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  1. DD1991

    Kekenodon redescribed

    For those interested in early cetacean evolution, the long-awaited redescription of the late Oligocene cetacean Kekenodon is finally out: Corrie, J. E., & Fordyce, R. E., 2022. A redescription and re-evaluation of Kekenodon onamata (Mammalia: Cetacea), a late-surviving archaeocete from the Late Oligocene of New Zealand. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. https://academic.oup.com/zoolinnean/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlac019/6598844?redirectedFrom=fulltext&login=false Kekenodon was initially classified as a late-surviving basilosauri
  2. I don't usually publish a you tube video on Sundays, but my youngest son came over and we popped open a crab concretion from New Zealand in real time for everyone to see. I decided to make it into a video and had some fun doing it. Enjoy https://youtu.be/8PDo3yRP5zE
  3. Tuataras May Have Originated as Early as 190 Million Years Ago Enrico de Lazaro, SciNews, March 4, 2022 The open access paper is: Simões, T.R., Kinney-Broderick, G. and Pierce, S.E., 2022. An exceptionally preserved Sphenodon-like sphenodontian reveals deep time conservation of the tuatara skeleton and ontogeny. Communications biology, 5(1), pp.1-19. Yours, Paul H.
  4. Almost 40 hours of prep and then a bunch of editing and this is what I ended up with. Enjoy
  5. Pepper

    What is this?

    I need to pick some brains. I found this at a beach, late cretacous in age in New Zealand. The site is known for belemnites, reptilian bones and fossil wood. I have no idea what this is. It has protruding thin lines spanning out over both ends that have been replaced by calcite or quartz. The lines can be seen along the length of one side and on the other side there seems to be a circle with new protruding thin lines. Could this be pine needles? It's the only thing I can think of? Some parts almost have a woody characteristics, and other parts with fine to medium sand textures.
  6. Photographed this is a river bed near Methven, New Zealand. Approx 28 cm in length. My first impression is overlapping horseshoe crabs.
  7. Hello. I was hoping someone could confirm if this is a belemnite rostrum? It is from a late cretaceous marine site of the east coast of New Zealand. I have found many belemnites in the past but often in a matrix of the Okarahia sandstone formation, and only typically 2 to 3 cm in length and filled with calcite. This one is much larger in size, does not appear to have any calcite replacement, has not got any concentric rings at the base and the overall texture is slightly porous. Thanks in advance :)
  8. Oxytropidoceras

    New Zealand's 180-million-year-old forest

    New Zealand's 180-million-year-old forest BBC News Travel, South Island, New Zealand By Marian McGuinness, November 12, 2021 Curio Bay/Porpoise Bay Some papers are: Pole, M., 2001. Repeated flood events and fossil forests at Curio Bay (Middle Jurassic), New Zealand. Sedimentary Geology, 144(3-4), pp.223-242. More papers by Dr. Mike Pole Pole, M., 2009. Vegetation and climate of the New Zealand Jurassic. GFF, 131(1-2), pp.105-111. PDF of Pole (2009) Thorn, V.C., 1999. Enigmatic High Palaeolatitud
  9. Hi, I also found this in the " Roding River" located in the " Aniseed Valley of Nelson, New Zealand. At first, i thought petrified wood, but my friend who is a wood carver of several years, has assured me this is not wood... Quite heavy, not sure exactly how heavy, but i can weigh it if that helps? Any help much appreciated! Cheers!
  10. Luccid.NZ

    Fossil ID Request please

    Hi, I found this in the " Roding River" located in the " Aniseed Valley of Nelson, New Zealand. Have done alot of web searching to try and find similar, but haven't been successful so any help would be much appreciated! Cheers, Greg
  11. N.Mckenzie

    Port Waikato, NZ Jurassic finds.

    Something I've not seen before. Found the first one and thought it might just be a cross section of the clamp end of a bivalve but then found the second so rethought that. Found on the coast of Port Waikato NZ in exposed Jurassic mud stone. Found in same strata as belemnites. Both between 2 and 4 mm in length. Edit 1: the photos seem to make them look like they are impressions, but both are sitting above the matrix.
  12. New Zealand Kids Discovered This Fossil of New Giant Penguin Species on a Field Trip Paleontologists say the bird would have been roughly the size of a ten-year-old child Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, September 17, 202 Children's Field Trip Yields New Penguin Species Kairuku waewaeroa lived eons ago in New Zealand John Johnson, Newser, Sep 17, 2021 The open access paper is: Simone Giovanardi, Daniel T. Ksepka & Daniel B. Thomas, 2021. A giant Oligocene fossil penguin from the North Island of New Zealand Article: e1953047 Receive
  13. Currently away from home on a work trip but that has allowed me to explore the silt stone laid down by Lake Manuherikia in the Otago region of New Zealand. The period is early to mid Miocene (16-19 million years). I have spent the last couple of evenings searching sites for fossil leaves or anything else I can find. FYI the bottle cap is for scale. I have nothing else with me but I figure most bottle caps are the same the world over. The above is part of a large palm frond. Hyridella shells above in matrix.
  14. T Stolberger

    Mystery Specimen ID

    I found a fossil fragment on site the other day unlike anything I have ever come across before. Some ideas that have been suggested by colleagues include a bone fragment, petrified wood, or a bryozoan colony. The fragment is approximately 2.5 cm long and half a cm wide, is Pliocene in age, and comes from the Kaawa Formation for anyone who knows their New Zealand stratigraphy well. Im not looking for an ID as such, more just a general indication of what I'm dealing with from anyone else who has come across something similar. Many thanks!
  15. will stevenson

    Some New Zealand teeth, please help!

    Hi guys, I have come to you for help as I really don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to New Zealand shark teeth (I’m fairly sure these are all selachian), anyway, I have separated them into what I think are the separate species based on my understanding of tooth morphology, sorry for lack of scale, for reference the teeth vary from around 2mm-5mm here is species 1 side view of the most complete one There appear to be very faint serrations more prevalent in one of them
  16. Just out of curiosity I need yall opinions on this. So in 2005 a paper was published analysing various theropod material from Chatham Island, New Zealand, and the deposit they were in was aged to be 61 million years old. The authors of the paper interpreted this as the fossils had been eroded from a Mesozoic deposit and were reburied in an Cenozoic one. However multiple outcrops of the same formation have been found containing more dinosaur fossils, this and considering there is evidence to suggest that this is a bone bed could possibly mean that this is the first evidence of non-a
  17. Site preserves 23 million year old leaf fossils in diatomite and gives excellent climate record. Locals are pressuring mining interests to preserve scientific value. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/new-zealand-fossils
  18. Ancient kauri trees capture last collapse of Earth’s magnetic field By Paul Voosen, Science, February 18, 2021 Ancient Trees Show When The Earth's Magnetic Field Last Flipped Out By Nell Greenfield-Boyce, Short Wave, NPR, February 18, 2021 Buried treasure - subfossil swamp kauri By Kate Evans, New Zealand Geographic Voosen, P., 2021, Kauri trees mark magnetic flip 42,000 years ago Science. vol. 371, Issue 6531, pp. 766 DOI: 10.1126/science.371.6531.766 The paper is: Cooper, A., Turney, C.S.M., Palmer, J. and others
  19. Hi All I found my largest shark tooth this past weekend here in New Zealand. I thought it was a Great White at first but a few people have thought it might be a transitional one. I was wondering if one of the shark tooth experts could have a look and let me know their thought Here is a bit of video of it as well: https://youtu.be/U-i8W2aOtLE?t=373 Thanks!
  20. T Stolberger

    Help with fossil crab ID

    I'm looking for help with finding a genera from this chela/ crab claw, found in Cenozoic rock from Northwest Nelson, South Island, New Zealand. It is fairly weathered, and was originally split between two separate stones lying on the beach. A little reconstruction and preparation produced the result in the image. It was not in-situ so I am unsure which rock group it is associated with. I'm guessing it is either late Oligocene or early Miocene in age based on what I know of the area, but I could be wrong. I'm hoping there are some crab experts out there who will know what this is straight
  21. Australian Paleontology

    Joan Wiffen's Theropod

    Hello there, so in New Zealand there is an indermitate theropod dinosaur most commonly referred to as Joan Wiffen's Theropod. I am extremely confused on what the specimen actually is because some sources say the specimen is represented by a toe bone while others say a partial vertebrae. Also if anyone could tell me the specimen number (GNS 00 000, for example) or link a scientific paper explaining actually what it is i would be highly appreciative, thank you
  22. What is your opinion on its classification and if so is the material we have sufficient enough to make it a distinct taxon? Joan Wiffen Reference material
  23. heres a link to a newly described fossil seal that we have been finding bones and skulls of here in taranaki, new zealand for the last 15 or so years. https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&hs=0U9&biw=1496&bih=754&tbm=nws&sxsrf=ALeKk01vc72KwYUUtagYwhLgRk96jWpnXQ%3A1605241533476&ei=vQquX5veHM7w9QPNhoLgBQ&q=new+zealand+fossil+seal&oq=new+zealand+fossil+seal&gs_l=psy-ab.3...33364.36178.0.37013.
  24. RJB


    From the album: Fossil Crabs

    one of my best crabs from New Zealand, Miocene. Took 110 hours to prep, A very nice specimen.
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