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  1. Some New Finds in December

    Was lucky enough to go for a couple hikes just before 2020 ended and I figured I’d show off a few bones I found along the way. This area is now much more covered in snow than it was the day the photo was taken...that was probably the final fossil hunting day until spring at least. Got a hadrosaur claw as well as some more bones from the hand, another partial tyrannosaurid toe bone (that brings me to 4 now) and a couple more ornithomimid toe bones as well. Didn’t get skunked at least!
  2. Hey guys! My first scientific publication has just been released online by the journal Geological Magazine in association with Cambridge University Press (see link below). My study describes the first probable deinonychosaur tracks from Canada, which my colleagues and I found and documented at a large dinosaur tracksite (about 72.5 million years old) near the city of Grande Prairie in Alberta, Canada. Four traces occur in possible trackway association, while another isolated track that is in exactly the same direction is located nearby on the same bedding plane, suggestive of at least two individuals (although we cannot say whether any sort of pack behavior was occurring). The two most complete tracks are didactyl, meaning they preserve only two toe impressions. Based on this, the size of the tracks and their occurrence within dinosaur-bearing strata of Late Cretaceous age, we conclude the tracks most likely pertain to a small deinonychosaur of some kind as these dinosaurs walked primarily on digits III and IV, with the second toe (digit II) being raised off the ground and bearing the enlarged "killing claw". Based on the relative shortness of digit IV compared to digit III in our new tracks, we also suggest the trackmakers were more likely to be troodontids rather than dromaeosaurids, as troodontids generally possessed a digit IV that was somewhat shorter than that of a typical dromaeosaurid. Within the rocks where these tracks were found (in Unit 4 of the Wapiti Formation), teeth of troodontids are fairly common at some sites, so although the discovery of their tracks is certainly novel it was also not completely unexpected. The paper is paywalled, i apologize for that, which is why i have provided a short summary above. If you are studying at an educational institution though you may be able to gain access that way. Probable deinonychosaur tracks from the Upper Cretaceous Wapiti Formation (upper Campanian) of Alberta, Canada | Geological Magazine | Cambridge Core
  3. This topic is for information purposes of an experience I just encountered when looking at a Tyrannosaurid tooth on an auction site. You often see me request additional locality information when trying to ID a dinosaur tooth. I'm always concerned that the sellers provenance is not specific enough when it comes to material from Montana or Alberta to verify that the Formation provided is correct since it affects identification. Here is a good example of one case that paid off. In this case what was being offered for sale was several listings of Albertosaurus teeth from the Judith River Fm of Montana. I really liked the quality and color of the teeth so I followed up on one of them. I already knew the ID was wrong since no Albertosaurs have yet to be described from Montana so I needed to verify locality/formation.. Also the color was not typical of teeth from the JRF, a red flag. So I asked the seller about a locality beyond Montana and he immediately replied that the JRF was North Central Montana. I replied that I knew where the JRF was located but needed to understand where the tooth was found Town or County. He had to contact the digger and within a reasonable amount of time got back with me that it was Pondera County. Thats Two Medicine Fm different group of Dinosaurs. BTW seller was very helpful with no intention to deceive. Bottom line is that you need to do the best you can to verify what is being offered since you did not collect it yourself. Don't assume the ID or Formation provided is correct...Verify, verify as best as possible. Always request a town/county to be included in a provenance. If you can post interest here on the forum. Here is the tooth.
  4. Some teeth

    I found a few different teeth this fall and was wondering if someone can help me identify them. I have an idea for some but I might also be way off. All found in Alberta in the Dinosaur Park Formation. Any info is much appreciated. Hadrosaur?? For this second picture Ray tooth? Found 2’ away from the tooth in second picture. If it is a ray it must have been from an upper layer?? I think Bearpaw Formation above. If not a Ray do you know what? croc scute and teeth?? Not sure about this one??
  5. Hey! I found some crystallized dinosaur bones and wood and was wondering what makes them crystallize, and if that makes them worth more?
  6. Concretion

    I was walking along the river and found this concretion. I have broke open many others and found nothing. This time there was something inside but I don’t know what. Any ideas? Comes from southern Alberta and what I believe is the Bearpaw Formation. If you look in the last picture where I wet it you can see some layers of Ammolite or shell. Any suggestions for cleaning around this thing without totally destroying it. It is very fragile and flakey inside. Or should it just be left as is. Thanks for any input.
  7. Can you help ID this fossil

    Can you help identify this fossil. It has shell material on it that is iridescent pink and what looks like suture lines maybe on the surfaces. Found in an area where there is baculite and ammonite nearby. Found one other piece as well. Internally it doesn’t look like any other piece of ammonite I have found before.
  8. A 12-year-old found a 69 million-year-old dinosaur fossil while hiking with his dad By David Williams, CNN, October 16, 2020 Twelve-year old boy finds dinosaur fossil at Nature Conservancy of Canada Horseshoe Canyon site, October 15, 2020, Calgary, AB Yours, Paul H.
  9. Is There Any Way To Tell...

    ...what type of vertebrae these are? Dinosaur park fm. Both found near the same spot but are shaped quite a bit differently. Sorry I don’t have the tools to properly clean them, all I can really do is remove soft sandstone. I’ll separate them by two different posts. The first one has more of an hourglass shape whereas the second one is sort of hexagonal. #1
  10. Who’s Toe Bone?

    Found this little guy today. Wondering who it belongs to. Looks almost identical to one of my tyrannosaurid toe bones (pic for comparison) but the tyrannosaurid one is much bigger. e; sorry forgot, Dinosaur park fm
  11. Went fishing this spring and picked up a few pieces along the river. They are from the Bearpaw formation in Alberta. Finally got around to cleaning them up a bit. After finding these I think I spent more time watching for fossils than fishing.
  12. I took a trip out to the scollard formation in Alberta the other day for the first time. I've been hunting in Alberta for years now, but only recently decided to try and branch out from our old hunting grounds. I was unaware that there were T-Rex fossils in our province, but I read through a few old posts on this forum about some massive teeth being pulled out of Alberta so I decided it was worth a shot. I told my dad about it and we decided to drive out on his birthday. I ended up finding a few broken T-Rex teeth, one would have been well over 3 inches. My dad easily had the find of the day with this intact tooth. Probably the best birthday present one could recieve. We will definitely be going back soon, but I want to educate myself on the scollard more before we go again. I was planning to be able to identify the whitemud, battle formation, and kneehills tuff, but failed in practice. If anybody here has explored the scollard in the past, I'd love to get some pointers on navigating, as you can only run up and down the hoodoos so many times before you're done for the day.
  13. I found this ...I dont even know how to try and describe it. Any ideas?
  14. Lost river coulee

    I found the lost river coulee south of manyberries. I hiked for about 5 hours and it was a great landscape to explore. However, I found next to no vertebrate fossils.
  15. Tyrannosaur teeth variations

    My son found a long skinny tyrannosaur tooth on South Saskatchewan River, West of Medicine Hat (oldman formation? Formost FM? DPP?) We've found all sorts of tyrannosaur teeth - short fat ones, short wide narrow ones, long fat ones, long narrow ones (Richadoestia), and all sorts of variations of curves or straight Species, age, and tooth position may all be factors. I'm just wondering if anyone has more info? This tooth is relatively narrow and thin for its length. I can post other examples of teeth found in the same area that are quite different from one another. I believe these may be examples of gorgosaurus or daspletosaurus as they were found in the DPP formation
  16. Pachycephalosaur skull cap?

    I found this piece while surface collecting along the red deer river. East of dinosaur provincial park boundary. Its weathered but very sturdy. I've looked at other skull caps and the undersides look different. This doesnt have all the brain case structures so I was hoping for some help on the ID. Thanks
  17. Mystery Dinosaur Bone

    Found this one recently. As usual Dinosaur park fm. Thought it might be some sort of jaw section at first but now I’m just confused. It’s got a weird half-circle cutout going through what I presume is the bottom of it.
  18. Unknown Cretaceous Bones

    This is my first posting so I hope I am doing this correctly. I have a few bones that I have found in the Morin Bridge area, east of Three Hills, Alberta. It is Cretaceous era. The first is a small bone that looks like part of a skull, possibly lizard. The second set is a tooth. My guess is a worn crocodile but they are rather rare in that area. It is flat like a ray tooth but I think that is due to wear. It also has a single root rather than a split one like on a ray. The third is a large bone that has an unusual shape so I am hoping it is something someone would recognize. Thanks for any assistance you can give me. I collected dino fossils since the mid sixties and have quite a few that I need some help with so will probably be posting more. Back in the 90's I took a chance and registered my collection with the Tyrrell Museum so I have a disposition certificate. Andy Neuman, (spelling) from the museum actually came up and looked at some of the fish jaws I had but they did sign over what I have, thank goodness. Here are the photos.
  19. These pieces were both found in the horseshoe canyon cretaceous formation in Alberta. There were multiple hadrosaur teeth and bones nearby, so that could be a starting point. Could anybody help me with an ID?
  20. Bite mark on a tyrannosaur tooth?

    Hey guys, I found this tooth that has what looks to be fossilized with a slice from a bite. I'm not sure if that is what it is. Has anyone else ever seen this? It's a first for me.
  21. What Type Of Claw Is This?

    Found this recently while looking for teeth. Looks like a good portion of it is broken off but it looks like it might be a claw to me. As usual, Dinosaur Park fm.
  22. Anyone know what this might be?

    Never seen anything like this. Has a really strange texture & shape. Found on private land in the dinosaur park fm.
  23. Albertosaurus?

    I seen multiple hell creek fm teeth for sale labelled as “Albertosaurus”, though I’m pretty sure I’ve read that the only way to confirm it’s Albertosaurus is for it to be found around the Drumheller area, specifically horseshoe canyon. Is this true, making the teeth simply indeterminate tyrannosaurids or are the fossils of this animal found elsewhere? Thanks.
  24. Hi, I’ve been working on my project for a while now and I’ve decided to ask everyone to show there Alberta Tyrannosaur fossils! And if it’s teeth would you be able to put the Mesial and Distal serration count over 2mm. Thank you!
  25. Bison bones?

    Hey guys, friend of mine found these bones in Calgary/Alberta while excavating near the river (about 5ish m deep). I figured the head looks like bison, but not sure about the rest of bones. And how old they might be. And anyone knows what’s that white stuff inside of one of the bones? Like calcified bone marrow? Any opinion would be greatly appreciated!!