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  1. Opinions Needed Please!

    Hello Everyone, I'm an avid paleophile and social researcher doing work on natural history museums. I am interested in talking to people who love fossils! I am doing a survey and want to invite you to take it: Survey for the public: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DFX55S6 Survey for the paleontology community: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/67RNCMW You might fall into both categories! Please feel free to take them both if you want to. Only 10 questions apiece. The purpose of this survey is to ask people what they know about fossil collecting for commercial purposes, and what they think about this. I really want to get more perspectives on this issue. Ultimately I will be presenting the data at a conference and then publishing it open-access. I want to bring "amateurs" and the public into the conversation about the market! As a museum professional, I don't think my motivations and thoughts on this topic reflect any of those currently being circulated by the media, and I think it's simply wrong to leave people out of this conversation. Thanks for your time, I appreciate it! - Francis B. PS you can send me a private message if you want to talk about this further, I am all ears.
  2. Isolated Teeth

    I have a herbivore dinosaur tooth in my collection identified as Triceratops horridus, this is a quite common type of tooth and is almost always identified as such. But looking at the dinosaurs of Hell Creek (where the tooth is from) couldn´t it equally well be a Triceratops prorsus tooth, a Torosaurus tooth or even a Tatankaceratops tooth? Are there any particular morphological things unique to Triceratops or are these teeth just sold as "Triceratops horridus" since that is easier to sell than "Chasmosaurinae indet."? Wouldn´t i be equally confident if i labelled it as Torosaurus? Of course with some teeth it´s easier, for an example, only Spinosaurus teeth actually look like Spinosaurus teeth and so on, but with small herbivore teeth how easy is it to determine species?
  3. Not too long ago there were some questions concerning the legality of any Chinese or in this case a Mongolian dinosaur skull. I have clipped the short article from the Denver Post, March 26th, 2014 paper for your... consideration.
  4. I purchased my copy at the Museum located at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. They have a book shop and a good variety of local interest books for sale. I also bought a book on the Nebraska and South Dakota Fairburn Agates, that are found north of Toadstool Park on top of the Cretaceous and in the boulder and pebble deposit on the top. Believe it or not... ask anyone driving a pickup with the Department of Agriculture emblem on the door and they will point out where to go for the Fairburns! Once you are there, deviate a bit so you are not rewalking where WE started, as no Fairburns were found on our last trip. If... you are planning to go to Nebraska, or live in Nebraska... this is an excellent issue for young, old and nearly fossilized grandparents who share an interest of what has been discovered within the State. It is written primarily by Michael R. Voorhies, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, University of Nebraska. It is a "treasure of information", well written by an authority and the other authors are no less remarkable in the color illustrations and information. It sold originally for $12.95 and is available on the internet, used, for less. It is 162 pages of Nebraska. Nebraskaland Magazine's The Cellars of Time- Paleontology and Archaeology in Nebraska, Volume 72, Number 1, January/February 1994. If you search www.abebooks.com just type in the title The Cellars of Time. If I did not have a copy already, I would have ordered it once reading this post. And... if this does not get you off of your sofa... on page 7 is a Miocene Saber Tooth cat with one of its canines stuck in the femur of another Sabertooth cat!
  5. Professional Geology and Paleontology Language Codes.... There are TWO languages in the Sciences: (1) Professional Language (2) Amateur Language There are TWO major sources of Geological Information: (as far as this Topic is concerned) (1) Professional Journals and Books written by Specialists (books, papers, monographs, etc.) (2) Amateur books written in the layman's language (hobby, fossil books for the public) Often, and I probably should emphasize, OFTEN, the amateur collector of fossils or minerals will read a technical paper and not understand some or much of the terminology. There is no disgrace not understanding the terminology being used... but there is also NO EXCUSE not to deCODE the terminology to comprehend what has just been said. I was reading a bit on Cambrian trilobites and it was to prepare for some exploring some Cambrian trilobite locations. It applied to "blind trilobites" known as Agnostid Trilobites. Terms like oceanic-neritic boundaries, pelagic life, lithotypes, laminated strata, mimicry and other Scientific Code Words are used frequently. I am using "Code Words" for a lack of a more interesting term. Scientists can take one word that has a definite meaning. It would take several paragraphs or even a book to define the term... but they know what it means and use these "words". To an amateur, as myself, I must have a way to deCode the language. I have a book in mind that should be on every amateur's desk top, like a dictionary. Once YOU understand the definition of the terminology your understanding will benefit you for the rest of your life. Since most of the terminology has been in use for many years, the Second or Third Edition will provide enough information that is accurate. I see a Fourth Edition is available, but I would not spend the money for a copy, unless you are a Professional needing to use current terminology. A paper written in the past is what you most likely will be using and the terms will be defined in this book. Inliers or Outliers... very important stratigraphy terms in the UK that until I read the meanings... they meant very little to me at the time. Just simple things bring in large consequences. If you have already rolled your eyes back into their sockets... I understand. Many hobbyists have no use for a book to deCode Scientific language as they are not interested in getting into depth of the subject. There are 20% who are curious and want to understand. They are the most active on a Forum in identifying and explaining a subject in layman terminology. Want to find any crystal forms of Corundum? How about a fibrous silicate? Even mineral terminology needs some deCoding at times. Bates and Jackson Glossary of Geology "It is not really a mark of distinction for a geologist's writing to be so obscure that a glossary is required for its comprehension." Jules Braunstein "Definition is that which refines the pure essence of things from the circumstance." Milton "A leader who is lost during the hike, was lost before the hike began and needs no encouragement from those who persist in following, by sharing information lost in the translation." Donkey Jenkins
  6. This is a scan from The Principles of Classification and a Classification of Mammals by George Gaylord Simpson- American Museum of Natural History, volume 85, 1945, page 15 This is what it "was" in 1945. If there are any newer arrangements, could you please scan it and add it to this one? Questions have been asked and I happened upon this one trying to find illustrations of some Oligocene carnivores.
  7. http://nostalgia.esmartkid.com/paleont.html Hi everyone, Discovered this website yesterday containing anything you can imagine that is connected to paleontology/fossils! Partial List of Resources: Associations, clubs, societies Books Careers &employment weblinks companies dinosaurs fossil collecting geographical, regional,localities in U.S. &other countries geological ages &formations paleo sites for children &young adults museum & museum exhibits periodical publications, journals,newsletters paleobotany & palynology researchers & collectors personal pages state by state fossil list taxonomy & systematics webrings Enjoy! Jed
  8. Hunting For Fossil Literature

    A typical Post on the Fossil Forum begins... "where can I find a book on (fill in the blank)? This is a very good way to BEGIN your search, but the Fossil Forum is a very diversified "collection of individuals". Members' interests may be focused or wide... but it is impossible to comprehend the large numbers of very significant references that are... as hard to find as the fossils anyone seeks! My approach to finding anything in PRINT, which is quickly being replaced with CD, Digitized or Pdf files. There are numerous sites to "search" for the topic you have an interest. The larger the book site, the more diversified the selection. Ebay: www.ebay.com Amazon www.amazon.com ABE Books www.abebooks.com State and Government geological websites Google Search www.google.com Institutional websites (Carnegie, Chicago Museum, Smithsonian, American Museum, etc., etc, etc.) Some organizations specialize: One for Foraminifera might contain 125 feet of hard bound books and going strong for the Petroleum industry. Saber Toothed Cats... maybe three feet of publications, if you are lucky. Geological Society of London, mostly Great Britain. Geological Surveys: example- United State Geological Survey for mostly USA subjects and some International work. You can also search Meddelelser om Gronland (printed in Denmark in English) for Devonian armored fish. Every country has a Geological Survey... or had at one time. Russian and Chinese geology had been only available in Russian or Chinese text. Today the Chinese also have English texts. So if you speak German... search in German. France... French. Many languages print theirs in English. Almost ALL Spanish speaking countries print in Spanish text... only. So the literature is diverse, you will learn HOW TO SEARCH various countries. Israel... mostly English text. The United States Geological Survey has a library in Denver, Colorado. The main floor is thousands of square feet and this is "some" of the material available to browse. They maintain material from all countries, institutions and whatever else might be of importance to geologists. If you have a USGS library in your area, visit it, browse the isles. It is overwhelming! Associations, Society and Institutional publications: Geological Society of America, Palaeontological Society of London, Geographical Society of America, Journal of Paleontology (Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists and the Paleontological Society), Palaeontology (the Palaeontological Association- London), Palaeo- Geography, Climatology, Ecology (An International Journal for the Geo-Sciences), Lethia and International Journal of Palaeontology and Stratigraphy (Norway), Japanese Journal of Geology and Geography (National Research Council of Japan), Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (Journal of the Geochemical Society- mostly Meteorites and Cosmic subjects) and.... on and on. Remember, British Palaeontology and American Paleontology are spelled with the "ae" and "e", so you sometimes must keep that in mind. The Hunt for information that you want: If you thought that someone knows WHAT book or short paper you really need for yourself... this is just the beginning of your search for knowledge. The more technical the subject matter, the shorter the publication! Some organizations specialize. A group that prints papers on Trilobites, will not have mammals. Crinoids will not be found in a book on Ammonites. IF, you want specialized information. Beginner books or Introductory to.... books: The more general a book, the less useful it will be to you once you have some experience. BUT, they sell more copies as many beginning collectors need a very general book. These are easily found at book shops or advertised for sale in hobby magazines... Rocks and Minerals, Gems and Minerals, Earth Science. The must be general to sell well. The more specific a book, the fewer copies that are printed. First Edition, Second Edition.... Twentieth Edition: Some beginner books are so poorly written, many mistakes are made in identifying a fossil, can be misleading and are often subject to revisions in... future editions. Some are offered in new editions as they correct the text and expand into other areas and provide more information. The First Edition of a general fossil book can also be in the Tenth Edition. You would want as late an Edition you can find. If you know there ARE later editions. They may cost more, but these are corrected and updated each time they are printed... BUT.... Edition and PRINTING are not the same. A new Edition is updated and corrected. A Third Printing is exactly that... the same book but reprinted once it is sold out and there is a demand for more copies. One exception to the first, second, third and fourth Printings would be Index Fossils of North America. They are all the same, unless I missed something. The first printing in 1944 is the same as the Eighth Printing of 1965 and so on. When it goes to the Second EDITION, then take notice it has been updated and any corrections made. **************** This is just a beginning. I have just scratched the surface but you now have the ability to seek and find a technical book that will be current for a life time. A mid 1800's technical volume might have been updated since then, since interpretations change and new discoveries change the geology and science. But, the first recognized identifications have priority to names... unless competing names exist at the same time and one is MORE correct than the other. Cope and Marsh come to mind in Western USA Dinosaurs and Mammals... but I wander. As time permits and if anyone has ANY interest in this Topic... I would be happy to explore those obscure papers that would add to your knowledge of your special interest(s).
  9. www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/co/programs/minerals.Par.44677.File.dat/Rockhounding%20Brochure.pdf Get the Rockhounding & Fossil Collecting BLM State brochure(s). Each area in a State can vary somewhat, so check in with each local or regional office. They KNOW what is going on for decades, so just ask... do not play stupid. For other State BLM Offices... inquire. Even the small local offices will provide you with information when you stop at the offices. There are also National Forest Service (NFS), National Grasslands, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service, State Parks and Recreation.... and others. This example is for the Colorado BLM. Best local information: Local Rock Shop(s). They know everything that is going on in the area. They also sell books, booklets and maps at some larger shops. The "tourist shops" sell mostly Brazilian amethyst geodes and Morocco fossils... just kidding... but you know what I am saying. Nothing seems to be local at these shops and I haven't time to look at the same stuff you can buy in Tucson at the February shows.
  10. I Think I May Have Found A Petrified Bone!

    I live in Maine. I was walking by a small river and saw something that looked like a bone. So I picked it up. It was heavier than rock should be. There was also a larger rock that was up river and it had odd indentations on it. The larger rock was probly 2x2 feet . It almost looked like someone might have used it to ground grains of some sort on it.I wish I had gotten pictures of the larger rock. I am wondering if I did find a petrified bone and if maybe it was used as a tool to hammer or grind things many later on?
  11. I have read a number of posts that are asking others WHERE CAN I FIND FOSSILS? Very few collectors who have spent months, if not years to find that one special spot should be expected to give out the location publicly. But... can I offer some advice of experience? My library, if I may call it that, consists of maybe 40,000 volumes... maybe more. You must research the current and old literature to locate old fossil locations and use the newer publications for modern terminology of the fossils you do find. My hunting down private libraries exceeded my expectations that I even began to sell off material that I would not be using. You can start with the first or the tenth reference on your own. Narrow down as to WHAT you have an interest. Lets throw out Cretaceous Reptiles of Western Kansas. First. The University of Kansas and the Kansas Geological Survey have papers with locations down to the acre and what is to be found. Maps can be purchased from the US Geological Survey in the scale that suits you... but with GPS you can get close to 19th century original exposures. Second. A local University stocks many of the regional geology and paleontology references. Find the pages that you are interested, take notes or just "xerox" the pages you need. Third. Ask questions on the Fossil Forum. Many members are more than eager to help someone who is looking for information in earnest. If you know enough already to be dangerous... even I am anxious to help... but lets not ask for... "I want to find Lower Cambrian trilobites, so where are you getting those nice multiple complete specimens in eastern Nevada?" Put out a little effort and information on the Forum... and see what might be offered as help. Fourth. New locations are discovered every year! Learn to read a geological map and then with some insight and luck... try to predict where some exposures could possibly be located that are NOT shown on the most up to date maps. Works for me... it will work for you too. Fifth. If you really want to find something... you just need to start looking in the books and papers of that area's geology. Specialize. Become an expert in several areas. Cooperate with knowledgeable collectors that share your similar interests. Sixth. Do not give up. When things seem the most dismal and nothing is to be found anywhere... you actually stumble across the most concentrated exposure of fossils known. (North of Oldenburg, Indiana I found in 1970 some of the best preserved Isotelus and Flexicalymene trilboites in a creek bed. Isotelus at 12 inches and splitting them in the creek bed. I told a person in Indianapolis about them when I was leaving Fort Benjamin Harrison. Twentyfive years later I decided to stop back at the site... and someone had taken a small dozer and cleaned the site out. So... be careful who you give your locations out to.)
  12. I am an antique dealer, and I see fossils often but never had purchased any. When this lot came along it looked really good and I couldn't let it go for what I paid for it. I am clueless when it comes to fossils and would like a little help with ID'ing some as well as discussing values and where I may be able to send them to sell (Fossil Auctions, personal, ebay act). If you could look at the pictures and let me know what you think I would really appreciate it. Here is what I know about it: Large collection Assembled by J. Gilmore in the late 1950's Received 10-15 awards for best in show ect. Collected in Southeastern, Ohio Have binder with a Key and information on fossils. Binder is Titled "Invertebrate Paleontology" Looks like teeth, spines, bones, shells, ect
  13. My New Prehistoric Youtube Channel

    ROAR! Hi, I am The Prehistoric Master. I decided to start a new channel, to all us lovers of paleontology. So on the channel, you can expect to see something I call "Prehistoric News", where i'll inform you about the newest prehistoric discoveries. I will also upload videos, if I visit museums and places like that, get new posters, books, etc. I do not only love prehistoric life, I also colllect it. I have a big collection of fossils, that i'll show in a video, (when it's ready) and update with new videos, if I get more. Another idea i have is to make videos about PaleoArt. Who know's what the future will bring. So subscribe now to become a Dino, and join me on a fantastic journey back in time! ROAR! Here's a link to my channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqecyU9r7HA26B6y3UV03EQ I have already made 2 videos. Enjoy!
  14. As many of you are aware, Singapore is a country that does not yield fossil sites, nor do we have a strong geological heritage or much government/state support. However, that should not prevent our youth from learning about the rich culture and wonders of fossils, Earth's ancient history or paleontology! Our group of fossil-collectors recently partnered with a well-known school, National Junior College and held a lecture for a group of 80 high school students' science day. We started off with short video showing scenes from Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure. Seeing a mosasaur chomp up a shark sure got the students' attention! The lecture organizer Calvin leads the talk. Seeing the looks of amazement on the children's faces make this all worthwhile!
  15. This is one of many National Geographic publications but this one is no longer in business, running from the mid-1980's to the mid-1990's. It was actually titled "National Geographic Research and Exploration" (that's what it's called on the issues) but for some reason is also known as "National Geographic Research Journal." It featured numerous articles by scientists reporting on their research but in language digestible to students and science enthusiasts with helpful illustrations as well. Several issues contained paleo articles and I have photocopied some of them. On Friday while at the USGS library in Menlo Park, California, I copied an article titled "Natural Trap Cave" (volume 9, issue 4, pp 422-435) which is about Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming. I almost skipped it but I remembered it being mentioned as a stop in the book, "Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway" by Kirk Johnson and Ray Troll. The article is by Xiaoming Wang and the late Larry D. Martin, who passed away earlier this year. It's about Late Pleistocene mammal site. I also copied "Marsupial Dispersal" by Jeffery G. Eaton which was right after the Natural Trap Cave article. This one is about the discovery of a variety of marsupials at a Late Cretaceous site in Utah and how it contributes to the understanding of where marsupials originated and when and how marsupials were able to migrate to other continents. I have seen articles on the Chenjiang Fauna (volume 7, issue 1, pp. 8-19), a comparison of large clawed dinosaurs and mammals (volume 9, issue 1, pp 70-79), and one on the discovery of a dermopteran (flying lemur relative) skull from the Late Paleocene or Early Eocene of Ellesmere Island, northernmost Canada (volume 2. issue 1, pp. 112-115).
  16. Carboniferous Ferns of Pennsylvania Nancy and I displayed some of our fern fossils from St. Clair at the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society Fossil Fair this weekend (Apr 6-7/2013) in Plymouth Meeting, PA. For the backgrounds, we used illustrations of Carboniferous swamps we bought online - there are several artists who illustrate paleozoic scenes. Our most impressive fossil was a large piece covered with bright orange fern leaves. We also included Calamites bark and Annularia leaves, sphenophyllum (which are "non-fern shaped" leaves), and pieces that had multiple species (alethopteris, neuropteris, pecopteris, cyclopteris, etc.) and a distinctive fern seed. Some of our finds have as many as half a dozen species on one specimen. We greatly enjoy attending the DVPS meetings each month in Philadelphia, their field trips, and events. Here are some photos of our Fossil Fair display:
  17. Im sure most of you folks have a reference library or books on Paleontology and I was curious to see one of your favorite books and why. I just added some photos of my favorite book 'Naturgeschichte, Geologie, Mineralreich, Palaontologie' by Dr. Schubert 1888 to my gallery. Its a cool Victorian book printed in Bavaria that I cant read but I love the prints inside and some are hand painted. Its also a little humorous to see what the naturalist of the day thought a dinosaur looked like and the caveman was very brave.