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  1. It’s been a few years since I’ve posted, good to be back- I’m looking for unprepped material! I’m just a hobbiest who enjoys the prep work as much or more than the collecting. I’m not an expert by any means but I’ve done a handful of large green river fish, a few mammoth tusks, an Oreodont upper skull, and a few other miscellaneous specimens. One of the most enjoyable prep projects I did was a small oreodont upper skull that was in grade A condition, but since then (years ago) I cannot seem to find anything similar. I am most interested in any unprepped white River specim
  2. Tigereagle12345

    Green River Fish, Knighta or Diplomystus?

    I recently finished preparing a fish fossil from the Green River formation that I purchased online. The site said that the fossil would be either a Knighta or a Diplomystus. From looking at images, the face seemed to look like a Diplomystus but the body seemed more like Knighta. Could anyone tell me which it is? Thanks in advance, Tigereagle12345 Measurements are 11.5 cm by 2.5 cm
  3. Well, I’m finally getting to dig into my truckload of fossils from my Wyoming trip with @RJB so it’s my turn to open up a prep thread. I spent a couple hours today poking around to find the perfect fish to start with. The 18” layer never disappoints. This good sized Diplomystus has 2 Knightia on top of it. I’m going to try to save both but I’m concerned that the right hand one is covering most of the Diplo’s skull. If that’s the case, the little guy will have to go! This is after about 90 minutes of scribe work.
  4. RobFallen

    Diplomystus dentatus

    From the album: Robs Fossil Collection

    Small Diplomystus dentatus fossil fish Green river formation, Wyoming USA Matrix size 9.5cm x 6cm x 1.7cm
  5. The Green River Formation is one of the most well-known fossil sites in the world, occupying present-day Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. This Lagerstätte has been noted for its well-preserved fish fossils, as well as numerous invertebrates, plants, and sometimes even reptiles and birds. Green River fossils are Eocene-aged, at 53.5 to 48.5 million years old. Thankfully, not only are Green River fossils attractive, they also remain affordable to the casual collector. Allow me to present my humble collection. Crocodile tooth Borealosuchus sp. Southwest Wyoming
  6. Hi everyone, So I just finished sizing down my fossils. By this, I mean I cut away the excess rock, so the fossils can fit in a frame. While cutting, I had some interesting thoughts come into my head, forming a theory. I found one plate with three Diplomystus dentatus on it. Two small ones, one larger one. I am attaching a picture of this one. I also found another plate with four or five Knightia. Judging from what I found, my theory is that Diplomystus and Knightia were schooling fish. By this, I mean they travel in groups. It seems like a possi
  7. Pagurus

    Fish paintings

    I'm working on some new fossil fish paintings and thought I'd share them here. I'm trying to work my way through the Green River formation fish first, though I'm sure I won't paint them all. I've only done two so far, but I'll add more as I paint them. The quality will vary, I'm sure. Here's my take on a Priscacara. and of course a Knightia: I've started on a diplomystus, and will post that soon. Thanks for looking. Oh, for those interested, I'm using gouache paints, similar to watercol
  8. Robert Mahorney

    Diplomystus green river formation Wyoming

    Diplomystus green river formation Wyoming. herring fish fossil lake Gosiute Eocene
  9. I just finished prepping my first large Diplo and wanted some input and suggestions from the community. I did it with pin vices and magnifying headset.
  10. Top Trilo

    Knightia or Diplomystus?

    I bought this prepare your own fossil fish either knightia or diplomystus so I could prepare something for the first time which is why it looks like this don’t judge. I was wondering two things actually, one is it a knightia or diplo? And two are all green river fish this hard? I know I didn’t do a good prep job but was the fish poorly preserved as well? It was paper thin in some places and the fish doesn’t look whole it looks like its bones got moved after it died. Oh it’s also about 3 inches from the mouth to the “end” of the tail
  11. jnicholes

    Yesterday’s finds

    Here’s a preview of what I found yesterday. I went to Wyoming for fossil trip, courtesy of fishdig.com. more pictures coming when I get home.
  12. ntrusc

    Diplomystus prep

    Hi all, I recently acquired this large Diplomystus fish from holdinghistory, not cleaned any of this materiel before so it’s been a bit of a steep learning curve, still lots to do but Im enjoying cleaning this. Thanks for looking Regards Neil.
  13. Hello Everyone, Newbie here from the Emerald Isle. I finally pulled the trigger and purchased my first fossil—a Green River Diplomystus dentatus with Knightia eocaena. The seller is well-known and highly regarded on this forum so I’m not necessarily concerned with the authenticity, but I am really keen to hear people’s opinions on this specimen. My apologies if this is the wrong place to post. Thanks, Robert
  14. I got this fish with some others in a trade deal the other day; I was supposed to get a mixed box of Diplomystus and Knightia, but this guy stood out for me. Doesn't look like either, and seems a bit too big for Amphiplaga. Maybe juvenile Mioplosus? Anybody? Is there another photo that can help? Thanks for looking!
  15. aeon.rocks

    FIRST DIPLOMYSTUS PREP

    Hi all, it's my first green river fossil fish prep, i think head preped out ok, but before I start with the rest, since there are some very experience Green river preparators here, I would appreciate any tips how to preserve soft tissue parts (between ribs i.e.)!? Thank you in advance! Hope to save as much soft tissue as possible, like in example below (not sure if any colour enhancements though?). Downloaded this pic from fossilrealm web:
  16. Basically, I put a bunch of fossil fish together in one piece . All fish that I have found at the Green River formation in Wyoming. There's a Phareodus, a bunch of Diplomystus, and Knightia. Jared
  17. Fossils range from 1.5 to 7.5 inches. Found in the last three years at American Fossil and Warfield quarries.
  18. jnicholes

    Fossil Drawing Video

    Sumi e fossil Drawing Video I wanted to show you a video I took of myself drawing a Diplomystus dentatus with a Sumi e technique. It is about 4 minutes long.
  19. After sharing a japanese style sumi e drawing of a Phareodus testis, and getting a lot of great feedback, I decided to draw more fossils. This time I am drawing a Diplomystus dentatus. Picture of the fossil I am going off of is attached. I'll post a picture of the drawing when it's done. Working on it now. Jared
  20. Hello. Every once in a while I see these "juvenile Diplomystus" listed on our favorite auction site. The fins seem to match Diplomystus, but it would be great if someone with more GR knowledge than me could shed some light. The little guy is 1" long, tiny
  21. Huntonia

    Fossil Fish ID Help

    The seller labels this as a diplomystus from green river but I don't think it is. The fins look wrong to me. What do you guys think?
  22. Bought a fossil online. Wanted to know if it is real or not. I'm a new member, so ignore my lack of knowledge on these things.
  23. Hello, I was looking at one of my fossils, a Mioplosus I found in Wyoming to be exact, and I noticed some weird bumps in the rock under the jaw. I was like, "Is that a spine? It cant be." Now, the mouth of the Mioplosus was mangled, so you cant make out the jawline. After seeing what looked like a spinal chord under the mouth, I had a theory, "What if the mangled mouth is actually another fish the Mioplosus was eating when it died?" After gently scraping away some of the rock around the bumps I thought were a spinal chord, I confirmed my theory to be correct
  24. oilshale

    Diplomystus birdi Woodward, 1895

    Lit.: A. S. Woodward (1895) On two deep-bodied species of the clupeoid genus Diplomystus. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, 15:1-3 Link A. S. Woodward (1901) Catalogue of Fossil Fishes in the British Museum (Natural History), Part IV. 1-636 [M. Clapham/P. Vazquez/M. Clapham]
  25. Ptychodus04

    Another Fish Prep

    Are y'all getting tired of GRF fish prep threads yet? Well, too bad here's another one. This Diplomystus is working its way through the rotation on the prep bench. I now have a tall bench with a standard desk height left hand return table for my prep area. The magnifying lens lamp can swivel between the 2. This allows me more flexibility to lean in over a larger piece to prep areas that are hard to reach on the higher bench. Also, this allows me more room to have multiple projects going at the same time. Next step is to build a stand for the blast cabinet on the right hand side of the bench to
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