is a Tarsometatarsus, my question is how can you tell if bone is from waterfowl and how hard to determine bird species? The dark bone is from Cretaceous Woodbine and I'm not familiar with preservation on them, this one is funky, scratch it with fingernail and it's powdery, might be modern and hoping it's not too worn for ID. Thanks for help!
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