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  1. ThePhysicist

    A Physicist's Collection

    While my prime focus is essentially learning how to accurately describe Nature in the precise language of mathematics, I've always been intrigued by natural history - it's actually what started me on the path to physics. The sort of interrogation that paleontology practices provoked me to think and question even further, down to the fundamental science which makes it all work. Collecting fossils has brought a large amount of enjoyment to my life, and is often a welcome distraction from what can sometimes be straining work. The knowledge that I accumulate along the way is also part
  2. Hello everyone. It's been a number of years since I started collecting, and I must offer my sincerest thanks to this forum for ever being so helpful and supportive, to the traders for the amazing exchanges, and to the mods for making this such a pleasant place to stay. Allow me to present some of my fossil collections. I hope you guys will enjoy them as much as I. I shall update this thread over the months as I continually photograph and update my specimens. Overview of my primary fossil cabinet
  3. I know there are a lot of fossil collectors on here so I figured I would start this discussion. Collectors new and experienced which fossil in your collection is your favorite and why.
  4. Heres a fun thread for those to show off their widest and fattest looking megalodon teeth fossils in thier collections. I'll set the tone with the widest fat boy in my collection, I don't have digital calipers but it measure roughly 5.4 inches wide by 6.1 inches long. When I close my hand together it looks even more monstrous. Share yours and join the wide boyclub Got the idea while thinking about what the widest megalodon tooth ever found measures, if anyone does know do share in this thread!
  5. Here is some of my first 6 months of fossil collection ! ( some still in transit oversea ...) First of all I really enjoy spending time in this forum and I feel very lucky to be member of this forum ! some of my collection was ID by you guys Soooo...LET get started ! KEM KEM the mystery - My First Dinosaur fossil .... Abelisauridae tooth ! MY BEST theropod tooth in my collection ! My Mystery vertebra from Kem kem ... possible Theropod vertebra Sauropod tooth << Rebbachisaurus tooth from kem kem
  6. Hello everyone Making use of the last few months of my maternity and the upcoming lock down I'm planning on cataloguing my small fossil collection at some point after Christmas. I would love to know how other people number or index them? Hoping for some really nerdy answers :-D Hollie
  7. Escanaba man ‘digs’ fossils Deborah Prescott, Daily Press, Escanaba, MI https://www.dailypress.net/news/local-news/2020/03/escanaba-man-digs-fossils/ Yours, Paul H.
  8. garym

    Need some help on identifying

    Hopefully I am doing this correctly. My 7 year old grandson has developed an interest in fossils. I bought him the National Geographic fossil collection for Christmas. We worked together in removing them from the block and trying to identify them. When we finished trying to identify the fossils we had 3 we couldn't identify, we had identified all the ones the in book, so I am assuming we have misidentified some. Hopefully someone can identify these and we can we look in the book. Thanks Gary and Charlie
  9. So, I'm new to fossil collecting and I would like to know what are the top 10 best online sites for me to buy fossils. Can anyone help me?
  10. Hello everyone! I had already posted a short introduction on the new members subforum, but then I thought it might be nice to start a diary of our latest adventure here. I am an amateur fossil hunter and prepper from Belgium and recently have been put in charge of securing my husband's grandfather's secondary fossil collection, together with my husband and little brother in law. Or in other words; the non displayed and non prepped fossils which he collected during the sixties and seventies (although we did find some younger specimens as well). The task is a daunting one
  11. Hi! I would love to know your suggestions for having a fossil appraiser. My Father found MANY fossils in Greene River, Wyoming and many of the specimans went to Museums. We have a number of them (he passed in 2001) and was wondering where I might have his biggest/most valuable one appraised for insurance purposes? Thank you! I live in MN.
  12. The Amateur Paleontologist

    General preparations for Niobrara Fm. field trip

    Hey everyone Though it'll probably take place next summer, I'm already running through some preparations for my field trip to the Niobrara Chalk Fm. of western Kansas. Based on what I've heard from other collectors (and my own experiences in other sites), I drew up a list of stages I should go through for excavating and preparing any vertebrate material (especially fish) I might encounter.. 1) Surrounding matrix/overburden is brought down to expose the bone layer 2) Shellac/Vinac/other consolidant is applied to the exposed surface 3)
  13. SgtZabka

    Zabka's Collection

    Here are the first few fossils that I have collected. I did not find these myself rather I bought them at a rock store and had them checked out at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History. Trilobite
  14. Cloud the Dinosaur King

    My Fossil Collection

    My first fossil to show off on The Fossil Forum is my trilobite, Elrathia kingii. It is mearly the carapace of a shed skin of a juvenile, but I still think it's pretty cool. Luckily, I got these photos before my sisters cat, Nala, got to it and broke it in half. At least it's not shattered I guess. Any way, I hope you guys like my Elrathia kingii. Also, any advice for where I should put my fossils? I have my two trilobites in a rock collection, as well as a Staghorn Coral, I have my sharks teeth it two small boxes, just piled up on top of each other, and I have my fossils from Lake Huron in a
  15. I am not sure the correct place to post this. Please feel free to move this topic to a more appropriate place. I know there are members who do not have fossil collections of their own or if they do they may not have much. This may due for a variety of reasons. I was wondering if there were any other members out there that would like to join forces and be willing to help get small collections together for those in need. I realize there are individuals that have done this on their own. I thought it might be nice to start a group that could work together to do this on a larger scale and reach mo
  16. Hi Everyone, I am trying to figure out my summer plans right now. I'm going to be going into my senior year of highschool. I'm hoping to spend the summer or part of the summer focusing on fossils and paleontology. My dream would be to find a program where housing is provided that i could be out in the field collecting fossils. In my dream world, fossils to study and keep for myself, but again, realistically, just any work out in the field collecting and searching for fossils. I am especially interested in fossils from the miocene period but I would be perfectly content to go collecting an
  17. I posted this in answer to a post, but thought for visibility I would also post it here. Although part of me is ok with people thinking it is illegal to take fossils out of New Zealand, this is not accurate. As a New Zealander I perhaps would be happy for people to think our fossils are not to be removed, but in the interests of accuracy I thought I should correct this. I know TFF members with New Zealand fossils and I wouldn't want them thinking they had done something illegal by collecting fossils themselves from NZ or trading for them. It is illega
  18. If you have a couple of hours you might check out the below YouTube video of my son Mel’s fossil collection. It really is worth the time. The end of the video also has some of my son Marco’s collection. There maybe a YouTube advertisement in the beginning that you can skip after a few seconds. Let me know what you think of the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aNgZnEaTDY&feature=youtu.be Marco Sr.
  19. Halloween is coming up soon so lets share our fossil related horror stories! They can range from Preparation accidents, missed opportunities, breaking specimens, close encounters with a dangerous animal hunting, near death experiences, or even receiving a fossil from an old haunted collection, pretty much anything a hunter and collector would find horrifying. One of my personal fossil horror stories involves a a terrifying bump in the night! I had recent found and started a to use a new plastic shelf I found to store my finds from a recent new spot. I started to notice a few days i
  20. Hello everyone, I'd like to share my extreme budget collection of megs for the US as requested, I've have been collecting shark teeth and other for a little over a year and a half now on a budget and have been surprised by what I was able to get a hold of so far. Condition doesn't bother me hence the budget but I have been able to find some megs from from interesting locations over the short period of time I've been collecting with a little bit of luck. I estimate I spent no more than $1,100 in total for this small collection. Tag me if there's any teeth you'd like to take a close
  21. Until recently, I've never actually gotten anything via TFF, but now I've aquired my first ever TFF fossils, Courtesy for @Ash for offering me the bargain for Niobrara fish bones (and miocene shark teeth), and even more for @Nimravis for generously offering to give me some extras he didnt need from an auction without any charge. So, here is my new acquisitions thanks to those guys. Canadian Baculites. For some reason, my dad thought these were disgusting lol For some reason I really like the shape of one end in the baculite below. It looks so squishy.
  22. A recent topic has indirectly provided me the opportunity to highlight a world class collection. A few years ago, Thomas (oilshale) was one of several members that were passionate, instructive, and extremely patient in the development of The Fossil Forum's Collections section. As a benefit of its creation, we have been steadily and quietly exposed to his incredibly diverse collection. High quality specimens, specimens from world-renown locations, and rare specimens are very well documented in a collection of personal finds and acquisitions. We are honored that Thomas has chosen to share th
  23. I address this to my fellow Fossil Forum members. For years, I have been looking for a venue to showcase my private fossil collection. I was hoping a college, school, shop, science and art institution or whoever would have interest in exhibiting a long term display of fossils. I am not asking for compensation, merely looking of a year or two of exposure. I am not interested in short term loans; I need over 6 months duration. The display will have 12 Cincinnati style cases, custom built to be high end quality. The displays will be stand alone and self explanatory in nature. The display themes c
  24. How should I organize my fossil collection? Right now it's all randomized. I'm trying to make them easier to access. The problem is, I don't use shelves (like the glass ones that I've seen some users on this forum use.) But containers like this. (Yes, my organizing is terrible.) Can somebody also identify these Mazon Creek leaves?
  25. These are some fossils that I found in myrtle beach in 2012 Sharks teeth Parrotfish tooth Turtle shell fragment Barracuda teeth Dome shaped fish tooth
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