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  1. oilshale

    Blochius longirostris Volta 1796

    Taxonomy according to fossilworks.org. Emended family diagnosis according to Fierstine and Monsch, 2009, p. 129: "Praemaxillaries joined into a pointed rostrum. Shape througout length unknown, but one seemingly round cross-section reported below. Rostrum usually longer than the lower jaw (when rostrum and lower jaws are nearly equal in length, the distal rostrum may not have been preserved). Twenty-four elongate vertebrae without neural spines (except for the last few caudals). Two vertebrae in caudal complex. Height of dorsal fin greater than greatest depth of body. " Emended specie
  2. Taxonomy according to Marramà & Carnevale 2015. Diagnosis for the genus Bolcaichthys according to Marramà & Carnevale 2015: “Small- to medium-sized clupeid (largest specimen measuring 101.1 mm SL) with elongated and tapered body, sardine-like; † Bolcaichthys, gen. nov., is unique among clupeids in having the following combination of characters: head length approximately one third to one quarter SL; skull roof with 10–14 frontoparietal striae; mouth terminal; two supramaxillae, anterior small and rod-like, and posterior paddle-shaped; teeth absents in jaws and palate; complete seri
  3. Taxonomy according Fossilworks.org. Diagnosis according to Blot 1978, p. 146: "Tête contenue un peu moins de six fois dans la longueur totale. Hauteur du corps contenue de quinze à dix-neuf fois dans la même longueur. Les deux branches de cleithra de longueurs équivalentes. Côtes ventrales présentes. Osselets intermusculaires bien développés. Caudale constituée par neuf rayons s'articulant sur les hypuraux. Coefficient de concentration de la nageoire dorsale: 2,50, celui de l'anale étant aux environs de 2,85." This translates: “Head contained a little less than six time
  4. oilshale

    Bolcyrus formosissimus (Eastmann, 1905)

    From the album: Vertebrates

    Bolcyrus formosissimus (Eastmann, 1905) Eocene Monte Bolca near Verona Italy
  5. The fossils were found in the 70s in northern Sardinia during the excavations for the construction of a road. I do not know the exact location, but I know that it is the north of Sardinia. The coin is 1 euro (it's similar in size to an American quarter.) What could it be? Thanks in advance
  6. I tipi di alcuni gasteropodi terziari di Stefano Borson 1976
  7. From the album: Vertebrates

    Pseudosparnodus microstomus (Agassiz, 1839) Eocene Lutetian Monte Bolca near Verona Italy
  8. Kikokuryu

    Mikrotia magna

    Stabilized with Butvar B-76. Specimen collected from fissure infills.
  9. Reg

    Fossil fish ID

    Hi all, I got this fossil fish from an uncle of mine but he didn't know ID and origin. Could you please help me out identifying the right species? Thank you
  10. oilshale

    Legnonotus krambergeri Bartram, 1977

    Literature: Bartram, A.W.H., 1977. The Macrosemiidae, a Mesozoic family of Holostean fishes. Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History (Geology), 29, 137-234. A. Tintori and S. Renesto. 1983. The Macrosemiidae (Pisces, Actinopterygii) from the Upper Triassic of Lombardy (N. Italy). Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia 89(2):209-222
  11. Hello, Last saturday I had a trek in a mountain area in the northen Italy alps and I found this fossil (I'm not actaully 100% sure that it's a fossil, but I don't know what else could it be). It looks like an echinoderm fossil to me, but I'd like to ask your opinion about it. Thanks a lot, have a nice day. Oz
  12. Steffen Herman

    Animal tooth ID

    Hello everyone, I was just searching the internet to find out what animal's tooth I found the other day, when I came across this lovely forum full of expertise. So I'd kindly like to ask if someone would help me identify the animal that was once the proud owner of this tooth. Some info: - Find place: southwestern Siciliy - age: some 2500 years / late Holocene - found in an archaeological context Any ideas greatly appreciated. Steffen
  13. Another new extinct mysticete-related paper is available online: Bisconti, M., Damarco, P., Mao, S., Pavia, M. and Carnevale, G. (2020). The earliest baleen whale from the Mediterranean: large‐scale implications of an early Miocene thalassotherian mysticete from Piedmont, Italy. Papers in Palaeontology doi:10.1002/spp2.1336 Atlanticetus lavei constitutes the oldest fossil mysticete from the Mediterranean Basin, considering that the fossil record of mysticetes from the early-middle Miocene in the Mediterranean basin is very sparse. Note that the authors of this paper mak
  14. doushantuo

    Paleoichthyology,Part one

    Knowing Carnevale's musical predilection,I can pretty much guess the origin of the genus name Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana, 58 (3), 2019, 295-307. Modena ISSN 0375-7633 doi:10.4435/BSPI.2019.18 A dragonet (Teleostei, Callionymoidei) from the Eocene of Monte Bolca, Italy Giorgio Carnevale & Alexandre F. Bannikov CarnevaleBannikov2019-Gilmourella.pdf
  15. Hello everybody can somebody help me identifying my fossil fish (4cm) I am pretty convinced that it concerns the exellia velifer from monte bolca looking forward to Your replies regards Rienk
  16. Nematos

    What could it be ?

    Hello, have some idea about it? Found in 1906 in Italy, Bellagio country Dimension about 4 cm long thanks
  17. Hello dear members, Today I'd like to talk about my latest fieldtrip, to the Late Triassic tracksite of Zone, Lombardy prealps, Italy. However, I'd like to make it clear that it involved no fossil collecting, because of the scientific interest of the site and of italian laws, that prevent (almost) any form of this activity. I know there is the "Fossil sites" section, but I thought that here my post would have reached more people. I apologize in case this is not allowed. Let's not waste any more time! Italy is quite well know for its tracksites, in particular those bearing dinosaur t
  18. oilshale

    Carangopsis dorsalis

    From the album: Vertebrates

    Carangopsis dorsalis Middle Eocene Monte Bolca Verona Italy length 10cm
  19. From the album: Plants

    oak leaf, (Quercus). Pléistocène Re (Val Vigezzo) Italy
  20. Hello guys! Today I want to talk to you about an interesting museum situated where you wouldn't be expecting one: Venice, the City of Water. In a place famous worldwide for its architecture, art and food, the natural history theme is left behind, but it is not devoid of surprises. The museum was founded in 1860 and located in a XIII century palace, that served as a private residence and then as a market. The present appearance of the buidling was given by major renovation works that altered the original aspect. Nevertheless, it is an impressive location for a museum!! The
  21. Hello everybody, My new museum tour focuses on the Geological and Palaeontological Museum of the University of Padua, Italy. I have visited more than 30 institutions in Italy, but this one remains my favourite. And it is generally acknowledged as having the most important collection of all the Italian universities. After seeing the pictures, I think that you'll agree with me!! The origin of the museum can be traced back to 1734 when the son of a professor donated his dead father's collections that were housed in a brand new natural sciences museum. in the following decades many more
  22. Dear members, today I want to tell you about one of the most epic misinterpreation in the history of italian palaeontology. A story that many newspapers and websites rushed to spread, but that was nothing but a leap! As you read in the title, it's about how an ammonite got mistaken for a dinosaur, in particular for a skull. How that could possibly happen? Let's see. Vigevano is a small town 31 km (20 milles) west of Milan, northern Italy. Famous since the Middle Ages (Leonardo da Vinci resided there several times), today a castle and a porch are its main attractions. But we will foc
  23. VASH

    Not Sure What It Is

    Hi Folks, Found this on a beach of the Island of Ischia, Italy (August 2019). Not sure what it is and, though I'd write more about what I think, I have no background or expertise...which of course is why I am here. Glad to provide any additional information if it would help. Thanks for your insights!
  24. oilshale

    Ductor vestenae VOLTA, 1796

    From the album: Vertebrates

    Ductor vestenae VOLTA, 1796 Eocene Ypresian Monte Bolca near Verona Italy
  25. Some other picture of Fossil Diatoms take with biological microscope, magnification 400X - 650X
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