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  1. JamieLynn

    A Fossil A Day.....

    A Fossil A Day....keeps the blues away! Or something like that... I started an Instragram account (jamielynnfossilquest) and am posting a fossil a day, so I figured I should do that on here, to REAL fossil enthusiasts! I'm a few days behind, so I will start out with a few more than one a day but then it will settle down to One Fossil (but I will admit, I'll probably miss a few days, but I'll double up or whatever.) I'll start with Texas Pennsylvanian era, but will branch out to other locations and time periods, so expect a little of everything! So enjoy A Fossil A Day! Texas
  2. ThePhysicist

    Edaphosaurus tooth (2)

    From the album: Permian

    Edaphosaurus sp. Wellington Fm., Waurika, OK, USA I finally identified this tooth with good confidence. It's spatulate with rounded ridges on one side, closely matching teeth in d, f in this figure (similar size as well). (From "Edaphosauridae (Synapsida, Eupelycosauria) from Europe and their relationship to North American representatives") Reptilians are a rare component of the Wellington/Ryan fauna, and I haven't seen too many Edaphosaurus teeth (several neural spines); granted, it was hard to identify. Art by Charles R. Knight (Edaphosau
  3. ThePhysicist

    Edaphosaurus tooth (1)

    From the album: Permian

    Edaphosaurus sp. Wellington Fm., Waurika, OK, USA I finally identified this tooth with good confidence. It's spatulate with rounded ridges on one side, closely matching teeth in d, f in this figure (similar size as well). (From "Edaphosauridae (Synapsida, Eupelycosauria) from Europe and their relationship to North American representatives") Reptilians are a rare component of the Wellington/Ryan fauna, and I haven't seen too many Edaphosaurus teeth (several neural spines); granted, it was hard to identify. Art by Charles R. Knight (Edaphosau
  4. Originally the fish was described by Agassiz in 1833 under the name Palaeoniscus vratislaviensis. Taxonomy from Štamberg 2021. Diagnosis of Paramblypterus vratislaviensis from Štamberg 2021, p. 77:”. Small fish usually ranging from 100 to 120 mm, exceptionally to 150 mm. The frontal is 3.5 times longer than wide and 2.5 times longer than the length of the parietal. The anterior margin of the frontal is concave medially, interfrontal suture only slightly undulated and without folds, the sculpture on the frontal consists of ridges parallel with the posterior margin of the bone. The der
  5. In my collection (about 30 fossils in total, but it's always expanding!) there is only one fossil of terrestrial reptile (but I'm saving some money to get another one soon!) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Species: Mycterosaurus longiceps Size: 1 cm x 5 mm Age: 280-275 mya (Lower Permian, Kungurian) Origin: USA, Oklahoma --> Dolese Brothers Quarry --> Richard's Spur About this fossil: one of the smallest ones in my collection, it is a partially complete caudal vertebra of Mycterosaurus longiceps. It is missing only a small pi
  6. Hi everyone! Recently I have purchased this item. But when I received I saw that the two leg laying in upper layer of the matrix. (Picture below) So is this original fossil or this is fake one? Thank you!
  7. ThePhysicist


    From the album: Permian

    Holmes (1989): "The skull and axial skeleton of the Lower Permian anthracosauroid amphibian Archeria crassidisca Cope" Art by Dmitry Bogdanov
  8. ThePhysicist

    A Physicist's Collection

    While my prime focus is essentially learning how to accurately describe Nature in the precise language of mathematics, I've always been intrigued by natural history - it's actually what started me on the path to physics. The sort of interrogation that paleontology practices provoked me to think and question even further, down to the fundamental science which makes it all work. Collecting fossils has brought a large amount of enjoyment to my life, and is often a welcome distraction from what can sometimes be straining work. The knowledge that I accumulate along the way is also part
  9. historianmichael

    Trip to the Texas Permian

    I have been incredibly bad about writing this trip report, so I am glad that I have finally gotten a rainy day to put it together. Back in September, I joined the Paleontological Society of Austin on a field trip to two sites in the "Heart of Texas," one in the Pennsylvanian and one in the Permian. I had never before had the chance to collect in the Permian so I was really excited to go on this trip. @erose did a great job explaining the stratigraphy of the sites and what we should look for. Erich explained that the Permian site was an exposure of the very early Permian Moran Formation. The hi
  10. historianmichael

    Texas Permian Brachiopods ID Help

    Over the weekend I joined the Dallas Paleo Society on a field trip to two road cuts near Cisco exposing the Early Permian Camp Colorado Limestone and Watts Creek Shale. The Camp Colorado Limestone had many more brachiopods and I have been able to identify everything to a genus level except for these two. Does anyone know what these are? I initially thought that the second was Derbyia sp. but it seems a little different than the other chunks of Derbyia I found. Perhaps it is a juvenile Derbyia? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much! #1 #2
  11. The lower Hunter Valley is underlain predominantly by Permian strata, and encompasses the region around Newcastle, NSW, Australia. It is here that a diverse fossil macrofauna can be found at a disused quarry standing on private property. Mulbring quarry is characterised by excellent exposure of the Permian strata with macrofauna dominated by abundant bryozoans and brachiopods, associated with bivalves, gastropods, and echinoderms. With the weather typically windy this time of year it was no surprise when we hit the black top with a strong westerly wind blowing, fortunately the sun
  12. From the album: Plants

    Glossopteris linearis. Late Permian, Illawarra Coal Measures. Dunedoo Formation.Ulan, New South Wales Australia
  13. From the album: Plants

    Vertebraria indica. Late Permian. Illawarra Coal Measures, Dunedoo Formation.Cobbora, New South Wales.Australia
  14. Open Access Book: "Permian extinctions" – A collection of articles on Permian extinctions Lucas, S.G., 2021. Nonmarine mass extinctions. Paleontological Research, 25(4), pp.329-344. More papers from Spencer G. Lucas New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Mass Extinctions – Researchgate Yours, Paul H.
  15. TyrannosaurusRex

    Permian Wellington fm Teeth

    Hey all. I recently got back from a trip to the Wellington formation in Oklahoma, and I ended up with approximately 40 teeth. (Most of which were Xenacanthus teeth) I ended up with quite a few bits and pieces I couldn’t identify. To avoid overly cluttering one thread, I will post others later. These three are shown next to cm measurement, and are from the Wellington formation near Waurika Oklahoma. I will provide more photos as needed, it has been overcast and dark so the lighting has been more difficult. Thank you for your time!
  16. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-300-million-year-old-fossil-discovered-in-utah-could-be-a-new-species-180979042/ Nicely preserved specimen. Almost complete.
  17. I had the pleasure of arranging a special fossil hunt to the Red Beds of Texas - a famous Permian site that was originally described by Copes in 1870's and later by Romer. It's an old quarry on private land that we were able to take a group of 10 to hunt on. And I was corrected by our guide that it was really not so much a "hunt" as a "collect" because the fossils were literally EVERYWHERE! You could sit in a 10 foot radius circle and be picking up vertebrate material all day long! We collected for about 5 hours and everyone came away with some fabulous fossils. Lots of amphibian skull pieces
  18. Earlier this month I got the opportunity to return to one of my Permian fossil sites that I haven't visited since around April. The site is located in McClain County in central Oklahoma south of OKC. According to a geological map the majority of the area consists of the Wellington Formation, however the bottom of the exposed area is shown to be apart of the Stillwater Formation. According to scientific publications the only fossil producing layer is mentioned as belonging to the Wolfcamp (296.4 to 268 Ma) particularly the Gearyan strata. I've spent multiple trips earlier this year searching th
  19. mbarco

    A block of...?

    Location: n-e Italy. Probably Permian or Carboniferous. It's a fossil? Algae?
  20. Hello, Just purchased some Permian matrix bags from Richards Spur, OK and the Texas Red Beds. I have a few items I'm wondering if anyone can help me ID. I do have some guesses for a few of them. Using a dime for scale. Red Beds Going to guess Eryops skull fragment on this one. I think these might be fragments of Orthacanthus spines. Partial vert? This one is so small I really can't capture any distinct detail in the photo. Most small teeth fragments in this matrix were the broken tips of Orthacanthus teet
  21. ThePhysicist

    Dimetrodon Tooth

    Identification: This tooth was found in processed microfossil matrix from Waurika, OK, USA. Reptile remains in general are very uncommon, so if you think you've found many pieces of Dimetrodon teeth, you're likely mistaking many Orthacanth shark cusps. Orthacanth shark enamel is smooth, and the serrations are quite prominent compared to those on Dimetrodon which are finer. Dimetrodon enamel is not smooth, as seen on this one. Dimetrodon crowns are also broader. Shark cusps broken at the foot of the crown also flare out, where reptile teeth do not. Were this crown complete, you would also not
  22. JurassicMeasures

    Fossil Sites in Western PA?

    Greetings, I’ve recently gotten back into prospecting fossils and I’m looking for some suggestions on sites to visit in western Pennsylvania. I frequently visit Ambridge PA to find fern and Calamite fossils from the Mahoning fm and would like to find more. I also would like to find fossils of early Permian (tetrapods, plants, or invertebrates). I hear that Washington county (south of Pittsburgh) has some great spots and would like to know if it were true. I also would like to show some of my findings from Ambridge as well. Note: I’d like this to be suggested places not j
  23. paleoflor

    unidentified plant remains

    From the album: Carrière Les Tuilières (Lodève, France)

    © T.K.T. Wolterbeek

  24. paleoflor

    unidentified plant remains

    From the album: Carrière Les Tuilières (Lodève, France)

    © T.K.T. Wolterbeek

  25. ThePhysicist

    Lungfish tooth

    From the album: Permian

    Ornamented lungfish bone/scales are fairly common, but their teeth seem to be comparatively rare. This one is ~ 3 mm in its longest dimension. ^Mottequin et al. (2015)
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