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Found 82 results

  1. Please help me ID

    Hi There Team, i am new to fossils and new to this forum, I have found the attached and feel like its a fossil, What stikes me is the symetry with it and the gill like lines on both sides, Looked like a tooth to begin with but now im really not sure, I found this is New Zealand in Limestone. If any of you have any information i would really appreciate the help. Thank you very much.
  2. I will introduce this article by quoting the last sentence: "The place has been the site of fossil finds since the 1980s, and many of the discoveries - like this latest one - are made by dedicated amateur palaeontologists." LINK to article
  3. Giant Parrot From New Zealand

    One meter tall parrot, giant crushing jaws, what more do you want? https://m.phys.org/news/2019-08-whopping-squawkzilla-herculesthe-giant-parrot.html
  4. Hi All I've really been enjoying getting out and about here in New Zealand and hunting for fossils and taking some video footage at the same time. I'm still a beginner and find that by posting the videos I get some good info from the more experienced people across the world. If anyone is interested, I have posted my latest video up here: 013 Beach hunt for Miocene fossils I'm on instagram as well: @mamlambo_nz and would really like to follow any other TFF users, so please add me so I can follow you
  5. Crabs are great..

    Pretty cool letting you mate go hard on your crabs...
  6. https://phys.org/news/2019-07-scientists-albatross-skull-pliocene-epoch.html
  7. " An ancient tree that contains a record of a reversal of Earth's magnetic field has been discovered in New Zealand. The tree—an Agathis australis, better known as its Māori name kauri—was found in Ngawha, on New Zealand's North Island, during excavation work for the expansion of a geothermal power plant" https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-tree-discovered-earths-magnetic-field-1447570?fbclid=IwAR0yU5aU3UaJlvbut89stq7yJANeYS72hzRg_8OEIVZmqvvoHxJSIVGhqMQ
  8. Golden Bay queries

    I've been trying half heartedly to get an ID on this for a while now, stoked I've stumbled on this forum! This is from the golden Bay cement works quarry in Nelson, NZ. Found in same area as many bivalves, sharks teeth, corals and snails.
  9. Jurrasic uncertainty

    Found while fossicking for belemnites at the mouth of the Waikato River. South Side of Sunset beach. First picked as a belemnite but the curvature and lack of distinct central rings gave me pause.
  10. Tumidocarcinus giganteus

    From the album Crustaceans

    Tumidocarcinus giganteus crab from the New Zealand Miocene. These crabs are incredibely difficult to prepare. This one required roughly 20 hours to prepare. The carapace nor the overall exoskeleton preserved well as there are a lot of cracks but the orange, pinkish hue is a bit unique considering most of these crabs have a dark brown exoskeleton. This crab is roughly 8.5 inches in diameter from tip to tip (legs).
  11. Tumidocarcinus giganteus

    From the album Crustaceans

    Tumidocarcinus giganteus crab from the New Zealand Miocene. These crabs are incredibely difficult to prepare. This one required roughly 20 hours to prepare. The carapace nor the overall exoskeleton preserved well as there are a lot of cracks but the orange, pinkish hue is a bit unique considering most of these crabs have a dark brown exoskeleton. This crab is roughly 8.5 inches in diameter from tip to tip (legs).
  12. Tumidocarcinus giganteus

    From the album Crustaceans

    Tumidocarcinus giganteus crab from the New Zealand Miocene. These crabs are incredibely difficult to prepare. This one required roughly 20 hours to prepare. The carapace nor the overall exoskeleton preserved well as there are a lot of cracks but the orange, pinkish hue is a bit unique considering most of these crabs have a dark brown exoskeleton. This crab is roughly 8.5 inches in diameter from tip to tip (legs).
  13. Tumidocarcinus giganteus

    From the album Crustaceans

    Tumidocarcinus giganteus crab from the New Zealand Miocene. These crabs are incredibely difficult to prepare. This one required roughly 20 hours to prepare. The carapace nor the overall exoskeleton preserved well as there are a lot of cracks but the orange, pinkish hue is a bit unique considering most of these crabs have a dark brown exoskeleton. This crab is roughly 8.5 inches in diameter from tip to tip (legs).
  14. I found this in a stream bed in a place that I think is a Cretaceous area. At first I thought it could be the trunk of a tree fern or similar, but I have no idea. It's about 20cm long, 15cm wide and 11 cm high with a circular pattern. Please help
  15. Proposal to mine fossil-rich site in New Zealand sparks campaign to protect it https://phys.org/news/2019-06-fossil-rich-site-zealand-campaign.html http://theconversation.com/proposal-to-mine-fossil-rich-site-in-new-zealand-sparks-campaign-to-protect-it-118505 Scientist: maar not only 'outstanding' site By John Gibb, Otago Daily times https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/scientist-maar-not-only-outstanding-site https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/council-now-formally-opposed-expansion-mine Foulden Maar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foulden_Maar Yours, Paul H.
  16. New Zealand Glacier possible mammal fossil

    Hey everyone, I got this interesting mammal bone piece (about 3 inches across) that was found in an area with a glacier and no live animals around. Could it have originated from within the glacier or is it a modern bone? What type of bone is it and what animal did it come from? Thanks everyone!
  17. New Zealand cave fossil ID

    We were exploring Abbey Caves in Whareora, Northland New Zealand and my daughter spotted a strange shape in the cave stream and looking closer it looked like a fossil. I look a picture with my phone. Can anyone give us a name for this? Cheers
  18. Possible whale vertebra? It's huge!

    Hi everyone I found this huge, possible vertebra today and would really like some help with the ID. I'm thinking it might be a whale. I'm not too sure but I think the area is Miocene but I also see references to Cretaceous. This is from the South Island of New Zealand. It's about 10inches wide (25cm). Thanks!
  19. New Zealand marine reptile vertebra

    I've got this very worn vertebral centrum from the marine Conway Formation near Oaro (Late Cretaceous; about 79-73 Ma) on the south island of New Zealand. The only two logical candidates are plesiosaur or mosasaur from this formation, both of which are known here. There are characteristics of both groups seen on this bone which is tripping me up a bit. One end face seems a bit concave and the other more convex which is a mosasaur feature, but then there also looks to be two distinct holes on the ventral side (see photo three) which could be the paired foramina that are characteristic of plesiosaur vertebrae. So i am left scratching my head! What do others think? Front face Dorsal view Ventral view (note what look like paired foramina) Lateral view
  20. My second time out fossil hunting for crab fossils and struck pay dirt! Found 2 nice examples of what I think is Tumidocarcinus from some Googling. My first time finding a complete(ish) fossil so I am very excited! Found a smallish one and a medium one. Both seem to have the legs and claws.
  21. Hey everyone Weather and tides look good for Motunau and possibly Glen Afric this weekend. I'll be driving through from Ashburton, is anyone keen to join? I've never been to Motunau so this would be an exciting exploratory trip for me.
  22. Hello Guys, after a long time ago i'm back now with my best off Tumido Giganteus ever.Prepped out in 3D with "safed cover" Tumido giganteus Glen Afric Beach New Zealand 15 Mill years ago Enjoy, Axel
  23. Hey there! I'm back again, and again I'm on another continent I moved to New Zealand at the beginning of the year, and in between the incredible fishing and birding I forced myself to head out to Glen Afric (2 hour drive) for a stab at some crabs. The day started out with a couple belemnites, quite long and skinny. The concretions were various shades of khaki to black, some of them still more clay than rock. There were various shells encrusted in them. I kept my eyes peeled for a 'crab' shaped concretion, however this was easier said than done. After a full lap (about 400m) I was nearly back where I started when I picked up a rock, turned it over and holy moly it had legs! Please tell me they're crab legs and not belemnites trolling me haha!! If it's a crab, would an air scribe be safe in the hands of an amateur? Anyway I had to go, but I'll be back!
  24. Vertebrae? Waipara, New Zealand

    Forgive any inaccuracies, I haven’t hunted for fossils since childhood on the South coast of England so very much a novice. I found this whilst scouting out a new vineyard site in Waipara Gorge, New Zealand which is a pretty rich area for fossils (mostly Paleogene, and Cretaceous from what I’ve read). It was at the very top of an escarpment rather than the river banks where most are found and definitely in limestone, though I couldn’t tell you the exact type. There’s not much structure left to it (close up picture gives a better idea) but are these vertebrae and any idea what from? About 2cm diameter and 30cm in length. If anyone has any experience with this area I’d love to know more!
  25. https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/04/18/New-species-of-ancient-whale-found-in-New-Zealand/8111524066374/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=2 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180418100507.htm
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