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  1. sjaak

    Fossil fish from Scotland

    Hello all, Here are some finds from this spring near Thurso, Scotland. Fish from the Devonian (Old Red Sandstone). None of them is perfect, but these are the more complete ones, but I find it difficult to identify them. The fish are compressed a bit disintegrated or decomposed and the details, especially near the head, are hard to distinguish. I suspect Osteolepis panderi ? I have another box full to prep so who knows what will pop up. Regards, Niels
  2. Hi all. Took another trip to our closest site yesterday - a Carboniferous marine deposit on the shores of the Firth of Forth, Scotland. Amongst the usual Bivalves and more familiar shapes (which I may need to ask about on here at some point - as I have only the wildest guess of what they actually are) we found the below. It looks for all the world like a coarsely textured skin of small scales. I'm aware that soft tissue preservation is incredibly rare, so am dubious - but I don't know what else it might be. Anyone able to help? Nb. I haven't done any work on this at al
  3. sjaak

    Pterosaur bone ?

    Hello again, I also found this bone, both ends are missing, but it seems hollow and the "split" in the end looks characteristic. A couple of years ago I found a pterosaur bone at this same location (Helmsdale, Scotland, late Jurassic, marine sediments): http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/97935-tiny-bone-from-scotland/ I wonder if this is pterosaur as well. I noticed the same "split end" on pterosaur bones, for instance the tibiotarsus. What do you think? Regards, Niels
  4. StormOfSilence

    Fossil hunting results

    I have a small collection of fossils I've bought, but mostly wanting to post my own finds here. Below is the first piece I've actually extracted and cleaned, from a marine Carboniferous fossil bed on the shores of the Firth of Forth, Scotland. Quite happy with the result, especially for my first time cleaning and exposing a piece with a dremel... wondering whether there's anything else I can do to clean it up a bit more. Any tips/hints gratefully received! :-) Also wondering what the odds of identifying a fossil like that are beyond 'brachiopod'?
  5. sjaak

    Claw, clasper, squid hook?

    So I split a slab at home and this showed up. Unfortunately compressed and a bit splintered, but negative and positive. Found in Helmsdale, Scotland. Jurassic marine sediment. It looks like a claw, but I also saw see hybodont claspers and squid hooks with this shape. Any ideas?
  6. sjaak

    Fish or reptile jaw?

    Found in Helmsdale, Scotland, ca 3 cm. Jurassic marine sediment. I wonder if this is a fish mandible or maybe reptile as it looks a bit different. Regards, Niels
  7. Barbara Allan

    Plant or animal?

    Scotland, Solway Firth, thought crinoid but friend thinks plant- club moss? Any ideas. Measurements are 20cm x 5cm for “stem” section corals and bivalve shells in rocks around these examples. Carboniferous era.
  8. New large pterosaur described from the Jurassic of Scotland Dearc sgiathanach Headline : Pterosaur fossil from Scotland is largest Jurassic flier ever found https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(22)00135-X?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS096098222200135X%3Fshowall%3Dtrue Article Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10537923/Worlds-largest-Jurassic-pterosaur-unearthed-Isle-Skye.html Article New Scientist https://www.newscie
  9. Tamateur

    Is this a bone?

    Hi,Could anyone help with this?It was found in Scotland close to a large fossilised Lepidodendron tree.Thank you
  10. Neanderthal Shaman

    Devonian Lobefin From Scotland

    Just acquired a nice Osteolepis from the Old Red Sandstone of Scotland! I love the scales on this fish, each one is like a shiny black gemstone. She now lives at the bottom drawer where I keep my oldest Fossils.
  11. Philip Tovell

    Tooth... Or Ordinary Flint Stone?

    I suspect this is just an ordinary bit of flint but I wanted to ask you all for your opinion just in case. I found it amongst gravel on the garden path outside my home in Scotland. The the width of the widest end is 1.4 cm, the thinnest is 0.9 cm and the full length is 3.1 cm.
  12. Philip Tovell

    Unknown Fossil Found in Bottle Dump

    Hello, I'm very new to this, so I hope I get things right here. Can anyone help me identify this? I found it in an old bottle-dump near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders that dates back to the 1960s. It's on the broken edge of a stone slab but from what I can see it measures about 5.7 cm across. Is it some kind of shell? If anyone needs more info I'd be happy to give it. Thanks in advance!
  13. One Billion-Year-Old Fossil Could Be The Oldest Multicellular Animal. David Bressan, Forbes, April 30, 2021 https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/04/30/one-billion-year-old-fossil-could-be-the-oldest-multicellular-animal/ The open access paper is: Strother, P.K., Brasier, M.D., Wacey, D., Timpe, L., Saunders, M. and Wellman, C.H., 2021. A possible billion-year-old holozoan with differentiated multicellularity. Current Biology. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982221004243 https://www.cell.com/current-b
  14. Marcdrye

    Is this is a fish head?

    Hi. I've found one similar to this find. Found it in a an order of large Scottish cobbles I had delivered. The back of the head there's holes as if from where it's head attached to the body. Decieving rock? Either way it's pretty cool. I have it on my bathroom window ledge next to my alligator head. People think it's a real skull fossil of some kind. I tell them it's prehistoric dinosaur skull.
  15. It has been a while I have posted anything on here so I thought I would share a couple of fossils I found over the past few months. The first fossil is one I found before lockdown at Achanarras quarry in Caithness. It is a complete Diplacanthus crassisimus fossil. It is species I have never found before.
  16. Hollie Bird

    Devonian Fish

    Hello everyone I bought this fossil fish online recently. It appears to have disarticulated insitu (which really spoke to me about how I feel about 2020 :-D). It was advertised as Osteolepis panderi originating from the Sandwick Beds. However I know that this cannot be right as Osteolepis Panderi is a mid devonian fish but the Sandwick Beds are early devonian. I figured there are several options. Either this fish is an osteolepis panderi but not from the Sandwick Beds. Or this fish is not an osteolepis panderi (perhaps osteolepis macrolepidotus) and from the Sandw
  17. Hiya everyone had a trip to strawberry wood in Scotland in the pentcaitland area never had long and only found on thing it looks like a cephalopod to me but I might be wrong a help with id would be great
  18. Hello everyone, The Osteolepis macrolepidotus fossil I recently acquired came with a little surprise, It has a a fairly large impression of a cycloid scale with it, I was wondering if it was possible to identify it. I know lungfishes have these types of scales so maybe Dipterus? I am really not sure, I have been trying to look at the scales of fish found there but have not found many good references. The scale is about 1 cm in length. Any help would be appreciated.
  19. oilshale

    Millerosteus minor Miller, 1858

    From the album: Vertebrates

    Millerosteus minor Miller, 1858 Middle Devonian Eifelian Caithness Scotland Millerosteus minor (named after Hugh Miller, a Scottish geologist and paleontologist 1802-1856) was a small arthrodire placoderm, rarely exceeding 15cm. The extinct armored fishes known as placoderms make up what is considered to be the earliest branch of the gnathostome family tree -- the earliest branch of the jawed fishes. Arthrodires possessed jaws but no teeth. Razor-sharp bony dental plates formed sort of a beak and allowed to gnaw on prey. Arthrodires (“jointed nec
  20. The Great Unconformity and Tales from Arizona Field Trips A Virtual Fireside Chat with Professor Steve Marshak University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, October 29, 2020 More University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana talks, 2020 Yours, Paul H.
  21. A lucky find has revealed evidence of dinosaurs in Scotland outside of the Isle of Skye for the first time. A single bone, thought to belong to a Stegosaur, was quite literally stumbled upon on the small Scottish island of Eigg. The bone, measuring 500mm, is believed to be from the Middle Jurassic (166 myo). Read more at the BBC here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-53917742
  22. Fossil Noob

    Fossil Noob in need of assistance!!

    Hiya!! Fossil Noob in need of assistance!! Sorry in advance for not having a ruler, I will make sure I get one! I found these two rocks sitting on the river bed, the hot weather means the river is shallow at the moment. They were found in a village called Rosebank near Glasgow on the river Clyde, which I've been told is apparently in the carboniferous belt across central Scotland. Any tips, pointers or advice would be greatly appreciated as I would love to learn more. My own research has not really pointed me in any direction and these might be nothing! Stay s
  23. Bicknell, R.D. and Pates, S., 2019. Xiphosurid from the Tournaisian (Carboniferous) of Scotland confirms deep origin of Limuloidea. Scientific reports, 9(1), pp.1-13. open access A related paper is: Bicknell, R.D., Pates, S. and Botton, M.L., 2019. Euproops danae (Belinuridae) cluster confirms deep origin of gregarious behaviour in xiphosurids. Arthropoda Selecta. Русский артроподологический журнал, 28(4), pp.549-555. open access Alternative file of above paper Yours, Paul H.
  24. Found in Scotland . I have no idea about fossils and so I guess I’ve just picked up a rock but thought the markings are unusual and the hole at the end. If not a fossil , would love to know how it has formed thanks
  25. Got out to one of my favourite Blackhall Limestone sites in the Midland Valley of scotland for the first time in a while last week and made a few finds I was really pleased with. Found my smallest jellyfish so far at 25mm across (I'm told examples as small as 8mm have been found), a well preserved example of a Penniretepora sp. bryozoan for this site (thanks @TqB for the ID! ) and also a couple of teeth that still need some prep. A few months back at the same site I got another nice example of a Poecilodus jonesi posterior tooth plate that I never got round to posting here so here it is too, i
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