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  1. Leon Meads

    Fossil penguin or bird?

    I was cracking open concreations and found this inside it. It's looks like some sort of bone to me. It is super fragile and the bone that split is hollow. Found in Taranaki from miocene era.
  2. Some weird looking patterns in the rocks. I suspect it to be a trace fossil or a plant fossil but I am unsure. Does somebody know what they are? They are from northern Taranaki.
  3. The Haast's eagle (Hieraaetus morrei) is (to say the least) a truly fascinating animal in New Zealand's rich ecological history. A descendent of much smaller eagle species from Australia, its ancestors arrived on New Zealand's South Island probably around 1.8 Million -700,000 years ago and became the apex predator there until it sadly went extinct following Human arrival to New Zealand around 1400 A.D.. Full grown adult Haast's eagles weighed an impressive 33 lbs (15 kilograms) and had a wingspan between 2.6 and 3 meters (8 ft 6 in-10 ft) in length. The Haast's eagle went extinct due to overhu
  4. Hi all. I haven’t posted on here for a while. But thought I’d share this beautiful Mauithoe insignis gastropod I found and prepped recently in New Zealand. It’s about mid Miocene age (12 million). There are only 2 sites in New Zealand where you can find this species. You usually find Mauithoe specimens around 4 cm in length, 7.5 cm is listed as the largest in the Bible on NZ fossil molluscs. Well this beast is bigger than that. As found After prep:
  5. Doctor Mud

    Giant deep water barnacle

    Here’s something a little different. For years we’ve occasionally found remains of these giant barnacles on the beach at a Miocene site here in New Zealand. I wasn’t sure of the ID, or where exactly they were coming from. It was a bit of a mystery. A few weeks ago we went exploring in an area we hadn’t looked before and found a layer, where the only fossils are these barnacles! There is enough exposed to get a genus: Bathylasma. A deep water barnacle. In NZ the modern species Bathylasma alearum lives in water depths from 400-1600m. I collected this beauty,
  6. I visited a new locality recently and spotted this concretion. I dont really split concretions these days unless there is a really good reason to do it. I prefer prospecting and looking for clues that something is inside. And - it’s hard work splitting these concretions Glad I rolled the dice on this one though. You just don’t get many Tumidocarcinus specimens with leg tips. Not a huge crab, but I like the small ones too. Should glue back together and prep nicely. Good separation on that carapace except for the usual trouble spot. That area near the front of the carapace
  7. Werner_In_NZ

    Is this fossil? Please help ID

    Hi, I have found this in New Zealand close to Orere Point on the North Island on a beach. Can someone please help me ID this? I believe it could be a tooth or a fossilized barnacle, or maybe a fancy rock :), thanks
  8. After doing some research a few weeks back on the distribution of the extinct Haast's eagle (Hieraaetus moorei), I discovered there was a much larger array of large Accipitridae on island environments than I previously realized (the result of island gigantism) during the Pleistocene-Early Holocene. Sadly, many of these animals are now extinct asa result of direct human hunting or hunting of their food sources by the early-late Holocene. I've decided to make a quick list of all those I've identified, which hopefully can demonstrate the diversity these magnificent animals had during the Pleistoc
  9. Please help this absolute amateur find out anything I can about the tooth I found this weekend. Found in Waverley, South Taranaki (New Zealand). Spotted it in a pile of shell rock in our driveway, just days before it was due to be concreted over. The shell rock came from a local quarry in Taranaki, New Zealand. I know absolutely nothing about fossils but would love to learn more after finding this so please give me any info you may have. Thank you!
  10. From the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/26/world/australia/new-zealand-whale-fossil.html 2 men used a rock saw and chisel to extract a fossil whale out of a riverbank that was a local attraction. Its not clear if thats illegal per New Zealand law. There are a few quotes from Bobby Boessenecker in the article. It seems amateur and commercial fossil collecting has exploded in the past few years along with the fossil market. The article implies that we'll see more of a push to codify laws to protect these fossils in response.
  11. Hello. I picked this up the other day thinking it was wood, but on a closer look I could see webbing, with a bone like structure, however it is really worn. Would anyone have an idea on what it may belong too if it is indeed a bone? Found in a Cretaceous beach site, South Island, New Zealand. Many thanks in advance.
  12. jlcorbett

    Petrified wood maybe?

    Hi all im thinking this is petrified wood but im unsure ot is very heavy and feels like stone . From the otago coast of nz Thanks for your help
  13. Here is my most fun video to date. This is part 1 of a 3 part crab prepping series. Its about prepping 3 Tumidocarcinus crab concretions from New Zealand at the same time and all the problems that come with prepping them. Part 3, (isn't out yet) will have 2 BIG surprises! The entire series is almost 1 hour long but I had to cram in over 100 hours into an hour. Enjoy https://youtu.be/HlXroj1_hW0
  14. I've been going back and forth with this guy from New Zealand for many years now. His dad passed away awhile back so I was not bothering him and left him alone. He finally sent me an email to say hello and such and also sent me some photo's of his last fossil hunts. One of the photo's had a very unique crab concretion and I was immediately interested in it. We have made many many trades in the past and I made him an offer after a few pleasantries but sadly he didn't respond. So, I left him alone about that and didn't bring it up again. I was simply trying to give him his space. Anyways
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. Almost 40 hours of prep and then a bunch of editing and this is what I ended up with. Enjoy
  18. 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.
  19. Photographed this is a river bed near Methven, New Zealand. Approx 28 cm in length. My first impression is overlapping horseshoe crabs.
  20. 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 :)
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. 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
  24. 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.
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