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  1. Hey hope y'all are doing well! Seems like I've been absent from here quite some time, huh? Between a rather intense semester at uni, and research work for the GeoCenter museum in Denmark, it's been a pretty darn busy past few months... But I'm back now, with some neat updates about the paleo stuff I've been up to lately Can't wait to browse through all the different TFF threads from the last weeks, too! The biggest thing I got up to - I participated for the first time in a paleontology conference!! It was really fun, I got to meet o
  2. The Amateur Paleontologist

    I'm gonna be participating in a conference!!

    Just wanted to share this bit of good news with you guys - I was accepted, some time ago, to present at a paleo conference The conference, Progressive Palaeontology 2021, is organised by the Palaeontological Association and is hosted (online) by the University College London (my uni!). It runs from tomorrow until the 19th. Although registration is now closed, some talks will be uploaded to Youtube (it's possible for presenters to ask to have their talks stay up on Youtube, publicly, even after the event has finished). Now although the conference is mostly for master's and PhD
  3. The Amateur Paleontologist

    The giant mosasaur Prognathodon is now known from Denmark!

    A paper was recently published announcing the presence of Prognathodon in the Late Cretaceous chalk of Denmark. Prognathodon was a large, predatory mosasaur, well-known in the USA and Morocco, but known from other places e.g., the Netherlands. This new study is especially quite a big deal, because mosasaur fossils are incredibly rare in the Danish chalks. Prognathodon is now the 4th mosasaur known from the Late Cretaceous of Denmark, along with Mosasaurus, Plioplatecarpus and Carinodens. The Danish material is represented by two teeth - one of them being from the foss
  4. Hey everyone, hope you're all doing well! From what I've read, small shark/fish teeth can be occasionally encountered by dissolving samples of chalk/limestone in acid. I read Jeppsson et al's 1999 paper on using buffered acetic acid to extract phosphatic fossils (in my case shark teeth), but the method outlined is not that simple and requires access to certain laboratory equipment I don't really have access to right at the moment... All I have is some cheap white vinegar, and some trays and tins I've got some samples of chalk from the Late Cretaceous of Møns Klint, a f
  5. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Need help in identifying problematic fish bone

    Hey everyone Hope you're all doing well! While looking through unprepped/untouched blocks of chalk from last year's fieldwork session in the Late Cretaceous of Møns Klint (Denmark), I found one block that showed a little trace of fish bone. I scraped a bit around it with some dental tools, and managed to reveal the whole fossil. And I'm having quite some trouble identifying it... Could anyone help me? I've included pics and details of the specimen below. Pics: Note especially the 'ridges' in the upper half of the fossil Full detai
  6. Hey everyone - hope you're all doing Just thought I'd share with you guys a chart I made, comparing the sizes of various marine reptile species known from the Maastrichtian chalk of Møns Klint (~70 million years old - Hvidskud Member of the Møns Klint Formation). For now, there are only 3 reptile species known from MK. But who knows, that number might increase now that more in-depth collection and research is taking place over there Anyways... onto the size comparison chart - here it is: Details: The Mosasaurus hoffmannii is known from one very we
  7. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Narrative Essay: Resurrecting the Cretaceous

    Looking through @KansasFossilHunter's blog, I saw one of his posts was a "narrative essay" (you should check it out, it's really good! ). This gave me the idea to write an account of one of my MKFE fossil hunts. I hope you guys enjoy it! Resurrecting the Cretaceous The fine, almost mist-like rain fell gently in sheets and imbued the skin of my face. Despite the lack of intensity, this slow downpour had been going on for the past half hour, and water was starting to seep through my clothing. I was beginning feel very cold. A loud metallic clank (p
  8. Hey everyone - It's Christian. For the past few months, I was inactive on TFF as I had a lot of schoolwork.. But now, I've got a lot more time on my hands - which means that I can get back to all things fossil related This of course includes making preparations for my 3rd Møns Klint Fossil Excavation (MKFE - the fieldwork aspect of my Møns Klint Fossil Research Program). I'll be going for 2 weeks, in mid-August - I'm really excited! As I said in a post from a few months ago, the collection policy of this MKFE is essentially the same as last time's (cephalopod, crustacean, echi
  9. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Plans for the 3rd Møns Klint Fossil Excavation

    Nowadays, I'm mostly focused on preparing for my high school finals. But in my free time... Well I started to plan the 3rd Møns Klint Fossil Excavation (MKFE), as part of the larger Møns Klint Fossil Research Program. This field session has been planned for mid-August, and will last about 2 weeks - needless to say, I'm pretty excited Especially when considering the success of the 2nd MKFE... Collection policy will remain mostly the same as last time, meaning that arthropod, cephalopod, echinoderm and vertebrate material will be the priority. Of course, there will be a slight ch
  10. Hey everyone, I'm back from my second Møns Klint Fossil Excavation - it was absolutely fantastic! For the majority of 2 weeks, I was down at the chalk cliffs of Møn; and recovered quite a sizable quantity of (mostly echinoderm) good-quality fossil material. All of it is still safely stowed away in ice cream boxes and kitchen paper "field jackets", but I can not wait to getting down to preparing all those fossils. Unfortunately, I did not manage to rediscover the "Echinoderm Quarry", but I did on the other hand have the chance to work on some new, very fossiliferous sites. Alon
  11. Hello, and welcome to my new MKFRP thread! In this new thread, there are going to be a lot more details, accounts, and of course… pictures, than in the previous one. I hope you enjoy it here For those who don't remember (or who haven't heard of this), the MKFRP is a research project based on the extensive collection and research of fossil material from the Lower Maastrichtian (Late Cretaceous) of Møns Klint, Denmark. The project was put in place given that this fossil site is highly diverse (more than 120 macrofossil taxa), but has been given too little paleontological attention.
  12. The Amateur Paleontologist

    A bit of quantitative paleoecology

    Just got this new idea for a future MKFRP research avenue Basically, on the beach near the cliffs, there is this area filled with small bits of fossils washed out from the chalk (the so-called "washout zone"). I'll make a sampling of that area, with a few control variables included (i.e. sampling area, maximum sampling depth, fossil size class, quantity of fossils). The sampling will be done by scooping washout material with a bucket & spade, bringing it home and then picking out individual fossils. Based on the fossils collected, I'll then establish relative faunal abundances
  13. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Møns Klint Paleontological Library - The "Storage Facility"

    If you guys might remember from a another tread, I said that some of the documents from the Møns Klint Paleontological Library are too large to be uploaded to TFF. Instead, the papers (see below) can be sent by email. This post can be considered as some sort of "storage facility", where all the records of large files are held. Keep in mind that not all of the papers make a direct reference to Møns Klint's paleo-fauna, but can instead be used as "comparative research material to contextualise and broaden understanding of MK's fossil fauna" (forgive my excess of pedantic language there)
  14. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Fossils from Møns Klint

    A few days ago, I started in another thread a gallery of fossils from Møns Klint held at the "on-site museum" GeoCenter MK. I thought that it would be more appropriate to continue this gallery in the "A Trip to the Museum" forum. This post will deal with a multitude of fossils that are more common than the exceptional Danekrae fossils (but you'll see that some of them are rather rare). All the fossils pictured here are exhibited at "The Fossil Room". Hope you like them! 2 partial stems of the crinoid Isselicrinus sp. preserved in a single piece of chalk - uncommon
  15. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Møns Klint Paleontological Library

    Hello everyone, and welcome to the Møns Klint Paleontological Library! It consists of (mostly) papers dealing with the chalk fauna from the Maastrichtian of Møns Klint, and a few related topics. Entrance fee is 10 eur- just kidding But if you guys want some of the larger PDF's (which can't be attached here), I can send them to you by email. Enjoy... -Adolfssen & Ward 2014: "Crossing the boundary: an elasmobranch fauna from Stevns Klint, Denmark" - describes the rather extensive record of various shark teeth from Maastrichtian and K-Pg boundary Danish sediments. Most of th
  16. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Flint fossil imagery and preparation

    Hi everyone, I'm here to talk about a fossil I found at Møns Klint. It is a distorted Echinocorys? echinoid replaced by flint. Nothing that interesting, you would say. However, on the underside of the fossil there appear to be crinoid cirri-like structures within the flint . Unfortunately, most of the underside fossil seems to be totally hiden by the flint. Do you think I should go and "bombard" the fossil with x rays at an X ray platform, so as to reveal more of the fossil? How can I "prepare" the echinoderm structures to make more of the fossil revealed and visible?
  17. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Isselicrinus buchii

    Isselicrinus buchii is a relatively common crinoid in Maastrichtian Danish chalk strata in the form of small 2-3 segment-long columnal fragments. However, starting from 10 segments, an articulated I. buchii columnal is fairly rare, and above 30 segments is substantially rare. On this specimen, there are in total 40 segments and 1 partial segment. It was recovered from a large chalk nodule, which had to be broken several times to access the whole stem. The fossil has been entirely 3D prepared, by the use of small dental tools. It is thought that the black colour at the base of the col
  18. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Møns Klint fossils academic papers

    Hi everyone! This summer I am going to a Maastrichtian-aged chalk coastline on the island of Møn, Denmark. I was wondering whether you could kindly point me to some articles on the fossils of that area. This summer, I will set my expectations higher than the usual belemnites, and will focus on vertebrate remains -- a bit too far-fetched, but hey! We always focus on the best, rarest fossils when we go on fossil hunts ! Thanks for any help concerning literature. Christian
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