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  1. I bought this along with several other pieces boxed together at a garage sale. The whole piece is 7 inches by nearly 4 inches. The starfish is close to 5 inches longest tip to longest tip. I'm not an expert in any area but it was easy enough for me to distinguish the real ammonites and small trilobites etc. from the few that were enhanced or clearly replicas. I'm a little unsure on this piece, though my gut tells me it is not a genuine fossil. When looking at the photos, it appears the starfish was carved, filled in with a reddish matrix, and then perhaps the figure was pressed into the matrix while it was still wet? Am I right or is this real - or perhaps partly real with enhancements? There is also a small crinoid looking object next to the starfish - photos also included. My guess is the small crinoid may be genuine. Thank you for your input.
  2. L.S., Since animal fossils are definitely not my strongsuit, I would like to call upon the incredible collective knowledge here at TFF and ask your help with the identification of the fish remains shown below. This specimen comes from the Westphalian D (Pennsylvanian, Carboniferous) of the Piesberg quarry near Wallenhorst, Germany. The shape of the scales reminds me of images of rhizodont (?) fish scales, but this could very well be a superficial resemblance only... Penny for your thoughts? Kind regards, Tim
  3. Bones Found in Ocean Cave

    Hey guys, I've found some bones and want to see if anyone is able to identify them for me. So while snorkeling off the coast of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands I found a spine of some sort. It was resting inside the opening of a cave. The length of spine that was visible to me was about half a metre maybe just over half a metre long. Each single vertebrae was about 20cm wide. Please view the photo provided. (Sorry I'm having trouble uploading the photo, I'm gonna try again in the morning..) Any help or input is greatly appreciated thank you
  4. Ricky’s Field Museum prep

    Hey everybody! I realized I never made a thread for my internship at the Field Museum in Chicago this summer. I interned as a fossil preparator under Akiko Shinya in the McDonald’s Fossil Preparation Laboratory (that’s the “fish bowl” lab on the second floor right next to Evolving Planet with the big window). There were some amazing things being prepared in the lab - an Antarctic Lystrosaurus, lots of Dicynodonts, Green River fish (some massive Phareodus), Sauropod femurs and ribs, a massive slab containing several sturgeon and paddlefish - but I’m not sure if I am allowed to post pictures of them, so for the sake of confidentiality I won’t just in case. This is the lab, and I always sat in the red chair, right up next to the window. One of my favorite parts of this internship was seeing all the little kids so excited about what we were doing in there and interacting with them. I was preparing a Priscacara serrata (specimen PF 16961) from the Green River formation of Wyoming, Eocene (~52 mya). All I used was a pin vise and an Amscope stereoscope. This fish also seemed to have slightly “exploded” from the pressure of fossilization as well, it’s jaw was crooked and head smashed, thought most fins seemed surprisingly well intact. The prep took 199.5 hours to complete, from May to August. I finished the prep on the final day of my internship, staying late after the museum had closed to the public and all the others in the lab had gone home. But it was far worth it, because "your name will forever be associated with this specimen." -Akiko Shinya I took a picture at the end of every day and I made a time lapse with it to see the growth! The link is at the bottom of the post. (I kept that floating scale in front of its mouth because I thought it was kind of funny that it looked like the fish was trying to eat it!) You can watch the time lapse Here
  5. Hi! I found this rad fish at a local sale, but the seller has no information on it. Is it authentic? They had some semi-suspicious specimens on the table, but this looks real to me. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  6. Fishes teeth (Ukraine) ?

    Hello! Help please with identification. Western Ukraine. It could be from neogene, paleogene, cretaceus, I dont know for sure...
  7. Three! Identical mystery bones

    Update: we now have three samples of this fossil. These really perplex me. They have almost mathematically straight, shallow, ridged channels on one side. No serrations on the edges. i had been grouping them with my sting ray and skate fossils, but just realized that I haven’t seen any pics that look like these two. Is that what they are? Or is it something more... nefarious? Both are from Aurora. Thanks frank
  8. What kind of fish is this? Inherited

    Let me know if you need anything else to help. It's rad! This thing is soooo heavy!
  9. Multiple fossils found at Aust Cliffs, Bristol

    I recently visited Aust Cliffs by the River Severn in Bristol, UK. I believe the fossils are almost entirely Triassic, as the other layers aren't fossiliferous. These were found in broken blocks on the foreshore but most likely originated at the Rhaetian Penarth series at the top of the cliff, as this is where the bone beds are found. I can post more photos if needed, however these are the best I could get at the time on my phone. Any help would be appreciated #1 #2 #3 The black piece is hard and shiny if that helps #4 The shiny part is just over 5mm long. It looks like scales on a fish? Due to the size this is the most I could zoom in while keeping it in focus. #5 This is in a much larger block but the fossil is about 15mm long. Is it bone?
  10. Fish tooth?

    Found on Topsail Island, NC Some sort of (non-shark) fish tooth?
  11. From the album fish

    Thanks Marguy!
  12. What kind of fish/shark might this be?

    Saw these at a fossil shop, and as far as I can figure they look like fish bones with some shark teeth and mosasaur teeth here and there. They’re from Morocco I think. Any thoughts?
  13. Sponge? Coral? Fish scales?

    Hi all! I found some of these fossils at a rock shop and I have never seen their kind before. I honestly I’m not even sure what it could be. As far as I know they’re from Morocco, but that’s just a guess. Any ideas?
  14. Too Many Fossils

    Hello, So, I'm going to get straight to the point. I live in a small house, and I have way too many fossils right now. My entire collection consists of 35 Diplomystus, 10 Knightia, 7 Phareodus, 2 Mioplosus, 36 pieces of petrified wood, 1 fossilized sand dollar, 2 gastropod shells, some fish bone fragments, and 38 other fossils that are unidentifiable. I'm going to be up front right now, I have way too many fossils in my small house. I'm trying to figure out what to do with the excess. Does anybody have any ideas what I could do with the excess? Any help will be appreciated, Jared
  15. I went fossil hunting at Tillywhandland quarry this evening in the search for more Acanthodian fossils. I split dozens of stones finding nothing until I came across what must be the smallest mesacanthus mitchelli that has ever been found. It is so small it could have fit onto a 5p coin. For anyone who has never been to Tillywhandland quarry, it is quarry located on Turin hill near Forfar, Scotland. It famous for producing early Devonian fish and eurypterid fossils. The rocks there formed at bottom of volcanic lake about 405-410 million years ago.
  16. Mecca Quarry Shale finds

    I had a great time hunting with ESCONI at the Starved Rock Clay Pit. It exposes the Pennsylvanian aged Francis Creek Shale and Mecca Quarry Shale. There were tons of concretions lying around, but we were told they are usually empty and rarely split well, so I didn't bother. I was really there for the black shale anyways. I found a bunch of bits which may prove to be more interesting after prep, but here are the more exposed finds of the day. I am not familiar with this fauna, so I was hoping to get help with IDs. #1) I found a few similar specimens. Best guess is coprolite. #2) Not sure if this is a fossil. Maybe coprolite or an arthropod carpace. Or just a mineral stain.
  17. 4 Different IDs

    Hello, So, I have a LOT of fossils after my trip to Kemmerer, Wyoming last week. To save time on identifying them, I sorted them by what they looked like. I have 5 piles, so 5 different species. I am posting pictures of one from each pile, so I can find out what these are. The pictures are attached. The first and second I have a LOT of, the third I only have one of, and I only have three of the fourth, (The others are not as big as the one in the picture.) The fifth I am having problems uploading. It will come later. Can someone help me ID these four? I will post the fifth when I have a chance. Jared
  18. Insect Plant Fish or ...?

    Greetings, everyone. I spent the other day on the east side of Ventura County breaking open sedimentary rocks. I'm not experienced enough with that sort of material to positively ID it but I think it was siltstone. There was a leaf and something else on both sides of one of the rocks. I've been having a hard time figuring out what the "something else" is. It measures about 35 by 14 millimeters. I took a few pictures of both sides under different lighting conditions to help bring out some of the finer details. It comes from the Modelo Formation (Miocene). Thanks ahead of time for any help in figuring out what it is. Here are pictures of the first side: Some pictures of the second side:
  19. Ever wondered what a sturgeon fin looks like cut down the middle and polished? This is from a large fish called Gyrosteus mirabilis that swam in the seas near whitby all them years ago. i think it’s the cartilage. As found Cut straight down the middle, showing the pyrite too.
  20. NJ Cretaceous Brook Bone - Fish or Bird?

    Really not sure what to make of this type of bone? Any ideas?
  21. Odd Fossil

    Hello, So, I was in Kemmerer Wyoming doing a fossil dig, I went to the place on fishdig.com I found many fossils. Ono of them, is very odd, and no one there could ID it. Can someone try to help me ID this fossil? Is it a messed up fish? Jared
  22.  Saurorhynchus jaw

    From the album Holzmaden

    A 6 cm long Saurorhynchus jaw from the quarry Kromer in Holzmaden (Lower Jurassic, Posidonia Shale).
  23. I have been fossil at Tillywhandland quarry near Forfar and have found quite a few Acanthodian fossils, which I thought would share everyone. I could also do with some help identifying species of some of the fossils. I know the first four fossils are Mesacanthus mitchelli, but the rest I am not too sure about.
  24. fish teeth from Texas Cretaceous

    Hello Everyone! I have some more fossils that have me kinda stumped. I'm fairly certain the first one is a species of Encodus (though I don't know which one). Scale bar is in millimeters. Each ones down view is to the right of it (sorry the down views are blurry I couldn't get pictures from my microscope). All four are from the Atco formation near Dallas. I would greatly appreciate input on my fossils, I also hope I'm not posting too much.
  25. Greetings fellow fossil enthusiasts! I don't know what this thing is. I've shown it to several other fossil guys in Houston and they don't know what it is either. I think it's from a fish of some sort, other than that I have no idea. I found it in Hogtown Creek in Gainesville so it's probably Late Miocene-Pliocene. Scale bar is in Millimeters. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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