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Found 14 results

  1. I recently added a Dromaeosaurid vertebra to our collection. I honestly did not bother with specs once I got it confirmed as Dromaeosaurid. I never asked size or what formation. I assumed it was from Judith River because it was sold as Dromaeosaurus. i knew it was going to be Dromaeosaurid indet so I was not worried about the specific ID. It is a raptor fossil so I wanted it. The vertebra arrived today and I got two very pleasant surprises. It is bigger than I thought. It is also not from Judith River or the species known from that formation. We got a Dromaeosaurid vertebra from the Hell Creek formation Many of our fossils end up being listed as a indet species. This one went into our official inventory as Dromaeosaurid indet. An indet species gives us some degree of latitude with our programs. I assign species to many of them such as Medusaceratops or Zuul from Judith River so that we can teach the kids dinosaurs they do not know about. When I first saw Hell Creek on the paperwork, I thought "Great, we have a vert to add to our Acheroraptor display which contains a single tooth." I began to think that I should assume it is from Acheroraptor because I had run across a published paper about a reconstruction of Dakotaraptor's tail. I thought it might be a good idea to reread that paper and see what information it provided. Our caudal vert is 5 cm long. Much to my surprise, that is right in the middle of the size range for a Dakotaraptor caudal vertebra according to the reconstruction (if I read the paper right). Now I am not saying this is a Dakotaraptor vertebra. I am nowhere near qualified to make that call. I also doubt I am lucky enough to find a fossil of that species by total accident lol I am also not qualified to say for sure that this is not a Dakotaraptor fossil. As an educator, this gives me a really awesome option. I am now considering that this may be an opportunity to add Dakotaraptor to our program with a fossil that MAY be from the giant raptor. Kids would dig that and it gives us the chance to talk about how the science, and art, of describing dinosaurs works. I think I am going to to print up the paper and give kids the information from it. They can see the fossil and come to their own conclusions. We do this with the lineage of Great White sharks. We show the kids teeth from a GW, a Meg, and a Hastalis. They can make their own conclusions though 80% of the kids the other day believed hastalis is the ancestor of the GW. It was a fun thing to do and it would work very well this fossil too. Dakotaraptor has been high on my list to add but I thought it would be down the road. I do not think there is any problem with introducing this fossil as possibly being from Dakotaraptor. Either way, we added an really cool fossil that I am super stoked about. Here is our Hell Creek Dromaeosaurid indet vert. Is it Acheroraptor or Dakotaraptor ? I am going to let the kids decide which awesome raptor this fossil is from.
  2. Ankylosaur or Nodosaur Scute ?

    One of my goals is to bring a very tactile element to our education programs. I think adding a piece of dino armor is going to be a real hit with the kids. I have been trying to brush up on ankylosaur and nodosaur scutes in preparation of getting one at some point in the near future. I am not to the level of being able to recognize them yet but I did see one in our price range. I am not sure about this one. The seller lists it as being from Hell Creek. It is 2.5"x1.5" and is 1/2 inch thick. Anybody have any thoughts about this one ?
  3. I saw this for sale and this would be perfect for our program if they are dinosaur bones. I am not well versed in bones yet and some of these look very interesting. The bone in the lower left of the picture and the larger one to the right of that both caught my eye. I do not know what they are and I did look at some pictures before I posted it but I could find much in the way of help for myself so I thought I would put it to the forum. If they are dino bones, this would be a nice addition so if you have a thought on what these might be, please share ??
  4. Hi All, I was wondering if someone could help me potentially ID what this is? The seller found the fossil on Brighstone beach, IOW but isn't sure if it is a jaw or tail or something so I thought I would post on the forum to see what everyone thinks. I have no idea what it is but I have my doubts its a jaw or a tail...
  5. Hi all, I have a pair of dino tracks. The left one is a Grallator sp. from the Connecticut River Valley. The right one is an Anomoepus scambus from Granby, Massachusetts. I've been trying to figure out their formation. I know they come from the Newark Supergroup. I would like to narrow it down. Do they come from the Portland Formation?
  6. So I had been browsing for some new fossils, and stumbled over a nice Moroccan fossil on a seemingly american website. And they're selling this (almost fantastic) fossil, of a part of a skull, allegedly from either a Carcharodontosaurus or a Deltadromeus (Most likely not a delta). But is it legit?
  7. Fast. Intelligent. Deadly. The "Raptor" is perhaps one of the most famous dinosaur today thanks to Jurassic Park. To many people's surprise however, raptors are heavily feathered and nimbler than movies would have you believe. The Jurassic Park Velociraptor was merely the size of coyote in real life! In fact, their proper family name is 'Dromaeosaurid'. The largest species was Utahraptor, and it grew to the size of a grizzly bear! Dromaeosaurid fossils have been found all over the world. They first appeared during the Cretaceous, though isolated teeth have been found in the mid-Jurassic. Allow me to present my humble collection of Dromaeosaurid teeth. First up, from Cloverly Formation, one of my pride and joy from @hxmendoza A dromaeosaurid from Aguja Formation. I am seeing more Aguja fossils showing up, but dromaeosaurid teeth are still rare. Now, for the dromaeosaurids from the famous Hell Creek Formation. Some of them probably lived alongside T. rex. A big shout-out for @Troodon for getting me started on dromaeosaurids with this very first Acheroraptor!
  8. My new ceratopsian tooth

    Species: Unidentified Age: Late cretaceous Location: Montana Formation: Two Medicine Formation, Judith River Group Size: 0.8"
  9. Hi all, a seller recently offered this dinosaur claw and tooth to me from Ambondromamy of Madagascar. Truth be told, I know next to nothing about dinosaur fossils from this region besides there being massive predatory reptiles there. I was hoping someone could shed some light on what these could be. I am not even sure if the claw is dinosaurian. Thank you.
  10. Triceratops Jaw Section

    Hey TFF, I found this Triceratops fossil jaw section online and would really like to purchase it. Though, it looks like it had been found in many pieces and prepared okay. I think it would look great in my fossil collection which are mainly dinosaur material, but was wondering if it was worth purchasing because of its condition. What do you guys think? Thanks for your replies!
  11. Fossil found by Genesee River

    I know nothing about fossil, bunch of rocks and stones were looking like eggs and some have weird strips that drew my attention. This one looks like a tooth so I grabbed it for fun . Can anyone Identify it for me?
  12. Hi there, I bought a hadrosaur caudal vertebra online a while ago and I was wondering what genus/species it is? It is from Southeastern Utah - I'm not sure which formation, the seller didn't say. Just joined up and would appreciate any help or suggestions! Thank you!
  13. Hypsilophodon caudal vertebra

    My favourite and rarest find from my latest long stay trip to the Isle of Wight (whilst working for a local museum). To the layman's eye this might look like just a "funny rock" but it's actually a Hypsilophodon (small Ornithopod dinosaur) caudal vertebra within matrix. Finding any "Hypsy" fossils are rare and most of the time they are only commonly found in the aptly named "Hypsilophodon bed" which is further along the cliff beds to where I picked this up at Grange chine. Sadly part of the vertebra is missing (hence the cross section) but if it had been complete it would have been almost impossible to find so double-edged sword. After discovering the fossil at precisely 6:43 pm ( on the 24th of August) I immediately took it to the museum where a few palaeontologists inspected it (at this point we were unsure of the ID). We all decided that it was worth taking out of the matrix...Luckily there is an expert fossil preparator on the island who has the correct tools, knowledge and experience to deal with fossils this size. (Most people were far too scared to attempt!) Once the fossil was taken out of the matrix we were able to confirm its ID as "Hypsy". I'm honestly so chuffed with this! I've found dinosaur teeth and very large bones in the past but nothing yet until now from a Hypsilophodon. * I apologise in advance that the photos are not the best! Once my DCLR camera is uploaded I'll have better photos.
  14. Dinosaur egg or legit rock

    Found a rock looks like an egg. Is it? Email me for pics cuz idk how to use this thing.
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