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Found 92 results

  1. Apps for the Fossil Hunter

    I've been wondering if anyone on the forum has a favorite App or Apps they've found useful in searching for fossils? I haven't been able to locate any apps that focus on mapping your location in relation to underlying bedrock data, and it got me curious. Thanks! Have a good weekend!
  2. Mosasaur tooth

    So the other day I visited a local tiny shop that sells minerals and fossils, and snagged a Mosasaur tooth from Khouribga Morocco. The label only said 'Mosasaur tooth, Khouribga, Morocco.' Naturally, as the curious person that I am, Im trying to find the species of the owner. After I researched a bit I narrowed down the species to those found in Morocco, yet I had trouble finding one with similar teeth. Globidens and Carinodens were quickly out of the question, since the teeth are rounded and kinda look like mushrooms to some extent, very unlike mine. Yet practically all the teeth I saw for these other Morocco Mosasaurs had slightly hooked teeth that looked thick and heavy, While mine is practically vertical, with almost no curve to it, small and light. Anyone know any Mosasaur species with teeth like this found in Khouribga Morocco..? The measurement of the tooth without the root is 1.4 inches long. The tooth has a diameter around barely over 1 centimeter. Here are species found in Morocco that I had narrowed down to, minus the Globidens and the Carinodens included- Eremiasaurus, Prognathodon-Anceps, Solyvai, Curii, Mosasaurus Baugei, Tethysaurus, Platecarpus, Halisaurus, and Goronyosaurus. ~If you need another angle of the tooth feel free to ask~
  3. Fossil identification

    hello , i want to know this stone if it is a fossil metal ?? Thanks
  4. Hi everyone, I'm turning the big 50 in November (eek), and I want to do something really fun - I was hoping to find some sort of fossil hunting trip either in the US or internationally - ideally would have liked to volunteer on a dinosaur dig somewhere but mid-November doesn't seem to bring anything up. If anyone has any ideas, much appreciated ! I'm looking on my own as well. Thanks
  5. What Got You Into Paleontology?

    Hey, There are so many people on this forum, I was wondering how everyone got interested in paleontology! Personally, Jurassic Park got me interested in dinosaurs and the Walking With Trilogy cemented it!
  6. Contested National Monuments in Utah House Treasure Troves of Fossils, Inside Science News Service-Jun 13, 2017 https://www.insidescience.org/news/contested-national-monuments-utah-house-treasure-troves-fossils Yours, Paul H.
  7. So, as some of you may know, I'm currently attending UF seeking a degree in geology, with post-grad in Paleontology. The most important reason I decided to do this (among many)at the ripe age of 33 was an inspiration to merge the knowledge of amateur paleontologists with professional paleontologists. I've had this idea that technology may be able to close the gap and eliminate the animosity between these groups, while at the same time actually encouraging and promoting fossil distribution. It is an ambitious goal that requires all those respected and knowledgeable in their field(amateur and professional) to work towards a common goal. I've written a simple proposal and outlined my plan. I've included the names of the Florida Museum of Natural History's paleontologists(as it is public record), but I would also like to include some knowledgeable amateur paleontologists to work towards this goal. If you are interested please contact me, and I will send you a copy of the proposal. I would like to note that this is not a commitment to anything,your information will not be shared, and you will only be contacted by me(maybe). HH joshuajbelanger@gmail.com -J
  8. The Rio Puerco Valley was my introduction to fossils. For many years now, I have scoured its Late Cretaceous shales and sandstones in search of ammonites. Somewhere along the way, my fascination with the ornament grew into an investigation of its enviornment. Last week at the New Mexico Geologic Society's Spring meeting (program), I made my first venture into the world of paleontological science. With the help of Dr. Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, I presented a poster/abstract (Foley & Lucas 2017.pdf) exhibiting my ideas. I received some criticism for incorporating ammonite ornament and caught some grief for including a labeled map...otherwise, this was an amazing learning experience and I am ready to move forward. Back to the rocks!...I have a paper to write. Blue Hill Shale: Spathites puercoensis: Prionocyclys hyatti: Coilopoceras springeri:
  9. Cambrian Fossil Hunting

    Hello! I am a new user on this site and I have a few questions that I can't seem to find anywhere else online, I thought there would be no one better to ask than more fossil hunters like myself. For nearly a decade now I have been in love with the sheer idea of fossils and the animals contained inside of them, but instead of the cliché 'Fossils = Dinosaurs' thing, I have always found interest in the Cambrian Period and have loved it since I started researching trilobites. My life goal basically was to research the Cambrian Period at the famous Burgess Shale, but to my knowledge it is illegal to go to (without being on a tour) and collect fossils from. And that basically shattered my childhood dream. The thing is though, everywhere I look I can't seem to find anything on why it is illegal, the only thing I could find was an article about if it was opened to the public it would drain the fossils much quicker than natural weathering. Which is understandable, but expeditions by permitted paleontologists also seems to be out of the question too. Is there any possible way to research fossils at the Burgess Shale? I am willing to do anything when it comes to permits to be able to dig there: may be with a University, museum, etc. As stated before, I am extremely interested in life of the Cambrian Period and am considering it as either a profession or a very dedicated hobby. But the problem is that I live in Central West Virginia, where there are absolutely ZERO fossils, and that makes it difficult for me to do anything with the Cambrian whenever my geological time-period is Devonian-Permian. Thanks for any input! PS: Although it seems quite impossible now, my life goal in fossil digging is to find an Anomalocaris fossil. Thanks Again!
  10. I was thinking of starting a side business of helping collectors by restoring teeth, claws, and alike. would anyone trust a business like this? I have had a bit of experience restoring mosasaur, horse, and spinosaurus teeth previously. Is this enough to even start a small business?
  11. Dinosaur egg or not?

    I think I discovered what looks like a fossilized egg. I have included a few pics, hope they help with an ID! Thanks in advance
  12. I have never been to one of these events and I don't really know who to ask these questions to. I figured this might be a good place to ask. Any help would be appreciated. First off, is it open to the public? If so, is there a cost to attend and do I have to pay in advance?
  13. life as we know it

    NB: 90 Mb this is a whole book.
  14. Finders keepers doesn't apply to fossils and bones By Maiken scott, The Pulse, September 15, 2016 http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/thepulse/item/97085-finders-keepers-doesnt-apply-to-fossils-and-bones Yours, Paul H.
  15. Hello everyone! So i have been hard at work. Last time I damaged a couple of fossils because the PSI on the sandblasting machine was too high while I was working on removing matrix directly off the fossil. This time I learned that higher pressures like 20 or 40 PSI can be useful for removing large amounts of matrix that are not directly touching the fossil. While lower pressures like 5 PSI are useful for removing small amounts of matrix to expose details of fossils. Also it is a good idea to wait to expose details until the entire fossil is mostly exposed and only detail work remains. This is because the more a fossil is exposed and being worked on the higher chances are that details will be erased by the air abrasive moving over the fossil. Even in areas you are not directly working on. Please watch my video and learn more about it! Special thanks to the University of Utah for letting me use their lab, and a special thanks to the University of Utah Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program for helping too!
  16. Idea

    I'm thinking about a sort of request thread: (the following by way of example) << " member"wants to have articles on>>: 1) taxonomy of selected groups 2) functional morphology and ecology of selected groups,biomineralization studies,paleo,-physiology,-neurology,-myology,-ethology 3) stratigraphy(eco-chemo-magneto-litho-bio-sequence) 4) phylogeny,cladistics of selected groups,including embryology,histology,molecular techniques,genetics 4) paleoecology(syn-,auto) 5) taphonomy,soft part preservation,amber,silicification 6) evolutionary paleobiology,extinction,origination,biogeography 7) paleoclimatology 8) ichnology 9) facies analysis 10)Lagerstatte 11)Precambrian,Archean,Hadean(including snowball Earth) 12) diagenesis and geochemistry of fossils 13) new techniques( neural network,Raman,FTIR,tomography,confocal microscopy,Nomarski,SEM/TEM/BSEM,elemental mapping,morphometrics,etc) 14) global bioevents 15) paleoceanography 16) palynology,microfossils(eg.radiolaria,foram,tintinnids,nannofossils,ebridians,silicoflagellates,diatoms) 17) fossil plants,paleobotany,phytogeography 18) incertae sedis:hyoliths,conularids,"vermes",vetulicolians,lobopodia,cycloneuralia,scyphozoa/misc coelenterates,S(mall)S(helly)F(ossils),"hemichordata","vendozoa"",Bolbomorpha,prokaryota,Cercozoa, "ecdysozoa",sclerites,ichthyoliths, or: A)Paleozoic subjects B)Mesozoic subjects C)Cenozoic subjects
  17. fossil

    From the album My fossil discoverie

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  18. So, I have sort of a long-term idea for a paleontology display I'd like in my house: one representative fossil from every geologic period. The basic idea is that I'd like a reasonably priced (i.e. $20 to $100) fossil for each period. I'm thinking of displaying them each on a 15cm x 12cm bean-bag to give the display some coherence, so I'd like them to be roughly the same size (or at least the matrices to be the same size). I'd also like them to say something about the period (for instance, maybe a group that arose in that period, or dominated that period, or went extinct in that period). So, bottom line, I'm looking for suggestions for medium-sized, moderately priced fossils from each geologic period. Hopefully each piece would be visible from a distance and have some conversation value. Here's what I have so far: Pre-cambrian: I have a nice Strelley Pool Stromatolite Cambrian: (maybe a Fuxianhuia, if I can find one?) Ordovician: (maybe a starfish? They evolved during the Ordovician, I believe) Silurian: (maybe a Eurypterid?) Devonian: I have a very nice Devonian Trilobite. Carboniferous: no idea -- maybe a nice Crinoid? They were much more prominent in Carboniferous seas. Permian: no idea -- hopefully something that died out in the Great Dying. Triassic: Jurassic: Dinosaur fossils are expensive. Maybe a coprolite? Cretaceous: I have a decent Spinosaurus tooth Paleogene: (there are neat fish from Wyoming, but I'm not sure they're really "representative" of the Paleogene. It would be cool to find an early mammal.) Neogene: I have a nice Megalodon tooth Quaternary: (maybe a mammoth tooth?) So, any suggestions from the wise people here? Thanks, Matt
  19. Shells being recovered in other states in the Coffee Sand, Tennessee is the exception. Leaching of the sediments at a later time is thought to have been the general factor. Strangely as it seems, here iron has wholly replaced some unknown shells. My phone camera not being that good, it's difficult to determine in the pics, but very detailed surfaces of the outside of the shells can be saw w/ the naked eye. Also present on the specimen of sandstone appear to be perhaps some type of trackway(?). These shells truely are the first shells discovered in the Coffee Sand of Tennessee that I am aware of. The specimen weighs about 80 pd., so it was a hard recovery, but it's significance excellent. I hope some can I.D. these Campanian Cretaceous shells.
  20. Your Gallery!...

    ...can both promote and improve the science of paleontolgy!!! How? Label your images with the information you have. If you know your specimen is a Cretaceous clam...label it as such. Some of you may know the species name of your specimen, as well as formation it came from...I encourage you to do the same. Let's say, I am new to fossickin' and I find a pretty cool clam in a Cretaceous outcrop. I want to learn about this clam, so I do an internet search for "fossil clams + Cretaceous"...you, yourself, have a Cretaceous clam that is similar but your specimen is labeled "IMG 0012258"...I won't see it and nothing is gained. Your image could be vital to research, and yet...lost on the interwebs. Here are some more great ideas on how to create a gallery of your fossils. I, for one, look forward to learning from you. -P.
  21. Hi all! If you're a researcher in the field of paleontology, check out Instrumentl's Fossil Challenge for the chance to win an extra $500 grant towards your crowdfunding campaign. Register HERE by entering your name and email by Friday, October 2nd, at 11:59 pm PST. Have questions? Read more about our Grant Challenges or send me an email. I'm happy to answer questions. Good luck! Katharine Katharine@Instrumentl.com
  22. Hi I'm thinking of becoming a Paleornithologist when I'm older, I've just got a few questions for any people in this profession on here: I know the term 'paleornithologist' isn't actually a real title for a job, but something along the lines is what I mean. (Paleontologist that studies relationship between birds and dinosaurs.etc) Because I really love birds and dinosaurs and the evolutionary science behind the relationship. 1. With your work, how often do you go out an do field work/study? Eg. Capture birds and examine them? 2. How does a student studying ornithology/paleontology find themselves in a position like this? 3. How often do you get to work with theropod dinosaur fossils and paleontologists? 4. I know this is kind of a private question, and it doesn't have to be answered ; is your salary comfortable to live with? For example if you were to travel or raise a family? 5. How does an ornithologist get themselves 'higher in the ranks' when starting off? Any answers are appreciated, Thanks!
  23. The Paleo-Tourist

    The Paleo-Tourist (http://paleo-tourist.typepad.com/the-paleo-tourist/) is a blog that is partly about science, partly about travel, and entirely about natural history. In it, I describe my travels and adventures including visits to museums, fossil sites, dinosaur digs, book reviews and pretty much anything else related to paleontology in the places I happen to go.
  24. Never Seen Something Like This.

    While hunting a Cretaceous formation w/ my daughter, she came upon this, which i haven't been able to identify. It may be of more recent origin, but i thought not, because on the reverse side,small amounts of Mica is stuck to it so good that it can't be scratched off,& Mica is very concentrated in these old layers. Combined w/ the fact that these "bones" have no smell, & that i've just never saw something like this, it has me wondering. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks, TP.