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Found 94 results

  1. Unknown tooth from Oldman formation

    Hi, I found this little gem in Southern Alberta. Any ideas about what creature it looks like it might belong to?
  2. Petrified Mushroom?

    these are pics taken today, but there wasnt much sun out, also an LED flashlight shows translucency on any part when the light is against it,
  3. Lake Ontario finds, Whitby ON

    Some recent finds from Lake Ontario, East of Toronto. Unknown Graptolites Lots of fragments Bivalve
  4. Etobicoke creek finds

    Here are a few pieces I've found in the Etobicoke creek, Mississauga, Ontario. Nautiloids Crinoid fragments Unknown Unknown
  5. Fossils from cat with 'steak knife' fangs, found in Yukon, give researchers something to chew on. Two fossils help provide new insight into the mysterious, and extinct, scimitar cat. CBC News, Oct 25, 2017 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-scimitar-cat-fossils-paleontologists-1.4372037 The paper is: Paijmans, J.L., Barnett, R., Gilbert, M.T.P., Zepeda-Mendoza, M.L., Reumer, J.W., de Vos, J., Zazula, G., Nagel, D., Baryshnikov, G.F., Leonard, J.A. and Rohland, N., 2017. Evolutionary History of Saber-Toothed Cats Based on Ancient Mitogenomics. Current Biology. http://b3.ifrm.com/30233/130/0/p3005065/Evolutionary_History_of_Saber_Toothed_Cats_Based_on_Ancient_Mitogenomics.pdf http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982217311983 Other articles are: Klondike placer miner makes rare discovery of extinct muskox skull. Stuart Schmidt discovered the helmeted muskox skull and horns. during routine work on Monday. CBC News, Sep 14, 2017 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/klondike-muskox-schmidt-placer-skull-1.4290440 How one Yukon fossil helped solve an ancient mystery A single fossil found a decade ago near Old Crow prompted new d iscoveries about North America's first bison By Paul Tukker, CBC News, March16, 2017 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-fossil-bison-beringia-north-america-1.4027052 Paul H.
  6. Tammy and I spent our anniversary in Churchill, Manitoba (Canada) this year in an effort to see both Polar Bears by day and the Aurora Borealis by night. We succeeded in the first half of this mission but cloudy skies that had Churchill socked-in for the duration of our stay occluded any views we had of the nighttime sky (actually, the daytime sky as well--we never saw the sun while we were there). We had learned about Isotelus rex (the world's current record holder for most enormous species of trilobite) and were able to visit the specimen collected in Churchill when we visited the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/78783-manitoba-museum-winnipeg/ We knew that the beaches would have some nice outcrops of Late Ordovician fossils where the giant trilobite was discovered and we looked for an opportunity to pay homage to I. rex with a pilgrimage to the type locality on our trip. Walking the beaches during Polar Bear season requires some caution and some extra preparation--like some sled dogs to help alert us to the presence of bears and a guide (Gerald, the owner of our B&B in Churchill--Blue Sky Bed & Sled). There are large boulders of Precambrian metagreywacke (aka "Churchill Quartzite") that are big enough for Polar Bears to hide among and pop-out with little notice and these limited sight lines make it necessary to take extra precautions when fossil hunting (bear dogs and shotguns are not normally required fossil hunting gear). It didn't take us too long poking around the lighter colored Ordovician limestone cobbles to start spotting fossils. Surfaces with dense deposits of bivalves were pretty easy to spot. There are apparently both similar looking bivalves and brachiopods occurring in this outcrop and we didn't inspect the fossils closely enough (it was quite chilly out with the stiff breeze) to decide which we were seeing. I'm not familiar enough with these types of fossils to be able to quickly distinguish. We also saw some evidence of gastropod steinkerns but they were not nearly as common as the bivalve/brachipod type of fossils. We also saw an interesting patterned rock that may be a fossil, ichnofossil, or maybe simply something geological and abiotic. It was pretty wild looking whatever it was. We didn't spot any rugose (horn) corals but did see what appeared to be some tabulate corals and one colonial coral that forms a tessellated pattern of what look like chain links--quite distinctive. We saw many occurrences of this finely patterned honeycomb-like fossil which I assume is a colonial (tabulate) coral and not something like a bryozoan or a Receptactulites. I need to do a bit more research online to see if I can't narrow down what types of fossils we were seeing. A little searching netted some of the sightings of the chambered linear fossils of some orthoconic cephalopods. These seem to catch the interest of most of the locals and several of them have nice specimens of these fossils (though few have any idea what they actually are/were). I tried to look around for some of the in situ slabs of limestone where trilobite fossils or the ichnofossil trails of the same might be found. I did spot some nice flat pavements after a bit of searching but could not locate any of the (very rare) giant trilobites for a photo. Pictured above are our Polar Bear alert dogs Sony and Gracie enjoying a visit to the beach to run around and splash in the frigid waters. Cheers. -Ken
  7. I may have posted some of these before but never got answers, and now it's been a while and probably the pics were not very good anyway, so am trying again. They're still not very good, even tho' taken in the sunlight. I don't know what to do about that. Anyway, we acquired these thru old rockhounds years ago and either they or we failed to record the info, and now it's lost. Some of it is nice stuff at least from a lapidary or display-piece standpoint, but would be nice if someone recognized them and could tell me where they likely came from. All I am willing to bet on is Western states or provinces. There will be more when I get it dug out of the chaos and photo'd. We recently had to empty my 'rock shed'/water tank shed to have larger tanks put in. What a job... Possible maple: The small slab came with the word 'maple' on it, and it looks to be similar to the larger piece standing next to it, and possibly the smaller chunk beside that. It does look like maple..
  8. Tammy and I had to stop in Winnipeg on our way up to Churchill further north in the province (with hopes of seeing Polar Bears and the Aurora Borealis for our anniversary). While doing a little research on Churchill I discovered it is the type locality for the world's largest trilobite. Now I'm not talking something that is a little bit bigger than some of the really large Paradoxides or Cambropallas trilobites you see from Morocco (fake or otherwise). I'm talking taking trilobites to a whole new extreme (but more on that later). We flew from Miami to Winnipeg on a flight that connected through Toronto. I really don't know why the computerized reservation systems conjured up by these airlines let you make routes with tight connections--but they DO! We planned on spending an extra day in Winnipeg as the tight connection in Toronto seemed highly optimistic at best. We were late out of Miami when the first officer didn't show up and they had to call in a substitute. The pilots didn't even try to make up the delay in the air and we arrived well behind schedule. I doubt that we could have made the connection anyway (> 1 hour) having to go through customs/immigration and travel to the far reaches of the airport to catch the connecting flight. Our flight had left before we even cleared processing in Canada but we were able to book a follow-up flight a few hours later. It still took us over 2.5 hours to reach our gate for the connecting flight and so (without the aid of teleportation--or maybe a large canon) we were doomed from the start. We got in later but well in time to make our exceedingly expensive flight to Churchill. The rail line is down (washed out this spring) and there are no roads up to this isolated corner of Manitoba. I had heard that a truly enormous trilobite had been discovered in Churchill and that it currently resides in the Manitoba Museum so promptly after breakfast we grabbed a cab to the city center and arrived at the unassuming (from the outside) museum. We didn't even make it inside before my gaze was captured by the beautiful stone slabs that clad this building's exterior. Soon I was to learn that this was the locally famous Late Ordovician (~450 myo) Tyndall Stone. The interesting two-toned appearance of this dolomitic limestone is said to be ichnofossils from some sort of burrowing animal. It really makes the stone quite striking from far away with this unusual patterning. I can see why they have used this stone to face the surfaces of many prominent buildings in Canada (and abroad). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyndall_stone
  9. Shark teeth at Hungry Hollow

    Found the teeth today at Hungry Hollow. In decades of fossil hunting in the area, I have never seen evidence of sharks. The teeth seem modern and could have been left there. The stratum is Devonian based upon my simple understanding. Did sharks coexist with the coral, brachiopods, crinoids and occasional trilobite that are commonly found here?
  10. Sussex Field Work (2015)

    Sussex is an interesting region in terms of geology and paleobiology. An amalgamation of different formations crisscrossing the larger Moncton Basin, this area was the target of study by local and foreign interests. Sussex is known for its potash mines, but one shouldn't forget the importance of the rich fossil localities doting the region. One such discovery was probably evidence of Canada's oldest forest, which is of significance. Matt Stimson, along with other professionals in the field, did some work in the area. I've had the chance to assist on occasion in a few field trips. The work done in this region is still ongoing and soon to be published. This time around we decided to target an area I've never gone or attempted to go yet. I'm used to quarries, but this time we would be spending the day at a road cut. Me and my braids Matt getting ready It was a few days after the Christmas holidays so it was kinda cold. The wind was nippy but we were lucky that ice hadn't formed yet on the ledges and that snow hadn't blanketed the area. The day started kinda grey but by the afternoon, the Sun had come out. It was a welcome event as the wind was freakin' cold. We made our way to the center cut. Traffic wasn't much of a factor as you can see cars coming from miles away, and plenty of space to park my car off the road. Area of Research: The rocks here are comprised of several units of interbedding sandstones and mudstones. Within these units, some several meters thick, are shale layers. Within these layers are indications of both plant and aquatic biota. Traces of fish material, scales, teeth, bone, are contained in some of the layers, forming some small limestone lenses and strata. Other areas along the cut feature plants. In all this mix, there are trackways. The work in the area is ongoing so all the data hasn't surfaced yet until publication sees the day. The cut showed signs of faulting, backed by folding. This looked promising We found many invertebrate trackways such as diplichnites and rusophycus. Most were very well preserved, even though exposed to the elements. From traces to scales and teeth, the record showed a high level of activity, condensed. The work goes on. We reached a spot where we encountered plants. I don't remember if these were referenced or cataloged previously. The preservation was fair, and we were able to find a good number of specimens. The New Brunswick Museum lab will have new specimens to work on by the end of the day. One of many specimens Root system Plant specimen showing shoot/stem and leaves We've covered only a small portion of the area. Different zones have been targeted for future study. Having done work for the past Summers, I can see why Sussex and its surrounding localities have been visited. The amount of fossils in the around is astounding, especially when talking about trackways. The work continues... - Keenan
  11. Greenops widderensis

    Acquired from @PaleoPat during a recent trade. This trilobite is originally from Arkona and is uncommon.
  12. upper ordovician orthocone nautiloid?

    Hi, I found this fossil a few years ago on the shoreline of lake ontario right in the city of Kingston Ontario. I believe the exposures here are upper Ordovician age limestone (Gull River formation) however there may have been fill brought in from elsewhere to stabilize the shoreline so this fossil may not be exactly local. It looks to have a siphuncle (acentral) and sutures (relatively close together) so I thought it appeared to be some type of orthocone nautiloid of some type. Based on Bill Hessin's field guide "South Central Ontario Fossils" I thought i might be Gonioceras anceps or Actinoceras but I really don't know. The pics here are not great, but hopefully someone has some ideas. Thanks
  13. So today I was excited when this book came in. It is not in print anymore and I was lucky I managed to order this copy. It talks about the gastropods, cephalopods, and vermes of the Georgian Bay formation of Toronto, Ontario. It even has some nice detailed plates of what can be found in the formation. I never even knew vermes (worms?) can be found in the formation.
  14. Bison tooth

    This tooth was found at wasagaming beach in manitoba canada. National park staff have identified it as most likely from a bison but i am wonder what people think the age might be based on its looks
  15. Found this at the Ottawa River?

    Was checking out the riverfront in downtown Ottawa and came across this fossil. Any ideas on what I may be? It's Ordovician strata, could It be a headplate from a bony fish species?
  16. Scientists have uncovered fossils of a strange worm with spines jutting out of its head that helped it trap prey in the sea 500 million years ago. http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/04/scientists-id-spiny-prehistoric-sea-worm https://news.yale.edu/2017/08/03/capinatator-praetermissus-prehistoric-sea-creature-spines-spare Capinatator praetermissus Animation of swimming and feeding:
  17. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/nodosaur-dinosaur-fossil-study-borealopelta-coloration-science/ An amazingly well preserved specimen. Well done to the paleontologist who decided on the name!!!
  18. Fossil hunter with a taste for trilobites is foraging in the Rockies. University of Calgary paleontologist uses his tongue as a guide to finding specimens CBC News Jul y31, 2017 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/fossil-trilobite-rockies-banff-yoho-stanley-glacier-1.4229117 Yours, Paul H.
  19. Weird 'Rocks' at Robotics Test Site Turn Out to Be Dinosaur Fossils By Mindy Weisberger, Live Science, July 31, 2017 https://www.livescience.com/59986-rover-challenge-unearths-fossils.html Soil Survey of Midland Provincial Park and Interpretation for Recreational Use http://ags.aer.ca/publications/OFR_1984_37.html http://ags.aer.ca/document/OFR/OFR_1984_37.PDF Yours, Paul H.
  20. Fossil Hunting in Ottawa, ON

    Hey friends! It's been a while since I've posted. I've recently moved to Ottawa with my wife (we're expecting a little one). The other day I was out at Victoria Island and found a few trilobite frags. Does anyone know of any great fossil sites in the Ottawa area?? Cheers, Dylan
  21. Hello, New to the forum and collecting fossils in general. Went to my moms house and mentioned that I had been fossil hunting and she says "I have found some fossils before." and she pulls out this giant worm like thing. This was found in Port Hope Ontario possibly up to 25 years ago. I have included both a wet and dry picture. The fossil seems to have a dark red tinge to it. Also the back had a ton of fossils on it I have attached a picture of the back as well. Any help with an identification would be much appreciated. Thanks Folks and happy hunting:)
  22. About 71 million years ago, a feathered dinosaur that was too big to fly rambled through parts of North America, likely using its serrated teeth to gobble down meat and veggies, a new study finds. The newly named paleo-beast is a type of troodontid, a bird-like, bipedal dinosaur that's a close relation of Velociraptor. Researchers named it Albertavenator curriei, in honor of the Canadian province where it was found (Alberta), its stalking proclivity (venator is Latin for "hunter") and Philip Currie, a renowned Canadian paleontologist. https://www.livescience.com/59815-stalker-velociraptor-relative-discovered.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170717091023.htm
  23. Fossil site shows impact of early Jurassic's low oxygen oceans University at Austin, Austin, Texas https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uota-fss071017.php Rowan C. Martindale and MartinAberhan, 2017, Response of macrobenthic communities to the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event in northeastern Panthalassa (Ya Ha Tinda, Alberta, Canada) Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology Volume 478, 15 July 2017, Pages 103-120 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031018217300160 Yours, Paul H.
  24. Tyrannosaurid tooth

    Tooth of a Tyrannosaurid. This tooth belongs to either Albertosaurus, Gorgosaurus or Daspletosaurus. Note the wear facets on the top and medial side of the tooth.
  25. Single-celled eukaryote fossil with evidence of mineralizing found in Yukon by Bob Yirka, June 29, 2017 https://phys.org/news/2017-06-single-celled-eukaryote-fossil-evidence-mineralizing.html Precursor of teeth and bones discovered in 810-million-year old fossils. Single-celled fossils found in Canada show the earliest evidence of a tissue-hardening process known as biomineralisation, writes Andrew Masterson, Cosmos. https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/precursor-of-teeth-and-bones-discovered-in-810-million-year-old-fossils The paper is: Cohen, P. A., J. V. Strauss, A. D. Rooney, M. Sharma, and N. Tosca, 2017, Controlled hydroxyapatite biomineralization in an ~810 million-year-old unicellular eukaryote. Science Advances. Vol. 3, no. 6, e1700095. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700095 http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/6/e1700095.full Yours, Paul H.
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