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  1. oilshale

    Atracosteus simplex (Leidy, 1873)

    From the album: Vertebrates

    Atracosteus simplex (Leidy, 1873) former name: Lepisosteus simplex Middle Eocene Green River Formation Kemmerer Wyoming USA Length 40 cm
  2. oilshale

    Asineops squamifrons COPE, 1870

    Asineops (Greek for "donkey-faced") squamifrons was first described by Cope as having an affinity to the pirat perch family. Later, with more detailed study, this species was found to lack the diagnostic characters of that family. Thus it is not yet clearly assignable to order. Although this species is much rarer in the Fossil Lake sediments than in Lake Gosiute deposits, the specimens from Fossil Lake are much larger than those from Lake Gosiute. Reference: Edward D. Cope (1870): Observations on the Fishes of the Tertiary Shales of Green Nov. River, Wyoming Territory. Proc. A
  3. Winter Hobby

    Diplomystus

    My latest completion. I like this one but still prefer the Mioplosus. I'm looking for a Priscacara next. Maybe Santa will bring me a fossil for Christmas!
  4. My wife and I went on a 7500+ mile ramble to break out of our COVID doldrums. Due to the virus we had to change up many of our original plans... which conversely added a number of additional fossil hunting locals as they allowed us to mostly avoid our fellow humans and maintain social distancing by many many miles. As part of our trip preparations my wife sewed us a number of masks, including a whole series of fossil hunting masks for me. Originally we were supposed to stay in Chicago, but we elected to avoid staying in the city, so we only got to do a drive by
  5. jnicholes

    Mioplosus labracoides?

    I’m pretty sure this is a Mioplosus labracoides, but I would like some confirmation before I label and frame it. Found in Wyoming, green river formation.
  6. I still have about 30 more to finish preparing, but so far, here are the best two I have prepped from my 2019 Green River run:
  7. BentonlWalters

    Belated 2019 Road Trip Fossils

    Last year, to celebrate finishing my undergraduate degree, my girlfriend and I went on a long (9,000+ mile) road trip around the western US and at long last (a little over a year since their discovery) the last of the fossils we found are out of the refrigerator and I’ve finally gotten all of them photographed. Here are some of the highlights and best fossils we found. A rough map of the route of the trip While the trip wasn’t entirely fossil centric we wanted to hunt at a few cool spots along the way. We chose to visit 5 fossil locations, the first of which was
  8. jnicholes

    Coprolite fossil ID

    Found this “piece of snarge” fossil on a fossil trip in Kemmerer Wyoming.. Piece of snarge? Coprolite? It’s a pun, get it? Seriously though, they think it’s either crocodilian or turtle in origin. What do you guys think? Anyway to tell? it’s pretty cool. I’ve got lots of other fossils to share later.
  9. minnbuckeye

    Green River Fish ID

    Here is a large partial fish I found a few weeks ago. Not sure, but suspecting maybe Phareodus?? Any thoughts? Thanks, Mike
  10. oilshale

    Heliobatis radians MARSH, 1877

    From the album: Vertebrates

    Heliobatis radians MARSH, 1877 Eocene Ypresian Green River Formation Kemmerer Warfield Quarry Wyoming USA Length 45cm / 18"
  11. jnicholes

    The Heck?

    So, was looking at my fossils, and I saw something that has me puzzled on one of them. Pictures are attached. Underneath the jaw of the fish there are what look like ribs to some other fish. I want a second opinion on this though. Thats not what has me puzzled, though. Whats puzzling me is next to the fossil, the x shaped thing in the picture. Any idea what these are in the pictures? I think the fish is a Phareodus, By the way. Jared
  12. jnicholes

    2 IDs

    A little back story. I went to Kemmerer, WY for a fossil hunting trip on August 12, 2019. The attached photo is a Phareodus I found. Today, I noticed something that looks like petrified wood near the lower jaw and on the Phareodus near the bottom. I said to myself, "It retained its shape, so it may be petrified wood." After a little digging, I discovered something else that was segmented and flat. Did not look like a spinal chord to me. Here are the two IDs. What is the segmented thing? What is the part next to it, Petrified Wood? Any help will
  13. Fossil-Hound

    Muddy Wyoming Fish

    FYI @Ptychodus04 @Kittenmittens @mamlambo @Fossilis Willis @Malcolmt @DevonianDigger Well managed to get out last Friday to dig up some Green River fish from the split fish layers. These layers aren't nice and hard like the 18 inch, nor are the rarer fish as obtainable (they don't preserve as well), but you can still find some pretty cool stuff. A family next to me found a foot long Phareodus in perfect condition with a dark red color (forgot to take a picture of that). I don't think they realize just how lucky they are because those are not easy to find. The night before it rained a ton
  14. oilshale

    Amphiplaga brachyptera COPE, 1877

    Amphiplaga is one of the rarer of the Green River fish fossils, making up some 1% of the total from Fossil Lake, its only known location. Amphiplaga belongs together with its close relative Erismatopterus to the family Percopsidae within the order Percopsiformes. Amphiplaga is best distinguished from Erismatopterus by its dorsal fin, which has three hard spines (the first one is very small) followed by 9 or 10 soft rays. Erismatopterus usually has two hard spines followed by 6 or 7 soft spines. Amphiplaga can reach up to 15cm with an average length of about 10cm while Erismatopt
  15. oilshale

    Amphiplaga brachyptera COPE, 1877

    From the album: Vertebrates

    Amphiplaga brachyptera COPE, 1877 Middle Eocene Kemmerer Wyoming USA Length 8cm
  16. oilshale

    Atractosteus simplex (Leidy, 1873)

    From the album: Vertebrates

    Atracosteus simplex (Leidy, 1873) former name: Lepisosteus simplex Middle Eocene Green River Formation Kemmerer Wyoming USA Length 29"/ 73cm
  17. From the album: Vertebrates

    Asterotrygon maloneyi Carvalho, Maisey & Grande 2004 Middle Eocene Kemmerer Wyoming USA
  18. I am headed to Kemmerer with my son to look for fossils. I am aware of the quarries in Kemmerer and want to know if there is anything that we should not miss on our road trip or around the area. We have 5 days to explore. Thank you!
  19. RCFossils

    Help With Green River Bird Leg

    I purchased a fossil collection several years ago that contained a beautifully preserved bird leg with some feathers preserved. It is was collected in the Green River Formation of Southwestern Wyoming. I know very little about fossil birds and am hoping someone on the Forum might be able to narrow the ID down to what family of bird it might be. Any Help will be greatly appreciated.
  20. Tapiromorph Fossil, Green River Shale, Wyoming http://www.wsgs.wyo.gov/wyoming-geology/tapiromorph-fossil Researcher Prepares Largest Fossilized Mammal Found In Green River Formation For Science By Cooper Mckim, Wyoming Public Media, May 2, 2018 http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/researcher-prepares-largest-fossilized-mammal-found-green-river-formation-science Tapir-ing expectations: Researchers study largest ever Green River mammal fossil. By Jeff Victor, May 2, 2018 https://www.laramieboomerang.com/news/local_news/tapir-ing-expectat
  21. Fossil-Hound

    Priscacara Preparation

    @Ptychodus04 is preparing a fossil fish in exchange for some on the side web development (web page). Here's where he is at with the preparation and I must say that I'm very pleased with the results. This is going to turn out to be one amazing fish. Here's a before and after. The before was a fish that was broken in half and in need of some restoration and repair but is mostly there. Kris is really working his magic on this one.
  22. Had a phenomenal time digging up Eocene freshwater vertebrae fossils in Wyoming this past weekend at @sseth and @FossilDudeCO famous American Fossil Quarry. Managed to convince my cousin, his two sons, and my family to join. @sseth set us up with our own rocks to split and he was very informative, showing us how to split the rock and what to look for. We all had a really good time. Here are some of the highlights. Matt's two sons Logan and Wesley had a blast. Here's their cart full of Knightia's. A sneak peak at some of the multi slabs I
  23. minnbuckeye

    Tiny little fish

    A nice surprise happened last night as I was putting my best fish finds away from a trip to Sseth's quarry in Kemmerer, Wyoming last summer. I accidentally dropped a nice Knightia and while piking up the broken pieces, this is what was hiding inside!!! Almost didn't see I due to the tiny size. Any thoughts to species??
  24. Dpaul7

    Phareodus encaustus fish fossil

    From the album: MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Phareodus encaustus fish fossil Green River Formation, Kemmerer Wyoming Eocene Age (56 Million Years ago) Phareodus is a genus of freshwater fish from the Eocene to the Oligocene of Australia, Europe and North America. This genus includes at least four species, P. testis (Leidy, 1873) and P. encaustus of North America, P. muelleri of Europe, and P. queenslandicus of Australia. Representatives have been found from the middle Eocene to the Oligocene of Australia, Europe and North America, including the Green River Formation in Wyoming, United States P. testis
  25. Dpaul7

    Phareodus encaustus fish fossil

    From the album: MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Phareodus encaustus fish fossil Green River Formation, Kemmerer Wyoming Eocene Age (56 Million Years ago) Phareodus is a genus of freshwater fish from the Eocene to the Oligocene of Australia, Europe and North America. This genus includes at least four species, P. testis (Leidy, 1873) and P. encaustus of North America, P. muelleri of Europe, and P. queenslandicus of Australia. Representatives have been found from the middle Eocene to the Oligocene of Australia, Europe and North America, including the Green River Formation in Wyoming, United States P. testis
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