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  1. Wmosquera

    Plant fossil Iowa

    My husband brought this home from work for me. I have no idea what questions to ask, I want to learn. 67530737352__B9E5AAE1-120C-473C-8A8C-F62E56EB3DED.MOV
  2. BerkOlsen

    Possible Fossil Identification

    Hello, A few years ago while driving through Beatty Nevada we stopped to camp on some BLM. We were walking around looking at the scenery and stumbled upon this fossil. It’s not a lot to go on but I’m just looking for some possible identification. Thank you for your help!
  3. NevadaHunter

    Explored a New Site!

    Hi all, I went to visit a new site yesterday that I had found mentioned in some literature from the early 1900s. It was a great day no doubt, and I was hoping to get some input on a few things. Stubby tooth I believe is a horse, but I’m not as sure about the long thin one, never found one quite like it. My largest piece is a camel(?) calcaneus and the small collection of toe bones were from a 1’ x 1’ area- all associated from the same animal I assume. They look camel to me, but much smaller than any I’ve ever found before. Any ideas? As best I can tell the formation was dated to 10-3
  4. MarcusFossils

    USA/Nevada/Cambrian/Lower Cambrian

    From the album: My Collection

  5. NevadaHunter

    Tooth ID

    Hi all, I’m sure this is an obvious one for some of you experts out there, I just haven’t come across a tooth like this one yet. There is still a bit of matrix on the chewing surface but it’s mostly prepped. I know many of you are out East so I don’t expect a species, but it’d be nice to at least find out the genus or kind of animal so I can research from there. thank you all as always!
  6. Ichthyosaur fossil found in Nevada named for brewery founder Jim Krajewski, Reno Gazette Journal, Jan. 11, 2022 Central Nevada ichthyosaur fossil reveals surprising information KOLO, Channel 8, Nevada, Dec. 25, 2021 Papers are: Delsett, L.L. and Pyenson, N.D., 2021. Early and fast rise of Mesozoic ocean giants. Science, 374(6575), pp.1554-1555. Sander, P.M., Griebeler, E.M., Klein, N., Juarbe, J.V., Wintrich, T., Revell, L.J. and Schmitz, L., 2021. Early giant reveals faster evolution of large body size in ichth
  7. One of the World’s First Reefs Can Be Found on Mountains in Nevada Jack Tamisiea, Hakai Magazine and Smithsonian Institute, December 20, 2021 Hidden on a Mountain in the Desert, Signs of the World’s First Reefs Archaeocyaths were Earth’s original reef builders, and one of the best places to see them is in the Nevada desert. by Jack Tamisiea, Hakai Magazine, December 8, 2021 Related Hakai Magazine articles Hakai Magazine: Coastal science and societies The paper is: Pruss, S.B., Slaymaker, M.L., Smith, E.F., Zhuravl
  8. Kurufossils

    Mystery Huge Anomalocaris Appendange?

    Hi, I have this mystery piece of what appears to be anomalocarid appendage of sorts. The problem is I did not receive any information with it and it came out of an old collection from Maine, Usa. I'm not to sure what else it could be from the appearance but I am also very uncertain of the exact species. The piece of a very laminated sparkly shale If I had to guess it could've came from either Burgess Shale, Utah, or Nevada but I not sure what locality it could be from so if anyone if familiar with these shales and can tell from the preservation it would be a huge help, thank you and looking fo
  9. Idaho State University Paleontologist’s Fossil Finds Shed Light on Life after Permian Mass Extinction Idaho State University, November 5, 2021 The open access paper is: Smith, C., Laville, T., Fara, E., Escarguel, G., Olivier, N., Vennin, E., Goudemand, N., Bylund, K.G., Jenks, J.F., Stephen, D.A. and Hautmann, M., 2021. Exceptional fossil assemblages confirm the existence of complex Early Triassic ecosystems during the early Spathian. Scientific Reports, 11(1), pp.1-12. Yours, Paul H.
  10. keithsdayoff

    Huge Kalligramma? Found in Nevada

    first of its kind in NA? I don’t want to disclose much about the location found for now except that it was at a high elevation. It was a very “just by chance” way to find it after I got lost. I was not looking for fossils nor am I a fossil collecter. Have not showed photos to any expert.
  11. Here is a fine way to spend 16 minutes. A wonderful (even if simplified) story of a gene at the top of the hierarchy of limb formation in tetrapods, and the identification of a mutation in the gene that causes a dramatic change in fish's morphology. It is remarkable that the mutation doesn't affect the protein sequence but the switch that turns it on or off in different tissues of the developing animal. Why would this be of particular interest to you? Because shown herein is the remarkable correlation with the fossil record of this small fish. So grab some popcorn, or better yet a beer or glas
  12. Some interesting paleontology news online: https://www.ktnv.com/news/nevadas-first-dinosaur-discovery-revealed-in-henderson https://www.fox5vegas.com/news/local/dinosaur-discovery-nevada-species-name-fossil-revealed/article_cd6e905c-1cfe-11ec-90c6-ab3978a19f6c.html Nevada is often associated with casinos, mining, Hoover Dam, and top-secret military bases (e.g. Area 51 and the Tonopah Air Base), but the discovery of "Nevadadromeus" from the Cenomanian-age Willow Tank Formation provides a new window into dinosaur distribution in the western US during the Albian-Cenomanian i
  13. Hi all, I have this slab that is composed of a mix of sandstone and clay matrix. One side is more heavily composed of sandstone while the other half is more clay. In the sandstone side is a well preserved mandible from Aepycamelus sp. seen from the lateral aspect. It was crushed along the sagittal plane allowing us to see the medial, lingual aspect of the other side of the mandible from behind. Because the mandible is crushed, I feel this piece would be best suited at a slab specimen, if you guys have any opinion please share. Now, the clay rich side appears to not have preserved as well but t
  14. NevadaHunter

    A few surface finds from today’s hike

    Hi all, I have some interesting bones that I found today. The one appears to be a phalanx but it doesn’t appear like any of the horse or camel material I’ve been able to find online. I also believe that the tooth fragment belongs to order Carnivora, although I’m not sure what. The researchers found a maxilla to Osteoborus diabloensis at this site but again, I have no clue in the matter. Also note, the phalanx has a lichen growing on it, which tells to the degree of time it’s been resting on the hard desert surface. Thank you to anyone that can provide any ideas/resources/IDs.
  15. Ice Age fossil find turns Las Vegas couple's new pool into a dig site By David Williams, CNN, April 30, 2021 Bones dating back to ice age found in Las Vegas backyard Associated Press, April 28, 2021 Yours, Paul H.
  16. Wanted to share this hoof I found yesterday. Not entirely sure which exact species this is but is likely neohipparion based upon the literature.
  17. NevadaHunter

    Interesting tooth enamel cusp

    Hi all, I found these interesting fragments of tooth enamel by themselves and they both appear to have a cusp like shape and the one has a rounded top that didn’t fully break off. The larger piece has some very pronounced horizontal striations, Im not sure if that’s helpful it not. Could these be pieces of mastodon tooth? I know several Pacific Mastodons were found in this area.
  18. Hi all, I was hoping to get an ID on these two bones I found today. They both have a stylus and at least 2 facets for articulation. I’m guessing maybe some foot bones? -also I’ve been gluing this long bone together with some paraloid B-72. I have both distal and proximal heads, but without knowing the type of bone, you can imagine it’s difficult to piece together. I just have finished all but those two aspects, I have roughly about 5” of bone left and I’m currently at about 17” in total length. Could it be to a camel? What bone may this be? thanks in advance!
  19. paleo.nath

    Cambrian mystery fossil?

    I ordered this plate of trilobites a while back and just recently noticed something peculiar on the side of the rock, i’m pretty sure this is not a trilobite but it still looks somewhat organic, but i’ve got nothing. Any ideas!
  20. NevadaHunter

    Middle Pliocene Formation Teeth ID

    Hi all, I found these teeth at the same locality as my last two posts. I have more images to follow of some complete phalanges I have found but for now I’d like some help with these teeth. One I think may belong to a camel as both Paracamelus and Camelops were found in this locality and the other I am unsure of. The possible camel tooth isn’t far below the bone line so maybe it was unerupted? Any ideas would be great.
  21. Matty from Reno

    Bone fragments

    I found a number of fossilized bone fragments on the surface in an area of North Western Nevada which the geological map lists as "basalt flows- Pliocene- Holocene. " Any help on identifying what they might be from would be appreciated. I did try the burn test and I could not get it to smoke or have any smell that would indicate that it is not mineralized.
  22. Hi all, I recently found this tooth in a formation dated to the middle Pliocene in Nevada. I believe it belongs to Antilocapridae, possibly a pronghorn. I’m looking to see if any one on here is familiar with western fauna of this period and could give me some more insight. thanks in advance!
  23. The below publications have to be seen to understand the enormous volume of information that they contain. Also, the number of pages listed below are correct and are not typographic errors. Spamer, E.E., 2018. A Worldwide Bibliography of the Grand Canyon and Lower Colorado River Regions in the United States and Mexico. 1535–2018. Raven’s Perch Media. 11,728 pp. Spamer, E.E., 2021. Cartobibliography of the Grand Canyon and Lower Colorado River Regions in the United States and Mexico 1535–2021. The Plains and the Rockies : a critical
  24. Matty from Reno

    marine fossil??

    I found this small fossil recently. The surface geology was young volcanic- andesite and basal flows pretty much exclusively. This fossil seems to be from a previous geology that has worked its way to the surface. Any help on id would be appreciated. Small fossilized bone fragments were also found in the general area but I'm thinking this is from an invertebrate but I really don't know. It's about 5mm x 5 mm in size.
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