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  1. dino on the beach

  2. Bones hanging

    Hi everyone. i was at an estate sale today and acquired this real bone wall hanging.. I can't think of any creature with projection out its back. This boney projections are from 8" to 9" in length. Can anyone make some suggestions? Kay
  3. NE Oklahoma Large Mammal fossil ID

    I recently found a large phalanx bone in NE Oklahoma in the Arkansas River. I think it's from a Bison but I'm not sure because it is much bigger than the ones I have seen. It is roughly 3.5 inches long. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  4. Trip to Shark Tooth Hill

    I went to the Ernst quarries at shark tooth hill last weekend and had a great time collecting teeth. I'm new to the area and hadn't collected there before, but I met a couple there who were very experienced and helped me identify a lot of what we found. I've attached a picture of what the landscape looked like as we were getting ready to leave. Really a beautiful area, in a desolate sort of way.
  5. indet. Crocodile tooth.JPG

    From the album Fleury - autumn 2016

    A lutetian indet. Crocodile tooth from Fleury la rivière - Marne - France
  6. dinosaur taphonomy

    Getty and Bush 2011.pdf
  7. Farlow, J. O., Steinmetz, J. C., and DeChurch, D. A., 2010, Geology of the Late Neogene Pipe Creek Sinkhole (Grant County, Indiana): Indiana Geological Survey Special Report 69, 93 p. http://www.kgs.ku.edu/General/Personnel/klm/GAL/Farlow_etal_2010_PCS_monograph.pdf https://igs.indiana.edu/bookstore/details.cfm?ItemID=2102&Pub_Num=SR69#gsc.tab=0 Czaplewski, N. J., Farlow, J. O., and Argast, A., 2012, A Fossil Shrew (Mammalia, Soricidae) from the Pipe Creek Sinkhole (Late Neogene: Hemphillian), Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. vol. 121, npo. 11, pp. 79-86. https://journals.iupui.edu/index.php/ias/article/view/21038 Yours, Paul H.
  8. 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?
  9. From the album Ichnofossils

    Collected at the Union Chapel Mine in north-central Alabama. Age is Pennsylvanian. This is the counterpart of an 'underprint' just a layer or two beneath the actual track layer. The little guy's claws penetrated the mud and made some scratch prints at this level. At the top of this piece, you can see a trace perhaps a layer above the actual print layer. Here, a tail drag mark is visible.
  10. From the album Ichnofossils

    Collected at the Union Chapel Mine in north-central Alabama. Age is Pennsylvanian. This is an 'underprint' just a layer or two beneath the actual track layer. The little guy's claws penetrated the mud and made some scratch prints at this level.
  11. A few Lee Creek unknowns

    Hi all, This is my first attempt at posting photos, hope it works. Anyway, I have a few Lee Creek vertebrate fossils that I'd like some help identifying. I got them a couple of years ago on Ebay as part of a group of miscellaneous Lee Creek vertebrate stuff- various shark teeth, some bony fish remains, and several small cetacean teeth and bones. Here's what I've been able to figure out: 1. Unknown bone. Not sure if this is fish or mammal. I am hoping the distinctive "pebbly" surface on one side is diagnostic, otherwise it is destined to remain as "chunkosaur" (or whatever the mammalian equivalent of "chunkosaur" is.) 2. I am pretty sure this is a bird bone, but is anyone willing to hazard a more specific guess (even to the family level)? I am also an avid birder, so having an ID'd bird fossil would be a cool way to unite the two hobbies. 3. Unknown tooth. It doesn't seem to be shark, but I don't know what it is. There is no trace of serrations along the edge. Thanks for any help you can give!
  12. Hi All: Does anyone know about herps preserved in amber? I've got a specimen from Baltic amber that's partial---head and leg with digits. It seems to be particularly well-preserved, so much so that all the details of the eye and digits, scales, etc. look incredible. Is it possible to nail it down to genus (or at least family) from the limited specimen? And how common is it for lizard specimens from Baltic amber to have such near-perfect fixation? Here's one photo attached, and (for the moment at least) I've got it on eBay for more photos and provenience details etc. If it turns out to be something less-than-common taxonomically then I should say it would be more honorable to take down the post...
  13. Fossil ID Hadrosaur Bone?

    Hello, I found a fossil in the fox hills formation (Upper Cretaceous) around 6 miles east of Timber Lake, SD. I believe it is part of a dinosaur bone, or atleast a large vertebrate and was wondering if there was enough of the sample for a positive ID. The area in which I found it in is known to be a lagoonal deposition environment and I found the fossil in a thick bed of bivalves. Mosasaurs have been found in the formation but I'm not sure that this bone belongs to one of those. I tried to mostly clean it off, but there is still some encrustation.
  14. Psephodus sp.

    From the album Scottish Lower Carboniferous (Visean) freshwater sharks

    Psephodus sp.-Cross section in Rhizodont coprolite Burdiehouse limestone Lower Carboniferous, Visean Central Belt of Scotland
  15. Psephodus sp.

    From the album Scottish Lower Carboniferous (Visean) freshwater sharks

    Psephodus sp. Burdiehouse limestone Lower Carboniferous, Visean Central Belt of Scotland 4mm
  16. Ageleodus pectinatus

    From the album Scottish Lower Carboniferous (Visean) freshwater sharks

    Ageleodus pectinatus - Adult tooth in labial view Burdiehouse limestone Lower Carboniferous, Visean Central Belt of Scotland 6mm
  17. Hello, I am nearing the end of my stay in Tulsa this summer and I was wondering if anyone knew of any good outcrop locations to go collecting at? I found one shale outcrop near Keystone Dam but I haven't been fortunate in finding anything else in the area - there just seems to not be enough relief and vegetation grows too quickly. I'm not looking for anything in particular, but teeth, trilobites, cephalopods, and brachiopods would be pretty neat. The river is running extremely high (still) and I don't see any places that I could walk the sand bars looking for artifacts and Pleistocene fossils. I would also like to stay within about a 10-20-mile radius of Tulsa, as my trips to the outcrops will only happen after work in the afternoon. Thanks for your help!
  18. Marine Miocene Vertebrate From California

    What is this fossil from the late Miocene Briones Formation, (or adjacent late Miocene formations), from the San Francisco Bay area in California? Fossil is 8 cm long and 7cm wide and 4cm thick. The Briones Fm. is marine. I see bilateral symmetry. Could it be a skull?
  19. I missed it earlier this year when it came out but an issue was given to me last month. There is also an article related to Richard Dawkins' book "The Ancestor's Tale" (also paleo-related). Here's the online version of the Messel article: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/evolutionary-secrets-within-messel-pit-180948004/
  20. 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).
  21. Id Help Please

    Hello there. Do someone has a clue about those ones? A friend bring them from Morocco. Lack of detailed data but maybe someone can suggest something to search. By now, i just have photos available as i don't know if they deserve a better approach. Maybe someone recognizes it... Thanks in advance, Miguel Pais
  22. Obscure Bone

    Hello, Does anybody know what bone from what animal this might be from? Found it in a gravelbed by a creek in Richardson. Looks to be relatively new or very well-preserved. There are four nutrient foramen on one side. It doesn't look like a typical vertebrae as it does not have a neural foramen, so I'm guessing it could be some kind of caudal vertebrae but I can't ID it although I have researched extensively. Other ideas that seem close are that it is part of a hoof or even a scute... but from what animal? Any help would be great!
  23. Turtle Egg Maybe

    Howdy, Went fossil hunting with friends this past November, near Yuma CO. The soil was a fine silty type, and very clumpy sticky when wet, and was pretty much the same color as the item shown. Found a lot of turtle shell pieces and parts, found this interesting item in the same area. I cleaned it up, (and I know this is a fossil no-no, but, I did give it a quick polish) Here are a couple pictures.... under fluorescent lighting, and a few under long wave UV. I neglected to photo specimen next to ruler. But, it measures 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" x 3/4". Well, here is one under fluorescent, and one under long wave UV. (the files were too big to load any more) I will if I can add them with another post, not sure the rules on that. Maybe a turtle egg? Thanks
  24. Have always thought that these were spines but they sure do look like miniature Enchodus teeth. Was also curious about this manner of preservation. Have seen it in the New Egypt of New Jersey also. This specimen is from the Belemnitella americanum zone of the Peedee very near the base. Is there a name for this type of preservation? The bony fish mateial is clear and honey colored. Scale is MM
  25. Hi to everybody, I've been struggling a lot of time in ID these little bones. I think they are some otoliths, but I can't identify them using internet images or articles. They are Pliocene in age (from Spain). Every line from the scale is 1 mm. Thanks in advance!