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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. This bird fossil is amazing, if genuine, that it has the imprints of feathers. Is it painted? The fossil is from Liaoning Province, China.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  12. 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!
  13. PaleoNoel

    White River fm. Mini Claw

    Hi everyone! I found this claw while anthill hunting on the White River formation of northeastern Colorado. It's about 6 mm in length and 4 mm tall. Honestly I'm not certain that it's a fossil, but if it is I'm really excited to have found it. My first guess is that it's a small bird, but it could very well be mammalian or reptilian. Any input is appreciated.
  14. Nimravis

    Maricopa Brea Bird Material

    I am just going through some miscellaneous pieces that I have in my collection. I received these 3 pieces from my fossil mentor Walter Lietz, about 30 years ago, he received them in a trade with a fossil dealer from California named Judy Owyang. I met Ms. Owyang a couple of times when she would come up to the Chicagoland area and meet at Walter’s house. All 3 pieces are to have come from Maricopa Brea and are supposed to be bird fossils. I was wondering if someone knows what type of bird the claw belongs too, it looks like a raptor to me.
  15. Found an interesting fossil in my Nat Geo fossil and gemstone kit. Looks like the head of a bird, lizard, or maybe even a tiny dinosaur. Location unknown. US Quarter for scale. Fossil learning guide doesn't say anything about this fossil. Please help identify.
  16. https://www.geologyin.com/2020/02/frozen-bird-found-in-siberia-is-46000.html?fbclid=IwAR1zMBOuWPOqx4TEIGGaHkQAcRLG_zbLwLcM7aH0aaZiW9ldGiLasypat50
  17. Rockwood

    Big Bird

    Found in the Trinity River near the intersection of rt.157 and Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington TX. The default identification is likely large modern bird. Perhaps a humerus ? I thought it worth posting just in case someone should be able to offer hope that it is a fossil, however.
  18. ThePhysicist

    Avisaurus tooth

    From the album: Hell Creek / Lance Formations

    Avisaurus cf. archibaldi Hell Creek Fm., Garfield Co., MT, USA More information Avisaurus is an extinct, toothed Enantiornithine bird that lived at the very end of the Cretaceous. It likely held a similar niche that hawks/eagles do today, preying on small vertebrates like lizards and mammals.
  19. FossilFarmer

    Is this a fossil?

    This is another fossil I found in a box at my grandfather’s house labeled fossils. Not sure what it is or where it came from.
  20. This is a rooted Liodon anceps mosasaur tooth from morocco and a bird bone from morocco. The mosasaur tooth is from a trusted seller that I have bought from before. But the bird is from a different seller. So is the mosasaur tooth real and is the bird bone also real?
  21. LordTrilobite

    Fun with 3D Printing Fossils

    So recently my father bought a 3D printer and we've been experimenting printing some cool fossils for a while now. It's a really cool technology. Though it can take a while to print a piece the results are really quite cool. A life size Archaeopteryx can take a few days to print if you don't keep printing during the night. Finishing up the prints afterwards can also take a bit of time. Cleaning off all the supports and sanding down rough surfaces can be quite the process. Then there's painting depending on the desired result of course. There are actually a lot of nice things that c
  22. Hey I recently got offered a fossil bird (Enantiornithes, but don’t know the exact species) and wanted to see what you guys think about it. The seller said the bones and feathers are 100% natural. It has no restoration, but repairs to the matrix and reinforcement to the back of the matrix. Seller is a reliable and I’ve purchased from him before. Just wanted to double check as i don’t know much about bird fossils IMG_0659.MOV
  23. FF7_Yuffie

    A bird tooth?

    Hello Am I right that these are bird teeth? Yixian, China, Jehol Biota. Dawangzhangzi Bed. I have looked at pictures of Hell Creek bird teeth and they have a similar, triangular shape and two points at the bottom, which makes me think bird. Though, at almost 1cm it seems large for a bird tooth. From what I can see, Yixian birds are much smaller. And this tooth is even larger than Avisaurus. If not a bird, could it be a fish? Though, again nothing described seems to fit.
  24. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210811113120.htm "over the last 20,000-50,000 years birds have undergone a major extinction event, inflicted chiefly by humans, which caused the disappearance of about 10%-20% of all avian species" "68% of the flightless bird species known to science became extinct"
  25. KatrienE

    Which animal did we find?

    My sun found this in the mountains, in Aragon, Spain on a mountain by accidence, while playing. It looks like a little bird, we can see a print of little feathers. But the skeleton doesn't really look like the ones we found online. Who can help us? We are curieus.
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