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  1. Alexthefossilfinder

    Haul from Canadian Museum of Nature

    I recently visited the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa and was able to purchase some fossils from the gift shop. Picture 1 is my personal favorite, it was labeled as a shark tooth, but I haven't been able to identify a species yet, any help is appreciated. Picture 2 is an ammonite, duh Picture 3 is a smoothed Orthoceras Picture 4 is a collection of smaller shark teeth I got together in a box.
  2. I've been to a least a few museums where they would have a part of an exhibit dedicated to the Carboniferous era (of which the Field Museum's section for that in the Evolving Planet is pretty good). But I do wonder what would it be like if a whole A grade small to medium sized museum opened dedicated solely to the fossils found in the Mazon Creek area, including the Essex Fauna. It could be located close to the Mazonia-Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife area and include life sized reconstructions of both the terrestrial and aquatic environments. It could also be a place where fossil hunters cou
  3. I don't think anyone has posted about this museum, but the Tokai University Museum of Natural History is a local museum near my family's hometown in Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan. This is a museum that I visited a lot of a kid, but I was told that the museum as well as the aquarium here was going to close to the public sometime around March of this year? Haven't been here in like 15 years, so I figured I should go one last time before it closes down. You can also get a discount for tickets at convenience stores. It's not a huge museum, but there was some oddities. Also, some
  4. A very exciting and long-awaited news: In mid-2024 the National Geological Museum of Italy (Museo geopaleontologico d'Italia 'Quintino Sella') in Rome will finally open its doors to the visitors. Rome, capital of Italy, is one of the leading centres of research in the field of geology and paleontology, but has lacked in recent years a suitable space to exhibit and promote its collections (more than 150.000 specimens and items). The Geological Museum of Italy, located in the heart of Rome, was closed in 2003 and the entire collection was stored away. In 2021 an agreement between inst
  5. Milan (northern Italy) is the second largest city in Italy and my hometown. I’ve spent a good deal of my childhood and formative years in the natural history museum, getting to know it very well. I also have had the chance of volunteering for almost two years in the paleontology collections. The Museo Civico di Storia Naturale was founded in 1838. During WWII air raids, the authorities refused to evacuate the scientific collections to a safer area, despite the very high risks. In 1943, fire bombs hit the museum and its entire collection (save for a very limited number of specimens)
  6. I found some pictures of the Biomuseo in Panama City from when I visited a while back. Please excuse the blurry and unfocused photos, I was not the best with a camera back then! If you are ever traveling to Panama then this is a must-stop; it has plenty of information of both modern and prehistoric life, as well as the largest aquarium in Panama. Since Panama is a relatively new landmass (geologically speaking), its geology is mainly post-Cretaceous. When I eventually return here I will definitely be cataloguing the exhibits better, there are many more than what took pictures of.
  7. Hi I know this is not open yet, but if any are near Denmark next year, I think this looks amazing - Very rare we have anything of this quality around here. Allosauren Big Joe, Torosaurus and Archaeopteryx are some of the stuff going on display. https://knuthenborg.dk/evolutionsmuseet/ And if you are planning to see the museum, they also have a pretty amazing dino forest beside the rest of the safari park. Hope its OK to share something like this that is not open yet, but maybe some people had plan
  8. I went today to the museum of natural history Lille Northern France,nice place to visit!
  9. A10Airknight

    Is this an egg?

    Hi everyone, First, thank you very much for your help in identifying fossils! I just discovered this resource, and am grateful it exists. I found this unknown piece in a collections storage closet in the museum I work for. It was mixed in with other fossils and geology samples. Unfortunately, it was unlabeled, and so I do not know where or even when it was found. Again, thank you for your help, and I apologize for not having more information about the piece. If you need any other pictures, I would be happy to take them.
  10. During the Summer, I had the fortune of driving near Seymour, TX and thus the opportunity to pay a visit to the WMNH. The WMNH is a small but unique museum in Northern Texas, specializing in the Early Permian fauna that lived nearby ~ 290 million years ago in the famous Texas "red beds." The land around Seymour was once an equatorial bayou, humid and inundated with rivers and lakes. In the rivers were lungfish like those that live today, various ray-finned fishes, and cartilaginous fish like the Xenacanth "sharks." Amphibians like Eryops, Seymouria, and Diplocaulus also spent much
  11. Hey all! I am currently helping to identify rocks and minerals for a museum and came across this piece of, what I believe is, petrified wood. I have never seen one that looks like this, however. It is highly solicified and looks rather similar to a zebra mussel. Any thoughts on what kind of petrified with this might be if at all?
  12. Hi everyone! I have just returned from a fieldschool to Poland which was organized by the BVP (Belgium Society for Paleontology) in association with the Universities of Opole and Gdansk. The fieldschool started on the 9th july and ended on july 17. The first 2-3 days of the trip took place in the historic city of Gdansk which lies by the Baltic Sea where the main focus was on Baltic Amber. This included lectures, workshops, a small museum tour and some trips to the beach in search for amber. For the 2nd part of the trip we travelled to the south towards Opole and more s
  13. I was in the area, so I made a very brief stop by the HMNS. I'll state up-front that this will be extremely dino-centric. What I saw was really great, they have a chronologically-organized display of animals from stromatolites to humans (I only made it to the Cretaceous). The lighting is very dramatic, so seeing it in person is much better than the dark photos portray (I did edit a few of them to enhance visibility). Lots of dynamic posing which is nice compared to other museums. Also, most specimens aren't behind glass, and you can get really close. I believe most of the skeleton
  14. Max-fossils

    Trix the T-Rex

    Hello fellow fossil enthusiasts, I should have posted this a long time ago, in fact I should have done it when I got home from the visit, but I guess I forgot... So here it is, with about 2 months of delay. So that day I went to the Naturalis museum in Leiden, Netherlands. I went there for a special reason: to see a record-holding fossil! And this legend is nothing less than Trix, the mighty T-Rex. What is special with Trix is that it's the only T-Rex fossil to be in a museum outside of America. Here is the story behind the beast: a couple were hiking in Montana,
  15. Some fossil specimens have garnered true fame, like Sue or Stan, but I'm curious about those beyond that too. We all know about these ultra famous specimens, but what about some lesser known named specimens? Actually, I just want to see some of the specimens that have really stood out to you, named or not... and if an ultra famous specimen is your favorite, throw that in too! Some things to include for the reading pleasure of others: - A photo of the specimen - the age of the specimen - The specimen name (or collection number, if you know it - otherwise jus
  16. Callahan


    From the album: 39 years exploring Texas

    Nature center displayed my collection.
  17. Callahan


    From the album: 39 years exploring Texas

    My collection displayed at local nature center for several months.
  18. I spent a week or so recently in the north of Germany, mainly to spend some time with my son and his family, but I did take them all along one day for a sidetrip to the Urzeithof, of which I had learned through an interesting article about it in the last edition of the German journal "Fossilien". I must say, I was very impressed by what Frank Rudolph and his partner Katrin Mohr along with a large number of enthusiastic and engaged volunteers have managed to create over the last few years. Katrin, an enthusiastic hobby fossil collector, started the museum over 10 years ago when a barn on her hu
  19. Ptychodus04

    Texas Through Time

    My wife and I took the 90 minute drive south to visit the Texas Through Time museum in Hillsboro, TX yesterday. I met the director, Andre Lujan, in Tucson this year. The museum is housed in the historic Grimes Garage. It was built in 1917 (I think) and was the first garage/filling station with indoor restrooms. The museum is small but there are plans in the works for an expansion. If all goes through, it will be quite a facility in such a small town. The museum features fossils from 1800’s Texas, so this includes modern Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. It is arranged in a clockwi
  20. For my birthday a couple of weeks ago, we had gone to the museum of ancient life at thanksgiving point in Utah. Here are some of the pictures that I took. Sorry that they're a bit blurry. The Gorgosaurus in the lobby. The prep station has been up and going. I think the fossils that are being prepped are from the morrison formation. Here are some vertebrae that had been prepared. The trilobites And TFF's favorite trilobite A Ceratosaurus, the brown is real bone Close up on the skull Some Supersaurus stuff, all on loan from
  21. Well it has finally opened to the public on December 4rth. "The new Dawn of Life Gallery" at The ROM is perhaps the best gallery on the planet covering the earliest life to the emergence of land dwelling creatures. I was fortunate to have a tiny part in the new gallery having prepared a number of the museums specimens and also having donated and sold them some pieces . Here is a tiny taste of what you can see in the new gallery. It will not disappoint.
  22. Over the weekend I spent some time at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois. My primary reason for visiting was to check out their local Ordovician fossils, but I was quite surprised by how large and comprehensive the museum was. Lots of great fossils and cool dioramas, definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. Diorama of the Ordovician sea Trilobites Crinoids and an edrioasteroid Cephalopods Bivalves and gastropods Receptaculitids
  23. Last weekend I went to Crystal Mountain, it is a retail store with attached cafe, animal feeding, small rollercoaster (for the kids), large indoor playground etc overall a pretty cool place to visit. Under the shop there is a museum, which is what this post is about - not your typical museum, a lot of things are unlabeled unfortunately, it's quite small (just 3 large rooms with corridors) all set up to look like you're deep underground in a cave. These photos are in no particular order I got my youngest (6 years old) to pose in front of some of the really big crystals to add a bit o
  24. ‘South Jersey will be transformed’: Fossil museum coming to Gloucester County in 2023 Rowan University's Jean & Ric Edelman museum will feature interactive exhibits, local bones and more. by Allison Steele, The Philadephis Inquirer, October 9, 2021 $73M dinosaur fossil park and museum coming to N.J. NJCom, October 2021 Edelman Fossil Park, New Jersey Yours, Paul H.
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