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  1. ElizabethHarris

    Looks Like A Petrified Clam

    Is this a measly clam or is it a mother nature made stone? The more questions I asked, the more knowledge I'll gain
  2. I'm considering going back to school for an MS in paleontology, but unfortunately my undergrad degree is in linguistics and I don't have relevant credits to my name. I know admission requirements will vary from school to school, but I'm wondering if any of you have found yourselves in a similar situation and if so, how you handled it - did you get a second BS, another degree like an AS, take some biology/geology/etc classes to get credits without getting a whole new degree, something else? I will be reaching out to specific universities about this eventually, but I'd like to check in with peop
  3. In my goal to identify ammonites I have been seeing in Alaska have had to learn much such as ammonite anatomy and terms. My scientific illustrator, graphic artist wife helped me with these depictions of a generic ammonite. I have been reading about the various ways ammonites are described in the scientific papers and needed to be able to learn them for the descriptions to make sense. I would like input from those more knowledgeable than myself to see if I have this cheat sheet accurate. See attached PDF. Thanks for any input. Ammonite Anatomy & Terms.pdf
  4. I an putting together some hand-outs for the Dallas Paleontological Society table to use at local events. We are committed to educating the public about the science of paleontology. Below is one proposed list that I have put together from different sources and re-worded to fit in a small space. Some of you may find mistakes or other things to add or even a better way to explain something. I would appreciate any help you can offer. Anyone should feel free to use this in any way you like. Any other material you think would make a good hand out would be appreciated. We have a nice deep time chart
  5. minnbuckeye

    TFF, one of a kind!!

    Six years has elapsed since my fascination with fossils began. Without the Fossil Forum, I would not be where I am today with regards to both my fossil finds and the knowledge gained through the forum about my discoveries. Let me thank the MANY, MANY individuals that have helped with my adventures. I must first of all thank (from me) and blame (from my wife) @Bev for getting me initially involved in fossils . From our early hunts, a passion for the hobby emerged. But you all deserve a BIG pat on the back for helping not only me but so many others trying to gain knowledge in such a wonderful
  6. Part 1 Scientific Integrity in Education; Part 2: “The Great Dying” – end Permian extinction John Geissman, University of Texas at Dallas Geologists of Jackson Hole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nYTuDP54ZI Yours, Paul H.
  7. Hi, I know back when cable was big there were channels like the discovery channel, history channel, etc. Anyone have a good list of shows that are good in terms of factual educational content of things like natural history + fossils? I am happy to pay for these shows/videos. Youtube is also welcomed. Audio books are another option but I prefer video. Thank you
  8. Hey everybody, My team writes math textbooks and we want to include dinosaurs in them. We're trying to find a document that states the amount of bones (approx.) in different kinds of dinosaurs. I would really appreciate your help! Thanks, Gonzalo from Uruguay
  9. Darktooth

    Shark presentation

    Today was time for me to give my Shark presentation at the Onandaga County Free Library, in Syracuse, New York. Originally I was to do a presentation on sharks, for the kids in the morning, and a second presentation on New York trilobites, for adults, in the afternoon. Due to the death of a friend, I had to cancel the trilobite presentation to attend to funeral services. But I gave the presentation on sharks as I did not want to cancel that, and let the kids down, who had registered for this event with the library, in advance. I really enjoyed giving this presentation today. While I never clai
  10. Allosaurus

    Tips for Fossil Education

    Hi! I'll be teaching a group of kids about Geology this summer via 4H, and I'm looking for suggestions on activities/topics/etc that we can cover related to fossils. I'm planning for two meetings on fossils (one invertebrate and one vertebrate), with the rest covering a host of other geology topics. I have some general ideas, but I'm hoping to gather lots of suggestions. I'm mostly looking for ideas on different activities that we can do. I'll be bringing some of my personal collection for display, but I want this to be as hands on as possible (and yes, we will be doing field trips). Any sort
  11. I'd like to make an announcement that a new species of stegosaure has been found in Indiana... A young grad student has uncovered what appears to be a baby stegosaure that can glow in the dark! I'm sure this find will be published in all the big name magazines and that National Geographic Channel will cover down on this scientific discovery. It's great when you can share your hobby and teach your children
  12. On March 24 10, our mineral club (Finger Lakes Mineral Club) will be having an Open House at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY. This will be a Winter Free Day for the Museum, when they allow visitors in without charging the usual admission. I'm planning to put together a new display board, titled "What's so interesting about a rock?". This was a remark a visitor was overheard saying as she left our room, after a quick look at all of our displays. I told some of our new Club members about this at our latest meeting, then thought "That would be a good topic for a display board".
  13. My son and I are doing our first Shark Adaptation classroom education program in March. We are using fossils from across the timeline of sharks to explain to the students how sharks have managed to stick around this planet for some 430 or so million years. I am very proud of the relatively small fossil shark collection we have. The kids will get to see and in a lot of cases handle some fossils from badass sharks. I thought it would be fun to put some of that collection and bits of the information we present. Eventually I will include the art work my son is producing. He is 5 months away from g
  14. I_gotta_rock

    New Fossil Blog

    I've had a lot of friend requests on Facebook lately from my paleontology peers, but my personal page isn't really focused on fossils. So, yesterday I launched a new blog about my family's expeditions, details about our finds, and our experience sharing our discoveries and our passion with the community. Take a peek if you're inclined: https://www.facebook.com/I-Gotta-Rock-374330346479428/
  15. Virtually every book on paleontology includes a picture or table on the geologic time scale of some sort. But have you ever noticed that virtually none of them is drawn in true proportions? As a result, many of us have no good, from the top of the head insight in the true propotions of the geologic periods and epochs. Who truly realizes that the Cretaceous for example, represents a larger time span than the whole of the Cenozoic? In any case, for a long time I did not, and the drawings I devoured as a kid did not really help me to grasp the true dimensions of each of the geological periods. Ob
  16. 2017 AURORA FOSSIL FESTIVAL AND TFF MEMBER MEET UP The 24th Annual "Aurora Fossil Festival" will be held this Friday through Sunday, May 26 - 28, 2017, in Aurora, NC. There will be a parade down Main Street at 1100 am on Saturday morning, educational displays at the Community Center from 1000 am - 4 pm Saturday, Paleontology Lectures going on throughout the day Saturday AND fresh piles of overburden from the Lee Creek Mine dumped around town, ripe and ready for screening and fossil hunting all weekend. Multiple piles of "FRESH" matrix will be near / adjacent to the Aurora Fossil Mu
  17. In a couple days is my birthday, and this year I will be 50. For the past couple weeks I have thought a lot about all of my successes in life, as well as my failers. As a husband, father, fisherman, fossil hunter. As well as just a human being. But as far as a fossil hunter, collector and enthusiast, one of my biggest failers is that I have not learned enough about the fossils I collect in my region. I have stated before in other post that I am not really that interested in brachiopods, gastropods, bivalves, etc. But I have come to realize that is not a good reason to not try to identify those
  18. Dear TTF Members, I was wondering if you experts on the forum could provide a more in depth explanation of time periods such as the Mesozoic Era and what kinds of creatures dwelled at these times. I would like to learn more about the evolutionary timeline to help me become a better fossil enthusiast and helper in this forums' community. Sincerely,
  19. I'm currently reading Fossils: The Key to the Past by Richard Fortey. So far it's very good - very informative. I'm about half way through, and up to this point I'd give it 5/5 stars. Others may not care for it. Just my opinion. I've read several nonfiction science books over the past several months on everything from embryology to plant diversity to the end-Permian extinction to river and stream ecology. My favorite so far was The Story of Earth by Robert M. Hazen. Brilliant man, Brilliant book. Have you any nonfiction science related books (on paleontology or anythi
  20. Fossils at the Fort is March 25 by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University, March 15, 2017 https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2017/03/15/fossils-at-the-fort-is-march-25/ One of the activities is "Discover and take home 400-million-year-old fossils from a collection site donated by Vulcan Materials Company.' Another is fossil identification. Yours, Paul H.
  21. The article about geology songs is: Showstack, Randy, 2016, Amoeba People Sing Quirky Tunes About Geoscience. Eos. Vol. 97, no. 18, pp. 8-9 https://eos.org/current-issues and PDF https://eos.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/15-Sept_magazine.pdf?cbb367 In the same issue, is “New Insights into North America’s Midcontinent Rift” by Seth Stein, Carol Stein, Jonas Kley, Randy Keller, and others and “Bacteria Preserve Record of Earth’s Magnetic Fields” by Elizabeth Deatrick. A couple of Amoeba People’s songs are: The Ge
  22. Hi everyone, My lab colleagues and I are looking for fossil pictures of: 1 - Cordaitales, specifically showing the 'V'-shaped leaf and 2 - Strobylothyone rogenti, a fossil Holothurian (sea cucumber) We are currently working on a textbook entitled “Biodiversität und Erdgeschichte" ("Biodiversity and Earth History”), The book is written by Prof. Dr. Jens Boenigk and Dr. Sabina Wodniok, scheduled to be published in 2014 by Spektrum in Heidelberg, Germany. In addition we plan to publish an electronic version as part of an e-book package, which will be sold to scientific institutions. I
  23. Here in central Oklahoma, fossils are scarce, all we have is red dirt and blank sandstone. I know of a great many people living here that would love to go fossil hunting, but don't know where to go, not to mention that you have to own or know somebody that owns land to hunt on within the state and that land is probably not close by. I've had an idea for a while to try to get fossiliferous stone delivered somewhere nearby so that people in my area can go fossil hunting instead of traveling several hours away. I've heard of museums and mines that dump their leftovers out for the public to sift
  24. ConfusedPaleo

    Pursue Passion?

    Hey guys i'm fairly new to this site and was looking for some crucial advice from those who share my passion! I hope to be a freshman at the University of Minnesota next year and the scary thoughts of "what will i do with the rest of my life" have krept into my mind. Paleontology has always fascinated me. From dinosaurs to the evolutionary process of the worlds prehistoric organisms...all of it attracts my greatest interest. I have been searching online about careers in paleo and have found many condescending articles on the subject. People claim career outlook is poor due to limited jobs an
  25. Hello All! I need your help, but first I'd best introduce myself. I'm the new Program Coordinator -- and on-site paleontologist -- for the Waco Mammoth Site. For those of unfamiliar with the site, it's a late-Pleistocene recurrent mass-mortality site for Columbian mammoths and a scattering of other Rancholabrean megafauna. From 68 KA onwards at least two groups of mammoths and their camp-followers got caught in flash floods along a tributary of the Bosque River in what would become the western outskirts of Waco, TX. The site is currently a city-run in-situ display of six of those mammoths
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